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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!

brunch

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?

Happy New Year!!

Holy cow, dudes!

It’s 2014!!

Can you believe it?! 2013 was a pretty awesome year for me, but 2014 is definitely going to be the biggest one yet!! (My belly will be the biggest to date, anyway. 🙂 )

We didn’t get too crazy this year… and I’m totally good with it. Johnny and I just hung out at Melinda and Kyle’s. Check out these party animals. 😀

Melinda and Kyle - Asleep

This photo was taken at 10:30 last night. Dont worry, though, they woke up just in time to watch the ball drop and go to bed. Hehehe.

After grabbing some food and drink at Troegs, we went back to their place, ate some more, and then literally just sat on the couch from 8:30 to midnight watching New Years Rockin’ Eve. I only dozed off once or twice during some commercial breaks. Did anyone else feel super old watching some of past performances?? Rhianna looked amazing and classy (not something I’m used to seeing these days) performing Umbrella in 2007…7 years ago already. It’s hard to belive that in April, Johnny and I will have been together for 7 years! Sheesh! Time goes by so fast!! Though no matter how much time goes by, I’m not sure Johnny and I will ever be capable of taking a nice picture of the both of us at the same time. Heh. We’re just goofs.

Johnny and I 1Johnny and I 2Obviously, that means we’ll be awesome parents.

Right?

Good, I thought so, too. 😀

That’s actually my New Year’s Resolution this year : I resolve to take care of myself and, in turn, baby (who’s heart is thumping away happily in my belly) to the best of my ability until baby is born and then to be the best Mommy I can be!

What about you? Do you have a New Year’s Resolution this year?

To start the New Year off right, I had to partake in What I Ate Wednesday! Today wasn’t too shabby. (I thought about taking picture of my food yesterday – taylor ham, egg, and cheese on a garlic bagel – root beer – fondue – poutine – pizza – and my weight in buffalo chicken dip. Buuuuuuut the photographic evidence would make me feel shame. Delicious, cheesy, carb laden shame!) It was wonderful to have the day off work. We got to sleep in and I made a super fun breakfast for everyone. Enjoy my day of eats!

Breakfast: I made some chocolate chip pancakes and bacon for everyone. I also enjoyed a clementine, which I can’t get enough of lately, and some 1% milk. I actually wound up having another pancake after I took this picture. It was all delightful.

pancakes

Lunch: Johnny and I grabbed a lite lunch at Wegmans today since we had to pick up some groceries. I just had a small cup of their chicken noodle soup, some saltines, and a glass of water.

chickensoup

Tea Time: I had a lovely cup of decaf Lady Grey when we got home from grocery shopping. I was sad this morning when I thought I had brought my tea with me to Melinda and Kyle’s so I could have some with breakfast and it was nowhere to be found. I actually forgot it on the kitchen counter. *sigh* Pregnancy Brain.ladygrey

Snack Time: I enjoyed a S’more Luna Bar (thank, Susan ;P) while digging into my new copy of “Orange is the New Black; My Year In A Women’s Prison. ” I swear, I always wind up reading anything a show or movie I like is based off of. I loved the Netflix series so much that when I saw this on sale at Target last weekend I had to snag it!

lunabarDinner: Johnny helped me make dinner tonight! It was so much fun!! Definitely a great way to start the year off right! We made meatballs together – he was responsible for meatball construction while I chopped up all of the ingredients to add to them. I made a little spaghetti to go with it, but the meatballs were the star of the show. I also filled my plate halfway with a salad of butter lettuce, cherry tomatoes, red onion, carrots, red bell pepper, black olives, and a tiny bit of Italian dressing.

meatballsandsaladDessert: Johnny got me a box of Lindor truffles for Christmas. He’s so good to me. Hehe. I had a dark chocolate truffle to end my New Year’s Day on a sweet note.
lindor

 


 

I hope you all enjoyed your New Year’s celebration as much as I did. I’d love to hear your resolution if you have one!! Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a puppy to snuggle and Top Chef to watch!

Happy 2014!

The Perfectly Sunny Morning Breakfast

Okay, so if the weather by you is the same as the weather by me, you woke up to a rainy morning. *sigh* I’m getting pretty sick of it all. Rain is only good for soup. But the current rain isn’t soup rain, it’s been icky hot and humid rain. (I won’t lie, though, I did get soup at Panera for lunch today and I felt a weeeeeeeeee bit better about the weather. It was air conditioned in there…so soup was appropriate… and Chicken Tortilla Soup does wonders for my mood! Moving on!)

Yesterday morning was GORGEOUS!!! I spent the first two hours of my day sitting outside eating breakfast with Melinda (my future sister-in-law) while watching the puppies play and bask in the sun. When Johnny finally decided to roll out of bed I put on some coffee and he came outside and enjoyed the sun with us. It was as close to the perfect morning I’ve had in quite a while.

What do you have for breakfast when the sun is shining and you’re feeling nothing but happiness? Blueberry Pancakes. Duh.

There is technically no real recipe for these guys. I simply took store bought pancake mix and followed the directions on the box. I spruced it up by replacing 1/4 cup of  the mix with wheat germ for some nuttiness and to boost the fiber. I also used nonfat greek yogurt AND nonfat milk for some tang.

In my personal opinion, if a sunny morning had a flavor it would taste like fresh lemons.

What do you think a sunny morning would taste like?

Rather than top my pancakes with the traditional maple syrup , I used some sweet and zippy lemon curd. And just for fun, I added some more fresh blueberries. I just can’t get enough of them! The combination of the blueberries and the lemon curd was absolute perfection! 🙂