Monday, March 27, 2017

Rachelle's Violin Virtuoso Concert

I had an enjoyable time at Rachelle's Violin Virtuoso Concert last week. 
There were show pieces, fiddling pieces, Rags, and more. It was a fun concert to hear and see. 
Some of the Hillsdale College students' violin students took part on the 2nd half. That was a delight.

Rachelle and her Aunt Carma at the coffee shop

Julia, Rachelle, Me, and Aunt Carma
Three of Rachelle's long-devoted "aunts" went with me. 
Our girls have been immensely blessed to have had my friends invest in their lives since birth. 
I am so grateful for their influence and their love.

Dorinda, Julia, Rachelle, and Me

Chelle has just 7 weeks of college left! I can hardly believe it.

 Happy days!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

A Gluten-Free Chocolate-Chip Cookie Worth Eating!

I have made a major diet change for the past 6 weeks. I've cut refined sugar, dairy, gluten, starch, tomatoes, all fruit except apples and berries, and legumes. I'm trying to get my liver and thyroid numbers where they should be. I'll find out this coming week if they're back to normal range so that I can avoid medication if it's possible. 

I wanted to share this cookie recipe which I found in a cookbook I ordered off Amazon. This gluten-free, dairy-free cookie is delectable! Like the author suggests, I purchased my almond flour, coconut flour, palm shortening, and coconut crystals from Amazon. The raw honey I found at Sam's for a more reasonable price than I found elsewhere. 

Even if my numbers don't improve enough to avoid medication, I feel better and have lost several pounds avoiding refined sugar, so I'll likely keep finding ways to use raw honey, maple syrup, coconut crystals, and berries as my sweeteners. 

If you need to avoid gluten and other potentially inflammatory foods, give this recipe a try! It's hard to stop at one cookie! 

(Oh, and by the way, thankfully, my doctor told me I could do a small amount of 70% or darker chocolate. So, I do use regular dark chocolate pieces which have a bit of sugar/dairy. That has been my enabler in making such a drastic diet change!)

Happy Sunday!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Science and God: Do They Mix?

I love to listen to John Lennox. 
His winsome, humble, yet brilliant mind captivates me and lifts my spirit.
I pray the next generation will produce more like him 
with similar ability to address the issues of the day in such a beautiful way. 

God, help me to better (though, of course, in a far simpler understanding) 
reflect the same type of humble, uplifting spirit, based on the unshakable strength
that comes from trust in a Loving, yet Powerful, Genius - what an understatement!, and Amazing Creator!

I cannot help but think about spending eternity with people like Dr. Lennox...
can you imagine exploring the never-ending realities God has created alongside people like this?

I did not have time to listen to the questions today at the end of the video, 
but the lecture is about 55 minutes long and is so worth your time!