A couple years ago Ani and Cameron didn’t particularly like each other. Over the last about a year that had changed very dramatically. Ever since they started training to become taekwondo instructors they have become very good friends. Their relationship is completely different now.
They spend hours at the taekwondo school learning and practicing. At home they teach and coach each other and work together to get better.
There’s even talk about them opening their own school together in a few years. Watching their sibling relationship change has been really awesome. For so many reasons we will always be grateful that we signed our family up for taekwondo back in 2013!
The other day Jamie and I were heading into Target when he pointed out a mud bird nest up near the ceiling of the entryway. Google tells me it was a barn swallow’s nest.
Adrian’s 7th birthday celebrations lasted for three days. We started on his actual birthday with the bubble machine. Best birthday gift ever!
For breakfast, he had Klondike Bars. Nothing like ice cream for breakfast on your birthday. Friday afternoon, we took the little guys to Chuck E. Cheese’s where they played for a couple hours.
Since Ani was at Youth Conference until Saturday afternoon, we celebrated Adrian’s birthday as a family on Saturday. We went to a trampoline park.
Then we went to see Inside Out (good, but not great, and not a must see again sort of movie). We ate dinner at Red Robin on the way home. Adrian loved being sung to and given an ice cream sundae. We finished the evening by watching the newest Girl Meets World, Girl Meets Hurricane (excellent, and a definite must watch again sort of episode).
Adrian’s only complaint was that he didn’t have a cake. Since two of us are strictly gluten free, we didn’t even think about getting a cake. Ani volunteered to bake a gluten free cake on Sunday. It turned out very good (she even made the buttercream frosting from scratch – 3 whole sticks of butter are in the 4 cups of icing!).
Turning 7 was very exciting for Adrian and he loved his whole weekend of fun. He has told us for months that 7-year-olds do things 6-year-olds don’t do like always getting themselves dressed and buckling their own carseat. True to his word, starting on Friday, Adrian has been doing all the things he promised 7-year-olds do. Apparently in his mind 7 is when you become a “big kid.”
It’s hard to shop for this little guy. He’s never really liked toys and we didn’t want to get him more electronics. So we decided to get him a bubble machine. He LOVES it!
Ani loves to bake so being diagnosed with Celiac Disease was doubly hard for her. But then my friend gave us America’s Test Kitchen Gluten Free Baking. Everything we’ve made has been so good and Ani is so happy to be able to bake again.
I usually make a double batch of their flour blend (it contains white rice flour, brown rice flour, potato starch, tapioca starch, and dry milk powder). That equals about 5 pounds of flour and fits perfectly in my large kitchen storage container.
Chocolate chip cookies – Ani made these with half mini semi-sweet chips and half regular size milk chocolate chips.
Shortbread – Ani forgot to turn the temperature down for baking so it was a bit crumbly, but it still melted in our mouths and tasted great.
Peanut butter cookies – Ani’s made these twice and they are incredible both times. Peanut butter cookies are my favorite!
Pizza – I’ve made the pizza three times now. The crust is a perfect mix of crunchy and chewy.
Chocolate chip muffins – I used the blueberry muffin recipe to make these. I think they’d be much better with milk chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet chips. I want to try them using strawberries cut up in little pieces and also try apple bits with extra cinnamon.
Bread – The bread is what makes me the happiest. I don’t like most pre-made gluten free breads. They have a slimy feel to me and they are also super expensive. This bread, while slightly pink (due to the psyllium husk) which takes a bit to get used to, tastes like bread made from regular flour. It works to just eat, as peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and makes nice grilled cheese, too.