Seventh Generation Party

I’m hosting a Seventh Generation Healthy Baby Home Party! Together we can create a healthy environment for our families. #freesamples #comeclean #generationgood #ad http://seventhgeneration.com/generationgood

Super excited to share this brand with my family & friends!

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A trip to Vermont

Isn’t it nice to get away? Just pack a bag and go. That’s what my husband and I (and baby Ben) did this past weekend. We didn’t have much planned, aside from the hotel, which I got with a gift card from Travelzoo.com (thanks travelzoo!) But we had such a wonderful time. It was nice to be carefree, to not have to make plans over plans. And to be honest, my husband and I needed that time together.

Things get busy with three kids. The marriage gets put aside for the kids, for work, for cooking & cleaning. By the end of the day, I’m just too tired to even watch a movie with my husband. He understands though, and I’m thankful for that. But it still sucks to not have much time with him. I miss him. He’s a wonderful man and a great companion. And not to mention, pretty good looking! I’m blessed to have him as my husband.

So this last weekend was our time! Time to just unwind and enjoy each other. We had dinner at a great little restaurant. It was only about two hours from home, but the drive was amazing. The fall foliage was remarkable. It was a much needed adventure!

From our family to yours; Happy Fall! 🍁

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.

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.