Healthy Cotton Candy Milkshake

*Who doesn’t love that melt in your mouth super sweet spun sugar?! Imagine that flavor in a  cold milkshake form, and wait for it…It’s also healthy too! Read below for the recipe!* 

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So on Friday June 17th, I quite sugar.

No chocolate, candy, bites of cookies, cupcakes, licks of frosting. It wasn’t easy, but I did it…

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For 6 hours.

Listen. I love the idea of quitting sugar. Never touching a cupcake again and poo poo-ing at the sight of an ice cream cone sounds amazing to me. I don’t want to love it/lust it/dream of it…But I love sweets, baking, tasting, licking…did I paint the right picture?

Now, being that it’s summer and I live on the surface of the sun, I am constantly taking my kids swimming which means I’m constantly in a bathing suit. I eat healthy and I workout, but I know that I could always kick it up a notch and be like I used to be when I didn’t have kids. When I shopped religiously at whole foods instead of buying diapers. When I sat down and ate lunch quietly, instead of eating my kids leftovers. When I didn’t wear size ‘training bra’ because of nursing…#goodol’days

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So I told myself I was quitting sugar on Friday. I told everyone I knew, because everyone cares. I think I told my husband 3 times.

But something happened Friday, earlier than expected. I had a migraine and was just so hungry, moody, grumpy, and well…please tell me you understand?

I just had to give in and have a few pieces of dark chocolate. For some reason it brought me comfort, and eased the burden of that horrible Friday afternoon when the unexpected happened….

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Honestly, I was disappointed in myself. How could I not go a day without chocolate?!

But then I remembered that I’ve never been one to follow ‘healthy lifestyles’ where we completely limit our selves from food, especially our favorite food. Should we moderate and eat sparingly, definitely. But to tell myself I would never have sugar again…That’s like, criminal.

 

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So even though I only went 6 hours without sugar, I feel totally better and like a whole new person!!! (Joking.Joking.)

But I definitely reminded myself not to be so hard, and that sometimes jumping all in and saying I’ll NEVER do that again is probably not the right way to improve at something…Especially when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle :).

And for those days when you want to limit the sweets, but still need to conquer those tastebuds….

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Healthy Cotton Candy Milkshake
 
During the summer, these delicious cotton candy grapes pop up in grocery stores! They mimic almost exactly the taste of that sugar treat!
Ingredients
  • ½ c. milk of choice
  • 2½ c. cotton candy grapes, frozen optional
  • 1 c. ice
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients together in a blender until creamy! Serves 2-3 people, enjoy!

 

Have you guys seen the cotton candy grapes at grocery stores during summer time?! I can’t believe how much they taste like the actual treat! I bought the store out because I didn’t want to share in it’s deliciousness, so hurry and check your local stores before I come and steal those too ;)!

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I asked the girls if they could share a milkshake so I could put two straws in one and take a picture, but  they had the same reaction as if I asked chop off their dolls heads so….

Two straws and two cups it is!!

 

 

Coconut Pineapple Berry Punch

*If you are looking for a refreshing drink to satisfy that thirst during the hot summers, this one is perfect! It’s made with fresh pineapple and blackberry juice, a hint of coconut and mint for a refreshing taste, and just the right amount of sweetness!*

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Summer Break, Day 5.

Get me out of here.

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Every year I count down the school days until summer break, hopelessly waiting for the lack of schedules and rushing out the door to be late for school once again. The papers start piling in from the past 6 months of school projects that weren’t sent home. I quickly must black trash bag that crap before my daughter is convinced I don’t love her and her 4 pages on writing words with a long U sound.

The last week of school is Hell Week because you have to be 3 places at once every day, and if you miss one well then you are like a horrible person. It’s also the one week a year where I have to get dressed and do my hair every day.

So hard.

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But it’s exciting to know that freedom is near, schedules and homework is no more, and lunches don’t have to be impressive…

That is until your a week into summer break and you are ready for school to start again. Then what do you do?

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Establish a chore chart and become the meanest mom ever. Check.

Limit TV time so the kids can play with their toys instead and become the meanest mom ever. Check.

Have your kids do some type of learning activity at least a few time a week and become the meanest mom ever. Check.

Wish you didn’t spend so much money at Target so you could book yourself a vacation and become the meanest mom ever for leaving them with daddy. Check.

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Don’t you just love summer?

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If all else fails, make a delicious and refreshing pineapple punch drink and pretend you are on that vacation all by yourself, when really you are just standing behind a shower curtain trying to hide.

Check.

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Coconut Pineapple Berry Punch
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ of a pineapple, cut into slices or chunks
  • 6 oz blackckberries
  • 1 c. light coconut milk mixed with 2 TB. honey
  • 10-12 mint leaves
Instructions
  1. Run ¼ of the pineapple through a juicer. Next add the blackberries, ¼ of the pineapple, then the mint leaves, the rest of the pineapple, and lastly the coconut milk.
  2. Pour juice into glasses filled to the top with ice.
  3. Drink and enjoy!
  4. Makes 2 large juices, or 4 small.

 

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Pineapple Coconut Berry Juice from The Diva Dish

Lastly, go back to Target and buy $1 slime which will end up keeping your kids entertained for a miraculous amount of time.

AND THEN start saving for a vacation…

 

A Day In The Life-Saturday

 6:20 a.m.

Find a little person cuddled next to me.

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6:30 a.m.

Little girl #2 climbs on the bed.

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6:35 a.m.

3 littles in the bed watching Mickey Mouse.

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6:45 a.m.

Make Breakfast with lots of little helpers and 1 hungry baby lacking patience…

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Kodiak Cakes + 1 Egg + Milk + Blueberries.

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7:15 a.m. 

Sneak a few bites, or more, of waffles off the kids plates. Fill a water bottle up, start Shayloss workout #7.

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8:00 a.m.

Get the girls ready for soccer, plus baby ready. Hair spray + tight pony’s + some tears.

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8:30 a.m. (Not Pictured)

10 minutes to rinse off, shave legs, look presentable. Use 1/3 bottle of dry shampoo.

8:40 (ish)

Grab some toast and a banana for a quick mama breakfast, add lots of peanut butter. Drive to soccer kind of late

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9:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Soccer games.

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All of those ballet lessons came in handy when kicking the ball!

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11:00 a.m.

Our turn to help clean our church building :).

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12:00 p.m.

STARVING. Run home and make lunches for everyone. Shove random food and tortilla chips in my mouth while making lunch because I could die of starvation.

Kids Lunches:

Grapes, Raw Broccoli + Ranch (yum), Monkey Sandwiches.

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Mama Lunch:

Chipotle Black Bean Veggie Burger (Costco), Roasted Broccoli, Spinach, Tomatoes, Lots of ketchup, Dijon. And more tortilla chips.

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12:30 p.m.

Baby Nap Time.

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Sometime after 12…

Dishes, sweeping, checking Instagram, (3 times), cleaning, trash TV. (In no particular order.)

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Girls Playing ‘Mom’.

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2:45 p.m.

Baby wakey wakey.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efEoiZ2erD0

3:00

Tell the girls to get their swimsuits on for the splash pad at the park.

3:10

Remind the girls again to grab their bathing suits.

3:15

Repeat what I said 5 minutes ok.

3:20

Find one child getting ready for an evening on the town instead of water splashing at the park.

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3:30-3:45 ish p.m…

Finally get all the kids suited up, hats on, sunscreen applied and ready to go!

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4:00 p.m.

95 degrees out and water feels nice, except the baby isn’t too sure ;).

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5:00 p.m.

Come home, make a quick dinner.

For my husband and kids:

Grilled turkey, avocado, and turkey sandwich + Roasted Broccoli  (The kids said, “WE HAD BROCCOLI FOR LUNCH THOUGH?!) Bribed the kids with dessert.

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For my grilled cheese, which fell on the floor…

Avocado, tomatoes, goat cheese, balsamic drizzle. Yum! Minus the floor taste…

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5:30-6:00 p.m.

Clean up dishes from dinner, dreaming of dessert to come later.

6:00 p.m.

Dessert.

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Shari’s Berries!

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A little fighting over the striped strawberry, even though there was more than one…?

Husband chose pink + White chocolate. I bet you can’t guess which on I choose?!

Thank you to Shari’s Berries for sending us a delicious box of chocolate covered strawberries! After a long day of running around, it was nice to come together and enjoy dessert!

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6:30 p.m.

Tire the kids and my husband out by doing tricks and silly things.

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Playing with water bottles…?

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7:00 p.m.

Quick bubble bath! Easy on the bubbles…

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7:30

Delaying bed time.

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7:35

Prayers

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7:45

All 3 kids asleep, mommy and daddy are ready to party!!

Except.

ZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzz

 

 

*I was not paid to write this post. Shari’s Berries sent me a box to sample :).

 

Broccoli Cauliflower Pizza Crust

I wish you could be a fly on the wall in my house this afternoon…

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I’ve talked about the craziness of motherhood, wifehood, and life in general. I embrace the crazy. I welcome the crazy. I’ve also talked about my crazy(but we love her) Grandma B, who now retired, comes into town for a few days on end to visit. Like I said, I welcome crazy.

Whenever she comes into town, more often than not, I am in the kitchen making something for the blog or other side jobs I have. She’s always hovering closely to monitor what I’m doing, questioning the health of it all, and talking about Mcdonalds fish sandwiches.

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This day was no different as I tried my best to put together this post about Broccoli Cauliflower Pizza Crust.  I was editing, writing, etc. and my girls were sitting doing homework while the baby napped. I’d stop to help my daughter write or read something, or draw a necklace on a princess. Everything totally normal…

But in the typical fashion of someone who lives a crazy life, things increasingly changed. It started with my grandma, whose chair was pulled up close right in front of the TV as she watched The Americans. The volume was loud, and she happily ate a piece of chocolate cake that rested on her lap.

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My oldest began to get frustrated because she picked out a 3rd grade reading level book for her Kindergarten homework, and she couldn’t pronounce the word ‘multipurpose’. Then the middle child, who was drawing princesses, started to stress because of the eyebrows she was drawing looked funny. Real issues friends.

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All in one instance when this was going down, the baby woke up screaming from her 20 minute nap. I’m not sure if it was The Americans, Princess Eye Brow, or the freaking ‘multipurpose’ word…All I know is in that exact moment, my grandma had a very important question that needed to be answered…

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How to rewind the Tv.

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Broccoli Cauliflower Pizza Crust
 
Ingredients
  • ½ head cauliflower
  • 1 medium bunch broccoli
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ c. freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • ⅓ c. mozzarella cheese
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • 1½ tsp. italian seasoning
  • ¼ tsp. garlic
  • dad of red pepper flakes, optional
  • (For Toppings)
  • What ever your heart desires.
Instructions
  1. Prepare a baking sheet by adding parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 425.
  2. Cut the stems off the cauliflower and broccoli.
  3. Add them to a food processor and process until fine crumbs appear.
  4. Add the crumbs to a bowl and microwave for 7-8 minutes, until soft.
  5. Using a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth, drain out all of the excess liquid. This is important, make sure to drain it all out.
  6. Next in a bowl mix the veggies with egg, cheese, and seasonings.
  7. Form the dough into a ball and place on the baking sheet. Flatten into a pizza, about ¼ inch thick.
  8. Bake the pizza for about 15-20 minutes, or until it's golden brown. You don't want the middle of the pizza to be too soft.
  9. Then top with your desired toppings, and put it back in the oven to melt and cook your toppings. The time varies on what you have as toppings, but if it's just sauce and cheese then you can cook it until the cheese melts.
  10. Once it's cooked, let it cool 2-3 minutes, cut up, and serve.
  11. Enjoy!

 

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All is well now, the pizza was delicious! The Americans is over, the princess has new brows, and mommy is going to read the word multipurpose from now on.

And my grandma now knows how to rewind tv.

 

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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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?!

😉

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.

Croissant French Toast via The Diva Dish

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!

Croissant French Toast via The Diva Dish

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.

 

Croissant French Toast via The Diva Dish

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
 
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!
Serves: 12
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.

Meatball and Spaghetti Soup from The Diva Dish

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.

Meatball and Spaghetti Soup from The Diva Dish

5.0 from 1 reviews
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!

 

Meatball and Spaghetti Soup from The Diva Dish

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 :).

Meatball and Spaghetti Soup from The Diva Dish

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