Sad day…

Sorry for the lack of post yesterday.  We had a very busy day!  The day started off disappointing for me.  I woke up at 5:10 and headed to spin only to arrive to a full class 🙁  Bummer!  Double bummer because I didn’t grab my iphone when I left so I had to do my cardio with no music.  Grrr… not a great gym morning.

Instead of going to Stroller Strides we went and met a friend for Story time at Megusta (kids store).  It was super cute but the love nugget’s still a little too young.  I can’t wait until he is older and we can go enjoy it!  Then we headed to the mall to get him some more spring clothes.  After that we ran home to make some Kale chips and  for our play date and the love nugget got in a quick nap.  We had a fun play date then home for dinner and bedtime and I got to relax on the couch with my Us Weekly 🙂

This morning I woke up nice and refreshed and ready for a fun filled day.  Stroller Strides then another play date with some friends.  The weather is supposed to be nice and sunny so we are excited to head to the park for a change.  But… then the saddest thing ever happened!  I put all my ingredients into the blender for my green smoothie, pushed the button and pow!  Buzzz…..  nothing happened but a yucky burned motor smell.  Uh oh…. the blender died 🙁  Leaving me with no green smoothie 🙁  I tried to put it in the food processor and blend it but it was pretty chunky and not as appetizing.   Really!?!  So hopefully today I can squeeze in some time to go and purchase a new blender.  Any good recommendations?  We had cuisinart, and to be fair, I think it was a blender/food processor combo that we got as a wedding gift so it was about 4 years old.  We are thinking maybe the Ninja?  I really want the vitamix but I can’t seem to talk the hubby into spending $400 on a blender.  Hmmm… decisions.

At least the sun is out today!  Have a good one!

Ahhh sunshine :-)

Hi!

The love nugget really enjoyed gymnastics class today.  He even stood by himself numerous times which he doesn’t do that often at home.  I think he gets lazy.  He was crawling and cruising all over the place too.  I think his favorite thing was getting to jump on the big trampoline.  So fun!  We had a great lunch with a friend and finally made it to Hobby Lobby.  I picked up plates, cups, and napkins for his party AND… found a large frame on clearance perfect for the “photo booth.”  I’ve been searching every Goodwill store for months so this was a big score!

When we got home the love nugget passed out so I got started on our dinner for tonight.  Since I thought it was going to be a rainy day, I had planned a white bean chicken chili in the crock pot.  I decided to just go with it.

Chicken and White Bean Crock pot Chili

2 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth

2 organic chicken breasts, diced

1 can no salt added white beans, rinsed

1 cup frozen corn

1 cup chopped red bell pepper

1 small diced onion

2 cups chopped swiss chard

1 tbsp cumin

1/2 tbsp chili powder

1/2 tbsp paprika

Juice from 1 lime

salt and pepper to taste

Dump all ingredients except chard into crock pot.  Stir and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.  About a half hour before it is finished cooking, add in swiss chard.  Add your choice of toppings.   We had avocado, cheddar cheese, and greek yogurt.

While the chili was cooking, I started on the love nugget’s dinner.

Chicken and Vegetable Barley

1 small chicken organic breast

1/2 cup of barley

2 1/2 cups low sodium vegetable broth

1/2 cup of diced organic red bell peppers

1/2 cup of chopped organic baby carrots

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp ground coriander

1/2 tsp garlic powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a small baking dish with cooking spray and add chicken breast.  Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until cooked well. While the chicken is cooking, pour vegetable broth into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and add barley, red bell peppers, carrots and seasonings.   Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.  Add in diced chicken and mix well.  Cover and continue to cook for 10 minutes more or until the mixture is thick and creamy. 

And… love nugget says…

Yummy!  He has a thing lately with feeding himself.  Whatever I put into his mouth, he spits out and put is back in himself.  He picked up every last little piece of barley, chicken, and carrots and ate them up!  I tasted this dish and it was pretty good!  I would eat it too 🙂

See how much food he has in his mouth?  He is such an oinker!  After he ate all his chicken and barley, he had cantaloupe and cottage cheese too!

I also had some time today to make a few treats.  One of the few bars that I’ll ever buy for myself is a Larabar because they usually have less than 5 ingredients and no added sugar.  So instead of buying them lately I just make something similar.  Today I made larabar coconut balls.

Coconut Balls

1/2 cup raw walnuts

1/2 cup raw almonds

4-5 pitted dates

1/4 cup unsweetened coconut

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 tbsp agave

In a food processor, puree walnuts and almonds together.

Add in dates and pulse until blended.

Add in the rest of the ingredients then pulse again until the mixture is sticky enough to hold together.

Roll into small balls and pop into the refrigerator.  Enjoy!

Even though we started the day soggy it actually ended up being a great afternoon!  It made it even better that the hubby got off work early and we were able to go for a great interval run.  For 10 blocks, we would sprint one block then jog one block.  We took a short break in the middle then finished with another 10 block interval.   It felt great to be back outdoors running and the love nugget was just as happy as can be.  He loves going for runs!

We came home and I chugged my favorite after workout drink, Naked Coconut Water.

Since the love nugget decided he wanted to feed himself, I had some time to make the hubby one of his favorite breakfasts lately, a breakfast cookie. 

Breakfast cookie (adapted from Fitnessista)

1/3 cup of quick cooking oats

2 tbsp all natural peanut butter

1 tbsp hemp seeds

1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder

2 tbsp chopped walnuts

1/4 cup frozen blueberries

1/4 cup of Almond milk

Using the back of a spoon, mix together oats and peanut butter until crumbly.

Add everything else but the milk.

 Mix together.

Then add in milk and mush altogether.  Press mixture onto a small plate or the bottom of a bowl and place in the refrigerator over night to harden up.  It will still be somewhat soft but will harden up enough to take out of the dish and enjoy with a fork.  There are a lot of variations you can do here!  When I make one for myself I make it much smaller than the hubbies and use almond butter instead of peanut butter.  We’ve made them with chocolate chips, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, all sorts of different yummy add ins!

It looks blueish because of the blueberries and the red is a few frozen raspberries that were in with the frozen blueberries.  It tastes much better than it looks, promise!

Okay, off to bed to catch up on some reading and get some rest for spin and Stroller Strides tomorrow morning!  Hope everyone has a great night!

Peanut butter and chocolate, yum!

Good morning!

We are off to a rainy start again today.  My goal this morning was to get up and do my elliptical when the hubby got up for work but… when his alarm went off and I heard the rain I decided to stay in bed.  Which means I’ll have to work out tonight.  Oh well!  The love nugget woke up in a much better mood today.  Not as much fussing through breakfast which meant I got to enjoy my smoothie and get a few things done around the kitchen.

One of my favorite food combinations is peanut butter and bananas.  Second to that is peanut butter and chocolate.   I never really have it because I know where it will end up on my butt or thighs 🙁  However, I discovered a way to have all three in a delicious green smoothie!  A much healthier way to enjoy my favs!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Green Smoothie

half a frozen banana

1/2 cup of frozen blueberries

1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder

1 tbsp PB2 or natural peanut butter

1/2 -1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1 cup of almond milk

2 handfuls of chard,  spinach or kale

Optional squirt of agave or honey

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.  Enjoy!

The love nugget had some pancakes, cantaloupe, cottage cheese and applesauce for breakfast.  This is why I wait to get him dressed until after breakfast!

You can’t really tell but he has food all over his face, hair, and arms.  Messy eater!

We are off to our first day of gymnastics class then lunch with a friend and hopefully a stop to Hobby Lobby.  The love nugget’s birthday is fast approaching and I’ve got a ton of things to do to prepare.  Have a great day!

Teething :-(

Hello, hello!

We’ve had a long busy day over here.  Well, I guess it wasn’t super busy but for some reason it has seemed really long!  This morning the love nugget was being very fussy and I was feeling a little bit irritable.  He didn’t want to eat his breakfast, drink his bottle, or let me put him down.  In the past when this has happened, it’s usually linked to teething.   Hopefully this is the case again and we will soon see a new little tooth!  So after a LONG breakfast we headed off to Stroller Strides for a great workout.  Then we ran a few errands and came home so the love nugget could nap and mamma could get in some more cardio and catch up on Grey’s Anatomy.  The love nugget slept long enough for me to workout, take a shower and eat a quick salad for lunch.  Thank you love nugget!  With the rain I had a lack of motivation to do any of the cleaning I had wanted to do.  So I played with the love nugget and waited for the hubby to come home so I could go get my hair done.

Since I didn’t get home until later, we had a quick dinner tonight.  I threw some veggies and tofu into a pan and made a yummy stir-fry.  I would post the recipe but I literally just cooked some of the veggies I had, fennel, asparagus, chard, red bell pepper, and added some tofu, garlic salt, reduced sodium soy sauce, and vegetable broth.  I had some cooked quinoa in the fridge so I served the stir-fry over this.  Pretty quick, easy, and healthy!

The hubby on the other hand, wanted to have one of his favorite, unhealthy, processed food meals….

Macaroni and Cheese. 

 

At least I’ve gotten him to switch to Annie’s Organic!

Sorry no new recipes from today but hopefully I’ll have something yummy to post tomorrow!

Have a great night!

 

Loud little man

Morning!

Well suddenly our little love nugget has turned into quite the loud little man.   He has discovered how much fun it is to yell and bang on things.  It’s actually quite funny to watch.  He’s happy doing it so whatever floats his boat!  Although, we do draw a little more attention to ourselves in public now.

This is a picture of the him yelling while throwing his laundry out of the basket.  I guess he didn’t want me to disturb him.  Ha!

Yesterday I made the love nugget a new biscuit for his snacks.  He loves the Banana Oat Drops that I make him but we were all out of bananas.  So I decided to try a zucchini oat drop.  They are a hit!

Zucchini Oat Drops

1 cup of rolled oats

1 cup of whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

2 tsp of sugar *

1 grated zucchini, about 1 cup

1/3 cup of applesauce

2 tbsp vegetable oil

1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix dry ingredients together.  Mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl.  Add dry into wet and mix well.  Drop onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and press down slightly.  Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.  Allow to cool before serving to your nugget 🙂

* I don’t like adding white sugar to any of our food, especially the love nuggets.  However, since I wasn’t using bananas which add a natural sweetness, I didn’t know how these would turn out without any sweetness.  The 2 teaspoons doesn’t add a lot of sugar so if you want these sweeter you could add more white sugar or even try brown sugar.  Or you could leave it out completely.

Last night we had a yummy tilapia dinner that I adapted from a Giada recipe with a miso salad.

 

Tilapia Won Ton Tacos

Fish ~

2 filets of tilapia

1 tbsp coconut oil

salt and pepper

Salsa ~

1/4 cup of cherry tomatoes, diced

1 small avocado diced

1 small orange diced

1 tbsp chopped cilantro

juice of half a lime

1/2 tsp cumin

salt and pepper

Sauce ~

1/2 cup of sour cream or greek yogurt

1 tbsp of wasabi powder

1 tbsp lime juice

salt and pepper

7-8 won ton wrappers

cooking spray

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray.  Lay out 7-8 won ton wrappers and spray one side with cooking spray.  Place the unsprayed side down into the muffin tray pressing into each muffin cup.

Bake for 5 minutes or until tips are lightly browned.  Set aside to let cool.

Mix together all ingredients for salsa and set aside.

Mix together greek yogurt or sour cream, wasabi powder, lime juice and salt and pepper in a separate bowl.  Make sure the wasabi powder is completely mixed in.  Set aside.

Finally, heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat and melt coconut oil in it.  Dice tilapia into chunks and add to the heated oil.

Season with salt and pepper and cook tossing a few times until fish is white and completely cooked.  Try not to disturb it too much as the fish will flake easily as it cooks.  Remove from heat and top with a squirt of lime juice.

Place a few chunks of fish into each won ton cup.  Top with some salsa and some wasabi sauce.

The hubby really likes this meal when I make it so he gets quite a few more won ton tacos than I do 🙂

Enjoy!!!!!!!

While we ate dinner tonight we pulled out a few more discussion starters from our “Let’s Talk” box.  After dinner I may or may not have indulged in a few of my Gluten-free peanut butter cookies that I made yesterday.  They are even better today, nice and soft and chewy.

Today we are off to Stroller Strides and then… I have a hair apt this afternoon!  Woo Hoo!!!

Have great day!

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!

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