I found these photos that my son took of me last fall and I decided to post them, unaltered. Yes, they could be lightened and edited a little, but I love them just the way they are - because they are as he saw me. Now, I'm pretty sure I was attempting another photo of this oh so versatile dress that I've been telling you all about....
My extra time lately seems to be at a minimum. A little clue that I'm behind on things? My kids start drawing me with brown hair - usually it's yellow - like my daughter's. I'm surprised he didn't draw it half yellow, half brown. At least I'm rockin that v-shaped smile...that's a good sign.
But during those weeks when I need an extra 24 hrs in a day, I appreciate all the time-savers I can get. Especially in the kitchen. And I don't mean those over achieving cook ahead tips, I mean true time-savers.
My go-to, once a week meal has been Chili Cubana starting with this as my base (don't judge - it's all natural and contains ingredients that everyone knows and can pronounce). I usually brown up some meat, but last week, I didn't have the time or the meat, so I added two cans of black beans, one thinly chopped baking potato and one sweet potato (potatoes add some nice bulk to vegetarian chili). Top with shredded cheese and diced onion and call it a meal. "Best chili ever," proclaimed the troops.
Then St. Patrick's Day rolls around...and yes, the kids love all holidays, so you need to celebrate somehow. Luckily, my sister-n-law, sent me this: Bob's RedMill Irish Soda Bread Mix. Mixed in some raisins and voila, Kiss Me, I'm Irish!(actually, don't kiss me, just do my laundry)
And because I need to feed my kids a healthy treat, of course, I turned to these No Bake Energy Balls. Took me all of 7 minutes, including the time it took to toast the coconut. Please don't hate me, gimmesomeoven.com, I didn't have time to take a proper photo (surprise), so I'm using yours.
Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl
until thoroughly mixed. Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.
Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. (Mine
were about 1" in diameter.) Store in an airtight container and keep
refrigerated for up to 1 week. Makes about 20-25 balls.
And, because there is not a shortcut for highlighting my hair (although the camomile tea did work a little), I've carved out a few hours at the salon today - hopefully I won't have to cancel.
At some point, my sweet two year old and I started calling each other besties. She has other besties too, like her wa-wa's (aka grandmas), her favorite sitters, sometimes her brother, and other "friends" that live in her crib. One day she received a pair of pink leopard print rain boots and that night she insisted on sleeping with her new goodies....they were brand new, of course, and hadn't been worn. She snuggled those boots like a worn out loved teddy bear. This blog is to keep track of all my besties and pink leopard print wellies. xo