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A Working Mom and Her Pancakes

I’m not going to lie to y’all – I have been BUSY!

But since I’m being honest, I can say that I kind of love it!!

Being back to work has been an adjustment, of course, but I think we’re finally… sort of… almoooooost… in a groove! This groove does require being in bed by 9:30 (if I’m lucky) and waking up at 5:00 – but it’s totally a groove!! Hopefully this week I’m going to try and give you an updated “day in the life” kind of post. I always think those posts are super fun! But for now – here’s what’s been up with THIS buttercup!

I’m very lucky that the staff at KinderCare have been so accomodating and willing to send a fairly nervous Momma photos of her babe. Of all the one’s I’ve received, this is the one where Emma is the happiest lol.

Emma not hating daycare


Obviously, Emma hasn’t been thrilled at the prospect of being dropped off with strangers. But after three weeks – she’s downing at least two bottles and eating bits and pieces of solids, too, which makes me very happy! Dropping her off is kind of rough, but I’ve kept it together!! Once I’m at work, though, I hardly even have time to check my phone to see how she’s doing before it’s time to head out again! Time has seriously gone by so, so quickly! I can’t believe it’s been three weeks back to work already. I’m loving every second of my new job! (I’m a Project Manager for an Internet Marketer in Harrisburg). I kind of just got thrown right into the fire and am already working with clients – but I can’t imagine it any other way. I learn best by doing, so I think it’s working out pretty well.

I’ve resorted to some serious meal prepping since I’m so busy. I’m all about salads in a jar for lunch. I’ve done an Asian one, a Greek one, and a Southwest one. This week I’m thinking Strawberry Spinach. I plan to write a post on them soon – so we’ll see how that goes. 😉 Hardboiled eggs and string cheese are my snacks of choice – as are grapes, sugar snap peas, baby carrots, and the occasional rice cake with peanut butter and banana on top.

Breakfasts have been protein smoothies, overnight oats, and eggs and avocado toast.

eggs and avo toast

On a good day – I’m up at 5:00am, I feed Emma who then goes back to sleep for a bit (on a good day), I shower, get ready and have time to eat some breakfast before I grab the babe head out the door. Having a flex start time is amazing because I don’t need to stress if I’m running a few minutes later than I’d prefer because I can show up anytime between 8:00am and 10:00am…it’s pretty glorious. Obviously as an early riser I do what I can to get there for 8:00am. So far so good!!

emma and her drawerEmma bear is seriously on the move, lately!! And getting into everything! We’ve officially had to start baby proofing…but this drawer just has oven mitts in it…so it’s hers now lol.

And o0o0o0o0o!!!! I had a lovely first Mother’s Day, thanks for asking!!! The hubs and the babe took me to brunch at a place in the Burg I’ve been dying to try – Home 231. I got not 1…but 2 mimosas (I know, I’m wild) and huevos rancheros which were effing delightful. I struggled to pick something, but it’s pretty much a guarantee that if a menu has huevos rancherors Imma get it.  Hubs got a burger and fries with some Troegs Perpetual IPA – of course. We brought Emma cheerios so she was a happy camper!


Being back to work really does make me appreciate the weekend again!! Last weekend, I made Em and I matching banana oat pancakes for breakfast. There is something about mini breakfasts that just make me happy inside. She at about half of one of these babies and thoroughly enjoyed the peanut butter on top. I ate all of mine…and one of hers. But I don’t feel bad about it lol. We still haven’t given Em chocolate, so I reserved the chocolate chips for me. Mu-hu-hahaha.

mommy and baby pancakes


Gosh, don’t you just love breakfast food?! All I want to do now is eat these pancakes. Here is the foolproof recipe!!

Mommy & Baby Banana Oat Pancakes

  • 1 ripe banana, smashed
  • 1 egg (if you haven’t given your baby a whole egg yet, i suggest two yolks.)
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats

Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl. Cook on a griddle over medium heat… like you would any other pancake… and serve!!

I know, that recipe isn’t the most specific. But if you don’t know how to make pancakes I’m sure there is a video on youtube that will show you how… in fact….here ya go! Have at it!! The internets is great, isn’t it?

Par-tea, Tapas, and Good Times!!!

My goodness does time sure fly. I haven’t posted at ALL  for the whole month of April and I’m just realizing this today!!! Wtf mate?! My apologies for the absence, but…




So where have I been, you ask?

Well, it’s been a busy month so far!

I spent the first weekend in Charleston visiting some of my hubby’s extended family. We had a super time!! We got to enjoy a street fair, some shrimp and grits (my first time! amazinggggggggg. so glad i don’t live where i could devour them every day!) and (my personal favorite part…) we got to visit the ONLY tea garden in the USA!

The Charleston Tea Plantation!!!

Goodness, gracious me I was so thrilled to get a chance to visit. Tea is, hands down, my favorite beverage. All kinds really – black, green, oolong, white. It doesn’t matter. I’ve hardly ever met a true tea I didn’t like.


By true tea I am referring to only the leaves that comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant…which is the only plant that tea comes from. Any other “tea”  you may come across, like peppermint, roobios, or chamomile are herbal “teas”. These don’t contain caffeine naturally, like the Camellia Sinensis plant does. All black, green, oolong, and white teas contain caffeine naturally. There are various methods for decaffeinating tea that comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant, though it will almost always still contain about 1% of its original caffeine content. Heh.

I became particularly passionate about tea while I was working as a Barista at Starbucks. When patrons used to come in and ask  if we had any decaffeinated green tea my store manger (who was the worst) would always respond “Yes! Our Refresh tea is a decaffeinated peppermint green tea!” LIESSSSSSSSSSSS! It’s peppermint tea. Period. In a green package. Ugh.

So now you know the difference between true “tea” and herbal tea!


ANNNYYWWHHHOOOOO…It’s really wonderful to have an opportunity to see the way something you enjoy a daily basis is planted, grown, harvested, and processed. Here I am with some baby tea plants!!!!

And here are some tea plants growing in the fields!!!


Charleston was a great trip!!! Then last weekend, John and I had an AWESOME time with some awesome friends/family in Baltimore!!

We spent our first evening at home in Harrisburg at probably my favorite restaurant I’ve ever been to there…Manga Qui’s Suba Tapas Bar.

The first time I visited Suba was for my bachelorette party and we had an amazing time sharing lots of outrageously delicious tapas and cocktails!!  It’s a tiny place, seating maybe 30 people, but it’s totally worth waiting for! I’d have to say my personal favorites from their menu are the Pa amb Tomaquet (Catalan inspired grilled bread rubbed with garlic, extra virgin olive oil and tomato) Suba Tacos (Fried crispy tilapia, salsa rosa, avocado,mango cilantro salsa, shredded cabbage) and Queso Flambeado (“flaming cheese” with chorizo and Bacardi 151). Here’s me and the Queso Flambeado and my bachelorette party (just in case the sash and silly veil didn’t give it away)!


When it comes to cocktails, Suba’s Red Sangria is amazing and loaded with fresh black and blueberries!! It’s not too sweet or  too dry and dangerously delicious. I also tried their Firefly cocktail, which is made with House-made habenero infused tequila, mango, Bacardi Limon, Midori, lime and mint. It was insane!! Having an icy cold beverage set your mouth on fire is such a bizarre and fun experience! If you’re ever in the area, you MUST go to Suba.

Then, of course, we finally got to Baltimore.  We visited the National Aquarium and got to see some fishies and sharks and turtles and tree frogs and puffins and sloths. I am such a little kid when it comes to visiting aquariums and zoos…I LOVE THEM!!!! Here’s the gang! (We did NOT plan our outfits out, btw. Just so happened to match … oopsies!)

thegangAfter the Aquarium, we hit up Fells Point. We wandered for a bit then grabbed some beer and dinner at Max’s Taphouse! An awesome bar and pub style establishment where you order your food and drinks at the bar! Such a cool place!! We all shared platefuls of guacamole, steamed mussels, buffalo chicken fingers, french fries, tortilla chips, and a crab quesadilla with chorizo. So much food!!! All delicious!!food

Finally, Sunday morning we grabbed brunch at Teavolve (can you tell I picked this place out?!). Everyone loved their food! We had wonderful service, too. My cousin, Bill, got their Funnel Cake French Toast which seriously looked straight from a carnival and it was super tasty, as he was kind enough to share! The hubby got a smoked salmon bagel and my gal Susan got a breakfast panini with chipotle sauce and avocado.  I had eggs benedict with crab and avocado and I can’t tell you the last time I enjoyed breakfast/brunch so much. It came with super delicious roasted potatoes and fresh fruit, which I shared with my hubby because I was so full!!! I enjoyed their house made tea infused white sangria, infused with a ginger peach white tea. It was lite and perfect. I had to enjoy the tea by itself, too, just for good measure. 🙂tea

So as you can see, I’ve been a pretty busy bee lately! But you’ll be getting some new recipes soon!!!! Until then. 🙂