Monthly Archives: August 2011

Apple pancakes


I was trying to make this apple stuffed pancake recipe that was described on a couple different blogs I found, but when the technique proved too difficult for me, I decided to go another direction.

These are kind of a cross between traditional pancakes and hash browns. I don’t really have a recipe for them to share, but I can describe what I did.

I started out with a basic pancake batter recipe. In my case, I used Jamie Oliver’s one cup pancakes. Then I added grated apples, rolled oats, very thinly sliced almonds and sunflower seeds until the batter was just holding everything together. I spooned it out on the heated pan prepared with butter and flattened with the back of the spoon into a pancake shape. Once browned on one side I flipped it and browned the other side.

They’re pretty hearty with some crunch and lots of texture.


Edited to add: I guess I was in a bit of a rush to share this recipe. I’ve made these enough times now that I’ve perfected the ingredient amounts. Hope this helps and is a little more specific than my vague instructions above.

-1 cup flour (I am currently using a multigrain mix of whole wheat and leftovers from our gluten-free days, use whatever you have)
-1 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-1 egg
-3/4 cup milk
-2 tbsp maple syrup
-couple dashes of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice (optional)
-1 or 2 (depends on the size) firm apples or Asian pears
-1/4 cup sunflower seeds
-1/4 cup thinly sliced almonds

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Apple picking

This afternoon a moms group from our church went to a farm in Ojai to pick apples and see animals (they called it a petting farm, but seeing as how the animals are behind fences, you can’t really pet them). The kids had a blast. Then just the kids and I went to this vegetarian restaurant/market up there that serves mainly things they’ve grown themselves.








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Being the little brother of a big sister

Being the little brother of a big sister means…

…you pack your purse with all the essentials: wooden train cars and engines, frying pan, sparkly bracelet, baby lotion and mini pink bear.

…you play with dolls, carrying them around, patting their backs to burp them, giving them kisses and loves, changing their diapers and pushing them in the doll stroller. These are things you see Papa doing and I hope it will make you a good papa someday too.

…you play dress-up often. You like faux pearl necklaces, purses, sparkly shoes and tutus.

…pink flower rain boots are often your footwear of choice.

…you love necklaces and would play with my “pity boo beads” all day if I let you.

…sharing your “boy” toys with your big sister.

*Edited to add: Documenting these things may seem “wrong” and some of you are probably thinking that Sprout might hate me for having these types of “blackmail” pictures when he’s older. I think this post by my former colleague really sums up how I feel on the subject. Sprout plays with Legos and blocks, he bangs on things and exhibits many other stereotypical “boy” behaviors. This is another side to that typical boy side. It’s an OK side for him to have.

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Sparrow – month 1

I don’t know if this kid is just different or if I had more time on my hands with the other two to notice all the little things and write a bunch about them.

Sparrow is a month old today. Seems weird. Anyway, there really isn’t much to say. Mostly he eats and sleeps. He kind of goes along with our life, but occasionally decides to throw a wrench into the whole operation and demand attention.

The last few days we’ve noticed that he’s kind of woken up a little and become a more observant. But like I said, mostly he just sleeps and eats.


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Thank you for your concern

Dear blog readers,

Thank you for your expressions of concern regarding a couple of my posts.

Just wanted to clarify a couple things:

1. I did not almost die a few hours after giving birth to Sparrow.

It was a scary situation in the moment, but there really was nothing wrong with me.

The ER doctor diagnosed me with a Vasovagal response.

Among people with vasovagal episodes, the episodes are typically recurrent, usually happening when the person is exposed to a specific trigger. Prior to losing consciousness, the individual frequently experiences a prodrome of symptoms such as lightheadedness, nausea, the feeling of being extremely hot (accompanied by sweating), ringing in the ears (tinnitus), uncomfortable feeling in the heart, fuzzy thoughts, a slight inability to speak/form words (sometimes combined with mild stuttering), weakness and visual disturbances such as lights seeming too bright, fuzzy or tunnel vision, and sometimes a feeling of nervousness can occur as well. These last for at least a few seconds before consciousness is lost (if it is lost), which typically happens when the person is sitting up or standing… Typical triggers for vasovagal episodes include: Any painful or unpleasant stimuli, such as: trauma, watching or experiencing medical procedures; sudden onset of extreme emotions;
lack of sleep…

Thank you Wikipedia.

And yes we still stand by our decision to homebirth.

2. I am not depressed.

In my not doing everything better post I was simply trying to convey that we shouldn’t spread ourselves too thin and there is great freedom in figuring out what it is you really should be putting your efforts towards.

Are there overwhelming days? Yes. I am not perfect and I have three under three. Today was one of those days.

But I am managing everything pretty well, I think. We’re getting out of the house, we’re doing stuff, we are living life. I love my kids and am happy where I am at. No regrets.

Love you guys!


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GAP inspired embroidered onesies

I mentioned a few posts back that I saw some really cute embroidered onesies from babyGAP. Since embroidery is pretty simple, doesn’t take up a whole lot of space, is inexpensive compared to most crafts, and is easy to pick up and put back down at a moment’s notice, this makes it the perfect craft for my current situation. So there really is no need to spend $20 each on these…



…when I can make these all on my own…






All motifs from Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray, a book I highly recommend for lots of cute embroidery ideas and motifs.


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A walk in the park with Sprout









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The boy that potty trained himself (or not)

So we might be crazy.


That would be Sprout wearing a pair of big boy undies. He isn’t even two. This is kind of ridiculous. Maybe I am crazy.

But hear me out (Also, I am apparently in good company with Lorie and my sister).

For the past month or so, Sprout tells me, in a very whiny voice I might add, “Nee go paaawwdee!” and then proceeds to the bathroom and nearly dives in head first. Then, after I get his diaper off and place him up there, he begins demanding “fush, fush!” (flush) and “je-bee,” (jellybean).

At some point he started actually going instead of just sitting there. About a week ago he started going almost exclusively in there and rarely in his diaper.

His main motivation is getting to flush the potty and jellybeans. This actually started awhile ago, pre-potty interest, when he would demand a jellybean upon seeing his sister get one.


I don’t know. Bean went through kind of the same thing and potty training wound up being months and months of successes and then total regressions. She still just has random days that are full of accidents. It was/is really frustrating.

I thought I would “learn my lesson” and wait until what seems to be the magic age of three when potty training is supposedly a breeze or so I am told. But he is really motivated.


This morning he pulled out the big boy undies all on his own and really wanted to wear them. I gave in. He had one accident, one milk spill at breakfast that required a change and more successes than I can keep track of. When I put him in a diaper for nap time he just kept crying, “Undies! Undies! Undies!” from his crib and pointing at the pair that was laying on the changing table.

Then there is the whole issue of there being so much that I have to help him with still. And hello, nursing a newborn doesn’t make it exactly convenient to drop everything and go tend to the child in the bathroom.

In conclusion, potty training is the worst, even when it’s this easy.


***Evening update: things were going great. He went twice in the Target bathrooms. Then at the farmer’s market he told me he had to go (no bathrooms) and held it all the way until we got home. Then the kids started going crazy and Papa still wasn’t home. Gave him a call and from the time I called just as he was leaving the office to when he walked in the door (about 20 min max), Sprout had four pee accidents. So I gave up and put a diaper on him. I stepped in a hidden pee puddle tonight during the great toy cleanup. Also, why do little boys continue walking around as they are peeing? Pee trails all over. I hate potty training. The end.


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Backyard chickens and basketball


Yesterday I took the kids to the park for a bit and overheard the following while passing by the basketball courts where two very basketball looking dudes were playing a game…

P1: Oh yeah, we got more chickens, six little ones.
P2: What’s the deal with that anyway, do you guys eat eggs every morning or what?
P1: Yep. Every morning. Sometimes for lunch. Plus, we treat ours better than the hens that lay eggs for the stores. They get to run around in our backyard and eat what they’re supposed to.

I mean, if two basketball dudes are talking about this sort of thing, I hope we’re on the cusp of major change.

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Fun times

Wednesday was my 28th birthday. First thing I thought when I woke up? I have to call Andrea and see what she’s doing. She had hinted at going to an aquarium a few days before and that sounded like fun to me.

I found out she was indeed headed to The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach that morning with her boy, so I asked if we could crash her party. So much fun! This was a really great aquarium and the admission price can’t be beat.

Our kids were glued to these tanks. So much to see!

Sea horses!

Bean is shaking her buns at the shark tank and singing, “Come and bite me, come and bite me, come and bite me now!” I don’t know where she comes up with this stuff.

The jellies are always fun to look at.

A King Crab. Bean kept calling all the crabs sea spiders.

The kids didn’t really like the idea of being stuck in their strollers.

Our weekend also wound up being pretty packed. Started off with some morning snuggles for Bean and Sparrow which is part of our morning routine most days.


Then our older kids had haircuts with our favorite stylist.



And then I made sauce. My grandma’s recipe, but totally from scratch (all raw and fresh, organic ingredients) and I left out all the meat.


The next day we decided to be a little spontaneous after church. So we drove north on the 101. We stopped off in Santa Maria first so that the newest cousins could meet.

Just a couple months apart, we are sure these boys are going to have many adventures and times of mischief together when the family gathers, just like Stephen and Jon (his dad) did growing up.

And here are five of the seven Wuertz great grandchildren:


After our visit we headed just a little further north to partake in our favorite clam chowder as a belated celebration for my birthday.


And a short walk around town before heading back home.


And we’ll just end there on a positive note because the five hour epic car torture session does not need to be relived.

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