Friday, July 03, 2015

9 Months

So much has happened over the past month.  9 months seems to be such a milestone month.
 Caleb is still my baby but he's starting to do things or want to do things independently.  He started waving just after he turned 8 months old and it is THE CUTEST THING!!!!

He has also started shaking his head.  You ask him any question and he almost always shakes his head no.  Ha!  He's started clapping and is a great little sitter.
 He took his first bath this month and LOVES them!  He just kicks and splashes in his little duck. 
He went swimming in the big pool for the first time.  We tried to put him in the float and he was NOT having that.  He screamed and wouldn't calm down until I held him close.  He calmed down and was putting his face in the water by the end.  We have started letting him ride sitting up in the stroller.  He really enjoys that. 
Next step is the convertible car seat.  Not sure were ready for that!  Another first was swinging the big swings at the park.  He had great fun with his daddy!

Weight - 20 pounds (a little less actually) 55%ile
Length - 28.75inches 65%ile
HC - 18.6inches 95%ile

So, he is right on track with a big head.  Hey!  He's got to keep his brains somewhere!  :-)

Food:  He decided that he does like to eat. 
He's been eating great since the beginning of June.  He LOVES yogurt, it's probably his favorite. 
He also eats sweet peas, green beans, avacado, sweet potato, pears, apples, carrots, oatmeal, and lentils.  He has eaten whole strawberries and mandarin oranges as well. 
He is a GREAT little eater. Now I have to figure out how to balance that with bottles/nursing so we can wean when it's time.

He can hold his own bottle, so now we need to work on a cup.

Clothes: He really it right on schedule for clothes.  It kind of makes getting things pretty easy.  He is pretty much outgrown 6-9 month stuff except for shorts and some onesies.  He's in his 9-12 month (and a couple of Mud Pie 12-18 month) outfits.

Sleep:  He is doing so much better on sleep.  He mostly sleeps through the night from 730 or 8 until about 6-630.
 Sometimes he still wakes up a little earlier and he will wake up about twice a week in the middle of the night.  When that happens, he almost always wants to nurse.  At this point, I have just given into it because I can get back to sleep faster if I don't fight it!  Ha!

He's also napping better.  He usually will take a 30-40 minute morning nap and often a 40-60 minute afternoon nap.  Better, my son, better!

School:  He loves his little friends and his teachers.  He waves and smiles and dances for them.  The other day, he took a toy away from one of his friends and the teacher asked if it was nice to take toys from our friends.  Caleb shook his head "no."  Then she asked him if he needed to move to another spot on the mat and he shook his head "yes."  HAHAHA!
 I love watching him on the video system.  Most of the time he is sitting in the middle of the mat with toys around him, just playing.  He often falls asleep on the playmat. I wish I knew their secret!

Development: He is right on tract.  He waves and talks and smiles.  He is trying to pull up.
 He moves all over the place but hasn't quite crawled...but it is on it's way!  He can get on all fours but hasn't quite figured out how to get his legs moving.  He can feed himself with his fingers and is starting to figure out chewing some.
He has four teeth mostly in and two that are just about poked through.  Poor baby is worn out by those teeth!

Loves:  zerberts on his stomach - you can get him to stop crying by doing this, it's great!  Baths, yogurt, Mama (he's a pretty big mama's boy right now),
playing with his sissie (but not being held by her but to her chagrin).

We love our Caleb!  It's a joy to watch him grow...but it's going by too quickly!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Cherry turnovers -Gluten free

Early on in September, I made David some cherry turnovers.  He really misses poptarts being gluten free.  I can't say that I'm sad we don't have those around the house but I do like to indulge him...
so I made these.  I think he mostly had them for dessert but you could consider them like a big pop tart.
 The filling was really good with fresh cherries!  The dough had cinnamon in it, which made it so much better than just regular dough.  It wasn't the easiest of doughs to work with but I made do.

Gluten-Free Sweet Cherry Turnovers from The Best of this Life
(original recipe says serves 4 but I got more like 6-8)

1 1/2 cup white rice flour
1/4 cup oat flour
1/4 cup almond flour
1/4 cup of sugar
1/2 cup butter (right out of the fridge)
2 eggs
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
6 Tbsp of cool water
In a large bowl mix all flours, sugar & cinnamon together. Cut the butter up and work it into the flour. Beat two eggs, add in the vanilla and water – mix into the flour mixture.  Keep working the dough until all is well blended and you have a nice tender consistency.  Remove from the bowl and form a rectangle – place in the refrigerator for about an hour.
Sweet Cherry Filling
2 loosely filled cups of sweet cherries (pitted & halved)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup of water
2 Tbsp of tapioca flour
1 tsp cinnamon
Mix all ingredients in a saucepan over high heat.  Bring to boil and then reduce to low heat and simmer. Cook for 12-15 minutes, stirring often so that it doesn’t stick.  Once cooked, remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
Separate dough into several pieces.  Roll out into a long rectangle.  Top one half with cherry filling then fold the other half of dough over and seal well with a fork on all side.Place on a baking sheet.  Then place the sheet into an oven preheated to 350.  Bake for 22-25 minutes. Enjoy!! 

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Beast's Quiche

I hope you are all princess fans, because I have yet another princess cookbook recipe for you.
 I made "The Beast's Quiche" in September as wll.  I did make a gluten free pie crust but there are premade versions that you can buy as well.  This was perfect for us, since Kate really loves broccoli.
 In fact, she was looking at her cookbook last night and pointed this out.  "OOooo, mama!  Let's make this, it has broccoli!"  Needless to say, this was one that we enjoyed!

The Beast's Quiche
premade crust or crust with your favorite recipe
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 cup cooked broccoli
4 eggs
1 cup milk
1/4 tsp pepper

Preheat oven to 425.  Sprinkle cheese over the bottom of the pie crust.  Add the bacon and broccoli.  In a bowl, whisk eggs, milk and pepper.  Pour this over the pie crust.  Place the pie into the oven (you can put it on a baking sheet to prevent spills).  Bake for 15 minutes.  Then reduce oven temperature to 325.  Bake from 25 minutes longer.  Then remove from the oven.  Let cool slightly then enjoy!

Monday, June 08, 2015

Rapunzel Braids

Oddly enough, I seem to have cooked more during September than I did in July and August.  Nesting maybe?  Early on, I made another recipe from Kate's Princess book. 
It ended up being great to send for an easy school lunch.  We made Rapunzel Biscuit Braids.  It was just a biscuit dough with ham and cheese mixed in. 
Kate thought they were really cool.  I can't remember if I used GF flour or regular for these. 

Ham and Cheese Biscuit Braids
2cups flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
5 Tbsp cold butter
1/2 cup diced ham
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1cup milk

Preheat over to 400.  Stir together flour, cornmeal, powder and salt.  Pinch or cut in butter.  Stir in the ham and cheese.  Then add the milk and stir until it looks like a dough.  Sprinkle flour on a flat surface and place the dough on top. Then roll the dough out into a 12-inch square using a rolling pin.  This should be 1/4 inch - 1/2 inch thick.  Cut the square into quarters then cut each quarter into 12 long strips. 

To braid take three strips and pinch them together at the top.  Take the right section and cross it over the center section, then take the left section and cross it over the center section.  Keep doing this (like braiding hair) until the whole strip is braided all the way down; then pinch together at the bottom.  Repeat until all strips are braided.  Place the braids on a baking sheet or stone.  Place the stone into the over and bake for 8-10 minutes.  When golden, remove from oven.

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Start of Kindergarten

Kate started Kindergarten in August. 
I was really excited that she was able to go to school where I went.  It is a great school district and I was confident that she would love it.  We were blessed to be put into Mrs. Hammon's class. 
She went to church with me growing up and is in our Sunday School class.  It was her first year to teach kindergarten but she had taught other grades previously.  Once Kate warmed up to her, she apparently just latched on to her and had daily playtime chats! 
On the first day of school, Kate had pancakes for breakfast.
Of course, we had to take first day of school pictures...complete with chalkboard for comparisons!
Then David and I took her to school and walked her in. 

She was excited but then, of course, didn't want us to leave.  That afternoon, she was tired but happy.  She had a great day...and a great year!

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Summer Sunday School Party

In August, our Sunday School class had a party out at the lake.  Some of the guys spent the morning setting up a slip and slide down the hill into the lake.  I really wished that I could do it but I figured it wasn't a good idea at about 33 weeks pregnant!  Ha!  Kate did get to enjoy it. 
I think she went down 4-5 times before it started raining...and raining...and raining. 
Thankfully, we were able to enjoy the outside under a porch.  The kids ran around playing with balls.  The dads enjoyed throwing frisbee. 
And the moms just enjoyed being able to sit around and talk! 
Kate, as usual, was so kind.  One little girl got hurt (very mildly) but Kate immediately started checking on her and telling her to "go see my Daddy.  He's a doctor!" 
She has the sweetest little heart!  I made a gluten free pineapple upside down cake for David.  He enjoyed it and wasn't sad that we came home with leftovers. 
Kate wanted to stay and play more but she was tired and lightning wasn't showing any signs of stopping...and THIS mama says no water when lightning is around! 
Hope we get to do this again...maybe Caleb can have his first water slide experience.  :-)

Friday, June 05, 2015

Miner Muffins

After her birthday, Kate was enamoured with the Princess cookbook from Philip (and whenever she finds it these days, she is again!). Pretty soon after the Abu Bread, we made Miners Muffins. 
The original recipe is for mini muffins and is regular flour.  We modified these to make regular sized muffins and used gluten free flour.  Kate was pretty excited! 
We did this without a mixer, so she got to stir. 
Then, I let her try out the muffin dispenser.  She is quite the little baker. 
These turned out pretty good.  I think I'd like to try them mini at some time.

Miners' Mini Muffins
1 cup GF flour (or regular)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
1/2 cup milk (or buttermilk or almond milk)
2 Tbsp butter, melted
1/2 cup blueberries

Preheat oven to 375.  Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.  In another bowl, whisk together egg, milk and butter.  Stir the flour into the butter mixture.  When it is all "just wet" fold in the blueberries.  Spoon into prepared muffin pan (mini or regular).  Put the pan into the oven and allow to bake for 12 (mini) or 15-17 minutes (regular).  It is ready when a toothpick comes out clean.  Remove from oven and allow to cool.  Remove from pan and enjoy!