Gluten Free Tips

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I cut gluten out of my diet 8 1/2 months ago. At first it was pretty hard. But as the days went on, I realized I just felt a lot better. No more bloating or stomach cramps. Less headaches. And my thyroid was no longer hyperactive. Amazing, right? I thought so.

Anyway, over the last 8 months I’ve learned a thing or too. I thought I would share some of the knowledge I gained, in hopes of helping someone else.

  • Gluten free pizza at Costco: I love pizza. I’ve tried a lot of different ones. But I always come back to Costco. They have a great gluten free pizza in the frozen section.
  • Soy sauce: regular soy sauce contains gluten. And I love Asian food. Especially sushi. If I an find a sushi without soy sauce soaked seaweed, then I eat it dipped in kikkoman brand soy sauce. Yum!
  • Flour: There are a lot of different gluten free flours to chose from in grocery stores. Thanks to my good friend Meriam, she told me about Pamela’s flour blends. And it has become my favorite. I use it to make pancakes, waffles, thicken soups, etc.
  • Glutino makes tons of delicious gluten free options. My favorites are pretzel sticks, oreo cookies, and buttery crackers.
  • Stores: Kroger and Publix both carry a lot of gluten free options. And surprisingly, Aldi has a lot of gluten free options.

Do you have any tips for being gluten free? If so, please share with me!

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Do you want to transform your time with God?

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About a month ago, I downloaded this new app from Proverbs 31 Ministry. And I absolutely love it! I just wanted to share with my readers. This app has allowed me to refresh my quiet times in the morning. I spend a little longer than 5 minutes 🙂 But the great thing is you can make it your own.

Here is a little bit about the app:

“We must exchange whispers with God before shouts with the world.” Lysa TerKeurst

Throw Back Thursday

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Hello world! This is a throw back Thursday post to the time when I used to blog! HA!

Remember when I used to blog all the time? Yeah, it’s been a while. Over the last two years, I need to give myself some margin. So I had to give up a few things. Blogging was one of the things I stopped. But it’s been almost a year and I have missed writing so much. So i’m back!

Now the question is…what do I write about?

I think I will write about the ways God teaches me. It’s through dreams, sermons, books, people, nature, His word, and so much more. So starting next week, I will begin to share. Hopefully you will want to come along on my journey. And share with me how He teaches you!

Love, Rachael

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14

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To That Mom.

To That Mom,

The one who is missing their mom.

The one who is missing their kids who are now in college.

Or the mom who just misses a child who was lost or a child that never came.

Maybe you are the mom who is over-worked from out of the home job.

Or are a single mom raising kids without any help.

The one who feel like a failure at the end of the day.

The one who collapses once the kids get into bed.

The mom who was up all night with a sick toddler.

Or the mom who was up off and on with a newborn.

Maybe you are pregnant for the first time or second or third and you are just exhausted.

You could be the mom who cares for little children all day long and craves for bedtime.

Or…maybe, just maybe…

You could be the mom who works a little harder,

finds joy,

sees improvements,

finds success even in failure…

But most of all you could be the mother who depends completely on Jesus.

Whoever you are mom, know that being the mom who completely leans on Jesus is the best you can always be.

This world will always suck you dry, but Jesus always fills up. And your children are a blessing from God…Don’t ever forget that!

Moms, I need to hear this myself most days. Being mommy to little kiddos is hard work! But we must persevere. Perspecitive changes everything!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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I am Yours, You are Mine!

Yesterday at church we learned a new song. It was so powerful I was literally in tears during the service. So I just wanted to share the song with my readers. This particular video has the words. I pray they wash over you as they washed over me.

This has become my prayer:

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

Ideas for Christmas Fun!

This week I thought it would be fun to share my list of Christmas ideas with you. Since my oldest, Finn, was really into Christmas for the first time last year I’m really ramping up the activities. Here is my list of things to do through the holiday season:

Christmas movie night
We all pick out an ornament that represents us
We go to Kinsey Farms to cut down our Christmas tree
Christmas cookie decorating
Tree decorating (cones)
Gingerbread train decoration
Candlelight bubble bath
Snowman pizza night
Christmas singing parade
Christmas craft night
Birthday cake for Jesus
Sleepover around the tree and read christmas stories
The minivan express (Polar Express)
Start a jar of funny sayings for 2013
Take Christmas treats to an elderly home
Make Christmas cards for a soldier
CiCi’s for dinner then ride around looking at lights
Take kids to dollar store to pick out gifts for each other
Take picture with Santa
Christmas breakfast as a family
Watch Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer Christmas night before bed