Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies (aka what to bring a new Mama)

We aren't quite settled into a new routine yet, but have been savouring this newborn phase as much as possible. I am loving all of Thomas' snuggles and new baby sounds; he's just so little! Besides recovering from delivery, the most challenging part of being a new Mom again is breastfeeding around the clock.  It certainly is easier the second time around, but it still surprises me how all-encompassing and worrisome it can be to make sure that everything is going well. That's why these lactation cookies are my favorite little treat.

When James Robert was born, my sister in law lovingly made me a tin of these cookies and I remember them fondly.  The best part about lactation cookies is not having to share-- having a little dessert all to myself is an indulgence that I look forward to each day!

These lactation cookies are made with brewers yeast and oats to help support your milk supply.  I supplemented the original recipe by adding dried cherries and chocolate chips (feel free to omit if you dare).  A week or so before my due date, I made a batch of this dough and portioned it out into balls and froze them.

Now I can just pull out a few and pop them in the oven in order to have fresh cookies everyday.  Lactation cookies are the perfect treat to gift yourself or a new mama!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies

Ingredients:
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
4 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons of flax seed meal
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups old fashion oats
1 cup chocolate chips
2-4 tablespoons brewers yeast
1/2 cup- 1 cup of dried cherries, cranberries and/or nuts

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2) Mix the flax seed meal and water and let sit for 5 minutes.
3) Beat butter and both sugars until fluffy then add eggs and beat.
4) Add flaxseed and vanilla and mix well.
5) Sift the flour, baking soda, salt and brewers yeast together.
6) Add dry ingredients to butter mixture, once well mixed add in oats and chips + dried fruit or nuts.
7) Scoop onto baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Introducing TCL

We're overjoyed to introduce Thomas Charles Leanderson!  He was born on Friday morning weighing 8lbs 6oz and our hearts expanded in ways I couldn't have imagined since then.  Big Brother, James Robert, is taking to his new role with abundant sweetness.  We're all home and busy adjusting to life as a family of four.  I hope to be back soon with more updates and pictures.  xx 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Having a Baby!

Today is the day!  We are headed to the hospital this morning for my c-section and I couldn't be more excited to fill this little basket with our baby boy. 

I hope to be back with some posts later next week. In the meantime, hope you'll follow along over on Instagram (megan_leanderson) or snapchat (meg_leanderson).  

While I'm away: 
A summer salad recipe that I can't wait to make when I get home.  

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Make Any Bag a Diaper Bag

One of my favorite digital destinations for Motherhood inspiration is Mother.  It’s beautifully curated and the topics are fun to peruse.  One recent article interviewed the founder of Baggu, Emily Sugihara, about avoiding a diaper bag

The moment I opened the article, I realized that I hadn’t given a diaper bag much thought for baby number two.  It suddenly dawned on me how care-free it feels to have one child to tote around who doesn’t require much stuff! I have a traditional diaper bag from the first time around, but I would prefer the freedom of using multiple bags.   

With Emily’s tips fresh in my mind, I’m going to try using pouches to make any bag a “diaper bag” even as I double the amount of stuff that I need to carry.   These are some of the most eye catching and functional options I found (including a very budget friendly choice that is actually a school supply pouch with a clear front and label pocket).     


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Monday, June 6, 2016

Summer Reading Suggestions

Something about the summertime revives my eagerness to pick up a good book.  What greater indulgence is there on a summer afternoon than to sit poolside with a page-turner?  In all likelihood I will not have that luxury this summer, but I'm hoping to stock the kindle with books to fuel late night baby parties to be had.

I've rounded up some my recent reads and some old favorites as summer reading recommendations.

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Over on Instagram, you can follow along with what we're reading (#pinktogreenreads) and I have also added a new tab at the top of the page called shop which will allow you to browse the books we love, old and new!

Now, I'd love to hear from you... what should I add to my list?  Are you using Good Reads?  Happy Summer reading!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Spending Time with JORD Wood Watches

At 38 weeks pregnant, I feel a bit like a ticking time bomb.  I can’t leave my house without having a conversation with a store clerk or friends about time: “any day now”, “how much time left?”, “where did the time go?”. 

There isn’t anything like having a baby to make you nostalgic and revel at the passing of time.  How quickly yet slowly these months have gone by.  Mat and I have found ourselves reminiscing about time in a way that only parents do. 

So the last few weekends, we’ve made the most of every minute.  One of the memories I’ll always cherish from this season was from our recent visit to Sugar Beach in Toronto.  It has been on my TO bucket list since moving here and we finally had nice enough weather to enjoy it.  
The beach is small and smack dab in the middle of the city.  But the pink umbrellas and sand were enough to feel like we’d been transported. As Mat and James Robert peered over the edge of the water I observed them with pure delight.  I watched as they discussed the planes and boats and clouds; it was a simple exchange, but prominently showed how much they enjoy spending time together. As I watched, I felt a deep sense of gratitude for these boys.  The moment was bigger than the minutes that passed by peacefully in this fashion. 
With Father’s Day around the corner, I’m ecstatic to have the opportunity to collaborate with JORD wood watches as the perfect unique Father’s Day gift idea.  

Their watches are timeless and classic, but also innovative and eco conscious which mirror Mat's sensibility perfectly. JORD’s beautiful watches are made of wood (most of which comes from furniture remnants) and boast creative details (like a clear face to see the gears in full view). I love that they are made in the USA. I can’t think of a better Father’s Day gift than a wrist watch for the man who reminds me everyday that our time is to be savored.  
As he becomes a Father for the second time, this unique gift will be a token to remember how much time has passed but also as a reminder of making that time count.  

These photos from some of our last weekends together as a family of three will always be a precious memories.  The way Fatherhood brings light into Mat’s eyes.  The loving exchanges shared by Father and son.  And the time spent together being the best gift of all.  

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GIVEAWAY: 

Thank you again to JORD for the opportunity to collaborate.  They have so many beautiful wooden watches for both Women and Men.  It was hard to pick one of the Men’s watches out for Mat, but the Dover Series Koa & Black really caught his eye. 

It's light weight which he appreciates and works well for casual or business settings. The watch came pre-sized based on his measurements in a keepsake box perfect for gift-giving. 
JORD is offering a Pink to Green reader the opportunity to win a $75 e-voucher to put towards  their own watch.  The winner will be randomly selected and notified via email at the end of the giveaway on 6/19.  


As a bonus, everyone who enters (excluding the winner) will receive a $20 e-gift card that can be applied to any watch on the website. 





Good luck!
*a special thanks to JORD for gifting us a watch in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.  No additional compensation was received. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Summer Chicken Salad Recipe

This chicken salad was a happy accident in experimentation.  Summer has revived my cooking enthusiasm which got me playing with one of our go-to meals this time of year.  I discovered the  combination of dill, shallot and tart dried cranberries are wonderful!
One bite and Mat urged me to write it down.  Otherwise, I'm prone forget how to recreate. The good news is that chicken salad, in almost all permutations, is delicious; feel free to use what I've listed below or ad lib a bit.  We've been serving ours in lettuce boats, but it's equally good in a traditional sandwich or croissant! As noted below, I like to use poached chicken breasts versus rotisserie to cut back on the sodium, but both are great.  Here are guidelines for our new favorite variation: 

Summer Chicken Salad: 
Ingredients: 
2-3 chicken breasts (or rotisserie chicken)
1 bay leaf
2-3 tablespoons of dill, chopped
1/4 cup of mayo
1 shallot diced
1/4 cup toasted pecans, chopped
1/4 cup dried cranberries or cherries
salt and pepper


Directions:
1) Boil the chicken breast for about 20 minutes with a bay leaf and a pinch of salt.  When cooled, shred into desired pieces.
2) Add in the remaining ingredients and mix well.

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