Monday Recap 11/2/2015

Monday Recap-What I've been writing


book notesBook Notes: Faith Formation Resources for Special Needs Children. I reviewed two books by contributors David and Mercedes Rizzo, who draw on their first-hand experience and share their knowledge with parents and religious educators and show that special-needs children can participate in the sacramental life of the church, and their parents can and must feed their own spiritual needs.

At Cook and Count

STUFFED oreo choc chip cookiesCooking with Kids: Stuffed Chocolate-Chip Cookies. These stuffed cookies are fun for kids to make and a big hit in lunchboxes and at parties. What are your favorite cookie stuffers?





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Chicken Pot Pie. Serving a crowd? This chicken pot pie recipe can easily be expanded to feed a dozen. Try a pot pie from scratch and you won’t want those frozen ones in a box ever again.


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Meatless Friday: Teriyaki Salmon. This packet-cooking recipe works on the grill as well as in the oven. This is a great way to use those quick-frozen salmon portions, making it a convenient Meatless Friday dinner for those days when you can’t get to the store for fresh fish.

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Diabetes Awareness Month: Why Cook and Count. This is primarily a recipe website, but it was born of my need to figure out the carb count of my family recipes so I can feed my child with Type 1 Diabetes and keep him healthy.
Learn the warning signs of T1D.

At Dynamic Women of Faith

Stay with Me coverBook Review: Stay with Me by Carolyn Astfalk. Read my author interview to find out why this is not your typical romance novel–and which characters the author likes the most. You can purchase this novel here.

Blessings for Caregivers

I’m pretty sure that God puts certain people in our paths for two reasons:

  • He wants us to bless them
  • He wants them to bless us

Sometimes, it’s both.

Until I “met” Jeannie Ewing through her blog, Love Alone Creates, and her work at, I never considered myself a caregiver.

What was I thinking? I have a teenager with Type 1 Diabetes. While he’s quite independent and generally adept at handling most of his own care, Hubs and I are still, most definitely, his caregivers.

That means we wake him up in the night to give him juice when he sleeps through his continuous glucose monitor’s alarm. (Last night, 5 times. That’s unusual. But it can definitely be frustrating and exhausting.) It means we measure his food and calculate the carbs on every recipe. It means we cannot let him leave the house without his backpack containing insulin, a juice box, and emergency glucose supplies. Ever. It means every-3-months visits to the endocrinologist and the dread of ever having to repeat the emergency-room episode just before Thanksgiving 2013 when we learned his diagnosis and just how sick he was.

navigating deep watersJeannie has written the book on caregiving–more accurately, the workbook on caregiving, and I’m going to be working through that book. It’s called Navigating Deep Waters: Meditations for Caregivers. She speaks from her own experience as a mom of two young daughters with special needs: one child on the autism spectrum and one with a craniofacial disorder called Apert Syndrome.

Jeannie is wise beyond her years and she has a lot to teach me. She recently shared one of her articles I’m going to keep handy and reread often: 5 Ways I’ve Changed Since Becoming a Special Needs Mom.

You don’t have to be a caregiver, or a special-needs mom, to appreciate the wisdom in that article. But if you are, you’ll understand just how priceless a gift Jeannie has given you by taking the time to write and share from her experience.

Please note that the link to Jeannie’s book at Amazon is an affiliate link. Your purchase of this book through my Amazon link costs you nothing extra but helps support expenses associated with this website.