Back to School

For some of you the kiddos have already went back to school, we have not. Hudson is not heading off to kindergarten..quite yet…thank goodness, I am not ready for that. My absolute favorite part of the year is fall and back to school. I love the supplies and the change in the weather. To get into the spirit of the season I came across this gem of a recipe.

Almond Butter and Jelly Mini Muffins

Ingredients
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup crunchy almond butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 cup strawberry jam or jelly

1.Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line 24 mini-muffin cups with paper liners.
2.Whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder in a medium bowl to blend. Whisk together the almond butter, sugar, oil, vanilla and eggs in a large bowl to blend. Add the dry ingredients in 2 batches and stir just until blended.
3.Fill each muffin cup half-full with batter. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon of the jam on top of each muffin cup, and then spoon the remaining batter on top to cover the jam. Bake until the tops are golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer to a rack and cool.
4.Spoon 1/2 teaspoon more of the jam on top of each muffin in the center.

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They were kind of a pain and I would recommend spraying your tins A LOT, all of mine got stuck. High Five to me! In the end after all the effort they were delicious and so worth it!

Enjoy Friends

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Meal Prep

I have said it once and I will say it again…The ONLY way I can stay on track with eating well is meal prep. I struggle with having breakfast and lunch items on hand for myself. I always have healthy food for Hudson but  in the morning I am scrambling to find something on the way out the door while combing crazy bed head. Lunch is the same….I forget to eat until after I finally slow down during nap time and realize my stomach is growling. I have been trying to prep those two meals for the whole week on Sunday. I bribe my mom to come help me so we can get the chopping done quickly and my sisters can entertain Hudson for me.

First up is Chia pudding with berry and nuts. It looks really gross but I have to say it was extremely delicious and filling.

INGREDIENTS
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • Fresh berries for topping

Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a glass and shake to combine. Refrigerate overnight. Stir quickly in the morning, top with berries, and enjoy! I mixed the berries and slivered almonds with a tablespoon of maple syrup, stir and placed the mixture on top.

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The second is oats. The first go round I made a giant pot of quick oats and placed a serving size in glass storage bowls. In the morning I can warm them up, toss in some fruit and cinnamon. But I have found a TON of overnight oats ideas on pintrest. Next week I will be trying those like this one or this.  Either one would be easy to prep and delicious!

Lastly, we purchased all the produce at Costco. It is the best value and there are a lot of organic options, I stick to the dirty dozen which keep costs down My mom started chopping on the veggies and I grilled up all the chicken with a little salt and pepper. I would recommend using the 16 oz wide mouth mason jars. They fit a large salad and the wide mouth makes it easy to eat directly from the container or to dump out in a bowl. After the chicken cooled we got to work. The first layer is your protein and dressing. Then cucumbers, broccoli, or tomatoes, etc. The last layer is the romaine lettuce or spinach. I omitted cheese but you could add that in, on top of the protein. By keeping the lettuce separate from the dressing it stay crunchy until you are ready to eat.

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I have made a ton of different types of mason jar salads. I like to keep it interesting especially when I am trying to eat healthy which can sometimes get a little boring.

Caesar Salad: Caesar dressing, chicken, tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, croutons and lettuce. (in that order)

Cobb Salad: ranch or vinaigrette, chicken, bacon, tomatoes, hard boiled egg, avocado, bleu cheese crumble and lettuce.

Santa Fe Salad: Habanero ranch (found at Target), chicken, black beans (rinsed), corn, pickled jalapeno, cheddar jack cheese, tortilla strips, and lettuce…This one is my absolute favorite.

Greek Salad: chicken, Greek vinaigrette, red onion, cherry tomatoes, feta and romaine lettuce.

I hope you try one of them out. I have found meal prep to be the most important thing I can do for my health and wellness. I usually add a cup of soup along side my salad for a well rounded and filling meal.

What do you do to make your days easier as a Mama?

The Struggle is Real

On top of diving into potty training we have hit terrible twos or early threenagers. I am not sure which.  Hudson can barely make it though the day without having a meltdown, it takes everything I have to keep calm and talk to him. But talking seems to make him more upset, so does ignoring. I have no idea how such a tiny human can get so mad. Usually over something silly, like putting ice cubes in his water….what?! I have to remind myself it is phase. But some days I can barely keep it together. Lately, he has been waking up at night, usually three times, which has both of us running ragged….and draining my patience.  With that being said recently I was that mom at Target. Hudson screaming, people staring, and me trying to get through the check out as quick as possible. But we survived! No one wants to have the child melting down but it will happen. After, all that I came home to an article that brought everything into perspective (10 Ways to Burn Out as a Mom).

The article came at the perfect time. After reading it I realized I had caused my impatience which affected Hudson. Sometimes as moms we are spread so thin we forget to take care of ourselves. Even 10 minutes to your self during the day can make all the difference in the world.  

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The Mother/Wife sets the tone of the home, that statement has never been more true. What do you do to keep your sanity or turn around a rough day?

Potty Training…or Not!

Hello friends! We are in the trenches of potty training Mr. H. He has been showing some interest but I didn’t think he was quite ready. But as usual he showed me. Last Sunday, he asked to go to the potty every single time he needed to go! I was so impressed and decided we would buckle down. This past weekend was spent locked in our house asking every 30 minutes if he needed to go……UGH! It was a loooooong weekend but he only had two accidents.  Well on our way to getting it done!!!

Today is another story, Hudson had pre-school and everything went to crap…..literally. He would not go potty for his teachers and had two accidents. They ended up having to put a diaper back on him. BUMMER!!!! His teachers were great and encouraged me to keep after it. I know I need patience and consistency for him but my oh my its been tough.

Is this normal? Does it mean he isn’t ready?

After another unsuccessful day I decided to put potty training on hold.  He screamed at me that he couldn’t go so we are backing off training. So, when we are at home he can go in the potty but I don’t want to put any more pressure on him. He will be ready when he is ready.