Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tuesday's Child : 13 Weeks Old

The love-bug officially turned 3 months old on Monday!
And boy is she becoming more aware of herself and her surroundings.
This weeks post has pictures and videos!
Check it out here

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Healthy Homemade Granola Bites

For book club I really wanted to make something. I also wanted to make some healthy and filling snacks that I could easily shove in my mouth while entertaining a 3 month old.
I googled granola bar recipes and came across a tasty-sounding one from Oh She Glows.
(You can find the original recipe here)
I changed it up a bit as I didn't want any nuts and didn't have any seeds. 

So here's how to make my Oh She Glows inspired granola bites

  • Start by dehydrating some fruit. I used strawberries and pineapple because I had them on hand and like the way they taste dehydrated. Thinly slice your fruit and put them on parchment paper, or tinfoil, or a silicone mat and bake in your oven at the lowest setting (mine was at 170 degrees) for about hours.
  • On another baking sheet, toast 2 cups rolled oats in the oven at 350 for about 10 mins.
  • In a bowl, mash 3 bananas (heat them in the microwave first for about 30 seconds for easier mashing) together with 1 tsp vanilla extract. 
  • Stir in the toasted oats and chopped dried fruit (plus whatever else you want to add - nuts, seeds, etc) plus 1 tsp cinnamon.
  • Spoon mixture into a pan lined with parchment paper and press down to make the surface as even as possible. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 mins until firm and slightly golden along the edges. 
  • Let cool for 10 mins then remove from pan. Allow bars to cool for at least another 10 mins in the freezer (or longer in the fridge) before cutting into bites or bars.

(Based on the recipe above, sans nuts and seeds, and cut into 25 bites, each bite is about 42 calories)   

The bites are tasty but if you like them a bit sweeter brush the bites with a bit of maple syrup.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tuesday's Child : 12 Weeks Old

Last week there was no post because we had no power/internet.
But we:re back with week 12 here!
Hard to believe it's been almost 3 months since the little monkey came home with us.
Gosh I love this kid. 

In other news, I've got a recipe for an apple-coleslaw that I plan to post this week.
My cooking recipes ain't so fancy anymore. 
It's all about quick & easy these days!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Red Velvet Madeleines

I baked!

I fished out the ol' madeleine pan and whipped up two types of madeleines for a family birthday party this weekend.

I made the delicious lemon madeleines that I've made many times before and I tried out a new type as well.

For the lemon madeleine recipe - click here.

For the red velvet madeleine recipe, see below!

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
  • In a bowl, mix together 3/4 cup granulated sugarlarge eggsegg yolks, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract3/4 cup melted butter, and 2 tablespoons red liquid food coloring
  • Add in 1 1/3 cups cake flour2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa1/2 teaspoon baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Fill madeleine pan and bake for 7-8 minutes. Allow to cool then dust with powdered sugar.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Tuesday's Child : 10 Weeks Old

As per usual, I can't believe another week has gone by!

This morning we registered for a baby & caregiver yoga class on Thursday mornings.
This mama is excited about the warm weather and getting out to meet other parents in the area!
I'm fortunate enough to already know a lot of new moms who are incredibly supportive. 
So this week's post is all about the most important thing I was told as I adjusted to life as a parent.

Read it here

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tuesday's Child : 9 Weeks Old

The blog post is up!
My goal is to find something other than my kid to post about this week....
I'm thinking.

In the meantime, check out the Tuesday post here!

And check out my friend Kayla's blog.
She recently took some photos of our little family that you can check out here. And while you're there, read through her other posts about finding the beauty in everyday life.