Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies

I am not gluten free, but I like experimenting with other flours that can be a bit healthier for the body. 
I came across this recipe when I was finishing up my HCG Diet and looking for something gluten and sugar free. 
They were pretty good!

1/2 C coconut oil, melted
1 C powdered stevia
5 (1 1/4 C) egg beaters
1/2 t vanilla
1/8 t salt

Stir in:
1 1/2 C non sweetened coconut
3/4 C unsweetened chocolate chips
3/4 C nuts
1 C coconut flour

Drop or roll into balls and place on pizza stone or cookie sheet.
Note: They will not spread.
Bake in preheated oven 375 degrees for 14-15 minutes.

Recipe found HERE

Monday, May 12, 2014

Paleo Chocolate Zucchini Bread

I made this.
It was pretty good.

Recipe found HERE

Paleo Chocolate Zucchini Breadprint
  1. In a food processor combine almond flour and cacao powder
  2. Pulse in salt and baking soda
  3. Pulse in eggs, coconut oil and honey, stevia, then zucchini
  4. Transfer batter to a greased 6.5 x 4 inch baby loaf pan, dusted with almond flour
  5. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes
  6. Cool for 2 hours
  7. Serve
Makes 1 loaf

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Enter Sandman

 I wondered one night after rocking Clark to sleep, where the sandman came from.
So I Googled it.
I wasn't surprised to find that it was some old folk lore from our European Ancestors.

"The Sandman is a mythical character in central and northern European folklore who brings good dreams. Traditionally, he is a character in many children's stories. He is said to sprinkle sand or dust on or into the eyes of the child at night to bring on dreams and sleep. The grit or "sleep" in one's eyes upon waking is supposed to be the result of the Sandman's work the previous evening."

Cleaver what they did with the "sleep" in the eyes thing, huh?
However, I was a little creeped out by the Disney cartoon and lyrics that followed my search.
It's so interesting to watch or read things from decades centuries ago and see how nothing was sugar coated when it came to teaching a lesson. 
You know what I mean if you have read any of  the Mother Goose stories or Grimm's Fairy Tales
 (Both amazingly from the 17th century and still relevant)
They include tales  that now days would be inappropriate and not safe for children.

The 1933 Walt Disney Silly Symphonies cartoon Lullaby Land ends with the Sandman putting the baby to sleep.

This ain't your modern day Barney Cartoon.

 A few Lyrics tid bits I found funny :
"No, no! A-a-ah! Baby mustn't break. No, no! Burny-burn! Baby mustn't touch. No, no! Burny-burn! They'll hurt you very much. A-a-a-a-ah! Oh, no, no! Baby, throw it away! Oh, now the boogieman will get you, 'cause you didn't obey. We are the boogie boogie boogiemen, We will get you, Get you if we can, When we come out into the night, Babies always waking with a fright"

Furthermore in my research I found some interesting facts about old time Nursery Rhymes and childhood songs. Check out an explanation of popular rhymes you grew up singing HERE. You will be shocked what some of them really mean!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

My back door is a Jerk

This damn door has been a pain since we moved in. 
I always said i wanted to replace it and it just got worse and worse with each change of the season.
Sometimes it would stick, sometimes it wouldn't. 
Sometimes you had to slam it , some times you didn't. 
Since it was the point of entry into the house every time, i found that it set me up for a bad mood. 
The frustration I had with that door.....
I don't think Steve was able to relate.
He isn't bothered by nearly as many things as me in general.
But specifically this door, I don't think it ever impacted him the same as it did me.
He is a guy, he is stronger than me, he opens and closes it with more force, naturally. 
There wasn't as much struggle for him to shut it tight. 
He also tends to have his hands free when he is going out and locking the door.
As opposed to my exiting of the house....... I have a struggling to break free toddler , (used to be a just as awkward baby car seat carrier) a huge diaper bag, a beverage of some type,
as well as another bag usually, filled with Clark's things or toys or groceries or stuff on its way to my destination.

So all this resulted in me usually having to make two trips.

One to put everything in the car and come back and shut and lock the door.
 Or either set everything down on the porch after just gathering it all up to go out the door, meanwhile grabbing for Clark so he doesn't make his way down the steps alone, pulling the door to hold it shut with one hand and lock it with the other . 
You had to pull this door WHILE you locked it.
 Not only that, the lock wasn't smooth, so you were also jiggling your key trying to get it to spin in there or to try and pull it our after you locked the dead bolt.
 It was a PAIN i tell you. 
So finally we replaced the door and it took a lot of work. 
The problem with old houses is that nothing is straight.
So you can't remove something and replace it so easily. 
Everything must be trimmed and skimmed and shored up and shimmed and filled and puttied and sanded and on and on. 
So we spent the entire afternoon ( We, being Steve and my Dad) pulling the old door out and putting the new door in.
 Even after getting it in, it still didn't work as nicely as it should have. 
So Steve spent another couple hours making it perfect. 
Which I am grateful for multiple times a day when I go in and out through this door.
He has no idea.
 It's just a nicer door to him, that's all. 
To me, it sets the tone of how my day is going to go. 
Fighting with that door is one less thing I have to deal with and I am pretty happy about that. 
But why didn't we do this 3 years ago?
 Just wanted to torture myself I guess.