Okay… not sure why it has taken so long to stop using the microwave. It’s been two weeks without it and we haven’t looked back. Actually, I look where it use to be and feel peace because I have a newfound space for nourishing food and a favorite vintage danish decanter, a gift for Christian. Every time I used it I would “lightly” think about the health risks and if it was destroying enzymes in our food? Ours was actually not heating very fast anyway. For example, if I was heating a bowl of soup the stove was just as fast, if not faster. Thanks to St. Nicholas and his family gift of a whirlipop there’s no need for microwave popcorn anymore either, plus it’s just not a good idea anyway!
I’m sure there may be some inconvenient times, but I haven’t found any yet (and I’m in the kitchen ALWAYS).
Not sure you want to make the leap? Just test it out for a couple of weeks. You may be surprised at how gratifying it is to live without one.
I believe this tent has been up for over a month now and has been used for playing, reading, drawing, sleeping and simply being an extra space to nest during this snowy winter. Up until this weekend I have adapted to having the tent up and it actually makes me long for camping in the warmer weather but after yet another snowy cooped up day the boys asked if it could be used as a soccer shooting goal. Tempting, yes, although it would probably not be useable as an actual tent for camping after that. It was quite a fun room while it lasted and we will certainly be doing it again!
We have had these puzzles for a couple of years now and the boys are finally excited to work together and complete them, thanks to my mom. She was patient enough to spark their interest and finish one with them.
This has been a great year round book to have, especially in the winter. Origami on the Go. The recommended age is 9+ but our 7 yr old is able to do quite a few of the projects.
Another favorite for these indoor days has been making paper airplanes, so simple and so fun. Here’s a favorite.
Above is the aftermath of a couple of days with daddy out of town, bitter coldness, and more snow outside. You would not think by looking but we have cleaned it off between meals, only to have it migrate back QUICKLY. This picture was taken just before dinnertime and I was really tempted to have a picnic dinner on the floor but I knew that Monday morning would roll around and a clean table would be well worth the cleanup. (Note… monday did roll around before posting this and we had another snow day!)
Oh, and soccer practice started this week, so now our house has turned into an indoor soccer field!!
I welcome any fun indoor winter goodness + activities you may want to share.
Enjoy the week!
These bites were originally meant for after school but running late to school after hibernating at home for a couple of snow days, they quickly became the perfect “eat in the car breakfast, because we are beyond late!” After school I like to include a snack that is packed with protein to curb that afternoon grumpiness in my boys. They’re not fans of too many whole nuts at a time so crushing them into a nut meal seems to work really well and blended with the banana, raw cacao, spices, and orange, it’s closer to a treat than a snack. This is a great one for the kids to help with and they can be stored in the refrigerator to pop out at snack time and maybe even those super rushed mornings.
Orange Spiced Energy Bites | gluten free and grain free | adapted from this recipe by Apartment 34
1 cup almond meal (coconut flour or cashew meal would also work well)
1/2 t. asian five spice (or cinnamon)
1 T. raw cacao powder
1 ripe banana mashed
2 T. raw honey
1/2 c. almond butter
dash of salt
1 t. of orange juice or a few drops of orange extract
unsweetened coconut for rolling the bites in
cooking note … if you would like to use a blend of nuts and pulse them in a food processor, this works well too. I find almond meal and cashew at Trader Joes.
If you are making your own meal from nuts just crush them in a processor or a blender until ground, but not into a butter. For the almond butter, you can certainly just make your own while you are already blending nuts.
Place the nut meal, asian five spice or cinnamon, and the cacao powder in a large bowl. Mash the banana on a plate and then add in the honey and almond butter. Add this mixture to the nut meal mixture. Mix in the salt and the orange juice or extract. Mix this all together with a wooden spoon. Let this cool in the refrigerator for an hour and then roll into 1″ round bites. Freeze the bites for 30 minutes and then roll them in coconut (you could also roll them in chopped nuts instead of the coconut).
We’re always looking for new healthy (gluten free + grain free) homemade snack ideas here so feel free to comment with your favorites.