Keeping It Real!

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but building the new.” -Socrates. 

Let’s build the new together!

Happy Birthday America! Hi there… remember me??? Well, it sure has been a while since I posted. May and June have just been non-stop on- the- go running. We have had birthdays, field trips, play days, graduations, family reunions, dance recitals and half marathon training to take part in which left little time for anything else. I certainly did what I could to make sure we had some yummy quick eats on the run but sadly, I just couldn’t keep up. I basically had to balance my time between  all of the activities and what little time wasn’t being used to juggle the million and two things on my to-do list  had to be allocated for things required for basic survival… you know, the essentials like sleeping and laundry.

Unfortunately, judging by my calendar, this level of chaos is not letting up any time soon. Luckily, we are used to eating on the go. It’s usually homemade food or wholesome snacks as we run from place to place, but with all this craziness  going on around me that I so lovingly call my life, I became a bit lazy with meal prep. When I say lazy, I mean meal prep was pretty much non-existent. We were literally eating take out or pre-packaged meals for the better part of May and and the first part of June. Sometimes, I even forgot to go grocery shopping. Remember survival mode? News flash- we barely survived. My kids and I aren’t  really accustomed to eating fast food or heavily processed food  since I try to make as much stuff from scratch as possible. Sure, every now and then, we would eat at a drive- thru if it was necessary or if the kids were starving.  Yes..my kids have eaten the boxed mac and cheese with the yellow powder and I have certainly enjoyed my fair share of box mix brownies when the mood struck me.  People are busy. Processed food is cheap and easy. Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do to keep your sanity in check. Believe me…I totally, totally get it, but I can honestly say those six weeks of not so great eating habits really had a negative effect on us. I personally was cranky, irritable, moody, forgetful etc. Not happy at all and when mama isn’t happy, nobody is happy. I felt like the time to change was NOW!

I know what you are thinking. Change can be a hard pill to swallow for some people. It isn’t something that most people take lightly to and takes a lot of thought to figure out how to go about making the desired changes in order to achieve the results you want. However, thought is good. Taking time to think often makes a person realize even more so that change is required in order to reach the goals you have set for yourself. Is your goal happiness? Is it financial freedom? Is it putting your health as a priority and getting in shape so you can see your kids grow up? Whatever your goal is, change is often the catalyst that makes those dreams become realities. More recently, any time I think about making a major change in my life, I remember something a good friend of mine told me as I was contemplating making a major career change a few years ago. Keep this in mind:

“If you always do what you have always done, you’ll always get what you have always gotten.” – Henry Ford

Rainbow Fruit Salad

rainbow fruit salad

This colorful fruit salad is one of the first things I make once the weather starts getting warmer. Plus, kids LOVE it! Do yourself a favor and make it TODAY! Funny story… I have been making this fruit salad for a long time and just the other day, my daughter looks at it and says,”those are

Orange Pineapple Banana Smoothie

A quick, easy, healthy smoothie recipe using all fruit. Designed for by kids for kids! Spend some time with kids in the kitchen today.   I knew very early on that my middle child was destined to be a chef. At just a year old, she played with kitchen utensils instead of baby dolls. Instead

Triple Chocolate Brownie Batter Truffles

Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate! These Triple Chocolate Brownie Batter Bites taste just like brownie batter without the raw eggs so you are free to enjoy as much as you want!  They are easy to make with only 4 ingredients and no-bake too! The perfect treat for you and your sweetie!   I have a

Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches

hot ham and cheese sandwiches

A hearty hot sandwich to help warm you up on a cold winter day! Pure comfort food right here! It’s down right cold here! When the temps get this low and that white stuff starts falling from the sky, I feel like going into hibernation until spring. Wake me up when the temps reach 65

4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

4-ingredient peanut butter cookies

If you are looking for a quick sweet treat, this cookie is it! It’s soft and chewy texture combined with the perfect amount of peanut butter make these cookies simply amazing! A 4- ingredient masterpiece! Hi guys.. we are only a few weeks into the new year and I am already getting the urge to

Party Cheese Ball

party cheese ball

A vintage appetizer recipe that is still the ultimate party food! Hi guys! Not sure if you heard or not but… THE RAVENS ARE IN THE PLAYOFFS! What does that mean? It is time to PAR-TY! Now whether you are Ravens fan or not… you will be a fan of this cheese ball recipe! It a little

The Ultimate Chopped Salad

choppedsalad

Loaded with lots of veggies, cheese, and bacon, this salad will help ease you back into healthy eating for the new year! Hi folks! Happy New Year! I don’t know about you guys, but I am feeling the need to get back to a more healthy eating pattern.  Heck..even my stretchy pants are screaming at me

Crab Meltaways

With Jars (1 of 1)

This crab appetizer is quick to make and quick to disappear once folks get a taste of how delicious it is… Sure to be a hit at any holiday party! One thing that most native Marylanders share is a love of crab and this deep rooted  love affair is shown through and through during the

Buttery Thin Sugar Cookies

Cookie on Plate (1 of 1)

Buttery thin cookies rolled in powdered sugar for the ultimate sugar cookie experience! Sure to be a family favorite!   It’s here! The one day every year everyone in my family looks forward to… Sugar cookie day! The one day around the holidays that my mom, my sister, her kids, my kids and myself all