Sunday, June 29, 2014

Armor of God

I just watched a beautiful episode of a program called the Armor of God. In it it describes our place in this world and my soul aches with the simplicity and truth found in these words. 

This program is from ChurchMilitant.TV

Motherhood moments

How do I express myself properly? I'm tired but I'm full of energy. I feel like I run a race every waking moment and even when asleep. My dreams are full and vivid, yet I barely remember what they were about. My back is sore and my joints achy. Mystery bruises abound and little people poking them with questions. I live in the physicality of the moment. New babies are work. Work to learn their qwirks. Work to bring them into harmony with the family and bring the family in line with the needs of the baby. So much to do, no time to do anything but live in the moment. This work I do for God. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

The baby is getting so big.

He's almost 5 months old and can already roll over both ways and crawls like an inchworm. That means he puts his head on the ground, hikes his butt up, pushes off with his feet, and drags his arms behind him. I have a feeling this little guy is going to be walking before a year old. Maybe before 9 months. I guess all I can do is pray he doesn't crash and burn too much. 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Tutu gift for my niece

In two weeks my niece will be 3. I had the brilliant idea of making her a tutu to run around in. I looked up some tutorials on Pinterest and made this piece.

She loves pink and purple 

Pony beads and bells 

A ribbon to make it tighter if needs be 

Pilot holding up the tutu. He thought it was great.

Happy Birthday Hero

Hero turned 2 last week. He had a great birthday. Lots of presents and a yummy cake.

Lots of presents! 

Pilot in armor 

A birthday cake grin 

Please sir. I want some more.

Auntie with the baby at the birthday party

A Baptism

The baby got baptized! It was back at the beginning of May but here are photos to prove it happened. First are the pictures of the baptismal outfit I made for the baby:

I had to hand set the sleeve because the armholes were too small for my machine 

Diaper snaps. I love these guys but I should have put some twill tape in for reinforcement 


My husband and I with the baby and his godparents 

Deacon, me, the baby, and my husband

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Recipe

Hero showing a piece of his birthday cake

I have been gluten free since Lent of 2012. Why? I found that eating wheat caused me to have high blood pressure during pregnancy and allergies both during and after pregnancy. I thought it was a fluke but I've done much experimenting on myself to see if a wee bit of host from communion would be okay and again and again I find it is not. Headaches, sinus pressure, insomnia, mucus, and massive amounts of sneezing have convinced me not to eat it.

Unfortunately, because of this allergy/sensitivity/intolerance I now miss baking for my family and friends. I want to eat what they eat so I know it tastes good. Birthdays are a moment I get to share my skill with a large amount of people and hopefully fulfill the desire of the guest of honor. For years I have been trying out this recipe and that recipe, using almond flour, but finding it challenging to work with. The cakes always came out weird.

One day my husband came home with a gigantic bag of coconut flour. He wanted me to use it and see if we liked it. I had never used coconut flour because I was concerned about the dryness and the choking problem. I made a loaf of bread and my husband was reaching for water and saying it was extremely dry. I did some google searches for coconut flour recipes and found one for brownies that sounded really easy. I made some up and fell in love with the flavor and smoothness. The only problem was density. So, I did some research on the difference between brownies and cakes and found that really it was very simple changes. I tried with each successive batch to make cake, altering a bit here and a bit there. (note: baking is chemistry, you can't mess with recipes a great deal or they won't turn out with desirable results)

After making this recipe 6 times, with a different variation for each, I finally have a delicious recipe to share.

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

1 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. cocoa powder
1/2 c. almond meal* (found in the bulk section of your natural food store)
5 eggs
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. coconut flour

Cream the sugar and butter. Add cocoa and almond meal and mix well. One at a time, add the eggs, whipping as much air into the batter as you can. Add in vanilla, baking soda, and salt. Add in coconut flour. 

Pour batter into a greased 8x8 pan. 
Bake for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees F. Do not over-bake.

Here is a link to a bake time conversion chart if you use a different size pan.

*Almond flour can be used if almond meal is unavailable, but it will cost quite a bit more.

Chocolate Frosting

1/2 c. butter, soft
1/4 c. cocoa powder
1/4 c. water
1 lb. powdered sugar

Mix butter and cocoa powder until smooth. Add a little powdered sugar, then add the water. Add in the rest of the powdered sugar. Frost cake.

note: If the frosting is too thin, add more powdered sugar. If the frosting is too thick, add more water. 

Hero looking for more cake to eat