What will she play with?
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
I absolutely, positively can NOT believe this little girl of mine is ONE YEAR OLD!
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
I love ice cream, but with Sugar Plum being milk protein intolerant, I can't eat dairy. This summer there have been plenty of wonderful homemade Popsicles to go around, but I still crave ice cream. My solution was to create this creamy berry sorbet - dairy free but deliciously creamy, it absolutely fulfills my ice cream cravings. I would recommend it to anyone with or without a dairy allergy!
We've had a banner year for berries (strawberries & blackberries) and this recipe has worked well with each combination I've tried. Here are some of our favorites so far:
Triple Berry (Blueberry, Strawberry, Blackberry)
And now to the super simple recipe:
Mix 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar to make a simple syrup. Add 2 cups of your choice of fruit, and cook the mixture until the fruit softens. Use a potato masher or immersion blender to mash/blend the mixture. Cool for a few hours and add 1 cup of unsweetened coconut or almond milk. Mix well and follow the directions on your ice cream maker. Enjoy!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Little Miss Teething here has been showing me a new pearly white each day it seems...for not having any teeth at 6 months, she is making up for lost time. It's so hard to see your little one hurting and fussing with the pain of teething, and if you're like me, you don't want to over medicate. Here is a fast, frugal, and effective way to provide at least some relief from teething pain!
I bought a food mill from Munchkin when Sweetpea was starting solid foods, and it came with this fresh food feeder. At first, she wasn't much of a fan. Once she started teething though, we discovered it is a wonderful thing.
Fill this feeder with ice chips, frozen peas or frozen fruit for quick relief for your little one. My favorite is the ice chips for the easy clean up ;) Another option that Sugar Plum really likes is to fill the feeder with thick cereal (rice, oatmeal, etc) and freeze it. The cereal thaws pretty quickly, but she loves it. (that's what she's eating in the picture)
If you don't have one of these fresh food feeders, a washcloth and a rubber band will do the trick as well, at least with ice chips. Place a few ice chips in the center of your washcloth, wrap the cloth around the ice and fasten securely with the rubber band. I've also heard some babies like a wet washcloth or a damp washcloth that has been frozen, though my girls never seemed interested in that particular trick. (if I've learned one thing from having two girls, though, it's that each baby wants what they want, and they are definitely unique!)
What tricks worked for you and your teething babies?
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
With the comments of a local radio host recently suggesting that women who nurse in public are exhibitionist, I thought I'd post my own example of just how discreet it can be. I think women should be free to nurse any way they want or need to in public. Nourishing our young ones isl in no way exhibitionist. I never use a cover, partly because I can't see what I'm doing, and partly because once my girls discovered their hands they would never leave them in place anyway. Even though I'm not "covered" I am always covered, because that's what makes me feel comfortable. If you're interested, I've written about nursing discreetly in public here.
I have a few other posts planned for this week, if I can make the time. I hope so, because I'm excited about them!