Adventure in Alternatives to Wheat & Dairy – Wheat Free Bread attempt #1

Today I present to you my first attempt at making a bread free of wheat! AJM approved and enjoyed her first ham sandwich in a few weeks, since we took her off wheat and dairy products. I decided, after perusing the GF options on the web, to just make my own dang recipe. I gathered some intel on which flours and substitute gluten things do what and went to work. First I got to work making brown rice, almond and oat flour. Next I perused some recipes and got an idea on a binding agent (eggs and ground flax). I combined my flours and flaxseed, threw in some yeast, salt and sugar and mixed together. Then I mixed th eggs and water and made a thick batter. I poured it into a loaf pan and let it rise for a bit. As soon as it looked risen enough, I turned on the oven and baked for half an hour.

The result? Cake bread!

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AJM is currently enjoying it and BAM approves as well! I’ll probably tweak this recipe next time, but for a first attempt, it’s pretty good!

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Paper “Xylo” phones!!

This week has been packed with creative play.  I was intrigued by a video tutorial I stumbled upon showing how to make a paper “xylo” phone. It was very easy to follow along with the idea of how to do it.  After perusing through my supplies and thinking about the process, I came up with our version of a paper “xylo”phone.  It was easy and the girls enjoyed making it with me.  AJM made her own and later made a few tweaks to get some sound out of it.  Even J had a go at tapping out a song.  Though it still needed to dry a bit more.  Will have a video up soon!
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Homemade Play Dough!!

We made play dough!!  The girls had a fantastic time making it AND playing with it.  It is quite a challenge cleaning it up from our table, but I’m learning how to work with it.  The girls both spent almost 3 hours total, the first day we made it, playing with it.  The second day they were just as eager and have really made some very creative items.  Like a mermaid, muffins, cake, snowmen and many others.  Suffice it to say this was a huge hit at our house. 

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Paper Mache Airplanes!!

I finally decided to introduce paper mache to the girls. I looked through a few different “kid” ideas for things they could make and most of them required wasting a balloon.  Since we have a pile of plastic bottles, I searched for projects for kids specifically using a plastic bottle.  That’s when I found this delightful post idea!  I collected all the supplies with AJM’s help and we began our paper mache experiment.  It took around 24 hours until our planes could be painted and the girls had a really good time!  We went with the basic cold flour and water technique.  It worked out well and seems pretty durable. 

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3D Paper Fruit Picnic Party

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A few weeks ago I stumbled upon this great website called Mr. Printables. At the time I was just looking for some cute printables to use for the girls’ homeschooling repertoire. I found lots of great material here and bookmarked it for later perusing. Fast forward to last week when the theme for BAM’s homeschooling week was fruit and vegetables.
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Lately BAM has been really into cutting paper up, so I thought ‘why not work this into an art activity?’. A quick Google search rendered lots of easy to see and cut out 2D fruit and baskets, etc. I’ll probably do another post with those links and whatnot. But I knew AJM would need something more… complicated. That’s when it hit me 3D! We’d recently put together a cool movable 3D T-Rex that both girls really enjoyed too! Another Google search rendered Paper Play Fruit on Mr. Printables!
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I’ll probably do another post of us making the printed fruit. As for today’s post I just wanted to share the “fruits” of our labour during our Paper Fruit Picnic Party!
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Check out our video of the picnic party.

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Homemade – Granola

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Today we made granola! Yummo! I made a cute video with the girls and am including the instructions here, since it wasn’t in the video.

Granola Video

Mix together everything (except the egg white and dried fruit)together in a large bowl.
Mix egg white (you can add two if you choose) in a small bowl until frothy, add to oats mixture.
Combine ingredients until evenly coated.
Heat your oven to a medium low temp.
Spread oats evenly on a large cookie sheet so that it’s an even layer.

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Set a timer for 15 minutes.
When oven is heated, place oats mixture pan in oven and start timer.
Cook in 15 minute intervals, stirring and rotating after each cycle ends.
When oats are deep golden brown, remove from oven and set aside.
Let cool completely, this allows the granola to get crunchy.
Store in airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

Serve with yogurt or milk and fresh fruit!

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Yum!

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Garden Lovin’ – Wild Panamanian Tomatillos

J built a wharf next to the houseboat, he began months ago, and we’ve planted some trees and edible plants along the side.
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Recently, on one of my strolls along the wharf to check on our plants, I noticed a plant that looked like a wild panamanian tomatillo!
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Sure enough a few weeks later the tell tale tomatillo flowers popped up underneath the leaves. Shortly after tomatillos began to grow!
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This is really exciting for the girls as well.
They really love searching under the plant for fallen fruit and gobbling them right up!
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Curtains!

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Today we put up curtains in the girls rooms. It was no sew and super quick. Basically we took 3 pieces of fabric, measuring 2 yards each, a 1/2 pvc pipe, some screws, a saw and a drill. J measured the space across the room where we wqnted to hang them and cut the pipe. Then he screw the pipe into place, semi snug to the wall. Finally we put the fabric over the pipe and smoothed it along the pipe so it was even. Super simple and the girls love them!

**update**

I pulled the curtains down and sewed them up nicely! I ended up putting snaping loops along the top and hemming the bottom.  Then I added snapping curtain ties and attached them to one side so they wouldn’t get lost.  They’re so lovely! PhotoGrid_1428870207095

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Moving in Today!

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We’ve been living in Panama (Bocas Del Toro Region, North/Caribbean side) since the beginning of February 2014. Jaimie and I decided we needed amobile house, so he started building a houseboat 28 July, 2014. It is a 3 floor, 40ft long, 26ft wide solar powered catamaran (custom built/designed by Jaimie Mantzel). Jaimie built this boat all by himself, no helpers or workers to assist. He used minimal electrical tools. We started moving in today! There are still a lot of things that need to be added for comfort and organisation of our stuff, but we’ve got the basics and J is building and painting and sanding as I type this post. If you’d like tomsee the videos of building the boat as it progressed, visit Jaimie’s YouTube Channel