Monthly Archives: September 2012

Recipe! Anise Spiced Apple Sauce

There is nothing like fall in New England. The crisp air, the magical leaves and the NON STOP APPLE PICKING. I have gone twice this fall, plan on going again this weekend and I still don’t have my fix. There are so many wonderful things to make with apples- apple pie, apple crisp, baked apples, apple galettes but how doable is that with a baby? What can you do with all those apples?

 

Apple Sauce! Here is my very imprecise recipe. Mine has a little razzle dazzle since I probably can’t manage to make pie crust and that food making energy needs to go somewhere.

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1. Start with a large colander full of apples. Peel em. Core em.

2. Let your baby frolic in the apple peels. This was unavoidable for us. You probably shouldn’t do this if your baby isn’t used to consuming peels/ fruit skin. Also be prepared to wash the floor. Meanwhile cut the apples into 3/4 inch ish cubes. I sliced a couple of the apples as well so I could fish out some stewed apples for beanie halfway through.

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3. Put in a pot with about 1/3 of a cup of water. This is controversial. Put on low. Add desired spices. I used these bad boys

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(1 tsp of cinnamon, 1/2 tsp of powdered ginger and a couple of rasps of nutmeg, respectively)

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AND three teaspoons Sambuca (which we randomly had)  but you could use your favorite anisette (Ouzo or something else).

 

4. Let the apples cook until they are the right amount of chunkiness for you or your baby. And yes, the alcohol evaporates so your baby can eat it. I added another tsp of non alcoholic anise flavor at the end and mine is pretty strong. Cut it down to 1/2 tsp if you are a weenie.

 

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One for the fridge and one for the freezer. Yes you can freeze apple sauce, I googled it. Just make sure to leave an inch or so of space on the top. I told myself I would learn to can ONE THING this fall…its in a can and I won’t eat it until January.. half credit?

 

 

BONUS DESERT: Anice Spice Apple Sauce with Ricotta

Put hot apple sauce in a little dish. Plop on some ricotta cheese. Drizzle with maple syrup or honey. Die and go to heaven.

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Studying with Baby

A little babble and sneeze just came out of the bed room from the supposedly napping baby J. I started homework for the day, meaning rolled back the rug so I don’t get charcoal on it and now here I am back on the goddamn internet. Writing bloggy thoughts is more productive than Jezebel (BEYONCE MIGHT BE PREGGO AGAIN?!) so here I am. Yesterday at school, I went to this forum about Student Parents. It was inspiring, heart warming, all the things, and then finally someone got down to it and said what everyone was thinking: I just wish we had a daycare. I guess there used to be a Early Headstart on campus, until there was some renovation and it had to move and there wasn’t a space for it to move back into. The current plan for the college is to secure private funding (getting funding from the state has not been fruitful, big surprise), like 2 million dollars, to build a new building and run a daycare. Meaning it won’t be happening in my semester here, or in the near future. And although “no one is against having a daycare” it just does not seem like a priority.

Um hello people, THIS is the way that people can change their life circumstances. Convenient childcare so they can not only go to class, but have actual time and space to do homework. Knowledge is power, but knowledge cannot happen with constant “mom mom mom mom mom mom” or baby pulling lamps over their little heads.

I am lucky to have lots of family support. I am so happy that family can take my daughter during class and for some homework time. Not everyone has family living close (um like upstairs) and not everyones family can take the time to watch baby and with those luxaries, I have a good amount of homework and vast amounts of time alone with Jolene. Here are my tips thus far for studying with baby. (Studying with 3 year old? Dang, I will get back to you on that one…)

 

 

1. Try everything to delay your babe from crawling because thats when (I hear) everything gets crazy and studying goes down the toilet. JUST KIDDING. You should never try to stunt your child’s development to fit your schedule duh. But you can hope in a tiny corner of your mind you get a late crawler.

2. Hire a mothers helper. Lots of 10-12 year old kids are great with babies  a little too young to actually babysit. My wonderful family friend/ mothers helper comes over once a week and I get a solid hour of homework in without having to pump milk.

3. Tack on studying after class. If you are going to class and have a little time before you have to be home/ pick up baby, hop right to the library and do the homework for the class you just had. The material is fresh in your mind. Many people on the panel I went to found they did their best and most focused work at school, not at home where there are 200 million distractions.

4. I haven’t done this yet but BOOKS ON TAPE. I usually don’t advocate for multi tasking, but you can get reading done in the car, going for a stroller walk, or just hanging out on the floor playing with the little one. There are lots at the library, and interlibrary loan is your best friend. (edit. wow I just realized I called them books on tape. Hello it is not 1997 because you are not seven years old. I ment to say “audio books.”)

5. Get ahead. I know it sounds impossible, but if you have finished your chapter and baby is still napping, start on the next one. I always try to be a chapter ahead so if I have some sort of baby crisis, the homework is done.

6. Talk to professors before stuff falls apart. This is kind of obvious, but make sure your professor knows you have child(ren). Particularly at a community college or non traditional student program where many folks have children/ jobs, professors are usually very understanding and helpful. If you are late with something and you have a legitimate “my baby blah blah…” thing that happened, it will sound like an excuse. No one likes to hear excuses.

7. Find someone else with kids and childcare swap. I haven’t done this yet either, but meet up with someone for two hours. You each have an hour to study and an hour to watch both babes. Boobs will be close by for nursing if needed.

8. Sit on the floor and do homework with your baby. I don’t like “not being present” with Jolene, but the work has to be done. I give her a stack of books so she doesn’t grab mine. I try to frame it this way- her seeing me doing schoolwork shows her that we value learning in our family.

9. Get off the internet. Get it done. Oh yeah that means me…

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Watch out!

beanie is nearly crawling. mama is TERRIFIED!

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Oh no

J caught my sniffles. And no one makes a netty pot for babies.

 

…yet.

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sunbutter !!!

it is my absolute favorite time of year guys. everything is beautiful right now.

we discovered sunbutter yesterday and i think it is changing our lives. its like peanut butter (which i have never been a fan of… i know i know i am crazy) but with SUNFLOWER seeds and you can buy it or make it. Its pricy but SO good and good for you and i don’t think anyone is allergic to sunflower seeds. AND babies under 1 year can eat it (unlike peanut butter). jolene LOVES it. she ate three apples covered in it this morning and basically refused to eat anything else for breakfast. i ate a million apples covered it and a piece of leftover pizza (what diet?).

i dont think you are understanding how good this stuff is. i am abandoning all life plans to start a sunflower farm (not a monoculture of course! we’ll grow other things and make butter out of them to). last weekend jolene and i went to a corn maze with our mama/baby friends and now i am thinking the only thing better than a corn maze is a SUNFLOWER MAZE.

(all of this is so exciting i have abandoned capitalization. EXCEPT FOR THIS KIND.)

jolene will be crawling in a week. she is rocking rocking rocking back and forth on her little hands and knees with this intense focus. my current baby proofing strategy is LETS SEE HOW IT GOES!

 

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AHH NEVER MIND…

AHH NEVER MIND ABOUT THE OUTSIDE TIME THE SEASON PREMIER OF PARENTHOOD IS ON HULU!!

 

okay i am allowed to do this because J is sleeping and I really need to pump some milk, which as it turns out is a huge project and I have zip in the freezer. also i will probably get about 10 minutes in before something comes up (/gets up, meaning baby). 

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September 13, 2012 · 4:44 pm

a thing that happened

Yesterday Jolene dropped a spoon. On purpose. She hung it over her high chair, looked at it for a long moment, opened her fist and then looked RIGHT AT ME. Oh boy.

Today is my perfect day. Not just the hand delivered brownie (Sasha you’re the best) but the light wind and the sun and that wonderful early autumn feeling that makes you want to wrap up the whole of New England in your arms and give it a big Jolene style slug kiss. I am having mega foot pain, probably due to being too fat to run (just kidding) and for maybe the second time in my life I am craving a run. Hm maybe I will get my trusty red bike Lola out.

I love school. My new study has an easel in it.  I am doing a report on Last Child in the Woods so you can imagine how guilty I am feeling this moment. Its time to get outside!

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Backlog

Okay people I have a back log of photo dependent stuff I want to post. I found a very secret pocket in the camera bag where someone was hiding the computer cord so after a seriously epic trip to ikea (is it just me or are all trips to ikea seriously epic?) I am not soaking my feet and reading my book, but uploading photos onto Shutterfly for you baby addicted crazies. Also if you are reading this and it is still Friday night and there is not a sleeping baby in your house, get your ass out dancing for the rest of us.

Everything is so busy (I think its such a cop out to say “I’m soooo busy” because well so is everyone and also really is that the most interesting thing going on in your life right now?)- I started school this week and my mum and I are turning my brothers room into an office (thus two trips to the very far away ikea in the last week) and Jolene is teething (also I stayed up too late all week watching the DNC…) and that is really enough for me. School is awesome. Community college rocks seriously guys go to community college sometime. I am trying to figure out the whole school/ baby at the same time thing, so I will definitely let you know how that goes. Teething is actually going pretty fine, which makes me think maybe its not teething.

Thats all over here. I’ve got a couple of red peppers in my garden and a whole lotta green tomatoes, so I’d call my first container gardening experiment a success. Letting go of summer is feeling okay, although we will see how I feel when this tooth pops up… a kid! She’s gonna be a kid!

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