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Elise: Two Months

Elise is two months old!

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At two months, Elise…
Loves:
  • Taking baths
  • Changing clothes
  • Talking / babbling
  • Batting at objects
  • Grandpa (she smiles at him every time she sees him!)

Dislikes:

  • Binkies
  • Bottles
  • Being away from mom

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She also found her thumb recently… so we’ll see where that goes. Our cutie is getting big!

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Baked Sweet Potato Doughnuts

I love a good doughnut, especially since this last pregnancy with Elise. What I don’t love is the calorie and sugar content in doughnuts. Sigh.

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Enter these baked sweet potato doughnuts. While they may not be the healthiest breakfast (or snack…) option, they aren’t too bad for a doughnut fix in my mind. We’ll compare to other doughnut shops later. Plus, vegetables in doughnuts?! That has to be worth something. I need sugar in my life.

I recently purchased this doughnut pan so that I could make baked doughnuts at home. It was a good purchase and makes doughnut-baking probably a little too easy ;)

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For these donuts, I used a simple frosting from Joy the Baker that made for easy dipping.

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And then, of course, sprinkles are a necessity if you have kids… or sometimes just for yourself.

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If you make these in the afternoon, you end up with a really awesome snack, and I promise that you will be so happy when you wake up the next morning with doughnuts to eat.

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Another thing to be happy about?  These are much healthier than other doughnuts of the same style from chain doughnut shops. Check this out (or don’t look if you are going to grab a doughnut from a shop sometime soon…):

Our Doughnut Dunkin’ Donuts Tim Horton’s
Calories 177 350 250
Carbs (g) 24 40 33
Protein (g) 3 4 4
Fat (g) 8 19 11
Sodium (mg) 178 340 270
Sugar (g) 12 20 15
Vitamin A 26% 4% 0%

 

Baked Sweet Potato Doughnuts
Adapted from How Sweet Eats and Joy the Baker

Ingredients:

Doughnuts:
1/2 cup oat flour (make your own in the food processor using 1/2 cup quick oats)
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup pecan meal (make your own in the food processor using a heaping 1/4 cup of pecans)
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground ginger
2 eggs
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp milk
1/3 cup sweet potato puree (roast at 425˚F for an hour and a half, then puree)
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
2 tbsp vegetable or canola oil
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Frosting:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp milk (up to 3 tbsp if needed)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F and spray doughnut pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Whisk together the dry ingredients: flours, pecan meal, sugar, baking powder, salt, and spices.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: eggs, milk, sweet potato puree, maple syrup, applesauce, oil, and vanilla extract.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Add batter to the doughnut pan, filling each reservoir just to the top.
  6. Bake doughnuts at 350˚F for 18-20 minutes.
  7. Mix together all of the frosting ingredients in a wide-mouthed bowl.
  8. Flip the doughnut pan onto cooling rack. Once slightly cooled, dip each doughnut into the frosting and place back on the rack to cool completely. Add sprinkles or other toppings if desired.

Recipe makes 10-12 doughnuts.

Pregnancy Photos

After a reminder from my husband that I had not finished posting my weekly pregnancy belly photos, I finally finished! Turns out around 23 weeks, I abandoned the blog. Again. Life happens, right?! Photos can be viewed here.

I also made a final .gif where you can watch my stomach blow up like a balloon!

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Elise: One Month

Well, time sure does fly! Elise is already one month old. It feels like she’s been in our lives for so much longer!
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She pretty much slept her way through her first month. Like… we had to look up if it was okay for a newborn to sleep 22-23 hours per day in the first week. Don’t worry – she doesn’t sleep that much anymore. And she wakes up to eat every three hours, so don’t be jealous if you think we’re already at the ‘sleeping through the night’ stage.
We all already love her to pieces, and Caleb seems to be adjusting really well to having a little sister at home.
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He eventually wanted to get in on this photoshoot.
At one month, Elise…
Loves:
  • Snuggling
  • Taking baths
  • Changing clothes
  • Christmas / string lights
Milestones:
  • Smiles!
  • Rolled over once – on purpose – but hasn’t tried again
  • Tracks objects with her eyes
It’s funny looking back at Caleb’s first month pictures as well, because a) these kids look so stinkin’ similar and b) we knew his personality at one month! If that holds true, Elise is going to be sweet and peaceful… unless she isn’t getting what she wants, then she’ll definitely let you know. For example, in our first attempt at the one month photoshoot, she was not feelin’ it:
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But hey, the crying face has to be documented, too. We love you, Elise!
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Pregnancy Weeks 20 – 23

Twenty three weeks: Beach vacation week! Our little girl loved all the action: chasing Caleb, riding waves, etc.

Twenty two weeks: The nursery is painted!

Twenty one weeks: Baby is as long as a carrot, but I’m more interested in eating popsicles.

Twenty weeks: Halfway there! Baby is as long as a banana.

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Pregnancy: Weeks 16 – 19

Four weeks in one post this time, with the most exciting news so far! Baby is a girl! You may recall last pregnancy we did the Baby Sex Predictors to see if the silly old wives’ tales ways to predict baby’s sex would work. For pregnancy 1, there was a 73% chance baby was a boy – and we ended up with Caleb! This time, there was a 73% change baby is a girl – and the ultrasound agreed! Maybe the tests are more accurate when done collectively? Mom and Dad’s intuition also said girl this time around, so there’s always that ;)

Heartbeat test– Is the baby’s heartbeat above 140 bpm? Yes- girl.

Chinese Pregnancy Calendar– Look up by mother’s date at time of conception and month of conception. Girl.

Carrying high or low? Low. Boy.

Dry hands and cold feet? No. Girl.

Sweet or sour/salty cravings? Sweet – girl.

Morning sickness or no? Yes – girl.

Even & Odd Numbers– Are the mother’s age at time of conception and year of conception both even or both odd? Yes. Girl.

Is baby weight showing in face and spread to sides of the stomach? No. Boy.

Wedding ring on a string– Tie mom’s wedding ring on a string and hold it above her stomach. Does it have a circular motion or pendulum motion? Circular. Boy.

Craving citrus? Yes. Girl.

Which side do you sleep on? Right. Girl.

Now for the weekly pictures:

Nineteen weeks: Baby is a GIRL!

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Eighteen weeks: Baby is the size of a sweet potato.

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Seventeen weeks: baby is doing flips and approximately the size of three crayola chalks.

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Sixteen weeks: Hiking through Watkins Glen with a baby in my belly and a toddler on my back.

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Bake15: Ham and Cheese Puff Pastry Pie (Pie #13)

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Surprise, surprise… another Joy the Baker pie!

This was actually a pie I made the day after Pi Day – just a little while ago.

Step one: purchase store-bought puff pastry. Yeah. I know. This pie is already a piece of cake… Although that seems like an oxymoron.

Joy made hers into more of a pie shape – aka a circle – but the puff pastry I found was a rectangle, so I went with it and think that we actually liked it better. It was easy to cut into squares and easy to hold.

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This pie uses a nice layer of whole-grain mustard… which, yes, I was a little skeptical about. BUT – you can’t even feel the ‘funky’ texture after it cooks.

Then the pie is topped with black forest ham and gruyere cheese.

Then the second puff pastry goes on top and slits are cut.

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After baking, it looks PERFECT and is seriously the best lunch ever.

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Cutting the pie into squares made it seem like just a fancy sandwich… Which it kind of is.

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We all loved this – including Caleb! Even he asked for more (regular, with no grains) mustard to dip the sandwich in. I think this is a great go-to lunch to last a few days or for the whole week, depending on the size of your family. While I did use black forest ham and gruyere based on Joy the Baker’s recommendations, I’m sure various combinations could be used to make lots of different puff pastry pie sandwiches.

The pie ratings:

The pie rating scale is a Mike-determined scale from 1 – 10, with a 5 being the “classic, homemade apple pie”, and 10 being the highest rating.

Emily: 10

Mike: 10

This pie is a definite winner and is SO easy to make – you should definitely give it a try!