The Best Chicken Pesto Sandwich

According to my husband, these sandwiches are THE BEST EVER. I’m talking about a guy who loves a good hotdog and eating sandwiches are probably close to the bottom of his list when it comes to lunch or dinner options. Anytime we buy pesto and nicer than sandwich bread, he gets excited. ūüôā

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Simple Inexpensive Gifts

Recently, a dear friend taught¬†me how to watercolor.¬†We watercolored many times a week and it was one of our favorite things to do! She still creates these beautiful watercolors of clouds, trees, and animals. She’s got great talent! If you’ve never watercolored, you should try it. It’s simple to do and if you mess up, which I do often, then you can dab some water on the area that you want to “erase” and wipe it with a paper towel. It’s great.

watercolorcard

As a momma, it can be hard to find time to do crafty things, remember people’s birthdays, cook dinner, and take care of your child. I’m reminded of what it means to be selfless. Being selfless is hard work but so essential to our lives.¬†Sometimes it’s a lot of work¬†to go out and purchase a card because you have to get your baby¬†ready, put him in a carseat, get to your destination, take him out of the carseat (or carry it which is heavy and you have to lug it around the store), get what you need, pay, put baby back in carseat, return home, take baby out, and continue with other tasks of the day. Why not try and make gifts? It not only saves time, stress, and money, but many people also¬†love to receive handmade gifts. When I receive a handmade gift, it makes me feel special knowing that someone actually took the time and made the effort to do something so sweet.¬†Handmade gifts are perfect for a large or small budget and¬†it can mean so much to whomever receives them.

After learning how to watercolor from my friend, I was inspired to paint cards for other people or to create DIY decor for our home. It definitely doesn’t always turn out the way that I want it to. I’ve really come to enjoy it. The card pictured is made on watercolor paper. I painted a leaf wreath with a few flowers and then sketched an outline around the leaves and flowers with a fine point pen. The words were handwritten with the same pen but made to resemble calligraphy. Some of the best things about this card are that it didn’t cost $5 ¬†like normal cards do, I can write whatever message on it, and it’s handmade! Hopefully this gives you an idea of what you can do or make for others!

 

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Cheese Avocado Toast

Happy Monday! It’s the first day of summer! That should make Monday a little brighter! I love weekends, and¬†I have to say Sundays are my favorite day of the week. I go to church, spend time with my family and just enjoy the blessed day. Over the weekend we did some traveling. And if you have little ones (or perhaps pets), you know that’s not always easy. I cannot tell you how many times I was in the back seat of our car, while a family member was driving, reading a Dr. Seuss book over and over again just so my little guy wouldn’t lose it in the car. Good times… I’ve almost memorized that entire book now… But still, I am so thankful for that little man.

Well when we got back from traveling I noticed the avocados I had out on our table were getting a little too ripe. So this afternoon I made cheese avocado toast.

Cheese Avocado Toast- 3 ingredients to create a quick, healthy breakfast or snack. Full of healthy fats! http://thelittlemomma.com

Oh, it hit the spot! Creamy and perfect for an afternoon snack. Best thing- it only took 15 minutes to make.

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5 Ingredient Banana Blueberry Smoothie

It’s almost summer time and all those yummy berries are coming in season! A few weeks ago, my family went to pick some strawberries. It was the first time for the littlest member of our family and my husband and they both seemed to love it! To top it off, we had some homemade strawberry ice cream to cool us down after working hard to get all those strawberries. I mean what better strawberry picking experience can you get? I love berries. But today, I’m not thinking of strawberries, I’m thinking of blueberries. I love blueberries.¬†Definitely one of my favorite fruits¬†(other than peaches, which I LOVE). I love yogurt… and my blender. And together we get a beautiful smoothie. They are a perfect way to get lots of nutrients and you can take them with you wherever you go.

blueberrybananasmoothie

Today I made a banana blueberry smoothie with spinach. Yes, spinach. If you’ve never tried a smoothie with spinach you ought to give it a try. First, you can’t really taste it and, second, it adds so many extra vitamins! I added a banana, some blueberries, greek yogurt, milk and spinach to my blender and gave gave it a go. Just a couple minutes later, I got myself a healthy smoothie. I eat a lot for breakfast. A lot. What would normally be okay for some is just a snack for me. So along with this smoothie,¬†I had this with some scrambled eggs and it was lovely.

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The Momma Dream

Teacher, chef, doctor, lawyer, firefighter, President, and Scientist are some popular jobs that people want to be when “they grow up”. For me, none of those jobs ever stood out to me. Sometimes, I thought “oh, being a teacher would be nice or maybe a chef would be really neat” but as I got older I knew what I wanted to be. In college I was always debating on what I should study…business, math, foreign language, nutrition, education??…you name it, I probably considered it. So, what would be the right fit for me?

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Meal Planning

What’s for dinner?¬†That’s a question I ask myself almost everyday. Not to mention, sometimes you have your hubby or friends ask you what’s on the menu.

Instead of not knowing what’s for dinner, create a meal plan that way you can at least have an idea of what you’ll be cooking! For my family, I make¬†a meal plan consisting of 6 meals and a day for leftovers, or a day out depending on what we’re in the mood for or what our budget looks like.

Key things to remember when planning meals are: having a set budget for however often you shop, look at what’s on sale in the store’s circulars, think of different ways to use an ingredient, and be creative.¬†

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Morning Nutty Oatmeal Cookies

You may think-¬†cookies,¬†for breakfast – even nutty oatmeal cookies?? Noooo… Well I stumbled across this recipe to make healthy, yet filling breakfast cookies. They go wonderfully with your favorite cup of coffee or tea.¬†Not too sweet or bland, simply perfection in every bite.

At first when I saw this recipe, I was a little skeptical. The recipe said they were gluten and vegan friendly, so my immediate natural reaction was “are they¬†really¬†good?”. I tweaked the recipe because a) I’m not gluten free or a vegan and b) I didn’t have some of the ingredients listed so I substituted them for what I had on hand.

No added sugars and depending on what you have in your pantry, the recipe uses little to no processed ingredients. So if you need a quick grab ‘n go breakfast or a snack mid day to tie you over to lunch or supper,¬†these are a great “go-to”.

Morning Oatmeal Cookies

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Morning Nutty Oatmeal Cookies

A quick morning snack packed with protein and healthy fats. Recipe adapted from The Beaming Baker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Author The Little Momma

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp flax eggs (2 flax seed mixed with 6 Tbsp water let set for 5 mins)
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter or your favorite nut butter will do!
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup dried berries chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together oats, flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together flax eggs, melted butter, peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
  4. Add the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients mixing until just combined.
  5. Fold in almonds and berries.
  6. Spoon a heaping tablespoons of dough onto cookie sheet. Bake for 8-11 mins.
  7. Allow to cool. Enjoy!
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Blueberry Orange Greek Yogurt Parfait

I¬†love¬†breakfast food.¬†When I get up in the morning, I’m one of those crazy people who immediately thinks of what I can eat. A lot of times I eat eggs for breakfast but today, I thought I’d change it up a bit and have a blueberry and orange granola yogurt parfait too. You can make a parfait with any kind of fruit but blueberries and oranges are in season and are what I have on hand.

Blueberry Orange Greek Yogurt Parfait

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Running in the Summer Sun

Oh my, these warm days are some of my absolute favorites! I don’t know about you but when it’s sunny outside and not too hot, the outdoors are calling my name.

Running in the Summer Sun

Today I went on a run with my little man and it was great. But, it was a bit toasty. My little guy loves to be outside and see all the trees and people that we pass by. We have some great parks and greenways close to where we live. It has been such a long time since I’ve run consistently (because I was pregnant and getting used to being a mommy) that I didn’t think of everything that I should have done to prepare.

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Come Along For the Ride

Welcome!!! Blogging is new for me so this is going to be an adventure! I’ll be into some photography, cooking, exercising and some DIY projects to beautify our home.¬†So often¬†it seems like I am finding the cutest thing to be sanded and painted for our home, 10 min ab workouts to have the best looking abs ever, or the yummiest recipe that I must cook! With all the cooking and baking that I’m sure is to come, there will definitely need to be some runs or intense workouts to burn off those extra calories. Stay tuned for some adventures!

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