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Best. Pancakes. Ever.

And YES… of course they’re gluten-free!

When my family (vote count = 10) says they’re the best pancakes INCLUDING pancakes before we were G-FREE… then you KNOW they’re the best around.

1,2,3 Gluten Free – is a great brand across the board, I haven’t met a baked good that isn’t good from them.  They deliver deliciousness… and everything I’ve had has been fortified, so it’s worth the price!  GREAT quality.  (No, I’m NOT paid to say that, it’s truly my opinion).  They put multiple recipes around and inside their boxes… which is another little added bonus!

Inside this box is where I found the tip on making pumpkin pancakes with their mix.

WHOA.

They were so good – they didn’t need ANY syrup.  We added some enjoy life chocolate chips….  because, well – chocolate goes with everything…

May your weekend include something PUMPKIN!

** We get 1,2,3 Gluten Free pancakes from Dillons, or  online at Vitacost.com.  You can also get them directly online.  Our Hy-Vee also has some products, but not currently the pancakes.

**** We make it with 3 cups of mix, 1 can of pumpkin, 1 T cinnamon, 3 eggs, and 1 1/2 cups of almond milk. Add chocolate chips and a bit of water as needed to reach the consistency you desire.

“And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom,

and the grace of God was upon him.”

Luke 2:40

Happy Pancake Mornin’

One of my favorite places to grab some gluten-free groceries from is Trader Joes.  If you don’t know about Trader Joes – check it out, their prices are awesome.  I left the store with a whole cart full of meats, produce and some gluten-free things for $120 (including tax!)  Love that!

One of our favorite things from there are their pancakes.  they sell 4 packages of 3 pancakes, 12 in each box.  They are gluten and dairy free, and deliciousness!  The kids love them for a treat – when we want pancakes, but are in a hurry.  In our area, they’re only $2 a box – even better!

It’s been a tough week, trying to get caught up and back on track after vacation – too many late nights.  I’m trying so hard to get to bed earlier, but so far, it just isn’t happening!  I always think of “one more thing” to do … and the next thing you know – it’s 1 am when I’m showering and starting my bedtime routine.

Last night after my son’s breathing treatment, I literally cashed out on the floor.  While the floor didn’t feel good – sleeping did …  I feel MUCH more rested and ready to conquer today our weekend of work.

If having a cleaning person didn’t rise my anxiety levels beyond belief – I’d be all over that this week!  Fortunately, I’ve gotten some great workouts in – and that has helped my spirit and my body a ton!  Praise be to God for a body that moves!  I need to be ready – today might be the day of Christ’s return!  Wouldn’t THAT be nice?

“Be on guard.  Stand firm in the faith.  Be courageous. Be strong.   And do everything with love. “

1 Corinthians 16:13

** an update on Mike’s surgery – it went well, and he is in ICU until Tuesday.  Please pray for his comfort, and healing – and for the strength and peace of his wife and family as they await all of the information from the surgery reports.

GF On The Road

Our biggest hurdle on our trip – was figuring out a way to eat, so we didn’t get glutenated… and let me tell you – we were blessed.  We only had one episode – although we can’t pinpoint exactly who, what, where and when… but we had some delicious foods, and everyone was fed – so I call that…

SUCCESS!!!

Each day the kids had sandwiches.  They eat a lot less bread, and a lot more fruit and veggies – but this was an easy meal.  Whoever said making sandwiches in the van, for 9 out of the 10 of us – isn’t FABULOUS – is TOTALLY missing out.  I became very efficient in my lap kitchen preparation – and everyone was happy.

One major blessing that I didn’t consider – is KROGER stores exist in the Dallas area.  Hurray – I was familiar with them, and their BOARHEAD meats/cheeses…. many of which are clearly labeled GLUTEN FREE, and the kids LOVE them.  It was nice to fill my cooler up and not wonder – is there gluten in this?

Great selection of GLUTEN FREE meats and cheeses at our Dillons - affliated with Kroger Stores.

We ate out a Chick-Fil-A a lot too.  Did you know they have the healthiest kid’s menu around??  Grilled nuggets, fruit bowl (and it’s good fruit too!), and drink option.  Their fries are gluten-free – because they’re cooked in a dedicated “fry” frier.  (No cross contaminants with breaded foods!)  I’m not a big FRY person, but it was vacation – and yes.  I had some.  (Did I mention I did workout??)

In the words of my favorite 3-year-old… “Mmmmmm Tasty!”

We also found a great pizza place that served amazing pizza with organic ingredients and even offered a GF menu!  The kids were SO delighted to have “pizza out”.  I even ordered “no cheese” on part of my pizza – and it was incredible.  The people at Palio’s were fantastic.  The staff even brought me the label off of their meat – so I could verify that it was gluten-free.  Great service.

Palio’s Spinach Pizza… Yummo! The kids gave it 16 thumbs up!

My kids were thrilled to enjoy some GF pancakes as well!  The Original Pancake House offers gluten free pancakes on their menu, and were great about making shelled scrambled eggs.

Ever wonder what made the omlettes and scrambled eggs so light and fluffy? (And caloric?)

PANCAKE BATTER!!!

So we just had them make us some fresh ones separately, and everyone was happy!  Our family ate 33 pancakes, 2 bowls of fresh fruit and 10 scrambled eggs… not a drop of food was left behind!

My daughter showing off how many pancakes she tucked away. She must have a hallow leg!

As for me, I ate a lot of salad, and it was FUN.

No really, I mean that.  It was fun to eat, and not feel sick!  Praise be to God.  We had an amazing trip!

Here is my salad from the Whole Foods store buffet. Perfection!

“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

Colossians 3:17

YES! I Can Have That!

One of the principles Danna Demetre always talked about was making sure you didn’t tell yourself you “couldn’t” have something.  Once you did, you were bound to desire that something MORE.

Oh my, is that ever true for me. {I’ve admitted, until forced to change by God, I’m impossible!}

However, when you take that thought process and turn it around – so that you are making a choice to NOT have something – to honor God and your body, it reverses the hold food can have on you.

Instead of saying, “I can’t have that muffin, cookie, soda…”  Remind yourself why you don’t need that thing, and how you’re better off without it.  Make it YOUR choice not to want it, vs. believing a lie that you “need it” to survive.

One thing several of my celiac books talk about, is having a positive attitude.  When we get down, that adds to the bogging down of our immune system, which in turn – makes it more likely for you to get sick.  That’s definitely not good when you have an auto-immune disease, but it’s plain NOT GOOD for anyone!

I’ve been on a mission to show the kids what we CAN have – so we can focus on our blessings, vs. counting ourselves as cursed. God uses all things for His good! Gluten Free Pancakes with Dairy/Soy/Gluten free chocolate chips!  They were a big hit!

That idea transfers to anyone’s life.

It’s ok to cry now and then.  Women especially appreciate that emotional release.  BUT, when the focus is on what you can’t have – instead of realizing what we DO have, and CAN have in life… it’s bringing us down.

So, for a short while I was angry about what I wouldn’t be able to have… ever again.  Then I struggled through what my kids couldn’t have or wouldn’t be able to try… and feeling like that some how *I* caused this.  (Who created us again?)  God brought me to a place of peace.

{Thank you God.  Your peace does transcend all understanding.}  His purpose, His ways.

There are LOTS of things I can have, and other options to replace old ones… and more than anything – we have so much in this country…  NO EXCUSES.  NO COMPLAINING!! 

These are a big hit. We stocked up when Target had them on sale at $2.50 a box! They’re dairy free too – so I can have them – yum!

So when people say to me, “Oh I’m so sorry…”  about the celiac disease…. I really don’t feel sad.  Not in the least.  I’m SO grateful and thankful.  I know what I can do to feel well now… and keep my kids healthy – and THAT is a blessing.

This is a tasty treat the kids enjoy! Kettle Corn certified GLUTEN FREE from Target!

Won’t you realize what you can do to keep yourself and your family healthy too?  Make a change in the right direction… and do what you can to eliminate those empty calories, that mindless snacking.  Truly eat to live, NOT life to eat.  There is so much more in life than food!  Let Him show you how to be healthy for HIM!!

ME sporting my new G-FREE shirt. I got them for my daughter and I to “celebrate” our family’s new journey to health!

I will give you back your health and heal your wounds,” says the LORD. “For you are called an outcast–‘Jerusalem for whom no one cares.'”

  Jeremiah 30:17

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