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Unwrapped Recipe: Chocolate Strawberry Cookies

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Iconnected with Katie Blauser of Eat Pretty Darling not long after I joined Instagram. I was immediately drawn to her bright photos of beautiful and easy-to-assemble meals. Clean, nutritious food presented in a fun and inviting way. She’s a mom of three boys, foodie, and professional photographer. Meet Katie!

So which came first for you: the food or the photography? Professionally, the photography came first! But I started a major love of food as a young girl. Many of my favorite childhood memories revolve around a recipe or a meal shared with loved ones. I also plan all vacations around where to eat. I never pursued cooking as a career until I started blogging, although I was taking pictures of my food before it was "cool". I got my college degree in Commercial Photography, and went on to photograph weddings, families, and events for 10 years. I’ve since moved on to branding photography and content creation, and get to do a mashup of photography and recipe development! It's really a dream come true.

What kinds of things do you have in store for us this year? At the end of 2020 we were hit with the news that my oldest son ( 5 ) has celiac disease. He's also my pickiest eater, so it has been a huge learning process for us. I hope to share more about the disease and how we handle it in our house. Luckily we live in a time that there are a ton of amazing gluten free companies making food that is safe and yummy for my kiddo to eat. So expect to see gluten free recipes, more picky eater tips, new Darling Delivery kits, and maybe even a book ;)

What’s the most recent thing you’ve learned about eco-conscious living? Those milk and beverage cartons are recyclable!! I recently had the opportunity to spread awareness on carton recycling. Working with the Carton Council taught me a lot, and I love getting to work with brands to share more about these topics!

Although Katie isn’t making her amazing 4-ingredient cookies these days (many celiacs can have a reaction to oats), they remain a staple in our house. They’re nutritious, quick to make, and extremely versatile. And with oats (a very common bulk bin item) as a key ingredient, this recipe is a win on so many levels!

CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRY COOKIES

1 ripe banana, mashed

3/4 cup rolled oats

1/4 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup diced strawberries

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Mix all ingredients together and spoon out onto a silicone baking mat liner cookie sheet. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Makes around 6-8 cookies!

You can find more of Katie’s pretty healthy, pretty yummy, and pretty fun recipes on IG @eatprettydarling and at eastprettydarling.com!

How to Care for Cradle Cap

The first time (I thought) I’d ever seen cradle cap was in the hospital after delivering the Little Bee. As a majorly nervous new mom, I noticed every little thing that I thought might possibly cause her pain—and the patchy skin on the top of her head was one of them. She had a lot of hair at birth, but I had a mother’s hawk eyes and could see it through her very dark hair. I brought it up with the amazing nurse that was with us because I’d heard of cradle cap and thought that’s what it was. Well, I was wrong—it was just dry skin. But since then, I’ve seen the real deal time and time again with other babies in our lives, and I’ve witnessed their parents doing a great job managing it.

What exactly is cradle cap?
Well, its fancy name is Seborrheic Dermatitis. Although this probably isn’t the way a pediatrician would describe it, it looks red and yellow and patchy and scaly. It’s typically found on the scalp, hence the nickname cradle cap, but it can also be found on the face or even between skin creases. Baby skin creases are the cutest things ever, so it’s sad to see it patchy and red. Although it doesn’t look comfortable, it interestingly doesn’t really seem to bother the little ones. Although I couldn’t find a definitive answer as to what exactly causes it, it seems likely to be a result of either excessive skin oil (sebum), a type of yeast found on the skin, or a combo of both.

How do I get rid of it?
Although cradle cap usually clears up within weeks or months, there are ways to send it along on its merry way. According to KidsHealth, these are some strategies to use:

Wash your little one’s hair with a mild shampoo once a day.

Over here, we love this gentle foaming shampoo from T is for Tame. It’s made with salicylic acid for natural exfoliation and organic calendula to soothe redness and irritation. (Fun fact: the creator is a friend of mine named Becky. She’s awesome.)

Gently remove scales with a soft brush. Many, many parents in our community use the ScrubBEE for this purpose. But it’s important not to scratch the area. Think of it more like using the gentle bristles to move the scales away. If the scales don’t loosen easily, you can also try using a small amount of mineral oil. Let it sink in for a few minutes to several hours, then try moving the scales away like mentioned above.

If it’s extremely persistent or you’re really worried about it, please ask your pediatrician for guidance before trying additional methods. I’m definitely not a doctor (barely passed high school biology!), so please consider the recommendations above just suggestions from a friend.


Have other helpful strategies for new parents in our community? Please drop your suggestions below! 

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