Friday, September 5, 2014

5 things on the 5th

1. This little peanut is 8 weeks old today. Sadly, that means maternity leave is over and I return to work on Monday. (Photo by Mia Hope Photography. More to come!)

2. I've done some retail therapy at ThredUp and gotten pants that fit (yikes-- hopefully not for long) and two new pairs of heels.

3. The Lunch Blox - Salad Kit came home with me this week, so I have no excuse not to make a healthy lunch every day (see the pants issue in #2.)

4. New favorite snack: TJ's Salmon Jerky. Tastes almost as good as the smoked salmon my dad makes. Low calorie and high in protein. Win.

5. Last but not least, MAKE THESE Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. Dairy-free (when you use dairy-free chocolate chips), grain free, gluten free and vegan (if you use agave instead of honey.) Mine ended up to be around 100 calories each and holy cow are they good. You would never guess the main ingredient is chickpeas.

What things are on your list this month?

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Thrifty Thursday

Alternate post title: Dang You, Target!

All this was free... which would have been great if that's all I walked out with.
But there's the party supply aisle... it sucks me in.

In my defense, these match Taylor's "Pineapples & Pink Flamingos 1st Birthday".
And these formed Mason and Marlee's joint birthday "Let's Have a Ball" theme for this winter.
I realize I may have an obsessive party planning problem. There are worse problems to have though! And at least I've accepted it.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Boozy Toasted Marshmallow Coconut Milk Shakes

Another long name for a recipe, but I couldn't leave any of those adjectives out and still do this milk shake justice. Did you know last Saturday was National Toasted Marshmallow Day? I'll take any excuse to celebrate, so Saturday night after the kids were in bed I whipped up these milk shakes.
The base is a simple ice cream made from light coconut milk (since I'm dairy-free right now), sugar, and marshmallow creme. I layered the ice cream with toasted mini marshmallows and finished with a splash (or three) of Smirnoff Fluffed Marshmallow Vodka.
Mmm. Matt, who is a sweets connoisseur, was a huge fan of this milk shake. There is a good marshmallow coconut milk recipe HERE. Let me know if you try it!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Meal Planning Monday

It does not feel like a Monday. That's the beauty of a three day weekend though, I suppose. This is my last week of maternity leave so starting next week you'll be seeing a lot of slow cooker meals. Here's what is on the menu this week...

Monday: Cilantro Lime Shrimp & brown rice (repeat from last week)

Tuesday: Roast Turkey and broccoli

Wednesday: Sonoma Chicken Salad

Thursday: Tilapia with Cucumber Quinoa

Friday: Pizza Muffins (for the kids-- Matt will be out of town)

Saturday: cereal (the big kids will be at a sleepover!)

Sunday: Spinach Artichoke Chicken

What are you making this week?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Chocolate Almond Banana Lactation Smoothie

Long name for a smoothie, I know. You have to include the "lactation" part there though, to explain the use of Brewers Yeast. You could omit it and have a perfectly delicious and healthy Chocolate Almond Banana Smoothie. :)

For some moms nursing comes easily and there is no stopping their milk supply. I am not one of those moms. The nursing part is easy, but in just over a week I will be going back to work and will need to spend all of my breaks and lunches pumping, which wreaks havoc on my milk supply. I've stocked up on Gaia Lactation Capsules, am armed with a big 'ol giant water bottle, and am trying out all the super food recipes. I've had this smoothie every morning and not only is it delicious and under 300 calories, it's filling and my milk supply has been great so far.

Here's what you need:

1 c. almond milk
1 banana
1 T. Brewers Yeast
1 T. cocoa powder
1 T. almond butter
1 c. ice

Blend until smooth! You can add a tablespoon of ground flax seed for a little extra somethin'. Lactation smoothies are a thing. Seriously. Look it up. And try some lactation cookies while you're at it.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Once in a while, to distract Marlee, I let her have my phone in camera mode. I love to see our lives through her two and a half year old perspective.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Meal Planning Monday

It has been a while since a meal plan has been followed in our house. I am so blessed with an awesome network of moms through church who provided three weeks of meals after Taylor was born and we have mostly been winging it otherwise. After trips to Winco and Costco this week though, it is time to get back on the wagon. We do, after all, have a six week old now.

I have had to eliminate dairy while nursing and yesterday I started a 10K training plan, so taking those two things into consideration, here's what this week looks like...

Meatless Monday: Spinach Artichoke Crustless Quiche with chicken sausages

Taco Tuesday: Cilantro Lime Tilapia Tacos & brown rice

Wednesday: Skillet Hash with Spinach

Thursday: Maple Dijon Chicken with Zesty Italian Potatoes

Friday: dinner with friends

Saturday: Stromboli (I will not be eating it, but Matt and the kids will love it I'm sure)

Sunday: barbecue with friends

What are you making this week?