Gluten Free lunches: Life kinds of stinks for a while when you go gluten free. The following are some things that my family eats and packs in their lunches that aren't sandwiches and don't involve GF bread. Many are Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo, and SCD/GAPS legal.
mash up a cold potato and fill it with filling of choice (meatballs, tuna fish, lunch meat, broccoli and cheese?), close it up and eat it like a sandwich.
Kebab: because pretty much anything you put on a stick is cool
sausage + pineapple kebabs
Tater tot + meatball kebab (store bought meatballs almost always have wheat in them)
omelets cut up and put on kebab with cherry tomato and salami
cherry tomato, basil, mozzarella kebab
If it's firm enough to make it onto a stick you can skewer it. I like to do a protein and a carb but a fruit skewer or all meat skewer would work as well.
Bake Ahead of Time:
Pumpkin pie clautofis This packs well in lunches and is best served cold. Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo, and SCD/GAPS legal.
Paleo Breakfast bread: super easy to pack in a lunchbox and tastes good at any temp (add tiny chocolate chips if you feel like pickier eaters wouldn't want to try it, I do think the recipe needs more sweetness so I add honey and more cinnamon) Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo, and SCD/GAPS legal.
Almond Soda Bread: I use half almond meal and half cashew meal. Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo, and SCD/GAPS legal.
Socca: This stuff is best hot and crisp from the oven but makes a super easy, super cheap cracker when baked up thin. Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo, and SCD/GAPS legal.
Palm Springs for Christmas. You normally wouldn't think of a white Christmas down there, but then, you have no idea how many tissues a family of 7 can go through in a day. I don't know what it was about this flu but it started with Charissa waking me up in the morning with a febral seizure and progressed to 5 of us with over 103 degree fevers for days. Add in a cough, some asthma and allergies and you have about 3-4 days of my life that I and the kids have little memory of.
You'd think that would have ruined Christmas, but it didn't. For some reason, everyone who was sick was generous, kind, grateful and sweeter than I could ever imagine they could be. I woke up one night in so much pain I was trying to massage my sore neck and little Isaac, who was sleeping next to me, woke up and said, "Mommy, I can rub your back for you." I almost cried.
Not being able to take care of myself or my kids really made me look at my life, my attitudes, my choices and some of the bad habits I've gotten into and I was ashamed of myself. Life goes by so fast I don't normally get the time to reflect and correct the way I need to but the Lord reached into what could have been an ugly situation and handed us patience, kindness, love, and thankfulness.
I got some nice presents for Christmas. But I think being sick was the best one of all.
Christmas is a weird holiday that both amazes and troubles me. You have on the one hand a fat guy in bizarre clothes that only likes and interacts with prepubescent children and on the other, you have the Father of Christmas. The real story of Christmas is that our Heavenly Father loves us and sent his Son to save us all from our sinfulness despite our unworthiness! Yes. This is is a post about why I hate Santa. How do we know what is real? We live in a world of "virtual" everything and the message that comes from the plugged in world is that fantasy is bigger and better than reality. You can "go" anywhere in the world - online, you can look up any fact - online, you can see more amazing art in one hour than you could ever see if you were to spend a day at a museum or gallery - and all in front of a screen. Is there anything lost in the pixelization of experience? When I am online I can overwhelm my eyes and ears with data but the experience of the real world allows all my senses to take in and process information synergistically. I want my kids to so love the real things that they aren't tempted to immerse themselves in what is false. God is real. He permeates every atom of the universe where He displays His glory above the heavens, throughout the earth and from the depths of the sea. The Bible has many passages about seeing, hearing, feeling, tasting and even smelling. We can know God through all of our senses, but the two most communicative senses: hearing and seeing are the ways we can learn what is real about God.
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky aboveproclaims his handiwork. 2 Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.
The most impressionable time in our childrens' lives is in their earliest years where they explore, make comparisons and gather information that they later can organize and use to interpret their world. We are helping them build a framework (an epistemology) that explains to them how they can know that what they know is real.
When you believe something, you accept it as true. Belief and an acceptance of truth are inseparable. The person who taught you your first words, and how to put your pants on also taught you about Santa and Jesus. Which do you believe? Are they both true? Are they both presented as true? With the story of Jesus Christ our faith is built on facts gathered from reading the Nativity story in the Bible, what the adults in our lives tell us, and ... nothing else that is tangible. How can Jesus compete with Barbie? How can he stay real when Santa is proven false? How can we show our children how to look for him, past the toy aisle and into the beautiful sunset splashed across the sky in bright pink and orange lights neon light?
Let's do a little comparison: Santa - promotes self-righteousness - is uninvolved except for a once yearly check up - encourages greed - gives you what you want - dumps his gift down the chimney and flies away
-Santa places his gifts under a tree, God hung His gift on it. Jesus says - "Let the little children come to me" -regardless of how good they are Matthew 19:14 - "Draw near to me and I will draw near to you" James 4:8 - Gives you Himself - "while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" Romans 5:6-8 - Promises to never leave or forsake, asks you to be content with what you have Hebrews 13:5 - Asks you to "deny yourself, pick up your cross and follow me" Matthew 16:24
What Christian virtue does Santa promote? You can send him your list, but not a thank you card. So I have to ask, do you want the Man in the Red Suit, or the baby in the manger? Do you want a gift, or the Gift Giver? I honestly believe Santa is an idol erected next to the real and true Christ child that died to bring us more than a gift from X-mart. Jesus is enough. He is your real gift, your true pleasure. He's more than a seasonal Father, and the gift of salvation that started in the manger is eternal and cannot be lost, broken or worn out.
"The thief comes only to steal andkill and destroy.
I came that they may have life and have it abundantly."