Thursday, April 3, 2014

What to Pack for a no Sandwich Lunch!!!!

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.

Potato sandwiches: 
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.

SoccaThis 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.

SCD/GAPS, Paleo,  totally delicious, my kids hate sweet potato but love this
you could also use hash browns if you aren't interested in sweet potato

Other ideas:
tortilla chips and guacamole or hummus or bean dip
cabbage cups instead of tortillas or sandwich bread, you can fill these things with tuna salad, chicken salad, diced chicken, pretty much anything you would put on a sandwich except PB and J (yuck).
corn tortilla and anything you can put in a sandwich.  These roll best if you heat them first.
We've also tried apple sandwiches by coring and apple and cutting it up into bagel like slices.  It's just easier to cut up an apple the old fashioned way and eat it with peanut butter.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Belated Valentine.

 I Stutter When I Call

I falter when I talk to you
   I can't help
      can't help
  can't help it.

All I want
      I try
    I want to say
get's muted.

My mouth gets in the way
     of my heart.
         my heart --
       My heart
that speaks in threes.

I stumble
    I trip,
      I fall
  into my words
and say nothing at all.

But I love you.

And if I can just
like an ocean fitted with a waterspout -
the torrent stays in and 3 words dribble out.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Songs of Sorrow

When you wonder if I’m there
  because I do not make a sound
            I am
  Loving you quietly in the background.

If you wonder if I know
what tears your heart in two
            I am
right here, arms outstretched for you.

If you’re asking “Do you care?”
 ( and you know I do)
           I do,
           I am
Holding you in my hand.


Monday, December 30, 2013

White Christmas

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.

Friday, December 20, 2013

The Father of Christmas

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 above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
    and night to night reveals knowledge.

"For His invisible attributes, namely,
 his eternal power and diving nature
 have been clearly perceived, 
ever since the creation of the world 
in the things that have been made." 

We see him in nature, we hear about him through his word (the Bible).

The realness of things is important.  The trueness of things is as well.

"All the paths of the Lord are lovingkindness and truth

To those who keep His covenant and His testimonies" 

"The works of His hands are truth and justice; 
All His precepts are sure."

 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:

- 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 and kill and destroy.

 I came that they may have life and have it abundantly."

 John 10:10

"You make known to me the path of life; 

in your presence there is fullness of joy, 

at your right hand are pleasures forevermore."

Psalm 16:11

"Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. 

No one comes to the Father except through me."

 John 14:6

"I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, 

but because you do know it, 

and because no lie is of the truth." 1 John 2:21

If you make a comment, and I hope you do, please keep it logical and thoughtful.  If you want to read something else entirely you can find me over at One Fun Mom with a gentler post about Christmas.

Monday, November 18, 2013


I brought some rain                                  
Cupped in my hand                                  
But stepping towards you and                  
With no further gain                                
I lost my harvest in the sand.                    

You stood there too                                
Arms stretched in shade                          
Which landed with no break                    
Behind me in the tracks I made                
 - your shadow in my wake.                    

Our gifts, though unreceived
Have joined the Sun and found
A garden where
They hit the ground.


Thursday, November 14, 2013

My very own top 10 list

I've been noticing a lot of listing in bloggerland.  Everything is a top 10, 20 or a "How to" article.  Since I'm not really the voice of authority on anything my top 10 list is a list of don'ts in honor of my son's 10th birthday party.

10 reasons why you shouldn't party plan after 10pm

1.) You come very close to miss-wording the evite to the army themed party

"We're going commando for Eliot's birthday party!  Come join us for a scavenger hunt and pizza ..."

I re-worded it.

2.) You consider planning a craft.

3.) You consider the fact that handing out prizes after the scavenger hunt would be a great way to get rid of all those smarties (for the winners) and dum dums (for the losers) left over from Halloween

4.) You set the menu: Pizza, Cake and Ice cream, knowing full well that over half of the guests can't have gluten or dairy, or both

5.) You forget that with daylight savings in affect, there will only be 1 hour of daylight for the party and the rest of the party will have to take place indoors.

6.) You suggest "The Bucketeers" as a part of the indoor entertainment  (Eliot wasn't too keen on this idea, whew!)

7.) You remind yourself that you will most likely have to bake 3 different cakes and start to consider this

or worse ... this

8.) You accidentally invite the wrong sibling in a family.

9.) You forget to invite the child's Father (it's been a long week people)

10.) You run out of ideas and decided "everything will work out" and "I can just wing it"

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