Monthly Archives: April 2015

Family Dinner Favorites( & Giveaway)

Dinner around the table is a must in our family.  Catching up on everyone’s days and the highlights and sometimes low-lights is essential.  We always, always make sure to eat at the table for each meal when possible.  One of the dinners that is always, ALWAYS a hit with our family is our Burrito Bowl Meals or Taco Tuesday!

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As a food allergy family it is imperative for us to read ALL of the labels of EVERYTHING that we bring into the house.  This has made trips to the store harder and longer, but that’s our reality.  We tend to eat as fresh as we can and with little to no additives if possible seeing as that is where most of the cross-contamination can occur for our (life threatening) allergies.

When Del Real Foods asked if I wanted to share about some of their food I jumped at the chance to showcase a brand that we LOVE and that is SAFE for our family.  We bulk buy the Gluten-Free Chicken and Gluten-Free Beef from Costco.  Hello deliciousness.  I try to make all of our meals from scratch but goodness does life get busy!  After a day out and about with the toddler and preschooler I hardly want to make another meal…

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For the last two years Del Real Foods has helped keep our Burrito Bowls full and Taco Tuesday easy.  I LOVE when I can count on my kids eating the food I put in front of them.  Nothing makes me crankier than wasting a plateful of food that a picky kid just won’t touch.  We have never had a burrito bowl turned down.

Not once.

#MomWin

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My husband and I LOVE spicy food and the Al Pastor Taco Kit came with some of the tastiest, spiciest sauce to spread over my marinated pork tacos.  We wiped our plates clean.  Embarrassingly clean.  I know exactly what I am going to pick up for our next party as that Al Pastor Taco Kit came full to the brim with food easily enough for 5-7 adults.  Took my husband and I nearly a week to finish. YUM.

 

You see those gorgeous Beef Tamales? Yes, they were fresh and perfect.  Coming from someone who has lived in the Southwest for thirteen years? That should say something.

 

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We were sent our favorites: Shredded Chicken and Seasoned Shredded Beef AND were able to try the Carnitas, Al Pastor Taco Kit and those oh so filling Beef Tamales.  And I am more than a little excited that one of my readers will be able to pick FIVE items to be sent straight to your door.

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Asking them not to dive right into their plateful of foods? Well, that right there took some restraint.  A ton of restraint for a hungry toddler and preschooler. Thankful that the first shot worked(everyone’s eyes open is a win) and we were off to the races.  Our fridge was overflowing with goodness.

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And these two didn’t see to mind one bit that we had tacos all week.  Definitely hit the store for more bell peppers- their fave to crunch on for Taco Tuesday’s.

And NOW onto the GIVEAWAY!

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GIVEAWAY

There are FOUR total possible entries for this giveaway.
1.  Leave a comment on the bottom of this post on why you would want to win a Del Real Foods Prize Pack. Please include your name and email in the post so that I can contact you if you are the winner!
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Winner will be chosen by Random.org and emailed.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway ends 5/1 at 5PM Mountain Standard Time.
Thank you Del Real Foods for sponsoring this post. As always all opinions are 100% my own.
Hope you all have a wonderful week!
What is your go-to meal for dinner when life gets busy?

 

Easter: Egg Coloring & Backyard Egg Hunt

 

Loved truly being able to color eggs this year with our two little ones.  Whenever I am working on something in the kitchen Raymond asks if I need help and he pulls up our stool to do his part.  He helped drop those color tabs in this year and helped sort the eggs!

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Love my big helper!

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 Tablets dissolving is pretty impressive.

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I hopped, hopped, hopped and hid about 50 empty eggs in the backyard… has to be done right away because? Bugs.  Namely? Scorpions.

 

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 Em and her Puppy helped fill her basket.  She tip-toed around slowly filling her basket.

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Raymond ran around as fast as he could filling up his basket! He finished early(basket was full) and helped Em find some of the more “hidden” eggs. Pretty priceless watching them have full conversations these days!

 

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Our Easter at home was full of fun, a little sugar, and tons of memories.  Definitely have a couple more pictures from when the Easter Bunny hopped into our house and will be sharing later on… because? Memories!

Hope you all had a fabulous time with your family and friends this past weekend!

We are excited to be hosting and Avengers Party… so many crafts… so little time!  Can’t wait to show you all about how we celebrate the Superheroes in our lives!  #AvengersUnite

Saving the world, one bad guy at a time.

Easter at Schnepf Farms

We woke up early on Saturday morning to load the kids into the car and head to Schnepf Farm.  Our FIRST Easter Egg Hunt(outside of the backyard bonanza) and we were ALL excited for an adventure! I loved picking out the kid’s outfits and brought “back-ups” in case there were any accidents.  Usually when we are at the farm we are clad in low-key attire(hello yoga pants and tank) and I was more than happy to dress them up!

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Emma Marie wore a fabulously soft light teal number from the Target Sale Racks of last year- #TargetForTheWin.  And I am all for cute clothes for girls(and boys) but BOY do they have to be comfy.  Some of the girl’s clothes I’ve found are awfully scratchy… no such thing as cute if it’s not comfy.  She wore these adorable white bloomers under(because she’s a lady) and loved twirling around in it.  She was given a choice between two and picked this one.  The one not chosen was the back-up.

Raymond loved his bow-tie.  I about died from the cuteness.  Usually when we are out Em will reiceve some complements on a dress/romper but this time was his time to shine.  He would bashfully lower his head and say, “Thank you,” each time he received a sweet comment.  Such a sweet boy.

 

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The two were astounded with how many people turned out.  So many more than on our usual outings where we barely encounter ten people.

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Raymond asked if we could sit in the back of the train and we were more than happy to oblige.  Loved that the clouds gave us a little cooler weather this year.

We were told that the Roller Coaster was going to be closed the night before the event and Raymond was a tad bummed because we had talked about that he could finally ride his first coaster.  All he wanted was to ride, “A REAL one, the big one, the one with large hills!” and to my surprise as we headed to the back of the farm to explore before the Easter Egg Hunts we found a nice young man who turned it on.

So there we were running toward the roller coaster and suddenly I got this feeling of… maybe it was too soon?  Height requirements were not a problem-they were 36 inches and he is a cool 42 inches(perhaps 43 now?).  But he was yelling out in glee that we get to ride the real roller coaster… so we did.

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THREE TIMES.

Definitely love his thirst for adventure.  A boy after my own heart.

 

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After the roller coasters, the slides, saying, “Hi” to some animals he was off flying.  Last time he rode these planes I was more than nervous that he was alone in it.  This time I buckled him in and just walked away.  He has grown up so much since November.

 

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Don’t you worry.  Emma Marie definitely had her fill of rides too.  Little Lady wanted to go on the Bumble Bees and we yelled, “Ye Haw,” the entire time.  No correlation.  She just really thought she was a flying cowboy.

 

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The Larkspur flowers on the grounds were gorgeous and I am kicking myself for not remembering to grab some to bring home.  Will be heading back there soon to grab one for a bouquet on the table.

 

 

Oh, this shows their personalities right now.  We were waiting for the first Egg Hunt to begin.

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Self-control for the win!  Seriously, so many eggs.  Such a small deterrent.

 

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My baby girl.  I am more than thankful that there were age-groups.  Emma Marie was anxiously waiting and as soon as they yelled, “GO!” she froze.  Took her awhile to start up and she just casually walked up and gently put eggs in her basket.  She found two stuffed animals and called it a day.  Surrounded by eggs she snuggled up to those two babies and just smiled.  Pretty priceless.

 

 

Raymond’s age bracket was much more cut-throat.  There were parent’s giving game plans and kids in a track starting position.  And here my kid is just happy to be there.  Yep-this was his first real Egg Hunt as most contain nuts/gluten in our community.  I loved that he got to experience this.

 

 

He knew JUST what to do when they yelled, “GO!” and took off at a nice slow jog.  He found a couple treasures and picked up some empty Easter eggs(that had already been picked over) and called it a day.  The simple things folks.

 

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Showing off their favorite finds.  Emma Marie is showing her baby Easter bunny and Raymond is showing off a water toy.  After hours of rides and festive Easter Egg Hunts we were famished and headed back to eat some BBQ.  Raymond and Em went through their baskets as I waited for lunch.  Since the line took awhile I was able to notice that there wasn’t anyone with the Easter Bunny when I brought the food back.  So I asked if they wanted a picture(it would be their first by themselves) and Raymond took off in that direction.  Well Em never, ever wants to be left behind and started hop/jogging after him.

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She waved at the Easter Bunny but when I asked if she wanted to stand next to him she let out a firm cry.  So she stood next to me blowing kisses while I plopped Raymond up next to the bunny.  Not until I was actually looking at pictures did I notice that he had half a hamburger in his hand(while the other half was probably in his mouth-big cheeks).  Keeping it classy.

 

I hope you had a wonderful weekend with your family!

 

Do you go to community Easter Egg Hunts? Or do you prefer the classic backyard scramble?  

I grew-up with the backyard(and whole house hunts) and can say that we definitely enjoyed those-my mom was an expert hider.  So much so that we usually couldn’t find a couple for the next few weeks.  So many fond memories.

 

Throwback: Easter 2014

Munchkin Meals: Toddler & Preschooler

Time for another Munchkin Meals thanks to Brittany over at A Healthy Slice of Life! On the first Thursday of every month she hosts a Munchkin Meals Link-Up Party- which enables me to look through tons of great meal ideas to change things up with my Toddler and Preschooler.

 

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Our family has been on a breakfast for dinner kick.  LOVE how our house smells and the kids eat their fill.  With all of Raymond’s Allergies I always make sure to make all of his gluten-free, egg-free pancakes before making the rest of the family’s. YUM.

 

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After researching for awhile we have finally found a couple of top 8 allergen safe options for safe treats.  I know it isn’t necessary but once or twice a week it’s nice to have a safe treat for them to enjoy!  Plus, it’s hard attending parties and events when all of the other kids have treats… MOM WIN. Super excited.

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Oh yes, pancakes AND VEGGIES? Yep.  They don’t know what foods go with what.  So we always, always give them tons of green veggies.  We had just received a large bag of grapefruit from a coworker and Raymond and I may or may not have consumed the entire bag.

No regrets.

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Gluten-Free, Egg-Free BBQ Chicken Pizza NOM NOM NOM

 

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The fail safe meal for the past year with BOTH kids is a take on a Chipotle Burrito Bowl.  Simply add: Grilled Chicken, Beans, Brown Rice, Cheese, and Green Veggies.  Both kids have yet to pass up on this meal, ever.  I must admit I love it too.

I started to work on adding in different looks to the bowls-re-creating the classic.  The lettuce wrap bowls? Not quite as enchanting to toddlers.  Em was quite perplexed but ate her way through.  Raymond destroyed the plateful of food.

Our grocery shopping bill attests to their appetites.  Em surely eats the same amount as Raymond.  He is thirty pounds bigger than her. Thirty.  Yesterday morning she ate 3 1/2 waffles instead of the usual two. Where does she put it?  Goodness.  Looking forward to checking out the rest of the posts on this link-up… I NEED some new ideas for this summer.  I do not want to burn out a favorite!

 

Past Munchkin Meals:

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Thanks for joining me today! And thank you to Brittany at A Healthy Slice of Life for hosting! Go check out her book all about Baby Led Weaning!
What meals have you been serving in you kitchen?  What’s your favorite meals to eat in the summer?
Would love to hear from you!
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