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A friend recently asked me to recommend some books on parenting, so here’s what’s on my shelf, ready to read:

And if you’re looking for pregnancy books, check out my list here, and in the unlikely event you (or someone you know) are suffering from a pregnancy or childbearing loss, check out my list here

Enjoy!

"Be yourself. Everyone else is taken." -Oscar Wilde

"Be yourself. Everyone else is taken." -Oscar Wilde

Source: curioroad

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Found this recipe in Pamela Druckerman’s Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting, one of my favorite books on parenting. Can’t wait to try making it sometime! I think I would use greek yogurt and maybe add some lemon zest or guava jam.

Yogurt Cake (gâteau au yaourt) 

via Bringing Up Bébé

Ingredients
2 (6oz) containers of plain yogurt (keep containers for measuring the other ingredients)
2 eggs
2 containers sugar 
1 tsp vanilla
1 container of vegetable oil 
4 containers flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 container mini chocolate chips or 2 containers of frozen berries (optional)
Crème fraîche (optional)
powdered sugar (optional)

Instructions

Make this not-very-sweet but light and very forgiving recipe in the morning with your child and serve in the afternoon to help them learn how to do things on their own and how to be patient. 

Preheat the oven to 375 F

Coat a loaf pan or 9” round cake pan with cooking spray or oil.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the yogurt, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and oil.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking powder.

Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture, stir until just combined. You can now add the chocolate chips or berries if using them.

Scoop it all into your baking pan, bake for 35-45 minutes or until golden and the cake springs up when touched (or when it passes the knife test). Let it cool on a rack.

Dust with powdered sugar (optional) and/or serve with the Crème fraîche (optional) with afternoon tea. 

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 40 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 8

Source: pameladruckerman.com

The Periodic Table of Chocolate-dipped Strawberries
oh how I miss the nerdiness of MIT

The Periodic Table of Chocolate-dipped Strawberries

oh how I miss the nerdiness of MIT

Source: bit.ly

"Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got." -Robert Brault

"Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got." -Robert Brault