Monday, February 11, 2019

Healthy Breakfast Cookies (Made with Pantry Staples!)

Before I got pregnant, I was one of those people who would grab a bottle of water on the way out the door and not eat anything else until lunchtime.  Needless to say, that quickly came to an end.  While I was very lucky not to experience any nausea during my first trimester, if I didn't eat for more than a a couple of hours during any waking hours, I would start to get very annoying headaches.
These cookies have so much goodness in them, and you can definitely add your own favorite ingredients, too.  I've tried raisins, craisins, coconut, and walnuts.  Also, if you're looking for a gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free cookie - this is it (however, make sure you check with the brands you select for any potential cross-contamination)!

- 2 large bananas, mashed
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons milled flaxseed
- 2 cups quick oats
- 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
- 4 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/3 cup chopped pecans
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Combine all ingredients together in a large bowl.  I like to add in one ingredient at a time and mix until that's incorporated before moving onto the next one.
3. Scoop 1/4 cup-fuls of batter onto the parchment paper.  The cookies will not spread or rise when they bake, so I try to round and flatten the batter so that they cook more evenly.
4. Bake for 15 minutes, until the cookies appear dry.
5. Allow them to cool fully on a wire rack and store them in individual bags.  I bring 2 to work each day, and this batch makes enough for a full work week (5 days)!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Predicting Baby's Gender: 10 Old Wives Tales

I found out I was pregnant at about 4 weeks, and we had it confirmed when I was 9 weeks alond.  We decided to find out early what we are having because I am definitely not a patient person.  The way they can collect my blood and do a range of genetic testing on baby (including finding out the gender) at only 13 weeks is seriously so cool.  Well, before we found out the results, I scoured the internet for all of those silly old wives tales that can supposedly predict the gender - I figured, why not, right?!  Here's what they predicted during my first trimester:

  • Chinese gender predictor chart: Boy
  • Mayan gender predictor: Boy
  • Heart rate: Over 140 bpm (Girl)
  • Experiencing breakouts?: Yes (Girl)
  • Having morning sickness?: No (Boy)
  • Craving salty or sweet?: Salty (Boy)
  • Cranky or in a good mood?: Good mood (Boy)
  • Where is your weight gain?: All in belly (Boy)
  • Feet hot or cold?: Cold (Boy)
  • Having headaches?: Yes (Boy)

So, it was 8 for boy and 2 for girl.  A few of these (hello, craving everything sweet and thank goodness the breakouts seem to be behind me) have changed since then, but they all said to measure between 10 and 12 weeks.  For some reason Mike and I both had this instinct that we were having a girl, but it turned out that these old wives tales were better at predicting than any parental instincts that hadn't kicked in yet - haha!

It's true, Baby BOY Taylor will be here in May!  We have finally chosen which room will be the nursery, and coincidentally, it's already painted blue.  We can't wait to start getting the nursery together soon!

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