Mommy by the Sea

January 29, 2015

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes and Peanut Butter Frosting


One of my co-workers is just a couple of weeks away from having her baby and she has been craving chocolate lately. She's vegan so it's not exactly easy to come by. I remember being 9 months pregnant and just hating working and dealing with teenagers so I decided she needed some! I found this recipe on Handle the Heat and loved it! I did double it here because I was bummed her recipe only made 12 cupcakes.


Chocolate Vegan Cupcakes

Cupcakes:
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
2 cup water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
Sift together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. 
Add the oil, vanilla, vinegar, and water. Mix together until smooth.
Pour batter evenly into prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick entered into the center comes out clean. 
Makes 2 dozen cupcakes.

I wanted more than just her raspberry glaze as the frosting but needed something vegan. I tried chocolate avocado frosting and yuck. Don't let anyone try and tell you it tastes good, because it doesn't.  It tastes like avocado, with chocolate. Ew.

I was looking in my cabinets and thought I could make a royal icing out of powdered sugar and water but wanted more flavor, so I mixed in some peanut butter with it!
Frosting:
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup water
4 cups powdered sugar
(play with these until you get the consistency you want!)

Mix ingredients together until you get the consistency you like-- add more water or sugar as needed. 
Makes enough frosting for the cupcakes and some for the toddler to lick off the spoon!

Wait until cupcakes have cooled and then frost!

They were delicious and if all vegan food tastes like this I may say goodbye to steak!
Okay, I won't but I will make them again!

January 28, 2015

8 Months!



Growth:

He's a magic growing bean... every day he just looks older. He's measuring at 20 pounds and 29 inches based on our scale and ruler, but those are not Doctor's measurements so who knows. He's in 6-9 month clothes and size 3 diapers.


Looks:

He's such a little man!
He has the most infectious smile and laugh. I'm hoping his strawberry blonde hair stays that way, it's just too cute for words. He looks so much like his dad. Still no teeth but there are two bumps on his lower gums, so maybe soon!


Firsts and Milestones:

He took his first supported steps! While playing with his push toy, he stepped forward! He took about 4 steps pushing his toy.  He's been letting go and staying upright for a few seconds so I'm sure that will be his next accomplishment. 


Sleep:

Last week, we had our first 8 and half hour stretch! And in his crib! He must be going through a growth spurt because he's been taking 3 hour long naps and then giving me 4-6 hour stretches at night after!
His favorite place to snuggle is in my bed but he's sleeping in his own crib much more!


Food:

He loves food! Cheese, yogurt, turkey, spaghetti, peas, corn, bread, applesauce, rice, potatoes, avocado,... he'll really try just about anything we're eating!


Language:

We're getting a good H sound which kind of sounds like Hi, especially since he says it when he first sees you!
There's also the M sound when he's crawling up my leg or if he wants me so I think Mom might be coming soon!


His favorites:

Bouncing! He loves to bounce, play with the computer and try to press the lights, any electrical plug, wall outlets, tubbies, snuggles, and "flying" in the air.  The cat's food and water dishes make noise, climbing over anything, standing... all bring about smiles!


My favorites:

The way he rubs his eyes and snuggles into my chest when he's sleepy. The ear to ear smile when he does something new is also adorable!
He's been the cutest lately!




January 20, 2015

Formula Feed with Pride : A Mixi Bottle Giveaway



I'm a pretty hippy parent-- breastfeed, babywear, cosleep... I love it all, but that doesn't mean I don't appreciate other parents who choose to parent the way they want to. 

I breastfed the Princess to a full year but we supplemented with formula a few times. 
4 ounces of breastmilk + 4 ounces of formula and I was able to stop pumping at 9 months. 

I will admit I have always hated the smell of formula. Breastmilk smells too but formula... or the powder always made a huge mess or I didn't have the bottle ready and I'd rush and it would get all clumpy inside the bottle.. thankfully, Mixie helps with the problem!

Mixie is super cool. It will make formula feeding a breeze.
You can literally prep your bottles hours before you use them! I'm thinking how easy the 2 am bottle would be with Mixie! Check this out.


I received a 4 oz Mixie bottle with a Stage 1 nipple and an extra Stage 2 nipple at one of the amazing baby events I went to last year and since I won't be usig them, I wanted one of my wonderful readers to have it!

Just comment and tell me why you want/need it. I'll pick one winner (via random) and ship it off! You must be a US winner. Thanks and good luck!


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