K and I are big on arts and craft projects. He takes creating very seriously, whether that be in baking or in crafts. It’s so much fun for me to watch him be so focused and calm since he’s normally a giant ball of energy. When he was sick last week and we were looking longingly outside at the sunshine, I had a great idea for a craft. I thought it would be a kind of unconscious motivation for his body to heal more quickly if we made something that could be used outdoors.
I seems like forever since my last post, but I haven’t been baking much these days. I’m avoiding water. Well, washing my hands unnecessarily. For some reason, I’ve had an outbreak of severe eczema on my hands. Since I can remember I’ve been the type that’s obsessive about moisturizing my skin. Needless to say, I had never experienced dry skin at all. But since I had little K I’ve been battling eczema big time. First it started on my legs and after a few months it was my arms and now my hands. And as a mom of a toddler it’s pretty much impossible to avoid washing my hands. So I’m given no choice but to suffer the constant pain. I’ve seen 3 different dermatologists, tried a bevy of lotions and creams and have now resorted to the grocery aisle to find a solution.
The birds are chirping. The flowers are budding. The sun is shining. And I’m stuck inside. Unfortunately, my little guy is not feeling well. He’s got croup. I’ve tried luring him just out to the backyard so I can get a much needed dose of seratonin, but he’s just not up to it. So what’s a baking mama to do?
Do you ever feel like eating a piece of cheesecake? Such a creamy comfort food. Then you stop and think about how MANY calories are in an entire piece of cheesecake. I know, these are things that are better not thought about it. But you happen to be watching TV and suddenly there’s a clip on The Biggest Loser telling you exactly how much damage you’d be doing if you indulge. Why? Some things are better left unsaid, unnamed physical trainers!
You may have not have noticed this, but we do a lot of baking around here. My little guy is always helping and his clothes have the stains to prove it. I have been on the hunt for a toddler apron for quite some time, but aside from ordering one online, I’ve had little luck. So I decided to make my own. It’s a super easy project that’s very appropriate for beginners. It took me less than an hour to make this and most of that time was spent fetching K some snacks! I’ll walk you through the process, but please excuse the poor pictures. They were taken in the attic which has the epitome of death lighting.
Yesterday I received some very wonderful news. My son can now eat eggs! For now, we are only trying out goodies that have eggs baked into them and create a crumb. If he still tests negative in 6 months we can try a whole egg. The only bad news is that he was further tested for nuts and we found that he’s very allergic to almost all nuts! Yikes! But I’m hoping he’ll eventually outgrow these like he’s outgrown the egg allergy.
Do you ever just have one of those days? Days where nothing goes right, where you burn things that aren’t supposed to be burnt? Where you don’t cook a custard long enough for it to set? Then the custard flows out of the bottom of the tart pan and onto every shelf in your refrigerator? Hmmm…No? Well, yesterday was certainly one of those days for me.
Working with yeast is a tricky skill to master and there’s no better way to learn that than to bake your own bread. I’ve taken an interest in bread making, although this is only the fourth type of bread I’ve ever made. The first was an attempt at dinner rolls and it was a big failure. After my first successful venture(focaccia), I realized that homemade bread is well worth the effort and it tastes a million times better than store-bought. My latest challenge was the Olive Oil Bread from Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook.