Sunday, September 27, 2009

No, I'm a Big Girl....

I bought Kelsey a little cell phone that talks at the dollar store the other day. Some buttons ring when you press them and others talk. Well one has a lady that says "Hello, Can I Help you please". On the way home from the store Kelsey kept hitting this button over and over again and responding to the lady, "No, I'm a big girl!" I finally listened and realized what she was responding too. I just laughed and told her even though she's a big girl, people can still help her. :-)

Friday, September 25, 2009

First Popsicle!!

Gma McDonald has a bunch of really Big and Really Juicy yummy watermelon growing in her garden. We have a bunch in our fridge and needed something to do with it so it wouldn't go bad. I had recently read on a yahoo group I belong to about making watermelon puree...so we did just that. I took out the food processor and put it on the island, while Kelsey slid the kitchen chair up to it. I loaded it with watermelon and put the top on. Quickly I jumped back to take a picture and told Kels not to touch any buttons. As soon as I snapped a picture, she hit the button to turn it on. (She's made pesto and some other things with me before using the food processor). We then strained it through a sieve and poured it into some popsicle molds I bought a few months back at a kitchen outlet store. We put them in the freezer and I told her after nap she could have one.

She was very excited after nap to be able to eat her popsicles, even though she had no clue what it was. She was so cute hesitantly licking it..and then I showed her how to take a bite. She had the biggest smile on her face.
After she was finished she ended up throwing a huge tantrum b/c she wanted another one...yeah, that was Fun!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Food Allergies....

Kelsey's bloodwork from her food allergy test came back.....They tested her for 96 foods and she had a reaction to 63!! Luckily 49 of those reactions were low, but she had a few moderate and serious reactions. Moderate means she can have them every 4 days.....those are a bunch of cheeses, pineapple, lamb, soy and gluten (which is in like EVERYTHING!) Her serious reactions are things she can NOT have...Cow's milk, casein, lactalbumin, cottage cheese, and beef. I was so overwhelmed at the Dr's office that I did not ask any questions. I had quite a few meltdowns that day. I felt like I had lost control. I had control over everything she eats and I knew what I was looking for on labels and life was good. Now I was immersed into a whole new eating plan that I knew nothing about. I'm learning a little more everyday and it's getting a little easier. My friends are great and have sent me websites and cut out pages from magazines with ideas for me. Immediately I changed her milk..we switched her to almond milk (since goats milk it twice the price of almond and since it's mammal milk I'm pretty sure it has lactalbumin) I had to switch her breakfast to a gluten free dairy free cereal, she was used to having a bagel or a waffle. Since then I have found a local health food store that carries gluten free dairy free waffles and bagels!! Wish us luck on this new adventure.....

Sunday, September 13, 2009

What do you want for dinner??

"PITA CHIPS AND HONEY!!!" was Kelsey's reply....um, let's see...No! How about meatballs and ABC's??? Thankfully she agreed.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Sorry for the delay....

I had major computer problems and had to totally restart my computer from new. I'll be posting a few blogs in the next couple of days to make up for it....stay tuned!!! Some of the postings will be backdated so you may need to scroll below this posting to see them.

My Kitchen Helper....


We have family breakfast every Sunday. This past Sunday I let Kelsey he me make the blueberry pancakes while Lou was out on a run. She pushed her chair to the counter, we washed her hands, and then we began. I measured things out and then let her dump them into the bowl. After I stirred everything, she then took the spoon and stirred some more. I didn't let her help in the actual cooking part, I told her she has to wait until she's older because the stove is very hot. She was so excited and ate 2 pancakes and her cheesy scrambled eggs.

She had so much helping me with the pancakes, I decided to let her help me make the pesto for our dinner. We picked the basil and rinsed it. Again K pushed her chair over and we washed her hands and then pushed her up to the middle counter. Kelsey put the basil in the food processor, then the garlic cloves, I let her reach her hand in the bag and put a few handfuls of walnuts in and lastly she sprinkled in some Parmesan cheese. I put the top on and let her press the button. We then opened it and scraped the bowl, shut it back up, I drizzled some EVOO while she hit the button again! She thought it was so neat. After I even let her try it....if I let her she'd have eaten half the bowl of pesto, she Loved it and really enjoyed having it on her pasta and chicken for dinner.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Eating is a foreign language

The things this child eats...I didn't even eat until I was WELL into my 20's. We took her out to Olive Garden for dinner when Lou got home from his Orlando meeting. We ordered her a kids meal, next time I won't do that. She ate the salad and some breadstick and a few bites of her spaghetti, but she mainly ate Gnocchi and fried Calamari. It's hilarious to hear our 2 yr old asking for "more no-key please"!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Jumping in....

Our little fish is doing so good and she loves the pool. I had an open day (nothing going on) from my mom's group, so we went swimming after the gym until lunch. She was swimming great and jumping in as well. I started teaching her when she would jump in to swim to the steps. This video is when we were getting out (why she only has 1/2 a bathing suit on) and she wanted to jump in again. I decided to let her even though I wasn't in the pool with her (I was right on the step). In the video she doesn't make it to the step b/c I ran out of time/film, but she did make it there after she flipped over. I can't say it enough...her lessons are the best money we ever spent last year. We used Tiny Bubbles which is similar to ISR. (Sorry my voice is so loud!! The microphone must've been right by my mouth)

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