Sibling Spegettiย 

McKinley’s sister Cora eats spegetti
For the first time: 



 ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ “Yikes! Sorry mom.”  

“I’m cute though!”   

“Oh my gosh—look at this mess mom! What are we gonna do!?”  

“OOh well! What are Ya gonna do about it? We live and learn, right Ma?! ” 

“Hahah! Yessssssss! I totally got mom!”  

 
“Woohoo! She’s cleaning up! Victory is mine!”  

 

~G

Collard Green & Potato Hash Wraps

Whether you are starting the New Year with weight loss goals or healthier meal choices ย this is the recipe for you and your family. These wraps are a healthy kid friendly meal! The hash is adapted from Nourishing Meals and the black bean salsa from my sister-in-law! Together they make for a powerful palette ๐Ÿ™‚

*Gluten Free & Dairy Free *

Servings: 10

Ingredients:

Hash:

  • 3 cups Yukon gold or little yellow Potatoes (anything will work) diced into small chunks
  • 2 cans black beans (drain well and cook separate to begin)
  • 1 head a collard greens (peel off and cut off ends)
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 3 tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons of Chipotle chilli powder
  • 1-2 teaspoons of oregano
  • 1/2 dozen eggs (cooked separate – scrambled eggs)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • Salt & Pepper

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  • ย 1 avocado
  • Pico de gallo
  • 1/4 red onion diced
  • 1 lime (squeeze the juices!)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of mayo

Black bean Salsa:ย 

  • 1 can black beans
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 2 stalks of green onions
  • 1 lime squeezed
  • 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of Agave

Directions:

1. An hour before you are ready to cook dinner, put all the black bean salsa ingredients into a bowl and mix together. ย Then let it sit in the fridge. ย  (When cutting up cilantro for salsa chop up extra ahead of time for the hash and leave aside)

2. Heat up onions for the Hash in a sauce pan and sautee for 5 minutes. Add in potatoes, oregano, and chipotle chilli powder. Cook on medium heat for 10-15 minutes.

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4. Meanwhile, put all the guacamole ingredients into a bowl and mix together.

5. Heat up eggs in a skillet and scramble them.

6. Once everything is cooked, take a Wet a paper towel and place it on a microwave safe plate. Place big pieces of collard greens (4 at a time) on plate. Then top them with another wet paper towel. ย Microwave for 1 minute.

7. Put ingredients into the collard green: Potato Hash, Scrambled egg, guacamole, and salsa- then wrap up!

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Tips to Stay Sane

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Health tip: I know I’ve said this before, but when consuming any fruits make sure you eat a protein with it, like nuts or eggs. If you are looking for sneaky ways to not gain 1,000 pounds during the holidays–eat snacks throughout the day (one of them consisting of a fruit and protein tied together). In doing this you keep your metabolism working and lower the sugar content of the fruit.

Laundry tip: Not only should you make sure all zippers are zipped before throwing anything in the wash or dryer, but hook together those bra straps too! Also, don’t put bras in the dryer, instead hang them up! Otherwise you risk damaging the underwire and shrinking them.

Parenting tip: We all know this one, but sometimes need reminding. Mean what you say and say what you mean. It’s crucial to be consistent! The holidays are a hectic time for schedules, so be patient and plan some extra activities or projects to keep the kiddos engaged.

Mental tip: Practice mindfulness for 10 minutes of your day. Concentrate on your breathing by inhaling slowly counting to 7 and exhaling slowly counting to 7. Repeat and Repeat, and If a thought trickles in bring yourself back to your breath.

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Wordless Wednesday…kinda not really

My slacking on posting is due to holiday preparation. This year is a year of “Firsts” without dad, and a year of “Firsts” with McKinley.

1. McKinley and I made Santa letters!

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2. We did get around to putting up and decorating the trees. McKinley was very helpful. She likes the lights ๐Ÿ™‚

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3. And we put our stockings up.

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4. Thanksgiving was hard, but we were blessed to have two wonderful meals spent with our loving family.

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5. I had my first Black friday
shopping experience. Damage was done.

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6. AND…drum roll please…History was made. The Detroit Lions kicked some major ass. “Go Lions!!!”

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The First Snow

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McKinley enjoyed Ohio’s first snowfall of the season.
*Made her first snow angel,
*Threw snow in the air,
*Made footprints everywhere,
*Tasted friendly snowflakes,
*Rolled around in the snow, and
*Threw snowballs!

I enjoyed the first snowfall as well.

The first snow,
Always gorgeous.
Smooth and dusted.
White, Like Heaven.
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Snow angels!
Snowmen, snowball fights
And sledding!
Tasting snowflakes.
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Winter’s Coming.
Again the Cold.
Lights in trees, and
Candles too.
Hot Cocoa.
Chocolates.
Then, weight gain.
But, holiday meals are
My favorite and naps,
Under cozy blankets,
With a fire burning.
Darkness comes early.
And then,
Quiet still nights settle in.
Glistening white,
The first snow.

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