Boy did we have a productive day today. First a 12 mile bike ride then blueberry picking.
When I was a kid I lived in the UP. We picked everything. Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and thimbleberries in the wild. And I do mean wild. Our wild blueberry plants were low to the ground – maybe 8 inches high, small plants about 8 inches across and situated in full sun. If you bent over to pick them your back hurt. If you sat on the ground you had to constantly keep scooting while battling horseflies and other assorted bugs in the blazing sun. It was not fun and it was hard work.
Now with berry farms it’s so much easier. The bushes are easy to pick from and yiu get more in less time.
Zack looks forward to blueberry picking every summer. I’ve resigned myself to the fact that it’s going to be 85 with a humidity to match. Today did not disappoint. He enjoys it so much I can’t say no.
I remember when he was just three years old, standing on a kitchen chair, cooking our way through the cookbook “Pretend Soup”. Now our recipes are a bit more advanced but we enjoy it just as much.
Today we took our berry stash and made blueberry lemon loaves. We hope you enjoy them.
1 and 1/2 cups of Splenda sugar blend
4 and 1/2 cups of flour
1 and 1/2 cups of unsweetened applesauce
2 cups blueberries
2 cans of lemon San Pellegrino
3 TBSP chia seeds
2 TBSP baking powder
Mix in a large bowl and bake for 30 minutes. (Makes 3 tea loaves)
Once cooled, ice with 2 cups of powdered sugar mixed with 3 TBSP of lemon juice.
Check out more of our treats on Instagram @carbisntafourletterword
Until we eat again.
C.A. And Zack
“How are you doing Zack?”
(No I am not torturing him. This is a special bike shirt that is breathable an UV protected. We love them.)
Because we have moved we had to transfer our guardianship to a new state. It appears the standard in our new state is much higher than the old one. We have to have an evaluation done by a licensed psychologist and a speech and language exam. Heavy sigh. (I just could not find an emoji that expressed how I felt.)
So today we decided to forget all about responsibility and bike our brains out on the Saugany Lake Trail. It’s not particularly scenic but there’s very little traffic and it’s close to home.
Zack didn’t learn to ride his bike until he was 10. Once he got going he never stopped. Now he pedals do fast I had to get an electric bike to keep up with him! Naturally we didn’t start our ride until 2:30. It’s about 88 and really humid. By the end of the ride he was spent but once Zack gets on his bike he is determined to finish.
Today we had a nice post ride pasta of fettuccine with avocado, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers. Check out more of our pics on Instagram @carbisntafourletterword.
It’s gonna be another scorcher tomorrow and we gave full day planned. Stay tuned.
C.A., Zack and Izze
It has been so long since I have posted here. I’ll try and catch you up all in one post!
We have officially moved to Michigan. We have a cute little cottage in a lakeside town that we just love. The beach and water is so rejuvenating for the soul. It has given me a sesame or serenity and renewed energy that I haven’t had in quite some time.
Part of the reason I feel a renewed sense of optimism that I had previously lost is that Zack loves it ! We have been diligently and methodically rehabbing our cottage. He has grown so much with his skills and determination that he now can paint an entire room himself. He tapes, paints and cleans up independently. Wow. How good that feels and it makes him so happy.
We’re also worked no on adopting a healthier lifestyle. While he loves to bike he is so much faster than I am that it became really hard for me to keep up. So my husband bought me a townie go. It’s an electric bike they can go up to 20 miles so we are getting exercise on the daily.
The eating, however, has been really challenging. We are trying to do a WFPB way of life. Just yesterday he tried to convince me that McDonalds fruit punch was healthy because it had fruit in it 😊. As a friend of mine always says, “There are no problems, only challenges and opportunities “. I try to live with that mantra but sometimes it’s hard. If anyone has any suggestions on how to transition to healthier eating with a reluctant family, I would love to hear it.
As with every good story, it should end on a high note. So here is your moment of cuteness to give you one smile today.
It’s a beautiful 80 degree day. Time to hit the beach.
Until we chat again.
C.A., Zack and Izze
We plan on retiring in Michigan and I am beginning to transition Zack to his new doctors, dentists, and in the future, recreational activities. So today he had a check up at the University of Michigan Dental Clinic. Zack has always been a good patient. He has never had a cavity.
So he’s in the chair and the clinic manager pulls me aside and says “you’re guardianship papers are no good.” What? I brought with me exactly what we are given in Illinois. Then she says, “How did you get in here?”. I replied , “I made an appointment.” She proceeds to tell me that this clinic is not meant for people like him. It’s not fair to him or to the students who do the work. (Please bear in mind that she has never met my son and he is quietly waiting in the examination chair.)
I seriously thought they were going to kick us out. I felt like crying but I’ve been through enough public embarrassment to not do that. The supervising dentist came over and said he was doing a great job and next time we would go to the regular adult clinic.
I guess I though that since we were going to a big liberal teaching hospital that maybe we would be welcome. Sigh.
Well, I needed to get that off my chest and steel myself for the next battle.
Thought I’d share this article about being an adult with autism.
C.A., Zack and Izze
Our state, draconian that it is, amazingly has a law that protects people by allowing them to use either restroom with their caregiver. Apparently, Michigan has a ways to go on this one.
This kid is one lucky boy.
A proposal to give caregivers SS credits even when they are on leave to care for a disabled relative. About time!
Interesting article outlining why Robert De Niro decided to cancel the viewing of the movie “Vaxxed” at the Tribeca Film Festival. I did not know that he has a son with autism.
Zack has loved to paint since he was very small. My dad was a contractor so anything that needed to be fixed around our house was done by my dad and his trusty helper. We’ve been able to channel his interest into a wonderful hobby. The pieces below we actually use but he is working on a few pieces now that we hope to sell.
The coffee bar he found at the Goodwill for $5. Two coats of Rustoleum Autumn Gold and a coat of polycrylic to seal it and he was done. A vintage tackle box with sugars and creamers completes the look. Allow 24 hours drying time between coats for best results. Make sure you are in a well ventilated area if you’re going to use Rustoleum.
The snack tray was a bit trickier. It was painted with the same Rustoleum and then decoupaged with a decorative paper and sealed with polycrylic. A coordinating ribbon covers the raw edge.
The coffee table was also spray painted, covered with a handmade paper which was decoupaged and then sealed with polycrylic.
He’s very proud of his pieces, as well he should be, and I hope he’s inspired you to give it a try!
Adopting a healthy lifestyle has not been the easiest of concepts for my son to adopt and learn. Every day he wants to eat out. Not only is a daily dose of Mcdonald’s unhealthy but I really can’t afford to take him out every day. So we are starting small with quick easy breakfasts that are tempting but not too unhealthy.
Fortunately he likes oatmeal so we have been preparing overnight oats on Sunday evenings.
The biggest expense was the mason jars but they will last forever so that’s a pretty good investment. We pick up a lot of add ins to keep it from getting too boring. They’re not sausage biscuits but they still take pretty good.
We start with a base of 1/2 cup of oatmeal and 1 TBSP of chia seeds. Our favorite flavor combinations are:
- ginger, date and pear
- strawberries with mini chocolate chips
- apple, cinnamon and caramel
- banana and maple syrup
- blueberry peach
- raspberries with mini chocolate chips
- coconut, cocoa and honey
- apple cranberry or raisins
We can’t include any nuts because of our allergies. We top it off with 3/4 C soy milk.
So far we’re off to a good start so hear is hoping it will become a habit. I’d love to hear how everyone else helps their loved ones adopt a healthier lifestyle.
Have a great week!
C.A., Zack and Izze
© Chantelle Porter 2016