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January 19, 2012

“Children need at least one person in their life who thinks the sun rises and sets on them, someone who delights in their existence and loves them unconditionally.”

~~ Pam Leo

Unicorn Poop cookies (gluten-free)

January 18, 2012

3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup softened butter
1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 & 1/4 cups gluten-free flour blend
1 tsp. x-gum

food coloring
sparkle gel
candy stars

-combine sugar and butter; beat until fluffy (about 3 minutes)

-beat in egg yolk and almond extract

-hand-stir in flour & x-gum until combined and forms ball of dough

-separate dough into parts, add separate food coloring to each part (i wanted 3 different colors, so i separated dough into 3 parts. made one green, one blue, one purple.)

-chill dough for 1 hour

-take 1/2 TBSP of each color of dough. roll each into a rope. combine ropes. twist into a pile. pile them high, because they flatten during baking.

-place cookies on UN-greased cookie sheets. bake at 350 for 8-12 minutes, depending on size of cookies.

-remove from sheets. cool. add sparkle gel and candy stars.

Almond Joy Frappuccino Popsicles…

July 16, 2011

Ever have one of those evenings where you are craving an icy coffee drink and don’t want to get out of your jammies, to drive to the local Starbucks, to fork over $5, only to have an asthma attack from dairy consumption?  It happened to me Thursday.  And thank goodness, I found an Almond Joy Frappuccino recipe, over at Life As A Plate!

After the three of us each drank our fill (full glass for Hubby, half glass for my 4-year old, 1/4 of a glass for me) there was still a few servings in the blender.  I opened up the Tupperware cupboard, looking for something to store the extra drink, and there I spied the Popsicle maker!  YES!  Almond Joy Frappuccino Popsicles!  What a beautiful thing!


Gluten-Free Pizza…

July 9, 2011

Our family just started a gluten-free journey…and 4 days into it, my 4-year old requested pizza.  🙂

After checking the market, I discovered that a very small, frozen, gritty, gluten-free pizza is $9.  So, I had a mission: find a gluten-free, yeast-free pizza crust recipe at 9pm, on a Saturday night!

What I found was the most delicious pizza I’ve ever made!  It was gluten-free, but tasted better than any pizza we’ve ever eaten!  And it was super easy to make!

Gluten-free, Yeast-free Pizza Crust

  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup rice flour
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 TBSP Italian herbs
  • 1  dash of garlic powder


  1. combine all.  mix GENTLY.  do not over-mix.  batter will be runny!
  2. pour into well-greased pan.  i used a small round cake pan.
  3. bake at 425 for 10 minutes.
  4. remove from oven. add pizza sauce, toppings, cheese, etc.
  5. return to oven for another 10 minutes, until cheese is melted and lightly browned.



June 5, 2011

“The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.” ~~Albert Ellis, psychologist

10 Ways to Confuse a Child…

June 1, 2011

Ten Ways To Confuse a Child

from: Demand EUPHORIA

  • If he’s yelling, yell at him: STOP YELLING! IT’S NOT NICE TO YELL. 
  • Tell him never to talk to strangers because it’s dangerous, but then tell him he is rude when he won’t say hello back to the cashier at the grocery store.
  • Tell him he should never let anyone touch him if he doesn’t feel comfortable, but then don’t intervene when his aunt, who he sees once a year, hugs him against his will.
  • Tell him you can’t afford to buy him the one-dollar candy bar he wants, as you are buying yourself a five-dollar cup of coffee.
  • Tell him he has to share his favorite toy with his sister, but then later when he wants to play with your iPhone, don’t let him.
  • If he has just hit his sister, tell him it’s not nice to hit someone, then grab him and hit him.
  • Tell him he’s not allowed to quit doing that thing he hates, because it’s important to be persistent and determined, but then tell him to quit asking for that thing he wants because it’s annoying how persistent he is.
  • Tell him not to eat now (when he’s hungry) because if he does, he won’t be hungry later (when the clock says it’s time for dinner).
  • Tell him you can’t do that thing he wants you to do for him because you are in the middle of writing an email, but then get really upset when he tells you he can’t do something for you because he’s in the middle of playing a video game.
  • Explain how important it is to be honest, and then freak out when he tells you the truth about something he did and punish him for doing that thing. And then later, lie to him about something really important.

Blah, blah, blah…

May 29, 2011

Parents can make a big difference by helping children work through their thoughts and theories without scoffing or criticizing. Awareness of this pattern of development can help parents avoid expecting young children to think in ways of which they are incapable, and avoid holding children responsible for “understanding” or “agreeing to” things they can’t really comprehend.

Some parents will say, “I explained it and he said he understood.” What probably happened was the child heard “blah blah blah blah, okay?” and said “Okay.”  ~~Sandra Dodd

This is one of my favorite quotes!  Months ago, when I read Sandra Dodd’s unschooling book, I laughed when I read this.  My 4-year old wanted to know what was so funny, so I read her this passage.  She smiled and said, “Yep, that’s true, Mama!”  🙂  To this day, if I am explaining something and she’s not receiving it well, she’ll laugh and say “Blah, blah, blah, okay?” and it reminds me to stop and take a different approach. 

You can find more musings from Sandra Dodd here.