Friday
Aug282015

CSA Cooking: Banana Zucchini Bread Recipe 

 

 

The CSA overfloweth with zucchini and summer squash, which would also work really well here. I got it in my head one Sunday AM to try and sneak some of the bounty in our favorite banana bread, hide a little green in something Daphne would definitely eat, and maybe even health it up a little with less sugar and some whole wheat flour (say what?!). 

The results were still amazing + delicious. If you skinned the zucchini, which is just too much work for me, you'd really totally disguise it. Husband said, there's what in here? Never you mind what is in there, what matters is it is tasty. Eat up. Just make sure to really wring the water from the zucchini before adding. Ours came out a little too moist {yes, I used that word} when I didn't put enough effort into draining/squeezing the greens in a thin towel. 

Something interesting I also learned about whole wheat flour on the internets- it has a shorter shelf life than regular APF because it is less processed. Which means I need to buy a new bag;) Shelf life, about 6 months. Your baking fact of the day!

 

Banana Zucchini Bread Recipe

Makes one loaf

 

Ingredients

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

3/4 cup all purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp kosher salt

3 large eggs

1/2 cup raisins

7 tbsp sugar

1/3 cup vegetable oil

3 large super ripe bananas

1 cup shredded zucchini (drained well/wrung out in a towel)

1/4 cup greek yogurt

1 tbsp vanilla extract

Optional: chopped walnuts

 

Directions

Grease a loaf pan with butter or a spray, line with parchment paper if desired. In a medium bowl, stir together flours, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Using a stand mixer beat eggs and sugar on medium speed for 6-7 minutes, until very light and fluffy. Slowly drizzle in oil, should take about a minute to add all of it. Mash all the bananas in a small bowl. Add yogurt and vanilla to mashed bananas and mix. Then add to egg mixture and combine. Fold in zucchini and then dry ingredients with a spatula, being careful not to over mix and deflate batter. 

Pour batter into prepped loaf pan and bake about 60 minutes at 350 degrees (or until a knife inserted comes out clean). I can never let it cool. I suggest eating immediately with some melty butter.

Monday
Aug242015

Your Guide to Worry Free Products for Mom & Baby with Follain's Founder & CEO Tara Foley

 

Worry free (defined by myself as non-toxic and safe for use by moms-to-be + mom and baby) products have been a hot button topic for me this pregnancy.  

 

Think about it for a minute. If you put it on your skin, it is absorbed into your skin. And who is living in there? For the last nine months? Babe to be, of course. Same rules apply for healthy eating (with the exception of Twizzlers, I mean how can all that red dye possibly be wrong?), what goes in, goes everywhere. You can't help but wonder what kind of impact that has on all those cells, constantly multiplying and dividing. Since it is well documented that I have no control when it comes to red-sweets, I decided to focus on something else I could easily control and tapped the brains behind the locally born and bred beauty brand that is paving the way for all things worry free- Follain's Tara Foley, for some new ideas and info.

 

I first dipped my toes into the Follain waters with some skin care pre-pregnancy and have since gone whole hog.....relishing everything from their make up to skin, body, and hair care.  It's a slippery slope for a product junkie like me and I whole heartedly encourage you to do the same in store, or online.
But enough from me, here is what Follain's CEO and Founder Tara Foley has to share for worry free products for you and your babe. And stay tuned for more- they are working on some mom & baby events and programming this fall to further spread the wealth and knowledge. 

 

"We have an incredibly strict safety standard for all product ingredients in-store, so you can imagine how many of our customers are new Moms..."
  • Soapwalla Pregnant Belly Oil -- Moms-to-be love using this as an all-over body moisturizer. It contains lots of ingredients that help treat and prevent scar tissue from rapidly stretching skin. It also helps prevent itchy with skin, and it has a very subtle soothing scent from calendula, chamomile, and lavender. The best part: of all safe stretch mark treatments out there, we find that this one absorbs the fastest, so you can get on with your day!
  • Erbaviva Baby Washbag Pouches -- We shouldn't use anything soapy or sudsy on newborn babies, but still need to wash their skin. These small washbag pouches are the answer. Each bag contains 20 sachets that are filled with a nourishing and gentle blend of oats, milk, and oils. These sachets can be added to a bath of tepid bath water, and used to cleanse and moisturize baby's delicate skin. The pouches smell so lovely that many new Moms use them in their own baths and showers too. 
  • Zoe Organics Nipple Balm -- Another topic we don't hear about until having children -- the skin struggles that come with nursing! This balm is more of a salve that helps heal that extra sensitive area, and is made with all 100% organic food grade ingredients so there is no need to wash it off before nursing again. 
  • Erbaviva Baby Travel Kit -- This is a great one to have around for trips, but also a great way to see how well your baby's skin responds to nutrient-dense skin ingredients -- so you can try them before buying the larger sizes. This also makes a phenomenal gift for busy new Moms who need to have products in rooms and bags!
  • Skincando Combat Balm for Babies -- Last but definitely not least, this is our most popular baby product in store. It heals everything from dry skin spots to diaper rash. It's a wonder product with very few ingredients. It's an adaptation of our incredibly popular Combat Balm, but with Chamomile tea (caffeine free) rather than Black tea.
Saturday
Aug222015

Hipster Baby Gift Guide

Check out Hipster Baby Gift Guide

by Noelani at Mode

 

When gifting for a friend's babe, go for the item that you know they wouldn't necessarily splurge on for themselves.

The pricey organic "kale" sweater, or totally non-sensicle bedtime story book that they will laugh at every time they open it.

This is not a gift guide of necessities, rather it's the gift guide for those hip friends of yours, that have inevitably produced hip offspring as well.