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She {hearts} Whole Grain Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

I’ve been doing my best to make our breakfasts lately, instead of just relying on a box of cereal.  Price wise and health wise, I believe that it’s much better to eat a homemade whole grain muffin than “whole grain” cereal from the store.

My sister in law brought me some zucchini from her garden recently, and I decided to try my hand at whole grain zucchini muffins.  I added some cocoa and chocolate chips to make them more appealing to the kids, but otherwise, these are super healthy.

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I started by milling 1 cup of soft wheat in my Nutrimill.  I use my mill on a daily basis.  Whether I’m making muffins, bread, biscuits, or cakes, I try to use whole grains as much as possible.

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To the flour, I added quick oats, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

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After whisking that together, I stirred in the chocolate chips, extra virgin olive oil, honey, zucchini, and buttermilk. (I normally add an egg, but I forgot this time!) 

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I used a large cookie scoop to fill my muffin liners, and then popped the pan in the oven for about 20 minutes.

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Mmmm… delicious whole grain breakfast!

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Whole Grain Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 12 muffins

Whole Grain Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

  • 1 cup Soft Wheat Berries (measure before milling)
  • 1/2 cup Quick Oats
  • 3 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt (I use Redmond's Real Salt)
  • 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips
  • 1 1/2 cups Shredded Zucchini
  • 1/2 cup Buttermilk (I use 1/2 cup milk with 1 Tbsp vinegar)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 egg
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mill wheat.
  3. Add the rest of the dry ingredients. (Quick oats, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt, chocolate chips.)
  4. Whisk together.
  5. Stir in the wet ingredients. (Zucchini, buttermilk, honey, oil, egg.)
  6. Scoop into lined muffin pan with a large cookie scoop or spoons. (I love using parchment liners.)
  7. Bake for approximately 20 minutes.
  8. Remove muffins from pan and allow to cool on a cooling rack.

She {hearts} Happy Wrap

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Happy Wrap stock photoBaby wearing is a topic near and dear to my heart.  I still remember being pregnant with my second child, and wondering how I would ever keep up with a busy 2 year old and a newborn baby.  At that time, a friend of mine was visiting from another Province.  She told me about the wrap that she had and showed me how to use it.  I knew I had found my solution!

That was 6 years and a few babies ago.  Just a month ago I gave birth to our fourth child.  Life with four kids is fast paced and full of action!  Once again, I am in love with baby wearing, and in particular, the Happy Wrap.  It allows me to have my hands free while I tend to my older children.  Babies love to be near to mama, and this way no one has to miss out on my attention.

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The Happy Wrap is made from organic bamboo fabric.  It is incredibly soft and has the perfect amount of stretch.  The beauty of this type of carrier is that it is a one size fits all, so you don’t need to have a different carrier for Mom & Dad.

I think what impressed me the most is their clear instructions and commitment to safety.  The website is full of great information for those who are new to baby wearing and this particular type of carrier.

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The Happy Wrap is available in 5 fantastic colours and costs $48.

10% of all profits are donated to charity.

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She {hearts} BINSI

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Hi Res Prima CoverSometime in the next 4 weeks, I will be giving birth to our fourth child.  This is a special, anticipated, and somewhat scary time!  One of the things that I would like to try this time, is staying out of the bed.  I tend to have very fast, intense labours, and once I get in the bed, I can’t get out again.  Along with being free to move around, I was also looking for some type of clothing that would be comfortable, yet still accessible for birth.  Let’s face it… those hospital gowns are pretty terrible!

BINSI contacted me to see if I would like to try one of their birthing skirts, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with it!  I was sent the PrimaMama Skirt in Eclipse.    This skirt is surprisingly modest, which is something that some women are concerned with, even during birth.  It’s comfortable, breathable, and lightweight.

The features of this skirt are what really make it stand out as a great birthing skirt.  From the front snaps that go the whole length of the skirt, to the drawstring waist, to the side slits for maximum movement, the details were well thought out.  I am excited to give this skirt a go in the next few weeks!

BINSI was started by Carri Grimditch, a certified Doula and Mom, in 2005.  She was expecting her second baby and knew she wanted to feel more comfortable and confident.  She realized that less stress makes labour easier to handle.  By designing a skirt that works for both Doctors/Midwives, as well as mothers, she really has accomplished her goal or helping mommies-to-be feel confident during birth.

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  • BINSI offers several styles and colours of birth skirts, as well as tops that are fully accessible to medical equipment if need be.
  • Each skirt also comes with a set of 8 blessing beads that you can add onto the drawstring of your skirt.
  • BINSI products are proudly made in the USA.

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She {hearts} Steeped Tea

 photo SteepedTea_zps19aba4bf.pngKeith and I both love a good cup of tea.  Most cold wintry evenings are spent with our favourite tea in hand as we unwind.  A friend of mine from Keith’s home town also has a passion for tea, and is selling some fabulous tea, made right here in Canada.

 photo fcb6ceec-b064-4629-bab7-28216e71e51c_zpsef8def18.jpgSteeped Tea was started in Canada by Tonia, a Mom who came across Earl Grey De La Creme loose tea and fell in love.  She started having tea parties with her friends and family to introduce them to great tea, and when it became so popular that she couldn’t keep up, she decided to start a consultant based business.

Who doesn’t love a good tea party!  The company was also recently featured on Dragon’s Den, which is a very popular show in Canada.  A group of investors are presented with countless opportunities from small businesses, and they choose who they want to partner with.  Steeped Tea was lucky to be chosen and is now working with two of the investors.  The reason for the investment is to bring Steeped Tea to the US!  Starting March 18, American citizens will have the opportunity to start up their own Steeped Tea business.

Lindsey sent me three different teas and a clip on strainer so I could give it a try.  The clip on strainer definitely makes it easy to make just one cup of tea.  Scoop your favourite loose tea and clip it right onto your mug!  The teas are also really delicious.   In fact, I just enjoyed a fabulous cup of Lemon Chiffon.

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Check out Lindsey’s Steeped Tea page on Facebook for the most recent information.

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Lindsey would love to give away 100 grams of your favourite tea, as well as a mesh ball infuser!  Approx. $20 value.

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She {hearts} Lilla Rose

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This summer I discovered a hair accessory that I thought was gorgeous and also really practical.  Lilla Rose sells something called a Flexi Clip, which can be used for a variety of hair styles and in pretty much every hair type.  I have incredibly fine thin hair that is very slippery, and I can easily use the Flexi.

Lilla Rose is an independent sales company, so anyone can sign up to sell their products.  I got in touch with Anjanette Barr through YouTube I believe, and was able to place an order earlier in summer.  She recently sent a beautiful Pink Fairy Flexi for my oldest daughter to try.  Bria loves it!  I have to work a little more to get it to stay in her hair, as it’s even more slippery than mine, but it looks so cute on her!

Flexi clips are made with piano wire, beads, and a pin made of zinc.  They are incredibly durable, so you won’t be replacing them over and over again.  All pieces are attached to each other as well, which makes it easy to keep track of.

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Lilla Rose has some great videos on their website that help with figuring out sizing.

Lilla Rose also offers gorgeous Head Bands, O-Rings, Hair Sticks, Bobby Pins, and You-Pins.

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She {hearts} Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

The other day I was in the mood for some nice soft dinner rolls to go with our Minestrone.  I searched online to find a recipe that I thought might work, and of course, decided to tweak it a bit to make it my own.  The original recipe can be found here.

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Soft 100% Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 24

  • 2 Tb. dry yeast
  • 1/2 c. warm water
  • 1/2 c. butter, softened
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk or milk
  • whole wheat flour (I used freshly ground hard red wheat)
  • 1-1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tb. vital wheat gluten
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 scoop vitamin C powder
  1. Warm the milk or buttermilk until scalded. Add to the bowl of a stand mixer.
  2. Add water, softened butter, salt, honey, eggs, ginger, gluten, and vitamin C to the bowl.
  3. Add 4 cups of flour to the bowl, and sprinkle the yeast on top. Start the mixer on low speed and mix until combined.
  4. Slowly add flour until the dough cleans the sides of the bowl.
  5. Let knead for approx 10 minutes.
  6. Grease a 9x13 inch pan.
  7. Divide the dough into 24 pieces and place them in the pan close together.
  8. Let rise in a warm place for 45 min to an hour.
  9. Preheat oven to 350 degress.
  10. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

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She {hearts} Fiesta

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Keith and I have been married for just over 9 years.  In that time, the two of us have broken a bunch of our dishes.  I’ve been on the lookout for something to replace them with, and I came across Fiesta Dinnerware.

Fiesta sent me a set of 4 salad plates in the sunflower colour to try out.  We’ve enjoyed using them, and the colour is certainly a nice pop of sunshine on the table.  These plates are the perfect size for a toddler to eat off of, and sturdy enough that I’m not too worried about them breaking.

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Fiesta Dinnerware is proudly made in the USA, and has been for nearly 75 years!  The dishes are oven/microwave/dishwasher and freezer safe, which is fabulous for a busy family.  They even come with a 5 year chip replacement warranty.

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