Slice of Life

Slice of Life 4/22/2015

The weather has been so summer-like lately! We’ve been enjoying bike rides, hikes, and eating on the deck. I have to admit I’ve also been enjoying just sending the kids out to play while I stay inside and catch up on housework or read a book. The kids sleep so incredibly well after a day in the sun. We’ve returned briefly to frigid temperatures this week and it might be the worst thing ever.

With the warm weather and the retreat of my morning sickness, we’ve been going through so much fruit! I even made a special trip to one of the “good” grocery stores in town to pick up a pineapple and cantaloupe this week and you’d better bet it was worth it. I’m also still hoarding Halos, have started putting strawberries and organic blueberries (only fifty cents more than non-organic!) in my yogurt, and I’m back on the avocado train! Now I just need to replenish my supply of about ten ripe avocados at any given time and we’ll be good. This is a weeks long process, folks.

Slice of Life 4/22/2015

Casper had a birthday last week! We had a pigeon themed party and he received Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle gifts. It doesn’t make a lot of sense, but he had the most fun ever. He kept saying, “It’s my birthday, and I’m deciding all the things!” I love that kid. And he drives me crazy. I made this cake with this frosting and it was ah-mazing. I didn’t put chocolate chips in the frosting on the outside and I colored it to look like a pigeon. I used real food dye against my greatest convictions, but isn’t it preeeeetty?? Strummer turned into an all out monster every day we ate that cake and I feel like a hippie psycho blaming the food dyes, but I’m pretty sure that’s what it was. The cake itself was more like a brownie, and I kind of wish I had let it sit out at room temperature a little longer to soften up before serving. It was pretty firm, but like I said, delicious. If you’re wondering what the beak is, it’s a single cupcake cut in half and frosted on all sides, which as it turns out, is almost impossible to do. If you’re wondering if I’m available to decorate a cake for you or your child’s birthday, the answer is no, I’m obviously terrible at it. Also I had to buy a whole package of (generic) Oreos just to make the eye (also greatly against my convictions). But we’re still alive…. 

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Banana bread. Is there any greater love? The short answer is yes, of course there is. Buuuuut, banana bread has been getting me through these queasy days of early pregnancy. No-thing has sounded good except the carb-iest carbs. This chocolate chip banana bread (smothered in peanut butter, obviously) has been a real life saver at… 

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Baby Bump - 9 weeks, 5 days

Big News (It’s What You Think)

I feel like I’ve been keeping a little bit of a secret, which isn’t really a secret at all. If you don’t follow me on Instagram, you might have missed that we’re expecting our fourth baby in November of this year! I’m almost ten weeks now, and my belly is waaaaay out there. Baby number… 

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Roasted Sweet Potato and Kale Salad

Roasted Sweet Potato and Kale Salad

Welcome back to the world of real life and healthy eating. Today we’re eating our colors! This roasted sweet potato and kale salad is full of delicious, super healthy veggies that I probably never knew existed until I was a grown up. I’m not even sure kale was a thing before it became a health… 

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Slice of Life 3/30/2015

Slice of Life

This last week was ROUGH. Maybe you noticed my internet absence (or maybe you didn’t). Whether you were wondering where I was or not, I was right here, at home, curled up in the fetal position trying not to die. I hate to mention the stomach flu on a food blog, but that’s all that… 

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Slice of Life 3/19/2015

Slice of Life

Heeeey-o! It’s been a while since I’ve shared a life update. Things have been pretty busy around here. Homeschool has been plugging along (we’re about half way through 1st grade). There was a span of time where I was starting to panic about what we would do about curriculum for the next school year, but… 

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Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies - Crisp, chewy, and full of chocolate and pecans!

Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Do you ever have so much you want to get done that you don’t get anything done? My list of wants (definitely not needs) is about ten miles long right now. Everything from sewing tiny more-appropriate Barbie clothes to writing another ebook (on an entirely different and slightly scary topic), to finally finishing painting every… 

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Vegetarian Quinoa White Chili - So warm and filling!

Vegetarian Quinoa White Chili

I hereby dubb thee Springtime. I’m done hiding under my blanket. I’m done getting my vitamin D while napping in a sunbeam coming through my window. I’m done shunning ice cream because I’m already too cold. It may only be the first week of March but I think everyone can agree that spring starts now…. 

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