Chocolate Chip Spinach Muffins

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Perfect Halloween "Goblin" breakfast for your little goblins! These muffins may be green but are exploding with chocolate flavor chunks!

Have you thought about Halloween yet? I am loving all the Halloween big brother and baby combo ideas I am getting from Pinterest, along with scrumptious fall recipes. I think these would be cute at a Halloween party pared with Mummy Ghost Pizzas.

So, guess what? I have been trying to make muffins with different vegetables for a while. Most of them turn out bloopers that ended up bitter and trashed. Ugh, I hate wasting ingredients! Being sleep deprived I guess has me feeling a bit more creative. After getting up the past few mornings at 4:30am to feed little c, we are both wide awake and I apparently find it therapeutic to bake at 5:00 in the morning! Crazy, I know. Our house has been fragrant with spinach muffins, granola bars and granola the past few mornings! Smells like fall is in the air with all the maple and cinnamon.

I Heart Spray Paint + Gift Idea For Siblings To Make For New Baby

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Bringing home a new baby can be quite a difficult transition for siblings. C is doing well with it so far but it has taken a lot of prep work. We have tried to ensure him that there is plenty of love for both him and the baby and my arms are ever growing to hold them both. He helped me wash the baby clothes, decorate the baby's room and even made special gifts for the baby. We transformed a bland chair to match the nursery décor and C made a few pieces of artwork for the room.

We were given a kids chair from a friend that C loves but it needed a fresh coat of paint. Lets just say I heart spray paint! You can revamp any piece of furniture or create beautiful home décor pieces like this pine cone wreath we made last year. We decided to keep the chair in the baby's room so big brother can sit with me and help feed or use as a stool when we check on the baby during naptime. No prep-work needed - just grab your can and spray away!

Cucumber Salad

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Summer may be over, but you can still tantalize your palette with this crunchy, tangy cucumber salad recipe! Excellent for a refreshing lunch or super quick dinner.

Cooking and baking have been rare for me lately as we welcome our little bundle of joy into the world! My wonderful mother was visiting and caring for us as I recover and shortly after, my sister came into town as well. Now feeding 5+ people from different parts of the country can be a bit tricky. One doesn't eat red meat, the other hates all vegetable, another loves all vegetables, one craves fish, the other hates salmon... get my drift? But we did find a few healthy fixings to meet everyone's liking. My sister made a fabulous meal one evening of sautéed carrots, teriyaki marinated grilled halibut, salad and cucumber salad. Cucumber salad pairs well with fish with its light, crunchy and tangy texture. Shear pleasure in the mouth - even if you hate eating your vegetables. As soon as she made it my mom and I couldn't stop sneaking into the kitchen to "test" the recipe. It had to be shared it was so delicious and simple to throw together! For the dressing, just add your desired amount.

Ingredients: Serves 4

3 Cucumbers
1/2 cup Shallots, diced finely
3 Tbsp. Rice Vinegar
1 Tbsp. Sugar (I used Xylitol)
Salt and Pepper (to taste)
1 Tbsp. Parsley, finely chopped


1. Peel cucumbers then slice horizontally in half, then into quarts. You will have four spears. Then dice into 1/2 inch slices.
2. In a small bowl make the dressing: combine rice vinegar, sugar and salt and pepper.
3. In a medium bowl combine cucumber and shallots. Drizzle with dressing (to desired amount) over cucumbers and shallots. Mix well and garnish with parsley.

And a sidenote of what we have been up to... Welcome to the world Baby Curren!