Anything made by a Grandma is typically guaranteed to be delicious. My Grandmothers are no longer with us, but my husband still has one of his and she makes the BEST peach cobbler. She may not be from the south where the peaches are always perfect, but she is from the north where Grandma’s cobbler is always perfect!
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Smoothies are the bane of our household. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t hear, “Mommy can I make a smoothie?” Not only do they make it super easy to hide veggies in, but they taste really great too. As I’ve been losing weight while boosting my milk supply, I’ve become pretty well-versed in the art of the smoothie so I’m excited to share one of my favorite recipes here for one that kills your chocolate cravings.
Satisfy Your Chocolate Cravings
It never fails that whenever I have a baby and I’m trying to get my life right, chocolate cravings hit. And they hit hard too! My favorite ways to satisfy these cravings are with Oreo’s, Snickers Bars, brownies, Peanut M&M’s and Reese’s Peanut Butter cups. There’s something about the combination of the peanut butter and chocolate that just warms my stomach while making me feel so good!
Mama Has Goals Y’all!!
I do. Already this year I’m down close to 25lbs and I’m making health my way of life. While I do believe in having everything in moderation, your girl just isn’t ready for moderation JUST yet. But you know what I can do? I can substitute the unhealthy things with the healthy things until I can practice moderation. That’s why I am loving this smoothie I accidentally stumbled into!
Vegan Peanut Butter & Chocolate Smoothie
Ready to boost your milk supply, satisfy your chocolate cravings while being mindful of your waistline?Servings 1 person
- 8 oz Almond Milk I use vanilla that's been sweetened.
- 1 scoop Chocolate VeganSmart Protein
- 1 tbsp Peanut Butter
- 1 tsp Honey
- 2 tsbp Ground Flax Seed You can use regular flax seeds too.
Measure out ingredients and add to blender.
**Optional: Add ice to get desired consistency.
Why I Choose VeganSmart Protein
I once left a protein shake in the shaker for like 3 days or something. When I opened it, it smelled like death was brewing in there. Really. It then occurred to me that I was putting this into my body! Yeah, terrible.
VeganSmart is a plant-based protein powder and contains the following:
- 20g Non-GMO Protein
- 6g Dietary Fiber
- No Cholesterol
- Zero Trans Fat
- Dairy & Soy Free
- Gluten Free
- Whole Food Complex
- Vitamins & Minerals
- Omega 3
- Digestive Enzymes
Because of the nutrition that’s in there, I feel safe giving it to my kids as well.
What has been one of your “bad” cravings post-baby? How did you navigate it?
Oatmeal raisin cookies are some of my favorite cookies ever. I’m always trying to figure out new ways to make them and I tried someone’s white chocolate oatmeal cookie and I wanted to try and make some myself. And I did.
I’m a self-professed cookie monster and connoisseur and I must say that this white chocolate chip cookie recipe came out soooooooo good that it’s not even funny. The best part was that I tried this recipe out when the kids weren’t here and I didn’t have to share them!!! I know, I’m terrible but whatever.
This recipe calls for coconut flour making them gluten-free for my friends with allergies to wheat. It’s important to note that in order for these to truly be gluten-free, your oatmeal cannot be contaminated with wheat so just check your labels.
White Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
A delicious and almost nutritious year round treat!Prep Time 15 minutesCook Time 15 minutesTotal Time 35 minutes
- 2 sticks unsalted butter I used organic butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup coconut flour
- 3/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2.5 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a bowl, beat the butter and sugars on medium high until they're light and fluffy.
In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Once the butter and sugar is fluffy, add the egg and the vanilla continuing to beat.
With the mixer on slow, gradually add the flour mixture to the butter/sugar mixture until combined.
Slowly add the oats in 1/2 cup increments. Make sure to scrape down the inside of the bowl with a spatula and mix on slow until combined. Add white chocolate chips.
Form the dough into 28 equal balls and arrange on the baking sheet. Leave lots of space in between them. Use your fingers to mash down the dough balls to be about 1/2" thick discs.
Place cookie sheet on the middle rack and bake for about 15 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Remove the pan from the oven and place on a cooling rack. Allow cookies to cool on the cookie sheet.
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Ever since she was born, mini has been an eater. She’s always taken great joy in the art of eating. I can still see her little face smeared happily with prunes, yes, prunes. In addition to always being a big eater, she’s also had quite the developed pallet. I remember one rather embarrassing time where I didn’t have a sitter and brought her to dinner with some of my girlfriends. She fit right in eating mussels and dipping her bread in the tomato sauce. But her all time favorite food is quiche.
The funny thing is that my best sisterfriend and I used to make quiche for the girls because it was cheap. To feed a family of 4 it would cost us under $10 and there would be leftovers. This was before mini’s appetite turned even more Hulk-like. Now? She would eat the entire pie if I let her.
One of my favorite things about quiche is how quick, easy, and customizable it is. As mini pointed out the other day, you can have quiche at any time of the day depending upon what seasonings you use and other ingredients you add. A couple weeks ago I used a can of Trader Joe’s crab meat to make her quiche and it was an even bigger hit. Some of our favorite combinations are:
- crab, onions, and Italian Cheese mix
- mushrooms, onions, spinach, Gouda
- tomato, spinach, onions, feta
- turkey sausage, onions, cheddar
- shrimp, garlic, Italian cheese mix
We make quiche a lot. Like a lot a lot. And anytime I do, it’s accompanied by shouts of “I love you mommy!!!!” “You’re the best mommy/cook in the world!!!!” There’s nothing like a bit of affirmation right?
Well, without further adieu, here is our recipe for quiche:
The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older.
Summertime is the equivalent of the season of cook-outs and BBQ’s to me. Driving through the neighborhood all I smell is smokey goodness being grilled on decks that have been waiting to be using all wintertime. We all know that BBQ’s are potlucks and I’ve made it to the top of multiple BBQ invite lists because of my contribution to the food spread: an adult-only fruit salad and bottle of wine. But not just any wine–a deliciously crisp and sweet Moscato that proves to be the perfect compliment to the savory flavors waiting to be indulged.
Sutter Home Moscato
Sutter Home was the first wine that I can remember drinking when I turned 21. I’m a summer baby (yes, my birthday is right around the corner!) so naturally I tried one of their white wines. With the cold weather, I remember scoffing at the bold flavors the red wines brought. I love a light, sweet wine–nothing with too strong of a flavor, especially for the hot weathers. This is why when I saw the new Moscato blends that Sutter Home has recently introduced as I was browsing the aisles at Walmart I was really excited! All my friends and I are wine lovers. Girls nights in or out, Sutter Home is the perfect addition.
They’ve recently come out with the following:
I’ve tried the Pink Moscato which is definitely a fan favorite around here. I cannot wait to try out the Moscato/Riesling Blend, a combination of my 2 favorites. These can be found at Walmart, Ingles, Winco, and most independent liquor/convenience stores.
Boozey Summer Fruit Salad
Heading to a BBQ this summer? Be the hit with this Boozey Summer Fruit Salad and Sutter Home Moscato which pair perfectly with BBQ!Prep Time 30 minutesResting time 2 hoursServings 5 people
- 1/2 Watermelon cubed
- 1/2 Cantaloupe cubed
- 1/2 Lime
- 1 cup Grapes
- 1 cup strawberries
- 1 cup Blueberries
- 1 Mango
- 2 cups Vodka
- 1 cup White Vinegar
- Cut up watermelon and put in the bowl.
- Cut up cantaloupe and put in the bowl.
- Cut up mango and put in the bowl.
- Drain the vinegar solution off the strawberries, blueberries and grapes and rinse with cold water.
- Measure 1 cup of grapes and put in bowl.
- Half the strawberries and put in the bowl.
- Put the blueberries in the bowl.
- Squeeze 1/2 lime over the salad.
- Measure 2 cups of vodka (I used Mango/Pineappland pour in.
- Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
- Pour a cold glass of wine and enjoy your fruit salad!
Which one of these are you excited to try?