Natural Yeast Rash Remedy

I have become aware of the random sporadicness of my posting…such is this season of life. BUT I am hoping that as we transition to our own home and our own space (VERY SOON) that I will find my groove again!

Here is a short post on a successful home remedy for a common ailment in babies and kids in diapers:

Jackson recently turned ONE! Can’t believe how fast this year flew by!!! Feels like just yesterday he was born. Over the course of his 12 months of life, he has had a yeast rash three times. THREE! The first two times prescription Nystatin did the job of getting rid of it, but this time around it wasn’t helping at all.

The rash started a couple weeks ago and the pediatrician called in a prescription for more Nystatin for us. We used it for seven days with no change at all. My mother in law told me about Lotrimin, and being desperate for it to go away and my son’s skin to go back to normal, I bought that to try. Two days of Lotrimin, again, did nothing. I was really starting to get discouraged. And I really felt bad for my boy! So, I just had to stop, pause, clear my head, refocus, and ask the Good Lord for wisdom. “Ok, lets get back to basics…what do I have in my house that I know could heal a yeast rash? … … … Probiotic. Coconut oil. I am going to make a paste out of probiotic and coconut oil.”

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Guess what guys.

IT WORKED!

{Mom victory dance!!!!!!!}

I don’t have any exact measurements…I honestly think any ratio would work.

I am pretty sure I did about a teaspoon or so of probiotic and about a half teaspoon of coconut oil. If you want more of a paste, use more probiotic; more of a liquid, use more oil.

I put this on the infected area at every diaper change, and I changed Jackson’s diaper every couple of hours, while making sure that he was dry before I put a new diaper on.

Perfect example of how your kitchen can truly be your pharmacy…which, coincidentally, our pediatrician’s office has a sign saying just that: “Your kitchen is your pharmacy.”

(Please always consult your pediatrician if you are not sure what is going on with your child. Not all pediatricians are into natural remedies like mine is, so they may not have any clue about this. Anyways, I say this to say I am by no means a healthcare professional, this is just what worked for me! Remember that you are the parent so do what you think is best for your child.)

Vegan Chocolate Chip “Oreo” Brownie Bars with a Holiday Twist!

My husband had his company Christmas party tonight, to which they do not invite spouses. hmph! LAME.

Anyway, I was sitting here, alone, eating some ginger snaps with almond milk & realized it’s been over a month since I’ve posted! (How does that happen?!)  AND that I promised an amazing veganized recipe for chocolate chip oreo brownie bars that can easily be made with a holiday twist!

I am definitely in the Christmas spirit since we put our cute little tree up a couple weeks ago, and went into NYC this past weekend to see the tree in Rockefeller Center, as well as eat lunch at Serendipity and stroll through both Central & Bryant Park.

Hubby at Serendipity

Hubby at Serendipity

Us at the tree in NYC...

Us at the tree in NYC…

I personally like our tree better. :)

I personally like our tree better. 🙂

Back to the baked goods…

I for one love new dessert recipes, as well as switching it up during the holidays from the typical cookie or pie that usually appears on the table.

I found the original recipe for the goodies to follow from Kevin & Amanda, then made the appropriate changes to make it vegan, and maybe a liiiiiitle bit healthier.

Holiday Chocolate Chip “Oreo” Brownie Bars

First off, preheat oven to 350 degrees. And let me just say right off that it may seem like a lot to make brownie & chocolate chip cookie batter for 1 dish, but it’s super easy, goes super fast & is totally worth it! Now go for it & let everyone tell you how amazing you are.

For the Brownies: (altered from here.)

Ingredients:

2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

1.5 cups sugar (I use raw (turbinado) sugar pulsed in a spice mill to make it finer)

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 cup water

1 cup unsweetened apple sauce

1 Tbsp canola oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

In a large bowl mix together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder & salt. Add in the water, apple sauce, oil, & vanilla, then mix until well combined. Set aside & prepare chocolate cookie batter.

For the Chocolate Chip Cookies: (altered from here.)

Ingredients:

2 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 cup vegan margarine at room temp. (Earth Balance has a variety using veggie, soy or coconut oils)

1/2 cup organic brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar (again, I use raw sugar pulsed in spice mill)

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup mashed banana

12 oz dairy free chocolate chip (I use Trader Joes brand usually)

Directions:

Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda in a large bowl and set aside.

In a separate large bowl, beat together the margarine, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and banana. Add the dry ingredients to this and stir until combined well.

Stir in the chocolate chips.

Holiday Twist!

Heck yes.

Heck yes.

OK – To Assemble:

Line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper and press the chocolate chip cookie dough into the pan to form the bottom layer.

Next, place the Candy Cane Joe Joe’s in rows over the chocolate chip cookie dough. You should get 4 rows of about 7 cookies.

Finally pour the brownie batter over the whole thing.

Cover the pan with tin foil & bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil & then bake for 15-25 minutes more until fully cooked. You do want it to be nice & fudgey though!

Let them cool before cutting so it sets nicely & enjoy.

so. stinkin. tasty.

so. stinkin. tasty.

I am sure that your family & friends will LOVE this & you even more for making it!

Tomorrow is ultrasound day to reveal the gender of our little one, but we are going to have the tech put it in an envelope & open it on Christmas morning for memorable Christmas surprise. I have a fun plan to reveal the gender to our families that day and will be sure to share it with you all.

Hope you take time to enjoy this season amidst all the holiday preparations!!