Giving picky eaters exposure to new foods

via Daily Prompt: Exposure

We all have our food quirks. We all went through that phase where our parents thought we were going to starve ourselves. If you have kids, you know the struggle. I know my parents struggled with me to eat peas.. my aunt told me my hair would turn purple and now I LOVE peas. I would never dream of eating Spinach or asparagus until in my 20s when my mother in law made me try them and now I love them.

If my bonus child had her way, we would only eat Biscuits and gravy, Mac N cheese, pizza, chips, candy, cereal, Grilled cheese, bacon, and Turkey sandwiches. This child has the strangest food choices mainly because everyone lets her get away with it. This child drives me nuts when it comes to food. She “hated” taco doritos… it’s all we had and she now begs for them. She loves fresh bell peppers but put them in food and they make the food too spicy. She refuses to eat anything with onions in it but will sit and eat White Castle sliders like she hasn’t been fed in days. She hates ketchup but loves plain tomato soup. She hates tomatoes but will eat cherry tomatoes like candy. She prefers nasty canned spag O’s over spaghetti.. will not touch goulash.

I hate explained to her it’s all in her head. We have tricked her into eating things and will get a “this is yummy” but when we explain she may or may not eat it again just on principle. My husband is passive about it because he too is picky, not as picky but still annoying to someone that likes variety. He hates cooked veggies. He hates beans. He isn’t a fan of casseroles. Unless it’s chili or potato soup, soups are off the table. His reasonings I can deal with.. he has tried them and dislikes them.

I made it clear when I moved in, things are changing in this house. She actually hasn’t been horrible. There’s been resistance, there’s been stubburness, but there have been plenty of aha moments for her also.

My kids are not picky. My twenty month old will eat anything. Daddy puts tabasco on his food she still eats it. Jalapenos… she will take a bite or two. Her dietary concerns are on the other end, she will eat as long as she has food to eat.

Through the week, I surrender for the most part to their “food” because I’m tired, I don’t want to cook and I don’t want to do a million dishes. I usually always try at least a new dish in the crockpot on the weekend, even if its a twist on something they already like. On a great weekend, I try two new dishes. It’s a rule that the kids must try what is cooked.

This summer it is my goal to get most of the junk out of this house. We tried planting tomatoes and peppers last summer. This year I vow to either have a raised garden or pot veggies. I’m going to dehydrate, freeze, and force veggie snacks. I’m sick of arguing over chips vs veggies..I want the processed crap gone.

I am a firm believer that if kids are introduced to new foods they will find new likes. Most of the time they do not like foods because someone else does not.

Child hates BBQ – so we are going to try this Honey and soy chicken

Child hates tacos but loves pizza – Mexican pizza

Child LOVES mac n cheese but it needs a twist – Mac n cheese with a twist

Child loves pizza but hates goulosh – Pizza bake

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Regaining my Vigor – Day 1

via Daily Prompt: Vigor

As I stated Here things have to change… I will post my progress daily.

My financial plan – Christmas time is chaos, we never seem to save enough money. Today is the day I begin this savings plan. Day 1 – $1 plus whatever change is thrown in the jar

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Cleaning schedule – Working 40 hours a week, maintaining a happy clean home can be overwhelming. I’m going to give this a try – today was a day of running errands and chaos. So Tomorrow will be the start.

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Workouts – For the next three days I’m going to work on these and start a 30 day plan on the first. Day 1 – I’m at 175 lbs

5 min pooch workout – Done

Bedtime glutes –

Sleep pattern – Working days I need to get up at 3:30 Am… I need to make this a days off routine too. Tomorrow… I promise.

Mental wellness – Ohhh do I need this. I’m actually on day 2..

21 day mental wellness challenge – Day 2

I’m thankful for my Husband, my children, our home, coffee, my job, second chances, a warm bath, memories, low fuel prices, and Xmas deals.

More changes coming  – look back tomorrow for Day 2

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Starting my New Year resolutions now

My life in the last year and a half has been amazing within my marriage. My health, stress levels, financials, and so on need some repairs.

I have had back pain and migraines since my childhood. My migraines are always hell the ONLY thing I could ever get to relieve them was a shot at the E.R. My back pain, no one wanted to do anything but give me muscle relaxers. In September I had enough! I couldn’t get into my Doctor so settled with our Nurse Practitioner. She did the usual “here’s your script” she had a shocked look on her face when I told her  I did not want a single pill until the source was found.She ordered MRI’s and Xrays, I have mild disintegration from my neck down, several bone spurs, several herniations and arthritis. It is believed that the spurs in my neck are what is causing my migraines. My medications did not change but I do not feel crazy when explaining my pain, there is no mystery. I now have to learn stretches, relaxation techniques, and my limits.

When I met my Husband I was a size 3 at this time we were just friends and I was working at a job where I was running 10 miles a night gathering foam and seat covers for Toyota Highlanders. A month before we started dating I had given birth to our daughter (he adopted her)  I was a size 5. Slowly, as I became content in my life my weight spiraled out of control. I went from 135 pounds to now 175 in a year and a half. My diet is crap. My Husband and his daughter are the pickiest I have ever met. He loves veggies but hates cooked veggies, he hated casseroles, he hated anything with sour cream or cottage cheese in it, he hates cream of mushroom and much more. Luckly, he has worked with me and has started to try different things. The bonus child…. no so much. She thinks she hates everything. If she had her way we would just stock Mac N cheese, biscuits and gravy, grilled cheese and tomato soup, Pizza, and lunchables. She will eat spaghetti but put spaghetti sauce on any other noodle she freaks. Getting her to try new foods you would think I was trying to poison her. I hate gotten her to try new foods and she reluctantly admits she likes them. Sometimes, I lie about what’s in it until her plate is clean but she still will hold on to her “I hate that.” So with these two, finding something healthy and well balanced is complicated.

For the most part of our life together, I have not had to work outside of the home. My husbands business is doing and until issues arose with our Exs we were living well. $7,000 in lawyer fees is not something you want to deal with right after you pay your house off and right before the holidays. We are struggling to pay bills and keep our sanity.

It’s time for a change! Now more than ever I need to feel better about myself and our situation. I’m going to lose weight, I’m going to better my sanity, better my marriage, better my family, my finances,  and more.

Changes –

  1. Start a savings plan for Christmas next year
  2. Start a cleaning schedule that will help me not feel overwhelmed
  3. Start a workout schedule
  4. Sleep schedule… I need to get up at 3:30 A every morning and bed by 9P
  5. Mental wellness
  6. Morning routine
  7. Be a better step-parent
  8. Journal more –

Regaining my Vigor – Day 1

 

 

 

 

What can you do with those Tart fruits?

via Daily Prompt: Tart

If you are a follower you know I LOVE pinterest! I love finding new ideas and ways to save money. Today, I give you frugal ideas with Oranges, Lemons, and limes.

Let’s start with a couple oh so yummy recipes

3 ingredient Orange chicken sauce – You need BBQ sauce, orange marmalade, and soy sauce…

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Lemon Parm Pork Chops – You need Pork Chop, Parmesan cheese, panko bread crumbs , lemon, olive oil, and eggs.

2 large eggs
1 cup panko bread crumbs
3/4 cups grated Parmesan cheese
zest of 1 lemon
4-6 boneless thin cut pork loin chops
salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 tbs olive oil
lemon wedges for serving (optional)

Whisk the eggs to blend. Place bread crumbs in another dish.  Place the cheese and lemon zest in a third dish.  Sprinkle the pork chops generously with salt and pepper. Coat the chops completely with cheese and lemon mixture, patting to adhere. Dip the chops into the eggs, then coat completely with the panko bread crumbs, patting to adhere.

Heat up 3-6 tablespoons of olive oil in a large over medium heat. Add pork chops and cook about 6 minutes on each side, or until nice and golden brown and the temperature reaches 150 degrees in the center of the meat.

Fruits are for more than cooking.

Skin care –

Raspberry lemonade lip scrub

Orange vanilla bath salts

Face Masks as seen below

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Lemon, lime, and coconut Stress relief sugar scrub

breakout targeting mask

lemon scrub

Honey pore cleanser

Foot scrub

clear skin as seen below

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Home remedies –

Fruit infused water

add to your bath

Eliminate mucus

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Cleaning and more

Gift ideas for the lemon lover

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Does shopping leave you feeling subdued?

via Daily Prompt: Subdued

We live in a small village (graduating class of 20ish.) We have a meat market, a dollar general, and a Caseys. Budget wise I’m left with a few decisions pay extra to shop in town or drive the ten miles to go to our nearest Wal-mart. It might seem like an easy choice but its not. The Meat Market is fresh and has soooo much more flavor than Wal-marts meat and of course Wal-mart always has a way of distracting the mission of the list.

Cut your average bill by using these tips I found on Pinterest

Strawberry roll ups – I rarely buy the roll-ups from the store the prices are insane and I’m not all about foods packed with sugar and preservatives laying around.

3 ingredient meatloaf – You’ve neglected the shopping this week.. Do you have a box of Stuffing, hamburger, and milk? Good you have meatloaf!

Cheesy garlic bombs – $2.50 for 6 breadsticks? Nope… not in this house.

Caramel green apple chips –

Freezer hashbrowns – Buy too many potatoes?

Dehydrate your potatoes

Perfect pork chops – should be pantry friendly except for chops and lemon

Easy ingredient exchanges -We have all had those “Oh crap Im outta….” moments

Non-food

Vicks shower bombs – I haven’t bought these in forever because the price was insane

Avocado face mask – I’m the only one that eats Avocado and we always have that one banana that goes bad… PERFECT

These are only a few of my favorites. Do you have any budget friendly ideas?

 

 

Away with the Original Christmas plans

via Daily Prompt: Original

I have been a mother for twenty years and come Christmas I always loathe myself. Why? I overspend on crap that the kids play with for two weeks and when I get sick of their rooms looking like a hoarders paradise…its a fight to get rid of said toy. As they hit 10 years old they seem to not think anything is cool.

If it were not for the excitement of Christmas for the little ones, I would just be done with it all. I hate the greed and impatience that the holiday season brings. I hate that companies create commercials “Be a cool parent and get your child a ……. phone.” I dont want to buy my child a phone! My child is a child! My child has no job to pay the bill! My child is still nieve! No… but thanks for making me ruin Christmas because my child wants that phone.

Last year was my first Christmas with my Husband. I wanted it to be special and it was but stressful. We had the tree full by Christmas Eve. When Santa arrived we had more stuff lined up across our living room. Stockings were on the couch. Four trash bags of just paper. We go to his parents and lugged two trunks full of stuff home.

I don’t want to this year! I would rather spend the money on crafts and making memories with the kids than buying crap and that’s what I’m going to do!

Crafts-

Rehab vintage lights – I love going to auctions and recently got a dozen vintage lights. Jaden is going to LOVE this project.

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Terra Cotta Apple for teacher gift

DIY gift bags using wrapping paper

This is going to be the list we stick to!

7 gift rule for Children

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We have dessert duty for Christmas dinner-

Christmas cookies using Funfetti cake mix –

Beerbutter fudge

Candy cane fudge

Lumps of coal – these are actually a gift for my 3 yr old nephew. He is a bit spoiled and keeps getting told he’s getting coal from Santa.

Gifts for the rest of the list-

Slipper ideas

Open Bar – My Husband likes to drink the hard stuff sometimes but I rarely allow it. He will love this

Cash – My Tween nephew is going to have a fit. I think instead of a fry box we will use a 10 piece nugget box and tape change to the bottom for weight. “Sorry man, this all we could afford…we didn’t know what kinda sauce to get you.”

With all of these ideas, I still need more! We do not shop for the adults except for our parents and my sister in-law (hers is from the kids because she baby-sits.) My mom is easy.. something smelly good and done. His parents are AMAZING to us, they deserve something really special this year.

 

 

 

Pinterest home remedies that work

Head cold “cure” – Simple.. pour Peroxide in your ears once in awhile to prevent colds or to ease a cold in the beginning of one. I will admit, this MIGHT be a fluke. Yesterday, I felt like hell, my face felt like it had been bashed in and I couldn’t breathe. This morning, I still felt like my face was going to explode. I found this gem this afternoon and was like “nah.. not gonna work but…….. I will do anything but take pills.” Husband started with my right ear which is the side that felt bashed in. Normal fizzing…. then some good massaging bubbling… it felt AMAZING. Left side, just normal fizzing. Results were pretty quick! Is it completely gone… no, I still have a very slight cold fog. What I do not have is the pressure, the sniffles, any other sign of a cold. I will call this one a win!

More to come…..