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

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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