Friday, October 30, 2009

Pedoodles Giveaway

I've done it again. I've entered another giveaway, this time for a pair of Pedoodles baby shoes. I figure that I've been having some awesome luck with giveaways lately and that it doesn't hurt to enter. I'd really like to win these shoes too! If you'd like to enter, although I hope you don't because it will reduce my odds of winning, please go to this post at Mama Needs This and follow the instructions for entering.

So what are you favorite styles of Pedoodles shoes? I really like the Blue Bumper Cars style in their current line. However, they have some new styles coming out soon and I would LOVE to have a pair of their brown, tan and olive suede shoes for E's cute little feet!

For more giveaways on other cute items you should bookmark Mama Needs This or have the blog update to an RSS feed. She has had some really nice products up for giveaways on her blog!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pray for Stellan!

Stellan is the son of a Twitter user and blog writer that I follow. She goes by MckMama. Stellan is just over 11 months old and has been having an issue with his heart since he was in utero. He has periods where his heart beats VERY fast and there is danger of heart failure if the fast beating cannot be stopped. Usually it is controlled by various prescription drugs, but occasionally some SVT (the name for the fast beating) breaks through. He can have a procedure done when he is older (around 4 years old) to try to correct the problem with his heart. His parents and older siblings are just waiting for him to grow and praying that his little heart can hold out until then. (This is my layperson description of his condition, MckMama explains it very well on her blog.) Stellan was just admitted to the hospital tonight with SVT that managed to break through the drugs holding it back. MckMama sounds like she is staying strong, but I can imagine that going through this is not easy. Can you please pray for healing, strength, more time for Stellan to grow and for peace for the entire family? If you have time and wish to leave MckMama a comment on her blog I'm sure she would love the encouragement.

Thanks for praying!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Won ANOTHER Giveaway!

I guess I'm on a roll! I won another giveaway! This one is from Mama Needs This and is a Toofeze Teether. I'm so excited! I guess all the entering of different giveaways I've been doing is really paying off. This teething toy is well timed too. E just got his first two teeth and I'm beginning to see signs that the next tooth is on it's way shortly. He should really enjoy having something new on which to chew.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Sugar, Dairy, Wheat FREE (!!!!) Apple Pie AND It's Delicious!

As some of you might know I'm doing a diet that has some pretty strict eating rules. I can eat ONLY the following: fruits of any kind (except oranges), vegetables of any kind, meat of any kind (except pork), potatoes, brown rice and eggs. For beverages I'm allowed water, black coffee and black tea. That's it. It's really a lot of food and gives me tons of options, but I can't have anything processed or frozen or with any additives, etc.

Lately I've had a craving for a good dessert, but since I can't have sugar I wasn't sure how I was going to get that craving satisfied. Yesterday I started thinking... sweet potatoes are almost sweet enough on their own that they taste like candy, and so are fresh dates. What if I pureed them in a food processor, mixed them together and used them as a sweetener in an apple pie? I bought all the ingredients yesterday and this afternoon I made the pie. Josh and I just finished a whole HALF of the pie between the two of us! That's how delicious it is! I'm so excited! I love the fact that I now have a dessert option that is tasty, healthy and diet friendly, but, even more, I'm loving that I came up with an original recipe that is totally delicious!

It is important to know that I made the pie with rice flour because I'm not allowed wheat and it is dairy free as well. Keep in mind that I'm only allowed three types of oil; olive, coconut, almond. However, since my baby is allergic to nuts, any nut oils that I eat bother him when he breastfeeds, this makes the almond oil off limits for me. Here is the recipe.

Crust (I made with rice flour and coconut oil, but you can use regular flour and shortening if you don't have sensitivities to them.)

1 1/4 Cups Brown Rice Flour
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1/3 Cup Coconut Oil
4-5 Tablespoons Cold Water

In a medium bowl stir together the flour and salt. Cut in the coconut oil until the mixture is in crumbs the size of peas. Add the water ONE tablespoon at a time to sections of the flour mixture. Gently toss the flour and water with a fork and then push to the side of the bowl. Repeat this until the flour is all moistened. Form into a ball. (Normally this would be where you would roll the dough and put it into a pie pan, but rice flour doesn't make for a very pliable dough.) Press the dough into a pie pan and form it to reach up the sides and cover the bottom. Using a fork, poke the bottom and sides to provide room for steam to vent.

Apple Filling

6 Cups Apples (you can leave the skin on or peal them. I left my skins on.)
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
2 Tablespoons Flour
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg
1/8 Teaspoon Ground Clove
1 Sweet Potato, Baked
5 Fresh Dates, Pitted

Pour the lemon juice over the apples and let sit while you prepare the remaining ingredients. In a large bowl stir together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Add the apples to the spiced flour mixture and toss until well coated. Dig the sweet potato "meat" out of the skin and mash, set aside. Using a food processor turn the dates into a paste by adding a small amount of water. (Approximately 1/4 cup.) Stir the dates and the mashed sweet potato together and then mix into the apple mixture. Pour into the pie pan with the prepared shell.

Crumb Topping (Again, you can use regular flour instead of rice flour if you would prefer.)

4 Fresh Dates, Pitted
3 Tablespoons Rice Flour (Appx.)

Process the dates in a food processor, dry, without water, until they are a thick paste, but not watery. Add the flour and process until dry, pea sized crumbs form. Spread over top of the pie.

Bake the entire pie in a 375 oven for approximately 1 hour. (May take a little less or more time.) You will know it is done when the topping has thickened and is bubbly. After about 20 minutes you may need to cover the top of the pie with foil to keep the crumb topping from burning.


This pie underwent the very stringent "Husband Test" and passed with flying colors! Even without sugar it is incredibly delicious!

Please let me know if you try to make it and what you think of it. We love it here in the G House and will probably make it a regular in the recipe rotation!

*Note that the food processor I used is a small three cup machine that only cost about $10 dollars.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Size 10!!!

I've been dieting for 3 weeks, trying to lose my baby weight and also my careless eating weight after the baby was born. (Shame on me!) In the past 3 weeks I've lost a total of 15 pounds! FIFTEEN!!!! Today I decided to try on my size 10 jeans, just for fun! They fit! Now, granted, they aren't an easy fit, but they aren't a hard-to-get-into-stuffed-sausage fit either. So yay! One small victory on my way to getting back to my smaller size. 15 pounds down, 25 (at least) to go.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Busy Life & a Trip to Look Forward Too

Life seems to be busier than normal lately. Since the beginning of August we have been on the go (either me and E as a duo or the whole family) almost every weekend! Since August 1st I've made two trips to my parents house (a 4.5 hour drive each direction), a trip to Plymouth, MA to visit my friend Anne, two trips to Virginia Beach and one trip to Josh's parent's (a 3 hour drive). The few weekends we have been home we've had a wedding to go to, family visiting from out of town and housework to catch up on. Needless to say I feel like I rarely spend any time at home anymore! We have one more trip to visit my in-laws this weekend. Then we have a weekend at home with NOTHING scheduled. Later this month we have a visit from my sister-in-law (Which I'm REALLY looking forward to!) and then another free weekend before we make another trip to my in-laws for the weekend (Nov. 5-8).

For our November trip to the in-laws we get to do something a little different! We will get there on Thursday night, spend two nights with them, but on Saturday morning we leave our little man for the first overnight without us. (I'm a little nervous, but know he'll do fine and that my mother and father-in-law will take great care of him.) Josh and I are going to The Homestead in Hot Springs, VA to celebrate the two year anniversary of our engagement. The Homestead has always been a special place to Josh and as a young man he dreamed of someday proposing to his wife on the resort grounds. In November of 2007 Josh took me to the resort for an afternoon of strolling the grounds and dinner at one of the fancy restaurants. While we were there he proposed, I said, "yes", and the rest is wonderful history. We decided to go back this fall and spend the night and make it a delayed celebration of our wedding anniversary as well as our two year engagement anniversary. We had a three month old baby for our first wedding anniversary and didn't really do anything to celebrate so we are really looking forward to this!

I should end this post and get some things accomplished around the house before E wakes up from his morning nap. We leave later this evening for our weekend away and I have a lot I need to accomplish before then. (Shower, gym, dentist appointment, packing, cleaning... sigh...)

Diaper Sprayer NEEDED!!!!

If there's one thing I love it's a good giveaway on one of the blogs I read. I rarely win, but I always try. Right now The First Time Around is giving away a diaper sprayer. Not only do I want this, but I NEED this! My kiddo has started to eat solids so his poos have gone from the wonderful, not smelly, water soluble poos of an exclusively breastfed baby to the smelly, clumpy, yucky poos of a toddler. Ewwww!!!! I've been scraping off the poo with diaper wipes and flushing it down the toilet, but it's making me dread diaper changes. If I win this sprayer I'll be able to hook it up to the plumbing of my toilet and spray the poopy diapers before putting them in the diaper pail. (I'm also hopeful that this will cut down on some of the stink in his room because of the pail being filled with diapers that haven't been washed off.) One of the options for extra entries in the giveaway was to blog about the giveaway. IF I have any readers you are the lucky ones who get to read what I've written and hopefully I'll win a sprayer for my time. If you cloth diaper and are in need of a sprayer you might want to head on over to The First Time Around and check out her giveaway. However, I don't really want you to enter as that will make the odds for me to win that much worse. :)

Friday, October 2, 2009

I won!

Since I won a contest for two wetbags from Bummis and they linked to my blog from theirs, I decided I should probably get started on the blog I always intend to post to and never actually get a chance to write, well, anything. So here it is; the first post on my new blog. The baby is napping (his short nap of the day) and I should be thawing meat for dinner, starting laundry and clipping coupons. Instead, I'm web surfing and basking in the excitement of winning a giveaway. I don't win sweepstakes and giveaways very often so this is an exciting event for me!

I don't have time to make this a long post, but I will try to write more later. Since it is Friday and we've had a busy/rough/sickness-filled week, hubby and I are planning on doing nothing but veg in the living room and watch a few shows from the DVR once our kiddo goes to bed at 7:30. I'm so looking forward to vegging! Maybe while we morph into couch potatoes for some well deserved rest I'll work on another post.

Before I go, I wanted to give a shout out to Bummis. Thanks so much for the wonderful giveaway! I can hardly wait to try out my new wetbags when they arrive in the mail! Just in case you aren't a cloth diapering parent and don't know what wetbags are... they are a waterproof cloth bag that is made to hold wet/poopy diapers after they've been used by your baby. There are many other uses for them as you can see from this post. People are so creative!

Alright, I'm out until later when I'm couch potato-ing it up.