Gluten-Free Pumpkin Waffles {THM Friendly}

I love pumpkin, especially this time of year. Last Sunday morning, I made these gluten-free pumpkin waffles for my family, and they vanished about as soon as I got them on the table. In other words, these are definitely “kid-approved.”

I’ve found the majority of my new recipes lately through the Build a Menu program. I can build a weekly menu based around gluten-free options and also find those that are THM friendly. Each time I prepare one of their recipes, I can’t help but wonder who they have working in a test kitchen. Every recipe we’ve made has been a hit.

The recipe below made four good sized waffles! This plate is fairly big and one waffle covered the entire center. My husband ate two, and I was full after only one.  I plan to make more batches in the future to freeze for when I need my pumpkin fix. My children added some pure maple syrup or honey to theirs.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup of almond flour
  • 1/4 cup of golden flax meal
  • 1/2 teaspoon of stevia (or other sugar substitute)–I used the doonk from THM’s stevia sweetener and this worked well.
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin spice
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup of pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk

Directions:

Mix together dry ingredients, add in wet ingredients, and mix until batter is smooth. Spray waffle maker with coconut oil spray and pour 1 cup of batter onto the waffle iron. Cook according to waffle maker directions.

If you’re following the THM plan, this is considered an “S” meal.

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Prayer Requests: Gospel for Asia’s Women Fellowship

Prayer Requests: Gospel for Asia’s Women’s Fellowships

Today, women in South Asia who have been abused, degraded and misled—by their culture, their families and even their own husbands—are growing in the Lord and seeing His love more fully. Through Gospel for Asia’s Women’s Fellowships, thousands of women all across South Asia are learning God’s Word, memorizing Scripture, praying, reaching out and worshiping the God who saved them. Their lives are changing as they gather each week in their Women’s Fellowship groups.

They are learning practical skills, too. Many Women’s Fellowships are involved with our literacy program, teaching women in their communities to read, write and do simple math.

Other classes teach first aid and basic hygiene practices—all new concepts to these women. Some Women’s Fellowships also teach skills that can help them make a living, like sewing.

Praise God that these dear women in South Asia are learning of the Lord’s love for them through this wonderful ministry! Will you please pray for Women’s Fellowship and all the women who are growing through it?

Pray for the translation of the literacy book into more languages.

Our literacy book, A New Beginning, is the keystone for our Women’s Literacy Program and has been translated into 11 languages so far, helping tens of thousands of women. However, with India alone having 22 official languages and 398 total languages, many women still do not have access to literacy training in their mother tongue. Until they become literate, they cannot read God’s Word for themselves and face great limitations in everyday life.

A New Beginning is effective in part because it incorporates simple examples and pictures of village life. However, this also makes translation more challenging, because village life differs from region to region. Significant portions of the book may need revision with each translation.

Please pray God will give our sisters leading Women’s Fellowship the grace to translate the literacy book into at least two more languages this year, so many more women can read of Jesus’ love for them.

Pray for our sisters in Women’s Fellowship.

The Lord is revealing His love to the hearts of ladies in Women’s Fellowship. But the change isn’t stopping at their relationship with God. Having lived most of their lives without being taught godly values, many of our sisters, like Aung, are now learning how to respect their husbands, care for their children and relate to others.

Please pray the Lord will bless our sisters in Women’s Fellowship with a deeper walk with Him and that His grace will flow through them to others.

Pray for effective outreach.

“We want you to learn that it is not just the job of the pastor to bring people to Christ,” the director of Women’s Fellowship shares with a gathering of ladies. “As a follower of Christ Jesus, as one who knows the Lord personally, it is also your responsibility to witness and share Christ.”

The sisters in our Women’s Fellowship groups not only reach out to others in their communities, but they also learn about missions history, pray for global missions, support local missionaries and find creative ways to raise funds for outreach.

Please pray for the ministry efforts of our sisters in Women’s Fellowship, especially as they enter hostile environments to share God’s love.

Pray for more leaders.

One great challenge for our Women’s Fellowships is finding and training women to lead the groups. Almost all the women in our churches are first-generation believers, and many have come to know the Lord only in recent years. It’s a tall order to ask them to now help lead other women toward the Lord.

Please ask our Father to raise up women who know His heart to help teach other women in Him.

Pray for women whose husbands oppose them.

A significant portion of the sisters in Women’s Fellowship groups live with husbands who haven’t yet come to know Jesus. Many wives face opposition, and some even endure abuse from their spouses for gathering with other believers.

Please pray the Lord will give grace, strength and wisdom for each situation to our sisters who live with this struggle day after day. Please also pray God will open their husbands’ eyes to the Truth.

You can find out more about the plight of women in Asia at: www.gfa.org/women

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Online Supplements for Your Jr. High and High School Students {Standard Deviants Accelerate Review}

Whether homeschooling or attending a traditional school, sometimes students need extra help and practice. Would a program that fits easily into your family’s busy schedule be helpful?

During the past several weeks, my 7th grade and 3rd grade daughters have been able to experience Standard Deviants Accelerate Homeschool Courses, a supplemental program provided by Standard Deviants Accelerate. Courses are geared for students as early as 3rd grade, with the bulk of courses available for students in Jr. High and High School.

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Courses for students on the younger side include:

  • Arithmetic (3rd grade+)
  • Fundamental Math (4th grade+)

Supplemental classes for Jr. High include:

  • Earth Science (6th grade+)
  • Nutrition (6th grade+)
  • Biology (7th grade+)
  • Algebra (7th grade+)

Supplemental classes for High School include:

  • Chemistry (9th grade+)
  • English Composition (9th grade+)
  • US History (9th grade+)
  • AP Biology (11th grade+)
  • AP Chemistry (11th grade+)
  • AP US Government and Politics (11th grade+)
  • AP US History (11th grade+)
  • AP English Composition (11th grade+)

Needing help with her math skills, my 3rd grade daughter gave the Arithmetic program a whirl, while my 7th grade daughter worked through the Nutrition program.

After setting up their student accounts, a code was generated that allowed them to access the course I wanted them to take. Each student will require his or her own e-mail account to gain access to their course. Sometimes programs that require a separate parent portal can be confusing, but I was impressed with the detailed information provided to walk me through the set-up step-by-step.

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Once my students accessed their accounts, everything was nicely laid out and easy to navigate. As they progressed through a lesson, they watched a video, which included dramatization, animation, and other students giving an explanation of each topic. After watching the video and reading the intro, they could review the vocabulary, which included the ability to click on a speaker icon so they can hear the correct pronunciation of a new term. Puzzles, quizzes, and other means of testing were included to round out the lesson. Students are also able to type in notes to save to their “locker.”

As for the Arithmetic course, it was a little above my 3rd grader’s current skill set. The material is solid, and the dramatizations were enjoyable, but her continued emerging reader status made things a little difficult, and this frustrated her. Fortunately we were able to review lessons together. In contrast, my oldest daughter was a strong reader at this age and would’ve performed well. My 3rd grader will continue to use this program as a supplement. I think once she gets a stronger grasp on mathematical concepts, being able to play the videos will help to reinforce lessons.

A few of the arithmetic topics include:

  • Whole Numbers and the Number Line
  • Addition/Subtraction and Problem Solving
  • Multiplying Whole Numbers
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Measurements and more

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My 7th grade daughter’s skills fit beautifully into the Nutrition course, and I was especially impressed by the material. Able to understand it, she worked through lessons independently. She also enjoyed the dramatizations and had a greater appreciation for the activities.

Nutrition topics include:

  • Micronutrients and Macronutrients
  • Digestion
  • Metabolism
  • Food sources
  • Nutritional Disorders and more
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When a question is missed on a quiz, not only is the correct answer displayed, but a convenient shortcut is available so that the student may review.

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As a homeschool mom, I think that Standard Deviants Accelerate is a great supplement for middle and high school students. I like that if my students don’t understand the lesson, they can repeat the lecture. Enough variety kept things interesting yet my oldest didn’t find them too juvenile. As for time requirements for lessons, my 3rd grader took it more in smaller chunks of time while my 7th grader could easily work through a few sections in one sitting.

As for costs, one student can purchase a course for use by one student for $99 a year or $24.95 per month. AP courses are available for one student for $14.95 per month.

For more information on Standard Deviants Accelerate, please visit their website and find them on their social media platforms:

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Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/SDAccelerate/
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