10 Random Tidbits 1.30.15

Tidbit 1:  Ryan brought home my favorite tulips and Oreos over the weekend.  The best part – the Oreos were buy one, get one free.  The worst part – we’re already on the last row of the second pack.  If you haven’t tried the Birthday Cake Oreos yet, don’t.  We’ll eat them for you.

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Tidbit 2:  TGIT returned last night!  Finally.  Hooray!  Who watched?  Don’t share any spoilers in the comments below, I didn’t get to watch because it started after my bedtime…  I’m hoping to find some time to catch up today during naptime.

Tidbit 3:  We love giraffes and thanks to Evie’s favorite book Giraffes Can’t Dance, all giraffes are now named Gerald.

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Tidbit 4:  Evie and I have attended Stroller Strides classes for the past two weeks through a free class pass and we’re so excited to be joining as members in February.  Not only is it a good workout, but it’s a great opportunity for us to meet other local moms and their babies, and weekly play dates, monthly moms night out dates, and educational events.

Tidbit 5:  Some of the best recipes start as accidents.  I planned to make stuffed peppers but ended up with too much filling, so I made an Unstuffed Pepper Casserole.  The best part – it only requires four ingredients, plus bell peppers…  So I guess that’s really five ingredients.

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Tidbit 6:  I went bananas for this That’s Bananas! 31 Creative Ways to Cook With Bananas roundup by Greatist.  I started to pin the recipes, but quickly realized that I was pinning every recipe…  I foresee banana bread in my near future.

Tidbit 7:  Our sweet baby girl came down with her first cold last week.  We were using a bulb syringe that the hospital gave us, but our pediatrician suggested that we purchase a NoseFrida the Snotsucker.  The thought of putting a tube in her nose and sucking grossed me out, but I quickly got over that once I saw how well it works.  Not to mention, it’s more gentle on her itty-bitty nose.

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Tidbit 8:  I mentioned yesterday that I haven’t figured out how to blog with a baby yet.  Well, I’ve come up with two possible solutions: work at Starbucks {she typically falls asleep soon after we get into the car} or stand at the kitchen counter while wearing her in the carrier.  I did the latter yesterday while typing this post.

Tidbit 9:  I’m in need of some new workout gear {aka “the mommy uniform”}.  Whenever I’m shopping and something catches my eye, I search for my size, add it to the pile, and keep looking throughout the store.  But when it’s time to pay, I end up putting the items back or telling the cashier I’ve changed my mind.  I have no trouble purchasing baby clothes though.

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Tidbit 10:  I recently learned that our favorite soymilk brand also makes dairy-free yogurt.  Has anyone tried it?

P.S.  Today is my momma’s birthday!  We’re lucky to have such a caring, supportive, and loving momma and grandmomma in our lives.  We love you so much! XO

— Allison

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Everyday Breakfast Batter {Recipe} & How to Make a Flax Egg

Good morning…  Afternoon…  Evening…  Morning {again}, y’all.  I started writing this post yesterday morning, but I’m just getting back to it now while the rest of the house is still sleeping.  I haven’t figured out how to blog with a baby yet.  Maybe I will by her first birthday.

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The past few mornings I’ve woken up in a fabulous mood!  Tuesday we had a snow day and snow days bring out my productive side.  I get the urge to bake and cook and clean and do everything.  Thankfully, the Ergo Baby Carrier allowed me to do all of that.  I put Evie in the carrier around 8:30AM and we chatted, sang, and danced before she fell asleep.  She lasted four hours before she woke up hungry.

During those four hours I baked scones and brownies {boxed mixes from Trader Joe’s}, whipped up french toast bites, prepared breakfast sandwiches for Ryan, made Unstuffed Pepper Casserole {what happens when you make too much filling for stuffed peppers}, folded/hung clothes, and put in a couple of loads of laundry.  I tried to sit down to blog, but Evie started to stir.  She loves movement.

After we both ate, played, and read a dozen books, I put her back into the carrier.  She had another great nap while I took down our Christmas decorations, cleaned the hallway bathroom, and made Sweet & Salty Protein Balls.  I thrive off of productivity!  Plus, Evie does so much better at bedtime after a day of good naps.  Win, win!

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Would y’all like to see the recipes for any of the above?  Great.  Because I’m already planning to share them {plus more} in the coming weeks.  Today I’m finally sharing the recipe for my Everyday Breakfast Batter.  The past few mornings I’ve used this batter to make waffles and they’ve turned out to be delicious!  Crispy around the edges, soft in the center, and just a little chewy.

This batter is super versatile.  Not only does it work perfectly for pancakes or waffles, it can easily be made vegan by replacing the egg with a flax egg.  I’ve been making vegan pancakes and waffles for the past few weeks and I’m actually starting to prefer them more than the original recipe.

Before I get too far, let’s talk about flax eggs.  What’s a flax egg?  It’s not an egg at all, it contains no egg whatsoever, and it doesn’t taste like an egg.  It does however have a similar consistency to an egg.

How to Make a Flax Egg

*This is not an original recipe. It’s featured on the side of Bob’s Red Mill Whole Ground Flaxseed Meal.*

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As I mentioned last week, I pre-portion oatmeal and pancake mixes over the weekend to make my weekday mornings a little easier.  All I need to do is dump a bag {or two} into a bowl and add the necessary liquid.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 c white whole wheat flour OR all-purpose flour {I’ve used both from Trader Joe’s}
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c water OR milk {or more until batter is desired consistency – I’ve used almond milk and soymilk}
  • 2 egg whites OR 1 whole large egg OR 1 flax egg

Directions:

If you want to make this recipe vegan, make the flax egg first.  To make the flax egg, combine 1 tbsp flax meal {ground flaxseed} with 3 tbsp water in a small bowl and stir.  Let the mixture sit for 3 – 5 minutes.  The longer it sits, the thicker it gets.

Spray a medium-sized skillet with non-stick cooking spray and place over medium heat.  In a small bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients and stir.  Add the water and egg{s} and whisk until the batter is smooth.

Spoon batter into the skillet and cook the pancakes until a few bubbles form and burst, approximately 2 minutes.  Flip the pancakes and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes or until lightly browned.  Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

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Question:  What’s your favorite snow day activity?  I can’t wait until Evie’s old enough to go sledding.  When I was younger I’d spend the whole day outside and only come in to eat or drink hot chocolate by the fire.

Question:  What’s your favorite pancake or waffle topping?  Greek yogurt or cottage cheese with peanut butter.  It’s the perfect combo of carbs, proteins, and fats to keep me full throughout the morning!

— Allison

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WIAW: The Past 3 Months

Hey y’all.  I planned to go to Stroller Strides this morning but those plans got derailed due to a pooplosion.  It happens.  If a parent tries to tell you that their angelic baby never had a pooplosion they probably just aren’t comfortable with airing out their dirty laundry, quite literally.  Even the sweetest, well-mannered baby poops.  Thankfully Evie loves bath time so she has double the fun on the crappiest of days.  Lucky little lady!

Since we didn’t make it out of the house in time for Stroller Strides, but we were all packed and ready to go, we swung by Starbucks and picked up a few groceries before the snow came.

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I haven’t done a WIAW post since ohhh sooo longgg {October 16th to be exact} so let’s take a look at what I’ve been eating over the past three months.  When we first brought Evie home Ryan was a big help and cooked dinner most nights.  I quickly started to miss cooking so we’ve created a bedtime routine so that I cook dinner while Ryan gives Evie a bath.  It doesn’t work out every night, but most days it does.  And the best part – listening to their conversations about their day, what pajamas Evie wants to wear, and all of their silly sounds.  It’s absolutely precious.

Coffee

Coffee has become its own food group.  It makes early morning feedings easier.  Since I started avoiding dairy, I’ve tried a few different dairy-free alternatives.  So Delicious Pumpkin Spice Coconut Milk Beverage is delicious – too bad it’s a seasonal item, I wish they offered it as an everyday coffee creamer!

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Breakfast

Most mornings Evie wakes up around 5AM for a feeding.  After a quick diaper change we go downstairs, I make a cup of coffee, she eats, and eventually falls back to sleep on my lap.  Once Ryan is ready for work he holds her so I can make breakfast.  Pre-portioned oatmeal and pancake pouches have been a huge help – I prepare the pouches over the weekend and in the morning I just need to add eggs, milk/water, and whatever toppings {one of which is always peanut butter}.

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Lunch

The first two months were difficult because Evie always wanted to be held, unless she was sleeping.  When it was lunchtime {I use the term loosely} I would put her in the carrier or would wait to eat until she went down for a nap.  Nowadays, she enjoys sitting in her rockaRoo so she’ll sit contently while I make something.  I like lunch to be voluminous so typically it includes a piece of fruit, veggies, a source of protein, and some type of carb.

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Snacks

There’s no chance that I can last from lunch until dinner without a snack, even more than ever.  If we’re out and about I’ll throw a piece of fruit and a power bar into the diaper bag.  If we’re at home I’ve been enjoying Brown Bag Popcorn, apples/celery with peanut butter, peanut butter filled pretzels, a bowl of cereal, or homemade trail mix {a mix of nuts, raisins, dry cereal, pretzels}.

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Dinner

Between feeding and entertaining a newborn, taking care of things around the house, running errands, tutoring, and going to the gym, the Crock-Pot has become my savior.  We’ve been enjoying lots of soups and stews, make-ahead meals like lasagna, and quick 15-minute meals such as chicken sausage pasta.  And the days where the last thing either Ryan or I want to do is to cook we pick-up Chipotle or order/make pizza.

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Dessert

My cookie craving the past few months has been off.the.charts.  I have a love-hate relationship with cookie exchange parties.  The first month or so I enjoyed {a few too many} cookies and ice cream on a regular basis.  Once we realized that Evie’s tummy troubles were due to a lactose sensitivity, I swapped the cookies and ice cream for oatmeal.  It’s comforting and healthier, but can still be doctored up to fulfill my sweet tooth.  Trader Joe’s Organic Midnight Moo Chocolate Flavored Syrup is sinful.

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— Allison

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