I had a moment yesterday where I questioned what I was doing.
What if, what I do doesn’t matter?
I know it matters.
But sometimes. Sometimes. I wonder. That’s what being isolated does to you. At home all day with the kids with no loving husband present. And right now it’s just Hyrum & Salem. Asher & Mali are still away with my mom, visiting family. So it’s me, the seven year old, the eighteen month old, and, the dog.
Did I mention we’ve had a dog for the past month? Kind of on loan from my brother.
This dog ought to be renamed Trouble. Cute, I’d say adorable, perhaps a bit sweet, but trouble, nonetheless.
Here’s the rundown of our month together: he caught & killed a baby squirrel, molested a rooster, did his business on our carpet (several times). Since he’s been under my sole care for the past week while my mom’s been out of town, he’s run away a few times. He chewed up Hyrum’s baseball glove & jump rope. I’ve caught him chewing up Salem’s dirty diapers (don’t ask how he got those).
Hyrum, who has wanted a dog since he could talk, now has had his wish come true, but he says he’ll take a cat now, thanks.
Things I’ve learned from this dog:
1) Dogs are like toddlers. Cute. They have personality. They need & want love. Therefore, they require a certain amount of attention. A bit more than say, a houseplant.
2) As long as I have a babe in diapers, or a toddler, or anyone under the age of 5, I don’t want a dog.
3) Unfortunate, because Salem really loves this dog. She toddles around after him, batting his tail, saying “come, come!” She feeds him, wrestles with him, gives him kisses & snuggles into his fur. It’s rather adorable, but I have to be honest with myself, several children + a toddler + a dog is not something I think would be good for my mental state.
Oh yes, another naughty thing he did: he ate the leftover dessert from the other night.
Amaranth autumn bars.
I made them for a family get-together on Sunday.
There were a few leftover, so when I came home I brought them into the kitchen, along with a beautiful white salad bowl & set them on the counter.
I left the kitchen to take care of the bed time routine–PJ’s on, teeth brushed. I was working on Salem’s teeth, & mid brush, I hear–crash! I ran upstairs to find the guilty culprit (the infamous doggy) staring at the broken salad bowl & upturned pyrex pan. All of my autumn bars, gone.
I don’t want to flatter myself (because who does that, anyway?), but they must have been pretty darn good. For a dog to figure out how to snatch some off the cupboard & gobble them up in less than 10 seconds.
They are good, & taste like autumn.
I was inspired by this recipe, but then when I realized I didn’t have any more canned pumpkin (blame it on my current pumpkin pie smoothie addiction), add the fact I wanted to use some amaranth flour I had on hand, I decided to go the experimental route. That can be a dangerous route to go, especially since I was strapped for time, & this was going to be for a family gathering.
I decided to go for an apple theme, because, how can you go wrong with apples?
Plus, I’m living in apple country right now & we’re in the thick of apple season. Lots of apples to be had.
I made two versions of the bars.
On Sunday night I made version 1: amaranth & oat autumn bars with “cream cheese” frosting. Version 2, I made last night for another family get together with Joseph’s side of the family: amaranth & oat gingerbread bars with coconut milk glaze.
Both night’s these bars had to compete with store bought cake. Hyrum & Salem had seconds of my bars, then thirds (I know, what kind of parent am I?!).
I had approximately 5-7+ servings last night alone.
Point is, these are good stuff.
Trust me, okay?
(And be a good reader & follow the directions.
Otherwise don’t come crying to me, that your bars didn’t turn out.)
Gluten-free, vegan dessert bars perfect for autumn. A blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, apples, oats, & amaranth. Amaranth is a nutty, earthy grain (actually a seed, similar to quinoa in that way) that lends itself quite well to fall foods & flavors. Ingredients Instructions Additional Nutrition Info: Per Square: With cream cheese: 3.6 g protein, 76 mg sodium, 17 g carbs, 2 g fiber With glaze: 118 calories, 3 g fat, 21 g carbs, 2.5 g protein
Gluten-free, vegan dessert bars perfect for autumn. A blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, apples, oats, & amaranth. Amaranth is a nutty, earthy grain (actually a seed, similar to quinoa in that way) that lends itself quite well to fall foods & flavors.
Additional Nutrition Info: Per Square: With cream cheese: 3.6 g protein, 76 mg sodium, 17 g carbs, 2 g fiber With glaze: 118 calories, 3 g fat, 21 g carbs, 2.5 g protein
Coming up: Second installment in series on homeschooling.
Also, looking for more healthy, allergy-friendly, vegan & gluten-free recipes? Check out this week’s Wellness Weekend, where this & many other recipes are shared.
Do you have a dog? Dog & kids?