throwback thursday, vintage leo…


Looking really tough and a little scary (but still cute) in this one… Until I found this picture I forgot that Leo had a blocked tear duct until he was almost one year old. Cured with massage and breast milk (that stuff really does cure just about everything).


how can one little ear be such a big problem…


So I have been off the radar for a week or so. And it’s all because of this ear…



Yes, I am aware that I will probably not will any awards for my ear photo but trying to take a photo of a toddler who is constantly in motion is almost impossible so I had to take this while he was sleeping and it was dark, but judge away…

Anyway, back to the ear.  So Leo wasn’t sleeping well and was generally being all kinds of fussy.  As Leo gets older I am starting to realize that “fussy” is the polite way of calling your kid a brat, but I digress again. So we took him to the doctor and they said he had an ear infection. However, we were just finished with our last two ear infections, were too close to our last round of antibiotics and the he didn’t have a fever or “that bad” of an infection so we had to wait it out.  So basically we went 8 days sleeping in two and three-hour intervals with all of us surviving on Motrin and delivered pizza.  So there wasn’t really any time to blog with all of the complaining Leo and were doing simultaneously. According to the doctor we’re fine again so now that I am almost caught up on my nap time, it’s back to outings and blogging.

(written during naptime)





some things I have been cooking…

So I haven’t posted in a few days… not because I got so used to the relaxed lifestyle of Mother’s Day that I was too lazy to even lift a finger to type a post… a mom can dream.

No, I have been to busy to type because I have been cooking up a storm.  I’ve been reading too much Michael Pollan recently and become so stressed about the pesticide ridden GMO corn bi-products that I am feeding my family… hopefully this information will somehow be forgotten soon because I already miss the convenience of a store-bought cereal bar which I frantically banned from our pantry. But in the meantime, I have learned to make some fun “healthier” things. Here are a few…

The first I am going to call “instant coconut chocolate mousse.” I swore that I saw this on Pinterest a few weeks ago and pinned it but I couldn’t find it anywhere…so I winged it and it turned out pretty well.

instant coconut chocolate mousse

1 14 oz can of coconut cream chilled overnight in the fridge (make sure you get coconut cream and not milk, you get get milk the cream part will rise to the top and harden, just use that part and cut the coco and sugar in half)

2 tablespoons of unsweetened coco powder

2 tablespoons of fine sugar such as caster or powdered sugar

Directions: Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat with electric mixer about one minute. Eat it.


Leo (and his dad) gave this recipe two thumbs up. Lenny even asked for more today and I am pretty sure that is the first time he has requested seconds of anything vegan.

I would say the #1 snack in our house for Leo (and probably me too) is goldfish crackers. I am embarrassed to say that we go through the Costco size carton in about two weeks. And since there are a few things on the ingredient list that I have never heard of I set out to make a Michael Pollan approved preservative-free version last night after Leo went to bed. I used a recipe from the Tasty Kitchen blog. You will see that the Tasty Kitchen also made their own cookie cutters… good for them. I used store-bought cutters, teeny-tiny ones.  This resulted in me spending almost an hour rolling out dough and cutting out teeny-tiny animal shapes, over and over and over again.  The resulting crackers are quite tasty and pair nicely with Sauvignon Blanc or a sippy cup full of water if you’re not of age. It did make a crapload of crackers that I stashed in the freezer so hopefully it will last as long as the Costco box.  I put them in Leo’s snack trap today and he gobbled them up.


Above, cheddar piggies at 10:30PM.

I’m not sure how long this life-style shift will last but both of these recipes are super-tasty and will be added to my kitchen repertoire for sure.

(Written during naptime)