Sweet Cherry Avocado Ice Cream & Peanut Butter Avocado Ice Cream

Let’s talk about this issue I have with our rental house.

(You probably thought I was going to say I had an issue with my chipped nail polish. Sadly…No.)

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So for some reason, our precious little rental has carpet in the kitchen/dinning room. Fine. Whatever.

Unfortunately I have this one year old I like to call DESTRUCTABLE/DESTROY EVERYTHING IN SIGHT/GET INTO EVERYTHING/THERE ARE STAINS EVERYWHERE BECAUSE OF …this one year old. For example, this morning  I was trying to fix our curtains that happened to fall and almost land on my head when I moved them. (Ahem. Husband.) As I was doing this, my one year old found my nail polish (the pretty chipped one I’m wearing), and thought she needed to paint her toes.

Now there are nail polish foot prints and stains through out the kitchen/dinning room carpet. It’s lovely. Right next to it is a blue paint stain that my three year old made. Then right next to that is my brown couch that has blue marker written all over the cushions. Like I said, lovely.

I highly doubt we will get our deposit back.

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After living in our rental for over a year now, I finally decided food and art projects should probably take place out side. I know…I FINALLY decided that? What took so long Ari? Did my house have to look like a Crayola Box exploded before I did something?

Recently, I was sent these adorable girly bibs from JJ Cole to review, and the girls and I decided to make some ice cream and test them out. These bibs will soon be released at BuyBuyBaby.com, so look out for them! I figured the girls would eat the ice cream like they normally do, dripping everywhere/all over their face…But just my luck they ate the ice cream as clean as I’ve ever seen them. But I did love the bibs because they were wide enough to wear it covered all of their top. And any ice cream that did drip, I just wiped right off!

For the record, it took a good 10 minutes to stop the girls from fighting over the bib that had a little more pink than the others.

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The ice cream the girls ate was avocado based, which is a great healthy fat for kids! (Great for brain growth!) It doesn’t have any avocado flavoring to it, so need to worry about a guacamole flavored ice cream :) ! The mix ins are so versatile, you could pair it with almost anything. An added bonus is the creamy-ness that the avocado adds, which gives it the perfect ice cream texture!

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Peanut Butter Avocado Ice Cream & Sweet Cherry Avocado Ice Cream
 

Ingredients
  • • Sweet Cherry Avocado Ice Cream:
  • • 1 frozen avocado, cut up
  • • 1 frozen banana, diced
  • • ½ c. frozen dark cherries
  • • 2 TB. honey
  • • PB Avocado Ice Cream:
  • • 2 TB. natural PB
  • • 1 frozen avocado, cut up
  • • 1 frozen banana, diced
  • • 2 TB. honey

Instructions
  1. The directions are the same for both ice creams.
  2. Blend ingredients in a food processor or blender until creamy. If needed add a little milk to make it blend easier.
  3. Eat immediately or store in a closed container to let it harden a little. It will be perfect for an ice cream cone after it’s hardened for at least 30 minutes!
  4. Enjoy!

 

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I’m thinking I should probably pay someone to professionally clean my carpets, or I could just buy a cute rug to place over the top?

Or…I could just watch my kids more closely…

* A special thanks to Michelle for sending my girls and I these cute samples of JJCole bibs! I was not paid to write this review, just asked to express my opinion. These bibs will be available at BuyBuyBaby.com, so if you love them, check them out! Thanks again!*

 

 

Challenges, Growth, and Gratitude

This Easter is more different than any Easter I’ve ever experienced…

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Besides being a year older, living in a different state, and making Easter dinner by myself for our small family…This Easter I’ve grown up. Or, I’ve become more of a grown up. I wouldn’t go too far into saying I’m an adult.

I still call my mom 1..2..3 times a day.

It seems like with every day, month, year comes new challenges, big or small, tragic or simple. With each challenge, we grow. Eventually. Sometimes those challenges send us back farther than we’ve ever been. Sometimes challenges push us to try harder and move forward. Either way. We all experience them.

I spent last weekend in the beautiful state of Virginia. Seriously, there was so much grass I didn’t know how to handle it. (You know..living in a desert and all.) I was there visiting one of my best friends who recently lost her 4 month old baby. A long with me on the trip came two other friends of mine. It was an emotional weekend, but filled with so much love.

A few days after returning home from my trip (which convinced me I’ll never fly again after being stuck in Denver for 10 hours…), my husband and I found out that a family member had just lost their 20 month old baby. My heart sunk, and seriously…I don’t think It’s going to feel back to normal ever again.

Ever since then, I’ve just wanted to sit and hold my babies. I’ve been letting the little things go that are insignificant, and honestly have taken up wasted time. I wanted to share this with you guys because I know that many of you, if not every one of us, is struggling with some type of challenge in our life. I know that it’s hard to move forward when times are difficult. I know that it’s a struggle to grow from these challenges.

But I also feel that eventually we will move forward and we will grow.

I’ve become even more grateful for my knowledge that families are forever, and that we will see our loved ones again. I am overwhelmed with the knowledge that my Savior and Heavenly Father love us, and feel our pain. I am grateful for the knowledge of prayer, and I know that it works. And each prayer said on behalf of others truly brings comfort.

This Easter I am going to try my best to really Love One Another. I’m going to Choose Happiness. And I’m going to be grateful for what I have now, and not focus on what I wish life could be like if this or that was happening.

Hug you loved ones for me! And Happy Monday, and I’m so grateful for each one of you!!

Easter Recipe Roundup!

Easter is just around the corner, roughly two days away, and I’ve yet to plan our Easter Meal. This growing up thing sometimes is hard. Usually we visit family and they do all the cooking…But this year it’s just my cute little family, aka me and three picky eaters, so…I’m at a loss as of what to make right now!

I’ve scrolled through some of my recipes, and decided I’d share some Easter Worthy Recipes from The Diva Dish! Maybe we can discuss in the comments what everyone is making? Or maybe someone could come cook Easter Dinner for my family and then clean the dishes after? Or maybe we could go to Del Taco…

Either way…Discuss amongst yourselves.

 Blueberry Greek Yogurt Pancakes

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Tomato Basil Quiche

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White Bean Sun Dried Tomato Hummus

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Strawberry Broccoli Salad

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Maple Sage Glazed Carrots with Maple Toasted Pistachios

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Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Veggie Gravy

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Cilantro Lime Corn on The Cob 

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Lemon Parsley Spinach Pasta

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Guacamole Kale Salad

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Layered Cous Cous, Egg Plant, and Zucchini Casserole

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Chicken Spring Rolls w/ Crunchy Almond Butter Dipping Sauce

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Crock Pot Indian Spiced Lentils

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How To: Roast Chicken

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Hearty Whole Grain Basil Bread

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Banana Cake w/ Chocolate Fudge Frosting

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Rich Chocolate Banana Bread w/ Strawberries

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Chocolate Sun Butter Pretzel Cups

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Chewy Easter Egg Truffles

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Cinnamon Sugar Cups

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Chocolate Beet Cake

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Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

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Orange Carrot Juice

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5 Minute Creamy Hummus Pasta Sauce

Every so often I’ll make my girls this homemade, incredible rich, alfredo pasta. As I’m making the sauce, I watch as I whisk it’s creamy consistency around and around, and I can’t help but think…”Who needs bathing suit season anyway! I’d much rather just drink this.”

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I’m not saying eating alfredo sauce means that you won’t fit into a bathing suit.

I’m saying the way I WOULD EAT alfredo sauce means…I wouldn’t be able to get off the couch.

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I’ve been wanting to make an incredibly delicious and healthy alfredo pasta for The Diva Dish for a long time. I still haven’t perfected it, but I did however come up with this recipe when I was having a rough day and wishing for some comfort food.

It’s a quick and easy version of a creamy pasta that is EXTREMELY easy, so much so that you might actually be able to sit down and enjoy lunch. Not a lot of cleanup, serves 1-2 people…Oh, and it’s good for you! IMG_6808

Creamy Hummus Pasta Sauce
Serves: 1-2
 

Ingredients
  • ½ c. hummus-I used regular, but there are so many flavors that would work!
  • 1 TB. Melted coconut oil
  • ¼ tsp. garlic salt
  • ¼ tsp. onion powder
  • 3 TB. non dairy milk-or you could sub vegetable broth for a little different flavor
  • 1 TB. greek yogurt-or more non dairy milk
  • salt, pepper, spice-such as paprika, basil, oregano, etc.
  • Cooked pasta/vegetables

Instructions
  1. In a bowl whisk together all of the ingredients until combined and creamy. Pour over warm pasta or warm vegetables.
  2. Sprinkle with a little parmesan cheese if needed.
  3. Sauce makes enough for 1-2 c. of pasta or veggies!

 

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I’m headed off to Virginia this weekend, so there might not be a video on Friday…SHOCKER!

In the mean time, pray for me that I don’t have a complete anxiety attack on the airplane. I’m incredibly afraid of flying, I might need a horse tranquilizer pill to calm my nerves…

 

Boxtera Snack Giveaway

Ever since moving to Las Vegas, I’ve had this ‘Ba-Humbug’ attitude about what there is to do here that’s ‘family friendly fun’. Coming from San Diego where we had beaches and zoo’s and amusement parks…Hold on, I’m crying.

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I’ve tried to have a better attitude about Las Vegas, even though I’m convinced all these rocks and dry dirt backyards is what Hell might look like…It’s not all that bad. There are some places that have grass.

Recently we’ve discovered the Springs Preserve Museum, and the girls love it. It’s a partly out doors dessert gardens, park, and discovery area! I have to admit I’ve fallen in love with it because there is a ton of walking, and I get a great workout in while the kids have a blast! Sadly, when summer hits and it’s 125 degrees we will have to say goodbye! So for now we are getting a lot out of the museum as possible!

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Usually I’ll pack a picnic lunch for us, but this time we were lucky enough to have our Boxtera Snacks with us! Remember last month when we had a giveaway from them? Guess what, It’s happening again!

The snacks worked great because I didn’t have to lug a cooler around to keep them from going bad, and there was something for each of our taste buds! Some had protein, some were salty, one was sweet! It was perfect!

After a few hours of running around exploring, out family was definitely hungry!  And more importantly everything is natural and healthy! Win Win! Except for the fighting over the Fruit Filled Bars…Someone didn’t win there.

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Would one of you like another chance to win a Box of Boxtera Snacks?!

Here is how you Enter:

 

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After my tired little babies filled their bellies, they went perfectly down for a nice loooong…

30 minute nap.

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Thank you Boxtera for sending me a sample of their snack box. I was not paid to write this post, all opinions are my own.

The Reality of Exercise…Sometimes!

Remember How I said I was trying to work on a better blogging schedule?

Well Friday I was supposed to post a video, and I didn’t.

BUT, I have one for you today, so I hope that you will forgive me :) . It’s technically only two/three days late which means I’m improving right?

Ok, so today’s video is a glimpse into an afternoon we had last week, and I talk about the reality of exercise. I also speak openly and honestly about fitting exercise in and the reality of being a busy mom/wife/person, and what happens when your ‘plans’ don’t work out!

Check it out!

 

Check the blog on Monday, because I have ANOTHER giveaway for you!!

 

Dessert Bullet Giveaway

I’ve always been a Magic Bullet fan from the beginning. In fact I’ve had mine for almost SIX years now, and I just recently used it yesterday! It was the first machine that I ever made  a green smoothie from (and this green muffin!)

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Well a few months back I was contacted by my wonderful friends over at Dessert Bullet, (same company as the Magic Bullet!), and they asked if I’d be interested in trying out their product! I obviously went all fan girl crazy and said yes, and couldn’t wait to try out the machine!

The Dessert Bullet is a machine that can make fresh & healthy sweet treats! For example, if you love Banana Ice Cream (Frozen Banana blended up), then you will LOVE this machine!

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Since then, I’ve been contributing 4 recipes per month for the Dessert Bullet Blog, and I have to tell you…I’m having such a fun time playing and creating recipes that satisfy my sweet taste buds! My girls love when mommy is playing the kitchen with her ‘ice cream toy’, they go crazy!

I‘ve made chocolate covered popsicles, fruit fizzy drinks, coladas, almond milk slushies, cheese cake ice cream with strawberry sauce, lime pie ice cream, and a purple velvet ice cream!

(And this coming month I’ve got even more fun recipes including cake & cookies! All Healthy, Light, and Natural!)

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Okay, are you ready for this!

My friends at Dessert Bullet and I will be giving away TWO Dessert Bullet Machines to my lovely readers and friends here at The Diva Dish!

I’d love for you guys to win one, so here is how you enter!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Good Luck!

Blueberry Greek Yogurt Pancakes

I wish most mornings we had time to make pancakes, and maybe we would if I got my booty out of bed early enough. Unfortunately I just love to drop my daughter off at school looking like my picture should be uploaded on People of Walmart dot com.

It’s easy to get stuck in a breakfast rut. Especially when you have 10 minutes before your kids need to be at school and you technically need 45 minutes to accomplish everything.

But sometimes pouring a bowl of cereal or a quick smoothie does the trick, and that’s ok! It just makes weekends all the more special when we can sit and enjoy and nice hot breakfast together! Of coarse you can always freeze/refrigerate the extra pancakes and pull them out during the week, that is…If there is any left over… :)

Blueberry Greek Yogurt Pancakes via http://thediva-dish.com

The thing I love most about these pancakes is that they are made with greek yogurt, which is one of my favorite ingredients at the moment. It’s adds the perfect texture to these pancakes, making them fluffy and delicious! Don’t forget the added protein that comes with adding them to the pancakes! There is over 20 grams of protein in 1 cup of greek yogurt. Include that with the protein from the eggs, and any other toppings you add to the pancakes and it makes them extremely filling!

Also, I thought about adding chocolate chips with the warm bursting blueberries, and I didn’t. Not sure if my brain stopped working for a moment or not, but now I am deeply regretting that decision.

So…

Don’t be foolish guys. Do the right thing.

 

Blueberry Greek Yogurt Pancakes
 

Ingredients
  • 1 c. white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • dash of salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 c. plain greek yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 TB. honey
  • 1 TB. vanilla extract
  • 4-7 TB. Milk of choice
  • ¾ c. blueberries

Instructions
  1. Whisk the dry ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl whisk together the wet ingredients, except for the milk.
  3. Add the wet to the dry and whisk just a little bit. Add 4 TB. of the milk and whisk together until combined. Add a TB. until the desired consistency is reached.
  4. I used 7 TB. and they came out perfectly, but if you prefer thicker pancakes, add less milk!
  5. Makes 10-12 pancakes
  6. Top with maple syrup, nut butter, or additional maple sweetened greek yogurt!

These pancakes were inspired by these outrageously delicious looking pancakes found HERE.

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Pretty sure my girls will ask for pancakes for breakfast every morning now, which means I’ve actually got to get out of bed early and put some clothes on.

That is, like real clothes. I’m not insinuating I don’t wear clothes, and I just walk around in my undies all day because I’m super lazy. That’s my three year old.

Almond Butter Granola Bites

Ok so I’ve been trying to step up on my blogging, and make this blog a more ‘full time’ thing….

I had this idea that I would post every Monday/Wednesday/Friday. And Friday’s would be a video!

So today is Monday. And I posted a video.

So far so good.

Almond Butter Granola Bites via The Diva Dish

Today’s video is a favorite quick and easy snack that your littles can help you make! A lot of times during snack time it’s easy to scarf down a bucket of Pirate Booty, but to me they are just empty calories. (And purely delicious ones.) I hate to admit it but it doesn’t keep you or your littles full until the next meal.

I’ve made date/nut balls before, and honestly these are one of our favorite grab and go snacks to eat around the house. Whether we are running out the door, or I need a little something to hold them over before dinner!

Almond Butter Granola Bites via The Diva Dish

 

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Almond Butter Granola Bites
 

Ingredients
  • ¾ c.- 1c. dates (pitted & dried)
  • ¼ c. almonds
  • ¼ c. oats
  • ¼ c. honey
  • ⅓ c. almond butter
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

Instructions
  1. Blend the dates and almonds in a food processor until fine crumbs. (This will take a few minutes.)
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients until the mixture comes together, and sticks together. If the mixture is too dry, add a little more liquid such as nut butter or honey.
  3. Roll into mini balls, press into a mold, or place in a pan fitted with parchment paper.
  4. Place in the fridge or freezer to let harden.
  5. Store in the fridge in a closed container.

 

But don’t worry. I won’t judge if you serve your kids pirate booty…Or you eat it yourself. It’s basically like eating air right?

 

 

 

Fresh Vegetable Tropical Fruit Smoothie

With spring just around the corner bringing warmer temperatures, smoothies have finally made a way back into our daily rituals!

I’ve started something new with making smoothies, which has been using fresh vegetable juice as the liquid base! Green spinach smoothies are so last year…(Ignore the fact that I had one for lunch.)

I’ve never been a  huge fan of throwing raw veggies into a blender and praying that the frozen banana will mask all the flavors, and honestly..I’m not a huge fan of fresh squeezed juice. I don’t get too excited to drink kale, lemon, ginger, and beets. Am I a horrible health food blogger or what?! I do believe though that If you play around with the ingredients enough, you can make the perfect combination of a fresh vegetable juice! Like my most favorite one of all I posted a while back!

 

But these type of smoothies are not only for adults, I actually prefer them for my growing girls! My 18 month old is still young enough to where she can’t quite chew raw veggies and when I cook them I can’t always guarantee she will eat them! This is another way that I can relax just a little bit more knowing that her body isn’t relying on the few foods she does love.

Because if that were the case, she’d be living off of the fishy gold fish crackers she found on the floor at Target the other day…(That’s probably why she is always sick.)

Consider this smoothie as the first step of fresh veggie drinks. It’s a good step in the right direction, and eventually I’ll create that kale & beet juice smoothie that my kids, and yours too, will go crazy for!

Fresh Vegetable Tropical Fruit Smoothie
Serves: 1-3
 

With Spring just around the corner, fresh tropical smoothies pair perfectly with the warmer temperatures! Instead of the typical ‘green’ smoothie, this drink uses fresh veggie juice as the liquid base followed by tropical frozen fruit!
Ingredients
  • 2-3 stalks celery
  • 2-3 large carrots
  • 1- 1/ ½ apples
  • Handful of frozen mango
  • handful of frozen peaches
  • ½ banana
  • 1-2 TB. ground flax seeds
  • 1 TB. honey
  • ice (optional)

Instructions
  1. Using a juicer, juice the celery, carrots, and apple. You need enough juice to measure 1 c. of liquid.
  2. Add the fresh juice to a blender, and add the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Blend until creamy.
  4. Enjoy!

 

The only bad thing about Spring approaching, besides allergies, is the fact that I’ve got to shave my legs on a regular basis. Can’t get away with hiding behind leggings anymore!…

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Here is one of my favorite fresh green juices of all time!