What I’m Working on Right Now!

Heeeey you guuuuys!

I am currently working on stripping cloth diapers. Yay! It’s a little bit time consuming, so since I’m home most of the day, I figured it’s something I can check off my ToDo list! I’ll be posting the process I used soon and link it in this post. Hopefully it’ll help with detergent buildup and the ammonia smell. I’ll let you know if it works!


Also, I’m currently watching the movie Invincible on Netflix. It’s a Mark Wahlberg movie (😜). I haven’t found a movie of his that I don’t like yet, and I’m definitely liking this one!

Baby J is down for a nap, and I’m going to go back to my pots of diapers!

What are you up to this morning??

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My Mommy Shots – aka Wheatgrass

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of wheatgrass? Green goodness? Amazing health benefits? Rabbit food? Grossness?


I tend to think of the last one… Wheatgrass is definitely NOT one of my favorite superfoods. However, I have started making a shot of it every day (again…I kind of stopped after my son was born) because I know it has great health benefits. Baby J was at my feet when I juiced my shot this morning, and he kept asking signing for “more.” So, I put a little bit in a straw and let him have some. He did not make the face I expected, but immediately got up and walked out of the kitchen. I guess I know what to give him now if he is in my way while I make dinner! Ha. 

I received this juicer as a gift from a friend. It is super easy to take apart and rinse after each use. Once it is dry, I just put it back together and put it on the counter for the next day. In case you don’t know, I really like not taking a lot of time to prepare foods/drinks while I have a little one running around. Unless it’s dessert…which I may be in the process of making as I write this blog…recipe to follow. 😉


What is your favorite superfood? Have you tried juicing moringa? I have several trees in my yard and am planning on trying a shot of those soon!

Chocolate (Black Bean) Cake with Chocolate Frosting

I absolutely love sweets. What I love even more than sweets, is the cliche “guilt-free” desserts! Well, this cake is definitely a “guilt-free” dessert/snack/breakfast. This cake has no flour, no refined sugar, no artificial sweeteners, no dairy, and is still super moist. You honestly would have no idea it was made with black beans unless someone told you, or you were the one who made it! Most of the time, I do not frost it. I have tried a chocolate avocado frosting, but in my opinion, it does not keep well in the fridge. Unless you were planning on the whole cake being gone (birthdays, holidays, etc.) I would recommend not using an avocado frosting. I’ll include a delicious frosting that I’ve used previously that is absolutely delicious!

Follow this link for the original recipe along with the avocado chocolate frosting recipe if you’d like to try it!

https://thevibrantfamily.wordpress.com/creative-recipes/desserts-2/flourless-chocolate-cake/


Ingredients

  • Black beans (1-19oz can or 2 cups cooked)
  • 5 eggs
  • 6 Tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 6 Tbsp cacao/cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9″ cake pan with olive/coconut oil. Dust lightly with cacao/cocoa powder. *Optional – line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper and lightly grease.
  2. In a small bowl, mix cacao/cocoa powder, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. Strain and rinse beans. Put beans, 3 eggs, vanilla, and salt into a food processor. Process until smooth and there are no lumps from the beans.
  4. In a medium sized bowl, mix together honey and coconut oil. Once smooth, add two remaining eggs separately, beating until combined after each addition.
  5. Add egg mixture into your food processor with the bean mixture and process until smooth. Add in cacao mixture and process for approximately one minute. 
  6. Pour all batter into your cake pan. Get air bubbles out by rapping the pan on the counter.
  7. Place in oven and bake for about 40 minutes. Make sure the top is firm to the touch and when a toothpick is inserted it comes out clean. After 10 minutes, flip onto a cooling rack and once cooled completely, frost if desired. 

Frosting

  • 2Tbsp + 2tsp milk
  • 2Tbsp + 2tsp melted butter
  • 1/3 cup cacao/cocoa
  • 1 – 1/3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  1. In a small saucepan, melt butter and mix in cacao/cocoa. Mix until smooth. Pour mixture into a bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, add milk and vanilla.
  3. Alternatively pour powdered sugar and milk mixture into to butter mixture. Mix until you have the consistency you desire.
  4. Once cake is cooled, frost it and lick the spatula!

Turmeric Ginger Lentil Soup with Garlic Toast

Last night, I made a delicious lentil soup. I love having my frozen chicken broth on hand during those times when I don’t have anything else in the fridge. Thankfully, I had the main ingredients and just threw in some spices. This recipe was perfect for a quick dinner. Maybe 5-10 minutes to prep, 30 minutes to cook, then however long you want to spend enjoying. Yum!



Lentil Soup Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 2 cup lentils (any color)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (or 10…because garlic)
  • 5 cups water/broth (I used half water and half chicken broth)
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garam marsala
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 2 tsp salt
  • Optional: spoonful of yogurt or sour cream
  1. Heat olive oil in a pot over medium heat, and sauté onion until translucent.
  2. Add lentils to the pot and stir for a minute. Mix in seasonings and liquid. 
  3. Cover the pot and cook for about 30 minutes until the lentils are cooked through. Add more liquid if needed. 
  4. Top with yogurt or sour cream, and serve with some garlic toast. 
  5. Enjoy!!!

Garlic Toast

Ingredients

  • Bread
  • Coconut Oil
  • Salt
  • Garlic powder
  1. Toast bread. Spread with coconut oil. Season with salt and garlic powder.

What is your favorite soup recipe? Let me know in the comments below!

Baby J’s First Birthday!!!

So, I’m a tad late posting about my son’s first birthday. *cough* three months *cough* Oops. Well, better late than never, am I right?

Since he was born, I kind of began planning his first birthday. I knew I wanted a Mickey theme, I just wanted to make it affordable. Thanks to Oriental Trading, I was definitely able to keep the cost low, and still have organic hors d’oeuvres! That is a total win-win in my book!

So, here’s the run down. I took to Pinterest for some ideas, and with the help of my beautiful sister (shout out!), we were able to have just about everything I envisioned!


The first thing I planned was what we were going to wear, as well as a smash cake outfit. I made a Mickey head stencil out of cardboard. I put a piece of cardboard in the shirt so the paint wouldn’t bleed through, and put the Mickey stencil on top of the shirt. With a Q-tip, I used red, black, and yellow paint to make the dots around the stencil. Once that was dry, I made a stencil saying “Mommy” and “Daddy” to put in the middle of the Mickey head. For the birthday boy, I found this adorable onesie at Target for $3 on the sale rack! I was so happy with that find!


Next comes the decor. I was so happy with how this turned out!

I drew Mickey heads as a hopscotch for the kids to play on as they walked up to the front door. All of my nephews (and a couple adult friends) weren’t expecting it, but loved it!


This was the main party room. I bought the giant Mickey with my own money when I was 7 years old from the Disney store. It’s still in perfect condition, and I was so glad I still had it! The cupcake stand was just a regular white, foam stand. I painted it to match Mickey colors! I found the placemats, table cloths, utensils, and streamers at Dollar Tree. I couldn’t believe they had Mickey stuff!

I made both chocolate and vanilla cupcakes. It was the first time I had tried those recipes, but they were so delicious. This was also my first time making a vanilla buttercream frosting, and that was soooooo good.

My sister helped me with the streamer wall. This was one of my favorite parts, and one of the biggest hits! It was the perfect addition to the party. I also used spare table cloths, paper plates, and construction paper to decorate the high chair. We used extra streamers for the tray too. The only problem I had with it was the ears that kept falling off. If I had more time, I would have tried to figure out a better way for them to stay on. Although, birthday boy looked so cute I don’t think anyone even noticed. Ha!

Here is my boy in his smash cake outfit! I found the outfit from here on Etsy. The shops outfits are made to order, so it should be ordered well in advance to make sure it arrives on time. 

He had frosting everywhere, and was so tired at this point!


He had a Mickey mouse shaped smash cake. I’ll do another post of the recipe. He actually really liked it! 


Family picture!!!! Unfortunately, I don’t have pictures of opening presents. My designated photographer was MIA!

The next day, daddy and babe put together some birthday toys, and had so much fun doing it!


After the birthday craziness died down, hubs and I sat down that night and went through Baby J’s birth and newborn photos. I cannot get enough of them. Our birth photographers created a beautiful video slideshow for us and it brings tears to my eyes every time I watch it. Watching the moment from where you go from just a girl to a mother, your husband going from just a guy to a father, the moment you both become parents. It’s absolutely amazing. It’s indescribable! Here are a couple moments from that amazing day.


Happy Birthday, sweet boy! Mommy and daddy love you so much!

AMAZING 5 Ingredient Cream Biscuits

Picture this.

It’s a Saturday morning. You have your cup of coffee (or cocoa…with marshmallows…extra marshmallows…) and your stomach is growling. Your kids, or furkids, are asking for breakfast, and you decide that you’re going to bake some biscuits. Maybe make some gravy, maybe top it with jam, make an egg and turkey sausage sandwich, or smear some delicious raw honey on top. Honey on top of hot, flaky biscuits is my absolute favorite. It literally melts in your mouth. YUM!

I decided I was going to make some of these delicious (and super easy) biscuits this morning. During the week of Thanksgiving, the family and myself went up to Gatlinburg, TN. While we were there, we purchased some creamed honey from a local farm and got some stone-ground flour from the Old Mill. I have to say, it makes these biscuits even more special to us!


Side note…we were walking the streets of Gatlinburg 24 hours before the hundred-year fire engulfed that beautiful city. We stayed in a cabin that burned down. We were so grateful that we left early, but are so sad that happened. Thankfully, they’re rebuilding and most businesses are reopened by now. 

Anyways, back to food. Because, food. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour, plus extra for the counter/dough board
  • 2 tsp of sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder (to make your own, 1 tsp baking soda & 2 tsp cream of tartar)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 cup of heavy cream
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together all dry ingredients. Add cream and knead together until smooth. Sprinkle flour on countertop or dough board and turn out dough. Roll out dough until approximately 3/4″ high. Use a biscuit cutter, or a cup if you don’t have one, to create your biscuits. Place them evenly apart on your baking sheet. 
  3. Bake for 7 minutes, then rotate your pan and bake for 8 more minutes to ensure the whole top of the biscuit browns. Once they are done, place them on a cooling rack. Wait about 5 minutes for them to cool, then slather them up with a spread of your choice and enjoy!

What’s your favorite way to enjoy a biscuit?

When Mama Gets a Moment

We had some beautiful, cool weather this weekend. We started out Sunday by having a fire in the morning. Baby J enjoyed coloring on a piece of wood, because why not?


Once we finished with breakfast and the fire went out, we had a couple of errands to run. Baby didn’t want to take a nap, so he got pretty tired while in Target. Thankfully, he wasn’t rowdy. He was actually chill throughout the time at the store. Daddy looked at remote control cars while mommy looked for a new sippy cup since the old one broke. Priorities, right?

Monday evening, after another day of errands without daddy, I dropped little bit off with Nonna and went to get my hair done. It was such a relaxing hour. My hairstylist massaged my head and I enjoyed those sweet moments of bliss! I love the end result! What do you think?


How was your weekend? I heard there was snow in 49 states this weekend. Florida being the only exemption!! (I have GOT to get out of here! 😉 )