Playtime.

September 29, 2012

Good morning dad!

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We started our day with some delicious pumpkin oats! Matt was a very good sport to make them since he really doesn’t like pumpkin all that much. I gobbled ‘em down!

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Whipped banana oatmeal with 1/3 cup pumpkin stirred in at end (for 1 serving) and 1/3 cup cottage cheese stirred in at end too. Topped with Autumn Spice Granola (which I am LOVING!) and melty Barney Butter. BB is the best because it melts into a glorious puddle!

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Morning playtime followed. Maze says pooh to baby acne. He’s spot on to get it this week (Jen warned us it was a normal hormonal change and it was coming). Apparently he’s going to shed his hair next? Last week he molted!

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Matt took the day off today (yay!) and I took advantage of his help and planned a trip to the grocery store. We went to Harris Teeter for a change because I had a handful of things I needed there that I can’t get at Whole Foods (sweetened coconut, Libby’s Pumpkin – which was sold out!)

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The Boba carrier kept him happy in the store, but he cried the whole ride home. We think his car seat is making him too hot (since it was a hot day). I’ve heard this model is notorious for being hot, which will be a plus in the winter. He stopped crying when we picked up some more Shenandoah Joe’s coffee!

Back home, it was time for lunch. (There are long periods of breastfeeding interspersed between these events!)

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I have a scuffin problem. Just these Apple Cheddar ones! So good! I had half of one, toasted.

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Served with apple slices and cinnamon (so glad it’s apple season!)

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And a salad topped with a “poached egg.”

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After the delicious poached eggs at brunch, I bought these on Amazon for cheap to help me poach.

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However, as you can see, I am not sure I did it right. It took a really long time to cook and didn’t come out of the shell very nicely! Must practice. Any tips? I have poached an egg in just the water before, but it didn’t turn out all that great either.

Also on my salad was bleu cheese (pregnancy aversion that is GONE!) and pecans. And Annie’s Woodstock dressing which I am so glad is back in my life!

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Afternoon playtime – Maze LOVES his index finger!! He must have had a special bond with it in utero. He likes to suck it and point at things!

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Mid afternoon snack of yogurt + granola + fruit. We were blessed with a two hour nap!!

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And then…

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Our friend Philip brought us a pizza! Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie is a famous local pizza place out in the countryside down Route 29, and we had yet to try it.

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Lived up to the hype – this was one great pizza!

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Pepperoni, pepper and mushroom. Thanks so much Philip, Lisa + family for dinner!

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Matt assembled a salad on the side – baby spinach, cheddar and a simple lemon/olive oil dressing.

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I ate 2 slices….and then 2 more!

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Phillip also brought us a Devil’s Backbone brew to try – Striped Bass Pale Ale in the most gorgeous bottle.

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Mazen cried during dinner, but we didn’t mind. More reasons to play!

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1 Erin September 29, 2012 at 8:03 am

I just love seeing all the pics! Mazen is definitely looking a lot like his daddy, too :-)

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2 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! September 29, 2012 at 8:04 am

I definitely think Mazen looks like Matt! I can already see the similarities!!

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3 Kel September 29, 2012 at 8:05 am

You are still glowing :). Being a Mom looks great on you!

Your friends are all amazing people. It shows people give back what you have been giving to them.

Enjoy your weekend!

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4 Melissa September 29, 2012 at 8:07 am

Super Cute pics of your Maze Boy! :)

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5 Emily September 29, 2012 at 8:07 am

With the egg poacher, Kath, spray the silicone cup with olive oil to make it easier to turn out, gently break the egg into it then put it in a saucepan of boiling water. Put the lid on (that bit is important so it cooks properly) and leave on a slow boil for around 3-4.5 min. It should be perfectly done and easy to remove. It wont look quite the same as a restaurant poached egg but tastes equally yummy.

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6 KathEats September 29, 2012 at 8:29 am

thanks!

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7 jessica September 29, 2012 at 9:26 am

I second the lid while cooking!
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8 Candice September 29, 2012 at 11:28 am

Ha ha, I have these cups and thought they were just so you could easily slide the egg into boiling water! Must try the right technique!!

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9 j3nn September 30, 2012 at 3:56 am

Yeah, I was going to comment with put a lid on the egg pods and they will cook very quickly.

Kath, I don’t think you have a scuffin problem; I think you have a scuffin fortune! You’re doing it right. :)

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10 rosie @ rosalicious September 29, 2012 at 8:10 am

We ended up getting the Keyfit too – mainly because our friend is giving us the caddy that goes with it, but also because she’ll be using it in winter. We also heard it was really hot!

Dr Hos is THE BEST pizza in C’ville, in my opinion! Just wish they were closer and delivered!

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11 Pam September 29, 2012 at 8:11 am

The photo of you and Mazen at the bottom your post is absolutely precious!!
Yeah for friends bringing over dinner, you know a lot of wonderful people!
I just noticed the KERF stamp on all of your photos, really cool, great copyright tool as well.

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12 Anna September 29, 2012 at 8:20 am

I’m glad it’s apple season too!! Those scuffins look amazing…

http://www.notquitenigella.com/2012/09/28/chateaux-cheese-auvergne-france/
This blogge visited Auvergne, and I had to show you because of how much you rave about D’Auvergne bleu! Looks like a pretty spectacular place to visit…

Also, Mazen makes pretty adorable faces.. I love that last one =)

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13 KathEats September 29, 2012 at 8:30 am

I’ll check it out! Just bought more D’Auvergne cheese after a very long hiatus!!

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14 Amy Wiginton September 29, 2012 at 8:27 am

Kath, I could eat him up!!! I LOVE babies….probably why we have 4 kids :)

My sister in law is having her first next month…what is the baby wrap that you guys both love so much? Thinking about getting that for them as their shower gift…

Thanks so much!

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15 KathEats September 29, 2012 at 8:30 am

It’s the Boba wrap and carrier – they have been lifesavers

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16 Mandy September 29, 2012 at 8:31 am

Hi Kath,
have you tried putting a splash of vinegar (any kind but obviously the colour will affect the eggs) in the pan of boiling water, swirling the water with a spoon until you have a vortex and then sliding the egg in?

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17 Diana September 29, 2012 at 8:36 am

If you’re water poahing (without the cup) have you tried adding a table spoon of white vinegar to the water? It will help the eggs stick together. Also, making sure the water isn’t too hot is key. You should be able to stick your finger in the pan of water forba brief period the whole time the eggs are cooking without feeling like you’re getting burned.
If you want really perfect eggs they make steam poachers and if you spray those aluminum cups/trays with a little Pam, they’ll be picture perfect. Still, water poaching is my favorite approach. Good luck!

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18 Emily @ www.main-eats.com September 29, 2012 at 8:41 am

Looks like a pretty amazing day! I am also WAY excited for apple season-I can’t get enough!!!

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19 Williamsburg Baby September 29, 2012 at 8:44 am

Ah yes, Axel had pretty bad baby acne from about 3 weeks. It cleared up significantly by about 5 and at 7 weeks seemed to go away completely. We called it the newborn teen phase because it seemed to coincide with a lot of “personality” aka fussing!

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20 KathEats September 29, 2012 at 8:45 am

Oh good!! :)

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21 K September 29, 2012 at 8:57 am

Not that there is anything wrong with baby acne, but our midwives advised us to just treat it with breastmilk and rose water, and that worked like a charm! Our guy had a pretty bad case :/
Just apply a bit f breastmilk whenever you remember, and it’s always nice to dab on that beautiful smelling rose water as part of the bedtime routine! You baby is beautiful, Kath!

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22 Jennifer September 29, 2012 at 8:48 am

Mazen looks SO MUCH like Matt in that last picture! What a little cutie!

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23 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats September 29, 2012 at 8:48 am

I’ve never used a poacher like that before, at my parent’s house we have a separate little poacher that you put water in, and then it has a curved metal piece you put the egg in, and then a lid. Works perfectly!

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24 Amy Wiginton September 29, 2012 at 8:53 am

Ooops..what are your most referenced “how to” baby books…I know you have mentioned 2 that you guys really love…Thanks SOO much!

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25 KathEats September 29, 2012 at 9:00 am

Happiest Baby on the Block and Baby 411 have been the best so far

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26 Simply Life September 29, 2012 at 8:58 am

oh that pizza looks just delicious!

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27 carol September 29, 2012 at 9:08 am

Mazen just keeps getting cuter and cuter. You and Matt have one beautiful boy!

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28 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 29, 2012 at 9:09 am

I’m all for Pumpkin oats and I think one of the last times I went to the grocery store for Libbys they only had the GIANT cans which a single girl just can’t finish in time… :-/

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29 Monica September 29, 2012 at 9:21 am

From Alton Brown. The key is adding acid like vinegar or lemon juice! Always use fresh eggs. If you can’t see the difference between the “thick” white and the “thin” white, the yolks will probably break in the pan. Always deliver the eggs to the pan with a custard cup or large spoon. Avoid cracking directly into the pan. When using a non-stick skillet cook in no more than an inch of water. If you don’t have a non-stick pan, poach in a deep saucepan containing at least 3 inches of water. Always acidulate the poaching liquid with either vinegar or lemon juice (1 tsp per each cup of water). Bring liquid to a boil, add eggs, then remove from heat and cover. How long you ask? It depends on how many eggs. I like my yolks barely runny so I’ll cook 4 eggs for 7 to 8 minutes depending on there size. Since more eggs will absorb more heat from the water, they will take longer to cook, so for large batches always include an extra “test” egg. Always remove eggs with a slotted spoon. Poached eggs can be refrigerated in ice water for up to 8 hours, then reheated in hot water. Do not re-boil.
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/poached-egg-tips-recipe/index.html

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30 Tara September 29, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Monica beat me too it, the secret is putting vinegar or lemon juice in the water…just a bit and don’t worry, you won’t taste it. This helps to keep the whites together, otherwise they float away into the water and you’re left with mostly yolk. The second secret is to have the right utensils for fishing the eggs out of the water….one of those big strainer-type spoons is great. For 2 eggs, 4 minutes makes the perfect, just slightly runny, poached eggs (in my opinion)

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31 Ariel September 29, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Yup, you all beat me to it! Acid in the water!

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32 Andrea September 29, 2012 at 9:40 am

I agree that Mazen really does resemble Matt! It will be fun for you guys to see the different characteristics and traits he gets from each of you as he grows and learns.

That bottle of beer is beautiful!

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33 sam September 29, 2012 at 9:53 am

hey kath! I use egg poachers like that too. spray em with a small amount of oil and then the trick is to cover the pot! the steam helps cook them :)

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34 Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) September 29, 2012 at 9:55 am

My mom was given those poached egg cups and I had a lot of difficulty using them too! Maybe spray them??? I honestly gave up….sorry, not much help there.

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35 elizabeth September 29, 2012 at 9:55 am

I’ve never had the Woodstock dressing. Looks like its Goddess with some tomato? Were you not allowed to eat it while pregnant?

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36 KathEats September 29, 2012 at 10:06 am

No I just got sick of it sometime in 2008!

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37 Denise September 29, 2012 at 9:57 am

My very easy way for poaching eggs is this one: http://tlt-thelittlethings.com/2012/06/10/toast-with-avocado-and-poached-egg/

(with a poacher like you have, I would rub it with a little olive oil)

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38 Kathleen September 29, 2012 at 9:58 am

I LOVE my poach pods! And yes, spritz with oil before cracking the eggs into them. I put them in a covered pot of boiling water for 4-5 minutes (on our old stove it took 4, our new place takes 5-5.5 minutes). I then use a fork and scrape around the egg in the cup before dumping it out. That helps a lot. Unfortunately, even on silicone, eggs will still stick a bit. So the fork thing helps.

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39 Elisabeth September 29, 2012 at 10:04 am

Looks like he’s definitely getting some personality! :)

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40 elizabeth September 29, 2012 at 10:04 am

Did your eggs have any funny taste from the poach pods? I noticed one reviewer said they did.

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41 KathEats September 29, 2012 at 10:05 am

I didn’t notice one…

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42 Crissy September 29, 2012 at 10:17 am

Putting a dab of your breast milk on Mazen’s baby acne after he nurses will help! My daughter had it around the same time, and the BM really worked!

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43 JessicaE September 29, 2012 at 11:34 am

Yes!! My son had baby acne and also goopy eyes (both normal) and breast milk helped both heal up quickly. :D

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44 Bonnie September 29, 2012 at 10:17 am

Here’s a GREAT tutorial from a blogger at PBS food (with Jenna!) – he explains the method and process of poaching an egg perfectly every time and he does do in a way I think you’ll appreciate! I’m almost 11 weeks along and counting down the days until I can eat runny eggs again (and lox… and sushi)!

Here’s the PBS link!
http://www.pbs.org/food/fresh-tastes/poached-eggs/

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45 Mom September 29, 2012 at 10:30 am

My brilliant grandson learning to point! Next it will be the piano!

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46 Heather (Heather's Dish) September 29, 2012 at 10:30 am

i absolutely love that last shot of you and Mazen – beautiful :)

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47 Julie September 29, 2012 at 10:40 am

I add about 3-4 tbsps of white vinegar to the water when I poach eggs. They turn out. You might want to give that a try. Just a suggestion.

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48 Stephanie September 29, 2012 at 10:41 am

Hi Kath!

Long time lurker but first comment- love the onesie Mazen has on! Where is it from? Hoping it is gender neutral enough for my 2 month old girl :).

Thanks!

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49 KathEats September 29, 2012 at 1:36 pm

It’s Carter’s brand and was a gift, so I’m not quite sure where it’s from

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50 sarah @ So Sarah Laughed September 29, 2012 at 4:04 pm

you can get them at macys

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51 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries September 29, 2012 at 10:51 am

Yay for pumpkin oats! I’ve been enjoying them a lot lately. I did have some French toast this morning topped with pumpkin butter + nut butter that was totally inspired by you. Delicious! Also, love that last photo of you and Mazen – adorable!

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52 Jenica September 29, 2012 at 10:53 am

He’s starting to look so much like you! As for the egg poacher, maybe try coating it with cooking spray next time?

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53 Jennifer September 29, 2012 at 11:03 am

He is SO cute!!! I love the picture with his tongue out. :) It looks like he’s got really strong head control, too, in his little bobby. What a growing little boy! :)

Those are really cool egg poachers. I just watched a cooking show this morning and they used a soup ladle but I like the one you have. What a great idea!

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54 Amy September 29, 2012 at 11:16 am

I’m glad I’m not the only person who’s had trouble with those poachers!

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55 jen September 29, 2012 at 11:31 am

RE: the crying in the car thing. Of course it could be a million things, and I’m sure you guys will sortit out. But I did want to mention that my little one was ALWAYS miserable in a “bucket” style seat where the whole seat snaps in and out of the car. We bought a convertible style instead and although it looked huge for her tiny body, it was good for as little as 5lbs, and our NICU staff showed us how to prop her up in it with some rolled swaddle blankets. And it made a huge difference. I only guess it was because it holds her more upright, but we’ll never know for sure.

PRO: FAR less baby screaming in the backseat (heartbreaking to hear)
CON: No easy picking up the whole baby and carseat bucket to go – have to get her in and out (buckle and unbuckle) at every stop.

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56 Averie @ Averie Cooks September 29, 2012 at 11:42 am

Love the smile and joy on your face in the last shot! And that pizza, wow, looks awesome!

Poaching eggs can be a bit of a messy adventure, can’t it. Adding a tiny splash of vinegar to the boiling water can sometimes help make the whites ‘stick’ together and not be such a falling apart mess. No matter what thought, it’s messy. If that cup worked, that thing would be the ticket!

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57 Sara September 29, 2012 at 11:50 am

Jenna has a great tutorial on how to poach eggs. I’ve done them this way a couple of times, although, I don’t like runny eggs so I left mine in the pot for a bit longer than 3 minutes …
http://www.eatliverun.com/a-good-egg/

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58 Heather September 29, 2012 at 12:22 pm

I have always loved poached eggs and long ago learned a fool proof technique: bring a pot of water to a rapid boil, once boiling knock the heat back to low and wait until water is no longer bubbling. Meanwhile, crack egg into a small ramekin or glass…something so you can ease the egg into the water. When the water stops bubbling, ease eggs into the water. Cook for 3 minutes, remove with slotted spoon. Perfectly cooked poached eggs, no special equipment required! (I think this technique is from the old classic Joy of Cooking cookbook).

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59 Liz September 29, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Put some organic coconut oil on that baby acne and it’ll clear right up. My daughter had it terrible and it cleared up in just a couple days!

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60 coco September 29, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Kath, when did your milk come in? how could you tell? I just had my baby three days ago and wondering when my milk will come in. I’ve been nursing her every 2-3 hrs so far.
thanks!

good to know that babies get acne too.

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61 KathEats September 29, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Mine came in almost 48 hours later. My boobs got huge and rock hard for a bit, but then they went back down in a day or so.

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62 coco September 30, 2012 at 8:13 am

thanks Kath, my milk came in yesterday! :)

she started to pee much more, and passing gas, but no poop.

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63 KathEats September 30, 2012 at 8:15 am

Oh good! Hopefully the poop is on the waaay!

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64 amandarunsny September 29, 2012 at 1:10 pm

A lot of people have already said this, but I’ve heard adding vinegar to the water is the key. I love poached eggs but can never get it down so I just do sunny side up instead. MMMM, I need me so eggs now.

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65 Cait September 29, 2012 at 1:20 pm

do you find the meals your friends are bringing helpful and considerate, or does it become annoying (maybe poor word choice) that friends are coming over when you clearly have a lot going on with a new one? Just curious, as a casual friend of mine expecting any day, and I don’t know if I should offer a meal, or if that would be too much..?

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66 KathEats September 29, 2012 at 1:36 pm

TOTALLY helpful and considerate!! The meals have been life savers and very much appreciated. Definitely offer to bring a meal to your friend (even if it’s take out or something simple) and the most important thing is when you drop it off be on time and don’t stay more than 20 minutes or so (unless they seem to want you to stay!)

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67 Cait September 29, 2012 at 2:46 pm

thank you, Kath!

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68 Megan @ Megan's Munchies September 29, 2012 at 1:22 pm

So many yummy eats and so many cute pics of Maze!

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69 bama September 29, 2012 at 1:30 pm

As usual, the answer to everything food lies in the blogworld.

Jenna of Eat Live Run posted about how to make the perfect poached egg a long time ago (2010!), and I promise you, it works EVERY.TIME. I’ve done it every time since and never, not once have my eggs not turned out. You must do it.

http://www.eatliverun.com/a-good-egg/

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70 emilie September 29, 2012 at 1:32 pm

I’m sure you’ve read by now from other comments to use vinegar in the water…I learned this a couple years ago and I’ve been addicted to poached eggs ever since! I have them every morning.
It was super hard to give up runny eggs while pregnant so I settled to having them cooked through. Ew- a dry yolk is a yucky yolk!
Just a comment on the baby acne- this was the first sign that my daughter had a milk protein intolerance (very common in babies). I had no idea until my lactation consultant pointed it out. Just a thought- if it doesn’t clear up, could be a cause.

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71 Cherleen @ My Personal Finance Journey September 29, 2012 at 1:41 pm

You never fail to excite my palate with your hearty meals. I love those apple with cinnamon.. and of course, the pizza! Unfortunately, I do not know how to poach an egg as well so I always end up with either sunny side up or hard-boiled egg.

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72 Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews September 29, 2012 at 1:46 pm

I love the last picture with Mazen’s mouth open. So cute!

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73 Coleen September 29, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Here’s my two cents about poaching. I had a serious Eggs Benedict craving a couple of months ago and decided to try them at home. After searching the internet on how to poach, I poached about 8 eggs over two days and each one turned out perfect. I put about two inches of water in the pan and let it get to the point of about to boil and then turned down to keep it at that point. Apparently you do not want boiling. I added a splash of white wine vinegar. I cracked the egg into a very small prep bowl. I then created a whirpool by circling a spoon in the pot. I slowly poured the egg from the bowl into the center of the whirpool. It seems weird at first but it allows the white to encircle the egg. If at any time it sticks to the bottom just gently get underneath it to unlatch it. I think I cooked mine just over two minutes (I cooked them one at a time) and they were perfect. I removed them with a slotted spoon. White cooked and yolk runny (I like mine to mix with the hollandaise sauce). I was pretty impresssed with myself being that it seems like people struggle with perfect poached eggs. You have to love the internet for times like these. Good luck.

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74 Jennifer September 29, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Yes, this is the way to do it. Vinegar plus the swirling water. You can start the “whirlpool” before you add the egg, or swirl around each egg after you pour it in the water (or both). It swirls the whites back in with the yoke. Breaking the egg into a small bowl first helps too.

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75 Michelle (Peachy Palate) September 29, 2012 at 1:59 pm

He’s getting so much more of a personality in the photos now! So cute!!! You now have me wanting to try Barney Butter! Can’t get it to Ireland I don’t think unless you have a source? :) Happy Saturday!

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76 Lisa October 7, 2012 at 4:08 am

I use Vitacost website which delivers American nut butters to Australia (where we live!). http://www.vitacost.com it takes about 5 weeks to arrive though which feels like forever! But exciting when it arrives. They have all sorts of good things that you read about on these yummy foodie blogs in the US!! Good luck :-)

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77 Laurie September 29, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Love that scuffin!!!! I don’t know if you have Aldi’s near you but I picked up pumpkin for .99 can yesterday. Crockpot oatmeal with it today….just so/so….need to add something to it

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78 Rachel September 29, 2012 at 2:17 pm

I love poached eggs and I can’t stand the ones made in an egg poacher (never had them from a poaching pod), so I was determined to learn the real way to do it. I used to always use a large saucepan and sometimes I would get perfectly poached eggs and other times they were literally a flop. I watched a chef do it to make eggs benedict for 8 people and he used a high-sided skillet and every since I have switched to my non-stick skillet, it works perfectly. I find it easier to put the egg in and out in a more shallow cooking vessel. I usually crack the egg into a large spoon or a small place and slide it into the water gently. Always put a splash of vinegar in the water.

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79 Kelly Michele September 29, 2012 at 2:23 pm

he looks so much like Matt in that last picture! :)

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80 Hilary (Four Little Forks) September 29, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Oh goodness, you are SO LUCKY to be married to a guy who can cook. My husband can’t even boil water (no exaggeration). Pouring milk on cereal is about the extent of his culinary skill!

And as for the baby acne, you really are spot on. Both my kids had it at about 3 weeks old, and not coincidentally, there are not a lot of photos of them from ages 3-6 weeks old. HA!

I saw those poaching bowl things at the store the other day and I had no idea what they were until now! What a great idea!

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81 mary @ minutespermile September 29, 2012 at 3:55 pm

pizza for me too, last night! ps cute photo watermark things. looks like maze is kicking butt at being a baby.

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82 Jeanie September 29, 2012 at 4:17 pm

The first and last photos are priceless.

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83 Amanda September 29, 2012 at 4:22 pm

The easiest way I’ve found to poach eggs is in the microwave. Place 1/2 cup water in a bowl, crack the egg in, and microwave 45-60 seconds. The egg turns out perfectly, and it’s so much faster.

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84 Molly @ RDexposed September 29, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Love the last picture! You all seem so happy. Enjoy all the beer now! ;)

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85 Laura September 29, 2012 at 5:16 pm

I am obsessed with your oatmeal bowl! Do you remember where you got it?

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86 KathEats September 29, 2012 at 5:17 pm

CB2!

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87 Margaret September 29, 2012 at 6:02 pm

We had an unsettled baby in the car until we gave him a fine cotton wrap to hold, seemed to work, probably a comfort,feeling safe and cuddled thing, like a washcloth on tummy at bath time.
Pepperoni , chilli or anything fairly spicey usually ended up with a fussy baby sometime later, ask your lactation consultant how long it takes for food to affect your breastmilk.It took a few meals to make the conection, but now we know to avoid or limit this ……BUT all babies are different.

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88 Aja September 29, 2012 at 6:33 pm

You sound like you’re doing an awesome job with the mom thing! I love all the pictures. Cute baby and delicious food.

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89 robin September 29, 2012 at 7:51 pm

You should put a lid on your pot when you cook your egg.

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90 Jeri September 29, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Aw!!! That pizza looks delicious!!! :D

AND YOUR BABY IS SO CUTE!!! <3 I wish my son was small again <3

Congrats to you and Matt :D

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91 lindsay @ Fuel My Famil September 29, 2012 at 8:52 pm

try roasted and pureeing your own pumpkin since they were out of canned. Just cut up a pie pumpkin into chunks, roast at 350 for an hour or two until very soft. let cool a little and peel off skin and puree. Its amazing and makes canned pumpkin seem far inferior. And theres no way matt can’t love it too so then maybe he;ll make you pumpkin oats more :)

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92 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella September 29, 2012 at 9:07 pm

He is such a lil cutie! And I love pumpkin oatmeal, it lends it such a nice flavour-it reminds me of pumpkin pie! :D

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93 Cher @ Weddicted September 29, 2012 at 9:09 pm

I second the comment about being lucky to have a husband that can cook. To clarify, mine can cook a handful of things but nothing healthy! Matt makes some great looking healthy meals!

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94 Michaela September 29, 2012 at 9:17 pm

have u ever tried poaching eggs the regular way- just simmering some water with a tbl spoon of vinegar. giving it a good swirl (!), sliding the egg in, cooking for as many minutes as u like- done. I find it so easy. Maybe u forgot the swirl? the water needs to circulate and must be only simmering.

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95 Gina @HealthLoveandChocolate September 29, 2012 at 10:28 pm

I was surprised to find a huge can of Libby’s at my Whole Foods yesterday. I snatched that baby right up!

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96 Shannon September 29, 2012 at 10:53 pm

I just wanted to share a quick mommy tip with you. For Maze’s skin. My babies (mostly my son) had super sensitive skin and we were told about the “Mustela Hydra-Stick”. It’s hypoallergenic and works miracles. It is amazing & a must have on hand in my book. http://www.sephora.com/hydra-stick-P7273 It is sold in several places, here is one idea. We ordered ours from Bath & Body Works.

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97 Kristy September 29, 2012 at 11:19 pm

Best poached egg directions below! He says if you burn your fingers you are doing it right but I pour mine into a coffee cup first.

http://pereiracycles.blogspot.com/2010/03/how-to-poach-eggs-not-trails.html

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98 Priscilla September 30, 2012 at 1:07 am

Maze totally has his dad’s eyes! ;)

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99 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count September 30, 2012 at 4:59 am

I’ve recently been seeing a lot of poached eggs on blogs. Hoping to figure out how to do it!

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100 Claire September 30, 2012 at 5:46 am

The key to poaching eggs is to have very hot water in a shallow wide pan. Bring it to a rapid boil then back it off so it is ‘shimmering’. Pour the egg in quickly from just above the surface of the water. Bring the water back to a boil and that’s pretty much it. I’ve never needed vinegar or any additions to the water. If you are going to add a second egg, wait til the water regains enough heat after adding the first egg. The idea is to get the egg as quickly into really hot water as possible so it doesn’t have time to spread. You shouldn’t need a poacher.

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101 Fiona September 30, 2012 at 8:47 am

I also love my egg pods! I oil them so the egg slides right out, but had been using a little hot water to help set the white on the top at the end. Now I know I should leave the lid on. Hurray! I’m also a Mom of late Teens, with a nearly empty nest. I’m currently nannying for a 5month old, so enjoy all the update info and opinions I get here and other blogs, and have a lot of empathy for Moms of littlies – I’m exhausted after a 5 hour shift:)

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102 Renee September 30, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Your little man is adorable!!! Just read ur question about poached eggs.. Have you tried adding vinegar to the water when you boil them in just the water? Also I break my eggs into a small bowl one at a time and then dump them in.

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103 Andrea September 30, 2012 at 1:26 pm

My 3 also hated car seats when they were super little. Despite trying lots of different tips and tricks, they all pretty much hated it for the first 4 or so months of life. After that they seemed to get used to it. So, he may hate it for a while (those cries are so sad!) but he should adjust eventually.

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104 Buy Glasses Direct Online September 30, 2012 at 9:29 pm

The food looks very delicious. I know this is delicious in reality. :)
Thanks for sharing!

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105 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles October 1, 2012 at 7:14 am

I am loving Cortland Apples right now…so great just sliced or baked in a crostata! I have the same egg poacher and love it! Tips: Spray a bit of canola oil inside, bring water to a boil and then add egg poacher, cover and simmer for 6-7 min depending on how firm you like your yolk, slide a knife around the edge of the egg and tip it out… enjoy!

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106 Kim October 3, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Wow – Matt is handsome! I guess I never noticed before since most of your pics are food or you (also beautiful), but wow! Go girl :)

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107 Mommypage March 27, 2013 at 11:56 am

We hope you are enjoying motherhood!! It is an exciting time! You have a beautiful mother glow!

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108 Jennifer May 11, 2013 at 8:04 pm

I feel connected with your writing and pictures because I gave birth to a little boy three and a half months ago. I am exclusively breastfeeding and it’s so very important to maintain a healthy diet. It looks like you are doing a spectacular job at supplying your body with all the necessary nutrients to breastfeed. It’s inspiring because my diet is something I struggle with. Keep up the good work!

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