Tuesday, August 30, 2016

3 ingredient pizza rolls for dinner!


Last week I made chicken pot pie and I had some extra pie crusts. So I started thinking what can I make for dinner without having to go to the store... PIZZA ROLLS

Everyone needs a little pizza now and then.

I love this because if you freeze the rolls in a tin you can literally pull them out of the freezer and into the oven and dinner is done!!

This is also super fun for kids or picky eaters because you can make all different shapes and sizes.

I always make my own marinara sauce but today we are going for the super quick and easy recipe that is still delicious!

3 Ingredients

Pre-made pie crust
A jar of marinara sauce
Shredded mozzarella cheese

Step 1: Cut pie crust to desired size and shape
Step 2: Spoon a little sauce onto each piece of crust
Step 3: Add cheese
Step 4: Seal up the edges with a fork
Step 5: Arrange on a baking sheet

Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes or until golden brown


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

2 under 2... Chapter 1 Warning! Rough morning ahead!!

That should have been a text message from the universe last night.

Well, actually maybe the foreshadowing was my daughter throwing up all over herself and her daddy at bedtime. Bath time again! Strip the bed spread! Clean the floors!

Baby boy slept through the night for the 4th night in a row...

Baby girl, not so much. Every night that he has slept through the night, she likes to wake up at 2 am ready to partayyyyyy.  She must think she is missing out on something but her brother is sleeping!

Anyways it's only 1145 am and they are both down for their naps at the same time. Which is fabulous now but prepare for disaster when they both wake up at the same time.  It is 11:45 am and I feel like its 10:00 pm.

Baby boy wakes up at 6:30 am and very hungry after a good night rest. He sucks down his bottle and then spits it back up all over the both of us. At least I jumped off the couch fast enough. Okay, so let's hit the reset button and start the morning over because now its time for a bath, new diaper and new outfit!

But now baby girl wakes up and she wants me. I put on mickey mouse for her because I just need a little more time with her brother. She is crying because she wants to get on the bed. But she can't be trusted on the bed because she stands up and runs around on it. It is only a matter of time before she belly flops right off. So instead she is on my leg. She wants up but I am busy!

Breakfast time. Why does my daughter insist on trying to climb out of the high chair while I am feeding the baby. I NEED MORE TIME ALL THE TIME! It seems like no matter what I try to do this morning someone is crying and wants to be held. And I am pretty sure my daughter is faking it and just wants to be held :)

Okay, baby boy falls asleep and baby girl is distracted by mickey for a minute. Now I attempt to run downstairs and change the washed clothes to the dryer and bring down a new load. Nope she caught me now she must come with! Guess the clean clothes are staying down there for a few more hours.

Sometimes I ask myself why do I bother trying to do these things while they are awake? Then I remember it would never get done if I waited.

And this cycle continues for the entire morning. He's crying. She's crying. Pick one up, put one down.

Every chore I try to get done, she is quick behind me wrecking it all. Dumping drawers of clothes, unfolding clothes, pulling out couch cushions to bounce on, but mostly making sure I have my full attention on her at all times. All while my son is crying on and off. I can't help but smile and laugh to myself while I am writing this. It's actually not that serious.

When all is said and done, there are only two things I am going to remember about this crazy morning. It's not going to be if the dishes got done. Or if the laundry got put away or that I left my bathroom floor soaking wet. It will be the time I spent reading to my daughter with her snuggled in my lap and holding my peaceful, sleeping son. 

Life has no warnings and that's probably a good thing. My family is healthy, happy, and taken care of and loved. At the end of the day, that is all that really matters. The rest is mostly bullshit! So maybe this post is just me being dramatic but sometimes it's overwhelming! I think we as mothers put the most pressure on ourselves. We want to be our best every second of the day. We want to do it all. No one is asking us to be perfect so why are we expecting ourselves to be?

Friday, August 19, 2016

A cure for constipated babies!!

When my daughter turned one and it was time to switch from formula to whole milk (YES! goodbye expensive formula!), she absolutely loved it!

The only problem was that it seemed to make her constipated. Ugh. This was absolute torture. The worst feeling in the world is watching your baby in pain and not being able to do anything to help. My daughter is usually such a happy go lucky girl and mostly quiet, until she feels like chatting. She would scream and cry and work up a sweat because she was so uncomfortable at times. I had to do something to stop this and I didn't want to change her to soy milk at such a young age.

I started to cut up prunes once a day and that seemed to do the trick. Except she would get sick of eating them after a few days in a row and would refuse to eat them.

One day while my daughter and I were spending the day with her Grandpa, he suggested to put just a little bit of prune juice into her bottle with her milk. I said "Ew!! That is disgusting and that is not going to work!"

Well guess what I did....I googled it.

And guess what I found....

(just a teaspoon or two)

So everyday I added a teaspoon of prune juice to all of her bottles and she never had that problem again. It worked like a charm! (Just don't add too much otherwise you will have a different problem!)
Happy baby = happy mom.

Well Grandpa, you were right. Just one of the many reasons why my daughter will forever be Grandpa's girl.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Motherhood is....

Motherhood is.... 

Fill in the blank Moms!!

For me today....

Motherhood is... when you have a doctor appointment in 20 mins and you are about to walk out of the house and your son has an explosive $#!^ and covers himself and me... Looks like I will be late today....

Motherhood means so many different things to so many different parents on a day to day basis.

Every day is a new journey.

Some days are easier than others.

Some days are more stressful.

At the end of the day just remember to take a deep breath or two because....

Shit happens. Literally.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

To cook or not to cook? That is the question!

I love to cook! I could cook all day long. It's the clean up that really sucks!

But lately one of my biggest struggles with 2 under 2 is finding the time to feed myself. As much as I would love to fit into my skinny jeans, I keep reminding myself how important it is to eat enough and healthy choices because I am still pumping breast milk.  And of course I need energy to run after these two rugrats.

By the time I am done with the morning routine of changing two sets of diapers (sometimes two sets of two lol), two sets of outfits, giving baby boy a bottle, feeding baby girl her breakfast, and finding time to pump somewhere in between, I hate to admit I find myself grabbing things that are easy to wolf down while I'm doing five other things. Granola bars, pop tarts, and ok maybe a cookie once or twice!! 

I have always loved to try to freeze half of what I was preparing or cooking. This comes in handy when I run out of time to prepare a full out meal. Having back up meals in the freezer makes life easier to have a "lazy day" and still feel good about serving the family a good meal. This makes time to do something fun instead of spending extra hours in the kitchen. Screw cooking dinner, its movie night!

So, here is what is on the breakfast menu for today. Egg muffins! 
I'm going to keep half in the fridge for the week and freeze the other half.  This will stop me from grabbing something easy from the snack pantry when I am running around in the morning. Filling and wholesome! 
I am writing the recipe for what I like in my egg muffins but feel free to add extra veggies, take out what you don't like, or add some meat to make it extra tasty! 

Egg muffins 
Makes 12 to 15 large muffins. 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
2. Grease a muffin tin with cooking spray or butter. Set aside. 
3. In a pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium to low heat. Toss in 3 cups of chopped mushrooms and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Sauté for five minutes, stirring occasionally and set aside. 
4. In a bowl whisk together... 
12 whole eggs ( you can substitute with egg whites if you like ) 
1/2 cup of milk 
10 ounce package of frozen spinach (or fresh spinach) 
1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese 
Add mushrooms
Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste 
5. Fill tins almost all the way to the top. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until light golden brown.

Enjoy!!! Don't forget to freeze some for a quick breakfast to go!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Breastfeeding at the beach?!

Packing a cooler for a day at the beach sure has changed for me and my husband....
For all my breastfeeding mommas on the move this summer, do you feel comfortable putting up a towel barricade to breastfeed your baby?

I am a strictly breast pumping mom at this point so I am packing a cooler of frozen breast milk to take with me! There are no outlets at the beach so I will have to find somewhere to pump.  I hate having to find random places to pump but giving my baby breast milk is so so important to me.

I am a firm believer that as a mom you have to find what works for you. You are your own boss and you know what is best for your babies! Not everyone will agree with your choices but that doesn't matter because guess what you are the mama not them :)

Of course it is easier to bring unfrozen breast milk but if this is all you have, then here is a quick and easy way to defrost the breast milk on the beach...

Bring a large container such as a tupperware and a few extra bottles of water.
When you get to the beach, fill the container with water and leave it in the sun to warm up the water.
When you need a bag of breast milk, place it in the warm water for a few minutes.
Be sure to take the bag out occasionally while its defrosting, and use your fingers to knead the contents so that it will mix it up.
When its to a temperature that your baby likes, pour it into a bottle and you are good to go!

Just be sure not to leave the breast milk in the sun for too long!!!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

The Struggle is Real!

Hello world!!!! My name is Erica and I am the mother of two babies under the age of two! My daughter is 16 months old and my son is one month old! I also have a husband, a dog and two cats. So I guess that would make my house pretty fun/chaotic and why my husband and I refer to our home as "the zoo." So I guess my first post should be about what made me want to start this blog? Especially because I am not computer or internet savvy in the least bit. However, that is what brought me here. When I found out I was pregnant, I found myself googling question after question. Silly things…. such as can I eat this food? But also the more private and embarrassing questions that I felt more comfortable reading about before I voiced my concerns to the women in my life. Like is this normal?? Which I did quite often.  After my daughter was born and I was officially a brand new first time mom, I was still googling question after question. I love to ask the experienced moms in my life their thoughts, ideas, the way they did things etc. But also to my pregnant/first time mom friends who were wondering the same thing I was…. WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING?!