My first week with Blaire as a newborn was such a blur. I was so tired. My body was drained from my C Section. We had endless visitors. This time, everything is different. Whether it’s because my recovery is easier since I didn’t have to have a C Section. Or because we’ve had less visitors stopping by. Or because I’m getting more sleep at night than I was with Blaire. Or… if it’s because having a three year old (#threenager) at home means our newborn seems like the easy one. ;)
My baby is three! This is the first year Blaire could pick her “theme” and she choose Peppa Pig. We have done Blaire’s past birthday parties at home and they always end up stressing me out. I usually spent the weeks leading up to her party crafting Pinterest decorations. But not this year. This year, we decided all we really needed was a fun cake! We have done a big family party at lunch and then a big friend party at dinner. To try to make this year a little smaller, we opted for a bowling party combining Blaire’s closest friends and our immediate family.
While it was somewhat hectic with three-year-olds bowling, it got me out of cleaning my house from top to bottom, so it was worth it. ;) The whole thing went by quickly, so I mostly just ended up with some fuzzy iPhone pictures… but that’s okay. Blaire definitely had the time of her life. Between running around with her friends, opening gifts, and blowing out her candle (her favorite part!), she didn’t stop smiling all day.
Game Day is exciting to my hubby and I for completely different reasons. He’s in it for the game… I’m in it for the food… Not that he complains when there’s food. ;) This week, I made oven-baked tacos to accompany our game watching. They’re yummy, and you know if I made them they must be easy and quick, too. Minimal prep time and minimal cooking, the best of both worlds.
Mornings are always crazy around here. We always have more bags that I have hands, which means lots of trips back and forth to the car. Adding to the craziness lately — trying to leave myself enough time in the morning to pack a lunch! I am the. worst. at taking a lunch to work. I just love getting out of the office for lunch (Also I’m always running late. Also I hate cooking.) We typically have leftovers we want to take for lunch (vs. frozen meals) but storing the leftovers in lunch-box friendly containers is always a pain. IF I succeed at all of the things I mentioned above (packing a lunch, getting it into a container that fits in my lunch box, and remembering to take it to work) then going up to the lunch room and rinsing it out when I’m finished eating is just absolutely the last straw. That never happens… my poor husband. (He does all of our dishes. Thanks, Jason!)
I have said it before, and I’ll say it again, I’m no amazing chef. I enjoy cooking anything fast and easy — it’s rare that I make a big, fancy dinner. With a two-year-old who loves something one day, then hates it the next, I just don’t have it in me to cook anything too crazy. I was excited when Mezzetta asked me to share a recipe using one of their Marinara Sauces because the recipe below immediately came to mind. It’s been a hit with my friends for years! What is it?! Little crescent roll pizzas! They’re super simple and they’re delicious. You only need a few ingredients, and they’re ready in less than 20 minutes… Making them the perfect dinner on a busy week night.
I’ve seen smoothie bowls all over online, but haven’t found anywhere local that actually serves them. Sooo I decided to try making some myself. I made my favorite smoothie and then just cut up fruit to place on top. I also added chia seeds and oats on top. Yummy!
There are three key things to know about me when it comes to the kitchen. 1. I’m the world’s pickiest eater. 2. I’m a vegetarian. 3. I only like grocery shopping for snacks — I am incapable of putting together a list that will result in any actual meals. I thought ordering my groceries online for delivery would help. Not really. Unless I enlist Jason’s help. A friend at work is a health nut and absolutely loves HelloFresh. So when I got the chance to try out some of their new meals this week, I jumped at the chance!
Since I’m such a picky vegetarian, I just recently started working with a health coach to make sure I’m not missing key pieces of my diet. Each week she sets two new challenges for me. One related to fitness, and the other to diet. This week’s challenge is to eat at least 3 servings of veggies per day. So, I was very excited to see one of my meal options was HelloFresh’s Jamie’s Mega Mushroom & Lentil Curry. Between the lentils and the tomatoes (I’m going to go ahead and consider them a vegetable, okay?!) this dish is one I’m proud to write down in my food diary! ;)
I am terrible at picking out produce and I usually miss at least one thing on the ingredient list. Meaning my dish either turns out tasting slightly off, or I have to abandon my dinner plans and go with something else. With HelloFresh, I don’t have to worry about any of that! All ingredients come premeasured, grouped together by meal, and the step-by-step instructions are super easy to follow. Not only has using HelloFresh helped my picky taste buds try something outside of my usual comfort zone, but it has also helped me feel more adventurous in the kitchen. Thanks, HelloFresh!
This is the first time in my life that I made something (from scratch!) and had it actually turn out looking like the picture! Seriously, though. The first time.
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