March 29, 2011

Baking with my baby girl

These are our Carrot Muffins with Cream Cheese Icing topped with Lime Zest.
We hope you enjoy them as much as we do. 

1/2 cup diced walnuts
1 cup currants
1 cup craisins
2 cups warm water
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon all spice
4 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 cups shredded carrots
Cream cheese icing
Lime zest

Combine currants and water in a small bowl. Let soak for 15 minutes. Drain currants, discard water and set currants aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Line muffin cups with paper muffin liners.
In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, eggs, oil and brown sugar; beat well.
Stir in carrots and drained currants, craisins and walnuts.
Spoon into prepared muffin cups.
Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 30 minutes. Let cool for 30 minutes before topping with cream cheese frosting and lime zest.

Bon Appetit

March 12, 2011

When your kids are sick

As a parent, there is absolutely nothing worse than a sick child.  It’s hard watching them when they are lethargic, throwing up, or when they have bouts of diarrhea.  Seeing them like this, all you want to do is wrap them in a blanket and scoop them up in your arms.  You want to take such good care of them.  You can’t wait for them to look wonderful, healthy, and strong again.  Elizabeth Stone said, “Making the decision to have a child is momentous.  It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”  Well, watching your sick child is like having your aching bleeding heart walking around outside your body.  You do the best that you can, but sometimes you feel helpless.  And that’s the worst feeling in the world. 

As a parent, you can’t wait to see your child kick that cold, flu, virus or disease.  You can’t wait for them to be hundred percent again.  And you find yourself praying for their incessant questions of ‘why’, and their continual demands of ‘again’.  And when this happens, you will feel completely exasperated, but you will also feel eternally grateful.  So here’s to a healthy child.  Parents, there is no better feeling in the world.

March 12, 2011

Favoritism sucks!!!

You know, one of the hardest things for me is how people show favoritism to one child over another.  I remember being a young child and feeling slighted and rejected from an adult in that way.  As a kid, you don’t know what you did wrong, but you know they like the other child better than they like you.

So adults, we need to stop that behavior.  Even if you do have a favorite, it’s important to treat every kid like they’re special in their own unique way.  

Alright everybody, give me an example of how you made young children who are siblings, cousins, or friends feel special or loved by you?