Sunday, July 24, 2016

Gluten Free Playdoh {DIY}

While doing a quick makeup demonstration on my FB LIVE, Sophia asked if she could play with the play dough Brayden took out of the spare room.
I told her "No" because mommy needs to find out how to make it gf. 
Then BOOM, one of my lovely followers sent me a pin via Pinterest and I was in business.
Sophia's cousin Anthony stopped by and played along with us!
I was really quite surprised how easy peasy this play dough was to make.  It's gluten free and edible, too!  Both Sophia and Brayden played with it for hours.  
So here's what you'll need:
1 Cup of Baby rice cereal
3 Tablespoons of Vegetable Oil
 1 Cup of Cornstarch 
1/2 Cup of Applesauce (water can be used to substitute)
Gluten Free Food coloring (optional)

Here's what you need to do...
In a large mixing bowl, combine the baby rice cereal and cornstarch. 
Mix it up good.  
Add cup applesauce, vegetable oil and any food coloring (if desired).  
Mix it up really good.
 Knead the dough by hand(your hands can become colorful) or you can use a Kitchenaid.  Do this until it becomes smooth. 
**If dough is sticky, slowly add more baby rice cereal until stickiness goes away.
***If dough is dry and cracking, run your hands under the faucet and knead the dough with your  wet hands.  

Store the dough in a ziplock bag or sealed container in the refrigerator for a few days before throwing it out. Be sure to make sure it's not moldy or funky smelling before you use it :) 

The dough will be stiff once taken out of the refrigerator.  Let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes then wet your hands and knead it so it becomes pliable again! 

There you have it! 

Edible, gluten free play dough! 
 Who would have thought gluten was in play dough?  Not me, but that's alright.. This concoction, adapted by Fun at Home with Kids,  is a great and safe alternative for our princess! 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Zucchini Lasagna Rollups {Yum, Yum, Yum}



And more Zucchini!

We had such a crop of zucchini's this past week, I can't believe it!  I was all over Pinterest as well as my asking my friends, what should I make with all this deliciousness?

I came across this recipe, tweaked it a bit and created, "Zucchini Lasagna Rollups"!  

And yes, this is 21 Day Fix friendly and gluten free :)

You Need:
1 8"-x-8” baking dish* double recipe for full size baking dish
1 (15 oz) container of light ricotta cheese
3/4 c. grated parmesan
1 large egg
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 cup mariana
2-3 large zucchini, sliced 1/8" thick (I used a cheese slicer)
1 cup grated mozzarella

    Do This:
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 
  • Make ricotta mixture:
    •  In a small bowl, combine ricotta, 1/2 cup Parmesan, egg, and garlic powder
  • Spread a thin layer of marinara into the bottom of a 8"-x-8” baking dish.
  • On each slice of zucchini, spoon a thin layer of sauce (I didn't do this), then top with a thicker layer of ricotta mixture, and sprinkle with mozzarella.
  • Roll up and place in baking dish.
  • Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan.
  • Bake until zucchini is tender and cheese is melted, approximately 30 minutes.
  • Enjoy!

I had leftover turkey meat in marinara sauce, so I threw it in some of my rollups!
Popping this bad-boy in the oven!

Say it with me now, "Yum, Yum, Yum!"

Please feel free to send me your favorite zucchini recipes!  I have a feeling we have more coming soon!!! 

Recipe adapted from:

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Phone call hitting home...

When I am not chasing around the kiddies, working out, or writing a blog post, you can see me teaching English Language Arts and Social Studies in my local school district. This upcoming school year will be my fifth-year as a special education teacher.

Yesterday, I had to make a phone call in which many of my students' parents made at one point.

I called to have my child evaluated for early intervention services...More specifically, speech.  #deepbreath

It wasn't until my sister-in-law pointed out, that Andrew and I noticed.  

If you ask Sophia to say, "OK" her response is,


Just like "Kangaroo" is "Tangagroo".

She can't make the hard "K" sound.  
I mean, I noticed she said "otay" but I thought it was cute.  I didn't think of the fact that maybe she actually can't make the "K" sound.

I have to admit, I had a mini-freak attack when Andrew said, "We have to call and get her evaluated!"

-> Teacher in me: Yes, I totally agree we should so she can get the necessary services, if she qualifies.

-> Mommy in me: Nooo!!!  Why does she need something else to battle?  Why her?

Now, I know the "Mommy in me" is a bit dramatic (have you met me?), and OF COURSE this is something minimal compared to what it could be.. But NO ONE, ever wants their child to struggle or have something "wrong" with them.

A little fact about me- I struggled all throughout my schooling career.  I tell this to my students time and time again.  I was in speech and in all the remedial classes.  I never had a "study hall" or "academic prep".  I had to work my butt off to be in the mid-80's.

It wasn't until I was in college where things started to come easier and I was more successful, academically. 

So maybe my little "freakout" brought me back to those experiences, but what I can say is that between Andrew, who is a first grade teacher, and I, we'll make sure both Sophia and Brayden will receive whatever services they needs now and throughout their academic career.  

We will not only be their loving and supportive parents, who will teach them every trick in the book to solve a number bond problem or use a graphic organizer to help organize their writing, but we will be their advocates. #always

So now...  We wait for a call from the Early Intervention Department for someone to come do a speech screening on our little miss.  In the meantime, if you come to our house and hear the word "Kangaroo" about one million times, you know why...

Friday, July 8, 2016

Friday Favorites {OCMD Inspired}

This weeks Friday Favorites is inspired by our improv vacation to Ocean City, Maryland.

1. Sophia and Brayden both agree, the OCEAN and searching for crabs!!   I honestly never noticed sand crabs before.  Thanks to her cousins and Uncle from Cali, that's what most of our time at the beach consists of- digging up crabs!
Props to Sophia picking up those suckers like its her JOB... I still squirm when she asks me to hold one.  Lol.

2. I love my high waisted bathing suit bottoms!  I was hesitant at first when I ordered them because I was worried about my "short girl" problems.  Turns out, short girls can rock high waisted bottoms!!!  Plus, it covers the love handle areas and ruching is super flattering.   I am not wearing the matching top (oppsie) because I wanted to even out my tan lines. #beachbumproblems

3. When I asked the Hubs what his Friday favorite was, he said, "My Kids".  I 110% agree because not for nothing, Sophia has been a CHAMP here when it comes to eating out.  I mean, we brought her food with us into a restaurant and she totally understood she couldn't eat the food the restaurant was serving because it wasn't gluten free.  (OCMD- not a gluten friendly place, that's another post..) She is seriously so mature when it comes to her celiac. 
And Brayden... Where do we begin with our little man who didn't like the ocean, at first....But now, runs toward the ocean and as the wave crashes, he turns around and says, "Run, run, run!"  
He's become an expert at "Monkey-Box"... (Monkey Preschool lunchbox app)
And no lie, he really is a happy child with a love for fire trucks and trains!
On the train ride at Jolly Roger theme park. 

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!  We are leaving here and heading home tomorrow!!!   Have to get ready to gear up for an upcoming camping trip!