Bird Nest Cookies

I have had some requests for the recipe!  I hope you have as much fun making them with your family as I do! 

Cream together:  1/2 cup butter
                          1 cup sugar
                          1 egg
                          1 tsp vanilla
                          2 tbsp cream
 Stir in:               2 cups flour
                         1 tsp salt
                         1 1/4 tsp baking powder
                         1/2 tsp nutmeg
Chill at least an hour.  Roll out on lightly floured board.  Place on ungreased sheet, bake in 375 degree oven for 8-10 minutes.

Frosting
Cream:             3 tbsp butter
                        4 cups powdered sugar
                        2 tbsp orange juice
                        2 tbsp lemon juice
                        drops of green food coloring

Frost cookies, dip cookies in coconut that has been colored green with food coloring and a few drops of water.  Put 3 jellybean in center.

I got this recipe from Marilyn Stoothoff, my wonderful mother-in-law.  She says her mother found this recipe in a newspaper over 50 years ago she enjoyed making them for years!

Yesterday I brought some of our cookies over to Mom’s and she said they were very yummy and that she doen’t think she had ever eaten a Bird Nest Cookie made by someone other than herself.  It was a very proud moment for me!

Is it Really Time for Bird Nest Cookies?

Wow, it seems like we just made these.  Once again, it is time to make the famous Bird Nest Cookies and this year the girls decided we needed to make Bird Nest Cupcakes too! 
I had no clue what Bird Nest Cookies were before I met my wonderful husband.  The recipe is actually one from his mom and she got it from her mother.  The first year I experience the cookies it was a family affair!  It was so much fun to make the cookies with everyone! 
This year I had to experiment and made a gluten-free batch.  Tori and I are both gluten-free in our family, but since I am not eating cookies due to my training I wasn’t going to make them at first.  After I thought about that how could I take away a family tradition just because she is not eating gluten.  She actually loves the cookies made just for her!
Do you have any Easter family traditions?

Gluten Free Protein Pancakes

Lately I have been trying to find some new ways to have my eggs and oatmeal! This is great since I am gluten sensitive I feel like I am having pancakes with the rest of the family plus still eating “clean.”  I am going to try adding a bit of nutmeg next time for flavor! 
Ingredients
1/2 cup Bob Red Mill’s Gluten Free Oatmeal
1 cup liquid Egg Whites
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp Splenda
Put in blender and mix together.  Pour onto hot griddle.  Top with sugar-free syrup or fruit.  (not included in nutritional info.)
Nutritional info per serving
Cals 316 Carbs 38 g, Fat 4 g, Protein 31 g, Fiber 6 g, Sugar 1 g

Gluten Free Baked Strawberry Rhubarb Oatmeal

Lately, I have been eating alot more oatmeal and egg whites…well, I thought I would change it up a bit!  The kids love eating their oatmeal this way.  In fact, they ask if they can have it for lunch and dinner too!  I used frozen rhubarb which I think made it a little soggy, so next time I will thaw the rhubarb or use fresh!  I doubled the recipe to feed me and the kids.

Ingredients
1/2 cup Bob Mill’s Gluten Free Rolled Oats
1 cup water
1/8 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp Brummel & Brown Butter made with Yogurt Spread
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup rhubarb, diced
4 strawberries, diced
2 Tbsp liquid egg substitute

Mix all together and pour into prepared pan.  Bake at 350 degrees until knife inserted comes out clean 35-45 min.  Optional: Sprinkle with brown sugar the last few minutes and broil to create a crunchy top. (not included in nutritional info.)

Nutrition per serving
Cals 272, Carbs 38g, Fat 7g, Protein 13g, Fiber 7g, Sugar 3g

I am Writing a Song

Today, as I was cleaning up the kitchen, I noticed Trista sitting at her desk writing something.  I went over to see what she was doing and I asked her if she was working on her letters.  She replied, “No Mommy, I am writing a song.”
It was so adorable because she started singing her new song only to stop and say “no that’s not right, I need to change that.”  She then told me that when she grows up she wants to be a singer on stage in church just like Emilee! 

Trista loves singing the songs on K-LOVE!  Her favorites right now are JJ Heller, What Love Really Means and Natalie Grant, We Are Human!  I am amazed that she knows most of the words and she is only 4!  So, parents, what music you play or tv shows you have on really do influence your children!

No Surgery Needed

Yesterday I had my second visit with the Neurosurgeon.  He had me do xrays of my back to see if I have Lumbar Instability!  Praise God that my spine is strong and healthy! Now that we know it isn’t the bone causing the problem, it most likely is the herniated disk.  Now what do I do…well he doens’t recommend we rush into surgery because I am so young and I am planning on having more children in the future.  He said that if we do surgery to repair the disk I will have relief, but in a few years I many need a more major repair because the disk will be weakend.  Right now we have decided to just chart my pain each month for the next 6 months and then reevaluate. 

I am thankful that I am not going to have to be rushed off to surgery.  But I am still in pain!  Not as severe, but I really want to be able to get back in the gym and focus on my training for the competition.  Just doing housework yesterday and today I can barely move! 

My doctor recommends that I strengthen my back muscles, which should help with the nerve pain.  He said biking…so I think I really need to get a Spinning Bike now, swimming and rowing, along with yoga. 

Wish me luck in my recovery!