I've been a bit silent around here these past several days, but for good reason, I assure you. We've moved, had the stomach flu, traveled, done Christmas, and now have the stomach flu some more. Coming up, more traveling. Then more traveling. And hopefully no more stomach flu. Needless to say, we're all just a wee bit beat.
However, I have soaked up some time with my family. And last night Mercy's 3-1/2 year old cousin, Timothy, got to come over to where we're staying for a slumber party. Those two were like excited puppies for the duration. We tried to get a good picture of the two of them in new outfits when they were all spiffy clean after a bath, but getting a 2 yr. old and a 3 yr. old to sit still for long and smile at the camera at the same time isn't easy...
Congratulations to Erica, the winner of the GrammiesQuiltz Burp Cloth set with comment number 41. You have 48 hours to be in touch with me with your contact information and print choice before I will be forced to draw a new winner.
If you didn't win remember that you can still head on over to GrammiesQuiltz to purchase your favorite set--including those personalized and NFL prints!
Hello and welcome to week 3 of the Souper Saturday blog hop hosted by Welcome To My Kitchen, BarabaraBeat, One+One=4, Gluten Free Motherhood (that's me!) and SippyCupMom. Rules of the hop are the same and as simple as can be:
1. Follow all 5 hosts and leave a comment so we can follow you back.
2. Follow as many blogs as possible. Everyone loves a friendly follow.
3. We would love it if you would post our button to invite all your friends but not required.
When I started this blog I had ambitions of doing a series on gluten-free first foods for baby. However, things never go as planned. For those of you who are unaware, my family has found itself in a tricky position. My husband is one of those well educated people (a master's in accountancy), who, through no fault of his own, has found himself unable to find a job since graduation. Therefore, our little family is currently pretty nomadic since we have no home of our own. Just this month we'll have been in four places.
More than ever, we're having to rely on God for the "little things." Things that aren't little at all, but we tend to take for granted, like the roof over our heads.
And my faith is often too small, which leaves me stressed and preoccupied. Hence, fewer meaningful posts than I have intended.
But, here is one of those posts. I have recently discovered yet another gluten-free finger food for little ones. Plum Organics Fiddlesticks. I remember seeing these as a new item at our local food co-op after Mercy was eating "normal" food well and no longer required things designed to break down well. I've known mothers who don't really feed their babies "baby finger foods" and jump straight to pieces of table food. Either they know some super-mom secret that I don't, or my children's GERD keeps their gag reflexes too sensitive for that. I'm inclined toward the latter. Gilead is just now eating things like small bits of soft pear, potato, and cooked carrots without throwing up over it.
However, Gilead loves fiddlesticks in both berry and apple carrot. I'm pretty sure there are more flavors, but I haven't seen them locally. The box says they are for ages 12 months and over, but he does fine with them at just barely 10 months. I'm inclined to think the age recommendation results from the egg in the ingredient list. Last I knew recommendations were changing and they were finding no adverse affects if eggs were introduced in small quantities before one year.
I also love that fiddlesticks are higher in calories than many other "learning to eat" food. Baby MumMums contain a mere 15 calories in two crackers. Fiddlesticks contain 20 per stick--so two of them is a decent snack for Little Guy.
Fiddlesticks aren't the least expensive first food on the market at $3.50 to $3.99 for a box of 12 at our local natural foods store. However, he doesn't get them every day, so we only go through about two boxes a month, which isn't too terrible in the end. We've been very happy about find one more easy snack food for our babies and anticipate that there will be more in the future since celiac isn't so uncommon as was once believed.
The giveaway for the ERGObaby Teething Pads ended last night, and Random.org has selected a winner. Congratulations to eek031880 who left comment number 69! You have 48 hours to contact me with your contact information and color selection before I will have to draw a new winner. Enjoy your new ERGObaby Teething Pads!
Welcome To week 2 of the Souper Saturday blog hop hosted byWelcome To My Kitchen,BarbarasBeat,GlutenFreeMotherHood,One+One+4andSippyCupMom Rules for the hop are simple: 1. Follow all five hosts. 3. Leave a comment so we can follow you back 4. Follow as many new friends as possible and most of all have fun. Posting our button would be a nice gesture but not required. Have a Souper Saturday!
Both of my children have had GERD as infants. Needless to say, I do tons of laundry in their first six months, and still more than the average mom for at least their first year. Mercy didn't stop spitting up until a month or so before her second birthday.
It goes without saying that a good burp cloth is important to us. I have tried many that are cute, but simply don't absorb much. They might be fine if your baby dribbles a bit, but they do absolutely nothing for regurgitating professionals like my kiddos. I was very excited to find the adorable burp cloths by Romy at GrammiesQuiltz one day when I was perusing Etsy for the perfect rag.
GrammiesQuiltz was kind enough to send a burp cloth for Gilead and me to try.
The cloth is a rag quilt in miniature on the top and a solid piece of flannel on the bottom.
As you can see, this burp cloth is adorable--and I was thrilled to discover that it is absorbent enough for even my heavy spitters! This is most definitely a must have for parents of reflux babies.
GrammiesQuiltz also makes lovely rag quilts, crayon kits, and other wonderful gifts for the little ones (and not so little ones) in your life. While you're there take your time to look around!
GrammiesQuiltz has agreed to send a set of two burp cloths in the print of choice to one lucky reader of Gluten Free Motherhood. This is a giveaway worth entering for any parent of an infant--who doesn't need a few wonderful burp cloths?
Rules: Be sure to leave your e-mail address in each comment so that I can contact you if you win. This giveaway is open to residents of the United States only. Giveaway excludes personalized and NFL prints. Please leave one comment for each entry (i.e., if an action is worth more than one entry leave the appropriate number of comments.).
1. Head on over to GrammiesQuiltz and leave a comment letting me know which print you would like your burp cloths in if you win. (1 entry) 2. Become a follower of Gluten Free Motherhood, or let me know if you already are. (1 entry)
1. "Favorite" GrammiesQuiltz on Etsy. (2 entries) 2. "Favorite" your choice of burp cloth prints (or more items!)at GrammiesQuiltz. (1 entry) 3. "Like" Gluten Free Motherhood on Facebook. (1 entry) 4. Follow Gluten Free Motherhood on Twitter. (2 entries) 5. Tweet this giveaway on Twitter. May do once a day. (1 entry per daily tweet) 6. Share this giveaway on Facebook. (1 entry) 7. Blog about this giveaway and leave me the link to your post. (3 entries)
I will select a winner using random.org and contact the winner via e-mail as well as post the winner. The winner will then have 48 hours to contact me with an address and a confirmation of his/her selection. If I don't hear back from the winner in the allotted amount of time I will be forced to select a new one. Giveaway ends on December 20, 2010 at 11:59pm PST.
Gilead is long, and it occurred to me earlier this week that, in light of that, I should check on the size limits for his Graco Snugride carseat. Sure enough, he's too tall. Therefore, we ordered the next seat for Mercy, a Britax Frontier 85, so that he could move into her Britax Boulevard. We pinch pennies hard in most areas of life, but have decided that safety seats for the kiddos isn't one area we feel comfortable doing so.
I guess that wasn't so wordless.
Anyway, Mercy likes her new seat. Quite a lot...
In case you were wondering, these were taken in the living room. We decided to get it all adjusted for her before going out into the wet and cold to install it in the car...
And while you're here, don't forget to enter the giveaway for ERGObaby teething pads!
I know I've been pretty quiet this last week. As some of you may know, my husband has been unemployed since graduating in May, which has led to a rather nomadic lifestyle as of late. We're having to move on again into another friends home. We've been very blessed to have friends who are gracious enough to host us. So, things have been, and will be, a bit crazy for a bit!
I love my ERGObaby carrier. It is so wonderfully easy to use, and doesn't generate the shoulder and back pain that all other carriers I have tried inevitably do. The versatility of positions and the ability for both my husband and me to use it makes it perfect for our lifestyle.
However, Gilead was constantly gnawing at and sucking on the straps, which resulted in a decidedly distasteful wet stain. I didn't want to shorten the life of my carrier with repeated washings, but I wasn't a big fan of the drool marks, either.
Did you know that ERGObaby has a solution to the problem? ERGObaby makes teething pads that fit all of their carriers, and they were kind enough to send a pair of the pads in cream for Little Guy and me to give a try. They arrived just on time for Gilead to cut his first tooth.
We both like them...
We like them a lot! The pads velcro on and off of the carrier in a jiffy. The pads are 100% cotton, and once your little one goobers them up, just toss them in the wash and they come out ready to go all over again.
I couldn't be happier with my ERGObaby carrier and teething pads. The products and customer service are amazing. And, ERGObaby has generously offered to send a pair of teething pads in cream or mocha to one lucky reader of Gluten Free Motherhood!
Giveaway Rules: Please leave your e-mail address in each comment and one comment for each entry (if the action is worth more than one entry leave the appropriate number of comments).
1. Become a follower of Gluten Free Motherhood
2. Head over the ERGObaby and let me know whether you would like teething pads in cream or mocha* in addition to telling me what other ERGObaby product you would love to have.
1. "Like" Gluten Free Motherhood on Facebook (2 entries).
I love pumpkin this time of year. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins. Well, you get the idea. I particularly like eating pumpkin pie for breakfast...
But this is about pumpkin muffins. We have a potluck after church every Sunday, but unless one of those of us in the congregation with gluten-intolerance brings something glutenfree, there isn't any dessert we're able to eat. This week I had a craving for pumpkin muffins. With chocolate chips, of course.
This is how Mercy likes hers...
So, in case you'd like to have some, too, here's the recipe:
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
3/4 c. brown rice flour
1/2 c. sorghum flour
1/2 c. potato starch
1-1/4 c. sugar
1 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1-1/2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. cloves
1/2 t. ginger
1/2 t. nutmeg
1 t. xanthum gum
1/2 c. vegetable oil
2 t. molasses
2 large eggs
1 heaping cup unsweetened pumpkin
1/4 to 1/3 c. water
1/2 to 1 c. chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl cream together the remaining ingredients, starting with 1/4 cup water. Add the remaining water if necessary. Add the dry ingredients to the wet one and mix until well blended. Fold in desired quantity of chocolate chips. Bake 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
Graham crackers are one of those childhood staples that nearly everyone seems to have fond memories of. However, my 2-1/2 year old had never tasted one. Until last week.
I found a "Honey Grahamless" cracker mix at our local natural foods store, and even though it was pricey, I bought it hoping it would turn out to be a special treat for her.
Little Guy approved, too...
And Mercy had her first ever s'more. Come to think of it, it my first s'more in at least five years. Probably more like seven or eight!
Now I need to find, or come up with, a good, from-scratch recipe that is a bit more budget-friendly. Because now that we've been reminded of how good a cracker with a wee bit of molasses and cinnamon can be I don't think any of us really want to wait nearly a decade to try it again!
After Gilead was born, we moved Mercy from the crib into her toddler bed. We were going to wait a few months, but then we realized that since I was recovering a c-section I couldn't lift her out of the crib. Therefore, we switched to the "big girl bed." All went smoothly. To this day she doesn't get off of the bed before we come to her room to tell her she can be all done.
However, this summer, we started to be awakened by pitiful cries in the night. Upon entering Mercy's room we would find her on the floor, and often several feet from her bed. It seemed that she was slowly wiggling off the bed while she slept (despite the built-in rail) and then continuing to sleep. Upon awakening she was rather disoriented by her new location (the middle of her bedroom floor), and none too happy about it!
We're the type who need our sleep. And we had a new infant in the house. I was told by a few friends that she would just grow out of it, but at the moment anything that interrupted precious nighttime sleep and was potentially fixable was to be viewed as a mortal enemy. So I did what any modern mom would do. I went online.
I only found two solutions for toddler beds (vs. twins). One would cost $60. Ouch. That wasn't an option. The other was considerably cheaper at a mere $28. However, given the fact that my husband was a full-time graduate student and we were soon to be entering a rather unstable job market, what I really wanted was a free solution. Then I found a forum, and I never read forums. Too much subjective information. But this time I skimmed it, and found an ingenious solution by a clever mom.
A water noodle. You know, those long, foam pool toys.
I immediately went to Walmart, purchased the extra large one(translation, the one with a larger diameter), cut it to length, and installed it. Mercy hasn't fallen out of bed since.
The noodle cut to fit.
The noodle creates a bumper that is easily climbed over, but not rolled or scooted over--especially in one's sleep. And all for just $4!
Last night we had pizza and a baguette for dinner. In a celiac's home. And it was wonderful.
I used the olive oil bread dough from Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day for both the baguette and the pizza crust.
Though I have one other pizza crust recipe I think I prefer by just a wee bit, it takes so much more time and energy. I'm in love with the idea of simply having this dough in the refrigerator all the time so that we can have pizza more than once every few months. My non-celiac husband even thinks it's good! And while he's not a picky guy, I'm very sympathetic to the fact that he doesn't get to eat like most people do now that he's married to me, and his seal of approval is important.
I also have another baguette recipe that I like, but I'm not sure that I can say I like it better. And will you just look at that beautiful, golden crust and the airy texture inside? It was so wonderful dipped in olive oil and spices.
We will most definitely be eating these things much more often than I would have thought possible just a couple of years ago!