peanut butter, raisin and bean snacker cookies

We all have rough days. Hunter recently had one (lots of tears throughout the day + waking up really sad from his nap). I find that there’s normally a reason for these rougher days: poor night sleep or nap, not eating well or a tooth bothering him are the usual culprits.

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On that particular day, after his sad wake up from his nap, we baked cookies. The boy loves being in the kitchen helping and sampling, then having cookies at the end – well that just made it even better.

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I’m calling these cookies snacker  cookies because they’re actually quite healthy and would totally work as an anytime snack. Instead of the chocolate chips in the original cookie, which are much more a dessert cookie, I subbed in raisins. Really I did this because we had no chocolate chips on hand, but it totally worked! I love how it’s such an easy way for Hunter to snack on beans too.

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peanut butter, raisin and bean snacker cookies

adapted from peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough bites

Makes about 12 cookies, depending on the size

Ingredients

  • 1¼ cups canned chickpeas, well-rinsed and patted dry with a paper towel
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter, SunButter Natural or almond butter – room temperature
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • a pinch of sea salt if your peanut butter doesn’t have salt in it
  • ½ cup raisins

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Combine all the ingredients, except for the raisins, in a food processor and process until very smooth. Make sure to scrape the sides and the top to get the little chunks of chickpeas and process again until they’re combined.
  2. Put in the raisins and pulse it once or twice. The mixture will be very thick and sticky.
  3. With wet hands, form into 1½” balls. Place onto a Silpat or a piece of parchment paper. If you want them to look more like normal cookies, press down slightly on the balls. They don’t do much rising.  {You can also refrigerate the dough for a little bit which will make it easier to handle.}
  4. Bake for about 10 minutes for the fresh batter (closer to 14-16 straight out of the freezer). The dough balls will still be very soft when you take them out of the oven. They will not set like normal cookies.
  5. Best eaten right away when still warm!

After we baked and snacked on these cookies, everything was better. Sometimes you just need a cookie to cheer up your mood a bit.

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I’m linking these up to Brittany’s munchkin meals today. Click over to see what other mamas are making for their kiddos.

What’s your cure for a rough day?  Cookies?

Heather

blueberry chia seed baked oatmeal + weekend food prep

I feel like the post I wrote after my first day alone with the kiddos was an outlier… that was such an easy day. Turns out two kids are much harder than I made it seem! 100% worth it of course. :). I think over the past week and a half Hunter’s brain made a switch and he realized that Jacob was back to work and mommy was paying more attention to someone else. He definitely wants mommy a lot more now. Thankfully he’s still loving his sissy, he just wants more mommy time too.

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Mornings are my biggest challenge. Zoe is normally nursing around the time Hunter wakes, so cooking him breakfast one handed became quite tough. Over the weekend I decided to make my mornings (and dinners) much easier by having breakfast made and waiting in the fridge.

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Oatmeal is a favorite, so I decided to give baked oatmeal a go. Turns out Hunter LOVES baked oatmeal! He devoured 2 whole bowls Sunday morning. I love how it’s made ahead (serve it cold or reheated) + so much less messy than oatmeal.

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The recipe is below, but first, here’s everything else I prepped.

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  • chopped veggies (sweet potato sticks, broccoli, carrots, onions, mushrooms) to use in dinners throughout the week
  • steamed veggies for Hunter (sweet potato, broccoli, carrot)
  • boiled + peeled hard boiled eggs
  • made + cooked beef/pork breakfast patties (for breakfasts + to use in a dinner)
  • cooked Italian sausage (to use in a dinner)

I started with a list and did all but make bread + yogurt for the week. Luckily I’ve already fit those two in these past couple days. Pretty successful way to simplify my week! I especially love having all of the veggies chopped. It has saved so much time when I go to cook dinner.

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Blueberry Chia Seed Baked Oatmeal

Adapted from here

Ingredients

  • 2 + 2/3 cups rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar (I omitted, but would probably add if I was going to serve it to anyone other than Hunter or myself)
  • 1 + 1/3 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1-1/3 cup blueberries (I used frozen)
  • 1 ripe banana, peeled, diced small
  • 2 + 2/3 cups milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tbsp melted coconut oil (or butter or vegetable oil)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F and generously coat the inside of a 13 by 9-1/2 inch baking dish with oil.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, chia seeds, blueberries and banana.
  3. In another large bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, oil and vanilla extract.
  4. Mix the wet into the dry, then pour into the pan.
  5. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until the top is nicely golden brown and the milk mixture has set. For an extra tasty top, sprinkle a tablespoon or so of extra brown sugar.

Do you have any tricks for simplifying your breakfasts?  Favorite make-ahead breakfast food?

Heather

food and fitness week 9

Heyo! Hope you had an awesome weekend. We had our first date night since Zoe was born at Amnesia Brewing. Not the greatest food, but awesome beer!  Yummmm.  We so needed it! It’s easy to get wrapped up in the kiddos and forget to make time for each other. Gotta keep these day nights going.

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The rest of our weekend consisted of a few errands, dinner with friends (cute kiddos at their own little table… although Hunter didn’t stay)…

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… cleaning up the house, meal prep and catching up on some zzz’s.

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A great weekend! Now let’s talk food and fitness. Here’s what we ate for dinner last week. I actually only cooked a handful of meals. Pretty easy week for me and quite delicous!

Food

Monday – italian sausage mac n cheese (Jacob cooked dinner)

Tuesday – awesome quiche a friend brought us

Wednesday – salmon caesar salad + homemade crusty bread

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Thursday – freezer meal creamy chicken enchiladas with sour cream

Friday – date night out!

Saturday – dinner at friends house: fried rice + salad rolls, yummmm

Sunday – cheesy sausage and mushroom pasta bake + strawberries and grapes

Fitness

It wasn’t a great week for fitness. I started the week out a bit sleep deprived and needed extra naps. However, I went to a body pump class as a participant and had so much fun! I sure felt weak though. I was surprisingly not too sore from it.

Monday – nothing

Tuesday – nothing

Wednesday – nothing

Thursday – went to a body pump class!

Friday – rest

Saturday – family walk

Sunday – walk with the kiddos

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What did you do over the weekend?

Heather

Zoe: 1 month

Happy Friday! It’s just about weekend time, yay!

My little Zoe turned 1 month old on Wednesday. I am amazed by how quickly time is flying by. Time for her update!

First, a look at her the day she was born…

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Zoe already seems more grown up than just a couple weeks ago. When she is awake, she’s bright eyed and super alert. During the daytime she has more happy awake time.  She loves just looking around at everything going on. Evenings are when she pretty much needs to be held and consoled the whole time she’s awake.

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Here’s what her schedule looks like (for the most part) at a month. It still varies a bit daily.

7:30am nurse then awake time
9am nap
10:15am nurse then awake time
11:30am nap
12:30pm nurse then pretty much right away down for a long nap
4:30pm nurse then awake time
6pm nap (hopefully)
6:45pm nurse then awake time
8-10:30pm (or later sometimes) swaddled for bed, on/off asleep in my arms and nursing all evening
1:30am wakes, nurses on one side then back to bed
4-4:30am wakes, nurses on one side then back to bed
6am wakes… I try to get her back to sleep a bit (which is tough). Usually I try the paci + having her sleep with me, or I nurse her then and have her sleep in bed

I’ve really been focusing on the eat-wake-sleep cycle like I did with Hunter too. Fingers crossed she sleeps through the night early like he did!

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Sleep is such a big thing for me. Not just my sleep but Zoe’s too. From about 2 weeks on I really made a focus of trying to put her down for naps awake and having her fall asleep on her own. About half the time is works. She may cry a few minutes, but then drifts into sleep. Sometimes she just isn’t having it and has to be rocked to sleep. I do notice when I rock her to sleep, almost instantly when I lay her down, she wakes and the rocking continues again. So much easier when she falls asleep on her own! Plus she actually gets a good nap in.

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She’s started to make more eye contact and watches Hunter more, which I love. I think Hunter will be a big source of entertainment for her. He just loves his baby sister so much and I foresee him making her giggle all the time.

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She took her first bottle like a champ this week. I’ve been pumping during her long afternoon nap to slowly get a little supply built up in the freezer. And it sure is slow. I’m lucky if I pump out 2 ounces!

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She’s been in newborn cloth diapers for a couple weeks now and wears a disposable at night. While she mostly still wears newborn clothes (which are definitely getting more snug), I’ve been incorporating 0-3 month clothes too!

Nicknames: Zo-Zo. Z, Zoe-tree

Likes: being held, baths, being swaddled, lights, sitting upright

Dislikes: being changed, tummy time, car seat (unless she’s asleep)

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That’s all I can think of right now! She’s such a sweet little girl. I just love giving her cute face kisses.

Jacob and I are having our first kid free date night tonight!

Have a great weekend!

Heather

Hunter: 21 months

I debated on doing a combined 21/22 month update for Hunter since he’s just 2 days away from being 22 months… but I’m sure there will be all new things and pictures to share in the next couple weeks, so just 21 months is it!

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Such a cool dude… with his first haircut too!

Hunter became a big brother at the end of last month. I totally anticipated more fits or tantrums with the change, but for the most part he’s been totally the same. He does have times he wants me to put baby sister in bed to hold him, but I think that’s just because he’s held less often now.

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He absolutely loves his baby sister. One of my favorite times is first thing in the morning when I get him out of bed. If Zoe is awake I take her down and they lay together on the ground while I change him out of his diaper. He loves holding her hand and giving her lots of hugs and kisses.

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Another thing I’m thankful for is that he didn’t revert back with his potty training. He only randomly has accidents. Most often what happens is he has just a dime size pee spot in his underwear when he tells us he has to pee. He loves pooping in the toilet and calls them ‘toots or deuces’. :) He’s still using a diaper during his naps and over night.

He can now climb up and down the toilet, which is so nice!

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His vocabulary amazes me more and more every day. I think he’s up to 5-6 word sentences now. He picks up new phrases instantly and comprehends things so well. I love when he tells me about his day and all the fun things he did.  We’ve started having him say ‘may I please be excused’ when he’s done eating.  It took about 1 day and now he can say the whole phrase.  The sponge of learning continues!

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Recently he’s been getting more daring with jumping off things. It started with the bottom step of the stairs and now he jumps off whatever he can. Thankfully he wants to hold a hand if it’s pretty high.

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He can now walk down the stairs by himself! I still walk down next to him in case he falls, but he can manage holding onto the wall walking down. He even goes down the two steps outside our house without holding into anything. It’s so nice not having to worry as much when we’re outside about him going up and down stairs.

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His hitting still continues. He seems to hit for so many reasons (happy, sad, mad) and then for no reason at all. Something we’re constantly working on.

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He’s been popping teeth and molars through like crazy lately. I was up with him for a couple hours one night because of tooth pain, I’m assuming. Thankfully the next night he slept just fine. It makes me sad when he’s in so much pain that it wakes him and he’s just crying a ton.

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His favorite place to be is outside. He loves exploring and getting dirty. These rainy days are tough because he just wants to be outside. Summer will be fun when we have more sunny days and less rain. This week is predicted to rain all day, but thankfully we’ve found 15 minute stretches to play in the gravel and dirt in the front yard.

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This little boy continues to be a blessing and is just so much fun to be around.  I can’t wait to see what next month brings!

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Was there a certain age that your kid got more daring?

Heather

food and fitness week 8

Good morning! I had totally planned to get this post up yesterday… but things got a little crazy with two.  Now that I’m back to cooking and moving a little more, I’m excited to do my weekly food and fitness posts again. Let’s see what I’ve been up to this last week.

Food

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Monday – refried bean soup (so good + makes a boat load)

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Tuesday – thai chicken coconut quinoa salads (the chicken marinade was delicious)

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Wednesday – chicken cordon bleu (freezer meal I had made), roasted mixed veggies and homemade bread

Thursday – potato, sausage and apple hash + over easy eggs

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Friday – mini pizza party!

Saturday – dinner out

Sunday – baked beans, roasted potatoes and asparagus

I chose pretty easy recipes for my first week back utilizing the crockpot and a freezer meal which worked out really well!  The mini pizza party with Hunter + my SIL, niece and nephew was so much fun.  I’m thinking Friday night pizza night will be an on going thing, especially since Hunter can help out with it.

Fitness

Monday – short family walk

Tuesday – short family walk

Wednesday – rest

Thursday – morning walk, 30-40 minutes + ultimate yogi cardio, 30 minutes

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Friday – rest

Saturday – family walk, about an hour

Sunday – practiced body combat, an hour

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I’ve been randomly holding a plank after I put Zoe to bed, hovering by the bassinet to see if she’ll stay asleep. I slowly count to 30 and fall to the ground when it’s done – they’ve been tough!

We had a beautiful weekend weather wise and spent tons of time outside. Jacob cleaned up the front yard… getting ready for summer! This picture I captured of him striking a pose cracks me up. :)

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How was your weekend?

Heather

journey back to fitness after baby

After I had Hunter I shared my post baby body journey. This time around, it’s my journey back to fitness.

My mind set is different this time.  Of course I’m looking forward to shrinking down and fitting back into my pre-pregnancy clothes, but I’m not obsessed with it. Last time I focused a lot more on losing the weight, which did take it’s time. This time, my focus is on gaining back my fitness.

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On Thursday I did my first workout (other than walking) and it kicked my butt. I managed through the first 30 minutes of the ultimate yogi cardio. I was sweating and my triceps were screaming by the end. It felt so good to move a little more! However, it sure whooped me. I felt heavy and weak. Even holding a plank was super challenging. I definitely took my fitness level for granted before. Teaching fitness classes many times a week automatically made me more fit just but putting the workouts into action.

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Now, it’s time to work back to that (have to make sure I can get through a workout when I teach it!). Slowly of course.  As a fellow instructor friend of mine said, baby steps. That’s what I’ll be taking to get my fitness back. I know I can’t just snap my fingers and return to where I was 10 months ago. I’ll slowly start to put the work in and slowly feel stronger and fitter. And bonus, I’ll begin to shrink back down again.

Can’t wait for the journey!

What workout did you most look forward to getting back to after baby?

Heather

day in the life: alone with two kids

Yesterday it was just me and the kiddos. It had been a glorious 2.5 weeks having Jacob home, but sadly he had to go back to work. Both Jacob and Hunter were sick over the weekend, so going into Monday I wasn’t sure how it the day would go. If Hunter was sick and miserable it would be challenging cuddling him all day along with Zoe. Thankfully he was on the mend. :)

I forced myself out of bed around 7:15am to shower (necessary since it was skipped the day before), knowing Hunter would be waking around 8am. Zoe had just been nursed back to sleep (my favorite way – side laying on the bed) and was swaddled up on my bed. Once I was in the shower it was tough to get out, the warm water was so nice! Instead if crawling back into bed for a few minutes I went upstairs and drank coffee + cooked up some custard oats for Hunter and I.

At 8am I could hear Hunter happily talking to himself. Got him up, we read a book, he went potty and we started on breakfast. Zoe’s awoke so I brought her up. She nursed while we ate, then they both chill at the table while I prep dinner in the crockpot. I loved how they were both happy hanging out at the table for 10ish minutes.

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Very slowly I got everyone ready to leave the house. Everything is much slower holding a baby in your arms. Zoe wore one of her dresses I made her. See how happy she was about it! :)

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I had these grand plans to run about three errands AND go for a walk, all before lunch. I went to Fred Meyers to make a return and pick up coffee, avocados, bananas and chocolate chips (the important stuff).  I had to carry Zoe since she was crying the whole time in her car seat, then it started sprinkling so we went home and skipped the walk. Plan fail. It all worked out though since Zoe needed to nurse again and it’s easier at home than making Hunter sit for 30 minutes in his car seat.

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Zoe nursed and drifted in and out of asleep. I prepped a quick lunch for Hunter and I. We were at the table by 12:15pm chowing on some BBQ chicken, cheddar and romaine sandwiches on this bread along with grape tomatoes. We ate, I cleaned up a bit while Hunter played, then we read and played together for a bit before he went down for his nap at 1pm. Zoe was sleeping during all of this. So thankful!

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Shortly after Hunter went down she stirred a bit so I changed her diaper, nursed her again and put her in the bassinet since she normally takes a good long nap during that time (2-3 hours).

I should have napped, but instead I drank some coffee and sewed a bit. I finished up some bow ties for a friend and made 2 diaper pail liners for my new big wicker basket I picked up at Goodwill.

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Jacob came home from work and grabbed Hunter from his bed who has happy and awake after a short nap. He snacked on his leftover oatmeal from breakfast + raisins, then they played. At 3:45pm I was going to rest for a bit, then Zoe woke a bit earlier than she normally does. Of course!  As I was nursing her trying to keep my eyes open I regretted not napping earlier. Lesson learned.

We ate dinner around 5pm – super tasty refried bean soup – then went for a 30 minute family walk.

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Back home Zoe nursed then got some daddy time while I gave Hunter a bath and put him to bed. A special treat for me since Jacob normally does that now.

Once Hunter was down for the night (7:30pm) Jacob and I watched some TV while hanging with our little girl, who pretty much nursed all evening. Jacob went to bed at 9pm (he wakes super early for work) and I got her down just after 12:30am.  I was ready to collapse into bed by that time and ended up having her sleep on me since she just wouldn’t stay asleep in the bassinet.

Things that were easier than expected

Zoe slept at all the right times so getting Hunter fed, taking him to the bathroom and getting him down for a nap was actually pretty easy.

Hunter plays independently really well so when I’d be nursing Zoe on the couch, he would play with toys on the ground near us, or hang out with a book on the couch too. I didn’t have to entertain one while feeding the other!

The biggest challenges

Getting out of the house. While Zoe really doesn’t take too much time to get ready, having only 1 hand free to get myself and Hunter ready to go really slows everything down!

It was a pretty great first day alone with my two kiddos!  Not that I expected it to be bad. :)

If you have the opportunity to nap, do you take it?  Or do you fill your time with other projects?   I’m terrible at napping (I always want to utilize my free time), but did take a much needed nap today and feel much better!

Heather

More day in the life posts found here!

almond blueberry pie bars

Hello!

Hope your weekend has been filled with lots of fun and good food.  My cooking lately has been limited to breakfast and a little bit of baking.  We’ve had so many friends and family members bring us dinner, along with the freezer meals I prepped have left me not having to make dinner… although I’ll start cooking dinners again tomorrow.  I have to say, I’ve been loving it. Stress free dinners that let me just focus my time on these kiddos of mine.

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When my secret recipe club pick – flavors by four, a mother/daughter blogging combo team – came around, I knew I wanted to make some kind of sweet treat. Because we just love sweets in our house. These blueberry pie bars sounded delish, but I wanted to put a little twist on them. I amped up the almond flavor with almond flour and slivered almonds in the topping. If I had almond extract on hand I would have added that too, but instead I used vanilla extract.

The recipe called for fresh blueberries, and while I used frozen, I would highly suggest fresh like the original recipe called for. My bars came out a little soggy at first. I refrigerated them and ate them chilled which I loved quite a bit. Also, a piece on top of some yogurt… yummm.

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It’s a pretty simple and fun recipe to make with you toddler too.  Bonus – the crust/topping doesn’t have eggs in it so sampling as you go along is highly encouraged. :) I reduced the sugar down a bit and would do that again.  I thought it was sweet enough.  Next time I make it (which I totally plan to!) I’ll be sure to use fresh berries.

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Almond Blueberry Pie Bars

Adapted from here

Ingredients for crust/topping

  • 1 cup almond flour (I ground blanched almonds into a flour… you can also sub in another type of flour)
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup natural cane sugar
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter chilled
  • 1/4 cup blanched or slivered almonds

Filling

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup natural cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
  • 3/8 cup almond flour (can sub other flour)
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 20 oz fresh blueberries (I used frozen but recommend fresh)

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 x 8 inch pan with oil spray and set aside.
  2. Combine the flour, sugar and salt in a food processor or Kitchen Aid mixer. Cut the butter into 1/2″ pieces and add to flour mixture. Add vanilla extract. Mix until the butter is evenly distributed but the mixture is still crumbly.
  3. Reserve 1-1/2 cups of the mixture for the topping. Set aside. Press remaining mixture into bottom of prepared pan.
  4. Whisk eggs in a large bowl, then add sugar, yogurt/sour cream, flour and almond extract. Gently fold in the blueberries.
  5. Spoon the filling over the crust.
  6. Sprinkle the reserved topping mixture, along with the blanched or slivered almonds, evenly over the filling.
  7. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until top turns golden brown. Cool 1 hour before cutting and serving.

What is your favorite berry to bake with? Blackberry or marionberry for me. :)

Heather


Zoe + mama: 2 week update

As I begin to write this (on my phone) I’m snuggled under the covers listening to miss Zoe’s crazy baby noises as she falls asleep. That’s one thing I forgot about – how many squeaky noises they make! She’ll even let out a little cry that makes me think she’s awake, then I peek into the bassinet and her eyes are still closed.  Silly girl.

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Zoe turned two weeks old on Wednesday, and like I shared in my last post, she had her checkup scheduled for that day. Here are the stats:

Weight: 7 lb 10 oz (6 lb 12 oz at birth)

Length: 20.5 inches (19.25 inches at birth)

Jacob and I were so surprised by her awesome weight gain! She eats like a champ and it definitely showed in that number.

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When Zoe was born she was a bit jaundice, but it’s all disappeared by now.

Her hair is so awesome.  I love that it’s so dark and that there is so much of it!

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Zoe is pretty spectacular and quite an easy baby. She doesn’t really cry unless she has a reason – hungry, sleep, gassy, wet/poopy diaper. We’ve very blessed. She still sleeps a lot and wakes about 2 times a night to eat. She’s a bit of a night owl and doesn’t fall asleep until 11pm-12am normally. So while I’m not up all night with her (thankfully!) I am in need of a daily nap to catch up on those misses hours. She takes a crazy long nap in the afternoon. It’s awesome because Hunter naps at the same time so Jacob and I are able to nap too.

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Speaking of Jacob – he got 2.5 weeks off from work but sadly has to go back on Monday. It’s been such a treat having him home! I think Hunter will have big time daddy withdrawals when he’s not with us on Monday.

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Back to sleep talk. The first 1.5 weeks the only place Zoe would sleep at night was on my chest. I loved my Zoe snuggles but only sleeping on my back and not moving much had been rough my low back. After a lot of trial and error, I figured out a set up she liked. I put the newborn sleeping insert from our pack n play into the bassinet with a blanket folded up under where her head goes. I think laying flat on her back bothered her, so once I elevated her head a bit she happily slept in the bassinet!  The necessary tight swaddle too.

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She’s now in newborn cloth diapers during the day and disposables and night. I haven’t figured out which cloth diapers will work well for longer stretches at night (to ward off leaking and excess diaper rash from dampness). At least until she fits into the one-size-fits-all cloth diapers I’ll probably keep using disposables at night.  If she keeps eating and gaining quickly she’ll be in the bigger cloth diapers in no time.

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Now my update!

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Other than being sleepy (and unshowered most of the time), I’m starting to feel more like my old self. Recovery is going well. The post delivery bleeding is annoying, but thankfully lessening every day.

When I was still having discomfort from delivery that first week, and especially the first few days, I really made an effort to not pick Hunter up too much. He’s quite heavy and the nurse told me not too – boo. It was rough emotionally for me. The lack of sleep the first few days home definitely played a part in this, but I did get really emotional missing my Hunter. I wasn’t putting him to bed, I wasn’t carrying him around and I felt really sad about it. I won’t lie, I had 2 days of major tears. I just couldn’t help the sadness. Thankfully Jacob forced me to nap (I zonked for a good 2-3 hours) and I was instantly more emotionally balanced. Since then I’ve only had a few happy tears mainly from thinking about my amazing kiddos and just how lucky I am to be their mama.

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I’ve totally have the urge to move more now. I cannot wait to sweat a little! Right now though while I’m still recovering, I’ll limit it to walking. We went on our longest family walk the other night, about 60-ish minutes. It felt good and I’m excited to walk as exercise, not just as a leisure stroll.

I haven’t weighed myself at all since Zoe was born so I can’t say how much I’ve lost, but I’m sure it’s not a ton. I gained about 35 pounds this pregnancy and can tell by the feel in my clothes (other than the belly region) that not much has changed. I also have not been eating the best. Anytime there are sweets, I devour them. Cookies in our house are dangerous. We’ve been so blessed by family and friends who have brought meals to us, however, not having to meal plan has left us picking up more snacky foods to mindless munch on. Monday I’m back to cooking and meal planning which means more mindful eating!

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This update feel totally random and all over the place, but I guess that’s just how my brain is right now. :)

Let me know if you guys have any questions for me!

Do you get more lax about what you eat when you don’t have a plan? Also, what’s the yummy dinner you cooked this past week? I need ideas for my soon-to-be cooking spree again!

Heather