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Paleo Parents mini egg pizzas

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I am loathe to say I didn`t think these up myself. Take a basic crustless quiche and stuff it with pizza goodies. That is pretty much it.
They were delicious. 3 thumbs up from my testers.

If you haven`t already, check out this blog. It`s fantastic.

The Infamous Lentil Cookie Recipe, by popular demand

From the Saskatchewan Pulse Crop Development Board’s 1994 cookbook “Discover the Pulse Potential”

1 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup butter

1 egg

1.5 tsp vanilla

3/4 cups of pureed lentils

1 1/2 cups flour (I always use spelt flour)

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

2 cups rolled oats

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup chopped pecans

bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes

So yummy, very forgiving recipe.  I know some people have had better success with 2 eggs, so if your batter seems too dry, add another egg!

These are the moments that make life worthwhile; Cooking for assholes

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I was just sitting watching  # 3 eat, thinking about how amazing he was, how beautiful he was and how lucky I was to have him.

He chased his blueberries around his highchair tray with a fork, and then purposefully put the berry on the fork, and rammed the forked berry into his mouth.  It was amazing.

And he has done it before.  And billions of other babies have done it, and will do it.

That isn’t what is amazing.

What is amazing is watching his months of frustration, months of watching, months of practising pay off in a tiny victory.  How do I know it is a victory?  He crows.  In such sheer joy with himself, he crows.  He is not talking, but he is only 15 months of course.  He has lots of sounds, he is just amazing at communicating without being able to speak- unless you count the bampa/mama/dada kinda sounds.

I wonder if there is any way to know this feeling of witnessing such  awe-inspiring personal triumph unless you have been a caregiver?  I remember this feeling with my Grandmother, my mother’s mother when she was dying.  I sat, huge and pregnant with my first by her bedside over the months becoming increasingly in awe of her ability to sip her tea.  What simple triumphs have amazed you?

 Plain Muffins

These are just plain muffins.  What do you mean what kind?  They are plain.  Sure, you can put ketchup on it.  Sure, you can put butter on it.  Sure, you can put jam on it.  These are just plain muffins.

“It has nothing in it, they are so Lummy!” squeels his Lordship as he plays an intricate game of Butterfly Zombie (WTF?) with his muffins.

“Oh yuck!  Gross. These taste just like egg muffins!” I guess Coach Rapper thinks they are a fail.  He ate a bowlful of peanut butter topped with a swirl of honey and fruit.  That’s balanced right?

#3 likes them, but he will eat anything, like dog food or rusty nails, so he doesn’t count.

Plain Muffins:  3 eggs, 1/4 cup melted butter, 1/2 cup flour (I used fine ground spelt), 1tsp baking powder, 1/2 cup finely grated mild cheese, 1/4 cup water.  Cook at 350 for about 18 minutes.  This made 12 small but not mini silicone muffin cup muffins.  His Lordship would not eat the egg muffins I cooked in metal.

Breakfast cupcakes

I woke up to whispering    
 “Mama, me hungee.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
In those strange sleep deprived moments         
between lucid and dreaming;
I am my mother, and these are my children; me & my brothers 
looking in on an old family movie.  
 I rub my eyes               
 “Mama, Sun up! Get up! Blue skies!” 
 I’ ve awoken to paradise.

Because I love my kids and wanted to start their (sick!) day with a little joy I made them breakfast cupcakes.  And because my own mama taught me to, I added in as much “extra healthy” as I could manage.  My husband would still eat these, they are very moist.  Child tester reviews include “Greaaat!” (Note to self, stop doing the Tony the tiger Greeeeat! so often) and “Deeeelicious!” and the baby did not feed it to my parents dog. 

I didn’t try them (half caf coffee with heavy cream and broccoli and dip, thank you very much.  heh!  I will follow it up with mid morning eggs for those of you who are worried about my protein intake) but I assure you they looked perfect, came out of the pan easily and had the right sort of sponginess (is that a word?) to them. 

Now that I’ve located the pharmacy bag I scribbled it on while I was making them, here is the recipe.

Breakfast Cupcakes

time: less than 30 minutes

Preheat Oven to 350 and oil or paper a regular sized muffin tin.  Mash 3 bananas, add 2 eggs, 3/4 cup of brown sugar (or whatever sweetener you are using), 1/4 cup of milk.   Now that you have banana soup add in 1/4 cup ground golden flax, 1/4 cup powdered milk, 2 cups whole grain spelt flour, 1 tbsp baking powder and 1/2 cup chips (I used president’s choice mini peanut butter cups for baking.)  Mix. Bake for 18 minutes or until knife comes out clean.  If you have big bananas add a wee bit more flour- if you have small bananas add a wee bit more milk.  Makes 12 full sized muffins cupcakes.