Monday, August 18
I have made a 180 in my career path. From working with schools to supply books and planning fun author events, to now helping women be confident when birthing babies into the world.
I am a birth doula.
I am located on Chicago's South Side, serving Hyde Park and surrounding areas within a 45 minute travel time, and I love encouraging women to bring about the birth they want.
That might mean educating a woman about her body so she understands what takes place in birth. It might mean supplying information and resources so a woman can prepare herself to make the decisions needed in birth and after. It may mean talking about fears and expectations so they don't rob her and her partner of the joy that birth can bring.
Sometimes I am massaging, soothing, and encouraging for hours at a time. Sometimes I am holding limbs, hair, or fans. Sometimes I'm showing a partner where to rub, how to touch, or when to just be still and calm.
Birth is raw. If you are trying to birth naturally, or have a scheduled cesarean, or are attempting a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean), having a doula will greatly improve the likelihood that you will have the experience you desire. And, should the need arise, having a doula will help you prepare for making the decisions you hoped you wouldn't have to make.
If you would like to learn more about me and my services, feel free to visit A Swift Doula.
Other posts you may find interesting:
You're A What?
Leaving The House With a Toddler
There Is Room For Us All
Sunday, January 20
|My egg bake helper.|
|There was cooking decorating! There was a choice of A, !, or ninja cookies to frosting. Jessica was a great help in getting some naked cookies dressed up.|
|Dan, Greg, and Nikki|
|Meryl, Crissy, Trish, Kristy, and Mike|
|Ryan, Greg, Audrey, Jonathan, and Meryl|
|These little munchkins were so much fun. Oscar, Farrah, and Harper are all piled up on the chair in Harper's room for this shot (courtesy of Meryl!)|
|Mike and the kids - notice Farrah in action mode|
|I had to change my plans for the photos I collected from my dad's house. Since we didn't do helium balloons, I make a "30" poster out of them instead. People had fun looking at them and commenting on the various glimpses of life.|
|Crissy and Trish came up from Springfield! Woot!|
There were some others that came a bit later so they aren't pictured, but we all had a great time! Thanks everyone from coming to celebrate the beginning of my next 30 years!
Other food items that were served:
white chocolate dipped pretzels
popcorn with chocolate chips
cheese and crackers
my dad's dried apples
my dad's deer jerky
The egg bake recipe:
Crust (makes two 9 inch pie pans)
- 6 oz cream cheese
- 1 stick unsalted butter - softened
- 4 Tbl spoons of vegetable shorting (or a second stick of butter)
- 2 cups flour
Filling (for two)
- 9 eggs
- 1/8 cup half & half
- 1/2 red pepper, small chop
- 1/2 green pepper, small chop
- 1/2 yellow pepper, small chop
- 1/4 medium red onion, fine to small chop
- 1 potato, peeled and cubed (*NOTE - I baked my potato the day before to insure it would be tender in the egg bake. I cooked in my small toaster oven for 1 hr at 350 degrees, covered in aluminum foil.)
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 4 strips bacon, cooked (I only put bacon on one pie, double if you want it on both)
- 1 tsp thyme (rosemary would be good, too)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Ramano cheese for top
Let sit for at least 10 minutes before serving. Can be served at room temperature.
Friday, December 21
|Harper thinks garlic should be added to the tarts this year.|
The filling is eggs, brown sugar, butter, vanilla, and salt. The dough can be any pie crust dough, but mom's is cream cheese, flour, and butter.
I didn't have enough cream cheese on hand, so I supplemented with shortening.
|Are you sure you don't want to add garlic, Mom?|
|Heart crock was a gift from Sarah for our wedding! It is adorable! It isn't really meant for this purpose, but still worked great.|
They are little, perfect, pecan pies! Love them!
Wednesday, December 19
I found a recipe in County Living Magazine for spicy cocktail Pecans and thought I'd give it a try. I halved the call for amount, as I didn't want to waste my delicious pecans if I didn't like how they turned out.
The recipe I followed was:
3 Cups Pecan halves
1/2 stick of butter (unsalted ) Melted
2 Teaspoons Tabasco sauce
1 Teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 Teaspoon of sea salt
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder (it should have been just 1/2 teaspoon, but I love garlic)
Oven on 325 degrees. Combine ingredients, then poor over Pecans. Toss to mix then put on baking sheet in a flat layer. Bake for 7-8 minutes, stir, the bake for 7-8 more until nuts are toasted.
|Pre-baked nuts. I store my nuts in the freezer, so when I poured the melted mixture on them, it congealed again.|
|After being toasted! Bonus: the house smells delish.|
|I'm storing them in a tin lined with wax paper.|
They taste very similar to the chex mix Dan's mom makes. They aren't as spicy as I would have imaged them to be (since they were called spicy cocktail pecans). I don't know if we'll make this for the fam, but we'll certainly eat the 3 cups I made of it. Perhaps I'll try batch adding some other seasonings (thinking red pepper flake, cumin, more Tabasco as options).
Wednesday, December 5
I tried my hand at making caramels (Thanks Martha Stewart for the info!). It went alright. I learned some things about what not to do after the caramels were made, but the making and eating all went off without a hitch.
|Ingredients and my Nook with recipe|
|Starting off. It takes a while to get it up to the right temperature. The recipe said about 15 minutes. I didn't have my heat up for that, as it took about 35 for mine to reach the necessary 248 degrees.|
|It was great to watch the bubbles as the consistency changed.|
|Getting more carmel-y|
|As soon as it gets to temp, the recipe says to hall ass though the last steps (ie: add vanilla and salt, then pour into cookie sheet with greased paper)|
|Yummmm...Caramel. Well, soon. You let it sit for 8 HOURS, then you can cut it.|
|Inspired by my sister's love of salted caramels, I thought to try it. It was a win.|
|And then they got wrapped.|
|It doesn't look like 120 caramels, does it?|
|One of the boxes for a friend|
|The ingredients list on the inside.|
|The boxes for Dan's workish party.|
|The got all dolled up for the holidays!|