Monthly Archives: January 2012

GF/DF Foodie


I’ve recently discovered that I have a gluten and dairy sensitivity.  I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) quite a few years ago, but have not taken any action to remedy this issue until recently.  With this new discovery comes a lot of diet changes for me.  While I’m thankful that gluten free items are more mainstream now, I have to admit I’m mourning my divorce with all things cheese.  I don’t think there’s ever been a cheese I don’t like, but now I can only dream about it.  Although I am still adjusting to this change, eliminating gluten and dairy from my diet have caused my digestive issues to be completely eliminated!  My stomach and digestive system feel calm for the first time in many years- thank God!

I would like to take you on this journey with me, so expect to see lots of recipes and stories about my GF/DF adventures!  If you have any suggestions, tips, or recipes please send them my way!

This is the first recipe I’ve made since becoming GF/DF.  It’s GF/DF lasagna, and it’s pretty darn tasty!  Here’s the recipe if you’re interested:


Lasagna Pasta (about 9 pieces)
1 Jar of your favorite pasta sauce
1 lb. Natural Free Range Ground Beef (or buffalo)
1 finely chopped Bell Pepper
1/2 a finely chopped sweet onion Finely chopped zucchini, carrot, squash, eggplant, spinach whatever you’ve got going on in the fridge
Roughly 1/4 pound of Daiya Cheese

Let’s get started!

Set your oven to 375 degrees.
1.  To get your pasta ready – get a pot of water boiling. Grab a baking pan and layer your pasta into it. Pour the boiling water over the pasta and cover with a cookie sheet. Let sit for about 20 minutes.

2.  Chop your veggies, get your ground meat into a hot pan, toss in the veggies with some salt, pepper, onion powder, basil – whatever gets you going. Let it brown but not shrink up.

3.   Pour a little olive oil in the bottom of a 9×6 casserole dish and swirl it around.  Layer the bottom with the pasta.

4.  Layer in your beef/veggie mix, sauce and some cheese and add another layer of pasta. Repeat this process to the top and cover with sauce and cheese.

5.  Put in the oven for about 35 minutes.  You can cover it toward the end if you feel the cheese is browning.

6.  Enjoy!!

Umm... YUMM!!


Orange You Glad You Stopped By Today…?!


Why hello!  I’m so glad you stopped by today because I’m excited to share with you our most recent paint addition to our back entry.  You can see my last post about my “environmental sculpture” here.  Talk about DIY and inexpensive decor- I literally cut this branch off a tree in our backyard and spray painted it silver.  Most people think it’s a sculpture until I tell them what it truly is.  Fun!

Here is the back entry before:

Pretty boring, right?  Behold the difference a few coats of paint can make!

Yes, we still have our Christmas tree up- don’t judge.  The back entryway, like the rest of the house, is still a work in progress but it’s getting there.   I don’t think I would be ambitious enough to paint a larger room this burnt orange color, but in a small space I really like it!

What do you think?

Now that the holidays and New Year are behind us, I hope you are still able to honor any resolutions or goals you established for yourself.  I have started a prayer journal, which is something I’ve always wanted to do.  Although our days get busy and chaotic, it’s important to focus on the One who makes it all possible.  He is so good.  He is enough.


DIY Leg Warmers


Leg warmers are perfect for January, as well as the winter months to follow.  I love layering my outfits, so  leg warmers with boots are my go-to right now.  Plus, anything I can re-purpose from items I already own, or items I can purchase at a thrift shop, are right up my alley!  Here is a great way to create your own leg warmers at little or no cost.  Enjoy!

Step 1: Find a sweater or top that you are willing to part with.  Tip- do not choose any tops with baggy sleeves.  The idea is for the leg warmers to fit closely to your leg.  I have a few sweaters that I have been meaning to donate for a while, but they had a great cable knit pattern so I re-purposed them for so great leg warmers!  If you don’t have any tops you are willing to cut, head on down to your local thrift store! 

Step 2: Cut one sleeve of the sweater off, following the seam.  Repeat with the second sleeve of the sweater.

This is what the sleeves should look like when you’re done:

Step 3: Now put them on your legs!  You want to have the unfinished end of the sleeve at the bottom by your foot, and the finished end of the sleeve toward your knee. 

I love this look!  It’s the perfect weekend look, and also great for snuggling up by the fire.  Here’s some more leg warmer inspiration…




I have a nasty habit of writing blog posts and never publishing them.  Out of fear, mostly – fear of being exposed and vulnerable.  I know this is the enemy gaining control, and unfortunately he has been winning in this area.  Let me preface this post by stating I am not qualified to give anyone advice;  please know I am only speaking from my personal experiences.

What are your New Years resolutions? What are you adding to your already hectic life?

More exercise?
More fruits and veggies?
More date nights with your special someone?

While these are all admirable resolutions, this year I am resolving to lose the fears the enemy has put in my head, to take away the enemy’s control over so many aspects of my life.  I know from experience that discernment, honesty, and forgiveness are the tools I will need to make this a reality.

I could reserve the entire year of 2012 to write about forgiveness.  The power of forgiveness has impacted my life beyond words.  I thank the Lord for His forgiveness of my sins- past, present, and those I will most surely commit in the future.  I also thank Him for softening my heart to allow me to forgive those who have hurt me.

Throughout my life, I’ve learned (the very hard way) that my inability to forgive has an unimaginable ripple effect.  I am positive it has affected people I have never and may never meet in my lifetime.  That’s how powerful it is.  I negatively affect someone with my anger, and that person carries it to someone they care for, and so on and so forth.

Thinking about it can be entirely overwhelming.

While I could dwell on how many relationships were poisoned with my inability to forgive, instead I choose to focus on the moments of charity in which I gained the ability to forgive, and how quickly I should make that decision in the future.

Discernment and honesty have also been key pieces to heal any brokeness in my life (Do not think I am in any way completely healed; while I have worked tirelessly to heal my wounds, a deep-rooted scar can sneak up on me when I least expect it).  Discernment is crucial for me when determining when the enemy is trying to destroy me and my relationship with Christ.  Having trustworthy individuals in my life is also imperative.  I trust them with my life, because my life depends on their ability to be honest with me.   These individuals were able to, and are still able to, tell me when I’m believing the enemy’s lies as opposed to the truth.  And He.Is.The.Truth.

These are the times when I hit my knees to the floor, and bow my head to the ground and repent like never before.

So now I must ask… In what areas of your life does the enemy control you?  Please don’t answer this question with the first statement that comes to mind.  Instead, get on your knees, forehead to the ground, and seek it out from the Father.  Be honest with yourself.  Then share your answer with someone you trust to keep you honest.  Then forgive.

I know this post was heavy, but I couldn’t let the enemy gain any more power over my life!  My resolution for 2012 is to practice discernment so in the end, the enemy will wish he never messed with me.  I hope the same for you as well.