Thursday, May 21, 2015

Crock Pot Ribs (one crock pot, two meals)

These meals were absolutely delicious! My pictures (below) don't do them justice, It's just a proven fact that I suck at food photography, and also more relevant, I'm addicted to cilantro. :) I hope you cook these and enjoy! The pizzas were the bomb and I definitely recommend getting the Monterrey jack over mozzarella, it really compliments the pizza well.

Mango-Chipotle Pork Spare Ribs Cilantro-Lime Sweet Potatoes and Black Bean-Pineapple Salad

Recipe selected from the eMeals Slow Cooker Clean Eating Family Plan.

Mango-Chipotle Pork Spare Ribs

Slow Cooker
Serves 4-6


  • 3½ lb pork spare ribs
  • 1½ tsp chipotle chile powder
  • 1 tsp salt, ¾ tsp pepper
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 mango, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro (or use flat-leaf parsley)


  1. Sprinkle pork with chile powder, salt and pepper. Place in a 5- to 7-quart slow cooker. Add oil, mango, broth, garlic and onion.
  2. Cover and cook on LOW 8 hours. (Shred 2 cups pork, and reserve for Hawaiian Pork Pizzas recipe.) Sprinkle remaining pork with cilantro.

Cilantro-Lime Sweet Potatoes and Black Bean-Pineapple Salad

Serves 4-6


  • 1½ lb sweet potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1½ tsp salt, 1½ tsp pepper, divided
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lime juice, divided
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro (or use flat-leaf parsley)
  • 1 (15-oz) can organic black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup diced fresh pineapple
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Toss together potatoes, oil, 1 tsp salt, and 1 tsp pepper in a large bowl; arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  2. Bake 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender, turning once. Sprinkle with 2 Tbsp lime juice and cilantro.
  3. Stir together beans, pineapple, bell pepper, 1 Tbsp lime juice, and ½ tsp each salt and pepper.

Hawaiian Pork Pizzas Fruit Salad with Honey-Orange Dressing

Recipe selected from the eMeals Slow Cooker Clean Eating Family Plan.

Hawaiian Pork Pizzas

Prep Ahead
Serves 4-6


  • 2 (1-lb) balls bakery whole-wheat pizza dough
  • ¾ cup organic barbecue sauce
  • 1 (8-oz) block Monterey Jack cheese, freshly shredded
  • Reserved 2 cups shredded pork (from Mango-Chipotle Pork Spare Ribs recipe)
  • 2 cups chopped fresh pineapple
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ onion, thinly sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Let dough stand at room temperature 30 minutes.
  2. Roll out each dough ball into a 12- to 16-inch circle; place each on a large baking sheet. Spread barbecue sauce over dough, and sprinkle with cheese. Top with pork, pineapple, bell pepper, and onion.
  3. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until crusts are browned and cheese is melted.

Fruit Salad with Honey-Orange Dressing

Serves 4-6


  • ⅓ cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 lb store-bought deli fruit salad


  1. Whisk together orange juice, honey and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add fruit salad, tossing to coat.



Thursday, May 7, 2015

Little Man+Little Miss : {Double digits have arrived!}

Our sweet baby girl should make her appearance within the next 13-15 weeks! I'm allowing myself to go post estimated delivery date, of course. The heat and weight may change my attitude between now and then but I want her to come when she's ready, and on her own, (ideally) even if that means going past the EDD.

 Over our vacation I hurt my hip(s) and have since then been seeing a chiropractor whose really helped me get back to feeling great! He's given me great tips to help keep my hips in better shape and he and his wife are going to be there in the later weeks of pregnancy to keep me comfortable and ready for birth! Between them and my doula I feel really prepared physically and mentally.
I'm still in a complacent place in this pregnancy. A lot of thinking "What will we do if X? What will we do if Y?" A lot of thinking about how our son is going to adjust, and how we are going to adjust into a family of four (five if you'd like to count our fur child). Just a lot of preparedness that I didn't even know about before our first born.
You honestly just don't know until you know... you know.

One thing I do know, I'll be cutting out dairy, and going back to paleo here in the next couple weeks,and for quite awhile after pregnancy. I know that I'll have her checked for lip and tongue ties, I know that reflux (even silent) can be a culprit, and I know about these growth spurts and how she'll be on me like a chubster at an all you can eat buffet. I know that I need to give myself and my house some slack. I know that I need to rely on James and anyone that is brave enough to come over for help. And I know that our boy is going to go through some major adjustments that may not be easy.

 Speaking of the boy, he started preschool! We are so proud of him. I really think he'll enjoy himself and he's in good hands. He's such an independent one and I feel like this approach is the best for him. He's very sensory, hands on, manipulate material kinda guy that I feel like this is right up his alley. He's also began speech therapy a couple months ago for being expressive-delayed. I think he's really starting to like his speech path, and I really like her too! What a neat and rewarding job to have!

Over the weekend we went to a mini-derby at Equestrian Bridges, it was a fundraiser for autistic children to receive equine therapy. Such a neat place! I want to go there every weekend and ride! Little man was in LOVE with the miniature horses, he rode twice and in between "races" he wanted to be by the corral where the "race horses" were. He's got a lot of his momma's "Ellie Mae-ness" in him with huge compassion and love for animals.

And last for you, another selfie of yours truly. I started getting a Maternity Stitch-Fix from Stitch Fix does women's (maternity and non-maternity) clothing. It's a monthly clothing service where a professional, personal stylist helps "style" you. I hate shopping and I hate the mall and I only ever wear things I find at Target or at Sam's Club, so I really needed some help. I really liked my first fix she sent the shirt and the necklace you see in the picture above, as well as some black maternity crops, a high-low shirt that'd be perfect postpartum too and a sweet faux-leather moto-jacket that I'm having major remorse that I sent back. The quality of all the items was really nice and the prices around the 40$ mark. I get my next fix later this month, I can't wait!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Destination: Duck Key

Thought I'd tell you all about our trip to The Florida Keys:
After all I pay for this blog domain and am slacking bad in the writing department.

I don't want to brag, I want to inform: This place is FAMILY FRIENDLY! If you're considering a beach-y family vacation, seriously consider the Hawks Cay Resort at Duck Key, Florida.

Quick overview so I don't lose you:
It's an hour and a half from Key West (approx 60 miles)
It has a whole kid-focused club called the Indies Club, mini golf, basketball courts, soccer field, day camp, playground, 3ft-5ft deep huge pool and a pirate ship splash and side park and it's own restaurant (and bar).
The resort is 60 acres and has lagoon access all around. (we saw a manatee, sting ray, small shark and crab out our townhouse backdoor!)  There are four or five restaurants, one is pretty swanky, and there is a salt water lagoon, a dolphin sanctuary, and five pools I believe. One tiki bar but all restaurants have a bar area as well.
At night on the weekends they have live music at the main pool and there were nights when we stayed out swimming past 10 PM. Lots of kids, lots of families, lots of babies in strollers, lots of tweens. You name it.
There's a marina so you can go on boat tours, fishing guides, snorkeling/scuba, para-sailing, jet skiing, and much more!

Again, check out Hawks Cay resorts website, their professional pictures and information put all of mine to shame! 

This is us on "Blue" A huge party barge type boat. We did a sunset cruise one night (booze cruise) and we went out in blue to snorkel a protected reef where we saw tons of colorful fish!

Top left pic is T at the pirate ship, top right is off our backyard of our townhouse.

Scenery from around the resort. The water just got brighter as the day went on.