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MAKING CHRISTMAS COOKIES

Making Christmas CookiesEver since Theo was born it’s been tough for me to spend time alone with Isla. He’s still nursing every hour or two during the day (my little pot-bellied pig) so planning one-on-one activities is nearly impossible. I try to sit with her and color or build with her Legos, but more often than not I’m either holding or nursing Theo at the same time. As a result, I think she’s struggling a little and missing her mama. So when my little sister came for a quick visit over the weekend to meet Theo I jumped at the chance to plan an activity for Isla — making Christmas cookies! We spread it out over two days, cutting/baking the shapes Saturday night and then decorating them in the morning. We turned on “Polar Express,” Theo and my sister snuggled on the couch and I showed Isla how to make a proper mess. She was mostly interested in dumping and eating the sprinkles, licking the icing and watching the movie, but I’d say this is the start of a fun holiday tradition! And hopefully Isla enjoyed having her mama hands-free for once, even if only for a short time.

Here are a million pictures because she was so stinking cute the whole time.

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Recipes

BANANA MUFFINS (W/FLAX EGG)

Banana Muffins with Flax EggIt’s been a while since we’ve baked anything around here (I blame and the heat and the baby) but I had some perfectly ripe bananas and decided to try out the flax egg with my mom’s banana bread recipe. This is one of my favorite recipes and I’m happy to report that these muffins lost none of their flavor by replacing egg with flaxseed. In fact, they were equally as moist and delicious as I remember from my childhood. Phew! My husband typically begs me to add chocolate morsels to all baked goods, but this recipe is far better without them, in my opinion. Honey and golden raisins are the key. Isla is now at the age when she was able to help a little with the prep, and by that I mean she sat on the counter eating raisins out of the bag, stealing pieces of banana from the mixing bowl and she even tried to eat the batter when I let her mix. She’s a natural. Check out the full recipe below.

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1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup crisco (we used a 1/2 cup unsalted butter instead)
2 flax eggs (or 2 regular eggs if you choose)
3 mashed bananas (the darker the sweeter)
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
golden raisins to taste

Flax Egg Instructions:
1 egg = 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds + 3 tbsp of water (this muffin recipe called for 2 eggs so I used 2 tbsp of ground flaxseeds and 6 tablespoons of water)
Whip water and ground flaxseeds with a fork (like you would a real egg for scrambled eggs)
Place flax egg in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to an hour while you prepare the rest of the recipe
When you reach the step in your recipe that calls for your eggs, add the flax egg

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Beat together honey, sugar, crisco/butter, flax eggs, bananas
In separate bowl, add powder and soda to flour and mix
Add flour mixture to honey mixture and mix by hand
Add raisins
Bake 18-20 minutes until golden (bake for 1 hour if making a bread loaf)

Baby-Led Weaning, Recipes

zucchini bread (with flax egg)

Zucchini bread with flax egg | really risa
Finally! A successful egg replacer for baking! Why didn’t I try this before, you ask? Because I’m a twit. That’s why. While the rest of you were watching the Superbowl, I was baking something edible for the first time in about six months. For those just tuning in, my daughter can’t have eggs (at least for now) and I’ve been striking out in the kitchen when it comes to egg replacers. The cake I baked for her birthday was disgusting, her pancakes were mediocre at best (though she didn’t know any better) and I was resigned to the fact that there’d never be another edible baked good in this house. Until I discovered flax egg. We had some extra zucchini that was on its way out and since Isla won’t eat veggies unless I hide them in her smoothies or smother them in cheesy goodness, I decided it was time to step up my vegan game. And by vegan I mean not really vegan, just no eggs because I am too cheap to go out and buy all the other ingredients you need for a real vegan recipe. And because I like meat. And so does my daughter. And my husband.

I used this recipe for the zucchini bread, only I used 1 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract instead of the orange peel and used flaxseed instead of eggs. Here’s how I did that last part:

I bought Whole Foods 365 brand organic whole brown flaxseeds. Grinding them was a really bad word. Really, really bad word. It was the worst. If you have a coffee grinder, use that. If you are like me and ask people at the coffee shop to grind your beans, you’re in trouble. In the end I spent about 45 minutes smashing the hell out of these damn seeds using my mortar and pestle. Why didn’t I just buy the ground flaxseeds you ask? Because apparently they spoil very quickly once they’re ground and since these little guys are not exactly cheap I wasn’t taking any chances.

How to Make a Flax Egg:
1. 1 egg = 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds + 3 tbsp of water whipped up like you would a real egg (this zucchini bread recipe called for 2 eggs so I used 2 tbsp of ground flaxseeds and 6 tablespoons of water)
2. place flax egg in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to an hour while you prepare the rest of the recipe
3. when you reach the step in your recipe that calls for your eggs, add the flax egg

It really works! Really! This bread was delicious! Dear vegans: THANK YOU. And now I’m going to go shop for a coffee grinder.

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