March 2010


Since having Miles, I find myself chronically in need of high quality calories.  All the time.  Especially at 2:30 when I can’t get back to sleep after feeding him.  To avoid constant bowls of cereal which, I won’t deny, is a source of high quality calories, or chocolate sour cream donuts, also calories, I made a batch of these muffins.  We were flush with carrots from our garden and the CSA, and had two jars of molasses in the cupboard.  A recipe search at epicurious.com for “carrot molasses” came back with this recipe for cupcakes.  A few tweaks to the healthier and we were well on our way to 2:30am high calorie bliss.

Carrot Molasses Muffins

  • 4 medium carrots, shredded fine
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 c applesauce
  • 1/3 c molasses
  • 1/4 c honey
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 c whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 c walnuts
  • 1/2 c raisins
  1. If you do not have an infant, go to step 2.  If infant is crying/squirming or will do so immediately after you stop paying attention to him, put him in the carrier.  My carrier of choice is the Moby wrap, but the baby Bjorn is nice too.  If infant is sleeping, please tell me what you are doing.
  2. Preheat oven to 350F.  Use baking spray on a 12-cup muffin tin.
  3. Combine wet ingredients carrots through vanilla.
  4. Combine dry ingredients flour through nutmeg.
  5. Add dry to wet.  Stir until combined, but still lumpy.
  6. Add walnuts and raisins until fully incorporated.
  7. Fill muffin cups to the top.  They will be full, but these don’t rise much so don’t worry about overflow.
  8. Bake 32 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out without raw batter on it.  Check at 25, just in case your oven is hotter than mine.
  9. If it is Austin and March and 80 degrees out, enjoy one of these in the backyard, hopefully with a still-sleeping infant in the carrier.  Put the rest in a tupperware next to the bed for mid-night feedings.

Food Processor Method: Easier and less dishes.  Use the small grater to grate carrots.  Replace the grater with the standard blade attachment.  Add ingredients eggs through nutmeg (all except walnuts and raisins).  Pulse 3-5 times to get it mixed.  Scrape sides down.  Pulse 3 more times.  Add walnuts and raisins and mix with the spatula until incorporated.  Use the spatula to fill muffin cups and scrape the blade and bowl.  Put everything in the dishwasher.  Bake and enjoy as directed above.

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You all know I love to cook.  And eat.  For years I have been thinking and talking about starting a food blog.  Instead, when I finally got the time (thanks, maternity leave!) I got the motivation to start this family blog.  How could I write about cooking and food when I had this new fascinating subject to occupy my thoughts? Also, you can go anywhere to read a foodie deliberating recipes and food trends.  This is the only place you can come to learn about the goings on with Tim, Miles and me.

But I still love food.  And I still love to cook.  And eat.  And deliberate recipes and food trends.

So, I figured I would have my cake and eat it too.  While I have this blog, and an audience (you, thank you!), I might dabble in some food blogging.  Starting this week, you will see a post every now and again about what we are eating and cooking around here.  I will attach a category “family food” to each of the food-related posts so that if you are web 2.0 and want to filter them out of your RSS feed you are welcome to do so.  If you are experiencing this blog old-school by visiting our site, too bad.  You just might find yourself drooling on the keyboard.

Tim put this very short slideshow/video together showing the growth of Miles, when he was all wrapped up in a tidy package. Enjoy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVZiklkFAaM

We went to the pediatrician this morning.  Miles got his first round of shots 😦 ,  and we got an update on his growth:

  • Weight: 12lb 8oz (75th percentile) – up 5lbs from birth, that’s a 66% increase in 2 months!!!
  • Length: 24″ (90th)
  • Head Circ: 16″ (90th)

Two months ago, Miles joined us in this big wonderful world!  I can’t believe it, time flies, but I feel like he has been with us forever.  He is turning into quite the little man.

SxSW with a baby?  We can do it!

Thursday, Miles and I picked up another mom and new baby and hit the baby-friendly patio at Spiderhouse for the Brooklyn Vegan showcase.  As breastfeeding mothers, we split one Shiner.  I took this picture to lure Tim down to the show after work:

On Friday, Tim took a vacation and we packed a picnic and headed to the French Legation Museum lawn for an afternoon of music.  They set up two stages so there was continuous music.  Miles and I took off around happy hour (Miles’s happy hour that is) and made it home in time for me to load him up in the wrap and walk around the neighborhood.  We headed towards some music and caught a few bands behind a house a few blocks away.  Miles loves rock music.

Saturday morning we had an insane storm as a major cold front moved in.  We went from 75 and sunny Friday to windy, cold and 40 for Saturday!  Still we dressed Miles in his fleece snow suit, skullcap and hoodie (see him here, lookin like a thug), wrapped him up in the Moby and took the bus to campus to see the showcase at Urban Outfitters.  There was another 2 month old there with little baby noise canceling headphones – great idea!  We protected Miles’s ears with several layers of hats, cloth and a coat and by keeping a good distance.  Next year we are definitely getting some headphones!

All the music was free and we had a great time.  I love Austin.  And Miles was so good for all the shows.  It seems putting him in a wrap sling and going to a rock show is our best way to recreate the womb for him. 🙂

Last Sunday dawned cool and calm but quickly warmed up and got a little breezy for Austin’s Annual Kite Festival.  I think this was the 81st year for it.  They might want to rename it Austin Stroller Festival, though… since when was Austin a city full of new parents?  Tim once lost me & Miles and tried to locate us by looking for a loaded down orange BOB stroller – good luck!

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