Sunday, December 18, 2016

a happy heart

Can I be honest about something? Some times I struggle big time with anxiety and the overwhelming feeling of stress. Most of the time I worry about something that may or may not happen in the future or that is potentially going to happen. It seems silly, I know, but it's most of the time it feels so real and it irritates me so that I allow it to bother me. This past week I was totally consumed with stress and anxiety about who knows what.

The snow.
The ice.
 Is there enough gluten free bread?

Will the girls have enough presents for Christmas?
Will I ever get to go home?
Am I raising my girls to be ungrateful for what they have?

All of this at once. In my head doing circles and causing nothing but internal chaos. It's tiresome and it wears me out. After dealing with it all, I stopped and turned my eyes to God. I gave it all to Him and decided to let Him take control.
If I trust in Him that I'm doing everything I can to be true than I have nothing to worry about. By putting Him first before all worry, doubt, stress, and anxiety I know that I will be able to start this new week with a happier and less weighted heart. 
Oh...and a new hair cut. That'll surely help with the stress. 

Have a good week!!!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Gluten Free Banana Muffins

Breakfast used to be the girls favorite meal. It was one that I could guarantee would be fuss and whine free. The problems started when we found out they had celiac disease. Majority of their favorite go-to breakfast meals were filled with gluten. That meant their favorite blueberry bagels and easy cinnamon rolls were out of the question. Nowadays, our breakfasts are on a rotation of about 3 options and are mostly homemade and always gluten free.

Muffins are the easiest to whip up. I especially love muffins when the ingredients include bananas. I have always loved banana bread and banana muffins and I believe I passed that love down to my girls. Sometimes we go through spouts where we can't eat enough bananas and then there are times when no one eats any. So these are the times I save them up for banana muffins.

This recipe can very easily be used for banana bread. I just like making the muffins because they're perfect for little fingers to grab and run.

Gluten Free Banana Muffins

2 ripe bananas mashed
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup white rice flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup coconut oil
 1 teaspoon gluten free vanilla

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
In a bowl, mix the mashed banana, eggs, vanilla, oil and sugar. Once combined well,  add in the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon. Mix well.
In a muffin tin, I use the small size, either line with muffin papers or spray with nonstick spray. Fill all of the spots 3/4 of the way. Bake for 18-20 minutes depending on your oven. 

These are so good and so easy to freeze when you have leftovers. 
That's IF you have leftovers. Enjoy!!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Life Like a Whirlwind

I looked at my girls this week and somehow they've aged like 5-6 years. Talk about a whirlwind. They act so big nowadays it really breaks my heart to see another day come and go.  I could very easily dwell over how fast they're growing up but man I'm having so much fun with them to be so sad and mopy.  

They're personalities are so different. They're interests are slowly evolving into different areas. However, with the big girls pink and purple seem to be indefinite at this time. Ellie has sprouted and shot up like a bean sprout. She's fallen in love with her homeschool lessons and spending time with her each day is by far the best. 

When Ellie was born, I prayed that one day they would get along and become sister-friends. Oh how I prayed. And that's exactly what I've notice lately. They play and work together to do things. They love  and help each other, fight with each other and tease.  But that's what family does right? 

Our days are fast. I'm trying my best to completely absorb myself with these girls. I spend more time with them reading books and coloring at the kitchen table. Everything else can wait til I have time for it. My girls are moving too fast for me not to slow down. 

But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more Psalm 71:14