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In Your Mind…

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My beautiful, angelic four year old son. Brilliant, cuddly, inquisitive, autistic. He cannot communicate well, yet he constantly babbles and tries to communicate with and like us. At times he is calm. He will sit quietly by our side, watching and sucking his thumb. At other times, he is goofy, making faces in the mirror and dancing around. And other times still, impossible to reach and beside himself with frustration.

Lately, something’s been going on in his beautiful mind that I cannot figure out. His diet (gluten free and NO sugar) must be strict or he is like a person frantically trying to break out of prison chains. But his diet has been good – no bad foods for at least two weeks. Maybe it’s a growth spurt? Regardless of the trigger, he’s been different. And dare I admit, difficult. He has been easily agitated and frustrated. He throws things and actually looks for messes to make and things to take apart. Every place we’ve been, church, a store, the farm, park, family’s house… He has been upset. He acts frightened. Or frustrated. He cannot be calmed. I want so badly to know what’s going on inside him. I want to help him. I don’t know what’s triggering this elevated mood and it’s hard as the parent to feel so helpless. I want to scoop him up and hold him, but he won’t let me. I look into his eyes and he into mine… I know there is an understanding there that we will get through this. It’s just one day at a time…


Birthdays, Friends and Dogs

This week, my oldest daughter turned 8 and my baby turned 6 months. Where does time go?!

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My oldest daughter’s birthday began a few days earlier with old friends celebrating at Dave & Busters, and a furry owl present.

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Her birthday morning was complete with many phone calls from relatives and a lovely gift from her cousin.

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Later we went to the park, where another homeschooling group was meeting for their weekly park day. She made some new friends, which is always the best present!

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In the evening, another family came over to share in the cake and song celebration. They brought Twister, which has kept the oldest kids entertained ever since.

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I made the most fabulous gluten free, flower power cake ever, and it was delicious!

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And yesterday we drove a few hours to meet friends we miss dearly from our old hometown. We spent a wonderful day at the zoo with them ♡♡♡

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Little Baby is now a Crawling Baby! And she’s quite pleased with herself.

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She now crawls up to our sweet dog, who is never missing attention and affection from the kids.

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Getting Ready for Easter Part III

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Today is Orthodox Good Friday. And in between services, it’s baking day with Grandma! First on the baking list are Paleo chocolate chip cookies (for the gluten, grain and sugar free members of the house). Here is the recipe for these amazing, healthy cookies, from the site Against All Grain:

Almond Pulp Double
Chocolate Cookies
AUTHOR: Danielle Walker – AgainstAllGrain.com

INGREDIENTS:

2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted

4.5 ounces pitted dates, about 1 cup (I use Deglet Noor)

1 cup almond pulp (leftover almond meat/skins after making almond milk)

1/4 cup unsweetened almond butter

1/4 cup honey

1 large egg

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips or chopped 80% dark chocolate

INSTRUCTIONS:

IMPORTANT: Place the squeezed almond pulp on a paper towel inside of an airtight container and place it in the fridge overnight. This will help expel some of the excess moisture without the need to dehydrate.

If your dates are really hard, soak them in warm water for 10 minutes to soften them. Drain the water before using.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Place the melted chocolate and dates in the bowl of a food processor. Process for 5 minutes, until the dates a paste forms.

Add the remaining ingredients and continue processing until a smooth dough forms. Mix in the chocolate.
Scoop dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Place another sheet of parchment paper over top, then gently press down to form discs. Remove the top sheet of paper and bake the cookies for 17 minutes.

Cool on a wire rack before storing.

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When Kids Get Annoying

Obviously, this never happens.  But, just in case you find yourself annoyed by a child who asks questions ALL SATURDAY LONG, there is an end in sight!

In my house, a Saturday is no different than any other day.  The kids all get up early.  They are all home with me (we homeschool because I like the torture), they seem to think that I forget DAILY that they require breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks, etc., and ask me for things incessantly.  I am a non-stop tornado, blowing through the house cleaning, prepping, feeding, nursing, baby-changing, and hander of this that and the other.

My 8-year old ate through three bags of apples in ONE WEEK.  I love it that they eat healthy.  However, there are 7 of us in the house, and simply not enough room or money to feed them all three bags of apples every week just for snacks.  So I told him we were limiting snacking time to twice a day.  Between breakfast and lunch and between lunch and dinner.

As soon as breakfast was over, and I do mean the very moment he finished the meal he had requested the night before and took over his plate, “May I have an apple now?”  Big grin.

“No… I said for snack time.”

“You said between breakfast and lunch.”

“Yes… but you just ate breakfast, so technically this apple would be breakfast!”

He didn’t wait long before he asked again.  Then again… and again.  I swear I don’t starve this child.  I think he just has a secret plot to give me high blood pressure.

Finally it was 10:30 and I allowed him his apple.  Immediately after, he wanted lunch.

Lunch happened.  Then a banana request.  I told him to go ride his scooter.  This got the main noise-makers out the house while I put babies down for naps.

But as soon as he was back he was asking again.

3:00 rolled around and I said he could have his apple.  He ate two and then asked for a banana.  I said no.  Then he asked for seaweed (yes, we’re weird) and I growled at him.  He grinned real big and said, “but it’s not fruit!”

“FINE!  Have some seaweed!”

Do you see where this can start to get a little annoying after awhile???  Or am I just mean?

I put some gluten free bread in the oven and the smell began to fill the house.  He asked for something else to eat.  I said no, just out of habit now, I am sure.

“But,”  I said with a smile, “you can have a slice of the bread when it’s done baking.”

“Is it ready yet?”  AHHH!!!  I went into my room and began plucking my eyebrows… the only thing to do when my nerves are raw.

But… he followed me in.  “Mommy….”

“STOP!  Are you going to ask about food?”  He shook his head.  “Are you going to ask about dinner?”  He shook his head.  “Are you going to ask me for anything??”  He shook his head.  “Okay,” I sighed with relief.  “Proceed.”

“Mommy, can I make peanut butter cookies??”

“AHHH!!!  You said it wasn’t about food!”  Then I thought for just a moment.  “On second thought.  That is an EXCELLENT idea.  You go make cookies.  That ought to keep you busy for some time.”

I took him in the kitchen and gave him some quinoa flour and gluten free flour (weird… yes, I know), and all the other things he deemed necessary for his, ahem, recipe, and set him loose at the table.

He mixed and poured and dumped and then gave samples to his siblings and me for approval.  It didn’t taste too horrible, so he rolled them into balls.

He is as happy as a little bee in a flower garden!  He hasn’t asked me a question in at least 10 minutes, so I am also as happy as a little bee 🙂  He even knocked over a big bottle of vanilla,  but I’m okay with that because they didn’t ask me to clean, but took care of it themselves!