Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Lemon Glazed Blueberry Zucchini Muffins

These yummy little delights are based off of my lemon glazed raspberry zucchini loaf and are equally as tasty!  If you enjoyed that recipe then you will love this one too :)  I have recently discovered using zucchini in my baking and am in love with it's subtlety!  

It adds instant nutrition but without adding any weird flavor that you might suspect zucchini would - the perfect ingredient to sneak some greens into your kid's diet, or even just yours!  So without further ado, the recipe that contains fruits, vegetables and whole grains and you'd never know it...

  • Preheat oven to 350.  Put 1tsp. distilled white vinegar in 1/2 cup almond milk and set aside, stir together just before adding to the batter.

  • Combine in large bowl and mix by hand with a whisk:
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached regular flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • Then add all ingredients below all at one time into the large bowl with the dry ingredients and stir together until combined:
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 TB lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (with 1 tsp. distilled white vinegar)
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup grated zucchini
  • Gently fold in with a spatula:
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • Scoop 12 muffins with a regular sized ice-cream scoop into sprayed muffin pan and bake 23-25 minutes or until a knife inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out clean.
  • Combine in a small bowl and then pour over warm baked muffins:
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 TBSP lemon juice

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter 2014!

Easter was amazing this year.  We are so blessed to have spent it with family and friends including our beautifully joyful baby boy.  Lawson had a blast, as we all played pass the baby, he loves being held!  He also was a dream at church, probably because I nursed him under my shawl during the whole service, lol!  

I have to admit being a mommy was a little tough and confusing at first and it is easy to doubt yourself (especially with everyone's opinions and advice!), but I feel I have finally figured out what works best for our family and that is to listen to what Prescott and I's heartfelt instincts tell us.  There is an amazing bond between a baby and its mother that innately tells you what to do.  I think it is important to listen to that inner feeling and go with it despite what others might say or what you may read.  

My baby is not on a schedule and I don't watch the clock or let him cry it out.  I just love him and listen to him and it has made a happy baby, therefore a happy mama.  Some may think I am spoiling my baby or making him dependent... that is actually impossible.  You can't spoil a baby, just like a baby can't manipulate it's parents.  

A baby cries because it needs something, in Lawson's case that something is usually milk, lol!  Therefore, I nurse him whenever he is hungry (and that is okay!), just like we hold him when he wants to be held, which is most of the time :)  This creates a baby that feels loved, nurtured and heard, a trusting baby that learns good communication and life skills. Lawson is happy and healthy, thriving and growing and a lot of that has to do with the trust that we are building with him by listening to his needs and responding accordingly.  

I am beyond thankful that I get to spend this time with my little boy and can raise him in the way that I see fit.  It takes a lot of time, effort and dedication but he is so worth every second of it.  So if that email has to wait or the laundry is piling up, its alright for now because I have a more important priority to tend to and that's our little Lawson, that's where all my Easter eggs are going this year into my little baby's basket :) 

Mommy and daddy love you sweet boy!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Lawson at 2 Months!

Here is our little cutie pie at 2 months!  I know he is gonna kill me someday for dressing him up in all these silly hats but he just looks so darn cute in them that I can't help it.  

From last month to this month Lawson has grown so much and in so many different ways.  He is now 10 pounds and 22" and has become more vocal and alert with every day.  In fact, this morning Prescott and I woke up to a smiley giggling baby, which was a first!  

I am so thankful to see our little guy happy after such a rough past couple of days... Lawson got his first shots this week and I can only describe that as a horrible experience!   He cried like I've never heard him cry before so naturally, like any first time mother, I started crying like a baby too, no pun intended.  Now I know why people say seeing your child in pain is the worst because it truly is the WORST.

He then continued to cry (and I mean inconsolable screaming tears) throughout the afternoon and into the evening with a 101 degree fever, which our pediatrician warned us that he might be fussy and get a temperature, but I think that was putting it a bit more mildly than accurately.  

Also, this month Lawson had visits from all his grandparents, celebrated his grandpa's birthday, went bowling for the first time, experienced his first walk in daddy's baby bjorn, oh and decorated his first cake, lol. Lots of excitement and much more to come next month, I'm sure.  Can't wait to see what our little man has in store for us :)

Lawson helping mommy at the bakery

Lawson loves going on walks in mommy's Bugaboo

And in daddy's Baby Bjorn!

Sleep walking with Papa

Celebrating with Grandpa

And he slept at the bowling alley with all that noise?!?!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Lawson's first vacation!

I still can't believe we did this but we decided to take Lawson on a little road trip to Big Bear Lake and to my surprise, he was a true champ the entire time!  I couldn't believe how good he did.  Not only did he sleep the whole way, but he slept a majority of the time we were at the cabin and on the boat, yes I took our 1 1/2 month old baby on a pontoon ride.  Thankfully we had a good captain :)  

Trust me, this is not the norm for little Lawson!  We are thinking maybe the altitude made him so sleepy because he normally doesn't sleep much during the day besides maybe a couple 20-60 minute naps, if we're lucky.  However, he does tend to sleep during the night in between feedings, which is great :)

All in all, it was an awesome trip filled with much needed rest and relaxation.  Here are a few photos from it.  Uncle Marshall and "Auntie" Amber along with a couple other friends came too, which made even more fun!