Jul
04

The Gift of Dinner + a Recipe

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Small Discoveries Saturdays is a new series of journal entries on SCOUT’s site where we shine a light on the little tips and treats that we have found help make pregnancy and parenting go a bit smoother.

This month: The Gift of Dinner + a Recipe

Bringing a meal to new parents during the first few weeks after baby arrives is a tremendous gift. If you’re expecting, set yourself up a meal calendar on a site like Meal Train and when someone offers to bring food, you can just send them the link to pick a day. We were spoiled big time with some delightful meals that really took the edge off of the inevitable sleep deprivation.

One night a friend included some meringue-like chocolate cookies from Whole Foods as a dessert. One bite and I was hooked. They’re light and flakey, but gooey inside with bits of solid chocolate chips. When our babe was napping a bit more regularly and I could sneak some time in the kitchen, I searched and found a recipe for Flourless Chocolate Cookies on The Crepes of Wrath blog.

Flourless Chocolate Cookies (adapted from this recipe via The Crepes of Wrath)

  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup Hershey’s Cocoa 100% Natural Unsweetened (or something similar)
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups Ghirardelli Chocolate Premium Baking Chips 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate
  • sea salt (for sprinkling on top)

Preheat oven to 350°. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. The cookies can be a bit sticky when they come out of the oven, but you can sprinkle a little flour on the parchment paper prior to baking to help remove the cookies once they’ve cooled off. Either way, you’ll want to lift them with a spatula.

In a large bowl, mix together the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and salt. Beat in the egg whites until well combined. Mix in the vanilla then fold in the chocolate chips. The dough will be gooey.

Scoop about 2 teaspoons worth of dough onto the tray. You’ll want to space the scoops of dough about two inches apart (the cookies will spread as they bake). This is optional, but if you want to add a little sea salt, sprinkle on top before you put the cookie sheets in the oven.

Bake for 13-15 minutes or until the surfaces are set and slightly cracked. Allow the cookies to cool completely on the cookie sheets before using a spatula to remove them. The cookies will keep well in an airtight container for up to 1 week at room temperature, but who are we kidding—they won’t last a week! If you’ve had an extra long day, warm them up and serve with vanilla ice cream.

Bon appétit!

Jun
06

Seven Pregnancy Essentials

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Small Discoveries Saturdays is a new series of journal entries on SCOUT’s site where we shine a light on the little tips and treats that we have found help make pregnancy and parenting go a bit smoother.

This month: Pregnancy Essentials

SCOUT's Seven Pregnancy Essentials

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7

1 & 2: Once I knew the grooming and beauty products I was using would have an effect on another life besides my own, I got serious, (hardcore, according to my husband), about finding products that were free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, DEA, synthetic fragrances, and other big, strange words, but still effective. I felt relieved to find NINE NATURALS on the Oh Joy! blog, ordered a bottle of their 100% plant-based shampoo and conditioner, and have been a satisfied customer since. Bonus: The all-natural fragrances help combat morning sickness and fatigue.

3: The question every pregnant woman gets right after “Boy or Girl?” is usually, “Any cravings?” This is, of course, highly subjective, uncontrollable, and cravings don’t take recommendations, but for me, it was fortunately all about APPLESAUCE. And okay, coconut cake. Constantly. But after hours when our go-to coconut cake spots around town were closed, applesauce was perfect for 3 a.m. hunger spikes: immediately consumable, nutritious, filling, and no dirty dishes or funky aftertastes lingering rest of night. It’s cool and refreshing, so also palatable when feeling gross, but needing to eat something. It couldn’t be just any applesauce though. I recommend SANTA CRUZ Organic Apple Sauce, original flavor.

4 & 5: I had success with ZOE ORGANICS Belly Butter and Belly Oil to prevent stretch marks. Apply the oil followed by the butter at bedtime. The belly oil was also very useful in the first few weeks after delivery for dry, cracking skin. Once I began using the oil, my hands softened within a few days. Another all-natural line using 100% certified organic ingredients.

6: The Pregnancy Body Pillow from BUMP NEST kept me comfortable throughout all three trimesters. It does swallow up valuable mattress real estate, so be sure to keep reminding your partner and any lucky four-legged bedmates about all the benefits of getting quality sleep during pregnancy.

7: If your doctor gives you the green light to exercise, it’s important to find a routine that can be adjusted to your growing belly and changing equilibrium. I loved TRACY ANDERSON’s “The Pregnancy Project” DVD series. The 9-disc DVD set is broken down by month and each DVD begins with an intro about how you might be feeling at that point in your pregnancy. Tracy is pregnant in the series, so there’s added assurance that it’s safe and doable. The arm workouts have paid off carrying around our car seat these first couple of months.

Bonus: To follow baby’s development and get a heads up on the fun (and not so fun) stages of your pregnancy, download the free GLOW NURTURE – Pregnancy Health Tracker app. Keep track of doctor appointments, log daily health activity, browse pregnancy articles, and receive daily health tips. We especially loved the cute fruit and vegetable size tracker, e.g., Today, your baby is the size of a sweet potato.

Mar
31

Hippity Hoppity!

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We’ve got lots of Easter basket goodies to choose from!

Easter basket goodies from SCOUT

Shown here:
The Wind and The Sail carrot rattle
willaby teether blankie
The Wild Unknown hello sacred life
Hevea natural rubber duck
Zoe Organics diaper balm

Thanks to Tempur Chocolate Shoppe for the beautiful chocolate Easter bunny and truffles. You still have time to get yours—choose from dark or milk chocolate in a color of your choosing! My new favorite place for chocolates and caramels in Nashville.

 

Dec
11

Dottie Beasley Photography

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For Small Business Saturday, we teamed up with talented local photographer Dottie Beasley for a pop-up shop and mini photo session. If you’re looking for an experienced photographer to capture some beautiful photos of your kids, she’s still accepting last minute holiday photos and booking mini photo sessions for 2015. To learn more about Dottie, her sessions and the process, click here.

Thanks so much to Dottie for hanging out with us for the day! Check out the photos she took of the pop-up…

Dottie Beasley Photography | Photos of SCOUT Pop-Up in Nashville