Gluten Free Dairy Free (Paleo and Egg Free Option) Gingerbread

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Hey guys and girls!

I am still living and kicking, I promise. These past months have been a whirlwind of activities, school deadlines, rushed hours, late nights, early mornings, etc. etc. I mean it, I feel like we have done everything under the sun these past few months. To tell the utter truth, my calender is still on August. I am not joking. Just changed it…to October though because my mind must still be back there…somewhere where the skeletons lie. LOL! :)

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So… I’ve been crazy busy with life. What…you thought I might have been crazy with non-life? I’ll put your minds at rest: I am not and have no intention in busying myself with inorganic substances in chemistry or in anything else for that matter. I am pretty busy already with life…so non-life would make things so much more crazier.

Anyways, besides being busy, me and my sisters have been watching Linsdey Stirling…someone you guys seriously need to get into! I mean, that girl can hip hop dance! My favorite is Round Table Rival… the best in the whole world! And guys, I do not lie. At least, I try my best not to.

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Well, now you guys know my weakness! Hip hop and violin playing! Hehe…yeah, I know. I’m a nerd.

Now…onto food! Speaking of food….

thanksgiving

I am sure that all of y’all guys had a wonderful Thanksgiving! And for those of you who live out of the United States… be thankful anyways because God calls us to do so every single day of our entire lives! Everyone has something to be thankful for, I just now it, because God is good and He’ll always provide for us. We live such wonderful lives! Life is a gift; time is a gift; children are a gift; food is a gift; animals are gifts; family and friends are gifts; gosh, even school is a gift! And they are all given to us by Our Heavenly Father for the good of our souls and bodies. Yes, God wants us to be happy on this earth and He wants us to care for our bodies. It took me a while to realize that little bit of truth. I’ll brush up more on that later on, because today, I labeled the post “Gingerbread”, not “How My Life Has Changed”, so my background story will be kept for a later date. This week and the weeks to come, let us be thankful for everything that God has given us. And if you are in any way depressed, sit down, write down your problems, then write down your blessings. Work them out with a friend. Be open! God gave us each other because He knew we need support in order to survive this tremendous task of living! 

OK, now onto the recipe, sorry guys for trailing off… I was getting on a tangent.

Notes on Recipe: I try to make my recipes as easy for y’all as possible, meaning that I really try to make and create them for busy moms, teenagers, etc. I also try to make them to fit everyone’s taste buds while still being healthy and allergy friendly. So with that in mind, if you have any ideas for substitution, I am not sure if they will work because this is all I have tried so far. If you do experiment with it, please report back! I am always so incredibly happy to hear from all you lovely folks and it would be great if y’all could comment below about your substitutions if you tried any. Thanks for reading this far because this is kinda lengthy! Onto recipe now because by now, y’all are quite hungry, ain’t ya?

Now- I am so excited for Christmas!!! I mean, just walking around the store gets an almost 16-year-old girl on her toes about the holiday. Especially when it involves my birthday. I am turning 16 on December 25 and I am SO, SO excited. Sweet 16 is nothing to play around with, after all! I only go through teen aged years once and, despite the uncomfortable-ness of being a teenager, I really am thankful for it!

This little reindeer plate is the best, by the way! It is so X-mas-y! :)

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Gingerbread

The Bread that is the new black!

Dairy Free, Gluten Free with Paleo and Egg Free Options

  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour (60g) (I have not tried it, but white rice flour may work if needed)

For Paleo Option, use 1/2 cup almond flour(I use Bob’s Red Mill and homemade)Note: gram measuring will be different based on the different flours

  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour or arrowroot starch (60g)
  • 1/4 cup sifted coconut flour (30g)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1-2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 TB Palm Shortening(or coconut oil or butter if dairy is not an issue)
  • 1/4 cup molasses (I used blackstrap, but feel free to use a lighter molasses)
  • optional: 2-4 TB granulated sugar(depending how sweet you want your bread)
  • 3 ‘flax eggs’ (mix 3 TB flaxmeal and 9 TB water and let sit for five minutes to let it thicken) OR 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree or sweet potato puree
  • 1/4 cup applesauce

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray or butter a 9-by-5 inch bread pan and line with parchment paper and cut off excess paper.
  2. In a small bowl, measure the dry ingredients and whisk well.
  3. In a larger bowl, beat with a hand held mixer, the palm shortening, molasses, and optional sugar until creamy. Beat in the flax eggs or eggs, vanilla, and almond extracts.
  4. Beat in the pumpkin puree and applesauce. Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet and beat until well blended. Add the apple cider vinegar and beat for 10 seconds. The batter will be nice, brown, and thick.
  5. Spoon batter into the bread pan, place in the oven, and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until it has a crackled top and a toothpick inserted in the middle of the bread comes out clean or with a bit of moist crumbs.
  6. If you want a nice and easy glaze to go with your allergy friendly bread, mix a heaping 1/2 cup organic or non-organic powdered sugar in a bowl with a tablespoon or two of milk. Add more milk/powdered sugar to achieve the texture you would like. Pour over the bread and cut into thick yummy slices.
  7. Enjoy your bread, guys and girls! We did!

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Now, I can happily tell y’all that I will back around here more often and I will be giving you guys some of my recent recipes that I have been working on lately.

I hope you all have a wonderful Monday and First week of Advent! Love you all and wish you the very best in life!

Yours in Christ,

Kelly Caffery

I shared this delicious recipe on Fat Tuesday, Tuesdays Table, Allergy Free Wednesday

Pinning Lately

Hello my good readers! I am so sorry that this post has taken me over a month to write out to y’all! We have been horribly busy and things got a lot worse when school started! :/ But, I am very much alive and not lost somewhere! :) :) Yaya! Anyways, my baking and cooking have slowed considerably in these past two months. But, I am hoping that it’ll pick up again! :)

     My older sister started college, majoring in musical recording at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette. She is getting around happily! :) And I think she likes it!

We went on vacation to Florida a few weeks back that was really needed because of our hectic schedule! It was so nice to relax on the sand in the sun… and get all burnt! Yes- I got burnt, but not as bad as I though I would. :)

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Hehe- My foot is the one with the bandaid- figures because I can be pretty prone to scrapes and cuts!

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Let me just say, we had an awesome and spectacular time out there at Fort Walton, Florida!!! :) :) :D

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     So, after that, we have had volleyball, school(which I am in my glorious sophomore year! Yay me!), and a host of other little itty bits of stuff that make up our days! So, when life just gets way too busy, what do you do? I had been trying to get to the computer and actually write a post, but the most I ever did was check on my pinterest account before we had to go off to some other lesson, practice, etc. So-what do you do to keep sane?

     Well, you pray to God first and beg Him to order your life or to help you with this hectic and insane world…then you unravel on Pinterest. Let me tell you I LOVE pinterest! It is almost the best thing I ever signed up for! There are so many recipes, crafts, neat clothes ideas, etc… So, lately, I have just been hanging out with my Pinterest account, dreaming about my future life and house and home(like, I really, really want to live on a ranch when I grow up, if God doesn’t have other plans in mind!), dreaming about the next recipe that I can try for Sunday dessert or Sunday dinner, dreaming about all those crafts that I could do, and also about all those clothes I could be wearing.

     Oh and did I mention that I love fall clothes?? Oh yes, I LOVE fall clothes! Like, I wish I was living up north so that I could wear them all the time…no, never mind, I don’t want to live up north. You guys who do live up there are really brave, because I’d be freezing up there most of the time! ;) I mean, down here, we are literally like this, while the north is like that:

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HAHA!!! Pinterest funnies! :D

Anyways, I’ll show y’all some of my favorite pins of this past week and then say bye and give y’all a good recipe later on because I have worked myself up to actually baking again! :) :)

Seasonal Clothes:                                                                                                                                                                  

 

 

Cute fall clothes

  Cute fall clothes

SO CUTE AND I WISH I HAD THESE CLOTHES

Recipes:

Desserts:

Paleo Nutella Pizza on The Paleo Mom

Paleo Nutella Pizza on The Paleo Mom

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls!

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls!

Gluten Free Vegan Ding Dongs

Veggies:

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Sweet Potato Tots!

Main Dish:

Breakfast Stuffed Acorn Squash

Breakfast Stuffed Acorn Squash

Random:

AMEN!

AMEN!

Every time! LOL

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Well, I think that is a good amount of pins for today! I hope you enjoyed, but please check out my Pinterest page for lots more recipes, clothes, funnies, hair ideas, etc. I hope y’all have a wonderful day and weekend! God bless y’all now and forever!

 

Yours In Christ,

Kelly C.

What is your favorite thing to look at on Pinterest??
Mine would have to be the recipes, although I do enjoy looking at the geeky stuff(e.g. Star Wars, Avengers, Captain America, etc.)!

 

Writing A Book

Hello, my fellow bloggers and friends! :) I have been so busy lately, that when I suddenly remembered my little blog, I felt kind of bad that I hadn’t been writing a lot. When I first started, I really wanted to just write and write and write all day long! But, unfortunately, that is impossible! However, I am still put off that there is no consistency in my writing! I would love to write every week with just a bit about what goes on around here, something I am dealing with(such as writing a book!), another sweet recipe, or movie/book review. Unfortunately, y’all will just have to put up with my not-very-consistent self and hopefully in the future I will get better! :)

Anyways, I don’t remember if I have mentioned it anywhere or not, but I started Camp Nanowrimo(a writing session where you pick a word goal from 20,000-100,000 and try to accomplish that within one month) this July, writing a book about the Bible story of Esther, but re-told in this time period. Here is a synopsis:

Stella is a normal 15 year old girl living in southern Florida and living a perfect, sweet life. Suddenly, without much warning, she is told that she is actually adopted and that her father, who is now a rich millionaire living on an island out in the Pacific, is coming to Florida, looking for his daughter to take her home. He seems like a nice man, but can Stella trust him?
When she finally leaves Florida to live with her new father, her friend comes along too to visit. However, her friend is convicted of a murder and put in prison. Stella must find evidence to prove that her friend is really and truly innocent, but how? When Stella tries and fails to bring evidence, an unknown man comes to help her… but she soon finds out that there is much more to the picture than just her friend’s life at stake: the whole island, its inhabitants, and all of America are at stake when Stella realizes a gang of well trained men are out to get her father and his life. How can Stella put enough trust into her new found father and tell him everything? How can she be brave enough to take a stand when no one else will?

And here is an excerpt from my book:

“He showed her the newspaper he had in her arms. Nothing was very different on this particular newspaper. The headline read: The governor of Chaylin has come to southern Florida searching for a girl.

            ‘OK?’ Stella said, giving Trevor a questioning look.

            ‘He wants all girls between the ages 15 and 18 to report to the city hall in Miami Florida. He says he is searching for his daughter who has been lost for a considerable amount of time.’

Stella was uninterested, but it was obviously worrying Trevor, so she persisted in asking him questions.

‘What is his name, this governor?’

‘That is the problem: Haddison.’ Leanne stopped her crocheting and stared at the newspaper. This name meant little to Stella, but it had her folks worried and so she peered over Leanne’s side and stared at the small black writing on the paper.

‘Governor Haddison is a wealthy man who man his money off of an oil well found on a small island he found whilst traveling the sea.

‘Haddison was able to attract many tourists and, eventually, the population grew on the small island. Now there are nearly three times the amount of people on that island than there were 5 years ago. It is now a major source of oil for the US.

‘However, the governor of this small little island is missing something… a daughter, no less. He has asked that all young ladies between the ages of 15 and 18, who are adopted, to report to the Miami City Hall on Dandelion Street with their parent(s), on the fifteenth of July at three pm in the afternoon.

“‘There is a special something I am searching for in these adopted girls; something that will tell me which is my own.’ Said Haddison.”

When I first started, I was all giddy and ready to attack July with the sound of typing! I wanted to get my family all excited with me about this really neat and awesome book I was writing! I imagined my book as having lots and lots of wonderful adjectives and it would be full of mind twisting interesting stuff! And I also had my goal at 50,000. I was determined to get this book published. However, here it is, the last week of July, and I have only about 8,000 words, so I lowered the word count goal to 30,000. And I felt like such a failure! Why wasn’t I able to make that goal? Why wasn’t I able to just type and type and type! Well, this month has definetely been a crazy one. I had so many things planned this month and most of them either did not happen or only half-way happened. I was distraught over a great many things and one of these included by book. Even though it took me about 20 days to write 8,000 words, the book is not nearly what I had hoped. It is not full of breath taking adjectives and such… it is a piece of junk!(or so I thought)…

This picture pretty much sums up what is going in my head right now:

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And this too:

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I was frustrated, tired of telling myself that I was a failure! So, you know what I did? Well, I prayed about it, then I decided once and for all that it is OK-AY to not get to my word goal. It is OK-AY not being able to finish all I would have liked to. I am writing a story and that is awesome in and of itself. It is OK that I may not be able to write like J.R.R. Tolkein or C.S. Lewis or some other famous author. It is fine and it is all done for the glory of God, who is in love with my story, no matter what kind of adjectives it has, no matter what kind of word count I have… God is always going to be your cheerleader and your encouragment. He wants to see you smile at your story, even if it doesn’t match to what I want it to be in my brain. Besides, no person in normal, so no story is normal. If we all had normal stories, who would read them. If we all had stories with 50-100,000 words, no one would ever see what was so special about yours.
So, the bottom line is: it doesn’t matter if you could only write 10,000 words for a short-novel, it is still a good book. It doesn’t matter if your book just sounds awful, ridiculous, stupid, not-worth-reading, etc., it is still a good book. Tell your friends and family about your book; I am sure they are dying to read it and love it simply because you were able to accomplish it! You were able to write and stay writing 10,000 words! Woo-hoo! Give yourself a high-five and then write another book, edit your book(if you feel like it), take a break, or take up another hobby for a while. Never let bad words get you down, my fellow-writers and not writers! So- if you are doing any kind of writing program and your word count is letting you down, don’t worry! It is not the word count that matters! It is the commitment you have to your book, and whether that is 20 words or 20,000 words, you have some commitment and it is admirable by all!

Hope I helped any writers who are feeling let down by their word-counts!

Yours in Christ,

Kelly C.

Have you ever written a book?

I wrote a book called Transplanted Patriot and I actually still have five copies that I got from Createspace when I won Nanowrimo back in 2012. I am still editing it, actually and hoping that one day I will finish it and put it on the shelves of the library, book store, etc. :)

Fresh Fig Bread {Gluten Free}

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Hello guys! How are y’all today? It took a while for this post to come out and I am sorry. I actually was planning on writing it yesterday, but yesterday was spent watching a John Wayne movie(El Dorado to be exact!), then we went swimming and before I knew it, it was bed-time! Where does the time go? I am still in awe that it already half way through 2014… 2015 is on its way and so is my 16th birthday. :) (My friends have already started calling me ‘old’, LOL!) :D

Anywho… last week, after crawling around my family’s garden, which looks like a jungle with all the cucumber and spinach plants and cantalope plates are vining all over the other plants and wherever else they can get their naughty little vines to grow. The spinach is all over the tomatoes, the cucumber and the cantalope have grown into eachother(weird, I know), and the tomatoes are spreading all over the eggplants! I like things to be orderly and so when I see the chaos of a garden that we have, I try to fix it. But- it is back to the same mess the next day so I gave up trying to fix it. It can be a messy garden if it wants to, but at least it is a producing messy garden!

Anywho(again…sorry), this is not a garden post! This is a recipe post for fig bread! Fresh fig bread at that. Let me tell you my position of figs (POF): I love figs! Just love them! We have three or four HUGE fig trees out in our yard that produce about a million figs every July. What do you do with all those figs?? Well, my mom will either freeze them or make them into fig jam right away. But- fig jam does get old every once in a while, so what else do we do? Since we got a dehydrater, I have been dehydrating all sorts of things: tomatoes, bananas, apples, pretty much anything with water that I can get my hands on! :) Figs are one of them and this past week, they were a HIT with everybody in my family. Everyone loved my homemade dried figs… and my homemade fig bread.

Can you believe it… I could not find a single fresh fig gluten free bread? I could find a few ones with wheat and such, but I couldn’t find any gluten free and I wanted my mom to be able to taste the deliciousness of fresh fig bread too! So, I made my own and doughy hands, hair, and counters later, I had perfected it! :) Yeah! So, now I will share it with y’all with smiley faces! :) :) :)

Please excuse my sorry photos… I am going to make more of this bread later this week and fix those photos pronto!

 

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Fresh Fig Bread {Gluten Free with Dairy Free Option}

Prep Time: 10 minutes      Cook Time: 60 minutes        Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sorghum flour(brown rice and white rice flour work too)
  • 1 cup tapioca or arrowroot starch(or cornstarch)
  • 1/2 cup millet flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp xanthum gum or pysillium husk powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar(organic works here if desired- I have not tried with honey yet)
  • 3/4 cup yogurt (applesauce works here too!)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup melted butter (or coconut oil, ghee, or light olive oil)
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 1/2 heaping cups chopped fresh figs(if you cannot get fresh figs, then you could probably use 1 cup dried fresh figs which have been soaked in warm water overnight… you may need to adjust the yogurt or applesauce though)
  • optional: 1/4 cup nuts or seeds of choice(pecans, almond, sunflower seeds work best in here)

Directions:1. First, rinse and chop your figs and measure 1 1/2 heaping cups. Then, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan with some butter, coconut oil, or cooking spray.

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2. In a large bowl, whisk together your sorghum flour, starch, millet, baking powder, salt, xanthum gum, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.

3. In another large bowl, beat togetherwith a hand mixer the brown sugar, melted butter or oil, and yogurt or applesauce until well combined. Beat in vanilla extract, almond extract, and egg and beat until very well combined. Beat in half of the flour mixture until combined. Stir in the rest of the flour mixture.

4. Pour the figs in the bowl and carefully fold them into the batter until they are evenly distrubuted throughout the batter. Fold in the nuts.

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5. Spoon into the prepared loaf pan and place in the center of the oven to bake for 55- 60 minutes. You may need to tint the bread with some foil during the last 10-15 minutes of baking.

6. Let cool for at 10 minutes, flip out of the pan, then let cool at least 30 minutes more before slicing.

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Notes:For Soaking:I have not tried this at all, but I imagine that you could. Simply soak the sorghum and millet flour in the yogurt or applesauce for 12 -24 hours before hand, then stir in the rest of all the ingredients. If using applesauce, use 1 Tb lemon juice as well.

Well, I hope you like it! Enjoy your fig bread and the rest of your week!

Your in Christ,

Kelly

Shared with Fat Tuesday, Gluten Free and DIY Tuesday, Tuesdays Table, Allergy Free Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, Gluten Free Wednesday, What’s Cooking Wednesday

Book Review: Shane by Jack Shaefer

Hello everyone! I know- it has been way too long since I have posted anything, and, in case you’d like to know why, I was sick, then we had a million other things to do and I am sorry that I wasn’t able to post a bunch of Fourth of July Recipes out here! :( But nevertheless, I will still tell y’all from where I stand(ahem-sit) in Louisiana:

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY EVERYONE!!! :)

May God bless America and continue to bless us until the end of our days! However, we must pray earnestly for our country and beg God to give us the courage to fight back in an ever-growing battle for our freedom in the United States of America.

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Anyways, today, I am going to give you a book review and book analysis of Shane by Jack Shaefer. I had to read it recently for a school report, and I loved the book so much that I had to share it with y’all! It gives a true example of what being a real man is all about. :) If you have not read it yet, I’ll give a quick synopsis: OK, it is about this man named Shane(who is a gunman and who is also very talented with a gun) who wanders into the territory of the Starretts. Shane has a troubled past where he undoubtedly did something that made him ashamed of his decision(s). So- he decides to give up on being a gunman and strive to become a farmer-something he has very little knowledge about.

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So, as the story continues, he starts to like his knew life with the Starretts and he starts to treat them as his own family. However, the antagonist of the story, Fletcher, is a greedy ranchman who wants to buy everybody’s land and he eventually brings on a hired killer to do his nasty work so that Joe Starrett will fear the killer and will sell his land to Fletcher. Since Joe Starrett is a well-known and respected man throughout that area, Fletcher though that once Starrett sold, everyone else would sell as well and he would own the entire area. However, Shane decides to help out and, after months of mental torment due to whatever happened in his past(Shane was afraid of himself with a gun and he didn’t want to relive his past), Shane finally decides to kill in order to protect his new found family and their property. It is truly a story of self-sacrifice and honor. Shane and Joe show themselves as the perfect examples of true gentlemen.

Anyways, here is my analysis of the character of Shane. Enjoy! (By the way, it earned an full score A!) :)

Character Analysis

           

            In the book, Shane, written by Jack Shaefer, readers can conclude that Shane was a good and honorable man. Firstly, Shane demonstrated his good and honorable nature by his courage. Also, Shane showed in many ways what a hardworking man he truly was. Finally, Shane was clearly a man with persistent loyalty. In the book, Shane, by Jack Shaefer, Shane demonstrated how he was a true and noble gentleman by his courage, his hard-working personality, and his persistent loyalty.

            Shane demonstrated in many various ways his undying and honorable courage. For example, once, when Shane was in town with Bob, one of Fletcher’s men was taunting Shane and mocking him. Despite the man’s insults, Shane remained calm and collective, responding to his opponent patiently and without anger. In addition to that, Shane kept his gun rolled up in his saddle blanket and refused to wear it until his duty required it. Also, when Fletcher had brought in a sturdy killer to try and force people to sell their property, Shane bravely took on the responsibility of fighting the learned killer, even if it meant sacrificing his own life. Despite difficult and trying situations, Shane remained courageous and never lost control of his emotions, leading to noble and wise decisions.

            Shane also displayed throughout the book his hard-working personality. When he had first arrived at the Starretts, Joe Starrett had simply mentioned the fact that he had been trying but was unable to uproot the stump of a huge tree. Immediately, Shane got to work hacking at the stump and continued to do so until it came out of the ground. Also, when Joe Starrett offered Shane a job as a farm hand, Shane accepted even though he was not a farmer and was not familiar with farm work. Finally, when Joe Starrett had left on a trip for a few days, Shane took it into his own hands to strip down the Starretts’ smaller corral and build a much larger one. Shane’s hard-working and diligent personality is truly an example of his honorable and noble nature.

            Finally, Shane exhibited persistent and enduring loyalty. For instance, when he had first started working for the Starretts, he would choose to sit at the table in the chair that was opposite the door so that he could confront anyone coming through the door, in order to protect his new found friends. Additionally, when he had started to fight, he was considering leaving the Starretts. However, when Marian begged Shane to stay because they needed him to save their land from Fletcher, Shane agreed to stay and promised her that they would not lose their property. In like manner, before Shane left to fight the final battle with Wilson, the hired killer, he knocked Joe Starrett unconscious in order to protect him and to keep him from getting hurt by Wilson. When the safety of his new friends demanded it, Shane fought and even killed to protect the Starretts and their property, despite the fact that he disliked both of those things.  Despite whatever had happened in Shane’s past life, his choice to always put his new found friends and their problems before his own was clearly a mark of a true, heroic nature.

            In the book, Shane, by Jack Shaefer, the author clearly illustrated that by Shane’s courage, his hard-working personality, and his loyalty, he displayed the true picture of a gentleman. Even in difficult periods during his stay at the Starretts, he remained in control of his emotions and pursued courage always. Shane’s good and honorable nature is also shown by his tenacious and hard-working personality. Finally, Shane’s loyalty and his choice to put other’s problems in front of his own was a sure mark of a true hero. Shane’s courage and tenacity to do the right thing at the right time, despite his rough past, is a clear sign to young readers that it is not one’s past actions that makes him a hero, but his present actions.

And here is my theme analysis:

     The book, Shane, by Jack Shaefer, demonstrates the theme that no matter where one is from, who he is, or what he has done in his past, one always has the ability to accept who he is and be a true and righteous man. The main character in this story is Shane, who was a quiet, yet respectful and kind, wandering gunman; no one knew who he was or where he came from. Shane had a past which troubled him greatly. He found the Starretts and began working for Joe Starrett because he wanted to start his life over again without guns, but as a farmer. He never carried his gun, even though he was a gunman and all the men wore guns in those parts during that time. When Shane had gotten into a fight with one of Fletcher’s workhands because he had been insulting both Shane and all the farmers, he kept justifying in his mind whether or not it was right to fight him. Again, when Joe Starrett was talking of how a real man could not put up with something if he was to go on living with himself, Shane fell into a mental torment of his past, questioning once again his actions of the past. However, when faced with the threatening fact that Fletcher would kill Joe Starrett for his property, Shane was able to overcome his fear and dread of his past, put on his gun again, and be himself, in order to protect his new family. When the time finally came for him to use his gun, he decided to quit being a farmer and to bring out the true and entire Shane: a true man with a gun. When he had knocked out Joe, he told Marian, with utmost honesty, that “no man need be ashamed of being beaten by Shane.” He was telling her who he truly was without the least bit of pride or shame. Furthermore, Shane shot and killed two men, fearless and fully confident in himself. Finally, after killing the two men, Shane left, telling Bob that he finally accepted who he was and warning Bob that a man is what he is and that one can never break that mold. By Shane’s acceptance of his true self and of his past, he was able to be a great example, for all the men in that town, of a true and righteous man.  

So, there you have it: my take on the book Shane! I am looking forward to watching the movie too. Hey, it is an older book and movie, but sometimes, in this hectic and full-blown world we live in, it is nice for a little bit of the older times of cowboys and plowing and cows! :)

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Well, gotta go! But, before I go, I want to insert here a small little excerpt from St. Faustina’s diary concerning the Divine Mercy of Jesus! :) Jesus is talking to US! :D

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“Fix your eyes upon me and live according to what you see. I desire that you penetrate into My spirit more deeply and understand that I am meek and humble of heart… if you knew what great merit and reward is earned by one act of pure love for Me, you would die of joy. I am saying this that you may constantly unite yourself with Me through love, for this is the goal of the life of your soul. This act is an act of the will. Know that a pure soul is humble. When you lower and empty yourself before My majesty, I then pursue you with My graces and make use of My omnipotence to exalt you“(Diary, 526, 576).

Live it and love it!

Yours in Christ,

Kelly C.

 

Blueberry Zucchini Bread(w/ paleo and nut free options)

Howdy there again! :) I am super happy to be giving y’all this recipe! Really– we had a lot of zucchini plants and were getting really giant zucchinis for a while! (Until some nasty root bugs came and ate the plants from the inside out- disgusting!) And I don’t want any of those lovely veggies going bad! And I was also craving some homemade zucchini bread. My mother used to make chocolate chip zucchini muffins all the time when we were younger! We were the happiest kids on earth when our mom would make us those delicious muffins. I can remember it now- the buzzer for the oven going off and all of us rushing into the kitchen where our mother would pull them out of the oven and we would indulge! :)

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Now- while the texture of this bread is not the same as those muffins, this zucchini bread opens up a whole new world for paleo/grain free/ etc. quick bread. Anyways, I do believe there are about a billion zucchin bread recipes on the web and after searching through at least half of those, I came up with this recipe. I had to have the liquid-to-dry ingredients set up right, but I think I have finally accomplished a grain free/paleo quick bread worthy of sharing. Plus, there are blueberries in it! Just a FYI: we have only about 5 or 6 small blueberry bushes in our yard but this blueberry season we have filled up 6 whole gallon bags of blueberries! Isn’t that crazy?? We freeze most of them because frozen blueberries are the best, but sometimes, I really like the taste of freshly baked blueberry bread, muffins, scones, etc… which gets me thinking about creating some delicious gluten free blueberry scones. Stay tuned- I will definetely be trying for that speciality! :)

Now, for the yummy bread that got a thumbs up review from all five of my siblings! (Dad, Mom, and 3 sissies!)

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Blueberry Zucchini Bread

(with Paleo, nut free, and dairy free options)

Prep Time: 10 minutes      Cook Time: 40-45 minutes     Total Time: 1 hour

Serves 10-12

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup white rice flour (for paleo option, use almond flour or meal)
  • 1/2 cup arrowroot flour/starch
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour, sifted
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 TB butter or coconut oil, softened but not melted
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup packed grated fresh zucchini
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
Directions:1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a standard(9x5inch or smaller for a taller loaf) loaf pan with butter, then line with parchment paper, leaving a bit overlap for easy removal.  The butter helps the parchment to stick to the pan. Set aside.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together your white rice or almond flour, arrowroot, sifted coconut flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
3. In another larger bowl or in a mixing bowl, beat together the butter and honey until creamy. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
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4. Now add in the extracts and apple cider vinegar and beat until combined. Add in the flour mixture and beat on low until very well combined. Stir in shredded zucchini until the batter is completely combined and moistened. Fold in blueberries. Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the top has browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. You may have to cover with foil for the last 10-15 minutes of baking- I did not need to though.
5. Let cool for 20 to 30 minutes, then remove the loaf to a plate and cut into slices. YUM!! :) Devour with a tall glass of milk and enjoy to your heart’s content! :)
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As you can see, it doesn’t stand too too tall, but it has a good rise and a good taste and that is all that matters!
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Yours in Christ,
Kelly C.

This recipe is shared on Gluten Free and DIY Tuesdays, Fat Tuesdays, Allergy Free Wednesdays

I Have Been Nominated!! :)

Hello everyone! I was so surprised this morning to find out that I had been nominated for a couple awards by this sweet lady, DeliciouslyNell at I Need A Feed.  :)  I highly recommend you go check her out! I have already tried a few of her recipes and they are FABULOUS!!! :) I mean, that girl has some talent in the kitchen, I’ll say. Plus, she has a J.R.R. Tolkein quote on her website… I love J.R.R. Tolkein! :) Have y’all ever read or seen the Lord of the Rings?? Well, the books are WAY better than the movie, but I digress.

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Anyways, I was nominated for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award… yeah! And- I was also nominated for the Quintet of Radiance Award. :) Isn’t that nice?? By the way, I love the little smiling sun… reminds me of going to the beach. :)

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Thanks DeliciouslyNell- you made my day shine. -insert smiling sun here-. :D

Now, I really liked the idea that DeliciouslyNell had to use the letters of the alphabet to say something about you- so I am going to do just that, then I will send this out to some of my blogger friends and share the awards! :)

The Rules of the Awards

  • Show the award logo(s) in your blog post about the awards
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog
  • Use the letters of the alphabet to describe a bit about yourself or write something relevant to yourself
  • nominate a few other bloggers
  • :D your done! :)

The A-Z of My Life

A- A is for Archangels, the name of our homeschool sports team. Go Archangels!!

B-B is for board games. :) Ever since I was a little girl, I have LOVED board games! They are so fun whenever you are bored with your day! Board games are perfect for bored days… HAHA! :)

C-Captain America! I love this guy! I need to get the old comics and read up on them sooner or later…

D-Dusky. My anatoilian shepherd pup who is the love of my life! :)

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E- Eggs… my go-to meal whenever I am tired, sick, or just not feeling like cooking! :) Plus- we have chickens that give us eggs every single day.

F-Friends- I really don’t know what I’d do without all my buddies! :)

G- Grand Canyon- my dream vacation.

H-Horseback riding; the only sport I like better than volleyball! And I haven’t fallen off yet. ;)

I- I? Uhhh… ICE CREAM!! Yes- I don’t know where ice cream came from or who created it- but I love that stuff, even in the winter.

J- Juggling; everytime I try- I mess up. But- I will get it one day!

K- Kangaroos! I have always liked those animals. They are so cute and, I don’t know, they remind me of Winnie the Pooh! :)

L- Lunar. I don’t know about you- but I have always dreamed on one day going on a lunar expedition! I think it would be so awesome to walk on the moon!

M- Math. Sorry, but I love math and sometimes I wish that all I had to do in school was math. Sadly, we all know that is not the case…

N-  Notes. I firmly believe in the use of notes. They are the most handy little pieces of paper ever!

O-  Oak trees. I love climbing these things and actually my friend has the perfect oak tree to climb. I only wish we had one in our yard to climb and hideout in!

P- Ponytails. Whoever invented these- thank you so much! I need ponytails- especially since I live in south Louisiana!

Q-OK, Q is harder than I, but I’ll try… quirks. I like seeing and noticing everyone’s individual quirks. I think it is one of the things that make people special! :)

R- RUN; I don’t run a lot because we live on a gravel road, but when I do get to, I love it oh-so-much! :)

S-Shrinky Dinks. I don’t know if you have ever heard of these or not, but they are so fun to make into jewlry and bookmarks, etc. Half of my desk is scattered with these little crafts!

T- Tennis shoes. I actually call them ‘tenny shoes’, but they are my absolute favorite kind of shoe.

U-  UP. I don’t know about you, but I love that movie! It’s is adorable and my favorite animated movie at this moment.

V-Volleyball, of course!

W- Watermelon. OK- I think this is my favorite fruit of all time!

X- X-ray. I love learning about these things because they are so interesting!

Y- Yellow. My favorite color right now.

Z- ZOO!! I love the zoo… it is my absolute favorite place to be!

The Bloggers I am Nominating:

Taste and See

Foray Into Food Storage

It’s Me Charlotte

City Cupcakes

My Food~N~Fitness Diaries