Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Holy Lactation Cookies, Batman!

And by that I mean YUM!   Who knew?

My friends and I, who all have babies 6 months and younger, decided during our weekly play date to make lactation cookies.  I scoured the internet and found these two recipes that looked the best.  I had virtually everything in my cabinets, except brewers yeast, which turned out to be harder to find than I thought it would be, at least in scoop-able baking form.  We ended up having to hit up Akins for that, although Whole Foods likely would have had it too.  Reasors not so much.  They had a nice blank spot on their shelves where it should have been, but the employee I talked to couldn't tell me the last time they had actually gotten any in.  Hmm.  Anyway, back to the cookies.  If you click that link and read through all the helpful information and then the cookie recipes, we decided to start with the first one.  We used peanut butter, not almond butter, but I bet almond butter would be awesome.  We also used coconut oil instead of butter.  Why use plain old fattening fat when you can substitute a healthier fat that also aids in this whole milk supply issue?  (I've been reading a lot about coconut oil recently and you can buy a big jar at Walmart for $5 so don't think its expensive just because it seems to have magical powers)

We also added both raisins and dark chocolate chips to our cookies.  We made a few like that for the non-nut lovers among us then really went all out and threw in walnuts, pecans, and pumpkin seeds.  If we can get our hands on them, in the future we want to try adding chia seeds, thistle, and other things rumored to aid in milk production.  But even if I get no extra milk from eating these cookies, I have to tell you, they were GOOD!!  I should have taken a picture of the final product to post here.  Its hard to take a picture of something when you look at it and immediately feel the need to consume it.  The two cookies I set out for myself were gone by the end of the first long paragraph in this post, and they went really well with the hot cup of Peaceful Mama Tea from Earth Mama Angel Baby.  I won a box of this tea while I was still pregnant but didn't finish it.  Its approved for breastfeeding though so I am still going through it.

So, summary, for really yummy lactation cookies, click that link above and print off the recipes.

Make recipe #1 using:
peanut butter (although I bet almond butter is great)
coconut oil instead of butter
Dark chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet

add:
Walnuts
pecans
pumpkin seeds
raisins

In the next batch I want to try craisins.  And I might make a batch with butterscotch chips for variety.

And while I am at it I had this *brilliant* idea to make individually frozen cookie dough, kind of like you can buy at the store.  That way you can have hot and fresh gooey lactation cookies anytime.  I am thinking my friends might each like a bag.  :-)  What is better than hot cookies right out of the oven?

So have I been knitting?  Not much.  But I have found time to bake and apparently become much more of a mommy blogger than I intended.  (I have like 4 more mom related posts in my head, so I will have to work on some knitting related ones)  Little girl was 8 weeks yesterday and she is so wonderful!

btw, am I the only person in the world who thinks Mothers Milk Tea is yumtastic?  My friends seem to all disagree with me.  Maybe its because I love black licorice.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Dryer Balls!

I've been making dryer balls like a mad woman recently!  That is, when i am not holding or feeding Evelyn, who is still the sweetest, cutest baby around.  I'm making my dryer balls denser than before, which requires more wool and more felting, but its totally worth it.  And I am having way too much fun playing with color.  Who new you could have so much fun making balls out of wool?


I took a big batch over to The Peaceful Housewife in Sand Springs earlier this week, so if you are looking to stock up, head over to her store or her website.  She will even custom scent them for you.  Speaking of The Peaceful Housewife, she will also be at Babyfest in Tulsa, which I hear is coming up pretty soon, so I will post more info on that as I get it.  Rumor has it she will be taking my dryer balls to Baby fest with her, so stop by and check her out.  Rumor also has it that local cloth diaper business Green Bees will be joining her.  Yay!  (I love the Green Bees diapers I have)

Oh, and in case you were wondering, I got this one:


And I love it!

Oh, I hear her waking up!  Well, at least I got a little update in!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Indecision

I have put off picking out a baby book because I am just too dang indecisive.  I know I want something unique and interesting, not just an off the shelf baby book from someplace like Babies R Us.  Not that there is anything wrong with those, its just not what I have in mind.  So I have spent hours searching Etsy.  I have compared what the books on etsy offer to what commercially produced baby books on Amazon offer.  I believe I have narrowed it down to these three books.  Each has its pros and cons.  And each has its price.  So maybe you could help me out.  Give me your input.


This first book is made by Ruby Love Designs.
Pros:  
The cover is unique and interesting.
Comes with 52 custom designed pages
20 blank pages for scrapbooking
24 adhesive photo sleeves
A 14 month calendar with matching stickers
Additional packages of pages available including 2nd year package, first holidays package, years 3-5 package and NICU page

Cons: 
9"X8" size album, pages 7.75"x7.5"
2 weeks to ship

Total cost with everything I want added, including shipping: $92


Second book made by Chic Memories
Pros: 
12:x12"x2.5" book, 8.5"x11" pages (read = easily added to)
Handmade embellishments
Personalized with baby's name throughout the book, parents names and anniversary
3 pockets with customizable tabs
5 card stock pages with sleeves, pre-labeled for first 5 years photos

Cons:
3-4 weeks for delivery
Only 30 preprinted pages, some information seems like it will be rather condensed.

Total cost with shipping: $99

This album by Two Giggles
Pros:
78 journaling pages
Can order 56 more pages for "the toddler years" for $30 more
Album ships in 2 business days of payment
First year seems like it will be well documented: • Newborn - 12 months (Place for picture + 3 journaling pages each month)
Name Personalization included
NICU page available
I think this is my favorite of the covers

Cons:
I've already passed all of this:
 Baby On The Way
• Pregnancy (1st, 2nd + 3rd Trimesters)
• Doctor Visits
• Baby Shower (Includes place for invitation)
But I did keep a pregnancy journal, so I could transfer a lot of that in.
9"x8" book, 7.75"x7.5" pages

Total price with toddler pages and shipping: $102 (probably a little more with NICU page and extra shower pages, I have messaged to ask for sure)

Do you see why I am having such a hard time deciding?  I could really use some input.

Thanks!!