Thursday, March 21, 2013

Sweet Potato Smoothie

Before you cringe, hear me out on this one because it was totally delicious. I worked at Jamba Juice for a year and a half and so I know my way around a blender. To make my family healthier I started buying V8 Fusion (fruit and veggie juice) and adding it to our smoothies instead of using just fruit juice. Then I saw on the label that they used sweet potato'd never know by the taste of it. If you like tropical type smoothies then this one is a winner. And, my picky husband drank it and loved it, so did the kids!

8 oz V8 Tropical OJ (normal OJ will work, too)
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 small banana
1/2 mango (if you don't have this then don't worry)
1/2 baked sweet potato
5-10 soy milk ice cubes**

Blend and enjoy.

**pour soymilk into an ice tray and freeze. It's a great source of protein for your shake.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Baby wipe recommendations

As previously mentioned  I am a picky shopper. Needless to say I've been frustrated when I've bought "name brand" wipes and they were terrible. So, here I share with you my hunt for the best baby wipes, and these are my recommendations:

Huggies wipes

I've bought several versions of Huggies wipes and this "natural care fragrance free" are my favorite of the Huggies. Some of the other versions have funk smells, and it's nice that these are fragrance free. They are nice and thick as promised and do not stretch easily. They do tear, but you have to be intentional in doing so, they won't just tear from wiping. These aren't the kind I regularly buy, because my most favorite are cheaper, but these run a close second.

Pampers wipes

Worst. Wipes. Ever. I got a case of these as a gift so I felt obligated to use them, but they were terrible. They are thin and they stretch super easy. If you're going to fork out the moolah for cheap wipes, then buy cheap wipes. I used so many more of these than any other kind and they were a waste. Plus the packaging was obscure...they were refill sized packs but you had no good way of resealing them after opening them so they dried out really quick.

Simply Right wipes

This is the Sam's Club brand of wipes and I live by these. They are absolutely hands down the best wipe I have ever used. They have a slight texture on one side for the extra pickup, they are thick, don't tear or stretch, and they are unscented. We keep our membership just for these wipes and for the same price as Huggies you get 100 more wipes. The packaging has a nice flip top on every pack which means they travel well and don't dry out.

Target brand wipes

These store brand wipes are what you'd expect from a store brand, but I would still take these over Pampers wipes. The upside is that they are inexpensive but still a decent wipe. They have a slight texture but they do stretch a little more than I'd prefer. I usually buy a single pack if I'm desperate, and I'm okay with that.

Smith's brand wipes

These wipes remind me of the little moist towelettes you get from KFC. Same feel and about the same quality. And I guess that any wipe will work if you're in a bind, but I wouldn't recommend these too much. The upside is that they are pretty strong considering they are a store brand, meaning they tear and stretch less than Target or Pampers wipes.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Creamy tomato pasta with sausage

Very rarely am I in the mood for sausage in my pasta, but the mood hit and I had to oblige! I've made it before and I have a picky eater on my hands, so this version is actually healthier since I pureed the heck out of the vegetables and I didn't have to worry about anyone seeing chunks. No one ever knew...

2-3 Italian sausages (or bratwurst)
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
1/3 c. chopped onion
1/2 c. chopped carrots
1 clove minced garlic
1 teaspoon dry basil
1 can stewed tomatoes (plain flavored is best)
1/2 box penne pasta
2 Tbl sour cream
1/4 c milk
1 tea sugar
S&P for seasoning

Start your water for your pasta first.
Get your sausages cooking on medium heat and cover. (yes, I did 2 1/2 sausages...there were 5 in a pack so I wanted it to be even...)

On medium heat, add oil to a large skillet and add the carrots, garlic and onions. Once the onions begin to become translucent, add the peppers, basil and salt/pepper (just a dash). As the peppers soften, add a can of stewed tomatoes. Turn off the heat.

At this point your water should be ready for the pasta. Salt the water and add the pasta.

Take your vegetables and add to a blender/food processor/magic bullet and puree! If your family doesn't mind chunks you can leave some, otherwise let it blend until it looks like this. (I did my tomatoes separately since I have a magic bullet, hence the very orange looking sauce...)

Drain your pasta and add your beautiful sauce, add the sour cream, add the milk and the sugar. Once your sausages are done cooking, chop them however you like (I do it at an angle...something about it seems more fancy) and add them to the pasta. Garnish however you'd like and enjoy!

My Silly Girl

Today I needed to post some pictures of the hair bow on etsy, so Julia was my model. These are some of the cute and funny pics that didn't make it on the site.
Totally my favorite!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Jackson's blessing

 Last Sunday we had Jackson's baby blessing, and yes, I know, he's six months old so it was about time! We were very luck to have Brenan's family come out for the weekend and to also have the ever so lovely Kara and Mollie come. It was such a special day and we were so glad to have everyone there!

It won't rotate! Annoyed...