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Parenting aint’ easy. I can’t remember the last time I’ve been bored with nothing to do. I literally don’t think that’s ever happened in the last 6 years. In fact, I don’t have time for a lot of the things I used to have time for. Here are just 10:

If you’ve read my blog for any period of time you know I don’t like to cook. After all the stress of finding a recipe, figuring our what the ingredients are, and hunting for them at the grocery store I’m too exhausted to actually make it when I get home and then when I do make it I realize I forgot to buy the main ingredient. The thought of doing that week after week, day after day is… I just… No.

I’m busy, and meal planning is daunting right now but I’ve had a lot of fun trying out Blue Apron. I mean look at what I made!

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Yes, I’m quite proud of myself. My fabulous Baby Making Machine readers get their first 2 meals free. Just use this link to give it a try and then give me your own Blue Apron review.

What are some things you don’t have time for anymore since becoming a parent?

I’m all about making life easier for my family and I which is why I partnered with Blue Apron on this post. Use my link to get a discount on your first order.

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Remember that super easy popsicle recipe I shared a couple months back?

Remember how I hate to cook?

Remember how my daughter absolutely adores it? No? Well, she does.

Delicious peanut butter banana bites easy recipe for kids.

In another post on another day I’ll have to share how making meals together is completely obliterating her picky eating tendencies. But for today… A simple yummy treat that is seriously so simple you’ll laugh.

What you need:

Delicious peanut butter banana bites easy recipe for kids.

Bananas
Peanut Butter (we like Jif!)

Step 1
Slice the bananas

Delicious peanut butter banana bites easy recipe for kids.

Step 2       
Spread on some peanut butter

Delicious peanut butter banana bites easy recipe for kids.

BOOM! You’re done.

Delicious peanut butter banana bites easy recipe for kids.

If slicing is too hard to you, you can buy a banana slicer. They’re so handy. I hated how long it took to slice bananas and now… BOOM. Done in one swoop.

Delicious peanut butter banana bites easy recipe for kids.

Ok, I kid, but seriously, the reviews on this thing made me buy one.

Easy right? What can I say. We like the simple life (with occasional trips to Disney). If this recipe is too complicated, you may want to try the new Jif Peanut butter Granola Bars instead.

They’re delicious and come in three flavors (my favorite is the chocolate)! There’s about 7-8g of protein in each bar and they’re now available nationwide. You can find out more about them here

Delicious peanut butter banana bites easy recipe for kids.

And I can’t write a post about peanut butter without emphasizing something important to me. I have several dear friends with children who are dangerously allergic to peanut butter. When making or eating these yummy snacks please be aware of which of your friends may be allergic. Check with your child’s teacher to see if anyone in their class (or school) has an allergy. You don’t want to send something with your child that could harm another child. Our peanut butter-loving family prefers to eat these sorts of things after school.

Delicious peanut butter banana bites easy recipe for kids.

That said, if you love peanut butter too and want to give these a try, leave a comment by October 19th 11:59pm! I’ll randomly draw 5 commenters to win a Jif Bars prize packs!

Good luck!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

When I as a little girl I loved to sing, and I thought I was amazing. My friends and family told me I was good. I’m pretty sure if American Idol had been around when I was younger I would have been one of those awful people who really thinks they’re good. I would love to have a great singing voice and be able to serenade my husband and children with sweet melodies. Well, I serenade them anyway but not with anything that sounds remotely pleasant.

As much as I wish I had a beautiful singing voice (I still am in denial and think at one time I once did), if I could choose once talent to be great at (and if enjoyment came with the ability) I would choose cooking.

Every once in awhile I get a burst of ambition to learn how to whip up something new in my crockpot, but most of the time I stick to the staple meals which come from my freezer.

IMG_2110-copyI’m getting a new kitchen in three weeks and I’m so hoping it comes with a dash of domestic ambition. I’m envisioning myself cooking delicious meals with my kids by my side, making memories making food together. I guess we’ll see about that.

When we bought the house it came with a “free kitchen upgrade” which at first glance I thought “What? who cares?” But all of the extra fun little features like pennant lights over the island, upgraded granite counters and fancy stained cabinets–It’s got me thinking the kitchen won’t be that bad. Who knows, maybe it’ll light the fire of desire for me to whip up come homemade grub.

dark granite countertopsMy house isn’t quite complete but most all of the “guts” are inside. Almost every day I take the kids down and we check out the progress. About a week ago I took a few pictures of the progress. We just left a birthday party and my daughter’s face was a painted butterfly.

IMG_2108-copyWe’re getting all of the light fixtures and covering this week, and aside from the carpet, most everything else is inside–Our paint, trim, tile flooring, counter tops, and my favorite feature–Our jetted tub. We are packing now, and we’ve agreed to hire movers to pack whatever we don’t, and move us entirely.

Every time we visit the house my daughter is excited to look at our backyard, which is currently a pile of dirt, but soon enough will actually be a backyard. I’ve been super dorky lately and excited to test out the lighting in different areas in the house. The sun sets behind us so the family room, backyard, and Big T’s room will have great light. In the morning the playroom will have better light. That’s where this window sill is. I’m planning to sew up a nice little seat cushion for it, and some decorative cushions. That is, once I figure out what colors I’m going with in this room.

adorable biracial baby boyIt’s designed to be formal living and dining rooms but with two small kids there will be nothing formal about our house for a while. Traditional, however, I’m ok with. But I don’t want that to mean boring. The color teal has been on my mind lately so I’m thinking beige and teal with maybe an orange accent? Or perhaps kelly green instead of teal. I have no idea what I’m talking about right now. All I know is I found the couch I want but it’s like $1200 from Pottery Barn Teen, and I’m thinking I need to find a cheaper imposter to save myself nightmares of my children ruining my overpriced play couch.

So any of you deal shoppers, let me know what you know!

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That room is also going to serve as a space for my office nook, so I’d like to make it a space that’s cute for sharing.

Ok I take it back… Forget being good at singing or cooking, I want the skills to style a house. Pinterest help me!

I’m in the final stretch of my maternity leave and getting pretty emotional. I’m having a blast and shared the top seven things I’m going to miss on my BabyCenter blog.

One of my goals during this time was to learn some new recipes and I haven’t quite nailed that aspiration yet. My next prompt for 30 Things my kids should know about me asked what I wish I could be great at. And this immediately came to mind.

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If I could be great at anything I’d love it to be cooking. I wish I could just walk in the kitchen and whip up something delicious. I’d love to win awards for my marvelous dishes, and have people ask for my recipes. I am blessed with several talents, but when it comes to cooking, I can’t seem to find the motivation I need to learn to enjoy it and become good. It’s slowly becoming bearable, but not a talent. However, I am starting to enjoy baking. I like that it’s exact, and that the ingredients are all fairly similar from recipe to recipe. Maybe cooking will come around for me too.

And just throwing it out there… I wish I was an awesome singer too.

This was Day 17 of the installment of 30 Things my kids should know about me.

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I have a confession… I have a picky eater. Yea, she’s cute, but she won’t eat jack squat. I wish this post was all about how this awesome recipe I found was able to combat her pickiness but it’s not. I actually need YOUR advice about that part. But first, I will tell you an awesome recipe I found and tweaked to make the easiest, yummy dinner.

I’m really trying to turn over a new leaf and STOP eating out all the time. I don’t have cooking skills but I’m willing to learn.

Sadly, I don’t have time or patients to chop a ton of stuff every night and buy fresh organic produce for each and every meal. I just don’t. Maybe someday, but not right now.

So when I found a recipe on AllRecipes.com called “Six Can Tortilla Soup” with great ratings, I had to try it.

The one thing I don’t like about that site (app, is actually what I use) is that in the reviews EVERYONE wants to add what they changed to make it so good. It’s overwhelming for someone like me who just wants to make it like the directions say and not have to remember a ton of different alternatives. I did find one consistent alternative though so I swapped out one can of chicken broth for a can of cream of chicken soup. Ok I lied… then I also added shredded cheese and tortilla chips.

I know if you’re reading my blog you’re not coming to find the latest and greatest fancy recipes. But I do know a number of you claim to be domestically challenged like myself, and I’m delighted to help in any way I can, while at the same time, improving my own skills.

Here’s the recipe I ended up with and seriously, the easiest thing you’d ever make.

Ingredients:

1 10oz Can of chunky chicken (or half a rotisserie chicken you cut up)

1 Can of cream of chicken soup (10.5oz)

1 Can of chicken broth (14oz)

1 Can of whole kettle corn (15oz)

1 Can of black beans (15oz)

1 Can of diced tomatoes with green chilli peppers (Rotel)(10oz)

Shredded cheese mix

Tortilla chips

Directions

Step 1: Strain the can of corn, then dump that, and all the other cans in a pot and bring to medium heat. Once the chicken is warm it’s ready.

Step 2: Add shredded cheese and tortilla chips to taste and serve!

How easy is that?! My husband loved it, and I had three bowls myself. Lil’ J wouldn’t even TRY it, which drove me nuts. I still have her bowl sitting at the table, and I’m hoping she’ll eat some before bed. I made fruit salad sorta thing for our side and she’s eaten most all of that, and some milk so I know she won’t go to bed starving, but still, it’s frigging annoying.

She’s always been a bit picky but it’s gotten really bad. She won’t even taste something she doesn’t recognize. Last night my husband made tuna noodle casserole, and she LOVES noodles but was disgusted that there was other stuff in the mix. She loves pasta but doesn’t want pasta sauce. She’s like me, in not wanting things touching, but to the extreme, as in ketchup can’t even touch a fry. Eventually she gave in and ate some but tonight she won’t budge.

I remembered the words from our pediatrician that we shouldn’t give in and make her something entirely different because it starts a bad habit. In the past I just always made her things she liked at home because my husband and I were eating out or eating things I didn’t particularly want her eating. So now she just wants her usual foods.

As badly as I wanted to give in when she went to the fridge for the third time asking me to make her a quesadilla, or to the pantry, pointing to the pasta, I refused, and keep offering her her dinner, still at the table. There are huge chicken chunks in there I know she’d love but she doesn’t even want to try when I pull them out… I think because they’ve been “tainted” in the soup.

Have you dealt with a picky eater before? I’d love any words of advice/ encouragement. It’s hard enough to motivate myself to cook but when a third of our family won’t eat it (two thirds when my husband is working all night) it makes me want to give up before I even really get going. Anyway, I guess the good news is I cooked something, and I survived to tell you about it.

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