Tammi Forcier

#FWConf here I come!! A Trip well deserved

Hello and happy Wednesday morning everyone!! While your reading this I’ll be getting ready to head to Orlando, Florida to my very first Food & Wine Conference! Anyone who follows me regularly knows that the SundaySupper Movement, founded by the wonderful Isabel Laesigg means a whole lot to me. Not only do I get to meet A LOT of the Sunday Supper family but I get to finally hug this woman! So much has happened in the last year for my family and no one deserves this trip more than my husband and I. Actually I have to thank him because if it weren’t for him I wouldn’t be going. When it came to booking time, the mother in me said no no no we should spend the money on other things. He simply said, No. You wanted to go last year and you were about to give birth, you deserve this, I deserve this, you only live once. So here we are!!

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This amazing event is being held at the glorious Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fl. This hotel looks amazing and I can’t wait to kick back and enjoy it. We are going to indulge in so many delicious meals together, laugh with people that I feel like I’ve known forever, be without kids and obviously the food blogger in me is going to be learning a whole bunch of new things in the blogging world. I’ll get to hear motivating speeches from people who have brought their blogs to careers, learn from photographers who make their pictures mouth-watering, watch amazing demo’s from chef’s and even hear from cookbook authors and how they got to be where they are today! It’s just proof that dreams can come true.

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I now have the opportunity to work for Isabel and when I heard the story of how she started this movement it brought tears to my eyes. I get to be a part of this wonderful event behind the scenes and I can’t wait for it to start! Next year I hope I get to volunteer and actually help Isabel make this event happen, you would be totally amazed at all of the hard work that goes into making this event successful. I have to admit at first the agena was intimidating! I’ve never been to something like this so I was overwhelmed with the schedule of events. However now that I’ve had a chance to go through it day by day and have heard people talk about last years successful event, I’m just plain EXCITED!!

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Of course an event like this could never take place without some pretty great Sponsors! I’m happy to name a few that I’ve gotten to know myself over the year from joining them in baking and cooking! None other than Gallo Family Vineyards of course who is the official sponsor of this event. I’ve had the pleasure of cooking with plenty of Gallo’s fine wine. My Pork with Moscato Sauce & Veggies, Red Wine Meatball Subs and this past week we talked about grilling recipes and I made BBQ Hawaiian Chicken Sandwiches.  Another great sponsor is Dixie Crystals. I had the pleasures of cooking with Dixie Crystals in March and made a Poached Pear Bread that was to die for! Just to add a few others, and believe me this is not all of them. Cabot Cheese, Stoneyfield, Idaho Potatoes, and Beef it’s what’s for dinner. Stay tuned we have an a Beef event coming up!

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I know my kids are still really young and I don’t have a lot of time on my hands to make my blog a true career but you have to start somewhere and I’m willing to put the work into it. I started a blog a few months after my first was born as an outlet to motherhood and here I am today. I’ve virtually met wonderful people, I’m about to finally hug them all, I get paid to cook some fabulous dishes, I have a part-time job that allows me the flexibility I need and the best part is………..I’m home with my babies. So follow me on this journey. Follow #FWConf I’ll be posting pictures on Facebook, Instragram and Tweeting of course! Here is to a fabulous weekend!

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BBQ Hawaiian Chicken Sandwiches for #SundaySupper

GFV-family-logoSummer is officially here in the New England state where I reside. It means A LOT of grilling and eating outside any chance we get. My husband and I waited many years to have a beautiful deck to really enjoy! I love watching my kids play in the back yard while my husband flips steaks, or sometimes I’ll get creative and figure out how to make a meatloaf or lasagna on the grill. I am happy to partner up with Gallo Family Vineyards and the #SundaySupper family for another exciting event. Grilling with wine is today’s theme and when I first saw the selected wine’s to choose from I instantly knew what I wanted to create.

Have you tried Gallo’s Sweet White Blend yet? Gallo explains it as bursting with peach, tropical fruit and honeydew flavors. Well I 07.13.14 Gallo Event (6)pcouldn’t agree more. It was exactly what I expected when I first sipped it because I knew it was perfect for the dish I had planned in my head. I had a back up though, if it didn’t have the sweetness I anticipated I would have went with a Beef and Merlot dish.  It doesn’t matter anyways because once I read the flavors of the Merlot I realized that I’ll be cooking with this it soon enough.  Smooth and approachable fruit flavor matches very well with a wide range of foods including pork roast, pasta with rich tomato sauce, poultry, as well as grilled meats and vegetables. I’m sold. You have to check out Gallo’s Wine and BBQing Pairings page or their Grilling Recipes Page. I plan on making the recipe for BBQ Chipotle Chicken Sandwiches very soon!

When I think of a sweet blend of wine and cooking I think of sauces and marinades. However I also think of fruit! This time I used it to marinate my chicken and pineapple and turned it into a scrumptious sandwich for a busy night! It was outstanding! It’s the perfect Summer evening dish.

Ingredients:

3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 cup of BBQ Sauce
1/3 cup of Gallo’s Sweet White Blend
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp ketchup
1/8 tsp garlic powder
Salt & Pepper
2 lbs of Chicken Breast
1 small pineapple, sliced
4-6 Hamburger Rolls

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What to do:

Cut chicken into large chunks and then slice those chunks length wise to make them thinner.  Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

In a small bowl whisk together the garlic, BBQ sauce, wine, balsamic vinegar, ketchup, and garlic powder. Pour the marinade into a large zip lock bag. Add the chicken to the bag and mix well coating all of the chicken. Open the bag and place the pine slices on top. fold the bag securing the chicken and pineapple and place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours. (I let mine set over night)

Spark up that grill and get a nice medium heat going. Cook chicken flipping after 6-8 minutes. Cook for another 8-10 min or until chicken is no longer pink. With the last few minutes of cooking, place the pineapple on the opposite side of the chicken. Grill for 2-4 minutes, flip that fruit,  grill for 2 more minutes and remove pineapple. (toast your buns on the higher rack of your grill at this time if you prefer crunchy bites like I do!) Place a piece of chicken on top of the hamburger roll, top it with a slice of pineapple, top with one more piece of chicken and put the burger bun on top.

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Instant happy family. This was a great marinade if you don’t like pineapple leave it out. I served mine with a cold bean salad and it was a healthier dish since I used whole wheat hamburger buns!

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I haven’t cooked with wine that often but I can promise you that you will not be disappointed cooking with any of Gallo’s wine. I’ve never used anything else. For a store locator of where you can pick up a bottle of Sweet Blend to make this recipe Click Here. Before you head to the store don’t forget to print your $1 off digital coupon here. Thank you Gallo!

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Healthy Chicken Tetrazzini for #Choosedreams

I know I’ve shared this recipe before but it’s one of my old time favorites and I’m a big fan of American Family Insurance and their #Choosedreams campaign. In May my #SundaySupper family and AmFam gathered to bring you recipes Fresh from the Garden!!!  I shared my recipe for Herbed Chicken Kabobs, I’ve only made them 3 times so far since grilling season has been upon us.

So today I’d like to invite you all to join me in the fun as we Celebrate Healthy Recipes the Family Will Love!! Everyone’s invited to join in the fun as we share recipes, stories and images of our Families Favorite Healthy Dishes! At 2 PM EST we will be having a Live HOA  with Isabel and Chef Dennis and a few of other friends to talk about Healthy Eating and sharing some of our tips, tricks and favorite recipes to have your family and friends eating better without noticing any change in the delciousness! So today I am sharing this dish that also includes a recipe for homemade cream of mushroom soup! Trust me you’ll never buy canned soup again!

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Now this is a dish that is sure to please anyone in the family. It’s healthy yet hearty. Has your vegetables already in it for a one dish meal! However…….you will have a lot of dishes at the end.

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Not so pretty huh, but don’t let that scare you because I have a few reasons as to why this dish is worth all of those dishes above! The first reason is because it’s GOOOOOOOD! Healthy but GOOD! I can’t even believe my picky kiddo ate this. Another reason is because I was able to make two casseroles out of this, we ate one that night (it served a good 4 adult portions) and then I froze the other one for a busy weeknight dish! The final reason is because after I made this recipe, I had an Ah-Ha moment if you will. Healthy Cream of Mushroom was born!! YES!!!

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So thank you to Melissa who blogs over at Bless This Mess because her recipe inspired me to create this Tetrazinni dish and my new addiction to Healthy Cream of Mushroom, which by the way I will be experimenting with Healthy Cream of Celery and Healthy Cream of Broccoli too because I’ll never buy a canned soup again! So stay tuned for that.

Have I convinced you yet that this dish is worth making? Hey make it on Sunday and store in the fridge for a busy night! Wala dinner is served in about 30 minutes!

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OK let’s talk ingredients:

  • 1 pound whole wheat thin spaghetti, broken in half
  • 1 bunch of fresh broccoli, chopped
  • Cooking Spray
  • 1-2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup of fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cups cooked chicken
  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 7 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups low sodium fat-free chicken broth
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup part skim mozzarella cheese

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Throw  a pound of chicken breasts in the crock pot with a little chicken broth and seasoning and you have your cooked chicken for this dish. Use leftover chicken if you desire or even rotisserie chicken will work!

You can use frozen broccoli if you’d like you would just skip the first part of the directions for the sauteing the broccoli with the mushrooms.

I started with step one first. While I started step two I got all of the ingredients measured out for step three because it happens fast and I like to have everything ready to just poor in.

 

What to do:

  1. Saute broccoli,  mushrooms and garlic in olive oil for roughly 5-8 minutes. Preheat Oven to 400 Degrees.
  2. While the veggies are cooking boil water and cook pasta, but drain before it cooks all the way. Set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan melt the margarine over medium heat. Add the flour and salt and stir to combine. Cook the margarine and flour mixture for roughly 1 to 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in the chicken broth to the flour mixture. Stirring constantly, gradually bring the mixture up to a boil, keep whisking away!! Probably another 2 minutes This thickens your sauce. Turn down the heat, and then simmer for an addition 2 minutes until the mixture thickens even more. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the milk and Parmesan until the cheese melts.

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Spray 2-two quart baking dishes or one large baking dish with cooking spray. Add sauteed veggies to the drained pasta. Pour most of the sauce into the mixture (leaving about 1/2 cup sauce).

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Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese evenly over the top and pour the remaining sauce around the edges of the dish(es).
Cover and bake for 25 minutes. Uncover and cook for another 5 minutes.

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Healthy Breakfast Wrap and 21 Day Fix Challenge Completed

Today marks my 21st day of the 21 Day Challenge.  I feel good but it can get discouraging at times. For example, when you’ve been busting your butt getting up at 5 am to workout 6 days a week before the kids get up, searching and searching for healthy recipes, meal prepping even before you go camping so you stay on track, and then your husband gets compliments on how good he looks. REALLY??!!  I hate how I still have to moderate a lot of moves. I’m trying to concentrate on the fact that I am indeed stronger than I was 3 weeks ago and that the people in these video’s seem to struggle a lot to get through and they are in REALLY good shape. I’m only down 3 pounds and have 6 more to go but remind me that I wasn’t in this to loose weight. I was in it to gain some sanity from being a work at home Mom to 2 beautiful kids and to teach my kids that staying healthy is important. (My 4 yo now stays in her bed in the morning and says she waits for Mommy to finish her workout!! How awesome is she??) I’m doing round 2 of this same program in hopes at the end of the 2nd round I’m even stronger. Then I will try a new challenge. I honestly think the 21 days is a hard goal. Granted I’m not doing the eating part of this challenge, (don’t hate!) I eat clean 90% of the time, I eat 5 meals a day and my portion sizes are 90% of the time perfect, I’ve really taught myself to stop eating when I feel full (my biggest weakness) OK rant over I just wanted to update everyone on my big day! Yay 21 days, here is to another 21!! So let’s talk breakfast!!

I truly believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Putting something in your belly first thing is what starts your day of right. Now if I could just convince my mother that not eating breakfast is really unhealthy than I’d consider myself a healthy advocate! Heck I think it’s so important I eat two a day! Well maybe it’s because I’m up at 5 but my first breakfast usually consists of a Shakeology shake, then a nice breakfast like this beauty!

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All this time I thought eggs were bad for you. Yes maybe the cholesterol is however they are great for protein! Sometimes I’ll mix in egg whites and spinach, or some other sautéed veggies for a veggie omelet. I’ve always wanted to try a breakfast buritto but never got around to it. Until I did a search for beachbody recipes and came up with this baby!!

What you’ll need:

1 whole wheat tortilla
1 tsp of butter
1/2 avocado, chopped
1/2 tomato, chopped
Pepper
2 eggs

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What to do:

Scramble the eggs and add fresh cracked pepper to them. Light a small fry pan on low-medium heat. Add butter swirling it around to touch all sides of pan. Pour in eggs. Scramble until cooked through.

Place on top of the tortilla, top with tomatoes and avocados and roll the tortilla as tightly as you can. Cut in half and serve with fresh fruit!

It’s super filling because of the ingredients!

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A Healthy Day From Start to Finish #beachbody

So as you all know I jumped on the beachbody band wagon. Whether I’m loosing weight or not, whether I’m loosing inches or not, I don’t care. I’m feeling great and I have more energy than I’ve ever had…..and I’m saner than I’ve ever been! HA! So I’ve been experimenting with some fresher foods, healthier and cleaner recipes and trying my hardest to cheat, yes I had Pizza on my son’s birthday, I’m only human. I however did not have ice cream or anything else at the party so I’d say I did well. I’m going to take you through a day of my meals and trust me when I say these recipes are EASY and DELICIOUS!

I’m up at 5. I workout from 5:15-5:45. Right now I’m on the 21 Day Fix. I’m not expecting the results they are promising because I’m not following the eating plan to a T. I watch my portion control and use the Shakeology Shakes! I’m currently on my third week of this challenge and I plan on doing another round of it. Why you ask?? Simple. I’m still needing to moderate a lot of moves and I’d like to finish this without having to do that. Then I’ll find a new challenge to work on. That’s what I love about this program. They have tons of video’s, it’s a sure way of NEVER getting bored.

At 6:30 my kids are up and want their bottle/juice so that’s when I make my shake. I have the chocolate powder this time around so my favorites so far are 1/2 cup of water, 1/2 cup of almond milk, 1 scoop of powder, fresh strawberries, 1/2 banana. OR 1 cup of coffee (room temp), 2 tbsp. of almond milk, sprinkle of cinnamon.

Between 9:30-10 I have a real breakfast. I like Oatmeal with fresh fruits and honey, a green yogurt with granola, scrambled eggs with spinach or a whole wheat muffin with greek yogurt cream cheese with the EVERYTHING BAGEL if you haven’t tried the new Greey Yogurt Cream Cheese I suggest you do, it’s lower in fat and calories than any cream cheese out there and still has protein! Another new obsession is my Avocado Toast. Yummy.  Today I’m sharing a new recipe with you that was given to me by my cousin who has a Gluten Allergy. It was fabulous and my one year old loved it! (Did I just say ONE year old?? Sniff-Sniff!!

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Gluten Free Blueberry Peanut Pancakes

What you need:

3 eggs
1 banana
2 1/2 tbsp of chunky peanut butter
1/2 cup of blueberries
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What to do:

Crack the 3 eggs. Cut the banana into pieces and add to the egg mixture. Add the peanut butter. Blend on low until banana chunks are mashed. It’s going to seem runny but trust me. Add the blueberries and combine with a spoon by hand.

I suggest making small pancakes, they are easier to flip and mine actually came out better than my usual pancakes do! No badder coming out of the sides! This makes about 6-8 small pancakes.

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Tips:

Use whatever fruit you want! Add as much fruit as you want, I would be careful of the amount because it caused mine to break up more because I used a lot of blueberries! You can also use plain peanut butter of course, when I first made these I only had chunky, I loved the addition but probably not the greatest thing for my one year old. Great for toddlers though! Another great tip is make a few and freeze a few! Here was the end result…………yah he didn’t like them huh!!

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This is when we go about our day and go on a play date, go outside and play, hit the beach or the library.

Now we are ready for lunch! My new  salad obsession is this Strawberry, Spinach with chicken topped with goat cheese and my homemade Light Dijon Vinaigrette Dressing. I actually use the chicken from the Dinner recipe I’m going to share with you to top this salad. You will not be disappointed. Double the dressing and keep it in a small mason jar in your fridge and your set for a week. Or if you like the creamier side there is always my Light Chipotle Ranch Dressing. I will never buy another bottle of dressing again!

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My little man goes in for an afternoon nap. I either work or spend some time with my boo. She loves going outside these days. Late afternoon I have a snack. Either the yogurt with granola, hummus and veggies and crackers. I’m bad with snacks, I have zero recipes or ideas for them so I have to work on that, I get sick of the same ones everyday so sometimes I skip them and drink water which isn’t good. I actually prefer to eat every 3 hours!

Dinner time comes around. Here is a new beach body recipe I found on line. It rocked and I used fresh rosemary from my herbs to make it! It was tasty and had the perfect portion size by having one cutlet. I had two lunches for the week! Top a piece on a salad or serve with fresh green beans (great grilling recipe to come on green beans!)

Grilled Chicken Dijon

What you need:

1 lb. of thin chicken cutlets
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
6 fresh rosemary
1 dash sea salt
½ tsp. ground black pepper
1 Tbsp. olive oil

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What to do:

Preheat grill or broiler.
Combine garlic, mustard, parsley, salt, pepper, and oil in a small bowl; mix well. A thick paste will form.
Brush chicken breasts evenly with mixture.
Grill chicken for 5 minutes on each side or until chicken is no longer pink in the middle.

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Nutritional Information: (per serving)

Calories: 199 Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 73g Sodium: 397mg Carbs: 2g Fiber: 0g Sugars: 0g Protein: 24g

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Just remember, just because your choosing a cleaner-healthier lifestyle doesn’t mean cooking and eating still can’t be fun!

Dear Drew – Happy First Birthday

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I can’t even believe I’m writing this to you sweet boy. The time is going too fast for me.  I can’t believe I’ve sent out invitations to your first birthday party. You completed this family exactly a year ago and it’s so bitter sweet to me. You’ve grown up in so many ways in such a short time. You’ve learnt so much and your really becoming a little boy. I’ve bonded with you in a way I never even thought was possible. It’s not that I didn’t think I would, I just can’t believe my heart could have grown as much as it has in the past year.

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You’ll always hear Mommy saying that you were born to change me. I’m such a routine girl. You….. my bug a boo…….are not. Nothing about you is a routine. I’ve fought with myself that past year trying to make our days into a schedule for you, but all I’ve discovered over this period of time is that your a happier boy just going about your day. Your so different than your big sister so Mommy had some changing to do. It is a VERY GOOD thing and Mommy thanks you for it. (maybe not now but I will!!) I look at you everyday and I wonder what you’ll accomplish in life. No matter what you do I know you’ll do it well but I dream. I dream of what you’ll do, what you’ll be and how many lives you are going to touch along the way. Your smile is contagious sweetheart. You 6 little teeth shine when you smile from ear to ear. I couldn’t be more proud to be your Mommy. Look how proud you were here. You got the biggest kick out of throwing the basketball.

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You still aren’t crawling. We call it “Scooting”. It’s pretty cute and everyone gets a kick out of it. You scoot on your bum all around the room. You’ve mastered pulling yourself up. All in one week you learnt to get up to a sitting position, pull yourself up, cruise around furniture and now put yourself back down on your bum. It’s so cute. I could sit here and watch you all day long. However I can’t. If I could just sit and play with you and your big sister every second of the day I would do it. Any parent would.  I hate the day to day responsibilities of raising a family. I’d much rather be playing with you than cutting up fruit for the week and doing laundry! You are still loving everything you put into your mouth! You truly are your happiest with you are eating my love. I love that you eat anything Mommy makes you. It truly means so much to me. I know as time goes on your’ll grow your pallet and they’ll be somethings you won’t like, but for now I’ll just love it up!

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You and your Daddy are creating such a bond these days. Mommy takes Madison on dates and you have your special time with DaDa….you just want to be with him. You’ll sit happily in your swing outside while he does yard work. It’s super sweet to watch from the window at the two men in my life. Your sister…….well. Let’s just say she loves you to pieces but she’s still pretty jealous of you! Hates when you get any kind of attention from anyone but don’t worry we are working on that and the important part is……..she loves you and watches out for you. It’s pretty precious in my eyes.

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You are really attached to me these days. You’ll scoot over to me and use my legs to climb up on. Sometimes I have to really make myself appreciate these moments and just love you up. It’s not that I don’t want to my love, it’s just that life gets in the way. I am working so hard on enjoying these moments that won’t be around for long. You are our last baby. You truly completed our family and I get so sad when I think of all these milestones your hitting and how I’ll never get to experience them again. You will forever be my baby. Yes even when I show your naked pictures to your future wife someday ;)

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Mommy got a part time job. I work from home now. I’m juggling it and it’s a huge adjustment for me because I’m used to using your nap times as spare moments to myself. You’ll be going to school/daycare in the Fall with your sister. I need 2 days a week to be able to work. Please know I do this with such mixed emotions baby boy. I hate knowing I’ll be dropping you off to strangers. I remember going through this with your sister. She needed the emotional support of another adult besides Mommy. I believe you’ll need that too. It’ll be good for you both to have each other and it’ll be good for Mommy to get work done, earn some money and get some of her Mommy brain back.  I started this blog almost 4 yours ago as a hobby to collect and share recipes, the parenthood got tough and I used it as an outlet to vent and talk about my feelings. I then realized that this is something I wanted to dedicate to you and your sister some day. A place where you can see the important times in our lives, our challenges, our happy and sad times. A place where I could document your growth and share it with family and friends who aren’t as close as some. Most importantly this blog is for you and your sister so you can see how I put my heart and soul into all that I do for you both. How much love I put into each dish I prepare for our family. How many personal touches I give to every party we throw. How much creativity to your personalities I put into every craft we do together.

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There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for you sweet boy. Now let me show you how you spent your first birthday!! On the actual day of your birthday we were so busy getting ready for your big bash we just had pizza and cake on the deck! Your very first piece of cake my handsome man! Look how much fun you had! You truly enjoyed it!

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Then you big bash was that weekend….Momma loves to put special touches on these kinds of days. Treats the kids will enjoy but adults too! I added some fun facts about you and your first year of life. You had an amazing day filled with love, friends and family. Oh and LOTS and LOTS of sunshine! It was a #10 day! Here is your dessert table. Your very own Sunshine cupcake and everything was ready for make your own ice cream sundae’s!!

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Here are some of the kids having a blast! Your big sis and all of her friends had so much fun!

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Mommy put the Mommy touch on everything!

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Here you are with your cupcake while everyone sang Happy Birthday to you! Your big sis blew out your candle for you, I hope she knows she won’t be able to do that next year LOL!

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Uncle Dave took professional shots for us of your big day so I’ll share them later, but these are at least a few for now…..I won’t leave you with any tears my sweet boy because you had such an amazing day….Sniff Sniff….Ok maybe just a few because my baby is turning into a big boy way too fast. Here is my birthday boy!! I love you Bug a Boo!

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A New Me!! Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Well if your a follower of me on Facebook you must know by now that I’ve jumped on the BeachBody band wagon. It’s not that I never wanted to. I just always used time as my excuse. I didn’t have time. Who has time to workout when I barley have time to pee some days!

Then I was introduced to my coach Kelly. We were laughing the other day because we forget how we got connected but we did and that’s all that matters. I then joined a free Abs and Butt Challenge for the month of May with Kelly. Each day she’d post a round of exercises and off I’d go to fit them into my crazy life. Doing a plank here, a wall sit there, and situps as I watched TV at night. As the month went on I jumped back onto my CoreBody Reformer and started walking/jogging with my son on nice days. Then I contacted Kelly with a simple problem. Every sit up I did past 10 I peed myself.  Yes I’m openly admitting that. You can laugh. It’s funny and gross all at the same time.  I knew she had two kids and I wanted to know if I was the only one who seemed to have bladder problems since having children. I know it gets worse the older you get but wasn’t expecting all that pressure with every sit up I did. You want to know what she said? “So What!!!!!” “No pain no gain” and who cares if it helps you get in shape. All very good points. That’s when I knew I was going like this girl!

ShakeAt the end of the month I got a job offer that now allows me to work a few hours a week at home. Doing something I love. Working for a Blog and a Mission that means a real lot to me. You know my #SundaySupper Family. Well now I have the pleasures of working for Ms. Isabel!!! It’s been a crazy two week since starting but I feel like a different person! Between using my brain again and working out regularly I feel great! However lets rewind back to how Kelly got me to commit…….. Now instead of working out during nap times I’m faced with yet another problem, when do I work out? So the first week of working I didn’t. I had way too much on my plate there was no way I was working out. Then one day while I was sitting at my desk working Kelly instant messaged me asking how the new job was going. It was so nice of her to check in with me soooooooo with that I vented away with how I’m trying to juggle working a few hours a day, taking care of my family, writing on my own blog, caring for my house and yah, NOT working out. She gave me a pep talk and within 24 hours I ordered the 21 Day Fix Challenge pack! I’m only day 8 into this program but I’m 110% committed. As Kelly so nicely reminded me, it’s not a bad thing to take 30 minutes to myself a day, in the long run it makes me a better Momma. My husband wakes me before he heads out to work. I do a 30 minute routine, jump in the shower and the kids are faced with a happy Momma instead of a grump who has been woken up out of a dead sleep. I always knew waking up to my kids everyday wasn’t the right way to wake up. It didn’t give me a chance to open my eyes and just think for a second. Now I have plenty of time to become that happy Momma in the morning. Now……..to get my butt in bed earlier than 10 is another story! Maybe I won’t have to, because in the past 4 days I’ve had more energy than I have in the past 4 years. YES!!

I want my kids to see me being healthy. I want them to know it’s important to take care of yourself physically and mentally. So with this new lifestyle change I’m making you know that it has to come along with some yummy meals so stay tuned as I post my favorites coming your way!! I’ll tease you first thought, here is a few good ones on the menu for the next few weeks. Glazed Sesame Chicken, Skinny Spinach Chicken Bake, Spaghetti Squash & NOT-A-MEAT Sauce. And of course some yummy Shakes too! Once I’m done the 21 Day Fix I’ll be starting another challenge, that’s what’s great about Beach Body, their is so much variety and this Momma needs variety! If you’d like to get in touch with Kelly please contact her group via Facebook. She’s a fantastic coach who has longed to help people get healthy. She’s the Mom of two beautiful baby girls and she will help you find your balance I promise! Thank you Kelly for helping through this!

For now I’ll start you off with some healthy breakfast ideas to start your day!

Granola & Yogurt Parfaits To Go: One of my favorite snacks is Non-Fat Green Yogurt and Granola. Make these in a to go container and be set to go the next day! Perfect breakfast or late afternoon snack!

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Avocado Toast – I don’t remember where I saw this idea, I made it my own so I needed to share it with you since I have a new Avocado obsession! Made with the new Greek Yogurt Cream Cheese and topped with Avocado’s and tomatoes and you’ll be set for hours with this filling breakfast.

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Pear and Cottage Cheese Breakfast - I made this awhile ago from a Eat Healthy Cook book, I’m glad I’m writing this post so I can be reminded to make this again because I remember how yummy it was!

Momma’s Ultimate Oatmeal – Now that I’m looking at this dish it’s not the healthiest but Oat Meal made with fresh fruit is!! It’s super filling and though steal oats are plain and boring fresh fruit, cottage cheese, or non-fat greek yogurt can “dress” it up!

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Protein Pumpkin Pancakes - Need some protein after a good workout, craving some carbs? Mine as well blast them with protein! These pancakes freeze great too so make them for the week!

Protein Pancakes

Avocado Toast

This is my new addiction. A serious addiction. It’s creamy, crunchy and filling!! I found this Greek Yogurt Cream Cheese a few months back, it has the lowest fat and calories of any kind of cream cheese or butter I’ve found, I do not feel guilty eating this stuff, some days I am strict and have half a serving and some days I’m bad and I have the full 2 tablespoons. I know, the rebel that I am huh! If you love avocado’s this is your breakfast dish! Or snack….or lunch!

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Ingredients:

1-2 tbsp of greek yogurt cream cheese (if you can’t find it use low fat cream cheese)
2 slices of whole wheat or low carb bread
1/2 avocado
1/2 tomato, diced
Pepper

What to do:

Toast your bread, layer it with the cream cheese, top with avocado and tomato, sprinkle with pepper……….oh and ENJOY!

I’m bringing Veggie Loaded Sandwichess to the #PicnicGame

 

Today we are celebrating International Picnic Day by bringing you a basket packed with goodies from A to Z, in the style of the picnic game! Drop by the Sunday Supper Movement to see the whole picnic spread out on our virtual blanket.

I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing…
Asian Chicken Salad from Try Anything Once Culinary
Beautiful Beet Salad from Small Wallet, Big Appetite
Chicken Muffuletta from Marlene Baird
Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups from The Dinner-Mom
Elote from Peaceful Cooking
Fennel Slaw from FoodieTots
Greek Farro Salad from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Honey Porter Glazed Chicken and Vegetable Skewers from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Italian Pasta Salad from Casa de Crews
Japanese Plum Sushi from NinjaBaking.com
Kudos Kitchen Kolaches from Kudos Kitchen by Renee
Lemon Yogurt Bundt Cake from In The Kitchen With KP
Molasses Lovers Baked Beans from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Northern Bean Salad with Egg and Prosciutto from Family Foodie
Orzo Salad from The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
PICOBLAT from Simply Healthy Family
Quinoa-Stuffed Grape Leaves from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Roasted Fingerlings with Capers and Dill from Peanut Butter and Peppers
Spicy Southern Fried Chicken from Food Lust People Love
Tuscan Bread Salad from Curious Cuisiniere
Ultimate Potato Salad from Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen

AND…………

Veggie Loaded Sandwiches!!

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What’s a picnic without a sandwich loaded with veggies! I love these because you can really pick and choose whatever you’d like for vegetables to top this beautiful sandwich.  Roast the vegetables before you leave for your picnic,  toast your bread, package it all up in a container and off you go!

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What you’ll need to pack:

4 slices of bread
1 green pepper
1 small zucchini
1 small yellow squash
1 small tomato
2 oz of fresh mozzarella cheese
4 tbsp of hummus (your choice, I used roasted red pepper)
1/2 tbsp of horseradish

Sandwich Assembly:

Spread some horseradish on one slice of bread (you can omit this, I just like the extra kick!) Spread the hummus on top of that. Layer the veggies high, top with sliced cheese and another piece of bread!

This sandwich is super filling, you won’t need those unhealthy chips because this sandwich offers you the crunch from the toasted bread!

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Jerk Chicken Wings for #SundaySupper

Last week I got to cook my husband something in honor of celebrating Father’s Day with Gallo Family Vineyards, this week I got to make him another dish in honor of Father’s Day with the Sunday Supper Family, is he not a lucky man or what??!! Well Susan from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen is hosting this “Manly Event!”  Thanks for braving this Manly event Susan. I thought of these babies because I know my man loves a kick. A big kick. So I did my research to see what is in the usual “Jerk” seasoning, the kind straight from the islands of Jamaica. Then I thought of a way to really get that seasoning in there by using a plastic bag to marinate them in. Yes I use a plastic bag to marinate a lot of things in. I think I got it from my mother.

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These babies marinated for hours. I don’t eat chicken on a bone, I know I know, a true foodie here and I don’t eat meat on a bone or any kind of seafood, don’t hate me. I made these for my husband and my sister and they both devoured them!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp of minced onion flakes
  • 2 1/2 tsp of dried thyme
  • 2 tsp of black pepper
  • 2 tsp of allspice
  • 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 2-4 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 lbs. of chicken/party wings/drumsticks

Directions:

  • In a small bowl add all the first 7 ingredients and mix together. Preheat oven to 375F. Line 2 baking sheets with tinfoil and place baking racks on top. (you don’t have to use baking racks but it prevents the chicken from sticking, if not using them you may want to spray some cooking spray on the tinfoil.) Place chicken on top of racks or sheet pan.
  • Roughly chop an onion, don’t worry about it too much because you placing it in a food processor!
  • Add the chopped onion to the food processor and pulse a few times, add in the spice mixture and olive oil and pulse a few more times. This will create a thick paste. You can do this two different ways, I’ve done them both and I got more compliments on the good ol fashion plastic bag trick.
  • OPTION 1: Scrape the sides of the processor and put the mixture back into the bowl. Using a basting brush dip into the paste and start coating the chicken one by one. Flip and coat the rest. If you have some left over, coat again half way through.
  • OPTION 2: Scrape the sides of the processor and put the mixture in a zip lock bag. Add chicken and shake it around making sure the paste covers all of the chicken wings. Let sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours if not longer.
  • Bake for 20 min. Flip and bake another 20-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Let sit for a few minutes. Then enjoy this manly meal!

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Don’t forget to see what other Manly Meals are being brought to the table this week! It’s not too late to make something for that special guy in your life!

Manly Starters:

Manly Mains:

Manly Desserts:

Wine Pairings for Man Food #SundaySupper byENOFYLZ Wine Blog


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