Friday, April 10, 2015

March for Babies 2015 / Moochers

Please join Team Little Dragons at the 2015 March for Babies Denver on April 25th at City Park in Denver. Registration starts at 9am and the walk begins at 10am. This is our third year and we are proud to be a part of the walk yet again.

Please pre-register and/or donate at Team Little Dragons

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We have managed to stay out of trouble lately; aside from the little dragons playing a lot and eating us out of house and home things are pretty much status quo. 

I am consistently shocked at how much food these kids can put down in a sitting or in an entire day. It completely changes how we cook and how we buy food, and I have a feeling that it will only get worse as they get older. At two the twins eat more than most adults. 

We keep a gluten free household as I have celiac disease, so the little dragons are on a gluten free diet. They haven't had the celiac genetic test done yet but will likely get it done before school age. So, to accommodate this we buy bulk GF pasta and a 25lb bag of Pamela's GF Baking and Pancake Mix through Amazon Subscribe and Save, which auto ships every few months. We save lots of cash buying in bulk this way and time going to the store. Otherwise, we don't regularly buy gluten free substitutes, except for the occasional loaf of bread or box of GF waffles. We make cookies, waffles, pancakes, muffins, and quick breads / desserts from scratch. 

Breakfast choices consist of breakfast rice (milk, butter, cinnamon, and sugar / agave), pancakes, eggs, waffles, toast, potatoes, fruit, muffins, etc. A typical morning would be 3-4 pancakes, a half banana or blueberries, and applesauce. It isn't unusual for them to eat three eggs each plus a few muffins. This morning they ate two pancakes, blueberries, and a cup and a half of breakfast rice.

All of this means being prepared, making double or triple batches of things - and getting creative with foods I can make ahead and freeze. I am not a short order cook but they are usually so hungry that I have to have a few extras available, especially at breakfast. 

When I finally get a chance to eat, generally later - both little dragons come right over and start "mooching" for bites of my food. This in-between meal and snack chowdown is a favorite of theirs. 

Today we made quinoa and egg protein muffins before dinner. The little dragons had just finished a late lunch of guacamole, chips, cheese, beans, rice- and they were done. I was making muffins to freeze for later and they wanted to help- so I set them up with stirring, adding ingredients, and putting the muffin liners in the tin. They went on about their business, playing with balls and dancing while I cooked. 

By the time muffins came out of the oven, the kids were ready to eat again and were running around chanting "quinoa!". So, while I finished them up the little dragons went to town eating the muffins. They both ate three and still had enough room for dinner an hour later. 

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