Making, Baking and Preparing

It’s finally August and I am 3 days away from my due date!

And boy am I anxious, excited and ready for baby to arrive. ( I love Nikki McClure’s August calendar. Steady is a great word for me to remember this month). It’s been difficult for me to rest even with all the end of pregnancy aches and pains. I want everything to be ready, I want to get in as much project work as I can get done before baby comes and in between all the cleaning, making and preparing, I have had the worst sugar cravings that have kept my oven and ice cream maker very busy.

I was on a roll sewing things after finishing that garden mat. I went ahead and fixed up our bathroom mat which had been partially chewed by our shepherd mix over a year ago. It was something I had always wanted to get done but never found time for. Well, with all this nesting, I decided that was something we should have in our apartment- a bath mat. It’s nothing too fancy but I cut off the chewed up ends and added some lovely green fabric to the mat and voila! we finally have a mat again.

With baby coming in a matter of days, I have been reading and you tubing up on what a cloth diaper stash should look like and making sure I know how to use cloth diapers before baby comes. We are planning on using them exclusively from the beginning, and like every thing baby related, I have been wanting to know EVERYTHING! The cloth diaper thing has already become an obsession even though our whole stash and everything we need has already been given to us by wonderful relatives and friends. I think I will have to do a whole post on cloth diapering a little later. It makes me excited just thinking about writing a post about it! I know the little things that are making me giddy these days. I think I am really turning into a mom.  Anyway, since we are planning on embarking on the cloth diapering adventure, I thought we may as well go all out and get cloth wipes as well. I bought some on Etsy a few weeks back but then after seeing other parents you tube videos about their cloth diapering experiences, I realized I should just make wipes. After all, one of the biggest reasons why we are using cloth is to save money and what better way to save then to make it yourself, with what you have. So I put a few of them together with some old flannel I had.

I even got adventurous and tried my hand at a baby girl dress. That one didn’t turn out so well, but it was exciting putting it together. I think I may try it again. I loved that my mom and grandmothers made some of our clothes as kids and I would love to do that for my own baby. I will share that one a little later on as well.

With the end of my ninth month has come a sweet tooth I cannot escape. I have been baking A LOT. Today I wanted to share with you a recipe I felt was posted just for me! I have a ton of frozen banana’s in the fridge and have been meaning to put together some banana breads with them. unfortunately, banana bread seems to be lacking the sugar I have been craving- until this recipe popped up. Thank you Joy the baker!!!

I’ve never made anything in a skillet before but it looked easy enough. It actually one of the easiest bread/cookies I’ve ever made. However, I realized a little late my skillet was a little too large and the batter would have burned if I cooked it in the skillet. So I transferred the mixture into a loaf pan and it baked up beautifully!

I used whole wheat flour instead of all purpose and added another banana as well (because I have so many in that fridge). It is far more cookie than bread- let me tell you! Even in the loaf pan, its gooey and delicious and would be perfect warm with homemade ice cream. Which I think is precisely what I am going to do right now- my afternoon snack. Come on, it has banana’s and walnuts in it- those are good for me!

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6 thoughts on “Making, Baking and Preparing

  1. my favorite post yet. you sound so happy! My mom always made my clothes too, which makes me want to do it. Don’t think I ever will but so cool that you are! Good luck with the cloth diapering. you are so excited about it you make me excited about it! 😉

    • Thank you so much! I am very happy, although I think I’d be happier going into labor soon so I can meet this baby! You will have to check out my cloth diaper stash. I may get you hooked too. 🙂

  2. Everything you’ve talked about are wonderful. So many creative ideas contributing to the health of your baby and the planet. So proud to have a granddaughter as conscientious as you are Summer. Thanks for being a part of my life.

    • Thank you Gramma! Those are such kind words. I am excited to mother creatively, organically and consciously! You have been a big inspiration in that as well! 🙂 Thank you for being a part of MY life!

  3. I love the line “I think I am really turning into a mom.” You are blossoming into a mom. You will be the best bloomin’ mom ever!!!

    • I love this comment. Hope it’s okay to reply to Flo’s comment. Your blog is inspriring and it’s wonderful that your own terrific mom leaves comments like this one.

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