:: back to life ::

It’s been 5 years since my last post, and I hid this blog, knowing I wouldn’t be touching it. I apologize to those who found it, asking for permission to view it, and received no response from me. I’m sorry. It’s time for a resurrection. I need an outlet to write and share, learn and teach, give and get. So here… we… go!

This blog started in March 2009 to document and share my experiences being a mom and having many, often unexplainable illnesses. My last post was in January 2010, a very short-lived blog. Now it is February 2015, and a lot has happened. Most recently, my family moved out of New York and are settling in nicely in Georgia. The biggest change was going from a family of 4 to a family of 6 with the addition of twins! This is just my intro back to blogging, but I will be looking back on some health and mom issues I’ve had in the past 5 years, and sharing from my todays as well. Off to put the twins to nap and start on my slow cooker dinner~

a trip to the big top

my kids went to their first circus this weekend. zing zang zoom! they both loved it.

my 4 year old was yelling out “zing zang zoom” at all the right moments, wiggling her magic fingers for all the magic acts, and completely in awe of the acrobatic acts and animals. her favorite part was when the elephants came out. 11 huge elephants… sitting, standing, posing, holding each other’s tails, and being very cute.

my 1 year old just loved the music and lights, clapping and laughing. his favorite part was when he got his hands on his sister’s light up, spinning circus toy and wouldn’t give it back.

my favorite part was during the human cannon ball act. the performers sang a song “don’t do this at home” every time there was a dangerous act, and they sang it again before shooting 2 women out of side-by-side cannons. chloe turns to us and says, “we can’t do that anyway, we don’t have those [cannons] at home.” she cracks me up!

afterwards, we had dinner at a vietnamese restaurant. i had pho, hoping it wouldn’t me me sick, and it didn’t! yay, another place i can eat at serving yummy gluten-free food.

gluten free doughnuts

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 5 cups rice flour blend*
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 tsp nutmeg

Directions:

1. Combine eggs, buttermilk, and melted butter in a large bowl. Mix well with a wire whisk or fork.
2. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl and add to the wet. Mix by hand with a large spoon. (Do not use an electric mixer).
3. Let batter rest for about 15 minutes. Turn dough onto a well-floured surface. If dough is sticky, work in more rice flour blend.
4. Roll dough 1/2″ thick. Cut with a doughnut cutter.
5. Fry in 1 to 3 inches of very hot oil (375 degrees F) until brown on one side. Turn doughnuts over and brown on second side.
6. While doughnuts are still warm, toss in a mixture of white sugar & cinnamon to coat. Serve warm.

*NOTE: Rice flour blend is 6 parts rice flour, 2 parts potato starch, and 1 part tapioca starch

~ from time to time, recipes i want to try will be posted so i have them all in one place :: thanks to thebakingbeauties.blogspot.com for this recipe ~