we’re on a rhythm around here of EVERYONE NAPPING AT THE SAME TIME. and it’s beautiful. granted lenna is still quite the newborn and lives to sleep so we’ll see how this continues in a few weeks and months.
the jalapenos in our garden made it into a jelly. i found a recipe that used apples and cranberries for pectin so i was able to call off my search for liquid pectin (where does one find that stuff…). supposedly, if you use apples and cranberries as your pectin source, you can get away with using a lot less sugar. i was dreaming of eating the jelly on crackers slathered with cream cheese but oh, wait…that’s right…no. dairy. allowed. we’ll see if tofutti cream cheese lives up to all the praise and glory it’s received on dairy-free blogs and message boards (not that i spend much of my time on those).
a couple of nap times ago i realized i had never transferred over the splendid table weekly newsletter from an old email account. problem fixed and the first recipe i made from it in quite awhile was truly wonderful. warm balsamic beans served over spinach. seriously good and cheap. i’d post a link to the recipe but it appears that they only post the most recent newsletter on their site. i’ll tweak it a bit and then post it here sometime soon.
and sometimes during nap time i just stare at lenna. and while staring at her the other day i started thinking about babies sleeping on their tummies (or not…). when elisha was born i read up a ton on SIDS and sleeping on bellies and chemicals in mattresses. several of the babies i had been around had flat heads and i thought it was curious that what our doctors told us to do could have such an adverse effect on a baby’s head shape. i hadn’t done much in reading in the last couple of years but searched a bit today and found it interesting that none of the major health sites i looked at mentioned off-gassing from mattresses being one cause of SIDS. mattresses are treated with chemicals so if you place your baby face down, they will breathe in gases. a couple of years ago there was a news report about cats dying from off-gassing of new carpets. some of the same chemicals that are used in mattresses. interesting, no? we researched both the type of mattress we bought and mattress wrapping and its statistics and then made our sleeping position decision.