Guacamole Black Bean Burritos

I always said I wouldn’t be the mom who didn’t do A B C or D, but after I started having kids I soon realized not only was I doing A-D, I was going all the way to Z. Good analogy right?

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One thing I always told myself was that I wasn’t going to over schedule my kids. Heck no would I ever be the mom driving away from practice and thinking, “Frack, what are we having for dinner! No food at home, dangit…Drive through?”

Also, never thought I would say frack.

But alas. I’m that mom.

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I talk a lot about being prepared, making smart choices, and all that good stuff. But there are days…daySSSSS where it seems like this that and the other were taking up my time (and brain) and I just couldn’t get it together.

Being a healthy lifestyle blogger, I feel like I should be an example of how to live a perfect healthy life. But you guys, there is no such thing as perfect. And perfect is boring…I love when life is so chaotic I forget to put a bra on. For reals. Love it. #nursingboobsarenotpretty

So let me share this with you…

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I have tried my best not to over schedule, and I feel like for the most part we are good, but my kids enjoy going to dance and having soccer games with all their besties! It’s fun to meet at the park with all my mom friends and talk about how crazy life is. Don’t forget homework, family time, play dates, and church stuff. Life is busy, and when those kids start school it gets even busier.

And eventually you will find your self at 6 o’clock driving home from soccer practice wondering what on earth will you have for dinner…

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Some days I am prepared, crock pot meal is ready to go and I’m mom of the year. But a lot of days I’m not on top of it, and dinner needs to be fast. Obviously I won’t judge if you pour a bowl of cereal, because cereal saves lives..

But in case you decide to either plan ahead for this or happen to have it all on hand, then this is a good, fast, and if needed on-the-go dinner!

Phew…That was a lot and it’s only 10 a.m….

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You know what else saves lives besides cereal? TV…

Haha! Really guys, mom of the year over here!

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Guacamole Black Bean Burritos
 
These are the perfect for on-the go lunch/dinner if you are sitting curbside while watching your kids participate in any extra-curricular activity that happens to fall around meal times! They are even delicious heated up the next day, frozen for a quick grab, or packed in a lunch box!
Ingredients
  • 8-10 spelt tortillas*
  • 3 avocados
  • juice of 1 lime
  • salt/pepper
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ c. chopped cilantro
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • salt/pepper
  • ¼ tsp. cumin
  • 1½ c. cooked quinoa, can be flavored with a little salt and pepper
  • 1 c. cheese of choice. Cojita would be delicious!
  • *I like using spelt tortillas because they are white instead of brown, which can often turn picky kids
  • and husbands off ;)
  • **I also love adding taco sauce/hot sauce to mine!
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, add your avocados, lime juice, a sprinkle of salt and pepper to taste, cumin, garlic, and cilantro. Mash together until creamy. Set aside.
  2. In another bowl add your black beans, and season with a little salt and pepper to taste, plus cumin. Set aside.
  3. Assemble the burritos by adding a little quinoa, black beans, cheese, and guacamole. Fold the burrito, and repeat until done.
  4. Heat a large pan on the stove, and coat with a non stick spray. Add the burritos, and cook about 2-3 minutes on each side, medium heat, until golden brown and warmed through.
  5. Serve immediately, or wrap up in foil for an on the go dinner!

This recipe is similar to THIS Avocado Taquitos I posted a while back!

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Guacamole Black Bean Burritos via The Diva Dish

So share the details my friends, what are you go-to fast dinners?! I need them, want them, can’t live without them.

My Favorite Vegetarian (naan bread) Pizza

Have you ever tried to convince someone to do something, but they rejected you?

Then later on someone else ask that person to do the same thing, and they are all on board…

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So this past week I got so mad at my husband. I gave that man the best silent treatment known to man, followed by a few side eyes just to make sure he got the point I was pissed.

All over a vegetarian pizza. #wifegoals

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I’ve always been a dramatic person, I won’t deny that ok. I won’t deny that maybe I shouldn’t have gotten so upset. BUT you guys, my husband…Dog House.

You see, for YEARS I’ve been trying to convince my husband to try and challenge himself to eat vegan/vegetarian for a solid week. He loves his fast food/junk food, because we are polar opposites when it comes to our appetites. So i figured, if he gave it a solid week he would all of the sudden love healthy food and we would eat at vegan restaurants on date night…

Or something like that.

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So fast forward to this week when I make this pizza, aka my FAVORITE vegetarian pizza, and my husband is taking picture of it. Wait what? He never does this, what’s going on? I quickly asked him, expecting to hear him tell me he is posting it on social media to tell all his friends what a dang good cook I am…

But no. He is sending it to his co-workers because they are going to do a VEGETARIAN challenge at work coming up, and he wants to motivate them and tell them it’s do-able.

Dead.

Immediately I’m mad wife status, feeling all the feels of betrayal. He doesn’t notice as he scarfs down the deliciousness, but I subtly try and change that. A look there, shutting the cabinet door just a tad harder here…

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My poor husband.

He is just so understand to my ways..He promised me that it was my idea all along and that his co-workers just gave him that extra motivation…I admitted to being a tad overdramaticitisthattimeofthemonth status, and all was well…

He told me maybe I should go run that night at the gym to have some time to myself and de-stress from the day. Obviously he was calling me fat right?

So about that pizza….

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My Favorite Vegetarian Pizza
 
Not only is this pizza one of the best vegetarian pizzas that even meat lovers will crave, it's also the easiest to put together! No need to make a homemade crust, because naan bread is the perfect quick and easy substitute! You can use whole wheat naan bread for a healthier substitute too. As for the flavor combination, it's amazing! This pizza is based off of my favorite pizza called Jack Sprat from Gourmet Pizza Shoppe in Redlands, Ca.
Ingredients
  • 2 pieces naan bread
  • ½ cup - 1 c. marinara sauce
  • ⅓ c. sliced black olive
  • ⅓ c. sliced pimento olives
  • 1 roma tomato, thinly sliced
  • 2 TB. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 TB. chopped onion
  • 2 TB. chopped garlic
  • heaping ½ cup broccoli, cut into small florets
  • ⅓ of a green pepper, diced
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • ⅓ cup salted and roasted halved cashews
  • 1-2 TB. Italian seasoning
  • ¼ c. freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ c. (or more) mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese, or a combination of both
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees.
  2. Place the naan bread on a baking sheet and set aside.
  3. In a sauce pan, heat the olive oil. Then add in the onions and garlic, cooking about 2-3 minutes. Next add the green bell pepper and broccoli, tossing to cook about 4-5 minutes. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper on top.
  4. While the mixture is cooking, spread the marinara sauce on both of the crusts, followed by the olives, and sliced tomato.
  5. When the vegetables are done, and have cooled a little. Divide the mixture into two, and sprinkle on top of the pizza. Next add the cashews.
  6. Sprinkle the Italian seasoning on both pizzas, followed by parmesan cheese, and the mozzarella cheese.
  7. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!

 

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My Favorite Vegetarian Pizza via The Diva Dish

I actually did end up going to the gym that night because my friend text me she was going and asked me to join. Turned out to be a great way to destress and have time to myself! Who would have thought?!

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That time I had to find another juice bar.

Have you ever felt out of place? Like you just didn’t¬†belong and everyone is staring at you?

That was me today at a juice place.

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You see, I once again caught one of my kids sickness, because us parents are basically vacuums to their germs right? So I needed a juice, and I needed something to kick this cold! I put on some black leggings with paint stains on the butt along and my husband’s sweatshirt and threw the kids in the car. They were in their current state mind you, which was one being pant-less, and the other having bed head mess.

(Have you ever seen those Hot Mess Mom videos? Yea that’s me.)

We walked into the juice bar, which I quickly noticed was filled with young beautiful people. Many were dressed in workout gear having healthy lunches with friends, as they laughed about their responsibilities. Others had butt cheeks and booty shorts with tan legs and dogs in their purses.

And in comes me. Hot Mess.

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Now, if you haven’t met my third child, weh heell hellllll. Let me tell you about her. She’s kind of in this phase right now where she screams really loud. It sounds like Mariah Carey/dying cat/squeeling pig. It’s SO LOUD and makes your ears ring. She does it when she wants something, so obviously since I can’t figure out what “AHHHHEEEEEEEEE” means, it happens frequently.

Often times when we are in public I hear a lot of, “oh my gosh’s” and “wows!” The lady at target even put her delicate fingers to her ear and squinted her eyes because it’s so loud.

Immediately after arriving at the juice bar, the shrills began. I tried my best to distract her but, “Look at the dog! Look at her legs!” just wasn’t enough…

Everyone kept looking at me like they never wanted my life. Meanwhile, the lady making my juice was taking FOR-EV-ER. People were turning around in the chairs, cranking their necks, and probably pulling out their iPhones. I’m sure I am on youtube, just google ‘Hot Mess Mom at Juice Bar.’

Eventually the juice was ready, and as I tried to pay/wrestle the screaming baby in my arms, the cashier said, “Awe, she’s so cute.”

You guys. I didn’t even make eye contact. Was she NUTS?! Cute?! Give me my dang juice, no tip for you! Obviously she was nice, obviously my patience was well, gone. Obviously, I’m never going back. hahah.

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Later that day as I rocked her to sleep, she lifted her sweaty head and stared at me with her BIG blue eyes and babbled something right to me. I’m assuming it was her way of saying how much she loves me, or maybe it was about Mickey Mouse. Either way, ¬†it’s not always easy. Yet so quickly I am reminded why I love them so garsh dang much. I may not have it all together, but I know raising these strong willed girls is the greatest gift. For them, and for me.

Even if I have to find another juice bar.

Croissant French Toast

*If you are looking for the perfect ‘tradition’ breakfast, this Croissant French Toast is the perfect recipe!*

I know how it is friends. You try and make one meal for the whole family, and all of the sudden everyone turns into food critics/has an opinion/all of the sudden hates their favorite food called mashed potatoes.

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Usually on the weekends we will make a more grand breakfast, like pancakes or waffles. Trust me…It’s not all fancy cakes and smiley pants. One child doesn’t want a pancake, they prefer a waffle. The other child enjoys the pancakes, but only takes two bites. The baby throws hers on the floor, and my husband doesn’t care for the fact that they are whole wheat. He decides he would rather have toast and chocolate milk. Cool.

I’ll just be here in the kitchen all day guys, DON’T WORRY!

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Over the years I’ve obviously learned to tell my family how much I adore them, and if they don’t like it well, that’s too bad. But it still doesn’t mean they turn in to the Leave It To Beaver family around meal times and say, “Gee Mom, this was delicious. You are the best cook.” June had it so easy.

Sadly, I don’t remember the last time I wore¬†pearls and I rarely vacuum. I’ll never be June Cleaver, but I would like to hire her once a week.

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Croissant French Toast via The Diva Dish

That being said, I like to share recipes that everyone enjoys, because WWJD? What would June do, right?

This Croissant French Toast was a tradition I started a few years back. If you read the list of ingredients, it’s not the healthiest. In fact, it’s not healthy food wise at all. But we eat this traditionally 2 times a year during LDS Conference, or when we have special guests in town. It brings everyone together, and it’s something that EVERYONE enjoys! In my opinion, it’s definitely a part of living a healthy lifestyle.

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Croissant French Toast via The Diva Dish

This didn’t go down without a fight though, I might add. It all started when the family wanted french toast, but we had no bread. Only a box of croissants, because we are fancy and sophisticated. My husband, who apparently is a ¬†french toast connoisseur,¬†said this was a mistake and would never work. Although my¬†husband made me french toast in college one time when we were dating making him master french toast chef, I had to ignore his suggestion and go with my gut.

The rest is history, because we look forward to this breakfast every conference!

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Croissant French Toast via The Diva Dish

Croissant French Toast
 
Ingredients
  • 10-12 mini croissants, halved
  • 5 eggs
  • ½ cup milk, half and half, or heavy cream (If you want it really rich!)
  • 2 TB. vanilla
  • 2 TB. brown sugar
  • Dash of salt
  • Butter for the pan/skillet
Instructions
  1. In a shallow dish, wish together the eggs, milk, vanilla, brown sugar, and salt.
  2. Heat griddle on low/medium heat, and coat with butter.
  3. Dip halved croissants in egg mixture, coating and soaking both sides.
  4. Place them on the griddle, and cook on each side a few minutes, or until golden brown on each side. Don't press on them with a spatula.
  5. Serve immediately and top with butter, fruit, powdered sugar, and/or pure maple syrup.

 

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Croissant French Toast via The Diva Dish

Here is the deal friends, I’ll share something with you if you promise to share something with me…

1-If I find a meal that everyone enjoys, I will share it.

2-If you know where June Cleaver might be, would you give her my digits?

Thanks, you guys are the best!

Green (Spinach) Banana Peanut Butter Blender Muffins

Holidays have become a big deal in our household. Thanks to the outstanding moms everywhere, my kids expect elf on the shelf to basically buy them a car, and a leprechaun to leave them an actual real pot of gold. None of that chocolate covered crap. Real pirate gold. Thanks Pinterest.

Green Peanut Butter Banana Muffins! KID approved! From The Diva Dish

All joking aside, I do have to admit that it is fun to make the holidays exciting for my kids. Granted my efforts are little, and who would have thought adding green food coloring into the toilet would have been something they would talk about for years!

I remember being younger and my brothers and I setting up a camera and leprechaun trap in order to catch the little guy. We were so excited to wake up and watch back the footage! As we sat there and watched, we saw a little stuffed leprechaun (the lucky charms guy) walk around in the video and set our trap off. My brothers and I FREAKED out! I still have that video clear as day in my head!

Green Peanut Butter Banana Muffins! KID approved! From The Diva Dish

My parents always went the extra mile, and now they do it with my kids so I don’t have to. Pretty sure that’s what the circle of life is all about!!

Green Peanut Butter Banana Muffins! KID approved! From The Diva Dish

When I had the idea to make green muffins from the leprechaun, I had a few things in mind but mainly, it has to taste good. If i’m going to get my kids to try them, they at least have to taste magically delicious! (Is that the lucky charms saying?) Then I thought about the first time I ever made a green smoothie. I was so nervous at the thought of drinking spinach! But with the right ingredients, it turned out to be one of the classic best green drinks of all time!

Bananas + Spinach + Peanut Butter

Magically Delicious!

Green Peanut Butter Banana Muffins! KID approved! From The Diva Dish

Green (Spinach) Banana Peanut Butter Blender Muffins
Serves: 12
 
Have no fear! These muffins may be green, but the kids will love them! Whether they are green monster muffins or a trick from the leprechaun! They are moist, light, and fluffy!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats-can use GF oats
  • 2 bananas (medium), ripe
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup pure cane sugar, or coconut sugar (coconut sugar will change the color slightly)
  • 1½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ c. peanut butter
  • 2 c. or 2 handfuls of fresh spinach
  • ¾ c. dark chocolate chips + more for toppings
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a blender, add all of the ingredients except the chocolate chips. **Update: When blending all of the ingredients at one, the bater becomes quit thick. If you don't have a high powdered blender, this might be a little more difficult to blend. Start blending the dry ingredients first, then add the rest. If needed, use a few TB. of milk to help it blend. **Blend until creamy. Add the chocolate chips into the blender and stir with a spoon.
  3. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners and pour batter into muffin holders, about ¾ full. Top with 2/4 additional chocolate chips.
  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the tops bounce back when lightly pressed.

 

Green Peanut Butter Banana Muffins! KID approved! From The Diva Dish

Green Peanut Butter Banana Muffins! KID approved! From The Diva Dish

I just asked my daughter what she thinks¬†the Leprechaun is going to bring her tomorrow if we don’t catch him and she replied, “An American Girl Doll.”

Awesome.

Meatball and Spaghetti Soup

*This is comfort food at it’s finest. Meatball and Spaghetti Soup is the perfect combination of two¬†comfort foods, soup and pasta, mixed into one! It’s a quick and easy dish, and it’s hearty and filling. Your kids will love slurping up the noodles! And maybe adults too ;)*

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Here’s the deal. I know reading blogs is a thing of the past. So 2012. 2010? Either way, we are a visual¬†world. I know that most of you might just scroll past this and not even read what I’m writing, look at a few of the pics, and go right down to the recipe. You will check the ingredients and then, “Hmmm that sounds doable…I’ll have to remember that, Oh wait! I have a new Instagram notification!”

 Meatball and Spaghetti Soup from The Diva Dish 

So basically, I could really say whatever the flying fargin bastage I want. I could tell you the most embarrassing story about my husband, and no one would know. Except my mom, because I think she still reads my blog? Maybe.

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So for now, mom, and maybe some random person from France, thank you for getting to this point. I know it was painful, and excruciating. Have you ever typed out excruciating? It’s excruciating.

I’m sorry there is no clever hilarious story, but I’m going to be honest. This day light savings thing has me screwed up and Real Housewives of Atlanta is on. I am not thinking straight.

Here is the recipe you’ve all been waiting for….The End.

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Meatball and Spaghetti Soup
 
Ingredients
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, diced
  • 2 TB. olive oil
  • 3 TB. tomato paste
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 3 c. marinara sauce (jarred or homemade)
  • 4 c. vegetable broth
  • 1½ TB. dried basil
  • 1½ TB. dried parsley
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 12 oz. thin spaghetti, uncooked
  • 18-20 cooked meatballs, I used the following recipe:
  • http://thediva-dish.com/dinner/hubby-meals-simple-turkey-meatballs-over-spaghetti-squash/
  • (Can sub for vegetarian meatballs)
  • Parmesan cheese, for topping
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, add the olive oil.
  2. Then add in the onions and garlic. Stir and cook down the mixture until the onions are translucent.
  3. Next add in your tomato paste. Mix it around for about 30 seconds, then add in your crushed tomatoes, marinara sauce, broth, spices, and spaghetti.
  4. Cover and cook soup until the spaghetti is al dente.
  5. Add in the cooked meatballs, cook for an additional 5-10 minutes on low heat, covered.
  6. Serve with parmesan cheese on top, and enjoy!

 

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A little about this soup. It’s the perfect combination of 2 comfort foods, soup and spaghetti. It makes a lot of leftovers if you have children who eat like birds, which makes for a perfect mommy/daddy lunch!

Don’t forget a side salad to add some veggies to this heavier carb dish, because you also can’t forget the garlic bread! If you make your own meatballs, I LOVE this recipe. It’s my go-to every time. I made the meatballs while the soup was cooking, and then threw them in at the end! It also has veggies in the meatballs, tomato veggie soup, and if you include a side salad, you are on track! It’s the perfect Sunday dinner meal or when you are having guests over. This is a really long paragraph, so hopefully you get my point :).

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If you made it this far, go ahead and eat some chocolate. You deserve you unique one of a kind son of a gun! Bonjour! xo

The Perfect (Mexican Style) Lunch Salad

If I could describe the perfect lunch, it would be this salad. Well, I mean actually a lunch with my friends and no kids would be great too. Also Nordstrom’s cafe, a day at the spa followed by a healthy lunch, and maybe a meal on the beach with Fernando or my husband applying sunscreen sounds fabulous as well…

But other than that, this is my idea of the perfect lunch.

The Mom Salad, The Best salad to get you through a busy day!

Being a mom with 3 kids under 5, lunch time is kind of the “Ok, we are halfway through the day” period. We made it through the morning, I’m still awake, the kids are…well, ok the kids are still in their pajamas. BUT, we WILL get dressed after this. Unless I need a nap. Then, we will probably just wear our pajamas and…BE ONE STEP AHEAD OF BED TIME! #momwin

The Mom Salad, The Best Salad to get you through a busy day!

Usually by lunch time I am starving because I ate at 6 a.m. when my kids woke up and I need something that excites me. Obviously a cheesecake would do, but this is a healthy lifestyle blog and I need to portray that I never have cheesecake for lunch.

That’s why I love HUGE LOADED salads with creamy dressing. I love kind of adding everything I am craving at the moment into one dish and eventually into one bite. I’m not obsessed with food or anything. Usually these salads will last me 2-3 lunches, and even be a late night snack when again I decide against cheesecake. Just reserve the avocado and salad dressing until each serving and you are good to go!

The Mom Salad, The Best Salad to get you through a busy day!

I have made homemade dressings before, but ever since my 3rd pregnancy I just love ranch. More than fernando on the beach. I’ve been using these Bolthouse Dressings for a while now and have become somewhat addicted. #notsponsored

Feel free to use the dressing of your choice!

For the roasted chickpeas, I always use THIS recipe!

The Mom Salad, The Best Salad to get you through a busy day!

The Perfect (Mexican Style) Lunch Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 1 head of curly kale, washed and thinly sliced
  • ½ bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • ½ cup sliced olives
  • 1 c. halved baby tomatoes
  • 1 c. roasted corn-recipe below
  • 1 c.roasted chickpeas-recipe above
  • 1-2 avocados
  • 1-2 slices lime, juiced over salad
  • opt: crushed tortilla chips
Instructions
  1. (Roast the corn)
  2. Turn the oven broiler on low.
  3. Add FROZEN corn to a baking sheet. Drive with 1½ tsp. olive oil Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Place in the oven and cook until the corn has roasted into a crunchy but still soft texture. Toss the corn every so often. (This will take any where between 5-10 minutes.)
  5. Assemble the salad.
  6. Add kale, cilantro, and green onions to a large bowl. Toss to mix.
  7. Next add the rest of the toppings. (Reserve the avocado and lime juice until ready to serve)
  8. Drizzle with salad dressing, avocado, and lime juice when you are ready to eat.
  9. Enjoy!

 

The Mom Salad, The Best Salad to get you through a busy day!

For the record, if my kids stay in their pajamas all day we change them into new ones before bed.

Usually.

Weekly Workout: The First Few Weeks

I’ve been working out consistently now for a solid 3 weeks! That is probably the longest I’ve done in a ¬†while, and I’m starting to feel like the habit is beginning¬†to develop again, which is exciting!

Weekly Workout: The First Few Weeks

I want to be totally honest with you guys while doing this, because no body wants to hear about all the good stuff right? You guys don’t like rainbows and unicorns, you want hard core dirty mud ugly…

For starters, I’ve noticed that I’m expecting to be a lot ‘thinner’ looking. I keep taking glances at my booty like, “WHY are you still here?!” I’m impatient about this, but at the same time I’ve noticed changes in other areas, like my energy! Who doesn’t want more energy when you having to braid barbie’s hair 10 times a day?

I’ve also learned that having a schedule, for example the weekly workout schedule that I’ve been posting, has¬†really helped me! Having it written down exactly what I’m supposed to do keeps me on track. That way when I don’t have a lot of time, I know exactly what needs to be done and how to plan it in my day!

Lastly, I’ve started to slowly feel my love of running creep back into me. This makes me so happy! On Saturday I went on a run¬†by.my.self. outside and it felt amazing! I was huffing and puffing, and a 60 year old man passed lapped me once or twice, but I remembered quickly why I used to do that more often.

Find an exercise you love doing, that relaxes you, energizes you, and motivates you!

Here is a little vlog I put together of the first few weeks of getting back into working out. I’m sharing the high’s and low’s of this baby!

So much laundry…

Here are this weeks workout schedule and dinner plan!

weekly dinner

Monday: Pizza Night! (Grocery store style! Busy day.) Plus fresh veggies + fruit.

Tuesday:Avocado Chicken Caesar Salad, Double chicken for tomorrows dinner

Wednesday: Build you own burritos, use leftover chicken, Crockpot Black Beans (veggie burritos)

Thursday: Pesto & Sun Dried Tomato Pasta, no chicken

Friday: Leftovers ūüôā

Saturday: Night off!

*This is the reality of dinner for my family right now, especially with 3 kids under 5 :)*

workout

Monday: Couch to 10k app, stretch 5-10 minutes

Tuesday: Piyo Workout

Wednesday: Couch to 10k app, stretch 5-10 minutes

Thursday: Crazy Abs, Butt, & Legs Workout. 8 Minute Bikini Thigh Workout.Via Blogilates

Friday: Family Walk/Stretch

Satuday: Couch to 10k app, stretch 5-10 minutes

 

Have a great week every one!!

The BEST Strawberry Cupcakes w/ Strawberry Buttercream!

*These are hands down the yummiest, fluffiest, and most fresh tasting strawberry cupcakes ever!* 

Valentines Day is kind of a big deal at our household, and to top that off my little baby has a birthday a few days before! We’ve got pink thrown up all over the house, heart pictures and talks of boyfriends, valentine notes attached to sugar…

And cupcakes. The BEST Strawberry Cupcakes!

Now, before we get to the recipe, let’s talk about my wonderful experience with Valentines during…High School.

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When I was in High School, our school did this thing where we could purchase a Valentine Gram for a dollar, and then during one of the periods a bubbly student from student council would deliver you a personalized card to your class. I think there was candy attached or a balloon. Something obnoxious, in which I wanted so bad.

It was the most painful thing every year.

 

The BEST Strawberry Cupcakes w/ Strawberry Buttercream! Fresh and from scratch! via The Diva Dish

The BEST Strawberry Cupcakes w/ Strawberry Buttercream! Fresh and from scratch! via The Diva Dish

Each Valentines Day the same girls/guys would receive Valentines Grams as they laughed it off as kind of a, “who, me?!” mentality. ¬†Meanwhile I would sit there counting down the minutes until lunch time so I could purchase a BRC (bean, rice, cheese) burrito. Priorities right?

One year I received a Valentines Gram. I don’t exactly remember it, but I’m pretty sure everyone in class looked at me like, “Do you even go here?”

And then one kid shouted, “Yes! She’s the burrito girl!”

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The BEST Strawberry Cupcakes w/ Strawberry Buttercream! Fresh and from scratch! via The Diva DishThe BEST Strawberry Cupcakes w/ Strawberry Buttercream! Fresh and from scratch! via The Diva Dish

I remember sitting there with butterflies in my stomach thinking that maybe, just maybe it could be from so and so. Or maybe that other so and so…He was totally hot.

As I ripped in half that little heart sticker that held it together I began to feel flush in the face. Kind of like the same feeling I get just before that burrito hits my mouth. I had visions of my whole life changing and that maybe my life would turn out to be a Mary-Kate and Ashley Movie after all!

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The BEST Strawberry Cupcakes w/ Strawberry Buttercream! Fresh and from scratch! via The Diva Dish

This is what the Candy Gram said,

” Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Sugar is Sweet and So Are You! Happy Valentines Day! Love….”

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The BEST Strawberry Cupcakes w/ Strawberry Buttercream! Fresh and from scratch! via The Diva Dish

…Nicole!”

Aka, my best friend. #soabouthoseburritos

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Strawberry Cupcakes w/ Strawberry Buttercream Frosting
Serves: 13
 
Ingredients
  • For The Cupcakes
  • 1½ c. flour, unbleached white
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ c. buttermilk, or ½ c. milk + 1 tsp. vinegar mixed together
  • ¼ c. strawberry puree*
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 c. pure cane sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 TB. vanilla extract or 2 tsp. vanilla bean paste
  • Opt: 3-4 drops red food coloring
  • For The Frosting
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened, room temperature.
  • 4 c. powdered sugar
  • 4 TB. strawberry puree
  • 1 TB. Vanilla extract, or 2 tsp. vanilla bean paste
  • (Opt: 2-3 drops red food coloring)
  • dash of salt
Instructions
  1. (For the Cake)
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  3. In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a mixer bowl add butter and sugar. mix together until fluffy on low speed for 30 seconds. Next add in eggs one at a time, followed by vanilla.
  5. Add your strawberry puree to your buttermilk.
  6. Add ⅓ of the flour mixture to the batter, followed by ⅓ of the buttermilk mixture. Continue doing this until the flour and buttermilk are gone. Do not over mix the batter.
  7. Add in the food coloring if you prefer. You can mix it in, but not fully to give it a swirled look.
  8. Add batter to prepared muffin tins, filling ⅔ of the way full. It will make about 12-14 cupcakes.
  9. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until done.
  10. (For the Frosting)
  11. While the cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting.
  12. Beat the butter until fluffy. Add in the rest of the ingredients and beat until fluffy.
  13. (opt:) You can tint half of the frosting mixture and pipe both frostings together in one piping bag. Just add one color to one side, and the other color to the other. Then pipe the frosting onto the cupcake! Top with sprinkles and enjoy!

 

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The BEST Strawberry Cupcakes w/ Strawberry Buttercream! Fresh and from scratch! via The Diva Dish

Moral of the story…Burritos before Bros.

Happy Birthday to my little baby! I can’t believe you are one!!

Life with 3 Divas

Did you know that putting Barbie’s hair in a pony tail is harder than it seems?

It can’t be too high where her hair sticks out straight, and it can’t be too low because then it just doesn’t look right. And then what happens if you do it wrong? Tears… Followed by Barbie gettin’ knocked upside the head and chucked across the room.

Damn bad hair days, especially when it happens to Barbie.

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I get asked roughly 30 times a day to assist in wardrobe changes, help with hot pink lipstick application, and “Mom, come see this picture I made!” Putting on shoes sometimes requires a tranquilizer, and so does brushing through morning bed head. Don’t brush the part wrong, and definitely don’t brush all of the hair back! Learn from my mistakes.

But amid the emotional attachments my girls have to every piece of item in their room, like gum wrappers and 180 little princess figurines, I have to remind myself to well…take a break. It’s hard not to settle down when Olaf’s carrot nose poked you right in the center of your foot as you walk down the hall. Or when you find your make brushes thrown in the toilet, lipstick smashed in the container, and bronzer crumbled on the floor. There is work to be done, and i’ve got to soak my white bedding in bleach due to the blue nail polish spilled all over…

But I’ve got to stop and tell the messes to wait. Then tell my OCD to calm down, and just be there with my girls. We spent the afternoon putting together Valentines for friends, talked about class boyfriends (say wha?!), and I showed them how to eat a fun dip. We snuggled and loved on our sweet little baby, laughed about silly things, and read Pinkalicious 5 times.

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Sometimes I feel like my life is a broadway show. Constant singing. Constant. Followed by a fight scene or 35, lot’s of emotions and feelings being hurt, not really sure how much more intense the afternoon can get because ‘so and so isn’t my BFF anymore’…

But then there is a moment.

Not a moment of silence…But a moment of perfection. Moment’s where I realize there’s more to life that organized toy bins and neatly brushed hair. That no matter how clean my house is, the most important thing in my life is changing and growing right in front of me. And they need more more than my ‘to-do-list’.

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So what is life like with 3 little divas?

Exciting, edge of your seat, full of so much love, never want it to end!

Excpet olaf. He’s in a better place.