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I love the Lord and my big crazy family. My husband and I have been together for 41 years. I am a mother of two grown children and a grandmother to four biological grandchildren and six others. I own and operate my own home care business primarily for the elderly. Many sites have been sold or did upgrades which messed up back links, if you find a broken link let me know and I will fix it.I have written online articles for Bubblews, Seekyt, TopicSpotter and Triond. You may still find some of my articles on Ehow/Demand Studio.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Sweet Potato Cake Doughnuts




Does your family eat doughnuts for breakfast?  Is the reason because they make a quick meal or because the doughnuts are delicious? Sweet potato cake doughnuts can be quick, vitamin packed and delicious. According to, The Worlds Healthiest Food, “One difficulty in describing the health benefits of sweet potatoes is knowing where to begin. There are a surprising number of nutrient categories responsible for the health benefits of this underappreciated tuber. Among these categories are antioxidants, anti-inflammatory nutrients, and blood sugar-regulating nutrients.” Making your family fresh homemade doughnuts, not only are you eliminating any preservatives but also you are adding vitamins A, C and B6 in a tasty way.

Ingredients for Sweet Potato Doughnut Recipe: 





  • 2 whole sweet potatoes/2 cups mashed sweet potato
  • saucepan
  • 2 tbsp butter/margarine, melted
  • Mixing bowl
  • 3 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Electric mixer
  • 7 cups flour
  • 3 inch round doughnut cutter
  • Olive oil
  • Deep fryer/electric skillet
  • Tongs or slotted spatula
  • Paper towel 

Instructions to make Sweet Potato Doughnut Recipe:



  1. Wash, peel and cut up the sweet potatoes. Place them in a saucepan, cover with water and bring to a boil. Cook the sweet potatoes until soft enough to mash.
  2. Melt the butter/margarine and set aside to cool before using. In a mixing bowl, combine melted butter/margarine, baking powder, salt, milk, eggs, sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon.  Mix until it is all blended.
  3. Add and mix the flour in one cup at a time, until you get soft dough. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for one hour.
  4. Using ½ the dough at one time, pour onto a floured surface. Sprinkle a little flour on top of the dough and pat into the thickness desired. ½ inch to ¾ inch recommended. Using the doughnut cutter dipped in flour, so the dough does not stick, cut out the doughnuts.
  5. Separate and place your doughnuts on floured surface, such as counter top or cookie sheet, as you cut them. With your finger, poke a hole in the center of the doughnut, using a circular motion to enlarge the hole. Repeat process until all the dough is used.
  6. Heat the oil in a deep fryer or an electric skillet to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and carefully drop doughnuts in a couple at a time. Brown on one side, flip over and brown the other side. With tongs or slotted spatula, remove the doughnuts from the oil and place on the paper towel to drain. Continue until all doughnuts are fried.

 Tips:

  • If you do not have a doughnut cutter, use any 3-inch diameter, canning ring or drinking glass.
  • You can use a Dutch oven on the stove top, but use a thermometer to keep your oil from overheating as your doughnuts will brown to quickly on the outside and not be done in the center.
  • You can top your doughnuts with frosting, cinnamon/sugar or powdered sugar.



 Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God".

Matthew 4:4 ; NIV

Monday, November 14, 2016

Gluten-Free Sage Dressing Bread Recipe

The recipe for gluten-free sage dressing bread was born with my love of my moms sage bread dressing. Now that I am eating gluten-free, it seemed silly to buy an expensive loaf of bread just to add some herbs and vegetables.Using my revised gluten-free sandwich bread recipe from Bob Red Mill, I then added what it would take to make sage dressing.

Ingredients to make Gluten-Free Sage Dressing Bread Recipe:

  • 3-1/2 tsp Bob Red Mill's xanthan gum
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar 
  • 2 large eggs  
  • 1/4 cup olive oil 
  • 1 1/2 cups plus 2 tbsp of almond milk
  • 1 tbsp yeast
  • 1 or 2-cups celery; chopped
  • 1 large onion; chopped
  • 2 tbsp sage
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • Salt and black pepper; to taste
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour; I prefer Bob Red Mills 

 

Instruction to make Gluten-Free Sage Dressing Bread Recipe:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Without wasting time or dishes, add in your mixing bowl, all the ingredients in the order listed and mix until blended.

Pour into a greased 9-inch x 5-inch loaf pan, smooth out the top and pop into the oven.

Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Gluten-Free Applesauce Bread Recipe



I made fresh applesauce from our neighbor’s un-sprayed apple trees to take to a family gathering. When the gathering was postponed, I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it all, it was far too much for me to eat by myself, therefore, Gluten-Free Applesauce Bread was made.

I had used Taste of Home recipe for applesauce bread before, however, now that I need gluten free things as well as many family members, I adapted this recipe to suit all the no dairy, no gluten ingredients needed in the families diet and have been told it was fantastic.

 

Ingredients to make Gluten-Free Applesauce Bread

  • 2/3 cup coconut oil; softened
  • 2 cup sugar
  • 2 egg
  • 2 ½  cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 ½  teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 ½  teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons of xanthan gum or ground flax seed 
  • 3 cups All-purpose gluten-free flour; I use Bob Red Mills
  • 1 cup raisins; optional
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts; optional

 

Directions to make Gluten-Free Applesauce Bread

  1. Preheat the oven at 350 degrees.
  2. In a large  bowl add ingredients as listed, mixing well adding flour a little bit as a time until combined thoroughly.  If using raisins and nuts fold them in.
  3. Pour the batter into 2 greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans. Bake for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  4. Cool before removing from pan, slicing and enjoying.

Cinnamon Applesauce Christmas Tree Ornaments

Christmas season is nearly here. If you are like me, you like to have homemade ornaments on the Christmas tree. And Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments not only add the homemade touch, but a great smell.

I will give you the instructions to make Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments but you will have to pick out your shapes. Be creative, design your Christmas Tree to suit your family


Supplies needed to make Cinnamon Applesauce Christmas Tree Ornaments:

  • 1/2 cup Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Applesauce
  • Wax paper
  • Cookie Cutters
  • Toothpick
  • Ribbon/String
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Glitter (optional) 

Instructions to make Cinnamon Applesauce Christmas Tree Ornaments:

  1. In bowl, mix together the cinnamon and applesauce. When it becomes to stiff to stir with spoon you can use your hands to finish making a dough ball.
  2. On the waxed paper, start flattening out the dough ball with your fingers.
  3. Put a second sheet of waxed paper over the dough and roll it out until it is approximately 1/8-inch thick.
  4. Now be creative, take cookie cutters, ring to a canning jar or freehand cut your shapes.
  5. Place on a waxed paper covered baking sheet. Take a toothpick or straw and poke a hole in the top where you will put your ribbon or string.
  6. Let your shapes air dry for at least 24 hours or until completely hard.
***The Youtube recipe is different than the one we used, you may want to try both.


Thursday, August 4, 2016

Gluten-Free Sweet Yellow Squash Custard

This summer after having an abundance of zucchini and
yellow squash; and using them in every conceivable way. I looked in my moms recipe box and found my aunt's zucchini pie recipe and adapted it to make Gluten-Free Sweet Yellow Squash Custard.

Eating gluten-free can be a tad challenging but not impossible. I hadn't found a gluten-free pie crust and I really did not need any extra calories, therefore, I decided baking it in glass baking dish was a much better idea.

Using Blue Diamond vanilla almond cashew milk instead of vanilla extract and Mil-not was another change. If I were making it for my niece I would have used coconut oil instead of butter too. Do not be afraid to play with recipes.

Ingredients for Gluten-Free Sweet Yellow Squash Custard

  • 2 Cups yellow squash; cooked peeling seeds and all
  • 1 1/2-2 Cups Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Cups vanilla almond cashew milk
  • 4 tbsp Tapioca flour
  • 3 tbsp butter or coconut oil  

Instructions on making Gluten-Free Sweet Yellow Squash Custard

  1. After cooking the squash, drain the excess water, and pour it in a blender. Mix it until a nice smooth consistency. 
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and continue to blend it all together.
  3. Pour into a 9-in X 13-in baking dish and sprinkle with cinnamon.
  4. Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes, reduce the temperature to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 20 minutes or until the center is done and does not jiggle. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Gluten-Free Zucchini Brownies

Gluten-Free Zucchini Brownies
Baking gluten-free was once something I only did for my sisters and nieces, however, after seeing an herbalist to help get healthier I was placed on a no peanut, wheat, rye, barley oat and corn diet. 
I am actually finding the no corn part to be the hardest as it is in everything, however, this recipe for gluten-free zucchini brownies is delicious and fits the bill.

 

 

 

Ingredients for the Zucchini Brownies:

  • ½  cup cocoa powder
  • 1 ½  teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • ½  cup coconut oil/olive oil/soybean oil; your choice
  • 1 ½  cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons real vanilla
  • 2 cups garden fresh zucchini; shredded 
  • 2 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour; I prefer Bob Red Mills all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 3-5 tablespoons water; only if needed
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts; optional

     

    Ingredients for the chocolate frosting:

  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ¼  cup butter; melted
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼  cup almond or cashew milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions to make the Zucchini Brownie:


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit. Using a 9-inch x13-inch glass baking pan and spray it with cooking spray.
  2. In your mixing bowl, (I do not believe in using more than one bowl); therefore, add the ingredients in the order listed adding the water last to make a thicker batter. The water you use is determined by the moisture in your zucchini.  Do not add too much water or it will be more like cake than a brownie. ***I made the Gluten-Free Zucchini Brownies without any added water.
  3. Spread the batter into the prepared pan and bake 25-30 minutes until the brownies spring back when gently touched or a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  4. While the brownie is baking, whip up the frosting. Spread the frosting on the brownies after they have cooled a little. I prefer to frost the brownies while slightly warm; however, you can do as you like and wait until they are completely cooled.
  5. Cut into squares and watch the Gluten-Free zucchini brownies disappear.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Snowy Day in April



The calendar tells us that April 9, 2016 is spring; however, looking out the window this morning, it looked as if winter had returned in full force.

Not looking at the clock, I am trying to remember, approximately 1 pm or so the sky was blue, the snow had stopped and it looked as if all was OK. I am glad I did not hold my breathe as only a short time later, the snow had started falling hard once again. It did that several times throughout the morning.



By 4 pm the sky was indeed blue, most of the snow melted, even at a mere 30 degrees, and I was outside taking photographs of the lovely spring flowers.


The hyacinths look and smell fantastic, however, the daffodils little heads were drooping from the cold rain, ice/sleet and snow they had endured this week. The still look lovely and I am hoping the sun that is now shining and is to shine tomorrow will perk them up.

April 9th in Northern Indiana has been quite interesting, how is the weather in your neighborhood?

Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter Bible Passages: Saved by Grace through Faith


 
When researching Easter bible passages, we also need to consider without the birth of Christ there would be no Easter bible passages. Christmas and Easter go hand-in-hand.
We also need to think about how we are saved by grace through faith.  You can find that passage in Ephesians 2:8-10

Easter Bible Passages:

Now lets’ start researching Easter passages, go back and start with the week before. We refer to that Sunday as Palm Sunday. Why, because Jesus road on a young donkey into the town as they took palm branches and hailed him King.

  • John 12:12-13 “The next day, the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A huge crowd of Passover visitors took palm branches and went down the road to meet him. They shouted, “Praise God! Bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hail to the King of Israel!””

Jesus Prays in Gethsemane

Now fast forward one week and all had changed for Jesus the Christ.  Jesus shared a meal and communion with his 12 disciples, commonly known as the Last Supper, after which Jesus went into the garden of Gethsemane to pray. Jesus being born of a virgin and raised as a carpenters’ son, was fully aware he was born to die on the cross for our sins; therefore, he chose to retreat to the garden to pray to his heavenly father.

  • Matthew 26:36-46 Then Jesus brought them to an olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, “Sit here while I go on ahead to pray.”  He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he began to be filled with anguish and deep distress. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and watch with me.” He went on a little farther and fell face down on the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will, not mine.” Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, “Couldn’t you stay awake and watch with me even one hour?  Keep alert and pray. Otherwise temptation will overpower you. For though the spirit is willing enough, the body is weak!” Again he left them and prayed, “My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away until I drink it, your will be done.”  He returned to them again and found them sleeping, for they just couldn’t keep their eyes open. So he went back to pray a third time, saying the same things again. Then he came to the disciples and said, “Still sleeping? Still resting? Look, the time has come. I, the Son of Man, am betrayed into the hands of sinners. Up, let’s be going. See, my betrayer is here!”

Judas Iscariot, one of the 12 disciples, betrayed Jesus in the garden. Not only did he betray Jesus for 30 pieces of silver, he did it in a prearranged way to the Jewish officials. In order for them to make the arrest of the right man, Judas did it by giving Jesus a kiss.
You can read this story in Matthew 26:46-49

Jesus Arrested

After they arrested Jesus, they tortured and beat him until he was unrecognizable.  They spit in his face and even mocked with a crown of thorns. Recorded in Isaiah 50:6, you can read where they even pulled out his beard.

 

o      Matthew 27: 29; NLT, They made a crown of long, sharp thorns and put it on his head, and they placed a stick in his right hand as a scepter. Then they knelt before him in mockery, yelling, “Hail! King of the Jews!”

 

Easter Bible Passages about The Death of Jesus:

 

If you have the impression Jesus, the son of God, did not suffer, you are wrong. He suffered tremendously, he was the son of God yet human just like you and I. The only difference was, he was perfect and he never sinned, yet paid for our sins with his life. 

 

o      Matthew 27: 35-37; NLT, After they had nailed him to the cross, the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice. Then they sat around and kept guard as he hung there. A signboard was fastened to the cross above Jesus’ head, announcing the charge against him. It read: “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.”

 

Yes, the Bible states they nailed Jesus to the cross; the soldiers drove stakes into his hands and pierced his side.  To Thomas, often known as doubting Thomas, Jesus directly tells him to touch his hand and side to feel the wounds. 

 

o      John 20: 26-27 “Jesus was standing among them. He said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!””

 

In John 19: 32-37 you can read where they told the soldiers to break his legs, like the thieves, to speed up the death and pierced his side. However, by not breaking his bones it fulfilled the prophecy in, Psalms 34:19-20; KJV. 

 

o      In Luke 23: 44-47 “ It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.”

 

Praise God the story does not end there; the tomb is empty as Jesus rose from the dead and still lives today. He is the only reason for the Easter Bible Passages: Saved by Grace through Faith.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Eye Stroke: Life After an Eye Stroke



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Reducing stress in ones life is not an easy thing to do. With rising prices on everything, especially the essential things in life, the money simply does not go as far, which then, creates more stress. Therefore, it is one vicious cycle, however, to avoid an eye stroke or a full stroke it is a necessary thing to do.

For the last 2-years, I have experienced more stress as never before. Unfortunately, my current stress was more than likely caused by a higher than normal blood pressure induced by stress; however, this is just an opinion, as the eye doctor did not know what caused the eye stroke and further tests were ran.
After the eye doctors tests, I was sent to my local general practitioner and from there to the hospital for tests. After the Echo test determining my heart to be fine, the carotid arteries in my neck were scanned for blockage. Again, everything looked OK, and still the confusion of what caused the eye stroke remained unanswered.

Do not be Anxious


I went to the eye doctor in the middle of May with a clean bill of health, 3 weeks later my left eye started acting up, however, not having any major health issues I thought it was just the he allergies in my eyes flaring up.
After hearing the news about having suffered an eye stroke, which has lead to loss of peripheral vision in my left eye, I was more upset and stressed than ever. Our daughter reminded me about the passage in Philippians.
Philippians 4:6-7; (NIV) “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

What is an Eye Stroke


I could attempt to describe what a stoke to the eye is, however, it was easier to search Bing than to try to remember what the eye doctor and general practitioner had explained to me while I was stressed out.
According to diseasesymptomdiagnosis.com, “An Eye Stroke, is an ischemia of the anterior optic neuropathy, it’s a detrimental state in which the blood supply either becomes reduced or blocked to the membranes of the front position of the optic nerve. If the occlusion occurs as the blood vessel comes forward of the optic nerve and on the retina, it is termed as branch or central retinal artery blockage.”
In my case, the artery to the retina, which provides the blood supply, collapsed, therefore, the loss of peripheral vision in my left eye. Nearly two years later there are days when the vision is worse than other days. The pressure from reading or writing too long creating issues.


Conclusion


Therefore, reduce the stress in your life so you do not suffer the same consequences, an eye stroke or any vision complications is something you do not want to experience first hand. Instead of the prescribed cholesterol medication, which created more issues for me, I take Red Rice Yeast and a low-dose aspirin; however, heed your doctor’s advice.
If you find yourself in a stressful job search out the herb St John Wort. It can be found in stores such as Kmart or Wal-mart, you can purchase it from CVS or Walgreen, online stores like Swanson Vitamins or even through Amazon.

****Originally posted on the Seekyt in 2015 after Tyler sold it to James and then the new cheating owners lost it and my profile in transferring over the site.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Toddler Flower Girl Dresses



Toddler flower girl dresses can interpreted two ways, are you looking for toddler flower girl dresses for a wedding or a lovely flower print for your toddler?
If you are looking for toddler flower girl dresses for a wedding, select one for a dress maker in your area, online stores, J.C. Penny’s, Kohl’s or even Target, there is no need to spend a fortune. After you have purchased your dress and the bridesmaid dresses, you can think about the toddler flower girl dresses. You may want it patterned after the bride or you may want the flower girl to look like a miniature bridesmaid. However, you may choose to go a completely different direction using the colors of the wedding to co-ordinate the dresses. Keep in mind this will be a toddler and should not really look like a grown up. Dress her up in frills or ruffles but not a off the shoulder or strapless number, you want to protect her innocence.

Material for toddler flower girl dresses:

 

Toddler flower girl dresses can be made of cotton, satin, taffeta or even velvet if you are having a late fall or winter wedding. Just as the flowers for a December wedding can be unique, so can the toddler flower girl dresses. A beautiful deep red or maroon velvet dress would look lovely while she's holding onto a basket of rose petals and tossing them down the aisle. If you were already using those colors for the bridesmaid dresses at Christmas time, using an opposing color of a dark green velvet dress would look great too. If you are having a spring or summer wedding, the toddler flower girl dresses may be more of a sundress style. There are no hard rules when it comes to weddings; it is the brides’ day to do as she wishes.


Sundresses:


The best toddler flower girl dresses for the summer, are sundresses. Toddlers are on the go and need to be comfortable. With flowered sundresses, you can change the look for the toddler by slipping on a pair of plain shorts or leggings. In the evening when the sun goes down and it might get chilly for the toddler, slip on a pair of jeans.

        



 
Toddler flower girl dresses do not need to expensive to be nice. With toddlers, think practical.




**Previously posted on Seekyt until they lost my profile and posts in the 2015 changeover.