I hope you all are having a marvelous week! I'm almost done with Christmas shopping...talk about getting down to crunch time, huh? I'm so looking forward to this weekend and Christmas though. Our Papa Joe is flying in tomorrow to spend the holiday with us and tomorrow is my last day of work for the year, too! One more sleep and then it'll really feel like Christmas!
During the Christmas season, I bake ALL the cookies. I love baking so much so Christmas time is like an awesome marathon to me. One kind of cookie I've always struggled with though are gingerbread cookies. I love them but have never been able to get them quite right. I like cookies to be on the soft side and they always turn out too crisp for my liking. Well this year I finally nailed it! I tweaked my recipe a bit more and voila, the perfect gingerbread cookies came out of the oven! So here is my new and improved, delicious gingerbread cookie recipe!
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Breastfeeding can be stressful at times, especially if you aren't producing enough milk to keep up with your little one. We personally have no problem supplementing with formula, but our primary source of food for Kai is breast milk. He LOVES to eat and especially with going back to work I haven't been able to keep up with him as much as I'd like. One thing that I've done since the beginning to help with my production is make and eat lactation cookies. They are so yummy and really do help! On days that I eat them, I definitely see a difference in the amount that I pump. I've tried out a few recipes over the last few months but these peanut butter chocolate chip ones are by far my favorite! They are relatively healthy, too (just ignore the butter and sugar and concentrate on the oats and flax seed ;) )!
*The only warning I have is to make sure your baby doesn't have a peanut allergy before you consume these. Try out eating a little bit of peanut butter and make sure your baby doesn't have a reaction. If you are in the clear then bake away! Otherwise, just skip the peanut butter in the recipe and make yourself some chocolate chip cookies!
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (I use the convection baking option)
2. Mix water and flaxseed meal in a small bowl. Let sit for 5 minutes
3. Mix butter (at room temp), granulated sugar, and brown sugar in a stand mixer with the whisk attachment until light and fluffy
4. Add eggs 1 at a time until well combined and then add vanilla
5. Add flaxseed meal to mixture and combine well then set aside
6. In a separate medium bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and brewer's yeast.
7. Slowly combine the flour mixture with the butter mixture in the stand mixer with the paddle attachment. This takes about 1-2 minutes
8. Add oats, chocolate chips, and peanut butter to the mixture until well blended
9. Scoop out about 1 tablespoon of dough and roll in to a ball. Place balls on a cookie sheet
10. Bake cookies for 10-13 minutes depending on your oven. In our convection oven, 10 minutes is perfect
11. Allow cookies to cool for 2 minutes on cookie sheet then transfer cookies to a cooling rack to finish cooling
And enjoy and make that milk, mama! Oh and if you aren't a breastfeeding mama, don't worry, these won't make you produce unwanted milk, ha! Caleb eats them with me all the time and loves them! If you're wondering though what the secret to helping with milk production is, it is the brewer's yeast. Oats and flaxseed help, too, but brewer's yeast is a natural mammary gland stimulant. So eat up, mamas!
,Hey there friends! Sorry I was so MIA last week. My to do list has been a mile long, and I wasn't able to get around to baking as much as I'd like so that I could share this recipe with all of you! I was finally able to get into the kitchen for a little bit yesterday and whip up these delicious cookies to share with all of you.. Before I get into the cookies though I'll do a little weekend recap like I always like to do on Mondays!
This past weekend was filled with errands and visiting good friends. We spent Saturday afternoon with a couple of really great friends of ours who we know from Utah State who are also having a baby! It's been so nice to swap stories and learn from each other. We also went to a Christmas cookie party on Saturday night with some of our closest friends and had so much fun baking and catching up. Every year they host this get together and donate the cookies to the Northshore Kellogg Cancer Center! It's such a wonderful way to spread some Christmas cheer in our area. Yesterday was pretty amazing, too, though. We tried out a new place for breakfast in our town's downtown area and it was so yummy! If you're ever in the Libertyville area, we highly recommend Town Square Restaurant for breakfast! In the afternoon, we went to see Star Wars; The Last Jedi! Oh my gosh you guys, it was better than The Force Awakens. I'll leave it at that because I would never spoil it for any of you, but seriously...GO SEE IT!
Anyways, these cookies. Snickerdoodles are my all time favorite cookies. I love making them especially around the holidays. A few Christmases ago, I received a wonderful recipe box filled with family recipes from my mother in law and this recipe was in there. She is seriously the best baker I know. I have slowly tweaked the recipe that I got from her though due to well actually making some mistakes that turned out to enhance the cookies, as well, as having to adjust things for our oven. So without further ado...here is my snickerdoodles recipe!
What are your favorite holiday cookies to make? Please share them with me in the comments! I hope you all have a merry week ahead!
Happy Thanksgiving week! We're less than a week away from one of my favorite days of the whole year. Not only do we love hosting Thanksgiving dinner for our family and friends, we've started doing the tradition of making a special Thanksgiving breakfast for them, too. A couple of years ago my hubby, Caleb, whipped up the most delicious pumpkin pancakes with cinnamon butter the morning of Thanksgiving. They were so good we wanted to share them with our family and friends! So last year we invited my parents and a good friend of ours over early for some pancakes, coffee, and watching the Thanksgiving parade. It has become one of those things we really look forward to doing every year now! We wanted to share this tradition with you a little early so in case you want to whip up your own, you can buy all the ingredients this weekend when you do your Thanksgiving shopping! Here is Caleb's recipe:
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! We're hosting our annual Friendsgiving tomorrow night so be sure to follow us on Snapchat (dianakaravida) for a glimpse of the get together!
Hello friends! I would like to start out by thanking you for following me over to Tiny Dapper Fox. I know you might be wondering why change from This Boundless Journey? And I will definitely be addressing that as well as all the exciting things you can read about and find here on Tiny Dapper Fox. But let's start with why we're changing first...
Goodbye This Boundless Journey
We really did love This Boundless Journey for many reasons. The main being that we love to travel and share our travels with all of our family and friends. However, in the end it started to make travelling feel like work and travelling is definitely not our jobs nor do we want it to be. I felt this constant pressure of needing to have trips on the books and to be documenting things the entire time we were on vacation, which is really not the point of vacation. I was taking time off of work to work, and I'm not going to lie to you guys, that's not what I want to be doing. I love being in the moment with experiences, which if I constantly have my phone out to take pictures, post Instagram/Snapchat stories, and always be posting on social media I can't truly be in those moments that I so deeply want to enjoy. I also stopped having any motivation to update the site once we got back home from our trips. It was just more work and stopped being exciting. Also, it's just not logical for us to travel as much as we use to. Our new baby being the most obvious but we have significantly slowed down with it since getting married and buying our house. We LOVE being home! We really enjoy doing house projects, baking/cooking at home, and hosting get togethers with all of our loved ones in our home. So in this combination of time + needing to use our vacations as actual vacations we've decided it just isn't logical to run a travel website. Don't fret though! We still intend to do a good amount of travelling even though our family is growing and we still plan on sharing our recommendations and tips with you but on a smaller scale. Instead of just travel we want to share bits of all of our life with you! So enough negativity and on to the new and positive!
Hello Tiny Dapper Fox!
So with the retirement of This Boundless Journey is the birth of Tiny Dapper Fox. I've had this name kept in the back of my head for a very very long time. I'm not going to lie I've wanted to pull this trigger for so long but I've also been intimidated by the idea of it. But in the end, this is my creative outlet and I can do what I want, right!? The name Tiny Dapper Fox is inspired by our dog, Wrigley. His nickname is Tiny and he looks like a fox. The dapper part is a tribute to my husband, Caleb. He is the most dapper man I have ever met and is truly the love of my life. Caleb and Wrigley always inspire me to be my best self and that is what I want for this blog, to inspire everyone to be their best self! I really want to keep this blog personal and chronicle this special time in our lives. I'm so excited for this journey that we're on and I think that no matter how this all turns out or who reads it, it will be something so special for us to look back through to see all of our special memories we're creating as our family grows. I also want to create a community for anyone who needs it. Whether you have something exciting and happy to share or if you need a a great big hug, I want you to all know that I am here for you whether it be one on one through e-mail/social media or through my posts. So please always reach out to me if you have questions, stories, or anything on your mind that you'd like to share and need to get off your chest. I'm here to share stories about life as well as tips and tricks I've learned along the way and I promise to always keep it real with all of you.
What You Can Find Here
So like I said before, this site will be a look into bits of our whole life, starting with motherhood. I want to share with all of you this magical experience I'm currently going through and offer any words of wisdom for mamas who might need it. I know at the start of this journey I was like a deer in headlights. I was so nervous and didn't know where to start. While I am NO expert and I will NEVER claim to be, I've found it's nice to hear that other mamas to be are going through the same thing I'm going through. I won't ever be offering medical advice here, for that I will always suggest you call your doctor but I do plan on writing about my pregnancy experiences/safe products I've loved using and after Nugget arrives (that's our temporary name for our baby boy) my postpartum experiences/awesome baby products I've found.
I also plan on incorporating a lot about our cozy home that we're slowly making our own. I'll be doing room tours and honestly you'll probably get multiple of one room because we're always transforming them! We have big plans for a lot of rooms throughout our house and as for the ones that are "done" we're always coming up with new ideas to make them more us and I love to decorate them differently for every season. On top of decor, I also want to bring you all some DIY posts! One of the biggest reasons I wanted to create Tiny Dapper Fox is to get my creative juices flowing again. I miss using my hands and the right side of my brain. I really love my day job but it is very structured and I really miss flexing those creative muscles on a regular basis, so I think this blog and some fun crafty projects might just be the answer to cure that! It's also no secret that Caleb and I love hosting get togethers and to be honest it really is an art to pull off some of the bigger ones like Thanksgiving or our gender reveal. I want to share with you all our tips and tricks of how we make all this happen as well as all of Caleb's yummy recipes you all ask me for all the time. I'm going to try to get over my shyness as well and share some of my baked goods recipes, too!
In the travel section all of our tips/trip stories will be available as well as our original City Guides from This Boundless Journey. We will no longer be offering trip itineraries but I will be putting together quick guides for places that we don't have city guides for but have visited and have some recommendations for. The way we establish a city guide is we need to feel that we have thoroughly explored that city and be able to give multiple recommendations. For places like Niagara Falls or the Cinque Terre that we only visited for a day or two do not warrant that, but we do have some great info to share on those places so those quick guides can be found in the general Travel section and the Stories/Tips category. On top of all that, I will be putting together our long awaited Disney series. It's no secret that we really really love Disney and having been to Walt Disney World two years in a row we have some really great tips and recommendations to share with all of you. I will be putting together multiple posts about Disney and those can all be found in their own special Disney category.
The last section will cover any fashion or beauty tips I have. I'm no fashionista or beauty expert but I do love putting together fun outfits and trying out new beauty products. Being pregnant as also presented its challenges with these two bits of life and I want to share some wisdom with all of you mamas to be that might need it!
And last but not least the last section of the site and honestly the one I'm really really excited for is our Shop page! So at the very top I mentioned Tiny Dapper Fox has been a long awaited of dream of mine but also of Caleb's. We came up with this name a really long time ago when we first started dappling in to a couple of our hobbies. Mine being stationary and Caleb's being woodworking. We've thought long and hard about how we'd like to execute these hobbies into making them a bit of a side hustle, I suppose. We've thought about Etsy and Offer Up but have always felt kind of shy about putting ourselves out there and also don't really have the time or resources to market products to the max since we have day jobs. Well when I mentioned to Caleb that I wanted to start up a little lifestyle blog for our growing family it sparked the idea of maybe putting up some of his designs on the site so that you all can see them in real life through our home tour posts. If you don't know, a lot of the furniture in our home is made by Caleb! We often get questions about where we got pieces and I always say with so much pride that my hubby made it! He has really refined his skills and is finally confident that he can create pieces that everyone would love to have in their homes, too. So as we get our stock up and put up home tours you'll be able to shop those pieces from our Shop page! As for my little creative piece in stationary, I just love all things papers. I pick up journals and cards even when I don't need them and I love snail mail. I always have an idea for cards or invitations that I'd like to send to people but a lot of times I run in to that road block of I can't find what I'm looking for or I have such a good idea for something that I should just create it myself! Well I'd like to share those ideas with all of you, too! So keep an eye on that little corner of the site as we build it up with all of our favorite little things.
And that's it for now! I don't want to confine myself to just these topics but I believe this is a good basis and what I've been itching to write about for a long time now. I hope you enjoy Tiny Dapper Fox and find some fun inspiration from it! Please leave me a comment and let me know if there are any topics that YOU would like for me to cover, too. Hope you have the happiest of days!
I’m Diana; curator & author of Tiny Dapper Fox. Here you’ll find posts on motherhood, home life, travel, & fashion/beauty as well as City Guides for places all around the world. Make yourself cozy and let’s be friends!
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