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I hate that it feels so weird to be opening up my computer and typing. Something that I consider to be such a passion of mine I feel has really drifted farther and farther away from me. I hate that so much.

As I celebrated my oldest daughters 6th birthday last week, I realized that I have been running this blog for almost SEVEN years now. SEVEN! I know that by now I should probably have accomplished so many things when it comes to my business…Like that breakfast e-book. Or a cookbook for that matter ;).

I won’t lie and say that I get excited every time I sign into my website, because truth be told the opposite happens. When I sign in, I get a knot in my stomach. I get sad. I don’t know where to begin, what to write, what to share, or what to post. It’s been too long since I have established a schedule or a continuous relationship with my readers. Which always brings me back to the point of, “where do I begin?”

Begin? Shouldn’t I be in the middle and the thick of it? Beginning happened like 7 years ago, not now…

Here is where I (we) are at. I’ve got 3 girls under the age of 6. I love them so much. They keep me on my toes constantly, and some days I ask my self if I’ve done all I can to be a good mother. And other days I ask myself when was the last time I’ve washed my hair. When I can’t remember, it’s time to shower…

My husband is busier than ever. He works one full time job and another part time job, roughly 55-60 hours a week. He also volunteers often in church, and not to mention also spending time with his girls at home. We are quite demanding, and selfishly want him home all.the.time.

We live in Las Vegas, and have been for 4 years now. We are in the thick of summer, and every time summer comes around I swear we are moving. It’s hot, which keeps us indoors most of the time. That means entertaining 3 littles 12 hours a day. It’s been hard living away from all of our family, having people to call on when you need to nap…or shower…But we’ve done it and I think we’ve done it well.

Over the years I’ve had babies, raised babies, tended toddlers, and raised big girls. (Right now it’s all at once.) The days can be long and hard, but definitely so rewarding. I’ve definitely surrounded myself with everything ‘mommy’ right now, and part of me has lost a little of who I am. When it’s just you (or me) raising the kids most of the time, you really don’t have too many options. Taking care of yourself always comes last, and I have such a hard time saying yes to myself.

Which is why this blog has become last on the list. Not willingly, but over time I feel I have forgotten who I am and what I love. Ok, forgotten is a strong word. Not forgotten, but definitely lost a little. I think a lot of people go through things like this, especially mothers. We selflessly give all of us, and leave little to none left for our selves. We love others more than we love ourselves, and that’s ok. I know my girls needed/need me. Every sleepless night and tiring day has been worth it. I know that this phase is and will be only a moment in time.

I’ve definitely questioned whether or not having this blog was worth it. It isn’t cheap to keep a website running, especially when the rewards are well…$0.00. I never did it for the money though, honestly. I started The Diva Dish after reading ‘Oh She Glows’ and ‘Bakerella’ for HOURS one afternoon. I couldn’t believe people could have their own website and share the things they loved and were good at. I remember each day being SO excited to post and share, and develop healthy recipes.

Despite falling away, something has always told me not to stop. No matter how many times I was on the verge of calling it off, something always told me a firm NO. Part of me knew that if I said goodbye to it all, then I was really letting go of who I was. While the other part of me told me that saying goodbye would mean that I would never reach my goals or my dreams because they ARE attainable. Maybe just not when I want them.

Every successful person has never made it to where they are by easily floating to the top. People will endure hardship after hardship to get where they want to be. I’m not saying that motherhood has been a hardship for me. It has been hard, but if anything, mothering has been part of the process of making me stronger so that I can reach those goals. It’s been the greatest blessing to raise my kids, because I know how important the work that I do within the walls of my home is.

Raising a family and raising my kids and all that I’ve taught them is something I can’t do later in life. It needed to happen now, and if I had to put off my dreams…I’m 100% ok with that.

So I’m not going any where, although sometimes it might be quiet around here. I still am holding on to what I love and I know that someday I will get there. Right now I’m saddling up my horse and buggy while everyone zooms past me on their electric flying cars. IT’S OK! I have so much faith I will get there and bring the good into the world, it just takes time…

Thank you for those that have stuck around. Thank you to those who have constantly commented and supported me. I truly consider each of you my friends, and I honestly know majority of your names! Thank you thank you!

Skillet Artichoke Chicken Marinara Dish

*This dish comes together in under 30 minutes! It’s a quick and easy dish, perfect to spoon over pasta, crunchy bread, or just plain if you are watching your carb intake. It’s loaded with summer vegetables, but they can easily be changed to what you have on hand!*

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I remember my first crush like it was yesterday. His name was Joshua, he had dark curly hair and for some reason, I knew I would marry him. (I didn’t.)

I remember sitting in the back seat of my dad’s car with my friends and shouting, “I LOVE JOSHUA!” My dad looked at my oddly, probably because I was only 5 and he didn’t expect raging love hormones at such a young age…

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Sadly, Joshua moved away when I was in 1st grade to a small town in Idaho and the dreams of our future together seemed nearly impossible. But then, when I was in high school my parents got a call that Joshua and his family were in town and wanted to stop by and say hi.

I remember running upstairs and putting on my best clothes, getting my makeup just right, and giving a few flirty smiles to myself in the mirror. The man I was going to marry was coming back to get me, and darn it, I was going to be ready!!

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I’ll never forget when we opened the door and standing right in front of me was Joshua…wearing overalls.

For some reason his curly hair wasn’t so cute any more, he had a hick like accent and well…the sparks were just not flying! I was immediately crushed because I figured our story would be the most romantic one to tell our friends and future children. But I just couldn’t get past…the overalls.

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Odd because my husband wears overalls every weekend like it’s his job! 😉

Things haven’t changed much when it comes to young girls and raging love hormones in this house. Every time we sit down to dinner, my girls pull out their pretend cell phones and start talking to their imaginary boyfriends. They laugh as my husband “pretends” to get upset as they repeatedly say, “Oh Cruz, I just love you so much! Muah Muah Muah!”

Obviously family dinners will change in the next 15 years because my husband won’t be pretending any more, and most likely we will lock them under out stairs till they are 25…

Don’t worry, we will let them out to eat. That’s it though.

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Skillet Artichoke Chicken Marinara Dish
 
Ingredients
  • 3 TB. extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 ounces canned artichokes
  • 1 large or two small yellow squash, cut into chunks
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 28 ounce can whole peeled tomatoes
  • ¼ c. water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground pepper
  • 3 cups shredded chicken
  • ⅓ cup chopped basil, plus more for topping
  • 2 slices seed whole wheat bread,I used Dave's Bread
  • 4 ounces sliced mozzarella
  • ⅓ c. freshly grated parmesan plus more for topping
Instructions
  1. Preheat the broiler.
  2. In a skillet, heat the olive oil to medium heat. Add in the garlic, artichokes, and squash. Cook until brown spots appear, about 5 minutes. Toss while cooking.
  3. Add the tomatoes, water, salt, and pepper. Stir and bring the mixture to a boil then reduce to simmer. Allow the sauce to thicken, stirring occasionally. This should take about 10 minutes.
  4. During this time, add the bread to a baking sheet and place under the broiler for a few minutes until the bread has toasted. Break up into crunchy breadcrumbs.
  5. Add in the chicken and basil to the marinara sauce.
  6. Then stir in the ⅓ c. grated parmesan. Sprinkle the top with the bread crumbs, lay the sliced mozzarella on top, plus a little more parmesan cheese.
  7. Add the skillet to the broiler, and cook until the cheese begins to bubble, about 3-5 minutes.
  8. Take out of the oven, top with more fresh basil.
  9. Serve over pasta, crusty bread, or just eat as it!

 

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Literally as I am trying this my 3 year old just told my 5 year old, “No I like the guy with dark hair and white pants…”

Kids. Under the stairs. NOW!

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…

My Favorite Vegetarian Pizza via The Diva Dish

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!

 

My Favorite Vegetarian Pizza via The Diva Dish

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.

Croissant French Toast via The Diva DishCroissant French Toast via The Diva Dish

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!