Tuesday, June 30, 2015

2nd Week of Summer 2015...

The lazy days of summer continue at the Thoman House...

Day # 7 Our tomato plant is officially out of control and towers over Georgia these days!




Speaking of out of control... the rain and storms have been crazy so far this summer!  On Tuesday evening, the skies darkened yet again and then the wind started and didn't stop.





Georgia and I heard our chairs go flying and the snap peas went next.  Our neighbor's grill even flipped over during the craziness.  Yet again, lakeside property for the 2nd or 3rd time in less than a week!





Day #8 - The weather cleared for a beautiful Wednesday morning.  Since the rain brought in some cooler air, Georgia and I took advantage and headed to the farm to pick some cherries!





Georgia and I had all the trees to ourselves as we picked a bucketful of beautiful red cherries.  The whole farm was empty and quiet, so Georgia took advantage and ran around to play with all the playground equipment and farm toys.  Typically, we're at the farm on the weekends when it's packed with families, so it was nice to have the whole place for just us.















Day #9 - Georgia headed off to school for sprinkler day and I convinced Nick to work only a half day so that we could sneak in an afternoon movie date.  In big news, it only took me 9 days before I officially "did" my hair (aka - blow dry and not a wet ponytail) for the first time this summer!







Day #10 - Another cool morning, so Georgia and I hit up the farm again for some blueberry picking!










On our drive out of the farm, we saw a sign advertising black raspberries, so we decided to give them a try too!






Muffin making commenced as soon as we got home...


Black raspberry muffins


Blueberry muffins

We wrapped up the week with Friday pizza and game night at our house with all the neighbors!

Day #11 - On Saturday morning, we all had big plans to meet at a local farm/petting zoo.  However, the weather had other ideas.  So, we re-grouped and decided to try a new trampoline place, Sky Zone.  But first, we had to carb-load...



Blueberry pancakes!


The trampoline place was beyond amazing.  We had an absolute blast with 5 other families from our neighborhood.  Chaos ensued...














The adults may have had more fun than the kids (and were certainly the ones popping the painkillers the next morning - we may have forgotten that we aren't as young or flexible as we thought!)...




 
 

Nick made yet another killer video using our Go Pro with the help of all the adults who took turns "illegally" jumping with the camera since phones/cameras were banned from the jumping areas! 






Sunday, June 28, 2015

Thoman Treats - Batch #3

One of the most challenging aspects of dealing with food allergies is the loss of "normal."  Many people don't think twice about taking their children out for ice cream, donuts, or pizza to celebrate life's big moments - a soccer goal, a good report card, a birthday, etc.  Unfortunately, for our family (and millions of other families in this country), celebrating with food carries a risk.  But we try to not let that slow us down and instead we've come up with our own little treats so that Georgia doesn't miss out on all of the fun.

For the past few years, we've been making our own donuts at home.  It's definitely a Daddy-Daughter event and usually I'm just a spectator to the baking madness.  Nick talks all the time about making donuts with his Dad and brother when he was growing up, so I know it's special that he shares this time with Georgia in the kitchen.  This past weekend was Father's Day and it was the perfect time for another installment of "Donuts with Daddy" for a special breakfast treat.





Donuts
**Nut-free**
**Dairy-free**
**Egg-free**

Ingredients:
  • 1 tube of buttermilk biscuits (ironically, no buttermilk in "buttermilk" biscuits in several major store brands, such as Harris Teeter and Wegman's)



  • Canola or vegetable oil
  • Toppings:
    • Chocolate chips
    • Mini marshmallows
    • Cinnamon/Sugar
    • Sprinkles
    • Graham crackers or graham cracker pie crust




Directions:
  • Heat oil in a large pan (we actually use our big wok) - Enough to cover the bottom of the pan and for the biscuit to be dropped in and not touch the bottom of the pan.
  • Break open the tube of biscuits and separate each one.  We use the top of a 2 liter bottle of soda or water bottle to punch holes into each biscuit, so that each biscuit results in one little donut hole and one regular donut.
  • Drop the holes/donuts into the oil CAREFULLY and let brown - Depending upon the heat of your oil, it could take just a few seconds or up to a minute.  Use a spatula to flip them over to let the other side brown up too.  If the oil gets too hot, just turn off the burner for a minute or two.






  • Once both sides are browned up, remove the hole/donut CAREFULLY and drop onto some paper towels to help absorb some of the oil.




Now the fun part... DECORATIONS!!

We love to melt Enjoy Life semi-sweet chocolate mini chips and dip our donuts in there.  Once properly coated in chocolate, we drop on some colored sprinkles to liven them up!



Little fingers love helping to decorate!

Nick's favorite topping is cinnamon and sugar.  He drops a few tablespoons of sugar and a few shakes of cinnamon into a paper bag and then shake like crazy to mix it all up.  He prefers to drop in the donut holes into that mixture and shake 'em all up until they are covered in the cinnamon and sugar yumminess.


2 cinnamon/sugar donut holes and a s'mores special






I got involved in our latest batch of donut making and came up with our craziest concoction yet... s'mores donuts.  Yes, they taste as amazing as they sound. 
  • Step 1 - Drip the donut into the melted chocolate
  • Step 2 - Using some leftover graham cracker pie crust, I broke up the pieces between my fingers and dropped a very small amount all over the donut
  • Step 3 - Gently press on some mini marshmallow



Not the most healthy recipe for Sunday mornings, but definitely tasty and perfect for a special treat!  Best of all, it's FUN for kids and we're all about making memories in the kitchen, even if we just have to be a little more careful about it.