Friday, March 6th, 2015

Yummy Scramble for Lunch Using Leftover Vegetables

Egg Scramble - Good Brain Food

Egg Scramble – Good Brain Food

Here’s a relatively quick lunch I threw together for Kamea.

We eat a lot of eggs (pasture-raised only) in our house, because they give us important nutrients for our brain (and body) – choline, retinol, vitamin E, vitamin D, and more. Oh yeah, they taste delicious, too. In fact, I was dreaming about scrambled eggs when I first considered leaving my vegan life behind and end that chapter of my life.

On this day, I had leftover roasted brussels sprouts (my favorite roasting method here), and decided they’d make a nice addition to an egg scramble.

Eggs are great any time of the day. Proof: I was watching Family Feud the other day and they surveyed 100 people to ask what food is good any time of the day. The answer? Eggs.

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Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Delicious Almond Butter Dip for Lunch – Kid Friendly

by Kristen Suzanne in almonds, food journal, kamea, recipe
Quick Kid Friendly Lunch

Quick Kid Friendly Lunch – Kamea was dying to get in the picture.

I have a very special place in my heart for lunches that are quickly put together. If I don’t get breaks in my day, for myself, then I’ll pull my hair out and scream. I’m no wonder woman or super mom. :) I do have some red boots, though, so I can pretend.

I’ve become quite comfortable putting quick meals together. This easy lunch is no exception, and it’s great for kids. Here’s a post I wrote with a bunch of other Real Food Fast Food ideas.

I find, more often than not, that I don’t worry about getting a fabulous lunch put together for my family. I usually spend more attention on breakfast and dinner. I let lunch be a little more flexible, cuz I just need to. Of course, that doesn’t mean I feed junk. It means having things that are easy to grab and put on a plate without much fuss. Okay, I admit, I fussed with the almond butter a tiny bit, but sometimes I can’t help myself. Don’t expect that of me every time though!

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Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

One of the Best Things I’ve Done – A Journal to (and for) Kamea, My Daughter

by Kristen Suzanne in family, kamea
Kamea having fun. A memory.

Kamea having fun outside of True Food Kitchen. A great memory for us.

I started a practice at the end of 2013 that I’m so glad I started. It goes on the list of the best things I’ve done.

I started a journal for (and about) my daughter, Kamea. It’s a journal where I simply write a few notes about the day we had, or things that were special, or just a little something about my feelings for her. Capturing the moment for her (and me) as best I can.

It’s not only a beautiful thing to read myself, thinking back on our time together as I read the entries, but it’s going to be something special for her. When she’s older I will put it all in a book or something and give it to her as a gift. I keep it a secret for now. Perhaps I’ll tell her about it sooner than later, but for now, it’s my own special gift to us.

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Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

How to Make: Kiddo Card Holder for Playing Cards with Kids

by Kristen Suzanne in family, kamea
Kamea playing with her kiddo card holder.

Kamea playing with her kiddo card holder.

My daughter is about 4.5 years old and she’s getting to the age where we play cards. Yay! I have so many memories of playing cards growing up with my mom and my nana. Imagine my excitement when Kamea asked me to play again and again after we played Crazy 8s… Frozen style of course.

My mom bought this box of Frozen games (I think at Target, but it’s on Amazon now too), and it’s soooooooooo good. It comes with a whole slew of Frozen games that are actually really good. I even like them.

Anyway… in the box of games is the game Crazy 8s and we love playing it. Trouble was that Kamea always played it open handed because she struggled holding all of the cards in her cute little hands.

We were at Nana’s one day and the two of them were playing the Frozen Crazy 8s and Nana had a solution! OMG it’s perfect! (My sister-in-law’s mom came up with the idea – brilliant. Thanks, Chris!)

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Monday, February 9th, 2015

Three Ommms to Start the Day (and two deep breaths) – Highly Recommend.

by Kristen Suzanne in kamea, Kristen Suzanne, Meditation
Kamea depicts how I feel many mornings.

Kamea depicts how I feel many mornings.

Do you have mornings like me where it’s all go-go-go? I think Kamea’s face shows you perfectly how I am many mornings.

  • Get up!
  • Make coffee! Oh, the dishwasher can be emptied – empty dishwasher while scrambling eggs between going to and fro from dishwasher to cupboards.
  • Get Kamea up, dressed, feed her – wait! No, feed her first and then dress her so she doesn’t get food on clean clothes.
  • Now… brush teeth. I missed brushing them first thing. Darn.
  • Charge phone. Check email quickly and delete the crap.
  • Yadda yadda yadda.

It seems like that is my morning on at least three days a week and it’s just too darn crazy. Man, I think to myself, I gotta slow down more. But who has the time? I certainly don’t want to wake up any earlier because sleep is too precious.

Life shouldn’t be this way.

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Saturday, February 7th, 2015

Easy Breezy 60-Second Blender Berry Ice Cream (No Sugar Added)

by Kristen Suzanne in blueberries, dessert, kamea

 

I made this ice cream in about 60-seconds.

I made this ice cream in about 60-seconds.

It’s the middle of the day and the conversation between Kamea and I just went something like this:

Kamea: Mom, can I have something to eat?

Me: Sure, what do you want?

Kamea: Well, what are my options?

Me: Hmmm… well, we have sardines, we have bell pepper, or hmmmm … how about I make you some berry ice cream?

Kamea: BERRY ICE CREAM!

I knew she loved frozen organic berries and I knew I had a bit of grass-fed organic whipping cream in the fridge. We’re at mom’s for the weekend and I remembered to pack my MCT oil, too. And, of course, being at mom’s you know I have access to an orchard of citrus, namely oranges for this recipe.

I went to work and whipped up this deliciousness in an easy breezy 1 minute. Literally.

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Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Things I Do At Home with My Four Year Old

by Kristen Suzanne in home school, kamea, Kristen Suzanne
Our "project table" (from IKEA - it has a leaf not shown.

Our “project table” (from IKEA – it has a leaf not shown – so it gets even bigger).

Today, I was inspired to share some of the things I do with my four year old daughter. Our living space isn’t huge but we make the best with what we have. Perhaps, if I didn’t have extra shelves filled with pots and pans taking up space, we’d have more, but that’s not going to happen. I need my pots.

So, here are the things we did today.

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Monday, February 2nd, 2015

The Dry Erase Whiteboard Babysitter

by Kristen Suzanne in kamea, Kristen Suzanne
Kamea enjoying the dry erase side of her easel.

Kamea enjoying the dry erase whiteboard side of her easel.

My daughter likes to color and do artsy things in general. What 4 year old doesn’t?

So we did what a lot parents do and we bought her an easel to facilitate and encourage those artsy inklings. We bought the Melissa and Doug one featured above. (Turns out there’s a less expensive, and probably just as good, option at IKEA – if I remember correctly. Truth be told when I saw it at IKEA I tried to forget I ever saw one for that price knowing what I spent on mine. So, don’t quote me.)

Having an easel has been terrific. She doesn’t use the chalkboard side much, perhaps because it’s shoved up against that side by the wall. But, then again, who really likes chalk (unless it’s on a sidewalk)? She uses the dry erase whiteboard a lot though. A lot.

She uses the dry erase whiteboard so much, off on her own in a wonderland of drawing, that sometimes I don’t even hear much from her. Translation: I can do something myself like sip on coffee and ponder world peace or wash dishes or close my eyes or waste time on Facebook.

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Friday, January 30th, 2015

How to Tie Your Kid’s Karate Belt – 6 Steps in Pictures

by Kristen Suzanne in kamea
Kamea learning skills

Action shot – Kamea learning skills

I recently shared with you that for 2015 I was slashing my schedule and obligations, including some of my daughter’s (many) extracurricular activities. However, one of the classes we opted to keep, for many great reasons, is her karate class. It’s great for her development in multiple ways including self-esteem, confidence, mental discipline, exercise, and of course, self-defense skills. The dojo we visit is one of the best in the area (Scottsdale Martial Arts), if not the best.

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Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Meeting Other Moms: Lessons of Meetup.com

by Kristen Suzanne in family, home school, kamea, Kristen Suzanne

I’m not much of a social butterfly, though I pretend to be one sometimes (because deep down I wish I were more extroverted). But I’m a mom now, and, well, Kamea needs more human interaction than just from her parents, right? Add homeschooling to the equation and the pressure increases to expose her to people and situations so she doesn’t grow up to be a hermit.

Therefore, the hunt to do more with others began for us.

Kamea learning science. Homeschool.

Kamea learning science. Homeschool.

To start, it seemed like a good idea to enroll Kamea is various classes where she could learn skills, enjoy herself, experience new activities, and meet other kiddos. I put her in classes like music, gymnastics, dance, swim, etc, but I learned that in those structured environments it’s kind of difficult to really meet and get to know the other kids. Not to mention it’s hard to strike up a conversation with other parents who usually have their noses in their smart phones. Err… not that I would ever do this myself.

So, I did what I always do when I’m trying to figure something out… I went to the internet. It works for most things, including introducing me to my husband years ago (thanks, eharmony!), so why not see if I can learn how to make more friends for us with it?

Enter: Meetup.com

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