Never Under Estimate the Power of Rejection

   
 
Never underestimate the power of rejection. 
Rejection will initially hit you like a ton of bricks.
Crush your self-esteem and ego.
But only for a moment if you allow it, you can find that rejection can free you from what the universe may have been telling you all along was not the appropriate path for you. Sometimes, our hearts and minds lead us in directions haphazardly. It’s when we hit a stone wall that we become self-aware and can stand in our truth. To be honest with ourselves, we will have heartache over what we envisioned but reality will keep us grounded. Only allowing us to relish such unrealistic thoughts until we have overstepped the excitement of thinking to the actual doing. Sometimes, these fantastic thoughts can propel us in directions we never imagined. So, they definitely have their place in our lives, just not a permanent one. Once we stand back and view it for what it truly is…an educational mind-expanding experience….will we be able to approach the next challenge that eagerly awaits our arrival. 

Gluten-free Gingerbread Cookies

Ask any gluten-free chef or home cook about baking and the response is unanimous: Creating delicious treats without gluten is tricky.

The “stretch” in wheat gluten is what gives most baked goods the qualities we love — tenderness, chewiness, elasticity and rise. When you work without it, cookies, cakes, muffins and more often lose those cherished characteristics.

That’s especially tough at this time of year, when homes, schools and offices are brimming with baked treats of all kinds. Happily, this gingerbread recipe is not only free of gluten, it’s also devoid of three additional common food allergens: eggs, soy and dairy.

The best part? You can’t tell the difference.

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies

Note: If you don’t have cookie cutters to make shapes, you can roll the chilled dough into balls and press onto a parchment-lined baking sheet (press into 1/4-inch thick rounds).

4 cups (21 ounces) gluten-free, dairy-free shortbread cookie mix (such as Bob’s Red Mill)

1/3 cup packed organic coconut palm sugar (substitute for light brown sugar)

3 teaspoons organic ground cinnamon

1¾ teaspoons organic baking soda

1 teaspoon organic ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon organic ground nutmeg

1/2 cup organic raw molasses (May need to decrease for desired sweetness)

4 Tablespoon unsweetened organic applesauce ( in place of 6 Tbsp canola oil- often contains GMO)

1/4 cup water

Decorations (optional)

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1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a large bowl, combine the cookie mix, coconut palm sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger, and nutmeg. Mix with a fork to combine.

3. Add the molasses and applesauce and mix with a fork until the mixture is blended and crumbly.

4. Add the water and mix until the mixture comes together to form a dough.

5. Place the dough between two sheets of parchment paper and roll out 1/4-inch thick. Refrigerate 10 minutes, until firm.

6. Using cookie cutters, cut out desired shapes (gingerbread men, stars, circles, etc.).

7. Transfer the cookies to parchment-lined baking sheets and bake for 8 to 12 minutes (8 minutes for chewy cookies, 10 minutes for slightly chewy cookies, 12 minutes for crisper cookies).

8. While the cookies bake, re-roll the scraps, chill until firm, and then cut out more cookies.

9. Let baked cookies cool, then decorate if desired.

Makes about 36 cookies, depending on the size of the cookie cutters

Read more at: http://blog.foodnetwork.com/healthyeats/2013/12/07/gluten-free-gingerbread-cookies/?oc=linkback

Accepting the loss of a life taken too soon

Lily of the Valley

                               

                                 To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die                                                                                                               

                                          Thomas Campbell “Hallowed Ground” 

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Ten Poems to Say Goodbye by Roger Housden

Ten Poems to Say GoodbyeTen Poems to Say Goodbye by Roger Housden

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a Good Reads First Reads giveaway book.
I wasn’t sure what to expect giving the title “Ten Poems to Say Goodbye”. I initially imagined a book filled with poems by the author. I was not familiar with Roger Housden’s work which includes other books of theme oriented poems. This book is a compilation of selected poems by several authors. Mr. Housden gives his interpretation of each literary piece providing background on the writer and offering his explanation of how the words can provide solace to those seeking it after a loss. As Roger Housden states so keenly, “We have to say goodbye to everything eventually, and life is punctuated with a thousand goodbyes, some greater, some smaller, all along the way. And yet all too often, we can’t find the words to say goodbye.”. He continues to explain that “good poetry is not merely a few thoughtful words to fill an awkward moment.” He effectively describes how poetry can “reach down into the depths of our humanity” to capture the “essence of our existence”. I found this book to be “user-friendly”, in that, you don’t need to be an English Professor to relate or understand the poems as they are followed by eloquent words expressing comfort to the person seeking deeper understanding to the meaning of loss.

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