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Going Out

I finished nursing my 4-month-old and handed him to his dad for burping. Then I went to the kitchen and cut up and seasoned some red beetroot for a salad. My mom had brought me the cooked beetroot so I had to do something with it, and my 2.5-year-old loved it. My mom had also let him know that she had brought it, and there was only so long I could put him off.  So I took my 2.5 year old, sat him down, and gave him a dinner of beetroot salad and yogurt (with a straw). I checked my watch.

I hid in the kitchen and pumped my left breast which was very full. My brother wandered into the kitchen, probably to ask if I needed any help, caught one look and ran away. I called “Sorry!”. Too late. I probably traumatized him for life. In the meantime, my husband placed the baby in a swing and helped the toddler eat. He then went to the kitchen and told me that I needed to shower and leave.

I nodded, poured the milk into a bottle for the rest of the evening’s feeding, and rushed to the bathroom for my shower. My toddler, having finished eating, helpfully gave some of his bath toys so I won’t be bored in the shower. He then proposed to play hide and seek with me while I was in the shower. My husband said, “No, play with me. Not with mommy.” My brother and his wife exchanged horrified looks.

The baby began crying that he wanted the rest of his food. I grabbed the baby’s oil and his creams (he suffers from red and itchy skin, the poor baby) and showed them to my husband, as these were new and he hadn’t used them yet. I got into the shower and washed as fast as I could. The hot water was getting colder by the minute. My husband gave the baby to my brother who promptly began walking with him and making cooing noises.

My husband started to take the toddler to change his diaper and pajamas and put him in bed. My toddler, emboldened by our guests, proclaimed that he didn’t want to go to bed. When my husband gave him no choice, he started crying. The baby burst into tears as well. I dressed as fast as I could, the toddler was calmed down and placed in bed, I put earrings and a necklace on, my husband took the baby from my brother, arranged a place on the sofa with the bottle and the remote, and sat with the baby and began feeding him. My brother and his wife were already standing up. I smiled and said, “we can go now”. And we finally went out to an excellent concert of Barry Sakharof, may he forever be blessed.

Sometimes, no matter how complicated, you just need to get out of the house.

I just hope I haven’t convinced my brother and his wife never to have children… 😉

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After searching for muffins that are easy to make, taste good, and have some nutrition, I now proclaim: I’ve found it!

Apple Oatmeal Muffins - you are the ones for me!

Apple Oatmeal Muffins - you are the ones for me!

Apple Oatmeal Muffins
This recipe is based on apple oatmeal bread.

2/3 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups oatmeal
1 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/3 cup canola oil
2 eggs
2 apples, chopped
150 gr unsweetened applesauce

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees (C).
2. Mix all dry ingredients together.
3. Beat eggs with oil in a separate bowl. Add to dry ingredients and stir till moistened.
4. Add apples and applesauce and pour into muffin tins (for me it came to 2 heaped tbsp per muffin, 13 muffins).
5. Bake for 15-20 mins or until toothpick comes out clean. Muffins will still be sticky.

I made this once alone, and my 2.5 year old loved them. Today I’ll make it with him (He’ll pour things into the bowl, mix… and help eat this!). I think I’ll try reducing sugar to 1/2 cup.

I really need to have these on hand, as I am always hungry. Buying snacks is expensive and extremely fattening (as you have no idea what they put in it – I doubt they use oil instead of margarine, for example. Not to mention the amount of sugar they put in). And having something good and fairly nutritious on hand is just great. I used to make granola, but now my son is “spoiled” – he is used to having something tasty for breakfast/dinner, he loves making them with me and he is too small for nuts.

Bon Appetit!

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I made banana oatmeal muffins using banana oatmeal bread with the following changes: 2/3 cup sugar; 2 eggs instead of three whites and a yolk; 1/3 cup water instead of the milk; baked in muffin pans. I must have over baked just a few minutes (still traumatized from the banana bread I tried last week) but it was still very tasty and very satisfying. I’m breastfeeding, so I’m hungry all the time and these were really great. As an added bonus, my 2-year-old loved them. I will definitely make these again.

While I didn’t have many cravings during pregnancy, I have loads of them now, when breastfeeding. In some cases I buy what I want; in most cases I make it if at all possible. However, I had a craving for European fruit pie – the kind with sweet crusty pastry, cream or custard, and sliced fruit on top. And I fully intended to buy it, because then I can buy a piece instead of a whole pie. My husband can’t stand cream cakes or fruit cakes, so he won’t help me eat it (he likes chocolate cake. With chocolate chips. That’s roughly it).

I couldn’t find any.

What you find in Geneva in every Pattiserie or Brasserie (or whatever) I couldn’t find in any bakery.

So…

I made the crust using my own pie crust. I personally prefer margarine or butter based pie crusts (even though oil is healthier than margarine blah blah blah) but I didn’t have the patience to take out the mixer and wash it up afterwords, and this crust is made in the pie dish.
I used easy healthy microwave vanilla pudding for the filling. It was more complicated than it looks because the cornstarch clumped and didn’t dissolve, so it didn’t thicken the pudding. In the end I strained it, mixed more the cornstarch with some cold water so it wouldn’t clump, and added it to the mixture (after adding the eggs). The results weren’t what I was expecting texture wise, but it was still quite good.
I sliced kiwi (that was going really soft) and banana (ditto) on top and refrigerated it. I forgot to photograph it, but it looked great…and tasted even better!
I’m not sure why the pudding is healthy. I mean, based on milk and eggs with only 3 tbsp sugar it certainly isn’t unhealthy, but why mention it? I think my next post will be a rant on “healthy” foods…
I would eat more fruit pie but it’s already finished! I gave some to my parents so I wouldn’t eat it all, and my son discovered that he loves vanilla pudding, so I did have some help 😀

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