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FAB Friday – How mom got slimed and a smoothie to plump up baby

FAB as in Fu-get ABout it!

FAB in the “Fabulous I’m getting another cup of coffee before I tie myself to a rocket headed for the moon” kind of Friday.  Is there anyone out there that can relate? 

The FAB Friday carnival started as a way for moms, grandmas or dad bloggers to share the triumphs and trials of parenting.  Write a funny, inspirational or encouraging post with or without pictures and add your name to Mister Linkey at the bottom of my post on Friday’s.

 Lets make lemonade out of lemons!

This is an older post from my Gluten Free blog but it is such a popular search that I decided to move it over for FAB Friday.  Maybe it’s the potato soup recipe to feed an army that originally went with it that gets people to click or maybe it is my rave sense of humor.   If you just want the recipe click here.

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Well, as always I had a bit of fun this week and my darling Thinglets never disappoint. 

Little Pee Wee has been chowing down her twice daily “bulk up” baby smoothie.  It’s a mixture of avocado and banana with goat milk or water and looks exactly like Nickelodeon SLIME.  

[ Addition…BABY BULK UP SMOOTHIE:  If you need your infant to gain weight by eating healthy fats this is an excellent balanced option.  In Hawaii, avocado is the first food given to babies- they will usually eat it if smashed smooth, the banana increases the “sweet” factor you can leave it out if wanted.  Formula, breast milk, goat milk or small amounts of water (for older babies) provide added nutrition and the necessary liquid to blend and get a good consistency.  If you add baby rice cereal or cooked rice (again for older babies) it adds essential iron to the nutrition content of this meal.  The “bulk up” smoothie was a life saver for me after having PPD and both PeeWee and I got Candida (an internal yeast imbalance- that can cause raised rashes on the skin among other symptoms).  My milk production dropped drastically and PeeWee began to loose weight.  Maintaining some weight gain in the early months of life is so critical but I didn’t want to switch to formula and sacrifice her getting the healthy antibodies in moms milk.  Supplementing didn’t do the trick anyways she needed more nutrition so this smoothie was a daily staple for a solid 10 mo.  She ate it daily from about month 4- months old until almost a year.  Back to the story…]     

She gets a bit frantic about me shoveling it in her mouth and flaps her arms while smacking- mouth wide open, “WAHHH!” too slow mom- then smack, open again like a little bird. 

Meantime the Bubba had just emerged from an early morning (and yes, premature) bath time, thanks to potty training, so he was standing in the buff next to me insisting I “Wap Bubba, Mom!”

He wanted his “Nigh-night” wrapped like a cape around him.

“Wap!”

Smack!

WAHHH!

“Wap!”

Crash!

You guess it, the Bubba got wrapped, Pee Wee got smacked and Mamma got SLIMED! ICK!

The awesome thing is I didn’t even cry or yell.

With company coming over for a Bible Study and no time for anything fancy we made our simplest meal ever.  Another winner suggested by my wonderful MIL who is forever surprising me with easy, feed an army solutions for my crazy hand to hand combat of a life!  I think she must giggle when I try to plan ahead by calling her in the morning “Do you have any ideas?”  then when she does I have to call her three more times before I can get it all written down.  I have to giggle at myself when I finally sit down to read what I wrote and it goes something like this…

Boil

Drain

Smash

Add sour cream or ?

Stir

Serve

Nearly as simple as getting SLIMED!

My kids even ate thirds!

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Socks Don’t Lie

Thing 2 and I were having a discussion the other day about the holes that seem to mysteriously appear in his socks.  I thought I had fixed the problem by purchasing black socks so that I don’t have the urge to wash the stuffing out of them anymore.  Hubby bought the thickest socks that could be found so they can take beating, tugging, stretching from their respective wearers.  I just about threw away every other sock the two big boys own because there are never mates and a huge percentage of them have holes.  Thing 2 had a couple pairs that got holes in them by the second wash! They are just like their dad that way. You might have heard  how I feel about socks, so you can imagine how this “discussion” was going.

“You’ve got to be kidding me, why is there a huge hole in the heel of your new socks?” I scolded.

“I don’t know mom!”

“Come on 2, you really need to be gentler when you put them on.”thing 2 so serious

He looked at me with blinking blue eyes, one little curl right in the middle of his forehead, and squeaked, “Mom?”

“Yes?”

“Sometimes, when people lie, they get holes in their socks,” then, just as sincerely he contorted, “but I don’t think I lied!”

So there you have it, socks don’t lie!

I realized this week that I may have “lied” when I claimed I do not menu plan!  Ha!  I was going through paperwork on my kitchen table and came across one of my many “list’ notebooks- THANKS DAD- and discovered my menu plan, nicely written out in plain black and white!  So, whether or not there are holes in MY socks here is the truth.  I do menu plan but most of the time I don’t get around to following it despite my best efforts. It’s not for lack of trying or wanting (because I do love orginazation-again THANKS DAD). The problem is I’m a mom, the menu plan thing works out about once a week, so I much prefer the make ahead  plan, that way we have something  to eat the other six days. 

To keep my socks intact I will post my menu plans.  Instead of re-creating the list each week or month I stick to the same 10 meals and vary them.  When I’m ahead of the gang I throw it all out the window and do something fun or cook a huge load of food to freeze!

10 Day Gluten Free Lunch MENU: p.s. for those not restricted by a GF diet, many of these foods are naturally GF and not lacking in taste! Except the rice cakes. No taste no taste at all! 😉

  1. rice cake (or gf bread) tuna melt w/ fruit
  2. quesadillas or nachos w/ sunflower carrots and dip
  3. deli meat wrap w/fruit
  4. make ahead  taquitos
  5. mac n’ cheese using homemade white sauce (add cheese)
  6. fruit and cracker tray or veggie tray
  7. hot dogs
  8. soup and slime (well not really you’ll have to read about it here)
  9. toasted cheese sandwiches (or rice cakes)
  10. pizza (on rice cakes or frozen crusts)

ADDITIONAL IDEAS: breakfast for lunch, left over’s, egg salad sandwiches, summer pasta

SIDES: fruit or fruit cups, veggies and dip, pudding, chips, trail mix, apple sauce etc.

10 Day Gluten Free Dinner MENU:

  1. salmon and rice
  2. baked potatoes
  3. bbq chicken (easy to make ahead)
  4. spaghetti / or no noodle lasagna
  5. hamburger sanity/ steak/ or chops
  6. stroganov etc.
  7. casserole
  8. asian stir fry kid style
  9. tacos or rock day taquitos (beef, fish, chicken)
  10. salad and soup

SIDES: broccoli, green beans, asparagus, salad, potatoes, rice, chips, veggies and dip, soup, fruit etc.

ADDITIONAL IDEAS: let them eat crepes, barbecuey ratatouille

There you have it, I’ve come “clean”!  Hopefully my socks are free of holes.

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