Friday, March 29, 2013

Gluten Free Easter Basket Cupcakes

I cannot remember where I saw the idea for these cupcakes, but I couldn't wait to try them for Easter.  These were definitely a special treat. Since I have committed to a healthier lifestyle, I've cut way back on my sugar intake.  Having these around really made the kids happy!!
I wanted these to be white cupcakes and I used the recipe found here. It is a gluten free recipe and is VERY delicious. I used plain white rice flour instead of Thai rice flour. They were so moist and flavorful.

I used canned icing simply for the convenience and Duncan Hines is labeled gluten free. The squeeze tube of green icing worked well for the "grass" on the top of the cupcakes.

I used vanilla and lemon icing..just to please everyone :).

Jelly beans and pipe cleaners finish off the cupcakes to make cute Easter baskets. My daughters enjoyed helping me decorate these.
Look at how moist and fluffy these babies are!! They really were a big hit in my home. I'm always thankful when I've made a gluten free dessert that my family loves.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

What really matters...

We are coming up on the end of our third year of homeschooling.  It really doesn't seem like it. Some days I just wonder where the time went.  We really do love what we do and are very thankful to God for calling us to homeschool.

Not every day is wonderful. Not every day follows my lesson plans. Not every day ends with happy, smiling kids...nor does every day begin that way. There are difficult, stressful days. And you know what? That's OK! I'm finally beginning to accept that fact.

Most of our days go very well and I'm thankful for that. I love our long as there is some structure. I love the relationship building that is done while we're together. I love learning more about God and His ways together.
That's what really matters...God. It matters that we strive each day to bring honor and glory to Him. That we grow in His Word. I just want my children to totally depend on Him and trust Him in the big and in the small. We'll keep learning and loving together.