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Apple and Cinnamon Bread

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My favourite thing to say is “this too shall pass”.

It worked when Asher was a newborn and did not know his nights and days.

It worked when I was pacing up and down the room between 11pm-3am sometimes 4 am settling him later on.

Or perhaps during the afternoons when he just wants to nap on me and refused to go down to his cot.

Or when he was sick.

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More recently, it became 3 weeks of sleep regression, teething, a bout of cold, vaccination and wonder “month”.

Woah, I was exhausted. I was a walking zombie but strangely was able to keep it together. The house was running well, I was hitting hard at the gym and we hardly missed any commitments. Perhaps to the world, things appeared ok.

Perhaps it was the case of “This too shall pass but I will also get used to it”.

I wouldn’t say I coped very well. I had emotional days where every step just seemed heavier and harder. My only outlet was exercising and having that 30 minutes by myself (and an extra 15 minutes of quietness in the car as I drove to the gym). That extra shot of caffeine helped too. By week 3, I spoke to a few girlfriends who reminded me that I need to sleep earlier and commit to less things.

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As it got better, and I’m starting to recover from it all, I reflected.  I realised that  I like taking on commitments when I’m tired because being productive helps me feel better. But being productive does not necessary means I get enough rest. It’s really is a fine line between completing projects, having that gash of oxytocin of accomplishment and overwhelming myself-rushing and not enjoying the process.

I have learned to say no, and to scheduled in rest time.  Active recovery is often used in the gym where rest days are respected and equally weighted as gym days. Between changing diapers, planning play routines for Asher and heading out to appointments… I lost that. I rushed around completing household chores, baking and preparing dinner when Asher takes a nap. I scheduled in two sometimes three appointments, and ran errands in between. Now, I try to read a magazine, or catch up on reading a few blogs… without guilt.

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And i’m sleeping earlier.

Meanwhile, I came across Teresa Cutter’s Apple and Cinnamon Bread recipe. What a gorgeous creation! It warmed the house up straight away on a rainy afternoon. Asher loved it it made a delightful afternoon tea treat. I made a few minor changes such as adding in crushed walnuts and ginger for warmth and texture. Hubby loved it toasted with a hint of butter.

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Apple and Cinnamon Bread (Serves 14)

2 cups of Almond Meal

3 eggs

3 apples grated

1 tsp of vanilla paste

1 tsp of ginger

2 tsp of cinnamon powder

1/2 cup of walnuts crushed

1/4 cup of coconut oil

2 tsp of baking powder

1/4 tsp of salt

squeeze of lemon juice

half an apple sliced

1) Preheat Oven to 180C and line loaf tin.

2) Mix almond meal, walnuts, grated apple, cinnamon, ginger, baking powder and salt together.

3) Whisk eggs and oil.

4) Pour to dry ingredients and fold through.

5) Spoon into loaf. Place apple slices on top and sprinkle a little more cinnamon on it.

6) Bake for 45 minutes till brown.

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4 thoughts on “Apple and Cinnamon Bread”

  1. Good on you for figuring out this early on to pay attention to your needs. I too had put way too much on my plate after my son was born. and it wasn’t until after his 2nd birthday that I realised my relationship with my husband was being neglected. Motherhood sure is a balancing act!

    That bread looks good, unfortunately I can’t use the recipe at home due to my son’s allergies to nuts. At what age did you start Asher on nuts? My daughter is now 9 months, with no signs of allergies so far (my son began reacting at 2-3 months to what I was eating through my breastmilk), and I’m keen but extremely nervous to find out if she has nut allergies.

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  2. It’s horrible to be allergic to nuts. They are everywhere. I would try using coconut flour and use 1/4 cup with 3 eggs.

    I recall that I let Asher taste a little nut butter when he was around 7.5mths/8mths. I would be very nervous too for your daughter.

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  3. it’s nice reading how you hv been coping with your life and the different challenges that you r facing. I am sure you will handle it very well. The pic of the cake looks wonderful especially the last pic!

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  4. Good for you for taking the time to take care of yourself! Mommas need their rest also!! This sounds like such a lovely loaf, filled with such warm fall flavors!

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