Does This Superwoman Cape Make Me Look Fat? by Laura Coppinger

Off duty

Hello, my name is Laura, and I’m a homemaker. I’m also a wife, a mom, and a writer. I make most of our food from scratch, grow a large garden, and preserve a good portion of our food for the year. I homeschool our four sons. I have company over regularly. I’m in charge of one of our local health food co-ops. I cut my family’s hair.

I also worry too much, yell at my kids sometimes, don’t always make time each day to read my Bible, have a messy minivan, and I can’t remember how to thread my sewing machine. The chair in my bedroom is covered with clothes that need to be hung up, I can never find a pen, and I haven’t taught my youngest son to tie his shoes. I often have overdue library books, my refrigerator needs to be cleaned out, and I’m terrible about returning phone calls.

Some might look at all the great things I do each day and think I have it all together. I beg to differ. Any time I have tried on any of the varieties of Superwoman capes available, none of them seem to fit me right. They’re either too tight, too short, too bright, or they’re so long that I tripped over it when I try to wear it and fall flat on my face.

Each of us has our own God-given strengths and our human-based weaknesses. What I’m good at, you may not be, and what you’re good at I may just have to admire from afar.

Trying to be a Superwoman doesn’t work for me. The cape doesn’t fit.

How about letting God use us to be the best woman we can be for Him? Now that’s a plan that’s a one size fits all.

Laura Coppinger is featured in the November 2010 ParentLife on pages 18-21. She writes and shares recipes at Here’s one of her excellent, "real food" recipes she shared with us!



Apricot Breakfast Bars
© Laura Coppinger

1 cup butter
¾ cup honey
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup buttermilk
2 eggs
2 cups whole-wheat flour
1½ cups rolled oats
½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
¼ cup sesame seeds
¾ cup dried apricots

Melt butter and honey together. Remove from heat. Pour mixture into a mixing bowl and add baking soda, salt, vanilla, buttermilk, and eggs. Stir in flour, oats, coconut, and sesame seeds until well combined. Cut dried apricots into small bites (I usually cut mine into fourths). Fold apricot pieces into dough.

Bake in a 9-by-13-inch baking pan at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes. When completely cool, cut into 16 bars.

Variation — soaking grains (optional): Mix melted (and cooled) butter, buttermilk (with live cultures), flour, and oats thoroughly in a glass bowl. Cover and leave on the countertop overnight. In the morning, stir in remaining ingredients. Bake as above.

Laura’s Recommended Resources
Tropical Traditions
Weston A. Price Foundation®
Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon

Photo used with permission of Flickr Creative Commons.


  1. I just had lunch out w/some ladies from our Women’s Bible Study and we were talking about this exact thing – and also how we get intimidated and don’t reach out to others because we think they’ve got it all together and therefore might reject us. I think these “superwoman” ideas are one satan’s tricks to keep us isolated from each other. SO, my challenge to anyone reading this comment is to reach out to another woman today – she’s probably just as insecure (and maybe lonely) as you are!!
    Thanks for the recipe! I’m going to make some modifications (need gluten-free, dairy-free in my household) and try it! 🙂

  2. Catharine,
    Thanks for your comments regarding your Bible study!
    Bob’s Red Mill makes certified gluten-free rolled oats. You can buy them at Also, we use coconut oil in place of butter all the time. A combination of a g-f grain & a bean flour should do just fine in replacing the wheat. I am a big fan of Laura’s blog, so I myself am used to modifying her recipes when needed. (Her chocolate chip muffins are super!)

  3. I am also a regular reader of Laura’s Blog. She has many gluten free recipes listed under recipes onher site.
    Be blessed!

  4. Love Heavenly Homemakers! It’s one of the places I look for healthy recipes to feed my family. Thanks for the reality post Laura! We all need to hear that everyone around us is just as human as we are. Here is my “Human post”-

  5. Too true! We are all called to different greatness and given different gifts, and like each cross is individual you are right – only one super woman cape will fit each superwoman!!

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