Monday, August 29, 2016

What Kate Ate: Pink Applesauce

Pink applesauce for my little princess! What more could a baby girl want!? Will wanted nothing to do with this because it wasn't "just applesauce", but Kate couldn't get enough! 

I'm all about hiding vegetables in my kids' food and apples seem to mix well with so many of them. I love the idea of beets with apples, since beets, when cooked, take on a really sweet flavor. They mix well with warm spices like cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg and anything made with beets is just so bright and beautiful. 

Beets are a superfood and full of so many vitamins and minerals. They are bursting with iron, potassium, magnesium, vitamins A, B and C, and lots of beta-carotene. I always feel good knowing when my kids are getting an extra boost anywhere they can get it! 

Chopped apples and beets simmer with spices for half an hour creating a sweet mixture of fruits and warm spices. 

Pink Applesauce
recipe adapted from the Little Foodie cookbook

6 organic apples, peeled, cored and shopped
1 small organic beet, peeled and chopped
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 cup water

Place apples, beets, spices and water in a medium sauce pan, covered, on low- medium heat for 35-40 minutes. 

When the mixture has cooled, place in a food processor and blend until desired consistency. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Burger Bowl

The burger craving comes on hard in the Summer. I love gourmet burgers with strange toppings and flavors, but in the Summer, there is nothing like a juicy grilled burger with the classic all American toppings. 

Because I really hate soggy bread, I actually really like burgers without buns. I can pile on toppings and not worry about everything falling apart and spilling onto my plate. Bonus points for skipping out on the extra carbs and making it healthier.

We are LOVING burger bowls this Summer. They are so simple to put together and I almost always have everything on hand. Pickle drizzled on top of it all is a necessary's strange but good! This is far from a recipe and more of a here's what you need and just pile it all together type of post. Enjoy!

Burger Bowls

Lean ground beef burgers- grilled inside or out
Iceberg lettuce, chopped
Tomatoes, sliced
Hamburger dill pickles with some juice reserved
Salt + pepper

I start with my bowls and fill with a pile of chopped iceberg lettuce. Layer on sliced tomatoes, pickles and even onions or mushrooms- whatever else sounds tasty to you! Finish with a warm burger and drizzle it all with a little pickle juice. Add mustard and ketchup and devour it all! I also sometimes serve mine with oven roasted potatoes. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Weekly Eats: Week of August 22, 2016

Popping in today to share our weekly menu since I haven't in awhile! I've been trying to make one new recipe a week to keep it fresh and add more favorites to the list! It's so easy to get in a rut so I usually keep a running list of recipes I want to try on my phone so that it's easy to access when I sit down to meal plan for the week. Keeping it fresh and healthy this week! 

Grilled Skirt Steak  + Avocado Chimichurri and Roasted Veggies

Quinoa Taco Bowls 

Zoodles and Sauce

The Pizza Spaghetti Pie is my new recipe for the week and I'm anxious to try it! Quinoa tacos bowls couldn't be easier! I just start with a pile of chopped romaine and a few heaping spoonfuls of quinoa. I layer on tomatoes, sauteed onions, avocado, lean ground beef seasoned with Joe's Stuff and any other fresh veggies I have on hand. Finish with the squeeze of a lime- it's so tasty! The sauce from Rachel Ray's Gran'pa Emmanuel's Macaroni with Sausage and Cannelini is such an old favorite. I love it with Zoodles and it's easy to make on a weeknight.

Any new healthy recipes you have to share!? I'd love to try! 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Friday Faves


I can't believe the Olympics are coming to an end this weekend. That was a fast two weeks! We really have been watching around the clock and I might go into a little funk when they're over. The stories and the athletes have been so inspiring and Michael Phelps's last interview totally made me tear up. 

I'm totally not into casseroles but this Pizza Spaghetti Pie has been highly recommended and is on our menu for next week! 

So is this Loaded Greek Quinoa Salad. (and I'm totally into quinoa salads)

Smoothies and Protein Shakes have been my go to breakfast all Summer and this Brownie Batter Protein Shake is next.

More playroom dreams. I can't wait to make this space a reality!

This desk space is dreamy

Thinking of checking out a brewery or two this weekend! Free Range is on my list and supposedly super kid friendly! 

Only a few weekends left of Sweet Summertime. Enjoy them! 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Favorite Apps for Baby + Toddler

As much as I hate to admit, there are snippets of technology that just make my life as a mom easier. I love hearing what apps other moms love, so I'm here today to share mine. What did our parents do when we were young!? How did our moms track feedings or know when we should nap. And did they even know what a "leap" was!?

The Wonder Weeks ($1.99)- I swear this app made it seem like there was a hidden camera in my house! It was recommended to me by several friends after Will was born and I've loved having it to reference again with Kate. This app tracks the mental leaps that babies make and the information is so, so helpful. Baby's age is calculated in the app based on his/her due date. Whenever something would seem "off" with Will or Kate, this was my first reference. The "leap alarms" seemed to always come when I feel like I'm about to lose all patience. By far one of my most favorite baby apps! 

Moms on Call Scheduler ($3.99)- This app is a great guideline for getting your baby on a schedule. I didn't follow it to a "t", but I was pretty close. It has great sample schedules and basic information like how many ounces baby should be taking, number of naps, etc. I loved this app for a quick reference, especially during the first 6 months when you are just trying to figure it all out. The Moms on Call book was also extremely helpful.  

Johnson & Johnson Bedtime (FREE)- I downloaded this app on a fluke, but it houses Will's favorite version of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and it's now Kate's. This is really all that I use it for (the lullabies), but there is also a build in sound machine and a sleep tracking feature. 

iBaby Feed Timer ($4.99)- THE BEST! Another lifesaver when baby is eating ALL. THE. TIME. and your life revolves around tracking feedings. I guess our moms survived without something like this but I'm thankful I didn't have to find out what that was like! The timer is my favorite feature, as well as being able to note which side to start on next if you're nursing. You can also track sleep and diapers.

The Bump (FREE)- This is more a pregnancy app, but also useful after the baby is born. It sends weekly alerts with basic info on baby's milestones and what they may be doing that week. I loved getting weekly updates when I was pregnant and love getting them now as Kate grows up! 

PBS Kids Video (FREE)- This is Will's favorite and easy for him to navigate! I save this for long car rides when necessary. Curious George, Daniel Tiger, Sesame Street...the gang's all here on this one!

Elmo Calls ($1.99)- This one doesn't need to be hooked into wifi and is so fun for kids! Everyone loves Elmo.

YouTube Kids (FREE)- YouTube is my go to for Baby Einstein! Will is also now smart enough to navigate these things on his own and YouTube Kids is a censored version of YouTube that ensures anything he clicks on is kid friendly! 

Reindeer Cam ($0.99)- Because when Christmas rolls around, we like to see what's going on in the North Pole. Seriously though, Will LOVED this last Christmas and I know that he will have even more fun with it this year. 

For educational technology, Will has a LeapFrog epic that he got for Christmas. It's a little advanced for him but there are a few activities on it that he understands and they all teach him something. Additionally, here's a great list of Toddler apps from I'm definitely going to be checking some of these out! 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bites

We are addicted to snack bites in this house. I'm always on the hunt for new recipes to add to our list- we just can't get enough. Perfect for a grab and go breakfast, or an after dinner treat when you need to curb your sweet tooth. I almost always have a batch of some kind of snack bite in our freezer. And Will loves them as much as we do! 

I posted this snack recipe on our gym Facebook and Instagram pages yesterday, but I couldn't leave it off of here! These protein bites are seriously addicting and pack a punch when you're craving something sweet! Any protein powder will work, but using chocolate just makes them extra delicious. Next time, I'm doubling the recipe. Thanks to my friend Allie for inspiring me!  

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Snack Bites
recipe from Peanut Butter Fingers

1/2 cup chocolate protein powder
1/2 cup organic old fashioned oats
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1 Tbsp. cocoa powder
1 Tbsp. maple syrup
water, as needed, to soften the mixture

Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl. Add water by the teaspoon to soften the mixture if needed. Form into balls (about a Tablespoon each), and store in the refrigerator or freezer.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Friday Faves (on Saturday)

Who has been watching the Olympics this week!? I just cannot get enough. Swimming, gymnastics, track...I love it all! And can we all agree that Nicole Johnson has the best hair in Rio? #hairgoals. Boomer is pretty cute, too. 

LOVING how Kate's baby book is turning out! I chose the Emily Ley Baby Book for its simple, clean and classic design. 

This Office/Playroom design is really inspiring me as I try to reconfigure some of the spaces in our house! 

Baby purees with meat used to gross me out but my little girlfriend needs her protein and she's been loving chicken with veggies lately! Baby Foodie has been my go to for recipes! 

In case you don't think it's too early for pumpkin beer, and if you're local to Charlotte, Noda now has Gordgeous on tap and it's pretty much my favorite pumpkin beer EVER. 

Chocolate- Tahini Butter. A rare bite I need to try!