Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Comox Valley Breastfeeding Support Bag Project

Breast milk is the natural first food for babies. The World Health Organization recommends exclusively breastfeeding for the first six months of life for optimal health, growth and development.

After brainstorming with other milky mamas in the Valley, we decided to put together a breastfeeding resource project.

With the Comox Valley Breastfeeding Support Bag project, our mission is to provide pregnant and post partum mothers with education and support to sustain their breastfeeding relationship. We do this by offering breastfeeding information and community resources along with samples of breastfeeding friendly products in a reusable bag. We will distribute the bags to pregnant and post partum mothers in our community.

The Comox Valley Breastfeeding Support Bag project supports the WHO's international code for marketing of breast milk substitutes. To find out more about the code, please refer to the FAQ.

We are asking for donations from local businesses, who support breastfeeding. We welcome donations of breastfeeding information, community resources for breastfeeding moms and babes and/or samples of products that support breastfeeding. If you or your business want to be part of this project, please contact me at kendrahansen30@gmail.com.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Birthday Purse

My girlfriend, Tanya, is celebrating her 25th birthday soon. I made her this purse. I hope she loves the print and the cozy recycled wool inside. I even stitched a small, zippered pocket inside. Thanks to tiny happy for the easy to follow tutorial.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

My Favorite Rice

My mom used to make this for me in the oven in a casserole dish. I make mine in my Cuisinart rice cooker.

2 cups boiling water
1 cube of chicken boulianne
2 tbsp Earth Balance butter
1/2 onion, diced
1 cup rice

Cook in rice cooker or bake in covered casserole dish for 30-40 min. in 350 oven.

Meat Loaf

This is a success with my family. I find it turns out best if I don't measure anything.

Preheat oven to 375.
Add to bowl:
2 lbs of lean ground beef
1/2 cup gluten free oats
1/4 cup of organic ketchup or tomato paste
1/4 cup of almond milk
Let the oats absorb the milk/tomato, about 10 minutes. Mix with your hands.
1 onion, diced
a splash of wheat-free tamari
1 can of sliced mushrooms

Bake in oven for about 1 hr. Serve with oven fries and veggies.

Ahoy Matey!

More wool longies. They look so cute on my boy that I can't stop making them.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


I was cruising Facebook while I nursed Mr.Man today. I usually look at Code Name: Mama, peaceful parenting, Leaky B@@b and SAHM natural businesses. I came across a post by Code Name: Mama. She stitched a new superhero cape for her son. I have some extra flannel and now I have an inspiration. CNM linked back to this tutorial, so I checked it out.
My MonkeyGirl loved it. After running around being a superhero and training our dog as her side-kick, it was time for an episode of WordGirl on YouTube. I like cuddling and watching this show with her in the evenings. I may even learn a new word or two.
The next morning E-Girl wanted to wear her cape to school but decided against it last minute because of our rainy climate.

Apple Crisp

MonkeyGirl requested this delicious and easy recipe for dessert tonight.

Preheat oven to 350.

3-4 apples, peeled and sliced
Place in a glass baking dish (we used a loaf dish)

1/2 cup Earth Balance
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup GF oats
1/4 cup GF flour (we used soy flour)
2 tsp cinnamon
Spread evenly over apples and bake for 30-40 minutes or until apples are soft and bubbly and crust is golden at the edges.
MonkeyGirl using the apple machine