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I'll never wash my keyboard again!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(Not, um, that I ever really washed it before...)
Growing the World's Cutest Free-Range Kids... and feeding them nothing but crap
I'll never wash my keyboard again!!!!!!!!!!!!!
These are rapidly becoming the new popular snack at our house. I made a pound of chickpeas up and they disappeared quite rapidly, with the kids even asking for them to be packed in their school lunches. Fortunately a pound didn't quite disappear overnight, leaving just enough for each of them to have a small baggie. Their friends were curious and tried them, but said they didn't like them. Maybe it'll grow on them...
Mixing something that almost tastes like root beer with something that almost tastes like vanilla ice cream does NOT produce something that almost tastes like a root beer float.
Today I tried to make some gluten-free cookies by adapting an existing recipe. I used a recipe for gingersnaps that I've made before, first because I like gingersnaps, but second because I knew what these were supposed to look and taste like.
We spent the holiday weekend at my parents' house in Logan. On Saturday we had a little party for Knuckles' first birthday. I made a vegan chocolate cake, substituting a rice/potato/tapioca mix for the flour. It was tasty, but it was really really dense. In the future I'll try it with a bit of xanthan gum to see if I can improve the texture. After the party we went to the temple. I hadn't been to the temple in a long time because of all the difficulties with the pregnancy and later the kids' medical problems, so it was a real treat.
I made the pumpkin bread again, but instead of milk I used rice milk, and instead of the egg I used applesauce. Also by mistake I put in twice the amount of potato starch, so I reduced the cornstarch accordingly. The resulting pumpkin bread was palatable, but the texture was kinda glossy and rubbery like some sort of ersatz bread. It also contains cornstarch, which is a problem. But I had to have something to eat, and corn was one of the more minor allergens. Also it was never going to be corn-free to begin with, since the baking powder has cornstarch. I'm going nuts on this diet. I thought I had it bad with the gestational diabetes; this is much, much worse. At least then I could eat the breads I liked, I just had to adjust the timing and quantity. Now, like Arthur Dent, I'm stuck in a parallel universe where all the foods available are almost, but not quite, unlike foods I know.
This allergen-free diet is a great diet. Anytime I get hungry, I think about eating non-bread bread or non-cheese cheese, and then I lose my appetite! It's amazing!
We got Knuckles' allergy test results back in the mail, and discovered that they neglected to tell us that he's also allergic to corn.
I closed one of the compromised bank accounts on Monday, so I was surprised to discover today that it was $56.00 overdrawn. The bank fixed the problem (or at least they say they're going to fix it first thing tomorrow morning) by refunding the amount then closing the account. We'll just have to wait and see if that's really what they do. What I'm afraid will happen is that the refund for the $56.00 will come through, but not before another charge for being another day overdrawn comes through, so the account will continue to be overdrawn and will not close and I'll have to be on the phone again tomorrow doing the exact same thing I did today.
I often think of clever, witty, rude things to call people, names of which my mom would not approve. So Mom, skip this post, OK?
Knuckles' very first incisor has finished breaking through the gums! So he's now officially among the toothed.
I was utterly astonished by what happened with the elementary school on Friday.
While searching for a lego chocolate mold, I came across this site where you can buy a kit to make a gelatin mold of your face. My favorite part is where it says "Edible gelatin molds can also be made from other body parts!" Now I know which "other" body parts you're thinking of (get your minds out of the gutter, all you elbow fetishists!) but I thought jello hands and feet might be funny for a Halloween party. It might also be funny to make a jello butt mold. Then you can moon the world without taking off your pants!
Princess lost a tooth today, so she'll be putting it under her pillow tonight for redemption by the tooth fairy. At our house, the going rate for a tooth is 25 cents. Being the inquisitive little kids that they are, I've had to do a lot of improvising to answer all their questions about the underground tooth economy, the industrial and decorative uses of baby teeth, and the tooth fairy's profit margin. So the whole tooth fairy backstory is quite evolved at our house. Teeth are either made into necklaces, or ground up and used as fairy roofing materials. Fairy teeth being obviously too small and scarce for these purposes, fairies turn to children as a ready source of extra teeth that children may be willing to
Dear Tooth Fairy,She evidently thinks the tooth fairy will pay more for a jewelry-quality tooth, and that she deserves a higher price for her "pain and suffering". We'll have to wait and see if the tooth fairy accepts the doubling of the price. I wonder if the tooth fairy will buy the tooth at fair market price, leave a note with a counteroffer, or just cut her losses and not buy the tooth at all.
I lost a tooth. I was wiggling it at school when it got stuck. It hurt like mad. When I got home I showed mom how it was stuck. She pulled the tooth out and plop. Out it came. This tooth sort of has a hole in it so you don't have to drill a hole in it all the way to put it on your tooth necklace.
P.S. This tooth is 50 cents.