As Dante was holding a seashell up to his ear he said, “I can’t hear the ocean, I hear the sun”
On my 30th birthday I was at home with the kids, like any normal day. We were sitting at the table eating lunch and Dante said, ” I’m going to sing happy birthday”. Excitedly, I said, “Aww you’re going to sing to me?”…… No, Uncle Jerry.
Getting out of the house in the morning is always a little hectic. I have so many bags and cups that I usually make a separate trip to the car in the morning before I take the kids down. One morning I said to Dante, “I am going to take this stuff to the car, I’ll be right back”. Dante said, “Ok, I’ll stay here with Leela”. I thought he was being really sweet and said, “Thanks Dante that is nice of you”. As soon as I start to open the baby gate Dante yells, “Look Leela mommy is running away” !
I was stopped at a light as we were driving to school and Dante said, “Whats that guy doing?”. I look around and don’t see anyone. It was October so I thought maybe he saw a scarecrow or some other Halloween decoration in a yard, but don’t see anything and he keeps asking me what the guys is doing. Then I realized it is a Jesus statue on the side of a church.
I start talking about Jesus and God and how he lives in heaven. Then Dante says, “Mommy I can’t see it”. Everything is so literal and clearly we need to up our religious education game.
One of the harder aspects of going dairy free was the desserts, particularly cookies. Every good dessert starts with lots of butter! I especially love chocolate chip cookies and I was on a mission to find a good alternative. I tried substituting fake butter into my normal cookie recipe and it wasn’t bad, but it was a little oily. I love using coconut oil, so I decided to give that a try and loved it.
1/2 cup coconut oil, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Mix together the softened coconut oil, brown sugar, granulated sugar, egg, and vanilla extract.
Add in the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt, and mix until combined. Add the chocolate chips.
Make dough balls and chill them in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake for 10-12 minutes.