You are a joy and blessing to our family!
You are a joy and blessing to our family!
2 cups gluten free oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
1/2 cup chopped raw almonds
1/2 cup chopped raw pecans
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/3 cup brown sugar
In a large skillet, spread oats and cook over medium low heat stirring to roast evenly. (Use two skillets if you need to!) While oats are roasting, add chopped nuts and continue stirring and roasting until all ingredients are a light to medium brown – about 15-20 minutes. Add brown sugar and stir until sugar is melted and lightly and evenly coats the oat and nut mixture. Spread on a baking sheet to cool. Store in a quart sized mason jar. Keep in pantry – or freezer if storing longer.
And one more this week……
8 cups water
2 cups lemon juice – bottled or fresh squeezed
1 1/3 cups sugar
Stir until sugar is completely dissolved and enjoy!
(I haven’t tried substituting the sugar with something less processed, but I bet you could use some maple syrup or stevia or agave to lessen the white sugar content!)
Kayla: Mama, you have some black stuff on your teeth.
Me: Yes, those are fillings from cavities when I was a little girl.
Kayla: Will I have to get those sometime?
Me: Not if you take good care of your teeth and eat healthy food.
Kayla: Really? If I eat good food, I won’t get cavities?
Me: Really. Eating healthy food makes your teeth nice and strong.
Kayla: Mom, did you not eat healthy food when you were growing up?
Me: No, I didn’t.
Kayla: What did you eat?
Me: Oh…you know…chips, candy, Burger King, McDonalds….
Kayla: They had McDonalds when you were a little girl!!!???
Me: Kayla! Mommy is not THAT old!
Kayla: Did they have McDonalds when Daddy was little?
Me: No, I don’t think so…… 😉
He looked at her most kindly, but answered quietly, “Much-Afraid, I could do what you wish. I could carry you all the way up to the high places myself, instead of leaving you to climb there. But if I did, you would never be able to develop hinds’ feet and become my companion and go where I go. If you will climb to the heights this once with the companions I have chosen for you, (Her companions were Sorrow and Suffering. Sigh….) even though it may seem a very long, and in some places a very difficult journey, I promise you that you will develop hinds’ feet.”
“Afterward you will be able to go with me, ‘leaping on the mountains,’ and be able to make the ascent and the descent in the twinkling of an eye.”pp.62-63
“Whenever you are willing to obey me, Much-Afraid, and to follow the path of my choice, you will always be able to hear and recognize my voice, and when you hear it you must obey. Remember also that it is always safe to obey my voice, even if it seems to call you to paths which look impossible or even crazy.”p. 93
“O Shepherd, you said you would make my feet like hinds’ feet and set me upon mine high places.”
“Well,” he answered cheerily, “the only way to develop hinds’ feet is to go by the paths which the hinds use – like this one.”
Much-Afraid trembled and looked at him shamefacedly. “I don’t think – I want – hinds’ feet if it means I have to go on a path like that,” she said slowly and painfully.
The Shepherd was a very surprising person. Instead of looking either disappointed or disapproving, he actually laughed again. “Oh, yes you do,” he said cheerfully. I know you better than you know yourself, Much-Afraid. You want it very much indeed, and I promise you these hinds’ feet. Indeed, I have brought you on purpose to the back side of the desert, where the mountains are particularly steep and where there are no paths but the tracks of deer and of the mountain goats for you to follow, that the promise may be fulfilled. What did I say to you the last time we met?”
“You said, ‘Now shalt thou see what I will do,'” she answered, and then looking at him reproachfully, added, “But I never dreamed you would do anything like this! Lead me up to an impassable precipice up which nothing can go but deer and goats, when I am no more like a deer or a goat than is a jellyfish. It’s too – It’s too – ” She fumbled for words, and then burst out laughing. “Why it’s too preposterously absurd! It’s crazy! What will you do next?”
The Shepherd laughed too. “I love doing preposterous things,” he replied. “Why, I don’t know anything more exhilarating and delightful than turning weakness into strength, and fear into faith, and that which has been marred into perfection. If there is one thing more than another which I should enjoy doing at this moment it is turning a jellyfish into a mountain goat. That is my special work….”pp. 126-127
Chocolate Chip Cookies
First Make the GF flour mix:
2 1/3 cups chickpea flour (also called besan or gram flour)
2/3 cup corn starch
1/4 cup sugar
3 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup butter (Their recipe calls for ALL canola oil)
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/3 cup GF flour mix (I used a bit more than this)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 cups chocolate chips
Combine oil and sugar in large bowl and mix on medium high speed. Add eggs one at a time, mixing until creamy. Add vanilla. Gradually add flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by rounded teaspoons about 2 inches apart on baking sheet. Bake 10-12 min @ 350*. Cool on wire rack. Makes about 2 1/2 dozen.
Meals prepared and frozen for kids and sitters: 7
Miles Traveled by plane and car (Amherst to Estes Park and back): 3414
Change in Elevation(Amherst to Denver): 4985 ft.
Highest Elevation Reached on foot: 10,180 ft
Miles Hiked in Rocky Mountains: 15
Animal species spotted: 7
Miles Jogged in Mile High City: 5
Miles shopped in Mile High City: 5
Foot/Toe Blisters: 2
Ibuprofen pills taken: 5
Stores visited in search of wedding jewelry: at least 10
Rental cars used: 2
Discount on rental cars for having to return one: 50%
Percentage of gratitude for GPS in rental cars: 100%
Wedding events attended: 3
Amazing wedding sermons heard: 1
Compliments to the Pastor: countless
Percentage of gratitude and pride in being the pastor’s wife: 110%
Percentage of gratitude for thoughtfulness of bride and groom: 100%
Starbucks Venti Iced Coffees Drunk: 6
Starbucks Venti Iced Coffees spilled on floor of Starbucks: 1
Nights camping: 1
Sinks and showers at campground: 0
Sunny days: 6
T-shirts bought: 5
Little League/Babe Ruth games missed: 3
Major League Baseball games attended: 1
Winning streak game #: 10
Bats thrown past third base instead of balls: 1
Mexican Food meals consumed: 4
Slow Dances: 1
1 brown rice wrap (Food for Life and Trader Joe’s make these)
2 Tbsp jarred pesto
1 cup shredded fresh spinach
1/4 cup chick peas (or any white bean)
2 Tbsp pine nuts
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp lemon juice
Spread pesto on top of rice wrap and place directly on middle rack of oven for 5-10 minutes until slightly crispy and lightly browned. Toss together spinach, beans, pine nuts, olive oil, vinegar, and lemon juice. Spread this mixture on top of warm wrap and eat like a pizza – whole or cut in half!