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March 2 is a big day at our house.

The girls have been asking all day if they can call Grammy. We’ll FaceTime with her soon. Today is her 52nd 32nd birthday. Happy Birthday, Mom.

Today would have been Dr. Seuss’ 109th birthday. Born Theodor Seuss Geisel, this great American writer, poet, and cartoonist penned 46 children’s books under various pen names, most notably Dr. Seuss. His love of meter and rhyme (and social commentary) has made is books favorites of many children, ours included. Thanks to Grandma and Papa, we have quite the collection of books by Dr. Seuss and Theo LeSieg. The girls love them. They are still to young to read them on their own, but they know entire pages by heart. As they “read” along with me I hope that they will always enjoy reading. (Though I still groan every time a little girl brings me Fox in Sox.) As my husband tweeted earlier today, “Celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday with my kids is not about honoring one man; it’s about teaching them the magic of reading.”

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Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

2 cups white beans (cooked and cooled or canned)
6 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean powder or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup coconut oil (liquified)
1/3 cup coconut flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Combine wet ingredients with beans and pulse in the food processor. Add dry ingredients and blend until combined. Portion into muffin tins. Bake at 325 for 22-25 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

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Remember, “the more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

I love being able to stay at home with the girls, but some days are trying. Elie is normally very easy-going and happy, but cutting two molars will put anyone in a bad mood.

Audra is always a little bit more challenging. She’s brilliant. She’s strong-willed. She’s spirited. And she’s two. Sometimes this combination leads to beautiful moments and amazing discoveries. Other times it leads to screaming and crying and poop on the walls.

Today we had a mix of both. On the one hand it’s better than having a whole day of destructo-toddler, but it can emotionally be very challenging for mommy. All morning Audra used the potty and shared with her little sister. She ate well at lunch. She said she was sleepy and ready for a nap. Then she smeared poop all over the nursery walls and carpets while I was getting Elie settled down for a nap.

On a day like today, let’s just be honest, Mommy NEEDS chocolate.

Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
Cookies:
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1/2 cup tapioca flour
1/4 cup teff flour
1/2 cup sorghum flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
In a stand mixer, beat butter. Add sugar and cream together.
Add vanilla and egg. Continue mixing until creamy and smooth.
In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients (tapioca flour, teff flour, sorghum flour, cocoa powder, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda, and salt). Whisk together to combine.
Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and mix. Dough will start out grainy, but will come together to form a dense cookie dough.
Roll the dough into teaspoon-sized balls and put on lined cookie sheet. Place a small piece of parchment paper on top of balls and press to 1/4 inch thick.
Bake cookies 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool 2 minutes on cookie sheet before transferring to cooling rack to cool completely.

Filling:
1/4 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream together all ingredients until a fluffy frosting forms.
Smear on top of one cookie and place a second cookie on top to form sandwich.

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