Heading to a outdoor get together and need to take something easy and yummy? Searching for the most delicious cool treat that is a healthier alternative than grabbing a pie at the local grocery store? Search no farther.
Baked Ziti has always been a favorite of mine and I have fond memories of going to Angelo’s Restaurant in Midlo with my mom and chatting about everything under the sun and eating so much we might burst. If you are in the stage of life where eating out is an option without having to think of an escape plan when someone has a meltdown, Angelos is delicious! We do not eat out these days but this meal is a sure fire hit at home on a budget and no one has to escape during meal time…..Well….ok maybe you try to escape, but those little feet will come hunt you down.
Do you love the comfort of mac and cheese but hate that you must unzip and unbutton your pants after having a big ol serving? I could eat mac and cheese all day erry day but as always I love to try my own twists on healthy options. Plus, I love eating a filling and tasty meal without feeling like I need to lay on the sofa for hours after to recoup. I’ve been dying to try a version of cauliflower mac and cheese version of my own that doesn’t involve heavy cream or butter, yuck! So, on a whim last night I decided I wanted to give it a go. SUCCESS!
Cinco De Mayo is coming up tomorrow and while the rest of my amigos are out partying it up I will be at home, in my pajamas, and asleep by 7:45pm. Real life folks. I am a 99 year old woman stuck in a 30 year old’s body. But, if you want to partake in the festivities like I do but need to do it at home while making sure baby isnt eating legos, changing diapers, and singing Row Row Row your boat 100 times for your toddler then here is a amazing recipe that will get you in the festive spirit. Drink a margarita in your bathroom while tiny fingers grasp under the door calling “Mom are you going poo poo?” and you are really going wild. This recipe is 100% my husbands doing and he has been making these for years for us. Absoutely a fan favorite and hope it helps you live it up!
I hate wasting food, especially healthy food. It’s one of my biggest pet peeves and I will admit we used to do it weekly before we had kids. We would have meals planned and get lazy and end up at the local Mexican restaurant claiming we’d try again the following week and “do better.” Maybe it’s the social worker and mom in me but I hate knowing that there are kids who do not know where there next meal is coming from and don’t have access to fresh vegetables like my kids do.
I put baby Grayson down for his morning nap (teething stinks by the way) and Palmer asked me “What are we cooking today mom? Some muffins?” I really hadn’t planned on baking during nap time but he really enjoys it as a one to one activity so I opened up the fridge and that bag of carrots was staring me in the face. We buy carrots every week and the whole bag rarely gets eaten. I decided we’d find a Pinterest recipe for carrots and tweak to make it our own! So we did and lawd have mercy they were delicious. Poor Grayson might not even get a chance to taste by the time he gets up from his nap.
I would imagine the same sentiments are shared all over the South during this time of the year. People spend all winter bundled up and talking about moving to warmer weather and huddling inside. We are begging for sunshine, sundresses, and sandals. But I kid you not the second it gets hot the complaints are coming about the heat. Good gracious these are hard to please people!
Food is such a wonderful way to bring family and friends together and I am always a fan of brunch since that implies mimosas will be served. Going to Grandma’s house has always meant snacks, treats, and eating homemade food. There’s a comfort in knowing she’ll always be there with open arms and ready to whip up something tasty. Today we started our day with a brunch at Grandma’s complete with quality time, front porch swinging and yummy food! Opening up the front doors and llettingthr kids run in the sun while catching up with loved ones makes my soul happy. I made an easy recipe that was a big hit so I wanted to share with my peeps!(Get it?! Peeps and its Easter? I AM HILARIOUS!!!!!)
Have you read about the small town, Chewandswallow, whose weather conditions consist of the town’s meals for the day? Sounds amazing right? There is not a day that the residents need to go grocery shopping. If only it was that easy! In town Chewandswallow, the weather for the next day is forecasted on the television. Every time the people in Chewandswallow go outside they take their plates, utensils, and cups so they were prepared for the weather and meal. We might be moving to this amazing town ASAP. Talk about making my life easier! Welp, not that easy but it is the plot of the cutest childrens book ever: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett.
Tonight my husband told me that he wasn’t sure if dinner smelled good or bad when I was cooking… (smelled amazing by the way!) When I asked why he admitted that in his 31 years on this planet he has never tried eggplant and was nervous. Naturally I was really surprised. That’s crazy! So all eggplant newbies, vegetarian, herbivore, healthy food lovers this one is for you.
Eggplant Parmesan coming right up!
Wednesdays are my fave & not just because I am home with the boys and because it’s hump day. I feel like I get more done during my one full weekday off than I do in the other 6 days combined.
Today I was home from working out by 630 am and had whipped up some amazingly healthy banana bread, finished some painting in our kitchen and cleaned before my kiddos woke up. I love the silence of a sleeping house – I can think and reflect and plan. Oh the silence is precious and sacred for me (Probably because it’s never silent here. Ever).
This tasty banana bread is sugar free which I love! We incorporated a favorite book called Ten Little Monkeys while we ate and talked about how monkeys love bananas and then practiced our monkey sounds and swinging. Who said breakfast has to be boring and serious? Not at our table!