tomorrow is fridaaaaay! man. the spring semester Small Groups at Parkway Fellowship started up last week! i am so happy to have a found a group specifically for expecting moms and moms with young kiddos. what a blessing it has been so far. serving makes me incredibly happy, so i jumped at the chance and volunteered to bring snacks for our very first meeting. here's what we munched on:
yall know real fruit snacks are pretty much always on my menu! strawberries, nectarines, blueberries, pineapple, and cantaloupe, all fresh and on sale from my Sprouts Farmers Market.
roll up your sleeves and cut your own fruit! that pre-cut convenience fee is ridiculous. use those savings and buy more food. lol.
i skewered some of them just cause.
next, breakfast quesadillas! i asked Sonny what i should make and he said breakfast tacos. sooooooo, i tweaked his suggestion and did quesadillas, naturally. lol. these got rave reviews from the moms! the combo of fluffy, whole eggs, savory turkey bacon, fresh spinach, portabella mushrooms, and melty monterey jack cheese... i mean that just makes your mouth water, right?! the tortillas were fresh made from HEB.
i used whole eggs and cracked a bunch of them into a large mixing bowl the night before. i diced half a yellow onion and threw that into the egg batter along with some cracked black pepper and liquid aminos. the next morning, all i had to do was scramble and cook them all up of course! i made an assembly line for each ingredient, added a little of each to the tortilla, folded it in half, and toasted it on both side using my griddle. a little Smart Balance Light Buttery Spread was put on the outsides of the tortilla before toasting. gave them a lovely color, crunch, and of course that buttery flavor!
moving right along to these BOMB mini Banana Pecan Chocolate Muffins! the kiddos enjoyed these too and i'm glad because they are naturally sweetened and a great 'grab & go' option. they work any time of day- breakfast, snack, or dessert. you can also use walnuts instead of pecans.
i forgot to buy some greek yogurt while at the store but i had plenty of unsweetened applesauce at home. so i used that instead and they were still as moist and tasty as ever.
it's refreshing to meet, connect, and discuss all things motherhood with other moms....or not! we have already discussed such a wide range of topics and i look forward to more. we all have our stories but one thing is constant; we are all women wanting to grow in our relationships with Christ and raise our little blessings up His way.
speaking of motherhood, i wanted to share one of the best motherhood articles i've read in a good while. i completely identified with the author.
"One day….I will sleep peacefully through the night, never a worry of a sick child or a crying baby. It will be but a memory. These years of being needed are exhausting, yet fleeting. I have to stop dreaming of "one day" when things will be easier. Because the truth is, it may get easier, but it will never be better than today. Today, when I am covered in toddler snot and spit-up. Today, when I savor those chubby little arms around my neck. Today is perfect. "One day" I will get pedicures and showers alone. "One day" I will get myself back. But, today I give myself away, and I am tired and dirty and loved SO much, and I gotta go. Somebody needs me."
that gave me chills. especially since that paragraph described the day we were having at the time. LOL. at some point every single day, Chiso gets down on the floor to play with his cars, action figures, do flips, and other things little boys do... so Dego and i got down there with him to play. seeing the world through their eyes is indeed humbling and Megan's article reminded me yet again to just slow down and soak in as much of these guys as i can.
my answered prayers. my miracles.
can you relate to her excerpt?
would you join or lead a small group yourself?
while i was away at the BE Conference (that post is in the works), my FITzee Foods orders came in! thankfully Sonny only got to one meal before i got my hands on them :x. i now have a new favorite to add to my list i wanted to share with ya:
layers of sautéed vegetables, lean ground turkey, rich tomato sauce, and mashed yams all baked to perfection and sprinkled with mozzarella cheese! low carb and gluten-free. it was the first meal i cracked open and it reminded me of a healthified shepherd's pie. this experience was over way too fast.
*stats: 353 cals, 16g fat, 20g carbs, 5g fiber, 29g protein*
then i hit the gym to combat the massive amount of sugar i ate over the weekend :shock:
i created that lean leg routine up there while using the limited hotel gym at the conference, and did it again that day. grab two dumbbells (preferably 10's or higher) and a sturdy wall to lean on for the wall sits and have at it. 3-5 times through, no breaks!
i couldn't decide which bar to eat for my post workout snack so i ate both!!!! kidding, i had the apples 'n oats, my fave.
afterwards, PWO grocery shopping. which is always a bad idea for me. i can never wait until i get home to open something up. you can eat them in the car. you can eat them on a chair. you can eat them ANYWHERE. get those greens in :)
the FITzee Food's menu changes frequently because they use local, seasonal and natural ingredients. make sure to keep checking the online menu to see the latest and greatest culinary delights – they just might become your new favorite.
in those defeated moments, think back to why you even started your journey in the first place.
then keep going, friends!!!
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