Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tooth Fairy Time

Look who lost a tooth! Princess is not an excessive wiggler and it takes forever (or so it seems) for a loose tooth to come out. This one was so loose that when I tried wiggle it to check it (yes I'm very impatient) it literally fell out. 

Losing teeth is a great way to make some money. The Tooth Fairy pays $5 at our house. Princess also gets $5 allowance. It makes counting by 5s very important. Math happens!

My friend over at Such Lovely Freckles pointed out the other day that skip counting is the same as multiplication really. I had never thought about it that way, but taking that into consideration Princess technically knows her 2, 5 and 10 times tables...and we didn't even realize it. Have I mentioned that math happens? 

Monday, November 29, 2010

Big Brother

A lot of people don't realize that, although she is the only little one in the house, Princess isn't technically an only child. Her siblings, however, are A LOT older than she is. 

Here is her big brother...and yes, at age 28 he is old enough to be her father. Big Bro (or would he be the Prince?) and his beautiful wife bought a new Wii game for Princess for Hanukkah. Here he is helping Princess play. 

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Grandbaby Time

Did I mention that Princess is an aunt? She  was very worried that she wouldn't be a good aunt to her baby niece. She has played with her, fed her and read with her. I think she pretty much rocks as an aunt. 

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope all my stateside bloggy friends had a beautiful Thanksgiving! I know I did and I certainly have a lot to be thankful for.

I am most thankful that my sweet man, the Lizard King, is home safe with us. I love you, baby...

I am grateful for my beautiful Princess. I am truly honored to be her mother. I love you sweetheart!!

This Thanksgiving we have LK's son, his wife and their beautiful little baby with us for a week. My sister is with us as well. I am so thankful for all of our family. I love you all!

We also had dear friends join us on Thanksgiving day. It was a fabulous celebration!

I am also so very grateful for my dearest, best friends. You know who you are. Without your support, I don't know how I would be where I am today. I love you both!!

Friday, November 26, 2010

It's a Cookie Swap!

Just in time for the holidays, my Canadian friend Sheri is doing a cookie swap over on her blog. She shared her peanut butter cookie recipe here. My donation to the cookie swap is this gluten free chocolate chip cookie recipe from The Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook. Won't you join us? 

Of course I won't be doing the baking. I don't bake. I hate to bake. The Lizard King and Princess, however, love to bake. In fact they will be doing a lot of baking tomorrow. I can hardly wait!!!

And now, without further ado... 

Elana's Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup grapeseed oil (we use butter)
1/2 cup agave nectar (we use honey)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup coarsely chopped dark chocolate (73% cacao)

Preheat over to 350 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, salt, and baking soda. In a medium bowl, whisk together the grapeseed oil, agave nectar, and vanilla extract. Stir the wet ingredients into the almond flour mixture until thoroughly combined. Fold in the chocolate, then refrigerate the dough for 20 minutes. Spoon the dough 1 heaping tablespoon at a time onto the prepared baking sheets, pressing down with the palm of your hand to flatten, leaving 2 inches between each cookie. 

Bake for 7-10 minutes, until lightly golden. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 20 minutes, then serve warm.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Did you know...

that Santa believes in Hanukkah? It's true!

When Princess was 3 or 4, I tried to tell her that Santa wasn't real. Well, she thought I had gone and lost my mind. Then she set me straight.

It wasn't until she was 5 that she was brave enough to sit on Santa's lap. It was then that she asked Santa if he brought presents to the kids who celebrate Hanukkah. Santa assured her that he did.

So, if you go to see Santa at the mall and tell him what you want for Hanukkah, he will deliver it to you on the first night of Hanukkah while you are sleeping. On the first morning of Hanukkah, as soon as you wake up, your present will be there by the fireplace.

So you see, it's a good thing that Santa comes to the mall so early. After all, what would the Jewish kids do if he waited until December?! 

Happy Holidays!!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Snow! Snow! Snow!

All reports say that this winter, being La Nina, will be a stormy one here in the Pacific Northwest. It snowed last night...just a little bit. But it is only November and in this part of the country this is often the most snow we'll see. Could this be the beginning? Princess sure hopes for more. She was so excited last night, she ran outside to play in it...with no coat and it was flippin' cold! Crazy kid!!!