Gluten Free Fan Not a Fad

Some of you who have read my blogs from time to time know that my husband is highly and deathly allergic to wheat.  Within ten minutes of ingesting wheat – he’ll swell up and stop breathing.

Well – most recently (as of January of this year) my 12 year old son grew into these same allergies. I’m pretty sure as his body chemistry is changing and his external allergies are out of control, his food allergies just kicked in.  So now – we have gluten free and nut free everything.

For us it’s not a dietary fad or a diet we’re trying.  Most people assume my family suffers from celiacs – which would be a blessing compared to what my family goes through if they ingest the wrong item.  It’s an Epi-pen, and ambulance, and a lot of prayers for survival if my family eats the wrong thing.

Needless to say – food is not something we take for granted.  It’s a luxury for us to be able to eat something.  And it’s just in the last 5 years that gluten free cooking has become so popular, to which now I have a lot of recipes available to me.  I’m so thankful that people are hopping on the gluten free train – whether it’s for a fad diet or  a digestive need.

This week I stumbled across a really great gluten free chicken pot pie recipe and I’ve made it twice.  My son is usually a very picky eater, which now he doesn’t have the luxury of.   Now he has to eat what I make for him, as he doesn’t have many options at his disposal.  Imagine how heartwarming it is when you can feed your child something that won’t take him to the ER, and it doubles as something that he goes back for seconds, thirds, and fourth helpings.

I am one happy momma today.  And if the meantime, if any of you want the recipe – read below:


2 Tb butter

1 md onion

Whatever veggies you choose to include – it will vary depending on what is in your refridge and use whatever quantity you choose to taste.

I chose the following: One chopped potato, Chopped broccoli, Sliced carrots, Sliced celery, ¼ of the medium onion – chopped

1 ½ cup cut cup-cooked chicken

1 ¾ cup Progresso chicken broth

1 tsp seasoned salt

½ dill and lemon seasoning

¾ cup milk

3 Tb rice flour

Topping ( I doubled the order for this part )

¾ cup Bisquick Gluten free mix (comes in a small orange box)

½ milk

1 egg

2 Tb melted butter

1 Tb Italian seasoning

1 Tb shredded parmesan

Heat oven to 350 degrees. In 3 qt saucepan – melt 2 Tb of butter over medium heat and add onions. Cook and stir frequently until butter is slightly boiling and onions are tender. Stir in all your veggies, chicken, chicken broth, and dill and lemon seasoning. Heat until it boils.

In small bowl, mix ¾ cup milk and the rice flour with wire whisk until smooth. Then stir it into the chicken mixture until it all boils. Once at a slight boil, pour your saucepan full of all that good stuff into an ungreased 2 qt casserole dish.

In a small bowl, stir all topping ingredients together until perfectly blended. As I’ve called for you to double the mixture – drop the mixture by as many spoonfuls as it takes over the casserole chicken pie.

Bake at 25-30 minutes or until your knife or toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center.



Angels Among Us

Anyone that knows me knows me understands I love clouds.  I’m always looking to the sky.  Maybe it’s my Indian blood, searching for signs of weather.  Or maybe it’s because – as a believer – its my way of looking toward heaven.

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Last week, I changed my desktop appearance to one of my many cloud photos.  Once on my computer, this image was smack dab in the middle of my screen.  I had to smile as it looks like the image of a smiling face, peeking over the cloud toward me.  Do you ever wonder if Angels hide in the clouds?

After this photo …  I do.


Financial Peace

Proverbs 22:7

The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.

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My husband and I are currently taking Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace, and I am counting the days to freedom from debt. A lot of Dave’s practices were ones that I was taught growing up, like saving vs spending…staying away from credit cards etc.

In my twenties, I used to freeze a ziplock baggie of water, with my credit card inside. I kept it in my freezer, and had to thaw it out if in need. I knew impulse buys were out of the question, because I didn’t have easy access to my credit card. If it was a true need, than I’d have time to think about how dire that need was while the ice melted. But once you grow up and get married, your own practices merge with another’s. You and your spouse design your own plan, and things can change from moderate to radical.

My hubbie and I are fortunate enough to be able to say that after 7 years of marriage, we’ve never had to struggle financially. However now that I’m in my new job, which is hit or miss with getting paid, we’re fast learners on how frivolous we had been with our money. We spent whatever we wanted, because we had it on hand. And right now when I’m debating on what groceries I need vs want, and how much is in the bank or not…it’s a definitely challenge but a good one.

We’re learning to manage things better and faster. We’re overcoming our financial shortfall by creative measures, and this Financial Peace University is just one of the many ways we’re planning our future. Dave Ramsey’s debt snowball is one application that works for us.

It teaches to list all your totals you owe to what companies/creditors in order of largest to smallest. Pay the minimums on the biggest totals due, and pay as much as you can afford to your smallest debt. Get one paid off quickly and then start on the next smallest amount due. It’s designed to help you attack your debt one loan or credit card at a time. It also helps you count down (by pay off dates) to financial freedom…and peace.

I’m so looking forward to the day that I can call Dave’s hotline and announce financial freedom! Not only will this help me and my husband partner and agree on our financial plans, which is better than 90% of couples out there, but it will also set an example for my son. We will break the chain of debt in my family, to set him financially free for his future as well.

This faithful friday, I post on financial faith. God wants us all to be debt free so that we’re not ‘slave’ to the lender. This class is another way to give our finances to God and get rid of all debt that has control over us. Now I just have to get paid more money to be able to pay our debt off…which is why I started my photography business on the side to supplement my small income. I’ve already got 3 photoshoots lined up in the next 5 weeks! Yay!

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Faithful Fridays

Children are such a blessing. Those, with out kids, will never know the impact these children make on parent’s lives. It’s just not possible to understand until you live your life as a parent. One can come close….but it’s not the same when you don’t experience watching your own child thrive and grow…or feeling the hurt when they stumble and fall. It’s a whole new world being a parent, and my life will never be the same. I wouldn’t want it to.

That hard edge of my personality came crumbling down, the second I became a mom. It was no longer about me and my wants. It was about something bigger…my son’s essence of life and his future. I became fully responsible for an entirely different life and lifestyle. Most mom’s embrace this…but sadly some mom’s don’t. I know it takes all kinds of different people to run this world, so I do not judge those who don’t ‘get’ it. I’m just glad I’m one of those mom’s who ‘do’ get it.

My mother, thankfully, got it too. If not for her, I may not have made it in one piece. She always told me that I would have two hyper active boys, that I’d have to chase after constantly, to pay me back for how hyper I was. I was the kid with long hair, in braids, doing cart wheels down the grocery aisles. She’d find me by listening for the click-click-click, from my pony tails holders hitting the floor, when my braids would coming whirling around. I was the kid that would see something and blurt out my first thought like, “mom that woman sure is ugly”, which would send my mother taking the fastest corner she could take in our grocery cart to get away and hide. I was that kid…lots of energy, honesty, and creativity. All that in one bundle usually is a recipe for disaster. I landed in the ER with serious injuries 3 times in a 3 month period. Not because my mom wasn’t watching out for me…but just because I was every where all at once in full stride.

My son is all of this but thank goodness for me hasn’t had the urge to push his limits when it comes to dangerous activity. He’s not the dare devil I was so far. He’s the kid that will do anything to make you smile, but that has trouble expressing his anger. He’s aggressive but sweet. He’s the kid that will stop a waiter, who’s flustered, to ask him if he’s frustrated. He truly wants to know how a stranger feels and why. Of course this ends up making the once stressed kid, waiting tables and having an obvious bad day, smile and take extra care in how he works his day. My son’s the kid that makes other’s day by just being himself.

Today’s faithful fridays is a message of contentment. God’s ever faithfulness in giving me the family I have and blessing me with each new day with all of them. The blessings my mother bestowed to me, to learn what a good mom is, have helped me nurture this wonderfully creative child, who’s got the sweetest spirit about him. Each day I learn about my mom, by walking in her shoes. And each day I learn about myself, by seeing my son walk in mine. It’s an important role we have as mothers or parents, because our kids watch everything we do…whether we know it or not. We need to be careful what we pass on to them, for their heritage and lineage.

I thank God that He’s blessed me with my family, and how much I learn from them every minute of the day. If it weren’t for Him in the center of it all, we wouldn’t have survived thus far!