Sunday, January 04, 2015

Gluten Free Powdered Sugar Do-Nuts

In addition to having desserts for David, he likes to eat second breakfast.  So, I try to make him fun things.  I like to make egg muffins because they are a little healthier; but, he had been missing donuts - specifically powdered donuts.  So, I found this recipe and made some baked, powdered donuts. 
David said they turned out pretty well.  They aren't the same as the store bought version. Somehow, I can't ever get the powdered sugar to be quite "powdered" once it is on the donuts.  Oh, well.  They do best if eaten soon as the sugar kind of dissolves and evaporates...but they still taste good after that.

Gluten Free Powdered Sugar Donuts from Em the Baker
¼ cup butter, melted
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla
½ cup milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk.)
1 ¼ cups all purpose gluten free flour
½ cup sugar
1 ¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg

For coating:
¼ cup melted butter
¾ cup powdered sugar

  Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a mini muffin pan or donut pan. Whisk all dry ingredients together. Whisk all wet ingredients together. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and whisk well to combine.
Spoon batter into tin, filling ⅔ full.  Bake 10-12 minutes until edges are just starting to brown and centers are set.  Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
For coating: In a small bowl, melt butter. In another bowl, pour powdered sugar. Dunk the donut holes in the butter, coating well. Remove and place into the powdered sugar bowl and coat very well.
Place covered donut holes on wire rack to finish cooling.

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Delicious Gluten Free Brownies!

I typically try to keep David with snacks and desserts.  He can't just go get anything from vending machines these days.  When I saw these brownies I thought they looked so good! I mean, anything with chocolate and peanut butter is gonna be good, right?  Well, they were.  Just look at that fudginess!!! 

They do use almonds as the "flour" but you really cannot tell.  Unfortunately, if you are a nut-free house, you cannot use this recipe.  However, if you can eat nuts, I would highly recommend that you try this brownie.  Also, the coffee just brings out the chocolate don't skip it!

Gluten Free Chocolate and Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies from Kitchen Mason
310g Icing Sugar, Sifted
200g Ground Almonds
80g Cocoa Powder, Sifted
Pinch of Salt
1 tsp Coffee Granules, Dissolved in 1 tbsp Cold Water
4 Egg Whites
2 tsp Vanilla Extract

For the Topping
100g Smooth Peanut Butter
35g Milk Chocolate Chips

Preheat the over to 350.  Lightly grease and line the base of an 8x8 baking pan.  In a very large bowl, whisk together the icing sugar, ground almonds, cocoa powder & salt until everything is evenly mixed.  Pour into pan.  Beat the peanut butter until smooth & loose then dot blobs all over the top of the brownie batter.  Run a knife through the batter, swirling the peanut butter around. Lastly, top with a scattering of the milk chocolate chips.

Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 mins until an inserted skewer comes out almost clean.
Allow to sit in the tin for a few minutes then remove & place on a wire rack to cool completely.

Friday, January 02, 2015

Cinnamon Roll Cake

Our Sunday School class typically has breakfast during the class.  Most often, it is not gluten free.  So, whenever I sign up, I take something David can eat.
I will also, sometimes, take something on days when I don't sign up.  Hey!  Any excuse to bake...though that has slowed down a LOT over the last 3 months.  Hopefully, I'll be able to do more as Caleb gets older.  Anyway, I made this cinnamon roll cake back in May.  It was really good and reminded me of a recipe that my mom has made a few times.
Cinnamon Roll Cake from USA Silly Yaks
3 c. Gluten Free Flour Mix
1/2 tsp. Xanthan Gum
1/4 tsp.salt
1 c. sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 c. milk
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. butter, melted

Cinnamon Swirl:
1 c. butter, softened
1 c. brown sugar
2 T. Gluten Free Flour Mix
1 T. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350.  Mix everything together except for the butter. Slowly stir in the melted butter. and pour into a greased 9x13 pan.

For the cinnamon swirl, mix all the ingredients together until well combined. Drop evenly over the batter and swirl with a knife. Place pan in oven and bake at 350 for 28-32 minutes.

2 c. powdered sugar
5 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix together and pour over cake while still warm.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Three Months - Thirteen Weeks

This past Saturday, two days after Christmas, Caleb turned three months old...thirteen weeks!  I cannot believe he is that old.
It's funny how slow time has gone (it seems like forever ago that I was in the hospital to have him) but how quickly it has gone as well (I mean, he's a whole quarter of a year old!)! 
It has been so much fun to watch my sweet Caleb's personality.  He is pretty chill really only fussing if he is sleepy or hungry.  Even a dirty diaper doesn't bother him too much.  He is my VERY happy baby!  He has this wide mouthed smile that will just melt your heart.  If he is REALLY smiling, his eyes disappear.

Things that make him smile: his sissie, Mama, Daddy, the little butterfly on his carrier, seeing us in the morning, someone smiling at him!

He's been in daycare for about 4 weeks now.  He has done really well and they have been great with me!  I has several half days of clinic.  On those days, I go feed him at least once to decrease the amount of pumping I have to do.  Then I leave him and go finish errands or go to the gym.  He has, unfortunately, gotten his first cold.  It started on Christmas Eve Eve night and is still giving him fits.  He doesn't sleep well at night right now, which keeps us up, too.  He keeps smiling during the day and is still eating well but I can tell he doesn't feel well.

He is definitely growing as he's getting more meat on his little thighs and definitely has a bit of a belly but he's still long and lean.  Guess that's what breastfeeding will do.  He has still only had mommy's milk and definitely loves to eat.  Sometimes that makes him smile, too!  :-)

He has found his hands and loves to watch them. In the past few days, he's actually started grabbing onto things and watching them as he moves them.  I think he knows that he is doing it.
 He loves to kick and will watch his little feet move like he's thinking "I'm doing this!"  The other day, my dad was grabbing his toes every time the swing would come forward.  Caleb started lifting his foot up to my dad's hand each time.  He's so smart!
He still doesn't like tummy time very much but does it a lot better than he used to.  He can now get his head up all the way and will look side to side.  He loves his piano playmat and will lie there looking at his toys, kicking the piano keyboard, and grabbing the toys for nearly an hour.  He is SO close to rolling over from back to front. 
He tried for probably 10 minutes on Christmas Day.  I got several videos.  In the beginning he was doing it quietly, then he got quite vocal about it.  He never could quite get that shoulder under him but he sure did have those legs going.

As you can see, he is quite vocal and he likes for someone to talk to him.  He has the sweetest coos but will also make lots of grunts and growls completely appropriate for a boy!  And I will say...he is ALL boy!
By estimates he is now 12 pounds.  He still wears 0-3 month clothes but is about to be too long for some of them.  There are a few 3-6 month outfits he can wear.  He eats just mommy's milk but is able to take a bottle well at daycare.  He is still waking up once a night, usually around 3am, to eat (though these past two nights he's been up 3-4 times due to his cold, poor baby!). 
I can't wait to see what the next month brings!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

2014 Christmas Card

This is just the front of the card.  To see the whole this (which includes a baby announcement!), clinic here!

Friday, December 05, 2014

Two Months Old

How is my baby already two months old?!  How am I already back at work (for a whole week)?!  Time is moving so quickly!  Caleb turned 2  months old on Thanksgiving day, which I thought was fun.  We were with our families then and got to share Caleb with them. 
There are so many things he's started to do.  Around five weeks old he started smiling, and he will now flash a huge grin when he sees mama, daddy or hears sister.  There are times I even think he's laughing! 
He loves his car mirror and piano mat at playtime.  He's a big fan of lights and will stare and talk to them for a good while. And he still loves walks.  He's not a fan of tummy time or burping.  So far he is indifferent to baths but no longer screams.

We started swaddling him at night and, apparently, I should swaddle him for naps, too.  I have had little success getting him to nap at home but he does so like a champ at daycare.  He usually sleeps from about 8-9 until 230-330, when he still wakes to feed.  This past week he has been waking u at 5am (about an hour and a half sooner than before).  I'm not quite sure I can handle that long term!

At his last doctor visit, he weighed 10 pounds 3ounces (15%) and was 22.5 inches long (45%).  His head is 75%.  He also got his shots.  That was hard on him and this mama!  Despite being a pediatrician, when it's your child, all is different.  When she stuck the first needle in his leg he just let out this awful scream.  My eyes filled with tears and throat got tight..."this hurts my baby" I thought!  BUT it is what he needs!  He was so tired the rest of the day, taking two long naps.  Then he woke up screaming and wouldn't soothe.  He would eat for a few seconds then suddenly scream.  I was so sad and cried myself because I couldn't hel him.  Finally he calmed down and was my happy baby later that night.

We are still breastfeeding.  I pump milk for him to have while I'm at work.  Let me tell you, pumping is hard!!!  We do so much better breastfeeding.  So far, I'm keeping up with him.  I'm hoping things will improve the more I pump.  I figure, he's growing well, no need to change anything.

For comparison:

Definitely growing!  He's longer and has chunkier cheeks!  He's getting better at using his hands...he's actually started batting at the hanging toys on his playmat.  He's also started finding his hands and tries to put his thumb in his mouth.  oops!

Caleb, what a blessing you and your sister are to us.  She loves you, if you can't tell!  Thank you for your smiles, your cuddles, and your trust.  I will try to give you what you need.  I will try to be patient and wise but promise to love you always!!!  I ray that as you watch me, you learn what to look for in a wife and that as you watch your daddy you learn how to be a godly and loving husband.  We love you and are enjoying watching you grow!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Disney- Day 4

Our last day at Disney started out with the Mary Poppins breakfast. 
I LOVED the breakfast character meal and would recommend doing one for sure.  It's just different from all the other main meal dinners.  The characters here were such fun!  we saw Alice,
who was GREAT with Kate remembering exactly what she was doing in the parade the night before,  We saw Pooh
and Tigger, too. 
Then there was Mary Poppins and Bert. 
Bert got so excited that he got his own page in Kate's autograph book.
Apparently, he usually shares with Mary!

After breakfast we headed over to MGM.  Kate was our tour guide and negotiated the map for us. 
While we were waiting for the bus we had a quick hair session. 
Kate wanted her hair like mine.  :-)  Then she gave Caleb his first kiss.  :-) 
When we got to MGM, we went to Indiana Jones.  After that we headed over to Toy Story, which was lots of fun.  We also saw a Little Mermaid show.  Ellen, Jim, and Kate-o stayed for lunch and the muppets. 
We went over to Magic Kingdom to go to the parade and get ice cream.  My pregnant self wanted a cookie ice cream sandwich; unfortunately, the only had chocolate chip cookies there while our hotel had choices.  I was stubborn and waited.  So, Kate got a mickey ice cream sandwich. 
She told us that was her favorite part of the whole trip.  Seriously?!  We took a trip to disney and your favorite part was an ice cream sandwich?!  Sigh!

The parade was fun...but hot!  We got to see Ana and Elsa,
Peter Pan,
Snow White, Alice, Daisy and Donald.
We also saw the dragon from Sleeping Beauty. 
Just as it did at Disney on Ice, the dragon scared Kate a bit.  She snugged in for protection. So sweet.

Afterwards, we went and got Kate's silhouette done.  This was my souvenir and I love it!  Now we need one for Caleb! 
Then we met Kate-O and Ellen.  We rode the Jungle Cruise and then Haunted Mansion again.  Kate really enjoyed that.  Right before that ride, our realtor called to tell us that someone had placed an offer on the house we wanted to buy and what did we want to do.  So, while in Disneyworld, we made an offer on a house, all while we had NO ONE show at our open house.  Two days later we had purchased our house.  Crazy week!

Anyway, after that Kate and Grammy and Kate-O headed to Chef Mickey's.  David and I bowed out from this one for a dinner alone.  We ended up at the 50's diner in MGM.  It was some of the better food we had all week - I got veggie lasagna and David had meatloaf and milk shake. Later, we returned to Magic kingdom and rode Splash Mountain.  I had asked my OB if I could ride it.  She said yes.  I got a little nervous but David said I had to.  It was so fun!!  Then we head back to the hotel...I got there just in time to get my cookie.  Yum!

What a great weekend we had at Disneyworld.  I know Kate LOVED it and we had a great time with everyone.  We are so thankful for Grammy and Granddaddy's generosity in taking us on this trip.  A great family vacation that we will always remember!