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Peanut Butter Banana Quinoa Muffins
Trying to get Claire to eat protein has been a challenge.  She can't drink cows milk, and none of the milk alternatives have as much protein.  She likes eggs, but can't have them.  She wouldn't eat meat until just last week, though she is doing a lot better now (knock on wood).  For breakfast this morning, I gave her a banana dipped in Sunbutter (a peanut butter alternative made out of sunflower seeds), and she really likes it, so I decided to try these muffins in hopes of sending them to daycare for breakfast.

I made a ton of modifications for her various allergies, high altitude, and the fact that I didn't have any brown sugar (I can't believe I actually had molasses in my pantry!)  They actually turned out quite good, and they got the stamp of approval at lunch today when she bypassed the little pieces I broke off for her and grabbed the whole muffin out of my hand and tried to shove it in her mouth  :-)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
My blog, that is.  Weebly will be happy to know that I'm posting something... (you seeing this, Weebly??)  Every month or so, they send me an email saying "Heyyyy, we see you haven't posted anything on your blog lately... have you seen all these cool new tools that can help you make your website the greatest thing ever?"

And then I send them this picture:
And they stop contacting me for a while, LOL.  (jk)

But anyway -- remember the reading nook from this post?
  We have turned it into Claire's play nook.  When she was just a young pup, all of her toys used to fit in a couple baskets, so we had a blanket on the floor in the main part of the room and just kept her stuff there.  But when she turned 6 months old, the toys got bigger (and more numerous).  The den became an obstacle course, so we had to move her to the nook. 

When we bought this house, I thought the nook would make a great play area.  The cabinets under the bench offer out-of-eyesight storage and it has two built-in sets of shelves for books.  Granted, the cabinets are falling apart and the inside of the bench gives me the heebeejeebees.  70's shag carpet, check.  40 years worth of dust, check.  Heating vent, check.  What??  Yeah, one of the two heating vents for this room is inside the bench.  Hence the louvered doors, but it still doesn't let the heat out.  So, I closed the vent for now, but I eventually want to get the whole thing rebuilt and re-route the heat to actually come out into the room.  (A novel concept, I know.  It was -16 here when I left for work the other day.)
I went to Target and bought a bunch of baskets in different sizes.  Some sit on the floor to hold her bigger toys and books.  Some are under the bench behind the doors to hold toys she's not old enough for, blankets and other random stuff.  And smaller ones are on the shelves holding small toys and burp cloths.  Gonna have to figure something out for the shoe caddy on the right so she doesn't bash her head on it.
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Books and toys
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More books, more toys
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Slightly easier to read name pillow made by my mom, too cute!
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And her dinosaur rocker!
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Her little chair (also turns into a bench)
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Crazy looking name art we bought at the Chinese New Year festival downtown
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My Raggedy Ann and Andy from when I was little, made by my Aunt Sandy
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And here's The Girl enjoying her new space...
 
 
 
 
 
 
The longer I procrastinate, the bigger the blog post is... imagine that.
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A whole new perspective on the world
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Pretty in Pink
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Claire and her recruiter
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Discovering a new toy
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Getting better at tummy time
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Feeding time at the zoo...
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Excited about going out to dinner!
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Me and my girl
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How did her sock get up by her face?
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More tummy time with Daddy
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Enjoying some jazz at Rico's
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She likes old movies...
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Somewhat uninterested.
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Learnin' the ropes
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Look who learned how to turn over
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Girls' Day Out
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Spinning the flower
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Daddy's Girl
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mmm... washcloth.
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3 month photo shoot - Fail.

And some Video...



The show must go on... from Sashasmommy on Vimeo.

Even in cold weather, Nakie Time must go on!

She likes her book from Sashasmommy on Vimeo.

No idea why this is upside down...

 
 
I wanted to make some goodies for the guys at work who had to take over my job while I was on leave, and Kevin suggested I make something for Claire's new daycare teachers.  My poor Kitchenaid mixer had about a quarter inch of dust on it.  Okay, maybe not that much, but it hasn't felt the love in a lonnnng time.  Chinese Five Spice is a mixture of cinnamon, anise seed, cloves, ginger and fennel.  With the cool weather setting in, it's a warm and tasty "Welcome to Fall" kind of cookie!  
http://www.tastebook.com/recipes/2108604-Chinese-5-Spice-Oatmeal-Cookies
 
 
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I'm so cute, I can't stand myself!
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Daddy's wake up call - Fail.
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Lookin pretty... (now if we could just get the pretty dress and the smile in the same picture...)
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Hangin' with Mommy
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Mom gave me the keys, but I can't find the car...
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Skyping with Grandma
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A calm moment in the storm that was post-2-month-shots.
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Relaxin'
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Hangin' with Daddy
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*thbbbbt!*
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Thankyouverymuch

And some Videos. . .