Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Yummy Mummy Kitchen Remodel (phase 1)

If I've been a little quiet on the blog lately it's for good reason. I am so excited to share what we've been up to. After dreaming, planning, and saving for years, we have finally begun to renovate our kitchen. There are big BIG changes happening and right now my makeshift "kitchen" is a toaster oven, slow cooker, and Vitamix in the laundry room and the outdoor grill.  It's... definitely challenging my creativity. And after packing today's lunch, my laundry room smells like fish sticks. 

So here's what's happening. The photo above is from when we bought our home about 5 years ago. 

Before moving in we replaced the tile and white carpet with wood and my dad and I gave the cabinets a fresh coat of white paint. Oh and some kitchen jewelry too - pulls and knobs from Restoration Hardware. We also replaced the dishwasher and trash compactor. Already a nice improvement, no? 
Now on to the dreaming... our good friend John of Eleven Modern is a fabulous architect and designed a new layout that's both functional and beautiful. Next we hired an awesome contractor: Below Magid Construction. My mom loved working with them on her gorgeous bathroom renovation so it was an easy decision. 

Having the kitchen so separate from the rest of the living areas in the house has been difficult. The kids want to play in the family room, but I haven't been able to see them in there. With babies and toddlers, I was constantly worried someone would choke while I was cooking, cleaning, or washing dishes. I'm always running around checking on my girls, so I knew this wall separating the kitchen and family room had to go. In its place there will be an island. A glorious island! I can't wait for my kids and friends to eat and chat at the bar. 
Another reason I've been extra busy lately. We have a new baby, Winston! And are launched right back into potty training. 

The weekend before the crew came in for demo the girls and I had some fun and painted on the wall. They couldn't believe it when they woke up in the morning and I had painted a sea turtle. It was so much fun, and I loved the result so much, now I want to paint murals in their rooms. 

Bye bye wall! 

white kitchen

Here's a little inspiration board for my new kitchen. It's dreamy and bright with lots of neutrals and a touch of European charm. So far I have these French Bistro stools from World Market, white farmhouse sink, English bridge faucet, and double range. I also pin a lot of gorgeous kitchens on Pinterest if you want to see more inspiration.

Visit Marina Delio's profile on Pinterest.

Easy Lunchbox Solutions

With our kitchen remodel fully underway, packing healthy lunches and snacks has become a challenge.  I love that there are healthy convenience foods that are fun for kids and make my life a little easier. When I was asked to share some products from Horizon Organic's new snack line I was definitely  up for trying them.  Right now I'll take all the help I can get with lunch packing! I love seeing lunchbox ideas, so I'm happy to share a couple of our typical kids' lunches today. 

My preschooler absolutely loves mac and cheese. The boxed variety has long been on my no-no list, as many include artificial colors which may cause hyperactivity, among other scary ingredients and pesticides. So I was excited to find an organic mac & cheese for my girl. I find pasta is an easy way to get more veggies into my kiddos. When I make the mac and cheese I add a handful of frozen veggies into to the water for the last couple of minutes. I also love to add some beans for more protein, and little sprinkle of Parmesan on top. Although the original organic mac is the favorite in our house, I wanted to share the gluten-free version, since so many friends have gluten-free kids and struggle with kid friendly meals. 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Healthy Valentine's Day Recipes

healthy valentine's recipes
vegan cheesecake

Valentine's Day is this weekend! It's such a fun time to celebrate love and pink and hearts and did I mention love?  I've rounded up some of my favorite heart recipes in case you're in need of some healthy Valentine's Day inspiration. Or just some eye candy. Sugar makes me feel absolutely awful and makes my kids a little nutty, so these recipes are all free of refined sugar. And that means you can have more than one. 

From the top, drum roll please... 

1. Valentine Avocado Toast. I posted this one on Instagram, not here on the blog yet. I simply cut pretty pink and purple radishes into hearts by cutting a "v" into the top and then slicing vertically. 

2. Fry an egg in a piece of toast with a heart shaped cut-out. 

Enjoy my loves! What is your favorite Valentine's Day treat? 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Healthy Hearts {and Giveaway!}

chocolate strawberry hearts
February has a bad rap for being the time of year when New Year’s resolutions dwindle and Valentine’s Day chocolate is excessively consumed. But it doesn't have to be that way - I'm so excited to share a recipe that my kids (and everyone else) absolutely love. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Hearts seem like such an indulgence, but they are actually guilt-free! Cacao is a superfood - packed with antioxidants and even protein - but turns into something unhealthy when sugar is poured into it. Here's how to make adorable and healthy chocolate covered strawberry hearts. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Raspberry Raw Vegan Cheesecake Slice Recipe

A healthy raw, vegan, paleo dessert everyone will love. 
raw vegan slice
With Valentine's Day just a couple of weeks away I thought it time to make you a sweet pinkalicious treat. But I love you too much to give you refined sugar and processed ingredients. And they are just not necessary. It's beautiful organic food like this that reminds me how amazing nature is. I mean, this dessert is 100% plants! Cashews are a common ingredient in vegan and raw creamy recipes. Once soaked, they can be pureed into a smooth "cream" that can be flavored however you like. If you've never tried a cashew based cheesecake it may sound a little suspicious, but I promise it's just as tasty as the real thing. Yummy Hubby had no idea this was a healthy dessert. When I asked him what he thought this was made out of he was sure it was cream and sugar. Nope, it's just pure fiber, protein, plant-y goodness. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Chocolate Peanut Butter Quinoa Crispies

A healthy recipe for chocolate peanut butter crispy treats made with puffed quinoa or millet. Vegan and gluten free. 
healthy chocolate peanut butter cups
I've made these chocolaty little morsels three times in the past couple of weeks. My whole family loves them and I personally can never eat just one. Ordinarily inhaling chocolate treats is a problem, but with these babies? I don't feel guilty (or nauseous). In fact, they are great little energy bites, loaded with protein from nut butter, cacao, and quinoa. I made a batch for my first grader's class only I used sunflower seed butter, as there are children with nut allergies in her class. There wasn't a single one left and when I arrived for afternoon pickup the kids asked if I had any more of those yummy chocolate krispies. 


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