Monthly Archives: March 2010

Spring Fashion Week – Wednesday

Hat – Me
Foxy Girl Onesie – Handmedown, fairly certain it’s from Target
Denim/floral skirt – Handmedown that I actually purchased for my niece a couple years ago 😉
Shoes – LittleStar/Target, purchased new

This morning while Sprout napped, Bean and I did an activity from our preschool book about lids. She learned about matching lids and “off” and “on”. We also played with some dried beans. She had a ton of fun. I’m trying to make sure I do more activities with her while Sprout is sleeping (a lot!) so that she feels she gets sufficient Mama time and stops being so jealous. Hoping it improves her behavior and interactions with Sprout in general. It does seem to be working a bit. Plus it’s fun to learn!

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Spring Fashion Week – Tuesday

Shirt – Target
Jeans – Old Navy
Shoes – Pink High-Top Chucks

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Spring Fashion Week – Monday

Green sun hat – Old Navy, handmedown
Baby doll top – babyGAP, handmedown
Skinny jeans – Target, Christmas gift
Silver flip flops – Old Navy, purchased new

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Wheat, buckwheat, oatmeal bread

Does that make it a multigrain bread?

Anyway, I wanted to make a wheat version of Bean’s special gluten-free bread that I’ve been making. So this is what I came up with.

Ingredients:
-1 cup whole wheat flour
-1 cup oat flour
-3/4 cup buckwheat flour
-1 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
-1/4 cup flax seed meal
-3 tbsp brown sugar
-1 1/2 tsp salt
-3 eggs
-1 tsp apple cider vinegar
-1 tbsp molasses
-1/4 cup olive oil
-1 packet active dry yeast plus 1 tsp granulated sugar for proofing yeast
-1 1/4 cup warm water
-rolled oats for garnish (optional)

Directions:
Heat oven to 200 and then turn off.

Grease a loaf pan.

Sift together your dry ingredients.

In a medium bowl whisk eggs, molasses, vinegar, and oil together.

In a small bowl mix yeast and sugar together. Then add 1/4 cup warm water and mix with a fork. Let sit for 20 minutes. It should be foamy and active. If not, start over with a new package of yeast.

With your mixer on stir, slowly add egg mixture and then yeast mixture to the bowl. Then slowly add your water to achieve the right consistency in your batter. The dough should be like very stiff cake batter. If you accidentally add too much water just add a little more flour.

Put the dough in your prepared pan. If desired, sprinkle rolled oats over the top and lightly press into the dough. Cover with plastic wrap and place in oven to rise for about 1-1 1/2 hours.

Once the dough has risen to the top of the pan remove plastic wrap and bake the bread for 40 minutes at 350 degrees.

Remove from oven, cut, slather with butter and enjoy.

It’s pretty good, but it actually came out a bit more dense than the gluten-free bread and I kind of think I even like the gluten-free version better. Maybe I’m just weird. It is good though, so don’t let these statements discourage you.

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Gluten-Free Granola

I kind of get on kicks where I try to make everything from scratch at home because the food industry scares me. This is one of those kicks. And I haven’t even seen Food, Inc. yet, imagine what will happen to me after that.

A lot of granola in the stores has so much crap in it that I can’t even pronounce. And a lot of it has either wheat or egg whites in it, two things Bean can’t have.

Inspired by the Weelicious Wee Granola, I decided to try my hand at making a gluten-free version of this recipe. My recipe is really similar to hers, but I’ve changed things where I needed to accommodate Bean’s food allergies.

Ingredients:
-2 cups certified gluten-free rolled oats
-1 1/2 cups soy nuts (She has a mix of several nuts in her recipe, but since soy is the only “nuts” Bean has had, I decided to use those. I am not planning on introducing other nuts until after she’s two)
-3/4 cup dried fruit(s) of your choice (Again she has a mix adding up to this, but I just had dried apricots on hand so that is what I used, you can check out her recipe for more ideas)
-2 tbsp flax meal (She uses wheat germ, but Bean can’t have that so I Googled wheat germ substitute and this is what it said to use)
-1 tsp cinnamon (I really like the taste of cinnamon so I doubled her amount)
-1 tbsp molasses (Molasses are a really good source of iron and since our little gal isn’t a big fan of meat I’m always looking for ways to get more iron into her)
-1/4 cup plus 3 tbsp honey (between this and the molasses this adds up to the 1/2 cup honey she suggests in her recipe)
-1/2 cup Earth Balance with olive oil, melted (I didn’t have any vegetable oil on hand)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 275.

Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl, stir until completely combined.

Place mixture on a parchment lined cookie sheet (please trust me and do this, you will thank me later when you don’t have granola stuck to your cookie sheet).

Bake for 40 minutes (OK her recipe has you bake for 30 minutes and then another 40, I tried this the first time and wound up with burnt granola, so I just did 40 minutes total and it turned out great). Remove from oven and let it remain on the sheet until it’s completely cooled so it can harden.

Serve with milk like cereal, with yogurt and fresh fruit, or you can put it in trail mix to munch on as a snack. She has a recipe for chewy granola balls that I may try as well.

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Bean’s First Sandwich

Because of her food allergies, Bean has yet to experience a sandwich. I had made one batch of gluten-free bread from a mix before this, but it was much to dense, dry and crumbly to be any good for sandwiches.

Then I tried out a recipe from scratch and this bread is awesome. We all keep eating it and it is supposed to just be for Bean.

So today she had her first sandwich and being the slightly photo-obsessed mom that I am there is tons of pictoral proof.


Isn’t that the cutest little sandwich you’ve ever seen? Of course it didn’t stay that way for very long.


Yeah, she pretty much had it all taken apart in a matter of seconds.


Yummy nitrate/nitrite-free turkey lunch meat from Trader Joe’s


Mmmm…


Pudgy little hands holding homemade bread. Does it get any better than this?


She loves that bread!


Especially with mustard and vegan mayonaise spread on it!

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Bean at 18 months

I can’t believe I forgot to mention this yesterday (or, actually I can, you saw all that I’ve been up to), but it was Bean’s half birthday yesterday. She’s 18 months old now!

She is picking up on and learning SO MUCH stuff lately.

We’ll start of with her new words for the month: apple, cold, car, hello, kite, cupcake, bite, nana (banana), elbow, Elmo, naks (snacks), *Lizzie (*cousin’s name, but this is her mom’s alias for the Internet), tractor, taco, happy, pig, towel, backpack, ee i ee i oh, puppy, highchair, Bible, stuck, tights, knee, pants, plate, and (finally!) please.

It is so crazy how quickly she is getting words now and which ones she just picks up on.

She even puts concepts together sometimes, for example she’ll say key, car, go buh-bye, shoes or eat eat, apple, beans, nana.

She loves to do starfall.com with me and loves to point out body parts. She also still really loves singing songs, especially movement songs. She loves to be read to and it seems like every night before bed she’s sneaking in more and more books. 😉

Then yesterday she started showing interest in the potty! I don’t know what to really think or do about this. Yesterday we basically did a bit of a form of “elimination communication”. She started to get the “poop face” and then ran to the bathroom door downstairs. I asked her if she was going and if she wanted to go in the potty and she nodded. So I stripped her down and she finished what she had started on the potty. This happened twice and then one time she just asked to sit on the potty, but as soon as I got her up there she did the sign for and said “all done” without actually doing anything. I don’t think she really likes being on our big potty though because she feels like she’s going to fall.

I am so not of the personality to just force potty training on her. Plus, I have SO MANY friends that have had such a hard time with this or have thought signs like this meant their child was totally ready only to wind up frustrated a few months later when their child regresses and is back in diapers. Plus, I don’t really want to make the investment in some wardrobe changes (about 75% of her current wardrobe is onesies, which wouldn’t really work with potty training for obvious reasons), training pants and a potty seat. Then there’s the whole problem of trying to do potty runs while I’m holding/nursing/burping a baby. But then, am I just holding her back? Agh!

She’s become quite the climber. She’s figured out how to climb up on her rocking horse and ride it, climb into brother’s bouncy seat, the swing, and her walker. She also tries to climb up on the steps on the outside of the railing sometimes and any step stools we have around the house (hint, I’m short so there are lots).

Well anyway, that about sums things up for the month.

I’ll leave you with the many faces of Bean. She has the best, most expressive face I think. I just love it.

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What I’ve been up to…

My sweet sister and her baby came to visit…


Photo by the always amazing John Stephens.

So a weekend with a bit of everything ensued: being lazy around the house, Vernal Equinox treat receiving, checking out cool shops on Main Street in old San Buena Ventura (and feeling very old pulling up in front of Urban Outfitters with my minivan and babies), soup eating and cousin fix getting (Bean’s new favorite word is her older cousin’s name and she was saying it and singing it over and over ALLLLL day long on Saturday), church, our favorite farmer’s market, and a photo shoot with John.

Bean loved on her cousin and her brother…

…while my sweet sister watched all the kids so this mama could go to Whole Foods all by herself and get some supplies for making Bean some yummy food that she isn’t allergic to.

I have been wanting to do this stuff for so long, but I haven’t had the time or energy until now.

So in the last couple days I have been gluten/dairy/egg-free bread making (this is our second loaf, it is so good)…

…and vegan gluten-free blueberry muffin making…

…and dairy-free yogurt making (still in progress).

I’ve also joined a book club, done lots of laundry and just plain enjoyed my kids. OK, back to my life now. See you later Internet. 🙂

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Spring Fashion Week!

So last fall, Emery participated in Fall Fashion Week and it was awesome. I was definitely jealous of all her cute clothes and outfits, but being huge and preggo there was no way I could pull them off.

Well, now Emery is hosting Spring Fashion Week over on her blog. However, once again my wardrobe is not really up to par. I think I have one or two spring outfits that I would be willing to put out there on my blog for the public to see. I don’t really want to do anything about my wardrobe yet because 1) my body is still doing the post-pregnancy and breastfeeding hormonal wonky thing and 2) as I said in Sprout’s two month post I really don’t think I own any clothing without a greasy spit-up stain somewhere on it. I’m thinking in about six months or so when I’m sure the spit-up business is over with and my body has decided to regulate out that I’ll be hitting up thrift stores, Target, the mall and fabric stores for a wardrobe makeover.

However, Bean has some really cute stuff. She just moved into her 18mo clothes. A lot of it is hand-me-downs from her sweet cousins “Lizzie” and “Half-Pint,” but there are some new things in there too. It’s been so fun getting her dressed lately and picking out different outfits. Basically, I get to live vicariously through my daughter’s wardrobe. So, I got permission from Emery and we will be participating in Spring Fashion Week with the little lady version of it over here. I’m so excited!

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I love cloth diapering, part 8: Cloth with two babies

Just when everyone thought I was crazy and inflicting extra work (and disgusting poop dealings) on myself than should be necessary for a mom, I up and had another baby and decided to do cloth with both. Completely NUTSO, right?

Actually, I still don’t feel crazy or like it is that much extra work. Sure, I do have my limits, like when we moved and both kids spent a week in disposables. For the most part, however, I am still dissatisfied with disposable diapers and love my cloth diapers.

As with many parenting adventures, some things about our cloth diapering routine did have to change when Sprout came along. I thought I’d update you on how things are going now that I feel like I’ve got things figured out.

Since we use a one-size diaper, the BumGenius 3.0, both kids are in the same diapers right now. We just have them on different rises.

As such, the system I had before with pre-assembled diapers filling the baskets in the changing table was not working. So, I created what Stephen refers to as “the build your own diaper bar” which he says is kind of like a salad bar, but with diapers.

So here’s my changing table once again (and LOOK! I discovered today that the shelf DOES work with the baskets we bought! It looks so much neater than it did before!):

I have baskets with pre-sized, color appropriate shells for each kid:

Oh and it turns out that my worries about far too many pink diapers were unfounded. We have plenty of white and green diapers for Sprout to live in and I went ahead and bought three more diapers in boy colors (blues and greens).

Then I have all the newborn inserts in one basket. I am currently stuffing Sprout’s diapers with two of these at a time and at night I do one of the thicker inserts with a newborn insert as a doubler so he can make it through the night sans leaks.

And the thicker, adjustable inserts in another basket:

And that gives me a couple extra baskets for storage, which I really like because now all those burp rags I really need this time around have a home:

So anyway what we essentially do is stuff a diaper for each kid right before we change their diaper depending on who is getting changed.

I tried a couple different systems before this and didn’t like them. First I did pre-stuffed and sized diapers for each kid layered in the baskets. This didn’t work because in some situations like at night when I stuff the diapers differently (at night I double stuff Bean’s diaper with two thick inserts and I already described above what I do for Sprout) I would have to pull diapers apart and we would wind up with extra shells/inserts lying around. So then I tried what we have now, but things not really being very neat and just tossed in each basket. I didn’t like this because 1) I am totally anal and the unorderliness of it really bothered me and 2) I realized I needed a neat stack so that I could make sure all the diapers got even wear and tear by putting freshly washed stuff on the bottom of the stack. So then once I got it looking all nice and neat I had the shells layered boy-girl in the baskets, but that didn’t really work either because sometimes they go through diapers at a different rate throughout the day (usually Sprout gets an extra diaper change at the end of the day and if Bean is having one of her “poop days” she goes through a lot more diapers in a day). So it finally materialized to what I have now with different baskets for boy and girl.

I am doing laundry a lot more these days, but I have been doing laundry a lot more these days anyway thanks to all the spit-up and outfit changes. So really it isn’t even a blip on the radar because I pretty much have at least one load of laundry going every day be it diapers or clothes. Speaking of laundry, my diaper funk issues went away once we moved and stopped having to deal with a front loading HE washer.

Well, there you have it, cloth diapering with two.

And if you are new to my blog, or want to know more about cloth diapering you can check out the previous installments in this series:

I love cloth diapering, part 1: Why consider cloth?

I love cloth diapering, part 2: The various styles and brands

I love cloth diapering, part 3: Potty training and swimming

I love cloth diapering, part 4: Building a stash

I love cloth diapering, part 5: From changing table to laundry room

I love cloth diapering, part 6: On the road again…

I love cloth diapering, part 7: The diaper funk

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