I’m thrilled to be back here sharing you with you guys!! We’ve had another VERY busy couple of weeks. We’ve had a couple really incredible positive outcomes for 2 of our clients in our family law practice. I sure do love my husband, and think he’s an amazing attorney. He’s compassionate, kind, hard-working and a man of integrity. It’s been so fulfilling to be working with him side by side this past year and a half since we opened up our own practice.
And I’ve learned SO much about the in’s and out’s of family law….the nitty gritty of divorce and just how very, very sad it is. My heart breaks for the families torn apart when one spouse decides that there is no way to reconcile. No one is perfect…we all have faults, but forgiveness (if needed) and commitment to stick through the hard times should be paramount in our lives. I’m not saying it’s easy…marriage is HARD work, but when you get through hard times together, and always commit to working through them no matter what….well let’s just say the BLESSINGS are beyond measure.
We’ve also just gotten all of our tax preparations ready for our CPA. This was our first full year operating our small business, and there was a lot more to tax prep than in years past. As in it took hubby and I two full days. I sure hope that means each year from here on out will be a bit easier. It just feels SO good to get it all turned in, and moving on to my next big tasks. At the office, that means filing cases and motions electronically which starts next week instead of those trips to the courthouse. I’m sure it will actually make our lives easier, but for now it’s another daunting new thing to learn. 😉
Another BIG deal in our lives right now…..our first business advertisement, full page, in color is ready for publishing. It’s in the online directory now, but will be in print in June. It’s exciting to say the least!! It may seem strange to some that we are Christians who play a part in the dissolution of marriages, and it seemed a very strange ministry and business to us when God called us to it. I was very unsure how we were going to make a living at this since our desire is to SAVE the marriages that come our way.
Over the past year I’ve seen God move. I’ve seen my husband’s counsel bear fruit in couples that are now trying to make it work. We have a few praise reports already. I’ve also seen how God wanted us to help people who had divorce thrust on them by a spouse that just wants out. I now see how this is the perfect place to help people in their marriages since most times a “divorce” attorney is the last stop on the way to ending things. I’m excited to be in this role, and partnered with my husband in this ministry.
Moving onto the food…..these muffins are the closest I’ve come to a “real” muffin while on the Daniel Fast. When baking on the Daniel Fast I can’t use eggs or butter (think vegan) or sugar or baking powder or leavening. So I was thrilled with these results. They baked up fluffier and lighter than my past attempt, and are very filling and nutritious. Any sweetness you taste is from the very ripe bananas (the riper the better), the pineapple and the ground almonds, coconut and almond milk. Even if you don’t have dairy allergies or are vegan, I hope you give them a try. They make a perfect healthy snack and my girls all loved them.
I have many more exciting adventures to tell you about….and new healthy recipes to share! You know I’ve been cooking and creating up a storm during the Daniel Fast. Everything cooked from scratch and the confines of following certain guidelines sure get the creative juices flowing. Plus a Daniel Fast update! Keep checking back…..
- 2 cups oat flour (You can grind oats in a blender, food processor or coffee grinder)
- ½ cups ground almonds (I grind them in my coffee grinder)
- ⅓ cup ground coconut (coffee grinder)
- 2 ripe bananas mashed & sprinkled with cinnamon
- 2 cups of diced fresh pineapple or 20 oz can of crushed pineapple in it's own juice (juice included)
- 1 flax egg (egg substitute made with 1 Tbsp flax & 3 Tbsp water, sit for 10 min)
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil (or olive oil)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Grind up oat, coconut and almond flours. Grind flax seed and mix with water to sit and "gel."
- In a large bowl, add oat flour, almond meal flour, coconut flour. Mix thoroughly.
- Mash up 2 very ripe bananas and sprinkle lightly with cinnamon.
- Add bananas and pineapple to dry ingredients.
- Add flax "egg", almond milk and coconut oil.
- Stir until just combined. Do not over-stir or you will have a tough muffin.
- Lightly grease a 12 cup muffin tin. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop large muffin batter into each muffin tin.
- Bake muffins for 18 - 25 muffins keeping a close eye in the last 5 to 10 minutes to get the proper doneness. Don't overbake as they will be slightly dense and moist, but will not be runny or raw.
- Makes 12 muffins.