Candied Puffed Cereal

I recently ordered two different cereals online: crunchy flax, and puffed millet.  The crunchy flax was a go on the first try, but he’s since turned it down.  Boo.  I’ll have to come up with a way to alter it to make it more to his liking.

Puffed millet smells and tastes a lot like popcorn.  It’s very small and light, like the little balls that shed from a sheet of styrofoam.  LOL  So I needed to do something with it to make it tastier and heavier.

This recipe does the trick.

I can already envision some alterations for variety…peanut butter and cocoa powder, brown sugar and cinnamon…   I bet the peanut butter and chocolate combo would be a candidate for the crunchy flax!

Candied Puffed Cereal

1/3 cup coconut oil or butter
1/2 cup maple sugar
1/4 cup real maple syrup
Pinch or two of pink himalayan salt
2 1/2 cups puffed cereal

Preheat oven to 300.   Put butter, sugar, syrup, and salt in a large sauce pan.  Heat the mixture on medium high.  Be sure to keep stirring.  Bring to a boil and allow it to boil for 2 minutes, without letting it burn!  It looks like the sugar is foamy and separate from the oil but no worry.  Pour over the 2 1/2 cups puffed millet.  Using a large wooden spoon, gently stir the puffed rice until all of the pieces are coated.  Spread the coated puffed millet onto a greased cookie sheet.
Bake for about 10-15 minutes.  Store leftovers in an airtight container.



GF Pancake Muffins, yum!

I’ve been looking for an easier way to use up my pancake batter rather than having to stand in the kitchen and cook them all on stove, so I wanted to try my hand at pancake muffins.  I decided to modify a pancake recipe I had been using, which the kid has said are the BEST pancakes ever.  I use half all purpose gluten free flour (bean-based) and half teff and mix it my Vitamix.  Let me tell you, the teff makes all the difference.  The kid says they taste like brownies!   I could pour that pancake batter into a cupcake liner, easy.   With the pancakes, they were great the first day, but once frozen and reheated, they were dry.  So I used milk instead of water and I added more oil.  This seems to do the trick for reheating.

Pancake-muffin success!


Last day of Kindergarten!

Today is my last day of freedom, until the first schedule summer camp which isn’t for a couple of weeks.

I am torn between what I NEED to do TODAY like go to Costco to buy chicken (only store bought chicken I can eat thanks to the corn allergy), and what I WANT to do, which is stay home and watch Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth.

Ah!  Decisions, decisions….

Comparison is the Thief of Joy

I keep coming across that saying lately.  Comparing oneself to others, noticing the differences in your lives really does get in the way of being happy with what you DO have.

But I’ve also been struggling with that statement.

Where is the line between comparison stealing your joy, and realizing you’re not getting things you deserve?   And I’m not talking about stuff.  Why do some people have such struggles in life?  Why do bad things happen to good people?  And why do good things happen to bad people?  How unfair.

When I would complain about some inequality as child, my mother used to always tell me that life isn’t fair.  I really hated when she said that.

When that statement gets stuck in my head and the internal struggle begins, I’m going to try to stop the cycle and try remember to be thankful for what I do have.  Today, I am thankful for such beautiful weather after such terrible storms yesterday!

What are you thankful for?

Ten Songs

We’ve had severe thunderstorms all afternoon and evening and a tornado warning earlier, so my son was wound up with worry and needed “help” getting to sleep.  This means stay in his room until he passes out.  Joy.

On nights like this when I’m trapped in there soothing his fears, I take my trusty iTouch in there and listen to some music while playing a mindless game.

So tonight while I was listening to my mellow music playlist and playing Zen Blitz, I got to wonderin’ what everyone else is listening to.

So!  Here are the last 10 songs I played —

  1. “Do Not Hang Your Head” by Elizabeth and the Catapult
  2. “Southern Girl” by Amos Lee
  3. “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz
  4. “Here We Are” by Green River Ordinance
  5. “Amazing ” by One eskimO
  6. “You’re Not Going Anywhere ” by Brad Sucks
  7. “Laundry Room” by The Avett Brothers
  8. “Sparrow” by Kelley McRae
  9. “I Want You” by Matthew Perryman Jones
  10. “Alibi” by 30 Seconds to Mars

I listen to just about everything so I’d love to see what you’ve been listening to.  Please post a reply with your list!   🙂