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"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Thursday, April 18, 2013


Okay the winner of the jar of Coconut Oil is  Renae at Simple Sequins.  Please send me your full name and address and I'll give it to Tropical Traditions and they'll send it to you directly.
Thanks everyone for playing!

Now for NuNaturals.  This company was more then generous.  Look what all they sent for me to try!  I was so happy about this for so many reasons.  It's natural and I believe personally - it's good great for you.

I don't share much with anyone is my health - I am a diabetic. I found out a couple years ago I guess. The first year I was in denial.  I'm more serious about it now - but let me tell you - for me - it's not easy.

My blood sugar is up one day and down the next - I don't know what I did that was so different?  I feel personally guilty about being a diabetic.  My grandmother was a diabetic and her siblings, my dad was and his siblings, my brother had it, and now I have it.  It's genetic, but I still feel down on myself.  I mean if I would just eat perfectly and lose weight I would probably be okay - but for some reason I'm having a hard time with doing that - for many reasons.


This was my 20 seconds of courage telling you all this.   

So this product is THE PRODUCT for me. AND NO YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A DIABETIC TO USE THIS PRODUCT - in fact it may help your prevent or prolong you getting it - because it is not sugar - it is a great sugar alternative.  Now this is my claim - not theirs.  I got paid nothing and these opinions are definitely mine!

Look at all the goodies they sent me.

I was blown away - it took me weeks to try everything.

I have four gift packages for you to win here!   Plus there is a discount code for you if you don't win, but want to get it anyway - you can get a 15% discount - until June 30th - for all products.

The four winners will be announced on MAY 2!!!!!!!!!!!

The prizes are four sets with each one containing  ( 1 ) one bottle of each of the Lemon / Orange / Peppermint Flavored Stevia Liquids, PLUS their NEW CHOCOLATE STEVIA LIQUID. 

NuNaturals will ship directly to the winners and it is opened WORLDWIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
They can not ship to P.O.Boxes they need a specific address.

Here are the rules - you have to -

1.  Like NuNaturals on Facebook.(if you have a Facebook account). and be a follower of Chatty Crone.  Leave me one message saying that you have liked NuNaturals on Facebook and that you're a follower. Or Twitter if you have an account.

Check out NuNaturals on Twitter @NuNaturals
Like on Facebook NuNaturals 

2,  And for a second chance - leave me a recipe idea - what would you use NuNaturals for?

If you don't win this - this is how you can recieved a DISCOUNT on all orders placed on their website : .

When you get to their checkout page you should enter the DISCOUNT CODE ;  BLG0613  and you will receive - 15% DISCOUNT on your ENTIRE ORDER.

 This discount remains  EFFECTIVE UNTIL  JUNE 30, 2013 .

Online ordering customers may also receive FREE SHIPPING to the CONTINENTAL U. S. on all orders exceeding  $ 35.00 after discounts.

They sent me a recipe package and boy did I have fun with it.  And let me say you can use it to make anything.

I made banana bread - chocolate mousse -lemon cake - I do like sweet.  I also made sugar free candied nuts - one of my favorites.  Did you know you can make chocolate butter?  I made the orange/lemon vinaigrette which was totally awesome.

Now when you go out and want to save money on drinks - add the flavors to the water.  Or in ice tea.  Hot tea.  There are so many things you can do I can't even list them all. 

Now I made this cheese cake -

And guess what I made cherries with?  You guessed it.  NuNaturals.

The crust -
1 1/2 cups graham crackers - 

3 Tbsp. Nunaturals (Tagatose)

1/cup  butter or margarine
The filling -

4 pkg.  (8 oz. each) softened cream cheese

1 cup  NuNaturals (Tagatose)

1 tsp.  vanilla

4 eggs

How to make-
HEAT oven to 325°F.
MIX graham crumbs, 3 Tbsp. NuNaturals and butter; press onto bottom of 9-inch pan.
BEAT cream cheese, 1 cup NuNaturals and vanilla with mixer until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended.
Pour over crust.
BAKE 55 min. or until center is almost set.
Let cool.
Refrigerate 4 hours.

And it was great!  Do you know how many carbs I cut out of that recipe?  And the really big news is this - my daughter and my grandson ate it - and they never eat when I make healthy!!!

Now I like to make things easy and quick.  All I had to do is buy a can of cherries (without sweetener) and add NuNaturals. Or you can slowly cook strawberries with a touch of water and NuNaturals.  Easy Peasy.

Another friend blogger uses this My Journey With Candida and she has a recipe too.  Check it out here.  

I have to be honest with you - this stuff is awesome!

This is my last giveaway - but after this on Thursdays I think I will deal with health issues - so if any of you have any information please forward that to me!



And don't you ever grow up either.


Sandra said...

my post that is scheduled tomorrow is concerning diabetes. the one word answer is exercise. walking and lots of it.

Shelly said...

NOw that looks like a great product. I love your cheesecake idea. I have a lowfat cake recipe, and I would love to try it in that.

When I get to FB later this evening, I will find them and like them.

Sandee said...

I love the dog peeing all over the place. I'm impressed.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

....Petty Witter said...

As both my mother-in-law and brother-in-law are diabetic I know how difficult the condition can be to control. Initially we were more worried about my m-i-l as we thought her being older and more set in her ways she would find it more difficult but it is her son, my b-i-l who really finds it hard to accept and wanting to be like his friends finds it hard to stick to healthy eating etc.

cube said...

Don't get down on yourself over having diabetes. It happens... even to very good people like my father.

You didn't choose it, but you can choose to fight it every day.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I love NuNaturals. In fact, right now I'm drinking iced tea sweetened with their lemon liquid stevia. Yum!

Grandma Bonnie said...

I use new naturals all the time. I make a mean sweet and sour chicken with the lemon flavor. I am not entering the contest though as I already review their product and use it often.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I liked NuNaturals on Facebook and I am a follower maybe even a stalker :)

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I would probably try a lemon cheesecake, however I recently made some Mint Choc Chip cookies and using these products I could make a low carb variety!

Munir said...

My sugar levels are like yours except seasonally, not daily. I am good in spring and summer but really bad in Winter. So so in fall.

jack69 said...

Neat entry, I always enjoy the read here.
The pug on front paws reminds me of my buddie's dog when I was a kid. It got hit by a car and hurt it's back legs. small casts were installed. Immediately the dog started walking like the one in the picture. Once the casts were off we could not get him to walk like that again.
Animals have a built in instinct to survive.

((LOVE)) and ((HUGS)) from here.
Thanks for jogging that memory!

Cheri said...

I am a follower of yours and will get on FB and like them.

Cheri said...

I don't have a recipe handy but I would like to try it in some sort of cookies since we do make them alot.

andy said...

Never tried it ! Hope you have a wonderful afternoon

Donna said...

Thanks for the recipe Sandie...

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What wonderful products. You know I don't eat any sugar at all so these would be great for me! I follow you and I'll write you an email in a bit! I would use some to make coffee drinks...they are my new favorite indulgence! Cold coffee, a little milk and some sugar free sweetener...oh my! Sweet hugs!

Nancy Claeys said...

The cheesecakes look awesome! :)

My Journey With Candida said...

Sandie!!! That cheescake looks amazing. And... you know I LOVE NuNaturals. It is the only stevia I use and my Hubs uses the tagatose.

I am not entering the giveaway... just wanted to say hello!

Decadent Housewife said...

The dog peeing is a hoot.
Wonder if he found out it was thorny Barberry he was watering.


I am diabetic too and am interested in the products shown here today. But I do not do Facebook so I guess I can't enter??? I had wondered if you could flavor water with it too, though?

Ginny said...

Congratulations to the winner! Diabetes is such a normal part of life now, most of my friends have it. Bravo to you for posting about it. People will see that you can have diabetes, have a really full life, and also blog like crazy!!! Are you on pills or insulin? Do you have a pump?

Anonymous said...

thats really interesting, garry is a diabetic so I'll check this out,

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Isn't it crazy the things we will feel ashamed about? Girl, you are not alone. There are multitudes who will be helped by your sharing your story. Your DNA predisposed you to this problem. I'm so glad you have found a product that helps you manage it. Big hugs and blessings ~ tanna

Dee said...

Oh my goodness...that poor dog LOL.I have many dear friends who are diabetic and I can empathize with how difficult it is to live with. Hopefully this product will be beneficial for you.

Debbie said...

My grandfather was diabetic, and my dad was. I am always waiting for the hammer to fall or shoe to drop or whatever the expression is. Because of the fibro, I have to restrict refined sugar consumption almost completely (OK... completely) and restrict carbs too. I would love to try this.

I can't think of a recipe right now because I'm in a brain fog. I'll try to come back with one.

And I don't have facebook. Sigh.

Jill said...

So glad you found something healthy you love!

Diabetes runs in my family, yet I don't have it. Don't blame yourself. I know healthy, skinny people with it!

Blondee said...

I love Tropical Traditions! We use coconut oil all the time...and actually, our grain free, sugar free change has been a diabetic diet. Lovin' it! :)

Carol said...

LOVE the dog peeing....made me laugh out LOUD!!!

The Boston Lady said...

Thanks for sharing all the info Sandie and I look forward to your Thursday series. We can all afford to get all the health tips we can. I don't have diabetes, but I do have Hypertension and now some issues with my heart, so I too am trying to be healthier. Ann

Jemma said...

Well Sandie-
I wish you didn't have any health concerns-you are far too inspirational and way too fun and lighthearted to have that stuff to deal with! Sounds as though you are being smart and managing your health!!
I love Kermit-he is my hero!

Catherine said...

Dear Sandie, Please take care of yourself.
The cheesecake looks great. I would love to share a piece with you!
Congrats to the winner!!
Blessings dearest and hugs, Catherine xoxo

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Well, I think we've talked about this before, but I'm diabetic, too. And, I'm ashamed to say, that I don't check my blood sugar very often. But, it's never been extremely high. I don't have to take anything...yet. My dad had it and the doctor said the adult onset type usually is genetic. I know I need to cut out sugar, but never found a sweetner I could like. I've tried stevia, but don't remember the brand. I'll have to try NuNatural. I'm not on Facebook, so I can't sign up for the giveaway.
The dog is funny and I completely agree with the Lift! Have a good day and weekend!

SweetMarie said...

You already know that my grandma is diabetic and I don't ever want to be. I would love to bake something for her with this. I do follow you, lol, but I don't have a facebook page.
I love Kermit!


First off, now that is what I call marking off territory!! What a talented dog. LOL

As for this product, I've tried some before. And yes, you don't have to be diabetic. But, even if you ARE diabetic, the answer to it all is moderation. Moderation in everything, even moderation. There's no cure, it's just eating right. And for some, sugar substitutes don't work. I found my sweetener to be honey.

Theresa said...

Never heard of this but I will share it with the diabetics in my family! Have a blessed day dear Sandie, HUGS!

CalamityJr said...

I haven't heard of this product before, but it would be wonderful to make my DH a special treat - after all, anyone who has been Type I diabetic for 52 years deserves recognition! Don't include me, though, as I'm not on Facebook so can't "like" NuNaturals.

Grammy Staffy said...

I am a follower of yours (please follow me too)

Grammy Staffy said...

I liked this on Facebook

Grammy Staffy said...

I would love to try this. I'm over weight and my hubby is pre diabetic. I'd use it in lots of things. I've heard stevia is better for you than Splenda .

Ann said...

My grandmother was diabetic and so is my mother.

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

Never heard of NuNaturals but it does sound like a great product as you may know I am a diabetic.......

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Sandie .. I gather Diabetes is a frustration - just something that we have to deal with .. thankfully I don't and long may that last.

With thoughts to you .. Hilary

Lesley C said...

I liked the product on facebook.I have been diabetic for several years will try anything to help me with my sweet tooth and doesn't raise my blood sugar.