Oh, it has been a very long time. So much has happened since my last post when I wised the vegan blogging world a goodbye.
We have happily moved home to Canada and in amongst sorting ourselves and our lives out in the wonderfully vegan world of Toronto, we have had time to get some brilliant photos of Aodhan taken. The wonderful photographer-woman-extraordinaire behind the camera, otherwise known as Nicola Toon of Hulahoop Photography is running a new Spring Contest.
Of course wanting a new set of photos of our beautiful boy I have entered a photo of Aodhan I took this weekend (note: bunny ears made by my amazing friend Alia - visit her Etsy store here).
I would now love it if everyone hopped on over and voted for Aodhan's photo.
I am tucked into our bedroom, with Kevin and Aodhan's laughter keeping me company from the other room. This soundtrack to my writing underlines my need to shift blogging gears. I admit that the minutes I steal, when Aodhan has fallen asleep next to me in our family bed, are spent reading blogs about Attachment Parenting, Extended Breastfeeding and how to be a Crunchier Mommy. It isn't that I don't terribly miss Jessy's great bread recipes or reading about Liz's Montreal vegan adventures. I do, I do. It is just that there are only so many compartments in this mama's head and only so many seconds (yes, seconds, not minutes or hours) that I can borrow from Aodhan's needs to satisfy my reading pleasure.
I am ready to move on. I am ready to join the lactating sister wonderland and start writing about my own experiences as a full-on attached gentle mama, and the politics that I see whizing all around parenting.
I will miss blogging as a VeganCowGirl, but I plan to let a sparkle of her live on as I share the odd recipe on my new blog, where I will write about everything from how to get poop out of your cloth diapers to what it feels like to nurse through having a milk blister on the end of your nipple (for the fifth friggin' time).
I love the readers of VCG. You have been awesome and supported me through losing my family dog, finding out (with shock and some horror) about Aodhan. You have been great! And, of course, when I have time I will be reading and trying all of your recipes. This has been a great circle of writers and cooks to be a part of.
If you are interested in reading my new blog just drop me an email and I will be happy to share my new link.
I am feeling a little saucy! Mostly because I can’t get enough of the apple sauce we keep making….I mean it. We keep making it. Every three days I run out and Kevin goes to one of the various local markets (ok, there are some things I love about Brussels), and picks up more local Belgian apples and away we go again.
It is so dead easy. Take 7 – 8 apples, core them, cut them into fours, and into the big pot they go. We add about two teaspoons of cinnamon and just enough water to stop it burning on the bottom (about 1/2 cup), and then we leave it alone for about 2 hours. Seriously – divine. No sugar, no nothing, just pure apple goodness.
I am also feeling a little saucy because I quit my job! Yes, yes, yes. I quit. I wasn’t really keen on the idea of going back to work after my year leave was up, even before Aodhan was born. But, now that he is here and we are full on with the Attachment Parenting, I can’t imagine not being with him through all the stages and changes that his childhood will bring him. Of course I am a privileged mamma who has that as an option and thank bejebus everyday for having a partner who supports this type of childcare and family love.
But the good stuff doesn’t stop there. I was thinking that even though I wouldn’t be returning to classroom, I still want to be busy and keep growing while I help mini-me grow. I was contemplating my PhD studies, I was thinking about a bunch of different things, but what really drew me was the idea of becoming a doula…and that is exactly what I have started to do. I am training through Childbirth International and I should be all trained up and ready to help babies come into the world by the time we make our next move (oh yah, we are hopefully moving….back to Canada!) in July. I really couldn’t be more excited…or sauced as the case may be
I know I should be doing something like cleaning up the kitchen (aka: bombsite), making creative flower arrangements with photos like the one I saw at playgroup yesterday that made me feel like a loser for not even having time to sort my socks from my undies, or, doing some reading about parenting that might have held a magical secret for dealing with my 7 month old who had a meltdown during our walk today that resulted in my pulling out my boob in the middle of the street in -4 degree weather. But no....instead, as Aodhan munches on his monkey, I am blogging! Yah!
I made a killer lunch today. Really raw avocado rolls. Not just raw veg, but raw EVERYTHING. These rice-free, protein packed sushi rolls were a perfect 'get me through the rest of the day until Kevin comes home' kind of snack. And, so much more easy to assemble then their rice filled brother.
Seriously - you have to make these. Go and do it right now. Go!
2 cups of raw sunflower seeds - soaked for 1 hour. 1 lime 2 sheets of nori 1 ripe avocado
I whirled up my seeds and lime in my food processor (much to Aodhan's horror), and then simply used this seedi-goodness in place of rice filler for my rolls. It took me all of two seconds to assemble the avocado rolls and about 2 minutes to down them! Num Num!
And...as you can see - they were fun for the whole family!