April 18, 2014

HOUSE UPDATE

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Yesterday we patiently waited to hear from our lender in regards to the appraisal of what was hopefully going to be our new humble abode! There was a lot of phone staring and email refreshing. I'm pretty sure I called Scot 100 times while he was at work to see if he had heard anything. 

It was around eight last night and we still hadn't heard anything so we did what any other anxious couple would do, we went to brusters and shared a large Reese's peanut butter cup blast while the boys enjoyed their birthday cake, smothered in sprinkles, baby cones. Ice Cream fixes everything right? By the time we got home we still hadn't heard anything.

This morning I woke up to a text message from Scot letting me know the house appraised at full price and we were officially new home owners!

WE GOT THE HOUSE. We can now say we are officially under contract and all we have to do is sign our name a few hundred times and then we FINALLY get to move in.

I cannot wait to share more details, including a video tour! I also can't wait to see how we transform this beautiful home and make it ours! Thank you for all the awesome vibes, prayers, and good juju that ya'll sent our way along this process. For now I'll leave you with me sitting on our new front porch! It feels SO good to say that.

April 14, 2014

CHICKEN + AVOCADO TACO

CHICKEN+AVOCADO TACO. www.osiemoats.com

When I don't have time during the day I make up for it by eating as clean as possible. We try and keep 90% of our grocery list fresh produce. This week I'll be indulging in these delicious chicken and avocado tacos! Obviously you can alter this taco to satisfy your taste buds, but this is what I put on mine.

Chicken+Avocado Tacos |

1 whole wheat tortilla
Half of an avocado ( I use mine as a 'spread')
2 grilled chicken tenderloins ( I cut mine into small bites as opposed to the long strips)
Shredded Cheese
Black beans
Heaping handful of organic spinach

This taco takes a few minutes to make a couple seconds to scarf down. Perfect for my daily routine. 




April 7, 2014

HOMEMADE GRANOLA BARS

Homemade Granola Bars. www.osiemoats.com
Homemade Granola Bars. www.osiemoats.com
Homemade Granola Bars. www.osiemoats.com

I always want to fill the little bellies in our house with healthier alternatives. One of the boys favorites are granola bars. Although I'm sure the store bought granola bars aren't going to hurt them, they do house a handful of preservatives. This weekend while we were grocery shopping I picked up a few ingredients to make up these delicious, simple, and quick granola bars! The boys even helped assemble and mix. I don't claim to be a foodie blogger, but what I do know is that I am a mama who wants to provide great nutritious and colorful food that the boys will love! So if you're reading this and you're not a food blogger, don't turn away, this is so simple I can do it and so can you! I promise.

To make these granola bars you will need the following |

1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup chopped almonds
1 cup dried fruit ( I used dried cranberries)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
Flaxseed (optional, but it has endless nutrients. make sure you read instructions before using)

All you have to do is mix all of these ingredients together in a bowl and then lay flat on a baking sheet. I lined my baking sheet with non stick parchment paper. Next pop that bad boy in the oven at 350 for roughly 10-20 minutes. You will want to keep an eye on it, the longer you leave them in the crunchier they will be. Once at your desired texture remove from oven and let cool. I let mine cool for 30+ minutes before cutting with my pizza cutter.

The possibilities with these granola bars are endless. If you didn't want a 'granola bar' you could always form little balls and turn it into a crumble and put it over your yogurt, or in my case, ice cream! Whenever I look at food blogs I'm easily discouraged because cooking isn't necessarily my forte. I also tend to wonder if food bloggers actually eat what they make. Any food bloggers out there? I'm keeping it real with you and letting you know I have eaten the entire.container. They're SO delicious! 

Let me know if you give them a go!