August 2015 - Buttered Side Up

Two Announcements!

Baby Bump

First of all, let me say that that bump is a baby, not a burrito.

Yes - we're expecting our second child to arrive in February. We are very excited. Your prayers for a safe pregnancy and delivery would be much appreciated. 

You can get a few more details on my personal blog here. I will also be posting pregnancy updates there, when I get the chance.

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

I'm super super excited about my second announcement.

The Pioneer Woman recently re-designed her website, and added a new section called Food & Friends. There, Ree's friends share some amazing recipes and food tips. I am so honored to be a contributor to that section.

My first post was published last week: Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad. I'm pretty proud of this one, guys.

You should definitely make this salad. Just the croutons are worth it. In fact, you'll probably want to make a double batch so you can snack on them. Mmhmm.

Because I've been working so hard on Food & Friends, I've had less time to devote to Buttered Side Up. But I'm hoping to change that for September. I have also been going through a very hard time recently, and just have not been able to get any blogging done. If you think of me, please keep me in your prayers.


Toddler Snacks: Homemade Sour Fruit Gummies

Sour Fruit Gummies

One thing that Helen seems to have inherited from her parents is her insatiable hunger. At least, it seems insatiable to me. Almost as soon as she wakes up in the morning (or from her nap), she's asking for food. 

Trying to think of healthy snacks for her can be a challenge sometimes, because when she's hungry, she's hungry NOW. I can't really fault her, because Reuben and I are the same way. 

So I like to keep a stash of snacks on hand that I can give to Helen when needed. I try to make sure they're really healthy so I can feel good about her eating them. Making them myself is a great way to control the ingredients.

These sour gummies have only 4 simple, real-food ingredients. To really give these a nutritional punch, it's important that you use high-quality gelatin. I used the Great Lakes beef gelatin, but I'll be switching to the Vital Proteins gelatin once my can runs out.

Homemade Sour Fruit Gummies
recipe from Thank Your Body | PRINT

  • 2/3 cups lemon juice (you can use orange if you don't like your gummies sour)
  • 2/3 cup fresh or frozen fruit (I used frozen blueberries)
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey (the amount depends on how sour your fruit is, and if you used lemon or orange juice)
  • 5 tablespoons high-quality gelatin


Line an 8x8 or 9x9 square pan with parchment paper and set aside.

Place the juice and fruit in a medium saucepan set over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the fruit becomes soft. Add the honey.

Remove from heat and gradually add the gelatin, one tablespoons at a time, whisking intensely, until it's mostly dissolved. You may have a few little lumps of gelatin, but that's okay.

Allow the mixture to cool until you can touch it, then transfer to a blender (you could also use a stick blender if you have one). Blend until smooth.

Pour into prepared pan and place in the refrigerator until firm, about 30 minutes or so. Pull the parchment paper out of the pan and place on a cutting board. Slice into little squares using a big, sharp knife. Store in the refrigerator. 

You could also pour the gelatin into silicone molds if you have any.
If you use a fruit with seeds (such as raspberries), you may want to strain the mixture before you add the gelatin.

Sour Fruit Gummies

Tiramisu Ice Cream

Tiramisu Ice Cream
Tiramisu Ice Cream
Tiramisu Ice Cream
Tiramisu Ice Cream

Ah, the things toddlers say.

The hard question start early.

The other day, Helen wanted to know, "Who made God, Mommy?" She asked this question again and again, no matter if I answered her or not.

We took her to the county fair last weekend. I was talking about getting an "Uffda-Taco" (this is a fry-bread taco with a Scandinavian name). Helen picked up on it and kept chattering away about a "Woofda-Taco!" I didn't end up getting one.

We also took her on her very first ferris wheel ride. She really enjoyed it, but was quiet afterwards. When we got home, she wanted to see the video I took of the "ferris-go-round" -- it had been a choice between going on the merry-go-round and the ferris wheel, and she got the names mixed up.

Anyways, if you're looking for a lovely ice cream recipe for the last days of summer, you should check out this Tiramisu Ice Cream.


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