Wednesday, September 26, 2012

On the weekend, I couldn’t decide if I wanted chocolate cake or cheesecake.  Then I thought, why choose?  I decided to experiment a little.

I pulled out our Only Oats Decadent Chocolate Muffin Mix and my Kraft Philidelphia Cheesecake recipe book.

I mixed the muffin mix as directed on the packaging, pouring it into a 9x13 cake pan, then I mixed half the recipe for the Holiday Cheesecake Presents (sans graham crumbs), making sure to use only gluten free products.  I poured the cheesecake mixture over the chocolate mixture.  Using a spatula, I made swirling and figure-eight motions to mix them into a marble-like look.

After 30 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit, voila, yumminess ensued.  Then I fought the kids off long enough to get this quick photo of the last square. Mmm, look at those chunks of cheesecake.

I think next time I may make the whole cheesecake recipe and maybe even use a small ice cream scoop to plop cheesecake in the middle of each square.  Regardless, I consider this experiment a complete success.

Take Care, D

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Terry Fox was a remarkable young man from British Colombia, Canada.  He was known as a humanitarian, an athlete, and a national hero.  Even now, thirty-one years after his death, we still honor his legacy.
Terry was a long distance runner and basketball player in high school as well as college and generally well liked.  In 1977, Terry (who was only nineteen) was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, causing his leg to be amputated in hopes of stopping the spread of Cancer.  Terry continued to run using an artificial leg and played wheelchair basketball, helping his team win three national championships.
The Marathon of Hope was born in 1980 when Terry decided to run across Canada to raise money for Cancer research.  Terry’s goal was to raise one dollar for each of Canada’s twenty-four million people.  He began his journey from St. John’s, Newfoundland in April running the equivalent of a marathon each day.
By the time Terry had reached Ontario, he had made numerous public appearances with various public figures and was a national star for his accomplishments.  Unfortunately the Cancer Terry battled during his run had spread to his lungs by the time he reached Thunder Bay, Ontario.  Terry’s hopes, along with the Country’s, of his overcoming the disease and completing his run, ended when Terry died nine months later (June 28, 1981).

September of 1981 was the first Terry Fox Run.  This run is held annually to honor our national hero.  Many communities and schools across Canada conduct a run or walk to continue Terry’s work in raising funds for Cancer research.  The Terry Fox Run has grown to involve millions of participants in over 60 countries.  It is now the world’s largest one-day fundraiser for Cancer research. 
Though this blog post will have missed the community runs on September 16th, it is not too late to join or sponsor a school run on September 27th.  There is no entry fee and no minimum donation.  Go to to find a way to help out.  Remember, Terry only hoped for one dollar from each person… is one dollar too much to ask?  Together, in Terry’s name, we will find a cure.

Take Care, D

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

We have been making our own “granola” bars for a while now.  When we discovered Hubby and R’s sensitivity to gluten, I was very worried about how I was going to make sure they still had grains in their diet.  The bars that we make are good but I find them overly sweet.  I wanted to try something else.
I found an Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Granola Bar recipe from for what seemed more like an Oatmeal-to-go type bar.  it wasn't set out as a gluten free recipe but I could see how easily it could be converted.  So I tried it out.  It was fantastic and I loved the cake-type consistency.  R had enjoyed the Oatmeal-to-go bars before we realized his intolerance so I thought this would be a nice bar for him but I wanted to incorporate more grains so I modified it.  He still loves the bar and he’s getting more out of it.
In the recipe below I will include my additions but would love to hear your variations.  Unfortunately I am not very imaginative when it comes to grains and I’m sure nuts could be added too, except R takes it to school which is nut-free.  Try it, let me know what you think.
Oatmeal Granola Bars


3 cups gluten free oats
1 cup flour mix
4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups of grains, dried fruit, seeds, chocolate, etc.
I chose ¼ cup each of flaxseed meal, chocolate chips, sesame seed, corn meal, dried cranberries, whole grain rice puffs, whole grain quinoa puffs, and sunflower seeds.

½ cup honey
3 cups of skim milk (would like to try with almond milk)
2 eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
In Mixer bowl, combine dry ingredients and mix until combined.  In a separate bowl whisk the wet ingredients.  Pour the wet ingredients into the dry while mixing until well blended.  Pour the batter into a 9x13 greased baking pan.  Bake 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Cut into bars and allow to cool on a rack.


Take Care, D

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Hubby and I are a large part of R’s Scouting Group.  We want to be part of this great organization and want to contribute what we can to help further this organization and make scouting available to more youth in our area.  All of the time we spend is volunteered. 
My problem is all the parents who drop their children off at the meetings and want their children in the organization, but don’t want to help out.  It seems like it’s always the same people volunteering for everything.  I am grateful to those people and they do an amazing job but most of them are leaders and already have a huge time commitment and cannot do everything!  It is exhausting for those leaders and their families to volunteer for every event and fundraiser because of the lack of interest from the other parents. 
The organization cannot grow without volunteers and throwing money at the problem (which is the norm in various youth sports and organizations in the area in the form of a volunteer levy) isn’t the solution.  We have already had many of the past committee members and leaders not return because of the extreme time commitment.  So how do we make the parents care?  How do we enforce mandatory volunteering?  How is volunteering handled in your area?

Take Care, D

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

On behalf of Just Mom’s Blog and What To, I would like to congratulate E.Ong and Tamra H.  You are the winners of the two What To Expect prize packs!  I have sent out notices to you so please contact me via email with your mailing address. 
Congratulations to you both!

Take Care, D

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