Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Summertime, Nutrition and Danish Parenting are this Week's Links Around the Web!

September 7, 2007

No time for comments this week but here are a few things I wanted to share this week. We're off on our first Summertime adventure today! Throughout the summer, the girls and I along with friends will be going on an adventure on Wednesday. I'm so excited about our plans! More on that later. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Beach Vacation!


Last week, we packed up the car and headed to the Oregon Beach with a lust for adventure! We had loads of adventure, relaxation and exhaustion. The entire family was in need of a vacation away from our everyday lives and the beach helped us reconnect. It sounds a bit trite to say that but we really just needed some time as a family of four where we weren't rushing and we weren't tied down to a schedule.


The girls were able to dig in the sand, dip their toes in the Pacific Ocean (and run away screaming from how cold it was) and giggle into the night.

Molly spent most of the vacation in her favorite outfit - a swimsuit. I brought 4 with us and her grandma gave her another. All were worn and came home covered in sand.


We spent some much needed time with Scott's Mom and Grandmother who live near the beach. It was a delight to spend some relaxed time with them.


I know that I can not wait to visit the beach again next year. I feel like we are getting better about finding good beach homes, knowing what to pack (even though I still pack way too much) and knowing when to head to the beach. Until next year, I'll just gaze at my photos and remember our sweet beach vacation.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Pumpkin Coconut Flour Muffins

It's totally not the season for Pumpkin Muffins but sometimes I start craving a good Pumpkin Muffin. What happened was one of Molly's little friends asked his Mom for a pumpkin muffin and that is when my craving started. I had also been presented a challenge to make something using coconut flour.  Coconut Flour is a great wheat flour alternative with the added bonus of being gluten free and high in fiber and protein. I wasn't ready to bake pumpkin muffins completely gluten free but I was interested to see how substituting some of the all-purpose flour for coconut four would taste. 

Verdict! DELICIOUS! The kids and I both loved the bit of extra texture that was added to the muffins. All of the muffins were gone in such a short time that I quickly made another batch and those also disappeared quickly. 

Want to learn more about baking with Coconut Flour? Click here!

Pumpkin Coconut Flour Muffins
by Rebecca Mongrain
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Ingredients (16 muffins)
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup brown sugar, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease muffin tin.
In a medium bowl, sift flours, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and baking soda together.
In a separate bowl, mix oil, pumpkin puree, sour cream, coconut cream, eggs, and 1 cup brown sugar together.
Add chocolate chips and dry ingredients to mixture. Mix until moistened.
Spoon batter into muffin tins and sprinkle with brown sugar.
Bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool in pan.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

No Sleep, Creativity and Honoring Families are this Week's Links Around the Web!


You're Using the Internet WRONG! There are some major lessons in this article for me.

This is Your Brain on No Sleep This is my brain!

Creating a Place to Create I've been carving out space around the house for my creativity when really I need to take time to really craft the office/guest room into a beautiful place where creative magic happens. This post inspires me!

After a Stillborn, a Silent Delivery Room This is a beautiful story of a devastating loss. When a woman becomes pregnant, that is the day she becomes a Mother. When her child dies in utero, she loses a part of herself with that child. That part that holds all her future dreams, hopes and wishes. I actually hope to be able to volunteer for a photography organization someday that gives families who suffer such a loss, a memento to keep with them once their time it the hospital is over. Every family deserves pictures of their just-born baby.
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