Easiest Oat Flour Birthday Cake (gluten free)

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For Cohen’s first birthday I made the easiest gluten free cake out of oat flour. Seriously it’s basically just OATMEAL (and a little tapioca starch, but that’s the only fancy ingredient). I’m shocked with how good it tasted. Oat flour is my fav because it’s pretty healthy, gluten free and easy to make quickly in my blender. I’m always double or tripling recipes (muffins, usually) so I make it in large batches dumping it into my vitamix and blitzing the oats until it’s flour= so easy! The cake looks dense in the pictures, but the texture was basically like eating a scone.

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I used this vegan vanilla cupcake recipe from Feasting On Fruit and instead of making cupcakes I made two 9” round cakes. I think I doubled (maybe tripled?) the recipe. The first round cake I used a plastic cup to cut out the two mini layers and just stacked them on top of each other to make Cohen’s tiny cake. The second round cake I cut into slices (scone shapes) for everyone to eat with brunch. I hadn’t thought much about Cohen’s cake and decided last minute to try the new recipe. Cohen literally dove face first into the cake, so I really felt like it was a success :)

Thinking next time I make this recipe I’m going to try mixing-in maybe pumpkin, apple, or some ginger, molasses or cranberries! yummmm

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Gift ideas for little kiddos 2018

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We’re pretty low key around here when it comes to buying gifts. For now I’m planning on DIY a cardboard playhouse for Liv and wrapping up some fun books and art supplies. I’m not doing very much for Cohen (he’s only 1 year old), but I do have a few little things in mind! Here are a dozen gift ideas I think would be great for little kids. I like to buy toys that both kids will enjoy and that we might be able to ALL enjoy as a family. My kids are 1 and almost 3 years old. Pretty sweet that we can buy so much off Amazon these days! Quick easy shipping is the best.

1) My First Chess Set, from the MOMA museum store. We’d like to teach Liv chess this year using the story approach. I think the philosophy and approach of ChessAtThree is awesome!

2) Star Stories: Constellation Tales From Around the World, a book I think Grant and I would enjoy reading, too! :)

3) Any of the Little People Big Dream board books, to teach them about so many incredible thinkers, writers, artists, scientists: Marie Curie, Agatha Christie, Harriet Tubman, Maya Angelou, Frida Kahlo, Coco Chanel, Amelia Earhart, Mother Teresa…gorgeous illustrations as well!

4) The Ark Photo Journal, National Geographic, Insanely beautiful close up photographs of animals, “This lush book of photography represents National Geographic's Photo Ark, a major cross-platform initiative and lifelong project by photographer Joel Sartore to take portraits of the world's animals -- especially those that are endangered.”

5) Edushape Sensory See-Me Ball, Cohen would love this (Liv too!)

6) Rainbow Scratch Art, no clean up art projects are the best. I’ve already bought this!

7) Jumbo Coloring Pad, Space, Sharks, Sports, and More…

8) Unicorn & Rainbow stamp kit, a sweet start to a little stamp collection. Liv is obsessed with stamps.

9) Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Broad Line Markers, 40 Classic Crayola Colors , woo hoo-these are ULTRA clean washable markers (a must, we have a white couch and babies). Also, I think this set would be an awesome birthday gift for any kid/any age.

10) Ahoy! Boat Bath Toys

11) Kaleidoscope, perfect stocking stuffer! Beautiful patterns and colors that always change.

12) Wooden Skyscraper City Blocks, I love this set..I’m planning on using a sharpie and making my own city blocks using the wooden blocks we already have. something along these lines. seems like a quick fun project! Love these ones, too!

Piet Mondrian Calling Card, from the archives

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Found this calling card in the MET archives recently. Loved the simplicity.

Learned a little about Mondrian’s parents and home while I was digging around (always doing something while we watch TV)…”Art and music were encouraged in his household. His father, the headmaster of the local primary school, was an enthusiastic amateur artist who gave drawing lessons to his son, while Mondrian's uncle, Fritz Mondrian, was an accomplished artist who taught his nephew to paint.” (The Art Story) Always fascinates me how many artists come from artist families—-Picasso’s dad was an artist and art professor, Andy Warhol’s mom was not professional but also a very talented artist who would hold “drawing competitions” between Andy and his brother (the winner would get a Hershey’s chocolate bar) :)..Andy Warhol and his mom even wrote a cute book together with her writing and his doodles. ..Makes me think about how the hobbies and passions I have will impact my own kids.

This tiny little card just caught my eye and I thought something about it was lovely.