Momstrology – Book Review – An Astrological Guide For All Mamas!

Have you ever wondered if your baby or child’s star sign influences their behaviour or mood?  Do you ever notice that your little guy goes a little wild during a full moon?  Or is your little girl bull headed and stubborn?  It may be their star sign!

I was curious, myself.  Sure, I’ve read my astrology in the back of magazines as I waited in the dentist office, but that was really the extent of the knowledge I had of my star sign.

With everything that 2017 brought me, I found myself searching inward and deeper.  I felt very lost and felt that if I had some further insight, some further knowledge about myself, it would assist me in finding the answers for my current situation, as well as help guide me down the right path for my future.

Which brought me here, to this book!

I discovered the AstroTwins on Instagram, quite randomly – or, as the universe would say, quite deliberately – and I was led to their book, Momstrology.  I read about my babies’ star signs first, and then lapped up their insights on my own sign as a mother next.

And, let me tell you, it was eerily accurate!

My little guy is a Cancer baby, and he did not leave my arms for…oh…about the first six months of his life!  I am not even exaggerating – he co-slept (and still does), as he would scream at the top of his lungs each time I set him down in his own crib.  He loves to be with me, to be held, to be cuddled, and to nurse.  Now, granted, newborns and young babies and kids need all of these things to feel loved and secure – and my daughter received lots and lots of attention, holding, cuddling and nursing as well.

But my little Crab was on a whole new level!

And he still is, a year and a half later!

Just as an example, at his six week check up with the midwife, she took him to change him out of his clothes and diaper so that she could weigh him accurately.  I was a mere two feet away and the process only lasted about a minute, but he screamed and screamed, and searched for me, and then made lasting eye contact with me.  Minke, my midwife, said she’s never seen a newborn search and maintain eye contact with their mother like that before.

Oh, and the fact that he gained almost 10 pounds in his first 6 weeks of life, may give a hint of just how much he loved to nurse.

Crabs are the sign associated with the chest, so it’s not actually surprising that my guy loves to nurse.

Could I have used this knowledge when he was first born?  Would it have made my life easier to anticipate that he would be a little tiny baby kangaroo who needed this kind of constant contact and nursing?

Absolutely!

Was it also fun and entertaining to read about my perspective as a mother?

Definitely!

Do I think that all mamas would love to read this to gain insight on not only their children, but themselves?

Without a doubt!

So if you, or a mama you know, would love a bit of easy, enjoyable reading which also has the benefit of helping to understand your babies and their sweet quirks, as well as your own, special traits, then I highly encourage you to grab this book!

Get your very own copy here: Momstrology: The AstroTwins’ Guide to Parenting Your Little One by the Stars

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Cast Iron Skillet S’Mores Dip – Super Easy and Super Delicious Recipe

 

Today is the last day of 2017!

If I had an automatic  applause button next to me right now, I would definitely hit it!

Several times.

2017 has been a whopper of a year for me.

Though it has been the year that I have experienced the greatest amount of loss, it has also been a year to make me focus on my own, personal goals and what I really want out of my life.  It has been absolutely transformative, and though it has been absolutely painful as well, the transformation could not have been achieved without the pain.

So that’s the bright side I am determined to view.

Despite looking on that bright side, I am happy and relieved that 2017 is very nearly over.  And what better way to ring in the new year than with an extremely delicious (and easy!) recipe?

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Confession time:  I love s’mores.

I’m not sure if that is really a confession, as s’mores are difficult not to like… The combination of melty marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers are pure heaven!

2nd confession time:  I hate camping.

There.

I said it.

I really do.

Give me a cottage on a lake any day and I will very gladly take it over a tent.  While I don’t mind a good campfire and roasting marshmallows, I do not enjoy the camping that comes along with it.

So, imagine my delight when I was experimenting in my kitchen and discovered this summertime favourite treat can be made not only indoors, but during a blizzard!  (I live in Canada, so blizzards are a pretty regular occurrence around December!)

Not only are these delicious, but the prep work is super easy and quick, and they bake in the oven in just 5 minutes.

If you’re looking to impress your guests tonight (and have a pretty chill cooking experience while you’re at it), look no further.

Your next recipe is here.

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Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.

Then, get all of your yummy ingredients together.

You will need butter or a butter substitute like Earth Balance, chocolate chips, marshmallows and graham crackers for the dipping.

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Using your butter or Earth Balance, grease the skillet.

This will making cleaning your skillet much easier.

Oh, and the chocolate chips will melt on to your graham crackers easier.

So, there’s that bonus.

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Pour your chocolate chips into your skillet!

If you have little helpers like I do, this is a super fun thing for them to do!

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Keep pouring those chocolate chips!

So.

Much.

Chocolatey.

Goodness.

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Pat down the chocolate chips so that they are evenly layered on the bottom of your skillet.

Try not to pick out too many of them to taste.

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Arrange your marshmallows on their sides in the skillet in a nice little circle.

Oh!  And there are vegan marshmallows, which I used, called Dandies!  They are delicious!  Give them a try!

Repeat.

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And repeat.

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You can give the middle marshmallow a little “boop” if you need to.

My little one enjoyed this part.

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Then pop your skillet in the oven and wait for 5 minutes and unveil your glorious creation!

The dip needs to rest a further 5 minutes – the chocolate will continue melting and the marshmallows will continue to melt over the chocolate during this period.

Plus, the cast iron skillet will be very, very hot!

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Grab a graham cracker and scoop!

Enjoy.

Repeat.

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Cast Iron Skillet S’Mores Dip – The Foodie Mommy

Prep time:

5 mins

Serves:

4-12 (it totally depends on how much each person is going to eat!)

Ingredients:

  • butter or butter substitute like Earth Balance
  • 2 270g bags of chocolate chips
  • bag of large marshmallows (I used 44 here, but it’s not an exact science – it depends on how much you smush them together, but you want your chocolate chips to be covered) Also, there are vegan marshmallows that are super delicious! Try them out here: Dandies Vegan Marshmallows (3x10oz)
  • graham crackers for dipping

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.  You will be using the middle rack, so make sure that’s in place!
  2. Grease your skillet with butter or a butter substitute like Earth Balance.
  3. Pour both bags of chocolate chips into your skillet and pat them down to evenly cover.
  4. Place your marshmallows on their sides in your skillet in a circle.  Repeat, in a circular pattern, until all the chocolate chips are covered.  I used a 10″ skillet here but I imagine you can use a slightly larger or smaller skillet and achieve the same, delicious, results!
  5. Pop your skillet into your heated oven on the middle rack and let bake for 5-7 minutes.  I baked for 6 minutes, myself.  This is one of those recipes you should use your oven light for – watch those marshmallows carefully, as they can go from roasted to burnt super quick!
  6. Carefully remove from your oven – it will be hot!  Let it sit for 5 minutes to let all of the flavours fully melt together and get even more gooey.
  7. Dip in your graham crackers and scoop out the deliciousness.  The skillet will remain hot for awhile so be careful of your fingers – and your little one’s too!
  8. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Welcome to The Foodie Mommy!

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Well, hello there!  Welcome to The Foodie Mommy!  I’m so glad you’re here, and I hope that you have a good look around.  I’m hoping that my blog will connect with you and give you some meal inspiration, whether you are a mommy or not!

A little about me – the person sitting stoically in silhouette – is that I’m generally not really all that stoic, although I can be if I’m contemplating something quite important.  I am usually more upbeat and bubbly, and you can often find me being silly with my littles.

Speaking of littles, I’m a single mama of two, who I lovingly refer to as my Foodie Babies. I have a five year old girly and a one year old guy and they are my everything.  We face the world, just the three of us, with a little help from family and friends along the way.

I love creating different recipes (and testing new recipes!) and capturing the life of my little ones as it unfolds.  I’m an avid photographer and love to share my artistic view of my surroundings.  This blog is a little snapshot into my days and I hope to share some of my joy with you along the way.