Saturday, September 26, 2009

Iowa v. Penn State

The tailgating started early on the front porch.

Followed by a little football practice.

She's working on her stiff arm!

Go Hawks!

Friday, September 25, 2009

One Year Stats

Weight - 18 lbs. - 5th percentile
Height - 29 1/2 inches - 75th percentile

We didn't go to a one year well baby visit because I didn't really see the need and neither does our pediatrician. We don't vaccinate (and no, it's not because I'm afraid of autism), so the only thing they would really do there is weigh and measure her...something I was able to do quite adequately at home.

I will take her in probably around 18 months to get her lead levels tested (we found lead paint in our house that has been taken care of, but we're supposed to get her checked just to be safe).

I'm so thankful that she is so incredibly happy and healthy. I'm also thankful that I did my own research on what would be best for her health in terms of vaccinations, medications, and diet and would highly recommend every new or expectant mother to do the same!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

First Birthday Cake

I wanted Evelyn to have her very own little cake to smash and devour for her 1st birthday, but since we keep processed sugars away from her I had to get a little creative. Her cake was actually a soaked flour banana bread (why we use soaked flour) and frosted with frosting sweetened with honey.

Here's my "cake" recipe

1/2 cup of butter
1/2 cup of raw honey
3 large bananas
2 eggs
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
yogurt or kefir

Wet the flour with just enough yogurt or kefir to make it form a large ball. It should not be soupy. Leave in a warm place overnight or up to 24 hours.

Combine all ingredients. Pour into pans so that there is not more than 1-2 inches of batter in each. Bake at 350 until done. The outside will look done before the inside is. That is ok! Just leave them in there until the centers are cooked. It takes much longer to bake soaked grains. A loaf of bread can take an hour and a half.


3 egg whites
2/3 cup of honey (I used a scant two-thirds a cup)
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

Put the unbeaten egg whites, honey, and salt into the top of a double boiler over hot water. Beat with an electric beater on medium to high speed, while you bring the water to a boil. Continue to beat for 7 minutes, or until the mixture forms soft mounds. Remove from the heat, add the vanilla slowly and continue beating until frosting is stiff enough to hold it’s shape.

Yield: 3 cups

Do I need to be as obsessive as I am about her not eating sugar...maybe not. But I choose to be, and when there are such delicious and healthy alternatives, why not? Besides, she doesn't know the difference and loved her banana cake!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Meredith and Jeff's Wedding

I had the honor and privilege to be the Matron of Honor in Meredith and Jeff's wedding a couple weeks ago. The whole event was so beautiful, and I am so happy for them both!

Thursday, September 17, 2009


Evelyn had her first amusement park experience at Adventureland on Labor Day. She seemed to really like it.