Thursday, February 28, 2013

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Paleo Chocolate "Donuts"

Although I've been slacking on my paleo diet lately at the beginning of the month the Little Guy and I decided make some sweet paleo treats.  He wants to "help" me in the kitchen all the time now.  I try to let him as often as possible but usually his version of helping involved trying to play matchbox cars on the stove while I have 3 pots bubbling or pulling things out of the fridge that he thinks we need for our recipe.  I have an app on my phone where he bakes and so he feeds me lines from that all the time.

We need two eggs!!

We need two cups of sugar for the recipes!!

We need two eggs!!
I hear that one a lot.

So we borrowed this recipe from PaleOMG.

We followed the recipe ingredients exactly and only changed the method of baking.  Instead of using a donut pan we used a mini muffin tin.  Although all of these disappeared here are a few suggestions I have after making them.


I didn't care for the spices in them at all.  If you bake often you probably have a good idea of what you like.  I am not a huge cinnamon fan in sweet dishes and this totally overpowered these.  They were also very banana bready in consistency.  Not donut-like at all.  


I put these in a cookie tin and they were too moist.  I would suggest letting them set out overnight so they dry out a bit and then putting them away to store them.  Or just eat them all right away.  You know, whatever works!  But seriously they were better once they were a little drier.


I do not suggest sprinkles but it was a way for the Little Guy to "help".  The rest of these (the recipes made around 50 mini "donuts") got the dark chocolate topping and the sea salt.  If you don't own sea salt I would suggest getting some.  I don't use it all the time but it makes such a difference when a recipe actually calls for it!


Overall I would make these again.  You could also top them with nuts or coconut.  Hope you enjoy!

Monday, February 25, 2013

10 Month Update


Dear Sweet Baby Reed,

That's what we call you in the house.  Baby Reed.  I wonder when we will stop.  You still feel very much like a baby to me and I'm glad.  You are growing up way too fast!  It seems like just yesterday we were bringing you home for the first time and now you are getting close to a year old.

You are such a delightful child.  You are happy almost all of the time.  You have the cutest little dimples and this adorable way of raising your eyebrows when someone talks to you.  Your tongue is always out.  Your incredibly active and took your first steps this month!  You have walked 5 or 6 steps independently but mostly you are content to book it on your knees.  You go straight for the stairs and you can get up to the top in no time!  Next on the list is teaching you how to get back down!

You are still a tiny little guy weighing around 18 and a half pounds.  You are in some 6-9 month and some 6-12 month clothes.  You are still in size two diapers but we will move up as soon as you finish this package.  Your face is starting to fill out a little bit and your hair is getting long.  It is a nice light color.

You love to play with toys.  You stand at the train table a lot and take apart what Stafford is doing. You think it is a game and he thinks you are bugging him.  It is funny to see brother dynamics already starting.  But mostly you should know that your big brother loves you.  He asks about the "Reedster" often and when you wake up he is concerned if you fuss.  He wants to check on you and make sure you are "ok".  You enjoy pushing the little ride on toy we have across the room and walking behind it.  You also play with the barn upstairs quite a bit.

Your sleeping patterns are still not patterns yet.  For the most part you go to bed around 8 or 8:15.  You usually sleep until at least 6 but sometimes until 7 or 7:30.  You will get up and nurse and then go back to bed until sometime between 8 and 9:30.  Depending on what time you get up you'll take a morning nap and then a longer afternoon nap.  

You eat almost anything.  We feed you a few purees but for the most part you are eating all solids. You enjoy yogurt, applesauce, beans, peas, sweet potatoes and carrots.  You also really like crackers and cheerios.  You'll eat cheese but don't seem to be too much of a fan.  You are still nursing 5 times a day.

We are so thankful to have you Baby Reed!  We love you so much and so are such an amazing addition to our family.  We love watching your milestones and enjoying your smiling face.  What a gift you are to all of us!!

Love,
Mama & Daddy



Saturday, February 23, 2013

Mom, Woman of Faith: Finding Time for Prayer


I'm thrilled to be a part of a group of bloggers that are sharing their hearts about their faith and what it means to be a mom.  I hope you'll check back each Saturday for the Mom: Woman of Faith series!


Welcome back to "Mom: Woman of Faith".  Each Saturday a group of moms respond to a question essential to our lives as Christians and Mothers.  I am excited to have two new mom's contributing this week--please welcome them!  It is our hope that this series will spark reflection and growth for all those involved.  Please feel free to add your thoughts here or on facebook

This week's Question:
How to you find time in your schedule to pray?

Nancy
I hesitate to respond to this question--because I fail at this so often.  As a single person I did a much better job making time for prayer.  I meet Christ in silent prayer daily, and I used my long commute to a difficult job (I taught at an inner-city school) as a time for prayer that proved very fruitful.  Now that I am a stay-at-home mom, where my schedule is governed largely by a 21 month old and a 3 month old, I really miss the consistency of prayer I had as a single person.  What's ironic is that I spent much of my time as a single person begging God for a spouse and a family--The Lord must get a kick out of us silly humans!

This Lent I have decided to focus on creating a time for prayer, and I have yet to really figure it out.  Here's what I'm trying--I have realized that the only time I can depend on having silent time alone is in the morning--the early morning.  I am working on getting up, grabbing a cup of coffee and digging into the scriptures and spiritual reflection at this time.  I also an working on adding consistent exercise to my life.  Either in the morning, or if I can get the kids to nap at the same time, I head down to the basement and jump on the treadmill.  I find that this is a great time for prayer for me.  I can't get distracted with housework and I don't need to be listening to music or watching TV.  I can talk to the Lord (sometimes out loud).  My husband and I also work to make time to pray as a family after supper and together before bed.

Finally, throughout my journey through motherhood I have worked to make my entire life a prayer.  In the silent hours at night when I am up rocking a baby, I try to mediate on a mystery of the faith.  When I am cleaning up a really poopy diaper I try to look at my child and say, "God made you, and you are good."  As a mother I have never felt closer to God...and I have never felt more distracted!  It is a wonderful, frustrating vocation! 


Elizabeth

I used to think that my prayer time had to be first thing in the morning when the house was quiet and still – or last thing at night before I fell asleep, exhausted from a busy day.  The problem with both of those times is that as soon as I am quiet and still, more often than not, I start dozing off and find myself praying the craziest things in my half-asleep, half-awake state!!  Sad, but true!  I have found that praying while actively engaged in some type of activity works better for me.

1 Thessalonians 5:16 says simply, “Pray without ceasing.”

I think the best way to revolutionize our prayer lives as mothers is to begin our days praising God and then be in an attitude of prayer throughout the day.  Sometimes that I have found especially conducive to praying are: while walking, exercising, driving, ironing, washing dishes, nursing a baby (haven’t tried that one in about 7 years!), and my personal favorite – while in the shower! These are all excellent times to seek the Lord while our hands or bodies are busy with the task at hand.

Another excellent time to pray is while reading the Word. Find some way to pray each verse back to the Lord. This works especially well in the Psalms, where we can easily turn most verses into a praise or a supplication.

A common problem with prayer is that our minds wander. I find that short targeted prayers throughout the day make it easier to stay focused. For longer periods of time, I follow a piece of advice that was given to me years ago. I keep a notebook and pen beside me ready to write down all the things that pop into my head that I really “must do” that day! That way I won’t forget them, but I’m able to clear my mind of those distractions.

Another common problem is promising to pray for a need and feeling terrible when you forget to do so! I have two helpful remedies for that problem. First of all, pray for a need as soon as you hear about it from a friend or in an email or on Facebook. Secondly, set a reminder on your phone or add a sticky note to your computer screen to remind you to pray for the need. I recently discovered the Prayer Notebook App, which is very helpful (if you have an iPhone) for recording prayer needs as soon as you hear of them, keeping requests and answers organized, and setting reminders to pray for people or events at specific times.   
These strategies have helped me strengthen my prayer life even as the busy mom of ten!



Melody
The ugly truth is that when I try to “find” time for prayer in my days, I end up in the confessional talking about my prayer failures. The time simply will not be found and so I have a two-fold approach to daily prayer. I call it “Make It or Take It.”

Make It
In a family of 8 (with one more on the way), there’s always something demanding my attention. If I want to ensure focused time with the Lord, I have to make the time. Schedule it. For example, I have a goal of morning prayer before I leave my room. There are some days when I can more easily sit and stare at the wall for ten minutes than commit my focus to the Lord. Regardless, I make it a point to do battle with my weak will to get it done. If I must tend to something else first, I go right back. Not always a pretty picture of my soul… but it is my tiny fiat.

Take It
If I can’t make the time and am literally running from one moment to the next, I have to take those moments and use them in whatever way I can. They are all moments of grace. Just as I interact with others throughout the day, so am I called to keep close to God. Please, Lord… Thank you, Jesus… Help me, Father… Bless us… Cover us… Have mercy on us… Blessed Mother, intercede for us.  It’s about taking each moment and using it for the greater glory and love of God.

Ultimately, it’s not about whether I get to have the quiet, focused time that I prefer. It’s really about whether I have offered my will and my love in every gifted moment.
Laura

I chose to answer this question because I don't really have a good answer.   I struggle in this area.  I struggle to make time for important things.  I struggle to put down whatever it is I am doing to listen, watch and just be silent before the Lord.  I struggle because I am selfish.  A quick fix would be to stop blogging, or reading, or watching TV or doing anything that could potentially distract me from what is important.  But honestly I think getting a handle on your prayer life all boils down to one word.

Discipline.


Ugh.  That's the D-word at my house.  It's a bad word.  But I'm working on making it a good word.  Here are some of the steps I am taking and things I am learning.

1. I have to remember that today is always a new day.  Who cares if I've missed 5 days in a row.  That doesn't mean I give up.  I pick my Bible back up and spend time in the Word and in prayer.
2. God hears me whenever and wherever I pray.  Sometimes as I nurse the baby I pray over him.  Sometimes while we are driving in the car I thank him quietly for my blessings.  Sometimes I simply call out to him to help me through the day.  These are all ways to communicate with Him.  I don't think this means I should only pray this way but I do think these forms of prayer are legitimate and important.
3. I need accountability.  I need someone to ask me how I am doing.  My husband does this as well as a couple of good friends.  They aren't there to make me feel bad if I am struggling but there to lift me up!

Here is what I strive for in my prayer life and my devotional life.  
1. A set time each day to pray and meditate on God's word
2. A prayer journal (so I can see the prayers God has answered)
3. A desire to meet with God
Ultimately I think making time for prayer and devotion is a battle of wills.  If I truly want to find time to spend in the World I will.  My prayer is that God will continue to give me that desire!!


And now it's your turn.  Tell us your thoughts, or comment on what we've shared. 

For next week's question click here.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Wonder of it All


One of my favorite things about having children is getting to experience the world all over again through their eyes.  Sometimes I have to remember to get down on their level so I can really see things the way they do.  I love taking the Little Guy to the zoo.  No matter how many times we go he is always excited to see the animals and talks about them before we go and after we return.

We were fortunate enough to have Daddy home for a day off this week so we took advantage of our membership and headed over for a quick tour after naps.  It was a short and sweet visit.  Here are some of the highlights.

Gorgeous flowers in bloom even in the winter


The Little Guy had quite the conversation with this shark.


This was the best we could do.  Oh the infamous cheese face.


A little better of the 3 boys.  Aren't they cute?


This is a Oomingmak.  It posed up there on the rock the whole time we were there.


Little Guy is into the fish. He tells me what color they all are.....at the top of his lungs.  We clearly need to work on the concept of "inside voice".


This walrus was crazy!  It kept bumping up against the wall.  It is seriously huge!!


The view from the zoo!


The Red Wolves.  I really like this picture.  I wish the sun had been down just a tad more but the zoo was closing and we had to get out of there.  They were waiting for dinner!


This guy!  Look at that sweet boy!!  He had a great time.  It won't be long before he is toddling around looking at all of the animals too!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

7 Years Ago Today

Seven years ago today my life changed forever in a fabulous way.

Our story is simple and sweet and still makes me smile today.  We met at church and although I thought he was the cutest thing I'd ever seen we didn't really "click" when we talked.  My friend Allison told me to give him another chance although at the time he didn't even know he wanted a chance.  Poor guy.  He had no idea.

After hanging out in a group a few times and blatantly throwing myself in his path at every opportunity (i.e. seating arrangements etc) we finally had a great conversation at a party.  I left excited that we had finally connected.  He left and apparently ran 10 miles trying to muster up the courage to call me. 

I don't usually answer numbers I don't know on my phone but I'm sure glad I did that Monday morning!  When he called I probably said yes before he even got the question out.  There was never any game playing.  Never any do it this way because you should or that way because of what he might think.  And it worked for us.

We enjoyed lunch at Panera that day and I got home from lunch around 5 pm.  I remember him dropping me off and after I got inside my apartment I screamed.  And then I immediately regretted it because I thought for sure he could probably hear me screaming and might never call again.

But he did call again.  And again and again and again.

We went out almost every night for two weeks and then he left on a two week trip.  I drove home to KY and told my parents that I had met my husband.

A year and a week later on February 27, 2007 he proposed and by August we were married.

It's incredible how just one day can change your life.  I'm so thankful for the way this man has changed mine.  He is our fearless family leader.  He is tender, gentle, firm and kind.  He makes me smile and giggle with laughter.  We've gone from a couple to a family and each and everyday he gives me reason to love him more and more.  He is so helpful and a true partner in everything we do.  He remembers special days and rubs my feet almost every night.  He cheers me on when things are difficult for me.  He challenges me to be a better wife, mother and Christian on a daily basis.  He loves our children yet lovingly disciplines them and teaches them about Jesus.  He is a everything I could have ever dreamed of in a spouse.  He is my best friend.

I am ever so grateful to get to do life with you Peter!!



This is our first picture together....dinner with friends.



This was taken on the "meet the parents" trip to Tennessee.


AF event in July 2006


Easter during the "meet the parents" trip to KY


Another one of our first pictures...taken during that first 2 weeks of dating.q


Fort Sumter visit summer 2006


Dinner at Hank's on this day in 2007


Making it official



August 4, 2007--The official start of our life as a couple

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Hi Biggest Shark


We are incredibly fortunate to live not even 10 minutes away from our local zoo.  We've become quite familiar with the animals there over the last year but it hasn't been until recently that the Little Guy has started really enjoying the sharks.

This week I was more than amused when we walked into the exhibit and I overheard this conversation between the Little Guy and a shark as it was swimming by.

"Hi biggest shark!  I'm Stafford!"

Shark keeps swimming.

"Oh no!  Biggest shark!  Wait! Come back"

Gives me a sad face.

"Biggest shark is gone!"

It was hilarious and heartwarming all at the same time.  A bit one sided but still adorable to listen to him introduce himself to the shark.

I love that kid!!



Sunday, February 17, 2013

Maple Butter Twists


When you get married you have to make sacrifices.  One of the big sacrifices I've made is giving up Christmas with my family.  It's hard for obvious reasons but the no-so-obvious reality is that Christmas brunch is my favorite meal of the year.  At our house the tradition meal was Egg Casserole, Cheese Grits, Country Ham, Fruit Salad and rolls.  I love it so so much!!

Thankfully I married into a family who loves food as much as we do.  I inherited a different but just as good breakfast tradition.  Sausage casserole and these Maple Butter Twists.  Delicious.  My Mother-in-Law has also added an Egg & Cheese Casserole for me the last few years.  That's how I REALLY knew I was in :)

Peter's family eats about 17 of these coffee cakes during Christmas week.  It's mind boggling.  I've never seen so much food disappear so quickly.  Granted there are a lot of healthy boys and girls....17 of us all under one roof when everyone stays overnight.  But still!  Coming from a small family it never ceases to amaze me.  And I'm happy to take part!

I hope you enjoy these coffee cakes as much as we do!

Maple Butter Twists

Dough
1 pkg dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1/4 cup melted butter
3 T sugar
1&1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup hot milk
2 eggs
3&1/4 cups flour

Filling
1/4 cup soft butter
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 T flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon

To make the dough, soften your yeast in the warm water.  Combine the butter, sugar, salt and hot milk in a large bowl.  Stir in 2 unbeaten eggs and the softened yeast mixture.  Gradually add your flour to form a stiff dough.  Beat well after each addition.  When the flour is combined over with plastic wrap and let it rise.  This should take an hour to 90 minutes.

To make the filling cream the butter, brown sugar, sugar, syrup, flour and cinnamon.  

Toss the dough on a well floured surface to coat.  Divide the dough mixture in half.  Roll our one portion to a 14x8 inch rectangle and spread with half of the filling.

Roll up the dough starting with the 14 inch side.  Cut the roll in half lengthwise.  Twist strips together and cut slices in the sides.  Shape into a ring in a well greased 8 or 9 inch round pan.  Repeat with the remaining dough.

Let the ring rise for about 45 minutes.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.

My Mother-in-Law tops hers with raisins and colorful maraschino cherries.  I think this would be great as an Easter brunch menu item as well.  And believe me this coffee cake tastes as good as it looks!

I hope you enjoy!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Heart Garland Giveaway Winner!

Oh y'all!!  I'm so behind.  My sweet husband was gone for a week and it felt like an eternity.  It was all I could do to shower and keep up with my energetic munchkins.  I was so busy I definitely forgot to announce the winner of the giveaway!!

Crocheted Heart Garland, choose one

This adorable heart garland goes to comment #17


Megan said...
I liked Sweetwater Sister Company!

Megan, please contact me with your mailing address and I will send your garland.  I promise it will get there in time for Valentine's Day NEXT year!!
And don't forget, Sweetwater Sisters Needle Company is offering my readers 10% off of any item in the shop until the end of February.  Just use the code VDAY10!!
Congratulations Megan!!

If you have an item or shop you'd like me to highlight please let me know!!  I'd love to feature your items here on Storybook Reality!

For the Love of Dish Washing


 Let's face it.  Lots of things that we do we do because we have to.  I looked at the pile of dishes at our house today and asked Peter when our maid was coming.  As fun as it was consuming the massive lobster dinner that we enjoyed, the dishes piled up quickly!  We live in an older house and our dishwasher is tiny.  Our dinner dishes don't even fit in the dishwasher so I do a lot of dishes by hand.  Growing up my Mom loved doing dishes so I'm trying to embrace that part of homemaking. I have to admit I enjoy it a little bit.  I have a beautiful garden window and I'm thankful for the sunlight that comes streaming through every once in a while here during the winter!

As part of the Influenster program I was sent 3 samples of the new Palmolive Fresh Infusions dishwasher liquid.  The first thing I noticed was the streamlined design.  I don't have a large kitchen and it is lacking in counter space.  So I love that the bottles are small and pretty!  Who wants to display neon colored liquid in an enormous bottle?

Each of the scents smell fantastic.  My favorite is the Lime & Basil but I would gladly use the Lemon Thyme or Ginger White Tea any day!  I love things that smell good and these had a fresh clean scent without being overly powerful.

The dishwashing liquid is thinner than most but still gets the job done!  It is also extremely gentle on your hands as well.  I'll definitely be purchasing more of this great product and encourage you to check it out as well!!

Palmolive & Influenster provided me with this great product to review.  Thoughts are all my own and I was not compensated or required to post a positive review.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Speechless

Definitely not a word anyone would use to describe me.  Ever.

But I aspire to be.  I want to spend less time talking and more time listening.  Less time running and more time watching.  Less time planning and more time thanking.

I love old school 90s Christian music.  Michael W. Smith...Twila Paris....Steven Curtis Chapman.  You get the picture.  I found a bunch of old CDs the other day and in an effort to increase my children's listening repertoire I popped a few of them in.

Steven Curtis Chapman had been on my heart recently because I just finished reading his wife's book about the tragic loss of their daughter.  He and his wife have 3 biological children and 3 adopted daughter's from China.  They lost one of their daughters a few years ago in a car accident and it has profoundly impacted their lives.  If you haven't read it you should check it out!

I digress.

One of my all time favorites by SCC is Speechless.  The lyrics are powerful and for me paint a vivid picture of what the gospel truly is.

Lyrics like....

"breathtaking view of your grace"

"what kind of love would this be that would trade heaven's throne for a cross?"

"you celebrate over finding just one that was lost"

"A Story that's too great for words"

And the chorus repeated over and over again...

And I am speechless
I'm astonished and amazed
I am silenced by your wondrous grace
You have SAVED me
You have raised me from the grave
I am speechless in your presence now
I'm astounded as I consider how
You have shown us
A love that leaves us speechless

Can you remember the last thing that really took your breath away?  Something that truly left you speechless?  Amazed?

The things Chapman penned in this song are true.  The God of the Universe sent his one and only Son to earth.  He traded the glory of Heaven for the reality of the cross.

It's mind boggling.  It IS a story that is too great for words.  It should leave you speechless.

And even more unbelievable is that this mighty and loving God did this for me.  He rejoices over me.

Incredible.

Awesome.

Speechless.


But because of his great love for us God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions-it is by grace you have been saved.  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus
Ephesians 2:4-6

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!  And that is what we are!  
I John 3:1

Should with joy to God all the earth!  Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious!  Say to God, "How awesome are your deeds!  So great is your power that your enemies cringe before you.  All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing praise to your name.  Come and see what God has done, how awesome his works in man's behalf!
Psalm 66:1-5

For God so loved the world He gave his one and only Son that whosoever believes in Him might not perish but have everlasting life.
John 3:16







Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Whose Are You?

Tell me about yourself.

Has anyone ever asked you that?  My most famous "tell me about yourself" had to be when my dear husband shoved the phone at me so I could talk to his father on one of our first dates.  Yes you read that right.  I learned my lesson.  I kind of hemmed and hawed and so instead of waiting for me to answer my dearest father-in-law simply inquired,

"What is your greatest spiritual truth?"

Talk about a potential deal breaker!  What if I answered wrong?  What if he wasn't impressed?  Lonely nights sitting in my living room flashed before my eyes as I gave my answer.

Thankfully I passed the test.

But too often I don't.  I don't pass the identity test.  It's an easy test.  There is only one question.  But so often my answer is wrong.

Whose are you?

You'd think that by now I'd know myself well enough to get the answer right.  And sometimes I do.  Sometimes it's easy to simply say,

Here I am Lord.  I am yours.

But usually the answer is; I am Laura.  I'm a Mama but I yelled a lot today.  I'm a blogger but not a great one.  I'm a wife but I haven't kissed my husband today.  I'm a friend but I don't have time to be one.  I'm a daughter and a grand-daughter but the time difference makes it too hard to stay in touch.  I'm a driver and I get really impatient.  I'm a woman but I hate how I look.  I'm a child of God but I keep straying.

Over and over and over.

And constantly (thank goodness) the one to whom I belong is pulling me back to him.  Gently calling me to find myself in Him.  Gently reminding me that ultimately I'm basing who I am on all the wrong things.

Success in this world is measured in dollars and pounds and readers and comments.  But God doesn't care about any of that.  He knows us by our faithfulness.  By the motives of our heart.

My word of the year this year is complete.  I have to keep reminding myself that I am complete in Him.  I do not have to be the perfect wife or mother or blogger or friend.  But I have to be able to answer the question "Whose am I?" honestly.  I want to be faithful and to be motivated by a pure heart.  Not by the desire to be successful in the world's eyes.

My prayer is that over the coming months I will get it right!

I Corinthians 4:1-5
So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God.  Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.  I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself.  My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent.  It is the Lord who judges me.  Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait til the Lord comes.  He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men's hearts.  At that time each will receive his praise from God.



Linking up with the lovely Shell

Monday, February 11, 2013

It's Monday!!



This smile.  Melts my heart.  And he says Mama.  All day long.  Heaven on earth!


And this guy.  Well, he's eating the "biggest apple eber"  Love it!


This sweater?  It was mine.  It's the only piece of clothing I wore that I could get away with putting my little boy in.  We did a little photo shoot for nostalia sake.  


This kid wrings his hands when he is in distress.  This moment of distress brought to you by my parents can't feed me fast enough.




I'm learning a lot about food and I'm teaching food that I'm in control.  We don't celebrate success in this house with food unless it's on the approved list!



And this is on the approved list!  Paleo chocolate pudding.  Avocado, almond butter, cocoa powder and honey.


Linking up with my friend Carissa!!

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