Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Warm Quinoa Salad

Since about January, I have been trying clean eating. (Cutting back on sugar, processed, and refined foods.) 

It's not easy, especially being the foodie that I am. I like big, fatty flavors, y'all. But, I was determined to stave off those last few pounds of baby weight before squeezing myself into a bathing suit for summer. 

Enter quinoa. 

It's one of those things people tell you to eat for years, but you can never quite figure out how to make it....yummy.

Here's a fun nutritional comparison to rice. {More protein, fiber, potassium, zinc and folate.}

I played around some with quinoa, and now I'm in love. Lucy loves to eat "Keen-Ya" too. And the other night we were out of dog food, so the dog even had quinoa for dinner. Protein and folate for all!

The only person who's not sold yet? The Mr...but it's a work in progress.

(That crazy looking thing on the side is a veggie burger with hummus and avocados.)

Warm Quinoa Salad
can also be served cold
2 servings
1 cup of cooked quinoa (follow package directions)
1 large handful of kale or baby spinach
1/4 cup diced tomatoes
2-3 tbsp parmesan cheese
dash garlic powder
dash salt & pepper
dash red pepper flakes
juice from the wedge of a lemon
Olive oil (or coconut oil)

In a saucepan over medium heat, add olive oil, tomatoes and kale. Toss around for a minute or two to wilt the kale. Sprinkle garlic powder, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes, to taste. Add quinoa and stir to warm up. Add parmesean cheese until it melts (about 30 seconds) and juice from the wedge of a lemon. Serve warm or chill for later.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Our weekend in Pictures

We had a fun weekend filled with free chick-fil-a (for dressing up like cows), pigtails, baby smooches, some putt putt, and ended the weekend celebrating a friend of ours sweet baby Clara's first birthday. 

We are loving summer!

Friday, June 27, 2014

This week in pictures and some momfessionals

We went to a Durham Bulls game this week, and the highlight of the baseball game (in Lucy's opinion) were 1) the free bouncy house...

2) meeting Wooly Bull. Once the game started she kept repeating "woolly woolly woolly woolly" and some (not pictured) cotton candy. 

This girl loves wearing "glashes" .

Loves to help make dinner. See this? I'm working on my non-staged photography skills. Keeping it real.

And going to the pool pool pool. (When she gets excited, the words are on repeat, y'all.)

 And we discovered that she eats Oreos like her daddy. Cream-first.

I also decided this is what she would look like as a boy. Still cute.

And I will end this week with a few Momfessionals...

1- I wear yoga pants (when I'm not working) all day every day but haven't worked out in months. (Because who wants snot/yogurt/etc on their cute clothes? Not me.)

2-Sometimes we have snacktime at Harris Teeter. Now that we are down to 1 nap per day, if I have grocery shopping to do, after nap, we head to HT and eat a cookie, some deli meat, and some cheese and bread (all of which are out for free sampling). Thank you HT for providing snack so I can multitask.

3-It is summer-yay! But that also means bathing suit season. I have days where I feel skinny, and days where all I see is leftover baby belly. I'm starting to get why people hate being in bathing suits. I read this post today called Put on That Swimsuit, and I don't know about you, but I needed to hear that. Playing on the beach/at the pool is more important than my insecurities. And I refuse to let my self image ruin my children's. More of Jesus and less of me... (John 3:30)

So...let's hear them. What are your momfessionals this week?

Thursday, June 19, 2014


So I took a little hiatus from blogging for a while... because...well the whole blogging world comes across as so polished, so perfect. (Professional food photos and our children's perfect & polished stats for all the world to see.)

I'm guilty of blogging only the polished, perfect things. But my real life? It's full of messy imperfection, temper-tantrums, and meals that are a giant disaster.

So I decided to share with you my "Momfessionals". A collection of my imperfections that I've learned to laugh at and embrace, because, they are the salt of life, these imperfections.

"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.'" 2 Corinthians 12:9

  • Sometimes I buy organic food for my daughter. Sometimes that organic food falls on the floor and I don't have the energy to make a new batch, so it is called dinner, and it is served.
  • Lucy loves to help with everything right now, including feeding the animals. This is a great activity for her to do while I am cooking. It also may or may not make the animals fat.
  • My favorite time this week has been snuggling with her while she watches Elmo. This girl is crazy for Elmo (and Abby Dabby), and I am so thankful she found something on TV that holds her attention. And gives us a chance to snuggle. And rest.
  • I bought a time-out timer this week. Time outs are a JOKE right now, but I am persevering. When she has to go into timeout, she thinks its comical and has a smirk on her face. Then I put on my most serious face & tone and tell her she has to sit there until the timer beeps. Then I walk away. Then she walks away. She pretends to find something very interesting outside and peeks through the blinds. I put her BACK in timeout, and the cycle repeats. (All in under 1 minute.) 
I'd love to hear your Momfessionals. Because, let's be honest people; that saying "it takes a village to raise a child"...is no joke.

Monday, June 16, 2014

A mountain wedding and Fathers Day

We went to a beautiful wedding in West Jefferson , NC over the weekend and had a much needed date night to ourselves. Beautiful scenery, venue , wine and a chance to chat with adults all night long was exactly what parents of a busy toddler need! And it was 55 degrees on the top of the mountain, a refreshing break from the 90s. 

The beautiful bride:

We finished the weekend off celebrating Father's Day for this sweet guy. Bagels for breakfast, lazy lounging in his new hammock, a food truck festival and finished it off with a few beers with our friends. 

Me and the Mr. have Christmas birthdays, and it sure is fun celebrating each other mid-year (without the getting older part of birthdays!)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Paddy's!

As you may have noticed so far, I am crazy about holidays. And when I get to be home to craft & play with Lucy, I love holidays even more. 

We were stuck inside because of sleet today. Yes, sleet. On St. Patrick's Day. And this little leprechaun decided to skip a nap.

Sleep and nap boycotts aside, we managed to keep our day full of green and pots of gold. And maybe even a few smiles, even when she was we were cranky. 

Happy St. Paddy's Day!

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
-Old Irish Blessing

Monday, March 10, 2014

ten on ten: March 2014

Happy March 10th!

When I'm good and I remember, every 10th of the month I link up with a bit of sunshine to capture 10 blessings in my day through pictures.

"And He said, 'My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.'” Exodus 33:14