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Sunshine, Anatomy Lessons and a Side of Pulled Pork

Good Evening Peeps! The weather has been quite beautiful in Texas and The Lord’s presence is shining ever so bright this time of year.

This mornings shenanigans did not disappoint and the giggles were endless on my part. Of course each day is always a different adventure and they are endless with our little princess. This morning started out with a little dance party in the living room to the tune of the abc’s and ended with my walking out of the shower to a toddler in her birthday suit with a teal belt and a pair of black UGGs up to her knees shaking her little tail feathers. Seriously what can you do but giggle at this point?!

After the little show, (thank goodness there weren’t any poles involved) we were off to the feed store, yes in our CHRISTMAS jammies, where we found some more cute animals “we need him mommy, he’s so sad all by himself and he would love to come home to his friends at our house.” NO HE DOES NOT and with that we got the girls some more food and headed off to HEB. At the grocery store we made sure to give the patrons an anatomy lesson as we informed them “tinkle comes out our vagina and poop comes out our rear” while picking up the few things we needed. But the best phrase to come out of the anatomy professors mouth was “don’t touch my breasts, they are mine, not yours!” all while she is covering them with her own hands!!  I won’t lie we may have forgone a few items just so this rosey-cheeked mommy could quickly exit the store without being recognized!

After the adventurous morning naptime was not only welcomed but NEEDED and so the husband and I went outside to plant a few tomato plants in the garden and sand the coop  to prepare it for painting, since the girls seem to be growing faster than my baby has grown into a toddler.

Although THE GIRLS aren’t all fuzzy and small, they still bring my little girl such joy as she greets them each morning and takes them for some playtime in the afternoon sun. The girls were having such a relaxing sunbath when their “best friend” needed to get in and ruffle their feathers a bit…although she was so sweet and kind at first one of the girls ended up getting shaken up like she was experiencing the thrill of “the zipper” at a carnival all while an evil little laugh played on repeat accompanying the jolts and shakes. Poor girl may have been traumatized just a little as she quickly walked to the corner where she collapsed from the whole ordeal…she is fine thank goodness…just keeping her distance from the blonde headed badger and with good reason I might add.

We finished up the day with a photo session with our “CHOSEN SISTERS” and arrived back home to the tantalizing aroma of pulled pork in the instant pot!

You can find all of these beautiful pieces at Sisters Boutique & Gifts!

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Daylight Savings and Chocolate Pudding

It’s been pretty quiet on the compound lately since the Texas Allergens are out in full force! Okay so maybe I’m not being totally truthful since we actually have had one cranky toddler who has been trying to catch her nose since last week…although today seems to be a HAPPY Day for her!

The time change didn’t seem to affect us this year as much as it had in the past few years or so I thought. It all began as I made it halfway down the street and began hearing a beeping noice…code for alarm that a door is open in the vehicle…I stopped and was looking at the doors thinking “I only opened the driver side door to get in and I know I closed it”…well I forgot I opened the back hatch to. Yes, you guessed it, I backed out of the driveway and drove halfway down the street with the rear hatch open. Now if that had been the only flub of the day, it wouldn’t really even be worth a second thought, but it wasn’t. Luckily the rest of my commute to the city was uneventful. I arrived at the doctors office and as she walked in, I inquired how her kiddos were to which she replied good and referred to the youngest as being a toddler now. Well, I thought to myself how is that possible and finally said, “I thought he was born in November?” She responded, “yes he was can you believe he is 16 months”…oh my goodness, I didn’t just loose an hour ladies and gents, I somehow lost a year with this time change!! You can only imagine after these two incidents I came directly back home because I was a little afraid of what I might encounter next!

Luckily my little one was in a better mood today and after we both had a nap, instead of playing tea party and then turning into a head case we made paleo chocolate pudding because what better way to gain back a year than with a little chocolate? We love the Paleo Chocolate Pudding Recipe From Paleo Running Momma because it is quick, delicious and the little one can help!

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Paleo Chocolate Pudding by Paleo Running Mama

Paleo Chocolate Pudding by Paleo Running Mama

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View recipe at https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/easy-paleo-vegan-chocolate-pudding/

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cups coconut cream from a can*

1/2 cup raw cacao powder

6 Tbsp pure maple syrup (I use about 1/2 c)

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

generous pinch fine grain sea salt

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a small saucepan over low heat, whisk together the coconut cream, cacao, and maple syrup (start with 6 Tbsp, or even less if you want a very dark chocolate pudding) until smooth. I used a small whisk to get everything nice and smooth.
  2. The coconut cream will melt and the maple and cacao should combine well to create a smooth silky mixture. Continue to cook and stir over low/med heat for about 2 minutes, or until the mixture just begins to come to a boil with small bubbles.
  3. Remove from heat at this point, and stir in the salt and vanilla. Taste, and add a bit more maple syrup if you’d like a sweeter pudding. You can pour the mixture into individual containers/bowls to chill and set, or simply in one larger bowl only and divide later on.
  4. Cover and refrigerate until set, or overnight for a thick creamy pudding. Makes about 4 servings. I love my pudding with a big dollop of coconut whipped cream on top! Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*You can use canned coconut cream, or you can use the thick part of a chilled, separated can of coconut milk

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Baked Honey Cilantro Lime Salmon by Tiffany at Creme De La Crumb

Baked Honey Cilantro Lime Salmon by Creme De La Crumb
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Recipe link

 

INGREDIENTS

1 large salmon fillet

salt and pepper, to taste

½ cup palm shortening, melted

juice of 2 limes (plus one lime, thinly sliced)

4 tablespoons honey

3 teaspoons minced garlic

⅓ cup cilantro, roughly chopped

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line and grease a large baking sheet with foil. Lay salmon on foil and season with salt and pepper on both sides to taste. Slip lime slices underneath the salmon.
  2. Stir together palm shortening, lime juice, honey, and garlic. Pour mixture over salmon. Fold sides of foil up over the salmon (don’t worry if it doesn’t cover the salmon completely).
  3. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Switch oven to broil and cook another 5 minutes. Sprinkle chopped cilantro over the top and serve.

***My husband isn’t a fan of cilantro so we leave this off and my daughter and I have to stay away from dairy so I substitute palm shortening for the butter in the original recipe.

***Side of Asparagus and Tomatoes Instructions

  1. Pull out salmon after cooking about 10 minutes
  2. Add the snapped asparagus to the same pan
  3. Spray with avocado oil and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add tomatoes
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Put back in oven for additional 5-6 minutes
  7. Switch oven to broil and cook an additional 5-6 minutes.

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“Ring around the chicken coop”

I’ll start with a song to the tune of “Ring around the Rosey”…

“Ring around the chicken coop”
Ring around the chicken coop
Coop full of chickens
Chickens, Chickens,
We all say CUCKOO!

So I will admit this song was being sung/made-up about 5:00pm after an eventful day with the beautiful tyrant…and yes I did think I might rather be cleaning out the girls trough than sing this song one more time for her as she meandered around the remodeled coop my husband was trying to finish.  Now, if you know/have a two year old, you understand that anything and everything: dirty, dangerous, poisonous, shiny, well basically anything, they will be getting into while you are trying to finish up a project.  So here I was trying to keep her entertained and I know she loves the song “ring around the rosey” so I start singing it thinking she will keep her little raccoon hands off the tools, boards, pencil cactus…you get my drift.  No, the little tyrant says, “no mommy, no!” At this point I was desperate and cuckoo so I made up the aforementioned song only to have her LOVE it and literally make me sing it until I would either vomit or die from the absurdity of it.  Now as you can see I did survive and even managed to make dinner which I will share a little later on.

Let me back up a bit though and begin our day with an outing to the park and our conversation about the park:

Mommy: Did you enjoy the park?
Daughter: A little guy was going down the big slide.
Mommy: Did you enjoy the park?
Daughter: I was trying to push that little guy.
Mommy: Why did you push him? Did he upset you or do something to you?
Daughter: No, Because I did and I can. He didn’t try to push me, but I pushed the little guy out of my way.
Mommy: Okay well that wasn’t nice or a good way to make friends.
Daughter: Okay mommy.

Ladies and Gentlemen this is just the beginning…we are just warming up because while we were there, she did push a little guy out of the way and try climbing up the slide nine million times while other little ones yelled, “hey little BOY, Im trying to slide down, get off!” at my daughter…we have very little hair at almost three and don’t hate us because we don’t have to brush it.  At any rate, after a few warnings, I have her stand in time out because clearly at this point she is really disrupting the playground…only to have a well intending momma make eye contact with me and say, “I’m not mom shaming you or anything.”  I quickly replied, well, we all gotta do what we gotta do, right…and even if you were its okay with me…I don’t really get my feathers too ruffled, I live with 12 hens and a tyrant…now you all know those baby chicks will one day grow up to be hens and I also refrained from having them “stretching their legs” in my house, but she didn’t know that and it was just too funny to pass up especially as my little bossy betty was screaming and crying with her nose on the fence pole in time out.

After we ruffled everyones feathers at the park, we headed over to the feed store to get the girls some more food because they can eat!  While we were there, of course the raccoon hands were out again in full force and it took all the energy I had left to corral her in.  So as we are checking out, she proceeds to open the ice cream bin located at the register…we have a pretty severe dairy and soy allergy, so I’m telling her it has cows milk while trying to pay and shut the bin only to have her grab a dog treat off the counter and ask, “mommy may I try this tasty looking dog treat?”  Seriously, I was about nuts at this point but I calmly say, “love, that is a dog treat as the name implies it is for a dog and you are a little girl so probably not the best treat to have.”  To this comment the sweet young lady checking us out says, “does she model for the local boutique” to which I reply, “yes she does.”  So she continues, “she is so cute and sassy in all of those photos, and I always kinda wondered if it was just the photos, but no, she really is that cute and totally sassy!” Yes ma’am she certainly is!!

So now the coop is all remodeled and ready for me to start making it super chic with paint, flowers, herbs, etc before the girls move out…a few pictures…

Now that the husband had finished working on the coop for the day we went to play on the driveway with the plasma car, chase/keep away with the dog and I made my way inside to cook dinner…I had just had a little too much cuckoo today so we ended up having “Baked Honey Cilantro Lime Salmon” by Tiffany at Creme De La Crumb with Asparagus and Tomatoes.  Yes you see her in there helping again, she loves to cook with mommy but she knows I am IN CHARGE in the kitchen.

Once the tyrant was down for the night, my husband I sat down where I showed him some “containers” I found for some herbs and flowers I would like to plant for the girls and asked if he could make them…of course he can because honestly he can make anything…so of course he said he could and then got up…I asked hey where are you going?  His reply…”TO CRY”

Y’all I hope you had as much fun laughing as I did navigating the joys of life and all it has to offer today.