Sunday, July 26, 2009

God vs Africa

Went to the fireworks last evening. It was South Africa competing. We were not going to go because it was raining and a bit miserable. But then the sky started to it was absolutely beautiful. We had thunder and lightning and God started to put on a very impressive show.

I am not sure I remember seeing the sky look this colour. It was red and orange purple and gold all mixed together... and the piece de la re-sis-tance... Lightning bolts flying through the sky.

Instead of people walking away from the lightning something interesting was happening. People were walking in the direction of the lightning. Some just sat propped on their claimed spot waiting for South Africa's Symphony of lights show. But what we all got instead was God's showing of power, creativity and existence. It was like he was saying... "Hey, Vancouver I'm HERE... keep watching...I'm Here...Look up...I'm HERE.

As people continued to watch to the heavens for God's Symphony of lights, (His thunder was his music and His fireworks lit up the entire sky) people cheered. This was a very interesting experience to here a collective community cheering and yelling for God's show to continue...hmm. Little did so many of them know that, I think, God was smiling down... in appreciation.

When South Africa started their show, people were excited for it and don't get me wrong, they did an excellent job, but nothing, nothing was like the amazing show we had just seen in the Heavens so effortlessly put together by our maker and Artisan.

Yes, people cheered and whistled for South Africa...but it was defiantly not as loud or consistant as when we did for the thunder and lightning.

Overall... I think God won!!

Monday, July 20, 2009

I Love Dandilions

I still remember giving my Mom a huge bouquet of these under estimated beautiful "flowers". I did this often and she would proudly place them in water to display them on the picnic table outside.

I remember making wishes and then blowing the seeds all over the lawn to be sure the wish would come true. Dad was never impressed with this idea.

If only we could continue to see the amazing beauty in the under estimated.

I encourage you to Make a wish ... now blow!

Who ya gonna call?

Ghost Busters!!

Freshair Cinema came to downtown. They set this huge inflatable movie screen up and when it gets dark they start the movie.

We were lucky enough to get to see "Ghost Busters"

Rick Moranis at his best! I Forgot how much I enjoy this classic. I love this CITY!! If this cinema comes to you be sure to go. Great fun:)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

I'm talking 'bout the friend in the mirror.

Nelson and I had my 1 year old nephew over for the day while his parents went hiking. He is a bright, fun and smilely boy. Such a pleasure to take care of. While he was with us he discovered a new friend. He tryed so hard to kiss his new friend, but whenever he did he would look back at me and seemed to be wondering, 'why his friend's lips were so hard?'.


Monday, July 6, 2009

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Be kind to a celiac today--My Favorite Gluten Free Cookies

I have two fabulous friends who are both Celiacs and need to stick to a gluten free diet. These are some of my favorite cookies and I need to say that they do not taste like they are gluten free. You will looove my recipe!

Step #1 Besure you have wiped all surfaces down especially if you use gluten in your day to day cooking and baking.

Step #2 Measure into a medium sized bowl
1 cup Coconut
2 cups Gluten Free Rice Krispie Cereal
**note that Kellogg's Rice Krispie are NOT Gluten Free**
1 cup Raisins
1 cup Choc. Chips
3/4 cup Sunflower Seeds
1/2 cup Sesame Seeds
1/2 cup Flax Seeds
**Set aside

Step #3 1/2 cup Flax Seed Meal (this can be found in the health food section)
1 cup Rice Flour
1 cup Brown Rice Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
**Put asside**

Step #4 Cream together
1 cup Margarine or butter Soften (I Perfer Butter)
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
3/4 cup White Sugar

Step #5 Add
2 Eggs
1 tsp Real Vanilla Extract
Mix together well.

Step #6 Add a spoonful at a time
The flour mixture until it is mix in well.
Step #7 Add a cup at a time of the seedy mixture until it is mixed together fully.

Step #8 Put heeping tablespoons of the dough on to a dark nonstick pan
*** Note dork nonstick cookie sheet is really important for these cookies to turn out properly. Do not know why!***

Step #9 Bake in 350 oven for 10-13 min. ***note I find that it is helpful to chill the dough for about 1 hour before baking***

Because gluten free baking always tastes better the day of baking, I usually only bake one tray at a time and then roll the dough in plastic food wrap and place in the freezer. Then I just slice the dough up and bake just like the pilsbury dough cookies.

Step # 10 Let cookies cool on the cookie sheet until they can be removed without breaking. What ever cookies are not eaten the same day as baking I store in a air tight container or baggie then put them into the freezer. This help the cookie stay fresher.