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I feel hopeful today. Lately Felix has not been napping early enough in the day for me to get things done the way I could just last month, so today begins Operation Wear Out the Baby. This will involve changes in his routine and more exercise for both of us.

This morning, during our routine of dropping Zane off at school, I had Felix walk the whole way in and out instead of carrying him to speed things along, the way I usually do. Then, when we got back home, I took him for a walk outside. The time out in the sunshine probably helped with my mood, too. Now that we're inside, I have the baby gate set up so that he can go up and down one set of stairs if he wants to, but he can't get into parts of the house that aren't safe for him. He's perfectly capable on the stairs, and I hope that having access to more of the house will keep him from being bored.

The goal: a sleeping toddler by noon! And no, certain-people-on-my-flist-and-you-know-who-you-are, I'm not gonna give the baby alcohol!

And now for the recipe for the best bread machine white bread EVAR:

1.5 C buttermilk
4 t canola oil
0.5 t vanilla extract
3 C unbleached all-purpose flour
3 T powdered sugar
2 t salt
2 t active dry yeast

Put the ingredients into the bread machine in that order, and set it to make a large (1.5 lb.) loaf. You could add parmesan cheese and/or herbs 'n' spices to make it more flavorful, if that's your thing.


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Feb. 27th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
The recipe looks interesting with a bent toward sweet. Almost wish we hadn't Vinnie-sized the bread machine last year.

Good luck on that sleeping baby thing. Part of the challenge of parenting is keeping up with your children's development. Sometimes it seems like you've got it all under control for a day or so and then BAM!, their schedules or desires change and it's back to the drawing board. Hang in there!
Feb. 27th, 2008 06:08 pm (UTC)
I thought it might turn out to be sweet, too, but it didn't. The salt must have balanced out the sugar. :)
Feb. 27th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
YAY baby boot camp! That's always a good time. :-)
Feb. 27th, 2008 06:08 pm (UTC)
He seems to be enjoying it, but he isn't quite asleep yet! We'll have to crank it up a bit tomorrow morning.
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