Friday, September 27, 2013

all natural sour gummy snacks


LO loves gummy snacks...especially sour ones! i admit, i usually have a bag of gummy candies in the pantry. i don't dare read the ingredients on the bag. i know it's chock full of bad stuff.  duh, it's candy! but, a little now and again won't hurt. not to mention, it can get my kid to do things he otherwise refuses to do. hey, don't judge! i've got my hands full these days with the new baby. sometimes offering a few gummy bears to get LO dressed and out the door in time for  preschool is all i can do to keep the peace. 

so, when i came across this recipe from mommypotamus, i was thrilled and eager to try it. it's super simple, healthy, fast, and fun for the whole family! i tweaked the original recipe a bit. first, i doubled it, because i knew we'd eat half while making them. i was right!  then, i added a little water for a softer consistency.

for fun shapes, you can use a silicone mold or small cookie cutters. we used the cookie cutters for an inexpensive first attempt. if you use the cookie cutters, you'll need a baking dish to set the mixture before cutting shapes. the bigger the dish the thinner the snack. with this recipe, i wouldn't use anything bigger than a 9' x 11'. because we love them so much, i ordered a mold for fast batches. although, we will keep using the cookie cutters for the fun factor. as for the coloring, i used a vegetable based food coloring to take these the next "healthy" level! you can use any kind of gelatin, but you'll probably need to buy it online because of the amount you'll need. i used a grass-fed gelatin (i told you these were all natural).

you can switch up the liquid and use any kind of juice. for the next batch, i'm going to try water with vanilla extract and maple syrup for a sweet version. oh, the possibilities!

ingredients and supplies

6 tbsp gelatin (buy the grass-fed gelatin)
2/3 cup lime juice
1/8 cup water
6 tbsp honey or agave
food mold or cookie cutters (buy the mold i bought)

whisk all liquid and honey in a small saucepan over low heat. sprinkle in gelatin while whisking until dissolved. don't worry if you get any clumps...just keep mixing. 

remove from heat when mixture is blended. add drops of food coloring until you get the color you want.

spoon into molds or pour into a flat surfaced baking pan (i used a 9x9) and place into the freezer for 8 minutes. 

then, remove snacks from molds or get to cookie cuttin'! they will stay solid at room temperature. mommypotamus says they'll keep for 2 weeks in the fridge.


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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

y'all...i totally had a baby!



here's a giant announcement! if you've been wondering why i've  been missing from the bloggy world, i've been making a baby. dude, making a baby is hard work!

first of all, i'm not one of those girls that loves pregnancy. my body, my mind, my ME, just disappears. a green-faced, lazy, unmotivated, boring, uncreative, sleepy-head is all that's left. okay, i'm exaggerating a tiny bit, but it's a total body hostage takeover. this pregnancy was much like the first one...plagued with hyperemesis gravidarum. you remember when Kate, The Duchess, was preggers and sick...yeah, that! in the beginning, i thought i was dying. 20 weeks of not eating, migraines, non-stop puking, fainting, dizziness, and a trip to the ER was a real nightmare. the anti-nausea meds didn't work, so i spent a lot time in bed trying to hold it together. the severe sickness didn't subside until about 28 weeks. don't get me wrong. i was thrilled when i found out we were having another baby. but, feeling so ill can really bring you down. i'm horrible at being pregnant. good news was by the end, i was feeling good and getting my energy back in time for some last minute nesting.

and, wholly guacamole, the changes your body goes through are unreal. my pregnancy glow was an illusion made up of sweat and a yellow complexion. and, obviously weight-gain was on my mind. after all, i do chronicle my weight loss and fitness journey. it wasn't a huge concern...a healthy pregnancy was! i figured, if i lost the weight once, then, i could totally do it again!

since cooking was out of the question, our family went from wholesome, healthy delicious meals to tons of takeout and tacos. which, in the beginning, didn't effect me since i couldn't even look at food without upchucking. i lost 11 pounds in the first 17 weeks. then, quickly shifted gears to a hand over fist appetite. it was also the lack of motivation, appeal, and creativity (hence no blog posts) that kept me out of the kitchen. i had zero cravings, so i just are everything. weight gain became a problem of the past. let's just say, i made up for lost time...in no time. oh, and i didn't hardly worked out. well, i'll give myself a little credit. i worked out until i was about 8 weeks, and then my body just freaked. after my last workout, i puked out the car window on the way home, and was crazy sore for the 4 days. and that was only at about 50% of my normal lifting weight. so i quit. then, i tried some light squats and lunges with no weight, and that hurt too! towards the end, a couple days a week, i managed to get to a gym to walk on a treadmill and row. on top of that, i was squatting daily (without weights) and doing some ultra light yoga at home to prepare for childbirth. it's crazy how quickly my body went from fit to flab. my arms are softer and my thighs are bigger. but, the best part is, i don't really care. heck, i made a baby! i thank my lucky star i have a sweetheart for a hunny. he was super duper supportive and took care of me and our family!

although i hit a few stomach turning bumps in the baby making road, i enjoyed the ride. i threw caution to the wind, let it tousle my hair, and had fun in the sun. i'm talking carefree in booty shorts, sexy tankinis, and tummy-hugging tanks...cellulite and all!

our baby boy is now 7 weeks old, and we're doing swell! now that life is settling down a bit, i'm getting back on track...eating healthy (no dieting since i'm nursing) and working out a bit.

and since i'm feeling more like myself, the creativity is flowing. now that the computer screen doesn't give me vertigo, i'll be giving more blog posts and videos again. just be patient, and i'll keep them coming. time is a thief. after all, this blog post started off as a pregnancy announcement!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

around the clock: 22 month old schedule

okay i'm a few months behind on these.

LO has been a super busy boy. he doesn't stop...EVER! i love how he finds fun and excitement in everything. rocks, sticks, dirt, bugs...it's all things outdoors for him. it's a good thing this kid likes to read, because it's the only chance i get to sit down!

he still has a good appetite, but he definitely has a sweet tooth. without fail, he always asks for chocolate before every meal. if he's lucky, he gets a few dark chocolate chips! he really likes his eggs over medium. popping the yolk and then slurping it up makes breakfast fun and delicious.

naptime is still on schedule, especially on preschool days. i can count on him sleeping a good 3 hours...that's when i can get some painting done in the kitchen (i'm not sure this remodel will ever be complete).

now that LO's getting a little older, going out to events or dinner is a little easier. we've got a solid 30 minutes before he wants to bolt. that's just enough time to inhale food and gulp a drink (a margarita if i'm lucky)!

discipline is now something we're all working on. LO's learning about rules and we're learning how to enforce them. we have a meltdown here and there, but they don't last long. distracting and redirecting usually works. but, sometimes i find myself bickering with him like he's my little brother.

what can i say, we're all growing up!







7:00a: wake up, brush teeth, sit on potty, play a bit (wants to play more in the morning)

7:30a: breakfast (5 oz of whole milk, 1/2 banana, 1 egg, and bacon or sausage patty)

8:00a: if preschool day, get dressed for preschool and head out the door

8:30a: preschool/playgroup/outing/park

10:00a: if home, get ready for the day (get dressed and pack a snack)

12:00p: preschool pickup and head home for lunch (4 ounces of protein [1 egg, beef, turkey, or chicken], 4 ounces of veggies)

12:30p: play with cars, trains, and trucks, and more cars

1:00p: sit on potty, read books, then take a nap

4:00p: have a snack...peanut butter, fruit, and cheese

4:30p: swim lessons

5:30p: play in kitchen while i clean up a bit and get dinner ready (coloring book, scooter, or bang bowls)

6:00p: bike ride with mama and daddy

6:30p: dinner (4 ounces of poultry, fish or beef, 4 ounces of veggies, and fruit for dessert)

7:00p: sit on potty, then bath time

7:30p: get dressed for bed, brush teeth, cuddle up, and read books

8:00p: bedtime

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

gym stylin'...i'm an animal!

just cause i workout in a garage 
doesn't mean i have to look like i work in one!

gym stylin'


Hoodies shirt
$100 - emp.de


Top
$83 - witchery.com.au


Patagonia
patagonia.com




Ray Ban ray ban optical
bloomingdales.com



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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

spicy beef fajita stew....so delish!



no matter the weather, i love a steaming bowl of spicy...well, anything! but, this bowl of spicy beef fajita stew is bound to melt the icicles as well as your heart. it's that delicious. 

this is usually a last-minute throw together meal when we have one of those "fly by the seat of our pants" kind of days and the kiddo has already gone to bed (fed, of course). 

for the spice, i like to use hatch green chiles. they come in hot and mild. i think the frozen chiles taste better, but the canned ones work great too! if you can't find any hatch chiles, anaheim (mild) or poblano (hot) peppers are great substitutes. just roast them on the stove top flame until soft and charred, let them cool, rub the skin off, remove seeds, and cut into thin strips. 

when i actually plan dinner, i'll skip the chiles, so the entire family can enjoy this stew. since i like super spicy, i chop up serrano peppers to sprinkle on top.

not only is this stew super yummy, it's super easy too! you don't need any fussy ingredients. however, it does need some simmer time on the stove...that's how it goes from soup to stew! you can cut the simmer time in half, but the fajita won't be as tender. oh, and you'll want to cut the fajita across the grain. for a how-to, click here.

and, the toppings...limitless options! i mentioned the serrano peppers but cheddar cheese and avocado are amazing. my fave is sour cream!

ingredients:

2 pounds of beef fajita (trimmed and cut into thin strips)
2 large tomatoes (chopped)
10 oz green chiles (frozen or canned)
1 large onion (halved and sliced)
4 cloves of garlic (minced)
3 cups of beef broth
1/2 tbsp ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder
salt (to taste)

toppings:

diced avocado
shredded cheddar cheese
sour cream

heat a large saucepan over medium high heat and caramelize the onions. once the onions are translucent, add the garlic and stir until fragrant. add the beef fajita strips and brown. drain the excess oil.

add the chopped tomatoes (juice and all), green chiles (juice and all), broth, cumin, and chili powder. stir until well mixed. add salt to taste.


bring the stew to a boil, reduce heat, and cover. simmer for an hour. serve it up with bowls and top with whatever your heart desires!



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