Recipe // Gluten Free Flat Bread

For any of you who cook or bake gluten free, you know what a challenge it is to find recipes that remind you of all the stuff that isn’t gluten free! Often times, coconut flour is the main ingredient, and then you worry about the dough turning dry.

Our family has tried many, many recipes and discarded them just as many times.

But we finally found this one that doesn’t come out dry, doesn’t break when you try and fold it, and doesn’t taste excessively like “coconut”. We’d like to share it with you too.

This bread is made to be rolled flat and baked in skillet (see photos below). It can be wrapped like a tortilla or eaten with soup. The only thing is that the batter doesn’t hold well in the refrigerator, so you need to cook it all the same day. We haven’t tried freezing it, though, so you could try that.

Shalom,
Mama Bell

Family Creativity

Shalom and Greetings.

This latest blog post is about my children that The Father has blessed me with. As a homeschooling mama life is always exciting and each child has different paths they choose to take  Being creative is one of those paths. Whether is is drawing by hand or kitting, my boys and girls can sure show off their colors. I sit back and watch how these young-ins learn so quickly. I need repeated instructions to get me through a stitch.

Yet drawing is one of my passions. Although I haven’t picked up a pen or pencil in a while, I do enjoy it . I made most of a living prior to marriage as an artist. So it is in my blood. Maybe that is where my children get theirs from?

My eldest daughter does knitting and macrame. Now, her little sister is catching on and now wants to make her own crafty things. I love it when my children teach each other! She just started an Instagram and she’ll be launching a store really, really soon. I keep asking her when she’s going to do it, and she always says: “Mom, not yet. I want to make everything perfect.”

Maybe she has a slight perfectionist streak.

For my middle son, drawing is his thing. He is drawing nearly everyday after school (usually while listening to Adventures in Odyssey). He spends hours making each drawing as true to the original as possible. He was so inspired by The Bible Project, that he told me he wants to study illustrating. I can’t wait to see where he goes with it.

 

Shalom, Mama Bell

 

 

Bell Adventures – Pistachio Harvesting

Our family loves to barter and trade. Well, let’s just say Mama Bell LOVES to barter and trade. My family also reaps the benefits. This adventure was no exception.

Monday I got a call from a sister-friend of ours who wanted to know if our family would be interested in harvesting organic pistachios in exchange for harvesting. We would receive 40% of what we gathered. Come on now, you think I had to think about it. Nope, this Mama jumped on board, and said a BIG YES!

I have known Old Pass Assembly for years, even before our family learned about Torah and following the Messiah. I became friends with a beautiful family who spent Shabbat at their congregation for years and always wondered why she called Jesus Yaheshua.  Go figure, right?  We stayed in contact with this family and would visit Old Pass when they had health events at their fellowship hall. One particular time was when Paul Nison had spoken about health and he had just come into Torah after his years of being a raw foodist.  I was intrigued. At the time I was on a 100% raw diet (and currently I am high raw) and didn’t want to miss this one. So I went and history started.

I became friends with many of the congregation and staff including Paul Nison and still to this day. Now full circle as we are following Torah and the Father’s way, our relationship with these beautiful families are so much more meaningful since we “saw the light.”

Back to the phone call. After my excitement mellowed out from saying yes, we planned a day to visit Old Pass and their beautiful homestead farm to begin pistachio harvesting. These folks are on board. Many of them are the older generation so our youngins were able to complete harvesting the entire orchard. We had our work cut out for us! Mama and Papa Bell didn’t do so bad either. Just needed to take a few breaks here and there. The kids did spectacular!

We started early to beat the heat, and harvested until way past noon. Got our dose of Vitamin D, that might last us a few days. We were sure tired after harvesting at least 15 trees! But, it was a GOOD, healthy tuckered out. We all slept very well that night. Being off the internet and no cell phone coverage was an added benefit.

I have to say this farming business (which, mind you, I am no where near), is WORK!  I may have a few trees, three goats, chickens, and live-stock dog, but that is nothing compared to what I have seen families care for. Old Pass is a larger scale farm, and the work that our family did was a great lesson to us. Homesteading is A LOT of work. But look at how you are providing for your family and how you are experiencing the joy of being able to raise your own food. Big scale, small scale is doesn’t matter. Get a passion for this kind of lifestyle – you wont go back!

So there, we harvested our FIRST pick and got two 5-gallon buckets of fresh TRULY RAW organic pistachios! For the second harvest, which we have already committed to come and do again, we will get 60% of the harvest. Not bad for us youngins eh? And the cool thing about this adventure is that, our family will have a memory to look back on. And the fun we had in being together is worth more than gold, well worth more than pistachios. LOL

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These where the buckets we harvested and our 40% worth! NICE!

DSCF6767All organic TRULY RAW Pistachio tree..Lovely!

DSCF6750It is amazing how this powerful super food is protected in an outer skin, keeping the moisture in for a sweet tasting nut

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Beautiful photo shot….All these lovely pictures where taken by my eldest daughter.who is studying photography

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Tarps had to be placed around the base of the trees, so when we “gently shacked” the branches and leaves of the tree, the nuts would fall on ground being caught on the tarp.

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A process of layers of skin to get thru to enter the “meat of the nut” We ate so many of these. Oh, my they where so good!

 

Raw pistachio ice cream, here we come…

Enjoy the pictures!

Scripture for the Day 1 John 5:1-5

Blessings and favor from Above

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A Raw Dinner

I am on a 30 day Detox with the Juice Lady.  I am excited to be back on track with a raw diet.  I have been told by numbers of family, one being my husband that should go back on a 100% raw diet to aid in my health with my current health issues.  BOY was he right!  Not only am I enjoying this cleanse, I  have to say I am cleansing, BIG TIME!    Not fun, BU T so needed!

Here are some latest pictures of one of our meals we had a few days back…it was incredible and to taste every living bit, my palate was doing a gig!    My photography daughter, took some incredible pictures that don’t do this blog justice. You had to be there to enjoy the flavor.  But, for now, taste and see that the Lord is good!

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First the salad! Trust me, the picture does not do it justice. Although you can do any number of toppings, I chopped up: cucumbers, red onions, mushrooms, beets, carrots, avocados, tomatoes (fresh from our garden), spinach, red leaf lettuce, and ground sunflower and pumpkin seeds. It was ssssoooo good! It would be even more amazing with this dressing, or this creamy ranch.

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Now for the soup. Yummy-ness! It was partly inspired by this recipe. I didn’t have everything that the recipe called for so I improvised.

My version is below:

(serves 2)

1/2 cucumber chopped

2-3 stalks of celery chopped

1/2 small white onion

a pinch of salt

the meat of 2 young coconuts (and just enough water to make it creamy. There will be leftovers for you to drink :)

1 small lemon squeezed

2-3 handfuls of cashew (optional. The cashews do make it more creamy.)

Some peas/chopped red onions (for the toppings)

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender (I used my Vitamix), until smooth.

Enjoy!

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My daughter’s bowl (with added cashews).

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Delicious and enjoy!!!

Home made Tomatoes Canning

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In our first attempt this year to learn and start our adventure on canning, my daughter did pretty welhealingthroughout-canning-tomatoes2l!  I am impressed and blessed!  With the abundance of tomatoes in our garden this year, I needed to do something to preserve them.  For long term storage, canning was the way to go.

I prefer to dehydrate the tomatoes, but I am waiting for the parts for my Excalibur to get here so I can fix it and start dehydrating my raw goodies.. More on that later, so look out blog posts in the coming weeks on raw treats.

So here are some pictures on what we canned in a simple recipe I found online with just tomatoes, sea salt and lemon juice.

Easy and delicious!

 

 

Life Lately: Getting Back Into My Artwork

For those of you who don’t know, I used to paint windows for a living. Since having children, running a business, and living life, I haven’t painted or done much artwork at all. Until….

Today, my youngest daughter was searching for something to do. She sees me on the computer working, and she wants to be just like her mamma. There was a big board in the garage (left over from who knows what project), and so I drew, with markers, a layout of “her-work-desk”. She was so delighted with it, that she set up her old keyboard and corded mouse, and started typing away.

Here’s a close up….

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dots….dots…and….more…dots…. (my small, little trademark…..)

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A marker “portrait” of the Bell family + our dog. (you can’t ever forget the dog. lol) Of course there is the ever faithful rock salt lamp, that actually sits on my computer desk, and the clock. (like the dog: essential.)

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Adding the phone was a last minute addition. My daughter came back to me asking for an “old-fashioned” phone. So we Google-ed pictures of “old-fashioned phones”.

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Coloring it blue….

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Shading it in…..

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The finished product! (clock, salt rock lamp – it even plugs in!, family portrait, computer screen, a flower in a vase, a collection of pens, a phone ringing off the hook, and a sign – “Shalom in the Home“……….but that’s a whole other post!

 

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I did do some editing to these photos to make them insta worthy. Please feel free to share below!!!

 

XOXOX,

Mama Bell