Sunday, April 26, 2009

Love at First Bite!

Nearly Normal Cooking For Gluten-Free Eating: A Fresh Approach to Cooking and Living Without Wheat or Gluten by Jules Shepard

I am so excited! I have found a cookbook for gluten free cooking that is Really GOOD! The recipes are also very easy to adapt to become dairy free as well. The combination of flours actually works so well that the baked goods remain moist even 24 hours after baking (which is no small feat in the gluten free cooking realm). With the exclusion of the different types of flours, this cookbook uses widely available and common cooking items. Although I generally cook a little "healthier" than some of these recipes (there are a lot of healthy options as well), it is nice to have old standards to fall back on that actually taste delicious. We have tried cookies, cake and bread sticks so far and even the most vocal anti-gluten free family member has said they are the best he has ever had and should be put up for sale so everyone can eat good gluten free items. This book is a bit pricier than what I typically spend (18.99 at overall I would say it is well worth it. If you live by me and want to check it out, I would be happy to loan it out (for a short period of time).

Click here for a link to the Nearly Normal Cooking website

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Monday, April 20, 2009


By a 4 yr. old

Aiden: Mommy, I want you to retire.

Mommy: What does it mean to retire?

Aiden: To stay home and not do anything.

Mommy: So you want me to stay home and not do anything?

Aiden: Yes.

Mommy: So who would take care of you if I can't do anything.

Aiden: Never mind, I don't want you to retire.


Aiden: I want Eli to stay 3 forever.

Mommy: Why?

Aiden: So he can't grow up.

Mommy: What's wrong with growing up?

Aiden: Eli wants to be a zoo keeper when he grows up.

Mommy: That's fine.

Aiden: No! If he is a zoo keeper he says he will close the zoo.
Eli can't grow up. I like the zoo.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Potty Humor

Aiden: I wish I could drink from the toilet.

Mommy: Why?

Aiden: It would be very convenient.

Mommy: That would be gross. (mommy walks away thinking that was the end of the conversation.)

Aiden does not follow mommy out of the bathroom.

Mommy: (Quickly turns around to see Aiden leaning over the toilet bowl) WHAT ARE YOU DOING!!

Aiden: Getting a drink.


Aiden: No mommy, the water is clean now. I flushed.

Mommy: Go get a cup and get water from the refrigerator. We do NOT drink out of toilets.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Dinner plans.

Laura: ( looking at Qdoba and Caribou coffee together) This is like heaven.
Aiden: What do you mean?
Laura: These two places together. Isn't that's whats in Heaven?
Aiden: Heaven is for people who died.
Laura: Don't you think they need to eat and drink? Go talk to a good pastor about it.

Aiden: Kelsey, I sure am impressed with how well you fit your wheelchair in your car.

Where does he come up with this stuff....

I lost...

Can you guess the battle?

Very rarely (if ever) have a lost a battle with a three year old. I will concede this one...but the war is not over!

60 minutes before church was just not enough time to get my little tactile defensive guy in his clothes and too keep the clothes on long enough to get out the door. Just to let you know, I did put up a good fight.

He is Risen!

Happy Easter. All dressed up in their Sunday bests.

How to peel an egg...

Or NOT...

1.5 seconds...

15 minutes...

The newest cousin...

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Growing up...

Aiden: Grandma, pretty soon I won't be able to come to your house any more.

Grandma: Why is that?

Aiden: I will be working at my job driving the train and I won't be able to come over.

Grandma: You can always come over no matter how old you are or what job you have.

Some oldies...

Maybe one of these days I will get the baby years scrapbooked. At least this is a a start.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Adventures in Baking

Why not to ask a 3-year-old what he wants to make...

The answer: Peanut butter and jelly cookies...of course.

Not to mention they have to be dairy free and gluten free...

Here is our attempt (and it is actually pretty tasty.) Sorry no pics today.

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup peanut butter
2 eggs
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients together except jelly and chocolate chips. Slowing add in chocolate chips and place on cookie sheet in small mounds. make small indentations into the mounds with the handle of a wooden spoon and place 1/4 tsp jelly. Bake 8-12 min at 350.

Eli: That's exactly what I wanted!