Wednesday, August 20, 2014

homemade remineralizing toothpaste

So, maybe you know about our efforts to go more granola.
Like homemade hairspray or diy deodorant.
And now we are on to homemade remineralizing toothpaste!
It's easy and while it might take a couple days to adjust to the taste, it's really quite tasty.
Completely healthy with no additives.
And the best part?
Actually cures cavities.
No. Joke.
Just give it a try and see.

ps- my boys love it.

Homemade Remineralizing Toothpaste
Makes a small tub...I'd say equivalent to a tube.
5 tablespoons calcium carbonate...found here
2 tablespoons baking soda
2 tablespoons stevia...totally optional but it takes the slight bitter taste out
3-5 tablespoons organic coconut oil, warmed until it reaches it's liquid state
Essential oils, to taste...we use peppermint, orange, clove is great for a slight numbing if you have sensitive teeth too

Mix the calcium carbonate, baking soda, and stevia in a small bowl.
Slowly whisk in coconut oil, a tablespoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
Add 5-15 drops of your preferred essential oils, to taste.
Taste a bit on your tongue and add more oils or stevia to taste!
That's it!
*Just scoop some out with your toothbrush or popsicle stick.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

ft. sam houston's quadrangle

Last week, I had one of my last ob appointments at Ft. Sam and we decided to go a bit early with my mom and the boys and see the historic Quadrangle.
And boy, was it worth it!
If you are ever in the San Antonio area and want some free family fun, bring a few bits of stale toast and a couple quarters, and head over.
Peacocks and ducks and deer, oh my!

The bell tower and peacocks!




fancy duck and goose pond



feeding the koi


chasing ducks :)



white peacocks!


bring carrots for the deer!



39 weeks pregnant with baby Gabe!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

the pearl market!

A couple weeks ago, we headed out to the famous Pearl Market in downtown San Antonio and spent the day perusing fresh veggies, sipping on gourmet coffee, letting the boys run around in the little park, and eating fresh and hot tamales!
A great day and I can't wait to go back!



gorgeous!
and love the basil nestled in...


38 weeks





gorgeous oyster mushrooms that we sauteed with garlic and butter that night :)





a lesson in bees!




whoa, belly.




this kid has developed an affinity for "pic-shuuuhs!"




Sunday, August 10, 2014

toddler meals, part 4!

more fun toddler meals!
hope something inspires you!

leftover brown rice risotto + cucumber seaweed


an easy snack, after you read the very hungry caterpillar


super, super easy.
whole wheat tortilla + almond butter + banana + mini chocolate chips = microwave quesadilla!


banana + peanut butter + cheerios = popsicle!


counting lesson for breakfast ;)


people always, always ask whether or not i make the same meals for my little one.
yes, of course i do. 
but who wants to see two of the exact same picture? 
no one.
but the answer is yes, i make two servings...maybe a few cherry tomatoes or a wrap shy for my almost two year old.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

cody's dinner rolls (angel flake rolls)

My brother loves these rolls.
We grew up on these rolls as our stand-by dinner roll recipe.
He loved them so much that we started calling them Cody's Dinner Rolls.
He requests them every time I'm visiting and I can't resist my little brother's face.
It's annoying :)

Anyway, there aren't any pictures to go along with this recipe...he just requested that I finally get it up on the blog so he can stop bugging our mom to send him the recipe every week when he wants it.
Maybe the next time I make them, I'll remember to take some decent pictures and update this post :)

Cody’s Dinner Rolls / Angel Flake Rolls
by Renee Stroman, my godmother
Makes about two, 8" cake rounds' worth of rolls 
*This makes probably double what you'd need for dinner so what I do, is cover the dough, in the bowl, with plastic wrap and it'll keep this way for another week*
1 package (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
5 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup sugar
2 cups buttermilk (or 1 tablespoon lemon juice + 2 cups milk – set aside for 5 minutes to thicken)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
Flour, for rolling

Mix yeast with warm water in small bowl and set aside.
Combine flour, salt, soda, baking powder, and sugar in large bowl.  Add buttermilk, oil, and dissolved yeast and stir until just combined.
Scoop out a big golf ball-sized ball of dough and dump into a little bowl of flour.  Roll into balls, using your hand to form the ball as you go.
Place directly in ungreased 8" round cake pans, where sides of roll are just touching.
Bake at 425* for 10 minutes, until lightly golden brown.
Enjoy!


Sunday, August 3, 2014

fun at g-ma and poppy's!

we made it!
to san antonio, that is...
and onto more fun at g-ma and poppy's!

it took all of about two seconds to "move in" for the boys.
bulldozer? check.
tee ball stand? check.


makeshift bookshelf and lego tower? check.


finding the perfect reading nook? check.


and then we did loads of fun things like g-ma and poppy taking us all to sea world!!
needless to say, boys that are obsessed with whales and sharks had. a. blast.



37 weeks pregnant in 98 degree temps?
sure!




oooo, jack was mad that the beluga whale wasn't right on time.
little stinker.


mv got to feed to sea lions!!



a wonderful day!


we also explored the famous pearl market...but i'm doing a whole post on the wonderful things we found there later ;)



we did a fun day at the waterpark




we headed out to the house in boerne for a day of swimming





but most days, we just relaxed and enjoyed each other.
well, g-ma and daddy took the boys out in the little swimming pool and mommy rested her huge belly :)




reading books


dinners out 




and poppy played beautifully soothing music most nights.




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