Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip (Lactation) Cookies

February 4, 2013 at 5:04 am

Today my grandmother would have turned 90 years old. We decided to celebrate her birth with foods that remind us of her. Grandma made banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookies all the time (with and without walnuts from the tree in her front yard).

She lived a life of service and generosity, so as a birthday present to her we made a massive batch and brought plates of them to several of our local friends tonight.

If you’re breastfeeding, the oats just might give your milk supply a little boost. Adding walnuts or almonds may also benefit your milk supply (and your taste buds, in my opinion). You can add ground flax or chia seeds for another nutritional and milk supply boost. My post “Building better breastmilk” explains how using coconut oil as the shortening substitute may enhance your milk’s immune-system-boosting properties. Also, if you call them “lactation cookies,” that means you get to eat lots of them. ;-)

I’m so happy to share Grandma’s recipe with you. I hope they make you feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Happy 90th Birthday, Grandma!

Gestating in grief

January 29, 2013 at 8:12 pm

“In encountering death, you are now at the very centre of human experience. You are in the presence of the sacred. Do not let anyone minimize its importance or make you feel that grieving is anything other than an absorbing, life-changing experience.” -Jerusha Hull McCormack

So I’ve been wanting to give you all something more informative and less me-centered for a while now. I have a few different posts I’ve been doing research for. But my mind and spirit are absorbed with other things, so I just haven’t had the time or energy to tackle those “real” blogposts I’ve been wanting to give you.

The stuff I’ve been writing about doesn’t technically have a whole lot to do with birth, per se, so I worry that you’re all tiring of reading about it. I feel bad… like I should apologize for writing so much about myself and what’s been going on with me, but then I step back and realize… this is where I am. Maybe I’ll lose some readers, but maybe there are others out there who need to hear what’s in my heart. And then I step back again and see that what I’m experiencing has everything to do with gestation and birthing.

So, rather than giving you something informative and science-based (those posts will come), today I’m giving you something from my heart and soul. And right now my heart and soul are waist-deep in grief, trying to get the courage to allow myself to become totally submerged.

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