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Rice Cooker Butter Cake


I love my rice cooker because it has the "Cake" function! So, here's my super duper easy rice cooker butter cake.

Ingredients:

1 pack butter cake mix (heaped cup of flour + under a cup of sugar + 2 teaspoons baking powder + 1/2 teaspoon salt + couple teaspoon shortening)
3 tablespoons soft butter (REAL butter please! I used Kerrygold)
2 eggs, room temperature
3/4 cup milk, room temperature
1 cup frozen mixed berries (because I wanted berries in my butter cake), don't thaw


How to:

1. Grease the rice cooker pot with some butter.

2. Place the cake mix, soft butter, eggs, and milk into a medium mixing bowl. Using electric mixer, beat on low speed for 30 seconds to combine. Increase speed to medium and mix for two minutes, scraping down sides of bowl occasionally. Add in mixed berries and mix well with a spatula.

3. Pour mixture the prepared rice cooker pot. Turn on the rice cooker and choose the "Cake" function. Press start.


Ready to eat!


Soft and buttery!


Look at those berries!

Rice Cooker Chicken and Mushroom Rice


I'm excited to show you some recipes that I've cooked using my Philips Avance Collection Fuzzy Logic Rice Cooker.

Rice Cooker Chicken and Mushroom Rice


Ingredients:
(Serves two adults + 1 preschooler)

1 Kee Song chicken thigh (and wing)
Salt & pepper
1 tablespoon organic mushroom powder by MommyJ Homemade
1/2 tablespoon organic turmeric powder
Grapeseed oil (or any vegetable oil)
1 medium red onion, coarsely chopped
2 cloves garlic, fine chopped
1 inch fresh ginger, thickly sliced
1 red chili, seeds removed and sliced
1 cup of fresh shiitake mushrooms
2 cups multigrain rice, washed
4 cups water



How to:

1. Marinate chicken with salt, pepper, mushroom powder, and turmeric powder. Set aside for at least an hour.

2. Heat up grapeseed oil (or any vegetable oil) in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add in chopped onions, garlic, and ginger, then stir fry until fragrant.


3. Add in chilies and mushrooms and stir fry until mushrooms are soft. Add in marinated chicken pieces and cook until they turn more white than pink. Add rice and mix everything together until evenly mixed.


4. Transfer everything into the rice cooker and add water. Add some more salt, perhaps a few pinches. Mix well.


5. Choose the "5-Grain rice" option and press start.


6. Dinner is ready within an hour!


Here are other rice cooker recipes that I have tried:


Fish & Pasta Stew
I used the "Soup" function.



Herbal Chicken Soup with Quinoa Noodles
I used the "Soup" function for the soup, noodles are cooked separately before I served them together.



Pork Congee
I used the "Congee" function.



Quick Chili
I used the "Soup" function. Recipe blogged on this blog post.



Bacon, Vegetables & Quinoa Soup
I used the "Soup" function.



Diaper Pod by ByMastiqah


I'm a cloth diapering mom, part-time. My baby wears either cloth diapers or disposable diapers, depending on situation and need. When I stay at home with him, I'll be cloth diapering him fully during day time. He's 10 months old now so that's how long I have been cloth diapering him. Yay! *pats own back*

The photo above shows some of my baby's cloth diapers that I keep in a diaper pod made by ByMastiqah.


There are many types of modern cloth diapers. My favorite type is the hybrid fitted. The photo above shows some of my baby's hybrid fitteds ready to go into the washing machine.

"A hybrid fitted is a cross between an AIO (all-in-one) and a fitted diaper. It's a fitted diaper that has a hidden body layer of poly fleece, sandwiched between the outer print and the inner velour. This layer of poly fleece helps the diaper to be more effective. Liquid hits the fleece layer and is deflected back into the absorbent inner, soaking up into the rest of the soaker pad and inner velour instead of just saturating the middle and immediately needing a change." [Source]


The best laundry is cloth diaper laundry! The fresh-from-the-sun smell is invigorating! Now they are ready to be prepped for next usages. Look at these fun and adorable prints!


Now back to the diaper pod. I love this cute panda print!


This is the outer view, all zipped up. The long strap is very handy.


Here's another angle of the diaper pod.


The diaper pod's inner part is black, which I really like because it will look "dirt-free". Lol.


I can flip the top cover down to both sides of the pod so that I have more space to store cloth diapers in it.


I can flip the top covers back in order to zip up the diaper pod for storing and traveling purposes.


Another type of modern cloth diapers that I use is the pocket diaper system. Pocket diapers come with cover and inserts/soakers/boosters/prefolds separate from the cover. This system helps with easy adjustments to suit absorbency needs as baby grows. The inserts/soakers (made from materials such as microfiber, cotton, hemp, bamboo) are stuffed into the pocket part before putting the pocket diaper on baby.


The diaper pod can be easily stored in the closet. And yes, I have a lot of cloth diapers. :)


How to Get Babywearing Started this International Babywearing Week

As moms, we all know that time flies – one day your baby is a teeny newborn, and in the blink of an eye, they're off to school. While we would all love to spend all our days lazily snuggled on the couch with our babes, the reality is that there are things that need to be done to keep our households somewhat functional.

The list of stuff that I've attempted to do one handed/while carrying a baby is rather comical:
  • Cooking dinner
  • Folding laundry
  • Grocery shopping
  • Applying sunscreen to a squirming toddler

I bet you can relate. Any multi-tasking, busy mom knows this struggle. The answer to your struggles is babywearing, and in honor of International Babywearing Week, let's celebrate by trying it out! Trust me; you'll love it once you've tried it and you'll be convinced to give it a try after seeing this infographic from Mom Loves Best.


If you're thinking about giving babywearing a try, here are some things to know about how to do it safely, and why babywearing is such a lifesaver.

Choosing a Carrier 

Before you start babywearing, make sure you've chosen the right kind of baby carrier. There is a wide range of varieties and styles available, ranging from fabric slings and wraps to structured carriers with buckles and straps. Look for fabrics that are appropriate for your local climate so that he/she does not overheat in the carrier, and always ensure that there is no fabric obstructing baby's airways.

Helpful Tips

Some moms find that the earlier you start babywearing, the more comfortable baby will be in the carrier. I had this experience with my youngest child and waited until he was about 10 months old to try a baby carrier in preparation for a vacation. By that age, he was already crawling, nearly walking, and his resistance to being confined took precedence over snuggles with mom. However, with my other kid I started earlier and found that he got used to being in the carrier and liked the closeness more.

If you've waited, don't fear, you just might need to try different carriers, different positions, or just more exposure to the carrier.

Before each time you try the carrier, ensure that your child is not feeling fussy or otherwise uncomfortable by making sure that they are:
  • Well rested: shortly after a nap can be a good time, but avoid trying this right before a nap or bedtime.
  • Well fed: make sure that baby's tummy is full, and he/she is content. Keep in mind; you want baby to be satiated not too full, because you don't want to be on the receiving end of their tummy getting squashed.

Wrapping it Up (Pun Intended)

I hope you'll decide to try babywearing, in celebration of International Babywearing Week 2017. The benefits are so great your baby, your family as a whole, and for you. Or if you are already a babywearer, tell us below what your favorite carry is.


About the Author


Jenny Silverstone is the mother of two, a breastfeeding & babywearing advocate, and a mommy blogger. You can find her sharing her journey through motherhood on her blog - MomLovesBest.com.