Monday, February 14, 2011
Happy Valentine's Day everyone! We had a few friends over yesterday to celebrate Valentines day by making cookies. Getting to make a big mess in my kitchen and seeing the joy on my kids faces is really one of my favorite parts about being a Mom. All the kids were great little cooks and they even cleaned up the mess together.
1 C GF All Purpose Flour (Red Mills)
½ C White Rice Flour
1 t Xanthan Gum
1 t Baking Soda
¼ t Sea Salt
½ C Unsweetened Coco Powder
1/3 C Butter
½ t GF Vanilla Extract
1/2 C Real Maples Syrup
1/2 cup Coconut crystals
1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat Oven to 350ºF. Make sure butter is at room temperature and blend wet ingredients together. In separate bowl stir dry ingredients together. Add dry to wet and incorporate without over mixing. Using a table spoon, place cookie dough onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and bake for about 10 minutes on middle rack. Check after 7 minutes to make sure they are not burning. The smaller the cookie the faster it will bake.(Makes about 12 to fourteen cookies)
at Monday, February 14, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
After the initial excitement around learning to knit, my daughter became quickly bored with it. The other day she says to me "Mommy, I am really so sorry, but I just have to say something to you. Okay?...... I hate knitting. I really hate it. I just hate it. I'm sorry." Well, what do I do with that? I had to think about it. On one hand, I suppose everyone has the right to not enjoy certain activities, but on the other hand I had to really think about what part of it she wasn't liking. I didn't want to just throw away all that yarn and energy spent in learning it. Besides, I really do think it is a great activity that everyone should at least know how to do. So, I decided to rethink the scarf or blanket idea, and gear our knitting to what my kids love. Little animals, dolls or other small toys. And it worked! We got the whole family in on the fun and came up with some really exciting, creative things to make. The kids took out paper and designed what they wanted to knit and we were off. Even my 3 year old learned to finger knit with one finer to make knitted flowers.
Jetta's new monster named Emma.
So I think what I realized from this experience is that you may think you hate something, but maybe you just haven't found the part of it that you could enjoy. This is a concept I want to explore some more. Who know, maybe I just think I hate working on cars, and doing math problems........
I think Jetta has changed her mind about knitting.....at least for now. On to the next project!
at Sunday, February 13, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
This year we have all learned to knit. In an effort to see where the wool we are using comes from we decided to join the Feeder Brook Farm Fiber Project. Once a month for a year we get to spend a few hours with the sheep at a local farm learning about sheering, lambing, processing the wool and much more. This past month was our first visit. We got to tour the farm and pick out our sheep. It was wonderful spending time on the farm and the kids loved being around the animals. We chose Ryley (pictured below). She was the smallest one with a cute black and white face. Good choice kids!
at Saturday, February 12, 2011