Stretch & improve store bought frosting

 

To increase volume without changing flavor:

Whip room temp frosting on medium-high for several minutes, it’ll look slightly lighter in the end.

To improve flavor:

Vanilla or Almond- add 1 tsp of vanilla or Almond extract to any flavor frosting

Orange or Lemon- add 1 tsp orange or lemon extract, or 1 Tbsp grated zest, to vanilla frosting

Cream cheese- add a package of room temp cream cheese to any flavor frosting

Marshmallow- mix in 1/2 c of marshmallow fluff to any flavor frosting

Peanut Butter- Add 1/2 c peanut butter to vanilla or chocolate frosting

Espresso- add 1 tsp espresso powder to vanilla, chocolate, or caramel frosting

Mint Chocolate- Add 1/4 tsp mint extract to chocolate icing

Adding  flavor might make your frosting too thick or too thin for your liking, so to improve consistency:

To thicken frosting- add powdered sugar, 1 Tbsp at a time/ You could also use cornstarch or arrowroot powder, 1 tsp at a time.

To thin frosting- add 1 Tbsp milk or water at a time

 

Don’t drop eggs on the baby

Today I made myself *real* food for lunch for the first time since I had the baby.  Since she’s teensy & needs constant attention it needed to be something I could whip up quickly. Of course, the moment I sat to eat she woke & started to cry for her fifth or sixth feeding of the day.  #Momlife, am I right? I know this newborn stage is fleeting and soon I’ll be able to have a little more time to take care of myself, but it can certainly feel a bit overwhelming in the moment.

I have been craving sweet potatoes lately, but for whatever reason my preferred grocery stores have been out for about 2 months, so when I saw them back in stock last week I made sure to grab a bunch. I love sweet potatoes seasoned with cumin+chili powder, and cinnamon+sugar is a popular choice. I love them stuffed with spinach & eggs, topped with chili, served with goat cheese & honey, in a curry… I just love sweet potatoes, they’re so versatile!

I decided to make myself some savory sweet potato medallions with garlic spinach & scrambled eggs. This is the fastest, easiest way I know of making sweet potatoes. It was certainly super quick & easy to make, and delicious, even if I did end up eating it cold.

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Sweet Potato Medallions

Preheat oven 400 degrees

Wash your sweet potato (peeling is optional) & trim the ends

Slice into 1/4″ thick rounds

Toss with 1 Tbsp oil (coconut, olive, or avocado)

Season to taste

Bake 20 minutes (no need to flip!) or until tender

Enjoy!


 

What’s your favorite way to enjoy sweet potatoes?

Dookie Cookies

Sooo, turns out I was even further along than the Dr first thought AND I went into preterm labor. Long story short, our baby girl arrived 72 days after we found out we were pregnant, at 36.5 wks gestation, after 4.5 hours of labor and without any medication. So far baby is doing spectacularly! Mom, on the other hand, isn’t bouncing back so well…

I have two words for you- postpartum constipation. Loads of us ladies suffer, and I do mean suffer, from a sluggish digestive tract after having a baby. General soreness, episiotomies, a decrease in physical activity, and hemorrhoids can all contribute to postpartum constipation.  Y’all- it took a WEEK after baby was born to have a bm, and then I didn’t go to the bathroom a week after that! No amount of Miralax, stool softeners, water, or fiber-rich foods helped in the least. I was desperate for a breastfeeding-safe, gentle method of relief. What DID work was warm prune juice, but that is absolutely disgusting, like drinking raisin spit. In desperation I turned to the internet. Ecosia, the search engine I use, didn’t turn up much, but it did bring up a recipe in a 7 yr old comment from Ellie on Yahoo answers, on which I have based my recipe.

Prune Oatmeal cookies, aka The Dookie Cookie, don’t sound very tasty but they surprisingly are! If you like oatmeal  raisin you’ll like these- I think these are even better than oatmeal raisin cookies, honestly. They’re yummy, come together very quickly, & freeze great. You can make them in bar or cookie form, though in cookie form they spread out very thin- watch them closely in the oven!  In bar form they raised MUCH better and were softer. Personally, I LOVE crunchy cookies, so I preferred them in that form. The recipe is easily halved or doubled.

  • 1 C Butter, softened (I sub 1/2 C of the butter with coconut oil)
  • 1 C Packed Brown Sugar (I cut back to 3/4 c because they are very sweet)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 C Prune Juice
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 C Flour
  • 2 C Rolled Oats
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 C Chopped Prunes or Raisins
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cream together butter & sugar until fluffy
  3. Beat in eggs, prune juice, and vanilla
  4. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, & cinnamon
  5. Gradually add flour mixture to wet ingredients
  6. Stir in oats and fruit
  7. Drop by heaping teaspoons about 2.5″ apart on greased baking sheet, or press dough evenly into greased 13×9″ pan.
  8. Bake 10-12 minutes for cookies, 18-23 minutes for bars.
  9. Remove from oven, let cool for a couple of minutes, then cut into bars.

Enjoy a few yummy treats and in a couple of hours you should experience the benefits of The Dookie Cookie. I haven’t experienced any nausea, bloating, or cramping using prunes as a remedy, just gentle relief.

 

Mamas, what is your Go-To for constipation relief?

 

 

 

 

Delicious Drinks

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A collection of delicious drink recipes

The weather is getting pretty chilly! I love curling up with a warm, frothy chamomile latte.   They are so easy to make at home!

Chamomile Latte

3 bags chamomile tea

2 c milk

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp honey

  • In saucepan, over medium heat, heat milk until very hot but do  not boil.
  • When milk is steaming hot turn heat to low, add all other ingredients & steep 8 minutes
  • Strain if necessary & froth                                                                                                          (Oh How Civilized has great instructions for frothing milk at home)
  • Pour into your favorite mug & enjoy!

To change things up, experiment with one or a combination of the following add ins-

1 tsp lavender buds

1/4 tsp cinnamon

A pinch of ginger

A splash of lemon or 1/4 tsp lemon zest

 

You can find  many delightful drink recipes here

What’s your favorite drink to ward of the winter chills?