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Gluten-Free Coconut Chia Bars

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This afternoon we were snowed in again, and so after I finished school with the kids I decided to make up a few healthy snacks to keep the restless crowd appeased.  And, thinking that I haven't added a new recipe to my site for a while, I thought I would try something new and see if the final product was worthy to share...and thankfully it was!  And if you like the mixture of sweet and salty like I do, you will flip for these really good for you goodies.


Here is what I used for this recipe:
3 cups diced dates in gluten-free oat flour1 1/2 cups cashew pieces2 cups large flaked coconut (if using small flaked, cut it down to 1 1/2 cups)1/3 cup coconut oil1/3 cup chia seeds1/4 teaspoon salt
In a large food processor, put the dates, nuts, coconut and chia seeds.





Pulse the mixture until it is all uniformly chopped.



Slowly then add the coconut oil while the food processor is running.


In an oiled pan (using extra coconut oil, of course)...



...press the mixture out evenly and then sprinkle with …

Trusting in God's Plan for Your Children

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" For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope."  Jeremiah 29:11

When my boys were little, I used to fantasize about the day they would grow up and start lives of their own.  Now I know that may sound awful, but you have to realize that on top of battling my own issues with Candida, both boys also struggled with similar issues, thus living day-to-day in our home was a bit like walking through a mine field...not knowing where the next explosion was going to take place, but knowing it was only a matter of time.  Thankfully the Lord has now made those days just distant memories and the time I have with my boys each day are cherished, especially since the time I have left to enjoy with our oldest at home is drawing to an end...he is actually counting down the months he has left here until he leaves for trade school in Florida.

As you can imagine, and if you have ever been in this place of getting…

Sourdough Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread

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This is a recipe I made some time ago (OK, it was before Christmas) but now that I am finally finding time to post, I thought I would share it. 

And, as you can see by the pictures below, I made some small loaves and a few normal sized ones.  This recipe works great in any size...you are only limited by your creativity and time.  And also note that the reason the cinnamon needs to be sprinkled in the roll of the loaf instead of being mixed into the dough is because cinnamon has natural anti-bacterial qualities and if mixed in it would inhibit the growth of the yeast.

Mix together and let sit, covered, overnight:
2 cups sourdough starter2 cups water, heated to lukewarm3 cups milk, heated to lukewarm1 Tablespoon yeast8 cups flour, hard white
In the morning, divide the above into 2 batches and then to each batch add:
3 eggs1/4 cup melted butter1/4 warmed honey4 1./2 cups flour, hard white1 cup raisins Knead together



Let rise in warm place


Divide into 6 pieces

Roll out, sprinkle with cinnamon, th…