Milk supply can be a struggle for some new moms, but don't worry, Lake Country Doulas has you covered with a delicious way to increase supply while enjoying freshly baked cookies! Sounds too good to be true, we know!
These lactation cookies are chalk full of ingredients that will help give your supply a boost (like flax seed, oats and brewers yeast!), as well as give you some much needed energy to face the day with your baby. And with healthy ingredients like whole wheat flour, oats, natural peanut butter and apple sauce, you don't have to feel guilty about indulging in these yummy treats! Pair with a cup of your favourite nursing tea, and you've got a nutritious breakfast on the go.
Try it out and let us know what you think!
Pro tip: not into baking? Did you know your postpartum doula will gladly make you all the lactation cookies you'd like while you take time to nurse, rest and recover? For more information about hiring a postpartum doula, serving Orillia, Barrie, Newmarket and Muskoka, click here!
Lake Country Lactation Cookies
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 3/4 cup rolled oats
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup natural peanut butter (or almond butter)
1/2 cup butter
1 cup ground flax
3-4 tbsp brewers yeast
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup apple sauce
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar (cut in half to reduce sugar, if desired)
2 tsp vanilla
2 cup chocolate chips or raisins (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in bowl.
3. In a different bowl, beat peanut butter, brown sugar, vanilla, brewers yeast, flax, apple sauce, eggs and water.
4. Gradually beat in flour mixture to wet mixture.
5. Mix in chocolate chips. Add oats slowly, mixing along the way.
6. Make 1 inch balls with batter and press down on greased cookie sheet.
7. Bake for 12-14 min.
8. Let cool and ENJOY!
These cookies freeze really well, so pop some in the freezer if you'd like!
Summertime in Orillia, Barrie and Muskoka is always busy with tons of fun family events to enjoy! To ensure you’re aware of all the exciting things taking place in our region this summer, Lake Country Doulas has put together a helpful list of events for your reference.
Every Saturday - The Orillia Farmers’ Market takes place every Saturday at the Orillia Public Library. The Market is a perfect spot to purchase locally made goods and foods, including farm fresh produce, gift items and more! Lake Country Doulas plans to host a booth at the Market sometime this summer, so stay tuned for more details about that in the weeks to come! For more information about the Orillia Farmers’ Market, click here.
Here in Orillia we are fortunate to have two farmers markets on Saturday mornings! Our families often make a morning of it and check out both. The other Saturday market is located at ODAS Park. More information about that market can be found here.
Saturday, June 10 and 17 - Lake Country Doulas will be hosting our Dive Deep Into Birth childbirth class. This class is perfect for couples considering a natural childbirth, and costs $150 for the weekend. For more information on this class, click here.
Friday, June 9 - Saturday, June 10 - Spring Boat, Cottage and Outdoors Show is an exciting festival for every outdoor enthusiast! Taking place at the Port of Orillia, this is a show you won’t want to miss!
Saturday, June 24 - A tribute to the most wonderful time of the year: Christmas in June! Boats decorated in Christmas gear? Sign us up!
Saturday, June 24- Canada and Orillia's 150th Birthday Celebration at ODAS Park! This FREE event is from 11am-3pm and will involve children's activities, a free BBQ, free roller skating and more!
Saturday, July 1 - Happy 150th birthday, Canada! Enjoy live entertainment, free cake and parade at the Orillia Canada Day Celebration!
Friday, July 14 - Sunday, July 16 - 40th Annual Orillia Scottish Festival is a celebration of Scottish culture and heritage. Enjoy a parade through downtown, pipe and drum competition, live entertainment, vendors and more! Taking place at Couchiching Park.
Saturday, July 29 - A street festival like no other featuring food food, shopping, live music and more at Downtown Orillia’s Summer Block Party!
Friday, August 4 - Monday, August 7 - Celebrate the long weekend by taking the kids to Rotary-Lions Annual Funfest featuring midway, games and vendors!
Friday, August 11 - Sunday, August 13 - Orillia’s Waterfront Festival has lots to see and do, including an in-water boat show and lots of great shopping. Taking place at Couchiching Park.
Saturday, August 19 - The Annual Classic Car Show is a great event for car lovers of all ages, with over 400 classic cars on display!
Friday, August 25 - Sunday, August 27 - The 3rd Annual Orillia Rib Fest has a lot to offer: live music, great shopping and, of course, some of the world's most delicious ribs. (Oh, and try “The Blooming Onion”, you’ll be glad you did!)
For more information on any of these events, click here.
Sunday, June 25 - Kids Fishing Day is hosted by Kempenfelt Rotary Club and is a day devoted to teaching kids to fish! It's free and lots of fun, so be sure to check it out!
Wednesday, June 28- In Celebration of Canada 150, there will be a FREE Air Show featuring the Snowbirds and CF-18 Hornet over Kempenfelt Bay. Canadian Forces Base Borden will be set up all day in Heritage Park with displays and a kiddie commando course. The air show will take place at approximately 6pm.
Sunday, July 1 - Canada Day festivities taking place at Barrie's waterfront!
Friday, August 5 - Sunday, August 7 - Kempenfest is a Barrie long weekend tradition and features something for everyone, with over 300 artisans, an antique show, food vendors, midway, children's activities, and an amazing line-up of live entertainment.
For more information on these exciting events, click here.
One of our favourite farmers markets is located in Gravenhurst every Wednesday from 9am to 2pm down at the Wharf.
Sunday, July 1 - Canada Day celebrations are taking place all around Muskoka. To check out the celebration taking place in your city, click here.
Saturday, July 22 - Santa Fest is coming to Bracebridge! A celebration of Christmas taking place in July, enjoy a Santa Claus parade, food vendors, entertainment and, of course, photos with Old Saint Nick himself!
Saturday, August 5 - The Urban Slide is coming to Huntsville! Register ahead of time by clicking here and ride this amazing 1000 foot Slip N' Slide down main street Huntsville!
Something to enjoy anywhere is the 2017 Parks Canada Discover Pass! To celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday you can enjoy free admission to national parks and historic sites across the country. To get your pass visit the government site here.
Any other exciting family events and festivals happening this summer? Let us know in the comments so we can add them to our list!
Mother's Day is right around the corner. And if you are like me (or my husband!) you probably procrastinate on getting gifts for most occasions. Not to worry! This year we have lots of ideas perfect for families with little ones! These ideas aren't too challenging and won't break the bank, but will have the sweet mom in your life saying "awwww".
First let's talk about the DIY projects. Moms of young children love getting homemade presents. I am particularly fond of ones involving the little kids hands and feet. Those sweet little toes are only that size once, so creating a keepsake for mom is priceless. This is also a way to involve even the tiniest, newest members of your family. So even if you are a new family with only a baby please still do something for Mother's Day! Even though your baby will have no idea what is going on, Mom definitely will appreciate the thought and time you put in.
To save on cost check out the dollar stores! You can buy paint, canvases and most other basic crafting supplies for a fraction of the cost of the craft store.
Here are some wonderful craft ideas. All pictures link to the original tutorials:
This sign would also look great on a canvas!
This mom used a rainbow stamp pad. If you don't have one you can just paint your baby's feet whatever colours you would like!
I found this photo on Pinterest. You can use hands or feet like shown, or with older toddlers and kids you can just let them decorate it however they want. Small flowers for planting are readily available this time of year at many grocery stores, Walmart, or local garden centres.
Here is a fabulous idea if you have older kids that can be trusted with glass. Help them paint a wine glass and buy Mom a bottle of her favourite wine to go with it!
If painting isn't your thing, here are some other ideas Mom will love:
Just remember this day is all about making sure Mom feels loved and appreciated for all she does while letting her just enjoy a day of the "fun" parts of being a mom (you'll get your day next month!). Allow her to rest and get in some kid snuggles by helping a little extra around the house, crossing off a couple items on the "honey-do" list, and skipping going to your buddy's house to watch the hockey game. I promise you will totally make her day!