We had a good day around here, but it sure doesn’t seem like it. Breakfast fail. Dark, cloudy day photos!!
I tried a new French toast technique to try to save cleaning a bowl (pouring egg into skillet, whisking, soaking, then turning on heat). Do not try this at home!! Total failure.
Also my banana was under ripe again. And this photo is awful! You live and learn
We went to Baby Boot Camp today and did have a good workout. M slept for most of the class again (he must love the white noise of the gym because he always goes right to sleep). Afterwards, complete outfit blow out. Just as I start liking cloth diapers we can’t seem to go a day without multiple leaks!
Another fail – my fashion statement leaving the gym. Straight leg jeans + tennis shoes!
But I did curl my hair!! I took a shower there and used one of the curling irons in the locker room for fun.
An amazing lunch made up for breakfast!
Leftover quiche. I was worried it would be soggy in the microwave (didn’t have time to reheat it in the oven) and it was still perfectly crusty!
Delicious salad with olive spread, pecans, veggies and avocado.
Giant bosc pear – my favorite!
Yessssss for another LONG swing nap!!
This afternoon we went out running errands in the drizzling rain. I bought a humidifier for M’s room at the advice of his pediatrician in advance of his next cold (which I hope will never come…)
Back at home, I ate the last of Thanksgiving dinner in the form of goat cheese sweet potatoes + pecans for a snack!
Our dinner fail was that the potatoes we were supposed to roast were sprouted. I get freaked out about potato toxicity with sprouting. Do you eat the sprouts?
We switched to rolls instead
Served with frozen/seared/oven-finished salmon topped with some Uniquely Greek spread! Yummm. I buy frozen sockeye wild salmon at Whole Foods. It’s not the best salmon I’ve ever had, but it’s the best frozen salmon I’ve ever had and the convenience factor gets an A++.
And our favorite 1 minute-to-eat green beans.
Pretty good dinner!
So those were our highs and lows, although the lows were just minor hiccups.
And the baby just started crying!!
Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) says
It’s never a fail when you have to eat a roll at dinner. 😉 I swear the key to happiness is all in how you handle the hiccups in life. Sounds like you’re doing a great job finding the bright side! I hope you have a great day Kath!
Molly @ RDexposed says
Mom fashion is starting! 😉
I definitely agree with you on the salmon. I buy the frozen wild caught sockeye salmon and while it’s not my favorite (taste wise) it’s relatively inexpensive and easy.
Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat says
Ah winter photography…. it’s my nemesis!! My breakfasts haven’t been very photo worthy recently either, but just be thankful that it’s likely not anywhere near as cold in Cville as it is here just now!!
lisa fine says
Once potatoes start sprouting, I don’t eat them. I always feel bad about it, but I don’t think it’s good to eat the sprouts – for potential toxicity, and for potential stomach aches.
This morning I added some leftover Halloween chocolates to my oatmeal – thought of you!
Melissa @ HerGreenLife says
Just break off the sprouts at the base, and you’re good to go. We grow most of the potatoes we eat; they usually last until spring. We have to go through periodically and break off the sprouts, but it’s not a big deal.
The toxicity issue with potatoes is when they’ve been exposed to light and start becoming green; those are the ones you want to stay away from, so make sure to store your potatoes in a nice, dark place.
I use cloth diapers and find that if they are leaking they need to be stripped. It is strange for them to need to be stripped so soon but you may not be getting all the detergent out when you wash them. If you have a front loading washer you may need to rinse them more than you are. Or if you got them second hand there may be detergent left on them from the last user. If they smell like ammonium it’s also a sign they need to be stripped. We do ours about every 4 or 5 months.
They were used and I haven’t stripped them before, so I’m going to look into it. They do seem to be absorbing well though. Sopping wet.
There are lots of reasons for leaks. If they’re sopping wet and heavy, then they probably don’t need stripping, you probably just need either a little more absorbency, to change a little sooner, or to adjust the fit (although fit is not likely the problem if they are sopping).
Ella P says
I have used cloth diaper of different brands with both my kids. whatever the type the interval betwen changes was faaaarrr shorter than with the disposable ones 😉
Yup – totally agree with this. Disposable diapers can hold a lot of pee.
We started using cloth shortly after coming home from the hospital, and I think that affected our perceptions since we never got used to going very long between changes.
Ella P says
Exactly, same for us, cloth from Day 1. When I had to use disposable (while travelling for example) it seemed strange – and unhealthy in a sort of way – not to have to change that often.
Of course it is a bit more work, but in my opinion it is absolutely worth the effort.
I send a snowy hug to the Cuty Pie ….
Ella P says
Cutie Pie, of course…
Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table says
I hate when breakfast isn’t as satisfying as you’d like. I burned the crap outta my bread today. At least it looks like you made up for it with lunch!
Anne Weber-Falk says
Seems like you both had a pretty good day overall, nice. If my potatoes are not soft I just break off the sprouts. I’ve never noticed a flavor or texture difference and I haven’t grown any sprouts and I’m still living. I think you’ll be okay. I hated when my babies got sick too. It’s never fun when they are feeling so miserable and have no real way to tell you except with their cries. So sad. When they were sick I would remind myself that they are building up their immune system to fight against the really bad stuff that might come their way later on.
Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles says
I love your honesty. 🙂 Have a great day! 🙂
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I’ve reheated quiche in a saute pan on the stove. Just put it on a very low temp and cover it. It seems to stay crispy on the bottom and the filling warms through. You need to keep an eye on it though.
Alicia @ Wanna Be Ina says
I also heat quiche up this way, as well as cold pizza. Works like a charm!
Ali @ Peaches and Football says
OK, I have never heard about potato toxicity… is the gist that when they begin sprouting they release or absorb toxins? I think once I cut the sprouts off a potato before peeling…. but now I want the details!!
I think if you are leaving the gym, you get fashion leniency to wear absolutely whatever you want!
When a potato has green patches on it, it is TOXIC, this happens when they are exposed to LIGHT, some boy scouts died from this, when they ate potatoes that had been left in the sun at a scouting rally.
The sprouts are nothing to worry about, just rub them off, and use the potato as normal.
some days are better than others but you keep the spirit up, i love it! 😉
sara p @ fitcupcaker.com says
I like How you say the lows are hiccups! Looks like you still had some Awesome food! Breakfast is my favorite meal so it has to be Good!
I’m going to have to pick up some of that salmon next time I’m at Whole Foods! When I’m in the mood for fish, it always seems like too much effort to go to the store and buy some, then come home and cook it. So I don’t end up eating fish nearly as often as I should!
By the way, I made your bread pudding oats this morning! I used some Apple Scrapple that I defrosted from the freezer and stirred it into whipped banana oats. YUM. Loved the doughy bread bites!
Katie @ Talk Less, Say More says
I’ve never heard of potato toxicity from sprouts – is that a real thing? I’ve often just cut them off unless the potatoes were soft, then I throw them away. :-/
Jamie in Arkansas says
Why are straight leg jeans and tennis shoes a fail? That’s what I wear everyday of my life!
Goat cheese sweet potatoes sound awesome! What a great combo – I never thought of that!
Nicole@ livingthesweetlifestl.wordpress.com says
That was my exact same dinner from Monday night! That quiche looks so good…stuffed with veggies….just like I like them.
I thought for a second that your salmon was super fatty… but that white stuff was the spread and not from a fatty fish! ha ha
Our little man’s room is on the back corner of our house, so in the winter it stays cold. We run a small heater and then also the humidifier. It works great. He’s had 2 colds and he’s almost 18 months, so I like to think it helps!
Jenny @ For Your Consideration says
That breakfast fail pic cracks me up. Sorry! Glad you were able to redeem it with lunch, and your dinner makes me want to buy salmon for us tonight. PS: I tried the cranberry sauce on the oatmeal. It was good, but cranberry is not the new pumpkin. 🙂 Hope you have a great day!
Anele @ Success Along the Weigh says
Those rolls look heavenly. All I can focus on are the rolls. Mmmmmmm.
Katie @ Peace Love and Oats says
I really need to eat salmon more, it just seems so expensive! I’ll have to check out that brand at whole foods!
Your lunch looks so tasty!
Oh, and I just cut the sprouts out.
Your gym has curling irons?! I’m so jealous, we only get the blow dryers.
I usually just cut off the sprouts on potatoes if they’re not too bad. I’ll be rethinking that now. I had no idea they could be toxic!
Aside from stripping, your diapers might not fit. We did a cloth trial at our local store and tried maybe 10 different brands and it was great. I found some materials worked better, dried better (I line dry mine overnight), and of course fit better. Totally worth doing — 18 months later, I’m still CDing and I think I invested $250 total? I’m now doing our newborn in cloth which has been easy (we use little joeys for newborns) Also, soap makes a difference. I was using rocking green then we moved and a few months later I was getting leaks. I switched to tide free + clear (CD safe for some materials and recommended by fuzzi bunz) and it’s been great. I guess there’s not a 1 size fits all answer for leaks.
PS – do you use cloth wipes? I picked up some and wet them in warm water before I use them and it’s been way easier than throwing wipes out and laundering dirty diapers.
Your trial sounds so helpful.
Just started using the cloth wipes… They are great!
Kath lemme throw my 2 cents in. It’s so overwhelming to choose between cloth diapers since there are so many in the market. I had the same dilemma too. But going the simple way is always the best and it’s the same in this case too. After trying a lot of varieties I find simple prefolds (available in all sizes and cheap) and covers ( I use ecnobum covers which are cheap again and one size i.e., buy one cover and it’s adjustable from small to large size) The prefolds and covers are easily washable and dry very well in the sun almost in a snap. So no need of using a dryer. And you can use the prefolds forever and afterwards even pass them on too. I must admit though I use pampers while we are out and about and one at night too. Just don’t take it too seriously. Have fun with them. The more you get into it the more overwhelming and compliacated it seems to become.
I tried to take this simplifying approach too as I was overwhelmed by the CD options. But prefolds just didn’t work out for me at all. I found them cumbersome, bulky, awkward, and my daughter acted like the were uncomfortable. We gave up, and since we’d already made the investment in prefolds and failed, I didn’t want to invest a second time in another type/brand to try. We’ve been in disposables ever since, and they do the trick. But I wish I’d been able to do a CD try-out like a PP described. Even with a lot of research I felt overwhelmed by the choices and the strong opinions in favor of and against all the different types.
Ariana m says
Kath: first of all, totally jealous that you have a gym that has good infant care!!! 🙂
Typing this one-handed on iPhone while nursing, so here goes…
Diapers: I’ve got an 8mo now. Honestly, i waited until 2mo to start cloth, and then only did it st/around home until prob 4mo or do when her pooping frequency dropped way down! Usually now, if I know she’s got s poop coming, if I don’t catch her on the potty (we EC), then I put a disposable on her and don’t in the least feel bad about it!! Oh, but back to your blowout issue – I love my bumgenius cloth diapers but think that for ‘the nasty stuff’ (and lots of it), the disposables are more snug (at least, for my baby).
Potatoes: eek. I had no idea! I just always cut off any sprouts and went ahead and cooked ’em. So, I looked it up!!! We’ll be fine! http://www.chow.com/food-news/54631/are-sprouted-potatoes-poisonous/
Stefanie @ Thin Vegetarian says
I love bosc pears also! I have definitely been there with trying to save cleaning a dish and ruining my meals…at least you will never wonder if it would work! And I usually just cut the sprouts off potatoes and use them anyway, don’t think it is poisonous unless you eat them raw, which probably doesn’t taste good anyway.
Which humidifier did you get? Our babies are the same age (both born in September), luckily mine hasn’t had a cold yet! But we are readying ourselves for one because he starts day care in January.
The drop shaped Crane one at BB&B. 20% off coupon.
rebecca @ blueberry smiles says
I never know what to do with sprouted potatoes-throw them out or eat them. I usually throw them out because I’m too weirded out by looking at them. I’ve never heard of potato toxicity, is that a real thing?
Sarah W says
A little tip! I often make quiche for when I am working long 12 hour shift stretches and have no time to cook. I find after a day or two in the fridge or freezer, the eggs dry a bit. If you microwave it with a mug of water, this moistens it up a bit and maintains the crispy shell!!=)
I’ve always heard that green potatoes, i.e., potatoes that grew or were exposed to the sun and had photosynthesis going on in them, were (mildly) toxic. Did a little research:
I never knew the sprouts meant potatoes could be toxic. I usually just cut them off and continue to use the tater. As long as it still has some firmness and is not totally soft, I say it’s game 🙂 But then I again I come from farm country where the saying is waste not, want not.
Natasha Garrett says
Your day may be average, but your hair is pretty, and the little guy in the swing—perfection!
I’m insanely envious of your naturally straight hair. When I had long hair, I had to buy one of those salon-grade flat irons and spend 30 minutes (at least) wrestling with my waves to make my hair straight. AND it would kink up at the slightest bit of humidity, sweat, or rain.
Your eats look so good, every meal, every day! Love that! If I hired a personal chef, I’d look to you!
Lisa Langenfeld says
Oh my! I did not know about the potatoes thing! Thank you for letting me know! Hope you get the diapers figured out soon 🙂 🙂
Christina @ The Beautiful Balance says
If a fail is considered eating bread from your bakery, I consider that a win! Haha
Looks like an amazing day 🙂
Parita @ myinnershakti says
One of my favorite snacks is a sweet potato + PB + a little bit of sea salt! So satisfying!
Carla C says
You know, I was going to ask if you had any secrets about storing/reheating leftover quiche? Because seriously it’s always awful the second time around for me. Also, in the post when you described how you made it, it seemed like you had a LOT of fillings – what size pie plate did you use?
I would guess a 9 inch? We had room for more. Maybe a 12″? I’ll try to measure.
Carla C says
Elise @ Expeditions of Elise says
At least you’re not shooting under the florescent lights of a dorm room! It’s hard. But I guess it also eliminates the problem of nighttime shooting because the light is always the same.
Did you dye your hair recently? The lighter blonde color looks very pretty. My apologies if you didn’t!
Nope! It gets lighter looking when I blow dry it… Which I rarely do except for cold months and when I have to go outside after a shower (= cold). I wish I had time to get my hair trimmed! Going to have to work on that
Averie @ Averie Cooks says
I have never even heard of the potato sprouting/toxicity thing – that is truly a new one to me! And Ive eaten TONS of spouted potatoes in my life and never thought twice about it.
Your hair looks light and fluffy and super pretty, Kath!
As a mother of four (who are all a bit older), I remember the lows so well. You’ll have many more until Maze gets a bit older. And then the fun times start! Once the kids start talking, using the bathroom and able to help themselves, it’s great.
Same with my hair (I’m also a blondie)! When I blowdry it or curl it, it looks lighter and also shinier. Pretty side effect! 🙂
Liz @ IHeartVegetables says
YUM! That quiche looks so good!
Is there a reason you don’t use milk when you make french toast? I’ve never seen bread just soaked in egg, I’ve always thought it was bread soaked in egg and milk!
I used to use milk, but I almost like it more with just the egg. It’s eggier?
I’ve never used milk in my french toast. I’ve just recently realized that most people do.
I concur on the milk! I’ve found that even just a little bit makes all the difference. If you add some vanilla, cinnamon and cream, it’s even better! 🙂
I will try it tomorrow to compare!
Ali @ WHOLEistically Fit says
Your lunch totally made up for the breakfast fail. 😉 The quiche looks to-die-for and not to mention the salad!
Emily @ Emily Eats and Runs says
That salad looks amazing! Putting some olive spread on top is such a good idea!
Michelle (Peachy Palate) says
Oh no can’t believe your French toast failed…only one thing for it…another batch tomorrow or today seen as this is yesterday’s eats! Clearly the roll was meant to be…the potato sprouts themselves are toxic! People say to cut em off but I’d just toss the potatoes too.
Annette @FitnessPerks says
I have kitchen fails all the time 😉 now it’s a non issue. Haha
Even your ok days are a bright spot for so many of us who enjoy reading your blog daily. Adorable baby, yummy nutritious foods, exercise and fun!
You may have answered this question before, but what facial products do you use? You have the best glowing skin! Thank you.
Thanks! I use Alba Sea Minerals products in the shower/moisture and Bare Minerals for makeup.
I don’t know nuthin’ ’bout diaperin’ no babies, but I do know about curling wands and I CANNOT RECOMMEND HIGHLY ENOUGH the Conair You Curl. If you want Taylor Swift-like spirals so quickly and easily, you must get one. It is A-MAZEN!!!!
I have both the narrower and wider barrels and the effect can be as tight as you want or as loose as you want depending on if you pull the curl out after sliding it off the wand and how big a hunk of hair you wrap around it. There is no clamp and a bit of a learning curve, but the result is just so so so lovely.
Dear Kath, just publishing this blog everyday is praise-worthy! There is no failing in mommyhood! Love Whole Foods frozen fish, I mix panko crumbs with grated cheese and a little oil on top and it bakes to perfection! ps Caroline hiccups daily 🙂
Lindsay @ Healthforagers.com says
The best advice I have about the diapers is to keep going with it, eventually they will totally be worth it. We had so much problems with diaper rash after a few months but after trying and trying to solve the problem we finally figured it out and have a great system down. I would just keep trying everything you can find online until something works and trust me it will.
I hope so because they have already grown on me so much! I’m stripping them now – on cycle #3!
Such pretty hair. And not all meals will be perfect:)
Wow, your gym has community hair styling tools!? That sounds so awesome and fancy. I wish my gym had that–I absolutely hate lugging all of my stuff there to get ready. Mazen looks like he has more & more personality every day!
I am loving these post prego posts! I have been reading your blog for just over a year, and trying to get pregnant for most of that. I am now in the yucky first trimester (11 weeks) and even though your food pictures aren’t appealing to my morning sickness infected self, I know that there is hope for me to want to eat good, healthy food again! Oh, the hair looks fab, you look happy! Way to go mama!
Hiccups! You are doing better than me, in my boys’ french toast batch, this morn, I managed to grab my pepper grinder and grind some in before noticing it was not salt (nobody noticed). 🙂 Then I had to replenish the batter so I could eat and instead of grabbing cinnamon I grabbed the chilli powder! 🙂 I keep expecting this to happen with my oatmeal but it happened with french toast! So I had to dump that down the sink. Not doing chili powder in the morn!:) Time crunch this morn and 3 boys to feed. But I was having french toast.
Also, I keep meaning to share this sandwich idea with you as it seems you’d really like it sometime. Got it from a William Sears Pregnancy book during my 1st pregnancy…2 slices whole grain bread. One sliced smeared with peanut butter and topped with tomatoes (I usually press them on a paper towel) (sprinkled w salt), other side of bread smeared with guacomole, top with sprouts, close sandwich. I like to cut it in half. A few of your favorite salty chips on the side helps enhance the flavor! 🙂 Enjoy.
Pepper + chili powder! Omg!
And peanut butter and tomatoes!? That’s one I’m not sure I could do… but with salty chips…hmm
Reading Melissa’s post reminded me of something. Growing up in an Italian family, my Grandmother made french toast with salt and pepper and never used syrup or anything else on it. It was just eggs, milk, salt and pepper. I haven’t had it that way in years but it’s really delicious!
LOL @ the jeans and sneakers! First thing I thought was “Mom jeans”! 🙂 I never eat sprouted or green potatoes. It makes me nervous so I end up throwing them away. When in doubt, throw it out!
See it as an excuse to have your Route 66 chips (if I have the name right). I’m still looking for those in my area. Just saw that Whole Foods carries Barney Butter in my area. I’ll have to make a trip soon – since you have been talking it so!
Do you use a liner in your cloth diaper? We used them between 3-6 months and they helped a lot in preventing blow-outs. Once they start eating solid food you don’t have to worry about that anymore because the poop is not as liquid.
The other source of leaks for us was not having the cover perfectly covering the diaper, we always put our fingers around both legs and the waist band now to make sure the cloth is completely covered.
Every diaper is different, so these tips might not be relevant, but I’m sure you’ll find something that works for you!
karla from Namibia tours says
My tongue got filled by just looking at these foods. Foods look so attractive. I like your honesty. Your little one looks like an angel.
Steph @ Steph Stays Slim says
Awe, you’re breakfast didn’t look bad…I’ve never met a breakfast that I couldn’t fix with some kind of nut butter, yum! Yeah, I’m weirded out by sprouted potatoes too, but have no idea if they’re OK or not…I just listen to my crazy brain and toss them!
Allison k says
It’s also possible that Mazen is a heavy wetter, and you need to explore different absorbency options. Doublers, soakers, or even inserts made out of different material!
mary @ minutes per mile says
haha, even your “bad” photos are still beautiful! you’re a pro!
Hope @ With A Side Of Hope says
I hate when potatoes have those sprouts on them. I didn’t realize that it could be toxic. I always just scrub them off.
Another person here to weigh in on the sprout thing… I read a sort-of funny post by a food chemist on this topic a few years ago:
Just another idea about the diapers – the best advice I was given when we had leaks was to scrunch up the part between the legs when putting on the diaper. The elastic needs to be way up in the crease of the legs, described to me as the panty line (ha!). Once we did this, no matter the brand/type, we stopped having leaks. They were wicking the urine and liquid bf poo onto clothing. Also make sure that there isn’t any suede cloth or lining exposed at the waist to prevent wicking there. Getting the right fit is key – the right rise with the right waist tightness – and it takes trial and error (read: leaks). Try the scrunching method and keep fiddling with the fit. Best of luck with the fluff! If nothing seems to work, see if you can have someone at a CD store or a friend who uses CD take a look at your little man. In the end it was the gal at my local CD store who solved our fit issues.
Lindsey @ The Accidental Wallflower says
Hey Kath, I think some people mentioned stripping your CDs. I highly recommend it! I’ve tried a few different methods and i think using plain ol’ blue Dawn dish soap works the best.
Also, try tucking the elastics around the legs in, to make sure none of the inner lining is showing. That little trick was a life saver for us :).
I have a lot of CD info on my blog, too, if you’re interested.
I stripped them and it might have worked. Ill check out your blog!
Kath I owe you a HUGE thanks. I’m 8 weeks pregnant now with #2, and have been having awful morning sickness all day that’s made it really hard to keep up with taking care of my toddler and particualrly with making her meals and feeding her. Since you’d recommended the B6 + Unisom I asked my OBGYN about it and they gave me the go ahead. What a difference! I’m functional now! I love it! And I have you to thank for it!