Husband and wife time

Hello there!  Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

We had a great weekend and finished it off last night with a new idea I had seen on The Dating Diva’s blog.

Now that we have the love nugget, we’ve found that it is much harder to get to stay connected to each other.  I am constantly trying to come up with fun at home date night ideas since we don’t have a local sitter yet.  Along with the weekly at home date night, we also make an effort to sit down to dinner at the dinner table pretty much every night.   Although sometimes we are so drained that we barely say much more than the usual, “how was your day? What did you do?”  I saw this idea for topic starters and thought it would be a great way for us to revamp our dinner time conversations.   If you follow the link for their blog, it should take you to the page that has a free printout with a ton of questions.  I printed out the pages and cut them all out into strips.

Then, I took an old box that I had lying around and covered it with wrapping paper then spruced it up a little using some scrapbook paper and my Cricut.

I dumped in all the strips of paper and then at dinner we each took turns pulling out a strip and asking the question.

Here are our questions from last night

This was a fun and easy way to spark some different conversation that we normally have or don’t have at the dinner table.  We were at the table for quite some time but as you can see only pulled out three strips because each question brought on some great conversations.  We will definitely be doing this during dinner time more often!

This morning after breakfast, we headed to Stroller Strides then went to Old Navy and The Rack for a little love nugget shopping.  Lot’s of cute Spring clothes out there!  Now if only Spring would only stick around for more than a day!  Although I’m enjoying being lazy this afternoon since it’s so cold out and unmotivating.

Have a great Monday!

 

Sunday Funday!

Sunday Funday!

Another busy Sunday has gone by super fast!  Well, another busy weekend at that.  Dinner with friends last night was fun!  The love nugget wanted to be the life of the party!  He was louder than I think he has ever been just talking away.  He also didn’t want to go down at bedtime which meant a quick dinner for mom and dad then headed home.

This morning we got up and headed to church, brunch with a friend and then ran some errands.  I hadn’t gotten my weekly Target fix yet so we had to go there to grab a few household things.  I love that store 🙂

I came home and had some free time to clean out my car and finish cleaning around the house.  I was craving something baked so I decided to try to come up with a gluten-free chocolate chip cookie.

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup of coconut flour

1/2 cup of almond meal

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 tsp baking soda

1/3 cup of unsweetened coconut

1/2 cup of all natural peanut butter or almond butter

1 organic egg

1/2 cup of 100% pure maple syrup

1/4 cup of agave nectar or honey

1 tsp vanilla

1 tbsp coconut oil melted

1/3 cup of dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Stir together dry ingredients.  In a separate bowl, mix together wet ingredients.  Pour wet into dry or dry into wet.  I like to mix my wet in my stand mixer then add my dry.  Add chocolate chips once wet and dry ingredients are blended.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray.  Drop cookie dough onto cookie sheet using a scoop.  Flatten slightly with the back of a spoon or fork.  Bake for 8-10 minutes or until light brown color.  This is the first time I’ve baked gluten-free without a recipe.  Well, now that I think about it, maybe the first time I’ve ever baked completely gluten-free.  So please let me know what you think if you try them!

The love nugget munched on some dried blueberries while I baked away.  The problem with creating your own recipe, is you have to taste test as you go along.  This can be a problem if they’re not right the first time.  Which was the case today!   Double workout Monday!

Now I’m off to do a little crafting while the hubby feeds the love nugget dinner.  Them maybe a movie with dinner 🙂  Have a great Sunday evening!

Spring Cleaning!

Happy Saturday!

We’ve had a busy day here so far.  While we had plans to do some work in the yard, it got postponed due to rain.  Again…  So I talked the hubby into helping me with some spring cleaning!  Fun!  I found a blog called The Good Wife, that had some free printable cleaning charts.  I printed out a bunch and put them into my household binder.

http://goodwifeinthekitchen.blogspot.com/2011/05/boto-cleaning-schedules.html

This took all morning and I am so glad that the hubby was helping me out.  Cleaning behind the oven is not my favorite thing to do.  Yuck!  Luckily the love nugget took a nice long nap so we were able to get a ton done.

For breakfast this morning, I made the love nugget an egg yolk omelet that was simple and evidentially yummy because he gobbled it all down!  Even though our doc said we could try egg whites if we wanted,  I’m still just doing egg yolks.

Breakfast for the love nugget on the plate I made him while I was preggers!

Egg yolk omelet

2 egg yolks

1 tbsp cheddar cheese

vegetable cooking spray

Beat the egg yolks then pour them into a heated, greased, skillet.  Cook for about 1 minute then flip.

Top with cheese and cook for about 1 minute more.

Fold in half, press down and remove from the burner.

Make sure the egg is completely cooked.  If not, cook for a bit longer.

I had a yummy bowl of oats from one of my favorite blogs, The Diva Dish.

Coco-nutty Cream Oatmeal 

I topped mine with a little bit of my homemade almond butter and it was delish!

After we got most of our kitchen spring cleaning done, I tried to replicate a nut bar that I made for the hubby last weekend.  He says it is the best one yet!

Cranberry, White Chocolate Nut Bar

1 cup of almonds

1 cup of walnuts

1/2 cup of all natural peanut butter

1/3 cup of agave nectar or honey

1/3 cup of dried cranberries

1/4 cup of white chocolate chips

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp sea salt

2 tbsp hemp seeds (optional)

Place walnuts and almonds into a food processor and pulse until chopped but not too much.  Add in the rest of the ingredients and pulse until mixed well.  Do not over pulse, you want it to be chunky but sticky.  If it isn’t sticking together good, add in more agave.

Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and press mixture down into the pan.  Place into the fridge for at least an hour.  I wrap these individually in foil and pack them for the hubbies snack everyday.  He LOVES them!

Now we are off for a run before the rain moves in then to a birthday dinner.  Hope everyone is having a great Saturday!

Pink Slime, yuck!

Wow!  The things that major companies in the food industry can get away with just amazes me.  While I don’t eat beef or fast food for that matter, it’s always good to be educated on the food industry and pass along information that is beneficial to others.   The fact that “pink slime” that has been treated with ammonia can be put into food that people are eating, should make people question more just what exactly they are putting into their bodies.   Ellen said it perfectly today on her show,

Ellen Monologue

Here is another article that has some good information as well.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/27/pink-slime-fast-food_n_1237206.html

And if you think you’re safe because you also don’t eat fast food but buy your beef from the super market… think again!

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/03/is-pink-slime-in-the-beef-at-your-grocery-store/

CRAZY!!!!

Monthday!

Happy Friday everyone!

Today is my love nuggets 10 month birthday!  I can’t believe it’s already been 10 months AND… in two months he’ll be one!  Holy moly!  I know everyone always says the first year flies by but you never really believe them until it actually does.

We’ve had a very nice day so far!  Went for a run at the gym this morning before the hubby left for work.  Then headed to Stroller Strides for another workout and a play date after at a friends.

I wanted to share my yummy breakfast recipes from this morning!  I saw a great quick and healthy mug muffin on Dr. Oz the other day and gave it a try today.  It was pretty good alongside my protein berry smoothie

Protein berry smoothie

1/2 frozen banana

1/2 cup of frozen blueberries

1 scoop of whey protein powder

1 tbsp chai seeds (flax seeds or flax meal would work good)

1 – 2 handfuls of spinach

1 cup of almond milk, coconut milk or regular milk.

Blend and enjoy!

Flaxmeal mug muffin (from Dr. Oz)

1/3 cup flaxmeal

1 egg

1 tsp coconut oil melted

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp of nustevia or 1 packet of sugar substitute

Place all ingredients into a coffee mug.  Mix well then pop into the microwave for 1 minute.  It actually took mine just under a minute, maybe 45 seconds.

I put a little coconut spread on mine and enjoyed it with my protein smoothie!  Delish!

Can  you guess what’s on my apple?

If you said almond butter you’re right!  But… can you guess where it came from?   Mi casa!  Yep, that’s right, I made my own honey roasted almond butter today.  SUPER easy and really tasty!

Honey Roasted Almond Butter

2 cups of raw almonds

1 tbsp raw honey

1/2 tsp sea salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place almonds onto a cookie sheet and drizzle with honey.  Roast for 8-10 minutes stirring halfway through.  Watch them because they burn easily!

Once roasted, place into a food processor and process for 7-10 minutes.  Mine took about 8 minutes to be completely processed.  Enjoy however your heart desires 🙂  Told you I was addicted to it!

The hubby is coming home early so we can take the love nugget and his trusted companion (Ziggy the dog) on a walk while the weather is nice.  It is supposed to rain all weekend 🙁  Have a great weekend and please leave feed back if you try any of my yummy recipes!

Feeling guilty…

I just made some delicious kale chips for the first time  AND…. ate them all in one sitting!  Hmmm… think they were good?  I’m feeling a little guilty but in my defense, it was sort of my lunch since I hadn’t eaten since breakfast this morning.  I actually have made kale chips once before but they turned out horrible because I left the stems on  and cooked them too long.  These were just right and oh so good!

It’s been a pretty busy day over here so far and it’s only 1:00!  So far I’ve managed to organize and clean under our bathroom cabinet, clean the bathroom and our bedroom, put away laundry, bake kale chips, Quinoa cheddar cakes for the love nugget, wontons for the love nugget, steamed him sweet potato fries, carrots and baked him salmon for dinner tonight.   Now we are taking a rest. Well, I am.  He’s playing away!

Here are some of the recipes from today!

 

Parmesan Kale Chips

1/2 – 1 whole bunch of kale

1 tbsp olive oil

1 – 2 tbsp of grated parmesan cheese

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/8 tsp paprika

Wash and dry kale.  It needs to be dried very well.  Remove stems completely.

Place kale into a zip lock back and add in the rest of the ingredients.  Massage kale in zip lock bag making sure they are covered with seasonings.

Spread out on a baking sheet making sure they are not overlapping.   Bake for 10-15 minutes stirring half way through and watching carefully.  If they start to get to brown, remove from the oven.  A few smaller pieces were done before my bigger pieces so I just took those off the tray sooner than the rest.

Enjoy immediately!  I don’t know if they store well because mine were gone in 10 minutes!

Little finger won tons (adapted from wholesome baby foods)

12-14 wonton wrappers

1/3 cup of cottage cheese

1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce

water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a baking sheet.  Mix together cottage cheese and unsweetened applesauce.  Lay out wonton wrappers and put about 1 tsp of the cottage cheese mixture onto the center of the wrapper.

Wet the border of the wonton wrapper then seal together in a diagonal fold.  Place onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 – 12 minutes.

I also made a few with some steamed broccoli and cheddar cheese but they were a little crisper than the cottage cheese ones.  I cut off the crisp edges for my love nugget since he’s not quite used to that texture yet.  Although knowing him I’m sure he wouldn’t mind!

 

Cheddar Quinoa nuggets

1 cup of  white beans, drained and rinsed

1 cup of kale, rinsed and stems removed (spinach would be good too)

1 cup of cooked quinoa

1/2 cup of steamed carrots

1/3 cup of cheddar cheese

1/2 tsp of garlic powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place white beans, kale, and carrots in a food processor.  Process until mixed together but not too smooth.  Add quinoa, cheddar cheese and garlic powder and pulse until mixed in.

Using a cookie scoop, drop mixture onto prepared baking sheet and press down with the back of a spoon making a patty.

Bake for 10 minutes, flip then bake 10 minutes more.

And love nugget says….

Yummy in my tummy!

Smile!

Good morning!

Yesterday afternoon we finally got to have our photo shoot with our amazing photographer Jessica Barrie at Jessica B. Photography!  The weather wasn’t exactly perfect but… it wasn’t too cold and there was no rain!  Although we did have to battle with some massive swarms of mosquitos!  The love nugget was somewhat cooperative and gave us quite a few smiles.  I can’t wait to see the photos!

This morning I woke up bright and early and heading to spin with one of my favorite spin instructors.  It’s amazing how much an instructor can make or break the class.  I came home and replenished my body with some electrolyte packed coconut water.  Coconut water is sooo good for you after a workout.  It has more potassium than a banana, no added sugar and a ton of electrolytes.

To help rehydrate and recover after a workout, sports drinks contain the things  that your body typically uses during the workout: sugars, electrolytes such as  sodium and potassium, and of course, water. Coconut water naturally contains  these same things, but it contains more potassium and less sodium and sugar than  sports drinks. The sugars in coconut water are natural and unaltered, and there  are no colorings or flavorings added.
Read more:  Coconut Water Benefits | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_6261272_benefits-coconut-water.html#ixzz1pr82UAJJ

I had big plans for today.  Stroller Strides, Hobby Lobby, the mall then lunch with a friend.  But… the hubby’s battery died in his truck so he had to take my car today 🙁  So I’m hoping to try out some new recipes for the love nugget and get some stuff done around the house.  Maybe if the weather cooperates we’ll be able to get in a run as well.  For now we’re watching the Today Show and playing “in” our toy box!  Have a great day!

Hooray for sunshine!

Woo hoo!  Woke up this morning to sunshine, finally!  Which means it will be a great day for a photo shoot!

I decided to stay home this morning and let the love nugget get in a good nap so he would be well rested for his pictures.  So since we had some extra time I made him something yummy for breakfast.

Blueberry multigrain pancakes

1 cup of multigrain pancake mix

1/2 cup frozen blueberries defrosted

1/2 cup of water

Heat a non stick pan over and 1/4 cup of batter into pan.  Cook for about 1 minute or 2 on both sides.  Just like his dadda, the love nugget really likes pancakes!  Plus, they are super quick and easy!  Just make sure you get a mulitgrain mix that doesn’t call for an added egg.  The one I have just calls for water and oil but I skip the oil 🙂

For my breakfast I had a delicious peaches and cream green smoothie and an apple-cinnamon oat square. 

Peaches and cream green smoothie

1/2 frozen banana

about 5 frozen peach slices

1 tbsp flaxseed

squirt of agave nectar

handful of swiss chard

handful of spinach

1 cup of almond milk

Blend and enjoy!  Yummy! I didn’t get a chance to take a picture because the batteries were dead and I couldn’t wait to drink it 🙂

While the love nugget enjoyed his pancakes,  I made something I’ve been wanting to try for a few weeks.  One of the few processed things I buy for the love nugget are organic rice cereal puffs.  He loves them and they are a quick snack on the go or at home.  I would rather he have something that is homemade and all natural.  So I had seen this recipe on Food Doodles and thought I could modify it a little to make it love nugget friendly.

Whole Wheat crackers

1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour

1/3 cup of nutritional yeast (see picture below)

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a mixing bowl or stand mixer, stir together dry ingredients.  Add in vegetable oil and water.  Mix until no flour remains in the bowl.

Remove from bowl and form into a ball.  Knead a few times then seperate into two balls.   Roll each ball out into 1/8 inch round.  Using a pizza cutter, cut into desired size squares.

Place onto a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes turning the baking sheet halfway through.  When finished, remove from oven and from baking sheet to allow cooling.

These might be more suitable for an older child who can eat crackers.   Although the love nugget really enjoyed them and used them sort of as a teething biscuit.  He gummed it and sucked on it without swallowing it for quite some time.

Nutritional Yeast can be purchased at most health food stores.  I bought mine when I was breastfeeding as it supposedly aids in milk production.  It has a nutty flavor and can be added to smoothies, soups, breads, etc.  Here is a link that lists some of its benefits. http://www.livestrong.com/article/263528-what-are-the-benefits-of-nutritional-yeast-flakes/

I’m off to take advantage of the love nugget’s nap time and hop on the elliptical before getting ready for the day.  Hope everyone has a great day!

Exciting day tomorrow!

Hey there!

I am sooo excited that the photo session we have had to postpone for the past few weeks is finally going to happen tomorrow!   Woo hoo!  So today I spent the afternoon doing laundry and ironing the love nugget’s outfits for this event.  It’s crazy how long it takes to iron his little shirts!  Luckily he took a nice long nap after our busy morning so I was able to get it all done without having to monitor him constantly.  I was also able to plan out and prep for dinner tonight which turned out to be delicious!

I wanted to make a ginger soy type salmon recipe and ended up adding oranges which created the perfect harmony of flavors.  I took a before picture but forgot to take an after picture and it was gone before I had a chance to snap one!

Ginger, Orange, Soy Salmon

1 tbsp orange zest

1/2 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice

1/4 cup of reduced sodium soy sauce

1 clove of garlic chopped

1 tbsp grated ginger

2 tbsp agave nectar

2 pieces of salmon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Whisk together all ingredients.   Place salmon in a baking dish and pour 1/4 of the mixture over the salmon and set aside to marinate for an hour or more.  Reserve remaining marinade.  Once salmon is placed in the oven to bake, pour reserved marinade into a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer, whisking occasionally until slightly thickened and reduced.  Bake salmon for 20-25 minutes or opaque in color.   Top salmon with reduced marinade and enjoy over quinoa or brown rice.

The love nugget had a new meal tonight for dinner as well.  He wasn’t really loving the quinoa black bean nuggets I made for him the night before.  So I decided to make him a quesadilla using these, broccoli and some cheddar cheese.  He loved them!  I just threw the ingredients I had on hand on top of a whole wheat sprouted tortilla, added some cheese and heated in a non stick frying pan.  He loved it!  You can’t really tell by the serious look on his face.  He was so into eating his food that he didn’t want to look up and smile at me!

Off to bed to try to read a chapter or two of my book before catching some shut-eye.  Hope everyone has a great night!

First time blogger!

Hello there!

A few weeks ago the hubby and I were discussing our bucket lists and I put down on mine that I would like to write a blog at some point in my life.  Following that discussion I started thinking about it more and decided, why not now!  So…. here we are.

One of the main reasons I had thought to write a blog was to share my healthy recipes for grown ups and babies.  I am on a mission to remove all processed foods from our house and so far it’s been going pretty good!  However, I feel like lately I’m in the kitchen constantly cooking and coming up with new healthy recipes for the hubby, my love nugget (baby boy), and myself.  Yesterday on the agenda was cooking and planning meals for the week.  After church, breakfast with friends and a nice run, I headed to the kitchen to start my to do list.  I spent the next 3 hours making brown rice, black bean soup, peanut butter almond cookie dough bites (recipe to come soon), hummus, toasted garbonzo beans, couscous carrot patties (for  the love nugget), washing greens and cutting up fresh veggies.  On top of that I did laundry, fed and played with the love nugget and finally made dinner for the hubby and I.  Parmesan baked tilapia with wilted greens and brown rice.  Yum!  I finished the evening with a cup of dandelion tea and an episode of the Amazing Race.  What a Sunday!!!!

What do you prep for your weekly meals on Sundays?

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