Sick Toddler

Well, I had ideas for today’s post, but Bubs has a cold. For those of you who do not have kids or your kid hasn’t been sick yet, basically what that means is that the whole night & day revolve around your sick child.

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Poor Bubs, of course there isn’t much I can do for him, and he doesn’t understand why he doesn’t feel good. 😦

He went to bed last night as normal, then starting at 10:45 pm, he woke up EVERY hour until about 5:45, then he slept about 2 1/2 hours and we’ve basically been up since. (For those of you who do not have kids, that means this Momma was up every hour as well).

His nose is so stuffed up, I got about a 25-30 min nap out of him earlier. Which was about enough time to drink a cup of coffee, then his congestion woke him up.

I tried to give him a bath after his short nap, normally he LOVES bath time, but not today. He screamed the entire time. At least he was clean for a few mins, the slobber & snot seem to be never ending. After his brief bath, he ate a snack of crackers & a banana. The rest of the afternoon has consisted of this…

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It’s only 2:45… I am exhausted and so is he! I thawed a jar of my homemade organic chicken noodle soup for him to eat later, hopefully that helps a little.

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I guess my blog ideas will have to wait until tomorrow. I’m off to warm up my cup of coffee for the 4th time today.

What do you do when your toddler is sick?

Yummy Zucchini “Pasta”

I am so sorry for being MIA! Bubs has recently reached his “needy” stage. I was kind of hoping he would never have one! (Wishful thinking, I know!)

Zucchini Pasta

Here is our healthy, 100% Organic lunch! Bubs & I both LOVED it! And we finished it all!! This “pasta” bowl is made with organic zucchini, organic red pepper, organic onion, organic garlic, organic mushrooms, and organic extra-virgin olive oil.

How did I make the “noodles” you ask?? I bought one of these handy spiral cutters on Amazon.

My mom had this spiral cutter this summer while we were up north, she made us zucchini noodles, they were great! So I decided to buy the same cutter. Today is the first time I have used it! Great results, I definitely recommend it!

Onto the steps of our lunch…

First I washed the zucchini and used my potato/carrot peeler and peeled “Stripes” into the zucchini.

Organic Zucchini

Organic Zucchini Before

Then, I spun the zucchini into the spiral cutter, this is what is left of the zucchini afterwards.

Organic Zucchini After

Organic Zucchini After

This is what 2 zucchinis look like, after being “spun” thru the spiral cutter.

Zucchini Noodles

Zucchini Noodles

Then I cut up some organic mushrooms, organic onion, organic red pepper and organic garlic, I dumped them all into my stir fry pan (which, I LOVE by the way!) and added my organic EVOO…I let these sauté a bit before adding the zucchini noodles.

Stir Fry

Stir Fry

Once I added the zucchini noodles, I sautéed for just a few mins, then poured into a large bowl, Bubs and I ate them just like that, no seasoning, or anything (none needed, really!).

Veggie "Pasta" Bowl

Veggie “Pasta” Bowl

Ingediants:

2 Organic Zucchini (About medium size)

1/2 Organic  Sweet Onion

3 Cloves Organic Garlic (chopped finely)

4 Organic Mushrooms, cut into strips

1/2 Organic Red Pepper, cut into strips

1-1 1/2 TBSP Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Heat oil in wok or large sauté pan, dump onion, garlic & red pepper in, sauté about 4-5 mins, add mushroom slices, sauté about 2 mins, add zucchini noodles, sauté about 2-3 additional minutes or until noodles are tender, pour into bowl & enjoy!!

Maybe next time I will try some different seasonings, or parmesan cheese…. I can’t wait to try other veggies!!

Have you ever made a vegetable “noodle” before??

Spaghetti Squash

This past Saturday we took a family trip to the Farmer’s Market. I love the market in the fall! There are always so many more options! Plus fall decorations are available as well!! One of the things I bought on Sat was this gorgeous spaghetti squash. I can’t wait to cook it! I have found so many recipes on Pinterest, I can’t decide which one to try first!

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These are the recipes I am trying to decide between…

Creamy Garlic Spaghetti Squash

Creamy Garlic Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Spaghetti Squash Casserole

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Roasted Squash Parmesan & Herbs

What do you think? Which one should I try? Or do you have another recipe suggestion?

Farm Fresh – revisited

Hello again! I am trying a bit of an experiment, blogging from my iphone… Here goes nothing! 😊

I’m sure you all saw my beautiful veggies from the organic farm, if not, here is the picture again! You can read about them here.

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Well, as you can see from the picture, it was WAY too much food for a family of three! So we offered some to our neighbors, E & E. They loved having a chance to get farm fresh organic food (for free!)! E made bruschetta with her veggies, what do you think?

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Looks delicious, doesn’t it!? She said it tasted amazing and her family loved it! You can find the recipe she used here.

I’m so glad she was able to use some! I hate seeing any of these gorgeous veggies go to waste!

Do you have any awesome recipe recommendations that call for fresh veggies?

Farm Fresh

Wow! I meant to get back to my posts as soon as we returned from our Labor Day weekend trip, but time just got away from me! I am so sorry!! I am not sure why it always takes so long to get back to your normal rhythm after vacation!? (It seems even harder with a child…) Well, here is my next post, I hope you all enjoy!

In my opinion, nothing beats fresh fruits & veggies straight from the farm!! Not only do they taste better, they are more nutritious that way (because they are so fresh!). There are many reasons they are more nutritious for you, they are super fresh, so they are at their peak for nutritiousness; they have less pesticides because the goods are local and do not need to travel far; some are USDA Organic; and some do not use pesticides, but did not get the USDA Organic certification. Of course not everyone can be a farmer, but most of us can visit our local Farmer’s Market! Another option is to join a local CSA!

Do you know what a CSA is? CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Many of those farmers at your local Farmer’s Market may offer a CSA membership. They can be quite pricey and your weekly fresh food variety & quantity varies from week-to-week. If you are a veggie lover, you can probably use them all, but if you are a picky veggie eater, it may be hard to use everything. My parents belong to a local CSA, we alternate (between my parents, my brother & sister-in-law, and me) who picks up the veggies each week. It works out nicely, because between our three families, someone usually eats what veggies we get. This was my most recent pick-up!

Farm Veggies

Farm Veggies

The CSA we belong to is Stone Coop Farm, they are out of Hamburg Township, MI. If you are local to that area, you have probably seen them at the Brighton Farmer’s Market. If the idea of joining a CSA sounds good to you,  you can search for a local one here. Some CSA’s offer a local drop-off in your area, at Stone Coop Farm, we have a time & day to go to the farm and pick our veggies up. This year they have been offering organic eggs, which are amazing! The quantities are limited, so they ask that you order ahead of your pick-up day & time to ensure you get some.

Eating lots of fresh fruits and veggies is important to me & my family. I try to buy organic whenever possible (more on that later), and try to make sure the hubby & Bubs get their suggested servings each day!

Do any of you belong to a CSA?

Homemade Bread Part II

Last week I attempted to make homemade Honey Oat Bread. It didn’t turn out exactly as planned (you can read about it here). This week I decided to try again, and this time with brand new yeast.

I didn’t take as many pictures this time, since all the steps were the same as the first attempt.

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Dry Ingredients

Once all the ingredients were combined, and the dough was formed, I placed it in the bowl to rise.

Dough Before

Dough Before

Dough After 30 min

Dough After 30 min

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Dough After 30 min

YAY!!! It actually looks like it doubled this time!!! I guess using expired yeast does matter! 🙂

Bread Pan Before

Bread Pan Before

Bread Pan After 30 min

Bread Pan After 30 min

Yay!!! It rose again, just like it was supposed to!! Things are looking up…. time to pop this baby in the oven!

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Bursting out of the bread pan!

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It turned out PERFECT!!! Look how large the loaf is this time??

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I am ready for my taste test!!!

YUM!

YUM!

The bread is AMAZING!! (Not that it didn’t taste good the first time) My first attempt created a very dense, doughy bread, this time it is so much lighter!

Ok, so I learned that the expiration date on yeast is no joke there for a reason! I think I will still be purchasing metal bread pans, as the bread was still slightly doughy on the bottom in the center, and I think I could fix that by using a metal pan. I’ll keep you posted! I plan to make more later this week for Labor Day weekend!!

Do you have any baking tips or tricks to share?

Homemade Bread

I am always looking for recipes that are easy and healthy. I am obsessed in love with Pinterest, i’ve been busy pinning recipes that are easy to make at home AND use whole foods, not chemical-filled, processed foods. So when I found this bread recipe, I was dying to try it out!

Of course, I’ve never made bread from scratch before, so this really was a learning experience. I FINALLY had time to try it out today while Bubba was napping! Here goes nothing…

DSC_1654I’ve read that this is the BEST flour to use and it comes in ORGANIC (even better)!

I got all my supplies ready…

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Totally off subject, but the bowls with the blue stripe on them were my moms, she gave them to me when the hubby and I bought our house. I’ve always LOVED them and I just found out they were actually my great-grandma’s! Anyway, back to the bread…

DSC_1657(I’m new to this whole “food photography” thing, but I really like this picture.)

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DSC_1661I am a little obsessed with my Kitchen Aid mixer, I love when recipes call for it’s use!!

dough, before it rises

dough, before it rises

The next step says to let the dough rise for 30 min-1 hour, covered.

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Ok, so I waited 30 min, and the dough looked no different, so I waited some more… then Bubs woke up from his nap… so the dough actually had about 1 hour and 45 min to rise.

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I am not sure it looks much different than the before picture, do you? I moved on anyways, I figured if it hadn’t risen yet, it wasn’t going to!

DSC_1671Now that the bread is in the bread pan, I let it sit (per the recipe) for 45 min… it was supposed to rise again.. if it did, it wasn’t much… again, I moved on!

DSC_1672It looks pretty good, doesn’t it? It smells AMAZING, actually it has made the entire house smell AMAZING!!

Taste-test time! I could barely wait for it to cool, I was so excited to try it (not to mention my mouth had been watering since it was baking!).

DSC_1675As you can probably tell, it isn’t as large as the original recipe, I am not sure it even looks like a slice of bread!? I have no idea what caused the issues, maybe the fact that the yeast expired a week ago (oops!)? Or maybe because I used a silicone bread pan? Or maybe because its hot outside, so I have the A/C on, so very little humidity in the house? I have a feeling it might have been all of those reasons, but oh well, it still tasted GREAT! I am going to try it again later this week, hopefully I will get better results!!

Any recipes that you have found on Pinterest that haven’t turned out as well as you had hoped?