Even though the temperature didn't reflect it....today was officially the first day of Spring! So that is exciting. After finally adjusting to the time change and enjoying the warmth and extra sunlight this week, and having my shin splints return (grrr)...I was grateful for a gloomy and cold weekend to rest. And of course spend time with my favorite puppies. They love the cuddly weather. And I am not going to lie...I have turned total psycho-obsessed dog mom and have been meal-prepping for them too. Yikes. But, in my defense, it makes sense because when I do crock-pot chicken, rice and steamed carrots for myself....I just make extra for them. So two birds, one stone. And they love it. And it is super nutritious. No fillers. So while cooking for dogs being one of the cool things I did this weekend (not), I also made stationary (not cool either), to thank all of my amazing clients (that part is cool). NaturallyNati's ONE year anniversary is just around the corner....and I am feeling so overwhelmed with gratitude for all of my freaking awesome clients. I would have NEVER guessed that starting this business would have been so much fun, and that I would have met such wonderful people who I get to meet with and talk to on a regular basis, and honestly call my friends. Seriously....I can't even put it into words. End mushy story.
Other breaking news.....Spring Break is next week and I am headed South....for (hopefully) warmer weather. So tonight, I started operation use all food from refrigerator. I had some spinach that I needed to use and found some pesto that I totally forgot about and came up with a nutritious and protein-filled grain dish. Check it below! I added chicken to the mix....but it would be good as a side dish or with another protein. Shrimp would be super yummy!
Hope you all have a great start to the week!
Yup..... I'm still on this Sunday pancake kick. But in my defense I had to whip up a good luck brunch for the CATS. So BLUEberry pancakes seemed like the right choice. And to make them gluten-free I went the sweet potato/oat route.
Beware: the batter is a little thicker than typical pancake batter, so you can add more almond milk...or water if you want to change the consistency. Just make sure to keep an eye on them when they are on the griddle so they don't burn.
Serve these babies up with some fresh berries.....yum. The blackberries were extra sweet (per the sample man at Sam's Club).
Enjoy the rest of your rainy Sunday. And bring home a kitty cat win! Go Cats! 🐱💙🏀
Her View From Home
So I am pretty excited about this month's Her View From Home post. I know so many new moms (and just people in general) who put WAY too much stress on getting themselves back to pre-baby weight too quickly.
Samson is TWO.
He may not show it with his behavior (he might be known to mark....and bark....and have no manners...), but my littlest nugget is TWO. It is pretty crazy how fast time has passed. And luckily his big sister ,Diggy, is such a trooper....and deals with his craziness. I had to throw a birthday party! Not really a party, but at least make some pup-cakes for he and his sister to share. And a couple of decorations. Because okay...I am a giant loser and just really love my pups. And I have no children yet...so they are my babes. I used healthy, dog-friendly ingredients and made carrot cupcakes with peanut butter & cream cheese frosting. Reviews seemed pretty rave....as far as I could tell. Or ask. Because Eric has eaten two. Which I am mildly creeped out by....but whatever. So check out the recipe for both the cupcakes and the frosting below! My puppies (and husband) approve!
I AM A 30-SOMETHING, FOOD-LOVING, FITNESS-OBSESSED, DIY-ING, WORK-A-HOLIC, MOMMY, DOGGY MOMMY & AND WIFEY.....THAT DECIDED TO SHARE MY LIFE WITH YOU. WELCOME AND ENJOY!