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quinoa zucchini cookies

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so we had some left over zucchini (middles) from an adult dinner the other night,
i thought i could make something good for the kiddos to munch on.

i think they turned out pretty well, they ate 2 apiece


½ cup creamy peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)
¼ cup maple syrup
1 ripe banana, mashed
2-3 shredded zucchini
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup oats
½ cup quinoa
1 teaspoon baking powder
dash of salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon/nutmeg
2 tablespoons chia seeds

Preheat oven to 350.
Cook quinoa. while quinoa is cooking add pb, maple syrup, banana, and vanilla in a bowl.
Mix well. Add oats, chia seeds, quinoa, baking powder and salt to the bowl and stir together. Spoon onto cookie sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes until edges brown.

white beans, kale and ground turkey

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well this was a happy accident. this is what john and i had had for dinner the night before. we had a little left over so we thought we’d see if the boys would go for it. pleasantly surprised – they gobbled it up as fast as everything else within reach.



1 bunch (or bag) of kale – finely chopped
2 cans, rinsed cannelli beans
1lb ground turkey or chicken

brown the ground turkey. while browning – rinse and chop the kale into small pieces and toss into the skillet with the cooked turkey. add a bit of olive oil and sautee. once kale has wilted and made room, add the cannelli beans. cook until warmed and serve.

snowpocalypse 2017 meets leftover ricotta

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so maybe the snowpocalypse didn’t live up to expectations. that doesn’t mean that the entire city of atlanta didn’t freak out and buy all the eggs, milk and bread yesterday. and certainly doesn’t mean that it’s not cold outside. my phone says it’s currently 21 out there so i’m not about to bundle everyone to go out in that on my own. instead dots and i will use up some ingredients in the fridge while the boys nap 🙂

i had some leftover ricotta that needed using and came across this ricotta dessert and modified it a tad to make muffins instead.


2 cups ricotta
1 egg
1/2 flour
1/2 banana
splash of maple syrup
1 cup blueberries

preheat oven to 400.
mix everything together in a bowl and spoon into greased muffin tin.
bake for 25-30 min until browned on top.

oatmeal pancake

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my oldest always loved oatmeal for breakfast and when she was small we’d just spoon feed it to her. but now that we’ve got 2 goober to feed at once spoon feeding just isn’t an option. i tried just giving them oatmeal and well, that was a messy disaster so i went in search of a less messy oatmeal and came across this one. both boys love it and eat a serving apiece almost every morning, unless we are out of bananas or applesauce. it’s also super easy and quick to whip up each morning fresh 😉


1/4 cup oatmeal
1/2 smashed banana
2 spoonfuls of applesauce
dash of cinnamon

mix together and form into a cake. toss into microwave for 3:15 sec.
let cool and serve

yogurt melts

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these suckers are super easy and always a fan favorite – even for my 2 year old.
they don’t have the sustainability of the freeze dried ones you buy at the store, but they are way cheaper, and lets be honest – i never leave the house anyway so that doesn’t matter 🙂

i don’t really have a recipe for these but i can give a general idea


couple scoops of plain greek yogurt (around 2 cups)
1 mashed banana/couple handfuls of mashed blueberries/applesauce/etc

put 2 ingredients in a bowl and mix. put resulting mixture into a ziplock baggy and cut the corner so you can squeeze the dots out on some parchment paper – then toss into the freezer.

once they freeze peel off and put in a container for freezer storage


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early prep with this group is the key to less grumpies. i tend to pick a few recipes to make and freeze each week to have quick, easy food on hand as well as incorporate some fresh food and leftovers from the fridge.

todays lunch was leftover pasta noodles with smashed avocado, turkey meatballs (freezer – recipe below) and butternut squash smashed with some cinnamon.


1 pound ground turkey
2 spoons of applesauce (or 1 egg)
1 zucchini, shredded and squeeze out any excess water
1 carrot, shredded
1/3 cup oatmeal (add more if too moist)
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

Roll into balls and bake @ 350 for 15-20 min


first christmas + 9 month olds

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This has been a big year for this little (not so little anymore) family.

Our first year as a whole family
(growing from 3 to 5 members was quite an adjustment).

first christmas dottie can kinda ‘get’ santa

first christmas where we didn’t have massive construction/leaking in some part of our home
(our addition has been amazing and i’m not sure how we would’ve fit everyone together without it)

the boys are a whopping 9 months old now and are EVERYWHERE as well as huge. they eat everything in sight and scream if you’re eating something that they want. we’re venturing out of the house on our own more and more – i’ve even tackled the park and santa – HA! it only truly hit me that i might need a double stroller when we went to see the big man at the mall. being ever so grown up, dots usually likes to walk and be a big kid. unfortunately upon arriving to the mall and seeing all the cars – she refused to walk through the parking lot. So i was forced to schlep all 3 of them to the front door under my own power – thats around 70lbs of baby. boy did i get some looks. needless to say my christmas present to myself has been a new double stroller to keep in the car, for just such emergencies 😉

dottie is so grown up from the baby she was when the boys arrived. she is now speaking in sentences that other people can understand and has quite the opinion on what she gets for snacks and the clothes she is wearing.

looking forward to what the next year brings and all the giggles that go with it 🙂

Merry Christmas everyone –

settling in

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Routine. That has been our main goal for the past few months and I’d like to think it’s working. the boys still wake up way too much at night, but atleast they, typically, go to sleep without much fuss.

They’ve also started crawling, every where. They went from moving backwards to full on crawling and standing overnight. Nothing in the house is safe as they put everything in their mouth aside from actual food. These 2 are going to keep me on my toes.

Dottie has grown up so much in the past few months it’s amazing. She has become a great little momma to her baby. Whom she feeds, changes, puts down for naps, takes for walks and rocks to sleep. She rarely goes anywhere without her.

The days are getting colder and Dottie is fascinated by the sky still being darker when she wakes up and the leaves falling from the trees elicit great gasps of excitement. Fall is here and we are going to get the most out of our time outside 🙂

me + 3

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the last of our help has come and gone – we are on our own. it’s a lot to take in having 3 babies under 2 and just one adult most of the time. but someone’s got to bring home the bacon. most days are honestly pretty good. dottie does amazing and the boys somewhat cooperate. then there are days like today – where there seems to always be at least 1 of the 3 crying (and lets be honest sometimes all 3 and the dog to boot) and i didn’t even put real pants on until after 1pm.

every time i think i’m getting the hang of this, we have a bad day and someone throws me for a loop – but i guess that’s just parenting. the boys have stopped sleeping where they lie. we’ve adjusted by setting up a “nap room” downstairs for them. they nap side by side in a pack and play for now with a sound machine and fan to drown out some of dottie’s noise. we’re lucky if they go 45 min. on the rare occasion that they do try to go longer, one of them usually wakes up early which means #2 gets woken up 15 or so minutes later. 🙁
they can sleep through each other crying right next to their face but the dog and dots are a whole other story.

the newness of brothers has started to wear off and dots is becoming increasingly jealous. mostly while i’m trying to put the boys down for their gazillionth nap of the day and have to stop what we are doing to check on them – inevitably one will take 3-4x before they are actually asleep, can’t say i blame her…totally

i’ve started venturing out a bit with all 3 – mostly to places i can keep them contained, like the target cart or a friends house – as i have the help of said friend. the older kids mostly entertain themselves so it’s a nice break for everyone.

this is life – 3 months in

next on the bucket list sleep.

they’re here

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the boys have arrived, yep BOYS 🙂

julian shepherd and hooper walton

born march 15th at 6:07 and 6:22 pm
weighing in at 6.13 and 7.9

PU8A4317(first few days home)

it has been 3 weeks and we’ve all survived
(thanks to a lot of help from my parents – and soon my in-laws)

dot’s is handling her new title of big sister like a champ.
always giving them hugs, bringing them blankets, and well, stealing their binkies.


(a princess & her minions)

she is now the ‘princess’ of the house and has taken to decorating the boys with stickers and whatever else she can find, along with the dog – which he is quite thrilled about