Saturday, December 31, 2011
|and look what she brought her....|
Friday, December 30, 2011
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
|Alena waiting for her meal|
|Mia Rose and Kati waiting patiently for their meal|
At our destination we visited one very fun place - and the girls got to visit with some cute pigs...
|look at that delicious Vegan Pancake|
|Alena loved her breakfast - Vegan Pancake with plenty of fruit and a side of bacon :)|
Oh, and we had breakfast at Portage Bay Cafe http://www.portagebaycafe.com/ It was fantastic - and to me the best is always if our girls can have just the food they like :) They had vegan pancakes, soy milk - and having Galactosemia safe food was no issue. Whoo-hoo - just what this mothership loves :)
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
Breakfast and then a nice long walk outside. One of the things I absolutely love about living in Portland is that it is always possible to take long walks outside. All of us walked up Mt. Tabor, stopped at the Wishing Tree for a special wish, and on the way back down - of course - stopped at the playground. I always feel so much better better day after a nice long walk....
I hope you all had wonderful day!
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
But now guess what was for dinner last night?! Yup, pizza :)
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
So here you have it - our lovely Wednesday in three posts and pictures :) Good Night!
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
|Girls in the tram on the way up to the "Hill"|
Then we stop at the Metabolic Clinic, where the girls get the magic cream applied, and voila, 30 minutes later their blood is drawn.
|The girlies waiting for the "magic cream" to do it's magic|
Long story short - after lying down, addition apple juice and a visit from the Medical Assistant to take her blood pressure, Alena was OK. It was probably just because Alena was so stressed out about the draw...In any way, I honestly can tell you that this whole entire episode - and yes, I know it really is not a big deal - got me quite unsettled. All is good now :) - Oh, and by the way we met Ron out for lunch. Both girls indulged themselves in Burgers with Fries. And you know what else, I did not cook dinner tonight. Alena ate the rest of her cake - for dinner :), and Mia Rose had the remaining Fleischkuechle from last night...
Monday, December 19, 2011
|Fleischkuechle, potato salad|
Oh, but what I really wanted to tell you about was the cake I made. Alena loves chocolate, so it had to be a chocolate kind of cake. I did not want to make brownies and then I found a recipe for a Chocolate-Cherry Cake. Yummy! - A huge success. And yes, of course absolutely Galactosemia safe - at least for the diet our girls follow :)
First the picture - the the recipe....
|Cherry-Chocolate Birthday Cake|
150 gr Sugar
200 gr Margarine - soft
1 Pack Vanilla sugar - or vanilla extract
1 pinch of salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
100 gr. grated dark baking chocolate (I only found one safe brand - you could also use chocolate chips)
100 gr. grated almonds
125 gr. Flour
1 glass dark Morello Cherries (Trader Joe's) drained
- Mix sugar with margarine, vanilla, and pinch of salt until it is mixed together
- Add eggs - one at a time
- Mix baking powder, flour, and almonds. Then mix with chocolate
- Slowly add the dry ingredients to the egg, sugar, margarine mixture.
- When dough is thoroughly mixed pour the batter into a greased springform
- Put cherries on top of the dough and gently push them slightly into the batter
- Bake at convection at 350F for about 45-50 minutes (check after 40 minutes), or at 400F in conventional oven
So yesterday we went to the Happy Holiday Concert at the Oregon Symphony. This was the third year in a row that we went to the Kids Holiday Concert. I think that the 2011 was the best one yet. There was Mrs. Claus, and the Grinch. Both girls were just mesmerized. It was really, really amazing. So here are a couple of pictures of our lovely ladies - and the lovely gentleman :)
|Before the concert - Alena was not in a smily kind of mood :)|
|All excited for the concert to start|
|Mia Rose on Pioneer Square...|
|both ladies in front of the tree...|
|the Portland tree in all it's splendor...|
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Oh, you are wondering about dinner? We were invited to a party where there was lots, and lots of foods to graze on. Also for the girls - there were only a couple "non-safe" items which we pointed out to them. All of us had a great time :)
Saturday, December 17, 2011
I serve it - just like my Grandmother did - with crusty white bread and pickles (not salt or dill pickles, but in vinegar). I buy Hengstenberg brand from Germany at WorldPlus Market. http://www.hengstenberg.de/de/rh.php/produkte/gurken - only in German - Grrman stores also carry them, and I found them on the web as well...I have posted the recipe before. Please let me know if you would like it and I would repost in the comments...Happy day, all!
Thursday, December 15, 2011
We ordered the usual pretzel bread without the butter brushed own - this time it was correct the first time around; and hot dogs for the girlies. And guess what, I almost - just almost so - forgot to take the dinner photo. So here she is - Mia Rosie eating her Hot Dog, and Fries...
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
A late day, and is there not a better thing to do than bake cookies in the morning? Well, I had actually made the dough a couple days ahead and just pulled it out of the fridge. So that is what we did. We rolled, and shaped crescent cookies. Baked them, and sprinkled them with a vanilla-sugar mixture. Oh, and just in case you wondered - they are completely Galactosemia safe :)
|Alena enjoying the freshly baked cookies...|
Vanillekipferl - Vanilla Crescent Cookies
- 250 gr Flour
- 1/8 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 125 gr. sugar
- Vanilla - a few drops or a package of vanilla sugar
- 3 egg yolks
- 200 gr. vegan "butter"
- 125 gr. finely ground almonds
- Mix flour with baking powder, and sugar.
- Add vanilla, eggs, and margarine cut up in chunks
- put mixture on low - then medium speed
- Add almonds
- mix them into dough until it is one dough
- Wrap dough in ceran wrap and chill for at least an hour
- Roll dough into a long roll
- Cut slices - about 1/4" off the roll
- Roll the slices and form a crescent
- Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper
- Bake at 375 F for about 9-10 minutes
- Once you remove them from the oven sprinkle Vanillekipferl with Vanilla Sugar/Powdered Sugar mixture (1 pack of vanilla sugar to about 50 gr of powdered sugar)
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
very delicious and I certainly will make it again...
Monday, December 12, 2011
An onion, a large clove of garlic, a pound of beef, beans - or just beans - a large can of tomatoes, chili spice, salt, and pepper will so the trick. Sautee the onion, add the garlic, and chili powder. Then the beef and brown - or the beans. When it is browed add the tomatoes and a couple cans of beans. Let is simmer for at least 30 minutes. Adjust salt, pepper, and chili to taste.
I cheated - always on this - on the corn bread with the box from Trader Joe's. Just add soy milk, oil, and an egg. I have to say that the Trader Joe's cornbread is by far better than Jiffy's. But that's just me.
Stay warm, all!
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Here they are - mine are not as beautiful, but they are tasty. Oh, and is the apple Nikolaus not cute? Mia Rose made it last week in the Sophie Scholl Saturday School - and in the background is our advents wreath :)
Here is the recipe - measurements are in gram as ist is from a German cookbook; my scale does measurements in grams and ounces.
ZIMTSTERNE - Cinamon Stars
- 3 egg whites
- 250 Gram powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla - or a package of vanilla sugar which you can get at a German store, and I
have also it before at New Season's
- 1 teaspoon ground cinamon
- 275 - 325 gr ground almonds or you could also use hazelnuts
* Beat egg whites until very firm
* Slowly pour sifted powdered sugar into the egg whites
* Set about two Tablespoons of the egg white mixture aside - for frosting
* Add Vanilla, cinamon, and half amount of the nuts
* Mix under the meringue carefully and slowly add the remaining nuts
* Cover area with flour - or powdered sugar - and put dough on top of it
* Roll the dough to about 1/4" thickness - you may need to put flour on top of the dough as well to
prevent dough stickig to rolling pin
* with a star shaped cookie cutter cut out the cookies. Place them on a parchment lined cookie
* frost cookies with the meringue - you may have to add a couple of drops of water
*Preheat oven to 300F - bake for app. 20 minutes
Saturday, December 10, 2011
After having so much fun last night, we had a very slow start into our Saturday. We have not been downtown with the girls for a long time, so what better time? It was a freezing cold day here in our great city of Portland - OK, freezing cold for us with temperatures hovering about 39F - but fun to be outside and get into the holiday spirit. We heard and saw some of the Christmas Tuba on Pioneer Square - who know - which both girls loved since both of them love to sing. Then worked our way up to Finnegan's the toy store which is at a new location. By the way, I find the new location quite disappointing :( Our next stop was to go to the Ducks store. So, if you are not in Oregon and not into college Football you probably have no idea what I am talking about :) so here is a link to the Oregon Ducks http://www.goducks.com/ - oh, and if you are a Beavers Fan I really do not favor one more than the other. Really! So here is the link to the Oregon Beavers for all you Beaver people :) http://www.osubeavers.com/
Now back to our day. We took the Max from Pioneer Square to the Saturday Market, and walked to the Duck store. And what surprise, Santa Duck was there and we met him. The picture is unfortunately not yet ready, but I promise to post it! Mia Rose told me later "...I thought he is fake, but he is real..." Oh, so worth it :)
We strolled back to the Max station Portland via the great Portland Saturday Market which is another great Portland institution http://www.portlandsaturdaymarket.com/ We stopped for a warm up coffee, and a hot chocolate for the girls. I just love Portland. Of course, they had soy milk, and yes, the chocolate was vegan - so it was no issue at all to get a Galactosemia friendly Hot Chocolate for our girlies. Look at Alena warming up...
and a couple steps later we stopped to get some "Moondrops" - which are fresh roasted almonds aka "Gebrannte Mandeln" Yummy! Almonds, sugar and cinnamon - such a delight. Freshly made, warm, so good and yes, Galactosemia friendly. Who-hoo!
|Alena and her friend Ana before sitting down for dinner|
|These two ladies just could not wait :) - Mia Rose and her friend Sophia|
Oh, oh, I almost forgot - we had Polenta, mushrooms, salad, peppers, meatballs, and sausage for dinner. Yummy!
Friday, December 9, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
In any case, dinner was Trader Joe's Mandarin Orange Chicken out of the freezer, served with Jasmine rice, and - finally - mixed green salad. Not very exciting, but quite good!
Sunday, December 4, 2011
By the time the cookies were baked, frosted, and decorated it was time to take Mia Rose to the party. The host planned on serving pizza, so I pre-ordered a Kids Pepperoni Pizza without cheese at Pizzicato which was right on the way to the party. On our way to the party, we stopped to pick-up the pizza. I dropped off Mia Rose, the pizza, cookies, and the usual talk in regards to milk, etc. As always, she wanted me to leave as soon as possible...she had a good time.
I really wanted this post to be about the Galactosemia safe Weihnachtsbroetle - Cookies - we made yesterday and today. So far, we have three kinds. Haselnussmakronen - Hazelnut macaroon's -, Walnussguezli - Walnut Cookies, and Ausstecherle - Sugar Cookies. What do you think? - All turned out great - recipes are below. I would love to hear from you - really :) Oh, and I plan on making a couple more. Just not sure what. - Probably Vanille Kipferl, and Zimtsterne - let's see...
Haselnussmakronen - Hazelnut Macaroon
4 Egg Whites beaten
150 - 200 gr. fine sugar
300 - 350 gr. finely ground hazelnuts
1/8 tsp cinamon
3-4 TBL ground chocolate - I use Ghiradelli's
whole hazelnuts for decoration for each piece
- beat the egg whites until they are very firm
- slowly pour in sugar, and cinnamon
- mix hazelnuts with chocolate, and carefully mix the nuts under the egg whites
- Pre-heat oven to 300 F
- using two teaspoons put little mounds on parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Decorate each - if you like -
with a hazelnut
- Bake for 20 - 25 minutes
Walnussguezli - Walnut Cookies
- 175 gr Flour
- 100 gr. finely ground walnuts
- 125 gr. sugar
- 1 pinch of salt
- 75 gr liquid vegan margarine (I use Earth Balance) slightly cooled
- 1 egg
To decorate -
- 1 egg beaten
- Walnuts, or walnut pieces
* mix flour, walnuts, sugar, and salt in a bowl
* add slightly cooled off margarine
* stir mixture until it turns into a smooth dough
* take the dough and roll it into one-two rolls approximate 6cm in diameter and wrap in ceran wrap
* cool for about one hour
* Preheat oven at 400F
* Take dough out of the fridge, cut slices approximately 3-4 mm off the roll. Put the cut cookies on
a parchment lined cookie sheet. Put egg on top of each cookie, and finish with an individual nut, or nut
pieces on each cookie
* Bake for app. 10 minutes
Ausstecherle - Sugar Cookies
- 375 gr. flour
- 100 gr. vegan margarine cut into slices
- 150 gr. sugar - or a little more if you like your cookies very sweet
- 2 eggs
- 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
- vanilla sugar - or liquid vanilla
- Frosting -> app. 125 gr. powdered sugar and stir app. 3 tablespoons lemon juice, or other juice/liquid to
your taste. The frosting can also be colored if desired
* Mix all of the ingredients into a dough
* Roll the dough up in ceran wrap and cool for about an hour
* Spread a little flour on your working area, roll out the first half of the dough with your rolling pin
* cut out individual shapes and place cookies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
* preheat oven to 350F and bake for about 10 minutes
* when cookies are cooled - spread frosting on the cookies, and - if desired this is the girls second favorite
part - decorate them with colored sugar, sprinkles, etc.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
And here look what happened....
|Nikolaus meets the children...|
|there he is..|