Tuesday, June 30, 2015

What's Cookin Good Lookin? Greek Yogurt Baja Sauce



With summertime in full swing, we love light, fresh, easy dinners. Seafood is always a plus, too! Our current favorite stemmed from a really awesome Costco find: beer battered cod. We bake up a couple of the fillets and cook up some Mexican seasoned shrimp and bust out some yummy fish tacos with shredded cabbage, red onion, avocado and homemade Baja sauce.

It's a light dinner but super filling with the protein packed seafood in there! And the Baja sauce is added protein as I make it fresh with plain Greek yogurt! Traditionally it calls for a sour cream base, but you can make it healthier with Greek yogurt and not lose any of the flavor :)

My Baja sauce recipe is super easy!

1 1/2 cups of plain Greek yogurt (we like the Fage brand)
1/4 cup of chopped fresh cilantro
1 jalapeƱo, seeded and finely diced
Juice of 1/2 of a fresh lime (or more, if you prefer)
1-1 1/2 tsp of Mexican seasoning blend (McCormick makes a good one, or you can make your own blend via this Pinterest find!)

Mix everything in, adding the lime juice last. Stir well and set to chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes (this will allow the flavors to meld). Enjoy!


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Small Business Spotlight: Sweet Southern Gold



You all know I'm Etsy obsessed...it's like Target. You go on there looking for one little trinket and the next thing you know you've spent $100 and ordered a handmade blanket, a pair of earrings and a custom coffee mug...or two.

One of my favorite Etsy shops at the moment is Sweet Southern Gold. Destiny is a Texas mama who specializes in custom drinkware that...OMG...she glitter dips. And stripe dips in glitter. And liquid gold dips. And it's just so sparkly and awesome and I can't even.



Her shop includes custom tumblers, mugs and coffee to-go cups, amongst others, that can be custom designed, right down to the color you want for your glitter dip. If you want an in-house design, Destiny features some witty, cute and downright truthful designs that you can't help but love! My current fave is the one on the coffee to-go cup she made for me (and a matching one for my fellow coffee obsessed mama friend, Joy)...


Truer words have never been spoken.

And highlighted by sparkly stripes, none-the-less!

You can check out Sweet Southern Gold on Etsy and follow her on Instagram @sweetsoutherngold to stay up-to-date with Destiny's shop! She is always coming up with new designs and is a doll to work with, so make sure you show her some love!!

Destiny has been gracious enough to give away one of her "Motherhood calls for copious amounts of coffee" to go cups to one of you!! And if that wasn't rad enough, she's also giving my fabulous readers a code for 15% off when you place an order in her Etsy shop. How sweet is that?!?! 

The discount code is MOMMYTHING15 and will run from today until July 4th. 

To enter to win the to-go cup, simply complete the Rafflecopter below. Contest will end at 12 am PST on July 1st, 2015 and a winner will be announced later that day. Giveaway open to residents of the United States age 18 or older.

*NOTE: the mandatory entry for the Rafflecopter is that you comment on this blog post. Please DO NOT comment on the Rafflecopter widget, as I can't see those responses! It needs to be a comment on this post. Thanks!*

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Small Business Spotlight: Small Town Grace


Over the past few months I've found some serious solace in keeping my life organized in a written way. It brings me a little bit of calm to write out everything I need to do each week and schedule it all. Food shopping Monday morning, laundry in the afternoons and what I'm planning for dinner each night. As a mama of two now, organization is key to my sanity!

Back in March I invested in a Plum Paper Planner. It's pretty...and pretty freaking fabulous. I love this planner. It's similar to the Erin Condren Life Planner, with some small differences. Worth every penny!

Part of the fun of having a nice planner is that you can decorate it :) I've found lots of Etsy shops that offer some seriously rad arrays of stickers for these planners and let me tell you, you will think of a need for stickers for EVERYTHING...and then find said stickers that you need on Etsy!



One of my absolute favorite Etsy shops for stickers is Small Town Grace. 


Owned by Erin, Small Town Grace is a shop that offers stickers for all occasions and some really gorgeous ways to add some finess to your planner. With excellent pricing and a huge selection, Erin's shop is my first stop when I need to order planner goodies. In addition to her high quality products, Erin is easily one of the best sellers I've ever bought from on Etsy. You can tell right off the bat that she cares about her customers, who she calls her Grace Girls, and wants buying from Small Town Grace to be a fun experience. And Erin is always listening to what her customers want to see. Last week I had shared my weekly spread on Instagram, in which you could see my note to remember to record Real Housewives of Orange County. When Erin saw my post, she immediately created a sticker to remind me which night it's on! Complete with a "woo hoo" sticker in honor of Vicki Gunvalson!


{photo: @smalltowngrace Instagram}

Sticker mail!

If you're a planning mama like myself, go check out Erin's shop. You can find her on Etsy, Facebook and Instagram...and if you're following her on Instagram, you might notice that she's running a huge giveaway for lots of planner goodies right now!!

OH, and? Erin has been generous enough to offer a coupon code for you all! Use code THISWHOLEMOMMY15 at checkout to save 15% off any order $15 or more :)

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

What's Cookin' Good Lookin'? Cinnamon Oatmeal Banana Bread!


So for my birthday this year, my parents gave me a gift I have been wanting for years...a bread machine. Growing up, my mom had one and whenever she made bread it was a real treat. Fresh, warm breads with a crispy crust and a soft, warm inside...

Yum.

So as you can imagine (and probably read if you follow me on Instagram) I squealed like a little girl when a big box arrived containing a Cuisinart bread machine, a jar of bread machine yeast and a book of recipes to make in my new beauty.



I've made a few goodies in there. Loaves of crusty French and Italian breads and a sweet cinnamon swirl bread. And lately I've taken up some experimenting :) Yesterday I busted out a breadly concoction that my husband loved: cinnamon oatmeal banana bread. Sweet and good for toasting, this is a little play on traditional banana bread that would make for a rad French toast or even be great with a little peanut butter. Here's the recipe below. I've also included a printable for anyone who wants to add this to their recipe box :)




Enjoy!

Layer the following ingredients per your bread machine's instructions. For the machine I have, it calls to add wet ingredients first, dry second and finish with yeast. 

Yields a 1.5 lb loaf

Wet ingredients:
1 cup of milk, preferably whole
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 1/2 - 2 ripe bananas, sliced

Dry ingredients:
3 cups of bread flour
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
2/3 cup of oatmeal (NOT quick cook)

Yeast:
2 1/2 tsp bread machine yeast

Set your machine for a 1.5 lb loaf on the sweet bread setting with a medium crust.
When the bread is done, remove from machine and let cool on a cooling rack. Slice as you go and store the loaf in a Ziplock bag.

If you want to add nuts into this loaf, chopped walnuts would be a good one! You can add these, or any other mix-in, after the first kneading cycle.

If you don't have a bread machine, you'll find some useful tips for adapting the recipe and making it by hand here: http://dish.allrecipes.com/bread-machine-baking-tips-for-experimenting/