Energy guzzlers I call children

It’s summer time! Hooray for swimming pools and summer vacation, right?

That is, until you realize you’re now home with kids ALL DAY and its too hot to go outside. So now I’m stuck with kids who can’t turn off the tv or any light they turn on for that matter. Now I’m starting to regret purchasing that huge LCD for the living room. To make matters worse, I have a 4 year old and an 8 year old who can’t agree on anything! Two televisions on simultaneously? I think not!

A few ground rules have been set:

Apple Pie Milk Shake


I felt a little experimental today after seeing a friends post about a ‘Vegan Apple Pie Shake’. Now, I am not vegan and I don’t think I ever will be, I just love all sorts of food way too much. Life without my mom’s pozole is just not worth living.

Anyway, before my triumph over the fruit flies last week, I had cut up and frozen all of my gala apples. I was planning on using them in my smoothies anyway so it wasn’t a big deal. Hearing about the ‘vegan apple pie shake’ got me searching for recipes. Oddly, all I found were two extremes: super healthy versions and super unhealthy versions (you know, the ones that involve ice cream and an actual piece of apple pie). These days, I’m trying to help my body recover from bringing a child into this world, so the latter isn’t really an option for me. That being said, I decided to come up with my own recipe and it’s definitely on the healthier side but I’ll let you decide.

Apple Pie Shake (makes one serving)

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Albondigas Soup (Mexican Meatball Soup)

I love my mom’s cooking, unfortunately, she doesn’t do it very often. In order for me to enjoy my childhood favorite foods, I’ve had to learn to make them myself. The great thing about my mom’s cooking is that she likes to keep it simple and as authentic as possible (if it’s too greasy or fatty she will usually adjust the recipe) Here is one of my top favorites, Sopa de Albondigas.
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The Cloth Diaper Decision

I was 20 years old when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter. At that point I think I was overwhelmed with the whole idea of being a new parent and what I was going to do about work that the idea of using anything other than disposables never crossed my mind. When she began solid foods she started getting horrible rashes. I changed diaper brands, wipes, “aired” her out, tried every diaper rash cream in the store and even made trips to the pediatrician on several occasions over her rashes. If I knew then what I know now!

Fast forward four years later, we found out we were expecting again! This time I have been extremely lucky to be able to stay home with my baby (I have a wonderful husband!). Having more time on my hands, I researched a lot of things during my pregnancy; prenatal vitamins, options for birth plans, and cloth diapers.

I think, unfortunately, many people still think of cloth diapers as a piece of fabric held together with pins, how antiquated! The truth is there are so many styles and systems of cloth diapering and many of them are oh so cute!

I will go more deeply into brands and types later. For now I just want to add that, so far, we have not seen any diaper rashes on this little one.


Champagne Chicken Salad

I’m always looking for quick and easy ways to cook chicken breasts. Here is the recipe for one of my favorite salads:

2- 6 oz. boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 tsp seasoned salt
1 tsp grapes red oil

Salad ingredients
1 bag of field greens salad mix
1/2 cup of walnuts
1 cup of red seedless grapes, halved
2 tbsp blue cheese crumbles
1 tbsp light champagne dressing (add more if desired)

Season chicken with seasoned salt and either pan fry or place under broiler in a cast iron grill pan for about 8 minutes on each side.

Mix all salad ingredients together, chop up and incorporate chicken. Enjoy!

What is CSA?

In high school I was an active member of the FFA (Future Farmers of America). I must confess I had no intention of actually becoming a farmer one day. However, the organization afforded me leadership opportunities that I didn’t feel I could find with any other high school club.

After high school I went on to fashion school and never looked back. It wasn’t until recently when I was looking for local farmers markets that I found out about CSA (sorry Mrs. Burdi, I must’ve been absent the day we learned about these).

A CSA (community supported agriculture) is a program where you buy a share (a box or bag) of weekly or bi-weekly farm fresh produce. Not only is it a great way to support your local farmer, it’s a great way to eat fresh organic produce. Most offer whatever is in season and some offer the ability to add on raw milk or meats like grass fed beef. My first box came with Rainer cherries (that I devoured in a matter of minutes), Strawberries, carrots, rainbow chard, red leaf lettuce, red skin potatoes, fresh lavender, grass fed ground beef and burger patties.

Some groups require you to put in some hours of work on the farm. Here, in Southern California, I haven’t found any that do.

My local CSA is run by Abundant Harvest Organics and if you’d like to search for what is available near you, go here.


Homemade trap for Fruit flies

I recently became a proud owner of a Blendtec blender. For those who aren’t familiar with said device, it’s a crazy do-it-all machine. I can make flour out of rice, purée baby food, and even hot soup. My main use for it was to start whole juicing.

I stocked up on a bunch of fruits and veggies. Little did I know I would also be stocking up on annoying little fruit flies. I truly despise these things and any bug that ruins my food. I searched around for a quick homemade cure. Continue reading “Homemade trap for Fruit flies”

Things you didn’t know you had learned from your parents

As a parent, I often wonder what things about me or my lifestyle will stay with my kids as they grow up.

Recently my 4 year old daughter has been running around with a doll in a stroller. Ever since her little brother made his appearance I have been worried of how she’ll be affected or if she will feel neglected. Thankfully, she is a resilient and intelligent little girl and I’m starting to see she’s going to be just fine.

My mom bought her a doll stroller and that’s how it all began. First she put her dolly in it, strapped her in and took her everywhere. This thing even came with a car seat so here came the dolly on the ride to and from school. One day I’m sitting on my sofa, nursing the baby, here comes my daughter with her dolly “oh, my baby is hungry too!” she declares. Then, she nonchalantly lifts up her shirt and puts her ‘baby’ to her chest. I couldn’t stop laughing.
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