Roo's Casa

Ghost Cookies: Kids Cooking
June 23, 2011, 8:38 pm
Filed under: Halloween

This is an easy project for kids to make.  Dip graham sticks into melted white chocolate and then put mini chocolate chips on for the eyes.  My kids loved this!


Can Stilts
June 22, 2011, 9:09 pm
Filed under: Summer

Today we made stilts out of old cans.  Using an awl, poke two holes on either side of a can towards the top where the lid is still intact.  Then thread some yarn or string through the holes so that they come out to either side.  Take hold of the strings and then slide your foot in and walk.

Tin Can Phone
June 20, 2011, 8:55 pm
Filed under: Summer

Using two tin cans, we made some old fashioned phones.  We used an awl to poke a hole in each end and then tied a string inside each can through the hole.  We found that the string has to be pulled tight to hear the other person.

June 20, 2011, 8:52 pm
Filed under: Activity, Kids, Summer

Our caterpillars finally arrived from Insect Lore! The kids are so excited.  Our container has 5 caterpillars and their food.  The kids are journaling the changes each day.  

Dairy Free Ice Cream: Joel Fuhrman
June 20, 2011, 8:47 pm
Filed under: Dairy Free, Food, Gluten Free, Recipes

My son is dairy free and sugar free right now due to his c. diff.  He can have sugar in fruit though so I thought these recipes were perfect for an after dinner treat.  Both of these recipes can be found on the Internet, but I will post them here.

Banana Walnut

2 frozen bananas

1 cup strawberries, frozen

1/3 cup soy milk

1 oz walnuts

Blend all of the ingredients in a blender. I used a regular blender and found that I had to carefully mash it all as it was blending.

Strawberry Freeze

1 cup frozen strawberries

2 frozen bananas

1/3 cup soy milk

Blend all ingredients.  Simple.  I found that we liked the bananas when not totally ripe and brown.  We also tried this recipe using rice milk and almond milk.  We couldn’t tell the difference when a different milk was used.


We also made this with banana, frozen cherries and almond milk using the same amounts as above.

C. Diff Finally Gone
June 9, 2011, 7:45 pm
Filed under: Health

My son finally got a prescription to cycle vancomycin yesterday.  He will be on it for 6 weeks and during that time I am going to limit his sugar in-take.   We are hoping this fourth time works!

*Update  for the C. Diff (9/28/12) I had forgotten to update this post with how we finally got rid of C. Diff.

1.  First round of Flagyl- fail

2. Second round of Flagyl- fail

3.  First round of  Vancomycin- fail

4.  Second round of Vancomycin (cycled)- fail

5. Clean out to prepare for colonoscopy

6.  After colonoscopy, Alinia (with probiotics S. boulardii and Reuteri)

7. Pentasa -after the colonoscopy, Alinia, and Pentasa (Pentasa after Alinia was complete) it went away! (September 2011)

Then in April 2012 he was diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis.  Did the C. Diff trigger this disease?

Homemade Lemonade
June 6, 2011, 11:35 pm
Filed under: Dairy Free, Drinks, Gluten Free, Recipes, Summer

The kids and I made some homemade lemonade today to see how the taste compared to the kind you buy in the store. We all preferred the homemade kind and it was so simple. The recipe came from  Once we were done, the kids wrote down the recipe to put into their cookbook.

We also only had 3 lemons that when squeezed came out to 1/2 cup of lemon juice, so we had to adjust the recipe to 1/3. Here are the measurements we used:

3 small lemons (1/2 cup lemon juice)

2.5 cups water (1/3 of this amount is put aside for the sugar)

1/3 cup sugar, plus 2 Tablespoons sugar

Directions: Combine the sugar and 1/3 cup water in a saucepan.  Bring to boil until the sugar dissolves. Put this sugar mixture into the refrigerator until it is cool, about 20 minutes.  Mix the sugar mixture, lemon juice and remaining water together in a pitcher.  Enjoy!

*We also talked about expressions like a car being a lemon and “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”  I had the kids try the plain lemon first before adding any sugar.