|A photo collage of my morning cooking with Gloria. Sometimes things just go really well for me and someone comes over and cooks for me! Okay it has only happened this once, but boy I can't stop talking about it. What a nice gift to give someone!|
Friday, April 25, 2014
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Everyone wins with this snack! It's a popsicle. What kid doesn't like that? And, it's healthy. What mom wouldn't approve?
- mini silicone popsicle tray (I have Zoku Mini Lolly Maker Set)
- 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
- 1 cup blueberry juice or juice of choice
Make this in minutes and let your kids snack on these all day guilt-free. They're so healthy it's like eating a bowl of yogurt with a tiny splash of juice. I have used both vanilla yogurt and plain yogurt and West (pictured here) didn't notice the difference. When picking a juice, consider the color as that's the biggest role the juice plays here. These have been a hit in our house for months, and it's winter in California!
Friday, January 24, 2014
|Chopped Brussel Sprouts|
So I've come to notice that when I finely chop brussel sprouts, they are really, really good. Heat up some olive oil, put the chopped sprouts on top, mix it around, add a little salt, and voila! Watch the edges darken. These darkened areas are yummy but you don't want to over do it or it's more like burnt, finely chopped brussel sprouts. Chopped small they cook fast, but they do well on low heat if the rest of your meal isn't finished. Just don't over cook them at the start if you're going to need to keep them on low for a little bit. I'm always scooping up mouthfuls with a spoon while I'm cooking. They would be gone if I didn't hold myself back.
Side note: I just inserted this picture and I think that I need a new cutting board. It's a good visual of what wood looks like after something hot was placed on top.
Update: My mother-in-law informed me that I can sand down my cutting board add mineral oil and save myself the cost of a new cutting board.
Update: Why am I cooking with olive oil? Coconut oil is better to cook with because it oxidizes at a higher heat than olive oil. But olive oil at low heat isn't that bad. It isn't the best but it isn't the worst. It oxidizes more quickly than coconut oil but not as quickly as corn or sunflower oils. The oxidization happens depending on how high the heat is and how long it is being cooked. I normally cook these at non-boiling point for less than 5 min. I think it's 200 degrees Celsius or 392 degree Fahrenheit that it starts to let off toxic smoke. I just really like the taste of olive oil with vegetables.
Monday, October 28, 2013
How do I reduce waste, have enough room for the right amount of food, decide on the number of compartments in a lunch box? It's maze.
We were very happy with PlanetBox until it never came back from school. In an attempt to not pay another $70 for another one, I went searching elsewhere for something cheaper. I found myself at LunchBots.
LunchBots is stainless steal and has compartments like PlanetBox. It's $20. I bought the three compartment one and the two compartment one. They're working great. Their small size takes up less room in the backpack. I think that I'll buy the four compartment one when it's back in stock on 11/18/13.
I do still miss the PlanetBox's hinged lid and there was something perfect about the compartment sizes. Sometimes I wonder if Nate is getting enough food with the LunchBot. He says he does.
Lunches! The amount of thought and energy I put into them, really can't be normal.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
I can't say that I'm too happy about keeping a caterpillar as a pet. It's sort of like a fish from the county fair. The kids must have it but then who has deal with cleaning the tank and feeding it. ME! So now, in addition to two fish (one from this summer's fair), we have a VERY BIG caterpillar. It's container got pretty smelly and I threatened to release it if someone didn't clean it out. It's clean and back on our eating table. It's interesting to watch him grow despite the extra animal to deal with (and I include my children in the count). Not sure what's going to happen when it turns into a huge moth. I guess I'll find out soon enough. I'm obviously not ready for a dog yet.
Monday, October 14, 2013
My essay is the featured piece on Wild Violet Online Literary Magazine. No, I don't have a third child. Just remembering back when...Read it, pass it on, thanks for your support!!!
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013
|Cloth Napkins on Nails|
|West's Cup Has A Snail On It At School|
|West's Picture of A Snail|
Thursday, September 26, 2013
|Raw Milk - Whipped Cream on Gluten-Free Cone |
with Chocolate Sprinkles
Fun for everyone! Ice cream really isn't so bad for you if you make it at home, but it does take some effort. So when I don't have homemade ice cream on hand, I make these whipped-cream cones. Everyone loves them and we've managed to stay away from all those random ingredients in store-bought ice cream for one more day.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
I'm so happy to announce my new author website. I've got my publications up there; plus, I'm holding writing workshops for young people and helping businesses with their writing needs. Spinach and Honey will focus on food while my personal journey as a writer will move to thaisderich.com. Subscribe to my newsletter to receive updates posted on thaisderich.com as they'll be different than here. Thank you so much for being a reader. You inspire me!
Monday, July 22, 2013
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
|credit: Sara Lamm and Mary Wigmore|
Today is my big interview with Ina May Gaskin. My intension is to stay present and centered and to provide her with a safe place filled with love and kindness so that she feels comfortable to share honestly with moms who have had a previous cesarean.
Friday, June 21, 2013
I'm either moving out of the small children stage or maybe I just found my passion, but things are shaking up for me.
I love writing and I love kids so I'm mixing the two and starting a Young Writer's Workshop next fall including a fun Start A Blog Workshop at the Mill Valley Community Center. Anyone can come even if you live outside of Mill Valley.
The Young Writer's Workshop starts September 11 @ 3:30, Ring Mountain School, Mill Valley, CA. Anyone can come to that too!
The Start A Blog Workshop is being scheduled right now. Sign up for my newsletter to get updates about new classes and times.
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Also I'm updating my website at www.thaisderich.com to describe all these fun things for our budding authors. Check it around the beginning of September or sign up for my newsletter and I'll send you an email when it launches! I can't wait!
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Monday, June 10, 2013
|Sara Lamm filming Ina May Gaskin at the Farm|
photo credit: http://birthstorymovie.com
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Dawn Thompson, Cristen Pascucci, and Rebecca Dekker analyse the results from the Listening to Mother's Survey III. Information from Improving Birth: http://www.improvingbirth.org/2013/05/listening-to-mothers-iii/
Two-thirds (67%) of all mothers agreed with the statement “if a pregnancy is healthy it is best to wait for labor to begin on its own rather than inducing it or scheduling a cesarean.” But a substantial number of the 40% of women who said that their care providers tried to induce their labors were induced for non-medical reasons. Some non-medically indicated reasons cited were things like convenience, reaching the estimated “due date,” wanting to end the pregnancy, and the care provider suspecting a “big baby.”
Saturday, May 11, 2013
The International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) is excited to announce the kickoff of its Speaker Series. Please join me as I interview Sara Lamm, Director (with Mary Wigmore) and co-producer of Birth Story on Tuesday, May 14, 2013.
Birth Story has been screened in over 200 locations worldwide including several locations hosted by local ICAN chapters. Birth Story is a documentary that examines Ina May
The speaker series is FREE for members. Membership is $30 a year. The
cost for non-members is $20 per event. To support ICAN's mission by
becoming a member, visit our homepage at ican-online.org. To register
for the event go to
The vision of ICAN is to make the Speaker Series a monthly event.
Our host will be examining current issues around maternity care in a
fresh thought-provoking format by interviewing a variety of childbirth
experts. We will post a recording of this event on the ICAN website. The next event is scheduled for July 2013.
Sara Lamm is a Los Angeles-based writer, director, and performer whose
documentary film, DR. BRONNER’S MAGIC SOAPBOX was released
theatrically in 2007 and had its television premiere on The Sundance
Channel. Her work has also appeared at MASS-MOCA, The American
Visionary Art Museum, on Public Radio, and in performance venues
throughout New York City. In 2010, she was one of 25 emerging artists
recognized by AOL’s 25 for 25 grant. For five years she produced and
performed in Dog & Pony, a live NYC variety show featuring sketch
comedy and multi-media performance. She has two children, birthed with
the help of an extraordinary midwife.
Monday, May 6, 2013
|Joyce Maynard and Thais Derich|
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Make some noise before cesareans are the norm and VBACs disappear altogether.
Want to take action? Link to this article on your blog or Facebook page. Find out if any of your local hospitals has a VBAC ban and if it does, push it to reverse its ban. Pressure your doctor or midwife to speak up for VBAC and for lowering the primary cesarean rate. Click on this link for ways to start making your views known to your elected officials. Or get involved with your local ICAN chapter or other birth advocacy group.
Read full article at: http://wellroundedmama.blogspot.com/2013/04/fight-back-for-vbac-protesting-sorry.html?m=1
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
It’s Cesarean Awareness Month. Check out this interview with ICAN’s president: http://www.scienceandsensibility.org/?p=6563
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Something about going to Berkeley made this really fun and comfortable. it wasn't at all odd to read from our books at the bustling Saturn Cafe in Berkeley. Another wonderful event put on by Elizabeth Stark and Angie Powers founders of the Book Writing World.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Lisa Epsteen’s baby boy was born healthy via cesarean section days after her doctor threatened to drag her to the hospital in handcuffs and put her four other children in child protective custody.
Ms. Epsteen knew the risks of delaying her cesarean and she made a choice to have her cesarean on a different day than what her doctor wanted. She weighed her doctor’s advice and also her own opinion. But Dr. Jerry Yankowitz, didn’t like her decision and tried to convince her otherwise in an email with threats of police and taking away her children.
"I am deeply concerned that you are contributing to a very high probability that your fetus will die or your child will incur brain damage if born alive. At this time, you must come in for delivery," Yankowitz wrote. "I would hate to move to the most extreme option, which is having law enforcement pick you up at your home and bring you in, but you are leaving the providers of USF/TGH no choice," he continued.
"Pregnant women are no different than anybody else in terms of their constitutional and human rights," staff attorney Farah Diaz-Tello said. "The threat he was making was both legally and ethically unjustifiable."
When, if ever, should inaction be criminalized? Are we, as a society, prepared to drag women into hospitals, strap them to operating tables and force them into surgery?
The autonomy that a woman expects when deciding about medical care that affects only her seems to blur when she is acting against medical advice and a child or dependent is involved. It is in these situations that opinions clash.
Lisa Epsteen was allowing the normal course of events to happen. In the end, she chose medical care. Let’s not forget that asking for medical care is a choice. If she had not chosen to have a cesarean at all, would that make her a criminal?
Just as some teens find themselves in a legal battle with their hospitals after refusing chemotherapy, pregnant women who don’t take their doctors’ advice find themselves on shaky ground. I wish the Lisa Epsteen story was a rare case but doctors pull the “your baby is in danger” card a lot. All they have to do is tell a mother that her baby is in danger and most of the time, she’ll do anything they say, even without informed consent.
In 2006, I gave birth via cesarean section to my first son. It was offered to me after three hours of pushing. My doctor didn’t even have to go as far as to tell me that my baby was in danger. She even told me that my baby was fine, that I was fine. I had a cesarean because “it was time; time to get this baby out.” When I asked at my post-natal appointment how I could have avoided my cesarean, my health care provider said that I could have pushed longer. My cesarean was not an emergency nor was it medically necessary. It was just time.
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG National) committee on ethics published an opinion paper in November of 2005 saying that
“Recent legal actions and policies aimed at protecting the fetus as an entity separate from the woman have challenged the rights of pregnant women to make decisions about medical interventions…”
ACOG goes on to say that “Efforts to use the legal system to protect the fetus by constraining pregnant women's decision making or punishing them erode a woman's basic rights to privacy and bodily integrity and are not justified.”