Wednesday, August 26, 2009

We had a good run at it

In a way I am slowly getting my body back, not anything related w/ MS anyway, that will always have me but what I'm talking about is my babies Blake & Barrett who are weaning from breastfeeding. B&B only nurse at bedtime and take sippies during the day; they are almost 1 years old and I went with child lead weaning....just so happens that they have the same thing in mind with each other...maybe its twin thing weird! LOL

I have mixed feelings because they are my last babies :( I feel very proud that I breastfed twins for 1 year and I am selfishly :P excited to reclaim my body, no more annoying nursing bras, looking forward to smaller boobs, and I won't have to watch what I eat for their sake...only my own.

Maybe the timing is perfect because soon and FINALLY I will be meeting with a neurologist to figure out treatment for my MS and not having to figure out medicine around breastfeeding might be easier.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

4yrs of Marriage!

Happy anniversary to the love of my life Tom :) We've been married 4yrs now and WOW look at where we are now.

I expected that we'd have a kid or 2 but 3 in 4 yrs kinda blows my mind a little, although we did hit a buy one get one free special with Blake & Barrett LOL . I never expected that I'd be dealing with MS either and now I have my days where my body feels way older than it is and now I just look back at how healthy I use to feel 4yrs ago or even 1 year ago. Still very positive though and still coping naturally, no meds yet, which has me curious if whatever I end up on will make me feel much different than what things have been like lately.....numbness/ tingling in random spots, joint weakness, and fatigue. Heat takes its toll on me and I notice a big change on the cooler and breezy days. Today is pleasant, we had light rain in the morning just like on our wedding day, which brought smiles and great memories.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Some multiple are peaceful

No lie, unlike MS with its random little surprises, my twins Blake and Barrett deserve a little bragging. I like to call them B&B for short and they are such great and amazingly GOOD babies! Soon my babies will be 1 and its been a very smooth ride with them. They're very curious boys that love to just crawl around and explore at home, they sleep well and wake up so happy, and when were out and about with them in the stroller they are are very patient and content. As I was nursing them before putting them to bed last night I couldn't help but think how they see their older brother Korvin, I picture him as a CRAZY reality show to them and I hope they're thinking "I won't do that when I'm his age". LOL

Most people would probably think that its twins that keep me on my toes but its actually my toddler, honestly he is a tight ball of energy that is going and going non stop and that direction he's going in is usualy to something naughty. Korvin is so smart and advanced for his age, I'm proud to say he knows his alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes and all those other basics but only if he could learn from all the naughty things I have to stop him from doing alllll the time, things would be fantastic!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Savory Zucchini Pancakes

2 cups shredded zucchini
1/4 cup green onions
2 eggs
1/2 cup flour
1tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp seasoned salt
pepper to taste
1 T olive oil
Place shredded zucchini in a clean and dry dish towel; wringe out as much of the juice as you can. Combine all ingrediants, mix well. Cook the batter just like any other pancake on med. heat on a greased griddle. I scooped out my batter by 1/4 cups and made 6 pancakes. Flip pancakes after a few minutes, each side should be golden.
Since I don't eat dairy I enjoyed mine with ketchup, but it would have been nice for me with a dollap of soy sour cream.

Figuring things out

I've been figuring things out, well not completely, no one has done that :P

I'm still going strong with my dairy free diet and it seems to be treating me very well. I've also found that reg. coffee tends to set things off for me, a major bummer to a coffee lover; so with that I now start my mornings with tea AND I only treat myself to coffee once in awhile.

I have been having so much fun in the kitchen lately, changing recipes to dairy free and using my harvest of zucchini :) I froze some zuchini to play with another time and I've also made more bread, zucchini brownies, cookies, savory pancakes, and this weekend we will have sweet zucchini pancakes for breakfast.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Mastered my Zucchini bread!

I wanted to share this bread recipe cause I finally perfected it and its so moist and yummy :)

Makes 2 loaves
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cups veg. oil
3 eggs
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
3 cups flour 2 cups grated zucchini

preheat oven to 350 and grease (2) 8x4 bread pans
Mix together sugars and oil then add eggs. Mix together dry ingrediants THEN add to the wet mixture. Stir zucchini into batter and then pour into prepared pans. Bake @ 350 for approx 60 minutes or until bread tests done with a toothpick. Bread cuts best when completely cooled, enjoy!

Summer go away or just the heat

Slowly figuring things out on what makes me uncomfortable; near the top of the list is this hot, humid, and sticky weather! I know lots of people who were bummed about our unseasonably cooler summer weather, I was LOVING it :) Fall is my favorite season and I can't wait for it to get here. Fall means Blake & Barrett's 1st birthday, football Sundays with my boys, and the fall harvest.

Something I've found that keeps me cool and symptoms a little tamer is wearing a cold herbal pad on my shoulders.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Dairy isn't my friend anymore :(

So I've been experimenting with foods to see what kinds of food bug my MS and I decided to go dairy FREE, its been a pretty easy switch, the hardest part is cheese! C'mon, I am from Wisconsin, giving up cheese is tough but I did it! Over the weekend I had plans with friends and I thought it'd be fine to treat myself, I made a cheesecake for a mini baby shower for my friend Kate (had a slice of the brownie swirl cheesecake) and then my family and I were invited over by friends for a cookout (where I also enjoyed some cheese) 2 treats ended up being a bad/good was bad that when I went to bed my MS was acting up but it was GOOD that I now know that dairy does bother MS for me.

Like I said, its really not a hard switch, I have been playing in the kitchen and testing some of my recipes to see if they still taste as good when using Soy Milk instead of whole milk; I have found that I really enjoy my homemade chocolate pudding (pictured) when using soy milk (tasted like warm brownie batter, YUM) and I can still make my homemade alfredo sauce using soy!