Parchment Paper Dinner

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Slow cooker, weekend food prep, left overs, sheet pan meals, bbq, pizza night, breakfast for dinner and now parchment paper meals should be part of every parents arsenal of meal options!

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I now make it at least 3 times a month.  It so easy to prep and even easier to clean up!  I used this Dr. Oz recipe and used the veggies I had on hand.  Still ahh-mazing!

What you need:

– Chicken Breast (I sliced each in half and we had enough for 2 slices per person)
– Garlic
– Butter
– Spinach
– Red Pepper
– Salt & Pepper
– Olive Oil

What you’ll do:

1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

2. Fold the parchment paper (12×18 inches) in half, then open up.

3. Lay a bed of spinach on the open parchment paper.

4. Mix the minced garlic and butter in a small bowl and spoon half of the garlic butter on top of the spinach.

5. Lay the chicken on the spinach, season with salt and pepper.

6. Slice the red pepper and lay the slices on top of the chicken and spoon on the rest of the garlic butter.

 

7. Fold the parchment paper over the chicken, and cinch the paper together by folding it over itself along the edges.

7. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until internal temperature of chicken reaches 165˚F.

8. Remove from paper and server with spagetti or with a salad ….& Enjoy!

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Mother’s Day #GiftGuide 2017

Just got off the treadmill after listening to this episode of The Lively Show.  It’s about how motherhood/becoming a mom shouldn’t take away from your career development.

Jess actually talks about how important mothering is and that the shiny penny career focus is a societal pressure.  Instead we (as moms and society) should consider motherhood as chance to expand the universe (whoa) and focus on soul care.  I loved her thoughts on this and personally feel I am doing my best to live those words.

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Coffee Machine | Tote Bag | T-shirt | Journal | Candle | Sneakers | Flowers | Jewelry

Okay gals this momma is trying to give her husband some subtle hints here is my round up of awesome mothers day gifts.  LOL but in all honesty I might wanna treat myself to some of these goodies :)

Lastly, I wanted to share some momprenuers that totally inspire me.

Hitha from Hitha on the Go
Elise from EnjoyItBlog
Ascia from The Hybrids

I love reading small business / wanteprenuer-to-entreprenuer stories.  It might sound odd but I find these types of stories soo invigorating. The ladies mentioned above have started some awesome businesses (a Lifestyle Brand, Planner/Workbook and Fashion Empire respectively) and continue to be amazing moms to their kids.

New in #ScrabblePrints

I am probably most creatively inclined these days when it comes to designing new scrabble prints.  I find myself typing quote ideas into the notes app on my phone or into my mini moleskin so I won’t forget.  I wasn’t to happy with some of the backgrounds I had on hand so a few weeks ago the Hubz and I were running some errands and we were close to the Michael’s in our area and decided that I’d run in and get some craft paper/scrapbooking sheets.

In the past I have used images printed off my home printer and just laid the scrabble tiles on top, but I wanted something more crafty.  And so these 2 new prints were born.

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This one is me in a nutshell. I can see this print for a creator/maker/etsy store owner who is constantly dreaming up new ideas.  Or even someone who is ambitious and goal oriented.  I love the background and happy with how the post processing turned out.

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Just a cute 143 :) When I picked up this sheet at the store I had so many ideas pop into my head but I love you seems like a good place to start.

I plan to add these prints to my Etsy Shop within the next 2 weeks (along with the one in this post).  Hopefully you can check it out and if you like them you can make a purchase.

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I also have these prints available on the shop and I am always open to doing custom scrabble prints – just make a note of it in the easy “note to seller” :)

Miss El’s One Month Update

Wow I can’t believe I’m starting another kiddo update series.

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The last month has been so great and so challenging at the same time.  And at times, I get stressed and call the Hubz (at work no less) in a panic but I also keep reminding myself to have perspective because the days are long but the years are short.

Miss El is 1 month old and most of her day is spent nursing, in someone’s arms, in a sling or sleeping.  As of late she’s started to use her hands to feel/bat at things discovering textures, our skin, random parts of her toys.  She is also a snuggler!  She will burry her head into the nook between my head and shoulder and always makes herself comfy when she wants to listen to my heartbeat on my chest.

She instantly knows when Miss S is beside her or squeezing her too hard giving her a hug.   I sense she knows who her sister is.  It’s very interesting to see them interacting (simple things like looking into each others eyes) – which is surprising to me because I didn’t think there would be much interaction at this age.

She gets a ton of kisses, hugs, finger jabs and hair pulls (all out of love – I hope!) from her big sis who just can’t wait to play with her.  

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Miss S (2.75 years) |  Miss El (3 weeks)

Another thing about our Miss El is that her lips shape up into a smile more than I thought a newborn could. As hard as its been in the last month, seeing that makes everything more manageable.  (South Asian culture says that when a baby smiles they are remembering their past life.  I like to think she recognizes us and is happy to see us)

Along with all those smiles is a lot of crying and night wakes. So it balances it out I guess! (haha)

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For memories sake…

We had our newest little addition join us over the weekend.  L&D, recovery and the whole “expecting” experience was interesting and completely different than the first time.  Not sure if I want to share how it went down but we’ll see.  That said, without further ado…I am here to introduce Miss El :)

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What am I…

Feeling: anxious, excited, nervous, happy, scared, joyful, #momguilt

Doing: feeding, laundry, tidying, cuddling, listening to lecture + doing homework/assignments (the class I am in goes on until Apr 10)

Thinking: not taking enough photos, crap.. need to add that to my to-do list, do I really need to sleep

Thanks for reading and have great weekend!

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The age old discussion about how much to share online.  Although I’ve retracted from Facebook for the most part I still do share a lot of visuals into my life on Instagram and even more imagery and words on my blog.  I guess I feel my blog is more for me anyway and for me anything I share online is a “high light real” for the the most part.

 

Thoughts on a “Mom’s To Do” list

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Is it just me or do people/moms/females ALWAYS have running to do lists.  On our phones, in our planners, on our computer, in our heads.  I probably have anywhere from 2-10 “to do”, “to buy”, “to finish” lists at any given time.  It’s both comforting (as it makes me feel like I have it all together) and frustrating (why do my lists of things to do keep get longer LOL).  But the positive for me outweighs the negative and having to do lists are also calming and keep me organized.

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Here is an excerpt from my said #MomToDoList

  • Clean oven
  • Shave legs #RealLIfeTho
  • Face mask/Eye mask/Threading/Exfoliate
  • Finish meal prep (snacks/dinner options)
  • Finish this week’s lecture
  • Complete this week’s homework
  • Clean make up brushes
  • Finish decorating little room
  • Paint my toenails a pretty colour
  • Design the aids
  • Finish the book I am reading so I can go back to reading the autobiography
  • Plan a trip to Target (lol)
  • Dust/Mop mainfloor
  • Pick up contacts
  • Pick up herb planters, seedlings and soil

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