I admit it has been quite a long time since you have heard from me. We have had a very busy year. The beginning of 2011, I started picking up 2 of Declan’s friends from school and watching them at their house until their mom got home in the evening. The time I spent taking care of 3 kiddos makes me appreciate the fact that I only have one. Now that my guy is in first grade I do actually have some decent time to myself. I would like to start blogging again but not as much as I did when I first started. I still love to bake for my guys (I sadly can not eat ANY gluten so I do not partake in the delicacies of my labor). I have struggled with gastrointestinal problems since having Declan but have finally discovered a diet that agrees with me – I am now a raw vegan. That’s right, I no longer eat those gluten filled messes that I concocted so very long ago. I now have a version that is a big bowl of fruit with a dollop of raw almond butter. My stomach has never felt so good. I am very thankful that I found something that works for me after having so much trouble for so many years. I am still learning what nutrients I need and how to get them. I take really good raw vitamins and I do eat nutritional yeast (not raw but used in many raw food recipes), for the vitamin B that it supplies. So that is my update - onto the goodies.
I decided to try my hand at homemade Pop-Tarts. Those sweet little filled pastries have become a favorite treat for my little guy so of course mommy had to try to make a version even better than the boxed variety. His favorite is Nature’s Path Brown Sugar Maple Cinnamon Frosted Toaster Pastry. I had some competition but I was up to the challenge.
I turned to my trusty King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion for a recipe.
The dough was kind of tough to work with. I let it sit in the fridge for a few hours and I think that I should have went for an over night chill. Pictured are the ones that came out camera worthy – the others are not winning any beauty contest but at least they will taste good. Declan gobbled one right from the oven when it was still warm and declared it the best thing that he has ever tasted. Charlie could not resist the tempting smell permeating the kitchen and had to have one too. He likes to refer to the things that I make as stupid good and I think that was the verdict on these babies. Declan even begged for a second but seeing as I made these in the evening there was no way I could send him to bed with 2 sitting in his tummy. This morning he instantly declared one for breakfast and enjoyed it just as much as he did the night before. I think that I beat the box variety – maybe not on looks but definitely on taste.
I will leave with a picture of Declan on his first day of first grade. He really is so grown up now. Remember how little he was when this little blog began. He is such a joy and the best boy any mommy could ask for.
See you later!