Monthly Archives: July 2015

MKE- Get Out of the Box

comfortzoneA couple weeks ago, I gave my hairstylist, Katie, the creative license to do something bold and dramatic with my hair.  I have had my-hair dyed before, even going as far as auburn with hot pink streaks.  Yet that didn't seem dramatic enough. The real question is why did I want bold and dramatic?  What led me to saying,”do what ever,” when I like to be in control?  Why was I giving up control?Mermaid Hair front smallThese were questions I was asking myself after Katie had Finished. It was days later that I came up with 4 reasons why I went with bold and dramatic.

1. I was tired of feeling like other people thought I was boring. I guess being a stay at home mom who home schools, organic farms, and is writing a gluten free cookbook seemed a little too -normal.  I wanted to be different, above average.

Mermaid hair back small2. I wanted something different and fun.  I saw other people do dramatic and bold thing.  I wanted others to see  my adventurous, fun side too.

3. I needed a lesson on getting out of my comfort zone.  Get out of the box. By getting my hair dyed, there was no going back until my hair grows out or I dye it again.  I essentially forced myself to get out of my comfort zone.  At the live retreat, Davene said we need to learn to embrace uncertainty.  This will definitely put me in a lot of situations with uncertainty for me.  This will be good for me.  Was it uncomfortable? Absolutely,everything new has a level of discomfort.  Ironically, it was not as bad as I had expected.  In fact, most people responded positively.  This was the exact opposite of what I thought (feared) would happen. I expected that as an adult with purple and blue mermaid hair I would get ridiculed like a teenage punk rocker.  I haven't experienced any of that yet.

4. I needed another lesson as well.  Learning to not care what others think.  I am a people pleaser and have cared what people think for my whole life.  In fact, conflict or someone being mad at me is the worst in my book.  The MKE has taught me the Gal in the Glass is all that matters, but knowing and doing are not the same thing.  One must practice.  So my subconscious gave me the idea- dye hair bold and dramatic- and now I get to practice only caring what the Gal in the Glass thinks.   I love the artistry of the mermaid hair.  It is pretty and I love the colors.

So what lessons have I learned from this experience? I can get out of my comfort zone and it isn't as bad as I imagined.  Doing something I want is o.k. and that we should never try to predict what others will say or do.  We are all on a journey and are in different places along the path.  Without all that knowledge we cannot expect to predict acculturate, so we shouldn't assume to know.

Now it's your turn.  Are you willing to take a chance and step out of your comfort zone.  Do something you've always wanted but held back because of fears.  It doesn't have to be big and dramatic. It can be small like lying down on the floor of a busy mall.  The more often we go outside our comfort zone, the less that things scare us, and soon it will be a challenge to find something that makes you uncomfortable.  Here is a resource for getting started on doing things outset your comfort zone.  It is called The Flinch.  Grow yourself and do it now.Leanne French Twist small

 

Gluten Free Rhubarb Surprise

 Rhubarb with icecreamOur family has a rhubarb patch across our drive way nestled under a couple of box elder trees.  I feel blessed to know that it is grown organically and is conveniently just out our door. My second oldest adores the tasty treats we make with the rhubarb.  He willingly goes and harvests the stalks for me. This recipe was devised by taking the favorite parts of several recipes.(I find that is how a lot of my recipes are developed 🙂 )

It has a crunchy nutty bottom layer, followed by a creamy slightly sweet cream cheese layer and then topped with the sweet/sour rhubarb topping.  It is a wonderful combination of flavors waking all areas of the tongue.  It is light enough for those really hot summer days but still is perfect on the rare cool days of summer as well. You can eat it plain or pair it with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.  It will be tempting to scoop out some fresh from the oven, but it will be a bit soupy.  If you give it the recommended 3-4 hour cooling time in the refrigerator, you will be much happier with the outcome.  In the recipe given here the crust uses pecans but you can use your favorite nuts.  We have used almond meal and hazelnut flour with excellent results.  I actually liked the hazelnut flour the best.   Please feel free to comment below if you try different different nuts.  Gluten free cooking is fun!

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MKE- Sanctuary

ocean sanctuarySanctuary is defined as a place of refuge and protection.  During the initial weeks of the MKE we were taken through a progression of exercises that helped us learn to have productive and focused sits/silences.  Now in our continuation, we add another progression to the sits – our personal sanctuary of the mind.  We are to begin our sits in our sanctuary and it is here that we bring to our subconscious our hearts desires.

What is a sanctuary of the mind?  That is unique to each individual.  It is a special place where you are relaxed and your mind is open to the suggestions of your subconscious.  It is also a space in your mind where you can meet with your secret council and bounce concepts and thoughts with those whose ideals you value.  I will share with you my sanctuary ad secret council.

My sanctuary may not be an actual place on earth, but the beauty of it is I can create whatever I want using my imagination.  The more vivid and detailed I make it the more my subconscious will build it in my mind.  My sanctuary has 3 spaces I use.

1. A flat rock on the shores of an ocean bay surrounded by cliffs.  It faces south allowing views of both the sunrise and sunset.  My rock is accessible during low and high tide and is reached by a stairway leading down the side of the cliff.  It is here that I do my sits with nothing but the sounds of waves and nature around me.

2. My “spa” room has a warm feel to it with relaxing music, essential oils or incense, and is only illuminated by candlelight.  This is where I can escape to when I feel too stressed.  I relax my mind and think of nothing here and can decompress.

3. My secret council room is a well lit library with floor to ceiling house-biltmore-estate-interiors-09-1f-library-01bookshelves.   This is where I mastermind with my mentors.  Who are my secret council members?

  • Jesus- I believe He is my savior and the master role model.  I try to follow His ways.
  • Thomas Jefferson-  He is not only a founding father of our country, writing many of the documents we use today, but he is also a great thinker.
  • Benjamin Franklin- Also contributed to our foundational documents and was an inventor.  He also tried to live a principled life.
  • George Washington Carver– He was born a slave and was educated by his owners.  He overcame his adversities to become a prominent scientist and inventor of his time.He devised over 1oo ways to use the peanut.
  • Nikola Tesla- A man whoever ideas and inventions were well ahead of their time.  He was a true visionary and great thinker.
  • Wayne Nugent- Co-founder of WorldVentures.  He is a visionary and if so full of love of life.  I want to have that in my life.  He is a great role model.

I hope my discussion gives you fuel for thought on creating your own sanctuary and secret council.  This will help you chase your dreams.  They ARE possible if you believe and have the desire for them.  Bring them to life in your sanctuary and then go chase your dreams!

Denali National Park in autumn, Alaska, USA, North America

 

MKMMA – The KeyMaster and GateKeeper

I am the both the KeyMaster and the GateKeeper of my Subconscious..

Everyone needs a place to go - to be themselves, to be with mentors - present and past, to be free from the tethers of earth and time.  

In truth everyone needs a private, protected place simply to be.

For the last many months this place has been what we develop as a "Sit" in the Master Key Experience.  A directed meditation of sorts, performed in a quiet, safe and consistent location. We do this to develop a sense of immediacy and focus around our Definite Major Purpose in life.  And it is part of the progressions we leverage to make constant and never-ending improvement easy and effortless. 

As part of the Master Key Experience we learn the value of progressions - those simple daily disciplines that lead to ever greater success in all things.  And recently my mentor Mark Januszewski introduced what is turning out to be a huge step forward for me - re-energizing everything in my life... and let me tell you the changes are dramatic.

And it's a simple concept with limitless potential - a Sanctuary. In this case a virtual sanctuary where you have the un-restrained creative power to build that *perfect* place for vizualisation, planning and consultation with a Secret Council of your choosing.

Sanctuary becomes cause, and your life is the effect.  #MasterKeyExperience

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The Master Key Experience guides us to an understanding, through our own individual experiences, that every thought we have is a Cause that initiates a compensatory Effect in our lives.

So we have found through our Sits that those things we focus on - and are thus reminded subconsciously to put action towards - become manifest in our lives.  As we are able to put more accurate visualization into our thoughts during these sits we can increase the impetus our subconscious gives to every decision we make.

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The guidance to begin creating a personal space that I can mental project myself to whenever I need to generate action, ideas, reduce stress, or consult on a decision... has created not only energy and excitement (a new PROJECT!) but it has provided a new insight as well:

I used to visualize physically inserting my emotions and feelings into a matte silver metallic sphere covered in blades - one blade for every feeling I placed inside mentally kept me from having to deal with them for fear of the hurt reaching in there would cause... While the MKE had taught me to build my inner world to a point where I no longer needed this visualization to protect myself from emotions, it was the insight raised in constructing my Santuary that awoke in me the fact that these emotions could be a source of strength.

​As I was creating the 'front door' very similar to the image at the top of this post, I began to imagine what was just on the other side.  What this sanctuary would look like every time I passed in through this elaborate entry.

I imagined a high ceilinged open foyer where one could pause and sort things out before passing further in.  A fountain in the center with the sound of water flowing...

... and then I looked 'up' in this vision just through the doors and I saw the most amazing sight actually transform before my eyes:  That matte ball of silver turned instantly to a gleaming chandelier of crystal and light.

And at that moment I realized that all the feelings and thoughts, fear and pain - were transformed.  They were, however neglected, there for a purpose.

What will the future bring from here?

The great gift born therein is planting the Seeds of Sanctuary. There, we commune with a Sacred Council of our choosing. We learn to call upon this place of strength at will, letting loose the infinite power of thought combined with the wisdom of the universe. The results are nothing less than astonishing: Clarity of both vision and purpose and Insights as to what is required to move closer to the desires of your heart.

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Gluten Free Christmas In July

It has been crazy busy here this summer.  Not only with all the fresh produce in the garden needing to be attended to but some really exciting things as well.  I have been thinking about Christmas in July.  Well, actually Thanksgiving as well.  Even though it is hot and sweltry outside, those holidays will be upon us sooner than you think.  These can be the roughest times of the year for those with gluten intolerances.  So many dinner parties and festivities with dishes loaded with gluten. That is what I have been thinking about.  I can help you have a wonderful holiday season.  I have been working on a holiday cookbook to help you enjoy all the traditional holiday dishes gluten-free and not even tell that it is gluten-free.

Several years ago , my husband and I asked my sister-in-law, who was hosting Thanksgiving, if we could make everything gluten free and not tell anyone.  Guess what?  No one knew the difference.  I am sharing all those recipes and more in my holiday cookbook.  It will be available this fall.  It is currently going through its first edit but I would love your input on what you want to see in this holiday cookbook.  If you would comment below and let me know what you would like to see in the cookbook, I would love your input.  This is going to be a small cookbook, perfect for stocking stuffers and gift giving. If I don't use your suggestions for this cookbook, I may use it for the cookbook scheduled for publishing next year.  Please sign up for email notification so you can find out the latest on both cookbooks and be the first to know of when they are available.  Also I am going to be launching a Kickstarter soon, so stay  up to date on that as well by signing up for email notifications.

As always, thank you for your patience and support.  I am so excited to see things come together and to know soon I will be able to add another way I can help others lead the Ultimate Gluten Free Lifestyle.

Celebrating Gluten Freedom on the 4th of July

Fireworks 2I do not make big deals out of holidays. There are a few, however, that I do honor more than others and the 4th of July is one of them. On Saturday, we will be celebrating our nation's independence and honoring those who fought, giving there lived for our freedom. We also celebrate those who serve to maintain our freedoms.

I still do get lavish about the 4th of July, but I do reflect on it significance.  All the blessings we have are only possible because of our freedoms.  I am very grateful for this. Our country is not perfect, by any means, but it still one of the best places to live.  On this day, I take time to be grateful for living here and all the opportunities I have around me, that so many around the world do not have.

One of the popular traditions for the 4th of July are the fireworks.  As I am writing this, the Schoolhouse Rock song “Fireworks” is going through my head.  Yes, they are pretty, but do you know why we have them on the 4th of July? For more history of them you can go here. Fireworks have been apart of the celebration since the beginning.  IN a letter to his wife, John Adams wrote,

I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.

You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. — I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. — Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.

Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 3 July 1776, “Had a Declaration…” [electronic edition]. Adams Family Papers: An Electronic Archive. Massachusetts Historical Society. http://www.masshist.org/digitaladams/

 

Not only are they symbolism of celebration they are also a symbolism of the rockets and bombs going off during the revolutionary war.  They are a reminded of what those fighting for our freedoms had to and will endure. 

Another favorite tradition is the food.  Families and friends from all over gather together to have picnics or BBQ. This can be a time of great fun and conversation.  For those who are gluten intolerant this can be a time where they accidentally get “glutened”.    This can be avoided if we take time to plan ahead and be prepared.  When I go to others parties, I always bring something I know is safe, just in case there is nothing else I can eat.  It is just a partShish Kabob of my lifestyle now.  I actually enjoy hosting, then I know that all the food I provide is safe for me.  I still encourage others to bring things they like, but I can also share my gluten free foods and show others, it is just as delicious.  For safe party tips and party recipes, check out this post Surviving Game Day Gluten Free .  Some easy, naturally gluten free foods to serve include, hamburgers with gluten free buns or without buns, grilled chicken, Shish kabobs, corn on the cob (I love this grilled).  Really there are so many options I could go on, and on.

Here are a couple of my favorite 4th of July recipes for you to enjoy.

Barbecue Sauce

I like to use this on grilled chicken.

½ C butter

2 C ketchup

½ C brown sugar

2 tsp garlic salt

¼ tsp cayenne

1 onion, minced

2 Tbsp lemon juice

2 tsp season salt

1 tsp dry mustard

2 tsp prepared mustard

¼ C gluten free Worcestershire sauce

 

Mix all ingredients in a sauce pan and simmer for 15 minutes.

Serve or refrigerate for use later. 

Keep in refrigerator for up to 1 week.

 

Strawberry Shortcake

 

 

 

 

Strawberry Short Cake

Shortcake:
2 cups gluten free all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup margarine or butter
3/4 cup milk
2 eggs, slightly beaten
Fruit:
Strawberries
1/2 cup sugar
Whip cream
1 Tbsp sugar

Heat oven to 375°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment. In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; mix well. With pastry blender or fork, cut in margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add milk and eggs, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Drop by spoonful unto parchment lined pan. Bake at 375°F. for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 10 minutes.

In a bowl slice strawberries and sprinkle with sugar.  Let sit until ready to top shortcake. 

Whip whip cream with 1 Tbsp sugar until stiff peaks form.

Split shortcake into 2 layers. Serve shortcake topped with strawberries and whipped cream.

 

 

 

 

MKE- Learning Acceptance

skatesI have always been the type who does everything full-out.  If it is worth doing, it's worth giving 100%.  This can be great at times.  A lot of things can get done.  At other times it can be a fault.  When I was in junior and senior high, I was a figure skater. It was my passion and I gave my all and then some to it.  This included abusing my body for the skating season, year after year after year.  Our skating facility was in a small town and had none of the fancy gadgets to help us learn jumps and spins. So we were left to just use trial and error and repetition to advance our skills.  The result for me was black and blue knees from October – March.  I was determined to get an axle, which always seemed to elude me.  I never did get an axle, but I did get a double flip.

So what does this all have to do with the Master Key Experience?  We learned about the laws of least effort.  One of those is Acceptance.

I will practice acceptance. Today I will accept people, situations, circumstances, and events as they occur. I will know that this moment is as it should be, because the whole universe is as it should be.  I will not struggle against the whole universe but struggling against this moment.  My acceptance is total and complete.  I accept things as they are in this moment, not as I wish they were.

The relentless falls from October through March for 5 years in a row has led to some weakness and pain in my knees.  It is frustrating for me to not always be able to give as much as I did in the past because my knee locks up or hurts too much. When I was in Hawaii, I hiked a trail at a pace a little too rigorous for my knees, but I didn't want to look weak and wanted to keep up with my husband.  The result is that it aggravated my knees, which I thought were getting fairly strong with the smith machinestrength exercising I had been doing the past year.  Now I find myself needing to practice acceptance of where I am currently at.  I have struggled with this, trying not to see myself as weak because I have to tone down my workouts when I would really like to be amping them up and really feeling them.  I have ignored what is true and overdone it, resulting in even further back tracking.  I am learning you cannot fight the Universal truths.  It is humbling to learn acceptance at times.  So now I am working on upper body strength training and as my knees heal, I will slowly add leg strength training back in.  It is humbling to go from being able to use weights to doing no weights when I exercise my legs, but I am accepting the process and know that on the other side of this experience, I will have built a stronger body because I learned to accept the process MY body needs to take.  I will obtain my goal of true fitness by December 31, 2015.

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