Eighth Anniversary and Two Books May 19, 2020
Today, May 19, 2020, is the eighth anniversary of our blog, I cannot believe it!
I hope all of you are doing well. Living in lockdown is something that we will not soon forget; we have had to adapt, and I believe, that we are doing a great job, considering the circumstances we find ourselves in at this unforgettable time.
I do not have a recipe for you today, rather, I have a writing update. Later this year, I will be publishing two books!
The first book is a novel entitled: ‘Imprisoned Hearts’, it is the second book in ‘The Hidden Hearts Series’.
When two teenagers agree to start a relationship, their problems and secrets threaten to ruin the new love they have found, can their love survive with the struggles they find?
If you have not read my first book, check it out, it is entitled: ‘Fevered Hearts’, it is a clean romantic suspense novel.
The second book is for children, it is entitled: ‘Nigel and The Festival of Flames’.
Nigel is competing in The Festival of Flames, but he is smaller than the other dragons and does not think he can throw his flames in the sky; will Nigel be victorious and win The Festival of Flames?
I cannot wait for you to read these books! I will post the links as soon as they are published.
I know Times are tough, but we can do this!
Stay safe! God bless!
‘Fevered Hearts’ is Available! October 30, 2018
I don’t have a recipe for you, rather, I am thrilled to let you know that my debut novel ‘Fevered Hearts’ is live!
I can’t thank you enough for the support! You guys are incredible!
To brighten your day, pick up a copy of my clean, romantic, suspense novel and start reading!
I hope you enjoy!
Archway Publishing Link:
Barnes and Noble Link:
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! March 17, 2016
Top of the morning to ya!
We would like to wish all of you a “Happy St. Patrick’s Day!”
I have never been to Ireland, so the following is a short list of things I love about the Emerald Isle: the landscape is so green and beautiful, shamrocks and castles, the accents are amazing, and traditional Irish music is fantastic. Being a drummer and lover of classic rock I cannot forget the bands U2, Thin Lizzie and Van Morrison; some great music right there!
On a side note, I am friends with one of Ireland’s Paralympian sprinters; fastest Paralympian in the world, Jason Smyth. He is the nicest guy.
If you would like to learn more about him, visit his website: http://www.jasonsmyth.ie lets help him get to Rio 2016. Jason won gold in Rio 2016, and continues to have great success at other events!
I hope you have a wonderful day!
The Five Like Challenge February 12, 2016
Normally, I do not write posts like this; however, I feel like this could be a recipe for your happiness.
Yesterday when my dad and I were driving home, we heard John Legend’s “All of me” which made my dad say: “That’s a great song.” I agreed and added Colbie Caillat’s empowering song “Try”. Both songs have wonderful messages.
As the day continued I began to think about the times I compare myself to others and how it makes me feel, disappointed and the list goes on.
I was still pondering this subject as I went to bed, when an inspired thought came to me. I thought: “When you start comparing yourself to others, you need to stop. Starting tomorrow every morning you should get up and say five things you like about yourself.” I do not know why such a simple concept has never crossed my mind until now. I suppose it is because I have never thought about it for an extended period of time.
This morning, I took The Five like Challenge and it made me feel happier. I hope everyone who reads our blog will take this challenge and start reminding yourself how wonderful you are and the amazing things you can do.
I hope The Five like Challenge becomes a routine that we fit into our day. I also hope that it brings us more self-confidence and joy.
Good luck! Remember, you are amazing!
Happy Father’s Day June 22, 2015
To all the men who read our blog, we would like to wish you a happy Father’s Day!
If you are a man reading our blog I would like to commend you. I would also like to remind you how valuable you are to your family, even if you are not a father.
Coming from a family of two girls we had a wonderful example in our father; he was always there for us and showed us what a man should be.
I understand society is trying to make men feel like they do not mean anything to a family; let me assure the men out there, you are a huge influence in a family, especially for your daughters and the young people of the world.
Men, I hope you never forget you can change someone’s life, just by being a good example. If you are a father, you are wonderful, being there for your children; you should be proud of the family you have. If you are not a father, be proud of the man you are. Think about the young people who watch you in your daily life and try to help them better themselves.
The Lord is proud of his sons, the men who dutifully step up and help others, even if they are not biological fathers.
I hope we all stop and thank our fathers, brothers, cousins, uncles, grandfathers and anyone else who has been a father figure in our lives.
Once again, happy Father’s Day guys, especially to our wonderful father. Thank you for being here for us.
Reflections May 19, 2015
Happy Third anniversary to the blog!
We would like to thank you for reading our blog and making our recipes. We are delighted to post such yummy food for you all.
A lot has happened since we started the blog.
My sister got married and had a baby.
I graduated from college and began serving a Church Service Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
May 19th is important to me, not just because of our blog’s birthday but this year marks the one year anniversary of my mission.
I thought I would explain what a mission is, for those who don’t know. A mission for our church is usually 18 months (for girls) or two years (for boys). Girls serve at 19 and boys at 18; you can also serve in your mid 20’s like me.
A regular mission is when you are called to give service to the Lord and those around you; the goal being that you become selfless like Jesus Christ. Missionaries live away from their families while they serve (out of state is usually thee occurrence), they abide by a schedule that includes prayer and scripture study, along with service to the people they live amongst.
A Church Service Mission is a little different. A CSM (Church Service Missionary) has the opportunity to live at home (if they choose). The mission can last for a few months or as long as the CSM wishes. The CSM gives service to the Lord but it can be on a Monday through Friday basis; depending on where they are serving.
From my own experience, serving as a CSM has been a life changing opportunity. I am able to serve the Lord and strengthen my Spirituality every day. I serve with some incredible people who have become dear friends. I have met some incredible blind people internationally; working on a project collecting oral Histories and records from blind Latter-Day Saints.
I know all missionaries feel the same. Serving the Lord is a great honor; this service provides us with life-changing experiences; helping us become better people and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
I hope you do not mind my reflections above, but I felt they needed to be shared.
We thank our family for the support as we chart our life courses.
Come back in a few days… Our recipe for May is going to knock your socks off! It is loaded with chocolate and Gluten Free as always.
See you then!
Happy Mother’s Day! May 11, 2015
To all the women who read our blog,
We want to wish all of you a Happy Mother’s Day!
If you are a mother like my sister or single like me, today is a day to honor you.
If you are a mother, there is no harder and more rewarding job than rearing children. They make you happy and crazy but through it all you love your children no matter what; always wanting the best for them.
If you are single like me, this is not a day to be sad, but rather look at yourself and be proud of the wonderful woman you see; you are strong and can achieve whatever you set your mind to.
I would like to remind all of us the Lord loves all His children, mothers or not. Ladies, remember to be happy and remember the Lord loves you, even in your most difficult time; the Lord is watching over you.
Special thanks to our amazing mom, we love you.
We hope everyone has a wonderful day!
Thank you readers! January 8, 2015
The other day, my sister and I were discussing how amazing all of you, our readers are. On separate occasions, we both happened to look at our stats and were absolutely astounded by what we saw.
When we began the blog, two and a half years ago, we had no idea so many of you would read and make our recipes (a lot of which are dear to our hearts, having been in our family for years.)
We would like to thank all of our faithful readers for following our blog. Even though we do not post every week, we appreciate those of you who continue to check back for our posts.
We do not know many of you by name, but we sincerely appreciate you, our amazing followers. We hope to provide you with suggestions to make meals easy and fun.
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Thank you for reading!
Gluten Free Cornbread! January 5, 2015
I hope you are ready for another year of amazing recipes! My sister and I are very excited to add more yummy recipes to enrich your lives with tasty goodness. We have some killer recipes for this year, so you better stay tuned.
This recipe is the one I promised in the last post. Here comes the gluten free cornbread.
This is one of Kara’s recipes. I have made this many times because it is so easy to make, even with the gluten free changes.
To make this recipe gluten free, I use all purpose gluten free baking flour and unsweetened vanilla almond milk. I have tried the recipe with the sweetened vanilla almond milk and it is a little too sweet; however, the unsweetened vanilla almond milk works perfectly. You can also use regular milk with the gluten free flour and it will work just fine.
I have yet to try blueberry muffins, but that is on my list for the future. I am sure gluten free cornbread blueberry muffins will be amazing! I will update this post when I try them.
For now, I hope you enjoy this cornbread; gluten free or regular. It turns out every time.
Thanks for the recipe Kara!
1 stick butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 and ½ cups flour (all purpose gluten free baking flour)
1 and ½ cups milk (unsweetened vanilla almond milk, or any kind such as 1%, 2%, etc.)
2 tsps baking powder
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cream butter and sugar; add cornmeal and eggs. Beat in baking powder. Add milk and flour alternately. Mix till blended, but don’t over mix.
Grease an 8 by 8 inch pan. Pour in batter. Bake at 375 for 35 to 40 minutes. It’s done when a toothpick comes out clean.
You can add blueberries if you like. Also, you can cut down on the sugar, and the recipe will work just fine.
Blog Update December 4, 2014
I hope you are having a great holiday season. I would like to let you know about some updates on the blog.
The recipes are now categorized! I apologize if it is confusing.
When we started writing the blog we combined a few of our meals to feature main dishes and desserts, or other combinations. Do to these combinations; some meals may be in the wrong categories.
We now have a “Gluten-free” category! I am very excited about this category; I will be placing gluten-free recipes there. Most of our previous meals were not gluten-free because I was not eating gluten-free a couple years ago. However, in the summer of 2014 I was diagnosed with gluten intolerance and began to eat gluten-free).
Now that I am eating gluten-free; I have gone back and added changes to make the previous recipes gluten-free.
Update 2018: there are lots of gluten-free products in the stores now because gluten intolerance and celiac are so prevalent. However, I have learned that Amazon has a lot of things that you might not find in the stores, so check there for gluten-free products if you can’t find them at the store.
The following are some changes to recipes I have made.
The “Chicken Dumpling Casserole” uses Bisquick. Recently, I discovered there is Gluten-free Bisquick, this excites me very much!
Gluten-free Bisquick is amazing; we use it for anything that requires Bisquick and it turns out perfect every time. I love to have homemade waffles and pancakes using the Bisquick. Here is another recipe, try our Streusel Coffee Cake; it is delicious!
All purpose gluten free baking flour:
We have cakes, cookies, and quick breads made from scratch. For everything minus yeast breads like the “Breadsticks for Kids” and “Meg’s Cinnamon Rolls” substitute the amount of flour (listed in the recipes) with all purpose gluten free baking flour.
I buy all purpose gluten free baking flour at my local grocery store. On the package it says the flour is perfect for baking; however, it will not work with yeast breads.
(Stay tuned for an amazing gluten-free cornbread coming next month. I use all purpose baking flour and unsweetened vanilla almond milk.)
Below are some tips I have learned to help us Gluten-Free eaters out. It is not much, but perhaps it will help you, if you are struggling to find gluten-free foods.
Breakfast, I love to eat the following:
Oatmeal, bacon and eggs, omelet’s, and cereal: KIX, Corn Flakes, Crispix, and any of the CHEX brand (I love the cinnamon flavor). I also love gluten-free pancakes and waffles with jam or jelly, nutella or even better, a gluten-free waffle peanut butter and jelly, honey, butter and jam, or Nutella and Raspberry sandwich (breakfast, lunch or dinner).
Snacks and dinner:
I love cookies and thanks to our friend Annette, I have found an amazing mock Oreo cookie that tastes exactly like the real thing! The cookies are called Glutino’s; they are fantastic!
I have also found premade cookies and crackers, and cookie, cake and brownie mixes in my grocer’s gluten-free section.
I like to eat popcorn and potato chips too.
I am lucky because I am able to eat corn (I know some people must be careful about that). I love Tortilla chips and corn tortillas for all my favorite Mexican dishes.
I love to eat rice, gluten-free pasta, baked and sweet potatoes and salads for dinner.
I love making lettuce wraps and using big leaves of ice burg lettuce for hamburger buns.
Breading chicken and topping things that use bread crumbs with crushed corn flakes works like a charm.
Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza has a wonderful gluten-free pizza crust. I love this pizza crust because it tastes exactly like a regular pizza crust. I also love Papa Murphy’s because you can customize pizzas to your liking.
Trader Joe’s is a grocery store that has some wonderful gluten-free foods. They also feature other items from around the world. One item in particular, I have heard people rave about is cookie butter. (I tried cookie butter once and it was really good) Go check out a store if you have never been in. We have found some awesome gluten-free cookies : Gingersnaps (brought to me by aunt Janet) and Joe Joe’s which is a gluten-free orreo cookie., the chocolate chip cookies are great too!
Two and a half years ago, my parents and I switched to Almond Milk and we love it! I have almond milk with my cereal. I also use it when I am baking; however, when savory recipes call for milk, we use regular milk. That may be obvious, but I wanted to clarify.
Eating gluten-free requires reading ingredient labels to ensure you are eating food that is safe. Be sure to read carefully when shopping for gluten-free food.
This is all I can come up with so far. If I think of anything else, I will update this post.
Thanks for coming along on our food journey! We appreciate all our family, friends and the trusty internet for helping us obtain recipes to cook and share.