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Merciful Days: GF DF Blueberry Waffles


Blueberry Waffles2My husband’s family has an incredible breakfast repertoire.  Grandpa was a baker. Dad was a baker.  And my husband has their genes.  One of his all time favorite family recipes is Grandpa’s Cornmeal Waffles.  They are incredible.  And full of gluten and dairy.  We have been working on modification experiments for months.  So happy to have a tried and true recipe base!!  It is the perfect host for all kinds of mix-ins and flavor variations.  Go wild with your favorite flavors.  Our favorites have been blueberry & lemon and pumpkin with pie spices.

Blueberry Waffles
Modified from Grandpa’s Cornmeal Waffles
Gluten-Free | Dairy-Free | Sugar-Free

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GF CDF SF Mexican Chicken Divan


Mexican Chicken Divan 1It’s raining today. Summer is taking a nap. And I’m craving Chicken Divan.  Rich, creamy, cheesy. I could eat a whole pan on my own.  No joke.  I mean, have you had Chicken Divan?  The very week my doctor said I could add goat dairy into my diet, we had Chicken Divan for dinner.  It’s in our meal plan for once every other month.  I would do it more often but I don’t want to get sick of it. (Have I told you? I tend to be an obsessive lover of things to the point of overload and then the love is gone.  For example, I’ll play a favorite song on repeat over and over until suddenly I can’t bear hearing it ever again. Except Nara by E.S. Posthumus. Somehow that song has stood strong against my fickle love. Listening to it right now in fact.)

Well, I’ve found a way to have more Chicken Divan in our lives: a Mexican variation!  It all started with this:  ground coriander. Love. [Continue…]

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GF DF SF Coconut Quinoa Bean & Veg Casserole


Coconut Quinoa SquareThe things we learn as children are the things we rely on as adults.  Our childhood becomes a foundation for an instinctual autopilot of sorts.  A failsafe.  A default set of assumptions that we rely on every day.  For our actions and reactions.  For every day relationships and for uncommon encounters with danger.  For our basic habits and for our fight or flight response.  And most people just live life without ever giving things a second thought.

“No matter what side of the car the driver’s seat is on, keep your body in the middle of the road,” Dad was preparing me for international driving.  “The driver is always in the middle and the passenger side is always to the curb.”

(Note: He is right.  Except when you change sides of the road when you drive from a country like Thailand into a country like Burma.  But that’s a whole other conversation.  And if you’re driving from Thailand to Burma, you’ll be worrying about bigger things than oncoming traffic. Anyhoo…)  [Continue…]

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New on Merciful Days: GF DF SF Pancakes


Pancakes 1Have you heard?  ColoursofColor has a new name and a new home:  MercifulDays.com  and  MercifulDays.wordpress.com.  Join the Merciful Days community!

Latest Post:  GF DF SF Pancakes

This weekend we landed on a GF DF SF pancake winner!  Thin, flavorful, and cooked all the way through.  At last!

GF DF SF Thin Pancakes
Gluten-Free | Dairy-Free | Sugar-Free

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The recesses of my pantry… and my life


I found the most incredible things in my pantry last night.

Everything with gluten or dairy was bagged up and delivered to neighbors.

So long beautiful white flour.  So long obligatory whole wheat flour.  Goodbye chocolate stash.  I love you.  I miss you.  Every day at 3pm I will think of you and long for you.

Bye random cans of food that shouldn’t have gluten but do.  Bye pasta.  Bye dog food. What? Dog food?  Our dog went to live with Grandpa & Grandma a year and a half ago.

Why do we still have a big Ikea tub with dog food?  Oh. It’s because we didn’t want to purge you from our lives, sweet dog.  You were our family for ten years.

Why do we have Pavlova Eggs that are long expired?  Oh. It’s because they were homeland gifts from my sister and they are precious to me.

Why do we have so many weird food items? Oh. It’s because I still am holding on to food just in case.  (Hmmmm… I haven’t blogged about that yet, have I? Maybe tomorrow will be a good day for that.)

What do I have in the recesses of my life that I don’t need anymore?  What am I holding on to?  I’m sentimental about relationships, about my homeland, about my family, about my past, about so many things.

I have to face facts: the pantry was not functional for my needs of today.  I had to clear it out to give myself a chance to succeed in being fully gluten- and dairy-free.

What in my heart do I need to clear out?  I’m praying about that today.  Praying to see what is clogging up my life.  Praying to be shaped and prepared for what I need to be for today.

“I am still not all I should be,  but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead”   (Philippians 3:13)

I’m also mindful that my journey always affects the people in my life.  I can see through my life that in growing and in times of “recess cleaning”, the people I love are affected deeply.  I also see that my journey requires their help.  And vice versa.

Last night my dear friend came to help me.  She is logical, practical, and sensible.  She is wise, caring, and pastoral.  She is supportive, understanding, and faithful.  She also has issues with gluten so had the vision and patience to look at each item one at a time.  She was the perfect person to help me.

Problem is, she was exposed to gluten as we cleaned out the shelves.  My baking flour had left a layer of gluten-rich dust over pretty much everything in the pantry.

In the journey of life, we need people.  We need people who know us and love us.  We need people to help us carry out difficult quests.  And in the process they will be exposed to our toxic purgings.

It is foolish to try to protect people from those things.  It is unwise to keep things private and hidden.  We are created to be in community.  We are created to be intertwined and interconnected.

Even though she was exposed to gluten last night, I know she had counted the cost and chose to be there to support me.  She knows, I would never have cleaned that pantry in one night without her practical and emotional support.  And I know that I have given that kind of support to her many times too.  I love this interdependency.  This life-giving relationship.

Two people can accomplish more than twice as much as one; they get a better return for their labor. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But people who are alone when they fall are in real trouble. And on a cold night, two under the same blanket can gain warmth from each other. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)

Thank God for this family I have. My church community, my dear friends near and far, my amazing biological family.  They are all sisters and brothers who bring their gifts and perspectives, and totally change my life for the better.  (I love you guys so much.)

How about you? Do you have somethings in the recesses of your life that need to be cleaned out?  Do you have godly, wise community to support you?  Are you a godly, wise support to them as well?  Do you have relationships of healthy equality?