Are You Taking Care Of Yourself?

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Photo courtesy of Lemongrass Spa Corporate

It’s been almost a year since I started my new business selling Lemongrass Spa products and I’m thankful for so many things that have happened to me since then!

One of the big things was taking time to pamper myself. Being a mom is tough–you are in constant demand for everything from snacks and drinks to hurt feelings and bruised knees. And that’s before they get to be teenagers!

With all that’s going on women and moms tend to put themselves last. I know I did. Having the Lemongrass Spa products in my home helped to change my mindset. Instead of mindlessly scrolling through Facebook I would stop, get the stuff together for a foot soak and just rest. Or I would take 15 minutes before bed to put on a moisturizing mask to help restore the skin on my face. They are little things, but taking the time to just stop and do something for myself has made all the difference in my hectic and crazy life. It might sound weird, but taking time to do things I like helps me be a better mom and know who I am–instead of just the Princess’ mom, the person who does the dishes, or the person who forgot to wash that favorite shirt in time for show and tell!

What about you? What have you done lately, just for yourself? Are you happy with the person you are? Take stock of yourself and make some changes in your life if you aren’t! It’s still the beginning of the year and the beginning of a new month, but anytime is a good time to make changes!

Menu Plan Monday, February 1st!

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Winter2016Happy February!!

The monthly theme for the gluten-free menu swap over at Celiac Family is Winter Produce! I love winter produce–however, the last time I visited the farmer’s market a couple of weeks ago it was like spring had sprung! Everything there was ready for spring. There are still some butternut squash and things like that. I’ll see if I can incorporate that into something my whole family will eat when I do the menus for the next two weeks this week.

Here’s a mixture of the breakfasts we’ll be enjoying:
Egg Nog Protein bites
Grapefruit
English Muffins
Eggs
Simple Grain Free Granola
Chocolate Banana Muffins–modified to be gluten-free/ diary free with earth balance and gluten-free flour
So Delicious vanilla yogurt

Lunch/Dinner:
Garlic Chili Pasta with Cauliflower
Beef Stroganoff–I kind of looked up a bunch of different recipes and then made mine without a recipe. I did use dairy free plain yogurt for the sour cream. We’ll probably enjoy it over rice
Shrimp fried Rice with egg rolls (gluten-free for me and the Princess)
Cinnamon Vanilla Gluten-free Waffles with sausages and fresh berries
Leftovers
Smoothie and Popcorn
Pizza

Healthy dessert: Chocolate Chip Cookies!

For more menu ideas check out Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday! Or for gluten-free menus check out Celiac Family and the Gluten Free Menu Swap!

Something New!

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IMG_20160113_202452The best thing about the new year is a new start right? Or maybe it’s just a way to make January seem less gloomy. Around here it seems like it is one of the longest, most dull months after all the glitter, sparkle, and excitement of Christmas and other holidays! For the next few weeks I thought I would share some of the new things I started doing/using/eating in the past few months! I hope you can follow along with me.

First new thing I started doing was the Love with Food subscription box. I have mixed feelings about it, so I’m not sure I’ll keep it up; however, I have discovered some wonderful products the past couple of months.

Here’s why I like it. My daughter loves snacks. I hate grocery shopping. When we get the Love with Food subscription box they’ve put together some snacks that are non-GMO, no HFCS mostly healthy snacks. I also love mail so seeing a box of new surprises show up on my doorstep is a win for me.

Here’s some of my not favorite things. I like snacks too, but I have more food allergies to look out for. This past time there seemed to be extra dairy and extra oats leaving 2 things I could try. Another thing–the snacks are not necessarily things that my daughter would eat. She decided that no way was she going to eat one of the gummies, peppermint pretzels, and some of the cookies that came in the December box. Not a huge deal as I could give some away (as I have plenty of gluten-free friends!), but still I found the price to be a bit high when there were multiple things that we couldn’t use.

Here are some of the things that we got that I loved. I discovered brown rice ramen noodles. Such a quick yummy dinner–I was quite excited to try them. I also discovered they aren’t terribly expensive at the local health food store. I also tried some rosemary and truffle flavored popcorn! It was different, but good. My daughter’s favorite this time were the macaroni and cheese puffs. I don’t regularly grab these sorts of snacks for her, so they were a treat.

What about you–have you tried any new foods lately that you were excited about? Foods that make allergy-free living more easy or that were just a nice treat?

Menu Plan Tuesday January 12

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It’s another week! I’m going to see how much clutter I can get rid of this week. My garage is rather full of stuff I decluttered last week–there are still some areas that need sorting though!

The monthly them for the gluten-free menu swap over at Celiac Family is Happy & Healthy New Year! We’re continuing our monthly theme this week. It’s a cold week for Florida and I’m delighted, so we’re having warm meals one of which is my husband’s veggie soup! I can’t wait!

apple tart

Here’s a picture of the Apple Spice Bread I made from the menu plan last week! I’m excited to expand breakfast options. All the Princess wants is eggs which gets rather dull for me!

Egg Nog Protein bites
Apple Spice Cake (Allergy Free Cook Bakes Bread)
English Muffins
Eggs
And some sort of warm cereal…I haven’t decided which. I’m really missing oatmeal, but since I’ve sworn off it I need to find a tasty alternative that doesn’t take a lot of time!

Lunch/Dinner:
My husband’s veggie soup–it has V8 as a base and then whatever veggies are sitting around get put into it! YUMMY! (Apparently I forgot cabbage last week and you can’t make this without cabbage. I remembered this week and everything should be set for a yummy warm soup!!)
Sticky Chicken, roasted potatoes, brussel sprouts
Make-Ahead Chicken Enchiladas with Red Sauce
Hubby’s Chili and cornbread
Leftovers
Smoothie and Popcorn
Pizza–my daughter’s been participating in “Book It!” and has received a free pizza coupon. This is her third one and I finally decided to call our local pizza hut to see how much it would be to upgrade to a gluten-free pizza for her. The manager said it would be free! So I’m going to get a daiya pizza, she’ll have her pizza and my hubby will use his coupon to get a pizza also. Almost like a night out!

Healthy dessert: Eating up some Egg Nog Protein bites as no one else liked them!

For more menu ideas check out Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday! Or for gluten-free menus check out Celiac Family and the Gluten Free Menu Swap!

Sopa á Portuguesa – Portuguese Soup

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I found myself dreaming of this soup during this particularly cold and dreary week in January!

The Portugal Years

Soup is a comfort food, and the Portuguese have many ways to make us comfortable. We raised our children on the Portuguese soup recipe I am going to share with you. It’s versatile; you add or subtract items as the seasons come and go. Since the soup base needs to be pureed, you will need a food mill, or an immersion blender. The Portuguese were way ahead of us with the immersion blender, and it works like a charm, but the food mill works just as well: you just have to work harder.

Sopa à Portuguesa
Soup base: how much you use of each ingredient depends on how much soup you want to make. It’s good left over, so if you find you like it, make a big batch.
Chicken broth is a good way to start. Then add:
2 -3 potatoes
3 – 4 carrots
1 large onion
garlic…

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Menu Plan Monday January 4, 2016!

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jan 2016.pngHappy New Year everyone! I hope your celebrations were fun and relaxing! I celebrated my usual way–going to bed! I’ve also got a day of vacation, which is so nice.

The monthly them for the gluten-free menu swap over at Celiac Family is Happy & Healthy New Year! I’ll be doing what I always try to do–quick and healthy meals. I didn’t overly indulge over the holidays simply because I didn’t have the time to do the baking I usually do! However, maybe because it’s the middle of winter we haven’t been eating as many veggies as I would like. I purchased a produce box this week and hope to incorporate more veggies–the fresher the better!

School doesn’t start back until Tuesday around here, so we have a bonus day. I’m really ready for more structure and things for the Princess to do–she’s been a bit bored as she’s still not reading fluently and we’re not entertainers around here and that’s what she seems to want. There will be a lack of pictures for awhile because during one of her not-so-brilliant idea moments she broke my/the family camera. We started a fund to replace it, but have only gotten halfway there. Only halfway is amazing though!

Double Chocolate muffins

Egg Nog Protein bites

Apple Spice Cake (Allergy Free Cook Bakes Bread) or German Apple Pancakes depending on my time tomorrow
Eggs

Lunch/Dinner:
Gluten free Dairy Free Lasagna

My husband’s veggie soup–it has V8 as a base and then whatever veggies are sitting around get put into it! YUMMY!

Cheeseburger soup Bumped to this week!

Potato Nachos

Dinner out
Leftovers
Smoothie and Popcorn
Pizza

Healthy dessert: Again, not terribly healthy, but Grain Free Sugar Cookies

For more menu ideas check out Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday! Or for gluten-free menus check out Celiac Family and the Gluten Free Menu Swap!

Menu Plan Monday December 28th!

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Menu Plan Monday December 28th!

It’s been awhile since I posted a menu plan or anything in particular! Eating oatmeal at the beginning of November really threw me for a loop, but I am finally feeling better. Hopefully, somewhat back to normal again! I’ve been decluttering like mad this week, so I know I’m feeling better!

The theme for the Gluten Free Menu Swap over at Celiac Family is nuts and snacks! I’m still working while the rest of the family is on vacation, so I haven’t really thought of any nuts/snacks for the week. We’ll be eating from the pantry/freezer. I cleaned them out this weekend and found all sorts of stuff to stretch the food budget for the end of the month!

Dark chocolate quinoa bowl–still need to make this.
Vegan French Bread from “The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Bread”

Breakfast Cookies

Blueberry Muffins
Eggs

Lunch/Dinner:
hamburgers/chicken legs BBQ, corn, potato salad

Sweet potato, sausage, apple casserole
Waffles

Cheeseburger soup

Tomato Soup, grilled cheese
Leftovers
Smoothie and Popcorn
Pizza, salad

Healthy dessert: Not exactly healthy, but Forgotten Kisses

For more menu ideas check out Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday! Or for gluten-free menus check out Celiac Family and the Gluten Free Menu Swap!