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No Bake Lactation Cookies!

Lactation Cookies

Sweet Sam made her debut last Saturday, it’s been super quiet on the blog, because, well, baby snuggles. Stay tuned for our birth story, photos and how we’re adjusting to life with 4 kiddos. In the meantime, here’s an amazing recipe. No bake, lactation cookies. If you’re trying to boost your milk supply or just want a healthy energy boost and you have 5 minutes, these are for you!

 

No Bake lactation bites

  • 1 cup oats (old fashioned or instant)*
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter or other nut butter ( I used sunflower seed butter)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed (flaxmeal)*
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 3 tbs brewer’s yeast*
  • 1 tsp  vanilla

Instructions

  • Mix all ingredients together
  • Refrigerate for about a half hour
  • Roll into bite-sized balls
  • (Optional) Roll balls in coconut for a tasty twist and reduce the sticky mess on your hands!
  • Store in an airtight container (I refrigerate them)

NOTES:

  1. You can pretty much substitute any of these ingredients to suit your dietary needs! Basically any dry for a dry or agave etc for the honey. I plan on using cranberries instead of chocolate chips next time.
  2. Brewers Yeast does have a bitter flavor (even the de-bittered varieties) You may use less to suit your taste. This will also depend on the brand you use.

 

 

 


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Farmer’s Market: Charlotte Regional Edition

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I’m embarrassed to say that this past Saturday was my very first time to the Charlotte regional market. I will most definitely be back too! We had a blast!

I was completely overwhelmed with all of the amazing booths. Flowers, fruits, veggies, plants and herbs, breads and sweets, wines, pickles, and handcrafted goods. It has everything you could possible need!

 

We got bone in chuck roast, peaches, Duck eggs, okra and the best black berries I think I’ve ever had!

Organic farms are always my favorite and we were not disappointed by Freedom Farms! As pregnant as I am melons are my favorite to stay hydrated and cool and I got an Ambrosia cantaloupe and water melon! We threw the potatoes we purchased in the crock pot with the Roast and some carrots and we’re digging in to that tonight ; )

I even got a unakite bracelet and had a blast chatting with Madge from Mill’s farm Herb farms!
We’ll be back very soon!!!


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Refrigerator pickles

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I love pickles, all kinds, but especially bread and butter pickles, I could literally eat an entire jar, by myself, in one sitting! Jake grew tons of cucumbers this year so we were able to make oodles of both dill and bread and butter. A few years ago we tried the canning process and while it was fun, I felt like we just couldn’t get it quite perfect so here was our strategy this year…we existed the troops too!

We decided to do dill spears and bread and butter slices, it allowed us to save as much of the cucumber as possible, we cut the cucumber to fit the jars then into spears and the left over inches were sliced. The Dill Pickles were Jake and Stella’s domain. Amelie helped me with the Bread and Butters!

The whole process was a super fun family affair, Lucy had plans for a nap instead though. I got into the bread and butter pickles a day after we stuck them in the fridge and they were amazing ; ) Huge success!


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Himalayan Pink salt slab

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It is no secret that I love Himalayan Salt, I have lamps in every rom of the house, I use the bath salts, I even have a pink salt inhaler to help with my asthma. So I was absolutely over joyed when our friends gifted us with a cooking slab!

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As usual, Jake was in charge of cooking, he heated the slab on low/medium heat and then we prepped the rest of dinner while it warmed up.

Jake marinated the salmon with olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic. I preheated the oven to 350 and threw some brussel sprouts in a pyrex, olive oil, crushed garlic, salt, pepper and then I topped those with fried bacon and of course, bacon grease ; ) The fingerling potatoes  got a healthy dose of olive oil, salt, garlic and rosemary sprigs from the garden. I covered both with foil and in the oven it goes. The sprouts cooked for about 30 minutes and the potatoes about 40. Halfway through Jake tossed the salmon filets on the slab. Easy, healthy and super fun to play with a new way of cooking a favorite!

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Crustless quiche

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Stella loves to help in the kitchen so I enlisted her to help me throw these easy peasy quiches together! It’s the perfect dinner when you have veggies laying around and want something healthy and quick.

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We made a bell pepper (from our garden) and goat cheese quiche and a Tomato (also from the front yard), basil and mozzarella quiche.

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Here’s the base,

6-8 eggs

1-1/2 cups of milk

your choice of veggies/cheese

salt, pepper, garlic

preheat oven to 350

Butter pie dishes so eggs don’t stick

bake for 45 minutes or until it stops jiggling.

That easy!

 


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Farmers market: Cotswold edition

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It’s all about food on the blog this week! This was our farmer’s market haul 2 weeks ago at Cotswold farmers market and it was amazing!!!

We hit our Favorites, Rosemary Pete for eggplant, carrots, sweet peppers and shrooms!

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Two moons is our go to for chicken, bacon and steaks. I got a whole chicken and made some yummy crockpot chicken with carrots, onions, garlic and potatoes. I made bone broth with the left overs!!

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If you haven’t made it over to Great Harvest then you’re missing out, we always grab a cinnamon chip loaf and a dakota!

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Goose absolutely loves Saturday market trips!!!


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Friday (ahem, I know it’s Saturday but what can you do?) List

Friday List

 

I love farm to table restaurants. I love that when we eat at them we’re not only supporting local farmers, heirloom varieties, more often than not organic, but it’s absolutely delicious too! I have a mental list of places to try and I’m slowly crossing them off! So here’s a list of my favorites.

Luna’s Living Kitchen

Luna’s has always been my favorite and there isn’t a single item on the menu that I don’t love, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would be the Lunasagna! They moved to a larger space in Atherton Mills a while back and have filled it with love, light and gorgeous art! Drop in for a quick juice or smoothie or stay for lunch and now dinner!!!

Workman’s Friend

I have been wanting to try this place forever and it finally happened the other day! A dear friend and I met for (a kid free ; ) brunch and it was fabulous! Their menu is fantastic! I had the bangers and grits and it did not disappoint! The atmosphere is like a warm Irish hug too!

Customshop

This restaurant has been on my list for ages! I used to sell Lotus Rouge at the Elizabeth Ave Farmers market and met Trey and Michelle there. Michelle owns Think Bees, quite possibly the best honey I’ve ever tasted! We started off with a cheese plate; Agour Ossau-Iraty Sheep, Goat Lady Dairy Snow Camp and Prosciutto di Parma and it was divine. Jake had the squid ink bucatini and I had the Scallops a la plancha and both were perfect!

 

Bottom line, your dollars are votes, so if you’re going to vote every single day, make it count! Shop local, support local agriculture and be mindful of the quality of food you put it your body. PS. It can taste amazing too ; )

 

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