3am Rants

Good morning.

I’ve been awake since 2am. I’m not a night person. I’m a mom. A mom to three wonderful little angles, who apparently missed the memo that night time is for sleep. My oldest kicked things off this morning. He needed to use the rest room, which he just had to wake me up to tell me. Then the baby woke up to nurse. Fine. I’m up anyway. Then the middle darling woke up screaming, as she’s been doing that every night for a week now. ‘Okay, Elizabeth, I’m sorry but mama can’t help you. Baby is nursing.’

And here we are, at 3:39 am. Baby is still up, playing in his crib. Elizabeth is still yelling, alone in her room. ‘Mama still hasn’t had a free moment to help you Liz.’ I feel bad, ya know. She wants to see me. I should be happy my kids always call out for me when they wake up in the morning. They love me, they want to see me. But I’m tired. My husband is sound asleep. I’m jealous. I want to sleep too. But I don’t. I never do. I wake up every night to help the kids go back to sleep, but who helps me?

Being a mother is a thankless job. It’s tedious, I work long hours with no break. I’m a maid, a cook, a pastry chef, a teacher, a sleep coach, a nanny. It’s exhausting and there just isn’t enough coffee in the world to make this mama not tired. Don’t get me wrong though, my kids do say thank you. I know they appreciate me, but still.

Mama needs a break.

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Whole Grain Apple Filled Bars

My daughter loves those boxed cereal bars. You know the ones; apple, strawberry, blueberry multi grain bars. She’ll gobble up a whole box if I let her! But, I’ve been on a mission to simplify the foods my family and I consume. Which means, not so many multi grain bars for Miss Liz, much to her disappointment.

Yesterday I set out to make my own multi grain bars for her. I searched the internet high and low for a recipe, something similar to what I could buy in the store. But nothing caught my eye. I consider myself a fairly good baker so I decided to make my own recipe. They turned out better than I ever could have hoped! Completely different than what I was going for though. But that’s okay. I made a healthy treat for my daughter to enjoy.

I may never buy boxes bars again!

Whole Grain Apple Filled Bars

These homemade bars take about an hour start to finish and yield roughly 16 scrumptious bars!

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1 1/2 cups oats (quick or old fashioned oats)

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup cold butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

2 tablespoons cold water

Filling:

3 large apples (I used Macintosh apples)

2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons flour

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

A Pinch of nutmeg

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

2. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, and salt. Pulse for 20-30 seconds.

3. Add the butter and then slowly add the cold water. Pulse until the dough holds together when pressed.

*Alternatively, if you don’t own a good processor, step 2 can be completed in a blender and step 3 can be done with a stand or hand mixer.

4. In a separate bowl, mix the apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg together until the apples are well coated.

5. Line a 9×13-inch baking dish with parchment paper.

6. Divide the dough mixture in half and press half into the baking dish. Lightly grease your palms, and press the mix down evenly.

7. Spread the apples evenly on top of the mix in the dish. Sprinkle the remaining mix evenly on top of the preserves and gently press the mix down.

8. Bake for 45 minutes, or until golden brown.

9. Let cool for about an hour. Then cut into 1 1/2 x 4-inch bars.

These bars can be stored at room temperature up to 3 days or refrigerated for up to a week.

A mystery crib

So, last week Amazon emailed me telling me someone had bought something off my baby registry. I’ve never shared my registry, so I was kind of confused but I checked my registry anyway. No one had purchased anything. Thinking it was maybe an error, I googled it, and sure enough, thousand of other people received the same email. Amazon sent an apology email a few days after, saying the email was indeed sent out in error. Fast forward to 2 days ago. I got an email from UPS telling me a package was on the way. I had just ordered a book from Amazon so I though it was that. I clicked the tracking number to see when it would arrive and noticed it weighed 37 pounds. “That’s not my book!” I thought. Remembering the email about the baby registry, I checked my registry. Sure enough, someone really did buy something off my registry! Not just a little something, no, a CRIB!!! Some random stranger somehow found my baby registry and bought Benjamin a crib. 😮😮😮 I’m in total disbelief thinking maybe this is an error too. Guess what? It wasn’t! It showed up at my front door today!

But here’s the thing. You can’t just randomly look at people’s baby registries on amazon. You have to know their name or email address. How this person found my baby registry is beyond me. At this point, all I can say is it’s a blessing from God and accept it as that.

I know her name, Anna Stopper of Southlake, Texas. I don’t know you, Anna, but God must have told you I’ve been been in prayer for a crib for Benjamin. My faith has been rocky lately, but today I’m reminded God does answer prayers. Thank you Anna. ❤️

Birthday time!

Hey hey! My baby girl is turning 2 on Monday! Can you believe it, because I can’t. It feels like just yesterday she was learning to crawl. Now she’s running without a care in the world. She’s so joyful and fearless, it’s amazing to watch her.

One thing she really loves is animals. She especially loves cats and dogs. Every time she sees a dog, she goes bananas! ❤️Happy birthday sweetheart. May you always be as carefree as you are now. ❤️🌹💞

Apple pie time!

It’s my favorite time of year; fall! There’s nothing quite like cool nights, changing leaves, apple picking, and pumpkins. 🍎🍁 I love it!

Earlier this week, my husband and I took the kiddos apple picking – our three children, and my two nephews. It was a challenge to say the least. It can be difficult to manage five children under six, but we did it. One kid was running this way, the other that way, one in a tree, one stomping apples… boy, they are a task! But seeing them all try to reach the apple way high and the tree was such a joy. There’re so sweet and innocent.

Naturally, when we got home, we made some apple pie! We love apple pie! And not to toot my own horn, but I can make a pretty great pie. 💞

As of this morning, there’s only a sliver left. The mix of apples, crumb top, and crust is simply heavenly.

Thank heavens for apples! 🍎

Catnip & Fennel

My little one hasn’t been the best sleeper at night. He’d fall asleep then jostle himself awake five minutes later. Occasionally, he’d let me sleep for an hour. 🎉

Until last night.

Let me say, I’ve tried everything to soothe his colic nature. I tried store bought gas drops, I tried changing my diet, I tried using formula, I tried taking him for car rides. Nothing would help him settle.

So, I found a website that suggested using catnip and fennel seed. Naturally, I thought “I’m not giving my kid catnip!” But further research changed my mind. Catnip you give to cats and catnip herb are used in two totally different ways. Did you know catnip has been praised for its soothing properties for centuries? Neither did I. But the benefits of catnip have been long known and used by many. A mild tea made from catnip is said to improve digestion, help insomnia, and calm nerves.

I made a tea for my son last night to see if it would help him. I used two teaspoons catnip and one teaspoon fennel seed. I added it to one cup of boiling water, and let it steep about twenty minutes. Once cooled, I gave my son a small dropper full. I’d love to say the results were immediate, but they weren’t. He was still rather fussy. I took him for a short walk outside and finally fell asleep. He slept for five hours. Let me say that again FIVE HOURS! This little boy who never sleeps more than an hour finally slept!

I’m praising the Lord and catnip tea for a good nights sleep! 💞