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-isms


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

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Eli: Mommy wash my face. Amen!

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

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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)
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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***
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Aiden talking to a little girl at the indoor playground...

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

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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.