Sunday I remembered why I hate Seattle so much – and avoid going there unless I really, really have to (streets missing, streets closed, dumping rain, price gouging parking and since it is spring all the traveling panhandlers are back in town…). I somehow forgot just that when I bought a Groupon deal for the Seattle Aquarium months back. But it was fun, we hadn’t been there for maybe 9 years, and Walker really enjoyed it. And he got a cool octopus painted on too. If anything, the aquarium is small so small kids don’t get over whelmed. We took Ford to the one in Tampa, Florida 4 years ago, and while simply amazing, it was a lot to see. This was a good choice for Walker’s first aquarium.
Alistaire had a lot of fun as well, although he did like the perk of a cozy stroller to hop into!
That Alistaire has allergies is sinking in, and more so just how hard it is to avoid his known triggers. His Doctor office called me this morning and I took him in for a discussion on his allergies, his test results and where to go from this. No more peanut anything in the house and egg whites are not good either (which isn’t an issue for us). It was a good appointment, I really, really like the boy’s doctor. He takes time and is in-depth. He has us seeing an allergist soon, for more testing.
So….feeling the need to create (great way to work out stress) I pulled out sunflower butter I had bought over the weekend (good thing I happen to love it already!) and made a batch of goodies that Little B can munch on 🙂 I picked up a couple of jars from Trader Joe’s, the natural, but sweetened kind. I have a number of jars coming from Vitacost this week, non-sweet ones, so I’ll have a lot of supply on hand.
Sunflower & Oat Balls
- ½ cup quick oats (1-minute)
- ¼ cup white whole wheat flour
- ¼ cup mini chocolate chips or finely chopped chocolate
- ¼ cup sunflower butter
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1-2 Tbsp powdered sugar (made with tapioca flour)
Mix oats through chocolate chips in a medium bowl. Stir sunflower butter through vanilla together, add to dry and stir till mixed.
Using a 1 Tablespoon scoop, make balls. Add powdered sugar to a shallow bowl, roll or gently shake balls in it.
Store tightly covered in refrigerator.
Makes about 1 dozen balls.
If your sunflower butter is unsalted add a pinch of fine sea salt. Chill the balls for a few hours before eating for best taste!