Monday, April 28, 2014

The Best Gluten Free Bread ... EVER.

The morning we left the naturopath's office with a long list of foods that ten year old Jenny was allergic to ... was a day that one can never forget.

We were leaving in just a few weeks for our usual summer of ministry in Europe with Royal Servants. And now Jenny was allergic to 75% of the things our team ate. YIKES!

Now, these many years later, cooking for food allergies is a piece of cake ... figuratively and literally. Remember this gluten-free, sugar-free cake that Dave made for Jenny's wedding.
But ... we are still super excited when we find a really good product that makes it easier to cook for Christy and Jenny when they are home.

In the early days, the only bread we could find looked and tasted like styrofoam.  It was awful. But it keeps improving.

Recently, Target began carrying Canyon Bakehouse Gluten Free bread. And it is wildly delicious.

Who wouldn't love a gluten free bread company with this as their mission statement ...

The loaves are a little smaller and cost $5.49, but are a wonderful treat.

ps. Here are Jenny's great tips to help you when you are first diagnosed with food allergies.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

On Creativity ... one of my favorite topics

There are few things in this crazy world of ours that give me energy as much as doing even the smallest creative act.

I have been thinking about creativity this week, as part of the e.course that I am enjoying.

Brene Brown finds that in the middle of grade school, much of a child's natural desire to create comes to a grinding halt. Why? Comparison.

"The comparison mandate becomes the crushing paradox of 'fit in and stand out.' It is not cultivate self-acceptance, belonging and authenticity; it's be just like everyone, but better." (The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown)

My charming 8 and 5 year old friends spent Friday at our house. I gave them some clay to play with. Cole made colorful balls to roll around our wood floors. And Devin set to work creating some art for my new grand daughter, Lily. 

Devin and Cole are comfortable at our house, knowing how much we love them. They are funny and creative. They dance. They sing. They make us laugh.

But already, I hear their concerns of fitting in at school. Having the popular toys. Caring what their friends think.

Comparison, for sure.

What about you? Does comparison keep you from being creative?

I agree with Brene that, "there's no such thing as creative people and non-creative people. There are only people who use their creativity and people who don't."

Why? Because, we are all "created in God's image." (Genesis 1:27) Look around you ... God is very creative. And so are we ...

Linking with the very creative Soli Sisters. 

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