~Links I Like Week 2~

Hello everyone! I hope your Easter week went as smoothly as…well…as a smooth rock. ;) Ours was full of highs and lows, ups and downs, but we made it through and now I am writing another Links I Like post for y’all, with a new and improved picture lol! I knew I needed a knew pic because that other one was HORRIBLE!! I seriously need a creative expert over here because I am most definitely not one!

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Other than that… I have been experimenting in the kitchen, coming up with a new recipe for y’all. Don’t worry, I have not forgotten that I LOVE cooking and baking. In fact, I haven’t really taken off from cooking as I cook dinner for my family a lot! :) I have just never taken any pictures, and really, what is a recipe blog without pictures of the recipe? I don’t know about y’all, but I LOVE having pictures of the recipe I am making. Not a TON, but a good enough amount.

Also: my parents’ anniversary was this past Wednesday, April 8! So: Happy Anniversary to the best people in the whole world! If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you may have noticed that we went dancing, or to be more exact, cajun dancing! Yes, down here is south Louisiana, almost everybody loves to either Cajun dance or Zydeco dance. Zydeco is a little more difficult to dance to because of the beat, but I am still up to the challenge. So…that’s where I was Wednesday night: dancing my life away with my sisters and my parents.

We were tired... We had been swimming all afternoon prior to going dancing.

We were tired… We had been swimming all afternoon prior to going dancing.

Sorry for the creepy tired me-face!

Sorry for the creepy tired me-face!

Abby and my mom talking!

Abby and my mom talking!

So, yeah, we had a blast!

Now, onto what else I have been doing this week: Pinteresting(since school is out, YAYA!), Instagraming, dancing, swimming, and looking at posts I like. Some of these posts I liked SOOO much that I just have to share them with all you readers!

So, without further ado, my fav posts from this week:

Food Links First! (Mostly stuff I found on Pinterest and I tried and…er…fell in love with!)

Ummm…YUM!! There is no question about it: this is an all around snack/dessert winner in my opinion!

As summer gets closer and it gets hotter and muggier down here in LA, I am pinning more and more ice cream recipes and this one looks like a blast, considering my love of all things nut butters and all things chocolate!

AHHH! I haven’t tried these yet but they are gluten free poptarts! Isn’t it incredible? I cannot wait to bite into these little pieces of heaven! Poptarts were one of my childhood favs and, in all honesty, still are! The only problem I have with them is: not enough filling. With homemade, I can fix that right well! ;)

I was just patiently waiting this recipe….honestly. I was SO, SO patient! ;)

Workouts (Love to get sweaty? Then be prepared!)

This is interesting and I am always up for challenges, so… I am ready to hit this one hard in the head!

I love this website and I also love HIIT, so this is the newest form of exercise that appeals to me!

This…this looks like an easy and wonderful way to start your day! I have a hard time actually doing a morning workout and am more of an afternoon or before lunch type of workout person, so this is easy and quick for the mornings.

Favorite Instagram Photos

This picture of me and my sister

Funnies from Pinterest and other places

  • This problem we all have with showers

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  • This dog who does what he wants only when he wants! My fav dog in the world!

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  • And finally, this awesome parent who didn’t want to miss the moment:

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Inspirational Posts and other Randomness

EDs play around in my life and so this post touched me in a good and inspiration way.

  • The Thing About “Healthy Living Blogs” – from MyFoodandFitnessDiaries

I am an avid reader of ‘healthy living blogs’ and this is a good read for anyone who is in-depth with this part of the internet.

  • What is your Body’s Natural Set Point? – from Real Life RD

This girl is so real life and I just love her! :) So…here is one of her most recent posts that really stood out to me. Our bodies are smart and they all have a natural set point, just listen!

  • Then there is this picture I found of Pinterest that is just awesome! (For all my Catholic Readers!)

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With that, I will let you all go! Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog and other sillies! I hope y’all all have a wonderful weekend!

Love,

Kelly C.

Happy Easter!!!

Hey guys! How are all of my favorite peeps? How was your Easter? I LOVE Easter and this year was no exception. I was battling a little cold at the beginning of this week but it cleared itself up by Holy Thursday. This Holy Week was life-changing and I have got to admit: my Lenten Journey was not the best. I lost my morning prayers, I lost all motivation, and I broke many of my penances. I would blame it one stress and school, but that’s just not right…it was all me. And if you are Catholic, you know the struggle that we go through every year to be consistent in our penances for forty days and I find it even more difficult through Lent.

However, I was determined to make something of my Holy Week and even though it was not perfect(because I am far from a perfect human being… :) ), Good Friday came, we watched the movie The Passion, I cried, then Easter came and I felt refreshed, I went to Confession, and now I feel like I can start over my life in a new and lovely direction.

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And I now I know that Jesus was waiting for me this entire time! So… this is my new beginning for now, lol! ;) I’ll give you an overview of our Easter and maybe, if you’d like, you can share about your own Easter adventures. :) ‘Cause life is an adventure and we all gotta ride the ride to get where God wants us to go. Sometimes, we need to step over our comfort zone. I’m trying not to take life so seriously and just chill a bit. Everyone is NOT judging you and those that are…well, too bad for them. They are spending time being useless. I am God’s princess and they can choose to see that or not. :)

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(Hehe…I was brave enough this Easter to curl my hair and put makeup on! Yay me!)

So…my Easter started with some fun on Holy Saturday: egg dying, chocolate making, cupcake making, and cupcake decorating. :) We definitely had the time of our lives waiting for the tomb to open. Not sure that is what you are supposed to do, but we were preparing and trying(really hard) not to have TOO much fun by not singing. And we NEVER realized how HARD that is till we stopped! Oh gosh…is it hard! But it was a sacrifice for Jesus and all those suffering Christians in Iraq. :)

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Here are the pics from our fun times!

Our 'majestic' eggs! Pretty pretty pretty!

Our ‘majestic’ eggs! Pretty pretty pretty!

CUPCAKE BATTER!! And I didn't eat any... willpower at its finest!

CUPCAKE BATTER!! And I didn’t eat any… willpower at its finest!

My egg with the weird bunny face...hey! I tried lol! :D

My egg with the weird bunny face…hey! I tried lol! :D

Finished cupcakes...more will power at work. Hey- I gave up chocolate. And the pink and green? Interesting icing flavors my mom found @ the store: watermelon and raspberry.

Finished cupcakes…more will power at work. Hey- I gave up chocolate. And the pink and green? Interesting icing flavors my mom found @ the store: watermelon and raspberry.

I painted my nails! Yay me!

I painted my nails! Yay me!

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Homemade Almond Joys! YUM YUM YUM!!

For the almond joy bars I simply melted some milk chocolate chips in a double boiler. I stirred up 1 1/2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut, 6 TB coconut oil, 1 tsp vanilla extract, and a dash of salt in a small bowl. I put a small layer of milk chocolate in a mini cupcake lined pan, put a little bit of the coconut filling, stuffed one almond on top and then topped it with the chocolate. I used about 2 cups or so of milk chocolate and this make a good 30 or so. Thought I’d add the recipe I kind of threw together with what we had!

For the cupcakes I used this recipe and this recipe. Both were delicious and both were really easy! I accidentally over-baked the second recipe, and they still came out pretty moist. Just thought you’d like to know that little tid-bit of my kitchen problems. It proved that the recipe was definitely Kelly-proof. ;) BTW: I love ALL of Spunky Coconut’s Recipes! She is truly a very talented person and she is kind of my kitchen role model. So, definitely go check her out NOW.

Easter Day came, we sang for Mass(which was awesome!!) and then we went to my cousins house, ate a lot, played a lot, talked a lot, looked at old pictures, and generally had the most awesome day in the world. Thank you cousins for being such a blessing to me! :) :) I love y’all! 

Then we left around 4 pm, went home, had sister time, ate some more chocolate and ham LOL, then watched Big Hero 6.

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We prayed our Divine Mercy Novena, then our dad read Treasure Island, and I fell asleep, then we crashed around 9 or 9:30, I think.

That was my day…I hope you had an equally awesome Easter with good food, good play, good talk, good family, and good memories to treasure for a life-time! Keep in touch! Love my readers

Love,

Kelly <3

Links I Like From This Week

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OK so here I am again...hopefully I didn’t scare y’all away because of my less-than-optimal writing schedule. Please forgive my busy life and I will do my best to forgive all of you people who are too lazy to check out my blog. Hehe- just kidding, I love all you readers! :) <3

So, today I am introducing a new kind of link-up kind of post. I saw it on many other blogs and I thought, “Well, that looks cool and is a pretty good idea, so I’m gonna try it and be awesome like everybody else.” So…yes, i have been really busy lately, but not so busy that I don’t have a life. And by life, I mean internet life, hehe. No, really, I do have a life, I just need some time figuring it out, ya know? I get confused with all the complexities in it and sometimes I need to take a break from it, so I travel to a little place called the internet and I find all these supa-dupa awesome websites that have these kind of link ups where they show you what they have been looking at and liking all week! So…that’s what I’m gonna do…yaya!

Now here’s a pick from me to you to show how excited I am that I can be a part of the fav link up movement:

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See? I’m clearly expressing my happiness!

Anyways…besides that bit of happiness, let’s get on to the main event: my favorite links of this week.

Now, I’ll have you know that I have a ton of different kinds of things I loved this week and if I even try to number them, I will probably write a post so long, it could go to the moon and back(honestly-and I don’t spend my entire lifetime on the internet! That just shows you how large and huge the internet is…it’s endless, basically! LOL)

This week though, I have found some favorites of mine that I’d like to share:

As always…Food links come first: 

  • This extraordinary Lemon Poppyseed Bread! Believe me…it never fails to make my family happpy! And happy with three p’s means really happy. ;)
  • Spinach Pizza Crust- sounds interesting to say the least. I think I’ll try it and see what happens.
  • 23 Insanely Clever Ways to Cook Cauliflower– this is the best thing ever! I mean, c’mon, cauliflower is just a versatile vegetable. I think it may become my fav!
  • 11 DIY Protein Bars– need protein when you are growing or an athlete or exercising or living, so yeah, these are sweet ways to get the protein into ya!

Now, the second best on the list: Workouts

  • 8 Cross Fit Exercises you can do at home! Yay- an easy way for all us homeys to get into shape! I’ve tried them, so don’t worry, you won’t die.
  • Jump-n-Tone Total Body Workout– this looks neat and I can’t wait to try it! Time to get the blood pumping!
  • No-Dread Treadmill Workout– now I know a lot of people don’t like the treadmill, but I actually kind of like it. I mean, yeah the outside is the best, but give me some music and a cool workout plan like this and I’m happy on it. I’ve been doing this for the past few weeks and I love it! :)

MUSIC!!! My next favorite thing! ;)

  • Lindsey Stirling Shatter Me has been on my song list lately… loving this song!
  • Nick Jonas’ Introducing Me has also been one on my mind lately. Can’t get the tune out of my head and my and my sister surprised me by memorizing the whole song! I feel so accomplished.
  • Love Don’t Die by the Fray- my sister Meg and I are doing a dance to this at our Dance Crew on Tuesday nights, so this song has been playing in my mind the last few weeks.

Favorite Instagram! Yes I have an instagram now!

Random thinking links

So..that’s all from me for now. Hope you like and come back again please ’cause I love people! :) <3

Yours in Christ,
Kelly

So Good You’ll Want S’More!!

How is your year of the big 2015 goin’? Mine ain’t going very good, but life is to be lived so I will just have to keep going, right? RIGHT!! Actually, I failed a couple of my New Year Resolutions, if you haven’t noticed…I have NOT been posting two posts every week and I am NOT going to be able to run the Color Run. Big HUGE unhappy face: :(. But, I am actually OK with that because I am actually starting to run/jog a bit, so I am happy. Now for the reasons WHY I won’t be able to run: I am saving my money to go to Poland next year on a Pilgrimage and to World Youth Day!! Yay! I am praying that I can make it there. It’s gonna be a TON of cash, but I think I’ve got it a bit under control. We are fundraising, so hopefully I’ll make it there. :) ;) I’m actually thinking of getting a job! Who woulda known, right?

Now I ain’t making any promises, y’all, but I am really, really, really gonna try and start posting a whole bunch more on here. I am determined to get this thang going if it’s the last thing I do.

So….besides all that and school, that pretty much sums up my two month in 2015 so far. I know, kinda boring, right? I mean, what HAVE I been doing? I really don’t have a clue…I guess I have been trying to wing life so far and right now, I really need to start LOVING LIFE! Actually, yes, I challenge you guys, my dear readers, to stop in your seats, think of something you LOVE to do, and do it right now! I’ll wait…

Still waiting…(are you doing it?)

C’mon guys…I KNOW you can do it!

Did you do it? Yes? YAY!! Give yourself a high five! Personally, I just sat here and wrote, then went to grab something to eat. Please don’t imitate my actions…unless you are a writer, then by all means, just write and eat. Oh yeah, and think…Thinking is very useful. :)

Anyways…after you did something you love(whether that be yoga, food, bike riding, going on a walk, eating, playing an instrument, etc.), please, please come back and read this post and get the ooh-so-good S’more Brownies.

What?!?! Wait…what’s that you said? S’MORE BROWNIES!!??!! Oh my gosh…Am I in heaven? When you bite into this delicious concoction I have made up(actually, I am pretty sure it has already been made up, but please don’t remind me…), yes…you will SO be in heaven! And I will be there with you and we will be doing things we love, right? Hehe…see what I did there? I connected what I said earlier and put the two together! I am so smart! ;) (And really weird as well… :/)

So, here she is, in all her splendor…please do not eat your screen. I never read it anywhere, but I do believe that a diet consisting of computer screens is not a very good diet to live on and it may inhibit mineral absorption and may give a weird disease that no one knows exactly what it is, but the name looks deadly so you wouldn’t want to get it. So yeah-that is actually a good piece of healthy info- never eat your computer or iPhone screen, no matter how delicious it looks or appears to be.

So, without further ado…mah own delicious S’More Brownies!!!! And BONUS: They are gluten free!!!! Yaya!

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Gluten Free (OR NOT!) S’MORE BROWNIES

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

Serves 9 to 12

Ingredients:

  • For Crust: – 1 1/2 cups gluten free Graham Cracker Crumbs (I used Kinnikinnick brand graham crumbs but feel free to use whatever you want. If you aren’t gluten free, that OK, you are still cool and you can use regular graham cracker crumbs. It all works and its all yummy!)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (I used plain ol’ white sugar, but feel free to use organic sugar or palm sugar. Sorry, haven’t tried any liquid sweeteners and if you do try, I’d reduce the butter to 4 TB)
  • 6 TB butter, melted ( I used salted, but you can use whatever you feel like{or whatever is in your fridgy})
  • For Brownie Mix: – 1 packet Krusteaz’s Gluten Free Brownie Mix
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk or water
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • NOTE: In place of this, you can use whatever gluten free brownie recipe or mix you would like as long as it fits in an 8×8” or 9×9” baking pan. Also, I am currently working on a delicious brownie recipe for my blog, but while its in construction, my personal fav gluten free brownies from scratch is this one: Super Fudgy Paleo Brownies from Gluten Free On A Shoestring.
  • For Quick and EZ Marshmallow Topping(Kellified a bit from this recipe): – 1 egg white
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup OR maple syrup(my personal fav)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract

OK, now we can get baking!! YAY!! :D

Directions: 1. OK, first, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 8×8” baking dish with cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and sugar. Melt butter in a small bowl, then stir into graham cracker crumbs. Press into the baking dish then place in the oven and let bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned.

3. Prepare the brownies according to package with my suggested ingredients or use your favorite brownie recipes.

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Spread over slightly cooled crust and place in the oven again to bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean or mostly clean.

4. While the brownies are baking, prepare the marshmallow creme: place the egg white in a stand mixer and add corn syrup/maple syrup and salt. Beat for 5 minutes. It come together and look like marshmallow creme. Put the mixer on low, then add the powdered sugar. Beat until well combined. Add extracts and beat until nice and creamy.

5. Take the brownies out of the oven and let them cool for at least 30 minutes or until cool to the touch. I know…you can’t wait to dig into them, but just be patience. Good things come to those who wait! ;)

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6. Now spread the brownies with the yummy and supa-dupa easy creme. Let your eyes feast on the beauty, then consume in any way you feel that is best! Another winky face: ;).

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So…I sure hope y’all guys enjoy this recipe. Personally, it lasted about two hours and that was it. It was GONE!

And that’s all I have for you today. Stay tuned for more after this post. Love all you guys and wish you the best.

Yours in Christ,

Kelly C.

This is shared on Fat Tuesday, Tuesdays Table, Allergy Free Wednesday,

2015 Here I Come

Heya fellows! I’m sorry I haven’t actually been, well, ya know, writing here very often and I admit, I keep thinking I will and saying that I will, then something else pops up. Well, every single day I was so convinced that I was going to get on here and write a recipe, movie review, etc., something came up and I was forced to succumb to the craziness I like to call life.

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OK, no more excuses as to why I am late and overdo on my posts… now we will go onto this adventure: 2015!!

I trust that you all had a very Merry Christmas! If you didn’t, well, I’ll pray for you. ;) I had a very hectic Christmas, to say the least. We were sick since last November and we were still sick come Christmas, so we did a lot of resting after the holidays and actually didn’t go anywhere for New Years Day. I know…lame, but even I-who is known for being a social butterfly- just felt so worn out from being sick and tired, that I wanted to stay home, watch movies, eat, and jump on the trampoline. Honestly-that is all that I did. :) Oh- and baked. I tried to bake up some nice and good recipes for you guys over December, but I was so sick that I didn’t feel like doing anything. :( But, here is a new year and a new time to bake and I am really hoping that this year will be much more organized than my last one. I want to write y’all a post at least twice a week. Not sure if that is gonna happen, but we will see.

Talking about changes for the New Year, how are your New Year resolutions coming along, if you decided to do any? Mine are not too bad. I actually found this really cool phone app that helps with goals and such. I realize that a lot are about losing weight and eating healthy, but there are also some really simple ones like brushing your teeth in the morning, or saying your night prayers, or reading a good book. It’s called Coach.me. To be honest, I have kind of fallen back on some of my goals over this past weekend, but I am hoping that this week will be a new one with accomplished goals and accomplished school… I am not liking my school right now…but, I guess everyone has their own individual cross they have to bear, right?

I want to share some of my New Year Resolutions for 2015 and also my plan to accomplish these(because resolutions are not enough. Sometimes you need a little planning beforehand to actually accomplish them). If you have any ideas or comments on them, please tell me because I am so, so open to other ideas and opinions! :)

  • Run in the Color Run in 2015

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I don’t know if y’all have heard of this run or not(you probably have), but I heard about it last year a bit too late and this year, I am gathering a group of girls together to go run with me. It’s in April here in Lafayette Louisiana, so I will have to get started on my running in order to get in shape. I am in pretty good shape, but not good enough. I have always loved running but we live down a gravel road that is next to impossible to run on without spraining or breaking your ankle(s). Thus, I will have to run on the treadmill, even though I do hate running on that thing. I’d much rather be outside. What about y’all guys? Inside or outside to run or walk or exercise or just be? So…I am planning to accomplish this goal by having others come along with me in order to hold myself responsible. I cannot back down on all my girlfriends, thus, I will HAVE to sign up and HAVE to run to get in shape. (P.S. I like LOVE having goals to work up to)

Running on the treadmill! #havinglotsoffun

Running on the treadmill!
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  • Write at least 2!!! posts for my blog each week

I plan to do this by actually getting up early to write it. I have a habit of liking to sleep in late if at all possible, but I already get enough sleep without having to sleep in, so might as well just get up out of bed and onto the computer to write to y’all…because I really do enjoy this!!!

  • Taking up photography

Not so much big business, expert photography, but just enough so that my picture-taking will look better for my…ahem…cooking and baking. I admit, my pics of food on this blog are pretty lame, so I will try and look into more photography skills so that I can give you a better picture of my food. Also, I know that y’all want to see more of my life, my animals, my doings, etc., and I always forget to bring a camera. This resolution will (hopefully) push me into doing it. I will try and accomplish this resolution by carrying my camera and phone with me a lot more than before. Hopefully that will spurn my creativity. I mean, if I am carrying that camera and/or phone around, might as well use it!

  • Take up guitar

I have been meaning to do this for a while now! I will have to put reminders on my phone to get this done. Sometimes, that is the only way…. I plan on doing it at least twice a week. You have to start small in order to get big!

  • Read more

This is a given… I have always wanted to read more and have been wanting to. Things get so busy that I almost never get to sit down and just read. So, if any of y’all have any good ideas for a good book to read, I’d happily take them! :) Right now, I am thinking about reading the entire Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Not sure how far I will get though… but I love challenging myself.

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  • Finally, finish up my book that I started

Don’t know how many of you guys have heard, but I did Nanowrimo in November last year and I didn’t finish it. :( But, I definitely plan on finishing the book because I have got a really good story filled with pain, heartbreak, love, chemistry, mystery, and a lot of other stuff. I really hope that I can finish it up soon! :) ;)

So…that pretty much it for now. I keep adding stuff, but I will nut push it. Start small and hopefully it will be just enough to tip my life over in the right direction.

OK, I am leaving for now, but expect more movie reviews on the way because I have watched a whole lot of good movies lately that need (read neeed) a good review. With that in mind, God bless you all and Happy New Year!

Snaps from my holiday:

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Got these for X-mas! LOVE THEMMM!!!

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At Trader Joe’s w/ sisters(from left to right), Abby, Meg, Me!, Gigi, and Lizzie(actually not a sister…but she likes to believe she is one! ;)

Have a lovely week!

~Kelly Caffery

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….

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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

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.

 

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