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    Hello! My name is Laura, welcome to my blog! I write weird stories, collect dragon plushies and stay up too late with my nose in a book. I am a wife, mom and child saved by grace. My hope is that you find encouragement here or at least a smile or too.
    God bless!

  • “Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book that it may be for the time to come forever and ever.”
    ~Isaiah 30:8.

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    We have come from God, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. Indeed only by myth-making, only by becoming 'sub-creator' and inventing stories, can Man aspire to the state of perfection that he knew before the Fall. Our myths may be misguided, but they steer however shakily towards the true harbour, while materialistic 'progress' leads only to a yawning abyss and the Iron Crown of the power of evil.
    ~J.R.R. Tolkien

    "The only just literary critic," he concluded, "is Christ, who admires more than does any man the gifts He Himself has bestowed."
    ~J.R.R. Tolkien

    “Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don't we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we're partisans of liberty, then it's our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”
    ~J.R.R. Tolkien

    "Writers who see by the light of their Christian faith will have, in these times, the sharpest eye for the grotesque, for the perverse, and for the unacceptable. To the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost-blind you draw large and startling figures."
    ~Flannery O'Connor

    You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.
    ~Arthur Polotnik

    Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.
    ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

    "There are forms of insanity that condemn people to hear voices against their will, but as writers we invite ourselves to hear voices without relinquishing our hold on reality or our right to control."
    ~Writing Fiction by Janet Burroway

    Christians have sometimes been suspicious of stories, because they really can influence you. If you read the Twilight novels once a month for a year, I think you'd be a different human afterward—and not a sparkly one.
    ~Nate Wilson

Soft Snickerdoodles (made with Coconut Flour)

I love cookies.  I love making cookies and I love eating cookies, but since cutting back on sugar “real” cookies just don’t taste good anymore, and leave me feeling sick.   So I’ve been on a mission to create healthy cookies that I can feel good about eating.   Here is the first of hopefully many recipes of good and actually healthy cookies.

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Ingredients:

1 cup melted butter (or coconut oil)

1/2 cup Birch Xylotol

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

4 eggs

1/2 coconut milk (or milk of choice)

3/4 cup coconut flour

1 tsp backing soda

2 tsp cream of tartar

2 tsp ground cinnamon

dash of salt

Directions:

Step 1 – Cream together melted butter (or oil) and xylotol.  Add vanilla extract.  Add eggs one at a time and thoroughly beat in.  (Note: butter will clump a bit after adding the eggs.  Don’t stress too much about making smooth, just beat until the clumps are tinny.)  Add milk.

Step 2 – Add soda, salt, cream of tart and cinnamon to coconut flour.  Sift flour mixture into wet ingredients, stirring in stages.

Step 3 – Let sit for a couple of minutes.  Coconut flour sucks up moisture.  Letting it sit gives it time to soak up all the wet ingredients and lets you know if you need to add more.  After it sits, if the dough is still wet and sticky you’re good to go.  If it’s looking a little dry add a little more milk or oil.

Step 4- Spoon out Tablespoon size servings and roll into bolls. Place on greased cookie sheet and flatten out.  Sprinkle top with a little more xylotol if you like and you’re ready to put them in the over.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. (Note: In my oven 15 minutes was just about perfect.  20 made them too dry.  Each oven is a little different, so try different times with each batch until you get one you like.)

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