Lately I have been loving trying to “give in” to some of my children’s passions and new hobbies. I have followed my kids around with a camera since the day that they were born, and between my dad and I, over 10,000 pictures have been snapped of the little ones. To their credit, they have endured and been good sports about having every move, moment and achievement snapped on film. So, I suppose that I should not have been too surprised when a few months back they began to take some serious interest in getting behind the camera.
I have been so excited to witness the way that both of my boys have really tried to capture what they see, what they feel is worth showing off. They did, of course, snap everything in sight when they first were allowed to take “real” photos, but since then they have both taken it somewhat seriously, and I find their intensity to be so cute.
On Saturday morning, I was shooting a few pictures for the serenity series, and Elwood came up and asked if he could shoot the same thing. I was photographing a pot of the Apple, Thyme Mint tea that I was drinking, and Elwood studied my every move.
So photographers they now are.
Elwood has gotten so obsessed, that I have caught him sneaking into my camera bag to try and get out my gear.
During some alone art time on Saturday (I am coloring from the The Colour of Women book), both boys followed me around, and turned the tables on the mama.
It is special for me to be able to sit back and see what they can create, and of course, with digital they can take all the pictures they want. We sat for a few hours yesterday morning and went through everything that they had taken. There were about a thousand giggles at the silliness, but they loved it. As Mr. Elwood said, they are camera takers now.
I have been in love with sunflower seeds and Sunbutter recently, and here is a new recipe that we came up with when trying to create sunflower seed cookies (tomorrow we will make sunflower and pumpkin seed granola bars, and then I promise that the obsession will come to an end).
Sunflower Seed Cookies
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
1 cup honey
1 cup butter ~ softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs (egg replacer works just fine)
1/2 cup sunbutter
1 cup of brown rice flour
1 cup of white rice flour
2 cups of brown rice flower
2 cups of regular flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups of gluten free oats
1 cup of sunflower seed
Cream the first six ingredients together.
Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and oats together, and add to wet ingredients. Fold in sunflower seeds.
Drop by the spoonful, and bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes, or until just turning golden brown
We freeze about half of the batter, since the full recipe makes around 32 cookies. If you would prefer, you can easily cut this recipe in half.
And just in case your Monday needs to start off with a laugh, catch a glimpse of my youngest, launching his bear off the garbage can. When I caught this on tape, it was about his 11th shot, and we were still cracking up over it.
Oh to be 4 again
Happy Monday everyone