Friday, March 14, 2014
Saturday, March 8, 2014
It's been a looooong time since I blogged! I have a new addition to my family...a little boy!
I'm also taking a break from school, living the stay at home mom life for now.
I've gotten super into make ahead freezer meals for the crock pot, so be on the lookout for a how to post with recipes coming soon (probably next month, when it's time to make more).
I will be posting lots more soon, but for now, I'm going to snuggle with my baby.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
My mom always made sun tea in the summer using tea bags, which is fine if that is the type of tea you like. I prefer loose leaf tea, so I'm going to make mine using a tea ball. I got mine at Teavana for $13 but it does not matter which type you use as long as it can hold a good amount of tea.
|This is Hibiscus Ginger herbal tea from Chuck's Produce.|
|Moroccan mint green tea from Chuck's Produce|
What is your favorite iced tea?
So, in order to manage it and prevent myself from doing anything too impulsive (like spending money we don't have or trading my car for a crappy one), Hubby Dearest has control of the debit cards, I'm trying to stick to a routine (FlyLady), and exercise, which helps keep my mood stabilized. Blogging and cooking are healthy outlets for all this excess energy I have, so expect to see more blogs until the weather gets gray again!
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Monday, April 22, 2013
Step one: experiment with different foods because you never know what will be accepted or rejected. Through this, I know that Audrey likes: spinach, berries, pasta, yogurt, kefir, cheese, almond milk, most fruits, French fries, cheerios, toast, granola, nut butters, muffins, and dried seaweed. Not a very long list. Any time I find something that she will eat, I end up buying tons of it (for example, Earths Best organic mini waffles, those have been a breakfast staple lately). Audrey also prefers to eat finger foods (she CAN eat with a spoon, but she doesn't like to), so any time I see something that looks like she might try it, I get it.
Step two: cram in nutrients wherever you can. Audrey loves fruit, especially berries. Blueberries are full of vitamins and antioxidants, raspberries have soluble fiber, bananas are rich in potassium. By picking the most nutrient rich fruits, I can at least make sure she is getting some good out of them. Plus, blueberries are fun to eat!
Audrey's pediatrician suggested that I get packaged muffin mix and shred zucchini in it. It makes the muffins more moist and adds veggies to her diet. This can also be done with carrots or sweet potatoes. A few days ago I made these muffins got Audrey using Trader Joe's banana bread mix with zucchini. Audrey called them "cupcakes" and inhaled them. Win! I've also made these delicious blueberry zucchini greek yogurt muffins from The Little Spork. AMAZING! You have all the vitamin goodness from the zucchini and blueberries, plus the protein punch from the greek yogurt! The lemon zest adds a little tang and enhances the blueberry flavor and the yogurt makes the muffins delightfully moist. Can you tell I ate a few myself?
A "kid food" that gets a bad rap is French fries. Yes, fast food fries are fried in nasty oil and loaded with salt. Potatoes are high in vitamin A. Sweet potatoes are even better! We have been making our own French fries by frying them in a deep fryer in healthy oil. YUM! We definitely need to try frying up some sweet potato fries.
Step three: make things easy. Trying to keep everything healthy can be a pain. Washing and cutting fruit is time consuming. When I first buy all my produce, I soak it for an hour in a sink full of water plus 1/2 cup of vinegar. This effectively washes the fruit because the slight acidity eats off anything gross plus it makes produce last longer! I then dry it all off and put the blueberries and blackberries directly in mason jars, then de-stem and slice the strawberries and load them up in the jars. The mason jars (or any glass container) help the fruit stay fresh longer.
|Hyper-organized...I may just have OCD.|
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Random: right now, I am completely obsessed with my Takeya pitchers, especially the fruit infuser attachment. So far I have used my pitchers to make berry infused water, citrus infused water, strawberry lemonade, sangria, and peach iced tea. Here are my lovely drinks:
|Strawberries and blueberries|