Homemade Convenience #4- Baby Bum Rash Soother

If you’ve had a baby, you’ve had a baby with a bum rash. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t!

 

You leave them diaper free a bunch, lots of bum cream, if it’s really bad we’ll switch to disposables for a couple days to dry it out (Only been like that a couple times).

 

What I’ve found really works well though, is an oatmeal bath! Now you can put it in a fancy cloth bag, or buy some expensive ‘oatmeal soother bath’.

 

But some quick oats works just dandy!

 

I like to do this in a tub for two reasons.

1) Less oats have more effect

2) I can dump it outside or, strain out the oats so they don’t go down the drain.

 

 

In a tub, fill it with desired amount of water, I did about half full, in your desired temperature!

 

Stir in 1/2 a cup of oats and swish around. It’ll start to get cloudy, which is the ‘oat milk’. Try and keep them in there for as long as possible, at least 5-10 minutes. I sit right beside the tub and swish the oats every minute or so, to keep them releasing the milk.

 

When they’re done, pat them dry, diaper them up, and put them to bed! That is, if it’s bed time.

 

I’ve found this really heals a rash well, if there is open sores (So sad, Mac has had them before) it’ll do wonders for them!

 

“Thanks Mama!”


Homemade Convenience #3- Play doh!

**Update July 2013…this post is badly in need of some new photos and it’s on my to do list! Bear with me if you’re reading it before then**

I can’t believe that people buy play doh! We never had store bought play doh when we were little, it was ALWAYS homemade. The reason? It’s so easy! Thats why!

And cheaper. Isn’t that the big thing about my Homemade Convenience series?

Flour. Oil. Salt. Water. Cream of Tartar.

You probably all but the cream of tartar. You may even have Cream of Tartar like I do!

If you want, you can use colour, but it isn’t mandatory. I didn’t have any, and we didn’t miss it.

Stir together your flour, oil, salt, water and cream of tartar in a medium sized pot on medium heat.


It’s going to be good and runny and this point

Cook it while stirring. Not constantly, it’s okay to leave it.

It’s going to start getting thicker

And before you know it, it’ll hold together in a bowl, and you can scoop it out to cool on a chopping block.

Roll it together, and

TA DA!

You have yourself a nice warm ball of play doh for you and your kids to play with!

WAHOO!

I just realized this is the second photo posted in a couple days where Mac has a bottle right beside him! He never usually does, but in these photos he had been sick and we wanted him to have as much fluids as possible, and giving him a bottle was the best way to do so.

Now. We don’t have no fancy play doh toys. Here, Mac has a giant straw, a chip clip and a couple canning rings. And a spoon. And he had so much fun!

Play Doh

1 c flour

1/2 c salt

2 Tbsp cream of tartar

1-2 tbsp oil

1 c water

food colouring, optional

Mix all together in a medium saucepan on medium heat. Stir occasionally until it forms a ball. Scoop together onto a chopping block and cool until handleable.

Carnivore Kid

Mac won’t eat beef.

Or Chicken.

Or Pork.

All homegrown, by the way.

Unless it’s a sausage, he’ll eat any sort of sausage or pepperoni, but his favourite is venison.

But give this kid Wild Meat, and he’s in heaven! He’s been eating venison in every form since he was young, probably under a year. He gnawed on a bit of bear sausage at 5 months old. He thought he was in heaven!

We had goose the other night, and I cooked it very similar to how I cook chicken. Chicken that we’ve raised! Chicken that he’ll never eat.

I think these speak for themselves…

(He isn’t choking, he’s just coughing)

Well he’s definitely a redneck child.

Late Night Craving

I am an early to bed sort of person. So when at 8:30 I announced that I wanted granola and I was making it right now! Cowboy was a little surprised. Asked if I should be just going to bed. I told him to shove it, cause I wanted me some granola! Actually, I just said that it would be out of the oven by nine and I could still be an old woman and go to bed early. 🙂

By the way… It’s my birthday on the 13th! Any guesses for how old I’ll be turning? If you actually know, don’t ruin and give it away please! You’ll never get it right otherwise…

Here is my granola recipe!

Stir together all the dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl. In a small bowl, mix together wet! Stir the two together…

Spread onto a baking sheet,

and bake for 15 minutes, stir around, and bake for another 15 more!

It’ll be lovely golden when it’s done.

I promise, this is Mac approved!

And will be so good with your yogurt of milk!

Maple Coconut Granola

3 c quick oats

1 c bran (Not the cereal, but the raw baking stuff)

1 c unsweetened coconut

1 c raw sunflower seeds

1 c walnuts, chopped

1 c pitted dated, chopped

1/2 c oil

1/2 c water

1/2 c maple syrup

1 tbsp vanilla

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Mix dry together. Mix wet in another bowl. Stir together and spread on a baking sheet. Bake at 250F for 15 minutes, stir around, and bake another 15 min. Eat as a snack, or for breakfast with yogurt or milk!

Taste Testing

While I do my fair share of taste testing. Mac is the best at it!

He handles everything from quality control during the actual mixing process

To the first nibble test. Otherwise known as the, should we have waited until they were cool or are they just as good warm test. This one is always a pass, because what baked good isn’t delicious warm?

Then we get into consistency testing. Is one muffin the same as the other? A guy can’t just have ONE muffin! He takes his job very seriously, by the way.

Then we get the “If I crouch and close my eyes will it still taste good?” Test

Followed by the “If I lay down on my side will it still taste good?” Test

Once these are complete he’ll give me the final verdict.

 

Delicous.

This is, by the way, what I get when I ask him to give me a smile.

 

Priceless.