02 March 2010

Baking While Baby Sleeps

It has been nearly a week since Matthias and I tried used controlled crying with Eva.  From my last post, I am sure you gathered just how awful I felt about doing it. I am happy to report she didn't wake up the next morning to tell me what a horrible mother or what a failure at attachment parenting I am. As a matter a fact, she has only been waking once between midnight and 1am to let out a few brief whimpers and cries (to which my DH promptly responds). At least she can still nurse to sleep at bedtime and I don't plan on changing that for a while.


In a strangely sadistic way, I enjoyed those silent moonlit moments we shared in the middle of the night. But I also know I (and so many other mothers) cannot function without sleep. Thanks to all you who acknowledge this.


We have been putting Eva to bed now at 9pm to prevent her waking up at 5am. Matthias had been taking the morning shift, but it is so much more enjoyable when we can all share some time together playing before bedtime. After putting her down tonight, I whipped up a batch of some super easy, no bake Swedish coffee pastries called Chokladbollar. We have a play date tomorrow and I didn't have any 'biscuits' to serve with the tea. This is the perfect recipe for the busy new mom (or anyone else wanting something sweet really quick):


Ingredients:

  • dL (3 1/4 cups) oats
  • 3 dL (1 1/4 cups) sugar
  • Tbsp (90 mL) cocoa
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) vanilla sugar (or 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract, added with the coffee)
  • 150 g (2/3 cup) butter or margarine
  • 6 Tbsp (90 mL) cold coffee
  • flaked coconut or pearl sugar

Remove butter from fridge to bring to room temperature or pop in the microwave for a minute to soften. Brew and chill the coffee (chilling optional in my opinion). Mix all the dry ingredients and the add the butter vanilla mixture using a potato masher (it really works) or your bare hands until the dough has a smooth consistency. Form into balls, dip in the remain coffee and roll in the coconut or sugar. Chill or freeze before serving. 

These little Swedish beauties are irresistible. Enjoy!