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friday favorites: food blogs

friday favs food blogs

I heard on the radio the other day that the number one hobby people have started picking up during quarantine is baking and/or cooking! I LOVE it! I was an avid cook AND baker before quarantine and things have not slowed down. Since I’ve been trying to use up all the random things I have accumulated I’ve noticed I’m getting a win-win-win; I’m using stuff up so my pantry and stockpile are cleaner, I’m getting to experiment with fun recipes that I normally would put in the “make later” pile and we’ve been eating REALLY well.

In case you’re in need of some super yummy recipes (or just need something to do ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), I’ve compiled a list of my five favorite food blogs for your enjoyment. “People who love to eat are the best people.”

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hippity hoppity, happy easter day!

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We woke up to Easter baskets this morning! How about you?

Elias got some super fun Easter themed goodies – window clings, stickers, bunny jumpers, Play-Doh, bubbles, bath paints, a mini Connect-4 and a pint sized Nerf gun. I really tried to focus more on things for him to do and play with than candy – not that we’re anti sugar (I mean, have you seen my meal plans?) – because he literally gets more enjoyment out of fun little toys and activities than he does sweets. Our Easter baskets are a bit of a different story. Haha.

I never tackle holiday breakfasts because we have SO much to do and so many places to go. (I’ve touched on the marathon we run every holiday of every year, but in case you need a refresher…we would typically be at my in laws’ for lunch at 12pm, at my grandfathers’ for second lunch at 2pm and at my grannys’ for dinner at 5:30pm.) But this year, my wish has finally come true! Albeit, not in the best of ways but I’ll take it just the same. Hello, carrot cake pancakes! โค

We have a busy day of egg hunting, eating to indulge in and lots of relaxing to enjoy so I’ll make it short!

HAPPY EASTER, GUYS! ๐Ÿ™‚

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april update

IMG_20200403_174041361_BURST003The past three weeks have put us through some immense changes, pressure, anxiety and fear. They have also given us an immense amount of happiness, love and hope. So let’s start with the bad and end with the good. Because that’s what the world needs right now. To end with the good.

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my easter menu

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So…Easter is in a week. What?

I don’t officially host Easter but I do serve an Easter dinner at home. It may not be ON Easter, but let’s face it, even if I could manage to make it to four different meals, it would be far from enjoyable. So I usually do our Easter dinner a few days after Easter or the following weekend.

This year, however, things are different. We’re not going anywhere and I WILL be serving our one Easter dinner on Easter. Just we three. There’s something oddly charming about not having to run our typical gauntlet. Or maybe I’m already reeling on a sugar high from all the Reese’s eggs. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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april meal plan

This months’ meal plan was all based around minimizing grocery store trips and really utilizing what I already had on hand. I have not been to a grocery store in over a week and I have to say that the situation we are in now is really teaching me some valuable lessons, even ones that I can apply to my normal monthly shopping routine.

I have been prioritizing produce that keeps for weeks (apples, sweet potatoes, carrots – to name a few), buying our soda packs 12 and 16 at a time (bad habit, I know) and even taking this opportunity to try out some new products like shelf stable almond milk to stretch our grocery store trips as far in between as possible. I have even made the difficult for me -but actually super convenient- switch to buying a lot of our staples online, opting for delivery or pickup.

At this point, I have made the decision to go ahead and plan to prepare our Easter meal at home. It seems that this one holiday, we’ll be grounded and not having to run our typical food marathon. Can’t say that I’m super thrilled about missing the holiday with our families, but I am looking forward to having a super chill Easter. I have actually left out our Easter menu on the meal plan, so look forward to a separate post on that coming very soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

I technically only meal plan for a family breakfast on Sundays – the rest of the week is leftovers or other regular breakfast food (ie: bagels, cereal, pop tarts, etc.) We do weekly meal prep for lunches on Sundays – enough for five weekday lunches for two adults. Recipes marked with an asterik are recipes that I have made before and my family has deemed delicious! ๐Ÿ™‚
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groceries online: how COVID-19 is changing the way i shop

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I am an old fashioned soul. I respect my elders. I cook from scratch. I only read books with real pages. I did not find out my baby’s gender until birth. I do my own stunts. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I am also one of those people who has a hard time adjusting to new things. It took me two years to order food at a drive thru after getting my license. I used to not be able to handle Jeremy changing shampoo, deodorant or body wash. It took me three years to start asking Siri questions to only then make a complete switch to using Google assistant. I STILL prefer to have a separate camera, MP3 player and phone rather than all in one. The list goes on.

As a couponer, my whole game is multiple stores and strategies to get what I need for cheap. I don’t typically mind because I have the time and it’s so ingrained into me at this point that it’s hard to imagine anything else. Frankly, I enjoy the high of getting stuff I need for super cheap and I LOVE being able to run downstairs when something runs out.

But as a mom, time is something I’m pressed for and I hear convenience calling my name more and more these days. As a toddler mom, I’m struggling to complete all my errands, grocery shopping and miscellaneous (holy sh*t, I spelled it right on my first try!) shopping done with Elias in tow.

And then, all of the sudden, the entire world is changing and adapting to life in the midst of a pandemic. Grocery store shelves are being ravaged, we’re being told to social distance while everyone is flocking to stores and retailers are just trying to keep it together.

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Spring Bucket List

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Every season, I have a mental list of things I want to do or traditions I want to carry on. Although those lists are much longer in the fall and winter (hello, Christmas!), I always make one.

This year, I’m working really hard to find my groove and one of the things I have ALWAYS done to help me do this is writing things down. Although I am not the only stay at home mom I know that keeps a highly detailed planner, I’m pretty sure I’m an oddity. (Stay at home moms out there, please prove me wrong!) I keep track of everyone’s appointments, vacations, events, shopping lists, reminders, to do lists – I would literally explode if it ever went missing. But it’s what works for me and that’s all that really matters.

Without further ado, here is my spring bucket list! And yes, they’re all social distancing safe. ๐Ÿ™‚

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NEW recipe round up

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Staying in? Take this time to try out some new recipes and take the edge off recent events. Bonus points for super cute helpers. ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you’ve been around for awhile, this recipe round up will feel familiar – don’t fix what’s not broken, right? The recipes featured in these posts will still be recipes that I have tested at home and been met with nothing but awesome reviews from my family. read the post

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let’s talk about COVID-19

The post I had planned for today is taking a back seat. It seems as though everything will be taking a back seat for awhile.

I’m sure you know about COVID-19. I’m sure you’ve been watching the news and checking your phone for the latest updates. I’m sure you know the CDC recommendations, I’m sure you’ve started preparing yourself, your family and your home and I’m sure you’ve started “social distancing”.

But let’s chat anyway.

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