One of my readers asked me the other day which oils I used for the scent therapy part of Family Hope Center’s program. I figured other people are wondering the same, so here you go. I ordered them from The Essential Oil Company on the recommendation of a friend. The point of purchasing there was you could get samples for a reasonable price. I also used the scent list she sent me that someone else going through the program recommended. Nothing original here. I may have picked up one or two others. I don’t remember. Continue Reading →
Yup. You read the title right—the downside of efficiency. How can there be a downside to efficiency? Let me enlighten you.
For those of you who are Type A personalities or recovering Type A personalities, or who have learned to be efficient by force of nature (like many special needs parents or folks facing huge challenges), you will face some problems. How do I know? I live it.
Here are four side effects of efficiency that should be labeled on the bottle or mentioned in the commercial voiceover: Continue Reading →
I have some good news for you–this pudding is yummy and it’s easy to turn the original recipe into a GFCF delight. The bad news is, it’s easy to make into a GFCF delight! You will want to make this often. Continue Reading →
Many special needs families don’t get to church.
Some can’t make it–their child just can’t leave the house or handle being at church. For others, they tried, and it didn’t work. What makes me really sad is that there are many families who have been ostracized from their church due to outspoken actions and attitudes or subtle hints that they’re not welcome.
My church is not one of those churches. Over the last year I have watched how they reach out to the five families with kids on the autism spectrum. I excitedly ponder the potential as we grow and expand our ministries.
This summer was Community Bible Church’s first-ever Vacation Bible School (VBS). Prior to this, they did not have their own facility to host such an event. I didn’t volunteer to work during the week because I didn’t know what my husband’s schedule would be. I did get there four out of the five days, and it was very exciting. I watched through the eyes of a special needs mom, and this is what I saw that my church did right…. Continue Reading →
Cooking in Our Homeschool
The boys and I have been watching cooking shows together and I’ve been incorporating “cooking class” into our homeschool. It has been a lot of fun for all of us, but be warned! Cooking with kids takes twice as long, so you’ll need a heaping helping of patience and time. There are some days I know we just don’t have time for a cooking class.
Last week we watched an episode of “Sandra’s Money-Saving Meals” on Food Network. She was doing a bake sale theme. At the end she did two savory recipes, and I fell in love with both. The first one was Ham & Cheese Pinwheels, which we can’t make yet because it uses pizza dough, and gluten-free pizza dough just doesn’t roll up into a log. I want to try it with rice paper instead, but haven’t found the rice paper yet. (Is that even the right term?)
The second savory recipe was Ham & Cheese Croquettes. If you don’t have to worry about food allergies, you could click on the colored link and get her recipe. For those of you that need to eat gluten-free or GFCF, you’ll be able to use the recipe I adapted. It is YUMMY! Continue Reading →
I have a confession. I haven’t posted for a while because I don’t enjoy my blog right now. Why? Continue Reading →
This post contains an affiliate link to Well Planned Day planners. That means if you purchase a planner via the link, I make a small commission. I am not an affiliate for the Family Hope Center. I received a scholarship to their seminar so I could review their program(s) on behalf of special needs parents. All opinions expressed are my own.
Well, it took longer than I wanted because we had to wait for a few things, but we are starting Dr. J’s Family Hope Center program this week. The mats arrived, the scents are on their way, and I am excited. I sat down Sunday night and sketched out in my Well Planned Day homeschool/family planner what I hope to accomplish. The Newells told us multiple times to be patient and start slowly so we don’t burnout or burnout our kiddos. I am taking them at their word.
If you look, you’ll see I’m hoping to get the boys to: Continue Reading →
Just because you’re on a gluten-free diet doesn’t mean you can’t use recipes that call for bread crumbs. I have come up with various alternatives. It’s fun to mix-and-match them. Experiment and see which flavors you like with various meats. I’ve used these with pork, chicken, fish, and in meatloaf. When you are using this as breading, add in some Mrs. Dash or other spices to add flavor.
Choose from the following, depending on your family’s tolerance:
- Rice Chex
- Corn Chex
- Gluten-free pretzels
- Glutino gluten-free bagel chips
- Enjoy Life Plentils
- Potato Chips
- and of course, gluten-free toasted bread crumbled
The therapeutic part is smashing them all up in a freezer bag to make them crumb size (A regular baggie will not be strong enough to withstand the smashing.). You can even get your kids in on the action! If you have folks that are sensitive to texture, you may have to skip the smashing and put these things in a food processor for a finer crumb.
I’m sure there are other ideas out there. What do YOU use for gluten-free bread crumbs? Leave an idea in the comments below!
This post contains an affiliate link to Well Planned Day planners. I am not an affiliate for the Family Hope Center. I received a scholarship to their seminar so I could review their program(s) on behalf of special needs parents. All opinions expressed are my own.
My week of rest is over after The Family Hope Center special needs seminar. For two weeks I have been gearing up to get more serious about Dr. J’s program. I’ll be using a lot of the power of one and mind control. I’ve been feeling overwhelmed because life has been crazy lately and our apartment is so small. I look around our little apartment and wonder how I can do it. But I have been set up for success. Continue Reading →