For The New Mumma – You’re Not Alone

When you feel like no one understands what you’re going through… I do. When you feel like you just can’t anymore… you can. And when when you don’t have the words to express “how it’s going” feel free to share these words.
Instead of telling a new mom she looks good, why don’t we ask about the elephant in the room? How is it going so far? How is your transition into motherhood been? How can I help? You know why we don’t ask questions like these? Because we are afraid of the truth. The authentic truth. And this fear hurts us as new mummas.
We expect motherhood to be this beautiful happy life that we should embrace every moment of. But the truth is…it’s hard, really hard. All of it. Getting pregnant, losing a baby, carrying to full term, labor and delivery, recovery while taking care of a new human you just met and are trying to figure out how to keep alive, breastfeeding, leaving your job to become a stay at home mom and yes going back to work.
IT’S ALL SO HARD.
But that’s OK. You’re not alone. We all have our challenges. That’s why we need to be real with one another.
Be honest.
Be authentic.
It’s OK to need help. It’s good to ask for help, and it’s best to learn how to communicate “I need help.” Having a baby changes every relationship you have and this in turn makes communicating more of a challenge.
So if you find your sleep deprived self without the words to express how you feel,

here’s a start (…take a look!)

 


…and if you asked me those honest questions when I became a Mumma, this is what I would have told you…

 

For The New Mumma

“In pregnancy you’re doted upon. You are showered with compliments, each one pushing you a little bit further up the mountain. What is this mountain made of? I’m still not sure.
Maybe it’s made of the confidence you get from people telling you you’re glowing, or it’s built of the pressure you and others push you to feel as a new expecting mom.
But I do know labor and delivery is at the peak. All eyes on you because it’s show time.
Ten months of excitement nervousness and preparing for your little bundle of joy to be placed safely in your arms.
Then, once you leave the hospital or maybe even sooner if you had a complicated birth and suffered sever injuries like me, you fall.
That mountain you took ten months to climb is no longer supporting your feet and you free fall.
It’s dark, wet, alone and there’s lots of crying on your way down. You can’t rest, cant think, can’t even see straight until you hit the bottom.
Suddenly you’re on solid ground as your eyes begin to focus.
The fog fades and you see light for the first time.
Maybe it’s your first six hours of uninterrupted sleep or her first real smile that catches you.
Maybe it’s when she’s wrapped in her hooded fox towel after a bath, cooing and she looks at you…
But this time she really sees you, straight through you and everything just stops.
The gaze from her big brown eyes holds you. And as you breathe out slowly, you realize you created a beautiful little being…
You’re Her Mumma.
Now together, you’re climbing a new mountain.”

All The Pretty Pastries Please!

This one’s for the mummas that love a good presentation and a treat that’s not too sweet. Four way pastries look so pretty with minimal effort and are easy to prep, set aside and come back to as our attention can be pulled in so many directions. I added lots of photos so don’t worry if you’re new to baking, I’ll hold your hand all the way through! If you decide to go for them all at once give yourself about 1.5 to 2 hours for this one.
Baking  two or three sheets at a time depending on the size of your oven is best to conserve time. I’m all about multitasking and finding ways to be efficient in the kitchen as you’ll see! Oh and did I mention the presentation? Break out that bottle of wine you’ve been eyeballing (I’m drinking one of my favorites Apothic Red) and call over some friends… These pastries are worth celebrating!
Enjoy!!
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Pretty Pastries from left to right: Blueberry Pinwheels, Raspberry Flowers, Chocolate Braids and Strawberry Diamonds

Ingredients: (Missing something? Order from links below!)

2 boxes puff pastry sheets
2 cups cream cheese softened
1/2 cup sugar (Click Link To Order)
1 tbs vanilla (Click Link To Order)
1 lb strawberries halved
6 oz blueberries
6 oz raspberries
1 cup chocolate chips (Click Link To Order)
1 cup powdered sugar (Click Link To Order)

 

 

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400° F
2. Set frozen puff pastry out on counter top to thaw
3. Combine softened cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Mix into even consistency and set aside
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add sugar and vanilla to cream cheese
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hand mix to smooth consistency
  • Strawberry Diamonds (15 min. makes nine pastries)
    1. Layout puff pastry sheet flat on parchment paper
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    2. Cut into ninths (thirds horizontal and then again vertical)
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    2. Turn squares diagonal (points on top and bottom) and fold the bottom point to the top point in halves (triangle shapes)
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    Step 2. A
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    Step 2. B
    3. Make two cuts total from just under the triangle tip. One down the left side, then again down the right make sure your cut does not connect all the way through
    4. Unfold the triangle so again points are at the top and bottom
    5. Fold the bottom cut to match the top, then fold the top down to match the bottom, pressing the corners flat so they make a nice diamond shape
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    Top left (Step 2) Top Right (Step 3) Bottom Left (Step 4) Bottom Right (Step 5)

     

    6. Spoon 1 tablespoon of cream cheese mixture into the center of the diamondWine and Pastry Time Authentic Mumma Amanda Mathur 20
    7. Top with strawberry pressed into cream cheeseWine and Pastry Time Authentic Mumma Amanda Mathur 16
    8. Bake in oven at 400° F for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown.
    9. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy!

 

  • Blueberry Pinwheels (15 min. makes nine pastries)
    1. Layout puff pastry sheet flat on parchment paperWine and Pastry Time Authentic Mumma Amanda Mathur 6
    2. Cut into ninths (thirds horizontal then again vertical)Wine and Pastry Time Authentic Mumma Amanda Mathur 7 - Copy
    3. Cut from each corner towards the center but not the way through so the center stays connectedWine and Pastry Time Authentic Mumma Amanda Mathur 8
    4. Take every other corner and fold into centerWine and Pastry Time Authentic Mumma Amanda Mathur 29
    5. Spoon 1 tablespoon of cream cheese mixture into the center
    6. Press 4 blueberries into centerWine and Pastry Time Authentic Mumma Amanda Mathur 9
    7. Bake in oven at 400° F for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown.
    8. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy!

 

  • Raspberry Flowers (10 min. makes four pastries)
    1. Layout puff pastry sheet flat on parchment paperWine and Pastry Time Authentic Mumma Amanda Mathur 6
    2. Cut in half, then fourths
    3. Cut a half inch strip all around square center so that outer strip can be folded inwardsWine and Pastry Time Authentic Mumma Amanda Mathur 23
    4. Place 2 tablespoons of cream cheese mixture into center of squareWine and Pastry Time Authentic Mumma Amanda Mathur 10
    5. Press 4 raspberries into cream cheese mixtureWine and Pastry Time Authentic Mumma Amanda Mathur 24
    6. Take each of the four corners and fold over the raspberry closest to that corner
    7. Press 5th raspberry into centerWine and Pastry Time Authentic Mumma Amanda Mathur 11
    8. Bake in oven at 400° F for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown.
    9. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy!Wine and Pastry Time Authentic Mumma Amanda Mathur 27

 

  • Chocolate Braid (10 min. makes two pastries)
    1. Layout puff pastry sheet flat on parchment paperWine and Pastry Time Authentic Mumma Amanda Mathur 6
    2. Cut in half horizontally
    3. Leaving about 3 inches in the center cut 5 even strips on each side of pastryWine and Pastry Time Authentic Mumma Amanda Mathur 12
    4. Place 4 tablespoons of cream cheese mixture into center between the strips
    5. Add a handful of chocolate chips pressed into cream cheese mixtureWine and Pastry Time Authentic Mumma Amanda Mathur 13
    6. Fold top right strip over, then left, then right until all strips cover the centerWine and Pastry Time Authentic Mumma Amanda Mathur 14Wine and Pastry Time Authentic Mumma Amanda Mathur 15
    7. Bake in oven at 400° F for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown.
    8. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy!
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Which ones did you try? I’d love to hear from you in the reply section below!

My First Mother’s Day: What Motherhood Means to Me

This post was supposed to be my first blog post ON MOTHER’S DAY but obviously that didn’t happen…#mummalife

Instead, I attempted to sleep in (who was I kidding), made a late breakfast and spent a quick 30 minutes baking these tasty treats for my mother-in-law before the days activities. They turned out exceptionally yummy, if I do say so myself…

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Got 30 Minutes? Click Here For The Recipe!

Anyway, here it is – my first blog post. Hope you enjoy!


My First Mother’s Day: What Motherhood Means to Me

It feels different this time. No longer just about my wonderful mom or my amazing mother in law, or my beautiful mommy friends, but me…strangely me.

I find myself reflecting on my journey getting here, becoming a “mumma”. It’s not a simple journey and it takes on so many forms for those who are lucky enough to be called mom. It is beautiful, it is hard and so many things in between.

What is motherhood to me?

As a new momma, it’s a multitude of things…

Isolation…

He goes to work. Nearly every day. Friends no longer call so you resort to Facebook mom groups for a sense of belonging in this new isolation.

Uncomfortable…

A constant state of comfortableness. Keeping baby comfortable requires this. Awkward feeding positions, sleeping positions, rocking, bending, lifting and carrying all night and all day.

Exhaustion…

Bone deep exhaustion. When baby’s up you’re up. When baby sleeps you’re up making sure baby is asleep, and HOW asleep she is, making plans for how much sleep you COULD get.

Guilt…

Guilt from things you do and don’t do. What you decide to do when baby is napping. Eat, shower, sleep or clean. No matter which you choose you’ll feel like you made the wrong choice. Maybe you should have slept instead of showered.

Bliss…

Isolation, uncomfortable-ness, bone deep exhaustion and guilt sprinkled with moments of sheer bliss. Your little human, now too big to fit back in your tummy is wrapped around you, breathing soft and warm into your ear.

This is my motherhood.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful mommy’s. You are strong yet gentle, tired yet ever vigilant and you know a love like no other. I’m so honored to be Rya’s Mumma and to have this day to celebrate with you.

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Nutella Pull-A-Part Heart Recipe

Hey Mummas!

Check out this super easy two ingredient tasty treat for any occasion! This easy to share pull-a-part heart only takes about 30 minutes total including prep time. Perfect for mummas with little to no time to spend in the kitchen.

You’re welcome 😊.


Ingredients:

  1. 1 box puff pastry (2 sheets per box)
  2. Nutella Hazelnut Spread – Click Here To Buy From Amazon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F
  2. Take out frozen puff pastry and let it sit (counter top) about 30 min so it’s easy to work with.
  3. Trace out large heart shape in parchment paper and cut out shape.
  4. Open box of puff pastry and unfold both sheets to lay flat over parchment paper.
  5. Place your heart shaped parchment paper cut out over pastry and use pizza cutter to trace around the edges.
  6.  Repeat for the second sheet of pastry. So you end up with 2 heart shaped pastries.
  7. Keep extra pastry edges to make other smaller hearts if you wish. Or use cookie cutter to mold other shapes like the flowers I made (see video).
  8.  Spoon out 4-6 tablespoons of Nutella and spread over the top of 1 heart (See Picture Below).

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    Spread Nutella Over Heart
  9.  Place second heart over top of Nutella heart and pinch the edges down so both hearts stick together.
  10. Roll the extra pastry left from your cut outs and cut out a smaller heart to top the center of your pastry (watch video for reference.)
  11. Starting at the bottom, slice UP from the point of the heart almost to the center.  Continue making slices all the way around the heart, about 1 inch apart. (See Photo Under Step 12)

    **DO NOT slice all the way through the heart – make sure each section is still connected to the center smaller heart**

  12. Twist each strip outwards away from each other starting from the two bottom pieces at the tip of the heart. Be sure to pinch the ends together so they don’t pull apart while baking. (See Photo Below As Reference For Step 11 and 12)Nutella Pull Apart Heart
  13. Continue to twist each strip in the opposite direction pinching the ends for each strip. (See Photo Below)Nutella Pull Apart Heart mumma authentic
  14. Place heart and parchment paper onto large baking sheet into the oven at 400° F for about 20 minutes until the edges turn a nice golden brown.
  15. Remove from oven and Enjoy!