Granola and Yogurt Parfaits to go w/Ladera Granola

Granola and Yogurt Parfaits to go w/Ladera Granola

When Ladera Granola reached out to me a month or so ago to do a review on their product there was no way I was going to say no, one because I love helping people and two because I love love love granola! I know a lot of Granola's can be good for you but I've never really found one that was low enough in Fats to be satisfied with paying the $8-9 a package can sometimes cost. When I received my Granola in the mail I was excited to see what it was all about. It has an great sweet taste but not too sweet, I loved the texture, it wasn't too "bulky" and "chunky", just the right amount of almond for this Momma! So let's talk about Ladera Granola a bit, I actually found their story quite  fascinating. When I researched it online I was quite surprised that the founders were so young! Well maybe surprised isn't the word but I had that "Wow that's so awesome, you go guys" kind of feeling when I read about it. Ladera was started in the kitchen of Karen Butterfield, a mother of three boys, not only is she a mother that wanted to promote healthy diets for her boys but she is also a Stanford-trained medical doctor. Her family and friends found her granola recipe so amazing that it inspired

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Broccoli, Mushroom & Rice Casserole for #SundaySupper

Broccoli, Mushroom & Rice Casserole for #SundaySupper

Soooooo Meatless Meals, I'm going to admit that I love meat, most of it, I've often thought about going the vegetarian route just to see if I could do it, my best friend actually did it for 3 weeks after the New Year and she said it wasn't as hard as she thought it would be, I cook a lot of chicken, I try to only have beef one night a week so that leaves 1-2 nights a week of meatless dishes. I could literally live on pasta but seeing as it's not the healthiest option in the world I continue to cook meat! I'm sure excited to see these dishes because since I'm hosting this event I've been looking at the titles and drooling over them all week! A lot of people I know are Vegetarians or Vegans, it's why I have a section on my blog for those recipes. When we invite friends over for a get together or a party I always make sure there is something on the menu for everyone. I respect everyone and anyone for there food choices and I'll always make sure I have recipes here for everyone. Since having my second baby last summer and realizing my husband and I aren't getting any younger (can you believe it) I've been trying to get my family even healthier than I thought we were. I don't believe

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Busy But Healthy – Featured Friday

Busy But Healthy – Featured Friday

Happy Friday everyone! I know you missed me last week!! Hey we are all aloud a little time off. For example I sit here at Barnes and Nobles right now writing because I had a day from hell with two kids that have me sleep deprived these days. They just have no interest in sleeping I guess. So I'm ready to throw in the towel and give up on trying anything else, no more let's try putting them in earlier, let's try shutting the light off even if she is afraid of the dark, let's try no nap, let's try holding off his bottle at night, lets try telling her she's waking up Mommy (which is the truth by the way!) I just want to give up and let her do whatever the hell she wants to do. Everyone keeps telling me if she's not calling or crying for us and plays in her bed then let her be, well here is the thing. One she is waking me up because she reads her books to her babies (here I am thinking I'd outsmart her and work on getting that light off at night so she couldn't read, then I realized, well she's not reading anyways she's using her imagination!! Duh!) Two, she replays her music when she wakes, it's loud, Three, she sometimes wakes her baby brother up, then I have two babies up at 3am.

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Meatless Meals for #SundaySupper this week!

Meatless Meals for #SundaySupper this week!

Happy Thursday everyone! I'm pretty excited, so excited that I just had to tell you all about the #SundaySupper theme this week. Meatless Meals...... and I'm hosting! I have a hosted a few fun events in the past and when I saw this one still needed a host I thought why not I LOVE meatless dishes! We are talking a pretty talented group of foodies here my friends so this is one event you will NOT want to miss. I can only imagine what is to come of these mouth watering meatless dishes we have lined up for you! I'm getting my "Pinning" hand ready because I have a feeling I'm going to be pinning a lot of dishes to try in the upcoming weeks as we all gear to get fit and healthy for Spring or if you celebrate Lent, you'll want to mark your favorite dishes now so your prepared for those upcoming meatless Friday's. So please do come back this Sunday, the 9th and check out the direct links to these fabulous dishes. Read through them now and mark off the ones you'll be back for on Sunday to try! From meat free appetizers, scrumptious pasta dishes to all the no meat taco's you can eat this is where the party will be this week! Grab a fork and pull up a chair. Salads, Soups, Stews and

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Baby-Led Weaning – Our Experience Part I

Baby-Led Weaning – Our Experience Part I

You've probably heard me speak of this term quite a bit since having my son 8 months ago. I bought the books, did my research and asked around to other Mommy's on how this thing worked. I did what any first time mother did with my daughter. I eagerly awaited the five month mark, ran to the store, bought the cereal and couldn't wait to pop my little one in her seat to watch her gobble up this yummy cereal! Fail. I was so upset that she wanted nothing to do with it and wouldn't even let it go into her mouth. I was disappointed but more so I felt like I was failing her (yes I'm hard on myself) I didn't understand what was really going on and why she didn't take the cereal. It wasn't because she didn't like it. It was because she didn't know what to do. A lot of people are under the assumption that babies need to get used to eatting pureed food before they can move on and eat solid foods. This is not true. Sucking purees from a spoon doesn't prepare your little one to chew, in fact the best way to teach your child to chew is let them teach themselves on food that actually needs chewing. I even read in one of my books that it's instinct for a baby to suck when something is put in

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Mardi Gras Recipes for #SundaySupper

Mardi Gras Recipes for #SundaySupper

Happy Sunday everyone! I don't know a lot about Mardi Gras to be honest with you. All I do know is that it's a carnival/party of some sort that is thrown most famously in New Orleans. I have often seen some crazy outfits, out of control people doing silly things but one thing is for sure, like most parties, it comes with great food!! I had to look up recipes most commonly celebrated with Mardi Gras I have to admit. I was surprised to discover that a lot of Mardi Gras food choices consist of Cajun or spicy foods! I was super excited to discover this because well we love a good kick in this home! Sooooooooooooo let's thank Leslie from La Cocina de Leslie for hosting this super fun event! I seriously can not wait to check out these recipes and Pin some of them to my new "MUST TRY" pinterest board! I actually made two things for this event but decided on the food one verses the beverage one because well it was awesome!! So good that I had it for lunch 3 more days later that week as an actual dish when it was meant as a side dish. I pulled out the Baked Chicken Egg Rolls I made a few months ago to have for dinner and just needed that perfect side dish to go along with it. My new

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Dear Drew Mth 6 & 7

Dear Drew Mth 6 & 7

Dear Drew, My sweet baby boy, You are growing in leaps and bounds and since you are at my favorite age right now I'm having such an emotional ride through these days because you are our last baby. All of your firsts have become lasts for your Mommy. You have mastered rolling over, you are officially all over the place,  you are getting so much better and more interested in eating solids, I just couldn't be more proud of you. Your favorite foods right now are anything that turns to mush, breads, waffles, rice cakes, you are loving Daddy's grilled cheese's and your most favorite are graham crackers! You just smile and giggle through the whole snack!! I can honestly tell you that letting you eat solids gradually and letting you figure it out has been the best decision I've ever made. I gave you a bowl of mashed potatoes the other day and you went to town, you let me feed you, you took the spoon and fed yourself and you also dove in with your fingers and fed your face! Too cute baby boy! You are attempting to hold your own bottle too but you are pretty lazy and would rather Momma or Dadda do it for you. When you were sick you LOVED the pedialite! You are a goer, you want to

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Pear & Cottage Cheese Breakfast

Pear & Cottage Cheese Breakfast

I found this recipe in a new cookbook I got for Christmas this year. I have to admit it sounded a bit "weird" when I first read the ingredients but then I realized......hey I like everything in it so why wouldn't it work! I was looking for a change up, something light to have for breakfast, and then I realized it could also be for lunch or a snack too! So when I made it, I originally had it for breakfast, then I had it for lunch the next day, then I had it as a snack the following day! That is a Win-Win-Win in my book! The celery and walnuts gives it just the bit of crunch you need! What you'll need: 2 Pears, diced 1 cup of low fat cottage cheese 1/4 cup of glazed walnuts or pecans, chopped 1/2 cup of red grapes, chopped 2 celery stalks, chopped How to make it: Mix the above ingredients leaving a few of the pecans out. Refrigerate and sprinkle with remaining pecans when ready to serve.

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A Chili Cook Off for #SundaySupper

A Chili Cook Off for #SundaySupper

Happy Sunday everyone!! Today is a pretty special Sunday........why you ask? Well have you ever been to a Chili Cook Off? Have you ever took part in one? Well I have to be honest and say I haven't. I've always wanted to but honestly every time I make Chili, I make it differently, I can't seem to make it the same.......until one day when I hosted a Cookie Swap for all of my Momma friends and I made this Chili for the guys. My husband told me that it was by far the best Chili he had ever had.......so I went on a mission to duplicate that very recipe I made that day. Thank goodness I take pictures of almost everything I attempt to make and that I remembered everything that went into this dish. Obviously you can see why I came up with Daddy's Favorite Chili for my title! So this is your chance to attend a Chili Cook Off! You don't even have to leave your home. You get to browse through a bunch of mouth watering, heart warming, and soul satisfying Chili's right here today! Heather from girlichef is The new Sunday Supper Movement Magazine Editor and she is hosting this fabulous event over on the Sunday Supper Movement's website! I know what your thinking, how can I vote if I can't

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The Texan New Yorker – Featured Friday

The Texan New Yorker – Featured Friday

Happy Friday folks!! Man oh Man I feel like this week was the length of a month! I'm so behind with my blogging world, I was so ahead for so long then my second surgery sent me into a whirlwind, but I'm here! Even if it is me typing the night before (so unlike me!) I actually cooked my first real dinner in over two weeks last night! Never thought I'd get sick of casseroles, sandwiches and take out but I am! So another Feature upon us! I'm super excited to introduce you to Julie over at The Texan New Yorker. She is a fellow #SundaySupper friend of mine who has some pretty amazing dishes on her site. She also has a list of her 200 Culinary Goals, I value this, goals are a great thing to have and Julie has plenty of them, and has also crossed off plenty too! Someday when my kids are older I am going to have a goal list to Julie! Anywho let's get to know this fabulous lady shall we. She was born and raised in Dallas, Texas but then about 8 years ago she went off to New York! Living in Newark, NJ, Long Island and Queens. Julie started her blog to document her journey from being a picky eater with no food conscious to a big girl who loves cooking, adventurous eating and actually

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Healthier Dijon Vinaigrette

Healthier Dijon Vinaigrette

I think my new addition is making homemade salad dressings! Thanks to my best friend this one came into my life about two weeks ago when she had me over for dinner and served me a spinach salad that was consumed with this goodness! The next day I texted her and asked her for the recipe so I could have it all week on my salads! I got mason jars for Christmas and I love using them for everything and anything! This is the perfect thing to use them for! Keep them right in the fridge for a few days and by the time the dressing can go bad...........it's gone!! In my belly!! I love salads because you can change them up with switching out the dressing or even whatever you are putting into it. I for one like to mix my greens with spinach and romaine lettuce. I love adding tomatoes, cucumbers and red onion in it. I always have to top it with some sort of cheese and nut. Whether it be almonds, pecans or walnuts, and for cheese my favs are feta, blue cheese, goat cheese and mozzarella cheese, or even a good shaved Parmesan is good too. I could live on salads, I add chicken, eggs or whatever I can to make it more filling and yummy. What you'll need: 1/4 Cup EVOO 2 tsp. lemon juice 2

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Allowing your child to be who they want to be……

Allowing your child to be who they want to be……

I bring this subject up with a heavy heart because I don't want people to think I I don't love my daughter or that I would never not be proud of her, I'm bringing up the topic because I know there are other parents that must feel the way that I do. I'm a girly girl. I'm pretty sure I have been all of my life. I played with my dolls and I played house and all of that while growing up. I love anything pink, fancy and sparkly. I love my nails painted, a nice hair do, make up and a good pair of heels. I love shopping for purses and new cloths and dresses for the summer. So obviously when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter I was more than happy. That little girl growing inside my belly became my world (well she still is of course). On October 27th 2010 I became one lucky woman bringing that sweet bundle of joy into this world. I dressed her in everything and anything pink and purple. Then Post Partum Depression kicked in. I barley left the house, I started dressing her in PJ's everyday because every time I put jeans or anything itchy on her she just seemed so uncomfortable, so if we weren't leaving the house why bother making her wear all that dressy crap! Every time I put

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Valentine’s Day & Date Night In – Vol 4.

Valentine’s Day & Date Night In – Vol 4.

Happy Valentines Day everyone!! I know a lot of people aren't a fan of this day, another day where they can mark up flowers and chocolates, heck even the greetings cards are out of control these days, I went to by my husband one the other day and just about passed out. Usually I buy them for my mother and mother-in-law from my kids, sorry Nunny and Memere, you are getting homemade cards this year! :) Besides home made ones are the best! I love this holiday only because it's an excuse for my husband and I to get out, hold hands, play footsies under the table and just be with each other. ALONE. I started my Valentine's Day activities with the kids early this year with my surgery scheduled for the 6th. However here I am exactly one week post surgery and I'm feeling pretty good. Madison is off to school for Valentine's Day this year, I'm happy because she will be able to take part in her class party. Last year it fell on day where she was home with me. We happened to get a big storm that week. Read about what we did last year HERE. So for breakfast we had toast and strawberries, special request from MM. Hey I offered pancakes and she said nope, just toast please! So I've been wanting

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Bruschetta Chicken Bake for #WeekdaySupper

Bruschetta Chicken Bake for #WeekdaySupper

Boy oh boy do I have another #WeekdaySupper to share with you guys! Who doesn't love a good Bruschetta??!! Something about seeing Bruschetta on a menu under the appetizer section that just makes my mouth water when I'm deciding on what to order! I don't know why but the idea of fresh diced tomatoes, oil, fresh basil and garlic all served on top of a toasted piece of bread....Mmmmm....Yummy. So originally I wanted to incorporate some chicken into this dish I was thinking of, then I imagined some stuffing would make this dish complete. We all need fast and easy dishes to make during the week for those crazy hectic nights. Well this one will not disappoint your family. I actually made it during the day while my kids napped and was able to keep it on the stove top until my husband came home from work. I served it with some brown sugar glazed carrots (my daughters favorite of the month) and it made one great meal! Another plus to this dish, well it was made in one pot! Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. Serves: 4-6 1 & 1/3 Cups Ea. What you'll need: 1 14 oz can of diced tomatoes (basil and garlic), undrained 1 5 oz pkg of Stove Top stuffing mix, whole wheat 1/2 cup of

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Madison’s Heart-Day Pizza

Madison’s Heart-Day Pizza

My daughter loves hearts, every time we do crafts she always picks the heart shaped stickers, I love this about her. It makes my heart melt, so obviously Valentines Day is super special to me, it's just another day that I can make a tad bit more special for her! Check out what we did last year, I loved looking back a year, I can't believe how big my baby has become. Well this year she will be in school the day of. It's OK though, we will write out her V-Day cards for her class while I'm recovering in bed from surgery, we've already make Rice Krispy Treats dedicated to Valentine's Day and I bought pre-made cookies to decorate with her (yes pre-cooked because I suck at cookies and just in case I'm not feeling well enough to get out of bed yet I'm covered!!) I've got crafts up the wazoo for her and Daddy to do too! Sooooo Valentine's Day has been on my mind a little sooner than usual just because I know I'll be laid up for a week. I went a bit heart crazy last week, I pulled out the cookie cutter hearts and that was it! Rice Krispy Treats were posted last week and then the same day I thought, OMG I'm making pizza's shaped like hearts! Madison thought I was brilliant, of course yes she

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