Fruit Salad

I know, I know. You’re thinking, “Fruit salad? Who blogs about fruit salad?” Well, I do. Why? Because I’m a picky snooty bitch about my fruit salad. I’m very opinionated. In my opinion, there is no place for apples in a fruit salad. Nor pears. Some other things that don’t belong in fruit salad? Bananas. Oranges. Most grapes. I’m sure plenty of people would disagree with me, but I’ve never had a complaint about my fruit salad, and in fact I get raves.

It all starts with the strawberry. This salad is easily half strawberries, mostly because I had so many of them in my fridge. It’s berry season and I really can’t get enough of them. I cut the tops off and slice them into heart shapes.

Then there’s a bunch of blueberries.

Cherries are a great addition. But what about the pit?

This cherry pitter is tits. Seriously, it’s one of my favorite and most-used kitchen utensils all summer long. If you don’t have a cherry pitter, you should get one. It’s an awesome tool that I would never want to be without.

It makes the task of removing pits from cherries simple and fast, and makes

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Eating Habits

I feel old, let me tell you. The years of decadent eating have caught up with me. I was diagnosed with borderline high cholesterol a few weeks ago. I had transitioned my diet already, while pregnant, to include a lot more vegetables and a lot less fat. That wasn’t too tough, really, since I craved vegetables. I also craved cheese, though, and that’s where things are getting sticky. With the high cholesterol, I need to lower the amount of dairy fat I consume. My love for cheese hasn’t waned, and the low-fat varieties are, frankly, crap. I made the switch from sour cream to plain fat-free greek yogurt. I started eating fat-free greek yogurt for breakfast, too, in place of eggs or buttered toast or bacon. I cut down the amount of cheese I would put on my tacos, sandwiches, burgers, crackers, etc. I was making real strides. And then…

2 days ago I was told by my baby’s pediatrician that I should stop consuming dairy because Sagan may have a milk protein allergy. That’s right, she actually said stop consuming dairy. My heart almost stopped. I love dairy! The last thing I ever thought I would do is

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Dandelion Earth-Friendly Goods

Last week I won a contest on Cat’s blog, Neo-Homesteading. I won a bunch of kid-friendly utensils made by Dandelion. How awesome is that?

Dandelion makes eco-friendly products for babies, all BPA-free. The forks, spoons, bowls, and plates I received are all made from corn. These are things I can feel safe putting my baby’s food on, things I won’t fret about putting into my baby’s mouth. It’s not just baby food related products they make, either. They also carry toys, teethers, clothes, bags, and books.

I like the company, because they are family owned, and they give back to the community and the world. They contribute to a number of charities, and they’re a member of the Organic Trade Association.

I’m so happy to have won this contest at such an opportune time. In just a few short months I’m going to be transitioning my baby from breast milk to solid foods, and this is just the sort of thing I’ll need. While I’m still disappointed about my inability to use my food processor, I do have a blender that will be perfectly safe. Combined with the Dandelion products, I can be assured that my baby

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Granola

My husband likes his granola as plain as possible. I prefer mine to have lots of stuff. Here are the basic recipes I use to create our perfect granolas.

Husband Granola:

3 cups rolled oats
2/3 cups flax seeds, pulsed
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup honey
1/4 cup peanut butter

Wife Granola:

3 cups rolled oats
2/3 cup flax seeds, pulsed
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup raw sunflower kernels
3/4 cup honey
1/4 cup peanut butter

Instructions:

Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Add honey and peanut butter and mix very well.

Spread out on parchment or silpat into a layer about 1/4-1/2 inch thick.

Bake at 300F for 20-25 minutes, until it’s lightly browned around the edges. Allow to cool completely, break into chunks, store in airtight container.

Will last 1 week at room temperature or several months in the refrigerator.

Notes:

When it comes to making granola you have lots of options. You can play around and see what’s right for you. Try replacing the raisins or cranberries with any other type of dried fruit, such

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Flax Seed and Healthy Digestion

If you’re sensitive about bodily functions or easily grossed out, skip this post. I’m going to talk about poop.

I’m 30 weeks pregnant, and I’ve been having problems with constipation throughout my pregnancy. It started almost as soon as I got pregnant, actually. Initially it was due to hormonal changes. It happens to everyone, I’ve been told.

Not only does it happen to everyone, it happens for good reason. By slowing down your digestion, there is more time for you and the baby to absorb the nutrition from the food you eat. The longer it’s in your system, the better for you it is.

As the baby grows, your organs become more and more compressed, putting pressure on your digestive tract, stopping things up even more. In addition to needing more nutrients and providing healthier calories for your baby, this slow digestive tract is a great reason to eat vegetables. Fiber, people! More fiber!

When I was around 4 months pregnant I ate a sweet potato for lunch and was pleasantly surprised to find that I had an easier time in the bathroom later that day. I had a sweet potato the next day for lunch as well, to see

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Kitchen Aid and BPA

I was lucky enough to win a KitchenAid 9-cup food processor at the Big Summer Potluck in August. I’d never won anything before, and had also never owned a food processor. I was delighted, especially since the potluck took place just 5 days after I learned of my pregnancy.

I think it’s important for things to be natural, which is why I’ve always planned to breastfeed and to make my own baby food. As soon as I saw the food processor I knew I wanted to use it to make food for my daughter as soon as she’s ready to start eating solid foods.

There are a lot of benefits to making your own baby food. One, of course, is that you know exactly what your child in consuming. No preservatives will be eaten without your knowledge, no bad batches of tainted food will make it to her mouth, your kid will learn to like the foods you make (prepared with the same herbs and spices that you cook with just by simply mashing up some of the dinner you’ve made), and no hormone-affecting BPA will be making its way into her system.

Wait, are you sure about that last

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