Gluten Free & God Seeking

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Dale's Gingersnaps Made Gluten Free

As soon as the temperature dips, I start getting into hibernation mode or something.  I start pulling out fall decorations, and then I begin some serious fall baking.  With no school on Friday last week my granddaughter and I made an apple pie on Thursday night and gingersnaps, banana muffins, and a peach crisp on Friday.  My house smelled amazing. 

I love cooking with my grandkids and watching them get into it.  There's some ownership that happens when they become a part of the cooking process. This recipe for gingersnaps come from my church cookbook Come & Dine.  It was submitted by a man who grew up baking for his family's restaurant.  And he is one amazing cook! 

These gingersnaps had just the perfect amount of ginger. Not like a ginger chew that explodes in your mouth--if you're looking for that maybe add a bit more.  My oven runs on the hot side, so I had to adjust the time.  Nothing says fall is fun like some good home baking and the smell of gingersnaps!

Gluten Free Gingersnaps

1.  Prepare dry ingredients - In a medium sized mixing bowl put:
(1)  2 cups of gluten free flour - I like to use 2/3 cup of white rice flour, 2/3 cup of sorghum flour,  and 2/3 cup of tapioca flour.
(2)  Stir in 2 tsp. of baking soda, 4 tsp. of ginger, 2 tsp. of cinnamon, and 1/2 tsp. of salt.

2.  Creaming:  Cream butter and sugar. Then beat in 1 egg and 1/4 cup of molasses.

3.  Gradually add flour mixture to creamed mixture.  Stir well.

4.  Roll dough into balls and dip in sugar. 

5.  Place sugar side up on ungreased cookie sheet.

6.  Bake at 350 for 12-15  minutes.  Cook shorter or longer depending on how crisp you want them to be. 

Other Gluten Free Baking & Desserts on This Blog:

Breads & Coffee Cakes: 
Gluten free & Low-fat Banana Bread    (From my daughter-in-law's family reunion cookbook)
Celebrate Fall With Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread  (A friend's recipe)
Delicious Gluten Free Zucchini Bread (From my Heritage School Cookbook)
My Favorite Gluten Free Cranberry Nut Bread  (From my daughter-in-law's family cookbook)
Claudia's Blueberry Coffee Cake (Made Gluten Free!)   (From a former neighbor)
Here's a Zucchini Bread with a Hawaiian Twist! Gluten Free Pineapple Zucchini Bread (From my Syre School Cookbook)

Gluten Free German Apple Cake   (From my grandmother)
You Won't Believe It's Gluten Free Carrot Cake (From my daughter's husband's grandma--whew)
Judi's Super Moist Gluten Free Chocolate Cake    (From a church friend)
Judi's Gluten Free Orange Chiffon Cake    (From a church friend)
Marilyn's Spectacular Gluten Free Oatmeal Cake   (My mother-in-law's specialty!)
The Best Gluten Free Black Bottom Cupcakes   (From my Heritage School Cookbook)
Delicious Gluten Free Rhubarb Cake   (From my daughter-in-law's family reunion cookbook)
Grandma's Gluten Free Applesauce Cake   (From an Internet search--tastes like my grandma's!)
Old Fashioned Gluten Free Banana Cake   (From my grandma)
Rosie's Gluten Free Pineapple Upside Down Cake   (From my daughter-in-law's family reunion cookbook)
Overwhelmed By Your Bumper Crop of Zucchini? Try Claudia's Gluten Free Chocolate Zucchini Cake!   (From my former neighbor Claudia of 12 years)

Decadent & Gluten Free German Chocolate Cake  (From my Come & Dine church cookbook)
Debbie's Delicious Hot Water GF Chocolate Cake   (From my Come & Dine cookbook)
Debbie's Less Oil Carrot Cake (Made Gluten Free!)   (From my Come & Dine cookbook)
Jud's Crazy Cake (You Can Easily Make It Gluten Free!)  (From a church friend)

The Ultimate Gluten Free Cowboy Oatmeal Cookies   (From my Heritage School Cookbook)
Mom's Go To For Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies (From my Heritage School Cookbook)
The Best Gluten Free Recipe for Snickerdoodles    (From my Heritage School Cookbook)
Gluten Free Rocky Road Brownies    (From a church friend)
Mark's Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies - Made Gluten Free!   (From my daughter-in-law's family reunion cookbook)
Judi's Gluten Free Oatmeal Craisin & Coconut Cookies (From a church friend)
Marie's Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies (Also Great Gluten Free!)   (My friend Marie's recipe)
Bebe's Gluten Free Whoopie Pies  (From my friend Debbie)
Scrumptious Gluten Free Blackberry Cake   
Gluten Free Coconut Chocolate Chip Macaroons  - (Recipe on Baker's bag of coconut)

Cornbread & Rolls:
Beth's Amazing Gluten Free Cornbread   (From my Heritage School Cookbook)
Judi's Favorite Gluten Free Buttermilk Biscuits   (My friend Judi's sister's recipe)

Crisps & Pies:
Lena's Rhubarb Crunch (A crisp with a gluten free top and bottom crust!) (My daughter-in-law's mother. She's an amazing cook, which I think most of us moms become after a few years!)
Delicious Gluten Free Apple Crisp    (From my Heritage School Cookbook)
Ginger's Outrageous Apple Pie    (From a church friend)

The BEST Lemon Meringue Pie with Mrs. Lauralicious Gluten Free Pie Crust  (Internet)
My Grandmother's Favorite Banana Cream Pie  (A recipe from my grandmother)
Granny's Lemon Cheesecake Squares   (From my friend Judi's granny)
Simple & Gluten Free Chocolate Cream Pie   (From my Syre School Cookbook)
Judi's No Fail Gluten Free Pie Crust    (From my friend Judi)

Desserts with Fruit:
Sensational Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake   (From the back of Costco's organic sugar)
Terrific Gluten Free Strawberry & Peach Trifle  (Modified from an Internet search)
My Favorite Gluten Free Strawberry Cheesecake (From my Heritage School Cookbook)
Just Like Grandma's (But Only Gluten Free) Berry Cobbler (My husband's grandma's recipe)
Gluten Free Lemony Rhubarb Bars (From my Syre School Cookbook)
Old Fashioned Strawberry Buckle (Made Gluten Free)   (A recipe I picked up from a berry farm)
From New Zealand - Triple Berry Pavlova  (A friend's recipe - Heritage School Cookbook)

Holiday Cookies & Baking:

Old Fashioned Gluten Free Pumpkin Cookies  (Modified from back of the Libby's pumpkin can)
My Family's Favorite Gingerbread Cookies (Now Made Gluten Free!)  (From my Heritage School Cookbook)
My Grandkids Favorite Gluten Free Peppermint Sugar Cookies  (From Syre School Cookbook)
Our Favorite Pumpkin Pie   (With extra spice-- from back of Libby's pumpkin can)

Perfect Gluten Free Pumpkin Cheesecake   (From back of cream cheese box)
Gluten Free Polish Fruitcake  ( Modified from Internet search)
Old Fashioned Gluten Free Gingerbread Cake   (From my Heritage School Cookbook)
Gluten Free Nordy Bars  ( From my Syre School Cookbook)
Grandma Pitcher's Old Fashioned Sandies (Made Gluten Free)  (My husband's grandma)
Make a Family Tradition & Make Your Own Fruitcake    (From my Heritage School Cookbook)

My Favorite Banana Nut Muffins   (From my daughter-in-law's family reunion cookbook)
Gluten Free Tremendous Pumpkin Muffins   
(From my Heritage School Cookbook)
Bursting with Blueberries Gluten Free Muffins   (From my Heritage School Cookbook)
Toni's Outrageous Gluten Free Corn Muffins    (From back of a Bob's Red Mill package)
Sassy Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon Muffins  (From my Heritage School Cookbook)

Puddings & Ice Cream: 

Dairy Free Strawberry Coconut Ice Cream (And other ice cream favorites!) (From searches)
Baked Coconut Pudding   (Something I worked out from my Aunt Sue's rice pudding recipe)
Tangy Lemon Pudding   (From my daughter-in-laws family reunion cookbook)

Saturday, October 1, 2016

What Did the Istraelites to Build a Tabernacle in Exodus 25:8?

      Exodus isn't just about getting the Israelites out of Egypt.  Although Moses paints a vivid picture of Pharaoh's oppression and the Israelites plight of forced labor, drowning babies, brick making, and 10 devastating plagues, the story doesn't end there.

     Shortly after their exodus, the children of Israel camped near Mt. Sinai where God gave Moses those famous 10 commandments.  But soon after that God called him up again to receive the vision of the tabernacle.

Exodus 25:8  And they shall make for Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst.
    I don't know if you have focused on the chapters on the tabernacle in your Bible reading or not.  When I was a young believer, I pretty much glossed over it all.  Why didn't God just call a tabernacle into being like He did in Genesis 1?  And why the immense detail? 
     As I was thinking about all of this today, I remembered how I had learned in the Genesis Life-Study that  there's a thread of life and building that runs throughout the entire Bible. And this is important because it has a lot to do with God's eternal purpose. 
    And if you haven't thought too much about what God's eternal purpose is--here it is in a nutshell:  God made us in His image and likeness (Genesis 1:26) with a body, a soul, and a spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:23) so that God could come into our spirit  (John 20:22) and transform our soul (2 Corinthians 3:18), and eventually at His coming transfigure our body (Philippians 3:21).

    But God doesn't want just one person on display nor does he want a nick-knack shelf, God wants a spiritual house.  It's actually all throughout the New Testament-- Take a look at 1 Peter 2:5:  You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spirit sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

    What's amazing about Exodus is it gives us a brilliant picture of the process of God's building His house. All the detail in using acacia wood, gold, silver, and bronze, and certain types of fabric, and specific colors of  thread all have spiritual meaning!!  Even as I write this I'm trying to wrap my head around it more.  It's just plain incredible!!  Here's an awesome excerpt from pages 949-950 of chapter 81 of the Life-Study of Exodus:
To be sure, the ark typifies the individual Christ. The tabernacle, however, typifies both the individual Christ, the Head, and the corporate Christ, the Body....The Body of Christ is the church. In Ephesians 1:22 and 23 Paul speaks of the church which is Christ's Body, the fullness of the one who fills all in all....To repeat, in Exodus we have not only the ark, but also the tabernacle. This means that we have not only Christ, but also the church....It is vital for us to see that the second section of the book of Exodus is concerned with the tabernacle as a type of the church as the enlargement of Christ. In order for Christ to be enlarged into the church, we need to have many spiritual experiences. For this reason, as we consider chapters twenty-five through forty of Exodus, our emphasis will be more on experience (Lee, Witness. Life-Study of Exodus. Living Stream  Ministry, Anaheim. 1981, Print).
Other posts on God's Building:
From the Life-Study of Matthew:
What is the Significance of the Parables on the Treasure & the Pearl of Great Value in Matthew 13:44-46?

From the Life-Study of Acts:
What Does the Early Church Look Like in the Book of Acts?
How Did the Lord Spread the Gospel in Acts 8?
What Vision Did Saul Have at His Conversion in Acts 9:3-8?
How Does the Gospel Reach the Gentiles in Acts 10?

From the Life-Study of Romans:
What is the Focus of Romans 12?
What Does Romans 14 Say About Receiving Believers & Why Does It Matter?
Have You Seen the Practical Church Life in Romans 16?

From the Life-Study of 1 Corinthians:
What is God Building in 1 Corinthians 3:9?
What Does it Mean to Build in 1 Corinthians 3:12 With Gold, Silver, & Precious Stones?
What is the Apostle Paul's View of the Body in 1 Corinthians 12?
How Did the Early Believers Meet in 1 Corinthians 14:26?

From the Life-Study of Ephesians:
What is the Subject of Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians?
What is the Mystery of God's Will Revealed in Ephesians 1:9?
What is the One New Man in Ephesians 2:15?
What are the Seven Aspects of the Church Seen in Ephesians?
Why Did God Abolish the Ordinances in Ephesians 2:15? 

From the Life-Study of Colossians:
What is the Mystery of God in Colossians 2:2? (Part 1)
What is the Mystery of Christ in Ephesians 5:32?   (Part 2)
What is the Greatest Mystery?
How Does God Get the One New Man in Colossians 3:10?
From Lessons for New Believers by Witness Lee:
Discussion with College Students: What is the Church?

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Sara's Grandpa's Recipe for Mexican Beans

A few weeks ago I ate some amazing Mexican beans.  They were made by my nephew's wife, and she said that it was her grandpa's recipe.  I always like to find a family recipe that's been passed down through the generations. 

Their home is on a lake on the Olympic Peninsula, and after an afternoon of swimming, playing on the rope swing and trampoline, we were all starving!  The piles of hot dogs, mac and cheese, corn on the cob, garlic mashed potatoes, salad, and Mexican beans hit the spot.  Maybe it was sitting around a camp fire with their serene lake beside us, but I ate two helpings of those beans!

Sara's Grandpa's Recipe for Mexican Beans

1.  Prepare beans:  Wash 5 cups of pinto beans and put in a large bowl with water to cover.
In the morning, pour off the water.

2.  Put the beans into a soup pot and add enough fresh water to cover. 

3.  Cook up 1 pound of hamburger or ground turkey and add to the pot.

3.  Add  seasonings & rotel tomatoes:
(1)   5 cloves of minced garlic and 2 cans of rotel tomatoes.
(2) Then she adds 1 packet of chili seasoning, but because I have celiac disease, I'm going to add 1 T of chili powder, 1 t cumin 1-2 T of fresh cilantro, 2 t of salt,  1/2 t of black pepper, and 1/2 t of oregano. 

5.  Simmer until the beans are tender about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Taste and make any seasoning adjustments.  She told me she usually adds more chili powder.

6.  Condiments:  Chop up a bowl of sweet onion and grate up a bowl of cheddar cheese.

Note:  Sara told me the texture is more like a stew.

Other Mexican recipes on this blog:

Mexican Casseroles
Texas Style Gluten Free Stacked Enchiladas  (From my Come & Dine cookbook)
Acapulco Delight - A great Mexican Enchilada (From my Heritage School Cookbook)
Michelle's Favorite Vegetarian Enchiladas   (From my daughter)
Kathy's Baked Chili & Chips Casserole  (From my church cookbook, Come & Dine)
Gluten Free Mexican Quinoa Casserole  (From an Internet search)
Fiesta Gluten Free Tamale Pie   (From my church cookbook, Come & Dine)
Authentic Chicken Enchiladas Verde  (From a church friend)
Rebecca's Favorite Chicken & Chile Enchiladas  (From a church friend)
Delores's Chicken & Tortilla Casserole (Made Gluten Free)  (From my church cookbook, Come & Dine)
Great Beef Enchiladas - From my church cookbook, Come & Dine

Tacos, Chimichangas  & Etc.
Rachel Ray's Recipe for the Best Fish Tacos   (From Food Network)
Fantastic Baked Chimichangas  (From my Syre School Cookbook)
Authentic Chicken Flautas  (My hispanic friend Abbie taught me how to make these!)
Delicious Chicken Fajitas  (A mix of many recipes)
Fabulous Vegetarian Gluten Free Fajitas   (From an Internet search)
Easy Gluten Free Baked Taquitos  (From a newspaper clip)

Beans & Rice
The Best Homemade Refried Beans  (From an Internet search)
Texas Pinto Beans & Rice  (From my Texas airport cookbook)
Baked Chili & Chips (My daughter-in-law's family reunion cookbook)

Mexican Chicken & Beef
Anna's Pollo Guisado (Mexican Braised Chicken)  (From a church friend in Phoenix)
Fantastic Gluten Free Carne Asada!  (From an Internet search--a combination of sites)
Belizean Chicken, Black Beans & Rice, and Belizean Coleslaw  (From my daughter's family)

Mexican Chicken Soup- A Great Remedy for Colds & Flu  (I got this over 25 years ago from a Mexican cookbook)
Bethany's Crowd Pleasing Tortilla Soup  (From a friend in Califiornia)
Southwest Turkey Soup   (From my Syre School Cookbook)

Baja Salad with Black Beans & Quinoa  (My own version of something I ate in Seattle)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

How Can You Keep the 10 Commandments?

I read something that surprised me about the 10 commandments.  Like most kids in Sunday School, I heard a lot about the commandments.  But I could never tell  anyone I couldn't keep ALL of them.  Talk about pressure, and I never heard anybody in my life ever admit the
y couldn't either. That is until I read this.

It's really helped me to get that God knew because of the fall there was NO WAY we could ever in a million years keep these 10 commandments!  And what surprised me from my reading in chapter 63 in the Life-Study of Exodus was that God had no intention that we, and you have to underscore the we here, keep them!!! He actually wanted these commandments to expose  the children of Israel's INABILITY to keep them!!!   

Witness Lee says in this chapter when they said, all God has spoken we will do, they really didn't know the depth of their fallen nature!!  Knowing you can't keep the commandment might discourage you, trying and struggling over and over. That's what  Paul was talking about at the end of Romans 7. I really was touched in this chapter  with the secret Witness Lee shares  for how to deal with the 10 commandments:
In my experience with the Lord I have learned a particular secret, and I would like to share it with you.  The secret is whenever you find that the Bible tells you to do a certain thing, do not say, "Lord, I'll do this. I just ask You to help me do it."  Instead, tell Him that you love Him, but that you are not able to fulfill His requirements.  For instance a young person may say "Lord, I love You. The Bible tells me to honor my parents. Lord, I must confess that I cannot honor them.  But I do love You and Your word, I want to stay with  You according to Your word. Lord, I just want to be here with You." Then the Lord will assure that young person that although he cannot honor his parents, He Himself will do this in him. We should simply say amen to the Word of God. Then the Lord will do in us what we could never do ourselves (Lee, Witness. Life-Study of Exodus.  Anaheim: Living Stream Ministry, 1980, Print).
You can listen to excerpts of this life training and some outstanding commentary by listening to Life-Study of the Bible with Witness Lee on Exodus.

Other Posts on the Life-Study of Exodus:

Why Did God Use So Many Women in Exodus 1 & 2?
Taking a Closer Look at the Conflict Between God and Pharaoh in Exodus 5
What Does the Name Jehovah Mean in Exodus 6:2?
Why Did God Really Send the Manna in Exodus 6?
What is the Meaning of the Bitter Waters at Marah in Exodus 15:23?
How are the 10 Commandments Like God's Engagement Covenant in Exodus 20?

Friday, August 19, 2016

How to Make & Can Your Own Peach Jam

There's something special about homemade jam.  It reminds me of  watching my grandmother making jam and canning fruits and vegetables on a hot summer day.  It's about connection. It's about sharing my country heritage with my children and young grandchildren.  This summer I wanted to make peach jam again.  I like using Sure Jell's Low Sugar recipe because I like to be able to taste the fruit more than the sugar!  
  If you've never made your own jam, I hope this recipe motivates you to start a new summer tradition! 

Making Low Sugar Peach Jam & Canning Peach Jam

1. Get  the water bath canner ready: Fill your water bath canner with enough water to cover the jars and bring it to a boil.  This takes about 30-40  minutes.

2. Prepare fruit
  Rinse and then finely chop 4 1/2 cups of peaches.
3. Prepare jars: 
(1)   Wash the canning jars you will need in hot sudsy water. 
(2)  After they’ve been rinsed, fill them with hot water until they’re needed. This will keep the jars from breaking when they’re filled with the hot jam.

4. Into the saucepan add
(1)  The chopped peaches. 
(2)  Stir into the peaches 1 2 T of fresh lemon juice.
(3)  In a small bowl stir 1/4 cup of sugar into 1 package of Ball No Sugar Needed Fruit Pectin.  Then slowly add it and whisk to remove lumps. 
(4)  Add 1 t of butter to reduce foaming. 
(5) Bring this mixture to a full rolling boil (one that cannot be stirred down) over medium high heat. Stir the jam constantly so it doesn't scorch!

(6) If you want to add sugar:  You don’t have to add any sugar to this kind of jam to get it to set, but the instructions say the lack of sugar will affect the appearance and the taste will be a bit tart.  Taste the jam to see how much sugar you want to add—this can be from nothing up to 3 cups.  I usually add 1 1/2 to 2 cups of sugar.  
(7) If you add sugar, let the jam come back to a boil for one minute stirring constantly so it doesn't scorch. I usually turn on my timer for this. Remove any foam on the top and remove from heat and get ready to fill the jars.
5. Meanwhile Prepare lids
(1)   Pour about 1-2 cups of  boiling water into a pan that's not on a burner.  Let stand in water until ready to use.

 6. Ladle the jam into the jars: 
(1)   Empty the jars as you need them of their hot water, and then ladle into the jar using a funnel leaving about ¼” space. 
(2)  Wipe the rim and threads clean with a damp cloth because if you leave something on the lid, it might prevent a good seal from forming.

7.  Put on the lid and screw on the band:  Put the lid on the jar and hold it steady with your fingertip while you screw on the band until it’s what they call fingertip tight (which means don’t overdo it!). I am using the picture from when I made applesauce.

 8.  Finish the rest of the jars Go through steps 6 & 7 until all the jam is gone.
9.  Process in the canner:  When the water is boiling in the canner, put the jars in one by one with the jar lifter.  Make sure they don’t touch each other on the rack.  Add more hot water if it doesn’t cover the top of the jars.  Put the lid on the canner and process for 10 minutes—you count the time when it comes to a full rolling boil.  Follow altitude directions on your pectin package.  Let jars sit in the canner for 5 minutes before removing.
10.  Remove jars: Use the lifter to remove each jar and sit them on a flat surface to cool.  Do not touch the jars or the bands for 12-24 hours!  If you do, you may break the seal.

11. Test seals: 
(1)   A good seal:  The next day you can check the seals by pressing the center of each lid. If the lid doesn’t flex up and down, it’s sealed.
(2)  A bad seal: If a jar didn’t seal, you can put the jam in the refrigerator for 3 weeks or you can reprocess it with a new lid for 10 minutes.
12.  Clean jars  & remove bands:  Wipe down the jars and remove the bands.  Store the jam in a cool, dark place for up to 1 year.  Homemade Jam makes a nice gift!

Other jam posts you can check out on this blog:

Making Low Sugar Blackberry Jam
How to Make Low Sugar Raspberry Jam
Homemade Apple Butter
Triple Berry Low Sugar Jam
How to Make & Can Your Own Blueberry Jam
Just Like Grandma's Homemade Low Sugar Strawberry Jam
Grandma's Recipe for Dandelion Honey

Other canning posts you can check out on this blog:

Making & Canning Applesauce  
Tasty Countertop Pickles - Naturally Fermented Without Vinegar!