My 7 Favorite Dairy-Free/ GF Treats

pastelI have been all or mostly dairy-free for the last 9 years.

One of the things I initially found disappointing was the number of desserts that I had to abstain from.

It seemed everywhere I turned people were offering me dessert (which was incredibly thoughtful), yet they always seemed to have dairy in them. Ice cream, cake, cookies, pies, chocolate bars—you name it—dessert and dairy seemed synonymous.

I try not to eat sugary foods too often. But from time to time it’s nice to enjoy something sweet, right?! Here are 7 dairy-free treats, in no particular order, that don’t compromise on taste one bit. My dairy eating husband loves many of them too. And they are all gluten-free, as well, if that is important to you. Continue reading

Us (what we’re up to)

img_8149What we’ve been up to this Thanksgiving season…

Visiting and laughing and eating with family. Cooking and cleaning and chasing kids. Repeat.

Traveling.

Trying to avoid eating too much fast food. Is it just us, or does it make you feel bad too? Ugh. It’s hard to stay away from it when on the road though.

Cuddling and playing with two stinkin’ cute little nieces. Loving Lucy’s giggles and Eleanor’s smile. Missing our niece and nephews/ cousins in MO!!

Soaking up some serious sunshine. Hello 70’s, it’s been a while since we’ve seen you in Boston. Wondering how we are going to readjust to the 40’s (and lower) when we return.

Helping a bit with my parents’ huge, amazing  renovation project. Mostly I’m observing and learning (we’re getting ready to paint and hang trim in ours too!). Brance has rolled up his sleeves and has helped a lot though!

Watching our girls learn and grow and love. Thanking God that we get to be their parents.

Dreaming about and making plans for the future with my best friend (and husband). It’s one of our favorite ways to spend a date night. Might included working towards a Masters in biblical counseling for me. Which has been a surprising recent development. I’ll let you know what happens!

Thanking God for ALL of the blessings in our life—including our patient, thoughtful, and encouraging blog readers! We truly are grateful for each of you and seriously pray for you often. Thank you for being a part of this community!

Love,

Lauren

6 Things that help me overcome offense

img_7777Overlooking an offense is actually GOOD for us.

Being quick to become angry is not only bad for our spirit, it’s harmful to our body as well. Chronic anger can make you physically unwell.

When we extend forgiveness in our hearts, even when it isn’t sought by the offending party, we are doing ourselves a big, big favor—body, soul, and mind.

When we choose not to lose our cool, even when provoked, we are acting in our own best interest.

I have experienced it both ways. How about you? And I know from Continue reading

Home renovations update!

bgWe have electricity and insulation and walls!!  I took these photos before the plaster was completely dry (so the walls look mottled) and the floor needs a good cleaning (and sanding!). It will be fun to share another update once we paint, sand floors, tile, and add trim. But I was excited to share with you all some of the progress we’ve made since our last post. I start at the top of the house and work my way down.
house_1Surprisingly the attic bedroom (on the 4th floor) has become one of my favorite spaces in this old house. We decided to leave the gorgeous wooden collar beams exposed and I am so glad we did. It makes the ceilings feel taller and I love how the wood looks. And no, they haven’t been stained. They darkened with age (also a little dirty with plaster).
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house_3The master bedroom has 3 windows (a luxury in a city home). We wanted it to Continue reading