Homemade Squeezy Pouch Food

So, as you know by now, little L is extremely picky. So much so that it drives me nuts. If I give him delicious vegetables for dinner, he’ll either pretend they aren’t there, or he’ll throw them onto the floor. 

Recently, he’s been trying to live off of Puffs and Cheeze It’s. Yes I give them to my child, tough noogies.

Anyway, because of this, I, being in a hurry and loving convenience, I purchased the Organic Gerber Pouches. I bought the ones that had zucchini and spinach included in the recipes, assuming it would be healthy and worth it. 

So after I gave him one, I being the genius that I am, read the back label of ingredients. 2/5 of an apple, okay, 2tbsp blueberries, okay…1 HALF of 1 leaf of spinach! 

SERIOUSLY??! It has THAT little spinach in it and you claim that it’s really in there and good for the child. Wow. 

I was so peeved. I felt lied to and cheated but it was my own fault. I used to buy other brands, like Earths Best, that really were packed with veggies, but I went for the Gerber brand because they were cheaper. You really do get what you pay for. Oh well.

I then decided that I was going to make my own. This way I controlled what and how much was going in them.

I purchased these pouches by Kiinde. They’re called the Twist Pouches and I bought them here. It comes with 80 pouches.

I had been given their feeding gift set as a baby shower gift, and it came with the feeding nozzle, but you can buy it here

Now, I used what fruits and veggies I had, and you can certainly use what you have as well. 

For the first batch, I blended some organic plain greek yogurt, organic blueberries, organic Pineapple chunks, organic spinach, and organic baby oats. 

For my next batch, I blended bananas, pineapple chunks, blueberries, spinach, and greek yogurt. All organic. 

And my final batch was probably my favorite. Yes I taste them haha. But it was mixes berry. I added organic frozen mixed berries, greek yogurt, spinach, and baby oats. 

Once I blended all my batches, I used a funnel to fill my pouches. After they were filled, I wrote the date and ingredients on the bag, and threw them in the freezer. 

It took me about 30 minutes from start to finish, so it honestly wasn’t very time consuming, and I have the peace of mind of knowing what my child is consuming. 

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Homemade Chocolate Nut Butter Cups, with Homemade Chocolate

So, 2 or 3 days turned into 2 or 3 weeks. I apologize. As soon as we kicked one cold, we caught another! But we’re finally better and have been better for a few days. Let’s hope we stay that way!

While I was sick, I learned how to make chocolate from scratch. That’s right, CHOCOLATE from SCRATCH! And it’s all the fabulous deliciousness you’d think it would be. 

So. Chocolate. There’s two ways (that I know of) to go about making it. And today, I’ll be sharing the easier quicker way, and how to make Nut Butter Cups. I personally love to use Almond Butter, but you can use peanut. 

*~* I apologize in advance for the quality of the photos. It was very late when I made these, so lighting wasn’t the best.*~* 

What you’ll need

Unsweetened cocoa powder

Powdered sugar

Food grade cocoa butter

Vanilla extract

Nut butter, you can use Almond or peanut 

Unsalted butter, softened 

Coconut oil (to keep chocolate semi soft, if you want a firm chocolate, forget this ingredient)

Cupcake liners

Cupcake pan

First, you’ll need to melt your cocoa butter down to a liquid. I use about 3 tablespoons of melted cocoa butter. Next start adding your cocoa powder. Add 1 tablespoon at a time, until you reach a thick creamy consistency (think creamy peanut butter consistency) then, add your powdered sugar. This one is really just by taste. Some like really sweet dark chocolate, some like semi sweet, some like unsweetened. I personally add about 1 tablespoon of powdered sugar. Stir it together then add about half of 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Next, add 1 half teaspoon of melted coconut oil at a time until you reach a consistency that looks like melted chocolate lol, but really, a consistency that’s similar to syrup. Runny, and loose.

Now you have chocolate!!

Now, insert your cupcake liners into your cupcake pan, I used 6 liners.

Carefully spoon a thin layer of chocolate into the cupcake liners, and spread the chocolate half way up the sides of the liner with your spoon. Then place into the freezer.

Now start on your nut butter mixture. 

Take about 3 tablespoons of your nut butter. I used almond. Add 2 tablespoons of soft unsalted butter, and powdered sugar to taste. Mix until a fluffy consistency. Then, microwave for 15 seconds until runny.

Remove chocolate from freezer, and spoon thin layer of nut butter on top. Then top with another thin layer of chocolate. Freeze for 20 minutes, then enjoy! 

Is it an update when it’s THIS late?

Goodness! 

It’s been awhile hasn’t it? Sorry about that. I feel like I should reintroduce myself haha. Right after Christmas, we were bombarded with hoards of germs. I’ve been sick 3 times now in the month of January, and when I’m not sick, L is. It’s been rough, and while I’m currently on the mend, L started coming down with it on Sunday night. I AM SO READY FOR SPRING!!

Bring on the seasonal allergies cause at least I can keep them at bay with some Allegra. 

A lot has been happening in our household of late, as you may know, we have a new POTUS in office and it’s caused quite the displays of emotion. 

If you’ve read my blog before, you’ll know that we are a Blue Family. My husband is a LEO and I’m so proud of him. There have been protests in our city, and I do mean actual protests, no rioters or things like that. Just people exercising their rights. It has caused a little bit of worry to slip into our home. But I have faith that it will all be fine.

As for my weight loss, it’s still going. It’s taking me a lot longer than I originally thought that it would. I saw how women were dropping 100 pounds in 1 year so I thought this wouldn’t be a long journey. Turns out I was wrong, and every body is different. Mine just so happens to REALLY like it’s extra padding so it’s having a hard time letting go. But it will. Because my body ain’t Rose and my fat ain’t Jack. 

It’s been nearly a year and my body HAS changed, I no longer wear a 3x but a 2x, and I no longer wear a 22/24 pant size, but an 18/20! 

I’ve also noticed lots of muscle building. I have calves popping out, and when I bend over at the waist to pick something up, I always notice how muscular my thighs are looking.

If you’d like to follow my journey more closely, you can hope over to my Instagram. I post more pictures there and more regularly. 

I hope to soon be back at my regular posting of fun things, ideas, and things my picky toddler will actually eat, but it may be another 2 or 3 days. This cold ain’t no joke!

But until then, I hope you enjoy what is already posted. Remember to check out my Instagram for some meal ideas, updates, and whatnot on my journey to be healthier. 

Tata for now!

The Mess

It’s been awhile since I’ve written anything recently. If you’re wondering why it’s because my sweet little L is now a toddler and is extremely mobile, therefore getting into everything. Everything. EVERYTHING. 

Whew. 

Since becoming mobile he’s discovered the joys of pulling every book off of the shelf and asking me to read the 1st page of each one. He also enjoys throwing everything he possibly can over the baby gate and into the kitchen. 

This is my view as I type. 

Books in the floor, about 6 pairs of shoes by the door, groceries in the kitchen floor for nearly 4 hours now, and yes, that is in fact, a cat eating it’s dinner on my kitchen table. I know, its bad. And you haven’t even seen the bedroom yet. 

Ugh.

Am I proud of this mess? Of course not, am I going to clean it? Yes, as soon as I finish my cheesecake. But this is real. This is life.

 Life isn’t always what you see on Instagram and Pinterest. Children aren’t perfect, Mother’s aren’t perfect, and our houses aren’t always perfect. Children, especially young children, make messes and sometimes we moms are just too dadgum tired to do anything about it, and I don’t know about you, but when I’m overly tired, I can’t be a good mother or a good housekeeper.

I’m not saying we should just live in mess, but I am saying that sometimes it’s ok to just put the cleaning on the back burner for a few hours. Sometimes, it’s ok to put the kids to bed and enjoy a treat while you watch your favorite show surrounded by a pile of laundry. 

Sometimes, it’s ok to take a little time for you, regardless of how the house looks.

Now, I’m finished with my cheesecake, and it’s time to tackle the Mount Everest of laundry. 

Making a List…

So if you’re anything like me, you tend to get overwhelmed with all the cleaning that has to be done around the house and you have no idea where to even start, so you don’t start, and that just makes things worse. Yeah. Well, I recently saw on Pinterest, a checklist of household cleaning chores. I thought that maybe since it was so organized I could do it. So I came up with my own checklist to fit my house. It’s a very basic house so I think it would apply to most homes as well. I printed out my checklist, and I put it inside a dollar tree 8×10 frame, that way I could use a dry erase marker to just check off the list as I went, and at the end of the day erase it all and start again. 

If it’s something you’re interested in, feel free to download the checklist for yourself! Just right click and save.

It really has helped me get and keep my house clean. It helps me stay organized and I always know what’s next.

List of supplies you’ll need

One 8×10 frame, can be bought at dollar tree

One dry erase marker

Printed out check list

   Place the checklist inside the frame, hang frame wherever desired, use dry erase marker to check list off. Wipe away when done. It’s that easy! 

Southern Peach Cobbler

While I’m trying to lose weight, and I AM succeeding, I’m also Southern, and we love our peach cobbler. Today, I decided to make one from scratch, including using fresh peaches.
And it was so incredibly delicious. Not too greasy, not too fluffy, just perfect. And here’s how I made it!

First, I boiled my peaches whole. Doing this, allows the peels to soften so they can be peeled off easily.

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Once they boil for roughly 5 minutes, you want to place the peaches in a bowl of ice water so they’re easy to handle.

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Once they’re cooled, you can begin peeling them. What I did, was I took a knife, cut a line down the side of the peach, and then used my fingers to peel the peel away.

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Once the peel comes off, you can slice the peach however you like and place them in a bowl.

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After this is done, preheat your oven to 425° grab yourself your iron skillet (a 9×13 dish can be used as well) and slice half a stick of butter up and place in the skillet. Add your peach slices on top of the butter. Place the skillet in the oven for 10 minutes until the butter is melted and the peaches sizzle.

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Next, mix together your batter and pour it over the peaches. And add the other half stick of butter, sliced up, to the top of the batter.

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Reduce the heat of the oven to 375° and place the cobbler in for 30 minutes, or until golden brown.

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Once it’s finished, let it rest for about 10 minutes before you serve it. It let’s all the juices settle. Then you can serve it up plain, or with a bit of ice cream! But since I’m trying to lose weight, I won’t be adding any ice cream to mine.

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Check out the recipe below!

1 cup of flour
3/4 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 and 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1 cup of milk
1 stick of butter
5  fresh peaches

Put a pot of water on to boil, and add your peaches whole. Boil them for 5 minutes. Then place peaches in a bowl of ice water.
Once peaches are cool enough to handle, begin peeling. The peel should just tear right off, of not, they weren’t boiled long enough.
Once the peaches are peeled, slice them up, and place in a bowl.
Preheat oven to 425°
Then cut up half a stick of butter and place the pieces in a size 8 cast iron skillet. Add the peaches, and place the skillet in the oven for 10 minutes until the butter is melted and the peaches sizzle. While this is happening, make your batter.
Mix your flour, sugar, vanilla, baking powder, and milk together. You can even add a dash of nutmeg if you like.
Remove the skillet from the oven and pour the batter over the top of the peaches. Slice the other half stick of butter and place on top of the batter. Reduce ovens heat to 375°, place cobbler in the oven and bake until golden brown. Once it’s baked, let it rest for 10 minutes or so, so the juices settle. Then serve it up with ice cream or plain!

Spring Cleaning part 3

Alright hopefully this is the final part to my spring cleaning journey. In Part 1 I tackled my upstairs, and my son’s nursery. In Part 2 I worked on my Living Room and bedroom. Now in Part 3, I’ll be tackling my Kitchen, the Dining area, and the Bathroom.

Up first, the Bathroom image

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Isn’t it awful!? Under my bathroom sink is full of so much stuff that we don’t even use! Time for a trash bag!
I started on the bathroom first.
I pulled everything out of the cabinet, and threw away everything that hadn’t been used in a year or more, and everything that expired. That meant a lot of first aid items, lotions, hair products and various other things.
Aftwards, I took all the first aid items that I had left and put them in the black tub with my lotions. I stacked all of the back up items (extra toothbrushes, extra floss, etc) in the rear, and all of The Hubs hygiene products in the front where he can reach them.
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It’s still a lot of stuff, but it’s much more organized and easily accessible.
Next, I worked on the top of the sink and the towel rack. I rolled some of the towels and placed them on the shelf, and then I hung the others decoratively. Then I narrowed down our wash rags. There’s no reason why we needed 15 wash rags on our shelf. I left the ones that matched the towels.
Next, I took all the lotions, toothpastes, floss, cups, and toothbrushes and put them in their places. Toothbrushes on the rack, toothpaste under the sink in the basket with the floss and cups. This is my Bathroom now image

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It feels so good to be organized! Now on to the kitchen…
Here are the befores.

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The Dining area has become a catch all

My kitchen was so unorganized and so cluttered that it was driving me insane. I hated going in there to cook. L’s bottles and sippy cups were out on the counter tops because I didn’t have room in the cabinet for them, there were syringes, baby medicines, thermometers and pacifiers on the windowsill, and stuff all over my table. Gun cleaning kits, papers that needed to be recycled, seasonal things that needed to be put in the attic, and more of The Hubs work things. It is UNREAL the amount of things Police Officers have to have.
But it’s finally clean and organized.
I started by tackling that small little nook that’s been a catch all for The Hubs. I took all his papers that needed to be filed and filed them away, placed the bills in our handy dandy napkin holder haha, and then cleaned out his basket. Only left things that he actually used. Then I threw away all the trash, and wiped the counter top down. This is the nook now.
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Looks a lot better right?

Next I moved to the larger counter top and end cabinet. I cleaned out the end cabinet, which we call “The baby cabinet”, gathered all of L’s sippy cups and bottles and placed them on the middle shelf. Next, I placed all of his various pacifiers and bottle nipples in a little basket and placed it beside the bottles. Then I took all the baby food and snacks that I pulled out of the cabinet and placed it back on the bottom shelf. Then I removed my breast pump and all the accoutrements for that and took it upstairs to the nursery closet. After that was done, I wiped down the counter tops, washed my Instant Pot, and put it in its place.

I packed up all of his syringes and baby medicine into his first aid kit and put it away in the medicine cabinet over our refrigerator. Then I folded and put away the laundry, stacked up the baskets, placed them on top of my washer and got them out of the way. This is the Kitchen area now.
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SO much neater, cleaner, and more enjoyable.

Then I moved on to my dining area….ugh
I took all of The Hubs things (gun cleaning kits, tools, etc) and put them in the garage and on his cabinet. I recycled the papers that had been laying there for who knows how long. The seasonal items were taken to the attic and put away, and took all of The Hubs paper work to the office upstairs. After that was done, I just wiped down the table with some cleaner. This is the Dining Area now.

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Now we can eat here! I’m pretty excited about that. After I finished the Dining area, all I did was sweep and mop the floors. And my Kitchen and Bathroom are now clean!

That marks the end of my Spring Cleaning journey. I hate cleaning, but it’s so nice to have it done and to know that I can relax now and enjoy it. Plus, now it won’t be as time consuming to keep clean. Have you started your Spring Cleaning yet? What have you gotten accomplished? Let me know!

Spring Cleaning part 2

In Spring Cleaning part 1, I tackled my upstairs, specifically, my son’s nursery.
In part 2, I’ll be tackling my downstairs. Now let me tell you the rooms that are downstairs. There’s my Kitchen, Dining Area, the Living Room, Master Bedroom, and Bathroom. Not a whole lot of rooms compared to some homes, but they can become so cluttered so easily! Especially when we’re all in a hurry which seems like nearly every day.
I started on my living room before taking a before picture. It just completely slipped my mind. But this is it half way through.

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Far from finished. If you can, try to imagine a christmas train set underneath the white chair, a huge stack of baby toys beside the white chair, random clutter on the coffee table and on a chair that you can’t see was a dress, a belt, a sweater and a cardboard box.
The train was taken upstairs during Spring Cleaning part 1, and put away.
I took the toys, seperated them into what was played with and what wasnt. And took what was played with and placed them into a small basket and placed the basket beside the couch. This way I have the few toys he’s interested in this month on hand. Then I took the rest and placed them in his toy crate upstairs.
Next I cleaned off the glider chair. Hung up my dress and sweater, put away The Hubs belt, and put the box into the recycling. After that was done, I dusted all the furniture, and vacuumed.
I’ve been wanting to expand my drapes even more than they are now to give the illusion of a large window, but I realized only after separating the brackets, that my rod wasn’t long enough. Oh well, I suppose a trip to the hardware store is in order now.
After putting the drapes back the way they were, I took down the small mirror next to the door, because I thought it was cluttering up my walls. Next, I moved The Hub’s Cop Caddy (that giant black thing next to the door) to the bedroom to make more room in the living room. And this is it now.
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With the large cop caddy moved to the bedroom, and the mirror taken off the wall, I feel like it’s less cluttered and there’s more room to breathe. And that’s it for the Living Room.
Now, on to the bedroom…

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That’s it. My bedroom. All that stuff you see on my bed? Yeah, it was in the floor. I know, I’m ashamed. I haven’t gotten around to putting the sheets back on my bed after they were washed…days ago. But that ended today! Today I placed the mattress pad and sheets back on my bed where they belong. I also folded the clean laundry (I know, clean laundry in the floor, again I’m ashamed.) And put it away. There’s also this random pile of stuff that’s been accumulating in the corner of my room.

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See it? Yeah well, it’s a baby tub, a booster seat, a basket filled with The Hub’s high school memories, and some of my childhood things. I think there’s also a blanket. Oh, and a hand towel rack. Well, it’s been here just growing for months now. I kept saying that I was going to move it to the attic but never did it. Well, no more! It’s gone. It may or may not be in the attic, but it’s not anywhere that can be seen. Ok, it’s in the garage. But it’s organized!
This is my Bedroom now, complete with baby playing on my bed 🙂
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It’s still not perfect, but it’s clean and it’s organized. But now I’m tired and the baby is needing a bottle. Tomorrow I’ll be tackling my kitchen, the dining area, under the bathroom sink, and maybe the closets. Maybe.

Spring Cleaning part 1

This week I’ve been spring cleaning our upstairs. I hate cleaning. HATE it. I would much rather go outside with L and have fun, but it has to be done eventually I suppose. We’ve been blessed by our friends with little boys and they’ve given us a lot of their gently used baby clothes. But up until recently I haven’t had the time to go through any of them. Well yesterday, I hauled L upstairs and we played in the floors and organized the clothes. We sorted them into boxes of too small, too big, and just right. Then we took the winter clothes from each box and put them into another box. L tried “helping” but obviously made more of a mess than we had when we started haha.

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Mommy's little helper

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Too big on the left, and too small on the right

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Stacks upon Stacks of clothes

After we had sorted all of this clothes, I took all of the itty bitty baby clothes and put them in a diaper bag for future use. My best friend and I both have boys, and we’ve decided that were going to just trade clothes as we have children. When L was 3 months old, she let me borrow several outfits and things for him, and now that he’s outgrown it all, I’ll give it back to her and let her go through any of the clothes I have that would fit her boy. It helps keep the cost of clothes down, especially since children are always growing so fast.

After all the clothes were organized, I put L in his crib for a nap while I continued on to the hallway. The Hubs helped me hang a bunch of our pictures up the stairway, and a hang a poem his Grandmother wrote in L’s bedroom. She wrote it for The Hubs when he was little, and now it hangs on L’s wall.

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Pictures going up the stairs...and yes. Those purple flowers came with the frame hahaha

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The Hub's grandmother's poem. Isn't it beautiful?

Once all the pictures were hung, I vacuumed the floors, made the guest bed, and the husband dusted the furniture and cleaned the bathroom (he’s such a great guy). And then we were done! Now, on to the downstairs….next week maybe.