2.20.2014

{Healthier Donut Recipes}

Good morning, friends!!  How are you?  I hope you all had a great Valentine's Day and are having an even better week. :)  Please forgive my sporadic posts…We're packing up one house and prepping to move into another, so I'll most likely be popping in here and there over the next couple of weeks while the moving chaos ensues.

I just couldn't help but post about this.  Just recently, I was talking to friends about my love of donuts and how I wish I could eat them all the time.  I mean I REALLY love them, but I never indulge because I know how quickly those delicious bites will turn to pesky pounds.  I always resist the urge to turn into Krispy Kreme when that "Hot Doughnuts Now" sign is illuminated, and it is oh so hard!!

Soon after I was talking about my love of donuts, I saw a Brit + Co post featuring healthy donut recipes.  I took it as a sign that I need to try my hand at some delicious {and healthy} donuts, and I can't wait to satisfy my donut sweet tooth without all the guilt.  If you're a donut-lover like I am, you're really gonna love these…
{Olive Oil Mini Donuts}
{Vanilla Donuts with Vanilla Glaze}
{Blueberry Lemon Yogurt Donuts}
{Coconut Flour Cake Donuts}
{Red Velvet Mini Donuts}
{Orange Poppy Seed Donuts}
{Healthier Classic Powdered Donuts}
{Greek Yogurt Cinnamon Roll Donuts}
{Baked Mini Chocolate Donuts}
{Fluffy Chocolate Donuts}
{Pecan Pumpkin Glazed Donuts}
{Brit + Co's Healthy Donut}

xoxo,
Katherine

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2.13.2014

{Valentine's Day Ideas}

Hey friends!!  It's good to be back!  I took a few days off to spend some much-needed time with my family, and yesterday we were dealing with flickering power as a result of the ice storm.  Luckily, the ice has melted and I have a computer with a full battery to post a few Valentine's Day treats before the big day. :)

As I was visiting one of my all-time favorite blogs - Cupcakes and Cashmere - the other day, I noticed that she had done a round-up of past posts full of the sweetest treats to make for your Valentine.

They all look so awesome, and maybe one will catch your eye to try tomorrow.  I made her delicious cookies a couple of years ago for Forrest, and this year I'm tempted to try those scrumptious chocolate lava cakes…Yummy!!
{Cupcakes and Cashmere}
xoxo,
Katherine
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2.06.2014

{Don't Miss a Childhood}

This topic has been weighing heavily on my mind lately, and I have to be completely honest…I think I may have a bit of an addiction to my iPhone!!  Throughout the day, I'm constantly checking my Facebook newsfeed, looking at what's trending on Twitter, clicking over to see the latest pictures posted on Instagram, looking out for any new emails that pop up in my inbox, and all the while, I have a beautiful baby girl toddling around the house who deserves way more attention than my cell phone ever will.
{via Hands Free Mama}
In this day and age, it's so easy to get wrapped up in the technology and social media sources that surround us, and before you know it, life has just passed you by.  I noticed one day that I was holding my sweet daughter and checking my Facebook feed at the same time, and I thought to myself "Why in the world am I letting my cell phone be a daily distraction from my daughter?"

It makes me so teary when I think about this because I know for a fact that I have put my phone before my family on way more than one occasion…How sad is that?!  I'm so upset when I think about it, and I'm putting an end to this.  We only get one life, one childhood, one chance to raise our kids and spend time with our families, and I refuse to miss out on the wonderful times because of my iPhone.

My daughter just turned 1, and this past year flew by in a flash.  In the blink of an eye, my baby is growing up, and I don't want to miss out on one sweet second of it.  As of today, I'm making a promise to be completely present in my own life…Rather than always checking my phone, I'm going to fully engage with my little girl, enjoy the beauty of the world around me, and I'm going to be there for my wonderful husband when he gets home from a long day of work…I'm going to listen to how his day was rather than be distracted by technology.

I recently came across this blog post by the Hands Free Mama entitled "How to Miss a Childhood", and it hit me like a ton of bricks…I was guilty of so many of the things Rachel mentions in the post, and it broke my heart.  Shortly after I read the post on the Hands Free Mama blog, I saw this post by Maggie Whitley, a blogger I've been following for years.  I was immediately drawn to the title "Why I Deleted You from my iPhone," and I was so inspired after I read it.

So, do you know what I just did?  I deleted all of those distracting social media sites off of my phone, and it feels great!!!  Do you know what else I did?  I walked into my daughter's nursery and gave her a little kiss as she slept, and I made a silent vow to her to be completely present in her life.

What will you regret more…Missing out on your children's lives or missing out on Facebook posts?  The answer is so simple, and the solution is even easier.  Be sure to read Maggie's and Rachel's posts, and don't ever miss a childhood!

xoxo,
Katherine
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2.05.2014

{Skinny Beef Casserole}

One of the many great things about being snowed in last week was I got the opportunity to try out some new, hearty, and healthy dinner dishes.  I came across this recipe on Skinny Mom, and I was immediately drawn to the picture.  It looked so delicious, and I couldn't wait to try it.

I swapped out the beef for ground turkey meat, and I have also added mushrooms and other veggies to the recipe.  Overall, this is so simple to prepare, and it is husband and wife approved in my house!!  I hope you all enjoy it as much as we do!!
{Skinny Beef Casserole}

Ingredients:

1 pound ground sirloin

1/2 cup chopped onion            

1/2 cup chopped red pepper

1/2 cup chopped green pepper

3 garlic cloves, minced

3 cups cooked whole wheat wide egg noodles

1 1/2 cups frozen peas

1 15 ounce can tomato sauce

1 can cream style corn

1/2 tbsp chili powder

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

Directions:

1) In a large skillet, cook the sirloin, onions, peppers, and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Drain.

2) Combine meat, peppers, and onions with cooked pasta, corn, and peas. Add tomato sauce, chili powder, and red pepper flakes. Stir to mix all ingredients and transfer to a greased 3-3.5 quart baking dish.

3) Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until heated through and enjoy!

xoxo,
Katherine
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