Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Friday, June 26, 2015

chocolate chip cookies are a treat in every state.

After arriving at the cabin, chocolate chip cookies were requested. After looking the Safeway, and the Ghirardelli Chocolate baking chips I realized that I still needed my favorite recipe. After searching through the blog for quite a while, I stumbled upon the link.

So for easy reference, my favorite chocolate chip cookies are these. I usually make them a bit smaller. Because of this, I adjust the baking time to 14-15 minutes (rotating after 7 minutes).

Thursday, June 18, 2015

dark chocolate and banana muffins

dark chocolate banana muffins

dry mixture
-1 c brown rice flour
-1 c tapioca flour
-1/2 c coconut sugar
-1 tsp. baking soda
-1/4 tsp baking powder
-1/4 tsp. sea salt
-1/4 tsp. nutmeg
-1 heaping tsp. pumpkin pie spice
-dash cardamon

wet mixture

-1/2 c. pure maple syrup
-2 eggs
-1/2 coconut oil, melted
-4 medium over ripened bananas

4 oz. dark chocolate, chopped
Preheat oven to 350˚ F. 

In two mixing bowls, whisk the dry ingredients, whisk the wet ingredients. Blend together and add chocolate. Please do not over-stir. 
Scoop into greased muffin tins (I used coconut oil) for 20 minutes. Muffins are ready when the muffin is springy to the touch.


Thursday, June 11, 2015

peach cobbler muffins - gluten and dairy free.

If I have time, I like to try a new recipe on Saturdays. This does not happen as often as I would like. And sometimes, they are massive fails - but this one is good enough to make more then once. Please let me know what you think if you give them a go. 

Peach cobbler muffins
-gluten and dairy free-
adapted from Kim Boyce's "Good to the Grain"

In a large mixing bowl, mix dry ingredients together:
-1 cup coconut flour
-3/4 c. gluten free oats
-1/2 c. brown rice flour
-1 tsp. baking soda
-1 tsp. baking powder
-3/4 tsp. sea salt
-1 tsp. ground ginger
-1/2 c. raw sugar

In medium size bowl, whisk the wet ingredients:
-1/2 c. coconut oil, melted
-1/3 c. unsweetened applesauce
-3/4 c. almond milk
-2 eggs

In small bowl, melt and mix the topping together:
-1 Tablespoon coconut oil
-1 Tablespoon honey
-2-3 peaches, sliced

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Oil the muffin tins (I used coconut oil). 
Add the wet ingredients to the dry, being careful not to over stir. Scoop into the muffin tins. Add topping to each muffin.

Bake for 24-26 minutes.  To test, I lifted a muffin out of the pan, and checked the bottom for doneness. 

Notes: If you like pecans, I would toast some pecans and mix them in with the topping. That would be lovely. Also, I used peaches that I had frozen from our crop last summer. If your peaches are not very sweet, I would recommend taste testing your topping, and if not sweet enough, adding a bit more honey to the mixture. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

formulas and anchors.

"We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up his permanent post as high priest for us, in the order of Melchizedek." Hebrews 6:19 (The Message)

This past Christmas I began reading two books. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. It is wonderful! However the practice of "tidying up" landed me in a bit of trouble and so I still need to finish reading. The second book was Love, Skip, Jump  by Shelene Bryan- equally as wonderful. 
Marie Kondo is single. And single is awesome - especially in deciding what items fill your space (or the lack of items in her case). In Love, Skip, Jump - the author had what seems a lucrative career before doing what she does now, and her dream home (due to smart planning on her husband and her part) was already built before she jumped into what she is currently doing. Her kids go to prom in limos, and it doesn't look like that is a big deal… Which is awesome and I am knocking taking limos to prom - but where I am standing - that would be a very unwise decision because our bank account would not appreciate that kind of extra expense, much less multiple trips across the ocean - I recommend you read the book(s).

Both books are applicable to real life. Both are full of compelling reasons to clean, de-clutter and jump into hard and new places.  All of which I believe in one-hundred percent. Even before I began reading both books, I had already been practicing jumping into new situations, and attempting to de-clutter…. but as the months have passed and I have struggled with how the words within their pages applied to my life actually work out - well, that is where there are some discrepancies that really can not be ignored. Sometimes, formulas are so lovely. Formulas have the ability to give us a course of action. When we do not detour from the planned course, we end up with the exact answer to our problem… sometimes. Sometimes, that formula may not have been the right one we needed. 

There are moments when the minimalist home; and the ability to go hop on a plane and improve the lives of others, makes me think I am too late to "the party." And then I mentally move from satisfied to dissatisfied that can lead to a rabbit trail of "what ifs." Possibilities that would never have allowed God to shape me to this point in my life. And I can tell you, I have needed, and still need, a whole lot of molding and shaping… 

Which leads me to this remark from Hebrews 6:19 "We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain." (The Message) The Message paraphrases the anchor as a "steadfast lifeline".  

The thing about a lifeline is that unless someone is looking and reaching for it, it could hit them in the head, and they could still miss it. When I start to become focused on formulas that deter me from my lifeline, instead of keep me moving directly toward it, then I start to become dissatisfied and overwhelmed. 

I have come to realize that even when I stay in His Word, if I do not take time to fix my gaze and to listen for Him to speak, and open my mind and heart to His ways, then I begin to lose sight of His anchor and start to reach for formulas. Formulas that may not be His answer for me and my family at the moment. 

How about you? Have you ever been more tempted by the formula with the outcome you could see, instead of the anchor?

Thursday, May 28, 2015

three years.

It has been three years since my last post. A lot has happened since then. And I assume the same for everyone else's families as well.

Since my last post - I tucked away my knitting needles, put away my sewing machine - and tied up my shoe laces and learned how to use a yoga mat. I've ran a lot of miles - on and off the road, memorized a bunch of scripture and have returned to school. I have finished my first semester of nursing school, and have three more to go.

I truly didn't know if I would make it back to this spot of mine. Our kids our growing (up);  I've done a lot of learning; and God has done a lot of teaching; and I'm on summer break, so if there ever is a time to catch up, this is it. Oh, I also picked up my knitting needles again - something else I didn't plan on - at least until I had finished nursing school. So, please bear with me as I try to dust off the cobwebs and uncover the stories and lessons I feel are worth sharing here.

So where to start? Well, I think it will be with our kids. The last day of school (for the younger two, the older two have been out for a couple of days). Mat and I are now down to just one in grade school, one in junior high, and two in high school. And don't they just look amazing!!! They are four totally different people, growing and learning who they are - and they are our people! Mind blown!

Besides for my knitting needles, we have to eat, and I still love to try new recipes, so I will try to post some of the more successful dishes and desserts that made the cut; but what I feel I really want to pick back up is "grace, love and the dishes." Out of all of the transition that has taken place in the last three years - God's mercy continues to be the greatest and the biggest light that guides my path (Lamentations 3:22) - and the hard losses and victories that come with living this life are the valuable portions worth recording. How this all ends up unfolding? Well, I guess time will just have to tell.

Friday, May 11, 2012

a welcoming home gift.

Our good friends are almost to the anticipated day of bringing their adopted son home. When she let me get a sneak peak of his room - and his shelf had some very adorable knit animals on it - I knew I wanted to add to his collection of animals.  I quickly found a pattern (from "Knit Simple" Winter 2011?)to knit up and add to his shelf to welcome him home.

Such an amazing time in their lives. I am truly thankful to get to see how God has worked out all the details to prepare them and Ethan for this next adventure in their lives.