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Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Cooking, Food, Recipes | 0 comments

What We Ate: Egg In An Egg Cup

What We Ate: Egg In An Egg Cup

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Sometimes breakfast is a catastrophe in our house. I’ve learned to succumb to the fact that our children are hungry first thing in the morning and it is wise to feed them before attempting anything else for the day.

One of our favorite go-to breakfasts is an egg in an egg cup. What’s that, you ask? It’s simply a soft-boiled egg with half the shell peeled to create a make-shift “bowl”. We like to slice whole wheat toast strips for dipping. Sometimes we serve with a lightly cooked tomato.

My husband’s family hails from England so he grew up with this breakfast. His mother & grandmother enjoy finding us egg cups – our collection is growing which brings some early morning joy to the kids.

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How to make Egg In An Egg Cup:

(You can find egg cups fairly inexpensively at places such as Crate & Barrel and Ikea. Or, splurge a little for something more intricate and fun at Shapeways or Bloomingdale’s. Unfortunately, most of the really fun sets are not available at US retailers, likely because it’s not typical fare for Americans 🙁 .)

Place egg(s) in cold water. Boil on HIGH for 3-4 minutes.

Take egg out of water & crack gently along center diameter with a spoon or knife. Peel top half of egg while leaving bottom half in tact. Place in egg up & serve hot alongside par-cooked tomatoes, toast strips or other dip-able yummies.

Enjoy!

It’s fun to let the child peel the egg if they’re old enough. Be sure to remind them of the shell that remains in the cup.

What’s your go-to breakfast??

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Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in Cooking, Recipes | 0 comments

Almond-Cinnamon French Toast

We run out of breakfast ideas daily. I dislike feeding our kids cereal, so I try for alternatives to start their morning right.

Almond-Cinnamon French Toast

Makes approx 6 slices
Preheat griddle or pan to 325°.

3 eggs
1/4 cup almond milk
Dashes of cinnamon (more or less to taste)
Wheat bread (preferably honey-wheat or whole grain), sliced
*berries
*sliced almonds
*maple syrup
*whipped cream

Scramble together eggs, milk, & cinnamon. Coat bread on both sides with egg mixture. Grill bread for about three minutes per side or until golden brown. Serve with fresh berries, bananas, or other fruit. Sprinkle sliced almonds over top. Drizzle with syrup and a dab of whipped cream for extra deliciousness.

I take the extra sixty seconds to cut the kids’ toast into letters, strips, or other shapes. It doesn’t take long and always brings a smile.

What’s your favorite go-to breakfast recipe?

Cloth napkins sewn by Precious Peanut Shop – a great alternative to paper.

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Posted by on Jan 2, 2014 in Breastfeeding, Choices, Cleanse, Cooking, Detox, Food, Healthy Lifestyle, Moderation, Motivational Posts, New Years' Resolution, Stay At Home Mom | 2 comments

“Sweet” Detox Cleanse

“Sweet” Detox Cleanse

Ready for a new year? I know we sure are!

I’ve made a decision to return to the healthy lifestyle I chose when I became pregnant with my firstborn 6+ years ago. Whole foods, limited dairy, no processed foods or refined sugar, limited no alcohol, no caffeine (wean, wean, whine)…

When I’m pregnant or nursing, it’s easy, since it’s primarily for someone else. However, when life gets busy & time vanishes, it’s difficult to keep up with full, whole meals to feed five people.

Since I’m done nursing (Little Miss Hadley weaned a few weeks ago), I thought it was a great time to do a detox cleanse for my body. We have been SO busy. We’ve been eating poorly, making no choices, really, but simply eating anything we could get our hands on. As a result, I haven’t been able to lose any weight, and I’ve been holding on to this baby weight – from all three ‘babies’ – for much too long now. Time to nip that right in the bud. Perfect timing, really, since it’s also the start of a new year.

With the help from a fellow homeschooling Mama friend, we’re going to find our way to healthier eating again. Jodie Rogers is a Holistic Health Coach & owner of Ray Of Radiance. She has given me a few tips to start this new year right!

Day One included a warm lemon water first thing this morning. Jodie explained how powerful and wonderful lemon is. I believe my body is naturally craving it because I was all about drinking the juice straight from the lemon! I did warm some water in the kettle & drizzle some lemon in. Jodie stressed to use warm, not hot, water. We don’t want to kill any good properties of the lemon.

I’ll do my best to keep updating here on the blog as I partake in this new food journey.

Please feel free to comment & include any tips or suggestions you may have that work for you! Thanks, friends!

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Posted by on Apr 19, 2013 in Addiction, Children, Choices, Family, Food, Healthy Lifestyle, Life, Moderation, Motherhood, Parenting, Philosophy, Stay At Home Mom, Working Mom | 4 comments

The Easy Way Out

The Easy Way Out

I’m an addict.

We are all addicts in one form or another. Whether it’s nicotine, sex, food, or conversation. I’m sure you could find something you feel you cannot live without. That’s addiction, simply put, anyway.

At one point in my life, I was addicted to smoking cigarettes. I had one reason to quit, and that was my pregnancy. Easy, when it’s for someone else.

Full disclosure: I’m currently addicted to diet soda. “Cherry Zero”, to be exact. I can’t go a day without it or I have withdrawal symptoms – headache, fatigue, leg cramps.

It’s AWFUL. It’s consuming. It’s horrible.

And I know how bad it is for my body. Otherwise, I’m a healthy eater. Whole foods, organic foods, local foods. I try to eat well & feed my family well, but I ingest this crap and cringe with every swallow.

Well, I’m committing to quitting. I’m ready to tell you, readers, that enough is enough.

This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do.

In the past, I’ve practiced piano three to five hours a day to complete sonatas, concerti, and fugues.

I’ve learned to ski, to play tennis, to dance, to teach, to paint.

I’ve started two business from nothing.

I’ve given birth completely naturally three times!

I’ve survived a brain tumor, for the love of Jiminy Crickets!!!

How can this be more difficult than those moments?!

First of all, I didn’t give birth for me.

When we do things for ourselves, or at least try, attempt to do things for ourselves, there is an inner struggle. Perhaps fear, laziness or greed get in the way of achievement. Something may deter a goal from being easy.

When we do things for others, it’s easy. And it’s worth it.

I’ll just pretend that kicking this soda habit is for them: my smart, beautiful, healthy children. Because essentially, it is for them.

My life isn’t completely my own anymore. Most of everything I do is for them, and there is nothing wrong with that. They need me. I am their mother.

As difficult as this simple idea of quitting a habit may be, if I remember why, maybe it will be that much easier.

Then again, who said life was easy?!Sweet kids Easter 2013

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Posted by on Nov 27, 2012 in Children, Cooking, Creative, Food, Healthy Lifestyle, Homemade, Kids Activities, Parenting, Picnics, Save money, Stay At Home Mom, Toddlers, What We Ate | 0 comments

What We Ate: Mishmash Kids’ Lunch

What We Ate: Mishmash Kids’ Lunch

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You must know me by now. Or at least you know that I like to give our children healthy food options. I hope that they grow to have not-so-picky palettes & they enjoy all foods. It took me around 25 years to get rid of my pickiness.

For lunch yesterday, we had what I would call typical fare around here. A mishmash of sorts. Sharp cheddar cheese, orange pepper slices, guacamole (I used Wholly Guacamole but sometimes we make our own avocado dip), blue chips, kiwi, & pear slices.

People always ask, “Do your kids eat the food you give them?”. To answer that question: Our 2 year-old still won’t eat peppers, but everything else was gone. As for our 4 year-old, she actually ate 2 pepper slices (!) and most everything else. I strongly feel that kids will eat what you give them, if not right away, eventually. Of course they may not like some foods, we all have aversions.

My advice is to keep at it & they will come around. If you always have healthy, whole foods at the ready, that is all they will know. Until they go to Grandmother’s house ;).

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Posted by on Jul 17, 2012 in Cooking, Economical Activities, Family, Food, Healthy Lifestyle, Homemade, Recipes, Save money, Stay At Home Mom, Summer, What We Ate | 1 comment

What We Ate:  My (Not-So) Secret Dressing

What We Ate: My (Not-So) Secret Dressing

In the summer, one of my least favorite thing to do is cook indoors. Although we love using fresh, local ingredients in our meals, it just plain sucks to cook in the heat. Instead, we grill out a lot and eat salads. Problem solved.

When I was a little girly girl, I loved to eat salad. My grandmother made the best homemade salad dressing composed simply of red wine vinegar, olive oil, garlic, salt (lots of salt) and pepper. I’ve tweaked that recipe a bit but still use that one from time to time. Here’s my favorite dressing. We save a lot of money making our own, surely, and preparing our own fresh salads right at home.

    Honey Balsamic Dressing

Equal parts extra virgin olive oil & balsamic vinegar (try 2 tbsp of each for a family-sized side salad)

Honey, around 1 tbsp, more or less to taste

Honey mustard or any mustard…about 2 tsps, more or less to taste

Salt pinch

Pepper pinch

Shake well & pour over salad. Yes, it’s that easy.

I have a plethora of vinegar varieties in my pantry. Red wine, balsamic, white balsamic, white peach balsamic, seasoned rice vinegar, apple cider vinegar…and always willing to try more! They all work fine. Also, I prefer tupelo honey or raw, organic honey for it’s health benefits but any honey will do, of course. 🙂 Occasionally, I add fresh herbs, like cilantro or dill weed, or even dried herbs such as Herbes De Provence. Anything thrown in will be delectable.

Not-so secret, right?! Let me know how you like it. I can’t bring myself to ever have anything else. This dressing hits the spot every time.

Enjoy! And salúte!

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