Carrot apple muffins (vegan, toddler friendly)

carrot apple muffins overhead

I have had this post in drafts, in its entirety, since July 2019. It’s almost been a year! I just never uploaded pictures to it, then lost the pictures and here we are. I updated the recipe a bit and made the muffins again. Old words, new photos, carrot apple muffins. Enjoy!

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Stamped lemon shortbread cookies

Sesame street shortbread

This week has been tough. I’m not going to lie. It’s hard for me to write about because I’m not used to talking about systemic racism with friends or family, let alone writing about it for the world to see. (Not like this blog gets many views at all, but still.) I know that I don’t often have to talk about race because I’m not negatively affected by the color of my skin. Which I see as even more of a reason to speak up now.

I don’t want to say the wrong thing. But I don’t want to not say anything. So, I made lemon shortbread cookies with Sesame Street stamps that I got for Christmas as a conversation starter.


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What is a stamp cookie?
When I got the idea to make stamp cookies, it made me wonder: Are stamp cookies always shortbread cookies? Or can stamp cookies be made with sugar cookie recipes? I think the answer is that stamp cookies can be made with sugar cookie dough or shortbread dough. I didn’t get a clear cut answer. Isn’t that life?

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What my toddler eats in a day

What my baby eats in a day
Now that Maggie is a toddler, she’s starting to eat like a regular person, or as we tend to say, like a big kid. At the time of writing this post, she is 13 months old.

She has three servings of whole milk a day, three meals a day, and usually one snack a day but sometimes two. She also drinks water and sometimes diluted juice to help with her digestion.

I am still figuring out how to keep up with her appetite but I thought it might be helpful to share what she typically eats, along with some questions that have come up with friends.

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Maggie turns 1

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I have been meaning to write a blog post commemorating Maggie surpassing the one year mark for more than a month now. She turned one year old in the middle of December and now here we are in the middle of January. It is funny to think that I am now the mom of a one year old. It is honestly hard to write about because it is a little hard to think about. My baby is growing up. It’s happening so slowly and quickly at the same time. Continue reading “Maggie turns 1”

Sweet potato oat muffins (Toddler-friendly)

sweet potato oat muffins

My baby is quickly turning into a toddler. She’s a toddler who loves to eat and I’m thankful she’s not picky yet. To try to keep up with her appetite and nutritional needs, I’m trying to give her more healthy “big kid” food and not rely on purees as much. She’s become a lot better at picking food up, putting it in her mouth and chewing it. Adults don’t really think about how eating involves all those skills that babies have to learn.

If you don’t have a toddler to feed, you can certainly still make these muffins. The recipe is very easily adjustable and they make a great healthy snack. You can easily make them more sweet by adding sugar or chocolate chips. If you don’t have mashed sweet potato readily available, canned pumpkin totally works.

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