The Slumber Party Without the Slumber!

The Slumber Party

With all the hubbub about sleepovers, and families who choose not to have their children spend the night at a friends. You can still have sleepover fun. We do. We respect what our family friends have decided either way and they respect our family’s decision to not do sleepovers. Whether you do or don’t isn’t what this post is about. It’s about having a fun themed party that everyone can enjoy.

So here is what we did!

We invited some some of the kids frienda to come over early in the morning wearing their pajamas, they brought their pillows and sleeping bags. This was an occasion when Peanut invited her friends. Each one of our kids gets a turn to invite some of their friends for some sleepover fun. They start the morning off watching a movie picked by Peanut, while my hubby and I cook up some chocolate chip pancakes, using our family recipe. We double the amount and had 2, 2 liter measuring cups ready to go.

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The girls all had a great time eating their fill of chocolate chip pancakes.

Then it was time to move on to a craft.

I printed paper dolls on card stock from This Mama Makes Stuff Blog.

Pulled out a box of scrap fabric, scissors, markers, and Tacky Glue and let the kids get to work coloring and cutting.

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Even Little D was having fun.

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Even Peanuts older friends had fun dressing their dolls. They even took the time to make accessories for them.

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Thankfully, This Mama Makes Stuff Blog has a boy for your little guy.

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A cat for cat lovers. Meow!

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Love the purse she made.

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Such a cute collection of dolls made by little hands.

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I hope you plan a Slumber Party this summer for your little ones. If not I hope you enjoy making these paper dolls. We have, over and over again!

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We even sent each child home with a handmade pillowcase as a party favor.

I hope you all have some sleepover fun this summer!

Rosalia

Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins

Gluten-Free Sugar-Free Blueberry Muffins

Hello and welcome!

I am back at it again, I’m in my kitchen experimenting with coconut flour.

Today, I am excited to share my Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffin recipe. It also happens to be sugar-free, sweetened with raw honey. As we enter the season of delicious fresh fruits it is prime time to take advantage of all those fresh flavors and put them in my belly and yours!

So lets begin with the first, of hopefully many, recipes of the season of plenty!

So for this recipe, I admit, I made a small batch of 6 muffins and my kids ate them all, and I was lucky to get a taste. But if they loved it, then I am doubling the recipe and making it again and again!

After all, it is sugar free!

Here is the ingredient list to make a small batch of six muffins, (go ahead and double it if you are familiar with baking with coconut flour);

2 Tablespoons coconut oil

2 Tablespoons unsalted butter

3 eggs

3 Tablespoons of raw honey

1/4 Teaspoon of vanilla extract

1/4 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

1/4 cup sifted coconut flour

1/4 Teaspoon baking powder

1/2 Teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup blueberries

First, you will need a saucepan to melt your coconut oil and butter on medium-low heat.

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While these two ingredients start melting, get a small bowl for dry ingredients and a large bowl for the wet ingredients.

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In your small bowl, add your salt, sifted coconut flour, baking powder and ground cinnamon.

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Add your melted butter and coconut oil to your large bowl with your 3 eggs, honey and vanilla extract. Measure out your 1/2 cup of rinsed and towel dried blueberries to the small bowl with the dry ingredients. Toss blueberries in the flour until they are coated and add to the large bowl with wet ingredients.

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Mix with your whisk until there are no lumps.

In a greased muffin tin, fill 6 cups with batter. Bake at 400 degrees for 12-14 minutes, depending on how hot your oven bakes.

Let cool on a wire rack before you enjoy!

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If you double the batch, be sure to store your extra muffins extra in an air-tight container for a few days.

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I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

Rosalia

Life is Full, Playing Catch-up!

Well life can easily get pretty busy, especially when you are tackling home improvement projects. So here is a quick update on the going on’s over here. Our kids bathroom is almost completely finished!

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So far I am very happy with all our hard work. The tile surrounds is done, the toilet is installed, all we need is the vanity. We are looking at this gray vanity with carrara marble countertop. Or we are thinking about a white vanity with carrara marble countertop. In any case we are almost totally done with the bathroom and decorating it will be super fun.

We also decided to take down an old rotten fence, it was so bad all you have to do is look at it to long a board or nail would pop off. So my handsome hubby set to work on that project.

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So while my husband is outside working, he remembers he needs to add some more french drains in our backyard.

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We had about 12-18 inches of standing water in our backyard during rain storms. It went down to 6 inches after the first set of french drains so hopefully this will help the remainder.

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I on the other hand, was designing a pattern for a new client. She wanted a special heart-shaped apron with a circle cut bottom. I used her fabric and came up with this. Not to bad for a new design.

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Then I had the opportunity to experience an overnight at Fort Ross. I was able to learn about its rich history during my stay, and I’m now studying about the people who lived there. I am very excited to take a group of homeschoolers next school year to experience what life was like at Fort Ross!

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Then my children had TaekWonDo testing in between sickness. Cupcake did great! She’s on the bottom right.

Let me say having kids throw up in bed when you too are battling the same sickness is not fun.

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Sorry for this terrible picture, but it’s the best one I’ve got. My little peanut and Little D did great too. Poor Peanut was still sick the morning of her testing, but did great. But by the end she was done, that’s why I’m in the picture, she was over done. I had to hand over the camera to someone else.

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Here they are feeling good and with their orange belts and their wonderful trainer.

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And here are my kids with their friends training for a 5K. My amazing friend organized this running program along with all the help from volunteer coaches. We are super excited to run this Sunday May 31. Our verse for our Kids on the Run group is Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,” This is written on all their shirts, to God be the glory!

That should catch you up on the happenings during my absence. I hope we are done with sickness over here.

Rosalia