Banana-Carrot Protein Muffins (Dairy-free)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

I've been making a lot of muffins recently. My boys are ravenous ALL. OF. THE. TIME. Seriously, less than 30 minutes after eating a hearty breakfast of oatmeal and fruit they are asking if it's snack-time. Now that Levi is dairy-free, it's hard to find snacks he can eat that don't break the bank. Well, this morning I made up my own muffin recipe... and amazingly it turned out quite good! I was even sneaky and added Levi's most hated vegetable. The dreaded carrot. He has no clue, and he's getting fruit, veggie, and protein in one little snack! Mama win!

Banana-Carrot Protein Muffins
Makes 12 muffins

  1/2 cup pureed carrots
  2 ripe bananas
  2 eggs
  1/2 cup oil
  1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
  2 cups flour
  1/2 cup sugar
  1 teaspoon baking soda
  1 teaspoon baking powder
  1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  1/2 teaspoon salt
  1/4 cup vanilla hemp protein powder (got ours from trader joes)

I preheated the oven to 350 degrees. Then I mixed all the wet ingredients in my Kitchen-Aid (the first six ingredients). Next I put my sifter on top of the mixer, and added all the dry ingredients into the sifter (the last 7 ingredients). Then I sifted the dry into the wet, and mixed well. Pour batter into 12 lined muffin tins. Tin cups should be 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 20 minutes. Toothpick should come out clean. (If you don't sift the dry ingredients, the muffins should turn out just as tasty... just not very fluffy.)

If my directions aren't very clear, please comment. I'd be happy to try explain further.

The Color Run

Thursday, April 14, 2016

I completed my first run post-baby last Saturday. It was brutal. I was so in-shape before I had Benjamin... it's sad to know how much strength I lost, and how much weight I gained in a year. So I'm considering these race photos my "before" shots.

Benjamin is Four Months

Monday, April 4, 2016

Benjamin weighs 15 lbs 10 ounces (51%), is 25 in tall (48%), and still has his big noggin (71%). Ha! Big Ben is in 6-9 month onesies. He's definitely my biggest boy.

He's in still in size 3 diapers, but we use a special night-time diaper. Benny is eating 4 ounces of formula every 3 hours, and still nursing after the bottle too. He still eats several times a night... like two to three. He still loves to be swaddled, but he's getting good at escaping.

He is nowhere close to rolling over, but he refuses to recline when sitting on my lap... he has to sit up. He's also dying to play with big brothers... reaching for them, and lighting up when they pay attention to him. He's starting to grab toys, and cuddle his lovey under his arm. His favorite toy is still his biggest brother.

He's starting to put things in his mouth, so maybe next month we will give him a little food.

Big milestones are grabbing toys, spinning on his back, and saying "mama" when we were at Disney.

Levi is THREE!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The middle Biddle is three years old.

His favorite places on the planet are the beach and Walt Disney World, so the trip and getting to pick out one toy at Disney was his special gift from Justin and I. He picked a stuffed Pascal, the chameleon from Tangled. It was very reminiscent of the Winnie the Pooh bear from his first trip to Disney... Before we could blink, the Pascal was in his hands, and he was cuddling it. He calls it "Pas-Skilly" or "Pas-Skittle." It's pretty cute.

On his actual birthday he got Angel Food Cake with minions on it, and dairy-free ice cream.

I asked him what he wanted for his special birthday dinner, and he is his Daddy's boy. He picked spaghetti, but he said we had to eat it out on the back porch. So we did.

He also got to open lots of presents from family. We Facetimed with them all.

My favorite Levi Quotables from this past year:
"Hold me hand mommy! Hold me hand." April 2015
Beach Ball = "Booch Ball." May 2015
Alabama & Louisiana = "Ala-Banana & Weezy-Ana." May 2015
"I wanna go on the potty train!" 8.22.15
When playing in the leaves, "I got tree in my mouth!" October 2015
"Poooooor me!" 10.21.15
When talking about Benjamin: "He's going to be tiny and fat!" 11.29.15
Smiley face is a "happy smile face."

Walt Disney World 2016

Monday, March 28, 2016

Yes, we have a three month old (+2 other boys). Yes, we went to Disney World. Yes, we are crazy. And yes, we had a wonderful time.

My youngest man cub is an amazing boy. He was a champ. Honestly, he was the easiest child on the whole trip. Best of all? That sweetie said his first word, "mama," while we were at Magic Kingdom. Talk about making this mama's dreams come true!

The car trip for Benny.
Car trip for Levi... I see a little bit of teenager Levi in this picture...
Car trip for Pirate Jonah
Serious sand castle building.
Walking on Cocoa Beach.
Me and my three man cubs.
After the beach my two big boys got to try their first 7 Eleven slurpees.

The best we could do for a family photo.
The champ wearing his first set of Mickey Ears.