I know I haven’t been posting as much in the last few weeks.
I have been focusing more on my “to-do” lists for back to school, organizing, planning, shopping and trying to spend time with my “baby” whom will be starting school in a few short weeks. The other day we did such a cute craft that I had to share. It hardly took any time at all and the kids were excited about their “new friends” 🙂
My little neighbour came by to join us and her older brother was a second pair of helping hands so it turned out so well. You can find the instructions for these cute clothespin fairies or superhero’s at Wildflower Ramblings.
Here are our little friends ❤
Chocolate Mud Muffins
Egg Free & Dairy Free
We love reading here. We go through so many books. One we read quite often is the “If You Give A Moose A Muffin“. We actually have the treasury and have read them all. They are fun and they have songs and recipes included in each one. My girl wanted to try the “Chocolate Mud Muffins” one day. Since, my baby is now on an no dairy-no egg diet, I thought I would improvise a bit. I substituted the buttermilk for coconut milk and used safe chocolate chips. They turned out awesome! They were so good. As you can see from the picture, I made muffins and some mini donuts. Fun Fun!
2 cups flour
1 1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup buttermilk (I used coconut milk)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla
Moose Treats – Choose 1 or more of these to total one cup:
– chocolate chips
– chocolate-covered peanuts
– chocolate-covered peanut butter pieces
- Turn on oven to 400 degrees F. Make sure rack is in center of oven. Generously spray or grease muffin cups and the top of a tin.
- In a large bowl, with a fork or whisk, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. In a medium bowl, mix buttermilk, oil, and vanilla. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture, then stir just until combined. In 2 or 3 strokes stir in moose treats. (Optional: hold back about 1/4 cup of moose treats to sprinkle on top)
- Divide the “mud” equally among muffin cups, then sprinkle the remaining treats on top, if you wish. (You can taste the batter – no eggs!) Bake about 25-30 minutes or until the tops are very well cooked.
Yields: 12 muffins
I am only going back two weeks! Is that far enough? It has been a zoo around here and I am now just getting to some of my photos! Two weeks ago- my baby graduated Pre-School. It was a fun morning and I am thankful to my family for showing up and making her feel so important 🙂 She was very excited to have all of us there.
It’s still sinking in that she will not be with me everyday come September. She has been at my side for the past 4 years. I am going to take this hard. She is ready. She is excited. I am not. I can’t stand the thought of not having her by my side. It’s going to be a hard one for me. My eyes are welling up as I write this. As much as you want them to grow up happy, making friends, learning independence, being challenged- how do you let them go? You have to place so much trust in the “new circle” of people that they will be with everyday and you really don’t even know them- the teachers, the bus drivers, even the friends parents. I know every parent has went through this but she is my first. I have not went through this and it scares me. I know we will adjust in time but right now, it’s the great unknown…
Here are a couple of pics from September 2013- her first day of Pre-School 🙂
And here is a collage from two weeks ago as she graduated Pre- School ❤
The rain held out for us today! We went to the local park for a Canada Day party complete with cupcakes, music, the local fry truck and games. We missed the parade due to a cranky baby but we won some free slushies and enjoyed the cupcakes. I have been going ever since the girls have been born with my parents and it’s always a nice afternoon out. Here are a few pics from today.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANADA!
Happy 8th Anniversary to my G!
It’s been a busy 8 years, let’s see…
met at work, dated 6 months, went to Italy, bought a house, got engaged, got married, went to New Zealand, got a cat, got a dog, both of us quit a job, both of us got a new job, had a baby girl, had a second baby girl and now our family is complete. We are enjoying life with munchkins’ and look forward to the future. Love you G ❤ Tina xoxo
Happy Father’s Day to all of the Dad’s out there!
I would like to send some extra special love to the dad’s in my life xo
To my big brother, Rob: You are a great dad, and I am so thankful for my niece and nephew. They are outstanding young adults and a blessing to have in my life.
To my George: I Love You and Thank You for being a great Dad and loving us with all your heart ❤
To my Dad: I can’t ever say enough thanks for all you have taught me (or tried to teach me ;), for all the times you have helped me/us and continue to help but most importantly how you have loved me. I am truly blessed to have you as my Dad. Love you xoxo
For my Wicked Wednesday today, we celebrate Dad’s.
My oldest had her pre-school class this morning and she got to bring her Papa and Daddy in for a Father’s Day breakfast. She was very excited and didn’t want them to leave once it was finished. She made her Daddy a special card with a dinosaur cut-out and a #1 Dad cut-out as well as a coloured picture with a Dad poem. She was so excited to give it to him and then when the time came, she was so shy. Fun was had by all. I captured a few pics before they went into the school and my husband was good to get a few while they were there. I want to enjoy all these moments… they grow so quickly.
Wild Blueberry Muffins
Cooking this week has been turned upside down. My youngest baby has been put on a No Dairy diet and I was feeling a little overwhelmed by it all. She has terrible eczema and we are wanting to find out what is causing it. The poor thing is having to wear tights in this warm/hot weather because she scratches whenever she can feel her bare legs. So, I have been on the hunt for new recipes that don’t require dairy products (thank goodness for Pinterest!) I made these muffins yesterday and they were delicious- very moist and lots of blueberries… yum! I used soy milk as a replacement and I was pleasantly surprised with how good they are. I will be posting more dairy free recipes as I go along if they are good 😉
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour (can sub whole wheat pastry flour for all or part)
1 Tbsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, divided
2 tsp. lemon juice or apple cider vinegar + enough dairy-free milk alternative to equal ¾ cup
½ cup (4 ounces) egg substitute or 2 large eggs
2-1/2 Tbsp. grapeseed, canola, or melted coconut oil
2 cups Wild Blueberries
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
- Preheat your oven to 400º and grease 12 muffin cups or line them with cupcake liners.
- Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, ¼ cup of the white sugar, lemon or vinegar with the milk alternative, egg substitute and oil.
- Add the wet mixture to the flour mixture and gently mix just to combine. Be careful not to over mix.
- Fold in the blueberries.
- Combine the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar and cinnamon in a small dish.
- Divide the batter between the prepared muffin cups and sprinkle each muffin with the sugar-cinnamon mixture.
- Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until firm to the touch.
Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min. Total: 35 min.
Yields: 12 muffins
I am going back to June 28, 2010. Four years ago, my niece Darion graduated Grade 8. Tonight is her highschool prom. It is hard to believe she will be leaving us in the fall to go to University. She will do great things and I wish her all the best as she starts a new and exciting chapter. She will be missed but I can’t wait too hear about all her new adventures that are awaiting her. Love you, Darion.
xoxo Aunt Bean
June 28, 2010
Yesterday, my baby girl had her year end class trip for pre-school. We went bowling and to the park for a picnic lunch. It was alot of fun and we all had a good time. Before we left the bowling alley we got a class picture- the first of many!
That leads me to my Throwback Thursday. I don’t have a pre-school or kindergarden class photo but I do have a Grade 1 photo.
It’s not hard to tell in all my class photos where I am. I was always the smallest in my class (look at my feet just off the chair) and in every class photo I was front row center (with the exception of this one and my Grad one where I was one off of the center.