gluten-free poppy seed rolls

These rolls are very similar to ones you might find at a restaurant. I didn’t fry mine, so they are obviously not as delicious, but these are pretty close in my opinion.

I used the gluten-free bisquick mix and made the biscuits are directed on the back of the box, except instead of using shortening, use butter. In addition to this, add 3/4 cup brown sugar and 2 or 3 tbsp of poppy seeds. I really just dumped some in without measuring, but this is my estimate of how much I used.

Bake at 400 degrees for 14 minutes.

These are delicious when served with honey-butter.

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Gluten-Free life

I found out I had to be gluten-free almost two years ago. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long, but it has been a journey of experiments and new discoveries. Can I just say, thank goodness for Pinterest, because i have found many new recipes and gluten-free substitutes there! Spaghetti squash is my newest discovery and I love it. I was definitely hesitant to try it because I don’t really care for the mushy texture of cooked squash, but this was different. If you haven’t tried it yet, you should, but be sure to remove the seeds and season your spaghetti squash before cooking it 🙂

I have eaten much healthier these last two years, since i have to avoid most carbs and all things fried. However, recently I have started pan frying things like squash, pork, or chicken, in cornmeal. (If you are gluten-free, know that CORN MEAL is just corn, but the CORN MEAL MIX has flour and wheat products in it).

Here are some of the foods I take for lunch at work, or snack-like foods:

  • pickles
  • peppers and humus
  • ham and cheese roll-ups with ranch or thousand island dressing
  • fresh fruit
  • apple with peanut butter
  • celery with peanut butter
  • fritos (or another corn-chip)
  • greek yogurt
  • almonds, peanuts, cashews
  • craisens
  • popcorn
  • frozen grapes
  • rice cakes
  • oven-roasted cauliflower

Having to change my life this way has made me a much less picky eater and I am willing to try new things, just to see what I am still able to enjoy, even being gluten-free. I also know that gluten-free people stick together! As new people try this lifestyle or have to change because of health issues, I have been able to help them understand what it really means and find gluten-free options they enjoy. Being able to help someone like this brings me so much joy, whether it’s discovering the gluten-free life or helping with another situation. My challenges and experiences are not to be kept to myself, but shared to bring others encouragement, guidance, or comfort in some way. I hope as I age that I will be able to share more of my life with others 🙂

grocery bag holder

photo 2I needed a way to store my grocery bags, because i keep them and reuse them, but they take up so much space. I found an idea on pinterest here and decided to try it.

  1. Take an empty wipes container and rinse it out really well.
  2. Use mod podge or spray adhesive (I used both) to attach some fabric to the outside of your container. (I used some old scraps I had lying around, so it doesn’t match the lid)
  3. flatten plastic bags and fold in half long ways. Overlap the ends of the bag and start rolling them up. You can use as many as you want, but be sure they fit in the container. Leave the first bag sticking out of the middle to start pulling from.
  4. put the roll of bags in your cute container and close the lid

This is the perfect size to fit under the kitchen or bathroom sink! I love this idea better than the fabric sleeve, even though it takes a little time to roll the bags

photo 1

we all die

This past week, I was taking care of a patient. His health was declining and the family was discussing some choices and options and were having a hard time due to all of the emotions involved. It got me thinking about death and how we all die. There is no exception. Every single one of us, our friends, and our family members will die. But what happens after death may vary. I know exactly what will happen to me because I know Jesus died for my sins so that I can be with Him forever in heaven. Are you sure of where you will go after death? What about your family? Friends? One of our responsibilities here on earth as Christians is to tell everyone about Jesus and about our salvation. This doesn’t mean yelling at them or scaring them into making a decision. It simply means living your life in a way that reflects Christ. Sharing your story when the opportunity arises. Answering questions without being judgmental.

Are you willing to live knowing that you could have shared your salvation with someone, but were too scared, and they die before you get another chance? This takes courage and it may not be easy, but everyone dies and some of us may not be living for much longer. We have no way of knowing when we will die, but it will happen. We need to take the chance we have now to share Christ with others. Are you up for the challenge?

truth

I was doing a Bible study the other day about Obadiah, the really small book of the Old Testament and the prophet to Judah. The main idea of the book is that Edom, the descendants of Esau, were delighting in the calamities of the house of Jacob. I’m not an expert on the Old Testament or anything, but I know Obadiah was telling the people to not rejoice in the suffering of others, and he also predicted the same disasters and hardships on Edom. The book I was reading, “Discovering the God of Second Chances”, by Kay Arthur and Pete de Lacy, was discussing the life of Esau and the events that lead him to be the lesser of the two brothers. It said “Nothing Esau thought, felt, said, or did would change the truth that God chose Jacob over Esau, because God Himself, not man, chose Jacob.” My first thought was taking that sentence literally. Through Sunday School lessons and previous knowledge about Jacob and Esau, I always thought negatively about Jacob for tricking Esau for his birthright and blessing. And yes, Jacob was a trickster, but it was God who had chosen him from the beginning to have the blessing, not the fact that he was favored by his mother, or that his craftiness “won” him the blessing. God chose him.

My second thought about the sentence from the book is that God chose us. Nothing we think, feel, say, or do changes the truth that He loves us. That’s the amazing thing about truth. That it is absolute and nothing can alter it. The truth is that God loves us. The truth is that we are sinners. The truth is that Jesus dies for our sins so that we may be righteous in God’s eyes. That’s the truth. I don’t know about you, but as a female, I have a lot of feelings and those feelings can change the way I think and can start to change the way I act, but those feelings, thoughts, and actions don’t change what’s true. If one day you feel unworthy, or you think you don’t deserve God’s love, or we make a mistake and sin, God still loves us, because that’s the truth. Even those who have turned away from God and lived a life full of sin are able to turn back to Him and be accepted by his love and grace and mercy because it’s the truth. Jesus loves us. (the Bible tells us so!)

Truth in Love

When reading my Bible earlier today, I read through Ephesians and came across Ephesians 4:15. It says,

Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.

I was thinking about this and realized that many times, we may be speaking the truth, but it is not in love. A friend of mine was very good at pointing out negatives in other people. She meant it with a good heart, so that they may be able to work on those faults and become a better person, but even though she was speaking the truth, it wasn’t in love.  The attitudes and tones that convey judgment, disappointment, or pride aren’t helpful for building each other up. Some people say “the truth hurts.” And, yes, there are many times when it is hard to hear the truth, but as Christians, we are called to speak the truth in love so that “the body of Christ may be built up” (Ephesians 4:12).

The speaking of truth in a non-loving way is one of the ways relationships are ruined and the view of Christianity is hindered. If we go around saying we love Jesus and we worship Him and He is the best, yet we turn to our neighbor and tell them that they are sinning, we are not building the kingdom of God. We need to convey the message to our fellow Christians and the rest of the world that God loves us, even though we are sinners. We are ALL sinners and that makes none of us better than the rest. None of us has the right to judge or condemn our neighbor for what they’ve done.

There is a place for accountability in the Church, and I’m not saying we should never point out mistakes or sins in others. We can guide each other in as an act of love, but our purpose needs to be with love, so that their attention can be directing at the issue in order to solve it… ALL to build up the kingdom of God.

As we interact with others today and this week, we should think about how our words are being heard. What message are we sending with what we are saying, how we are saying it, and our on-verbal cues? Are we speaking truth in love?