Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Many of you will recall my asking for prayer for Jennifer's (Beaufortbelle) sweet daughter Brooke. Brooke's journey of battling Hodgkins Lymphoma started back in September of 2014.  At a time when she should have been doing what every recent college grad hopes and plans to do, interview and get their first "real" job.

Instead, she found herself in the midst of the most intense battle of her life to date. And, coming to terms with the word CANCER.  Being stuck with needles-too many times to recall, receiving her port to make treatments easier (well, less invasive...let's be truthful here...nothing about CANCER nor its treatments is easy), rounds of CHEMO, hospitalizations (which included extended stays in the E.R. because there were no rooms available), set backs due to illness from a weakened immune system in the midst of flu season, followed by radiation.

During Brooke's most recent hospital stay, she had a visit from a sweet therapy dog.

Throughout this entire process, Brooke showed more poise and grace than anyone I know.  She continued to smile, to "worry" about others, and give of herself when she could.  That is just Brooke. Kind, Caring, Gracious, Compassionate, Giving.  Believe you me, it can all be verified by reading the comments her friends left on her Caring Bridge site.

On January 21st of this year, Brooke was able to announce to the world and all those who had been praying for her that she was indeed in REMISSION! Praise God.

That did not mean difficult days were over.  One more hospitalization and radiation treatments were in order.

Again, Brooke showed grace and courage through it all.

Outside the Duke Cancer Center after her last treatment.

Attending the Duke/UNC game to celebrate!!

I know you are all probably wondering where I am going with all this.  I will tell you...

Brooke will be participating in RELAY for LIFE in April.  She will walk with her friends and fellow supporters from her Alma Mater, Wingate University.

Brooke is currently raising money for the event.

Let's face it.  Unfortunately, we all know someone who has been affected by CANCER.  I personally long for the day I never have to hear that word uttered to anyone ever again!!!

And, while we feel helpless most of the time there is something we CAN do...and that is give.  Give so that more research can be done, better screenings developed, more advanced treatments, and finally and the most important reason of all is a CURE!!

I am including a link to Brooke's Relay for Life page.  Give if you feel led to.  If not for Brooke, than give in honor or memory of someone else you do personally know.  As I mentioned earlier, we all have been touched in some way by CANCER.

Brooke's Bag N Cancer Page

Thank you and God Bless!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Yummy Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts~

Y'all, I have been craving doughnuts for the past couple weeks.  Ever since going gluten free a year and a half ago, I have yet to find a yummy fresh doughnut.  The frozen ones just don't cut it.  So, when hubby stumbled upon this recipe by my favorite cook, Ina Garten~Barefoot Contessa, I knew we had to give it a try.

And, it could not have been easier to convert to gluten free.  All we had to do was sub regular flour for our gluten free all-purpose flour!

The recipe is very simple, and made with ingredients that we normally have on hand.  In a matter of 30 minutes we had fresh, hot, super scrumptious donuts.

Butter, cinnamon and sugar...what's not to like?????

Linking up with 11 Magnolia Lane for their Pretty Preppy Party.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

What's for Dinner Wednesday's~

This dish was actually supposed to be for another night, but since last night's soup did not make it into the crock pot in time we improvised.  Another great thing about meal planning, we had everything for another dish on hand.

Banh Mi-Style Roast Beef Sandwiches
Serves 4

Cooking Light Gluten Free Cookbook


1/8 tsp kosher salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
3/4 pound flank steak, trimmed
2 TBS rice vinegar
1 TBS fish sauce (such as Thai Kitchen)
1 TBS lower-sodium soy sauce (make sure it is gluten free)
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1 jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced
1 C matchstick-cut carrots
1/2 C thinly sliced radishes
1 (7.5 oz) gluten-free baguette, halved lengthwise and toasted
1/2 C fresh cilantro leaves


1.  Heat a large cast-iron skillet (or any skillet) over medium-high heat. Sprinkle salt and pepper evenly over steak (hubby was a little more generous with the seasonings).  Add the steak to pan; cook 5 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness.  Remove steak from pan; let stand 5 minutes.  Cut steak diagonally across grain into thin slices.
2. While steak cooks, combine vinegar and next 4 ingredients in a medium bowl.  Combine carrots and radishes in a medium bowl; add 1 TBS vinegar mixture, tossing to coat.  Let vegetable mixture stand 5 minutes.  Add steak to remaining 5 TBS vinegar mixture; toss well to coat.
3 Arrange steak on bottom half of bread; top with vegetable mixture and cilantro.  Top with top half of bread; cut into 4 equal pieces.

So yummy!  You could easily stretch this to serve 8 as the 4 were huge!!