Oct 21, 2014

Highlights

Here are some of my favorite low carb recipes that I have shared.

Easy Stir Fry (low carb, clean eating, Paleo, low fat)

Pancake Crepes (Low Carb, Vegetarian, low fat) 

Salsa Cheddar Chicken (clean eating. low fat, low carb)

Pudding in a mug (paleo, low carb, lower fat)

Egg Roll in a Bowl (Paleo, low fat, lower carb, Trim Healthy Mama S)







What Autism Looks Like at My House (videos)

This is my baby boy, Little Prince.  He is sweet and funny and when he is in a good mood, he makes lots of sounds.  Some even sound a little like he is trying to say something, but he never says them to anybody and never in a meaningful way to us.  Mostly it is sweet funny little sounds.  The one thing I can sometimes get him to do is blow kisses at me.  It makes him happy and it makes me happy.

In this first one, he starts by blowing me kisses and then goes on to baby talk and hand flapping.  He is 2 1/2 but most of the time, I forget that.  He is still very much a baby to me.  (please ignore the sideways video, I couldn't figure out how to get photobucket to flip them)

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Here he is rocking in his high chair.  That is his favorite thing to do.  When he is on the ground he is either running full speed (which is why I don't have many pictures like that, I can't catch him long enough to get one! LOL) or he is in his crib sitting and rocking with a blanket in his lap.
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Here is more rocking.  He does it all the time.  He rocks so hard that he moves his crib, his high chair, his stroller, the playpen we used to use. 
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The new thing he has taken to doing in his crib is taking his mattress out of his crib!!!!  I am serious.  He has destroyed several mattresses by now but this is a first!  Then after he has all his stuff out of his crib, he cries because he wants it back!  So I go in, give him a bottle, give him his blanket, give him his monkey pillow and put the mattress back in the crib.  Silly boy.



Oct 20, 2014

Beef & Bacon Chili (Low Carb)


  • 8 thick or 12 thin slices of bacon
  • 2 diced red bell peppers
  • 1 Tbsp minced or jar garlic
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 Tsp cocoa
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp ancho chile pepper powder or Mexican-style chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne (or more to taste)
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 can roasted diced tomatoes (I used a 14.5 oz can because I wanted it really thick, but I would totally use 28 oz can if I was looking to make it more soupy)
  • ¾ cup beef broth (I left this out make it thicker)

  1. Dice bacon and cook until crisp
  2. Add peppers and garlic
  3. Add ground beef, cocoa, garlic powder, chili powder, paprika, cayenne, cumin
  4. Cook until beef is browned.  Drain. 
  5. Add diced tomatoes and broth and heat through. 
  6. Top with your favorite toppings.
I LOVE how easy this recipe is and how easy it is to double or triple to make a big batch for my big family.

What would you do?

Princess Belle has this friend that has LICE!  Now I don't really like this girl anyway, she is kind of a brat and always likes to get the other kids in trouble.  And her mother doesn't  treat the lice!  I HATE lice.  They are gross and creepy and make me itchy to think about them.  I found this out after Princess Belle has spent all day Saturday playing with her.

So, I treated all my kids, washed their blankets and toys and treated our house like we were infected just to be on the safe side.

But from here on out, what you do?  I have told Princess Belle I don't want her playing with this little girl.  Princess Belle has other friends she plays with, so she doesn't mind.  I also reminded Princess Belle about the rules, no sharing hats and brushes, no putting your head up against other kids heads if you can help it.

Am I out of line to ask Princess Belle not to play with this other girl?

Update: it isn't working anyway, I just looked out and they were playing together, and I am too soft-hearted to enforce it when she looks at me and asks if she can play with Princess Belle.  But on the bright side, another little girl who was out with them said that her mom took the other girl inside her house and treated her, so that is something.


Oct 19, 2014

Gratitude Sunday

Gratitude Sunday
Sunday's heart felt tradition. A time to slow down, to reflect, to be grateful.

Here are some things I am grateful for this week:

1. Those snuggly moments after bathtime.

2. Yummy food at Thanksgiving with my family.

3. Adorable kitchen helpers to make cooking and baking an adventure.

 4. My sweet boy's fascination with his little Dora book

5. Beautiful fairies who come to play.


6. Community programs which focus on helping kids like Princess Belle feel involved and a part of things.  


Oct 18, 2014

Saturday Photohunt: Rock and Fun

The Saturday PhotoHunts for this week are: Rock and Fun.  This one was easy for me.  My girls LOVE rocks and playgrounds tend to have lots of rocks and fun.

In this one, Princess Snifflefritz is having fun collecting little rocks.

And in this picture, Princess Snifflefritz and Princess Magpie are having fun swinging over the rocks on the ground.

And in this last picture, Princess Snifflefritz is standing a rock having fun in Grandma Great's yard.







Oct 17, 2014

This Moment: Dreamy Princess

A beautiful and fun Friday ritual. Inspired by SouleMama.

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. – Amanda Soule

Cauliflower "Mac" and Cheese Casserole

Low Carb Yummyness

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • Vegetable oil spray
  • .75 cup heavy cream
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, cut into small pieces
  • 1.5 cups shredded sharp Cheddar (.5 of it is used to top casserole)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 8 by 8-inch baking dish
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray the baking dish with vegetable oil spray.
  2. Cook the cauliflower in the microwave or on stove top with boiling water until tender, about 5 minutes. 
  3. Drain well and pat dry between paper towels. Put the cauliflower in the baking dish and set aside.
  4. Bring the cream to a simmer in a small saucepan and mix in the cream cheese pieces until smooth. 
  5. Stir in 1 cup of the cheese, salt, pepper and garlic mixing until the cheese melts. 
  6. Pour over the cauliflower and stir to coat cauliflower. 
  7. Top with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese and bake until browned and bubbly hot.

Serves 4-6 people

YAY!

I am doing better today.  At least today, I only had to take painkillers once early this morning and I have been able to function all the rest of the day without them!  Which means I will have a relatively pain-free weekend to enjoy with my kids!  YAY!

Oct 16, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Tots and Me

I went back to late October 2012 for my Throwback Thursday Post today. It was only a few years ago, but I look at those adorable little babies and I can't believe how much they have grown and changed.  Little Prince was only seven months old and Oh SO CUTE!  Princess Belle still wore her fuzzy jammy top and was just as into pink then as she is now.  Princess Snifflefritz and Princess Magpie took every opportunity to climb into my arms, so that between them and Little Prince, I constantly had a heart and a lap full of love.