How to Gift Wrap a Pie Plate

My cousin got married a few weeks ago and since the bridal shower invite wanted guests to send a recipe I thought I's send a pie plate as our gift. 

This happens to be a cousin on the Old Fashion Chocolate Pie side of the family, so I gifted his wife with the pie recipe of her new hubby's Great-Great-Grandmother. 

I'm sharing this idea simply because the internet did not come to my rescue on this topic, by the way. 


In my attempt at pie plate wrapping I kept running into the same issue, boxes didn't fit the substantially sized Pioneer Woman Pie Plate. 

Food Network Star S13 Ep4 Recap - Bell Pepper Bowls

On this week's episode of Chopped, contestants were placed into yet another group challenge, thrown in the woods to make camping food... that was far from camping food, and given baskets of certain death. 

Basically. 


I get that group challenges are probably easier to film and judge, but I'd like to see more of what the individuals are capable of without Matthew telling everyone how to do it.

1, 2, 3, 4, & 5

It's Friday, so let's recap the week... or week-ish. Almost nothing has happened this week thanks to deal old Tropical Storm Cindy. 

She barely made an appearance... but that didn't stop the universe from closing down this week. 

1. This was the night before the supposed storm hit. I thought the whole "Red Skys at Night, Sailor's Delight" was a tad off, turns out it was right. We dodged the storm, which was great because our town floods with a minor sprinkle. 

The town I teach in though floods with a north wind (pushes everything from the Gulf up into the bay and so forth) and they got a bit of flooding. 



Fruity Marshmallow Treats

This past week my mother and I took the kids and ventured up to Pawhuska, OK to visit the Pioneer Woman Mercantile. She grabbed a ton of fun treats from the coffee car, the Spicy Cowgirl Coffee & Chicken & Waffles Salt Water Taffy being my favorite, however ranking clearly in the top 3 was their marshmallow treats. 

Fruity Marshmallow Treats via @labride

I polished mine off the last 3 hours of the trip back slowly picking apart the contents and savoring every white chocolate drizzled bite. 

The Mercantile Road Trip Part 2

In a significantly shorter recap of day two, thanks in part to not taking my camera anywhere and getting all of these photos off of my mother's phone, I bring you day two of the adventure. 

In all fairness there was no way you can make a trip like this with small kids without a zoo visit. Being our second big zoo to visit this year (Nashville in February) and  living close to the Audubon, I have to say that the Tulsa Zoo is my favorite so far. 


Prices were better than Audubon, but the same as Nashville. There were more animals than in Nashville. As far as how nice it is, this one and Nashville rank the same.

The highlights were definitely all 400 turtle exhibits, Harrison is turtle obsessed right now and I nearly had to peel him off the tank in the photo above.

The Mercantile Road Trip Part 1

Last week we made the 9+ hour drive to north Tulsa to go up and visit Pawhuska, OK. 

Tulsa was chosen mainly for the zoo, gotta give the kiddos a chance to run off the trapped car energy and not start a revolt against every mother in that town. 

I took a good handful pics, so let's walk around and I give you the deets on everything we did and how beautiful the area was. (true story I've long since longed to live in the country... my disdain for the deep deep south of Louisiana runs equally deep. I despise the swamp to be honest.)




I had to snap a few of my nutcase running wild in the upstairs coffee bar area. He was completely done with being held captive and let it be known while his grandmother spent the rest of our yearly earnings at the bakery/coffee area collecting everything else we didn't require to live.


Food Network Star S13 Ep3 Recap - The Mountains of Detroit

This particular episode was underwhelming, but not because of the contestants, the topic was just awful. 

Team captains were chosen. 

Teammates were picked like a 5th grade wiffle ball game. 

And then... then... the dang theme was places and a 5 course meal. Like the forest was pasta and I still to this moment in time can't figure out what the heck the forest has to do with pasta. 

The theme was just awful. 


Ever more awful than the theme was the group of people they had tasting the food. 

Meal Pinning Monday (but clearly it's Sunday)

Back from our mini road trip to The Pioneer Woman Mercantile in Pawhuska & it's real life and cooking.

Which might I add is less stressful than a dang road trip with a toddler.

I'm going to be uncovering puppy and turtle stickers in that car and on my body for weeks to come.

No joke I peeled one off my body in the shower the other day, they are EVERYWHERE!



[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.

Food Network Star S13 Ep2 Recap - #TeamLibrary

On this week's episode of Emily hasn't been in town and near a computer so the blog has gone largely neglected... two people got kicked off the show.


On this particular episode that I've had too many sleeps since watching and can vaguely remember some details, Team Library also known as Cory + Stay at Home Mom + Mini Martha + Justin Bieber won the Beauty & the Beast themed challenge. 

Basically the contestants were divided into groups, gag... who on earth likes working in groups, and had to make dishes to go with brunch, tea, and so on, and also decorate a table. 

Sadly Food Network didn't show the sides of the team hunting for decor, at least none that I recall. 

All we managed to see were two guys leaving half their food at the store, Future Paula Dean school the Comeback Kid no one likes (leaving everyone on Twitter agreeing that he needed a leash), and poor Kao not getting her corn starch. 

The guys losing groceries were the least of my concerns, they were there and shopping. That's all their fault. However the Cao situation had nothing to do with her, she was in the decor shopping group and the one ingredient they left out of her set basically ruined her dish. 

In the end, Suzanne should have gone home and was looked over. Probably because she is a sub par character who doesn't stand out, aside from when she's on camera and you want her off the show. Justin Bieber (last row t the right) managed to stay on, but only because he was on a team that saved his life. 

I suggested he write them all thank you notes for allowing him another week. Boozy Sandra Lee ever said his dessert looked like poo. 

Instead the girl from NOLA was sent packing along with Granny Paula Dean. Paula Dean simply because she made a French soup the wrong consistency with the wrong potatoes (gotta be specific on these shopping lists because your teammates are thinking of numero uno people). I think NOLA girl's fate was stamped when she whipped out terribly predictable Louisiana dish during brunch? 

I cant' remember if she was in the brunch group. I know Cao was because of the Vietnamese Pancake Tragedy, but clearly she stayed on out of pity since it clearly wasn't her fault and she's proved she can in fact cook. 

So that's it for today, I promise next week will be more detailed since I'll be in town and able to write. 

If your watching and want some fun head over to Twitter during the show and follow the hashtag #FoodNetworkStar. I haven't seen many of the contestants on there, but Cao was last week and had some pretty funny tweets. Girl was dressed in the most stereotypical Asian outfit on earth, and thanks to Twitter she answered a long standing question... yes they are styled for the show. 

I gave her a hard time last week, but she redeemed herself this episode and was hilarious on Twitter. 

Still not a fan of over done Kentucky contestant. 

Dear other contestants... get on Twitter. During the actual show. 

Southern Cake Series: Jam Cake

Since I'm an anniversary and birthday baker this series has been slow moving. I started to bake monthly, but my waistline can't handle monthly cakes. 

This particular recipe is brought to you by our 8th wedding anniversary and my need to bake a cake that day. 

So I give you... Jam Cake. It's not the full on real recipe though, it's more of a hybrid between the Southern Living 50th Anniversary recipe and one out of my 1955 copy of Acadian Bi-Centennial. 

Food Network Star S13 Ep 1 Recap - Ugh Blake

First off, yes I know it's Tuesday and this aired on Sunday... I had other posts that needed to go up. That doesn't mean I dislike Kao? Kale? Whatever her name is any less. 

Let's have some fun over the next 12ish week and chat about who we hated, who we love, and allegiance for no apparent reason. I promise I won't try to remember any one's name and will write solely from memory. 

And by the way I'll make sure I'm live tweeting every Sunday night at 8pm central to talk trash about people as the show progresses... we could say discuss the show... but Kale's bangs are giving me nightmares. 


So why am I interested this season and I've ignored it largely for a few years? Cory Bahr.

Modest Modern Mama

This is a post is a collaboration with Modest Modern Mama, it does not contain affiliate links. 

I'll be honest with y'all, I've had a bit of a fashion issue as of late. 

Shorts seem shorter, rompers are clearly more see through, and swimwear covers less than lingerie. 

Finding clothing that fits how I want to live my life, is functional, and still cute, has just become hard to come by. Luckily I know a former blogger who started selling clothing on an online boutique a few years ago and that helped me survive pregnancy, thank the good Lord tunics were in then. 

I wasn't much of an online shopper before that. 

Now-a-days I am, thanks to a toddler who crawls under dressing room doors and leaves... and I can't exactly chase him without a top on. 

All of this brought me to a newer online clothing boutique (who just this week announced on her IG that she'll be offering at home Pop Up Shops) owned by a lovely Christian mama from Central LA who happens to share a bunch of mutual friends with me. 


As soon as I started browsing Allie's shop Modest Modern Mama I knew that I had to A) buy all the clothing and B) work with her in some aspect so that all my friends would find out about her lovely clothing shop. 

Meal Pinning Monday

It's VBS week and I'm not entirely sure I thought this menu through all the way. Hello scrambling around and rushing home after 5 every day to cook.

How do people who work 9-5 jobs do it?



[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.

Five On Friday



First full week of summer is in the books and it's been nothing but happily filled days of fun. 

1. This has been my new go-to keto style lunch, I might eat it everyday until I hate it honestly! It's Chicken, 1/2 avocado, 1/3 cup shredded cheddar, 2 tbsp sour cream, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, and green onions. Heavenly. 


Aroma Foundry Essential Oils

I was recently sent a few essential oils from a wonderful new company in California called Aroma Foundry to test out and share with y'all. While I wasn't monetarily paid for this review, I did receive the products for free. All opinions are my own and honest as usual! 

After browzing their site and choosing my oils I was insanely excited to try them out, I love supporting American companies. Aroma Foundry did not disappoint at all, like I've said for ages on my website... you can find amazing oils out there at an affordable price that are consistently high quality.



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Meal Pinning Monday

First full week of summer.

Not a single work related something on the calendar.

Life couldn't be better.


[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.

Currently: May


Current book: M.C. Beaton "Death of a Bore"& the new Andy Cohen book

Meal Pinning Monday

This is finally the last week of school before Summer. I could nearly give an Oscar's acceptance speech to tell you how I feel about the survival that took place my first year in 3rd grade. 

In that, I've also gotten into a lunch rut that's turned this week into a lunch box of two Keto waffles, pepperoni, and 2 cheese sticks. Super well rounded. Insanely lazy. 

That should tell you something... I usually don't mind spending an average of 4+ hours a Sunday prepping food for the week and I've come down to waffles, cheese, and a large stick of pepperoni in my fridge. None of witch you'll find paired together on any fine dining menu. 


Speaking of fine dining... the chef Jeremy and I worked for in college is going to be on this season of The Next Food Network Star. I'm thinking of episode recaps and thoughts? Who'd be interested? 


[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.

FIVE ON FRI-YAY

There are only 3 actual days of work left and I couldn't be happier! Don't get me wrong, I don't hate my job. However the break that is called Summer is highly needed. I personally need to rest, recharge, and get back to a normal state of being. 

I've hit that high-strung time of the year and it's time to wind down. 


1. First up I went to a Mother's Day yoga class that was all heart/chest opening poses and ended with a 30 minute Savasana with Acupuncture.

Meal Pinning Tuesday?

This week people, we'll call it the sugar detox week. Last week was 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.

F I V E O N F R I D A Y

It's Friday people, and as if that weren't enough to celebrate it's also the end of Teacher Appreciation Week. My midsection is sick of being appreciated. 

That might sound unappreciative, but I assure you my jeans are far more snug than I prefer. 

Come Saturday "skinny Emily" will shove "chunky Emily" back down in the hole she belongs and hopefully keep her in her place. She's only allowed out on occasion, the past two weeks she's been partying like a college girl during Sorority Rush Week. 


Now let's get to things of the week.

1. I'll share links as soon as I have them, but I got to record a podcast with The Podcast Project and had an absolute blast. Today the main episode airs and come Sunday the "Sunday Confessions" episode comes out. This was all recorded mid-"chunky Emily" so you can consider yourself warned.


Grilled Asparagus & Green Onions

This is going to be a really short post, but I promise you this recipe is divine.

Whether you follow Paleo, Primal, Low Carb, Keto, or Whole30, this will fit the bill. It works, it's yummy, it's a favorite of mine, and it's insanely easy.


Grilled Asparagus & Green Onions

Ingredients:
1 bunch of asparagus
1 bunch of green onions
garlic powder
salt
pepper
olive oil (I sometimes use bacon fat or ghee depending on what's on hand)

Directions:
Clean and cut aspragus, toss in a bowl with green onions. Season with enough oil or fat to coat and then season to taste with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Grill for 5-10 minutes at a medium heat until it's as tender as you prefer and enjoy. 


When I make this I quite literally wait until I've already flipped the chicken I'm grilling and then place the asparagus on the grill. I've made this a few times where I blanched the asparagus first, but it really isn't needed. Just cook it until it's done at a medium heat. 

In case you're wondering, yes I grill everything myself (except steaks because Jeremy does it so well, and his Country Rib recipe) and I also use a gas grill. I just find it to be so much better suited for someone who grilled several times a week. I'm not spending time with charcoal unless we are camping. 

Meal Pinning Monday

This week is teacher appreciation week at our school, or as I like to call it "sugar central." If you really loved me you'd give me a pack of diet shakes and tell me to take it easy on the cake in the lounge. Instead I'm going to be taken over by some sugar demon and require an exorcism come Friday after noon. Someone might even mistake me for a crackhead and try to have me committed after all the junk food that comes though the place... 

In case you have never met me in person, I am a much more well rounded individual without sugar in my system. One hit and I start freebasing the stuff and quickly look like this: 


It's a real problem people. 



[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.

Five On Friday

Another week, another 5 things. 


1.  I've said it before that I have a YouTube workout obsession, cheaper than a gym. Well this week a college friend of mine who is in great shape posted about fitness and I had to be nosey and ask what all she was doing. She mentioned this workout, which I've had saved in my workout videos on YouTube since Jessie James Decker released it. Like literally that day,  I just love her! 

I hadn't done the workout and decided getting over the cold was a good time to try it out for the first time, it didn't disappoint. I was pouring sweat from everywhere in zero time at all. Perfect mama workout. Especially since she says to do it 1-3 (or more if your crazy) times and each circuit is 10 minutes long. 

Adrenal & Cold Buster Smoothie

After having Harrison I was constantly exhausted and most of time I felt like my brain was in a constant fog. I kept getting brought back to the idea of healing your adrenals and changed my diet to get back to eating whole foods and incorporate things that would help my system return to normal. 


Adrenal Smoothies kept popping up in my search to get back to pre postpartum life. Not even the weight side of things, just feeling right. 

I didn't feel right, sad, tired, zero energy. Something had to give, and luckily food can be an answer. I'm a firm believer that nutrition can heal. 

This has even become my go-to for when I feel sick. It has everything I need to start feeling better, and it tastes better than just taking Vitamin C pills. 

Easy Gift Ideas for Mother's Day

I know some mama's are all about the gifts, thoughtfully picked out. There's a nice little easy going crowd of us who aren't though. Here are five ideas for things to do for your low key mama in your life with Mother's Day coming up.

Easy Mother's Day Ideas

1. Book her a massage or facial, or better yet, let her book the kind she wants where she wants it. Or just give her one yourself. 


2. Make her favorite breakfast or lunch after church

3. Disappear with the children so she has alone time at home.  Or let her wander off to do something without everyone under foot

4. Gift cards or cash. Who doesn't like being handed money to play with that has no strings attached... as in this should have been spent on gas or groceries.

5. Be sneaky and buy something from her Amazon wish list


Side Note:: The only reason I can think of these things is because at one time or another the hubby has done them. I remind him often that he's lucky that I'm an easy to please person lol! 

Meal Pinning Monday

I'll be honest with y'all, this Whole30 lasted a week and turned into more of a Half30. I honestly don't see it as quitting in the least bit. 

I've done the whole thing before. I know what my trigger foods are (those layered brownies sitting on my counter I made for my students) and that I should avoid them. 

However, a few days in and I realized something. I just need to cut soy, wheat, and dairy and all is good in my food world. No stomach aches from eating dairy, easy. Soy isn't hard to cut simply based on the fact that if effects estrogen and with my family history... there's no reason to encourage breast cancer. (yes I eat sushi and soy sauce on occasion, but it's not weekly or even bi-weekly)

The issue I'm having is whether or not to cut grains. I'm in the process of going to see a doctor and getting blood work done and hopefully allergy testing to answer some questions I've been having, but I've read a lot that is you don't have gluten in your system that it will show up as a non issue even if it is one. So I almost feel like I should be eating some wheat just in case until I get some tests back. 

Anyone have experience with this that can give some advice on whether or not to cut it? I feel better overall with limited dairy and wheat, but I'll down pint of Bluebell in the name of answers. 

Now, this weeks menu. And yes there's a touch of dairy because this one recipe looked too good to pass up. 


[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.

Five on Friday

I totally realize it's Saturday, but better late than never right? 


1. Finally after nearly 8 years of cooking for Jeremy and not being able to make spaghetti the way I want (which is just a thousand veggies) we finally landed on a recipe everyone can agree on. The recipe comes from the Against All Grain cookbook, Danielle Walker's first one. It's the Granny Sarella's Spaghetti Sauce recipe. The only difference I made to it was not using the pork chop. This is seriously heavenly and has a secret ingrediet that definitely made all the difference. Jeremy actually said that whatever I did that this was the way to do it for the rest of time.

Yay!


Recent Natural Skincare Favorites

I had to say recent, because let's just be honest about... I share this kind of stuff every so often on the blog. I'm not getting rid of old favorites, just adding to the list of what I do.

Today I've got 3 new items in my rotation that I haven't discussed on the blog, so what better time to bring them up. Honestly, you might have 2 of the three already at your house.

Meal Pinning Monday

Whole30 starts tomorrow, Monday, I'm writing this on Sunday.

This round I'm doing something different... I'm not free basing potatoes. I'm going to attempt to keep this Whole30 as Keto as possible so that I can lose weight while I'm trying to rule out a gluten sensitivity.

I actually had Johnny's Pizza and Ice Cream last night as my "last meal" before starting and woke up with my rash burning even more than it has been and having more spots on my arms. Super sad face. I'm going to break down and finally make a doctor appointment tomorrow.


Five On Friday

What's new with everyone this week? Here's what's been on my brain. 


1. I recently read someone that antihistamines cause an increase in hunger and has connections to weight gain. Every bell in my head nearly burst at that concept. Y'all,  I've honestly never had a problem with maintaining a certain weight until about a year after we moved to South Louisiana. Around that time I couldn't figure out why I was non stop sick and had a doctor that wouldn't allergy test me, he just said everyone here feels like that. Take Zyrtec every single night for the rest of your life... um 10 lbs that refuse leave and 5ish years later. That was an awful idea.

Meal Pinning Monday

It's the last day of Spring Break for us, we're shedding all the tears. I won't lie, I live for the breaks. 



[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.

Golf, Plants, & Books

Or maybe that should read in reverse order. 

I started reading Wired to Eat by Robb Wolf during our extra bumpy field trip last week and I'm really loving it. Wolf has been a Paleo-er I've loved simply because he isn't so hard nosed about everything. Listening to his podcasts to promote the book he's really taken on Personal Nutrition. 

For someone that likes a dang piece of cake on occasion, that's extra lovely. 

Rice isn't killing anyone. Unless you're insulin resistant, but that's another story. 

Point being, this book has been super eye opening at how our standard diet effects hunger. See also, this is who has be trying out the Keto approach to get rid of these last 10 baby pounds. With food by the way, no supplements. Protein powder and collagen peptides are about as far as I go down the powdered supplement rabbit hole. 

Meal Pinning Monday

So far, Keto seems to be working pretty well. It's bizarre to eat high fat being a child of the 90's and Snackwells. 

My approach has been to stick to my Primal (Paleo with dairy) way of eating and just move my macros around to get into ketosis. I haven't much decided if I'll do a high carb day once a week or everything other week. It's all going to depend on how I feel. I'm sore as heck from YOD on Saturday, but I slept almost 10 hours last night. 

[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.

April: Currently



Current book: I've got a whole post to write about what I've read since last month, but currently Wired To Eat by Robb Wolf. 
Current music: Nothing, more podcasts than music these days. 
Current [non]-guilty pleasure: Yoga on Saturday mornings. 

Current drink: Coffee with coconut oil & heavy cream. 
Current food: Chicken Salad or Cream Cheese Pancakes... I've been testing out what Keto would do for me. 
Current obsession: Just like the last month, YOD yoga. I told Jeremy I'd even like to get certified to be an instructor eventually. You could also say reading though, I've read a dozen books in the past month. 
Current craving: Sleep. I haven't slept worth a crap in two days and I'm an emotional dragging mess. 
Current need: Sleep. 
Current indulgence: Keto Chocolate Mousse, made with avocados. It's divine. 
Current bane of my existence: Whatever is blooming. I know a few of you can sympathize with medicating a toddler. Also, I'd rather die than have a post nasal drip. Like let's be all sick but not this half sick mess. It's annoying, like being touched too much. 
Current procrastination: Bathing the dog. 
Current confession: I totally thew myself out of Keto today (I was definitely in ketosis) for a Dove Chocolate Bunny and a small thing of ice cream. This is what no sleep does to me, I start self mediacting. 
Current quote: Mama forgot to get you a seasonal shirt again. Is that a quote? Could that count? I'm just not that mom. Which might I add needs to been its own blog post. 
Current excitement: Spring Break starts right now. I've needed this so bad. I need a break from real life. 

Current mood: Dead tired. 

Meal Pinning Monday

I'm not going to lie, I'm starting to type this before I even check to see if these recipes are online. I mainly planned from the Against All Grain cookbooks again. So in the event what I'm making isn't exactly on Pinterest, I'll post a similar replacement.

Another thing you'll notice with this is a higher fat content, I'm playing with my macros. Mainly reducing carbs majorly, moderate protein, and lots of healthy fats. I'll let y'all know how it goes. Right now I'm hopeful, and not nearly as hungry or craving anything. Unlike when I lower my fat content and I'm starving. 

[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 - Breakfast for dinner (who knows what it is until it happens)

Tuesday - Grilled Chicken with Asparagus & Green Onions (alternate recipe)

Wednesday - Leftover Chicken used in a Salad (Jeremy really likes the Sunflower Chopped Salad at Walmart)

Thursday - BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad (alternate recipe)

Friday - Ranch Popcorn Chicken with Fries for the guys

Saturday - that Chicken, Kale, & Sweet Potato Skillet I never got to

Sunday - Church Picnic/Chicken Satay that I didn't make yet either

Breakfast - Bullet Proof Coffee, Cream Cheese Pancakes, & a hard boiled egg if needed

Lunch - Cranberry Almond Chicken Salad with Seed Crackers


Snacks - Cheese Stick or 1/2 avocado with salt, pepper, and lime

Dessert - Chocolate Mousse

What's Up Wednesday

This week I'm participating in What's Up Wednesday and linking up with Mix & Match Mama. Go check it out. 


1. What we're eating this week...


2. What I', reminiscing about... Timehop does a terrible thing to you, like this week when it popped up my child's first time at Chick-fil-a and also reminded me that he use to eat cauliflower rice. dang toddler picky spells. 


4. What I'm loving... reading again. Over Mardi Gras break we were somewhere that I couldn't just watch Netflix before bed so I downloaded a few audio books. Now I'm addicted and I've probably read 10 books this month. Funny how these things ebb and flow. I was reading a lot when I was pumping last year. 

5. What I've been up to... gardening. My carrot patch was stellar and I've been obsessing over roasted carrots for weeks now. 




6. What I'm dreading... the next week of work before Spring Break. I might actually go insane before the next break. Kids and spring fever is no joke people. 

7. What I'm working on... yoga. I'm trying to slim up before we try for another child (hello 10lbs that won't leave from Harrison) and attempt to get there by counting macros and getting back into yoga. The Country Heat workouts were great to get back to working out, but at a certain point I needed to work on strength. If I can't be in an actual gym I very much prefer yoga as my strength training. 

8. What I'm excited about... the two year old phases, this toddler is starting to talk more and it is a lot of fun. Granted he wants to live outside naked and that's what he's talking about. 

9. What I'm watching/reading... I've been on a People V. OJ kick that I finished at 5am today because I was so enthralled with it. I was super sad that I missed it on TV and when I realized Netflix picked it up I was in hog heaven. If you like that sort of thing, it's awesome. Also the American Horror Story people are making the American Crime Series so it's really well done. 

10. What I'm listening to... podcasts like a mad woman & audio books. 

>Favorite podcasts at the moment --- The Podcast Project, The Big Boo Cast, Risen Motherhood, & Robb Wolf The Paleo Solution. 
>Favorite audio books --- anything by M.C. Beaton, I really like her Poor Relation Regency series. 


11. What I'm wearing... a lot of yoga clothing. Bringing yoga back as my every day thing. It's funny how pregnancy makes you forget what you did before after just 10ish months of not doing it. 


12. What I'm doing this weekend... I need to make a Carter's return, they sent the wrong size shoe & we've got a new prospective worship pastor. And yoga, I'll be doing my own attempt at YOD Saturday morning since my teacher is out. 

13. What I'm looking forward to next month... my YOD power yoga class starting back up. The instructor took a week off this week for an event and I seriously look forward to it every Saturday. 

14. What else is new... I got this little gem in the mail and I can't wait to dig into it. I'm holding off until our field trip next week to start reading. Might as well with an hour and a half minimum on a bus both ways.