PALEO Double Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Gnache and Vanilla Icing | Tasty Tuesday

January 15th, 2013 by TheMom

I’m still relatively new to the whole Paleo eating thing and I was very nervous about taking on a grain free, dairy free, sugar free cake for my sons’ birthday. I have the gluten free, dairy free cake recipe down that we all love. Its loaded with sugar and fake butter and all kinds of alternative junk. It was awesome. I topped that cake with a snickerdoodle icing. I loved it so much it’s on my blog!

But this recipe! THIS. This is a winner. I used 3 recipes to complete this. I altered some of the recipes based on what I had on hand and thankfully it worked out pretty well.

Hunk-A-Paleo-Heaven Birthday Cake and Chocolate Icing from The Merrymaker Sisters

For this recipe I actually followed it closely for once. I have a habit out of winging everything I do and reap sweet, tasty benefits. But I was scared I’d bomb this since it was the first time I used coconut flour alone for baking. Here’s what I did:

Ingredients
for the cake:
one cup coconut flour
three quarters of a cup of cacao powder
one tsp baking soda
one teaspoon salt
nine eggs
three quarters of a cup of coconut oil melted
three quarters of a cup of coconut syrup
three quarters of a cup of water (or coffee if you like)
two tsp vanilla extract
 
for the icing:
two cups dark chocolate (I used Enjoy Life chocolate chips)
two thirds of a cup of coconut oil
two tsp vanilla extract
 
Directions
for the cake:
1. Preheat oven to 350* F
2. Coat 2 9 inch round cake pans with coconut oil. I took a basting brush and scooped coconut oil out and smeared it around the tins until coated.
3. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl.
4. Whip eggs in another bowl until fluffy.
5. Pour in liquid ingredients into egg mixture and whip together.
6. Add dry ingredients and beat until fluffy again.
7. Pour half the batter into each cake tin.
8. Bake for roughly 30 minutes. (Use the toothpick test)
9. Let cool and turn out onto cooling racks to completely cool.
 
for the chocolate icing:
1. Melt the chocolate (I zapped the chips in the microwave but you can use a double boiler if you prefer.)
2. Add vanilla and stir together.
3. Whip the icing until fluffy.
4. Place in fridge for 30 minutes.
(My icing needed to be nuked and stirred to knock some of the hardened areas out.)

Vanilla Frosting from Lost in a Kitchen in Maine

Her recipe calls for palm shortening but I did a little google research and found you can replace palm shortening with coconut oil whipped. She also calls for extra coconut oil but since I was replacing with coconut oil I just didnt add any extra and I didnt replace the 2 tbsp in the recipe. To ice two 9 inch round cakes I preferred to double the recipe. Here’s what I did instead:

Ingredients

1/2 cup coconut oil (I left it in the state I scooped it out. It was slightly hard but not soft.)
1/3 cup maple syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons arrowroot starch
2 teaspoons coconut flour, sifted
pinch sea salt

Directions
1. Whipped the coconut oil with a hand mixer until fluffy.
2. Pour the rest of the ingredients into the whipped coconut oil.
3. Whip again until fully incorporated and smooth.
4. Place in refrigerator for 5 minutes.
5. Ice cake!
(My icing actually started separating quickly after I iced the cake. Im not sure why! Too much coconut oil? Maybe the recipe really needed palm shortening? Didn’t matter to us though. It tasted SO yummy. Maybe next time I will experiment with letting the icing cool more.)
 
 

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

After preparing the icings and the cakes here is what I did:

1. I like to use one of those handy cake turners so I put my bottom round cake on that bad boy. I turned out the chocolate gnache icing onto the top of the bottom layer and spread to the edges so that it was nice and flat. I made sure none of the gnache spilled over the edges.

2. I added the top layer.

3. Turn out the vanilla icing onto the top layer and ice top and sides carefully. Hopefully the icing will be somewhat stiff and will hold shape while you ice the cake.

4. Once done, place in fridge to chill the icings. Doing this will harden the chocolate icing into the gnache-y consistency and harden up the vanilla so it isnt liquid coconut oil-y.

 

And here’s the only photo of the cake I have.

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I know this collection of recipes for one cake looks like a lot of work but it was SO very worth it. Try it and let me know what you think! If you made any substitutions that worked well I’d love to hear about them!

Happy Baking!

TheMomSig

 

 

Farewell 2012, Greetings 2013!

January 2nd, 2013 by TheMom

 

We survived another year and proved the Mayans wrong! But seriously, it was a great year for us. Up and downs, even a few steps back but generally we are moving forward and are happy with life. Here’s a little pictorial review of our year for your viewing pleasure.

 

Both the kids are doing great, developing well, and are happy and healthy.

In 2012…

NICHOLAS: Still works at Granite Mountain Quarries, Taught many CHCL classes, including fundraiser classes, and turned the BIG 3 – 0!

LEE ANN: Still teaches at Dancers’ Corner Studio, took up cooking Paleo and embroidery, and did NOT turn 30! ;)

LUKE: Started home school Pre-K 4 and is starting to pre-read, write, and write his first name, is in 6 hours of therapy, takes a dance class, LOVES Cars and Mickey Mouse, and he turned 4!

JOELLE: Started walking at 9 months and talking 2 weeks before she turned 1, she loves to be independent in every aspect such as eating, playing, and undressing herself at odd times, and she turned 1 this year!

 

 

Now with the new year I’m resurrecting my blog and will be posting a lot more often. As always, it will probably be pretty random.

Happy New Year, everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

How Bentonite Clay Baths Play a Role in Healing Autism – Part 3 | Special Needs Parenting

May 25th, 2012 by TheMom

Autism is at an all time high. The epidemic is overwhelming our sons and daughters. At 1 in 88 children being affected it seems everyone knows someone dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorders. More and more biomedical doctors are introducing Bentonite Clay as a chelation method to rid these afflicted bodies from mercury, lead, and chemical toxins. Children with Autism have been found to have unusually high levels of these heavy metals in their systems and present with the typical symptoms of ranges of heavy metal toxicity. Many kids with Autism experience side affects from the toxins attaching to the cells and altering the function of different body systems. Such symptoms can look like insomnia, tremors and tics, GI disfunction, weak immune systems, anxiety or nervousness, multiple sclerosis, eczema, psoriasis, learning disorder, difficultly thinking, asthma, rashes, fatigue, memory loss, low IQ, gout, seizures, hyperactivity. The list goes on.

The FDA deems 1PPM (part per million) as “SAFE”. Though, you can die at ingesting food with contamination at as low as 40 PPM. Children with Autism are notorious for not being able to flush their bodies from toxins so the build up of these heavy metals is much more rapid and apparent. As you can imagine all the environmental exposures coupled with food at “safe” levels of metal eventually build up in these little systems overloading and shutting down the typical function of them.

(source)

It doesn’t matter whether you think these metals were introduced by vaccines, the environment, exposure in utero or space alien probes.. the fact is it’s there. The toxins absolutely must be removed in order for behavior therapies and skill training to become an easy and effective process for the child. Once toxins have been removed from the child’s system healing is underway. Cognitive, physical and behavioral deficits will need lots of care to strengthen these areas after detox has been complete. The hope is that doors will be opened for the child and learning will become easier.

If you are serious about going a step further for your child’s detox journey Chorella, cilantro, ginkgo, Hawthorn and Bladderwrak can be used. These herbs bind to heavy-metals and open up circulation and drainage/elimination. As always, seek a professional who is knowledgeable in use of herbs and natural elements before diving into giving anything to your child. Buying cheap or poorly made products and herbs can result in it being either a waste of your time or could cause ill effects.

Many parents of kids with Autism already employ a special diet such as a gluten free, casein free diet or the like. Also, many of these children as very extremely picky eaters due to OCD tendencies and seeking “the known”. It is so very extremely important that during a detox a very well rounded diet be offered to the child. Vitamin C and E are so important for the liver while the stress of detox is going on. The most preferable way to intake extra vitamins is through a good, balanced, whole diet but if that is lacking, a quality vitamin supplement is recommended. We like Klaire Labs for our son.

To follow our journey to detox read Parts 1 and 2 HERE and HERE.

Best of luck!

 

 

 

 

Sources:

Natural News 

Autism Today

Voice of the Environment

Journey to Detox and Healing Autism – Bentonite Clay Baths Part 2 | Special Needs Parenting

May 24th, 2012 by TheMom

Read Part 1 of this series HERE.

Right now we are 4 days post-bath number one. As to my knowledge I’ve seen no detox symptoms. More than likely that’s because it was a weak bath. But before I jump right into our experience I want to talk a little bit about what I’ve learned about Bentonite Clay Baths.

     

Powdered Bentonite Clay

Bentonite Clay is made from weathered volcanic ash and is naturally electro-magnetically charged. There are many uses for Bentonite Clay such as in waterproofing, construction, adhesives, make up and pyrotechnics but I’ll be talking about what I’ve learned about it’s uses medically for detoxification.

Bentonite Clay is electromagnetically charged “living clay”. It’s basically a magnet. (Source) The skin is the largest organ; toxins are excreted through the pores of the skin so using a clay bath to draw out and absorb the toxic chemicals is one of the fastest, safest and easiest ways to detox heavily metals from the system. Oral Chelation can places a lot of strain on the body during the process so the baths are looked at as a simple method for achieving the same result.

Looking for a good clay is extremely important, especially when dealing with children and moreso children with Autism. You want to make this effort worth your time so buy quality materials and consider that you’re dealing with a child.

1. A clay without additives is best. Herbal and “natural” additives don’t sound like a bad thing but when you’re talking about detox you really will want to steer clear of anything that might inhibit the process of the clay.

2. Look for a company that sells a quality clay designed for children. We use Kids Clear Cleansing Clay Baths. Besides being pure, clean, and no additives it is SAFE to ingest. I don’t know about you but my kid still drinks bath water. This specific clay is 100% safe to drink. It can even be used as a GI tract cleanse too but I won’t get into that.

3. Easy clean up is a plus also. If you can find a clay that can be washed down the drain versus needing a strainer in your bath tub, go for it. It will just make your life easier. And cleaner.

Rules to Follow:

  • Do NOT take a bath prior to ingesting oral medications. The bath WILL draw out the chemical compounds from the medicines and render it useless. This stuff isn’t child’s play, y’all!
  • Do NOT stir the clay into the bath water with a metal utensil or store in a metal container. It will inactivate the charge of the ions.
  • Do follow the directions given with the clay you purchase. Each clay is different, mined from different locations and has different uses based on the minerals in the clay so make sure you know what you are buying and how to properly use the clay to get the most benefits.
  • Do encourage your child to lie in the bath water for the full time recommended OR pour the bath water over the child’s shoulders and torso as they sit in the bath water. You want as much of the body exposed to the clay as possible.
  • Do conclude each bath with some kind of electrolyte replacer. Gatorade is not an adequate electrolyte drink contrary to common thought. Pure coconut water is an excellent choice. Read up on it HERE.

UPDATE: We are actually 3 baths in. I started writing this and had so many interruptions that I never was able to finish. Here’s what I’ve noticed so far.

Bath 1/Observation week 1: Over the first 7 days after the bath I noticed no detox symptoms. We did a very weak bath to start off with and planned to stair step to a full amount bath over a few weeks. He stayed in the bath for the full 8 minutes which is max for his age.

Bath 2/Observation week 2: This bath was a stronger mixed bath and was roughly 3/4 max dose for his age. He stayed in the bath again for the max time. At the end of week 1 Luke had accidental exposures to artificial coloring and HFCS. He hadn’t had an exposure (at least of this magnitude) in months. The 2nd week was a rough week. He was stimming in ways he hadn’t stimulated in months and some behaviors were exhibited that weren’t his best. :I personally feel: that the rough week was due to the artificial chemicals in his system.

Bath 3/Observation week 3: Max amount and time in the bath were used for the week 3 bath. I had planned on going much slower to reach full dose but with the accidental exposure plus a dramatic increase in certain behaviors, stimming, and general attitude I felt like we needed to reach a detox point sooner. We are in the middle of week 3 and I’m still seeing that same increased level of stimming, tiredness, ease to upset, etc. It’s been another rough week. :I believe: this week is a heavy detox week. I don’t feel at this point the artificial chemicals are causing him to react this way right now. The detoxing process is an ugly one and I feel we are just starting to get there. I’ve had to start doing a big sensory diet with Luke again when I see him start stimming and seeking.

More updates coming soon on Lukes detox from heavy metals and toxins.

Until next time,

 

 

 

 

 

“Giraffes Can’t Dance” Makes Me Cry | Special Needs Parenting

May 16th, 2012 by TheMom

 

Lukes Physical Therapist bought him the book Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees one day a few weeks ago. She read it to him during a home therapy session when he became distracted. It proved to be a little change of pace for him that he needed right then. It’s about dancing and moving so it seemed appropriate in that regard for the physical therapist to bring.

As she read it to him I listened from the other room, her grandmotherly voice carrying the words so sing-songly. She made the words come to life for him. She read on further and the words became real for me too. It began to touch me.

The story is about a giraffe who, obviously, can’t dance. He goes to a big jungle dance and tries to bust a move but gets laughed off the dance floor. He feels terrible and alone but then finds his own style listening to himself and “dancing to his own beat”.

As the mom of a child who clearly dances to his own beat, I saw this story as an alliteration of his life and hopefully an inspiration to other parents and kids with Autism. At least it was for me. My boy is smart, funny, talented, witty, sneaky, kind, loving… He’s SO amazing but you can’t compare him to the other kids at the jungle dance.. his kind of music isn’t playing.

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
― Albert Einstein

It’s just honestly a simple kids book but every time I read this to Luke I start to choke up by page 10 and am in a full blown-barely controled-hysterics by page 12. It’s a precious story.

Here’s a video someone has made and posted to youtube. Despite the ridiculous music and voices at times, I still cry. Now that I think about it the silly music and voices are probably a lot better than my constant sniffles and sobs while trying my squeak out the words.  (Watch the video in the link below)

Giraffes Can’t Dance

 

Until next time,

 

 

 

 

Easy GLUTEN FREE, DAIRY FREE Creole Chicken Casserole | Allergen Friendly Cooking

May 9th, 2012 by TheMom

 

A couple nights ago I was flipping through my massive binder of recipes looking for something I hadn’t made yet or something different than what I’ve been doing for a while. I get bored easily with a recipe so my “thing” is to never make the same thing twice. It started as just simply me being me; needing to constantly go to the next ‘better’ thing so I could say “I did that.”

 

 

 

Everything is a challenge in my perspective. I must take on that challenge. This is a prime example of my website tag line “recovering perfectionist”… Ok. Enough about me and my personality flaws.

I decided against titling this “Quick and Easy” because I couldn’t remember how long it took me so I felt like “Easy” was a better choice. I don’t feel like this was a labor intensive recipe and the longest part was cooking the chicken.

 

Easy GLUTEN FREE, DAIRY FREE Chicken Casserole

Prep Time: 30 Minutes (estimate) Cook Time: 15 Minutes Total Time: 45 Minutes

Ingredients

1 Box of De Boyles GF Rice Pasta

1 lb of Chicken cubed

2 tbsp Coconut Oil (or whatever oil you use)

1/4 Cup of diced Onion

1/2 of a diced Acorn Squash

3-5 Stalks of Asparugus

2-3 Stalks of Leeks

1-2 tbsp of Creole Seasoning

2 tbsp non-dairy Butter

1 1/2 Cups of Milk Alternative (Rice, Almond, Coconut, etc work well)

2 tbsp GF flour (any type)

Shredded Cheese Alternative

2-3 Slices of GF Bread

Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

1. Pre-heat Oven to 350˚

2. Cook pasta according to package and set aside.

3. In a large skillet, wok or sauce pan combine chicken, veggies and oil. Cook til chicken is done and veggies are softened.

4. Add in non- dairy Butter, Flour and Creole Seasoning. Stir well.

5. Add in Milk Alternative. Stir until blended well.

6. Combine Pasta into skillet and stir. Salt and Pepper to taste. Add more Creole Seasoning here if desired.

7. Pour contents into a large casserole dish. Top with Shredded Cheese Alternative.

8. Tear Slices of Bread into small pieces and sprinkle over the casserole covering the surface.

9. Bake at 350˚ for 15-20 minutes or until bread is lightly toasted and cheese is melted.

10. Dig in and ENJOY!

 

This was the first time I’ve “created” my own recipe but I’m sure someone out there has done this or something close to it before. There’s nothing new under the sun, right? Let me know how this turns out for you? Nick LOVED this and proclaimed it my best dish to date. I’m not sure what that says because he’s said that 2 or 3 other times..  so take it for what it’s worth!

 

Bon Appetit!

 

 

 

 


DAIRY FREE, GLUTEN FREE Snickerdoodle Cake with Cinnamon Buttercream Icing | Allergen Friendly Baking

May 7th, 2012 by TheMom

Here is it folks! The much anticipated Snickerdoodle Cake recipe!! I found this recipe when I was looking for my husband a birthday cake recipe. His favorite cookie is his mom’s snickerdoodles that she made him when he was a kid. Well, I didn’t really want cookies for his birthday so I search around and found out there was such a thing as snickerdoodle cake. SCORE. I’m in love with this recipe. My father-in-law is in love with this cake. And let me tell you, that is something because he’s not a cake connoisseur. I think he’s more of a pie fan so impressing him with a cake is kind of awesome. To me at least.

I’m a little embarrassed to say that I can’t give the original baker credit because I don’t know where this recipe came from anymore. I searched for this recipe and found a lot of others but not this exact one so you can’t say I didn’t try to give proper credit! I actually have changed this recipe to my liking and to meet our familys’ needs. It seems to be a very forgiving recipe though. I’ve used several types of gluten free flours and and changed the amounts of the flours when I’ve combined them to make enough to meet the recipe and surprisingly it’s worked out to the benefit of my taste buds. So, without further ado, here’s my favorite Gluten Free, Dairy Free cake recipe.

 

SNICKERDOODLE CAKE WITH BUTTERCREAM ICING

Prep Time: 25 minutes Cook Time: 35 Minutes Total Time: 1 Hour

Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 1 1/2 cups of GF flour (I use any GF all purpose flour, flax or oat flour. I even combine these two if I am running out of one or the other.)
  • 1 1/2 GF cake flour (I usually have a GF vanilla or yellow cake mix around by Pamelas by it has some corn derivatives so you could probably but double whatever GF flour you were using. I haven’t tried that yet so good luck!)
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 sticks of Earth Balance non-dairy butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cups of sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract (Check your label. Make sure you’re using real vanilla, not artificially flavored. It makes a difference in the taste IMO!)
  • 1 1/4 Milk Alternative (I have used both Coconut Milk and Rice Milk. Both give a fantastic taste. I’ll be trying Almond Milk next time.)

For the Buttercream:

  • 4 1/2 sticks of Earth Balance non-dairy butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup of Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 8-9 cups of Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 of “Half and Half” Alternative (I have used both Coconut Milk and Coconut Milk Creamer for this substitute and it works just as well for the purpose.)

Instructions

To Bake the Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 325˚
  2. Butter and Flour (GF) two 8-9 inch round cake pans OR Spray with PAM OR Use your favorite cake release recipe concoction.
  3. In one mixing bowl, whisk together Flours, Baking Powder, Salt and Cinnamon.
  4. In a second mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy and pale. Hand mixing this is a beast. Try a mixer. :P Live and learn ya know.
  5. Beat eggs in one at a time, full incorporating each. Scrape down the bowl between each egg addition.
  6. Add 1/3 Milk. Beat to incorporate. Add 1/3 the Flour Mixture. Beat. Repeat until all Milk and Flour is incorporated. Scrape the bowl as needed.
  7. Pour half the batter into each pan.
  8. Bake for 35 minutes. Rotate the pans half way through the baking process if you notice uneven baking. (I have never ad to though.)
  9. Let cakes cool in the pans for 5 minutes before turning them out onto cooling racks to finish cooling. (I never do this. I usually wait until its completely cooled. So far, it’s never made a difference for me. Give it a whirl and let me know how it turns out for you.)

To Make the Buttercream:

  1. Beat together non-dairy Butter, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon until fluffy and pale. (Use a mixer. You’ll thank my biceps later.)
  2. Add 6 cups of Powdered Sugar and Vanilla Extract and Beat together. Start on a low setting and then move to a higher setting.
  3. Scrape the bowl. Add “Half and Half” Alternative you have chosen.
  4. Add the other 2 cups of Powdered Sugar. Beat again.
  5. Check the consistency. If you want a thicker icing and another cup of Powdered Sugar until you reach your desired creaminess. If it’s to thick, add more half and half a teaspoon at a time, beating between additions until you reach your desired consistency. (In my limited experience I haven’t had to make any adjustments on the icing so far following these directions.)

To Assemble the Cake:

  1. Level your cooled cakes if it requires.
  2. You have TWO Options here. A) Slice both round cakes in half to make 4 thin round cakes. B)Leave them alone. :) It just depends on what mood you’re in.
  3. Place one layer on a plate and spread icing to edges. Layer another cake on top. Ice to edges. Repeat if you got ambitious and sliced your cakes.
  4. Frost the top and sides.
  5. If your still even more ambitious, Garnish with whole Cinnamon Sticks
  6. Cover and Refrigerate for an hour before slicing. (This step never happens before I dive into this cake. I don’t even know why I added this. Though, this cake is pretty awesome after it’s been in the fridge I will say.)
  7. Store leftovers in a tightly closed container.

 

Please let me know what you think of this recipe! Feel free to comment below with your changes and what worked for you. I’m always changing recipes and trying new things and don’t like to do the same thing twice. I’ll be looking forward to your feedback!

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Journey to Detox and Healing Autism – Bentonite Clay Baths Part 1 | Special Needs Parenting

May 5th, 2012 by TheMom

Our journey to detoxification has been a long one involving many things I would’ve considered bizarre and peculiar a few years ago. Many kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders lack the ability to detox their systems from typical environmental pollutants and chemicals they are exposed to on a daily basis. Not only do environmental toxins muddy these children’s systems but the vaccinations we inject our kids with contain chemicals and harsh preservatives as well. Susceptible genes, environmental toxins and overloading the system by vaccination often become the trifecta that sets off Autism.

When Luke was 2.5 years old we were desperate parents who were watching our little boy fall deeper and deeper into Autism. We read Dr. Sear’s The Autism Book and quickly made the decision to begin a gluten free diet with him. We saw instant, drastic changes in him after a week of detox. Soon after that we began seeing Dr. Betsy Hendricks who is Arkansas’ own sort of Dr. Sears. We did extensive genetic and biological testing and found many food allergies, environmental allergies and some extreme heavy metal buildup in his system and severe depletion of vital minerals and vitamins. She sent us test results and a plan of action for his supplements and a complete diet overhaul guide.

Instead of going off the deep end and making all these changes at once I knew deep down these changes had to be permanent for Luke and even though doing a 100% change was what he needed I knew that in reality I would struggle completely with wrapping my mind around the new changes that needed to be made. I took the route of making one change at a time. Looking back I now know that was an excellent choice for Luke because I could see results for each new supplement, diet change, etc. It helped let me know that what I was doing was making a difference in him.

Besides going gluten free the other big results have come from adding Biotin to his diet at just over 3 years old and removing all artificial colors and flavors at almost 4 years old. The changes from detoxing artificial dyes was truly, hands down, the biggest positive change in him. He became so much more “normal acting” over the weeks and months following the elimination. Within 3 weeks we began to notice changes like imaginative play and by 3 months post elimination he began sleeping, which is unheard of for him. His ADD symptoms are slowly going away too and he is stimming much less. His communication is just taking off in leaps and bounds.

Many people think eating foods without artificial colors and flavors is too daunting and it can’t be done. I’m here to tell you, yes it can be. It’s not that hard and its far healthier. It does require more effort to buy and prepare foods but the rewards is far greater than the struggle. 

All my reading and layman’s research has lead me to readings on serious detoxing and Bentonite Clay.

“Autism and mercury poisoning has recently been linked as a possible cause of autism due to the large quantity of mercury found during urine testing of autistic children.  Since one of the biggest benefits of a clay bath is the removal of heavy metals such as mercury and lead through the pores of one’s skin, there is definite hope that clay baths can play an increasingly bigger role in treating autistic patients. In the recent past, autistic children who have been taking clay baths on a regular basis for some time, have reported amazing improvement.” (source)

The next post in this series will cover more about what is Bentonite Clay, how it works and what you can look for in a good clay. I will be giving Luke his first Bentonite Clay detox bath tonight and will be observing him for a week for signs of detox. Since we are doing a 10 set of detox baths I plan on reporting back weekly between baths to update any progress seen.

 

Stay tuned for our exciting journey on healing Autism for my sweet boy!!!!!

Until then,

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monthly Photos | Comparing Memory Lane

April 25th, 2012 by TheMom

I can’t help but look at Joelle and see flashbacks of Luke. It’s uncanny to me at times just how much she looks like him right now. Her little looks or the way she holds herself.. I have these fleeting moments of dejavu and it’s just plain :weird:.

Check this out. (Click any set of photos to view a larger version if you’re :that: interested to get a better look.)

Luke on the Left

Joelle on the Right

So, what do you think? I know these aren’t the greatest photos to be able to tell from.

Here are Joelles’ monthly photos through 4 months.

Here are Lukes’ photos through 8 months. I’ll have to do some digging for 9-12 sadly.

Also, just for fun here are some photos I threw together of me and Joelle around the same age. I’m actually a little older I think but you’ll get the general idea. I see a resemblance. Do you?! I paired the photos in columns. So, Joelle on the top left reminded me of my photo which is on the bottom left. Same thing with the right side – I thought we had a similar expression.

All this photo comparing is making me realize I don’t have digital copies of any of Nick’s baby photos. This is my shout out to MIL! Must get baby Nicholas photos for comparisons!! And to round out my compulsion I must do a collage of me with Luke, Nick with Luke and Nick with Joelle. THEN, to go a step further go and completely OCD I must do a collage of all of us at the same age. Whew. It sounds exhausting and stupidly exhilarating.

And now I know my dad is going to go batty complaining that if I have time to do this I must have time to get him copies of photos of the kids. Uhm, oops. Sorry dad! I haven’t gotten on that one yet. Will do soon! Promise! :)

Thanks for reading along!

Back In The Groove | Homeschool Preschool

April 23rd, 2012 by TheMom

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I’m trying out blogging from my iPad and thought I’d give a photo post a whirl. Here’s a few of my favorites from today in the school room. We haven’t gotten into the meat of schooling yet again. Today we were just in the school room doing some guided play. It was great! He seemed very receptive to my instruction so that gave me confidence to get back on the saddle again.