My Favorite Trim Healthy Mama Recipes

A few months in with Trim Healthy Mama, I believe this plan just might work!  Who knew? 😉




I blogged about a few changes that I made initially to get me started.

 

I want to share a few of my favorites here.  I’m linking to the original articles and recipes so that you can see the amazing photographs.  When I’m HANGRY, I am not stopping to take a pretty picture.  I’m thankful for these ladies who have done the hard work!

This cinnamon roll muffin in a mug WITH cream cheese frosting is from northernnester.com and is uh-mazing!  It is so filling and I feel like I have eaten something that is off plan.  Hers is really pretty. I just mix mine up in a microwaveable bowl and dig in.  It’s really worth a try!

Lazy Lasagna from Trim Healthy Mama is really good.  When I first thought of replacing my noodles with spinach, I wasn’t very excited.  However, the flavors are wonderful and you don’t miss those carbs.  It is a keeper!

These banana muffins from mymontanakitchen are also very yummy.  They were one of the first recipes that I tried and I have made them many more times.  They are quick.  I eat them with plain greek yogurt and really enjoy them.

In case you think that I eat too many muffins (I guess I might) I will add in a few recipes that are also keto friendly.

Loaded cauliflower is a side dish that we can’t get enough of.  It is SO good!  It might sound weird to switch our your potatoes for cauliflower but just try it!

Another favorite is low carb broccoli cheese soup with bacon .  This is so good!  I keep saying filling because, to me, the best recipes are those that fill me up and don’t add pounds to the scales.

Fat head rolls are also a great go-to bread.

So, there you have it.  These are a few recipes that I love in one place.  Thanks for reading my notes to self. 🙂

 

DIY Birthday Cakes for Your Kids

I love a good DIY project and decorating cakes is a hobby that makes me happy so putting those together is fun for me!




About half way through the mess of baking, I tend to remember that Costco and Sam’s both sell 1/2 sheet cakes for less than $20.

But, alas, my kids like for me to bake and decorate their birthday cakes and that makes me happy.  It is a labor of love and actually quite fun to see their ideas come to life!  The delight that they get from them is worth every minute.  They really are truly excited and appreciative.

For this year, my twins asked for two totally different cake styles.  Apparently when you turn eight, it is no longer cool to share a theme.  My cat lover wanted a cake with “tangled up cats.”  My horse lover wanted a pasture scene with horses.

Although I have an excellent home made white cake recipe, I went straight to Wal-Mart to aisle 9 and picked up my favorite boxed white cake mix.  You just cannot go wrong with this one!

For the chocolate cake, I used this devil’s food mix.  I am not a chocolate lover but apparently it is yummy.

I only have one set of round pans and one rectangular cake pan, so I helped the girls to decide that is just what we needed to have the perfect cakes.  The power of persuasion was strong.

So, after a morning of baking, cooking, and leveling the cakes, we were ready!

I used a basic Wilton frosting recipe for the white cake and this chocolate buttercream recipe for the other.  It is the best chocolate one that I’ve tried.   Yummm!

My cat lover is also a foodie.  She loved the strawberry cream cheese filling that I had used on her daddy’s birthday cake so she requested it for her own.  It is really, really good and takes a cake from basic to amazing.

I let the girls choose a set of Toobs to use for the figures on their cakes.  This was like a little gift before the birthday and they put A LOT of thought into just which ones to get.

You really can’t go wrong with “tangled up cats.”  This was super easy to decorate. To make the yarn balls, I covered a bouncy ball and a marble with icing.  This worked well but kept me on my toes at the party to make sure that they got removed before becoming a choking hazard!

It was a bit more fun to decorate the horse cake.  I would have really liked to add a fence  (my idea was to use pretzels and icing) but she insisted that her horses were free roaming. 😉

Overall, we had a really good time with these. It was worth the effort and I felt a bit like superwoman as they oooohed and aaahhhed over the results!

They are already planning for next year!

 

 

 

 

 

Kids in the Kitchen

We are so excited around here to have somewhat of an unhurried schedule.  That leaves us time to do the things that we enjoy!




One of the things that I would really like to work on improving is feeding the family healthy-ish meals.  The further we get into the school year, the further I slip. By April, if Tyson and Sister Shubert don’t make it, well….

Last week, I had a little help in the kitchen making these brown sugar biscuit twists.  They are really easy to make with kids and they turn out delicious.  We will be making them again this week.

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I wrote a few months back about some things that my picky eater will eat.  We are sticking to many of those things for the summer because they are quick and inexpensive.  I have no desire to stay in the kitchen for an hour so that everyone can eat for 5-10 minutes.

My hubby is also awesome at making big batches of breakfast burritos.  We LOVE these! They are breakfast, snack, or dinner.  We use whatever we have on hand and saute the veggies in olive oil (or lard if you want to, no finger pointing here :)).  Tonight that included mushrooms, onions, basal, garlic, and green onions.  We then added sausage crumbles (because we had some leftover from last night) and the eggs.  We put that into a warmed tortilla and top them with cheese and salsa. They are so so good!  They will keep well in the fridge or the freezer and are quick to heat up.  You can get the kids involved and they can do the chopping for you.

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For this week, we will add blueberries to every meal, due to being overachievers at the berry farm!

Just a funny extra, the strangest thing happened as I was thinking up the title for this post.  The tune of “pants on the ground” came into my mind!  Kids in the Kitchen, Kids in the Kitchen. Wow! You never know what is lurking in your sub-conscience. 🙂 Ha!

Here’s a really fun recipe for Apple Ladybugs that I plan to do this week.  My kids just happen to eat all parts of this so it should be a winner.  Isn’t that cute?

Apple Ladybug Treats

Are there fun and easy recipes that your kids help you with in the kitchen?