Saturday, October 13, 2012

9-8-12 raw oat mess no more cookies...

So my son is a little odd. He loves raw oats. I'm not complaining but wow do they make a mess. So I decided to try and come up with a raw oat delivery system on a tight budget that would meet 4 requirements.

1. Ben would eat it
2. It was high in nutrients
3. It didn't have a lot of sugar
4. It did not get scattered all over the floor while Ben tried to eat it.

2 cups raw gluten free oats
2 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp sunflower seed butter
2 diced figs
2 tbsp coconut yogurt or coconut milk

Mix all ingredients together and form into balls/bars/cookies. 

So how is this a tight budget breakfast?

A giant jar of peanut butter costs about $13 at Wal-Mart. Said Jar will last my family of three plus the dog about a month.
A jar of organic almond butter costs $26 but I only buy it on sale at half off and use it sparingly.
A jar of  organic sunflower seed butter costs about $8 and again I only buy it on sale at half price and use it sparingly.
Raw organic figs cost about 25 cents a piece and are packed with more nutriants than raisins.
I buy my gluten free oats at about $2.10 a pound from the bulk bin at my local health food store, Nature's Supply,
  Coconut yogurt is not cheep, it is around $7 for a pint. Canned organic coconut milk is not much better at $5.50, but it is so worth it.

Toaster Oven to the Rescue - September 8th 2012

    My poor oven met its match. I used the electric timer one too many times and pushed the control paneling into the oven. The repairman said at this point it is best to replace it so as of now I am without an oven. However two of the burners on the range still work. Apparently I killed the burners by using the wok, pressure-cooker and dutch-oven.

    My oven has been dead for about two weeks now and I have fared okay. I have a toaster-oven.

    The Baking Successes.
           It makes beautiful banana bread, beautiful sandwich bread, delicious zucchini bread and great corn bread. All of the times had to be adjusted a bit but it worked. I successfully roasted root veggies and made a few casseroles.

     The Baking Failures
           I made three chocolate cakes every one of them failed spectacularly. One was the consistency of chocolate pudding, one was like a watery lava cake and one was as tough as brick.  I also attempted to bake beans in the toaster oven. I've had success when in the dutch oven in the big oven but after soaking overnight and baking for 3 hours at 450F they were still rock hard. I ended up tossing them in the crock-pot to make black bean soup.

     The Surprise
           i.e. No One Thought This Would Work Ever In A Million Years
           I successfully baked a pumpkin, quartered and wrapped in foil for 2 hours at 450F.
           I also made a very tasty spaghetti squash, whole wrapped in foil and baked for 2 1/2 hours at 450F. 
           Butternut squash is best cooked whole and seeded once it cools. 1 1/2 he at 400F.
           Acorn squash is best halved and seeded then wrapped in foil for 90 minutes at 400F then stuffed with a warmed stuffing and baked again at 350F for 20 minutes.

Monday, June 18, 2012

I went away from the lights of fourteenth street And into my personal haze

I went away from the lights of fourteenth street
And into my personal haze
But now that I'm back in the lights of 14th Street
Tomorrow will be brighter than the good old days

- Hello Dolly-

Last night I was thinking about Ryan, how he lived, how I knew him. I met him during Ben's first few months of life when I was living at RMH(Ronald McDonald House) Houston. He was always honest, brutally honest, a tremendous flirt,

and how he died, I realized that I was not being true to myself.

Last night I had a Broadway Revival in my living room.

I let the music move me, I sang, I danced, I cleaned my house.

I've been in a major depression since I found out I was pregnant.

I lost my voice figuratively speaking, I stopped talking, I stopped singing and dancing.

I blamed my depression on my son.

Thinking about Ryan, I realized that I was not being true to myself.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Why I dropped of the planet again.

1. I went back to college and lost my mind. When I got home from my first day of class, CPS was at my house. According to the accusations my house was not safe and was too dirty for a child. Also that I was crazy. The accusations were once again unfounded.

2. Dustin's Father, David McKnight, Died the second week of school.

3. We had staffing issues with getting and keeping a nurse.

4. Finally my computer died.

So Why am I back?

My Higher Education of Life...
is important to me.
is a place where I have a voice.
is where my world and the rest of the world can meet and play.
is an outlet for my creative side.
is a record of my education and a record of my growth.
can be used by others as long as it is cited and credit is given.

I want to make a difference and this is my place to do it.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Evelyn Glennie shows how to listen

Deaf in the Military

Ben's Trach Came Out!!!

Ben's Trach Came Out!!!
The week before his birthday Ben's trach came out. The two weeks prior to that Ben and I spent in the hospital recoveering from H1N1, influenza A, hand foot and mouth disiese and Rhino-virus( the common cold).

Dr. Robert Glade, Ben's ENT/ORL said "i have to step back and look at him as if he had no trach. Would I trach a kid with his problems(mild sleep apnea), no. Take the trach out.