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post #61 of 141

Today, I am grateful for my son being on a schedule.

 

He's been sleeping 730-730 UNITERRUPTED!!! This has been going on for about a week now and it is m.a.r.v.e.l.o.u.s. I'm getting a full night's sleep, my house is clean, I get alone time with DH. *Smile*

 

Now I'm going to go run and knock on some wood. This is the first time I've allowed myself to talk about it.

 

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post #62 of 141

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Originally Posted by TTCChloeOrConner View Post

Today, I am grateful for my son being on a schedule.

 

He's been sleeping 730-730 UNITERRUPTED!!! This has been going on for about a week now and it is m.a.r.v.e.l.o.u.s. I'm getting a full night's sleep, my house is clean, I get alone time with DH. *Smile*

 

Now I'm going to go run and knock on some wood. This is the first time I've allowed myself to talk about it.

 

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jaw.gif Way to GO! That's awesome!

post #63 of 141


Way to Go!! My Enoch has been sleeping 8-10 hours uninterrupted for about 2 weeks too. It is awesome.

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Originally Posted by TTCChloeOrConner View Post

Today, I am grateful for my son being on a schedule.

 

He's been sleeping 730-730 UNITERRUPTED!!! This has been going on for about a week now and it is m.a.r.v.e.l.o.u.s. I'm getting a full night's sleep, my house is clean, I get alone time with DH. *Smile*

 

Now I'm going to go run and knock on some wood. This is the first time I've allowed myself to talk about it.

 

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post #64 of 141

Wow!!!  But I am pleased with the 4-6 hour stretches I am getting as this is unprecedented sleep for my babies!

post #65 of 141

Oh I didn't see this thread before!  What a good idea.

 

I am thankful for my husband's second job.  It's part time through tax season and he LOVES it.

 

I am thankful for Netflix, because it gives me a chance to have a  few minutes to myself after everyone was up all night.

 

I am thankful for all of my children, each one has added so much to my life in such unexpected ways, even though it's been really hard.

post #66 of 141
Thread Starter 

I am thankful today for my body... what an amazing thing it is! It may not be pretty or perfect, but it works! Pregnancy, birth, my quick recovery, and breastfeeding make me feel so great about what this body can do. love.gif

post #67 of 141

Today, I am thankful that my breastfeeding is still going STRONG.

 

I came into the whole BFing thing with the "Whatever" attitude, not really expecting it to last long.

 

But now I never want to stop. =)

 

Thank God for breast pumps.

post #68 of 141

I am grateful for working heaters! I am also grateful for online communities and caffeine :)

post #69 of 141
Library ebooks on my Kindle! I love my Kindle (no page turning to wake up baby) but can't afford the books as I read a few each week. Thank goodness my library now lends ebooks. Yay!
post #70 of 141

I'm grateful for:

 

-My DH's new job. It's stressful at times and the schedule doesn't leave us much time it feels but we are paying bills now. So that's great.

 

-My Zion's (2 yr old) smile. She has been a challenge lately but her smile (a huge toothy grin with a small gap between her front teeth) helps make everything better.

 

-The fact that we are getting a tax refund. Even though it's late and we have no idea when we are going to get it.

post #71 of 141

Today, I am grateful that we finally got our refund.

 

We were able to pay off all of our outstanding hospital bills from Conner's birth. SUCH a weight off my shoulders!!!

post #72 of 141

Today I am grateful for a day off work.

post #73 of 141
Thread Starter 

I keep forgetting to try and do this every day... le sigh...

 

Today I am grateful for my baby who likes to sleep a lot the whole night!!! He's still in there snoozing and I got up like 20 minutes ago! He's a sleepy head this morning. luxlove.gif

post #74 of 141

Today I am grateful for it being President's Day. No school!

post #75 of 141

I am grateful for this thread, because it puts me in an appreciative mindset, where throughout the day I'm taking note of what I'm grateful for.  Like today while turning on a light in the kitchen, then turning on the sink, I was thinking how grateful I am to have electricity and hot, running water.

 

I am grateful for coconut milk and thai curry paste.

 

I am grateful for slings and moby wraps and swaddling blankets.

 

I am grateful for children's books and grownup books and crappy shows on Hulu.

 

And I am so unbelievably, deeply, passionately grateful for my healthy, chubby, smiley baby girl.

post #76 of 141
Thread Starter 

happytears.gif What a sweet post, Katie!!!

 

Oh, and I ever so, so, so grateful for coconut milk and Thai curry paste, too!!!! I make a curry dish about twice a week.... this week, though... I admit tonight is the third time I've made a curry dish for dinner in the last 7 days! yummy.gif

post #77 of 141

Today I'm grateful that all of my kids were sleeping by 8:15!  What ever shall I do with myself?

post #78 of 141

COCONUT MILK! Yes!  I have nearly 3 cases of it.  Yup- 33 cans of coconut milk. (I subscribe on Amazon)  We go through it like crazy around here... mostly because I make homemade ice cream with it.  Holy cow.  Yum.

 

I'm also thankful for my husband.  Oh man.  So thankful.

post #79 of 141

I would be grateful for a coconut milk ice cream recipe.  I will have to look one up.

 

Today my little bug has a cold and I'm grateful for the obvious comfort he gets from nursing.

post #80 of 141

I'm SO thankful for coconut milk ice cream.  Yum.  It makes being vegan a lot easier! 

 

I found it difficult to find a coconut milk IC recipe.  Most people use cashew cream, or soy milk.  I really wanted to use coconut milk because of the healthy fats, and I think it ends up being creamier and tasting better than soy milk ice cream.  A lot of recipes you can find use eggs, so if you don't mind that, go for it!  I know whole foods' website has a coconut milk ice cream recipe with eggs.  

For totally vegan, here's what I do.
I use a 3:1 or 2.5:1 ratio of coconut milk (full fat) to soy milk but you can also do without the soymilk.  The fattier the ice cream, the better, so you can totally just do coconut milk.  I save 1/4 cup of milk, mix with 2 TBS arrowroot powder.  Set aside.  Mix the remaining milk(s) with 3/4 cup sugar (if using 3 cups of milk- adjust if using more/less milk) on stovetop- bring just to a boil.  Take off the heat and mix in 1 TBS vanilla and the arrowroot slurry.  It will thicken a bit.  (this amount of custard makes about 40oz of ice cream)

Chill (very important!) and then mix in ice cream maker according to directions. 

For chocolate, just add 2/3 cup cocoa powder and 1/2 cup chocolate chips to the mixture before boiling.  Mix well to incorporate melted chocolate chips and cocoa powder. 
(I added chopped almonds and dandies vegan marshmallows after running it through the ice cream maker :-)  Rocky road!  Delish!)

Vegan Scoops is a good recipe book.  I just don't like using all soy milk, and prefer the taste and creaminess of coconut milk.  So I just sub that in (again, 2:1 or 2.5:1 ratio CM to SM.)  

 

Also, you can add about 1/4 cup liquor (vodka, rum etc) and supposedly that makes it creamier because the alcohol doesn't freeze.  Of course, I wouldn't feed a bowl of it to the kids ;-)  Buttered rum ice cream sounds good.... 

I think the coconut milk flavor is undetectable (and I dislike coconut for the most part), but DH can taste it a little.  In the chocolate it's obviously more masked.  I just made a berry ice cream- I just pureed and strained a mixture of berries and added that to the mixture before boiling- I also adjusted the sugar to make up for the tartness of the berries.  It was SOOOO good.  I added a chocolate stracciatella so it was kind of like Graeter's black raspberry chip (in cincinnati).  YUM

Once you have the basic formula down, you can start experimenting.  It's pretty easy!  Just taste the "custard" before you chill it and adjust as you see fit.  Remember that the sweetness will be subdued when frozen, so make it a little sweeter than you think it should be.  It should taste like melted ice cream, of course :-)  Let me know if you come up with any other fun flavors.  I'm dreaming up one for my birthday..... Maybe cookie dough!  

 

 

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