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Pokemon saves the day!

Finding treats for lows hasn’t been easy. Luke has rejected Glucolift, cake frosting, cotton candy (seriously, kid?!), Nerds, Skittles, and Smarties. That leaves us with juice and a few kinds of cookies that hit hard and fast.

But a trip to Uwijamaya uncovered a new favorite: Pokemon fruit chews! This is not your co-op’s healthy fruit chew: ingredients are sugar, fructose, corn syrup, and a few other things (fruit is not one of them). 5 minutes after chomping down, drop averted!

“Pokemon saves the day!” yelled Luke, running laps around the kitchen island.

Botan rice candy is the one other candy this kid will eat (very high GI). Just like the waving kitty you see in stores and restaurants, this cat is good luck for us – right along with Pokemon.


Wordless Wednesday (Nutella versus Cheerios)

Breakfast smackdown!

Eat this, not that…?

Kate’s Flaming Gingerbread Cookies

A few years ago, my sister Kate decided to make a batch of gingerbread cookies before Christmas eve service. One of the first steps was boiling molasses and spices together. She turned her back for just a minute – and the molasses boiled over on the gas stove, caught fire, and turned into a massive fireball. While we were rooted in shock, Erik grabbed the fire extinguisher and sprayed down the kitchen – and Kate, who looked like a kabuki player when the air cleared. Years later, we’re still finding pockets of white powder and molasses drops welded to the underside of cupboards.

In honor of Kate, I tried the cookies this year – with a very, very large pot for the molasses and spices. It’s worth it – the cookies hit the happy median between chewy and tender, and the spices come through.

22 carbs/oz, makes about 2 dozen cookies.

Merry Christmas!

Gingerbread Snowflakes
2/3 cup molasses (not robust)
2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, cut into tablespoon pieces
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3 3/4 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt

Bring molasses, brown sugar, and spices to a boil in a 4- to 5-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, and remove from heat. Stir in baking soda (mixture will foam up), then stir in butter 3 pieces at a time, letting each addition melt before adding next, until all butter is melted. Add egg and stir until combined, then stir in 3 3/4 cups flour and salt.
Preheat oven to 325°F.
Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and knead, dusting with as much of remaining 1/4 cup flour as needed to prevent sticking, until soft and easy to handle, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Halve dough, then wrap 1 half in plastic wrap and keep at room temperature.
Roll out remaining dough (1/8 inch thick) on a lightly floured surface. Cut out cookies and transfer with spatula to 2 buttered large baking sheets, arranging them about 1 inch apart.
Bake cookies in upper and lower thirds of oven, switching position of sheets halfway through baking, until edges are slightly darker, 10 to 12 minutes total (watch carefully toward end of baking; cookies can burn easily). Transfer cookies to racks to cool completely.
Go to town with icing, sprinkles, etc. (and bathe child).

Last Night’s Villain

Doesn’t look like a villain, right? 100% fruit, no added sugar, likely organic and free-range. Low glycemic index and easy on the blood sugar.

So I broke personal rule #23 last night – no new foods before bedtime – and gave it to the boy for dessert. (We have a lot of rules. Living with diabetes makes you more OCD and superstitious than a sailor. Not that I wasn’t OCD and paranoid before.)

8pm – Mild low before bed. No problem.

9pm – Moderately stubborn lows. Hmmm…

10pm – 55 and refusing to budge. Boy is juice-logged at this point and refuses to drink any more, so the rainbow of Skittles into his mouth begins. We suspect the fruit roll-up is the culprit and is stubbornly saving its carbs for later in the night.

Midnight – 258, double arrows straight up on the Dex. @#$% roll-up is happily releasing carbs into the bloodstream. I mentally kiss the rest of the night goodbye, and the bolusing begins.

3am – Blood sugar starting to come down, as our villain succumbs to digestion and insulin. Yay – three hours of sleep before it’s time to walk the dog!

Lesson learned – go with the artificially-colored, synthetic, easily-digestible “fruit” product (Skittles) over the nutritious snack before bedtime!*


*Kidding. Sort of.