09/7/14
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whole wheat blueberry breakfast bread

It’s secret recipe club time again! My assigned blog for the month was Hun… What’s for dinner?  Cindy cooks for her husband and 2 kiddos, and shares tons of dinner ideas.  In fact, on my dinner menu this week are her spicy avocado and caramelized onion quesadillas. Yum, right? I can’t wait to try them.

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What I baked up were her wild blueberry muffins. Although my blueberries were not wild, nor did I make muffins (a loaf instead), the recipe still rocked. I subbed in whole wheat pastry flour which is light and great for baked items, but gives you the goodness of whole grains. I also cut the sugar down by almost half. I figured the blueberries would add sweetness, and then I’d also feel better about munching on it for breakfast, which is what we did.

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The result? Deeeelicious! The extra sugar was not missed one bit.

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For breakfast one morning I paired a couple of small slices with scrambled eggs and banana. Hunter and I loved it and my hungry 2 year old asked for a couple more pieces, which I was happy to give him.

Now you can too, enjoy the recipe!

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Whole Wheat Blueberry Breakfast Bread

Recipe adapted from here

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp lemon extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (I subbed in 1/4 cup milk, 1/4 plain yogurt and a splash of lemon juice)
  • 2 cups + 1 tbsp whole wheat pastry flour, divided
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tbsp natural cane sugar – set aside for sprinkling
  • 1 tbsp rolled oats – set aside for spinkling

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a loaf pan with oil.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter, brown sugar; until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs, vanilla extract, lemon extract, oil and buttermilk; stir to combine.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, mix together 2 cups flour, baking powder and salt. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, mixing until just about combined. Toss the blueberries with the remaining 1 tbsp of flour and add to the batter, mixing until just combined.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle evenly with 1 tbsp sugar and 1 tbsp rolled oats. Bake for 50-60 minutes; or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool completely before removing from the pan.

We spent this past weekend in Seattle for our second annual canning weekend (read about the first one here). More to come on that soon!

What did you do over the weekend?  Bake anything wonderful and delicious?  Please share!

Heather

09/3/14
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sewing lately: 9.3.14

My last sewing lately post was back in February!  In fact, it was right before Zoe was born, so let’s see what all I’ve been sewing up during these past 6 months.  I’ve included links to patterns used when they are available.

Prepare for picture overload!

February

Check out this post for what I’d sewn up to the middle of Feb + this post for what I’d sewed when I was past my due date.

March

Headband for Zoe and hair bow for me.  Matching of course for Zoe’s baby shower.  Self drafted project.

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This project was so simple and serves an awesome purpose!  I sewed up 2 diaper pail liners out of PUL using this tutorial.  While one is in use, the other gets washed with the cloth diapers.  Why did I wait until my second baby to get this system in place?

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This isn’t the final picture, but I made 3 matching bow ties for my friend’s boys – one for daddy, one for kid and one for baby – self drafted.

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April

I made this crossover pinefore for Zoe.  The free pattern is here, which I sized down hoping it would fit her around 3-6 months, but it’s still pretty big.

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I just love this retro green flower fabric.  It was a steal of a price since I purchased it as a queen flat sheet at goodwill for maybe $2-3.

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Easter came around and for part of Hunter’s basket I made a basket of fabric eggs using up scrap pieces.  This tutorial shows how to make them.

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Also for Easter I decided Zoe needed some cute new pants, so I whipped up a pair of newborn pants (free pattern).  Quick, easy and adorable on her – don’t mind the wrinkle.

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I sewed up two items for my niece’s birthday.  The first being bubble pocket shorts – pattern here.  Love.

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Then another crossover pinefore (linked to above) in the 6-12 month size the pattern provided.  The pattern is huge.  She turned 1 year and this will more likely fit her when she’s closer to 18-24 months.

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For my other niece I made a bonnet to go with an unpictured dress I sewed up for her birthday.  Free bonnet pattern and tutorial here.

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May

Hunter’s birthday was in May so we DIY’s a workbench for him, and I sewed up a tool belt.  Tutorial here.

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June

More birthday sewing!  For Hunter’s friend Mabel I sewed up a pleated playsuit in red linin blend with a sweet and delicate strawberry contrast fabric.  Free pattern here.

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Zoe got a new dress – a geranium dress (which I’ve made many of now) in knit fabric.  I added snaps instead of buttons for the closure.  The knit is so soft and comfy.

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Jacob even got something sewn for him!  I used a good fitting tank top of his to created a pattern for this tank in some sa-weet fabric I was given.

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And since I sewed Jacob a tank top, I made one for myself as well.  This was my tester fabric for a pattern I drafted, which I liked still so I’ve been wearing it.

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Lastly, I made a couple bibs for a baby shower gift, so I sewed up one extra for Zoe/Hunter to use.  Pattern self drafted.

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July

I loved Mabel’s pleated playsuit so much, I sized down the smallest size on the pattern and made one for Zoe.  The only downside to this pattern is when you have to change a diaper, the entire outfit needs to come off.  But it’s so cute!

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Then I made a blue top knot headband for Zoe as well to complete her 4th of July look.

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And one more crossover pinefore (linked to above) for a gift.

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August

In August I realized Zoe needed shorts, so she got a pair of bubble pocket shorts!  Wishing I would have made this earlier because the sizing runs small for sure (this is a 6-12 month and slim fitting).

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And to finish off her summer sewing I did some more pattern drafting and creating.  Another pair of shorts, but these are much looser fitting with an added cuff at the bottom + a delicate and sweet dress than will fit for a while turning into a top as she lengthen out.  It’s roomy so it’ll last a while.

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And that’s it!  It’s so fun to look back and see what I’ve sewn up.  I try and take a picture once I finish a project so that I can easily look back and visually see what I’ve made.  My September sewing list has begun – I’m excited to see what I turn out!

Until next time!

Heather

To read more sewing posts check these out:

08/27/14
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Zoe: 6 months

Hello!  Time to blog again and share about Zoe!

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Poor girl got skipped out on her 4th and 5th month updates.  #secondchildproblems.  But now she’s 6 months and definitely changing!  First, a look through how she’s grown month by month.

Birth

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1 month

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2 months

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3 months

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4 months

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5 months

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6 months

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EAT

Nursing is still going wonderfully.  During the day she nurses 5 times, then 0-2 times during the night.  She nurses at pretty consist times each day (give or take about 30 minutes): 7am, 10:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm and 7:30pm.  If she wakes (which she normally does) it’s at midnight and/or 4am.

I had my first night away from her this past weekend and she did great taking bottles.  We had to work hard to get her to take them without trouble, but now she’s a champ.  The key was a very warm bottle.  Picky little one!

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We’ve started having her at the table with us and beginning to taste foods.  We’re going to use the baby led weaning method again since it worked so well with Hunter, so instead of spoon feeding, we just give her soft big pieces (to start) of food.  So far she’s tasted (but not really eaten) figs, strawberries, pineapple (3 favorites), avocado, banana, steamed carrot, cucumber, roasted yam and chicken.  Pretty much whatever we have that’s soft enough for her to gum is fair game!

At her 6 month check up she weighed 13 pounds 10 ounces, in the 10th percentile for weight and I can’t remember her height but she was just about 50th percentile.  She’s going to be a slender little girl I bet.

WAKE

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Her wake time is so much fun!  She’s one happy girl and is rarely fussy.  If she is sad there’s normally a reason – tired, hungry or poopy.  She is now rolling from back to belly, and has just a couple times rolled the other way.  She’ll sit by herself unsupported, but eventually falls over.

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Books are a favorite, as is her brother.  She thinks he is the funniest kid ever.  He is pretty funny. :)

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I switched her diapering system about a month ago to prefolds and covers and have been so much happier.  We were having major leaking issues and I just couldn’t take it anymore.  Good diapers make for a happy mama.

She is a total thumb sucker.  As I’m typing this she’s laying in her boppy about to fall asleep sucking on her thumb.  It’s pretty stinking cute.

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SLEEP

Even though I haven’t shared about her sleep in the past few months, it’s been pretty consistent for a while.  And the consistency is that it’s all over the place.  Sometimes she sleeps through the night, sometimes she wakes once or twice.  I’m thankful that from the get go she’s put herself to sleep, so that’s not an issue, just that when she wakes at night she doesn’t really go back to sleep by herself.

One big change is that Hunter and Zoe started to share a room about a month ago.  But she’s really only been in there half the time.  She is SO loud when she wakes, that Hunter really wasn’t getting the best sleep even if he wasn’t actively waking.  I could tell from his behavior and also him telling me that he was tired shortly after waking.  And to add in, our bedroom shares a wall with the kid’s room, so when she’s crying it is majorly loud.  We’ve been having her switch between her crib in their room and the pack n play on the other floor to give everyone some better sleep.  I’m thinking she’ll be in the pack in play until she is consistently sleeping through the night again.

This too shall pass… and then I might drink less coffee. ;)

She naps 3 times a day: 2 short 30-40 minute naps around 10am and 12:30pm, then a longer 1.5-2.5 hour nap in the afternoon around 2:30pm.

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That’s the latest with our happy little girlie.  We just love her so.  And her wild hair, please stay crazy forever.

What were your kids’ favorite first foods?

Happy days!

Heather

PS: I’m hoping and planning to get back into blogging more frequently than every couple of weeks!  I’ve had so much I want to share, I just never get around to actually sitting down at the computer.

PSS: Read more of Zoe’s past updates on her page!