Month: September 2017 (page 1 of 2)

Easy Baked Loaded Cauliflower

This side dish is one of my husband’s favorite recipes.  For the past couple of months, I’ve changed my way of eating to a keto based diet. Let me say it is hard being the only person in the household on a diet! However, for me, this was the only successful diet where I was able to lose that final stubborn baby weight I still had, no matter how much I exercised after my son was born. All the baby weight is gone plus another ten pounds thanks to eating keto! I don’t feel like I’m starving myself at all, and I love this way of eating but that is another story in itself. I will add that when you are feeding a husband who doesn’t want any “diet food” and a toddler who is picky little eater, dinner time can be challenging! Thankfully, both have loved my keto dishes and I’ll always make a carb side dish for them anyway, which they appreciate and enjoy. After knowing a friend of mine who was successful on this diet, I decided to jump on board myself. I found out that many foods I already ate, I could still eat on the keto diet! However, one of the foods I couldn’t eat anymore was potatoes.  Potatoes have always been my weakness. I have always loved loaded baked potatoes! Let’s face it,  who doesn’t love a cheesy baked potato? They are wonderful! But they are also so carb heavy. So, after the initial shock and sadness of giving up potatoes wore off, I noticed that many people on this diet substitute cauliflower for potatoes.  I decided it was worth giving it a try.
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Sunday Morning Breakfast

 

I love when my husband makes Sunday morning breakfast. This is one of the ways after 8 years of being together, he still makes me feel special and takes care of it all.

I asked him after breakfast why he still does this every weekend. His reply was, “because it’s the only time I get to. I really enjoy making something special for my wife and little guy at least once a week, and most importantly because I love you. ”  It reminded me that during the week with the hustle and bustle and leaving home to fight rush hour traffic for almost an hour, he doesn’t get to do something special, in his mind at least.  He actually enjoys taking the time to make a meal for us and for him, it’s his way of showing that he loves us, and we get to eat a really nice breakfast too.
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My Top 10 Baby Products

I cannot believe how fast the first year of parenthood has just flown by! I still feel like it was a couple months ago I was pregnant and waddling I went. Now that my little one is almost a year and a half and I’m already envisioning what his 2 year old party will be like, I can’t help but reflect on his first year of life. I know we have it way easier than our parents and their parents and even those before them did, and I am absolutely not complaining one little bit. Parenthood is hard! I’m sure they had tips and tricks for their time period. For me, I used many products that saved my sanity and helped make the first year of his new life easier for both of us. So here we go, my top 10 baby products that I loved. These baby products were true lifesavers in my household.
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5 Benefits of Double Dating

Double dating. My husband and I have done this for many years and thoroughly enjoy it. Once you find the right couple (which in itself is another article), double dating can be an important, beneficial aspect of friendship, mutual respect, wisdom and most importantly, fun! Here are the 5 reasons why my husband and I double date, and the benefits it has provided us not only to our friendships, but also our overall happiness.

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Cactus (Nopales) Recipe

I decided recently to challenge myself and make a dish I have been intimidated in the past to make. However, I really didn’t know what to do or where to start. It wasn’t until recently, when I started cleaning out the food pantry that I found an old recipe book that I received many, many years ago. This recipe book was hand written and contained recipes from my grandmother, godmother, mother and mother-in-law. I decided this would be the perfect cookbook to choose from! So I chose my first intimidating dish to make and after a couple of times making it, I decided to share the recipe with you! So here we go, read along and watch the video if you want to learn how to make cactus (nopales). 🌵🌵🌵

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My Personal Breastfeeding Experience

I have been wanting to write about this for a very long time. Let me just give a disclosure that this is my very own, personal experience. It is what happened to ME. Everyone is different, every experience is different, every mother and every baby is different. This is me and my story. Whew, glad I got that out of the way.

Let me begin with the beginning, well, sort of. So when I found out I was pregnant, the internet became my best friend because I was totally clueless about babies. During those nine months, I searched every topic I could think of.  3am google serches after getting up to pee was the normal life for me.  Breastfeeding was one of those many subjects. There was so much information about breastfeeding! So many products, whether to choose an manual or machine pump, if your insurance covers it, different bottles, how to hold the baby when you are feeding, creams, bra pads, what to eat to increase your supply, etc.  It was truly an abundance of information. After countless sleepless nights researching, I was 100% sure my baby was going to be breast feed for at least a year, I was going to be eating the best quality foods and him and I were going to bond like no other before. Everything would be natural, wonderful, and go smoothly. Well, for me, that’s not exactly the way my breastfeeding journey went.


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Toddler Life -Tissues

Toddler Life -Tissues

⏰ The time it took for me to pee, this happens. Is it too early for a drink?? 😂😫🍷🍾🏡 #mamaneedsadrink #sahm #momlife #toddlers #tissues #toddlerlife

Loaded Breakfast Egg Muffins



My husband absolutely loves it when I make these loaded breakfast egg muffins for him. He wakes up for work every morning at 5:15am and leaves the house by 6:00am to fight the lovely rush hour morning traffic. During those quick 45 minutes he has before he leaves for work, he takes a shower, gets dressed, makes his coffee and prepares his food for lunch which consists usually of leftover dinners from the night before. Sometimes I don’t make these lovely muffins because life happens or I simply forget, but when I do, he is so very appreciative! I always get compliments each and every time I make them.

This recipe is really just a mix of things I currently have in the kitchen, but I do always tend to have a staple of ingredients I use each and every time I make them. The ingredients can vary, but it is usually as follows and it fills up a muffin tin of 12 muffins:

 

Loaded Breakfast Egg Muffin Ingredients

  • 8 eggs
  • 4 slices of ham, cut into tiny pieces

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Eggplant Lasagna Dinner

I recently promised myself to step out of my cooking comfort zone and try out a new recipe at least once a week. I haven’t been feeling well today, so I wanted to save my energy for one main dish that I have never made and keep my promise to myself. I chose an eggplant lasagna dinner dish! I have never in my life cooked with eggplant. I have tried it a couple of times, but I have always been a little intimidated by it to be honest. However, the last time we went to our local grocery store, I made it a point to buy a coupe vegetables that I have never cooked with! I finally bought the intimidating eggplant. I am so glad I did! So tonight, I made a dish called Easy Low Carb Eggplant Lasagna from Wholesum – Yum Low Carb Recipes. I have got to say, it turned out pretty good! I will mention while I did follow the recipe for the most part, when it came time to brown the meat I added Worchester sauce. I also I used a can of diced tomatoes and a small can of tomato sauce instead of marinara sauce. Last, I didn’t have ricotta cheese, so I just added extra shredded cheese. Hey, you can’t go wrong with cheese, right? Lol, I also added my own spices, like rosemary and paprika and topped the dish off with some bacon bits. I always end up changing recipes a little, but I think that many of us are like that. I still give credit to this recipe. It was amazing!

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Bragging Right: Puzzle Play

All parents brag about their kids,  so this is my turn to brag about mine! This puzzle is made for kids ages 3+ years, but my son who isn’t even a year and a half old yet can complete this one and others in about a minute. He’s had this particular puzzle for less than a week so I decided to film it.

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