The Mixtape // 04.27.18

April 27, 2018

Happy Friday, friends! I’m over here feeling pretty good — knowing that we managed to keep a little human alive for a week, and the spring weather seems to finally be hitting its stride.

Here are a few things worth sharing as we head into the weekend…We’ve been blessed to have people stop by and bring us dinner this week, which has made life much easier. One sweet friend, Chelsey, even baked me “lactation cookies,” which I thought was such a great gift for a nursing mom and something I plan to gift to moms I know in the future. Because what mom doesn’t want an excuse to eat cookies?! These aren’t the fanciest looking cookies, but they’re tasty. I may be guilty of having eaten them with my morning coffee. Here’s the recipe (modified from this one), if you want to make these for a mom you know or yourself. Chelsey said she found all of the ingredients at Whole Foods:

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies (yields 30 cookies)

1 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
4 tablespoons Blackstrap Molasses
4 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons flax seed meal
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups oats
1 1/2 cup chocolate chips
4 heaping tablespoons brewer’s yeast

1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Mix the flaxseed meal and water and let sit for 3-5 minutes.
3. Beat butter, sugar, and brown sugar well.
4. Add eggs and mix well.
5. Add flaxseed mix and vanilla, beat well.
6. Sift together flour, brewers yeast, baking soda, and salt.
7. Add dry ingredients to butter mix.
8. Stir in oats and chips.
9. Scoop onto baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes.
10. Let set for a couple minutes then remove from tray.

Keeping in the vein of things related to pregnancy and child-bearing, a husband wanted to do a maternity shoot with his wife, but she refused to be photographed. So he took matters into his own hands and did a maternity shoot featuring himself. The results are hilarious. I particularly had to laugh, because I have a very similar silhouetted shot from my first pregnancy’s maternity session. #nailedit

If you’re looking for a new book to read, I recently finished Behold the Dreamers, which several people had suggested I read. Much of the novel is set in Harlem, focused on an immigrant family from Cameroon, and it touches on issues related to marriage, immigration, class, race, and the shortcomings of the American Dream.

I’ve talked about my super talented writer friend, Jason Reynolds, here before who has written multiple books that have racked up prestigious book awards. For the month of April, in honor of National Poetry Month, he’s been penning a poem every day, and I love them all so much. Do yourself a favor and read them all here. Or read just a couple of my favorites, like this one or this one.

And finally, this song has been a calming force in times of anxiety over the past few months. Hope it can be the same for you too.

Enjoy the weekend!






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