Charlie is celebrating a Danish Christmas with his dad and grandmother this Christmas Eve. As a special treat for them, Charlie and I made a cookie kransekake. I used THIS recipe for the cookies (added xylitol and vanilla to sweeten). For the icing I just used palm shortening, powdered birch xylitol, vanilla and a splash of coconut milk. Charlie used THESE sprinkles and sanding sugars to decorate. I love that Charlie is learning about his heritage and starting to embrace some traditions. Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year to you all!
Charlie had to write an essay about an important person in his life. He started to write about Steve Jobs but changed his focus to me. I was mightily honored to get a bit of edge above Mr. Jobs, as he is most definitely one of the most important people in my son’s life. Step aside Steve Jobs… Mama’s taking the lead! Not to worry friends, my ego is not experiencing any form of inflation. Charlie made sure to point out my shortcomings, “…you didn’t invent any kind of awesome technology Mom, but I chose you anyway.”
Jeanne Cantkier aka My Mom
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So something quite astounding just happened. My parent’s had to go out of town this morning. They had left and I was in the front yard with Gus and my mom’s dog Sammy. When I came in I looked all over for Charlie and couldn’t find him. I walked in the kitchen and found a note from him hanging on the back door.
“Dear Mom, I’m whining so I am hiding behind the cabana. Granny took her laptop on her trip and now I can’t play Roblox. I didn’t run away so don’t be scared. – Love Charlie.”
I walked outside and found him sitting on the ground behind the pool house. I hugged him and told him I was sorry he was upset and how much I appreciate that he left me a note – because YES, I would have been terrified and would have had flashbacks of the “old days” when he would run away. He said, “Well, I don’t do that anymore so don’t worry. But I needed to find a place to whine alone. I’ll go whine in the house now if you don’t mind… it’s a little cold out here.”
I love my son.
After receiving my copy of Paleo Indulgences, a new cookbook crammed with the most eye-popping, mouth-watering, inspiring food I’ve seen in a long time, I decided to take a few recipes for a spin.
Let me first say, I would love to lock myself in my kitchen and try every single recipe in this book, because trust me people… every single page looks AWESOME! But, I had time constraints today so I had to pick a few quick recipes.
I started with Candied Coconut Walnuts (I added pecans and sunflower seeds), then moved on to Mint-Chip Coconut Bark, and lastly moved on to Almond o’ Joys (I was out of whole almonds so I used slivers).
Lord have mercy! This is, hands down, one of the BEST cookbooks out there for Paleo recipes. Go get yourself a copy! You can thank me later!
Big day in our house today… Charlie just tied his shoes for the first time ever! I’m so proud of him, and more importantly, he’s so proud of himself!
(bloopers coming soon!) lol
Me: What do you mean? That was always your name… well, you were almost Harry, but Charles won out because of your great-great-uncle and Chuck Yeager.”
Charlie: No, no, no. You don’t understand. I mean before I was born in Tennessee I was born in Florida. My name was Tyler Majewsk.”
Me: How do you spell that?
Charlie: I lived a while but then I had to battle some robber dudes who were dressed funny like samurai and they killed me. I followed the angels and then I came back to the Earth as Charlie. THAT’S what I’m talking about.
Me: ….. gulp
Last week my daughter had come to me and asked if I had any idea why the cassette adapter in her car wasn’t working. I said no, which at the time was true.
Fast forward to today. Charlie and I were out running an errand. We were chatting about something and I noticed he ejected a cassette adapter in my car (which is also the car my son’s band uses when touring). I said, “Please don’t play with that bud, it doesn’t belong to us and I don’t want it to get broken.” Charlie said, “I won’t break it, I’ll be careful.” I said, “Well, your sister said hers got broken last week so they must be fragile.” Read the rest of this entry »
This morning Charlie asked if he could write a blog post for CharlieInWonderland. I was so excited I agreed to allow his guest post to count as his “Composition” class for the day. So without further ado… Heeeeeerrrreee’s Charlie! Oh, wait.. he wanted to make sure I typed, “And now for our Special Guest Star… Charlie!”
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Charlie has been on a real creative streak lately, what with all of the drawing and painting and movies. This evening he asked if he could play with his clay. Not long after starting that he asked if he could borrow my laptop to try out some stop animation. Later, while checking my email I saw a file on my desktop that looked like a claymation picture. Ends up it was a short movie. This kid is blowing me away the last few weeks with his creativity!! Go Charlie!!
Today’s art class was a study in color schemes. Charlie read some text about the subject and did a little online lesson. He also created a color wheel and samples of various color schemes. He was instructed to choose one color scheme and create a painting. There were no instructions as to what to paint, just that the size of the painting be 12×18 inches. I stood him in front of the easel with brushes and his chosen paint colors and told him he had 20 minutes to paint whatever he wanted, as long as he used only the colors he chose. I went about getting prepped for the next lesson and Read the rest of this entry »