Thursday, January 30, 2014

It's Not Good Bye

Life certainly has a way to keep us busy, on our toes and wishing for more hours in the day. But, we only get 24. The same 24 everyone gets. I had to make some tough decisions through the holidays when Amelia stated oh so elonquently that my blogging, baking, recipe creating and school work were taking "too many hours and minutes." I had to agree.

I had to make the decision to do something differently. Working full time, school full time, and trying to keep up with mommyhood, blogging and the so many other roles we all take on was, well, taking it's toll. It's a busy season of life and before I know it, Amelia will be off to school. Where does the time go?

I am taking this needed break to enjoy "more hours and minutes" with Amelia Rose. This is the role assigned to me by Jesus, and in the grand scheme of things, it is the most important. I will post infrequently for now, hoping to be back to my full time blogging, recipe creating status in the near future!

Thank you for your support!


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Cocozia Review

I have been looking for something healthy drink, besides plain water. I stopped drinking vitamin water when I found out how unhealthy they actially are for you, and I dropped soda months ago.

Someone told me about coconut water and the health benefits; full of electolytes, no added sugar, artificial anything, or preservatives. It is all natural. Coconut water promotes healthy skin, fat loss and weight loss. These are amazing reasons; so since I love all things coconut, I decided to give it a try. There are so many options to choose from, but I wanted to find an organic option.

I found an organic coconut water on amazon.

Since I have never tried coconut water, the first taste was not what I expected. I guess I was expecting it to taste more like water, but it doesn't. It tastes milky, but it's light and refreshing. Coconut water is awesome to cook with and you can add a splash of juice to make a unique drink. I added 1/4 c. pineapple juice and it tasted like I could be drinking it out of a coconut. This will be a summertime favorite!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Christmas List, Book Review and A Giveaway!

I decided to do something different this year for our Christmas list. I, taking a bold step, asked kids what they want for Christmas (GASP). I didn't rely on what the retailers or marketers say is the best, hottest toy around. I found out what kids really want.

1) Legos. A timeless classic is still at the top of the list.
2) Barbies. Another classic.
3) Ipad. Well. Yeah. I knew that was coming. (inotabs, and leapads are also at the top of lists).
4) Zoomer. I had no idea what this was, so I had to look it up. It's an interactive robot pet. Pretty neat.
5) Movies and video games. Yeah. That's a gimme.

Amazon, Walmart, Target and so many others all have their hottest toy list displayed on their website. I was happy to see that lego's and barbies are still in the top choices when our world is filled with so much technology.

Now, no list is complete without books! Amelia and I love our reading time, and we had the honor of reading The Adventures of Bosley Bear "Bosley Builds a Tree House."

I was thrilled when Tim contacted me and asked for a review of his newest book, which was just released on November 7th. The most awesome thing about the book is, it is dual language, so our version was English and Spanish, giving Amelia an opportunity to practice her spanish...WIN for mommy!

The book is also available in Chinese, German, French Italian, Japanese and Russian!  I am in love with Bosley, more importantly Amelia cannot get enough of Bosley Bear and his friends!
The book is colorful, full of life lessons, and is so interactive, and's fun. I highly recommed that this book is at the top of the Christmas list for your little reader!

Here are all the fantastic places you can find Language Bear:
You can find the book on amazon, here

Here is a little about the author: Tim discovered the power of bilingual books while visiting Japan as a teenager. In 2011, he published his first dual language children's book in 7 different foreign languages as a tool for increasing a cultural awareness and gaining new perspectives. Bosley Bear has since become popular among US and international readers, providing a fantastic way for children to learn a second language in a fun, easy and natural way.

Now, here is the most awesome part! Tim is offering Bosley Bear Builds a Tree House to one lucky reader, in the language preference of your choice! And, because Tim is so generous, he is also offering 5 readers, 50% off! Enteries begin at midnight tonight!

a Rafflecopter giveaway So enter, enter, enter! Good luck!

Monday, November 25, 2013


Trae has been asking me to make muffuletta's since...forever. I never did. I don't know why, other than the name just did nothing for me. So he made them for us. Wow. Had I known how fantastically delicious they are, I would have made them long ago.

  • Gluten free french bread
  • Olive salad 
  • Italian sausage
  • 4 oz. sliced ham
  • Sliced provolone cheese (6-8 slices)
  • 2 oz. pepperoni
Olive Salad Ingredients:
  • 2/3 c. green olives, pitted and chopped
  • 2/3 c. kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
  • 1/3 c. pimiento, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tblspn. capers
  • 1/2 c. parsley, chopped
  • 1 tspn. oregano
  • 1/2 c. Italian dressing
  • 1/2 tspn. fresh ground pepper
Directions: Olive Salad
  1. Add all ingredients to med. bowl
  2. Allow to set for 1 hour for fullest flavor
Directions: Muffuletta
  1. Preheat oven 350
  2. Slice bread lengthwise
  3. Add provolone cheese to bread
  4. In med. saucepan, combine meats with olive salad 
  5. Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until warmed through
  6. Add meat mix to sliced bread
  7. Wrap in foil and heat in oven 10-12 minutes (can use a panini press if you prefer)
  8. Remove and slice into desired serving size

The italian goodness seeps through! 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Buttermilk Biscuits

Trae made these for breakfast and they are fantasticly moist, soft and delicious. Amelia wanted her biscuit smothered in honey, what a fantastic idea!


  • 2 c. all purpose gluten free flour (We used Bobs Red Mill)
  • 1/4 tspn. baking soda
  • 1 tblspn. baking powder
  • 1 tspn. kosher salt
  • 6 tblspn. butter (cold, and chopped)
  • 1 c. buttermilk
  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Combine flour and other dry ingredients in bowl
  3. Cut butter into flour mix
  4. Add buttermilk, mix until well combined
  5. Place dough onto prepared surface (lightly floured)
  6. Pat out until 1/2 in. thick
  7. You can use a buscuit cutter, or just take small chunks of dough and roll into ball,  then pat out again into small round disc about 1 in thich\k
  8. Place on cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes
  9. While still warm, drizzle with honey (or slather a pat of butter of the top!)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Amelia...You have to sleep in your own bed tonight

We have spent months, 27 to be exact,  trying to get Amelia to sleep in her own bed.  She did..then we moved to Georgia and she hasn't left since. We have tried staying in her room with her, she will wake up as soon as we try to slip out. We have tried letting her fall asleep in our bed and she will wake up as soon as we move her. We tried a harsh stance, a soft stance, a meet in the middle stance.

We talked to her peditrician, he assured us she will grow out of it and will not even want to be around us in a few short years. He advised us not to make an issue and enjoy the cloeness. Not too many ped's take this approach and I appreicated his gentle remarks.

But. I want to sleep and this little person  takes over half of a King size bed. She sleeps sideways. She kicks. She is like a little furnace and I wake up drenched in hotness.

Mommy: Amelia. You have to sleep in your own room tonight.
Amelia: Nope. It's too quiet. It's cold. It's hot. I need a fan. I can't sleep all alone. I need this...or that...or something...or anything.

I am a therapist. Surely, I can figure this out.  I looked at our issue from a parenting perspective, an attachment perspective, a marital perspective and a cognitive behavioral perspective. We tried bribing, which is not a true therapy technique...but I was willing to do anything at this point Nothing. Was. Working. But what I discovered, well I always knew it, but finally connected the dots... I have to fall asleep to background noise. Usually the television. The tv can go off as soon as I fall asleep, but I need the noise to fall asleep. She ha
s been sleeping in our room for two years, she has become accustomed to the light from the tv and the noise.

As soon as my revelation hit, I sent daddy out to buy a DVD player for her room. He did not hesitate. He wants to sleep too. We put a tv in there and she has slept in her own room now for two weeks! Deperate times call for desperate measures. Yep...we are THOSE parents. Unapologetic rested parents.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

My husband is amazing. He is trying all kinds of new recipes, tricks and tips and creating the most delectable treats! I am not a peanut butter cookie fan, but these are fantastic!! I could eat these all day long. He got this recipe from Whole Foods.


  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1 tspn. baking soda
  • 1 c. creamy organic peanut butter
  • 1/2 tspn. vanilla
  • 1/3 c. chocolate chips, or mini m&m's (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Beat together, egg, sugar, baing soda and vanilla in stand mixer until well blended
  4. Beat in peanut butter
  5. Stir in chocolate chips or m&m's
  6. Drop dough by spoonfuls, press with back of fork
  7. Bake for 10 minutes
  8. Transfer to cooling rack
Peanut Butter and mini m&m flourless cookies