It’s a Boy! Introducing Baby J

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Introducing Baby J! Hubby and I, and Big Sister Peanut are very excited to introduce our newest addition, a baby boy. After what seemed like a very long wait, he was born on his due date of April 12th. Slightly bigger than his sister was at 8lbs 1oz and 21″.  I actually went into labor at a friend’s baby’s first birthday party. Maybe it was the gardening I did earlier that day, or maybe it was the yummy food at the party. Or maybe he was just ready to join in on the action, who knows. After spending a couple … Read more…

Simple Homemade Body Butter

Simple Homemade Body Butter

 Since my mom retired awhile ago, she has made it her new hobby to make all kinds of skincare products. She has made all kinds of soaps, shampoos, deodorants and body butters. I had not tried making any myself, mostly because I just take am given whatever she makes. Plus, I had a bad experience with some really horrible smelling beef tallow soap that I made once in my organic chemistry lab in University, and I didn’t care to try making it again.  However, I did eventually decide to venture into the world of homemade skin care products because I loved … Read more…

Are Your Child’s Eating Habits a Problem? What’s Normal and What’s Not in Toddler Eating

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Normal Toddler Eating Habits When compared to adults, a toddler’s (or preschooler, or school-age child for that matter) eating habits may seem down right bizarre and can be concerning to any parent. But when you compare young children’s eating habits to each other, you’d likely see many similarities. Here’s a list of strange (to us adults) eating habits that are actually quite normal in young children, as well as some red flags that may signal that there could be a problem. Food Jags Food jags are when a child wants to eat one food, and ONLY one food meal after meal … Read more…

Things I Love Thursday – Happy Easter!

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– Happy Easter! By far close to the top of my list (maybe the top) for favorite holidays. Maybe it’s the spring weather I love, maybe it’s all the chocolate. Who knows. We’ve already done two Easter egg hunts, though one was a little chilly. I spotted more than a few kids wearing snowsuits. And one was postponed due to weather. Luckily for us, the weather DID end up cooperating eventually. And soon the Easter Bunny will be visiting our house! I will make ham, sweet potato casserole and Brussels sprouts (which is pretty much identical to my Christmas menu), assuming that … Read more…

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Eggs – Version 2.0

Gluten Free Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Eggs

The weather here in Wisconsin has been teasing us with the appearance and disappearance of Spring for a couple of weeks now. We went on our first community egg hunt today, and I saw several kids wearing snowsuits. At least there is no snow on the ground. Weather for tomorrow’s hunt looks a little better, but not great. And worse yet, while the weather looks great during the week, it looks like the “real Easter bunny” might freeze it’s tail off when it’s hiding the kids’ treats on the actual Easter, next weekend. Oh how I’d love for it to … Read more…

Things I Love, March 26, 2015

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- Well, Spring was here, for like 5 minutes. Now there is snow on the ground again. The weather in Wisconsin really isn’t that different from Canada after all. The forecast looks a little grim, more snow to come. Oh well, I guess I’ll have to pretend it’s spring, especially this weekend, for our TWO community Easter egg hunts! We took Peanut to them last year, and she had a great time. She was a little young for it at the time, especially for the busiest one. Although the organizers posted a strict 5 egg limit per kid, we definitely … Read more…

Costa Rican Beans and Rice

Costa Rican Rice and Beans

Finally another dinner recipe. It feels like forever since I have posted one, probably because it has been forever! Since I have no lighting setup, I rely on using natural light to shoot all my photos. As I’m sure many of you are aware, there is no natural light at dinnertime in the winter in Wisconsin. Which means that I either have to shoot my dinner foods with my kitchen lights (yuck!!) or make my dinner foods in the afternoon and refrigerate until dinnertime (maybe yuck, depends what it is). Anyway, now that the sun is up until 6:30PM, it won’t … Read more…

Thursday Things I Love – It’s Spring!

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– We are officially snow free and I’m so excited that it’s almost officially spring! Though it’s now a little cooler than it was earlier, we did some really fun stuff. Five different playgrounds, breaking out the Plasma Car and balance bike for the first time this year, and going to the zoo. It’s so exciting to see how Peanut is gaining confidence and strength and can do things she wouldn’t even try to do just a week ago (like the “big” slides)! – I LOVE Superstore’s new “Naturally Imperfect” produce line. Not only will it save consumers money on perfectly good produce if … Read more…

Do You Need More Protein When You Work Out?

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Recently I had a reader question about drinking protein shakes to improve results of a workout – specifically about the benefits of getting protein from a shake vs. from whole foods. The question follows: “Hello, I love the photos! And I do have a question for you whenever you get the opportunity. I do a fairly intensive strength and cardio training program and I eat quite well but I haven’t been getting the results I was hoping for. The personal trainer here has suggested adding a protein shake to my day. What are the advantages or disadvantages of protein shakes … Read more…

Smores Pie

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  Happy Pi(e) Day! I think this is the first time I have actually gotten it together enough to actually post a recipe for a food-related “holiday”. And it’s really only because this decadent Smores Pie recipe has been waiting in my queue to be published for a couple of months now. Seriously, my sweets cravings have been out of control this pregnancy! I’ve made so many desserts, I’m really trying to spread them out a little bit. And I’m only blogging about a fraction of the things I’m actually making! Anyone who thinks dietitians don’t have a sweet tooth is seriously wrong (Okay, … Read more…