- quarter cup salt
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups of flour
- 4 table spoons of cream of tartar
- 2 table spoons oil
- Mix the salt and water together on a stove on medium heat in a heavy bottom pot.
- Take off the stove when it reaches boiling point and mix in the 2 cups of flour and cream of tartar.
- Mix well till it forms a ball in the centre of the hot pot, then throw it out on the table and knead with you hands.
- You can split into smaller balls and colour separately with a few drops of food colouring (essence optional).
- Cool and wrap in cling wrap and store in fridge.
Here is a list of the tasty and nutritious finger foods my molarless munchkins loved (keeping in mind that anything with dairy or wheat was only given after 12 months): • Rice cakes • Bean sprouts • Seeds: sunflower, hemp, chia, sesame • Pumpkin seeds broken into 2 – 3 pieces each • Crushed or slivered nuts (from 12 months): almonds, pecans, cashews, macadamia, brazil nuts etc (No peanuts until 24 months) • Chick peas • Shredded chicken from a home made roast • Popcorn (home made, with Himalayan Salt) • Peas, corn (made from frozen) • Roasted veggies (everything under the sun) • Home made meatballs or fish cakes (see Raising Happy, Healthy Children book for recipes) • Carrot/baby marrow/butternut/red or yellow pepper etc fried in coconut oil or steamed • Kale “chips” (wash well, cut out white stalk, chop finally, toss with a bit of olive oil and Himalayan salt, bake on 180° for 10 min, stir and bake for another 5 – 10min until crispy) – I know what you are thinking, but it is surprisingly DELICIOUS and super morish) • Corn pasta (with extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil and Himalayan salt) • Rice pasta (with extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil and Himalayan salt) • Whole wheat pasta – from 12 months (As above) • Sliced olives • Goji berries • Dried cranberries (in SA, Nature’s Choice makes a Sulphur Dioxide and sugar free one with pineapple juice instead) • Corn on the cob • Full or double cream Greek yoghurt after 12 months (A small tub of flavoured yoghurt has 4 – 7 teaspoons of sugar, colouring and flavouring in it!) – serve plain, or with home-made natural flavouring (apple/pear/strawberry/blueberry puree, cinnamon, raw honey, organic cacao, vanilla extract etc) • Moist biltong slices chopped (MSG free and low salt) • Cracker Bread, Corn Thins, Rice Thins • Fresh rye bread “fingers” • Scrambled egg – from 12 months • Grated or cubed Cheese (Like Mozzerella) • Kiri Cheese (Not processed cheese blocks!) • Grated apple • Grated carrot • Sautéd mushrooms Grand finale! And here’s the grand finale – the absolute favourite of all 3 of my children: • Banana flapjacks – from 12 months (1 small banana, 1 egg, 1 heaped Tbl gluten-free flour, dash of cinnamon – blend and fry flapjacks in coconut oil or real butter. No toppings needed.) Great for breakfast, and the left-overs (if any) can be eaten cold as a snack later. Delicious! Whenever I take my young twin toddlers to the shop with me, people always complement me on what angels they are – sitting so calm and content in the top row of the trolley. Here’s my secret: I bring with a bowl of homemade popcorn (made in coconut oil) for each, with a backup refill container and a bottle of water in my bag. It’s healthy and delicious, and takes a long time to eat. Perfect. Remember that what you feed your children, not only effects their immediate health and brain functioning, but also effects their long term health and tendencies towards major diseases like diabetes, cancer, heart disease etc. So, because you love them so much, destroy the junk food in the house, and get them hooked on healthy foods from the very beginning.
- Having your baby prematurely is not something you would expect, and certainly not something you would have ever been able to prepare yourself for. The world just goes on around you as if nothing has happened! “Don’t they know! Don’t they realise the trauma that I have just been through? That my baby is still going through? Don’t they realise what is happening? My world is falling apart and you just walk down the street like everything is fine!!!”
- You hear moms of full term babies complain about seemingly feeble things like how their baby has had to go up another nappy size, while you are hanging on to every 15 grams your tiny angel gains. “Don’t you know how lucky you are” is all I could think.
- Well, I understand. I know the fears, the feelings of failure, the anxiety. But I also know that having a premmie is actually a very special privilege. Yes, a privilege! Because with our premmies, there are so many more opportunities to celebrate. Every gram gained, every time another tube, pipe or wire is removed, every movement towards a less intensive care section of the NICU, every breath, every suck, every smile, every milestone achieved. Our precious angels are just so extra special. Nothing is taken for granted. Every little step, every little achievement – each one is worth celebrating.
- There is such excitement when it is time to bring your angel home, but taking care of a premmie often comes with its challenges. You just can’t seem to relate to the baby books and may feel so very isolated.
People will attend courses for many aspects in life they want to perfect, but seem to expect parenting to come naturally.Here are the 5 parenting styles necessary to survive parenthood: