A New Twist on Brownies

We decided to have a family night inviting my nephews over to hang and we got a little creative in the kitchen lastnight! Who doesn’t love an original chocolate fudge brownie?! I looked through my pantry and found we still had some pretzels left, 2 ripe bananas and a box of Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie Mix. Glutino Gluten Free Pretzels are so crunchy and delicious and don’t leave your mouth dry like other brands. I highly recommend giving them a try. I followed the traditional brownie recipe using coconut oil instead of vegetable oil. I sliced bananas on top and crushed pretzels into chunky pieces and sprinkled them on top as well. I finished it off with a dash of sea salt. I couldn’t get a great picture but it looked just as good as it tasted. Other great brownie toppings can be shredded coconut and chopped almonds or crushed graham crackers and mini marshmallows. You don’t have to be the best baker to top your Brownies. Just look through your cabinets and have fun with it.

Baby Food Experiments

So now that Jameson has hit the 8 month mark I’ve been experimenting more with his food. I gave him a raspberry and quinoa combination and also added shredded mild cheddar cheese to his chicken and broccoli dinner this week. I found that his stomach can tolerate more dairy which is a good thing because both his father and I have sensitive stomachs to dairy products. The quinoa texture was a bit different for him and also the tartness in the raspberries so he made a silly sour face but that didn’t stop this boy from eating! I will be exploring into finger foods soon and can’t wait to share the transition and create meals for everyone to try with their little ones. Both new recipes can be found on my Baby Recipe Page

Apartment Hunting

Anyone who has ever moved knows the struggle of finding the perfect place to settle in to. We’ve been meeting with landlords and realtors checking out apartments but haven’t found a spot yet . We’ve also been jerked around as well which is ridiculously frustrating. We’re going to see two more apartments over the weekend so fingers crossed! Being super organized during this process is extremely important to me. I’m definitely not looking forward to packing it up, but I’m excited for what’s in store. From our credentials we submit to labeling our boxes I’m a organize freak! As I start moving I will keep everyone posted with helpful tips on making this move as easy as possible.

Meal Prep

img_1708I’m always brainstorming about new meals to prep for the week. I get bored of the same food every week. A girlfriend of mine had made buffalo chicken burgers and it gave me the idea of making Buffalo Turkey Burgers. I also had an eggplant, red onion, mushrooms and tri color tomatoes in my fridge so I decided to roast them for the week to have with the burgers. Check out the Adult Recipe Page for these recipes and other meal ideas.

Isn’t that Swell!

I purchased a swell bottle last summer thanks to one of my closest friends. We went to the beach and she was drinking out of one so I took a sip and couldn’t believe how cold the water was after being in the hot sun. Another girlfriend of mine at work brings her coffee in her swell bottle. I gave it a try and my coffee was still hot at the end of my work day. I would definitely recommend buying one if you already haven’t. I bought mine at target.com. You can also purchase them on amazon.com.

Trader Joe’s Lover

I recently started shopping at Trader Joe’s again since Jameson my almost 8 month old can sit up in the cart. They have the best produce, nut mix and snack collection. I’m also really loving their coffee.They’re frozen food section has variety, they’re cheese and stuffed pasta selections are amazing. Probably hands down the best hummus I’ve ever had store bought. Some things are more expensive than other food stores so I just go to else where for the things I can get cheaper.

Monday Funday

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Today I decided to have a Monday Funday with my friends and our kids. We met at Whitemeadow Lake in Rockaway and enjoyed the day. I had gone food shopping prior to our lake trip and decided to meal prep a bit once I got home. I made Oats and Peanut Butter Protein Balls. They’re super easy and delicious. My boyfriend had purchased Monster Isolate Vanilla Protein Powder which inspired me to make them. Get the full recipe on my Adult Recipe Page.