Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ~Elizabeth Stone

Monday, January 16, 2012

Carrot Oatmeal Muffins

Having a baby has made me become a baker! I have been attempting all sorts of recipes lately to see what kinds of new things she will eat. It is important to me that she eat very little processed food while she is still so young so I am trying very hard to make as much of her food as possible.

I am interested in making things that are healthy, tasty and full of veggies! Avery loves baked goods...bread, crackers, goldfish. If it's carbs, she'll eat it! So I figured that if I could squeeze some vegetables into muffins Avery would love them.

I found a recipe I liked on Canadian Living's website.


Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (250 mL) quick-cooking rolled oats, (not instant)
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) packed brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking soda (I changed it to 3/4 tsp  baking soda)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon or ginger (I changed it to 1 tsp)
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
  • 1 cup (250 mL) milk (I changed it to 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup sour cream)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) vegetable oil (I used canola oil)
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped walnuts, (optional)
Preparation:
1. In large bowl, whisk together flour, rolled oats, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. 
2. In separate bowl, whisk together milk, egg, oil and vanilla; pour over dry ingredients. Sprinkle with carrot, and walnuts (if using); stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. Spoon into 12 paper-lined or greased muffin cups. 
3. Bake in centre of 375°F (190°C) oven for about 20 minutes or until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean. Let cool in pan on rack for 5 minutes. Transfer to racks; let cool completely. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 24 hours or wrap individually in plastic wrap and freeze for up to 2 weeks.)

Now I think they turned out great...Avery, however...not so much! She ate it right up when they came out of the oven but since then won't touch it! Oh dear. She is teething so that might be part of it, hopefully soon she'll like them...or another recipe I try.


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A New Day, A New Routine

I want to stand up and applaud all the parents out there who get up every morning and get multiple children to multiple places....wow!

I have done two days of dropping off the little one at day care and let me tell you..it hasn't been pretty. We are still working out all the kinks. Someday we'll be smooth sailing but I can pretty confidently say that tomorrow will not be that day.

In other news, Avery's first first birthday party went well and her second first birthday party is coming up this weekend. Pictures to come soon!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

A First Birthday...

Tomorrow is my daughter's first birthday. 365 days. How fast a year goes by. How fast your love can grow and grow.

Tomorrow I will drop my daughter off at dat care for her first full day away from anyone that is related to her by blood.

Tomorrow my daughter will start to really grow up. She will learn things from people who aren't in our family. She will discover other people's opinions. She will make friends.

Tomorrow my daughter will be one year old.

365 days.

It's amazing that in only one short year my entire life has been changed. Changed for the good. Changed for the better. Changed forever.

Tomorrow my baby will really start to grow up.

She's ready...am I?

Sunday, January 1, 2012

....ummmm, so....

It's been awhile. It's been a long while. A very long while. Since October 10th while. Sorry. There's not much I can say except that life got busy. Too busy, too crazy and something needed to go. It was this blog. To everyone who supported me and read my writing since I started this little endeavour I am sorry and I am going to to try and do better.

I am not sad that I didn't write during this time, I am proud that I recognized the need to let something go so I could do a good job as a mom, as a wife and as a teacher. But now I am ready to be back and trying to do something for me again. I am not promising miracles. I am not promising everyday but I am promising to try harder.

I read an interesting post today and it got me thinking about how I build some more time into my life for blogging here...have you ever heard of One Little Word? I love this idea...love it. I think my friend Brian will be over the moon for it as well.

I have decided that my one little word is going to be...

REFLECT

My baby is 7 days away from turning one year old. I feel like it is going by so fast and I don't want to miss a minute of it. She starts at day care on her first birthday and obviously for the first time since she was born she won't be spending all of her days with my husband or I.

I want to pay attention and be aware and love every moment while we are in it instead of rushing through to the next milestone. So 2012 will be the year of REFLECTION.

....and hopefully more blogging too!

Here's some highlights from our holidays:


Door wreath made by my husband!


Grapevine tree made by my mom.



Avery first Christmas present opening


I love her face here


The best part of the night was the LED flashlight...go figure!


Christmas morning, hanging hour with the puppy.

Dance and Wiggle puppy!

Daddy hugs


Frosty the Snowman jogging suit


More puppy love...Avery is big into hugging these days. I love it!




Big girl lunch!!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and all the best in 2012.

Last Words...

Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe