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Photo Album

Here is a quick little photo album! The photos are in no particular order, but all are captioned so you can read what the pic is about! I hope you enjoy!

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And here are the individual pictures, in case the slideshow above isn’t working out right for you…

A very tired Daddy!!
Thor trying to figure out what this new creature is… smells funny!
Matoskah, 1 day old showing us all what he is thinking of this whole “being born” thing!
My baby shower. Three in center back, left to right: Me (Kristen), my Mom (Elaine), my older sister (Kelli). The rest, left to right (all my nieces, Kelli’s daughters): Jamie, Wreesie, Brittany, Jasmine, April.
Thor, 1 year old, in the morning sunshine!
Thor, about 6 months old, playing and jumping on the bed!
Me (Kristen), snuggling with Thor at 6 months old.
Thor, 4 months old, drinking from my water bottle in the cab of our moving truck, moving from Illinois back to North Carolina.
Me and Thor, snuggling. He is about 2 – 2 1/2 months old
Thor playing with Daddy, John, at 2 months old.
Thor, 2 months old, playing with our neighbor’s dogs, Odin and Loki.
Thor, 6 weeks old, with John. Thor’s first trip out of our back door when we brought him home from the breeder.
Thor, 6 weeks old, tuckered out after a long, crazy day!
Mommy (Kristen) and baby boy (Matoskah), he is about 9 months old.
04 April 2009, Matoskah just born, Mommy (Kristen) and Daddy (John) as happy as can be!
Daddy John holding baby Matoskah for the first time.
Kristen, Matoskah and Thor snuggling in the new place in Maryland, Feb 2012
Kristen and the biggest lap dog ever, Thor! 🙂
22 Jan 2012, Daddy (John), Baby (Matoskah) and Puppy (Thor) sleeping in after a long drive from North Carolina to Maryland that ended at 11pm the previous night!
25 Dec 2011. Matoskah is shown with Daddy (John) and Great-Grandfather (his father’s mother’s father), Paul.
25 Dec 2011, Matoskah plays with his new train while Mommy and Thor watch.
Thor’s cute little puppy face! He was 3 at the time.
April 2012, Matoskah (3) and Thor (4) chillin out together.
04 April 2012, Matoskah opening birthday presents with Mommy, Thor patiently waiting for the wrapping paper to play with!
June 2009, Baby Matoskah with Daddy (John) and Grandfather (Daddy’s daddy), Ronald. Yes, they are American Indians from the Lumbee Tribe in North Carolina.
BUSTED!!
Matoskah feeding his lunch to Thor!
25 Dec 2009, Matoskah with Mommy (Kristen) and Great-Grandmother (his Father’s Father’s Mother, Ida Jane)
25 Dec 2009, Matoskah with his Daddy (John) and Great-Grandfather (His Father’s Mother’s Father, Paul)
A very tired Mommy (that’s me, Kristen), napping with Baby Matoskah and Thor.
A very happy Daddy (John), snuggling with Baby Matoskah and Thor.
Baby Matoskah snuggling with Thor and Daddy (John).
Baby Matoskah and Thor
Baby Matoskah (1 month old), snuggling with his Grandmother (His Mother’s Mother, Elaine)
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Yummy Summer Treat: Easy Home-Made Ice Cream!

For those of you who don’t already know, my 3 year old son is lactose intolerant and LOVES ice cream! Since we moved to a small town in Maryland, we have been unable to find his lactose free ice cream in any of the local stores. Ever since, I have been trying to make homemade ice cream for him. I have tried a few recipes that I found online, and he hated every last one 🙁 Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

I don’t have an ice cream machine, so one that I could make with my food processor using foods I had on hand was of utmost importance. Recipe after recipe ended in disaster, either frozen solid like Italian Ice, gooey like Gelato (which he hates) or, worst yet, salty tasting but the perfect consistency. Try getting a 3 year old to eat salty ice cream!

This super-easy recipe can be used with a blender or food processor and any fruit you have on hand. It has just enough sugar to make it yummy like a special treat, but still wholesome enough to feel good about giving to your kids any time… my son actually ate some for breakfast with a sliced up waffle!

I used bananas and strawberries but you can use anything you like, as long as it is cut into small chunks and frozen before hand. I peeled my bananas and broke them into small chunks which I put into a freezer bag and froze solid the night before. From start to finish, it only took me about 15 minutes, including preparing a bowl which was eaten in less than 5 minutes and he asked for more! You can use any milk. I used Lactaid Whole Milk but you can use regular whole milk , soy milk, rice milk or what ever your heart desires. I don’t know how this would turn out with a low fat milk, but if you give it a try please let me know how it turns out! The overripe fruit adds to the sweetness, allowing us to use less sugar. Since there is only a teeny amount of salt, don’t try this recipe without some fruit added, as the fruit actually helps keep the milk from freezing solid. In my hand, the salt actually only looked like about 30 grains or so, don’t overdo it or your ice cream will taste salty!

Ingredients:

  • 4 Large Overripe Bananas, chunked and frozen
  • 4 large Overripe Strawberries, chunked and frozen
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup Milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/16 to 1/8 teaspoon Salt (yes this is a TINY amount, JUST enough to keep the milk from freezing solid.)

How To Make It:

  1. Get out your blender or food processor, wash and dry. Get all of your ingredients ready, as you will be making this fast to avoid it melting!
  2. Add ALL of the ingredients at once and pulse until the frozen chunks are broken down and more smooth.
  3. Turn the food processor on (in a blender, this would probably be on high, or whip) for 5 minutes, stopping it every minute or two to let the motor cool down
  4. (optional!) I poured the mixture into a mixing bowl and blended with a hand mixer for another few minutes to whip it up nicely and make it lighter and fluffier. This is optional, but will add to your finished product, making it smoother and more scoop-friendly!
  5. Serve as soft-serve immediately, freeze any left overs promptly in a covered container. Use within 7 days.