Grilled Stuffed Jalapenos & Sweet Peppers } Vegetarian Version Included

Friday, August 1, 2014


Grilling can be easy clean-up. You can do all the prep work ahead of time, let things marinate and cook them up when you are ready to serve. With these fabulous warm summer nights and this pregnant mamma who hates to cook lately and still wants to eat healthy, we have been grilling a lot! I try to make this during nap time so when my husband comes home he can take care of the rest. Luckily he doesn't mind as it is his "therapeutic" man time and outdoor playtime with our son.



This can be made with or without meat, just throw in extra vegetables if you prefer vegetarian style. I have done it both ways, with Chicken sausage links and without and both are great! When not using sausage links I added sautéed mushrooms in its place. I eyeballed and guessed on the quantity so if you like it more cheesy, use less vegetables and if you like it more crunchy use more. The main thing to note is to cut up the ingredients into very fine pieces. Bon Appétit!

Sunflower Butter Cookies Sprinkled With Pumpkin Seeds

Monday, July 28, 2014


Lately I have been craving nut butter spread over toast or bagels for breakfast. Must be the magnesium my body is feening for. For a change, I tried making sunflower nut butter cookies sprinkled with pumpkin seeds for extra crunch. This is the first time I have baked with sunflower butter, and these cookies are purely delicious in my book. And taste-testing Chase agrees. Another reason to add pumpkin seeds is that they are packed with iron and magnesium, a mineral that is important in the absorption of calcium in the body.


 
Just be aware that it is best to eat these within a day. After a day sunflower (nut)butter turns GREEN! Yes, GREEN! I freaked out and thought something was wrong with my cookies when I went to eat one the next day. After researching why this happened I learned that sunflower seeds have chlorogenic acid that is found in all plant leaves and stems. Chlorogenic acid is an antioxidant and is one reason why sunflower butter is so good for you! The alkalinity in baking soda turns the cookies green (might try these for St. Patrick's Day).
 
 
 
Makes 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients:
 
1 Egg, large
3/4 cup Sunflower NutButter
1/2 tsp. Baking soda
3/4 cup Brown sugar, packed
1 3/4 cups Spelt flour or All-purpose Flour
1/4 cup Agave syrup
1/4 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Vanilla
1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp. non-fat evaporated milk
1/4 cup Pumpkin Seeds
 
Instructions: 
 
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
2. In a small bowl combined flour, salt and baking soda. Blend well and set aside.
3. In a medium bowl, beat eggs, agave syrup and brown sugar. Add Sunflower NutButter, vanilla and evaporated milk.
4. Slowly add dry mixture to wet mixture. Mix on low until well blended.
5. Scoop the dough, 1Tbsp. each about 2 inches apart onto prepared baking sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes.
6. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle with pumpkin seeds. Your cookies will be fluffed up so we will need to flatten them. With a fork press the tops of your cookies down. Let cool for about 5 minutes on the baking sheet before moving to a cooling rack.
 
 
Getting enough calcium and magnesium in the body are important in the prevention of bone loss. Recallcenter.com approached me to help spread awareness of this disease and as I learned more, the facts are riveting. Did you know that over 10.2 million adults have Osteoporosis and another 43.4 million have low bone mass?  This disease accounts for more time spent in the hospital than diseases like diabetes, heart attacks and breast cancer. With these alarming facts, this month lets spread awareness about Osteoporosis.
 
 
Normally I would have a healthy calcium packed salad full of kale, lettuce, broccoli and goat cheese to get extra calcium in my diet. But how about cookies and milk? So grab a glass of your favorite calcium packed milk and a cookie and cheers to spreading awareness of Osteoperosis! To learn more please visit http://nof.org/nationalosteoporosismonth.
 
 

Nursery: DIY Glittery Animal Print Wall Art

Friday, July 25, 2014


Less than 5 weeks to go until baby #2 arrives! It feels weird to say "baby #2" and not address him by name. He already has such a personality inside my belly, that we are excited to see what name fits him when he is born.

I have been working on getting his nursery up and running. Clothes clean, crib placed, diapers in, and a few décor pieces added - Check! Check! Check! and Check! The theme is beach and animals placed with hues of teal, coral and yellow. A gallery wall art is on the far wall and has been left with blank picture frames for a while. At first I was going to fill them with pages from a story book that use the room colors. But then I came across a few prints I from Pottery Barn Kids that I fell in love with! Sorry, I tossed the catalog and can not find the image to show you. But it is similar to the elephant.

The honeycomb stencil is found at Michaels Arts & Crafts in the decorative paper section along with  glittery craft paper. I used two different textures of gold glitter paper. On one of the frames I stenciled a few honeycomb designs using the room colors and skipped every few. Then painted a giraffe and elephant on the other two frames using acrylic paints with a foam paint brush. I did not use the paint thick as I wanted you to see the glitter through the animal. The print with the giraffe and glitter over him with honeycombs was actually a mess-up of the first giraffe. His belly was too large and he looked funny. So I added a strip of glitter paper over my mistake and blended other designs in it. Turns out the mistake made all four of the pictures come together!

 



What you need:
  • 4 sheets of 8x10 glitter craft paper
  • acrylic paint
  • honeycomb stencil
  • foam paint brushes
  • regular paint brushes
  • 4 photo frames (8x10)