Friday, May 31, 2013

Mini Morning Glory Muffins (GF)

With Konny's love of muffins, I'm always looking to switch it up a bit because I get bored making the same ones over and over and over. I've also discovered that mini muffins are a much better fit for my sweet little man. This way I'm not finding half eaten crusty muffins in random places throughout the house. So it's really a win win thing we have going here with mini muffins.
Happy Baby. Happy Momma.

I came up with this recipe similiar to morning glory muffins, only banana instead of apple and craisins instead of raisins. 

These are super easy and super yummy!

1 1/4 cups gluten free flour (or all purpose)
1/2 cup sucanat (or brown sugar)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup oats
2 tbsp ground flax
1/2 cup craisins
1/4 cup oil
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup coconut milk (or desired milk variety)
1 cup of grated carrot
1 banana, mashed

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Wisk dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add cranberries.

In a seperate bowl, wisk oil, egg, milk, carrots and banana.
Pour wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.

Bake 15 min for mini muffins or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Makes 2 dz mini muffins.  I haven't made regular muffins yet, but I would guess 25 min. for a dz regular size muffins.



While I have made these too many times to count, Konnor seemed perplexed as to why there were craisins in his muffins.  He enjoys craisins and raisins as a snack but apparently (hopefully temporarily) has decided he feels adversely them in his baked goods.  I could just leave them out, but I've been brainstorming another recipe.  Can't wait to share!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Bye Bye Pacifiers!

Lately I couldn't help but notice that Konny was getting a bit of an overbite from using his pacifier at night. The only time he had it was at bed, so I kind of drug my feet in calling it quits.  Randomly one evening a week or so ago, I mentioned to Konny that if he wanted to throw his pacifiers away, we could get a new transformer.  He loves the Rescue Bots.

The next morning, without a word from me, he gathered them all up and headed to the trash.  When I realized what he was doing, I ran for the camera.



Since we had a handful of errands to run anyway, we loaded up and headed to Walmart first to find Chase the Rescue Bot.

Naptime was a little iffy and he asked for his paci, but I told him if we got them out of the trash, Chase had to go in the trash.  He didn't want that and went right to sleep and was excited to play with his new toy when he woke up.


My baby is growing up!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

We all scream for ice cream!

I scream. You scream.  We all scream for ice cream!

I'd been seeing some yummy ice cream recipes on pinterest and thought an ice cream maker would be awesome for making allergy friendly ice cream for our family to enjoy.  I had 30% off at Kohls, so I looked around online and there was a green one!  I took that as a sign!  I ordered right away so it would arrive in time for the kids to give me for Mother's Day.

After getting it ordered, I spent some time pinning dairy free ice cream recipes.  I came across one from Chocolate Covered Katie that I kind of followed to make our ice cream.

2 cups So Delicious Coconut Creamer
1 cup So Delicious Original Coconut milk
1/3 cup sugar
1/8 tsp pink sea salt
1 tsp vanilla

Unbeknownst to the children (since they were with E at his parent's house), I got the freezer bowl out the night before and stuck it in the freezer.  So after they gave it to me, all we had to do was turn it on and pour in the ingredients. 

Then we went on a walk and come home to ice cream!!

It was so super yummy!  We ate every last bit and the kids even slurped the last drops out of their bowls.





Knowing the kids would want to pick something out for me themselves, I directed E to the Wholesale Beauty Supply so they could each pick out a nail polish.  They know how much I love painting my nails, so I knew they would love this and it was so fun seeing the colors they choose.

Kelton picked the green glitter.  Katie the sparkly coral and Konny the shimmery yellow.  I probably would never have picked the yellow myself, but I applied it that night and he was excited to see me wearing it the next morning.

Mother's Day is fun, but for me, everyday is a mother's day.  My whole life is planned for and around these lovelies and I wouldn't have it any other way!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Preschool Graduation

Katie has been attending Learn and Grow on the days I work this year so she could get a yr of preschool in before starting Kindergarten this fall.  Unexpectedly in Feb, Konnor started attending also and while we were super sad to leave Debbie's (the home daycare provider we've had for almost 8 yrs), it turned out to be a positive change.

At the end of the year, there's always a picnic, a program and a ceremony for the preschoolers entering the big K.  Although the picnic was moved inside due to chance of rain, we still had a lot of fun.



All through dinner, Konnor kept telling us how he was going to sing songs.  When it was time to actually go up in front of everyone though, he changed his mind.  Then they handed out the American flags.  All E had to say was...."well, I guess only Katie gets to hold a flag, " and he was right up next to her in a heartbeat!



And he stayed put even after they were done with the flags!




 
Ever protective, Katie made sure Konny didn't get to close to the edge and fall off during their enthusiastic performance...
 
 
After being at school all day, the whole performance was a little much for Konny, so he just sat down and observed the second half.
 

Then it was time for Katie to get her preschool diploma!
 

 
I can't believe my baby girl is going to be in Kindergarten next year.  Where has the time gone?   She is so beautiful and her personality is blossoming more and more everyday.  I just love this girl to pieces!
 
 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Week

Doesn't it take such a leap of faith to entrust your most precious asset in the hands of another person?  We are so blessed to have such wonderful teachers in our children's lives and I definitely wanted to make them feel special during teacher appreciation week this year.

I joined the TAPE committee to help provide a little gift to all the district teachers in their mailbox each day during the week.  I had fun putting together these two little treats....


I also tried to send a little something for Kelton's teacher each day so she would know how much we appreciate her.  The first day was Hands Down, You're the Best Teacher Around.  I had Kelton trace and cut out his hand.  We also did these for Katie and Konnor's preschool teachers.

We also did some gum...

And M&Ms....

For the final day, Kelton took his teacher a cup with some instant drink mixes thanking his teacher for Quenching His Thirst for Knowledge.

 We also couldn't forget to spoil our therapists at Heartspring.  They are Helping Konnor Sparkle!

The kids youth group leaders definitely deserved credit also.  I SOAP they now how special they are to us!

My Sunday school class brought breakfast and mini rose bushes for the two wonderful women that keep our class organized.

As always, I have pinterest to thank for most of these ideas and I've linked to the printables I used, but some of them I created myself.  Plus, thanks to couponing and Dollar Stores, all of these little projects were very frugal, if not free, for me to make!

I have a few cute ideas for end of the year gifts and then I'll already be considering ideas for next  year.  Teachers deserve to be acknowledged and spoiled, all year long!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Here we run again!

Doing races on the weekend is always fun and it's even more fun when the whole family is involved!  Last weekend, we all loaded up (plus one of Kelton's friends) and headed to Winfield for the Sharon K Bird Memorial Run/Walk to benefit CCL.

It was such a bummer that it was only about 40 degrees and rainy!  Thankfully the rain let up just in time for the race. 

Kelton and his friend, Jacob ran the 5K together.  I ran with my childhood friend, Susan (Sharon's daughter).  Katie and Eric ran the mile, while my mom pushed Konny in the stroller. 

*Konny was obviously not cooperative for pics and when I told Eric later that day I didn't get a pic of him, he said....exactly.  Haha!




This was Susan's first 5K and she ran the entire way!  She did fabulous and I'm so proud of her!  We had so much fun and can't wait to do it again next year! 

ANTS!

Kelton received and ant farm for Christmas and while we ordered our ants right away, we had to wait until the weather was nice enough for them to travel through the mail to us.  When they arrived we couldn't wait to get them in their home.





They are sure busy little things....


At this point, I'm not sure we have very many...ahem...live ants left.  Just a couple days in, Konnor took the lid off and we had some escapees.  Thankfully, we taped the lid on because I may have accidentally knocked it off the counter a few days ago.  Oops!

We are all having so much fun watching our ants!   I know this will be something we do again!