Oatmeal Peanut Butter M&M Cookies

When you are breastfeeding, there are lots of challenges. From learning how to hold your baby, getting him to latch properly, working around any pain, being tired, having enough milk or too much milk, and the final biggie: feeling hungry ALL the TIME. Seriously. I can go from feeling satisfied to full on starving in a minute. You are supposed to eat extra calories, but it’s hard to fit in even the normal calories with a baby needing all of your attention. People talk about lactation cookies, which are essentially cookies with a bunch of ingredients that are supposed to help with milk production. They’re also supposed to make you happy because hey! You get to eat cookies! But they don’t sound very good to me, and they also contain ingredients that I don’t have the time to get. Brewer’s yeast? Flax seeds? Not normal ingredients for me to have around. But oats? Yes, those I have. Soooo, I decided to make my own “lactation” cookies.

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Topic-Changing Thursdays: First and Second Months

The Fudgelet is about to turn three months old, which means you need a recap of his last two months! No pictures from the second month yet…I am doing this post in advance, so he hasn’t quite hit two months. I am still thinking about ideas for it! He has changed so much since we first met him. I mean, there’s the obvious weight gains, and all of that, but he gives us smiles, responds to our voices, and seems to be aware of what’s going on around him a bit more.

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Chicken with Coconut-Caramel Sauce

Previously, I shared on here the dessert I made and ate the day I went into labor with the Fudgelet. Today I am sharing the dinner I made for us that night. I would also like to give a shout-out to my Aunt Lulu for her birthday today, and to Dad and M for their anniversary! This recipe has nothing to do with either celebration since I am pretty sure that none of those people would eat this. But! Maybe they should try it? :)

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Guest Bloggers: Cooking for Aly

As promised on Monday, here is a follow-up to the visit from my dad and M. My dad said he had a question about the blog. I thought maybe he didn’t like something. It turns out, he wanted to write a post! And not only did he want to write it, but had already written it! Of course I said sure, so what follows is what he and my stepmother came up with. Enjoy!

You are being treated to two guest bloggers today – Dad and M (stepmom).  For those of you who have been following this blog, you know that after the Fudgelet was born, Dad and M came out to help where they could.  Here’s what they have to say.

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Guest Cooks: Teriyaki Chicken

About two months ago, when my dad and M were visiting to help us with the Fudgelet, they made us lots of meals. They had certain dishes they felt comfortable making, and then they decided to branch out and try some new things. I actually am proud of them for expanding their horizons when they visit us. We’ve gotten them to try a few new places they wouldn’t have even considered previously (and they really liked them!), and also some new food. Because we couldn’t easily go out with the baby, most of the experimenting this time was with recipes.

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Topic-Changing Thursdays: Sprinkles are Pretty

When I tell people I have a food blog, I try to frame it by saying I am not a good food stylist. Or a good food photographer. I bought my first digital camera right near the end of college. For years, I had been a member in an online art community, and I carefully researched and gathered tips from the photographers on what to look for. At the time, a 4 megapixel camera was amazing. I found a Kodak one for a good price, but I couldn’t bring myself to buy it. One day I even went with my dad to the store to check it out. He finally convinced me to buy it. He sad it was a good deal, and even though I only had some money put away for it, my parents would pay for the rest and I could pay them back. My birthday was shortly after, and they ended up telling me that it was part of my birthday present, and I didn’t need to pay them back. So sweet! I took so many pictures with that camera.

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Tips-y Tuesdays: Appliances and Repairs

For those of you who follow my Twitter and/or Facebook pages, you have some idea of the Fridge Drama I kept hashtagging. And for those of you who are still learning about hashtags, maybe that can be another post, hehe. Basically, I am here today to help you in case you have some appliances delivered and installed. We had major issues with our installation, and I can blame the company (and I do, even if we signed a settlement paper that said they don’t accept liability), but I also learned a lot from the experience, and I know that some people have the same problems with other companies. I never knew as much about hardwood floors, refrigerator installations, drywall, mold remediation, and plumbing before. I also learned a lot about hassling people to get what I needed.

Before I knew of any drama...

Before I knew of any drama…

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