Cooking Kindness…

Today I took some cookies to work and saw how happy it made those I served them to. It put a smile on people’s faces even if they didn’t want a cookie they were happy to be included in the offer. When I got home and was making dinner hubby asked for some cupcakes…

So I made some gluten-free chocolate cupcakes for hubby… normal size…Big Cupcakes

 

Then I made some extra mini cupcakes to take to work tomorrow…Ā Small cupcakesThe recipe I used is from one of my Grandmother’s church cookbook that they put together every once in a while with all the ladies recipes. Needless to say the recipe was not originally gluten-free but I made it that way.

Hubby’s Favorite Chocolate Cupcakes

3/4 cups shortening

2 eggs (from your own chickens is best šŸ˜‰ )

2 cups sugar

1 1/2Ā tsp vanilla

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp xanthumĀ gum (only if you use gluten-free flourĀ that doesn’t have it in it. If you don’tĀ use gluten-free flour you don’t need this.)

1/2 cup coco powder

1 cup white riceĀ flour

1 1/2 cups brown rice flour

1/4 tsp sea salt

1 cup boiling water

To make:

Combine shortening, eggs, and sugar until well mixed.

Add milk, vanilla, baking soda, baking powder, salt, Ā and xanthum gum. Mix well.

Add coco and flour. Stir until combined.

Add in boiling water slowly combining as you go.

Bake at 350* for 30 minutes for big cupcakes and 20-25 for mini ones until toothpick comes out clean from center of cupcake.

Cool and ice with your favorite icing. gf cooking 001

Other ideas: I thought adding a little cinnamon, nutmeg, or ginger would be nice about 1/2 tsp at most. Also insted of the 1 cup boiling water use 1/2 cup boiling water and 1/2 cup hot coffee.

Try and enjoy šŸ™‚

Kindness helps a bad mood…

So kindness is really in the small things and in the small ways we show God to others. Today when hubby and I went to get our blood work done the receptionist was in a bad mood….

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She was overwhelmed with the computers being slow, fax down, and patients coming in. I made it my goal to show her kindness and make her smile. SoĀ I was as polite as I could be, patient, and complemented her outfit and efficiency despite the issues she was facing. By the time we left she was busier than ever, but smiling šŸ™‚ It felt good to make her feel better and not need anything in return. I like to do things and not get or need anything in return outside of the knowledge I showed God’s love to someone šŸ™‚ Happy Monday šŸ™‚

Kindness at Christmas…

Week two of our Christmas countdown… this weeks value/feeling is kindness šŸ™‚

Kindness by definitionĀ Ā is the act or the state of being kind, being marked by good and charitable behavior, pleasant disposition, and concern for others. It is known as a virtue, and recognized as a value in many cultures and religions (per Wikipedia). Some of my favorite synonyms for this that I found are affection, charity, gentleness, good intention, grace, hospitality, patience, tenderness, thoughtfulness, tolerance, and understanding.

I think the ultimate example of this is through the birth of Jesus…Manger

What kindness, compassion, grace, tenderness, and understanding came through that night. How can we compete… but we can doĀ our best to be kind, charitable, gentle, hospitable, patient, thoughtful, and understanding. I am going to do my best this week to focusĀ onĀ living this virtue… we will see how I do. šŸ˜‰

Gratitude in giving…

Tonight I got to give a little girl just what she asked for this Christmas…. a horse šŸ™‚

Ā Leigh

She was very happy and hubby and I were happy to give her what she wanted šŸ™‚ Sometimes giving provides the best kind of gratitude šŸ™‚ Isn’t that what this season is suppose to be about. God gave to us so we can give to others. In turn we can be greatful for what we have. I hope you have enjoyed this weeks posts on Gratitude… will be moving on to another Christmas value/feeling tomorrow šŸ™‚

Lights of Gratitude…

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGrateful for Christmas lights and having seen so many in my life… even the ones at the White House šŸ™‚

Dreams of Gratitude…

Hubby and I have been talking a lot about our dreams lately. As some of you know we have a big dream to move from our current piece of land to a bigger place where we can have goats, cows, pigs, chickens, and maybe a horse or two. We would also like to raise a few crops and a big (big) garden. Right now we are in the planing stages of what we need financially, land,Ā and material wise to get our start. I am grateful I married a man who wants to live on a farm and raise any kids God may bless usĀ with, withĀ those values, skills, and a dedication to their work. I want my kids to know what I do and even more about animals, crops, and living off the land. I am grateful for our dreams and that I know all our dreams are in God’s hands and he knows how to care for them. Maybe some day we will get our land. Until then I enjoyĀ seeing farms still thriving as we go on our drives through what is left of the country in our area…Farm

Barns of Gratitude

While driving hubby and I do a lot fo talkingĀ and I do a lot of thinking. As many of you know I love old barns and takingĀ photos of them… on a recent trip I saw this old barn and it was decked out old fashion style for Christmas….

Barn with wreath

I feel blessed and gratefulĀ that there are still places like this for kids to see as I sure appreciate them šŸ™‚

Gratitude… in the mundane of life

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This past week hubby and I took some time off after Thanksgiving to put up the Christmas decorations, get the property, chicken coop, house, etc ready for the winter, and to get some much needed rest from stress. As I went throughout the week I noticed things we had on our list getting done and I felt a sence of calm and peace about it. Looking back I see in those moments I was truly grateful for getting the mundane things done…. for the every day of life… and the quality time chores bring for hubby and I. Chores are never “fun”, but they can be almost “fun” when shared with someone we love. As someone once told me… many hands make light work. So today as I reflect on this weeks value/feeling, I see how gratitude play out in the little things for us and how gratitude allows for peace and serenity about things that otherwise would be hard if not for a little help and change of perception. šŸ™‚

Tis the season…. for Gratitude

So I thought I would start out my December posts with differentĀ feelings/values, I see as part of Christmas. To make this more manageableĀ I thought each Sunday I would talk about a feeling/value and then post more about it as the week goes along. This week is GRATITUDE!

What is gratitude? The dictionary defines it as… Gratitude- thankfulness, gratefulness, or appreciation is a feeling or attitude in acknowledgment of a benefit that one has received or will receive. An emotion expressing appreciation forĀ  what one hasā€”as opposed to, say, a consumer-oriented emphasisĀ  on what one wants or needs.

Elephant Statue

I see it as being happy with what you have no matter how bad things may seem, even if we are not getting our way, or not gettingĀ all the things we think weĀ are owed. I think that being happy and content with the food we have to eat, the clothes we have to wear, the people around us, with all we do have…. that is gratitude. Things can get tough and for some the holidays don’t bringĀ the joy we expect. Even though we may not feel the way we want, can not get other’s what we want, or participateĀ in all the things we may be asked to do this holiday season… I am gratefulĀ for one solid and constantĀ in my life…. Jesus Christ. The Lord has been there even when I doubt it, even when I don’t listen. Ā I am gratefulĀ for my husbandĀ who puts up with me and all I do to keep busy. I am gratefulĀ for my pups and chickens who provide happiness and comic relief. I am gratefulĀ for my family and friends. I am gratefulĀ for all I have and all God has matured me to be. I can stand with confidence that I stand for good, positive, happiness, despite all the bad. Gratitude is best developed when we are on our knees in need… not when we have it all. I hope this holiday season you are blessed with much happiness… maybe not from stuff… but from those around you, how you can serve others, and for what you stand for. Those are the greatest blessings of all.

“I wait for you, O Lord; you will answer, O Lord my God.” –Ā Psalm 38:15

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