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Monday, December 28, 2015

Caprese bites

Caprese Bites



A simple appetizer for any day.  My kiddos love these with lunch, or even a birthday party.  I also make them as a quick snack when we have company.

Ingredients:

Spinach
Tiny tomatoes (grape or cherry)
Mozzarella cheese (cheese sticks, cubes, or a block) - cut into cubes



This time I used bagged spinach - I don't like it.  The leaves are too small.  Also, I have been known to just use string cheese instead of a block when I am in a pinch.






Take a leaf or two and put the toothpick through the end






Spear your tomato






Add the cheese






You can make a bunch of these pretty quick.  This is also a job I often give my 10 yo.







Change it up!

Instead of wrapping the spinach (if you can't find large leaves, or if you have a little helper), just stack it.


Also, if you can find pretzel sticks (couldn't find those either this time!) use those for small people.  I don't like giving children (or boys!) toothpicks.  They get turned into swords too fast.  A pretzel stick is just an edible toothpick here :)  

Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Adventures in Adoption - December Update

December update
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Tuesday December 8

Cps visit


Mrs adoptive caseworker came for a visit today. Good news!  In 10 days we have a placement meeting. The placement meeting is scheduled where my sweet baby boy leaves foster care status and is now being placed for adoption.  This seems a bit silly and redundant, but it's really just another hoop I have to jump through.


December 18
Placement meeting


I'm so excited! The day is finally here. I wasn't sure who all was going to come, but it turns out it was just the adoption place worker and my caseworker. No lawyers. No supervisors. The adoption worker told me this would be like signing a mortgage. Boy was she right!  Most of it is because we were signing in triplicate, but the stack of papers she brought the sign was still nearly 3 inches thick. After about 90 minutes the paperwork was done, and everyone left.


Now we wait for my lawyer to set the court date.


This whole journey is a lot of “hurry up” and wait.




December 21

COURT DATE SET

Yeay! We have a court date! Wednesday Jan 27. It can't get here soon enough….

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Smores craving

I have a horrible weakness.  It’s food.  Not just sweets, or savory, or salty.  Any food.  I will eat almost anything.  I do enjoy sweets.  Ice cream and s’mores are my biggest weakness when I get a sweet tooth.  Today I had neither.  However, I did have a jar of mini marshmallows, a little bit of graham cracker crumbs, and part of a large Hershey bar.


I could have just eaten the chocolate bar, but what fun is that?  Chocolate by itself does not appeal to me.  It’s not pure and I don’t enjoy the aftertaste.  I had the ingredients, so why not make something ‘s’more-y’?




First I just melted a bit of chocolate and dipped the marshmallows into the chocolate and graham crumbs.  This was yummy, but very slow.  They got eaten faster than the chocolate could dry.  The kids enjoyed dipping the marshmallows and instantly eating them as well. 


This was going way too slow for my taste buds.


So, I lined a cookie sheet with parchment paper, poured out the rest of the marshmallows onto the paper, drizzled the remaining chocolate over top and popped it in the oven (broil) for about 2 minutes.  When I saw the marshmallows just starting to brown, I took out the cookie sheet and sprinkled the rest of the graham cracker crumbs over top.



Armed with spoons, this dessert didn't stand a chance with 4 drooling mouths instantly surrounding the hot cookie sheet.


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Emergen- C

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is an essential nutrient. Still, it's possible to have too much vitamin C.
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that supports normal growth and development. Vitamin C also helps your body absorb iron. Because your body doesn't produce or store vitamin C, it's important to include vitamin C in your diet. For most people, a large orange, 1 cup (about 165 grams) of sliced strawberries, chopped red pepper or broccoli provide enough vitamin C for the day. Any extra vitamin C will simply be flushed out of your body in your urine.
Accroding to the Mayo Clinic:  For adults, the recommended dietary reference intake for vitamin C is 65 to 90 milligrams (mg) a day, and the upper limit is 2,000 mg a day. Although too much dietary vitamin C is unlikely to be harmful, megadoses of vitamin C supplements may cause:
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Heartburn
  • Abdominal bloating and cramps
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Kidney stones
Remember, for most people, a healthy diet provides an adequate amount of vitamin C.

Sooooo....... knowing that I must say that if I kept to this, my kids would probably be sick a lot more often.  I don't give them thousands of mg a day.  If someone (daddy) starts to feel a cold come on, we have been around someone who is sick, or we will be around a large group of people during cold and flu times, then I start giving all of my kids, and myself larger than normal doses of C.

EYE-POPPING POPSICLESBeginning a week before my 12 year old went on a 2 week trip to New York, I started her on 6,000 mg of C a day.

72+ hours before family gatherings, we take 6,000 mg a day.

Co op doesn't count - unless I hear that there is a sick kid or I have been coughed or sneezed on.

I'm not saying that this is an all the time thing, and I have read several articles (of course I can't find most of them now) that say to prevent a cold, you should take larger than normal - up to 10,000 mg - dose of C for several days.

Taking massive amounts of anything is bad.  I know that.  This is not the only thing that can be used to help you stay healthy.  Ample time in bed - sleeping, not playing iphone games - and plenty of fluids and healthy food are also required.

The easiest way to get all this C into myself
 and my children is EmergenC.


This stuff is great!  I have never been one to read directions.  I learn better the hard way.  I'ts just me.  The packet says to add to several ounces of water - no way.

ROCK YOUR WORLDMy 10 yo adds it to OJ, or orange crush - only time they get soda (esp at breakfast!)
My 12 yo adds it to 1 oz of water and chugs
My 15 yo adds it to sprite.

We only use orange (easier to add to soda and juice).

Just today I was looking at the EmergenC website and even found recipes using this fantastic powder.  Guess what this momma is cooking up tonight!


Just so you know - there is another brand called Airborne.  Its good. They have other ways besides powder to take the same amount of C.  We like the gummy vitamins, but they are way expensive. They also have effervescence tabs Buying gummy C is pricey once you start comparing the amount of C you are taking.  EmergenC is the yummiest, most cost effective way I can get this down my kids.