ABOUT THE TIME I am ready to pull my hair out from the simple human need to veer off the beaten path and begin to wish, cross fingers-legs-toes, pray and hope for any glimpse of new, it happens. Mind you, it might not seem like much to the naked normal eye, but to the bulging eye of the primary care giver, any small movement outside of the worn through; it’s really quite significant.
THREE MONTHS AGO Zach stopped taking his walks down his Love Trail (we’re not very happy about this detour). At first I thought maybe it was just a one week modification to his deep rut brought on by, perhaps, the fact that he didn’t feel well. Three months down this different road, I’m beginning to wonder. No amount of coaxing can get him to run that trail daily! But hey, he’s made a choice on his own and is sticking to it. That’s sorta cool, sort of grown up of him don’t you think?
OTHER CHANGES, a month, or so ago now he put himself on a fast for three days, no water, no food. No fever, no tooth issues (as best we can tell), or mouth sores. We’re still stumped by that fast, but luckily, he is back on track with eating and drinking (though from different cups; they are glass, easy to wash and he gets more water. This is good). Since the time change, he has not “forwarded” his sleeping as we’d hoped and prayed, begged and pleaded, instead, he has back-warded it; rather than sliding into the new time and rising at 4:00 a.m. from his old 3:00 a.m. roust, he is chirping at 1:30. Seriously? And, is he a VEGAN? His love of meat on his plate his waning. What’s that about? He’s been leaving the meat. He rarely leaves a crumb. There are digestive issues that no amount of pre, or probiotics, enzymes, etc seem to help with, so perhaps that might be the culprit. Still, what do I do…?
FOR STARTERS-A CONCOCTION, A REVISION…3-6-9, it’s a cookie, but not just any cookie. It’s easy to make, but this cookie; it just might change your life. We’re a few weeks into this…stay tuned for more.
IF YOU FIND IT DIFFICULT to get your child to take their supplements and eat enough to get their much needed fiber and omegas, here’s a sneaky twist. I’ve posted an oatmeal cookie recipe in earlier blogs and though it is a healthy treat (for the most part, minus the sweetener) this is a modification to that adored old friend, The Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookie.
I CALL IT Oatmeal Cookie 3-6-9: Chai seeds, flax meal, hemp seeds, coconut and pasture butter combined with a healthy array of gluten free, egg free and peanut free ingredients give us our omegas, fiber and other benefits in a delicious cookie. He loves them! So do I.
THE FOOD ISSUE, WELL, THAT seems solved. Now if I could just come up with a sleep inducing cookie and instant exercise powder we’d have this caregiver thing wrapped and could market it in cellophane baggie.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In a glass measuring cup add
9 tbls spoons warm water
3 tbls chia seeds
1 tsp organic vanilla
1 cup raisins
soak all for 1 hour
In the mixing bowl combine (I use a KitchenAid Pro 6)
1 cup softened pasture butter (even if your child is dairy free, pasture butter should not bother them)
1 cup coconut palm sugar and either
1 cup brown sugar, or 3/4 cup honey
1/3 cup flax meal
1/3 cup hulled hemp seeds
1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2 1/2 cups gluten free flour (I like Namaste Perfect Blend)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp soda
2 cups oatmeal
1/2 cup dried cranberries, or raisins (optional)
3/4 cups chopped pecans, or walnuts (optional)
*may add more water, teaspoon by teaspoon till the dough is playable and feels somewhat sticky.
Drop heaping tablespoon of dough onto parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, remove from cookie sheet after they have cooled for 5 minutes. They may be frozen, or refrigerated (if there are any left at the end of the day). Makes 4 dozen cookies.