Announcing the Birth of Baby Yum!

July 23rd, 2009 yum Posted in About Me, Baby yum, Blog News 26 Comments »


I’m sure many of you have noticed that I haven’t been posting as much lately- and if I hadn’t set some posts to auto-post last week ahead of time, you would have found the Book of Yum extremely quiet. The reason was… early Sunday morning, about a week before my due date, I went into labor. birth3After some frantic time trying to get last minute things taken care of, we drove to the hospital. I was admitted, but the fun was only just beginning. What we hoped would be a relatively simple birth got more complicated when stubborn little Baby Yum refused to come down. We tried induction measures but after 38 1/2 hours were advised to proceed to a C-section. Doh. The latter was not the most pleasant experience in the world, but hearing my daughter’s bellows made it all worthwhile, and seeing her little face and kissing her little cheek while she squinted at me was a moment I will always treasure.

Things were going beautifully until about the third day when we intended to check out early. A random stats check of baby’s temp revealed baby had a fever and she got whisked off to the NICU before we even knew what was happening. After every test known to man was performed on our helpless darling, she was finally proclaimed a “well baby” and we got to bring her home at last. I’ve never been so glad to be home in my life. Don’t let me even get started on the stress of staving off formula-crazed nurses and keeping them supplied with pumped milk.

Even then things were stressful as I’d completely run myself into the ground and caught a cold. (Perhaps her original cold?) I had few symptoms besides a slight fever but was terrified of getting her sick again. Now several days later the DH seems to have it- but so far our darling Baby yum is still well…all fingers and toes crossed.

We welcomed Baby Yum to the world on July 13th at 8:21 pm, at 7 lbs. 5 oz.

We love our Baby Yum!!!


Here’s a recipe I threw together when I was suffering nutritionally and stressing about feeding the baby. Nutritional yeast is supposed to help provide lots of vitamin B and may even help with lactation. Maybe it was just because I’d had one too many Amy’s meals, but this snack really hit the spot. If this is a bit much for you, you can try nutritional yeast sprinkled on popcorn with margarine or butter and a dash of wheat-free tamari, or try one of my many nutritional yeast tofu recipes, or try a similar recipe with gluten-free pasta, canned tomatoes, margarine and nutritional yeast that I also enjoy. You can also grind up blanched almonds half and half with nutritional yeast in a spice mill (or non-coffee use coffee grinder) and sprinkle it on almost anything. Yum! and Nutritious too!

Momma’s Nutritional Yeast Vegan Cream of Spinach
Large handful, bowlful of fresh spinach
pat of vegan margarine
nutritional yeast, to taste
garlic pepper or salt
toasted pine nuts, walnuts, or pecans for extra protein
Microwave spinach until soft. Add pat of margarine and evenly distribute. Sprinkle with nutritional yeast, seasonings, and toasted nuts and combine thoroughly.
Nutritional yeast is a nutritional powerhouse of B vitamins, perfect for new mommas that don’t have time to really cook yet. Nutritional yeast is also said to help with lactation.

Best for vegan palates and for those looking for a jump start in nutrition- not gourmet, but I found it very satisfying.

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Gluten Free Menu Swap: Meal Plan Monday and Christmas Kitty Pictures

December 28th, 2008 yum Posted in About Me, Christmas, Gluten Free Menu Swap Monday, Menu, Menu Plan Monday, cat 4 Comments »

Since the DH and I were away on an inpromptu road trip to Yosemite with friends all weekend, I thought that in leiu of a recipe, I would share some pictures of my babies on Christmas. They got a feathery bird toy and a heart shaped catnip toy that made them (especially Neko the smaller one) frolick like kittens. If only it were Christmas for kitties every day! Here’s Neko having just jumped into the box my new boots came in after a toy, looking innocent. Or not.

This week the Gluten-Free menu swap is hosted by Cooking and Uncooking with an intriguing “leftover” theme. I also always enjoy posting my menus with Org Junkie. Don’t forget that Cheryl is temporarily housing the Gluten Free Menu Swap at her blog GF Goodness.

Last week was crazy, and so the menu I had planned didn’t work out except for our Christmas menu, which we followed fastidiously. Let’s try this again!

Monday: Mexican
Chebe fajitas with refried beans and pepper saute

Tuesday: Salad
Meal-sized Salad with Mexican recipe leftovers and baked tofu strips

Wednesday: Holiday
Reg. Potato, Sweet Potato, and Zucchini Latkes with Applesauce

Friday: Japanese
Avocado Sushi Rolls

Very Special Daring Baker Post with Recipe for Gorgeous French Yule Log

This was a very busy week but I did post an easy recipe for Almond Praline (Trust me! Easy! and So tasty!)

More pictures of Ra and Neko frolicking with their Christmas presents…

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