Archive | April, 2012

Exciting development in the land of Baby Peanut

23 Apr

Baby Peanut will be six months old soon, and to celebrate, the Bishop and I put together his crib and put it in his own room.  Baby Peanut was so best pleased with having a Room of One’s Own that he promptly wrote a novel went to sleep in his crib and has been sleeping there.  We also did “sleep training” with Baby Peanut, only since he is such a pleasant and agreeable little fellow, it really hasn’t been much of an issue.  We just put him down, he fusses for about a second, and then starts snoring.

Baby Peanut is an Agreeable Fellow

Baby Peanut has also started napping in his crib.  I know.  I know!  So now I should have some time to get things done, right???  Baby Peanut has been napping since 11:45 or so.  What have I gotten done?  I ate lunch.  And then I… yeah, that’s it.  I gathered some pants and underpants to drop off at Chaos Peanut’s school because she has taken it upon herself to pee and poop in the ones she was wearing, in all the extras that I sent to school, and then in several extras that the teacher keeps around.  So as soon as Baby Peanut wakes up, I told Chaos’ teacher we’d run some clean laundry over to the school.

See, the problem is, if I start a thing, Baby Peanut is SURE to wake up, and I’ll have to stop the thing I started.  Therefore, why bother starting any housework tasks at all?

Instead I have worked on my Car Spreadsheet.  We have to buy a new car because my much-loved and much-adored 1995 Saturn (yes, you read that right, it’s a 1995 car!) has really crossed the threshold from “junker” to “not worth fixing.”  But it lasted almost 17 years!  So now I have a spreadsheet where I put in the cars I’m looking at, the gas mileage, the sticker price, the quoted price, and whatever other details I feel like putting in there.  And Pinterest, of course!  And updating my blog!  I look forward to many future equally productive nap times.

And now, a recipe

4 Apr

I do a lot of baking for Passover, and yesterday I made up this recipe.  It is based on this recipe:http://www.food.com/recipe/delectable-passover-magic-bars-454093 but I have made it gluten free so I can feed it to my relatives with Celiac and watch them get seriously high on the sugar.  

Ah, the sugar.

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Kosher for Passover and Gluten Free Magic Bars

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil (You could use butter.  I just like coconut oil.)
  • 1 bag sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup cranberries , dried
  • 1/2 cup walnuts , chopped
  • 1 (14 ounce) can fat-free sweetened condensed milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Generously coat a 11 x 7 baking pan with cooking spray. Add the coconut oil and place in the oven to melt. This will take about a minute. Remove from oven.
  3. Press about 3/4 of the bag of coconut into the oil, being careful not to burn your fingers.  You want to get a thick layer of coconut on the bottom.
  4. Sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the top.
  5. Next, sprinkle the cranberries and then the walnuts. 
  6. Pour the sweetened condensed milk evenly over the top.  
  7. Sprinkle with the rest of the coconut, and press down gently with a fork.
  8. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.
  9. Cut into 24 squares while still somewhat hot. If you let them cool they become very difficult to cut.
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