The BEST 5 Minute Breakfast Burrito

Or lunch, because as I’m sitting down to type this post, I just inhaled this breakfast burrito and it is well past lunchtime over here. I promise this burrito will hit the spot any time of the day!

Why hello everyone, long time no chat! I’ve found my blogging time, aka nap time to be flying by these days in the midst of unpacking bags from all of our morning activities, straightening up the apartment (because I can’t help myself), writing meal plans and grocery lists, cleaning my car from the never-ending toddler mess that exists in there, showering, oh yeah and sitting down to eat lunch, yikes! Needless to say, the hour and a half to two hours that James is napping goes by wayyy to quickly leaving me with little to no time to blog. I realize there are other times during the day that I could write, like super early in the morning or after James goes to bed, but that just isn’t feasible for me in this season of life.

Anyway, it’s great to be back even if it’s just a brief stop over here on this cozy corner of the internet. I hope that the fall season has been a pleasant one for you filled with crisp days, warm fireplaces, and ALL the comfort foods πŸ™‚ Speaking of comfort food, can we classify today’s recipe as comfort? I’m not really sure, but it certainly hit the spot for me and I have a feeling given it’s protein-packed, nutrient dense profile it should keep me satisfied and energized well into the afternoon. Win!

Alright, so what brings me to the blog to share this recipe with y’all? I’ll give you the full scoop before we dive into this super quick, super easy, and super convertible recipe. As James and I were running around this morning doing all sorts of things, I felt my stomach start to rumble, and I started thinking about what to make for lunch. I began brainstorming as I knew we didn’t have a lot of food options in the fridge and we’re about due for a trip to the store. But given our busy morning, I figured what we had on hand would have to make do.

This is what I was working with…3 eggs, an almost empty bag of mexican cheese, a small container of leftover black beans, a few spoonfuls of Trader Joe’s pico that was expiring today, an almost empty container of whole milk greek yogurt, a bag half full of expired spinach (it still looked, smelled and tasted good I promise), and a few whole wheat wraps. Hello, breakfast burrito?! I mean, the list of ingredients really doesn’t sound that appetizing, especially when I disclose the fact that the spinach was a few days past expiration and the pico was on the edge as well. BUT, by the time it all got wrapped up into a burrito, the result was fantastic! I call this a convertible recipe because you can use whatever you’ve got in your fridge too! Burritos are so forgiving and as long as the ingredients you’re putting in it sound good to you, I’m sure it will be delicious.

The nutrition profile of this burrito really can’t be beat which is another major win. You’ve got your eggs, cheese, greek yogurt, and black beans all providing you with essential nutrients like B vitamins, calcium, vitamin D, healthy fats, fiber, probiotics, lots of protein (especially combined!), and so much more. The spinach and salsa give this burrito some color as well as an additional nutrient boost, spinach is packed with iron and it’s dark color makes it rich in other vitamins and minerals. All wrapped up in a whole wheat wrap for even more fiber, B vitamins (aka energy boosters), and other essential nutrients. For something that tastes so good, and comes with all of these health benefits, you really can’t go wrong.

5 MINUTE BREAKFAST BURRITO

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 eggs
  • Handful of shredded mexican cheese (or any type, or amount of cheese you prefer)
  • Large handful of spinach (add more or less depending on taste, it shrinks down)
  • Black Beans (I used about 3 tablespoons)
  • Salsa
  • Sour Cream or Greek Yogurt
  • Large whole wheat wrap or tortilla of choice

Directions:

In a medium skillet, add a splash of olive oil and heat over medium-high. Once hot, add spinach and stir until spinach has wilted, about 1-2 minutes. Remove spinach from skillet and place in a small bowl. Meanwhile, whisk eggs with a fork in a small bowl. Add a splash more olive oil to the hot pan and place it back over medium-high heat, add your eggs and begin to scramble, once they’ve started to cook you can add in your shredded cheese. Finish cooking the eggs as your cheese gets all nice and melty, finally stir the spinach back in with the eggs and cheese and immediately place the mixture on your wrap or tortilla. Top the egg, cheese, and spinach mix with black beans, salsa, and greek yogurt before carefully wrapping it up, making sure to tuck the ends in halfway through the wrapping process. Slice in half and serve immediately. Enjoy y’all!

*Disclaimer: depending on how runny your salsa is, this wrap will be a bit messy. I used fresh pico, and made a complete mess while eating this wrap. It was still delicious though πŸ™‚

10 On-the-Go Toddler Snacks

Hey y’all! Happy Tuesday to YOU! I hope you all enjoyed a wonderfully relaxing weekend. Today I’m sharing with you our top 10 toddler snacks that are easy to pack and make our days on the go doable without *too* many meltdowns, because let’s just say that a hungry toddler is a cranky one!

We have been going all in on the weaning process this past week which means that I no longer pack bottles while we’re out and about during the day. James is now only drinking 8oz of milk/formula before his nap and another 8oz before bed. Other than that it’s real food, whole milk, and water for this little guy. Which means, the snack monster is in full force! Let’s take a look at what we’re loving in the snack department these days.

GOLDFISH

Classic? Yes. Toddler approved? Absolutely! I honestly forgot about this childhood snack until this past summer when it seemed like every kid on the playground was carrying around a container or small bag of goldfish. James included. Is it the healthiest snack option? Not necessarily, but I wouldn’t say it’s the worst choice either. I feel like goldfish are just one of those mess free, kid-friendly snacks you can count on time and time again. While the foodie in me always wants to try every flavor of goldfish on the market (and there’s a lot!), I usually try to stick with the classic cheddar flavor for James because I don’t want his taste buds to explode with all of the new and improved flavors out there. We do occasionally get the vanilla cupcake, or flavor blasted though πŸ™‚

APPLESAUCE POUCH

Kids these days. They are being raised in an era of food pouches. Pouches like this didn’t exist when I was a young child, but I remember my sister and I purchasing them in high school because they caught our eye at the grocery store. As a mom, I was a little skeptical of the pouch at first, but I have quickly realized the simplicity and ease of packing and serving James an applesauce pouch while we’re on the go. The thought of bringing a container of applesauce and a spoon sounds like a lot of work, not to mention a mess. Whereas with a pouch, James can happily sit in his stroller or run around on the playground while enjoying his applesauce. We’ve tried other flavors of pouches as well, there are so many on the market! The target brand has some unique flavor combinations and are some of the most affordable ones I’ve found, but they are hit or miss with James. Applesauce on the other hand is always a win!

CRACKERS AND PEANUT BUTTER

I like to make homemade crackers and peanut butter for a few reasons. First, it only takes less than a minute to smear some peanut butter on a cracker and sandwich it together with another cracker on top. By making the PB crackers homemade I get to control how many I pack rather than the standard 6 sandwiches that come in the packages. I know that James is only going to eat one or two at the most, so it saves me the stress of letting the others go stale. And I get to control how much peanut butter is in the middle, and it tastes so much creamier than the store bought versions. Don’t get me wrong, I still love a good package of pre-made crackers and peanut butter but why spend the money when you’ve got a sleeve of Ritz on hand and a jar of peanut butter in the pantry?

FRUIT STRIPS

A childhood favorite in my family, and now one of James’s as well. Nutritionally speaking, they’ve got a little bit of added sugar but I’m definitely not in the parenting category of limiting all sugar from James’s diet. And if his sugar intake is in the form of fruit strips, it can’t be all that bad…right? His dentist might disagree… But here we are, and they are an easy to pack, mess free snack that is always received with a smile.

BANANA

A whole food makes the list! While this list is primarily packaged snacks, because #convenience, I consider the peel on a banana to be packaging more or less. It’s the easiest whole fruit to pack on the go for a toddler. Sometimes I’ll fill James’s snack container with blueberries or other cut up fruit, but when I’m looking for something to throw in the diaper bag in a flash, a banana it is! We’re almost to the point where he can eat apples, but as of now they get chewed up and spit out. Not exactly a mess I want to clean up all the time.

GRAHAM CRACKERS

Animal crackers could share this spot too because I consider the two to be interchangeable. Simple, not too sweet, and usually not too messy. The crumbs though… that reminds me, I need to bring our vacuum out to the car to suck up the crumb collection James has building up in his car seat. Yikes!

VEGGIE STRAWS

I thought for sure this snack would be too crunchy for a toddler with only 9 teeth in his mouth, but James loves these things! He seems to eat them with little to no difficulty. They must break down easily even without a solid set of teeth.

CHEESE STICK

A snack that won’t last long unless it’s in a cooler but if you know you’re going to be eating it soon, why not throw it in the diaper bag. Cheese sticks take up almost no space, and offer a boost of protein amongst the carb and fruit filled snack options on this list. To my dismay James is not a cheese stick lover, but as I have heard from parents before, don’t give up. Offering the same foods over and over may just be the key to convincing your picky eater to give them a try, and maybe even enjoy it?!

SNACK BARS

Did anyone else grow up in the Nutrigrain bar era? Is that still going because I fell off the train. Either way, these bars are perfectly toddler sized and look like mini Nutrigrain bars. The sugar content makes me cringe slightly, but it’s hard to find kid-approved snacks that don’t have a little bit of added sugar. A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, right? Haha.

TEENSY SNACKS

My mom was the one that first introduced James to these teeny tiny, flat fruit snacks designed specifically for babies. We were on vacation in South Carolina this summer and I put “baby snacks” on the grocery list, and one of the items she brought home were these. James immediately approved! Ok, so the real inside scoop on these fruit snacks, use them to your advantage. I quickly realized that these things are basically the equivalent of dog treats. When you want your child to behave, fruit snacks are the secret. When we were on the plane ride home from South Carolina and James was all kinds of fussy, I slowly handed him one flat fruit snack at a time, and he looked at me begging for more. It offered us a brief moment of peace on the plane as he was happily memorized, chewing down these tiny treats.

There’s the complete toddler list, now I just need to put together a list of grown-up snack options. I’ve been in a bit of a snack rut lately and I’d love to get out of it!

Question of the Day: What are you or your kids snacking on lately?

Fall Friday Coffee Date

Happy Fri-YAY everyone, anyone getting fries to celebrate?! Haha, kidding. But I know someone that wouldn’t turn down a french fry at the sound or smell of one…James. But I titled this a coffee date, so I’m thinking I need to switch gears here. Join me with a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate (tis’ the season) and let’s chat! How has the week been for you? A good one I hope!

A picture of the most delicious veggie and cheese omelet I got for breakfast the other day at a diner, because I always drink my hot chocolate too fast to take a picture πŸ˜‰

Josiah was off this past week, and while we didn’t travel anywhere it has been a very pleasant staycation for our family. I can’t downplay it too much because we did splurge at the beginning of the week with a most wonderful spa day(!!). It was a much appreciated and enjoyed day of relaxation and pampering. In addition to our signature massages, we enjoyed our time soaking in the hot tub, napping in the peaceful relaxation room, dipping our feet in the warm foot pool, eating a delicious lunch outside looking out at a fairytale pond and gardens, and concluding with luxurious showers and all of the beautifully scented spa products. Ahhh, to live in that kind of paradise forever…we can only dream.

After our day at the spa on Monday, it was back to reality the rest of the week! Cue all of the toddler entertainment and drama. We’ve been trying to keep things as fun and relaxing as possible though in true vacation spirit. I feel like we’ve been eating out more, mostly takeout, but any break from cooking is a vacation for me! And I’ve been letting my usual chores slide a bit in favor of relaxing during James’s naps. Although I got quite a bit of cleaning and laundry done yesterday and despite dragging my feet with all of it, clean sheets and a (mostly) clean apartment does make it feel worthwhile.

Field trip to the mall!

I’m thinking this weekend we’ve got to dive head first into some kind of fall activity. I can’t take it any longer, I need to fully embrace this season and the idea of going to a pumpkin patch, corn maze, or apple fest, all sound amazing! Especially if there is some kind of treat involved, like a warm apple fritter…mmmm πŸ˜‰ I guess I’m feeling especially excited too because I think James will enjoy any kind of fall venue this year and I love experiencing things that are new to him through his eyes. It’s one of my favorite parts about parenting.

James’s first ride on the carousel

Let’s talk about YOU! Any fun and festive weekend plans on the agenda? Are you team apple or pumpkin this time of year? Tough decisions! Another burning question I’ve got for you is, apple cider donut or apple fritter? I don’t even know if I could decide!

Have a great weekend folks! We’ll talk soon πŸ™‚

Toddler Meals: 17 Months Old

Another month down, and James is another month older. Which means, he’s got another roundup of meals to share with you guys! This month has been tricky. It seems like he’s all about the not-so-healthy foods these days, and the healthier options on his plate just gets spit out or thrown on the floor. I can’t help but blame myself for this because I often cave to his persistent “nom nom” when we’re in the grocery store and he spots the bakery, or his eyes catch a glimpse of the dish of candy corn on the counter, or I decide to give him an oreo for the first time and now he wants them all the time, or the milkshake and fries he ate at Five Guys the other night with endless amounts of ketchup.

His desire to eat has certainly spiked this month…in the junk food department. But we do our best, and I know that I offer him plenty of healthy foods to balance out the treats. Plus, I definitely grew up eating my fair share of donuts and candy, and now I love all foods. So there’s hope! Without further ado, let’s dive into some toddler meals, shall we?

BREAKFAST

Cashew butter toast, orange slices, and honey nut cheerios.

Waffle with peanut butter, banana slices, and yogurt.

Cinnamon raisin bagel with butter, strawberries, and yogurt.

Half of a greek yogurt whole wheat muffin, banana slices, and yogurt.

Banana pancake with nut butter, an orange cranberry scone, and yogurt.

Cinnamon raisin toast with sunflower butter, fried egg, and strawberries.

Yogurt, banana slices, and cheerios.

Toast with nut butter, banana slices, and strawberries.

Pancake with nut butter, cheerios, and strawberries.

LUNCH

Peanut butter and jelly toast, fried egg, and watermelon.

Annie’s mac and cheese, cucumbers, peppers, and watermelon.

Egg salad sandwich, homemade applesauce, and potato chips.

Cashew butter toast, cheese crackers, cucumbers, and peppers.

Leftover mushroom spinach beef pasta, grapes, and a cheese stick.

Lentil veggie bolognese with tortellini, watermelon, and a peanut butter cracker sandwich.

DINNER

Cheese pizza, caesar salad, and a chocolate chip banana oatmeal muffin.

Pepperoni pizza chicken, homemade bread and butter, and applesauce.

Tater tots, grilled cheese, cucumbers, peppers, and strawberries.

Broccoli cauliflower cheddar soup, croissant, and cantalope.

Pasta with meatballs and marinara, caesar salad, and homemade applesauce.

Leftover pepperoni pizza chicken, green beans, tortellini, and cantalope.

Homemade chicken nuggets with ketchup, corn on the cob, and chopped salad.

Veggie lentil bolognese with spaghetti, cucumbers, and watermelon.

Chicken and veggie fried rice, applesauce, and corn on the cob.

Mushroom spinach beef pasta, grilled cheese, and peppers.

Whew! Lots of meals to feed a toddler every day! No wonder why I get stuck in food ruts with this kid. I never know whether I’m offering James too much variety or too little. It can get discouraging to put new foods on his plate only to get rejected, but I’ve also noticed that he’ll get tired of eating the same foods over and over…still trying to find a balance that works for us.

Question of the Day: What kind of eater were you as a kid?

Happy eating everyone πŸ™‚

A Peak into our Weekend

Happy Monday folks! How was the weekend for you? It was a beautiful fall weekend in our neck of the woods and I hope you’re jumping into the week feeling nice and refreshed as well! I’ve decided to keep it light on the words and let the pictures do (most of) the talking today. Getting James to cooperate for photos is…well, like I said a picture speaks a thousand words.

“Dad won’t let me swim in the pond!”
“Mom, now is not the time, I’m eating a cracker”
“Hello, I was in the middle of climbing stairs”
Ahh, a peaceful face at last
Just picking out some candy…
A perfect evening treat.
Onions getting nice and caramelized for french onion soup
A cute bundle of thyme for said soup
And the finished product, with lots of melted cheese and bread on top!
The hair curl gets me.
Wagon rides are the best!
The cousin crew (a small part)
Sometimes life feels like a blur, and looks like one too.
Fall on the farm with this guy ❀

Question of the Day: What was your favorite activity this weekend?

Have a great Monday everyone πŸ™‚

Hello, October!

Happy Friday, friends! Is anyone else in shock that it’s already October? I feel like I say this with every passing month, but seriously, what happened to September!? We are definitely in pumpkin season now, cupcakes anyone?

We’ve had a week over here. The common cold made it’s way through our family starting on Monday, well for two of us at least. We’re hoping and praying that Josiah stays healthy. He’s on vacation next week and it would be great to enjoy a week of family time, and feeling good! I’m now considering James and I to be seasonal cold getters, as in we come down with a cold every season of the year. I’ve never been sick so often since being pregnant, followed by motherhood. I think babies are more prone to sickness because their immune systems haven’t fully developed, and while my immune system puts up a fight, after a few days of direct exposure to coughing and sneezing, it’s a lost cause.

Here’s a picture of the 4 boxes of tissues I went through on Wednesday…just what you wanted to see! But seriously, I don’t know how parents of young children do it. Josiah works long hours on Wednesday’s which happened to be the day I was feeling the worst. I barely survived the 7am-1pm stretch with James, and honestly had an emotional breakdown at 12pm because I felt so sick, defeated, and drained. Taking care of a 17 month old with a lot of needs is hard enough when you’re healthy, but when you feel like you’re barely surviving the day yourself, it can be VERY difficult to cater to your baby.

And that’s why on Wednesday afternoon after James’s nap, I threw everything in the car and we drove over to my parent’s house. I don’t know what I would have done otherwise. My mom stopped by the grocery store on her way home from work and made us grilled cheese and chicken noodle soup for dinner along with fresh squeezed orange juice. She set me up with pillows, blankets, and tissues on the couch and James was happily entertained with wagon rides, swinging, cars, pets, and exploring, as Grammy and Pappy took the reigns and I was able to rest.

I’m not sure if a post talking about being sick is really beneficial for those of you reading, but it’s real life and you know I try to keep things as open and honest on here as possible. When you plan for your week to look one way, but sickness strikes, you’ve just got to make the most of it. I’ve been trying to get James out of the house as much as possible this week, and we’ve been frequenting a very quiet park and playground near our apartment. It has been a good way for him to get fresh air and burn energy without exposing our sickness to anyone. We’ve got a family farm day on Saturday and a friend get together Sunday afternoon. Hopefully with the timing of our sickness, we’ll be more or less good to go for a weekend of fun!

Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚ Here’s to good health and a beautiful fall weekend!

A Season of Rest

Y’all, I totally meant to publish this post yesterday morning, but the week has gotten ahead of me. So here we are, a little over a day late. Ahh life.

Hey, hey! How about some real talk to kick off this week, yay or nay? I’m not sure if a heavy post on a Monday is really the way to go, but I’ve been thinking about writing this post for a while now and I have been SO BAD about taking weekend photos. Even though we had a really fun weekend filled with family dinners, kid chaos, friend visits, pumpkin cupcakes, and relaxation, I’ve got almost nothing to show for it. Ah well. It’s going in the mental photo book, ha!

Instead of a weekend recap, let’s talk about seasons of rest. Does anyone else categorize their life into seasons? I’ve noticed myself using this term more recently, as I’ve realized that life really does involve different seasons, and not just the weather kind of season. As many of you know, I am currently in a season of motherhood, marriage, and sort of re-establishing my identity without school or a career path to fall back on. I’ve come to the harsh reality of just how much my previous self worth and identity either revolved around my school accomplishments, or career aspirations and now it’s just “mom” or “Josiah’s wife” both of which are titles I am proud and happy to hold, just different than I’m used to.

On top of that, I have felt in need of rest lately. In particular when James is napping, if I don’t get some kind of down time myself, I will start to crash as soon as he wakes up ready to go into part two of his day. It is very hard to accept that I need a break too. I feel like I need to be doing something productive at all times of the day or else I feel worthless. I’m living on the edge of these feelings all the time, but it’s easier to cope when James is awake because he keeps me on my toes. It’s when he’s sleeping that I’m like “ok now what?”. Don’t get me wrong, nap time often passes by in the blink of an eye in the midst of cleaning, unloading groceries, laundry, dinner prep, you name it. But I have also been trying to prioritize carving out even a small amount of time for rest while he is napping.

I know that my worth is not defined by how hard I work, how much money I make, the quality of meals I cook, the cleanliness of our apartment, etc. But I fall into that thought pattern ALL. THE. TIME. I’m not sure if it’s society or just my personality, but it can be hard to live up to these standards, especially when it feels like you are falling short in every category.

I started this blog as a creative outlet, but I’m beginning to realize that it is also a source of meaning for me in this stage of life. It helps me feel connected to the outside world when so much of motherhood is isolating. I am able to process my thoughts through writing, and usually gain clarity in doing so. It’s been fun to document life and share photos of family, food, and our adventures. But I need to know that I can be just as worthy and valuable of a person without all of this. As just myself in my current roles, I am enough.

I am reassured of my worth through Jesus and the price he paid on the cross. He died on behalf of all of us so that we could live in harmony with God despite our sinful behavior and carry a righteousness that we far from deserve, simply through faith in Him. It is such a sweet reminder that no matter how much I fail, God loves me just the same, and no matter how much society (and my personality) try to convince me I’m not doing enough, I will always be enough in the eyes of God.

I hope that you are encouraged with the same reassurance in your own life!

“You are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you”-Isaiah 43:4

Talk to you soon friends πŸ™‚

Friday Favorites #12

Hello and happy Friday party people! What’s everyone got on the agenda for the weekend? Any fun fall fests happening in your neck of the woods? Is it still sunny and warm, or are the cooler temperatures starting to creep in? I’ve noticed nights and mornings are much chillier even when the temperatures are high during the day. Fall is upon us! And without further delay, let’s take a look at some (fall themed) favorites from the week!

HOMEMADE APPLESAUCE

There are certain moments that feel exactly what I envisioned stay at home mom life would look like, and as I was peeling and chopping apples to make homemade applesauce one afternoon this week while James napped, I thought to myself, “yes, this is everything I thought mom life would look like and I absolutely love it”. While peeling apples and making applesauce seems to have little connection to motherhood, to me it represents the traditional role of a wife and mom. I think of my Nana and how she always made everything homemade and how I aspire to do the same, even though laziness and convenience get the best of me sometimes. Cooking is a true labor of love. But homemade applesauce is worth it in the end.

HAPPY FALL Y’ALL

Do I sound like every pillow/sign you’ve seen in stores recently? Sorry for the cheesiness, but fall arrived this week both literally and physically! The moment I’ve been dreading and anxiously waiting for all at the same time. It was sad to say goodbye to summer because we had so much fun, but I’m also looking forward to this new season and the adventures and memories it will bring. James and I have been crunching away in the leaves that have fallen in our parking lot, and I got around to some fall decorating this week too! James has totally misplaced (and broken) many (all) of our fall decorations, but it looked pretty while it lasted (for all of 5 minutes).

WAGON RIDES

Something about riding a wagon down the sidewalk is the BEST! Especially when you’ve got your favorite dog walking alongside of you. Just look at that day! I love beautiful fall days where you can enjoy the pretty colors of the season in the comfort of your light summer clothes and sunshine beaming down! Although, I’m just noticing in this photo how green everything is. I guess you can’t expect full blown fall foliage only two days into the season.

AROUND THE WEB

These pumpkin dream cupcakes with espresso cream cheese frosting look absolutely to die for! Like we all need more pumpkin recipes this time of year. I actually shared my most favorite pumpkin cupcakes a few posts back, and I don’t know if I have it in me to deviate from a trusted and loved recipe. In the meantime I’ll dream about this new recipe, and maybe it will magically appear on my dessert plate tonight πŸ˜‰

While I’m not gluten free, these almond flour chocolate chip cookies caught my eye earlier this week. The recipe sounds really quick and easy (win-win), and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by my previous almond flour baking endeavors. If I give these a try, I’ll be sure to report back with a full review.

I mentioned that I’ve been doing more yoga lately, mostly relaxing yoga but once in a while I’m craving a higher intensity and faster paced session. My go-to video when I want to feel the burn, get a little out of breath, but also feel like I’m getting a good stretch is this 30-minute yoga sculpt workout. I usually use really light weights, and always end up with sore triceps afterwards. It’s a really fun and challenging yoga session!

Alrighty folks! I’m signing off for the weekend. I hope that you all get out and enjoy some fun activities this weekend with friends and family. Or just kick back and relax if that’s what your body is craving. I’m feeling a little bit of both right now. Have a great one friends!

A Chili Bar and Other Food Highlights from the Week

Hello! I am back with another roundup of what we’ve been eating in September. I shared a highlight of our eats earlier in the month, and then took a week or two off. Here we are nearing the end of the month already, yikes! Let’s dig into some favorite fall meals.

What better way to kick off this chillier season than with a chili bar?! Featuring maple turkey chili and homemade cornbread, yum all around.

And a look at the bowl of chili after it took a trip through the toppings station. Never. Enough. Toppings. Who’s with me? Also I’ve declared Fritos > tortilla chips when it comes to a bowl of chili.

Oh you know we’re rolling with it now. Hello, chili dogs! Why did I just find out about this amazing way to eat leftover chili only a year ago?! Super delicious way to spice up leftovers and basically create a whole new meal. Also, this maple turkey chili is my favorite for topping chili dogs, it’s got a hint of sweetness from the maple which I find to be the perfect compliment to the salty hot dog underneath.

Ok we’re finally moving on from chili to BREAKFAST. My favorite meal of the day! I just found out that my husband has been holding out on me and happens to be a professional omelet chef. He’s actually good at making eggs of all kinds, but can we just look at that perfectly folded omelet with perfectly thin layers of egg and melty cheese…way beyond my egg making skills.

This is basically the lighting we’re working with at breakfast these days…ugh to dark mornings. I promise these fluffy whole wheat zucchini bread pancakes topped with greek yogurt and banana slices tasted way better than they look. I also made a variation of this breakfast with strawberry slices and declared it to be dessert worthy, somehow the greek yogurt turned into whipped cream, it tasted like it at least!

And we’re back to dinner. Looks healthy doesn’t it? It tasted great at least! Walking tacos inspired by our friends Kevin and Marie when they made us a walking taco bar for lunch while camping. Great camping food, but also a great weeknight meal! Very little mess, barely any dishes. Just your favorite taco toppings piled into a bag of crushed up chips. Sign me up!

This meal looks beautifully basic. And it is. But James and Josiah really like it, it comes together in one pot, and there are some hidden veggies. An all around win in my book. For those interested, it’s this spinach mushroom beef pasta.

It looks like our lighting at night is getting tricky these days too. What’s a blogger to do?! Another easy weeknight meal of buffalo chicken sandwiches and roasted broccoli. I just marinated thinly sliced chicken breasts in a spiedie marinade, baked them in the oven, coated the baked chicken in buffalo wing sauce and served it on top of toasted buns with blue cheese dressing, lettuce, and tomato.

Not the best photo, but an amazing milkshake that I shared with Josiah while we were out celebrating our friend Lauren’s birthday the other night. Josiah declared it to be the best milkshake he’s ever had! I put in a special request for whipped cream and a cherry on top, no regrets.

Last but not least, you’ve seen it but it’s worth another feature. Homemade apple crisp. I totally forgot to link the recipe in Monday’s post, so here it is! I thought it was a very easy recipe to make, and a very delicious apple crisp to be eaten. We served it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Only the best πŸ™‚

Alright y’all, that’s all I’ve got to share today. I need to get back in the swing of food photography. I’ve been in a bit of a cooking rut lately, and our meals haven’t been all that impressive. Simple meals might be fun to share too though.

I hope that you have a great Thursday friends. Happy Eating!

It’s Been A While

Hello everyone! How are you all doing? It has been a while, hasn’t it. I didn’t blog at all last week and it was really just what I needed. I have been taking a major break from social media, so I’m trying to figure out how my blog fits into that. I really enjoy blogging but I’ve also enjoyed just living life in the present moment detached from all things screen related. Don’t get me wrong, I still use my phone and computer quite regularly, I’m just not spending as much time mindlessly scrolling. When I do that, I find myself sinking into comparison traps that just aren’t a healthy mindset for me. I’ve been struggling to take photos recently too and I find that blogs are way more fun with photos.

Before I get carried away with that ramble, it’s almost officially FALL!! I know a lot of us are already in the full swing of it, but I’ve been procrastinating pulling out our fall decorations and my current excuse is “it’s not fall until September 21st”. We did go on a quick apple picking trip this weekend and then I made apple crisp with the fresh apples! Here is the recipe I used, and really liked! Oh my gosh does anyone else feel overwhelmed by the amount of apple crisp recipes out there. I know there are a lot of dishes like this where it just feels like you can find a hundred variations of the recipe and it can be incredibly stressful to weed through the slight differences to pick the best one. I’m not going to claim this is the best recipe on the planet, it’s one that my friend/cousin Katy shared with me a few years ago. I have tried many of apple crisp recipes, and this one is very good!

I would LOVE to get really crafty in the kitchen and make my own fritters (dream!), but I just don’t have the time or energy these days. So for now, simple apple crisp it is. And hopefully a batch of applesauce later in the week because I think James would be a fan. Speaking of James, he had a lot of fun apple picking this year. I think he’s always amazed when we’re out in nature picking sweet fruit off of trees or bushes. Similar to our blueberry picking experience this summer which consisted of lots of “nom nom” as I handed him endless blueberries, he happily ate away at the small apples we picked off the tree for him. He might have scared us with a few coughing fits and I’m not sure we’re quite at the age of eating whole apples yet, but he did well overall.

As for the week ahead, we have a few exciting plans on the agenda. My friend Kelly (heyy!!) is going to be in town at the beginning of the week. She is currently living out of a beautifully renovated van exploring the country (jealous) and I can’t wait to catch up with her and her parents in person! I also have another friend visiting from Colorado at the end of the week, so lots of fun visits to look forward to. I’m sure James and I will be enjoying plenty of playground time as well, our favorite hangout these days.

I hope that your week is off to a good start! I hope to be back soon πŸ™‚