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Sunscreen: To Use, or Not to Use?

Sunscreen.

Now that it’s getting warm outside (which is super awesome!), if you happen to find yourself in the middle of any given group of mothers, you’ll find them obsessively slathering their little ones with sunscreen before they go out to play.  After all…we wouldn’t want them to get any sunburns!

Artificial Baby Milk: What’s In It?

I’m writing this article because I believe that what you choose to feed your baby is of utmost importance. Whether that ultimately means you breastfeed or use formula, you need to know exactly what you’re getting into. We’ve already discussed the benefits of breastfeeding, so now we’re going to talk about formula: the good, the bad, and the ugly. And there are all three.

Recipe Collection: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies

These cookies are SO yummy and they will boost your milk supply, too. Brewer’s yeast and oatmeal are known for increasing milk. For an added benefit, replace each egg with 1 tbsp. ground flax seed and 3 tbsp. water (also makes the recipe vegan, if you’re interested).

Recipe Collection: Cheesy Potatoes

This one I absolutely HAVE to share with you. I’ve loved cheesy potatoes since I was little. Every time we had a picnic my mom would make a pan of them. The problem? They relied heavily on canned soups. I don’t do canned soups anymore, so cheesy potatoes were out (not to mention for awhile we were dairy-free). Once we re-introduced raw dairy successfully, this was on my radar! My goal was to create a creamy-soup-base-like (is that WORD?) with butter, flour (arrowroot in this case as I didn’t have sprouted flour) and spices, and to mix that with the potatoes so I could pretend there was soup in there. Success! It’s delicious. Play with the types and amounts of cheeses to get the flavor you want. Sour cream (usually not my favorite) is absolutely necessary to this dish!! You could add more butter and bacon if you wanted, dump in some chicken or vegetables to make it a complete meal. Very versatile.

Recipe Collection: Vegetable Soup with Cheese Tortellini

Trying to come up with a vegetable soup that had plenty of flavor, wasn’t bitter, and didn’t rely on processed ingredients wasn’t easy. I spent many days eating bitter, nearly flavorless soup before I hit on this one. The secret is the lemon and sugar (you could use a little raw honey, too)! (It can be made without the tortellini to be dairy-free and GAPS-friendly.) Since it’s vegetarian, it’s suitable for a Good Friday meal.

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Recipe Collection: Fruity Kefir Popsicles

I came up with this idea because I need to get more probiotic foods into my daughter, and we both have an aversion to the texture of yogurt and kefir normally.  So, why not make it into popsicles?  I believe this would also work as ice cream too, if you have an ice cream maker, but I haven’t tried that.  These popsicles are super nutritious and super yummy!

Problems with Whole Foods and other Health Food Stores

I love Whole Foods.

I love the experience of shopping there, the smells of wonderful foods, the array of fresh produce, all the local products they feature.  I look forward to going there every other Friday morning to buy the vast majority of my food (except for beef, which I buy from a farm, and produce in the summer).  I almost always get a salad or something for lunch before I leave. 

Recipe Collection: Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce

I love sun-dried tomatoes.  Once I had a large glass jar of them packed in olive oil (which is how you should buy them if at all possible) that I needed to use up.  It was summer and I had fresh tomatoes, too.  I created this sauce and tossed it with some angel hair pasta.  It’s a light, flavorful and delicious sauce!

Recipe Collection: Chicken in Cream Sauce

I invented this one night when I was craving a creamy, saucy chicken.  It’s delicious!  It can be modified to be GAPS-friendly by using ghee instead of butter and coconut milk, and simply uncovering to reduce the sauce (before adding milk) instead of using flour.  Serve it over rice, mashed potatoes, or, for GAPS, steamed cauliflower.

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I’m Kate, mama to 5 and wife to Ben.  I love meeting new people and hearing their stories.  I’m also a big fan of “fancy” drinks (anything but plain water counts as ‘fancy’ in my world!) and I can’t stop myself from DIY-ing everything.  I sure hope you’ll stick around so I can get to know you better!

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