Sunday, July 26, 2009

Can Art

Still on my kick to amuse a toddler while allowing a sick baby to get his rest, I've been exploring ways to reuse items in my recycle box. (I keep a box of clean cans, bottles, yogurt cups, etc. for crafting purposes.) The daughter and I came up with this project to hold her crayons, pencils, and pens.

We took a clean can--bean can, tomato can, whatever--and used a foam brush to paint it with acrylic paints. I just let the daughter paint as much as she wanted, and I didn't remedy any open spots. Once it was all dry, we took some white glue and attached some craft ribbon that I had leftover from another project.

The result: an hour of sleep for a sick baby, an excited and proud toddler, and a container she is happy to use for her crayons. We'll see if this keeps them off of the carpet! :-D

I took some pictures, and I'll post them later.

Friday, July 24, 2009

The BEST Oatmeal Raisin Cookies EVER!!!

This morning I was looking for a time killer, as my son is sick and daughter is getting cabin fever. While my back-up activity used to be baking, I haven't done it as much since baby was diagnosed with an egg allergy because finding delicious recipes can be difficult. Today, though, I was desperate and decided to ransack the kitchen to make my own recipe. This is what I concocted:

1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup brown rice flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup raisins
dash of ground pecans (optional)

Preheat oven to 350. Combine sugars and applesauce and stir until moist and sticky. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir until well blended. Add rolled oats and raisins until the dough is to your consistency. Bake for 13 minutes, or until nicely golden.

These turned out so well for me. They are the gooiest, yummiest oatmeal cookies I've ever eaten, and they were a major hit with everyone!

UPDATE: According to Daddy-O, these cookies are too gooey. He prefers his oatmeal cookies a little crunchier than I do. He did say, though, that the yummy taste of applesauce outweighed the crunchy factor.

Getting Started

So I thought I would get started with this blogging thing by posting some of the things I'm doing at home with the kids. My son has very sensitive skin and an egg allergy, my husband is pre-diabetic, I'm gluten intolerant, and both kids have asthma. As such, cooking is a very interesting prospect in our house.

I love cooking, baking, sewing, knitting, crochet, and any other craft I can figure out. This blog will hopefully be a record of all that we do, and a resource for others who are dealing with allergies and sensitivities.