Never a dull moment around these parts. Baby five, also lovingly referred to as Baby Cinco and, better yet, Baby Kale, has finally arrived. I am slowly but surely coming out of my new mom stupor and enjoying every minute with this little guy. I have done this sleepless new mom thing before but this time it’s a little bit different. Dare I say, easier? Coffee helps. My eggnog frappe discovery helps, too.
When my fourth kiddo was born, I had all four kids at home. The twins were almost old enough for kindergarten but, really, four kids five and under?! What was I thinking? Don’t ask me any questions about 2005-2010.
Baby five is a whole different story… As of 9am, almost every morning, the four big kids are long gone to their respective schools for at least a few hours… Mama gets a coffee and, if the stars align, a shower. But, really, the most important thing is the coffee.
For the first half of my pregnancy, I had morning sickness that lasted all day long and for the second half of my pregnancy, I was on insulin and trying to keep my gestational diabetes under control. Although I’ve been eating gluten-free for ten years, I have a newfound appreciation for people dealing with stringent dietary restrictions. I have never craved fruit or rice so much in my life!
Now that Baby K is here, I might be a little tired but I can eat like my normal self. Allelulia! I can tell you that my family is happy that their regular foodie mom is back in action – probably with a much bigger smile on my face when I hit the kitchen.
Since my diabetes overlapped with Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, I missed out on all the traditional treats of the season … eggnog, hot apple cider, pies! Sadness!
I managed to find one last half gallon of egg nog at the farmers market last week and so I will leave you with a recipe for an eggnog frappe (complete with freshly brewed coffee!) and a cute photo of baby toes. One last taste of the holiday season… Indulge me.
- 2 cups ice cubes
- 1/2 cup freshly brewed dark coffee (hot!)
- 3/4 cup eggnog
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Combine ingredients in a blender - ice first. Blend well.
- Pour into a tall glass.
- Top with fresh whipped cream.