Monday Meal Planning

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Monday: Rosemary Lemon Baked Chicken and Risotto

Chicken recipe here

For the risotto: I usually just get a bag of risotto rice and just cook according to the package and then add salt pepper and lots of parm in at the end 🙂

Tuesday: Creamed Corn and Bacon Pasta

I made a risotto version of this a while ago and the pasta version sounds just as good.

Recipe here

Wednesday: Roasted Stuffed Pork Loin and White Sage Rice 

Pork recipe here. I still havent decided if I want to try it with prunes or sub something like sun-dried tomatoes….

Thursday: Pot Roast with Potatoes, Carrots and Kale

Recipe here just add kale at the end or make kale chips!

Friday: Make your own french bread pizza night

 

Friday Favorites

One.

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The rosemary mint body butter and lemon vanilla whipped body butter I made last weekend! I have been using the lemon vanilla one after I shower everyday and love how soft and smooth my skin is feeling! The scent goes great with the grapefruit sugar body scrub I made the week before too! The rosemary mint butter I have been using as a foot cream at night before bed. Also loving that one!

Two.

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Sam Hunt’s new song Body Like A Back Road. I’ve loved his songs since I first heard him on the radio and there isn’t a song on the album Montevallo I don’t like, but this song is my jaaaam lately! I see it being played all spring and summer long too. So good! Love the whole story behind his album Montevallo too and so happy they got back together and are engaged now! Yay for love 🙂

Three.

Spring!! Spring has officially begun! I have had a countdown on my etch a sketch at my desk at work for a solid 90 days but it’s here! It’a really here! The weather has been kinda wonky this week with some days in the low 50s/upper 40s and others in the 30s 😦 Rude. We made sure to get outside for a walk on the warmer days and even spotted little buds on some of the trees and bushes in the neighborhood. I can’t wait for the weather to start warming up, but for now I’ll take the longer days and sunshine.

Four.

The meatloaf and panini recipes I made earlier this week. They were both delish and will be repeated for sure.

Five.

Spring Cleaning! I totally caught the clean, organize and purge bug….now if only I found the time to execute all these plans of mine…. I took Monday off next week and have some big plans for me and the kids clothes and toy bins lol. Dont worry, I’ll throw some “Mama time” in there as well 😉 Just picture me in this video basically.

Six.

This swimsuit I got for the Bahamas! So so excited and was in need of a one-piece!

Monday Meal Planning and A Chocolate Cake Recipe

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I took a couple weeks off meal planning. With my parents in town, I had the luxury of having my Mama’s cooking and it was so so nice to not have to make a meal for a few days! This Sunday it was back to the ol’ routine with planning out meals for the work week. This weekend I also experimented with my essential oils a bit and made a rosemary mint body butter and a lemon vanilla whipped body butter. I made the rosemary mint one first and definitely didn’t whip it long enough in the kitchen aid. It still came out great and is a nice, thick, buttery consistency which will make a great foot cream! I gave it another shot Sunday afternoon, this time using lemon and citrus fresh essential oil and vanilla extract. This time I mixed it in the kitchenaid for about 6 minutes and watched it totally transform to a wonderful fluffy whipped texture! The two butters are totally different but I love them both! I am totally going to whip up a batch of the lemon vanilla one to take to the Bahamas this summer for a nice burst of freshness after days on the beach and at the pool.

Later that night we had Mike’s sister Jenny and his Dad over for dinner. I made our fav chicken tortilla soup but changed it up a bit because we didnt have any salsa in the house 😦 We added pasta to it this time which totally changed it up and was really tasty! For dessert I wanted to make a quick and easy chocolate cake. One bowl is key. When you start having to separate parts of the egg and use multiple bowls I give up before I start. But one bowl? That I love. So I found this recipe that looked nice and simple and I decided to add my own little twist and added a few drops of orange essential oil to the frosting. Hindsight I would say to only use a drop or two but the cake turned out wonderfully and the chocolate mixed with the burst of orange was super yummy.

Last but not least here are the links to the recipes for our meal plan this week:

 

Monday: Mozzarella Stuffed Bacon Meatloaf  and Mashed Potatoes

Meatloaf recipe here

Side note: I am using that meatloaf recipe but I will probably just be adding a layer of bacon to the top instead of wrapping the whole thing in bacon. For the mashed potatoes I always used Bob Evans Classic Style🙂

Tuesday: Chicken Pesto Paninis and Chips

Recipe here

We made these a few years ago and loved them! Time to bring them back 🙂

Wednesday: Pasta Bolognese and Garlic Bread

Recipe here

Thursday: Pulled Pork Sandwiches and Sweet Potato Fries

Keeping it simple this day and just buying the ready made stuff and the grocery store and our fave sweet potato fries here.

Friday: Garlic Brown Sugar Baked Chicken and Sun Dried Tomato Risotto

Chicken recipe here

For the risotto: I usually just get a bag of risotto rice and just cook according to the package and then add the tomatoes and lots of parm in at the end 🙂

Homemade Whipped Body Butter

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Rosemary Mint

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup shea butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup carrier oil like almond, olive, fractioned coconut oil etc.
  • 3 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 10 drops Rosemary essential oil

Instructions

  1. Combine the butter, coconut oil and carrier oil in a microwave safe bowl and heat in 10 second increments until completely melted.
  2. Pour into another bowl, add essential oils and stir.
  3. Let cool for a good hour (in the fridge if you’re in a hurry), or until the oils are just starting to consider re-solidifying (this is important – you won’t be able to whip it up if they’re still too liquid).
  4. When the oil mixture is starting to solidify around the edges, start beating with a hand mixer. Continue for a few more minutes, or until it looks kinda like whipped cream, forming stiff peaks.
  5. Transfer to a mason jar or other storage.

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Lemon Vanilla Whipped Body Butter

1 cup solid coconut oil

1/2 cup shea butter

7 drops citrus fresh essential oil

3 drops lemon essential oil

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

 

1. In a glass bowl or measuring cup add in coconut oil and shea butter. Place in microwave and cook the oil/butter combination until it becomes turns to liquid. I did this in 10 second increments.

2. Remove from heat and allow to sit at room temperature for 10-minutes and the glass has cooled.

3. Place your glass bowl in the freezer for 10-minutes and wait for the liquid to solidify just a bit. (Make sure it’s solid, leave longer if it isn’t solid yet, it won’t whip if it’s liquid. ) Spoon the mixture into a stand mixer (or hand mixer) add in your lemon  oil and vanilla drops, then whip on the highest speed for 3-6 minutes or until it is light and fluffy and about doubled the size.

4. Once you are happy with the consistency spoon the body butter into a glass jar and apply the lid tightly. The body butter will last for up to six months.

Friday Favorites

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  1. This Grapefruit Sugar Body Scrub I made last night! I tried it out this morning and looooved it, smells so dreamy and refreshing and left my skin super soft! I’d recommend using fractioned coconut oil if you want it a little runnier and solid if you want it thicker where you’ll need to scoop it out.

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2. These Havaianas. My mom brought me back this pair directly from Brazil but you can find them around here in the US too 🙂 I’ll definitely be taking these to the Bahamas this summer!

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3. This pie I made as a belated attempt at Pi day earlier this week. Super easy. Store bought crust, baked as directed. 2 boxes instant chocolate pudding ( I used one Devil’s food one regular chocolate) prepare like normal. Pour pudding into pie crust once crust has cooled and let it set. Top with fresh strawberries and drizzle with chocolate syrup. Easy peasy and so good it’s already gone at out house.

Mommy and Me Set. Kimono Style Robe. Knee Length

4. These mommy and me robes by Pretty Plum Sugar! I noticed the Mama version was on sale the other day and snagged one for me and the mini version for Mia. I’m planning to put it in her Easter basket this year 🙂 A little tip: They have these robes in their ” Mumma and me”  section but they are not on sale there! You have to go to the individual page for Mama and child to get the sale prices 😉

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Photo cred: Murad Osmann

5. I like to live vicariously through this instagram account. It feeds the my wanderlust needs when I get the travel itch my wallet can’t support.

Have a great weekend!

Taking Stock March 2017

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Loving:  Having Mike home more now that basketball season is over! It has been wonderful to have him around more, we sure did miss him!
Feeling: Grateful, determined, overwhelmed, basically feeling a lot these days
Wishing: that Spring would hurry up and get here already. Today we got a crazy amount of snow and I am NOT happy about it. I am so ready for sunshine, blossoms and warmer days.
Needing: to empty my camera roll and finish our taxes
Remembering: when the kiddos were itty bitty and all that came with it, the drool marks on my shoulder, the gurgling giggles, the teething, the colic, the newborn smell, all of it.
Hearing: My childrens’ laughter as they play together, accompanied by tantrums too of course. Mia playing Mom with her babies and Joaquim saying ” Mama watch! Mama play! Mama dance!”  Music wise: The Lumineers, the kids have been super into anything T-Swift and the song Uptown Funk so those have been on repeat for our nightly dance parties as well as “Sugar” by Maroon 5 and Katy Perry “Roar”.  JT’s Cant Stop the feeling used to be #1 but is still in rotation.
Dreaming: of moving by this fall. This is what I put in January but still true today. Also a vacation just Mike and I, we havent spent 24 hours away together since we’ve had kids and are in need of a little get away.
Extra thankful for:  My family, we have such a strong support system and I am so so grateful for each and every one of them. Also, coffee.

Making : This Grapefruit Sugar scrub this week

Cooking : All sorts of things since I’ve taken up meal planning. It has been a nice and needed change!

Drinking : Allll the coffee before 2pm, then trying to remember to drink more water

Reading : Drums of Autumn for me, 5 minute Princess Stories for Mia and ABC books for Joaquim. Same as in January 🙂 Also loving this blog, and this one and this one.

Wanting : Sunshine, a nice tan, temps in the 70s, basically summer. I want summer.

Playing : basketball with Joaquim, babies with Mia these have not changed. Also playing a little Bachelor trivia with some work peeps, because why not?

Enjoying : My workouts and the results from it, time with family, an extra cup of coffee and having Cadbury cream eggs back in my life.

Wondering : What this next year has in store for us

Hoping : For my Uncle to get well soon.

Marveling : At life and how sweet it can be if you look at it the right way

Needing : To color my hair and get a trim.yup still do since Jan, still havent booked.

Smelling : The Aligning EO blend that is now my new fave

Wearing : my converse high tops almost every day and debating if I should get another pair.

Noticing : That I have been choosing joy more often and how much it has affected my outlook and helped with stress.

Knowing : That things are exactly as they should be.

Thinking : About if Mike will ever make it through this tundra to pick Mia and me up today.

Bookmarking : Essential oil info/recipes, recipes in general, and houses for sale.- this is what I had put last year and its still true this year. Yup same stuff here, also spotify playlists,

Opening : Packages of spring clothes for the kiddos that my MIL purchased

Giggling : At the show New Girl, such a happy discovery and something Mike and I have been enjoying to binge watch once the littles are asleep 🙂

Our Honeymoon

I’ve come to realize I have yet to document our wedding and honeymoon here. I started this blog shortly after we got married but didn’t reeeeallly start writing consistently until a little over a year ago and there are some milestones that just need to be represented in this space!

We got married at the end of June in 2011 and a few days later headed to Riviera Maya Mexico for two whole weeks of fun in the sun together. We had the best time! We even celebrated my birthday down there which was a fun change. It was our first real trip/vacation together just the two of us and we have such special, cherished memories from this trip. I did EXTENSIVE research on different resorts while planning the trip. I facebook stalked all the people I knew that had been married recently, sent them messages asking for info and recommendations, googled, oh how much I googled. We knew we wanted an all inclusive, but we also didnt want to feel like we didnt even know where we were. Sometimes, it feels like the culture of the place you are staying gets lost in the sameness of the whitewashed walls and identical structures of resorts that have several locations all over the world.

Finally we decided on Valentin Imperial Maya. It was highly recommend by a friend from college and their facebook page was flooded with great reviews from people that had stayed there multiple times. We loved it too! The whole resort was so beautiful, the staff super friendly but left you alone when you wanted to be, the beach was gorgeous and always had chairs and umbrellas available and all the restaurants has amazing food. We said when we were there we had to come back for our 5 year anniversary…it will be our sixth this summer and we have yet to return, but that is parenthood lol. One day, we will return, one day!

They had several options for day trips and such too that you could coordinate straight through the resort if you wanted to do that thing, but we mainly just stuck to the resort with one day trip to Tulum to see the ruins. Here are some pics from when we were younger, tanner, and more rested than we are these days 😉