Was lost but now is found…

We went to the Royal Botanical Gardens today with Rachael and Nate and her parents.  As we were re-entering the park after a bit of morning tea, Rachel noted a little boy crying as he came out of the park. As he was walking through the crowd, Rachael wondered if he was lost. We kept an eye as he passed several families that could have been his. Rachael and Karlissa then took off toward him as he was getting to the road. I headed into the edge of the park with Jaden looking to see if we saw anyone frantically looking for a child.

Crystal and the girls followed as they crossed the street and headed to the memorial monument. The boy looked to be about 5 and they didn’t know how his english skills were when they tried to ask him about his family and stuff. (He was of Asian descent). They found some guards that the monument and a park employee who had a radio.

Meanwhile Jaden and I watched the park. I prayed that we could find his family. Crystal and Shay did too. I approached one Asian lady who told me that she wasn’t looking for anyone. I spotted a lady talking on a mobile phone walk toward me and then then look back and walk away. I spotted her a few minutes later talking to some older ladies and one walked away saying something over her shoulder in . I approached the lady and asked her if she was looking for a little boy. She said “YES” and confirmed he was wearing a blue shirt. I said he was with a friend and my family. Since we saw him leave the park alone. I called Crystal to let her know I had the mum and to ask where they were.

Rachel said as he was walking to the memorial that he kept saying “Mum here” something so she assumes that they were at the war memorial earlier in the day.  They with the park employees started walking toward us and we walked toward them. We were probably about 500m apart when we started toward each other. Needless to say there was quite a joyful reunion for the mum. The boy looked scared still. (Probably wondering if he was in trouble) We let them hug and we left. I had hoped for more conversation but knew that we had fulfilled the part God wanted us to in the reunion bit.

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Easter and Chocolate for Jaden

This season in Australia as far as food is concerned seems to be all about Chocolate  with the occasional hot cross buns. The stores are loaded with lots and lots of Chocolate. And NONE of it is safe for Jaden. The only one that attempts to be Allergy Friendly has Soy in it. Anyway the girls went to Church yesterday and made Hot Cross Buns and Chocolate molds. Well we did the Jaden-safe Hot Cross Buns yesterday. Today I attempted to make some Jaden-safe Allergy Friendly “milk” Chocolate.  Unfortunately I don’t have a full recipe as I didn’t measure pretty much anything, but here is what I did.

I started out with an Artisse Dark Chocolate bar. I melted it in a double boiler (Pryex bowl over a sauce pan with water in it). I added about 3 Tablespoons of Prepared Darifree and at least 6 tablespoons of powdered sugar and another 1/2 tablespoon of Darifree powder and stirred with a small wisk. I had added a little Olive Oil but it needed something that would be solid at room temp in it like Cocoa Butter, Palm Oil, or Lard. We had the Lard in the house so I added it after the first pour turned out to be a failure.  We also dipped some gluten-free marshmallows in the chocolate to use it up. I did swipe a little Olive Oil on a paper towel and lightly swiped the oil in the mold before the successful pours. So the first pour needed more solid fat and some Olive Oil on the molds. The first pour is the “failure” pic below. Pour is a strong word, I actually spooned it in then tapped them on the counter. I would have made different shapes, but this was the only mold we had and we had borrowed it from someone else. I am considering wrapping the eggs in aluminium foil for presentation to Jaden so it looks more “normal”.

chocolate-easter-eggs

Successful Eggs

chocolate-easter-egg-failure

Failed to set well. Used spoon to remove which ruined the shape.

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Hot Cross Buns – Allergen Friendly

Hot Cross Buns cooling

Hot Cross Buns cooling

Jaden and I baked Hot Cross Buns….We used Gluten-Free Flour and more or less followed the recipe substituting Darifree for Soymilk at http://www.everydaywithallergies.com/2009/03/hot-cross-buns.html. We also substituted 1/4 tsp Nutmeg for the 1 tsp Cinnamon. Best thing is that Jaden likes it.

edit: 2012 – We no longer need to substitute Nutmeg for Cinnamon as Jaden seems to have no reaction to Cinnamon anymore. 🙂

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Upgrade in process

Well, I started an upgrade. As you can see from our  blog that it looks a little bit different.  I need to get the image of us (or an updated one) back on the top, but too tired to finish that now.

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Looks like my site is broken…Needs some work.

Looks like my site is broken…No matter which thing I click on I come back to the home page.  Guess it is time to upgrade WordPress…Been putting it off while doing other things. Perhaps later today or on Monday.

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Allergen Friendly “Buttermilk” Pancakes

Here is a little better variant on our Pancakes.

2/3 cup Buckwheat flour
2/3 cup Rice Flour
2/3 cup Besan (Chickpea) Flour
1/4 cup Potato Flour
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
1 Tablespoon Baking Soda
1/2 Teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoon Applesauce or 2 Mashed Ripe Bananas
3 Tablespoons Canola Oil
2 Tablespoon Honey
2 Cup Darifree “Buttermilk” http://kellerville.com/2009/02/15/dairy-free-buttermilk/
0-1/4 Cup Water if too thick.

Put griddle / non-stick pan on burner and turn on Med to Med Hi. Mix dry ingredients with Wisk. Mix liquids: oil, applesauce/Banana, honey, Darifree “Buttermilk”. Pour liquid into the dry and mix thoroughly with wisk until everything is mixed well. The soda and baking powder will start working before done mixing. Pour by 1/3 to 1/4 cup on the griddle. (If the pancakes look too thick add a little more water to the batter in the bowl and mix.) Flip when edges are dry or start to lift off pan. (Adjust heat to get the golden color just right on subsequent pancakes.) Top with pure Maple Syrup or Nuttelex and powdered/icing/castor sugar and enjoy.

Variation / Substitutes / Possible Changes that have been tested.

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GoogleEarth Used to save family in Bushfire

In all of the tragedy surrounding the fires here in Victoria, we have had a small chance to help. Crystal and Karlissa two days ago went to church to help at a memorial service for a mother and her sons.

But I just learned of a story from the fires that was quite incredible. I thought I would share it with you. I just saw this article today. In the article it talked about a son hiring a helicopter and sending it to pick up his parents. The son was using Google Earth on his PC to pass the cooridinates to the pilot as the clearing was obscured by smoke. Incredible story.

Wow.

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Great dessert! Chocolate Cobbler

We love this recipe from Taste of Home magazine.  Just substitute Gluten Free Self Rising Flour for the flour (we used Orgran) and prepared Darifree for the milk and it tastes great.

http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Chocolate-Cobbler

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Dairy Free Buttermilk

Time for a Dairy Free, Casein Free, Soy Free Buttermilk recipe. (Also known as Dairy Free Sour Milk)

1 Cup prepared Vance’s Darifree minus 1 T
1 T Olive Oil
1/2 t Xantham Gum
1 T Vinegar or Lemon Juice

Add Oil to measuring cup. Add Darifree to 1 cup line. Add the Xantham Gum and Vinegar/Lemon Juice. Wisk/Mix and let sit for 5 minutes then use.  (OK Don’t know if the sitting is required but that is what you do for normal milk turned to Sour Milk with vinegar or lemon juice.)

Use in recipes calling for Buttermilk or Sour Milk.

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Into the Light

Ever since we moved to Australia and bought a mini-van (people mover as they call it here) our interier dome light didn’t work when we opened the doors.  So when we would pull up and park and open the doors, the van remained dark.  If we got in the car at night it would be dark. We could push a button and get light, but it wasn’t quite the same. On Tuesday this week that has changed. The light was fixed as it was under warranty. Now when we open the doors, light instantly bathes the front seats and there is enough residual to illuminate the rear for the kids as well. Also when the back hatch is put up a light now comes on back there too. (unrelated but similar fix) Being able to open the door and get light right away is amazing.

After experiencing the light, I wondered how we ever tolerated the darkness. The same goes for our Spiritual lives. So many (up to 97% of Australians by some estimates) are living in the dark spiritually. Jesus IS the light. And His light is available to be shined on any life. Why someone would choose the dark when the light is available, still baffles me, but the truth is that they have never seen the light. So many times we as Christians obscure the light in our lives. We just need to live and let the light shine. As we shine the light then others around us may notice they are in the dark and will want some of the light too.

It may not seem like the right thing at first as there are a bunch of things we like to do in the dark which we don’t want others to know about. But again, unless the light shines there is never true healing.

Jesus said: “I have come as a light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in darkness.” John 12:46 (NET Bible)

May the lights at Christmas remind you of the Light that came into this world.

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