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Madeline: Nine Months

Madeline: Nine Months

Nine Months!! Every update lately is so many days overdue, but we’ve had a busy month! It seemed like as soon as we got back from Hawaii, it was time to pack up for our next trip. Maddie took her first airplane ride so we could go to Cleveland to visit my family for 10 days.

Since this was our first time traveling with a baby, I obviously had some reservations about traveling with a baby. Maddie did surprisingly well on the airplane. Most people said they didn’t even know she was on the plane since she didn’t cry. The worse part for me was that she pushing off of me the whole 4 hours trying to get down or to hit the seat in front of us so by the end, my arms were exhausted! And we are deeeeeeepppp in the mommy attachment phase so she only wanted me to hold her. I would say the worst part of airline travel with a baby is the amount of “stuff” you have to pack and drag through the airport. We had so many bags to check and then had a travel stroller and decided to gate check our car seat because we were worried it would get damaged if we checked it in. My poor husband had to drag it through the airport.

Sweet Potato & Chicken Sausage Hash

Sweet Potato & Chicken Sausage Hash

So this weekend, I busted out some fall recipes and it was glorious. My kitchen smelled like apple and pumpkin heaven and I died of happiness. I’ll be sharing those recipes soon, but for now, I’ve got more sweet potatoes!

Sweet potatoes, apple chicken sausage, shaved brussels sprouts, OH, and a fried egg because everything is better with a fried egg on top and because I’m so 2013. I loooooved using apple chicken sausage with this dish. It complemented the sweet potatoes so perfectly. This is one of those recipes that could be could for breakfast, brunch, or even dinner!

Sweet Potato & Chicken Sausage Hash

I’m not usually a big fan of brussels sprouts, but I can dig them when in shaved form! I chose them because they just seem like a fall veggie to me, but if you’re not into them, you can also use spinach or kale. Whatever floats your veggie boat!

Sweet Potato & Chicken Sausage Hash

Easy Chocolate Mousse

Easy Chocolate Mousse

It’s almost Friday and the end of the week also calls for chocolate. Always and forever. Today I’ve got a supppppper simple chocolate mousse for you guys. No need to prepare a custard! And better yet, it’s made with a secret ingredient that actually makes this a much healthier dessert compared to regular chocolate mousse. This is not a new concept and some of you might already know it, but the secret is…avocado! Yes, delicious, buttery and smooth avocado. Packed with healthy fats too!

Easy Chocolate Mousse

At first thought, I really wasn’t sure about this idea. And actually, the very first time I made this, it was not good. I have found that the key to making this mousse work is to use ripe (and not bruised) avocados. I think my issue the first time was that the avocados were not ripe enough and you could taste the avocado in the final product, so make sure your avocados are nice and ripe! I also have found this recipe works better when you use a combination of good-quality melted chocolate and cocoa powder.

This chocolate mousse really couldn’t be easier to make. You literally just throw everything in a blender, transfer to bowls, chill, and eat!

Brown Butter Sweet Potato Noodles

Brown Butter Sweet Potato Noodles

It’s official. I’m ready for fall. My brain has totally switched over to fall-inspired recipes. I know some of you guys probably aren’t ready, but my stats lately tell me otherwise, so here we go!

My good friends at OXO just sent me their new Hand-Held Spiralizer to try out. I was super excited because I have been wanting to start spiralizing more. It’s a great way to satisfy pasta cravings without all the carbs, all while packing in more veggies! I’ve thought about buying a bigger machine, but our kitchen is already packed so this hand-held spiralizer is really perfect! It fits in a drawer and only has two pieces, it’s easy to clean, and best of all, it’s really simple and fast to use!

Brown Butter Sweet Potato Noodles

Since my mind is on all things fall, I decided to make some sweet potato noodles. And what goes better with sweet potatoes than brown butter? It’s truly a match made in heaven! I also threw in some crispy sage and walnuts. This dish is super simple, vegetarian, and has so much flavor. If you want to add meat, I think some chicken apple sausage would be amazing too.

Brown Butter Sweet Potato Noodles

Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes with Coconut Syrup

Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes with Coconut Syrup

Ok, I know, some of you guys are like, “seriously, another coconut recipe? What’s this girl’s deal?! But, I promise this is the last one for summer! This recipe was inspired by our trip to Hawaii. I didn’t know coconut syrup was an actual thing and then the resort we stayed at served it with breakfast and I naturally freaked out! Oh my gahhhhhhh, it was heavenly on pancakes, french toast, even just for dipping with fruit. They could have just put it in a bottle and I might have seriously been tempted to just drink it straight up. It’s also entirely possible that I drizzled some in my coffee (totally recommend, by the way)!

I knew when we got back from the trip that I had to try to recreate the recipe at home! I started researching recipes and there wasn’t much to find and many of the recipes contained a lot of corn syrup which I really didn’t want to use. I ended up making a very simple coconut syrup with coconut milk, sugar. and a pinch of coconut syrup to thicken it. It wasn’t exact, but it was still so perfect and luscious. A great twist to regular syrup to change up your pancake game!

Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes with Coconut Syrup

Ack, so what about the pancakes?! I made some easy whole wheat banana pancakes. This is a great, basic, whole wheat pancake recipe to have on hand. They are light and fluffy and the perfect vehicle for adding fruits or different syrups You can really add any fruit you want to it, but I opted for banana in keeping with the Hawaiian theme. If coconut syrup isn’t your thing, just use regular syrup.

Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes with Coconut Syrup

24 Perfect Back-to-School Recipes

Back to school, Back to school, to prove to dad that I’m not a fool! (Quick, name that movie!)

Whelp, it’s that time of year, back-to-school! Kids are complaining and parents are rejoicing. I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite quick and simple recipes to hopefully help make things a little easier. I’ve got you covered for breakfast, snacks, lunches, and dinners! And the great thing about these recipes is that they are not just things for the kids, these are family-friendly recipes for all ages!

24 Perfect Back-to-School Recipes

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Breakfast:

1. Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Cookies – Who could say no to cookies for breakfast? Not me! These cookies are healthy and do not contain any sugar or butter. Perfect for a quick breakfast or snack on-the-go!

2. Low-Carb Egg Muffins – This is one of my favorite recipes to make. These egg muffins are great for the whole family as you can really mix in whatever ingredients you want with veggies, bacon, cheeses. These are really customizable and best of all, healthy!

3. PB&J Muffins – Nothing says back-to-school like PB&J if you ask me. These muffins are so yummy and perfect for quick breakfasts and snacks. They are made with whole wheat flour and less sugar too!

4. Berry and Banana Oat Breakfast Smoothie – Smoothies are a great way to pack in fruits for the day. This smoothie also contains oats which makes it a perfect nutritious breakfast!