The Best Sweet Potato Souffle

The Best Sweet Potato Souffle

When my paternal grandmother (or as I called her, “Granna”) died a few years ago, there were only two things I wanted from her belongings. One was her old totally retro vintage awesome pie tin, circa 1970-something. Every Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas it held her chocolate custard pie topped with a thick layer of meringue. Being a person born with a very large sweet tooth, I would gaze lovingly and longingly at that pie tin throughout dinner, unable to contain my excitement for dessert. The other thing I wanted was her cookbook. It’s old and tattered and splattered, and was printed sometime in the 60’s, full of recipes for those weird gelatin desserts that were popular during that time period. But it also has hand written old recipes as well. Nowadays, no one seems to keep hand written recipes. We prop our iPhone while we bake, smearing the screen with our floured fingers as we cook. Our family’s favorite side dish for Thanksgiving on Granna’s table was her sweet potato souffle. It was the best sweet potato sweet souffle!  (I really think it’s more of a sweet potato casserole, but she called it a souffle, so that’s what I will call it).  I continue to make it every Thanksgiving, and it’s the most popular side dish on the table.  I’ll be eating it again this year, (as long as I’m not at a birth with a client, which is what every doula says to family for every gathering!) and I thought I would share the recipe here for our readers.  We’d love to hear about your family’s Thanksgiving feast! ...
7 Reasons Your Partner Will Love Having A Doula

7 Reasons Your Partner Will Love Having A Doula

You are pregnant.  You’ve peed on the pregnancy test, scheduled your first appointment with your ob/gyn or midwife,  started shopping for the nursery, and are ordering those adorable aden + anais swaddle blankets.  Next up on the list-hiring a doula.  But you wonder-what will my partner think about having a doula?  And your partner wonders-do we really need a doula?  Will they replace me?  Do we really want another person with us during this time? These are really common questions that we commonly hear or come across.  We can say with emphatic delight, partners LOVE having a doula!  If they were doubtful before, they are full blown believers by the time your baby comes.  Here are seven reasons why partners love having a doula!   Your partner knows you, doulas know birth Your partner knows nearly everything about you, right down to how you got that scar above your eyebrow when you were in second grade.  Your doula knows how to support you both during birth.  We are familiar with labor, birth, pushing, that crazy placenta, and the hospital in which you are birthing.  When we combine your partner’s knowledge of you, with your doula’s knowing of birth support, BAM!  Awesome good things happen! We catch the throw up This always makes every parent to be nod and look relieved.  Your doula is a expert vomit catcher.  For real.  We know where to grab that bucket in your labor and delivery room, or grab a bowl or trash can at home so fast, it’s like we are magic.  Relax and let us handle the nausea and vomiting that often...