Thursday, September 13, 2012

Let's Talk About Love!

Love is am amazing feeling.  But so many of us seek it out for all the wrong reasons.  Recently someone told me their relationship was complicated which made me do a lot of thinking and this is what I came up with.  Why???  Why is your relationship complicated, because Real Love is not complicated.  It is simple and easy and wonderful.  Life can be complicated but Love should never be complicated.  These are some of my opinions on Love:

~ You can't Love anyone else if you don't first Love yourself.  - you may seek the love of others thinking that it will fill your heart with love but you will attract the wrong type of people.  The people you attract will walk all over you like a doormat and they will take advantage of your lack of self esteem.  Remember this, You were created in God's image so what isn't to Love.  Find a way to Love yourself and the rest will come.
~ Having a baby doesn't mean you will have someone who will always love you.  -  Have you ever met a teenage girl before?  Does she love her parent's?  If she does she's not from this planet.  The child will come around eventually but will you live long enough to see it?  Some folks don't because they got pregnant to have someone to love them and it turned into a disaster because they never loved themselves.  Again, if you don't love yourself  you can't really love anyone else.
~ Love will never hold you down.  - A true love will want your wings to grow and expand and for you to fly and become all that you can.  You may hold yourself down and not let yourself fly but a true love will let you go knowing you will come back to them.

Below is the scripture from 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.  Read this scripture! Read it over and over until you understand it.  This is what true love is all about.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Gluten Free 101 - For those of you New to the Scene

Being Gluten Free has become common place for me but what absolutely amazes me is how many people do not know what is in the food they eat.

From wikipedia:
Gluten is a protien found in foods processed from wheat and related grain species, including barley and rye.

But let's take this one step further for those of you who are newly diagnosed.  Some people think this means that you just can't eat bread.  That would be awesome.  Just give up bread - Sign me up!  Unfortunately it goes deeper than that.  These items can contain gluten:

Bread, Buns, Pasta, Pizza, Crackers, Breading, Anything Breaded including seasoned curly fries, Pies, Cakes, Donuts, Muffins, Corn Dogs, Corn Bread, Stuffing, Rye Bread, Marble Rye Bread, Malt products, Almost all Canned Soups, Canned Gravies, some Canned Pie Fillings, some Barbeque Sauces, some Kethcup, pre-packaged Vegetables with sauces on them, flour tortilla's, Cheese puffs, and this is just a few of the more common items.

Are you shocked that Gluten is in so many different items? Well there are many more I didn't list.  See, gluten is a really cheap way to give food a thicker consistency, such as gravies, soups and sauces.

And because it has become more popular the wheat seed companies have modified this grain to make even more gluten proteins than it naturally did a hundred years ago .  That's why we are seeing the huge outbreaks of Gluten Intolerance.  We have "evolved" the seed but our bodies haven't "evolved" as fast as the seed.  This is why so many of us simply can't process this grain anymore.

                                    The best thing you can do is to educate yourself. 
Learn how to read food labels.  Learn the names of Gluten (Wheat by Product, Wheat, Gluten, Wheat Derivitive).  Be very leary of buying pre-packed food that isn't clearly marked as Gluten Free.  Try to buy more whole foods and prepare them at home.  Shop on the outer aisles of the grocery store, this is where your fresher foods will be.  And if you don't think you can cook then go to your favorite Restaurants websites.  The more popular ones have a Food Allergy link (even though Gluten isn't any allergy) and they will list foods that are Gluten Free.

Think of it like this:  you can eat all the meat, fish, vegetable, and fruits you like.  When you look at it this way the possibilities are endless.  For example:  There's no gluten in a Steak, Green Beans, and a Bake Potato with Butter.  Mmmmmmmm.

You can do this.

Re-purpose and Pinterest

I simply adore all things that have been re-purposed.  I love looking at others designs and getting my hands dirty and trying my own.   I don't get to do much crafty stuff these days with my real job being so hectic so I indulge in the re-purposed delights posted on Pinterest.  Here are some of the items from Pinterest that I just adore.  Hopefully they will inspire you also. 

                         All of the pictures below below to the websites they are linked to.

Look at this lovely re-purposed saran wrap box at The Desperate Craft Wives.  What an awesome idea for the holidays.  Plus if I had thought of that blog name I would have used it.  What a cool name.  This will be so useful at the holidays.  I am saving all my boxes now.


Now for furniture.  This is so cool.  A suitcase turned into a chair.  This is designed by the talented See Kate Sew.  What talent this person has.  Very, very chic.  I just love it.

Lastly but definitely not least is a lovely re-purposed door turned into a hall tree.  I saw several renditions of this over the weekend at a flea market/craft show and Erika at Rose Colored Glasses design on this one is just gorgeous. 

Please check out these blogs and their designs.  All of these folks are very talented and deserve a nice round of applause. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Cashew Butter Recipe

Since Cashew Butter is not readily available at our local grocery store I decided to make my own.  Cashew Butter is the simplest thing to make.  You just add ingredients until you like the way it tastes and Viola, you are done.  I didn't even look up to see if there was  recipe.  I wanted it as close to only cashews as possible so I went with my gut instincts and it worked. 

I needed cashew butter to make a yummy grain free bread recipe from Against All Grain and I simply couldn't wait to either order some off of the internet or drive 2 hours to the nearest Whole Foods to buy some.  So why not do the next best thing, make your own.

Here's what you will need:

2 cups of raw unsalted cashews
filtered water
5 T organic honey (more or less depending on how sweet you want your butter)
1 t salt - I use Celtic Sea Salt

Soak the cashews in enough filtered water to cover them and let them soak for 4 hours( I use water from my fridge because it has a filter on it, use whatever is available to you, tap water will work).  The soaking allows the nuts to process easier.  After 4 hours drain the water off of the nuts and rinse them.  Add the soaked cashews to a Food Processor ( a high powered blender will work also).  Process the cashews until they start to turn into a ball.  Now add the honey and the salt. Continue to process the cashews.  Now start to add a drizzle of additional filtered water.  Add this very slowly.  You only want enough water for the mixture to loosen out of the firm "ball" that it creates.  Too much water will make the mixture very loose.  I like mine to be between the consistency of peanut butter and the consistency of room temperature butter.  The addition of the filtered water will determine your consistency of your cashew butter. 

You will need to stop your food processor several times to scrape down the sides and around the bottom to be sure everything is getting well incorporated.  It took me a total of 10 minutes of processing to make my cashew butter the consistency I wanted.  Be sure to watch your processor, if it gets hot you will want to give it a break for a few minutes.

Now, enjoy your delicious, homemade, preservative free cashew butter.  It is great on gluten free bread, celery sticks, apple slices, the list goes on and on.  This butter lasts about 5 days in the fridge, it might last longer but we have always ran out by day 5.