Ice Cream for Breakfast!

To start my birthday off right, I made my family ice cream for breakfast! I’ve seen the recipe floating around the blogosphere and wanted to give it a whirl myself. Here’s what you do:

Slice and freeze 5 or so bananas. Mix them in a high powered blender or food processor in the morning.

Voila!

I added a tsp. of vanilla and around 1/4 cup of milk, but you don’t have to. Granola and berries were super yummy on top, too.

Can’t wait to show you all my smore’s cake that I am whipping up right now!

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Unphotogenic Deliciousness

Looks appetizing, doesn’t it? DOESN’T IT?

I know, it looks like cat food. I blame it on the turkey. However, this dinner dish is so absolutely fabulous it will have you running to check which channel BBC America plays on here in the states.

The secret of this comforting, yet totally healthy dish, lies in the faux-tatoes! My kids had no idea they where eating whipped cauliflower with chives, onion and garlic on top of their meat and veggies. To find the recipe, head over and read all about cauliflower at DAMY Health’s site. This too, is where you will find the recipe for the Shepard’s Pie you see above!

Short and sweet this morning. Coffee has still not entered my blood stream. Talk more once the joe gets flowin’!

 

Food Is Messin’ Us Up, Man!

Do you ever wonder what happened in our world of food and that caused our digestive tracts to become so sensitive and off balance? We know that the ever growing popularity and convenience of processed foods has thrown us down an unhealthy rabbit hole, but is it really the main cause? Why are there so many allergies and intolerance to so many types of food? Has there always been a large population of gluten sensitive people, who just never had the right term to label their symptoms with? Doubtful, right?

I’m not going to be answering my questions above, sorry! It’s just what is on my mind. I really just wanted to get my thoughts on the topic out there tonight. No new recipes, just some food chat!

If you have a child with food allergies or know one, you’ll want to see what I found!

These are cute allergy bands from Lauren’s Hope. They are $10 (extra for the special allergy buttons), waterproof and comfortable for kids.

Allermates.com has some pretty cute products as well.

If you have food allergies or are avoiding gluten, dairy or just want to learn more about food sensitivities, LivingWithout is  a must read!

Now…on to my mom.

Me and my mom at my wedding. You probably figured that out already.

My mom has, for at least a decade now, been very sensitive to gluten and spices. She’s stumbled on to something else now. Something I had yet to know about, histamine intolerance. I wanted to write about it, but it’s more involved than I realized and I’d just be copying and pasting from other sites. I know that anxiety, low blood pressure, hives and headaches are some major markers. If you live with those symptoms, I’d start hitting the Google-monster!

Mom, I found this tip, try it and let me know what you think…

Raw, organic apple cider vinegar. Taking a tablespoon of raw, organic apple cider vinegar (ACV) every morning — before going outside – works by blocking our body’s histamine reaction and it reduces inflammation. Mix 1 tablespoon of ACV with a cup of warm water and a spoonful of local, raw honey and you’re good to go! Note: If you are able, I strongly suggest making up a batch of thisMaster Tonic and taking your daily dose of ACV in this form. It’s an incredibly powerful boost for the immune system! ACV can be found in most grocery stores along with the other vinegars or in a health food store. – Frugally Sustainable

I have an unopened bottle of ACV in my fridge. I keep reading how it is supposed to help you feel energized and blah-bitty-blah-bitty (unofficial spelling). I just can’t do it though. I’ll let you know when I woman up.

I have gluten-free drink that I’d love to talk about. It is something I know plenty about, because I drink this stuff whenever I am looking for something naughty, but not too naughty.

 Bolthouse Farms makes this amazingly yummy and totally caffeinated protein drink. It’s a taste-tastic mix of coffee, cocoa and vanilla with milk and whey protein. No way! Whey. Oh, that was so dumb, I’m sorry.

  • Excellent source of 7 vitamins and minerals.
  • Good source of Potassium and Iron.
  • Provides 8g of Protein per 8oz serving.
  • Contains 18 Amino Acids.
  • Low Fat and All Natural.
  • Contains 60mg of caffeine per 8oz serving (One cup of brewed coffee contains 115mg).
  • No preservatives and nothing artificial.
  • Flash pasteurized and cold-filled to preserve taste and provide superior nutrition.
  • Gluten free.

I love comfybelly.com and if you are looking for resources, head over to her links!

A little of this and a little of that tonight, huh? Thanks for checking in and I hope to be sharing something yummy tomorrow!

I Love Fridays! Let’s Eat a Cow.

When Maxwell saw the 4 corn cobs on the table, he screamed, “Popcorn!” We ate a summer inspired meal tonight, complete with heirloom tomatoes, which are totally not in season here. Luckily, Whole Foods isn’t afraid to sell food from Mexico. Local schmocal when a craving strikes. I’m not sure where Costco trucks the melon in from, but I am loving topping off my honeydew and watermelon with some big, fat grains of Celtic Sea Salt. I’ve never tried salting fruit until this year, when I heard it mentioned on Martha Stewart’s XM radio station.

Whole Foods was running their Friday special, per usual, and today happened to be $1 hamburger patties. I needed to check google to ask what the level 4 on the package meant. Pasture Centered? That could mean anything. Are the cows kept in the middle of the land? It means as much to me as seeing the label on chicken packages which reads, “all natural.” Well, um…yeah, what else would a chicken be. You mean, I am not buying robot chicken?

 You can read Whole Food’s rating system here. Apparently, 4 is good. However, 5 is best. Anything above 5 means the cow escaped and is somewhere out there, living off the grid.

Off the dinner subject, do you want to see what desperation looks like? Desperation looks a lot like a pantry raid (read: pantRy raid, not the other kind), searching for something healthy which also happens to resemble a dessert food. Desperation looks like baking a scoop of protein powder with beaten egg whites to come up with something that looks like a cupcake, tastes like a meringue and satisfies like a single Life Saver. (Meaning, not so much.) Desperation my friends, looks like this:

It’s prettier than you thought, right? Looks can be deceiving. And yep, those plates have scratches too. I kind of feel obligated to go out and get some attractive blogging dishes. Alas, I’d better just wash the ones I have first. I’m over and out for the night. I have just finished 72 hours of keeping keratin in my hair and I am ready to wash it right out. I’ve endured one child falling flat on his face and a follow up (get better) trip to Toys R Us, a cranky and late napper and now a Lego ridden home. This chick wants to go squeeze in a Friday evening walk.

Happy Friday folks, tomorrow is the best day of the week and my favorite morning to garage sale (yes, it’s a verb too)!

Triple Chocolate Chunk Muffins

Thursdays used to be my baking morning and they are finally back. It is so wonderful to be back in an actual routine. I braced myself for the winter holidays last year and smoothed through, unscathed. Too bad I didn’t prepare myself for Spring, though! Between birthdays, Easter and our trip to Disneyland, I have been spun in way too many directions and there is nothing like being straightened out again!

I realized just how off things had gotten after my bowl of Fiber-One cereal I ate for dinner. I wasn’t sure what I was feeding the kids for their dinner and it was already 6 p.m. (oh, and they were both napping). Not exactly June Cleaver’s ideal day, right? But then, who really wants to be June Cleaver anyway? All that hairspray and no Facebook? No thanks.

Back to Thursdays.

Thursday mornings usually means muffins in the oven. I never intend on eating the muffins I make for my kids, but I try to make them extra healthy…just in case I do. Um, I always do. There is a fine line between healthy enough for mom to eat and tasty enough for my kids to enjoy. Today, that line was shattered!

There is a superb blog floating out there in blogospace, The Dashing Dish. A recipe created two years ago, called Triple Chocolate Chunk Muffins, just begs to be replicated. The super cute creator, Katie, develops healthy alternatives to favorite foods.

This makeover was meant to replicate VitaTops. You know, the uber-expensive healthy muffin tops you find in the freezer? I can safely attest to her claim of victory. These muffins are so much yummier than the frozen chocolate disks that sell for $6 a box.

Her version is lower in calorie than mine, as she uses stevia. My kids don’t love stevia baked goods and I don’t blame them. I have yet to find a brand that does not leave a slight metallic taste in your mouth. I also noticed that I needed more chocolate chips than the recipe calls for. Perhaps it is because I chose to use maple syrup as my sweetener and the batter is thinner because of it. Either way, I think I’ll try mini chips next time, to see if they go further in covering the muffin.

Visit The Dashing Dish for the full recipe and instructions.

 

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I think I have mentioned before, how this is the time of year (in mom world), to volunteer for the upcoming year’s committees and events. I have already noticed that I have committed to more than I wish to and now have to slowly back out of a few things.

At the start of this year, I mentioned my goal of growing this blog and attending a food blogger conference. That is still one of my big goals for 2012. In addition to spending time in my son’s kindergarten classroom, I will also be starting school again (next week!) to finish earning my teaching credential and second Master’s degree. The first degree will only serve me in the teaching world, so I better get on that credential if I plan to put my education to use!

The point I am (slowly) getting to is, Food It Forward, kindergarten and college will be my main points of focus in 2012. So, though you may have heard it before, prepare to hear more and more from me!

Now it’s time to go and get my kids dressed. It is almost 11 a.m., after all. Otherwise, I’ll just stay here on the computer and airbrush out the scratches off the orange Ikea kids’ plate you see above.

Happy almost Friday!

Kim

This photo (from the movie, Magic Mike) has nothing to do with muffins. However, it will show up as a thumbnail on Facebook and drive more traffic to the blog. Hey, I warned you about my goals.