DIY: Make your own #glutenfree playdough recipe #celiac

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Today was the boys' first day of school.  Since Hunter is starting pre-k, we have a lot of gluten free issues to consider within the school.  4 year olds with playdough was definitely one of my major concerns, so Hunter & I are making weekly batches of playdough for the whole class.  I love those teachable moments!  Using everyday items to create playdough is a great way to show children how simple ingredients can have wonderful results.  Hunter at age 4 has now had the experience of playing with playdough! Gluten Free Playdough Ingredients: 1/3 c. rice flour 1/6 c. potato starch (2 2/3 TBSP) 1/6 c. salt (2 2/3 TBSP) 1 tsp xanthan gum 1/2 TBSP Cream of Tartar 1 tsp. koolaid powder (any color) 1/2 TBSP oil 1/2 c. warm water Directions: 1. Mix dry ingredients in a storage bag (or container).  Let your child help you by shaking to thoroughly mix ingredients. 2. Place warm water & oil in pan.  Then, add dry ingredients. 3. Heat mixture on med to med-low he at … [Read more...]

Lunch Time

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I pride myself on my ability to encourage my family to eat healthy and delicious foods.  As babies, they all had homemade baby food.  As toddlers/children, I have encouraged them to help me choose foods and cook.  Now that Dylan has started kindergarten, the problem is that he wonders why he doesn't get the pre-packaged, processed foods all his friends eat?  Now that my baby is out of the bubble, he is seeing there are more options.  He has gotten to the point that he has been refusing lunch even his favorites.  I bought a cute Thomas the train bento-type boxes.  Let him pick out what he wants.  I know that he will figure out he has to eat; however, it is very frustrating especially when he comes home complaining he's hungry. Tomorrow I am sending him with yogurt, fruit, and granola to make his own parfait.  I am hoping for an empty lunchpail (as he refers to it).  So, let me know, what foods do you send for lunch?  Any suggestions? … [Read more...]