Who doesn’t love a chocolate chip cookie? I don’t think I have met such a person. If you have any type of food allergy you sometimes have to give up chocolate chip cookies, Well, no more!! This recipe tastes DELICIOUS and is gluten free, grain free, dairy free and sugar-free, nut-free, and is Paleo! With all that goodness taken out of the recipe and replaced with substitutes, you might be tempted to think that this recipe sub-par in some way. This recipe has been tested on people who do not have allergies and has passed the test! I wish I could have taken a picture of my friend’s little boy eating one of my grain free chocolate chip cookies. He had chocolate everywhere and I think it is safe to say he thoroughly enjoyed himself. Pour yourself a glass of milk (or almond milk 🙂 ) and let’s get started… Grain Free Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies Makes 24-30 cookies Ingredients 2 large eggs 1/4 cup honey 1 cup tahini (almond butter, peanut butter or sunflower butter) 1/4 cup softened grass-fed butter (ghee or palm shortening) 2/3 cup coconut sugar 1/2 cup arrowroot powder 1/4 cup almond flour 1 tsp. sea salt 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1 TBS. gluten-free vanilla extract 1 cup gluten-free semi-sweet chocolate chips Optional: 1 tsp. kosher salt to sprinkle on top of warm cookies. DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients EXCEPT the chocolate chips in a large mixing bowl. Mix on medium speed until the ingredients hold together. Slowly mix in the chocolate chips. Scoop by the teaspoon or tablespoon onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake 15 minutes, remove from oven. While the cookies are still warm, sprinkle the kosher salt on top of the warm cookies. Let them sit for 5 minutes. ENJOY! More recipes? Click HERE! Blessings, *This post may contain affiliate links. Thank you for supporting The Peaceful Haven!
OK, I have 6 kids, two dogs, three cats and a whole flock of chickens. A husband, I homeschool, one of my children is autistic, and I work as a blogger. I am not by any means a high energy person. I am not a type A person. I suffer from constant brain fog and feel I may have adult onset ADD! The good news is that if I can manage to have a peaceful morning, then so can you! If I can manage to start my morning off with God my whole day continues in a peaceful way. I am a better mother and wife and more importantly a better servant of Christ. 3 WAYS TO HAVE A PEACEFUL MORNING Prayer Have a morning devotional. If you were to drive by my house in the Spring, Summer, and Fall you would find me on my front porch engaged in morning prayer and devotion with a giant cup of coffee in hand. In the Winter, I get my cup of coffee and head back to bed and have my quiet time with the Lord there. I no longer have young children but when I did, I made them sit with me with their own Bible or devotional, even Bible coloring pages. Yes, there are interruptions with little ones but it is such a pleasure to worship God together. Music Play classical music or worshipful music. It sets the tone for a relaxing and peaceful day. Not all classical music is relaxing so pick wisely. I use Pandora for all my music needs. I can make my own playlists and it travels with me wherever I go. For me, paying 4.99 a month is worth it to get Pandora without commercials is worth it to keeps my spirit focused on worship. Commercials seem to be the opposite of peaceful for me! They do have a FREE commercial version. Get Up Early Getting up early is hard at first but has really transformed my chances for a peaceful morning as well as the practice of preparing the night before. I am NOT naturally organized, I have had to teach myself how to organize a large family. Just take a few minutes before you go to bed to set out what you need for the next day. Things will go smoother, I promise! YOUR TURN… How do you make your morning more peaceful? Blessings, *This post may contain affiliate links. Thank you for supporting The Peaceful Haven!
What does coleslaw make you think of? Picnics and warm weather, children playing outside and barbeque! Creamy Gluten-Free Coleslaw is a wonderfully delicious recipe that is perfect for any weather. It does not have to be warm outside for you to thoroughly enjoy it. Why is this particular recipe for Creamy Gluten Free Coleslaw the best? I think it is the fact that you let this coleslaw sit for at least an hour before serving that makes it so good. That and the creamy part! The word creamy denotes that there should be cream in this recipe but there is not. The creaminess comes from the mayo. I know that you are going to LOVE this recipe!! This recipe is gluten-free, sugar-free, keto, nut-free, dairy-free, and paleo. CREAMY GLUTEN FREE COLESLAW Serves 6 Ingredients 1/2 head purple or green cabbage thinly sliced (about 1 pound) 1 small red onion thinly sliced 1 carrot grated 3/4 cup mayonnaise or paleo mayonnaise 1/4 cup raw apple cider vinegar 2 TBS maple sugar 0r 2 TBS Swerve 2 tsp. sea salt 1/2 tsp. dried mustard 1/4 tsp. freshly cracked pepper 1/4 tsp. onion powder 1/4 tsp. ground coriander DIRECTIONS Combine all ingredients in a glass or stainless steel bowl and mix well. Store covered in the refrigerator for at least an hour. ENJOY! Blessings, *This post may contain affiliate links. Thank you for supporting The Peaceful Haven!
Around October of every year, the dread of Winter starts to creep up on me. Not because I dislike snow but because my Seasonal Affective Disorder starts to rear its ugly head! This year, I made a vow that things would be different and the good news is they were. Here are the 3 Things that Dramatically Helped My Seasonal Affective Disorder! The Mayo Clinic describes Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you’re like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Less often, SAD causes depression in the spring or early summer. In most cases, seasonal affective disorder symptoms appear during late fall or early winter and go away during the sunnier days of spring and summer. Less commonly, people with the opposite pattern have symptoms that begin in spring or summer. In either case, symptoms may start out mild and become more severe as the season progresses. Signs and symptoms of SAD may include: Feeling depressed most of the day, nearly every day Losing interest in activities you once enjoyed Having low energy Having problems with sleeping Experiencing changes in your appetite or weight Feeling sluggish or agitated Having difficulty concentrating Feeling hopeless, worthless or guilty Having frequent thoughts of death or suicide 3 Things that Dramatically Helped My Seasonal Affective Disorder Jesus When the feelings of hopelessness started this Fall, something rose up within me and said: “Not anymore!” I decided to commit the whole matter to Jesus and spent much time praying and listening to what God had to say about my trouble with SAD. I made a commitment to go to Him for help this year, listen, and act accordingly. Making a conscious decision to go to Christ for HELP made a huge difference! He also brought together some people to help me manage by battle with Seasonal Affective Disorder. The following things are a result of prayer and the people God brought into my life as a result of my listening times with Christ. I am so GRATEFUL! Happy Light I started by talking with my doctor, an MD, about the use of a SAD light and she gave me testimonial after testimonial of patients that had been helped by a SAD light. I went home and ordered this Happy Light and I am so thankful I did, it has made a huge difference in my mental health…HUGE! My whole family has noticed a difference and so have I. In general, January and February are my hardest months. Not this year, I have navigated through the Winter with no problems of depression! Juice Plus At my Naturopaths recommendation, I began by making sure my body was getting all the nutrients it needed on a daily basis and making sure the nutrients were being absorbed. I began taking a product called Juice Plus that includes all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals that your body must have to function properly. Juice Plus functions as a pre-biotic. I still ate a gluten-free, whole foods diet but the nice thing is that if I couldn’t meet my bodies nutritional needs through meals, I knew I had already had my daily allowance of fruits and vegetables. What happened to me was threefold. First, I had way more energy which is a constant struggle for me. Secondly, I was able to reduce my thyroid medication, my dosage of Synthroid has stayed the same for the past twenty-five years! This good news was discovered after my bi-annual bloodwork. Finally, my mood improved! As I look out my window and see the first signs of Spring in my yard, I am filled with thankfulness to God who showed me the way and to the people who helped me to heal Seasonal Affective Disorder! YOUR TURN… What things do you do to manage Seasonal Affective Disorder? Blessings, *This post may contain affiliate links. Thank you for supporting The Peaceful Haven!
What does Philippians 1:21 mean? What does “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” mean? Not just a pat answer that simplifies the verse into a list of right and wrong. Spurgeon is a marvelous wordsmith and has been an instrument in drawing me to the Lord many a time! Listen to what he has to say about the topic. According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Again I bid you remark Paul’s devotion and self-forgetfulness. It seems to be a matter of no choice with him whether he serves God in life or glorifies him in death. The emblem of the American Baptist Missionary Union is an ox standing between a plough and an altar, with the motto, “Ready for either,”—Ready to spend and be spent in labour, or to be a sacrifice, whichever the Lord pleases. Since we are all different people with different calls on our lives. It appears to me the key is in the relationship we have with Christ. Do we spend time with Him, do we listen? Are we willing to listen and be poured out for Him who gave His life for us? FREE PRINTABLE DOWNLOAD YOUR TURN… What does this verse mean to you and how are you living it out as a mother, sister, grandmother or daughter? Blessings,
I grew up in a family that took financial health very seriously. I had very good role models in my parents. One of two daughters I remember feeling cared for and never worrying about money. My college was paid for and life was good. Simple principles like saving, purchasing only on sale and the joy of a good deal was instilled in me. My adult life has been very different. Financial health, has been a constant struggle for my husband and I. Why? Many reasons really, life happens and we navigate through with God’s help. We have 6 children, we are a single income family, my husband has had significant health issues. A brain tumor and seizures to name just two. We have a daughter with special needs that has required many therapies that we have gladly paid for. We have adopted a child. We have had the normal things in life like job loss, poor personal choices and the issues of the national economy. Four of my daughters as well as myself have struggled with dietary allergies, Celiac Disease and Autoimmune Diseases. Special diets cost a lot of money. Life costs money. The real question is what is financial health and why does it matter? According to the Bible financial health is dependent on certain principles. God is the Provider (Philippians 4:19) Giving (Luke 6:38) Saving (Proverbs 21:20) Contentment (Hebrews 13:5) Working Hard (Proverbs 14:23) Seek Godly Counsel (Proverbs 15:22) Keep Financial Records (Psalm 23:23) Tithe (Leviticus 27:30) Live Debt Free (Proverbs 22:7) Love God not Money (1 Timothy 6:10) Money is really no different than any other area of our lives. When we follow God’s plan and walk in obedience then we have blessings when we don’t we have issues. Financial health is not just about obedience though, there are many other contributing factors to maintaining your financial health. The point I want to make is that as Christians we have a responsibility to walk in obedience. You do your part and walk in obedience and God will do His part and allow circumstances that will grow you into a godly individual. Finances have a way of bringing out the true condition of our hearts. Finances can bring out the worst in me. I am ashamed to say that if I lose perspective in the area of personal finances I can easily become an emotional wrecking ball. For me, it comes down to a trust issue. Do I trust that God is better able to manage my finances than I am? Do I trust that He knows my circumstances and is working all things together for my good? When we trust God in all circumstances the peace that passes all understanding descends upon us so that our financial situation does not define who we are or take away our peace. When we have confidence that God will care for us then that knowledge along with our obedience gives us good financial health. When I find myself in a state of financial unrest I have found 3 things that help return my peace. Prayer Read my Bible Do Something (For example it could be anything from clipping a coupon, looking through sale flyers or reading a Dave Ramsey post.) Why do healthy finances matter? They affect so many areas of our lives. Our marriage, our relationship with God and our stress levels. Unhealthy financial practices can make us sick. If you have not already taken Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University then I highly recommend investing your time in this Biblical approach to finances. It will give you the tools you need to become financially healthy! 7 Baby Steps To Financial Peace from Dave Ramsey $1,000 to Start an Emergency Fund An emergency fund is for those unexpected events in life you can’t plan for. Whether there’s a plumbing issue and everything but the kitchen sink is draining, or your brakes are squealing at every stop sign, you can be ready! Pay Off All Debt but the House List all debts but the house in order. The smallest balance should be your number one priority. Don’t worry about interest rates unless two debts have similar payoffs. If that’s the case, then list the higher interest rate debt first. 3 to 6 Months of Expenses in Savings This step is all about building a full emergency fund. It’s time to kick debt for good, with 3–6 months’ worth of emergency savings. Sit down and calculate how much you need to live on for 3–6 months (for most that’s between $10,000–15,000) and start saving to protect yourself against life’s bigger surprises like the loss of a job. You’ll never be in debt again—no matter what comes your way. Invest 15% of Household Income Into Retirement Now it’s time to get serious about retirement. With no payments and a full emergency fund, put 15% toward the retirement of your dreams. Between your 401(k), Roth IRA, and Traditional IRA, you have a lot of options. Find the fit that is right for you. The money you were using to attack debt can now help build your future. College Funding for Children College tuitions and housing expenses continue to rise. Don’t let college sneak up on you. Saving now will put you ahead of the game when your kids graduate from high school. Two smart ways to save for your kids’ college are a 529 college savings fund or an ESA (education savings account). These are both tax-advantaged savings vehicles that let you save money for your kids’ education expenses. Pay Off Home Early It takes the average family five to seven years to pay their home off early. Just imagine life with no mortgage. There’s only one more debt standing in the way of freedom from all debt! Apply all the extra money toward paying off your home. Not only are you paying off your home early, you’ll be saving tens of thousands of dollars in interest fees. Build Wealth and Give This is the last step and by far the most fun. It’s time to live and give like no one else! Build wealth, become insanely generous, and leave an inheritance for future generations. You know what people with no debt and no payments can do? Anything they want! Now that’s leaving a legacy. YOUR TURN… What do you do to maintain your financial health? Blessings, *This post may contain affiliate links. Thank you for supporting The Peaceful Haven!
There are two ways to start seeds. You can either start them inside or you can direct seed them into the soil. I like to do both! I am excited to share with you my favorite 20 vegetables to direct seed! Either of these methods will depend on where you live. You must know what garden zone you are in. To ensure success you must also determine what time is best to direct seed. It will vary depending on the type of plant. For example, Peas and Spinach do well direct seeded right after your last frost date. They like the weather to be cooler. However, squash and corn are planted later because they like to soil to be a bit warmer. Learning how to direct seed into your garden bed is FUN and EASY! It is also a wonderful family activity, just be prepared for clumps of vegetables or use this handheld seed dispenser. Just make sure to read your seed packet before planting. It will give you specific guidelines that will ensure you are successful. To avoid tons of vegetables coming into season at the same time. Stagger your planting. For example, I like to stagger planting my lettuce rows so I don’t have more lettuce than I can eat coming in all at the same time. To prevent this from happening I plant one row a week. 20 Vegetables To Direct Seed beets beans broccoli (sprouting kind) brussels sprouts cabbage carrots corn cucumbers fennel lettuce onions parsnips peas pumpkins radishes rutabagas spinach squash turnips zucchini Interested in more Gardening posts from The Peaceful Haven? Click HERE! Happy Gardening! YOUR TURN… What are your favorite seeds to plant directly into the soil? Blessings, *This post may contain affiliate links. Thank you for supporting The Peaceful Haven!
Confession time, I am not a naturally organized person. I have had to learn how to organize my LARGE family. My brain rejects just the thought of a schedule let alone the thought of organization! There are some qualities that I relish more than my strong dislike of the mundane that is PEACE, BEAUTY, and CALM. I can promise you this you will not have any peace or calm in your life if you don’t start implementing some organization principles in your home. I have a vision for how I want my children to live and how our family operates. This takes a little forethought to pull off and also knowing yourself and how you function is helpful! For example, because I am a bit of a free spirit I never use times on my daily schedule. It is a loose list of daily events. The way I organize my home and family must “look good” and be simple for it to work. 5 Ways to Organize Your LARGE Family Calendar (Schedule) Start by color coating each family member. I use a large paper calendar posted on the side of my refrigerator using magnetic C-cup hooks. Because I have older children, everyone who lives at home needs to put their schedule on the calendar in their color. If it is not on that calendar then it does not happen. Cubbies/Lockers (Things) We have what we call cubbies which are really lockers for each one of our children in our mudroom. They keep their coats and shoes in the large bottom portion and all their school books and supplies in the top portion. Chores (Homekeeping) Schedule out dishes, laundry, mowing the lawn etc. so that everyone can pitch in and help. Using a chore chart helps keep it all in one location! Clear Plastic Bins (Clothes) I store all outgrown clothes in clear plastic bins, which are great because you can see what is in them at a glance! I also sort the size and season. For example, size 3T winter would be one bin. If you have more than will fit in a bin, pick your favorites and give the rest away. For daily clothes organization of younger children, I would roll outfits and set the rolls in their dresser drawers. A roll would include a bottom and a top with girl accessories if needed like tights or hair ribbons. Then all that is needed is for the child to pull out the roll and get dressed. Bookshelves (Toys and Books) I store all toys and books on bookshelves. Toys are in baskets, only a few at a time making it into a toy box. I rotate the toys as well. I find that I LOVE using baskets because you can use the dump and go clean up method! More parenting posts? Click HERE! YOUR TURN… How do you organize your family? Blessings, *This post may contain affiliate links. Thank you for supporting The Peaceful Haven!
For me, as the mother of 6 children, my crockpot is like having a servant waiting for me. I just put the ingredients in the morning, cover with its lid and turn the slow cooker on and voila, at dinner time I have a meal that tastes great and I have done very little work. This recipe for Slow Cooker Vegetable Quiche is both gluten free, grain free and sugar-free! Everyone in my family loves this recipe even the picky eaters. I like to pair this delectable quiche with roasted rosemary potatoes. YUM! Another, benefit to this EASY recipe is that it is vegetarian and you can put in whatever vegetables your family desires. SLOW COOKER VEGETABLE QUICHE Serves 8 Ingredients 2 TBS butter 2 cloves roasted garlic 2 TBS. arrowroot powder 10 eggs 1 cup half and half 1 cup whole milk 3 cups chopped vegetables (I like broccoli) 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. nutmeg 2 TBS. finely chopped tarragon 1 cup grated cheese (use your favorite, mine is gruyere) 1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese DIRECTIONS Turn the slow cooker on high and melt the butter and roasted garlic together. In a large bowl mix the eggs with a whisk and add the remaining ingredients. Pour the quiche mixture into the crockpot. Cook covered on high for 2 hours. Cut into slices or spoon out. ENJOY! Interested in more allergy-friendly recipes? Click HERE! Blessings, *This post may contain affiliate links. Thank you for supporting The Peaceful Haven!
Happy Valentine’s Day from The Peaceful Haven! I am excited to share with you these FREE PRINTABLE Valentines! From the time I was a little girl until this very day, I have loved celebrating Valentine’s Day. It is a bright spot in the otherwise dreary winter! Making handmade valentines is a yearly occurrence around our place, it’s such a simple pleasure to handmake cards for the ones you love. This year, I found myself short on time. If you are like me and need some QUICK, EASY, CHRIST-CENTERED, and CHARMING Valentine’s Day Cards then look no more! FREE Printable Valentines FREE DOWNLOAD HERE! *For best results print on white cardstock. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Interested in other Valentine’s Day activities, crafts, and food? Click HERE! YOUR TURN… What is your favorite Valentine’s Day tradition? Blessings,