Friday, May 21, 2010

Hazel, Oatmeal, & fabric organization

As most of my readers probably know, my short hiatus the last couple of weeks was because I had a little girl, Hazel. This picture is of my personal favorite facial expression of hers because I think she looks like she is trying to solve the world's problems. It's especially ironic that this picture was taken on the changing table. But this is not a baby blog, so I will not be putting lots of pictures of Hazel on it. It is a quilting and farm life blog with some thoughts on sustainability thrown in for spice.

Speaking of sustainability, I am increasingly convinced that oatmeal is really a Super Food.
This is my breakfast every morning, and we buy our oatmeal from Paul's Grains in Marshalltown. Between one annual checkup and the next I started eating oatmeal every morning and my cholesterol dropped 40 points. That was amazing, but seemed like a reasonable thing to expect. But now that I've been looking at baby articles, etc, I'm learning that oatmeal also boosts breastmilk production. Really? That's crazy! I'm finding myself wondering what else this stuff does. Is there a drawback? As a side note, people say they don't have time to make oatmeal before work. You're right, neither do I. But we've found we can make a big batch on the weekend and then store it in a container in the fridge, dishing it out like leftovers and heating it in the microwave. It works great!

Lastly, on the quilting front I haven't gotten much done recently (I wonder why...) but one main goal I had for my maternity leave was to reorganize the space that I have now that my craft room has become the baby's room. So while my good friend Leah was visiting me yesterday, she helped me figure out how to get all my fabric into my new smaller space. She even sat and folded it with me (how great a friend is that)?! So now the three foot pile of fabric has been cleared from my table and I'm one step closer to getting back in the quilting groove.

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