Well, we did it! We got our stubborn little four year old into a pre-school program. It has been a challenge with him refusing to potty train, but his teacher really wanted him in school and she made it happen. He wakes up every morning eager to go and doesn't even care about leaving me. He is a smart little kid, but his stubbornness keeps him from getting things done and being on track with other kids his age. He is making progress though. I just have to accept the fact that I look like an incompetent mom that doesn't know how to potty train her child. Each child is different. He is nothing like his older sister. Oh well, on a happier note I made these lovely kid friendly Krispie Fruit Punch Truffles to continue celebrating summer and keep fall at bay.
Well, summer is over and school has started for my oldest. I am hoping to get the little one in pre-school this year also. The house is so quiet and peaceful now. I have more free time to get back into my hobbies. Baking, of course, being one of them. I had a package of Root Beer Float Oreos in the pantry screaming to be used. I am surprised that I had not eaten them all. I love root beer and so does my daughter. I know it's a bit on the sweet side, but once in a while I like to have a few sips. That's why I love these Root Beer Float Mini Donuts I made with the Oreos, because they taste like root beer, but they aren't super sweet.
I put together my son's 4th birthday party last week. He's into a lot of things, but nothing in particular stood out as a theme. That is until someone posted a photo of an M&M wedding cake on Facebook. I had my inspiration. My son loves M&M's in all different varieties. He devours whatever flavored M&M's I buy to make recipes with. He's not picky when it comes to his favorite candy. So I researched Pinterest for DIY party decor and kept my eyes open when I was out shopping. I tried to keep it simple because it wasn't going to be a terribly big party, but I wanted it to be special for him.
Summer is coming to a close. Kids are going back to school in two weeks. Yay! I love my kids, but I need a break. The past couple of weeks have been busy. We drove up north for a week to see family and friends. It's was nice to see everyone, but man, that drive is killer. Then last week I was occupied with making treats and decorations for my son's birthday. He loves M&M's, so I scoured Pinterest for ideas on doing an m&m party. I found a few things, but these Candy Coated Oreo M&M's were my idea. I've been wanting to make them for a while, so I thought this was the perfect opportunity. They came out pretty cute.
I have never made a gluten free recipe before, but a friend of the family was recently diagnosed with gluten allergies and was looking for cookie recipes. I had some rice flour in the pantry, so I told her I would test out recipes for her. I'll take any excuse to bake cookies. I had my reservations about baking gluten free. I was afraid they wouldn't taste as good as regular chocolate chip cookies, but man these Gluten Free Maple Chocolate Chip Cookies came out awesome. Of course, it doesn't hurt that I made them with my dad's maple syrup.