Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Wordless Wednesday--Mercy's new Carseat

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!

An Apology

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!

In the meantime, here's another hop.

To-the-TOP Tuesday


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Weekend Hops

BWS tips button

While you're here, don't forget to enter the ERGObaby teething pads giveaway here.  And if you'd like to know about the family behind this blog you can find our family blog here.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Wordless Wednesday--Race Car Shopping

Gilead and Mercy love shopping in these race car carts...

While you're here don't forget to enter the giveaway for ERGObaby teething pads here!

ERGObaby Teething Pads Review and Giveaway!

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).

Mandatory Entries:
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.

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Giveaway ends December 15 at 11:59pm PST.

*ERGObaby will do its best to send the winner teething pads in the color of his or her choice.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Tuesday Blog Hops!

Busy Mom's Tips Tuesday Blog Hop

Just Married with Coupons

Mommying On The Fly

While your here don't forget to enter my giveaway for ERGObaby teething pads!

Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins

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.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

Gluten Free Graham Crackers

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.

 It was...

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!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Wordless Wednesday--Saying Goodnight...

Almost Free Toddler Bed Bumper/Rail

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!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Gluten-Free Pizza and Baguette

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!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

New Dapper Snappers Winner!

I haven't heard from the winner first drawn for the Dapper Snappers.  Therefore, I had no option but to draw a new winner this morning.  This time random.org chose number 16.  And number 16 is Ellis Girls!  Congratulations!  I'll be contacting you and you will have two days to get back to me with contact information and your choice in Dapper Snappers colors.

I Won the Versatile Blogger Award!

I was so excited that this blog, especially in it's newness, was awarded the versatile blogger award from At Home Moma.  Thank you so much!  It's always nice to know that a new venture is appreciated.

To accept the versatile blogger award the rules are as follows:

1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you the award
2. Share 7 things about yourself
3. Pass it along to 15 blogs you've recently discovered and enjoy
4. Leave your recipients a note telling them about the award

Seven things about me:

1. I am the stay-at-home mommy to two beautiful children ages 2 and 8 months.  I love it!
2. I have celiac, but that was probably obvious given the blog
3. When I lived in rural Idaho I spent hours scouring eBay because it was about the only way I could find clothes for my children for a decent price.
4. We recently moved from Idaho to Oregon to be in a church we love and in hopes that living in a major metropolitan area will help my husband in his search for work.
5. Despite spending the past few years in northern Idaho, I grew up on the Oregon Coast and am happy to be back home.
6. My husband and I met online, and were married four months after first writing to one another!
7. I began college (2,000 miles from home) when I was 16.

And now the 15 blogs I've recently discovered and enjoy:

Starting this blog has been a whole lot of fun, and winning this made it even more so!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Wordless Wednesday--Gilead's New Smile

This smile is rather similar to what we called Mercy's "cheesy grin" when she was about Gilead's age.

Dapper Snappers Winner!

And today was the big day.  Random.org selected a number, and number 33 wins!  Congratulations to Lise, from the Baby Bottom Line.  You have two days to contact me with your contact information and choice in Dapper Snappers colors at glutenfreemotherhood(at)gmail(dot)com.  Thank you so much for all of your entries!

Lise, I'm sorry, but I don't have your e-mail address, so please get back to me as soon as possible  to claim your Dapper Snappers!