The Baker Upstairs

1.19.2022

Lactation Cookies

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These lactation cookies taste absolutely delicious, and are great for boosting milk supply! They're totally addicting.
These lactation cookies taste absolutely delicious, and are great for boosting milk supply! They're totally addicting.
I know I don't share a ton about my family here, but one of the things I am really proud of is that I've been able to breastfeed all three of my girls for at least a year each. My baby Bee is almost fifteen months old now, and we are still going strong! I recognize that many women are not able to breastfeed (or just don't want to) and I have no judgment or shade at all about other moms' feeding choices, but this is what has worked well for my family. It has definitely been tough at times, and it has required some sacrifices, but it has been a huge benefit to us. I said it before in my post about our spica cast, but I think it really helped to soothe Bee (and me) as she was going through all of the ups and downs of hip dysplasia. Having that special one on one time together throughout the day to cuddle and nurse has been so important to me, and we both love it. 

All of that being said, maintaining my milk supply has been pretty challenging this month as I've struggled with first a respiratory infection (not Covid!) and then pretty severe food poisoning. I got very dehydrated and wasn't able to keep anything down for several days, and my milk supply dropped dramatically. I reached out to friends for help, and several people recommended Mother's Milk tea (with fenugreek and fennel) and lactation cookies. I looked at Target and found a box of lactation cookies for $22 (what?!?) and knew immediately that I could make some myself for less money. I ordered some brewer's yeast from Amazon and got to work. The result were these totally delicious, totally addicting lactation cookies!
These lactation cookies taste absolutely delicious, and are great for boosting milk supply! They're totally addicting.
These cookies have a ton of oatmeal and brewer's yeast to promote lactation, but they're also just a really good snack for when you're hangry (and let's face it, I'm often hangry). They're loaded with lots of other good stuff too! Since I was making them for myself (instead of the whole family) I added all of the things I like, like toasted almonds, coconut, and dark chocolate chunks, and they are just so good! I don't know if it's the cookies or the tea, or the fact that I've been drinking as much water as possible, but my milk definitely seems to be returning to normal. (Obviously none of this is meant to be medical advice, so be sure to talk to your doctor if you have concerns!)

The recipe makes about three dozen cookies, so I baked a batch, and froze the rest of the dough for another day when I need cookies. These cookies are perfectly soft and chewy, and just slightly crisp around the edges. They have the perfect texture! 
These lactation cookies taste absolutely delicious, and are great for boosting milk supply! They're totally addicting.
Lactation Cookies

3 cups old fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups flour
5 tablespoons brewer's yeast
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons butter, softened
4 tablespoons coconut oil
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg + 1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chunks
1/2 cup sliced toasted almonds
1/2 cup shredded coconut

Preheat the oven to 350. In a medium bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, yeast, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together hte butter and coconut oil. Add the brown sugar and sugar, and mix until combined. Add the vanilla and almond extract, and mix until smooth. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix to form a thick dough. Gently fold in the dark chocolate chunks, toasted almonds, and shredded coconut. Scoop the dough into one inch balls and place on a parchment or silicone lined baking sheet. Bake 12-14 minutes, until light golden brown on the bottom. To freeze the dough, scoop the dough into balls and place on a baking sheet. Freeze 20 minutes, then place in an airtight container or zipper bag until ready to bake.

adapted from How Sweet Eats
These lactation cookies taste absolutely delicious, and are great for boosting milk supply! They're totally addicting.

1.16.2022

15 Easy Instant Pot Recipes

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15 Easy Instant Pot Recipes - These instant pot recipes are quick to make and absolutely delicious!
15 Easy Instant Pot Recipes - These instant pot recipes are quick to make and absolutely delicious!If there's one machine in my kitchen I couldn't live without, it's my Instant Pot! I use it several days a week, and it is a total lifesaver. It makes so many things easier to cook. I'm sharing fifteen of my favorite easy Instant Pot recipes for you below, in the hopes that you'll find some recipe inspiration!

 This instant pot apple butter tastes fantastic and is so quick and easy to make!
15 Easy Instant Pot Recipes - These instant pot recipes are quick to make and absolutely delicious!
Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken
This simple and flavorful Instant Pot honey sesame chicken is ready in under an hour, and so delicious!
15 Easy Instant Pot Recipes - These instant pot recipes are quick to make and absolutely delicious!
 These juicy and flavorful Instant Pot barbacoa tacos are so delicious and easy to make, too!
15 Easy Instant Pot Recipes - These instant pot recipes are quick to make and absolutely delicious!
Instant Pot Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches
These instant pot barbecue chicken sandwiches are so juicy and flavorful, and so easy to make!
15 Easy Instant Pot Recipes - These instant pot recipes are quick to make and absolutely delicious!
Instant Pot Brown Rice
This Instant Pot brown rice cooks in just 22 minutes and is so light and fluffy!
15 Easy Instant Pot Recipes - These instant pot recipes are quick to make and absolutely delicious!
Instant Pot Carnitas
These instant pot carnitas are so savory and flavorful, and take just a few minutes of active time to make!
15 Easy Instant Pot Recipes - These instant pot recipes are quick to make and absolutely delicious!
Instant Pot Chicken Breast
This instant pot chicken breast is so juicy and tender, and ready in only 25 minutes!
15 Easy Instant Pot Recipes - These instant pot recipes are quick to make and absolutely delicious!
Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup
This Instant Pot chicken tortilla soup is incredibly flavorful, and has just a thirty minute cook time! A savory and delicious dinner that's perfect for a busy night.
15 Easy Instant Pot Recipes - These instant pot recipes are quick to make and absolutely delicious!
Instant Pot Cinnamon Applesauce
This smooth and sweet Instant Pot cinnamon applesauce is a cinch to make and has only four ingredients!
15 Easy Instant Pot Recipes - These instant pot recipes are quick to make and absolutely delicious!
Instant Pot Dulce de Leche
This sweet and delicious dulce de leche is so easy to make in the instant pot. It's almost zero effort, and ready in less than an hour!
15 Easy Instant Pot Recipes - These instant pot recipes are quick to make and absolutely delicious!
Instant Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes
These delicious instant pot garlic mashed potatoes are a quick and easy side dish that goes with everything!
15 Easy Instant Pot Recipes - These instant pot recipes are quick to make and absolutely delicious!
Instant Pot Ground Beef
Forgot to thaw ground beef for dinner? No worries - just throw it in the Instant Pot! It's so quick and easy, and makes perfect ground beef!
15 Easy Instant Pot Recipes - These instant pot recipes are quick to make and absolutely delicious!
Instant Pot Lemon Rice
This zesty and flavorful lemon rice is so quick and easy to make in the Instant Pot. It's the perfect side dish!
15 Easy Instant Pot Recipes - These instant pot recipes are quick to make and absolutely delicious!
Instant Pot Pinto Beans
These delicious Instant Pot pinto beans are so easy to make, and make amazing refried beans too!
15 Easy Instant Pot Recipes - These instant pot recipes are quick to make and absolutely delicious!
Instant Pot Sous Vide Egg Bites
These savory and delicious Instant Pot sous vide egg bites are so easy to make. They're perfect for school lunches, or easy breakfasts on the go!
15 Easy Instant Pot Recipes - These instant pot recipes are quick to make and absolutely delicious!

1.07.2022

Strawberry Streusel Muffins

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These sweet and tender strawberry streusel muffins are incredibly delicious! They're the perfect way to start the day!
These sweet and tender strawberry streusel muffins are incredibly delicious! They're the perfect way to start the day!
I've said it lots of times before, but muffins are one of my favorite foods! I make them at least once a week, because I love that they're perfect for easy breakfasts, school lunches, or snacks. All of my kids love them, and I have made just about every flavor imaginable. These strawberry streusel muffins are one of our favorites. If you haven't baked with fresh strawberries before, you are in for a treat! They give these muffins a sweet and delicious flavor, and a texture that is totally irresistible!
These sweet and tender strawberry streusel muffins are incredibly delicious! They're the perfect way to start the day!
The streusel on top of these muffins is technically optional, but it's so tasty that I would definitely not recommend leaving it out! It adds the perfect amount of sweetness and crunch, and is the perfect compliment to the light and fluffy muffins. Sometimes when I'm in a hurry, I leave it out, but I always regret it because it takes these muffins over the top!
These sweet and tender strawberry streusel muffins are incredibly delicious! They're the perfect way to start the day!
These muffins are the very best when they're made with freshly picked, sun-ripened strawberries, but since those aren't available year round, store-bought strawberries also work just fine. If your strawberries aren't particularly sweet, you may want to toss them with a teaspoon of sugar before folding them into the batter.  These muffins are so pretty and sweet that they'd be perfect for a Valentine's Day breakfast or for sharing with your sweetheart. 
These sweet and tender strawberry streusel muffins are incredibly delicious! They're the perfect way to start the day!
The muffin base for these strawberry streusel muffins has the very best texture, and is so light and fluffy. I really have never had a better muffin! (And trust me, I have tried a loooooooot of muffin recipes.) It's the same base I used for these blueberry streusel muffins, these apple cinnamon streusel muffins, these huckleberry muffins, and these cranberry orange muffins. It really is the best! These strawberry streusel muffins are another delicious recipe, and a must make!
These sweet and tender strawberry streusel muffins are incredibly delicious! They're the perfect way to start the day!
Strawberry Streusel Muffins

for the muffins:
2 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1 cup buttermilk, warmed
1/4 cup canola oil
4 tablespoons melted butter
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups finely chopped strawberries

for the streusel:
1/2 cup flour
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons brown sugar
4 tablespoons melted butter

Preheat the oven to 425. Add 18 paper liners to two muffin tins. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the buttermilk, oil, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and mix until just barely combined. Gently fold the strawberries into the muffin batter.

Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin tins, filling 3/4 full. To make the streusel, whisk the flour, sugar, and brown sugar together with a fork in a small bowl. Drizzle in the melted butter and whisk until the butter is blended in and the mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle the streusel over the tops of the muffins. Bake 15 minutes, or until light golden brown on top and cooked through.
These sweet and tender strawberry streusel muffins are incredibly delicious! They're the perfect way to start the day!