Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Christmas Fun

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Adevntures in Gluten Free Dairy Free Holiday Baking

Holidays are full of tasty treats. Which means look but don't touch if you have food allergies. Well, today we spent the entire afternoon making tasty treats for all to enjoy. I know at least one person likes them:

Aiden: They look so yummy I just can't take my mind off them! (his attempt to try a bite)

Sugar Cookie dough
1 cup sugar
1 cup Butter flavored Crisco
2 egg yolks
1 1/2 teaspoons gluten-free vanilla
2 1/4 cups Gluten-Free Flour Blend (see below)
1/4 teaspoon salt

***Gluten free flour blend***
Combine 2 cups rice flour, 2/3 cup potato starch, 1/3 cup tapioca flour and 1 teaspoon xanthan gum. Store in container with tight-fitting lid; stir before using.

Refrigerate for 1 hour, break dough into 3rds. Use 1/3rd of the dough for cut out cookies and the other 2/3rd for specialty cookies below. roll out dough and place cookies on ungreased cookie sheet bake at 350 for 8-12 minutes.

HAWIIAN Snowballs
1/3 of the dough from above recipe
* 1 cup salted, roasted macadamia nuts, finely chopped
* 2/3 cup finely chopped dried pineapple
* 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar, for dusting

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with racks on upper and lower thirds. On a clean work surface, toss nuts with dried fruit. Sprinkle over dough; knead until just blended.
2. Form into 1-inch balls; place 2 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake cookies in upper and lower thirds of oven, switching positions of sheets halfway through, until edges are barely golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Dust with sugar.

Chocolate Raspberry Thumbprints
1/3 of the dough from 1st recipe
3 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
4 ounces almonds, finely chopped (1 cup)
1/3 cup seedless raspberry jam, warmed

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with racks in upper and lower thirds. Place dough in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Set a small heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water; add the chocolate, and stir until melted and smooth. Drizzle chocolate over dough; mix on low speed until just combined.
2. Place almonds in a shallow dish. Form dough into 1-inch balls; roll balls in nuts, coating completely. Place balls on parchment- lined baking sheets. Use your thumb to make an indentation in center of each ball. Chill 20 minutes.
3. Bake cookies in upper and lower thirds of oven, switching positions of sheets halfway through, until firm to the touch, 12 to 16 minutes. Remove from oven. Using the handle of a wooden spoon, press indentation of each cookie to redefine shape; fill each with about 1/4 teaspoon jam.

Chex Muddy buddies (gluten free only)
9 cups Rice Chex cereal
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup Smart Balance omega light buttery spread
1 tsp gluten free vanilla
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered for 1 min. Stir. Microwave 30 seconds or until smooth. Pour over cereal and mix. Place in a resealable bag and powdered sugar and shake until mixed.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Happy Snow Day

Over a foot of snow fell between last night and this afternoon.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Aiden's First Christmas Concert

e-mail me if you would like a dvd copy (much better picture quality)

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Friday, December 12, 2008


Eli: My good thing is eating this yummy food with you and God.


Eli: Mommy wash my face. Amen!


Eli: Aiden YOU BAD GUY! I good guy.
(anytime Aiden does something Eli doens't like)


Eli: My snow pants make me sad.

Mommy: Why?

Eli: Too squishy

anyone who know Eli this winter knows how hard it has been for him to wear his squishy winter gear. He will now wear snow pants! Even though he doesn't want to.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Conversations on a wintery day!

Eli: It's too buggy out here! (referring to the snow flakes that are pelting him as he is walking into a store)

Aiden and Eli bath time conversation

Aiden: Let me be the teacher Eli.
Eli: Ok
Aiden: Introducing my brother Eli! He's very famous!
Eli: oo-ahah, oo-ahh (monkey noises)

**I suspect someone has been watching too much Curious George***
Aiden talking to a little girl at the indoor playground...

Aiden: I am very friendly. (His attempt to ask someone to play)


Aiden: Why does St. Peter bring the cold?

Mommy: (misunderstanding cold and thinking he said "coal"): He brings coal to people who are naughty?

Aiden: Huh?

Mommy: If you get in trouble, St. Peter brings you coal.

Aiden (misunderstanding mommy thinking she said "cold"),But how does he get the cold in his bag?

Mommy: (Again, thinking Aiden said "coal") He puts little pieces in his bag and carries it around.

Aiden: How? Why would someone want cold?

Mommy: That's the point, you don't want coal, you want to be good.

Aiden: But how does he make cold?

Mommy: It's coal like in the trains?

Aiden: Coal??

Mommy: Yes.

Aiden: I thought it was the cold outside.

The Happy Elf

Last weekend the entire family went to see Happy Elf downtown at the Children's Theater. What a wonderful performance. Both boys were captivated by the music and the dancing. From the elves to santa to all the decorations what a great musical for all ages to enjoy.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

A Big Idea

Aiden: Mommy I have a big idea!
Mommy: What's your big idea?
Aiden: I know how to get a lot a lot of money to buy what I wanted at the store!
Mommy: Oh yeah.
Aiden: I will get a money cost-er.
Mommey: What is a money cost-er?
Aiden: It's a thing with a conveyor belt that hooks up to your house and the money comes into your house on a shoot.
Mommy: How does the money get on the conveyor belt?
Aiden: A machine puts it there.
Mommy: How does the machine get the money?
Aiden: It makes it.
Mommy: And it just gives people money for free?
Aiden: Yeah so you can buy what you want. I don't have enough in my piggy bank. I need a money cost-er.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day Drama

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Is this really November??

Flying kites on Lake Michigan. What a perfect day!

Halloween 2008

Aiden: It's my candy. I want to eat it all tonight!
Mommy: You can have one piece tomorrow.
Aiden: Ok.
Eli: Decorate me for Halloween!

After 5 or 6 houses...

Eli: Go home. I done.

Mommy: Let's finishes the houses on this block.

Eli: No. Go home.

Grandma carries Eli for a bit. He starts to catch on to this trick-or-treat thing and the heavier his bucket got the faster he walked and the more houses he wanted to stop at.

By the end of the night....

Mommy: We're done. Time to go home.

Eli: No! Lights on. Go more!
Eli and Aiden head up to a house...
Mommy: Remember, what do you say?
Aiden (at the door): Trick or treat!
Eli(at the door): I James(the red train). What your name?

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Happy Halloween

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Party Fun

Thank you everyone for helping make this such a special day!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Monday, October 20, 2008

Shots :(

Mommy: Aiden do you want me to take your band-aids off? (Aiden had shots today at the dr. office)
Aiden:No, I think the chicken pocks might still be there. I want to leave the band aid on for a little while.

Happy Birthday Aiden

Mommy: Aiden, what would you like after school for a special birthday lunch?

Aiden: Hummm

Aiden: chicken, squash, mashed potatoes, pears and a cup cake.

Mommy: sighs and says Ok. (Thinking from now on she needs to limit lunch choices so she doesn't have to spend all morning cooking).


Mommy and Eli out shopping for a present Eli can give to Aiden.

Mommy: Let's find a present for Aiden.

Eli: For me?

Mommy: No, for Aiden, it's his birthday.

Eli: My birthday?

Mommy: No, Aiden's birthday.

Eli: (picks a backhoe of the shelf) This one.

Mommy: You can to give that to Aiden?

Eli: No, Aiden give to me. My birthday.

Mommy: No, it's for Aiden.

Eli: I play it when I get home.

Mommy: No, we will wrap it when we get home.

Eli: I hold it?

Mommy: Yes you can hold it.

The next day at Aiden's party....

Mommy: Give Aiden the present.

Eli: (hands the present to Aiden and watches him open it) Thank you Aiden! (Takes the present away)

Mommy: No Eli, that is Aiden's present.

Eli: No, Aiden give to me.

Mommy: No, give it back to Aiden.

Eli: (very upset)

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Fun Fall Pictures


Eli: Aghhhh
Mommy: What happened?
Eli: crying
Mommy: Did you bite your tongue?
Eli: (in between sobs) No, bite eye.
Mommy: How did you bite your eye?
Eli: With finger.
Mommy: So you bit your finger?
Eli: No bite eye.
Mommy: Show me.
Eli (pokes finger into eye)Bite eye. (starts crying)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Quotes from the day

Eli: I lonely.

Mommy: Why are you lonely?

Eli: Play trains with Aiden.

Mommy: You can play trains with Aiden when he gets home from school.

Aiden: I'm sad.

Mommy: Why?

Aiden: I want to play with my brother.

Mommy: When he gets up from his nap you can play with him.


Mommy thinking the world must be coming to an end was brought back to reality...


ELI: screaming

Mommy: (running upstairs) Aiden he is always your brother.

Aiden: (screaming) ELI YOU NOT MY FRIEND!

Mommy: He is your friend. You just don't like something he did. What happened?

Aiden: Eli I don't like you.

Mommy: What happened?

Aiden: Eli took my train.


Aiden: Screaming

Mommy: Show me the train. (Eli gives it to mommy) Thanks I will keep it.

Boys: Ok.

Mommy: (Screaming) Who used my hairbrush as their toothbrush!!!

Eli: (looks at mommy's hair) That funny!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Monster Machines

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Important Lesson Learned...

Mommy: (bright idea...) fills desert cups with soup and says "eat your soup so I can fill your bowl up with ice cream."

Aiden: But I don't like onions.

Mommy: Then you must not like ice cream either.

Aiden: (about half way through his bowl) tries to spit out his food.

Mommy: You need to chew.

Aiden: (Tries to chew then goes to spit out his food.)

Mommy: There is no ice cream if you spit out your food.

Aiden: (Cheeks get larger and eyes get wider.)

Mommy: Go to the bathroom and spit your food out.

Aiden: (walks to the bathroom, spits out his food, gags and throws up his entire dinner all over the bathroom, floor, walls, toilet, tub etc...)

Aiden: But I don't like onions. It was stuck in my throat.

***maybe mommy should be a better listener....***

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Reflections from Sunday School...

Aiden: If God is a burning bush how can he see everything?

Aiden: If God can be a burning bush can he be a potato?

Aiden: When I get home I want to play outside while you make lunch Mommy.

Mommy: Ok, but you have to play in the back yard.

Aiden: But my legs want to run in the front yard.

Mommy: Then you will have to come inside. You have to stay in the back yard.

Aiden: But that's the way God made my legs. I have to run in the front yard.

Cooperative Play!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Family Camp

Aiden: Where will we sleep at family camp?

Daddy: In a cabin.

Aiden: (thinking for a minute) But how will it get there?

Daddy: We will take the car.

Aiden: No how will the cabin get there? It is to big for our car?

Let's Go Thomas!!

A Fun filled day at The Illinois Railway Museum. Not only did the boys get to see Thomas, but they got to ride on a trolley, walk through Amtrack passenger cars, and learn about the biggest steam engines ever made!

Only one minor hitch:
Aiden: Hey! Where's 1518? (1518 was the engine that helped pull Thomas last year)

Mommy: It look like 7525 is helping Thomas this year.

Aiden: I wanted to see 1518. Where is he?

Mommy: Maybe he is helping another train being really useful.

Aiden: (screaming a few minutes later) Look Look It's 1518! I knew he would come! He's my favorite!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Future vegetarian??

**Aiden commenting on dinner**

Aiden: Oh look! It's roast beef like the Little Pigs!
Is roast beef like chicken Mommy?

Mommy: No it's like beef. It's from a cow.

Aiden: No Mommy, milk is from a cow!

Aiden: How does beef come from a cow?

Mommy: When a cow dies you eat the meat.

Aiden: The cow had to DIE! Why!

Aiden: How did it die?

Mommy: I don't know. Ask Daddy.

Aiden: Will you eat me when I die?

Mommy: No.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Mini Phelps has his goggles and we were off to the zoo. The elephant was quite happy to pose for a zillion pictures which kept the boys laughing and laughing. The lion was very interested in the strap on the goggles and the boys were very happy to ride the train. Overall a great day.

Chef for hire

Gluten free gourmet in the making. It's never too young to learn the fine art of chocolate.

The next Michael Phelps

I think someone has been watching too much of the Olympics. He takes the goggles every where!

Monday, July 21, 2008

A day at the pool

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Adventures in Potty Training

Mommy: Eli lets go potty.
Eli: No! Runs away screaming.
Mommy: Lets go.
Eli: NO!!!
Mommy: I am going to help you. (carries Eli kicking and screaming to potty).
Eli: (Quiet for a second). Thank you mommy (goes potty).

Mommy: Eli do you have to go potty?
Eli: Potty on painting chair.
Mommy: No potty on toilet.
Eli: No potty on painting chair.
Mommy: Absolutely Not!
Eli: No potty. Haha.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day

We Love you Daddy!

Friday, May 9, 2008

I can't sleep!

Daddy: Puts Aiden in bed and gives him some books to read
Aiden: But I'm not tired.
Daddy: I know, but you can read these books while you are waiting to get tired.
Aiden: But I will never ever ever get tired.
Daddy goes downstairs: I love you goodnight.
5 minutes later Aiden comes down stairs...

Aiden: Daddy! Daddy! I just remembered I can't read!

Mommy: Aiden we are going to the theater tomorrow.
Aiden: To watch a movie?
Mommy: No to see a play about Frog and Toad. Come watch the computer, it shows you what it is about.
Aiden: But where is the frog?
Mommy: Its the person pretending to be a frog. They are acting.
Aiden: But where is Toad?
Mommy: Its a person acting, pretending to be Toad.
Aiden watching the children describe their experience...
But Mommy no one is wearing Thomas.

**the last time children talked abut their experience some where it was a preview for A Day out With Thomas.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Happy Spring!


Swings, slides, dirt and mud! What more could anyone want! Digging for ants
chasing rabbits, riding bikes. Spring is awesome. Did you know Eli can ride a two-wheeler! (with training wheels of course). I won't even try that. He sure is adventurous.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Speech and Language

Eli has been attending speech and language therapy at UW-Whitewater and I can not say enough about the hard work and dedication the clinicians have put into each therapy session. Our family is so appreciative of all their efforts and can not thank them enough. Eli has blossomed from a quiet little boy who rarely said a word to a little guy who never stops talking!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Back by popular demand

Too Cute for Diction delivers more multiplatinum music for the mind. This time, it's a funky fresh hit about Edward, the engine who is definitely not a ghost.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

The long-awaited second single

from the critically acclaimed musical sensation Too Cute for Diction.

Lyrics and melody by Aiden.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

What's for Dinner?

Aiden: What's for dinner?
Mommy: What do you think? Look.
Aiden: Dinosaur Bones!!!!!
I only like chicken when it is on the dinosaur bones.

Spring Break Road Trip

Just Press Play

Monday, March 17, 2008

Flu Bugs are no fun!

Aiden lifts his head briefly off the couch
"I can't get my smile up."
And puts his head back on the couch.

Aiden: Mommy, I ate some bugs.
Mommy: What?
Aiden: Now I sneeze. Some bugs are in my tummy.

Aiden: Grandma says I need a hamster.
Mommy: Why does grandma say you need a hamster?
Aiden: Because I like them.
Mommy: Where did you learn about hamsters?
Aiden: At school.
Mommy: Who takes care of the hamster?
Aiden: You do mommy.
Mommy: Nope you are not ready for a hamster.

Mommy: (calling grandma)you told Aiden he should get a hamster?
Grandma: No, but Little Bill had a hamster on tv.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Two beautiful boys

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Aiden: (looking at his lasagna) What's that green stuff mommy?
Mommy: (thinking tofu mixed with spinach was not the most appealing answer) The silly leprechaun must have come and turned the cheese green.
Aiden: Ok. Maybe next time he can turn it red.