on my pint glass today at dinner…
B is almost 6 months old, and he has yet to visit Slaed (Dad) at his office…until today! I made sure his belly was full, packed the little guy up in the baby jogger, and we headed downtown. Like a true Seattle boy B was sporting plenty of fleece. He slept the whole way, and woke up just in time to see Dad for lunch.
our 3 mile journey:
The journey ended with lunch here at Tat’s Deli. I wish I had taken a photo of our sandwiches because they were ENORMOUS. Both of us wrapped up half to save for lunch tomorrow. I’m happy when these outings work out so well. I’m getting exercise, B’s getting a nice, solid nap, and we’re both getting outside in the fresh air. So far my runs are in the 3-4 mile range. Thinking ahead, I need to start increasing my mileage to prepare for another adventure: The Seattle Rock n’Roll 1/2 marathon. Still awhile away (June 23), but good to start thinking about…
Pardon the title if that’s not your thing. These cookies are great for everyone. They just happen to contain ingredients that provide nutrients for nursing mothers. I’ve made these cookies several times, and most recently for my “mom’s group” that I hosted today. Each time they have blown me away by how delicious they taste! Everyone seems to love them, even husbands.
A friend of mine passed the recipe along to me. I don’t know where she came across it, but I think it’s quite common. She also said nursing moms should eat at least 4 of these cookies per day! Her husband is a doctor…that should count for something, right?
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 4 tbs water
- 2 tbs flaxseed meal (no substitutions)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 cup flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 cup thick cut oats
- 1 cup (or more) chocolate chips
- 2 tbs brewer’s yeast (no substitutions)
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. Mix flaxseed meal and water, set aside 3-5 minutes
3. Cream butter and sugars
4. Add eggs
5. Stir flaxseed mix into butter mixture and add vanilla. Beat until well blended.
6. In a large bowl, sift dry ingredients together, except for the oats and chocolate chips. Then add butter mixture, and stir in oats, and chocolate chips.
7. Drop on parchment paper on baking sheet, and bake 8-12 minutes.
If you don’t have the patience for cookies (this recipe makes about 40 cookies), you can make cookie bars. Spread the cookie dough in a 9×13 baking pan lined with parchment or wax paper and bake at 325 degrees for 35-40 minutes.
Now what to do with all this left over brewer’s yeast…Any ideas?
Norman is our “mini mutt”. We think he’s part Wheaten Terrier, but we call him a Wolf Terrier because he’s quite wild. We’ve had the privilege of being Norman’s “people” for a little over 2 years. He’s originally from Sunnyside, WA, was picked up by animal control, and rescued by Kim from Three River’s Rescue in Snoqualmie, WA. Then we got to take him home. He deserves a lot of credit. He’s of course a great companion, and he provides our family with a lot of laughs and smiles. I’ve also realized lately that he is the reason for many of our adventures. We get outside because we know Norman needs to get outside…even in the cold, wet Seattle winter. Dogs are pretty handy that way.
Here he is helping us get outside:
The movies with a baby? Really? Yes! Be brave.
We are (were) huge movie goers. Especially around this time of year when the Golden Globes have been awarded, and the Oscar nominations are out. We were very proud last year to have seen all 10 of the movies nominated for best picture. Now with a baby, things are a little different. We wait patiently for movies to come out on video, but there are some other options. We might not be able to go as often as we used to, however it’s still possible once in a while. There are two ways, and possibly a third if you are very brave.
The easiest option: “Baby Movie Days” provide parents with the opportunity to view movies (usually first run) with their babies worry-free. Babies and all of their accessories are welcome in the theater. The lights are turned up a bit, and the sound to the movie is turned down a bit. Other parents and their babies are present, so their is no need to fret and run away if your baby becomes fussy. If you live in the Seattle area, check out Mother’s Day Thursdays at Bellevue’s Lincoln Square (Thursdays at 10am), and Baby’s Day at the Movies at Kirkland’s Parkplace Cinema. I’ve taken my little baby adventurer to Mother’s Day Thursdays at Lincoln Square twice now, and I’ve been able to enjoy a great movie while taking care of him both times. They even provide “at your seat concession service”.
Next Option: A theater with a cry room allows you to view the movie in a nice little room with a door, which means little cries and coos most likely cannot be heard by other theater patrons. If your baby is really worked up, those close to the back of the theater might be able to hear a little bit. The room also allows you to nurse your baby without the worry of on-lookers. This is actually my favorite option because you have so much space. I can spread all my baby supplies out ready for whatever B needs at the moment. There is even room to lay a blanket on the floor for some tummy time play. Check your local theaters for cry rooms. The cry room equipped theaters in Seattle that I know of are part of the Landmark Theaters, and include: Guild 45th and the Varsity. If you choose this option, make sure to arrive early. You would hate to plan this great adventure, and then come to the theater to find the cry room snatched up by some other family.
Option for the Bravest Adventurers: Go to your movie with your baby, and hope for the best! Depending on the temperament of your baby this could work. We tried this very early on when B was about 5 weeks old. We chose what we thought was an obscure movie in a large cinema, at an odd time of day (2 pm on a weekday). Much to our surprise people actually go to the movies under those circumstances! B slept for about 30 minutes of the movie, woke up and fed, then started to fuss, so I had to leave and bounce him around in the ergo outside of the theater. Once he composed himself, we were able to return, and I stood in the entry way…then I was able to sneak into a seat, and watched the rest of the movie peacefully. A couple of weeks ago, as I sat in the cry room of another theater, I saw a mom pull this off with no problem. Slaed was sitting outside of the cry room, and said the baby didn’t make a peep!
Happy Movie Watching! Let me know how it goes…
Warning: This will be extremely tasty.
2nd Warning: This will not be good for you, and is far from wholesome and healthy.
It’s another one of Slaed’s classic recipes. We enjoyed this today for our Super Bowl Party. Another treat he has made since he was a teenager. It’s easy-peasy to make.
Betty’s Cheese Dip
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 lb Italian sausage
- 1 medium-sized onion, diced
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup
- 1 can (13 1/2 ounces) Rotelle tomatoes diced with chiles
- 2 lb box Velveeta cheese, cubed
1. Brown meat and saute onions in large sauce pan. Drain.
2. Add meat and onions to crock or fondue pot (we used the fondue pot). Then add all of the remaining ingredients (soup, tomatoes, & cheese).
3. Stir, cooking on medium heat until all ingredients are combined, and the cheese is melted.
4. Keep crock or fondue pot on a warm setting for all to enjoy throughout your gathering. Serve with tortilla chips and/or baguette pieces.
What are your favorite football watching treats?
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