Tag: 2017

From Pinterest Mom to a Do Less Mom

My New Year’s resolution this year was to DO LESS.

I pretty much felt overwhelmed every holiday, even small ones to make sure I was doing “enough.”

Enough crafts.

Enough themed meals.

Outfits.

Hair bows.

It was too much and I doubted that it was any fun at all for my girls. It also stressed me out.

So, instead of stressing out making sure I “did it all,” I just stopped doing it all.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I still go to Pinterest for ideas. But I don’t overload myself thinking we have to do them ALL.

For Valentine’s Day, I still kind of went all out. We did A LOT.

But for Dr. Seuss Day? We skipped school and went to Sea World.

I still packed some Swedish Fish and Goldish (One Fish Two Fish).

I even made Green Eggs and Ham candies with green M&Ms and pretzels.

The next day, they wore their Thing 1 and Thing 2 shirts, which we already had from our cruise. But that was it.

For St. Patrick’s Day? Emma didn’t even have a shirt. She wore a green horse one she already had and Addie wore a hand-me-down. They had headbands from last year.

We went canoeing.

I packed Lucky Charms as a snack.

Made Froot Loop necklaces.

Made a snack mix with some pre-made Muddy Buddies, green M&Ms and pretzel sticks.

And the girls painted rainbows that morning while I was packing.

We went to Beef ‘O’ Brady’s for dinner.

And that was it. And that was one of the best days we’ve had recently.

They didn’t need 20 different crafts. Or a Leprachaun trap. Or little footprints on the toilet.

They just needed us. As a family. Doing something fun.

 

Recipe Share: Sushi Bowls

My husband is Jewish from Brooklyn, so needless to say, his love of Asian food is real.

We eat at hibachi places, sushi places and get Chinese take-out.

And after being pregnant twice in two years and not being able to have sushi, my love for sushi has come back full force.

Sushi is expensive, y’all! So, I found this recipe  on Pinterest and decided to make it for our family!

We had most of the ingredients already: rice vinegar, sesame oil, avocado, cucumber, carrots, Sriracha, mayo, soy sauce

Like I said, my husband likes Asian

What I didn’t know how to make was sushi rice.

Oh, Publix Ethnic Food Aisle, you never disappoint.

I got two of these. They just need to be microwaved for 1 minute each! ONE minute!

I also got the Nori (seaweed) sheets in the Publix ethnic food aisle.

I picked up the crab meat from Aldi. They have two kinds: sticks and chunks. Either would work.

Once I microwaved the rice, I put it in a bowl and evenly divided the rice vinegar mixture over the bowls.

The rice vinegar mixture is this:

4 Tbsp of vinegar with the sugar and salt. Heat over medium heat, cook and whisk until sugar has dissolved.

Then, I arranged the avocado, crabmeat, carrots and cucumber on top of the rice.

Mix together the Sriracha and mayo, spoon over the top. Sprinkle Nori and sesame seeds on top and serve with soy sauce.

Enjoy sushi in your home WITHOUT spending a fortune!

Even Addie ate cucumber slices and crabmeat sticks with us for this dinner!

  • 2 containers sushi rice
  • 4 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp sriracha
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 10 oz imitation crabmeat (we call it crab with a K)
  • 1 1/2 cups diced cucumber (I used our mandolin slicer to julienne the cucumber)
  • 3/4 cup matchstick carrots
  • 1 nori sheet, crumbled into small pieces (add more if you’d like)
  • 1 large avocado, peeled and diced
  • sesame seeds, for garnish

Indoor Family Picnic Lunch

We had our first “at home” day in a while this morning.

The girls played dress-up, Lincoln Logs, rode bikes and scooters, colored with chalk, played on the playground…

Meanwhile, I did a load of laundry and a load of dishes…

Fed the chickens. Rescued one of the chickens from being eaten by the dogs…

Fed the tortoise…

And when it was time for lunch, I started cutting up an apple and some cucumber slices.

On a cutting board.

Then I got the brilliant idea to put all of our food on the cutting board.

And just let everyone eat what they wanted.

Hence, the Indoor Family Picnic Lunch was born.

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Valentine’s Day in the Silverstein House

The day of love has come and gone…

Here’s what ours looked like!

Crafts:

This year, we made Froot Loop hearts for the birds

“I Love You to Pieces” tissue paper hearts

AND I added in some school stuff too:

Homeschool:

Trace and color Hearts, ABCs with conversation hearts, name puzzles, and color matching with conversation hearts.

 

Food (Heart-shaped EVERYTHING!):

DONUTS!

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