Today

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Today was a good day. Ben stayed home from school and we went to our weekly playdate at the urban farm. We are all always so happy there! Ella has space to explore and a few sweet babies around her age to play with. Ben has some kids his age to roam around and get into mischief with. It is truly an oasis of nature in the middle of the city and when I leave I feel so refreshed. I owe it all to Blair who lives there with her husband Nando and their two cutie kids. They do all the work to make it beautiful and we get to just show up and sit in the shade of the mango tree, watching our kids get dirty and play like kids should, talking with other moms about life and food and of course the kids. I try to always bring a yummy healthy homemade snack to share, something kid friendly and wholesome. Today I came across this recipe for vegan banana bread and changed it up a little to make muffins.

Here is my version:

  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 t. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2 T. maple syrup
  • 2 cups mashed banana
  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 3/4 t. baking soda
  • 3/4 t. salt
  • 3/4 t. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350.

Mix wet ingredients in a large bowl. (I pureed the banana with a hand blender in a large measuring cup first, you could easily just mash it with a fork.)

Pile dry ingredients on top, then stir to combine.

Spoon batter into oiled muffin tins. (Use only a little in each cup because if they are too big, they will be mushy in the center.)

Sprinkle sliced almonds on top and bake until browned around the edges.

Check to see if a fork or knife comes out clean so you know they are cooked in the middle.

Let cool and enjoy! My kids and everyone at the playdate loved them 🙂

Last but not least, today’s Liebster goes to…(drumroll please) Nancy Cavillones aka The Real Nani! I met Nancy about four years ago in the Bronx when our first kiddos were just babies. We had some friends in common but never ended up really getting to know each other. Then Nancy moved to Greenfield Massachusetts and we hung out when I went to visit my mom in nearby Brattleboro Vermont. I loved Nancy right away and I regretted not spending more time with her when we were actually neighbors! Fast forward a few years, and Nancy moved back to the Bronx, then to Connecticut. I moved back to Israel, then to New Jersey, then to Miami. Believe it or not, in the midst of all that, we kept in touch and even got our families together a few times! Nancy and her husband Henry are some of our favorite couple friends and I really wish we lived nearby.

Nancy is one of those friends who you can count on to tell it like it is, but also sympathize with your struggle. She is hilarious, honest, and inspiring, and so is her blog! I remember a few years ago Nancy posted something on Facebook about how everyone kept telling her she was a perfect mom because she sewed and cooked, etc. She said something like listen guys, I sneak spoons of Nutella when my kids aren’t looking and I clean my house with baby wipes, so chill out! I am seriously paraphrasing, but my point is that it was the first time I realized that the way we see each other can be so different from the way we see ourselves, and the bottom line is that we need to give ourselves and each other a break. That being said, Nancy is incredible and she even mailed me her Ergo baby carrier when we were working at a summer camp last summer. Because she is so legit like that. Today’s Liebster goes to an awesome friend, mama, and woman. I hope you enjoy getting to know her through her blog!

Nancy, if you choose to accept the Liebster, here are the rules:

  • 1. The Liebster Award is given by bloggers to bloggers who have less than 200 followers.
  • 2. Each blogger should post 11 random facts about themselves.
  • 3. Each blogger should answer the 11 questions given to you.
  • 4. Choose 11 new bloggers to pass the award on to and link them in your post.
  • 5. Create 11 new questions for the chosen bloggers.
  • 6. Go back to their page and tell them about the award.
  • 7. No tag backs.

Even if you don’t want to accept the “award” please answer my 11 questions here in the comments or on your blog!

1. Where on earth do you feel the most yourself?

2. What is your favorite quality in a friend?

3. Best sandwich you ever ate.

4. Window or aisle?

5. Favorite mistake.

6. What is your dream date night?

7. What did you want to be when you grew up?

8. What do you want to be when you grow up?

9. Best advice ever given to you.

10. Worst advice ever given to you.

11. Best advice you can give.

See you tomorrow with my next nomination!

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