Thursday, April 7, 2011

Spring break day 3 and 4

Our friend Lana and her kids came out in the AM and we had a great time in and out. The kids jumped on the tramp and swing on the swings.  We popped popcorn to show Lana the cool coconut and turmeric seasoning.  We got caught up on the diet stuff we do for our kids and just let the kids play. They had a great time and so did we!
We had a great Wednesday, we went and visited two beautiful malamutes. They are named fluff and pronto,  The kids loved it. It started to rain just as we were about to leave. Perfect outing and got a doggy fix for Nicholas. They were as tall as Paisley and she ran once and got scared. She really tried to be brave and did a great job. Nicholas invited Kian to the AWANA at our church. Nicholas was awarded the wings, trooper badge and four jewels. He could not have been more proud for his friend and his mom and dad to see him earn this! He worked very hard and with last week being such a challenge for him, I prayed he would be blessed with a good week, and he was!!
Thursday we did a finger-painting  activity and they loved that also. We had two neighbor boys and they enjoyed the popcorn and body tracing and painting, we even put on glo in the dark paint.!! We have swam all week and that has been really good too!
The raw cinnamon toast did turn out well and tasted great with butter and cinn/sugar. It took forever to dehydrate, 30hrs. I really do like the end product and it swelled great cooking and drying.  It will be good to give to Nicholas  and Paisley before they swim each day.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Spring break day two

We were planning on visiting two special dogs and made homemade dog biscuits, but the weather is rain and they are muddy. We will try for tomorrow. Nicholas has been needing some doggy time and Holly is willing to let him play with them. The recipe turned out good ......

Apple Dog Biscuits Are a Healthy Treat
for Your Dog

apple treats for dogs

Your Dog will love the sweet taste of apple dog biscuits.
Apple Biscuits for Dogs
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup rye flour
1 apple -- diced into small pieces
1 egg -- beaten
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 Tsp. Flaxseeds i used ground flax
1/2 cup water (add more if needed)
1/4 c. natural applesauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cookie sheet. Combine flours into a large mixing bowl. Add apple, egg, oil, and water; mix until well blended.
On floured surface, roll dough out to 1/4"-inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutters of your choice. Bake in preheated oven 35 to 40 minutes. Turn off oven. Leave treats in oven overnight to harden.

Store baked treats in airtight container in refrigerator or freezer.
Makes 2 to 2 1/2 dozen

We will plant some flowers and grass for Balto! Nicholas has enjoyed his new legos, air stick and down time reading in the new hammock. I am going to try a new raw recipe. It is cinnamon toast and I will let you know if it is good. You use the dehydrator and apples and nuts so we will see. We have a play date with the dogs tomorrow and some friends are coming over in the morning for a sensory play date. We are looking forward to all of it! Swimming the rest of the week will also take up some afternoon time. I have also been cleaning Paisley's room and this weekend we moved her bed back into her room. It is coming together nicely and she will be a bit more organized. It is amazing how much stuff little girls accumulate!!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Soaked Pancakes Gluten free-Nicholas turns 8

Nicholas at Idaho Elite Gym for Paisley bday
 Nicholas is eight today and we made him pancakes. These are very good and good for you. You can make it not gluten free also. I am so proud of him and his accomplishments. Some days are so hard and he conquers and rises. Autism is just a diagnosis, we make  the plan and can make each day better for him! Today he is planning water balloons, pet store, lego's, seafood for dinner, cake and homemade ice cream, and the championship basketball game! Butler is his chosen team, he loves their coach! GO Butler!!

I found these on Heavenly homemaker and twinked them to our gluten free liking! Give them a try, the sourdough flavor is good. Nick liked them and they are filling.
I make them by soaking my flour in buttermilk overnight which breaks down the phytates and makes them more digestible, thus creating sourdough pancakes.  Here’s the recipe:
Simple Soaked Pancakes
1 cup whole wheat flour (or whatever grain you want) i use 1 cup brown rice flour and 1/4 cup oat flour
1 cup cultured buttermilk i like hungarian
1 egg or two egg whites
3 T. melted butter (or oil)
1/2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. sea salt
Stir the flour and buttermilk together in a glass bowl.  Cover with a cloth and leave on the counter overnight.  In the morning, stir in the egg, melted butter, baking powder and salt.  Whisk together, adding extra milk or buttermilk for the desired batter thickness you prefer. I add kefir to thin the dough down to liking.
Cook pancakes on a well buttered, hot skillet or griddle, flipping once bubbles begin to form.  I used a griddle and set it at 350. Serve with real maple syrup, honey, applesauce, jelly, or any of your favorite pancake toppings!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

It’s a Gluten Free Recipe Parade!

It’s a Gluten Free Recipe Parade!

I will be taking part this week and it is spring break for us. I am focusing on some new gluten free breakfast ideas and am excited to see what she will share.