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

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

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

Gluten-Free Cookie: Double Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti

I don’t have much time before I have to leave for choir practice, so I won’t be too chatty. It’s currently snowing outside. I am not sure how much snow they are forecasting, but I hope that we get a decent amount of snow so that we can have a white Christmas! It was in the 50′s this weekend and all of our snow melted! What’s the fun of living in Minneapolis and dealing with the cold and snow from October to April if... Read More

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: iPhone

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Hotter than the Dickens!

We arrived home late from Albert Lea and I knew that Matthew would be up early, so I prepped overnight oats. Allan’s has whole milk yogurt and 2% milk. Mine had homemade low-fat kefir and 2% milk. Served with a side of fresh farmer’s market musk melon. So refreshing on a HOT day! Starting Saturday, we have been experiencing a heat wave. It has been 90°+ with very high humidity, the heat index has easily been over 100° every... Read More

Try A New Recipe

Just a quick post to let you know that I updated the Recipes tab with all of the recipes that I have posted here on MMM along with all of my recipes from Simply Clean. The following are a few of my favorites that you should definitely try tomorrow. Overnight Oats Purple Pride Smoothie Dough Balls Herbed Pizza Crust Coconut Cornbread Clean Eating Banana Ice Cream Enjoy! Maria  Read More

Azure Standard

I recently read on Passionate Homemaking about the inexpensive prices on organic bulk and natural food items that are offered by Azure Standard. I immediately signed up as a New Customer and began adding items to my Favorites. After checking the prices against my local co-op, Target and Trader Joe’s I found that Azure is less expensive, even with our monthly co-op discount and our Target Employee discount. Today I decided to call customer service... 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

Confessions of a Totaholic

Hi my name is Maria and I love reusable bags. There I said it. Are you happy? I have been in search of the perfect grocery-getting, toy-toting, food-fetching bags for years and have accumulated quite a collection of cheap, branded bags from grocery stores to co-ops t0 farmer’s markets to retail shops. However, am not in love with any of them… Until last week when these beauties arrived. After seeing Open Sky on KERF, I decided to sign... Read More

Happy Birthday, Matthew!

I just wanted to stop by and say hello. In exactly 26 minutes, Mister Matt will turn 1 year old… (actually he was born at 11:30 AM, so to be exact, in 11 hours and 56 minutes he will be 1 year old). Logistics aside, I am so excited to spend the day tomorrow with our family celebrating the little man’s birthday. I hope to check back in tomorrow night to share a little birthday post and possibly some photos from our trip to the Mill City... Read More

I need YOU!

Maria Makes Muffins is almost a month old! Prior to starting MMM, I was casually blogging over at Simply Clean; however, after Allan’s injury, I lost my blogging mojo. Deep down I knew that I was happier when I was blogging, sharing my ideas and getting inspiration from others. So, I knew that when I began MMM I needed to make a commitment to myself and my readers to stick to it and post every day. When I first started I had so many ideas that... Read More

Egg Salad

Hard boiled eggs are a staple in any clean eating kitchen. Eggs are an excellent source of easily digestible protein and essential fat (especially Omega 3 eggs). Some days I simply grab a couple eggs and am on my way out the door. Other days I crave creamy egg salad. Now, I am not talking about the overly mayonnaised, boring egg salad that you can pick up in the dairy case at the corner store. Quite the contrary, I crave a gourmet, flavorful egg... Read More

Microwave Protein Cake

I feel like I have been so busy that I can’t keep my head on straight. Sometimes I don’t know if I am coming or going. Juggling Matthew (naps, feeding, playtime), workouts (4-5 times per week), clean eating prep (quick start ingredient prep), selling the house (cleaning for showings), work (super busy!) and the blog (posting every day + theme/site tweaks) is really starting to take its toll on me. So, I have been trying to find ways that... Read More

Hard Hat Required

Sorry for the downtime today. Mmm is now self-hosted. YAY! I am still working on my theme, so over the next few days you may notice several changes as I get everything situated and just right. I have more recipes and food photos than I have time to blog; however, that will all be changing very shortly… stop back tomorrow for a big announcement and more delicious food pics. Good night!  Read More