Chicken & Bacon Alfredo Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Chicken & Bacon Alfredo Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
Kids’ Green Smoothie Bowls Kids’ Green Smoothie Bowls
Chinese Chicken Salad Chinese Chicken Salad

My poor Brookie Cookie just randomly and very suddenly came down with the stomach flu. Poor thing! So far she’s lost her cookie 6 times in the last 2 1/2 hours. The last time she was sick like this was when she was 4 years old when Blake was Eddie’s age {7 months}. My husband recalls that she threw up 14 times in one night!!! I seriously hope that is not what tonight will be looking like. Poor thing!

Needless to say, I’m a little preoccupied to think of anything funny or witty to write about. And odds are I’ll have this awful flu bug tomorrow. Say it isn’t so! I have awful luck.

ANYWAYS.

I’ve been sitting on this recipe for a while but have been waiting to post it because I have a video to go with! Hooray!

I’m starting to get more and more into these fun tutorial videos {and some other fun family vlog videos too} so I’m hoping to share more and more of them as time goes on.

Anyways, this is a simple and tasty way to enjoy your greens! A little sweet and a little crunch with lots of veggies and protein. This is my kind of meal!

Packing Healthy Lunches for Back to School Packing Healthy Lunches for Back to School

Brooke started back at school a few weeks ago and Blake just started preschool this week and we are LOVING life! To say I love having a schedule would be an understatement. My kids and I love predictability, so having things stay the same day in and day out keeps our home running smoothly.

Part of that predictability is what can be expected for lunch. I pack Brooke’s lunch everyday and she knows exactly what she’ll be getting on the daily. Blake gets a very similar version at home before he heads off to afternoon preschool.

Here is what I pack:

Chicken Pot Pie Soup Chicken Pot Pie Soup

I’m pretty confident in saying my thighs will never shrink.

If you are new to my blog, you may not know that after I had Blake, I was seeing a trainer for a time to get rid of the last few pounds of baby weight and to have someone to be accountable to.

I exercised and worked out pretty hard and was on a strict diet. I was seeing results. Great results, actually.

Hello again, abs. Nice to see you!

After 3 months, we took measurements and guess what? I was smaller everywhere. And by everywhere, I mean everywhere but my legs. Like, there was literally no change. My trainer, bless his heart, said my legs were already pretty muscular so it would be unlikely to see a big change. A semi-nice thing to say, but it made me slightly bitter towards my lower half.

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

One more week until Labor Day weekend! Yay!

Even though my daughter has started back at school, we always love having the labor day weekend for fun, relaxing family time. When we were living in Oregon, it was tradition to get a vacation rental at the coast with many of my husband’s siblings. Now that we’ve moved away, we need to find a new tradition of sorts. We’re working on a last minute family trip…hopefully we’ll find a good spot to go 🙂

But in the mean time, I’m sharing a tasty grilling recipe that you can use outdoors {or indoors if you happen to have bad weather.} The Oregon Coast is unpredictable with its weather so there were many a year when we were cooking and hanging out inside instead of at the beach. Hence this recipe!

If you haven’t had a grilled chicken caesar salad before, then you are in for a treat. It’s just as tasty as a regular caesar salad, but with a smokey flavor that cannot be beat 🙂 Super yummy and relatively healthy as long as you don’t go crazy on the dressing.

Steakhouse Salad Steakhouse Salad

This morning I was doing a little spring cleaning on my website.

Oh this old thing?

Yes. I was cleaning up files and deleting things to my little heart’s content when I came across this little gem of a recipe that I made LAST YEAR and never published. I could have sworn I published it, but clearly I was wrong-o.

So let me tell you the story behind this recipe.

It is a copy-cat recipe of a salad I had at a Portland Steakhouse that I took my husband to for his 30th birthday {yes he just turned 31,why do you ask?} I needed a diversion to get him out of the house because I was planning a big surprise party for him with all our friends. {See video here. Another photo here. It was a good day.} I figured a 4 course dinner would be long enough to get my kids settled with the sitter and all our friends hidden at our house. Whilst at this dinner, I had the most amazing steak salad {and lobster mashed potatoes and chocolate cake, but I digress.}

This salad had all the ingredients I love to include in a salad. From the heirloom tomatoes to the crispy fried onions, I fell in love. So, I recreated it at home with much success.
The only thing I would do differently these days is load on the blue cheese and cook my meat a little longer. {I was a wild child last year, craving that rare steak and all.}

If you need a tutorial on cooking the perfect steak, click here. I got you covered. It’s actually one of my most popular posts.

Feel free to use that tutorial to cook your steak or use some you already have grilled on this salad. We like to grill lots of steak just so we can have lots of leftovers. We’re all about the protein these days.

Taco Sloppy Joes Taco Sloppy Joes

I have a love-hate relationship with messy dinners.

I love that:

>they are really easy to throw together

>they are completely non-fussy

>my kids go crazy for them and

>generally they are really hard to screw up.

I hate that:

>they’re messy.

My table, my floors, my chairs, sometimes my walls, my kids’ clothes and my kids. All dirty in a matter of minutes.

So everyday around 5pm, it’s a battle between happy kids, dirty everything or cranky kids, clean everything.

Can you guess what I usually choose? If I gave you a tour of my house, you’d know exactly which camp I’d fall. Actually, scratch that. You don’t need a tour. Just walk in my front door. You’ll see. We are the messy house dinner people. Yippee?

Tacos are a messy dinner. Spaghetti is a messy dinner. Anything involving rice or quinoa tends to be a messy dinner. Soup also falls into this category as does {you guessed it!} Sloppy Joes!

I’ve kind of just accepted the fact that I need to do dishes and wipe down the table, the chairs and the floor after every meal.

At the end of the day, I’d rather clean up after the delicious dinner than fight my kids all the way through the meal over something they don’t want to eat.

If I’m being completely honest, at the end of the day, I’d rather eat chocolate and watch Friends and pay someone to clean up dinner but, alas, Mama gotta save for our next vacation. A girl can dream.

Super Mom Stir Fry Super Mom Stir Fry

Why yes I just typed out that title.

“Super Mom Stir Fry”.

Who am I right now?

Just Mom. Not to be confused with Super Mom, although I like to lead you to believe that I am. In all reality, most days are filled with kids not wanting to do fill in the blank and me just trying to hold it together ’til bedtime. You may recall this Motherhood post.

Anyways.

Dinnertime may just be the worse part of the day. It used to by my favorite, but with no hubby home to help with the madness, I am back and forth between cooking and holding a cranky baby all the while fending off older children who are trying to snatch anything they can find in the pantry.