Long time gone

Let me get you up to speed on life these days.

I started a new job in January 2014.  love it.

Our family grew by one in August 2014.  Meet Jack.

Jack Newborn Low Res-1125

Samantha is 2.5 now!

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I’m balancing being a professional, a mother, a wife, and a friend all while trying to maintain my health and sanity.

5k Pool with Papi

I’m going to get back on the blogging band wagon (occasionally), because I need an outlet to express myself and don’t want to resort to spouting my mouth through Facebook statuses.

Talk soon.  Be well.



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Weekly Meal Plan


Long time. I know. Life as a mom and professional is crazy-beautiful. And very busy! I know many moms (and dads) are in my same shoes, so I thought I would share some weekly meal plans/recipes. My routine is I store recipes on my iPhone in a “Food to Make” folder and before I go grocery shopping I pick 4-5 recipes to make each week, add those ingredients I don’t have to my shopping list, and off to Publix or Whole Foods I go.

Here is what’s on the menu this week.

1. Weeknight Tortilla Soup from Delicious Knowledge.  I’ve never made this recipe, so I can’t vouch for it.  I just added this to the “Food to Make” folder this week.  Also, I refuse to use canned corn, so will be subbing frozen corn instead.

Week Night Tortilla Soup from Delicious Knowledge

2. Maple Peanut Noodle Salad.  Again from Delicious Knowledge.  And another new-to-me recipe.  I love tempeh, but never can get it just right at home, so we’ll see how this goes.

Maple Peanut Noodle Salad from Delicious Knowledge

3. White Bean and Kale Veggie Stew with Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas.  I’m on a roll with new recipes this week.  I guess that is why I came out of hiding on this ole blog.  This one is from Daily Garnish.  The pro-bloggers always make things look so pretty in pictures.

White Bean and Kale Veggie Stew with Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas from Daily Garnish

4. Publix 7-grain Pizza Dough.  I buy this every week.  Makes for such an easy meal.  I do half cheese and veggies for Dave and half veggie only for me.  Our favorite veggies are broccoli, red pepper, onion, and spinach.  Easy, peasy.

Random pic of vegan pizza from a google search is from veggie-pizza.com

5. Protein, Carb, Salad Meal.  Tofu (Chicken for Dave – we have some frozen to use) a sweet potato, and a salad.  Because sometimes recipes are overrated.

Something like this. But definitely not as fancy. Another random google search brought to you by Vegan Epicurean.

And a bonus for good measure… I’m not making this one this week as it’s similar to the Maple-Peanut Noodle Salad, but this looks good too. Noodle Salad with Baked Tofu

Noodle Salad with Baked Tofu from Two Blue Lemons

Eat well,


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