Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Infinity and beyond ... kind of

The latest and greatest happening in our household ...

Monday, May 28, 2012

The Month of May in Pictures!

I can't believe the month of May is already behind us ... well, almost!!  Enjoy the month in pictures!

Mother's Day ... 3 generations!  

Seester and I with our kiddos!!

Happy 32nd Birthday Allyson!

Took about 6 shots to get this picture ... don't mind the squinting!  

"Yes, I am this sweet all the time!" Ha ha ... don't be fooled!

Happy Mother's Day Mommy!  So thankful to be called "Mommy" to these sweet children!
 Thank you Lord for this blessing!

Happy Mother's Day Great-Grandma Kiesel!

Mother's Day with the Longs!! Thanks Pinterest for the adorable idea for the trivet!

Sweet picture!!  

Happy 38th Birthday Nate!  I baked him a homemade GF choc cake with fresh rasp puree and homemade choc icing!

Happy Birthday Daddy!!  We are so glad you took the day off to spend it with us!

Sophia's gifts for her Preschool teachers!  Thanks Pinterest!

Sophia's last day of preschool 

Sophia and her teachers Miss Paula and Miss Dawn!  She is really going to miss them!

Sophia and Miss Beth!!

Happy guy!  

Yes, I am 8 months old ... soon to be 9 months ...
Hope you had a GREAT month of May!!  We are looking forward to many awesome family memories this summer!!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Lactation Cookies

What nursing mom doesn't love a good cookie that can help her boost her milk supply?  Or just something that tastes YUMMY!  These cookies are loaded with yummy, nutritional ingredients!  They make awesome cookies even if you aren't nursing and just want a "healthier" cookie!

Makes 4 dz cookies


1 1/2 cups flour (I used a combination of fresh ground millet, sorghum, and brown rice flour)
1 cup steel cut oats
1 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
3 tbsp of ground fenugreek (this can leave you with a bitter taste if you eat too many cookies in a row, you can omit) -- I might cut in half for the next batch!  (So after eating at least 8 cookies, I now have a bitter taste in my mouth.  I will leave out for the next batch!!)
4 tbsp brewer's yeast
4 tbsp of ground flaxseed (Fresh ground)
2 tbsp of Chia seeds
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar (I used organic cane sugar)
2 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 tablespoons milk (I used coconut milk to make them dairy-free)
6-8oz of dark chocolate chips (I used about 1/2 package)


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Soak the steel cut oats in 2 cups VERY hot water for about 15 min.

3. Mix the flour, coconut, baking powder and soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, fenugreek, yeast, ground flaxseed, and chia seeds into a medium mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.

4. Beat the butter in the bowl until light and fluffy, about 45 seconds.  Add both sugars and beat on medium speed until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is light and aerated.  Beat in the eggs and vanilla; add the milk and mix briefly to combine. Stir the dry ingredients into the batter with a rubber spatula.  Mix in the chocolate chips!

5. I used THIS tool to get perfect portion sized cookies.  Place the the cookies a baking sheets 1-2 inches apart. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-22 minutes.


Garage Sale season is upon us ...

Hi, I am Allyson and I am a garage sale addict!  I LONG to look through the paper and craig's list on Wednesday night searching and plotting out our treasure map for the next three days!  It is something that we LOVE doing as a family!  Sophia is really getting into it this year!  She always asks "Mommy, when are we going searching for treasures?  Is it today?" 

Thursday morning I spent $12 and found Sophia a Disney Princess scooter, 2 Disney Princess long-sleeve shirts, 1 Disney Princess night gown, almost NEW Colts Cheerleading 2-piece outfit, Jackson 2t gap shirt, praise baby Christmas DVD, gorgeous tutu, and 2 Minnie dress up outfits!  Pretty good deals huh?  

Friday morning I hit the name-brand jackpot ...  $14 for 3 two-piece gymboree outfits, 1 pair stride rite shoes, 2 GAP hoodies, 1 gap dress!  

When I see garage sale signs, I can not help but follow them .... we are usually on our way home and I see one more ... I think to myself ... "ok, just one more ...."  then I see another ... "ok, JUST ONE more ..."  Sounds like a true addict huh??

I LOVE LOVE LOVE garage sale season!  What are some of the best deals you have found?