Sadly we lost a member of our family this summer. Wisdom was taken from us too soon. We don't really have all the answers as to what happened but he took ill and even after a diagnosis of Lymes Disease, he took a significant turn for the worse and went into organ system failure. I cannot express the sadness we all felt, and still feel. It's still hard to think about.
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When Abby was formally diagnosed as allergic to tree nuts, our ability to buy store made granola become much more difficult. She loves granola in her soy-yogurt so we have been working on a recipe that will work for her needs. I was using a recipe from the Pioneer Woman that I liked but I decided to play around on my own and I have to say this recipe was a HIT! Abby and I sat and ate it by the handful. Best of all, it was SO SIMPLE!
Another month, another great box of gluten free stuff to try. This months box was filled with many things we have never tried, which I love.
I sometimes gather my thoughts and come up with what I think will be a brilliant blog post. Then I sit down to write and after writing all day professionally, I come up short with my personal writing. It isn't that I don't have lots to tell, it's just that my brain is out of words. In the last month or so the kiddo's have been up to so much.
The girls received their first holy communion.
Track has been going very well. Abby is kicking RS's butt and taking names. She ran a 400 meter race and came in 4th out of 12! Grace has had Personal Records in all of her 3 favorite events (1500, 800 and 400) and is headed to the Championship meet and maybe even the Junior Olympics.
We had the privilege of trying a number of new Gluten Free, Vegan and/or Health Smart products thanks to our friends at the Gluten Free Media Group. Most of you know that we have restricted diet due to food allergies (egg, milk, tree nut and agave) and we try to limit gluten. What many people do not know is that the amount of gluten in things we eat every day, like bread and pasta, is as much as 200% higher now than when I was a child. Meaning it is being put into foods. Just something to think about!
Then they were born and I realized that they were siblings, not just twins. Sure they fight sometimes, but probably less than most siblings. We chocked that up to the fact that they were twins. But we always put an emphasis on the importance of your siblings. When no one else in the world is there for you, a sister always can be.
Then when we knew another baby was on the way I started to worry. How could this new person fit into the world of twins? Would this baby always be the third wheel? Would he/she ever be able to fit in?
In an effort to drop a few lbs and increase my overall health I have cut carbs and sugar from my diet. I am not a big fan of "dieting" but I also know that as someone with PCOS and insulin resistance, minimizing any sugar from my body is the best plan for my homeostasis. But, who can resist the call of spaghetti and meatballs? The answer is no human being living in Southern New Jersey, that's who!
- Clearly making your own is the best way to go. I however, took the easy route (since it was a basketball practice night) and use Trader Joe's frozen mini-meatballs which are egg and milk free.
- 1 Jar of really good tomato sauce. I used one I canned in the summer.
- 1 bag of fresh spinach
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1 block of fresh mozzarella
- 1/4 cup fresh basil
- Parmesan for sprinkling
- Put the meatballs, sauce, pepper flakes and garlic in a crock pot. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours.
- Preheat over to 400 degrees. Prepare a 2 quart baking dish.
- Spread a layer of sauce from the crock pot on the bottom of the pan and sprinkle in some spinach. Top with the meatballs and remaining sauce. Top with spinach and give it a little stir.
- Top with the mozzarella and place in preheated oven.
- Bake for about 20 minutes, until the spinach is cooked down and the mozzarella is browned and bubbly.
- Top with torn basil leaves and parmesan.
Me: Kids go lay in the grass together and I'll take your picture.
All three in unison: Oh, come on Mom.
Me: Do it
All three jump on the ground to get it over with. In comes Wisdom the Dog to try and see if he can liven things up.