I’d like to confess that I’m a bit addicted to pinterest. I will just assume that some of you may be as well, partly because it makes me feel as though I’m in good company. It actually is a blessing, this thing called pinterest. It allows this mom brain of mine to flex it’s muscles and remember that I am a woman of many interests. I spend my time dabbling in photography, art, and beauty (hah, as if I have time for beauty) categories. I’m not going to lie though, most of my pins are kitchen related. One huge problem; so many tempting recipes containing dairy, dairy dairy!! Which my youngest is still not allowed to have due to food allergies. Luckily, I am ambitious and I do my best to make adaptations for dairy, egg and nut free.
One thing I’ve discovered in having a boy is that he eats an enormous amount of food throughout the day. He’ll have just finished breakfast 10 minutes before and he’ll be asking for a snack. It’s a little mind blowing that such large quantities of food can fit in that little body. So I am constantly thinking of ways to make his snacking healthier and more varied. One answer…homemade whole wheat cheese crackers.
For years friends and family have been telling me that I need to open a bakery of my own. Baking is obviously a passion of mine and while I’ve toyed with the idea of starting a business, time spent with my family has always been a bigger priority. The two years that K has been here, I’ve made his birthday cakes and they have really turned out well. I’ll share those in another post!
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!
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.
I’m very into all things vintage so I was beyond excited to get this book in the mail from my mother.
It’s chock full of sound advice like this…”Planning, preparing and serving meals is an art which develops through inspiration and thought. And meal planning is really fun! It may look difficult to the beginner, but like driving a car, swimming, or anything we learn to do without thought or conscious effort, it is a skill which grows easier with doing.”