Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

EXCELLENT for trying to conceive because it promotes a healthy uterus. Excellent during pregnancy (skip it during the first trimester if you want to play it safe) because it tones the uterus and is full of good stuff… Even if you are male, or never plan on having children, this herb is rich in vitamins and minerals.

 

 

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Peanut Butter Granola Squares

I needed a go-to treat for my two year old who wants nothing more in the world than to feast on soda crackers. These started out as granola bars in my mind but morphed into oatmeal cookie squares in the process.

1 cup flour
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup peanut butter
teaspoon cinnamon
teaspoon allspice
3/4 cup dried fruit
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
2 eggs

Pre-heat oven to 350. Mix dry ingredients, then mix the rest¬†separately and stir everything together. Bake in 9×13 dish for 20 minutes or until edges are golden, let stand for 5 minutes.

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2011…

I’ve decided to try to focus on the good things that happened in 2011, instead of the crushingly deflating, disorienting things that shook my entire past like an etch-a-sketch and made me cry night after night. It really was a depressing year but I’m pushing past that… I achieved my birth doula certification. I had a beautiful VBAC home birth to my sweet baby girl. I started my herbal/aromatherapy studies. Time to share some photos.

In labour with Marigold

Marigold(s)

My sweet boy Henry.

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mushroomdream

mushroomdream

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Blueberry Gingerbread Cake

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It’s totally easy. ¬†I found a recipe and adapted it quite a bit, due to the fact that I can’t have dairy right now (sensitive nursing baby, doesn’t like those cows) and because the only oil I have is olive oil, and I had no nutmeg BUT I had allspice. Turned out fab.

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup buttermilk (I used almond milk and a tbsp of white vinegar)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 11×7 inch baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the oil, 1 cup sugar and molasses until well blended. Beat in the egg. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, baking soda and salt. Remove 2 tablespoons of the flour mixture, and toss with blueberries to coat. Stir the remaining dry mixture into the wet ingredients alternately with the buttermilk, mixing after each addition. Carefully stir in blueberries. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and sprinkle remaining white sugar over the top.
  3. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
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Totally Serious

Totally Serious

Merry Christmas! I promise to be a better blogger and update more often. That will be one of my New Year’s resolutions.

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Baby

I really should update. I had my daughter at home on Halloween. Successful VBAC home birth! She was 9.7 lbs. We named her Marigold.

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