Saturday, May 23, 2009

Cute nicknames

I read a very cute post on my friend's blog about the nicknames she has for her children, and thought it would be cute to share ours as well. It's always interesting to hear what people call each other:

Haiden:
Crumb (this was started because Jeremy's nickname is Toast--don't ask)
Peanut (he was so tiny when he was born!)
Farty McSmarty (this nickname, he gave himself, believe it or not!)
Haiden bobaiden
Hadey (Hannah's name for him when she was younger and couldn't say his name)

Hannah:
Beans
Hannah Banana
Hannah Bohana
Hannah Lizzie
Han--notice the past 4 are all just variations of her name? Shows how inventive we are!
Godzilla (given to her by Haiden when she was younger--still lives up to it!)

Any funny nicknames you have for your kids?

Recipe Alert!

I am always on the look out for healthy, yummy recipes that won't make me pork out if I happen to accidentally eat more than 1, so I was totally geeked when I found this recipe for cookies that contains no added sugar, no extra fats, and doesn't even require baking! And bonus....the kids, Jeremy, and I liked them a lot!
These suckers have 5 grams of fiber PER COOKIE, and are fun to make with the kids, although I must warn you 1) make sure you get pitted dates because I didn't, and it was horrible having to pit each and every one of them 2) The recipe only makes 4 cookies per batch, so if you want more or want them for the week, double, triple, quadruple, whatever, the recipe 3) Dates are a bitch to put in the blender/food processor: They stick like mad!

12 PITTED dates
1/3 cup oatmeal (I used quick cook oats, but I think steel cut or old fashioned would work as well, probably just have a different texture)
1 tablespoon peanut butter

Process the dates in a blender or food processor until they are really sticky and mushed up together.
In a bowl, mix them with the peanut butter and oats. I was not able to use a spoon because the dates were so sticky, so hands work really well to mix here.
Form into cookies.

You can keep these in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

My 5-year-old workout partner!

I have to tell you...my 5-year-old has turned out to be a much better exercise partner than anyone I have ever tried to team up with! Not only does he exercise with me and give me someone to do it with, but he also throws in a few "you're doing great mom" and "you can do it!" along the way. Yesterday, although he gave up pretty quickly on the 30-day Shred video, he ran circles around me telling me I was getting a gold medal. Talk about motivation!