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Monday, January 16, 2017

Meal Pinning Monday

Excuse the last of posting last week, but we were in the throws of minor bronchitis with a toddler here. 

Yes he felt bad, but a week of sickness did more emotional damage than anything. He now thinks he should be carted around by his Daddy all day long. I've started to write a post a few times but said to myself, YouTube looks interesting. I'll watch that and be brainless while the kid naps. 

The disagreeable nearly 2's are rough. 
[What is Meal Pinning Monday?]
MPM is how I meal plan for our little family. I once spent a lot of time searching the web and my recipe books hunting for new recipes and ideas for what to cook every week. Then, Pinterest came along and made meal planning much easier for me. Every weekend I look over what I have pinned the prior week and decide what I would like to cook and make my grocery list from these recipes. MPM came about as a way to share what I am cooking, and to also see what others are cooking every week to hopefully get even more dinner ideas from other bloggers. If you don't pin your recipes feel free to just share what you are cooking.

Monday - Mexican Lasagna

Tuesday - leftovers

Wednesday - Chicken Pot Pie

Thursday - Leftovers

Friday - Jambalaya

Saturday - leftovers

Sunday - Bacon Cheeseburger Skillet

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Meal Pinning Monday


Another week, another meal plan. Right? 

If you're looking at this and thinking, that's more dairy than usual? Then you're right. My workout VHS, yes VHS, has started to die and I decided to get the Beach Body Country Heat workout. It comes with their meal guide and portion control containers and I thought I'd give it a go this month. 

If my gums keep bleeding, I'll be back to mostly Paleo by the end of February. Something about wheat causes my gums to bleed. Granted, my husband won't be crying over the introduction to cheese and tortillas this week. 
[What is Meal Pinning Monday?]
MPM is how I meal plan for our little family. I once spent a lot of time searching the web and my recipe books hunting for new recipes and ideas for what to cook every week. Then, Pinterest came along and made meal planning much easier for me. Every weekend I look over what I have pinned the prior week and decide what I would like to cook and make my grocery list from these recipes. MPM came about as a way to share what I am cooking, and to also see what others are cooking every week to hopefully get even more dinner ideas from other bloggers. If you don't pin your recipes feel free to just share what you are cooking.

Monday - Puerto Rican Chicken with Plantains, Salad, Mojo Sauce, & Avacado

Tuesday - Enchiladas  with Salad & Avocado Ranch

Wednesday - leftovers

Thursday - Paleo Chick-fil-a Nuggets & Fries (a toddler favorite)

Friday - Unstuffed Pepper Skillet

Now for the recipes I didn't get to last week...
Saturday - Lemon Chicken with Brown Rice & Brussel Sprouts

Sunday - Boneless Wings with Cucumbers, Carrots, & Fries

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Persimmon Pudding

I came across this recipe awhile back and pinned it to my "I Wish I was English" board. Then by some miracle my neighbor's mother has this particular variety of persimmon in her yard.

Winter fruit score!


This pudding is everything I love about a British pudding, but baked in a tray without all the bothersome steaming. Top it with some whip cream, or even custard, and you're in business. 


Persimmon Pudding

adapted from Saveur
Ingredients:
2 cups of hachiya persimmon pulp
2 cups of sugar
2 eggs
2 cups of buttermilk (I used cashew with a tbsp of white vinegar)
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
1/4 cup heavy cream (I only had half and half on hand)
4 tbsp melted butter

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350. Combine sugar and pulp, add eggs. In a small bowl, combine buttermilk with baking soda, stir. Add to pulp mixture. Sift remaining dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Gradually add to pulp mixture, add in cream and mix well. Grease 9x13 pan with butter and add remaining butter to the pudding mixture. Pour into dish. Bake until dark brown and a toothpick comes out clean, about 1 hour. 


Wednesday, January 04, 2017

2016 Favorites

This year I'm skipping sharing resolution, a year in review... basically all of the usual. 

2016 was the year that I found products I loved, and half of that could have been the fact that I turned 30 and did everything possible to quit aging!

1. RetinA - this has become my love of the year. After weaning from breastfeeding my hormones went wild and I had hormonal acne that I've never seen the likes of before. Not only has it cured that, I feel like my skin looks so much better.

2. Cetaphil & CeraVe - between their lotion and face wash I've been in heaven. My skin is no longer overly dry or overly oily. It's the right balance for the first time in ages. You can easily find these at drug stores so I won't bother linking them.

3. Beauty Blender - I've been using knockoffs from T.J. Maxx and love them. I can't imagine shelling out 20 bucks on a sponge. So really, try the knockoffs.

4. Baby Feet - this my friends is what feet dreams are made of. I'm stating it here officially, like I've said to friends, I'll never go to get a pedicure again. At least not with the purpose of having my skin exfoliated. Best foot peel on the planet.

5. Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme - I was sent Truth or Bare and their Poutliner in Primrose from Influenster and I'm in love. This is another "venture of 30" where I'm trying to become a lipstick person. These are great nudes, and great rosy nudes if you're looking for one. After lunch today I still had remains of it.

6. It Cosmetics Illuminating CC Cream - I know a lot of the beauty bloggers don't like the illuminating CC, but it gives my 30 year old easily dull skin a nice all day glow.

7. Milky Piggy - So far I've purchased my mother and I the Collagen Jella Pack, which is their sleep mask. I'm loving it, I use it twice a week on a non-RetinA night. It's super moisturizing and had a great smell. Next on my list are their pore masks.

8. Hard Candy Setting Spray - According to a few Youtubers it's been likened to Urban Decay Up All Night Setting Spray. This actually keeps my makeup in place all day much better than other drug store brands I've tried.

9. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sun Block - again this I feel is a product of 30, but it isn't greasy and my skin definitely needed to start wearing this daily. Especially after that appointment where they did imaging and showed what sun damage I had. Eek!

10. My beloved Camelbak - I've tried the Yeti craze this year people and I have to say I still prefer this water bottle. It allows me to measure how many ounces I've had in a day and I can drink out of it quicker than other bottles.

11. Naked2 Basisc - hands down the best everyday neutral eye palette I've ever had.

12. Women's Seamless Nursing Bra - Gilligan & O'Malley™ - no photos of a lady in her underwear here, but this sleep bra has been a dream. After nursing my girl parts haven't gone back into place, and I assume they never will, so a sleep bra has been a must. I use to be the girl who didn't wear a bra if I didn't have to, like IBTC member that could wear a sweat shirt without one and you'd never know - to now Mommy Boob Club and they touch my ankles. So this bra, and it's ability to keep them off my knees, heavenly. 

13. Fire & Ice Pickles - a friend gave me her recipe years ago but I'm just now getting around to making them. They're good people, really good. Here's a version I found on Pinterest of them >>>



14. Wanderer Bracelets - These handmade bracelets are made in Bali from water buffalo bone and support local artisans. They are super hippie chic and super fun. I honestly love the purpose of the company and their products, and even more so that they are affordable. If you want to get one for yourself use my code LABride20 for 20% off and the link >> http://bit.ly/2hSqnd9

The two in the pic below are a Lima Beads Bracelet in Large & the Hook Wrap Bracelet. I lost my Coordinates Bracelet during NYE and plan to order another one, I had our wedding location on it. Super sad face. They are super well made though, and sturdy. Way better than similar bracelets I bought in a street market in Naples.


15. Ghee - I got addicted to this during the Whole30 back in January and have used it in place of butter ever since. It's super easy to make and basically lactose free for those of you who stomaches disagree with dairy... like mine. Here's an easy Pinterest recipe >>>


16. Whole30 - I've been a long time Paleo lover and used Whole30 a lot when I was nursing to get Harrison over some sessitivity issues, but during January I did my first one that I stuck to 100% the entire month. Loved it. I also highly suggest it ti figure out what foods bother you, I for instance solved my bleeding gum issue with removing wheat. I've known diary was a problem, but a month without it did me well. 

So that sums up my 16 favorite products or such from 2016 that I loved! Tell me, what were some of your favorite product finds in 2016?

Monday, January 02, 2017

Meal Pinning Monday

Happy New Year, here's my first meal plan for 2017. 

[What is Meal Pinning Monday?]
MPM is how I meal plan for our little family. I once spent a lot of time searching the web and my recipe books hunting for new recipes and ideas for what to cook every week. Then, Pinterest came along and made meal planning much easier for me. Every weekend I look over what I have pinned the prior week and decide what I would like to cook and make my grocery list from these recipes. MPM came about as a way to share what I am cooking, and to also see what others are cooking every week to hopefully get even more dinner ideas from other bloggers. If you don't pin your recipes feel free to just share what you are cooking.

Turns out Pinterest Widget isn't working today, everything is a link. 


Tuesday - French Dip Sandwiches with Whole Wheat Rolls (I'm skipping the peppers in recipe)

Wednesday - lefovers



Saturday - leftovers

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Things That Make Me Say Yay!

It's the last day of 2016. 

Seems like yesterday it was the last day of 1999, but who's counting. 

In the same token I keep seeing stuff about how bad 2016 was for everyone, it really wasn't for us. 2014 & 2015 were the bummers. This year, even with Jeremy's surgery, has been good. It's been a year of toddlerhood, finally fixing Jeremy's ears, and nothing that eventful in cancer land. Yes, my Dad's treatment has changed a bit due to cancer growth, but he's still hanging around and doing it well. It could always be worse. 

It will likely get worse one day, but this year wasn't as "worse" as it's been so let's just take it as it is. It could have been worse. 


In other news, the 20 bucks spent on this tent at Ikea was the best 20 dollars ever spent in our house. Harrison has basically taken to living in it as a second home. Money well spent for days of toddler fun. 


Fact, my hair is too thin for long hair so every few years I get sick of keeping up with the long haired Jones's and chop it all off. Only problem, I can't curl this mop to save my life. Shorter hair just makes me happier, bangs as well. Bangs cover up a lot of age. Primarily those forehead creases I've had forEVER! Dang being expressive. On the downside if I ever got botox I think it would be too obvious. Emily's face suddenly quit moving? That's unusual. 


Y'all, a winter garden is my jam. The lizard population is drastically decreased this time of year and it appears I can actually grow things. 

The funny part is the toddler than doesn't understand weeds vs. plants and has tried to pull up my beets more than one time. If I'm seen pulling weeds for more than a hot second he immediately starts digging and pointing at everything. 

If you follow us on Snapchat you would have seen him using a M&M Christmas Tree thing as a shovel this week. The carrots have begun having nightmares about that first 5 seconds of The Nutcracker song. 


Proof that I can do winter... which has been my beloved season for as long as I can remember... I actually have a growing plant.

I think I managed 2 tomatoes and maybe 3 zucchini this summer. The basil plant that needed little attention and actually preferred my neglect was the only thriving plant last season.

I can't quit dreaming of cauliflower roasted in nutritional yeast. I need more nutritional yeast.


To cap off today's post, here's a little funny situation that happened. 

Much like his mother, Harrison is a nudist toddler. Clothing and diapers are terribly constricting and have the potential to ruin a perfectly good naked day. 

He somehow convinced Jeremy to let him eat breakfast yesterday sans diaper. All was going well until I was getting dressed and heard Jeremy yell out "Harrison just R. Kelly-ed Ellie!" If you're at all familiar with the R. Kelly that Dave Chapelle made skits about, then you know that he had a penchant for peeing on people. Harrison did in fact pee on the dog. 

Which serves her right. She stands directly under him hoping for food at every meal. 

Now in the land of things that don't make me say yay, or any version there of. We had to get new appliances, but icing on the money draining cake was that the water line didn't work, so now we've got a few plumbers out today working on things. We should really consider standing on the corner and just writing checks to everyone. 😝

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Pimento Cheese & Spicy Crackers

Now that I've made this a few times, and my mother has now tried to find the recipe on here, it's probably high time to post this recipe. 

A restaurant here started serving Spicy Ranch Crackers with Pimento Cheese as a appetizer, so why not put my Pimento Cheese recipe with my Ranch Crackers. It was heavenly by the way. 


Spicy Ranch Crackers with Pimento Cheese

Ranch Crackers 
Ingredients:
2 sleeves of Saltine Crackers
1 cup canola oil
1 packet of Hidden Valley Ranch
3 tbsp crushed red pepper flakes

Directions:
Soak red pepper flakes in oil for 24-72 hours, depending on how much time you have. The longer the oil soaks the pepper the spicier it will be. Afterward, strain the pepper flakes out of the oil. Combine the oil and crackers in a large bowl and stir until crackers are thoroughly covered in oil. Sprinkle over the ranch seasoning and stir until crackers are evenly coated. Continue to stir a few times an hour for about 2-3 hours. After the oil has soaked into the crackers and they are evenly coated in ranch, store in a large Ziploc bag or container. Serve with Pimento Cheese. 

Pimento Cheese
Ingredients:
2 cups of shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
8 oz diced pimentos
1/2 cup (or one small container) of plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp paprika
salt & pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder

Directions:
Combine all ingredients, chill, and serve with Spicy Ranch Crackers. 


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