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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Grocery Shopping at Sam's Club

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Did you know that August is national Breast feeding month? When I read that in the Healthy Living Made Simple magazine from Sam's Club it made me feel triumphant considering Solin was weaned this month. It was a long process but she is official an independent toddler. Now that she doesn't drink breast milk any more I have taken it upon myself to make sure she is getting all of the best nutrition she can.When we went to Sam's Club the other day I took her shopping with me and she helped me find some good things throughout the store:
The main reason I go to Sam's Club is to buy the coconut oil. I use this oil for everything. You can even use it as moisturizer for your dry skin! But truly I love to put a teaspoon in a pan with my morning scrambled eggs or when my husband makes his vegetable stir fry. And after reading this article in Healthy Living Made Simple about how great coconut is... I'm not trying to gloat but I must say that I am proud of myself because there are so many benefits of using coconut. You can drink coconut water, use coconut milk in recipes, or sprinkle your food with coconut flakes. All of these options give you an extra nutrition factor that wasn't there before. I will be using my coconut oil to roast Brussels sprouts with pumpernickel salt.
By the look on Solin's face she doesn't seem to be a big fan of coconut oil. But truly she doesn't know that this is what we cook her favorite vegetables in!
Solin is at the stage where she knows the difference in temperatures. However, she calls everything "Hot" even when it's cold. When we felt the refrigerator door at Sam's Club Solin yelled "Hot, Hot, HOT!" 
She just too cute for words:
While we were in Sam's Club for over an hour. Solin got a little restless. I took her out to hold her for a while. But then she just wanted to run around and climb on everything:
I had to take a seat to let her do her thing:
And usually I take my time to send snaps to my family in Montana:
We can't forget about the bananas for my little monkey:
When I go to Sam's Club I like to buy the fresh produce in bulk. We usually find spinach, Brussels sprouts, and artichokes at a great price:
Make sure to check out the Sam's Club magazine: Healthy Living Made Simple and on September 12th they will have a health screening at your local Sam's Club. Check out more info HERE!
What are some of your favorite things to buy at Sam's Club?

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Recipe - Granola & Yogurt French Toast

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My son Dean requested to have Breakfast for Dinner last night. We usually make a big deal out of breakfast on the weekends and make banana pancakes on Sundays or waffles on Saturday mornings. But today I wanted to give my old recipe of french toast some flavor. I used Quaker Real Medley Yogurt Cups to go along side my families favorite french toast recipe. We had this for dinner but you can make it for breakfast any day of the week. You can find the Quaker Real Medley Yogurt Cups in the cereal aisle at your local Walmart. I was very intrigued at how easy they were to make. You just add milk and stir; which creates an instant yogurt within minutes: 
My little Solin helped whisk the eggs together for our french toast:
We like to add milk to our French Toast to give it a creamy texture:
After mixing everything together I like to pour my French Toast egg mixture into a flat casserole dish which allows me to lay the bread in the dish:
Grill the French Toast using a griddle on high for 2 minutes on each side:
And serve your french toast while it's hot with your Quaker Real Medley Yogurt Cups
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Mosaic Steps of San Francisco

Sorry for the overload of San Francisco pictures lately. It's the city by the bay. It's where I left my heart. I truly want to live in San Francisco... instead I live about an hour away from this beautiful city. Growing up in the central valley of California my mom would always take us to visit the Fisherman's Wharf or we would go to the Exploratorium of San Francisco. Now that I am older I have branched away from the touristy spots and found some local gems in the city. The Mosaic Steps are located near Golden Gate Park in the Sunset District. You can park on the street and walk straight up the stairs. Getting a clear photo of the steps is a little difficult considering that many locals are wondering around the park:
Little Solin went to sleep on the drive over. Unfortunately, the stairs are not stroller accessible. So Mr. RJ took it upon himself to carry her all the way up the beautiful stairs:
And the stairs are truly beautiful:
But once you reach the top of the beautiful mosaic stairs... there's more... regular boring stairs to climb:
And when you reach the top... little baby Solin wakes up.
She gave her daddy a killer work out though:
At the very top of the stairs is Grand View Park. Which received it's wonderful name because of the 360 degree view:
You can see all of Golden Gate Park to the Golden Gate Bridge:
The wind was really strong and chilly. Solin held on to her daddy as long as she could:
Sometimes these are the only photos you can get with the family:
And you can also take silly selfies of your wind blown hair... aka bad hair day?
The mosaic steps is considered a hidden gem in the middle of San Francisco. I highly recommend you climb the stairs. The view its self is worth it:
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