For the last couple of years, my husband and I have talked about having a Friendsgiving, but it wasn’t until this year that I made it happen.
Since it’s Thanksgiving break, lots of our friends are out of school and work, so we settled on a day during the week to have all the mommies and kids over for snacks and crafts.
We made paper plate turkeys by:
1) coloring the paper plates brown
2) cutting out feathers
3) gluing the feathers to the back of the paper plate
4) hot gluing googly eyes
5) hot gluing a stick (if needed/ wanted)
Then, the kids played outside on the playground/ with Legos, etc.
We had lunch of Chick-fil-a nuggets (because all kids eat those, right?!), broccoli cheese casserole, candied yams, pumpkin pie, veggie straws, Tee Pees, Corn Pops and more. It was potluck and all the moms brought a dish to share.
I saw a video probably back in October for Death by Chocolate Zucchini Bread and thought, that is A LOT of chocolate. Not so sure how healthy it really is.
I had never made a zucchini bread, but any way I can sneak veggies into my kids (and hubby’s) meals, I’m in!
Hubby also just found out he has a fatty liver and has been on a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet. Zucchini bread was one of the few things he said he could eat for dessert.
I also had a TON of chicken eggs that needed to be used and I read that breads are a good way to use them up, since most bread recipes call for at least 4 eggs.
HOLY MOLY! This bread is delicious. My kids don’t even notice the zucchini and eat it up for breakfast or we even eat it as dessert! It is SO GOOD.
With Emma starting preschool, breakfast around here has been hectic.
I’m not used to leaving by 8:20!
I had picked up some mini blueberry muffins from Publix, but I went through two boxes of them in two weeks!
So, to Pinterest I went and found a few different recipes that I liked.
I wanted to use whole wheat flour.
I didn’t have any plain Greek yogurt to use.
So this is what ended up being my recipe:
Who does’t love a good granola bar?
My oldest daughter recently took a liking to them, which I was thrilled about!
They’re a healthy snack and one more thing she’ll actually eat! SCORE!
Except, I was paying $5 for 5 granola bars. Yikes.
And she would eat like one a day.
So pretty much every week, I was buying another box of granola bars.
I decided I wanted to try to make my own. How bad could it be? I had made granola before, so why not granola bars?
I scoured the Interwebs for recipes.
I wanted something with chocolate chips.
But still chewy.
Must be toddler approved.
I ended up using parts and pieces of a few different recipes. Here’s what I came up with:
Back in May, we went peach picking at our neighbor’s orchard.
I spent a week cutting and pitting and freezing and cooking and baking peaches.
Last month, I decided I wanted to attempt to make Peach Jam. Usually, I make my strawberry jam in a bread maker, but it always comes out a little to runny for our family’s tastes.
So, this time, I decided to make it on the stove.
I attempted to make a no-pectin recipe, but it was looking too liquid to me, so I added pectin to it (following the directions on the pectin)
Here’s what my recipe ended up being:
One gallon-size Ziplock bag of frozen peaches (when I bagged them, it was probably 3-4 peaches)
2 1/2 cups sugar
Juice from 1 lemon
2 teaspoons fruit pectin
Cook down the frozen peaches, add sugar and lemon juice. Once all ingredients are melded in the pot, I poured into a mason jar and have been enjoying it on toast, PBJ and more!
As most of you know, I’m a new chicken mommy. We got 5 baby chicks for our girls (OK, they were for me!) on Easter.
These are them as babies:
They stayed in a small rabbit cage until they were about 3-4 months old and it was getting a little crowded in there:
Now, they live in their deluxe coop outside full time.
In Florida. In summer.
The past few weeks have been brutal here (with real feel temperatures in the 100s- NOT KIDDING)
So, I decided to whip up some treats for them to keep them cool.
I took some corn and shucked it off the cob.
I put it in the bottom of a silicone tray (I think it’s supposed to be used for brownies lol) and topped it with water.
Then, I freezed them and got frozen corn treats for our girls! (Yes, they’re all girls now!)
*side note: we recently “traded” out our rooster for another hen. Meet Dory:
They ate them right up!
Bonus: Our newest girl decided to lay eggs the day after I gave her these treats! Coincidence? I think not!
I never thought I’d grow up to be that crazy chicken lady, but here I am, killin’ it:
After we made our whole chicken, I used some of the left over meat, plus lots of veggies to make a delicious quiche I’ve been eating every day since!
Here are the veggies I used:
leftover corn (cut off the cob)
All put in the bottom of a pre-made pie crust. Poke holes in the bottom of the pie crust first with a fork!
Then, in a bowl I whisked together 4 eggs and 1-2 tablespoons of whole milk (you could also use Half and Half).
Pour the egg mixture over the veggies in the pie crust.
Top with cheese! You could use shredded, but I just sliced some off the block of cheese. I used organic cheddar cheese.
Then I baked it in the oven at 400 for 20-25 minutes.
I have been dreaming about food since I was on the 3-Day Refresh.
I took out a whole chicken to cook on Sunday night and we didn’t eat it until Thursday night! LOL
For our chicken, I cooked it on a roasting pan with a rack (so it didn’t sit in the juices and got all soggy)
I wanted it to be crispy!
After being on the Refresh for 3 days (WITH NO COFFEE), I couldn’t wait to have my coffee the morning after…
When I first started drinking coffee, I was in college and it was Caramel Frappuccino (with extra caramel!)
After college, I drank it with creamer and sugar.
When I went “low-carb,” I used Splenda or another artificial sweetener.
After a few years, I started going more organic and more all-natural, especially when I was pregnant, I became acutely aware that what I was putting in my body went right the the baby.
Here’s how I make my coffee every morning:
10 oz. organic brewed coffee (I use our Keurig)
1 tsp organic coconut oil
1/2 tsp agave nectar
1/4 cup almond milk
Blend! And Enjoy!
After having family in town, a bachelorette party, our anniversary, a wedding and the Fourth ofJuly, I had indulged quite a bit over the last couple of months…
and was feeling bloated and just all-around yucky…
Enter the 3-Day Refresh.
I had done it once before (successfully)
And failed miserably the time I tried to do it with my husband (eek).
I just finished the cleanse and here are my results:
Didn’t think I’d give it right away, did ya? 😉
To get the results, here’s what I ate for 3 days: