Sunday, December 11, 2016

Yay wow so blogging hiatuses are kinda my thing I guess....

Last time I posted my wee babe was not quite 7 months yet. The last few months have been a blur but in a great way.  One thing about blogging is now I just don't enjoy it as much as I used to.

So I may post for a while, or I may not post for months or years. In the meantime enjoy the previous content :) and hopefully I will post more often.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

The Curse of the Internet - when it comes to parenting, and basically anything else.

One thing that is awesome about the internet is the sheer wealth of information, unfortunately this also means we have access to so much information, too much information.  For every piece of advice telling you to do one thing there is one telling you to do the opposite. Its insane. For sleeping, for introducing solids, for night weaning, for milestones, etc. Or for breastfeeding information. Or for things to do  or not do while pregnant.  And it extends past just these areas, its in every part of life. We have access to so much information its anxiety inducing!

My parents and the generations before them didn't have this amount of information, and if they did it sure wasn't seconds away.

My goal for June is not to absolutely google  and read everything and if you know me - "researching things" should be my middle name and honestly all it does is make me more anxious and really question everything I am doing from day to day. Let's hope I can meet my goal!

So if you are like me, even a little bit, I dare you to try it! And if you feel a difference by the end of the month, come back and leave me a comment :)

Friday, May 6, 2016

Gluten & Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies

There are a ton of lactation cookies out there, but for those of us who are gluten free we can’t have the primary component brewers yeast. SO instead this recipe includes oats and healthy fats in the form of coconut oil and chia seeds.

Chia seeds provide calcium and magnesium along with essential fatty acids protein, and fiber.  

Coconut oil is a healthy fat, it contains lauric acid that is great for the immune system and to help create nice fatty milk.

Dry Ingredients
3 cups of oatmeal (I used Trader Joes Gluten Free Oats)
2 cups of gluten free flour to make this dairy free I opted to use Pamela’s Gluten/Dairy Free flour if you are doing dairy, you can use Cup 4 Cup or your fav GF flour blend.
1 teaspoon of salt 
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 & 1/2 cups chocolate chips (make sure they are Dairy Free)
1/4 cup chia seeds
Wet Ingredients
1 & 1/2 cups of light brown sugar
1 cup of refined coconut oil – room temperature, (you can use unrefined but it will add a coconut flavor) *see note
2 eggs
4-5 tablespoons of water 
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Preheat your oven to 350.

Cream together the sugar and coconut oil, then add in the eggs & vanilla.

In another bowl mix together the dry ingredients (minus the oats and chocolate chips).

Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until well mixed.

Add in the oats and mix until well incorporated, then its time for the chocolate chips.

Scoop onto a parchment lined baking sheet (the cookies do not spread while baking so you can fit quite a few on a pan).

Bake for roughly 12 minutes. Cookies are done once they are slightly browned around the edges.

*if it’s a hot day, your coconut oil might be liquid, you want it to be in its solid state, so I would suggest perhaps popping it in the fridge for a few minutes to help solidify it. You want it solid but still soft.