Monthly Archives: June 2015

Pesto Roll Ups

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We had left over basil pesto from a meal one night and I didn’t want it to go to waste. My kids love pesto and I figured I could try something other than pasta with the left over sauce. My kids will sometimes take a tortilla and slather PB & J with banana and roll it up for lunch. I remember I had saved some recipes that I found a while back intended for appetizers and didn’t use them. So I searched my binder and found this recipe and unfortunately I do not know where I found it so I apologize for credit not given.

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Be Your Awesome Self

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f84214c92a3d7faa10ce19e16f29c2fcI have neglected the weekly quotes and partly for selfish reasons, I am getting back to it. The days go so quickly and life goes in all directions for us and just taking a few seconds to read a quote that snaps us back into reality is needed from time to time. We all support one another and give unselfishly and that is a rewarding feeling. But far too many times we forget about ourselves and we need self love just as much as we share our love to others.  Everyone has their own awesomeness and we all should to own it, share it and believe it!

 

Almond Butter Cookies

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Last week the kids and I were working on making some cookies and had a hard time deciding what to make.  They wanted a chocolate chip type cookie. I was not going to the store for anything as I had been there earlier in the day.  What ever ingredients we had was what we were going to work with and there had to be dark chocolate in them.  I had made some raw flour free cookies before and thought if we tweeked the recipe a little we could bake them. So we gave it a shot and they turned out pretty darn good, enough that they have been made again. The second time I chopped up a dark chocolate bar and that was better than the dark chocolate chips I used in the first batch.

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Orzo Salad

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The girls and I had to make a trip in SLO (San Luis Obispo) to bring Jon his work computer that he forgot when rushing out of the house this morning. So we decided to take a little extra time and do some errands. Our last stop was Whole Foods. I had an idea of what to make, but it required using the oven for dinner tonight and I just wasn’t feeling it and since it is Wednesday, we always have something new. I walked around a little bit to get my brain going, I think it has been fried from the heat and using an oven would most likely fry it :)  Anyway, I saw a couple different Orzo salads in their deli and that got me thinking (no, I wasn’t buying it and bringing it home) so I then got on my phone and looked at a couple of my favorite bloggers and low and behold, Veggies Don’t Bite had posted a recipe for Orzo Salad!! Well that sealed the deal, it was a sign for me to make Orzo salad. I gathered what I needed and we headed on our way back home.

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Is There a Difference?

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School is officially out, the kids are in summer mode and the heat has arrived (I sure hope this isn’t mother nature letting us know what we are in store for when summer is in full swing!) I, on the other hand have mixed feelings for this summer to hit. I look forward to our backpacking trips to Yosemite, fun evenings with family and friends and other outdoor excursions with my family but summer comes so quick these days. Planning days of activities and business and the occasional “I’m bored” or “I don’t want to do that today” can sometimes take its toll. You see, I enjoyed my morning time and looked forward to picking up the kids from school and spending the rest of the day with them. I don’t feel guilty for wanting to continue that routine, I love my kids and want to spend time with them, but we all need a break from each other and school time was that break. And that doesn’t mean I missed them and wanted them home when they were at school either. Some working parents think, “I work all day away from my kids and you are lucky to be home with your kids”. And they are right, I am fortunate to be home with my kids and wouldn’t change it. BUT it is a full time job. I am not complaining, I am stating my thoughts and feelings as I know I am not alone and this can be a touchy subject for some people.

*I am using “mom”, as to refer to me but I know there are dads too :)

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Pizzadilla

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A Mexican pizza combined with a quesadilla? Sure, why not. After Cinco de Mayo, I continued the week with Mexican themed dinners since 1) our family likes Mexican food. 2) It is my heritage. 3) fun for the family and 4) gave me another opportunity to try some new recipes. One of the dinners was Mexican pizza and the kids called it Pizzadilla. This is a great meal that can you can customize to include what toppings you prefer. We kept it simple and spiced it up for those who wanted a little kick in it. The first time I made it following the recipe, then the second time I was limited on time and changed a couple things based on what I had and it was just as good as the first round.

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Cashew Walnut Sauce

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The Pizzadilla was a new recipe I tested and turned out to be a hit with my family as well as another family. There are a couple steps to making the Pizzadilla, but they are not time consuming. This cream sauce was super easy and depending on what you are going for, you could add some extra seasoning to it. I added some chili powder to the batch I made.

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