Along with the rest of America, I'm truly in love with the Hawn/Russell/Hudson clan. From Goldie to Kurt, Kate, Oliver - I mean, could this Hollywood Dynasty be any more perfect!? Lemme answer that for ya - Nope! But even the most ideal brood has faced its share of very serious obstacles over the years and now Mama Goldie is opening up about how she almost lost her first born, Oliver Hudson after she had him. Scuze me while I get a bit emotional here......pause.....pause....wipe up tears...okay I'm back. It's just babies are so damn precious and fragile and to think of ANY mother going through hardship like this hits a nerve. Okay so according to Goldie- though she didn't expand on why Oliver had a rough start - she shares that it was her prayer that helped keep him alive. Listen here to this downright tearjerking moment in an interview with Jess Cagle from People. Power to our mama tribe!
If you could write an open letter to your 18-year-old self, what would you say?? Stop caking on that makeup...Less is more...You're too good for him...Be nicer to your mommy because you'll be one someday and payback's a bitch :) Perhaps all those thoughts come to mind, but if you're A-lister Victoria Beckham, you also tell your younger self to believe in love at first sight because it truly does exist. Posh opened up to British Vogue penning a letter to her younger self- and lemme tell ya, it's honest, beautiful and something all moms should share with their little girls. Here's a look: http://www.vogue.co.uk/article/victoria-beckham-vogue-interview
This little hottie firecracker, not just adorable and smart as hell, has got a way in the kitchen that'll knock your socks off!! Celeb Chef Vikki Krinsky has been cooking for Family Guy mastermind, Seth Macfarlane for a whopping 7 years - and we can see why one of Hollywood's leading men would choose a gal like this as his kitchen co-star. Here are some of Chef Vikki's home-cooked recipes - mouthwatering sure, healthy - 100% Get a load of the black-bean brownies mmmm hmmmmm. And for more...listen in to Haute Mom's Life on Podcast One or on the homepage :)
Chef Krinsky’s Homemade Energy Balls
1 Cup Unsalted Raw Almonds
1 Cup Unsalted Walnuts
1 Cup Unsalted Raw Cashews
1 Cup Unsalted Raw Pecans
1/2 Cup Flaxseeds
1/2 Cup Chia Seeds
Small Drizzle of Good Quality Vanilla or 1 tsp quality vanilla powder
Pinch of Cinnamon/Nutmeg OR Pumpkin spice
SMALL pinch of salt
1/2 Cup Melted Coconut oil
4 Pitted and Soaked Dates + water
Line a baking sheet tin parchment paper and set aside.
In a large food processor, add all the ingredients expect for the dates + water. Grind for about 30 seconds. Slowly drizzle in the coconut oil and add dates + water until mixture forms into a dough like consistency. You don’t want large chunks, you want a rather soft texture.
With gloves on, form mixture into bite size balls and place in glass container, separating each layer with parchment paper, or alternatively line a sheet pan, place the balls in rows of 4 and place in the refrigerator for about an hour. (I can keep my in the fridge until ready to eat ).
A fun added step is to roll a few of the balls into unsweetened cocoa powder and make a healthy “Truffle”. Or even shredded coconut!
Play with the spices and your favorite different types of nuts!
Recipe by Chef Vikki
Cake OR Brownies!
With this untraditional version of German Chocolate Cake, you are able to have your cake and eat it too! Without the guilt and sugar crash regular chocolate cake gives you, this extremely high protein and rich in fiber cake will surprise even the pickiest dessert lovers!
Cook Time 45 minutes
Prep Time 15 minutes
2 15-ounce cans low sodium black beans
2 large whole eggs
6 large egg whites
Pinch of salt
3/4 cup honey
2 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup coconut oil
A few drops of water (as needed to blend)
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
Olive oil spray
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 cup honey
1 cup tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tablespoons non-fat plain Greek yogurt
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
5 tablespoons shredded unsweetened coconut
Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Line two 9-inch round baking pans with parchment paper, and spray with olive oil spray. Set aside.
In a high-powered blender add the beans, eggs, salt, honey, vanilla, coconut oil and water. In a small bowl whisk the cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda and carefully add to the blender. Mix gently with a spatula before turning the blender back on. Blend until well mixed, about 2 minutes.
Pour the batter into the two baking pans. Tap the pans lightly on the countertop to prevent air bubbles.
Bake for 40-45 minutes until cake tester comes out clean. Let the cakes cool for 15 minutes in their pans. Carefully flip the cakes out of the their pans, and place on a cooling rack. Cool for another 15 minutes before icing.
While the cakes are baking, prepare the icing.
Mix the coconut oil and honey in a medium size bowl.
“I propose adding an emoji for breastfeeding as a complement to the existing baby bottle emoji, and to complete the set of family emojis,” writes Lee. “The lack of a breastfeeding emoji represents a gap in the Unicode Standard given the prevalence of breastfeeding in cultures around the world, and throughout history.”
She has even submitted an idea for the design, which features a woman holding a baby in a “cradle hold” while the baby feeds from an exposed breast.
Lee is confident her emoji suggestion would be a popular one.
“Three million mothers participate in the activity of breastfeeding in the United States at any given time,” she says. “By comparison, activities such as hockey [which has its own emoji] see 67,230 women participating annually in the United States.”
“Breastfeeding occurs at all hours of the the day and night, and text communication is frequently used during these times,” she continues. “This emoji is likely to be used in context for a message such as, ‘Up at 3 a.m. with baby [breastfeeding emoji].'”
Lee also cites an Emojipedia survey that states that “breastfeeding” was one of the top 30 emojis requested in 2016.
Every couple needs some time off....especially when there are kiddies in the picture. For us, all it took was one night away a few miles down the road to reconnect and remember, "Oh yea, that's why we fell in love." Our short trip to Pasadena was chalk full of food, fun and eh hem, even some fornication :) Hope this inspires you to take a trip of your own, Haute Mommies. We're breaking this one down by the numbers...
30 Minute Drive from the heart of Downtown LA to the historic Langham Hotel in Pasadena www.langhamhotels.com
6 Chocolate Covered Strawberries left for us by the wonderful hotel staff
11 hours under the covers catching up on sleep and... :))
70 of the most mouth-watering options for dim sum on the menu at Lunasia lunasiadimsumhouse.com Shhhhh...don't tell anyone our little secret - the line's usually out the door. Reservations are key - unless you're going at an off-hour
2 happy parents, good as new!!