Once Upon a Time not so long ago, I was that typical “lets go lets go lets go” Girl. If it was Friday, or even Thursday
Wednesday I can guarantee I was planning where I’d be for Happy Hour that Friday. Happy Hour usually turned into drinking dinner followed by a few shots for dessert then passing out. As you can imagine, Saturday was spent in bed hungover as hell. I recall thinking to myself every weekend that I would never drink again! Of course the hangover would fade along with the self pitty • next thing I knew it was Thursday again… I wasn’t out of control by any means I just didn’t really have much going on other than work and happy hour. I craved change and unexpectedly got it.
Fast forward (or rewind) to June 2013. It was a Saturday afternoon… my husband and I decided it was time to take a pregnancy test.
Three tests later [within 12hours] we realized it was real and we were having a BABY! So here is where it all changes and what I really want my friends to understand. Now that I am a Mother I really really REALLY, love it here in Motherland and I do not miss the hungover, going out just to drink days. Not one bit. That doesn’t mean I don’t miss my friends it just means if you want to hang out with me there is a good chance it may involve me and my child because my free time is enjoyed with him. Sure, I know it is very important for both my son and I to have time apart but we have that, I work, he goes to daycare and when I do get a sitter I like to use that time to go out on dates with my Husband.
What I want you all to understand is when I say “no” [which I do quite often] please know it isn’t you I am saying no to, it is what you want to do that I am saying no to. My point is, I traded my hangovers for hugs and kisses & I wouldn’t change a single thing!
I have never been a runner – I actually hated it very much! After meeting my husband I became a little bit more fond of working out but still didn’t like running. After having my child I realized that the fastest way to my pre-pregnancy weight was running … So I ran, and ran some more & then quit for a while because I remembered I hated it and I got lazy (just being honest).
My husband registered us for The 28th Annual Turkey Trot. I had all intentions of jogging/walking. Once I started I found myself jogging/running the entire time! I finished the 5K in 35:00 minutes flat while pushing a stroller! I must say I feel pretty proud of myself. It is not the best time but for me it is really great! I am very proud of my husband, his finish time was 26:46! Afterwords, we celebrated with mimosas & then a nap!
So the truth is, I bought a pumpkin at Trader Joe’s because it was cute. I then spent quite a few days on Pinterest looking for the perfect pumpkin recipe. I came across a bunch of pumpkin pancake recipes, none of them seemed to be anything I would eat. Most of them were pretty sweet which I don’t care for. I also wanted to make something that I could feed to my 8 month old son. So I decided to tweak and combine a few recipes that I found and came up with a recipe that my husband, son and I love!!
Keep in mind, this is not a sweet pumpkin recipe which is intentional. It is meant to be on the healthier side!
1 cup organic pumpkin*
1 and 1/4 cups vanilla soy milk
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 and 1/2 cups ground organic steel-cut oats*
1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon allspice
coconut oil (for the pan)
*PUMPKIN: I took a small whole pumpkin, cut it in half, cleaned out the seeds and guts. Roasted it face down on 400 for 50 minutes. Once it cooled I peeled the skin off and puréed the flesh with my baby bullet.
*GROUND OATMEAL: for the ground oatmeal I poured the oats into my baby bullet and ground until it was flour consistency and then measured.
In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, soy milk, egg and brown sugar. Whisk until well combined, and the mixture is of even consistency.
In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg – mix well to combine.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and whisk until just combined.
Heat up a pan to medium heat, add a little coconut oil. Use 1/4 measuring cup to ladle each pancake on the griddle. Cook until golden brown, flip to the other side, and cook until golden brown on the other side.
I make extras, let them cool on parchment paper and then refrigerate or freeze for a quick breakfast!
Here is my favorite little tester, approving my creation!
As a parent I can honestly say that there is nothing worse than seeing your child sick and not being able to do anything about it but hold them (when they let you).
My 8 month old ball of spunk has been anything but since Sunday. He has been holding on to a fever that goes from 100.4-102.7, his nose has been running & I have gladly become his tissue.
I have been googling everything and honestly I think that is a bad idea. It has only frustrated me. So we wait and we cuddle and pray that this ends soon.
Through this, I have also become sick which is just mean. Moms should not get sick, ever, it’s just not fair.
1 large spaghetti squash
4 hot Italian turkey sausages (casing removed)
1-14 oz. can diced tomatoes
1/2 yellow onion, diced
2 large garlic cloves, diced
4oz feta cheese
2TBS Parmesan cheese
Cut squash in half, drizzle with olive oil bake face down on a foil lined baking sheet at 400 for 40 minutes.
Brown onion then add sausage and garlic until the sausage is cooked and browned. Add the tomatoes, salt and pepper.
When squash is cooked, fork out the inners into a bowl. Mix with meat sauce. Add feta, Parmesan, fresh parsley and fresh basil. Stir.
Spoon back into shells. Top with Mozzarella. Bake an additional 20 minutes.