Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tuesday's Child : 26 weeks (6 months!)

My little doodle-bug is half a year! Where did those 6 months go?
Read all about what she's been up to here (plus check out her adorable 6 month picture. So begin the sitting pictures because it's impossible to get her to lay on her back anymore).

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Gluten Free Brownies, or, baking with coconut flour

Guess what I did?
I baked!
two items!

I've been invited to a baking party next weekend and since two of my friends are gluten intolerant, the challenge is to find a gluten free recipe.

I've baked with rice flour before and wasn't particularly wowed by it, but I pretty much substituted it exactly for regular flour which you can't always do.

I debated buying the gluten free all purpose flour but decided to be more adventurous and instead I bought coconut flour to experiment with.
Turns out you have to make a few adjustments to your recipe when using coconut flour as it tends to be more absorbent than your standard all purpose flour.

After scouring Pinterest, my first experimental recipe was for a lemon loaf. 
It sucked.
It tasted too eggy, which was no surprise considering it called for 6 eggs. 

I tried again.

A big winner.

There's a nice hint of coconut (there would have been more if I had used coconut oil and coconut milk as the recipe calls for) so if you like the taste of coconut, grab some flour and give this recipe a whirl.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a brownie pan with parchment paper.
  • Over medium heat, combine 1/3 cup coconut oil1/4 cup butter and 1/2 cup honey until melted. In a heat-proof bowl, add 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Pour oil & butter over chocolate and allow chocolate to begin to melt, then stir until combined. 
  • Add in 1/2 cup coconut milk1 tsp vanilla, and 2 eggs
  • In a separate bowl, combine 1/2 cup coconut flour1 tbsp cocoa powder1/4 tsp baking soda, and 1/4 tsp salt. Mix into wet ingredients with a whisk to get rid of lumps.
  • Pour into brownie pan and bake for 25 minutes.  

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tuesday's Child : 25 Weeks

One day I'll do something worth blogging about again. 
One day.

In related exciting news though - keep an eye out for a new collaborative blog hopefully coming in the near future that a friend of mine has proposed! 
It will be all things lifestyle related - recipes, DIY projects, home renos, style, you name it, we're hoping to blog about it!

In the meantime, my kiddo slept overnight in her crib for the first time last night and it was bittersweet. 
Read all about it here :)

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Tuesday's Child : 23 Weeks

It's Tuesday!
Kiddo is asleep on the couch beside me. 
I blogged!
Read all about it here

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Tuesday's Child : 22 Weeks

It's Tuesday.
It's 7:16 am.
I've showered. I can see spots on my head where my hair has visibly thinned. I've had one cup of coffee. I've posted my Tuesday post.
Baby E was up at 5:45 this morning....
Today might be a long day.

But we're experimenting with solid (bit of a misnomer as it's 75% breast milk and not solid at all) food!
Read about it and watch the cutest video here 

And send long baby nap vibes my way today cause coffee ain't cutting it.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Hosting a Book Club Party?

I'm up next for hosting book club and if you don't know, I love planning parties. 
I thought it would be fun to coordinate snacks with the titles of the books we've read so far.  
John and I brainstormed a bit last night in bed (which admittedly went on longer than it should have, knowing that we were losing precious minutes of sleep because this baby of ours is up by 7 am every day) and then today I took some of my favourites and edited pictures.

Yes, this is what I've been doing in my spare time today.
Sorry household chores. 
Mama's getting creative.

To be slapped onto the outside of a bucket filled with ice, keeping our vino chilled.

To be put on a baguette. Ride that grain, girl.
(This one is also my favourite, editing wise).

I couldn't find the proper font to match and couldn't space out the letters to make it a perfect fit but I think I can be forgiven in the name of goat cheese.

I also like this one. I was going to flip around 'GIRL' to 'GRIL' but... too much work. 
Again, I can be forgiven in the name of sweet, sweet grilled pineapple.

Bear Paws and Teddy Grahams. Deeeelish.

Also contenders: 'I am Malollipops', 'Stilton Alice' (for the cheese plate), 'Eleanor & Pork'