Guilt-free Indulgence and a Love-ly Giveaway

Welcome Weight Loss Wednesday gals! (And anyone else peeking in!) If you haven’t joined our little cyber group of girlfriends, don’t fret! Newcomers are always welcome. You can get caught up by clicking on Weight Loss Wednesdays in the side bar. Just leave a comment on the last post listed there.

NOTE: During this week of Valentines giveaways, you may leave comments on any of the five posts until Sunday midnight EST. All winners will be announce next Monday.

Well—we had our first group conference call last night and it was a blast! I loved hearing your voices, sharing a bit from God’s word with you and then, listening to everyone interact. We will most definitely try to do it again and hope more of our WLW sisters can join us! (Those of you who signed up for the call, but couldn’t make it, email me at [email protected] and I will send you instructions for listening to it online.)

Today, I simply want to showcase the Valentines week giveaway for the day and give you a delicious and guilt-free recipe that is great to serve to your sweetheart, family, friends or co-workers. Every time I make, it gets rave reviews!

First for the giveaway:

One of you will be sitting soon in your home enjoying the scent of P.S. I Love You oil in a new electric oil diffuser. Both are from Bath and Body Works. Along with it, you’ll also receive some shower gel in the same fun, flowery scent. Oh, and by the way, married or single, it is God whispering “P.S. I love you!”

Now for the recipe: (and then I’ll announce the winner of last week’s little scripture memorization challenge…)

Hot Fudge Cake

1 C flour

3/4 sugar

2 T cocoa powder

1 1/2 t. baking powder

1/4 t. salt

1/2 C skim or 1 % milk

2 T olive oil

1 t. vanilla extract (can use almond, coconut or cherry too–Yum!)

1 C brown sugar, firmly packed

1/4 C cocoa powder

1 3/4 C boiling water

Combine first 5 ingredients in an ungreased 8 or 9 inch square pan and stir. Add milk, oil, and vanilla, blending until smooth. Combine brown sugar and 1/4 C cocoa and sprinkle over the top. Pour boiling water over entire pan and do NOT stir. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes until lightly set.  A layer of oohey-goohey fudge settles to the bottom. Serve warm. (For the deluxe version, top with light whipped cream or ice cream!

Serves 9         240 calories        3.8 grams of fat

Okay—now….the winner of a fun, funky, and colorful set of recipe cards, along with matching measuring cups and spoons is:

Danielle Timestamp:  February 3, 2010 at 9:15 pm

Congrats! Email me your home address at [email protected] so I can mail your your gift!

Now, go ahead and check in and let us know how your week went. Or, if you are new, let us know your health goals—weight loss, exercise or healthy eating desires.

My week was pretty good, other than it was crazy busy and I missed two planned days of exercise because of it. But,  this morning, I was still down one 1.4 pounds and for that I am thankful!

Your turn! Remember, one gal who comments will win today’s giveaway pictured above!

Guilt-free blessings,


  1. Vicki – thank you for reminding me to pick the things that matter most. Yes – life is short and goes by way too fast. I think that desire to pick what matters most is what makes it harder in a way – my children have a wide age span – 19 down to 5, with nearly ten years between the first two due to a divorce. Their needs are completely different, and I am trying to be the mom that they each need. I realize how fast the first one grew, and I want to maximize my time with the youngest, but the last four years have been really hard financially. To make ends meet, I don’t spend nearly as much time with the younger ones now as I should/need to. My husband thinks I should quit one of my jobs, but I don’t see how we would manage without the income. I ask God if this is a matter of trusting Him to supply it, or if my ability to work IS His way of supplying it. I have no answers to this right now. But yes, my schedule is crazy much of the time. I need to write some life questions and Bible verses that answer them on post-it notes and leave them around the house to help me remember; and to help me make those minute to minute decision.

  2. Thanks for the DELICIOUS recipe! I’ve been sick with a sinus-thing so unfortunately I haven’t been able to exercise, but I guess I’ve balanced it out since I haven’t eaten that much.


  3. Hi, Karen
    I really enjoy your blog, especially the guilt free (almost) chocolate cake. WOW. Can’t wait to try it. Just what I’ve been looking for. Easy, delicious, and guilt free. I’m going to catch up on your Wednesday weight loss readings. THANKS!!

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