• Week 2 Meal Plan

    August 7, 2018raelaf

    Hey guys. So with a new job, new schedule, new daycare situation, my meals have become extra simplified. I’m not fan of meal prepping because I get end up with too many leftovers that get lost track of. There’s nothing worse than finding a container of old roasted vegetables in the back of the fridge. What I’ve been doing instead of meal PLANNING. I sit down once a week and take inventory of what’s in the fridge and pantry. Then I come up with something meals out of that I have. I’ll grocery shop for whatever else I need and try to keep it simple and healthy. So far, it’s been working out great! I make just enough food for 2-3 servings. That way I…

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  • Instant Pot Fall-off-the-Bone Baby Back Ribs

    August 7, 2018raelaf

    Want juicy, tender, caramelized, fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs in less than an hour? Look no further! This recipe is all you need. Made in the Instant Pot, the ribs are cooked until they are so tender you could pull the bones out clean. Then they are brushed with sauce and broiled in the oven to give them a sticky, charred, caramelized crust. 

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  • Growing Up: Becoming Mom

    May 17, 2018raelaf

    Before I had a baby, I didn’t like babies.    I just had absolutely no interest in children or babies or basically anyone under the age of 21. I was just living my life and found children to be noisy. And sticky. And they run around and get in your way when you’re walking. I much preferred dogs, puppies, and anything else with four legs.    Even when I was pregnant, I wasn’t jumping with joy to have a little spawn of my own. It seemed like everyone around me was more excited than I was. And I felt a little guilty about it. But the excitement just wasn’t there for me.    Now, that doesn’t mean I didn’t go above and beyond to have…

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  • Easy Quiche Lorraine

    April 29, 2018raelaf

    What a delicious and fool proof brunch option! Quiche Lorraine is so simple to put together and results in an impressive slice of egg, ham, and Swiss goodness. I love this dish because it’s simple and hearty like a frittata but a little classier and a little more put together. There is something about a flaky, buttery crust that just makes this quiche Lorraine so craveable.    To make this gluten free, use a premade gluten free pie crust. You can find them in most health food stores and they are already in a pie tin. So you don’t even have to roll it out!    Cleaning out the freezer was what prompted this recipe in the first place. I found a premade gluten free…

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  • Smart Spending: Surviving Baby Bath Time on a Budget

    April 29, 2018raelaf

    Up until Theo was about 5 months old, I have spent exactly 97 cents on baby bath products.  What was it that I bought? A rubber ducky.    There are so many baby bath products out there! Just browsing through them is tempting. Even I have to stop myself sometimes. There are the actual infant tubs, adorable hooded towels, bath mats, toys, faucet covers, and so much more. They make soft little bath robes that look so cozy. There are towels with hoods of all sorts of different animals. They have so many toys from floating animals and boats to fishing sets and even bath crayons. There are non slip mats for your baby to sit on. The are even kneeling cushions for mom and dad. …

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  • grass-fed beef shepherds pie

    Grass-Fed Beef Shepherds Pie (Paleo, Gluten-free)

    March 29, 2018raelaf

    Grass-fed beef shepherds pie is a warm and cozy dish to make for your family’s dinner. Beef and vegetables are topped with simple mashed potatoes and baked in the oven for a comforting meal that everyone can enjoy.   I’m living the single mom life this week while Matt is at a realtor training in Miami. It definitely hasn’t been as bad as I thought it would be. Most nights, I’m just entertaining Theo until dad gets home so I can start cooking dinner or cleaning up. So I knew I would need to be very prepared before he left for a week. The first step was to meal prep. I might have gone a little overboard because now I have so much food prepared…

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  • bacon asparagus

    Bacon Asparagus with Garlic Dill Aioli (Whole30, Keto, Paleo)

    March 29, 2018raelaf

    Fresh asparagus is pan fried in bacon fat and topped with a creamy and delicious dill garlic aioli. This bacon asparagus with dill garlic aioli is an easy and flavorful side dish perfect for Whole30, paleo, or keto diets.   Asparagus + Bacon = heart emoji.  It is just such a perfect pairing. Have you ever had bacon wrapped asparagus? It is fantastic! Have you ever tried to make it yourself? It is actually pretty time consuming to individually wrap each piece of asparagus. This asparagus and bacon with dill garlic aioli is an easier and quicker alternative!    Simply fry up some bacon, then pan fry the asparagus in the bacon fat until perfectly tender. Top with the crispy bacon and drizzle on the creamy…

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  • chocolate covered peanut butter eggs

    Homemade Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Eggs

    March 28, 2018raelaf

    These homemade chocolate covered peanut butter eggs are a fun and easy treat for Easter! A healthy version of a Reeses peanut butter egg without refined sugar.   Theo is officially 100% mobile. He is crawling. And Fast! This kid can move. And he definitely has an agenda. Most of the time its to crawl to the dog bowl. And splash in the water. I’m starting to miss the good old days where you could just plop him down anywhere and not get worried he is going to roll off the bed. It’s all fun though. Soon he will be walking around and old enough to hunt for eater eggs!      The best part of Easter? Reese’s peanut butter eggs! Seriously. They have perfected…

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  • tomato cucumber salad

    Quick Tomato and Cucumber Salad (Whole30, Keto, Paleo)

    March 6, 2018raelaf

    This quick tomato and cucumber salad is the perfect side dish to your morning eggs. A great alternative for those looking to add more veggies to their diet. Eating vegetables for breakfast can be tricky if you’re not used to it. This quick tomato and cucumber salad is an easy way to transition from fruit or pastries to vegetables for breakfast. Although, you could definitely eat this anytime of the day. I find that I enjoy it best as a side to my eggs and bacon. It’s light and fresh and pairs well with a hearty protein. The idea here is simple. Just toss everything together and serve! It is best when made fresh. I wouldn’t recommend making a big batch of this. The combination…

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  • Smart Spending: Newborn Essentials from a Novice Mom

    March 6, 2018raelaf

    I’m no expert on parenting. I’ve only been at it for about 6 months now. It still throws me off if someone asks me if I’m Theodore’s mom.  So you probably shouldn’t even listen to me. But I’ve read dozens of “baby essential” and “things you must buy for your newborn” articles online that are full of specialized baby items that are unnecessary (. So I’ve decided to make my own newborn essential list   Because you really don’t need much to keep a newborn alive for the first few weeks.    Because honestly, did I buy a special baby hooded towel for his first bath? No. Did I use a microfiber towel that I originally bought for my car? Yes. Do I have a…

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