Late Night Snacking

Late night eating is usually a recipe for disaster. Or is it just in our house? Last night was no exception. We should have just gone to bed, but we didn’t.

My husband was getting hungry and was having trouble finding a snack that sounded good to him. After a little debate, (because we do have foods he likes) it turns out he’s right, there are not a lot of snacks that Matt likes in the house.

This led to an 10pm plate of waffles and an 11pm bowl of ramen noodles.

I don’t even know where to start.

Massive amounts of sodium, fat, carbs (just to name a few)….and all right before bed. My jaw is still on the ground.

But it’s so easy to point the finger, isn’t it? Let’s see…I ate waffles with him. Not exactly a snack bursting with nutrients. In fact it’s mostly carbs with some empty calories on top.

…Pointer finger not feeling quite as pointy…

And before that I had a bowl of oatmeal. Oh and some bran flakes. And if we’re being completely honest, 2 squares of dark chocolate. Whoops. While they might be slightly more nutritious  choices than Matt’s bowl of ramen, it’s not the point. That’s an awful lot of carbs that I am not going to use before going to bed.

…Pointer finger has left the building…

So after all that said, it’s my mission to get some healthy snacks in the house. I don’t care if I have to buy them, or make them from scratch, I will find healthy snacks that my husband will eat. And I will have more willpower!

Do you have snacking disasters? How do you overcome them?

Super Smoothie

I really like smoothies. A lot. I have been making the same basic orange juice and frozen fruit smoothie for years. Many different recipes for fruit and spinach smoothies have been circling the web lately. They all claim you can’t taste the spinach.


I like fruit, but veggies are hard for me to swallow, unless they are covered in some sort of nut butter or dressing. I was intrigued by the possibility of sneaking vegetables into my smoothies without noticing. (I know I’m like a 5 year old.)  All the recipes I found called for some sort of yogurt, but since my breastfeeding son’s tummy won’t tolerate dairy, I had to wing it and make up my own recipe.

I started with orange juice. Aldi had oranges on sale for .99 and I couldn’t resist. I can never resit. I bought a bag and made my own orange juice. It ends up costing the same as most store brand orange juices, but it’s fresh and has a lot less sugar. And I think it’s fun.

I added 2 cups orange juice into my blender. I threw in a ripe banana, a kiwi, 1 cup frozen blueberries and some frozen strawberries. At this point I didn’t have any room for spinach, I had to blend it a little first.

I blended it up and after tasting it, decided it could use some more spinach. I  wanted to cram as much spinach in as possible without tasting it. And my spinach was on it’s last leg and probably wouldn’t make it to the next day. So I added a bunch more. I blended it again, tasted it, and what do you know, it’s really good! The spinach is slightly noticeable, but still nice and fruity. And there are some crazy nutrients in there.

My blender filled 3 pint size mason jars, giving me a few days worth of smoothie. I added a tablespoon of chia seeds to each jar for a little extra punch of  protein, fiber, omega 3’s and antioxidants.

The color is not quite as pretty as a simple fruit smoothie, but it’s so good for you, it doesn’t even matter.

Hand warmers

I know, handwarmers, right? The snow is melting and it’s 40 degrees outside, who needs handwarmers?

While I’m not big into resolutions, I am a fan of self improvement, and this year I am going to make an effort to finish projects that I start. 
With that said, I started making rice bag hand warmers as Christmas gifts this year. I completed all of them except for Matt’s cousins in West Virginia. I had the best intentions, but they just didn’t get done. So I am going to finish them, and they will get their Christmas gifts, even if  they get them two months late and warm outside. After all, and idea is an idea unless you do something about it, right?
They are a lovely family of seven, so this mean I have fourteen rice bags to make.

Almond Butter Bites

This recipe for No Bake Energy Bars has been a staple in my kitchen for a while now. I have always used peanutbutter to make these, that is, until I made them a few weeks ago with almond butter. 

I don’t think I can ever go back.

Today I had a hankering for something sweet, nutty and just plain yummy. So I grabbed some almond butter, honey, oats and searched the pantry to see what I had. 

Ants On A Log… Remade

It’s ants on a log remade! While the traditional celery covered with peanut butter and raisins is always a hit in my book, I was looking for something a little different, a little more nutritious, and a little more filling. As a breastfeeding mama with an already high metabolism, I’m always looking for ways to pack in the nutrients while filling my constantly growling belly.

The result? Celery, nutbutter, dried cranberries and pistachios :

I started with a batch of homemade cinnamon almond butter and a container of sunbutter, as I wanted to see if one was better than the other, and spread them on my celery. I thought the almond butter logs tasted better, but the sunbutter was very tasty, too.

I added dried cranberries and grabbed some pistachios to add as well. I unshelled a bunch and ground them up in my coffee grinder. I have made these with whole pistachios as well and think they taste just as good.

Sprinkle the pistachios on top and viola, you’ll have yourself a satisfying little snack!

Car Onesie

Yesterday while Matt was busy photographing a wedding I had what I like to call a “craft-er-noon” and made this car onesie for Micah.

Well, to be honest, it was more like a “craft-er-day” since I can’t whip anything out in an afternoon anymore. It still took me all day- and that was with Micah getting lots of playtime from Grandma!

New Projects

This week I had fun making these fabric numbers from the Counting Coconuts blog with some of my crafty friends. They turned out so good and were much easier to make then I thought they would be.
This has inspired me to make Micah a set of alphabet letters. Each letter will be made out of a matching fabric. For example, E for elephant, B for bird, F for frog, etc. It will be a fun challenge to find 26 different fabrics to use! Here are some that I found today at my favorite fabric store in Cedarburg. To learn how to make your own, click here.