Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Lactation Cookies!

Heading over to a girlfriend's (& fellow new mom of two) tonight while our hubs' are out of town and baked some oatmeal raisin lactation cookies to bring over. I've never made these before but they came out AMAZING. And really they are just oatmeal raisin cookies that are made with ground flax seed, oats, and brewers yeast, all really good for milk production. So anyone (and everyone, I promise - they are soo good) will enjoy these, not just nursing mamas :) This recipe yields a lot of cookies too (about 3 dozen) so it's a nice idea to make some for yourself and package up the rest and bring over to another breastfeeding momma friend :) 

Prep time: 20 min (while tending to children. Actual prep time is probably 10 min)
Cook time: 10 minutes
What You Will Need:
- 2 cups flour
- 1 Cup softened butter
- brewer's yeast
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar 
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
- 4 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups oats
- 1 cup raisins

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Mix the flaxseed and water and let sit for 3-5 minutes.
3. Mix together the butter, sugar, and brown sugar.
4. Add eggs to butter/sugar and mix.
5. Add flaxseed mix and vanilla extract to the egg/butter/sugar and mix well.
6. Mix together the dry ingredients: the flour, brewers yeast, baking soda, and salt. (This was Landon's job)
7. Add dry ingredients to butter mix.
8. Stir in oats and chips.
9. Scoop 1-1.5" flattened balls onto baking sheet.
10. Bake for 10 minutes.
11. Let set for a couple minutes then remove from tray.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

East Coast Trip Pt 3: Animal Adventures

Adventured on over to Animal Adventures in Bolton MA a couple days ago with one of my best friends and the sweet girls she nannies for, same ages as L. Was definitely very cool and would highly recommend if you are in the area or feel like making the drive out. They had a lot of really cool exotic animals you don't/won't see at a zoo, as most animals in their care are rescued animals, foster animals, hurt animals, or otherwise just in need of a loving home. The greatest part about this place is that they give you guided tours of all the animal "habitats" as well as take out animals for the kids to pet. So you learn a lot and is really very educational for the kids, and the 'hands on' aspect was super cool as all the children were so excited to actually touch and pet a real live alligator, chinchilla, turtles, and lizards to name a few. 
A few pics from the day:

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