Sling Diaries- Health

 Sling Diaries  Health via The Baker Chick

In my life both as a child growing up and as an adult wife/mother, the theme of health has always been front and center. My own dear mom was always a bit health obsessed, filling the little bodies of her 5 daughters with natural, organic food before it was “in”, and forgoing most over-the-counter medicines for herbs, homeopathy, essential oils and vitamins. Our school lunches got me made fun of for the whole grain bread sandwiches with sprouts hanging off the edges, and I remember the middle school sleepover where my friends teased me for not having real soda in the house, only spritzers made of carbonated fruit juice. Cereal containing sugar was our occasional dessert, and rice crispy treats were made with brown rice cereal, peanut butter, and honey. You get the jist. (Love you Mom!)

Fast forward to my married life with a husband who owns a personal training gym. A place where day in and out he’s surrounded by the world of fitness, strength training and nutrition plans. You can imagine that our household is full of bits and pieces of that knowledge, reminding me that walking is really only considered “active rest” and the importance of really staying hydrated. Considering the fact that Hugo already knows how to do squats with perfect form, I can’t imagine Andy’s knowledge of fitness will be leaving our walls anytime soon.

And then there’s me. The Baker Chick. The buttercream obsessed, salted caramel loving, pie-shop hopeful who adores piping perfect frosting and making a gorgeous lattice crust. I adore creating confections a little more than I love eating them, but not much. Most of my life, (especially lately for some reason,) I have a sweet tooth that just can’t be contained. It doesn’t help that I’m churning out desserts left and right, how do you say no to sugar when it’s your part time job? So where does this leave me? How do I set an example for a healthy life for my little one when I’m not totally sure how to balance it all myself?…

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Strawberry Basil Smash

Sit back, relax, have a refreshing drink why don’t you! Memorial Day weekend is here, warm weather is upon us, and come on we all deserve it right? Put your feet up and sip on the fruity, fizzy goodness. It’s full of spring-y berries, fresh basil, lime juice and bubbly seltzer. Wanting a mocktail? Leave…

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Basil Veggie Pasta Salad

As much as the purpose of this blog is to bring the tried and tested recipes of my kitchen to yours, sometimes, I desperately just need a place to keep track of stuff you know? So often I just throw recipes like this together, not really paying attention to how much of what is going in, and…

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Strawberry and Cream Muffins

Summer is here! Ok maybe not officially for another month or so, but it was 80s and humid today so I think that counts. I took Hugo downtown to the West Village and he they had the sprinklers on which to him, is probably the most exciting thing on the planet. Seriously- I don’t think…

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Vegan Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes

Whenever I poll my readers for what they’d like to see more of around here, I always get a few requests for more dairy free desserts. I have to admit that I typically prefer baking with the ingredients that I’m familiar with like butter, eggs and milk since I know what to expect, but I love…

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Mother’s Day Brunch Inspiration

I’d love to get to see my own Mama this Sunday, but sadly Wisconsin and New York are just a bit to far away. If we were together I’d let her sit back and relax while I made her the breakfast of her choice and we’d all eat together and chat the morning away. It’s my second…

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Braided Nutella Pastry

Andy asked me if I wanted him to make brunch or go out for Mother’s Day and I chose to go out. I have faith that he could pull something yummy together, but I just want my kitchen to stay clean all day, and have someone else worry about everything. You get me? He even…

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Caramel Coconut Tres Leches Cake

I couldn’t possibly let Cinco de Mayo come without one more luscious and festive dessert. I just can’t get enough of the flavors that this holiday brings and this recipe is top notch. I’ve made classic Tres Leches before, but this is like a whole different league. Coconut and creamy Dulce de Leche seem to…

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Churro Cupcakes

It’s no secret I love celebrating Cinco de Mayo around here. Since my blog first started not a year has gone by without a festive treat or two. Mexican food and flavors are by far my favorite so I never seem to struggle with ideas that fit the bill.  Between Strawberry Margarita Cupcakes, Traditional Tres…

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Sling Diaries- Celebration

This post is my first entry in the Sakura Bloom Sling Diaries, a project I’m so honored and excited to be a part of. Stay tuned over the next 6 months as I share my thoughts on different themes of motherhood and life with my little one. Andy & I wrote our own vows for…

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Whole Wheat Cheddar Crackers

Most Moms of toddlers would agree that there are usually snacks in your house that we like to refer to as “money snacks.” You know the thing that no matter where or when or what situation your child will happily gobble up as many as you give them? We have three over here. Raisins, cucumber slices,…

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