Life as of late

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Life as of late…fun, tiring exhausting, rewarding, allergies (gah, so so bad), mamma hood, kids parties and wedding showers..birthdays! Trip planning…SUMMER VACATION!

It's been good, it's been busy. I have 500 photos waiting for me to upload them, yes, seriously 500, it is daunting. Menu plans that never got posted. Posts that never got posted. Ha! But sometimes life just happens and it definitely precedents before this blog.

But praise the Lord tomorrow is my husband's last day of school for the semester, this week is my last week of work (for the past 4 1/2 years I've been blessed with the world's best boss and privileged to care for the most well-behaved children I know), and next week marks the start of my husband's paternity leave. He saved it up until now and shortly we get to spend SIX weeks of pure bliss with him. No school, no work. I can hardly believe it is actually happening. I am so giddy! Sooo…we are entering a new season around here, one in which I am gladly welcoming. We will be adjusting to one income, me as a full-time stay at home mom, (my dream job since I was about 10, for real) and NO MORE junior colleges! Woo hoo! Hubs is finally off to a university come fall. Between the two of us, we've had our fair share at jcs.

And that my friends is just a teensy-tiny bit of what's been going on around here.

And here are a few of my favorite photos from April. Yes…April. May, we will get to you one day. ;)

sunny mornings lounging in bed (ok, ok, sunny mornings chasing holland)

wentworth's revealing the gender of baby #2 to us in an oh-so-cute manner! 
bathtime, it is often the best time.

good old play with my boy.

a little trying on of hats,

and dancing in the kitchen with papa.

kisses from mamma

a birthday celebration for dani!

meal-time cuteness


uncle time!

and family time at my parents

with sister in the kitchen.

where holland decided to stand for the first time, when we had the camera in hand!

April, you were fun, but I'm glad you're over! 

This life we live is beautiful.


Recipe share: Chocolate oatmeal flaxseed muffins

7:46 PM

Remember how I use to bake like everyday? And then somewhere along the way I became a mom and my recipes shares for delicious baked good turned into menu plans? Well, I don't know what has happened this past week or so, but it's like something turned that baking switch back on, and boy oh boy, it's really on. I've been at it like crazy, even with 90 degree weather almost everyday.

I made this muffin four, yes, FOUR times last week! Really? And then I made a lemon olive oil cake. And right now, lacy oatmeal cookies. It's a good thing we've been sharing these goods. But if I turn into a ball of pudge, you'll know why.

Good news is these muffins are actually pretty healthy. Low in sugar (for a muffin) and dairy free. They also hold you with all the grains. I didn't feel bad about eating them at all. The cookies in the oven on the other hand…

Ok, here we are, chocolate oatmeal flaxseed muffins…don't skip the espresso! Chocolately, filling, and just a tad sweet. Perfect for your morning coffee. Serve as is, warmed with butter, a little dab of peanut butter, or a drizzle of maple syrup if you  think you *need* more sugar (but you don't). ;)

Can you imagine throwing in a little coconut? I haven't yet, but I'm tempted. If you do, maybe up the oil just a tad to keep your muffin moist.

Chocolate Oatmeal Flaxseed Muffins
Yield: 1 dozen muffins
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup ground flax meal
1/2 cup old fashion or rolled oats
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon espresso powder
2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 cup unsweetened dairy free milk of choice
1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a muffin tin or line with baking cups.
In a large mixing bowl or kitchen aid, whisk together the flour, flax meal, oats, brown sugar, espresso powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the egg, oil, and your milk of choice, mixing until the batter is evenly incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chunks.
Divide batter evenly between baking cups, filling each 3/4 full. Sprinkle a few oats on top. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.


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