Gluten-Free Swedish Tea Cakes

Posted on Dec 16, 2014

We made these little beauties at a recent Christmas baking party . . . and man, oh man . . . they were DELICIOUS!!! I never thought I’d be able to eat these again since going gluten-free, but these were every bit as good as the gluten-filled variety!



Gluten-Free Swedish Tea Cakes

1 cup butter + 3 tbsp. (nobody said these treats were good for you . . . simply gluten-free)

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Baking Flour (not to be confused with Bob’s Red Mill All-Purpose Flour)

1 cup finely chopped pecans

Cream butter and sugar well. Add vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, and nuts. Slowly add to butter, sugar, and vanilla. Form 1″ balls. Bake at 350° for ten minutes (they will not turn brown). Carefully remove from cookie sheet and roll in powdered sugar. After the cookies are completely cooled, roll in the powdered sugar one more time. Eat . . . then exercise. 🙂


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As The World Turns

Posted on Dec 14, 2014


Well, our lives have taken quite a turn since I last wrote on here to say the least! My husband, my pastor, his son, and I were all in a head-on collision with a water truck in the Dominican Republic on November 5th, 2014.

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My husband broke two ribs and punctured his lung. My pastor had some severe breaks in his right leg which resulted in a metal rod, a plate, and screws now being part of his leg. He also hurt his hand and needed blood transfusions. I fractured my L1 (vertebrae), had two broken ribs, a crushed spleen (which they removed and there was an extra one hiding behind the damaged one . . . GLORY TO GOD), a liver contusion, internal bleeding, blood transfusions, and whiplash. This all resulted in two surgeries: 1) an abdominal one to stop the internal bleeding, remove the spleen, suture and put a mesh on the liver, 2) a spinal fusion surgery (L3 – T-11). I now have two rods and ten screws in my back.

We are soooooo very thankful to be ALIVE!!! We have seen God’s hand move so mightily in our lives and are very grateful to Him for all He is doing. We are well on our way to recovery and doing great, glory to God!

Isn’t Life Grand?

lisa 🙂

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Posted on Oct 3, 2014

Prayer works. Prayer changes things. Prayer is the hotline to Heaven. Have you prayed today? Correspond with the only One who truly can do anything!!!

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Moving into Mission Mode!

Posted on Sep 19, 2014

Well now! We are only a couple weeks away from the beginning of our grand adventures after retirement and moving into mission mode! On Tuesday, October 7th, Bryan and I will be taking off for the Dominican Republic for two months. This will be our first missions venture after his retirement. What an exciting time in our lives!!!

We invite you to stay tuned and would be honored if you’d care to join us in the journey by tracking our progress via this blog. Please keep us in your prayers!

We love you! 😀

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August 7th, 2014

Posted on Aug 7, 2014

Things have been going along very well, but man, it sure does feel like time is racing by!!! Yesterday, Trisha and Talya left our home after moving in with us (literally on the same day we moved in). She adopted a baby from this area, so needed to stay until all of the paperwork was completed since it was an out-of-state adoption.

We have one bathroom pert near finished and our master bath is still torn down to the studs . . . so much to do there yet. The rest of the house is pretty much done except for a few little details here and there.

The Medinas arrive in less than two weeks, and then Mom Fragas will be with us for a month before we take off for the DR. All in all, we’re beyond excited about all that is transpiring in our lives!!!

Isn’t life grand?

lisa 🙂

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June 25th, 2014’s Journey

Posted on Jun 25, 2014

June 25th, 2014’s Journey

Good bright and sunny morning to you!

Already had my two cups of coffee, made my husband his, written three, legal-sized pages of Christ’s words in red, and had quiet time . . . and I’m ready to go for the day.

Yesterday we finished up decorating the library. Please see exhibit “A.”


We are very excited with the way the room turned out and now want to spend all day in the one finished room of our new house. 🙂 Actually, the kitchen is pretty much good to go except for tiling the backsplash and a few decorations.

I’m looking forward to picking up some of those books and reading them in the upcoming months as we’re preparing to depart for the mission field. I am a HUGE fan of reading and have a voracious love for books, so this particular room is very dear to my heart. With all of that being said, I’m not very well-read, but I plan on changing that at this point of my life. I adore reading, but have quelled that desire over the past twenty years due to pursuing other interests/loves. I’ve always viewed reading for pleasure as a luxury, so I simply have not allowed myself that indulgence. But times have changed, and I’m excited about this rediscovered, reborn passion!

Isn’t life grand?

lisa 🙂

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