Hitting the Barre

How was your weekend, friends? We’ve been a little under the weather over here. Luke has been teething up a storm with SIX new teeth coming in. Two of them finally popped through last week, giving him some relief. But seriously, that boy wants to ensure that he has at least one tooth for every month he’s been alive. He has two more days until he is 7 months old and one of his bottom incisors is just about to make it’s appearance.... Read More

Snapshots from Orange Beach

We spent last week on vacation in Orange Beach, Alabama with my mother and father-in-law, who are snowbirds and spend the three coldest, most wintery months on the much warmer beaches of Alabama. The week started out a little rough. Traveling with two small children is kind of crazy. Although, we refuse to let having small kids deter us from traveling. We have flown several times since Matthew was born and consider ourselves seasoned veterans when... Read More

Honesty is the Best Policy

Thank you for your words of support and encouragement yesterday. It’s nice to hear that I am not alone. However, yesterday’s post was not intended to be a woe, is me plea. Honestly, it was a raw look into my day with two young children. I strive to keep from writing with rose colored glasses. I feel that there are many blogs out there that only show the beautiful, sweet things that happen. But life is messy – we screw up, we have bad days,... Read More

A Day In the Life with Two Under 3

I love when fellow mommy bloggers share Day In the Life posts, so I thought that I would do a quick run down of a day in the life of the Peters family! I am following the The Eat-Clean Diet Stripped plan as our beach vacation approaches, so all of the eats that you see are my interpretation of the meal plans from the book. Please keep in mind that I exclusively breastfeed a ravenous 20+ lb 6 month old, add to that 4-5 fast and furious workouts per... Read More

I’m Still Here… somewhere

Thank you so much for your kind words on Facebook, Twitter and in the comments of my Birth Story posts. Your continued love and support means the world to me! i hope that by telling my story I can inspire someone else to let go and trust her intuition and her body’s ability to birth her baby on her own terms. — I know that I always say this, but… things have been crazy around here! So crazy that I have been meaning to post an update... Read More

At the Co-Op

This morning Matthew, Luke and I ventured to our Co-Op, Valley Natural Foods, for the first time since Luke was born. In the last few months I’ve shopped at Valley a couple times either with Allan or solo, but this was our first time there just the three of us. I was prepared for an uneventful outing, as we have been to Target and Trader Joe’s several times without incident. But there is something about driving all the way down to the... Read More

Sunday Snapshots: First Snow

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Pregnancy Update: Weeks 24-25

Every week passes by quicker than the last. I can’t believe that in a few short months I will be holding our little one in my arms! Baby Peters is grown like a weed, which is exciting, but a bit concerning, as well. Today I met with my midwife for my routine 26-28 week appointment and I am still measuring ahead of schedule… 4 weeks ahead to be exact. Throughout my pregnancy I have been measuring about 1-2 weeks ahead, which is very normal... Read More

The Peters Urban Farm Project

I wanted to stop by and give you an update on the garden. Between the squirrels and baby bunnies, I’ve had my work cut out for me. I have managed to keep many of the plants alive and seeds going; however, will have to pick up a few extra plants at the farmer’s market this weekend to fill in a few items that did not survive our little pest problems. Unfortunately, I forgot to snap a pic of my lovely Meyer lemon tree that recently started... Read More

Watermelon Protein Slushie

It’s starting to feel like summer in MN. I am excited for the fun family events we have penciled in this summer, including a few trips to the cabin and a couple camping adventures. One way that we like to beat the heat is to share a cold, refreshing smoothie. Some days I serve Matthew’s smoothie in his very own cup outfitted with a straw. However, lately he has been much more excited about drinking a mooo-thie out of mama’s glass... Read More

Matthew’s 2nd Birthday Party

Sorry for the delay in posting photos from Matthew’s party. We’ve been a little out of sorts over here, so I had a delay in getting the photos pulled together. Last Sunday we celebrated Matthew’s 2nd birthday with family and friends. The following are some highlights from the party, including the party menu. We started off the party with snacks and appetizers: Guacamole Strawberry Avocado Salsa Train Track Trail Mix Refrigerator... Read More

Birthday Boy Blueberry Pancakes

As I mentioned earlier this afternoon, we enjoyed an amazing stack of blueberry pancakes this morning to celebrate this little guy’s birthday. Matthew, like his mama, loves breakfast! I knew that I wanted to make something special for him this morning to celebrate the big T-W-O and instantly thought of pancakes. A couple months ago, I whipped up Ashely’s Cherry Almond Pancakes and knew that her recipe would make the perfect base for the... Read More

Happy Birthday, Matthew!

Today Matthew turned two years old. On Sunday afternoon we hosted an intimate party to celebrate with family and friends. We had an amazing time and Matthew did not want the day to end! Stay tuned for a post with photos and the party menu tomorrow. On this special day, I look back on the last two years that we have spent as a family. I especially remember the sunny, warm morning that Matthew was born. The speed and ease to which he entered the world... Read More

Catching My Breath

Hello my friends. I have missed you so much! Have you missed me? Originally I planned for today’s post to be about the last few weeks of pregnancy, but decided that it would be more fun to catch you up the fun things that have been keeping me up until midnight and waking at 6:30 AM every day in the month of May. I know that everyone always says that life goes by quickly and in the blink of an eye everything changes. The last few weeks have... Read More

Fun in the Sun

Have you been wondering to yourself, where in the world has that Maria Makes Muffins been?!? She hasn’t posted in weeks! Today I am here to answer that question… With the second trimester in full swing, Matthew and I have had quite a bit to catch up on. It felt like the first trimester moved in slow motion, filled with morning sickness, nausea and fatigue; however, the second trimester is FLYING by! This morning Matthew and I used up... Read More

Pregnancy Update: Weeks 17 & 18

I have fallen behind on posting my pregnancy updates and decided to combine weeks 17 and 18 into one post, as today is the last day of week 18! Remember when I mentioned in my week 16 post that I was having vivid dreams about feeling the baby kick on the outside of my belly? As it turns out, I might NOT have been dreaming, because on week 17 day 3 we started feeling the baby kick on the outside of my belly! All day I kept thinking to myself some... Read More

Pregnancy update: 16 weeks

I appologize in advance for the pics in this post, I completely forgot to have Allan take an official week 16 belly pic. What you see are the best photos that I have from dyeing Easter eggs on Friday. I caught a little cold this week. I believe I had the same virus that caused Matthew’s bout with croup. Honestly, it hasn’t been that bad, it’s simply annoying to feel just slightly off. I have been having very vivid dreams this week,... Read More

Pregnancy update: 15 weeks

Welcome to week 15, my little one! When I look in the mirror I feel like I look very pregnant. Although, having been through this before, I know that this is nothing compared to how I will look and feel come August! My maternity clothes are starting to fit properly, or at least not completely hang off of my body like I am a little girl playing dress up with her mommy’s clothes. I like to feel put together and am just starting to feel like I... Read More

Pregnancy update: 14 weeks

The weeks are flying by! Every day I can feel the bond with my baby increasing in strength. During my first trimester there were times when it was easy to forget for a moment (or a couple hours) that I was pregnant. However, now it has become more of a full-time job. When I look in the mirror, the woman looking back me is definitely pregnant. My pre-pregnancy clothes are too tight or short to wear comfortably and I am beginning to fit into more... Read More

Twenty One

Things have been getting increasingly exciting around here. Every day we experience Matthew growing up and learning by leaps and bounds. He is now 21 months old and has definite opinions about everything. His confidence in his body and movement is amazing. He believes that he is invincible! Matthew and I have been focusing on having verbal conversations and it seems to be helping him to speak more, instead of simply gesturing and whining to get his... Read More

A Spot of Sun

We have had the most glorious weather here in Minnesota! I know that many of you have also been blessed with a mild January. I feel like with Matthew’s afternoon nap and our busy schedule that we have not been able to fully enjoy the weather. However, knowing that the blessing could be over at any moment, this week Matthew and I were determined to make the most out of it while it lasts! Yesterday we ventured to the Wood Lake Nature Center for... Read More

The Bible Study Cupcake Caper

This morning Matthew and I went to Bible Study, like we do every Tuesday morning. When we entered the nursery Matthew took one look at the blonde girl that was already in the nursery and immediately began crying. The last few weeks, Matthew has been having a difficult time with me leaving him in the nursery and last week I suspected that it might have something to do with this little girl. I shrugged it off and resolved not to make a big deal out... Read More

Birthday Boy

It’s a glorious 43˚ outside and I have a couple windows open! I made a delicious, gourmet dinner last night of slow cooked maple baked beans, braised red cabbage and homestyle mashed potatoes. The entire house smelled glorious last night, but this morning the smell of dinner still lingered in the air and it was really bothering me. So, I am so happy that it was nice enough outside to open some windows for a bit and air out the house. Is anyone... Read More

Special Delivery

This afternoon we received a special delivery courtesy of Allan’s friend, Jason. A very friendly man delivered two boxes of warm, freshly baked Tank Goodness Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies to our doorstep. Since Allan is gluten-sensitive, these babies were all mine! Which is actually a very bad thing, because I ate two of them for lunch and now I have a major stomachache. Nothing that a good lifting session won’t help, though. And because... Read More

American Gothic

Life is absolutely crazy sometimes, isn’t it? I love the ups and downs, the hustle and calm, the glee and sorrow. It’s what makes us human, right? I live my days for this boy. I adore him. I simply cannot imagine life without him. I know that God intends for me to be doing exactly what I am at this point in my life – spending my days with this little man. Watching him learn, grow and mature. It is so much more rewarding and challenging... Read More

Land O Lakes Coupon Winners!

Good afternoon my friends. I bet that you were wondering when I was going to announce the winners of last week’s Land O Lakes coupon giveaway. Unfortunately there never seems to be enough time in the day for everything that I would like to accomplish… Do you ever feel that way, too? The winners of the Land O Lakes coupons are seeks and Tanya, who will each receive one coupon for one dozen free eggs. Congratulations! Please send your... Read More

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Bars

This would be the post that I would share my New Year’s resolutions, if I were the type to make resolutions. However, honestly, I’m not a big believer in resolutions. I don’t need a new year in order to get me in the mood to set goals and reach them. I’m just the type of person who gets something in their head and then does everything possible to achieve my dreams. No new year necessary. However, I do find the New Year to... Read More

Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies Two Ways

Every year my mom and I bake Christmas cookies together. We always make sugar cookies, which happen to be Allan’s favorite. My mom’s favorite cookie is the gingersnap, so we usually make gingerbread men as well; however, we are bursting at the seams with cookies this year and settled on simply making roll out cookies, as we call them. I have a fantastic sugar cookie recipe that we have used since I began eating clean – it isa... Read More

Gluten-Free Cookies: Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk

The magical whirlwind that is the Christmas season is almost over. The waiting of the Advent season will soon break through to the awe and wonder that is Christmas… snow or no snow – as it is here in Minneapolis. It seems that yesterday’s snow shower was more of a blip than the light white dusting I hoped for. With no snow in the forecast, we will simply have to enjoy the much warmer than average temperatures. But it still feels... Read More

Merry Christmas, my friends!

We have been very busy with Christmas preparations (baking, gifting and celebrating) as we await the birth of our Lord and Savior. So busy that this morning I was finally able to stop at Kowalski’s to grab a few books of stamps to mail out our Christmas Card. Our family photo was taken by a very nice gentlemen at the bluff top lookout in Alma, WI. Next year I would like to purchase a tripod and remote for our camera so that we can stage a mini... Read More

Banana Chai Muffins

I am still in love with Ashley’s chai spice blend. Yum! Every week I make a batch of clean and healthy snack muffins or cookies for Matthew to enjoy throughout the week. It’s an easy way for me to ensure that he is getting enough healthy fat, whole grains and fruits/veggies. Plus, I can pop a few in my purse for snacks away from the house without having to solely rely on organic dry cereal. When I saw Heather’s recipe for banana... Read More

Chai Spiced

Last week Ashley from the edible perspective posted a recipe for chai spice mix. I love chai spices and immediately ran to my spice rack and mixed up the spice blend. Upon first sniff, I immediately knew that it was a winning combination. I then got to work using it. We were running low on nut  butters, so I borrowed Ashley’s idea and made Chai Spiced Cashew Butter. This would make a wonderful Christmas present for someone that you really... Read More

Gingerbread Two Ways

Matthew and I have been enjoying our Advent Calendar activities. Matthew looks forward to opening the Advent Calendar door and unfolding the little piece of paper every day. I found little clip art photos to represent each activity so that he can recognize what we are doing without the need for me to read the activity out loud… even though I always do. Each day we talk about how God sent his son, Jesus, to save us. I honestly think Matthew... Read More

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello my friends. I just wanted to stop in to wish all of my American readers a Happy Thanksgiving filled with good food, close friends and family and lasting memories. Try to make good choices, don’t come to the Thanksgiving table starving and allow yourself a treat or two. Remember the you will be back on your Clean Eating path tomorrow. But most of all, remember to take a moment to give thanks to God for his blessings. Psalm 100 A Thanksgiving... Read More

And so it begins…

I hope that you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving week. Matthew and I have been hard at work prepping for the Thanksgiving Feast we are hosting on Thursday. Yesterday I did the grocery shopping – I lugged home 8 bags full of goodies for both Thanksgiving and Christmas cookies. All of the organic baking stuff was on sale (and had coupons!) at Valley Natural Foods, so I stocked up. We are good to go for the Holiday season! My mom is picking... Read More

Operation Christmas Child

Every year, my Mom organizes a shoe box packing party for the Sunday School children at our church. Yesterday we wrapped and packed 58 shoe boxes full of toys, books, office supplies and hygiene items to bless children around the world. Every year we have an amazing time gathering as a congregation in fellowship while helping those less fortunate than us. If you are not familiar with the work of Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child,... Read More

Pastries for Breakfast

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14 Happy {day after} Halloween from one dragon to another! Life has been busy! We are thinking about putting our house back on the market and have spent the last several days preparing. There has been lots of work outdoors while the weather still allows. On top of that, there are several other major life changes that we are being led... Read More

Wordless Wednesday: Lunch Date

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Gluten-Free Teff Porridge

After having such great success making steel cut oats in my slow cooker, I wondered if the same things could be done with teff, which is our second favorite breakfast grain. Guess what? It worked! Since I suspect that Allan’s digestive issues are caused by gluten, teff has become our go-to breakfast porridge. We usually serve it with scrambled egg whites + 1 yolk a piece. I love spinach in my eggs. The slightly chewy, grainy texture reminds... Read More

Wordless Wednesday: Sixteen Months

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Family Favorites: Soaked Sweet Potato Waffles

I know that it’s still September, but the Holidays are fast approaching. Before we know it there will be snow on the ground, chestnuts roasting on an open fire and jingle bells playing on your iPhone. If you are like me and host your family’s Holiday get-togethers there is always the age old question proceeding any celebratory gathering… What am I going to do with the leftovers? Typically, I immediately vacuum seal and freeze half... Read More

Wordless Wednesday: Weekend Recap

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Wordless Wednesday: Family Favorites: Pumpkin Donuts

The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10 Pumpkin Donuts Serve these pumpkin donuts with a side of scrambled eggs for a special weekend breakfast or with a slice of string cheese as a quick grab and go snack during the week. Print this recipe. Makes 6 donuts 1 cup white whole wheat flour 1/4 c sucanat (I used 2 tbsp in this batch) 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp... Read More

Wordless Wednesday: MN State Fair

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Spicy Cumpleaños ::: Mexican Hot Chocolate Cake Recipe

We had an amazing four day weekend together! I can’t wait to tell you all about it. On Friday, Allan took a day of vacation and we went to the MN State Fair. Look for a recap on this escapade tomorrow. Today, I want to tell you about our One Bag Mexican Fiesta that I blogged about last week. As a quick recap, Foodbuzz and GLAD challenged me to host an event that generated only ONE BAG of landfill-bound trash. Participants received a trash... Read More

Gardens of Eagan Open House

On Saturday afternoon we visited the Gardens of Eagan open house. Garden’s of Eagan is a 100 acre, urban-edge, organic vegetable farm that provides produce to several area co-ops and businesses. They also frequent a few farmer’s markets, including the Fulton Farmer’s Market.   We bought this bag for $10 & filled it with pick your own veggies (cukes, peppers, tomatoes, kale & basil) The bag started to get really... Read More

A Day at the Lake

Late this morning, we spent a couple hours walking the Lake Michigan sandy beach outside of Menominee, MI. We had a beautiful time and for a moment we were able to take our minds off of why we are here. For lunch we stopped at the Blue Bicycle in Marinette, MN. Allan, Mark and Lois devoured gigantic burritos and I enjoyed a bountiful veggie burrito salad topped with guacamole and blue chips. It was the perfect lunch to satisfy... Read More

Hello from Marinette

Yesterday morning we received news that Allan’s Great Aunt Anna Mae passed away, so we quickly packed up the Rav4 to accompany Allan’s parents to Peshtigo, Wisconsin. We are staying at the lovely Country Inn in Marinette, which is a bit outdated, yet surprisingly very clean. Also, they have a huge fridge in the room to house all of our clean snacks. Between making some of the funeral arrangements, we were able to fit in a trip to the family... Read More

Make it Last

Lately I have been on a preservation kick. This week I picked up 3 lbs of organic cherries at Target for a little over $3 per pound! On Tuesday night, I hand pitted and froze all 7+ cups of them! I am so excited to have organic frozen cherries in the house, because I love using them in smoothies and breakfast bakes, but I can’t seem to find them in stores anymore. Anyone in Minneapolis know where I can pick up organic frozen cherries? We also... Read More

Simple Supper

It’s late and Allan and I would like to rent a movie from iTunes before bed. So I am going to make this short and sweet. :) We have been enjoying our time as a family this week and are sad to see the week nearing its end. It will be very weird to be back to normal next week. Yesterday, was a day of things we have not done since we found out I was pregnant. Including picking up a pair of Thermometer Jeans in a size 26… I can get the... Read More

Wordless Wednesday: Staycation Edition

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Dolce Vita

We had another glorious weekend filled with sunshine, family and amazing food! On Friday night Allan and I went on a date to Doolittle’s Woodfire Grill where we dined alfresco on amazing food including a cosmo for her and a mojito for him (my first vodka since having Matthew). We shared the mediterranean flatbread, mediterranean salad and a beef tenderloin with red potatoes and veggies sans butter. The food was amazing, but for some reason... Read More

Boys in Blue

Since I began clean eating, I searched high and low for a scone recipe that was whole grain, low sugar and low fat while still keeping the thick, crunchy, cakey texture of my beloved coffee house baked goods. About  year ago, Dani Spies posted a recipe for blueberry scones and I immediately made the recipe. Dani’s scones were delicious; however, the texture was closer to that of a muffin than a scone. So, my search continued. After a few failed... Read More

Back to the Grind

We arrived back in Minneapolis last night and I have been nonstop sorting, organizing, laundering, working and shopping since we arrived. It’s amazing the amount of things that need to be done when you are away for 6 days! I plan to make a more detailed post about our time at the cabin; however, I have not had an opportunity to unload the pictures from our camera to my computer. If you have not already, you should check out Allan’s blog... Read More

Wise Acre

Last night Matthew, Allan and I dined at the Wise Acre Eatery, a newly opened farm to table restaurant near our house owned by Tangletown Gardens. The vibe was sheik, eclectic and sophisticated… right up our alley. They had a beautiful outdoor seating area; however, it was a bit humid for Matthew, so we sat inside. Wise Acre offers table service in the dinning room and outside, bar service inside or outdoor pick-up windows for box lunch... Read More

Between the Sheets

Hello Pinners! I am so happy that you clicked through and found MMM. The following recipe for Overnight Oats is one of my favorite Spring and Summer breakfasts. Don’t want to add protein powder to your overnight oats or want to make a batch for your kids? I have an updated recipe here that is still full of protein goodness, minus the protein powder. Looking for more clean eats or want to know more about clean eating and MMM? Be sure to check... Read More

For the Love of Leftovers

Allan and I have never been big fans of leftovers. Over the years I have learned to creatively use up leftovers in a gracious manner, but most of the time leftovers are presented at our table in the same state that they were originally created. Don’t get me wrong, leftovers make wonderful quick lunches and fast weeknight suppers. It’s just that some people have a way of magically transforming leftovers into completely different meals... Read More

A Father’s Love

We spent another incredible weekend with our families! My father-in-law was away for the weekend fishing with his nephews, so my mother-in-law offered to watch Matthew on Saturday night. Allan and I spent our date night with movie and dinner. We usually do dinner first and then the movie, but this time we decided to switch it up. I hate that movie times are always scheduled inconveniently so that timing dinner and a movie is difficult, especially... Read More

Target Practice

As you already know, we shop at Target a lot – and not just for general household items, we also purchase most of our food there. We were Target go-ers long before Mister Peters started working as a Senior Art Director in their corporate InHouse agency. Not only do we prefer the in-store experience, we also love the plethora of organic and natural food choices along with the low prices. Many items are much cheaper then their counterparts at... Read More

Make A Wish

Today was a lovely day. The day started with Blueberry Almond Breakfast Bakes using this recipe as a base. To keep things interesting, I tried my hand at a little experiment… I subbed almond pulp, leftover from making homemade almond milk, for buckwheat flour, omitted coconut oil and traded out cherries for 1 cup frozen blueberries. We all LOVED these bakes, although they took about 10 minutes longer to cook, which was no bueno. I will do a... Read More

Open Streets and a Bran Breakfast Bake

Saturday afternoon I had a major craving for a bran muffin. Not just any bran muffin, but a Breadsmith bran muffin… my absolute favorite! So, I decided to conjure up a recipe for a healthy and lovely bran breakfast bake. Folks, you need to drop what you are doing and immediately throw one of these in the oven and top it with rhubarb-strawberry sauce… Yesterday, this is how our morning began. Phenomenal! This was so good that I made another... Read More

Rhubarb Strawberry Sauce

Today was an amazing day filled with laughter, sunshine and family. I love afternoons spent talking, munching and playing in the sunshine with those that mean the most to me. It was glorious! Last night I was so excited to enjoy a Cooler 2 breakfast that I threw together this simple Rhubarb Strawberry sauce that simmered away on the stovetop while we got Matthew ready for bed. Very easy and super simple. Enjoyed alongside an egg white + 1 yolk spinach... Read More

Cooler 1: Day 5… Last day

Good evening. Happy Friday! I just love Fridays. All day Matthew and I look forward to Allan’s arrival and (usually) pizza night follows. Tonight we did not enjoy Friday Night Pizza night; however, we did have something that was completely amazing! Remember the spaghetti that I blogged about yesterday? It was amazing!!! Both Matthew and Allan wanted seconds. I love when a recipe hits on all cylinders. It will definitely be added to future... Read More

Cooler 1: Day 2

I am still rockin’ and rollin’ on Cooler 1 today. I plan to keep strong until Friday. Then I may have a small cheat meal on Saturday afternoon, as we will be attending my sister’s graduation party. My cheat meal will be clean, just not in accordance with Cooler 1 guidelines. Then I will be back to Cooler 1 on Sunday followed by the Stripped Plan on Monday, along with the start of NROL4W Stage 7. I am so excited to be switching things... Read More

Matthew’s Birthday Party: Food Edition

As you know, Sunday was Matthew’s first birthday and we threw a small party for him. The following is the food that we served to our family that came from near and far to celebrate with us. Prepping the salad Organic english cucumber Removing the seeds Organic cucumber and organic red pepper Mixed greens, arugula, pea shoots, cucumber, red pepper, strawberries and avocado dressed in homemade balsamic vinaigrette I used the following simple dressing... Read More

Matthew’s Birth Story

In honor of Matthew’s first birthday, which was Sunday, I am reposting his birth story. I feel that when you are pregnant there is so much emphasis placed on the things that could go wrong rather than the joy and love of birth that I could do no harm by reposting the story of Matthew’ lovely birth, which went on without a hiccup. It was truly an amazing labor and birth that I hope will inspire any pregnant or soon-to-be pregnant mommas... Read More

For Matthew…

To my dearest Matthew for your first birthday. He (Jesus) called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:2 Before you were born I thought that I understood what Jesus was was saying in this scripture; however, now I truly understand. Watching you day in and day out trusting, learning and... Read More

Mill City Farmer’s Market

Yesterday morning, we arose at the crack of dawn to make it to my favorite farmer’s market, the Mill City Farmer’s Market before Matthew’s morning nap. Enjoy these gorgeous photos courtesy of Mister Peters. The Guthrie Theatre   Mill City Museum   7 grain bread Pea shoots Arugula + Mixed Greens Midmorning snack Where Allan and I plan to retire Stone Arch Bridge The milling industry is the reason... Read More

Dough Balls for All!

One afternoon day per week Matthew and I spend quality time together in the kitchen prepping food for the week. I hate washing dished, but I love to cook and bake. So, to indulge my creative side and to minimize clean up I cook in large batches of similar items all in one afternoon. That way I can make all of the items one after another (or simultaneously) using similar ingredients and/or equipment. Saving me prep and clean-up time. Also, washing... Read More

Kingfield Farmer’s Market

This morning we awoke bright and early to the joyful sound of a hungry cat. We decided to get up, shower, eat breakfast and visit opening day at the Kingfield Farmer’s Market. The morning was clear, with a chance of rain. However, on our way to the garage it started to sprinkle. By the time that we arrived at the Farmer’s Market it was raining cats and dogs. But we were not going to let a little rain get in our way. First thing’s... Read More

What does it mean to eat clean?

Yesterday I posted about our reasons for living clean. Today I would like to explain what I mean when I say that we are clean eaters. Eating clean is a diet (definition: food and drink regularly provided or consumed, source) that focuses on eating as close to nature as possible. We strive to consume foods that are unspoiled, sustainably sourced and nutrient dense. The following is how we define clean eating: Eat 5-6 small meals per day, paying... Read More

Mpls Farmer’s Market

This morning, Allan, Matthew and I went to the Minneapolis Farmer’s Market. This was our first trip to the Farmer’s Market this year. It was so much fun! Here a bunch of photos of our morning. First thing’s first. It was super windy, so I ordered an organic 2% cappuccino. Unfortunately, I burnt my tongue on the first sip and my taste buds have been haywire all day. Notice the performing artist behind me. He was super talented. We... Read More

Blueberry Banana Tofu Muffins

I am excited to share my very first muffin recipe with you. This recipe for Banana Blueberry Tofu muffins was originally created for Matthew; they taste amazing, are nutrient dense, unsweetened, low in fat and are very moist. Matthew loves baked goods – muffins, bread, pancakes. He gobbles them up in a heart beat. Usually Matthew is an excellent eater. From the time that he began solids, he has always been extremely interested in food; however,... Read More

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s day to all of the mothers, soon-to-be mothers, new mothers and grandmothers! I hope that you are enjoying your day. Matthew and I reading The Mommy Book Even though this is my first Mother’s Day with Matthew, I am finding it difficult to think of Mother’s Day as a special day for me. I would much rather focus on the other special women in our life… Grandmas. My mom, my sister, Matthew and I   My mother-in-law,... Read More

Summer Sunshine

Yesterday I finished Stage 5 of New Rules of Lifting for Women. I cannot wait to start Stage 6, it is hands down my favorite stage of the series and I have been looking forward to it since I re-started NROL4W back in September. NROL4W recommends that for optimal muscle recovery, you take a week off from heavy lifting and organized exercise in between stages. However, I am way too excited to take an entire week off. So, on Monday I plan to start Stage... Read More

Skin a melon

Every Friday Matthew keeps me company while I grocery shop. In exchange for his witty banter, jokes and inquisitive glances he gets to pick out one fun item to bring home and enjoy. This item is usually a new-to-Matthew piece of produce that is visually appealing and baby-friendly. Matthew then gets to hold the item through the store, during which time he tries to eat it (one week he munched on a champagne mango, another week he bit a young thai... Read More

Bitten by the Baking Bug

This Sunday I was bitten by the baking bug. I must have dreamt about food, because I awoke with a gazzilion ideas for new recipes… blueberry zucchini tofu muffins, egg salad, chocolate strawberry breakfast bakes, blueberry buckwheat protein pancakes, the list goes on… Enter new recipe #1: Blueberry Buckwheat Protein Pancakes We were all pleasantly surprised that these pancakes were very light and fluffy, especially considering they... Read More

Chili and Cornbread for a Crowd

Sunday is our family day. We wake up early and attend church as a family. Spending the morning worshiping God with Grandma and Grandpa Malcolm is always a lot of fun. Sunday is also the day that I make something fancy for dinner. Some weeks I make pork tenderloin with roasted veggies and apples, other weeks we enjoy grilled and glazed salmon with homemade pineapple chutney, then there are the days that I let a big ol’ pot of something delicious... Read More