Rainy days have been few and far between this year in Texas, but when the skies finally open, I enjoy the raindrops falling all around me.
For some reason, when I think of rain showers and delightfully overcast days, I think of Winnie the Pooh. Pooh Bear has always been one of my favorite book characters, along with the irrepressible Tigger and the humorously pessimistic Eeyore.
So today, as the liquid sunshine gently falls from the Texas sky, enjoy these bright and chipper quotes from the Hundred Acre Wood.
Tis’ the season to be baking! But when it comes to carting your culinary creations, things can get a little tricky.
I saw this handy Do-It-Yourself cupcake carrier online the other day and I can’t wait to try it out! You can even get creative by using a colored gift box, or by covering a plain box with all that extra wrapping paper you have lying around.
Real Simple, a shirt sized box will hold eight regular sized cupcakes. Just cut “X” marks into the top of the box and you’re all set!
Winston Churchill was not your average ordinary leader. Thrust to the forefront of leading his country during a devastating World War, Churchill is widely considered one of the greatest political leaders of the past century.
Wise and witty, Churchill the man was also a bit of a bulldog. Fiercely dogmatic and relentlessly stubborn (especially when he knew he was right), one has wonder what would have happened to Britain, and possibly even the whole world, if he did not fight for freedom against Hitler’s reign of terror.
I’ve compiled a list of Winston Churchill quotes and I hope they inspire you, bring a smile to your face, and motivate you to keep pressing on!
It’s no secret that I’m a big football fan. And when I see someone who plays outstanding ball and lives a life that honors Christ, I cannot resist cheering for his success.
Last night, as I was watching the highlights of yet another improbable Tim Tebow victory, I was struck by a feeling of having seen this story play out before. All of a sudden it hit me. Tim Tebow’s amazing football story is surprisingly akin to that of Secretariat, arguably the greatest racehorse of all time.
Saturday mornings are some of my most favorite times. I love waking up with the soft morning light brightening my room as a new day of relaxing adventures dawns.
Ordinarily, I don’t get to enjoy those minutes of lying in bed carefree with all the time in the world, but on Saturdays I treasure that time. It gives my soul a chance to come alive once again, refreshed by a time to reflect on my blessings and enjoy some extra fellowship time with my Lord.
“Lying in bed would be an altogether supreme experience if one only had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling.” G.K Chesterton
Another one of my favorite things about Saturday morning is that it often gives my family an opportunity to have breakfast together. During my pre-food allergy days, breakfast would often include scrambled eggs, waffles, omelettes, pancakes, bacon, or quiche—-all delectable things on my off-limits list.
Or so I thought.
Lately, I’ve been experimenting with different flour alternatives and I’ve really begun to enjoy brown rice flour. So when I stumbled across this
recipe for waffles, I knew this was the one to use as a base for Belgian waffles, one of my favorite breads. My family, who is non-GF, loved them and I think this will become a new staple around our Saturday morning breakfast table!
[print_this] Gluten-Free and Vegan Belgian Waffles Recipe
This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, and nut-free. Recipe makes 3-4 waffles depending on the size of your waffle iron.
1 1/4 cups brown rice flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 tablespoon baking powder
3 heaping tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt (regular salt is fine, I just prefer the taste of kosher salt in baking)
1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
3/4 cup + 1/8 cup water
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 baking powder egg (1 tablespoon canola oil, 2 tablespoons water, 1 teaspoon baking powder mixed in small bowl)
1/4 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Non-stick cooking spray for the waffle iron.
Combine all the dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the water, applesauce, baking powder egg, oil, and vanilla by hand or with a mixer. Add in the dry ingredients and blend together until the batter is smooth.
Heat the waffle iron and spray with the non-stick cooking spray. Spoon batter onto grill and bake until golden brown.
It’s no secret that I love to plan. But as I’ve discovered many times, God usually has completely different ideas than I do.
For a type-A person with the spiritual gift of organization, planning is essential. Without a plan, I usually have a hard time getting my thoughts detailed, my thoughts then turned into actions, and also if I’m working with others, our team organized and on the move.
Are you a wimp? I don’t know about you, but I sure have my moments—-and I’m wholeheartedly grateful that God still uses wimps.
Case in point: Joshua, one of the most acclaimed generals and leaders of all time.