Monday, December 5, 2016

Christmas Blessings...






Well, it's official...
We are now in the second week of December!
Can you believe it?
I'm telling you, hold on to your hats and enjoy the ride,
I thinks Christmas is going to be here rather quickly!

I am taking this month a bit slower, 
so I don't miss out on 
any of the holiday excitement.

I've been decorating here and there
and by the time you read this, 
our tree will be up and decorated!

My hubby is going to be hanging lights
 on our covered porch this year
along with putting out the family of reindeer!

We are all so excited, for we haven't put up
outdoor lights since my oldest was little.

How are things going for all of you?

I thought I would share a beautiful
 poem with you,
It's so fitting for the season we are in.

*********

The Blessings of Sharing

Only what we give away
Enriches us from day to day,
For not in getting but in giving
Is found the lasting joy of living,
For no one ever had a part
In sharing treasures of the heart
Who did not feel the impact of
The magic mystery of God's love.
Love alone can make us kind
And give us joy and peace of mind,
So live with joy unselfishly,
And you'll be blessed abundantly.

By: Helen Steiner Rice


Have a JOYOUS week!



Hugs & Blessings To You,






Monday, November 28, 2016

Joy...


Hello Friends!

How was your Thanksgiving?  
Did you eat too much?

Our Thanksgiving was wonderful.  
Very simple and very enjoyable.

It's nice when you don't have to cook all day
and you can really enjoy the day, 
the moments, the blessings.

I was told by my boys that
 Christmas is in 28 days!!

What?!  
That will be here in a blink of an eye!

I've slowly started pulling
 Christmas decor out...
I think we will be putting up
 the tree this weekend.

My nephews Birthday is this month 
and so is my son's!!

So we are just gonna celebrate all month!

Lots to do!!
(smiles)

**************

Did you know if you looked up the 
word Joy in the bible it's 
listed 88 times in the Old Testament 
and 57 times in the New Testament?

The definition of the word Joy is:

To experience great pleasure or delight.

The emotion to evoked by well being, 
success, or good fortune
or by the prospect of possessing
 what one desires.

Taking delight
.
*******

We should always find a reason to be joyful!

There are many ways to be joyful:

Joy isn't just a smile or a laugh.

Joy is something that is deep 
within and doesn't leave quickly.

When we have the Joy of the Lord, 
we'll know it and so will others.

Since Joy is given by God and it's something that
 He wants us to have, 
We need to be Joyful!!

In addition to being joyful,
 we should let others have their
 joy and not bring them down when
 they are excited about good thing.
  
The only things worse than not having joy
 is stealing someone else's!


Spending each day in God's Word is pure JOY!

God Let's us have 
Blessings every single day!

God's Holy Spirit
 produces Joy!

Did you know Joy is the second
 "Fruit of the Spirit"?
Galatians 5:22
Joy!

Wow....

Reading the scriptures will
 bring us great JOY!

And these things we write to you
 that your JOY may be full!
1 John 1:4

Yes...Please!

If we can't find reasons to be Joyful, 
maybe our perspectives need to change?

God gives us the Blessings every day.
Ask for Joy!

It is Joy for the just to do justice, 
but destruction will come to the workers of iniquity.
Proverbs 12:20

Consider it pure Joy, my brothers and sisters,
whenever you face trials of many kinds,
because you know that the testing of your faith produces
perseverance.
James 1:2-3

Clap your hands, all you nations; 
shout to God with cries of Joy.
Psalms 47:1

May the God of hope fill you with all
 Joy and Peace as you trust in him, 
so that you may overflows with hope
 by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13

I don't know about you, 
but I think I will choose JOY!


Have a blessed day..week..month!

Hugs to you,





Monday, November 21, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving & A Recipe...





Can you believe Thanksgiving is almost here?

I can't!  Seriously, how did it get here so quickly?

Do you all do the Thanksgiving hosting
 or do you travel somewhere?

We stay home and have a simple
 gathering at my in laws.

My MIL, Roxy has always made the turkey,
it's her specialty!

I'll be helping prepare the meal 
and of course the dessert!

My mom and my aunt will be coming out this year
to celebrate with us.

Most of my family is scattered all over, 
so it's hard to get everyone together.

I believe we will be doing the turkey, mashed taters,
 sweet tater casserole,green bean casserole, 
gluten free stuffing and stuffing for the non-gluten free eaters,
cranberries and some type of roll.
And of course pie...pecan and a pumpkin
and hopefully my auntie's famous cheesecake!

What all do you do to prepare for the big day?

Well, I hope whatever you do, 
you enjoy yourselves and your company
and you are BLESSED!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

How would you like another great recipe?

After all, isn't that what I do best?

Roxy and I baked up some gluten free scones the other day
and oh my goodness...they turned out delicious!

Like, I can't eat just one...

Of course if you aren't gluten free,
 just add in the flour of your choice
and bake away....

So, this is my own creation of a recipe 
and I think I've posted it before
but, I didn't want to search for the recipe,
so I'm gonna give it to you again in the Gluten Free version.

Enjoy!!


Sweet Scones

1 cup Einkorn Flour
1 cup of coconut flour, oat flour and potato starch*
(*This just needs to equal 1 cup)
2 Tbsp. green banana flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 stick butter, cold and sliced
1 egg
1/2 cup coconut milk or any type of milk or yogurt
1/4 tsp. almond or vanilla extract
1/4 cup toffee bits
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup of dried cranberries or coconut
(You can use the basic recipe and add in the flavors you crave)

Combine the flours, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Using a pastry blender or your hands and
combine the sliced butter until it forms into pea sized crumbs.
 Stir in the chocolate chips and coconut
 or your desired flavor combos.

In another bowl, stir in the coconut milk, 
the egg and the almond or vanilla extract.
Add to the flour mixture.  
Stir just till combined.

On a lightly floured surface, place your dough.
 Create 2 mounds with the dough, no more than 1/2 inch thick.
 Cut each circle of dough into 8 slices. 
Place on an un-greased cookie sheet.
Lightly sprinkle with sugar if desired.

Bake at 400 degrees for about 13-15 minutes 
or until they are lightly brown.

For my flavor combos:
I made one batch with chocolate chips and coconut
and the other batch with:
white chocolate chips and dried cranberries

I've also made orange cranberry
chocolate chips and toffee bits
strawberries and cream
just to list a few...

Also just to let you know the Einkorn flour is organic 
and it has a less amount of gluten for 
those that have gluten sensitivities. 
I am able to eat this flour and it doesn't bother me.



This is the Chocolate Chip and Coconut Scone...



And this one is the Dried Cranberry
 and White Chocolate Chip Scone...


Roxy made hers batch with the 
Toffee Bits and Chocolate Chips.


Experiment and see what flavor combos you can create!



HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!




Now, ain't this the truth!
HAHA!


BE BLESSED!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Easy Cashew Brittle...

God's Grace Overflows

Hello!  How are you?
I've been busy, but I think we all are this time of year.
Running here and there, doing errands, 
school, chores, baking, cooking
the list is endless...

But in the mix of all the busyness
I have been doing a little baking.

I'm getting my flow on cooking Gluten Free
so that right there is huge!

In the midst of all the changes,
I found this super easy brittle recipe.
Do you like Brittle?

I do!
It's sweet, a bit salty and I love the crunch!

Now, I'm sure you have had peanut brittle.
But, this brittle is made with cashews!

Here's the recipe if you'd like to give it a try.

Microwave Nut Brittle
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup cashews or nuts of choice
1 tsp. baking soda

In microwave safe bowl, mix together sugar and corn syrup.
Microwave for 5 minutes.
Add in butter, vanilla and cashews.
Microwave for 1 minute longer.
Stir in baking soda and immediately spread
 mixture onto buttered parchment paper.
Cool for 30 minutes to an hour.
Break into pieces and enjoy!



With the holiday season upon us, 
this would make a great gift!



I hope you have a delightfully sweet week!

HUGS,


Monday, November 7, 2016

Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread...

God's Grace Overflows



Happy November to you!
I just can't believe we are in November,
where did this year go?

As you know from my last post, 
I have gone Dairy Free and now Gluten Free
 for a season to see if it helps with my tummy issues.

As of now, everything seems to be going great.
No pain or distress.
Yay!

So, I have been in the kitchen trying to 
figure out some baked goods
 that are gluten and dairy free.

Since I love to bake, it's important to me
to try and create something that I can eat.

My first attempt was at corn bread
and it turned out great.
Nice and fluffy on the inside
 and crunchy on the outside.

So, then I tried making 
my favorite sweet bread... Pumpkin!

It turned out so yummy and moist!

I now have hope that I will not 
starve on this new dietary journey!
(Smiles)

Would you like to give it a try?

Before I forget, on the flour you can do regular
flour if you are not gluten free.
What I added to mine is
2 1/2 cups All Purpose GF flour
1 cup coconut flour
 with green banana flour
 (mixed and measured)

You can add whatever 
GF flours you would like. 
Just make sure you get 3 1/2 cups worth.

God's Grace Overflows

Doesn't this bread look rustic?


Pumpkin Bread

3 1/2 cups Gluten Free Flour 
2 cups Sugar
2 tsp. Baking Soda
2 tsp. Salt
2 tsp. Allspice
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Nutmeg
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Cloves
4 eggs
1 can (15oz.) Solid Packed Pumpkin
3/4 cup  Light Olive Oil
2/3 cup Water
*1/2 cup Pecan, chopped (Optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
Grease and flour 3 bread pans, set aside.
Combine all the dry ingredients into a large bowl.
 Stir in all wet ingredients and mix well.
Pour pumpkin batter equally into the 3 bread pans.
 Sprinkle batter with nuts if desired.
Bake for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick
 comes out clean when poked.

Enjoy!

God's Grace Overflows

Is your November going to be a busy one?

Well, I hope whatever you have planned, 
you enjoy every moment!

Thanks for stopping by...





Monday, October 31, 2016

Dairy Free Coconut Oil Fudge...

Hello Friends!
Thanks for taking the time to stop by...
I just love seeing you here!

Well, lets see... where to begin.
Hmm...
Okay, so I have been eating dairy free
 for a little over a week now
and I think I am also switching
 to a Gluten Free diet as well.

I have been having a lot of trouble with my tummy 
for quite some time now and I thought
what could I do different to heal my gut.

As I was praying and really pondering
 what is causing all this distress
I started to research some things 
on what I was experiencing.

And, the first part was to get rid of all dairy.

No brainer there, so I went off it all. 
 Which was a little hard, because I love cheese.

And then one day I decided to have 
some coffee with a freshly baked cookie
and within minutes my tummy was hurting,
and continued to hurt through out the day...
Not good!

I've been keeping a food diary since 
my journey with no dairy
and while I was looking back, 
 I noticed on the one day 
I had eaten several things with gluten in it.
Including the coffee and cookie...

So... to make a long story short,
I have decided to get off gluten for a season to see 
if my tummy heals.

I'd love to hear from any of you that have tried or has had
to go gluten and dairy free.

Do you have any recipes you'd like to share?

I think I can handle dinner, 
but I still need a sweet treat every now and again.

Thanks so much!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Any who, how would you like to 
try a new dairy free fudge recipe?

I was craving something sweet...like chocolate
so I got on my phone and googled dairy free fudge
and I tried this one...

It is so decadent and it melts in your mouth!

And it's chocolate!

Below you will find the recipe...







In my mixer, 
I put in the coconut oil and coconut milk.
Blend on medium speed for 5-6 minutes.
Till your mixture is thick and glossy.


Next, add in your cocoa powder, honey
vanilla and almond extract.


Mix your chocolate mixture again, till blended.


Pour your mixture into a wax
 paper lined loaf pan.
Place in freezer for 20 minutes.


After 20 minutes, take out fudge.


Cut fudge into bite size pieces.


At this point, the fudge is still a little soft.
So, I placed my cut pieces into a tin
and put them back into the freezer.


I pulled out another piece after 
about 30 more minutes in the freezer
and it was much harder than before.

I think since there is coconut oil in these,
 they tend to melt a bit quicker.
So eat and enjoy... One piece at a time!

I hope you all have a wonderful week!
AND
Don't forget to try something new!


HUGS & BLESSINGS,




Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Roasted Taters...




I just love a home cooked meal.
I'm not much for eating out, but on special occasions.
The more I eat out, the more I don't feel well.
So...
I love to cook for my family.
I love cozy food.
I love a good casserole.
My guys, well at least 3 of them, love meat and taters.
Simple, Easy and Mighty Tasty!

I make roasted taters often...
We like taters, I mean who doesn't?
We fry them, mash them, boil them, shred them.
But, I love how yummy these roasted taters are!



If you want to give them a whirl, 
here is what I do prepare them.

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
Drizzle Olive Oil in a 10x15 pan.
{If you don't have a pan that big, 
you can use a 9x13 pan.}
Peel and cut about 
6 potatoes and 2 sweet potatoes

In a large bowl, place the taters 
add in:
 1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tbsp. parsley
1 tsp. dill 
1 clove garlic, minced
salt and pepper

Stir that really well.  
Pour the taters in your prepared pan.
Bake in over for about 35-40 minutes, 
stirring every 15 minutes or so.

Serve as a main meal or as a side dish.
This go round, we had roasted taters
 with BBQ Pulled Chicken.


How do you like to cook your taters?

Thanks so much for stopping by...






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