Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Potty Talk

Some of our most interesting conversations happen in the bathroom waiting for someone to poop. 

Number 3, "Mama, I have 2 questions about my body. #1 Where does the pee get stored?"

Me, "Well, when you drink something it goes down your throat, through your kidneys which filter out the bad stuff and then it goes into a tube that lets it come out the end of your penis."

Number 3, "And Question #2, what are testicles for?"

Me, "Weeeelllllll, they are glands in your body that make you a boy. Girls don't have them, only boys."

Number 3, "When I was 4 I thought they were extra brains and that I was extra-smart."

Number 3, "What is puberty?"

Me, "When your body changes from a boy to a man. Your voice will change and you will have hair in different places than you do now."

Number 3, "Oh, I already went to puberty then."

Another day, another story,




Wholemade coconut granola

Let's face it, some mornings time is an elusive commodity.  This recipe for coconut granola is to have on hand for those days.  Pair with creamy yogurt or fresh raw milk, or for a treat that {almost} makes the clock stop, try on top of ice cream!




Coconut Granola
Serves 10 

3 c large flaked (unsweetened) coconut

1 1/2 c chopped nuts 
We like cashews, almonds and pecans

1/4-1/3 c chia seed

pinch of  sea salt

1 c raisins (optional, add after baking)

1/2 c coconut oil

1/2 c honey

Ok, this is so easy it's ridiculous. Although you do need to make it ahead - not the kind of thing to try and mix up when time is short. 

Preheat oven to 275.  In a large bowl mix together all dry ingredients, except raisins. 
Mix melted and cooled coconut oil and honey.  Pour over coconut/nut/chia mixture and mix well.  This takes about 3 minutes, total.  Put on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes, depending on how toasted you like your coconut.  Add raisins while it's warm.  

I keep the finished product in the fridge and the baintrain does snack on it, if I remind them it's there.  I really love it after supper, but my favorite thing about it? Knowing we can survive one of those mornings without turning on the stove or eating anything from a box!

Enjoy!

 

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Number 3 = 7


Happy Birthday 
to the coolest 
7 year old I know.




Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Books, Bedtime and Boobs


One minute, a simple bedtime story (a family fave, Sixteen Cows by Lisa Wheeler). The next minute:

Me, "No, you can't rest your hand there. Mine are private parts, unless you are a baby."

Number 3, "So when I was a baby I just reached up and drank out of them?"

Me, "Yes."

Number 3, "So you're like a cow?"

Another day, another story,












Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Sometimes homemade isn't pretty

I've posted lots of recipes around here.  I love showing the yumminess we enjoy at the breakfast table and hope you've at least been inspired to try something new

This post is just about regular life.  Making something you hope will be palatable and healthy, and ending up doubled over laughing because sometimes homemade just isn't pretty.  In fact this one was so hideously unappetizing, I asked the baintrain to close their eyes to taste it.



A new friend promised me it was the best whole food, grain free sandwich bread she'd ever made.  Of course I had to try it.  So in the middle cleaning out the kitchen cabinets yesterday, I whipped it together.

As promised, it was easy.  I whisked together sunflower seed butter, eggs and water to almond flour, arrowroot powder, baking soda and salt.  I double checked the recipe and almost forgot to add chia seed meal - so stirred them in at the last minute.  I popped it in the oven, finished my cabinet cleaning and 35 minutes later opened the oven door to find something wholly other than what I thought I was baking. 

It really does taste good - but best to eat with your eyes closed.  

Homemade might not always be pretty, but it surely can make interesting lunches.


 

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