Monthly Archives: August 2013

Tired Mother Bear

It seams like Mother Bear lives life in some sort of tired stage- but today is an overabundance of it.  “Fatigue”, “Exhaustion”, permanent headache;  call it what you want, but two 50 mile round trips into Up-town Phoenix for Neuro-doctor appointments in one week on top of normal school stresses and homework and comfort and all else is a bit much… I wonder if it’s ok to do a cold cereal night?  Kids are all happy at the moment, big brother is entertaining them in his room- maybe I’ll leave dinner decisions till after a nap.


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Peace, Be still and Know

“I pause a moment and breathe.
‘Peace. Not as the word giveth.’ ”

I haven’t been up to writing much this summer– between kids needs and my fatigue, it has been hard to even think.  In fact, I mostly felt like complaining this morning- but I came across this journal entry- and it reset my balance.

“Peace I give. Not as the world giveth”

Not the end of wars or the locking up of all your enemies.  Not even a sudden burst of power to make everyone understand and treat my special needs kids right.  That is a cease-fire; not peace. Peace comes quietly- distilling into the heart as we seek his comfort; or lifting us to our feet when we are tired, but need to be strong for our loved ones.  It comes when we allow our faith to open the window a little wider and see beyond this one moment of time, and catch the tiniest glimpse of the grand scheme of eternity.  He is in charge, and even tho’ he says that we need opposition in our lives, he watches and never leaves us alone- that gives me a great comfort of peace.

so I listen to him again- “Be still” he says, pause and breathe… “And know that I am God”

o.k.– now I can handle the force of nature required to get all my kiddies to church.  🙂

  • John 14:27

    27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

  • Doctrine and Covenants 101:16

    16 Therefore, let your hearts be comforted concerning Zion; for all flesh is in mine hands; be still and know that I am God.

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Loosing My Marbles

I needed something to lift my spirits today- so I thought I’d post a little ditty I wrote a while back-

“Loosing My Marbles”—-
Oh! No! I cried. My bag has a hole!
And now they hide, and I’m missing my goal.
My brain feels fried- and out of control.
Has anyone spied my Marbles?
-by Shareen Halliday
March 5,  2012

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Bit by bit
Drop by drop
We learn like rain that fills a cup.

He heard me
When, as a child I knelt
And silently call out in prayer.

“I want to be
together with Thee
As your friend, but I don’t know how.”

“Be strong,” he said,
And in my arms
He placed a new child to carry.

“Be of good cheer”
and the child cried,
that I may learn to cheer-up another.

He says, “Patience is good
but not understood,
for it never comes without love”

So day by day
I try to care
for the needs of those I love;

It’s hard and long
and all alone
Again, I cry a prayer.

My pain He sees,
He draws near to me
and hugs my weary soul.

“Yes. I know, they need
All you have to give.
Thanks-  for being my friend”

-Shard- August 2013

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Sweet Success- Morning Glory Muffins (GF/CF)

Well- today’s adventure was another in my efforts to learn to bake gluten free- I love muffins– and these are so cool because they are packed with veggies, and a little fruit.  Some things I am learning, they don’t quite smell the same as wheat coming out of the oven- not bad, just not the same… and even a tiny bit of buckwheat (for flavor and nutrition) makes the whole batter go very dark.  It’s ok, just different.   Now for the first taste-test (me)…drum roll……


Ohhhhhhh- the streusel topping makes for a crispy, sweet feel to the bite. The flavor and ……… sorry, your the recipe will have to wait till I have another one.


O.K.  I’m back-

First I made myself a small batch of All purpose GF mix,  I made it small, because I’m still experimenting, but I like this one.  (I am really enjoying learning about flours and the nutrition and properties of them, but I’m just a beginner, so I’m not going to say anything here.)

1 Cup rice flour ( I made a blend of 3/4 superfine sweet rice, and 1/4 superfine brown rice, but I wouldn’t be able to do the brown rice for white cookies.)

1Cup Sorgum flour ( less 2 Tbl- replaced with 2 Tbl buckwheat)

1Cup Tapioca flour

1Cup Cornstarch

1Cup Almond flour

whisk together thoroughly.


Now- preheat oven to 350*  and prepare muffin pan(s) (makes 24 muffins)

–Dry ingredients

2-1/4 Cup  GF all purpose flour mix (if your own mix contains xanthan gum or guar gum, don’t add the additional 1 teaspoon gum to the recipe)

1 teaspoon xanthan gum (OR guar gum)

1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon (depending on taste- my family likes it mild)

2 teasoopns baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 Cup rolled oats

1/2 Cup chopped pecans

–Wet ingredients

1-1/4 Cups sugar

about 2 Cups grated carrots

about 1/2 C shredded zucchini (1 small one)

8 oz crushed pineapple – lightly drained (I had used a little on a pizza, so I added 1 tablespoon of apple juice.)

3 large eggs

7/8 Cup canola oil

1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla

(the recipe calls for raisins, but my kids can’t stand them, so I left them out- if you like them, add 3’4 cup golden raisins)

–Streusel topping

1/4 Cup sugar

1/4 Cup rolled oats

1/4 cup GF flour mix

about 2 Tablespoons margarine (or butter if you are not worried about dairy)

cut and smash together with a fork till thoroughly blended


in a medium to large mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients, whisk or use a fork to combine thoroughly.

In a separate bowl, combine all the wet ingredients mix till all the sugar is dissolved.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients… mix well.

fill muffin cups about 3/4 full (I use a 3/4 cup measuring cup as a ladle, it helps a lot)  Crumble about 3/4 teaspoon of the streusel over the top of each cup.  Bake in preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

And review are coming in– Hubby says ‘WOW- they taste like the old-fashioned cinnamon bread from when I was younger”.  now that is sweet success.  (happy sigh)

(Adapted from the Gluten-Free/Dairy free Morning Glory Muffin recipe on

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