Cucumber And Celery Fruit Salad

by MrsB

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Hot day here in the Valley of Cali. I have lived in a couple of hot places, but never in a place where the temperature gets over 100 degrees! If we didn’t have a really good air conditioning unit, I don’t think I would be able to make it out here in this heat. I would have melted into the pavement. I thank the stars above that I have a nice pool to help cool our body temperatures down. This valley heat is no joke.

While trying to stay cool, I’m trying my hardest to cook so much. Salads, salads, salads are the way to go during the summer. I eat salads for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even for a snack. All you have to do is change up the ingredients to match your mood, and you could make salads for days.

A couple of days ago, I set some ingredients out on my counter, and let me creativity and hunger take over. I put together this Cucumber and Celery salad for breakfast. I didn’t know how it would come out, considering, I’m not a fan of celery at all. I surprised myself when I took my first bite. My hungry thoughts, became my delicious reality :)

Check your kitchen for:

1 Stalk of Celery

2 Persian (mini) cucumbers

1 Kiwi, peeled

3 Sweet Red Peppers

1/2 Cup Pomegranate Arils, (seeds)

1 half of a Lemon’s Juice

 

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                         All you have to so is dice all of the ingredients, Mix it all together, and eat!

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                             What a refreshing salad this is. It’s perfect for those hot summer days.

 

Cucumber And Celery Fruit Salad
Serves 2
A refreshing, healthy, salad that can be eaten at any time.
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
195 calories
44 g
0 g
2 g
6 g
0 g
647 g
33 g
27 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
647g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 195
Calories from Fat 17
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
3%
Saturated Fat 0g
1%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 33mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 44g
15%
Dietary Fiber 11g
42%
Sugars 27g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
121%
Vitamin C
497%
Calcium
10%
Iron
12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 Stalk of Celery
  2. 2 Persian (mini) Cucumbers
  3. 1 kiwi
  4. 3 Sweet Red Peppers
  5. 1/2 Pomegranate Arils,(seeds)
  6. 1 Half of a Lemon's Juice
Instructions
  1. Chop the cucumber into small piece
  2. Dice the celery very small
  3. Peel and dice the kiwi
  4. Dice the sweet red peppers
  5. Mix together all of the ingredients
  6. Squeeze the lemon juice all over the salad, then toss.
  7. Eat!
Notes
  1. You can also add a chopped and peeled apple.
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2g
protein
6g
carbs
44g
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This salad is versatile, and can be eaten at any meal. The best salads to me are the ones that you experiment with. Those are the ones that end up being the tastiest.

Have you ever tried vegetable and fruit mixed salads before? Would you eat this salad? Give it a try, comment below, and let me know if you like it or not.


Tray Chic with One Kings Lane

by MrsB

While checking my mail last week, I came across an email from the lovely people over at One Kings Lane. They asked me if I wanted to participate in their “Tray Chic” campaign. I recently have been getting into decorating with trays after seeing a few inspirations here and there. So I decided to join in on the campaign.

Trays can be used for all sorts of things. To hold your keys, your jewelry, and even your make up. You can serve a meal to someone, or use it to spruce up your home with your favorite decor pieces.  

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I came across this brown tray that I found at a local bargain store. Me being who I am, I was thinking of a way to make this tray useful. I had envisioned something fun and pretty sitting on display, on my nightstand. 

 

 

 

 

 

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I got some spray paint, and went to town. Painting this beautiful shade of blue. Gloss Brilliant Blue from Rust-Oleum To be exact.

In case you hadn’t noticed, blue is definitely my favorite color. 

I added a few of my favorite things like my wedding rings, and my little glass box with hubby and I’s faces etched inside of it.

 

 

 

 

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I love how it all came together. I enjoy looking over at it when I open my eyes in the morning.

If you are looking for ways to decorate with trays, check out One Kings Lane. They have an array of beautiful accent trays for you to chose from.

Like this Beautiful Navy Blue Essential Tray that is of course, my favorite color, and would be a great piece to add to my kitchen. 

I love these Multicolored Wooden Trays. They  come in a set of 3. The blue and green colors together are gorgeous! 

This cute, little Elephant Tray would be perfect on your vanity, holding your best pieces of jewelry, and little trinkets.

The bright colors on this Pink Elephant Printed Tray are electrifying! This would be awesome to add to my craft room to give it some color. 

My favorite tray of them all is this Blue Lapis-Style Mirrored Tray. The shape, the color, everything about it is simply marvelous. It has been added to my wishlist! 

I felt overjoyed and was honored when I was presented with this opportunity to share with you all. Thank you to One Kings Lane for reaching out to me, and giving me this opportunity. I love decorating my home and making it beautiful for me and my family. 

Do you decorate with accent trays around your home? Comment below, and share with me some of your tray chic ideas and inspriations.

 


A Day At The Farm

by MrsB

This summer, since we’ve moved out of the city, I’ve had to do some digging to find a whole new set of activities to do with the kids. There isn’t as much out in the country to do, however, I’m all about exploring, and finding new adventures for us to embark on.

I came across a website called Pick Your Own where you can research farms in your area that allow to public to come pick their own produce.

A couple of weeks ago I took my girls to Jessop Farms

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It was not our first time going to a farm, but definitely our first time going to a one where you can pick your own produce. Located in a town called Ripon, Jessop Farm is a big farm with lots of activities to kids your little ones busy.

When we first walked up, we seen this cute, blue sand pit play area with a little sail boat.

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The girls decided to leave their mark by leaving their names on the chalkboard that is next to the sand pit.

The girls and I enjoyed a few rounds of hopscotch.  20150628094753

When we were done playing around, we stepped over to the bucket table and grabbed buckets for picking.

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We came during the end of the season, so the picking were slim. The season start at the beginning of May and ends around the middle of June. Their we no more blueberries left, but they did have some strawberries. My girls didn’t even care though. They were just so excited at the thought picking their own fruit.

 

 

 

 

 

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Strawberries are $2.00 a pound. 

Blueberries are $3.25 a pound.

Compared to most grocery stores in my area, that’s a good deal. You get your own fresh produce, straight from the farm, hand picked yourself. 

 

 

 

 

                                                           Strawberries and Smiles!

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When we were done picking, we headed over to the stand to get our strawberries weighted and paid. At the stand you can buy a few vegetables that they had on hand. They had ice cream, drinks, almonds, and a few other fruits available. They even had homemade, raw honey for sale. The young lady behind the counter was very helpful and really nice. There is nothing like getting good customer service to make you experience a good one. When we were done at the stand we checked out what else that had on the farm to do. 

 

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They had a jump house( not pictured), and a cute putting area for the kid to play. Next, to the putting area were some picnic tables. They were under the shade. Perfect to sit, and have lunch at. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A great place to take your family, I totally recommend checking Jessop Farms out for yourself.

I did not expect my girls to be too interested about picking fruit. In this day in age, with all the the technology at their fingertips, picking fruit seemed like that last thing that would be deemed ‘cool’ to do. Boy was I wrong. They loved it so much that they want to go back next year, earlier in the season, and pick both fruits. My oldest even mentioned wanting to make it a tradition to go back every spring to pick produce. 

Have any local farms in your neck of the woods? Have you tried picking your own produce before? 


Wordless Wednesday: Gardening

by MrsB

I have been tending to my itsy bitsy garden, and I’m excited to be able to keep up with my progress. I am know for having a black thumb, and killing just about every living plant that comes my way. Currently I have a zucchini, cucumber, red bell pepper, a tomato plant, a mandarin tree, and a lemon tree.

So far, my lemon tree and tomato plant are thriving and still living. I am thankful that there is still a chance for me to get some sort of garden going. 

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To Walk Or Not To Walk: Graduation

by MrsB

So, it’s that time of the year again when everyone is sharing their joys and posting pictures of their kids graduation. I won’t be participating in the crazy preparations for graduation this year. My oldest is graduating high school, but he doesn’t want to walk down the aisle with his classmates. Shocking I know!

When I first heard the news, I was devastated. I thought to myself,

Am I going to be the only parent without graduation pictures?

The only parent not sitting in the crowd, waiting for their child’s name to be called?

What what others think of me?

Will they think of me as a bad parent for not forcing him to follow through with the ceremony?

What will my husband’s family think? 

And that’s when it dawns on me, pushing him to do this graduation walk, that I was so gung ho for, is really about my ego, not about him graduating. I was too busy thinking about what others way say about me and my parenting skills, that I was forget the huge accomplishment that my son had made. I wanted to show off like other parents, but maybe it’s for all the wrong reasons.

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I had to say myself, “Kesha, I know you want to sit there and sob “that’s my baby!” and scream out his name with he is called to the stage, but is it going to be worth it if he hates the entire experience? He’s the one who would have to wear the cap and gown, sit for hours, and do the walk, not you.”

I realized my issues were a result of me trying to feed my ego, and please others. Instead of being happy with that fact that my son graduated from high school. Instead of letting him be himself, and let him be his own person. I can’t be mad that I’ve raised him to speak his mind, and to make his own decision. To be honest. To do what makes him happy with himself. To express himself, and follow his own path that is pleasing to God. That’s what I have taught him over the years. 

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My son’s decision to not walking down the aisle does not make him any less of an educated person. It just means I don’t get a picture of him in his diploma or his cap and gowns. Something I can do myself. I won’t miss that proud feeling a parent gets when their child graduates. I feel that now, and have been all school year long!  

For some, the accomplishment is in what you did to get your degree, not walking across the stage. For others, the stage moment is important, but I think it’s fair to recognize that not everyone is going to get something out of it.

I still have 3 more kids that can choose to walk down the aisle but I’m not going to pressure them, and make it seem like if they don’t do it, it’s the end of the world. I’m happy if they are happy.

  • As long as they are proud of themselves when they graduate and receive a diploma.
  • That they know deep down in their heart that they gave it their all.
  • That they see their own worth.
  • That they grow to become adults who are happy with the choices that they have made in their life.

At the end of the day, the goal of graduating high school has been met. I’m proud of my son. He has had his struggle over the years, but he managed to make it to that light at the end of the tunnel that seemed so dim for so long.

My son’s choice to not walk may not makes others happy, and I’m fine with that. He’s not here to please others, and feed their into their exceptions of what they what for HIS life. Choosing not to go to your graduation ceremony shouldn’t make you feel any less of a person, and it shouldn’t make you feel less worthy of your family and friend’s unconditional love and support.

“I did not teach my children to be like I taught then to live their truth, to love themselves, to always respect other and always reach to be respected! No matter what people day about them at the end of the day, my kids have the confidence to be who they are and THAT’s where their power lies.” Jada Pinkett Smith


Wordless Wednesday: Motherhood

by MrsB

Motherhood.

The hardest, most underrated, most important job in the world. 

Our hard work goes far beyond Mother’s Day and everything else. We sacrifice for our children, we guide them, and watch over them. We cry for them, hold them, and cheer them on. At the end of the day, we love them unconditionally, and we love them hard. 

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Take motherhood one day at a time, and enjoy the journey that will last you a lifetime!


How I Feel Appreciated As A Mother

by MrsB

                              It’s the simple things that matter. 

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I use to think that I needed a spa day, some form of jewelry, or a dinner at a nice restaurant was what I needed to feel appreciated on Mother’s Day. The push to get a gift is everywhere. It’s all over tv, in the stores advertising, and of course all over social media. Mothers everywhere, each year, showing off what they got for to feel special that day. 

Now, please don’t get me wrong here. I like gifts like any other person. I see nothing wrong with getting gifts from loved ones to show you they care. We all like having that one day to feel special, but what if the people you love showed you how special you are all throughout the year?

What if people showed you how special and appreciated you are everyday?

What if you could see what you have, and simply be full of gratitude because of it? 

What if you slowed down to pay attention to the special moments in motherhood and in your everyday life?

                                 It’s the simple things that matter. 

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                              How do I feel appreciation from my family:

  • When my teenage son comes to me and thanks me for always loving and supporting him, through the good times and the bad. I feel appreciated. 
  • When I’m sick, my kids step up the the plate and handle their homework, their chores, their dinner, and they check up on me to make sure I’m ok. I feel appreciated.
  • When they tell me that they love me. I feel appreciated.
  • When we all can sit around together, laugh, make jokes together, and connect as a family. I feel appreciated.  
  • When my older kids take over homework duties and help with the younger ones. I feel appreciated. 
  • When I come down the stairs, in the morning, see a clean home, and know it’s clean because my kids took care of it. I feel appreciated.  
  • When my kids come to me excited to share themselves with me. Whether it be a good grade, something that happened at school, or whatever it is that interest them. I feel appreciated. 
  • When my husband tells me he supports my passion, and shows genuine interested in what I do. I feel appreciated.

                           It’s the simple things that matter.

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You see, I don’t hold out for that one day a year, because I see what I have been blessed with 365 days of the year. I see the appreciation my family has for me. They show it in their own way, everyday. 

It is nice and rather exciting to get a nice gift, but it’s much more rewarding for me in the long run to be gifted with unconditional love from the ones I hold closet to my heart. 

Being a mother is rewarding in so many ways. However, we tend to feel overwhelmed and unappreciated with the day in and day out responsibilities of motherhood.

What are some was your family can show you some appreciation? Do you express how you feel with them? How do you find your happy place and gratitude in the middle of chaos? 


Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats

by MrsB

Are you an Overnight Oats fan? I know I sure am. It’s my morning obsession at the moment.

Being the first one at the crack of dawn, I tend wake up hungry. I drink my lemon water, makes some green tea, I grab a jar, and eat. Overnight oats for breakfast has become a meal that I can eat regularly. As long as I can change up the flavors, the chances of me getting tired of eating it is much less. 

                                           Simple to make and easy to eat.

apple cinnamon overnight oats

 

Why do I love overnight oats:

  • Quick and easy to make. Takes me less that 10 minutes prepare the night before.
  • It’s nutritions. A healthy breakfast packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein.
  • It’s a simple grab and go meal that can easily be transported anywhere.

 

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Layer the following ingredients:

Oatmeal 

Chia seeds

Greek Yogurt

Almond Milk

Applesauce 

Cinnamon

 

Directions:

Put the top on and close it tight. 

Place in the fridge overnight 

Grab spoon

Get Jar

Mix

And Eat

 

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Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats
Dessert for breakfast!
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194 calories
28 g
8 g
7 g
7 g
2 g
233 g
32 g
9 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
233g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 194
Calories from Fat 52
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
11%
Saturated Fat 2g
9%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 8mg
3%
Sodium 32mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 28g
9%
Dietary Fiber 6g
25%
Sugars 9g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
30%
Iron
10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 Cup Oatmeal
  2. 1 Tablespoon Chia seeds
  3. 1/4 Cup Greek Yogurt
  4. 1/3 Cup Almond Milk
  5. 1/4 Cup Applesauce
  6. Dash of Cinnamon (More or less is up to you)
Instructions
  1. Layer all the ingredients
  2. Put the top on and close it tight
  3. Place in the fridge overnight
  4. In the morning, get a spoon
  5. Grab your Jar
  6. Mix the ingredients
  7. Eat
Notes
  1. **Add Honey for sweetener
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calories
194
fat
7g
protein
7g
carbs
28g
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Simple to make, Easy to eat,

Dessert for breakfast is such a treat! 

 (Yeah, I know, I just rhymed. I thought it was funny so I kept it :) )

Not So Wordless Wednesday: Mother’s Day

by MrsB

It’s just around the corner.

I thought I would use this Wordless (not so wordless) Wednesday post to share some funny quotes that I found using this awesome Mother’s Day Quote Finder By Proflowers.

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 This quote is so true. It made me laugh out loud, and then call my mother. I’ve had moments where my mom had to snap me back into reality. Sometimes, your mom has just the right words needed to help you through a tough parental situation. 

 

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 OMG! Yes! Every successful woman I know, has had a basket of dirty laundry, and even some dirty dishes in the sink. Doesn’t make them any less of a mother. Sometimes, you have to let the laundry go, so that you can do whats best for you and your kids. There is nothing wrong with that. 

 

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 This is definitely something all Moms can relate to. We all spend our fair share  of time in our cars with our kids. From school, to doctor appointments, to extracurricular activities. We are technically chauffeurs, and will carry that title for a very long time. 

 

Love these quotes? Take a peek at the Mother’s Day Finder to find an array of quotes to share with your mother this holiday. 


Lox And Cucumber Rolls Ups

by MrsB

Lox is so good!

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Most eat it with cream cheese on a bagel. I personally like to eat it with just about anything that it can mesh well with. 

What is Lox?

Well, lox is not smoked salmon like everyone may thinks. Lox is salmon that is cured in a salt-sugar rub or brine. You can also add dill, if that’s what you are into. It’s then wrapped up tight in plastic wrap, and left in the fridge at least 48 hours. 

Freshly made lox is to die for, but if you don’t have time for all if that, you can always get this some already made at your local famers market or grocery store. 

It cost me $10.99 at Costco for this 12oz package below. 

 Foppen Smoked Salmon

I usually plan my meals over a two week period that will include the Lox.  That way, it doesn’t go to waste. which is perfect for me because I love lox, and can eat it often. 

A couple of weeks ago, I experimented with the last bit of lox that I had. I was in need of a easy snack to make, since I was starving, and had waited too long to eat.

Which, by the way, is something you should never, ever do. That’s how you end up making poor snack choices, or even worst, become Hangry. I know I’m not the only one that suffers from being snappy due to waiting too long to eat between meals :)

I raided my fridge and found the following ingredients:

  • Lox
  • Cream Cheese
  • Cucumber

With 4 easy simple steps:

  1. Cut cucumbers into small pieces, to fit the size of the lox.
  2. spread soft cream cheese across the lox pieces
  3. place the cucumber on top
  4. Roll up and eat

                                                I was able to make these yum little roll ups. 

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                                  (The salad on the side is just spinach, with a lemon vinaigrette)

 

If you are curious about making your own lox check out recipe Here and Here 

Click here  to see a great video on how to make homemade lox.

Lox & Cucumber Roll Ups
These Lox and Cucumber Roll Ups are great for a snack, but are also good as an appetizer.
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Total Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
266 calories
19 g
64 g
20 g
6 g
11 g
510 g
195 g
9 g
0 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
510g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 266
Calories from Fat 179
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g
31%
Saturated Fat 11g
57%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 64mg
21%
Sodium 195mg
8%
Total Carbohydrates 19g
6%
Dietary Fiber 2g
9%
Sugars 9g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
25%
Vitamin C
21%
Calcium
13%
Iron
8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 4 Lox slices
  2. 1/4 Cup Cream Cheese, Soften
  3. 1-2 English Cucumbers, (The small ones at Costco or Trader Joes)
Instructions
  1. Cut cucumbers into small pieces, to fit the size of the lox.
  2. Spread soft cream cheese across each lox piece.
  3. Place the cucumber on top.
  4. Roll it up and eat.
Notes
  1. Add chives to your cream cheese.
  2. Use flavored cream cheese such as the Vegetable Garden to add a different taste to the rolls.
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calories
266
fat
20g
protein
6g
carbs
19g
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