I want to be in all senses of the words, All. Things. Mama.
As far back as I can remember I've wanted to be a mom, not just any mom, but the mom that stays home with her kids full time. The mom who loves even when she is not loved back, who can't breathe without thinking of her kids first. The mom who loves teaching, playing, cooking, baking, laughing, and kissing owies. The mom who is ALL THINGS MAMA. My husband and I scrimp so that dream can be fulfilled. Being a mom is not part time for me. It is something that has captured my heart. All of the going ons of my life start with thoughts of my kids. My kids consume my love and my life and I allow it because, with God's help they are the essence of what makes me a mother. This is me...

kids: the reason for moms

kids: the reason for moms

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Finding the good stuff in gluten free!

Peek a boo, we're gluten free!
In an effort to find a more filling breakfast for my now gluten and dairy free kiddo, I made up this oatmeal breakfast cookie recipe. I was not expecting anything great, because I've never really made up a cookie recipe before, but my kids loved them!

Here you go:

1.5 cups oat flour (I just blended oats in a blender to make this)
1 cup brown sugar
2 tbs coconut oil
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup applesauce
1 tbs almond butter
1 dash salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 dash cinnamon
1 cup oatmeal (not ground)
1 cup raisins

Mix the coconut oil and sugar together, then add the egg, applesauce and almond butter. Add the rest of the ingredients one by one until everything is well blended. Lastly add oatmeal and raisins.
Bake @ 350 for 14-15 min. (Unless you flatten these out and shape them into a cookie like shape before baking they will stay in little round lumps, but they taste good either way)

We have been introduced to many new things on our adventures in this new diet. Some of our favorites have been coconut milk ice cream, rice milk ice cream, almond milk on our gluten free cereal and for drinking, gluten free noodles, almond flour for baking, and most recently rice flour for baking.

The hardest things about going gluten and dairy free are thinking of meals and keeping grocery costs down. It's expensive to buy the different kinds of flours and of course the special ice creams are not cheap either. But I have found that doing things homemade and from scratch keeps it on the cheaper side. It just takes prep and time.

My son's eczema seems to be subsiding since going on this diet, he also does not wake up with a runny nose every morning. However, after being around cats, his eczema inflamed again and his nose and eyes became runny and watery once again. So, now we know it is not just diet, but other environmental and animal allergies too. Poor kid.

We are on our 12th day of the diet. My plan is to go 20 days and slowly introduce some of things he is allergic to and see how it affects him.

Wish us luck! And pray for healing! We would love for him to grow out of all of this!