Sunday, October 14, 2012

Small things


People always say, it's the small things in life that count.  Eventually small things become big and fill your life entirely.  When they do, it's wonderful.

Baby Ethan joined us on Sept 15th at 6:41 pm, and for the past four weeks we've been marveling in the wonder of a new life.

Ethan's feet

There's been plenty of real life too.  Tears, jealousy, clashes, growing pains I'm sure every growing family faces.  We're just going with it.

Roman and I still have time alone (together) while Ethan sleeps. This week, our time yielded two delicious treats. The first was somewhere between a cookie and a muffin, and the second was intangible: the chance reconnect as mother and first-born, just like old times.

Sweet Potato Muffins
Makes 12 large or 24 mini
Use any kind of sweet potato or yam you like.  Pumpkin would be a nice substitute.  Coconut palm sugar comes from Indonesia, made from the nectar of coconut palm trees and can be used in place of white or brown sugar.  I chose to add a small amount of regular sugar to this recipe as well, but you could use only coconut palm sugar.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup cooked sweet potato
2 eggs
2 heaping tablespoons coconut oil
1/4 cup milk

Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl with a whisk to combine well.  Peel, cut and steam one sweet potato, then mash it well and let it cool slightly.  Depending on what size potato you may have leftovers, you will need about one cup packed.  Beat two eggs and add them to the dry mixture.  Add the coconut oil, milk and mashed sweet potato.  Bake in muffin tins, at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.  Large muffins may take longer, so check for doneness.


  1. So glad you are back to blogging, missed having you here, although I am totally aware you were doing something much more important. Switching from three to four is a true balancing act and is not as easy as it may seem, especially on the wee ones. But you are a loving, dedicated mother and you will do a great job I am sure, one sweet potato muffin at a time.

  2. So happy to hear the good news. Congratulations!

  3. what a sweet recount of your first few weeks....i remember how hard it was for me when #2 was born (much harder than #1). You are almost over the first 6 weeks, which are the proof of the pudding, and then things should settle back into a new normal. I love the hands and feet in these photos, they come together in unison. And glad you are bonding with Roman during naps. Un grande abbraccio!

  4. What a beautiful post. .... My children are almost all grown and moved away ..... I remember those early days with great warmth - enjoy them all!

  5. Congratulations! What beautiful feet- and such a lovely name too...

  6. sweet little feet!
    congratulations, and all best wishes to the whole family.
    in our household, we are anticipating the birth of our first grandchild---my daughter and son-in-law expecting around December 1st.

  7. Oh, look at those precious little hands and tiny feet. I hope all is well, Nicole.


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