On The Menu: Breakfast Cupcakes

  • Bacon, spinach, bell pepper and egg cupcake

My biggest problem with consistently eating right is the availability of choices. Good versus bad choices or to not eat at all. I am a snacker and used to be a bread lover (trying really, really hard). If I don’t have a “good choice” ready to go or in my face, there’s a huge temptation for me to just go right into the pantry and grab a ramen or bag of chips. You might be thinking why then would I even have such options in my pantry? Well, because I live with my husband (again, I shall remind everyone that he’s Mr. 12% body fat)  who grew up with snacks galore in his pantry and every single kind of Costco freezer food. He loves them and is able to regulate how much he eats so we have them in our house. Also, as much as we love whole nutrition, we can’t help but indulge in that bowl of steamy ramen with a runny egg once in a blue moon. If you’re Korean, it’s like a sin if you don’t enjoy that stuff. Ok, so moving along. Breakfast is the toughest for me. I love breakfast food (bagels used to be my bff) but most of the time mornings are hectic so if I skip breakfast, I usually make a really bad choice at lunch because I’m starving.  Smoothies are a great and easy option but I love bacon and eggs. These cupcakes are popular but mine do not have potatoes in them. They fit the “clean eating” and “paleo” bill but I just love these as my go-to in the mornings. I eat 2-3 depending on how hungry I am. Just make them all, put them in the fridge and pop them in the microwave for 30 seconds to reheat. It’s truly an easy and satisfying breakfast without all the junky carbs. Oh, Abby loves them too! Seriously, who wouldn’t? Next time I make them, I’m going to put half of the recipe in the mini muffin tin for her. Great finger food idea!

Makes 12 cupcakes

  • 10 eggs
  • 1/2- 3/4 cup of frozen spinach chopped up
  • half a large bell pepper or one small pepper diced into small chunks
  • half an medium onion diced into small chunks
  • 4 slices of bacon or 4 sausage patties

Cook the bacon to your liking first. I like it a bit more on the crunchier side. After it’s done cooking, cool and chop up into small pieces and set aside.

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Dice and chop up all your veggies. You can actually put any kind of veggie into this recipe. I have used mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes and onions before with a bit of basil for a more Italian-y (I just made that word up) breakfast.

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Crack all of your eggs and whisk thoroughly

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Everything in the bowl. I do not add extra salt to this recipe. For us, the bacon is already salty enough for us but if you like things salty, I suggest you stop liking salty things. Haha…just kidding… kind of… not really…But honestly, add a couple of dashes if you wish

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Line your muffin tin with paper cups. I tried it without cups and it was a mess because the cupcakes would not come out cleanly at all. Pour the mixture into 12 cups and try and make them as even as possible.

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Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. They will be super puffy right out of the oven and deflate once cooled

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Once your cupcakes have cooled, peel the paper off and then toss them in a ziploc bag or tupperware for the fridge (you don’t want soggy paper cups). These will not peel cleanly but you should be able to get the majority of the muffin out of the cup.

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Enjoy!

Baby Products Yay, Nay or Eh: Magnificent Baby

Doesn’t the name just sound so epic? I love it.

I must catch everyone up on a little background first. So before Abby came, hubby and I read a couple of books on parenting and what to expect when baby came. I read about the different shades of poop, colic, rashes, feeding and all the other good stuff. But no where in any of the books was the topic of “reflux” ever mentioned. Well, our eager and anxious baby decided to come out into the world 6 weeks early! We were scared but mostly excited to finally meet her and we were told of what to expect with potential complications  a preemie could have. No mention of reflux whatsoever. Right after she was born, she went straight to the NICU and stayed there for 5 days. She was on formula since I had nothing to offer her yet. The thing we found so weird was that she would literally throw up all her formula a couple times a day. The nurses stuck a tube in her just in case she could not hold down any formula. Still, no mention of reflux or GERD. Well, she proved that she could eat and gain weight so she came home. At first, everything seemed fine. Then around 6 weeks old, she developed horrible eczema, spit up/threw up all the time, choked on all her feedings, arched her back after feeding, stopped wanting to eat and became inconsolable. She could not sleep for very long and the night’s were the worst. We made an appointment and explained to the doctor everything and asked him why she was refusing to eat now. He quickly said she has reflux and it seemed pretty severe.  He prescribed medicine and we tried it but nothing changed. I honestly think it only made her even more miserable because of the awful taste. WE WERE MISERABLE AND LOST.

The hubby and I spent hours researching infant reflux and the different things we could do like elevating her crib, me starting an elimination diet, how long we could expect her to have reflux and ultimately if there were any natural ailments. One thing we did read over and over again was to not have her laying down flat. I completely agreed with this because the moment we would lay her on her back, she would spit up a decent volume within 5 seconds no matter if she had just had her meal 10 minutes ago or 2 hours ago. The stuff that came up was extremely acidic and once it came up, she would cry in pain. It was so awful. Our three lifesavers (I kid you not) were infant probiotics, Angel Care Monitor, and Magnificent Baby clothing (yes, clothing!).  Abby’s G.I. doc advised us to forget about all medication (he knew we wanted as natural as possible) and start probiotics. There is so much great info on probiotics and the benefits for babies. But I bring up Magnificent Baby because their clothing gave us a small part of our sanity back.

Magnificent Baby: Gown (Amazon $25.20 Buy Buy Baby $29.99)

Footie (Amazon $19.21-$30.00 BBB: $24.99) Burrito Onesie (Amazon $12.23-$21.99 BBB: $21.99)

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While at Buy Buy Baby, a very exhausted Sam and I came upon the brand and saw the magnetic closures then we saw the price. $29.99 for a onesie gown. We freaked out at the price for 1 second, looked at each other then said to each other “why not?” That night, Abby finished her bath and the gown was open and waiting for her. We put a diaper on her and closed one magnet then like magic, everything buttoned down and she was done. Took like a second, no lie. No fiddling with zippers, snap buttons or buttons. You can never get the snaps wrong. She didn’t even have the chance to freak out or be fussy. Seriously, it was so glorious during those half-awake middle of the night feedings. So we did what any other desperate/crazy/sleep deprived parents would do: thanked the genius minds behind Magnificent Baby and bought more. Yes, the burrito onesie and a footie the next day. But don’t fret, we used our coupons! Abby wore these a couple times a week for 3 months so we definitely got our money’s worth. They are in amazing condition considering how much wear these got. Plus, the material is so soft and such great quality.

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YAY (DOUBLE YAY): IT’S A WONDERFUL PRODUCT THAT WE ABSOLUTELY LOVE! F.y.i. while I was checking prices on Amazon, I saw that the Circus and Star Burrito onesie were on sale for only $12.13?!?!?!?! Largest size is 9 months for both boy and girl color ways! Such a killer deal! Since we first bought our pieces from Magnificent Baby, they have produced so many amazing prints and pieces for baby. Their bibs are also wonderful! Our only mistake was not knowing the care instructions fully (blame sleep deprivation). We actually did put them in the dryer and a couple of times they did not fully dry because the magnets stuck to the metal dryer drum. What helped us was placing them in a mesh laundry bag with other wet baby clothes and they would dry really well. Although most of their sizes only go to 9 months, they actually have a jacket with magnets that is going to fit Abby because we all know how babies and toddlers can get when trying to put bulky pieces on. I’m excited. Is it weird clothing excites me this much? Truly, it’s the little, genius things in life.

Magnificent Baby, you truly are magnificent!

Enjoy!

Baby Stuff Yay, Nay or Eh: Boon Bubbles Bath Toy

Sam and I decided to add a new feature to this family blog. BABY STUFF: YAY, NAY OR EH! We have tried so many different bottles, products and toys because my hubby is a bit of a nerd/geek in the “stuff” department. I mean, what guy doesn’t like new stuff? As soon as we were pregnant, he started researching the best stroller, car seat, clothing (yes, he definitely had a preference in the earlier days for Magnificent Baby), bottles and everything baby under the sun. I mean, we bought, tried, returned and became best friends with the sales associates at Buy Buy Baby and Babies R Us. I always told him he should start a YouTube Channel reviewing products or a blog but he’s shy. Haha.

So, we will present to our readers the price for the item, our experiences with it and at the end of the review YAY: it is worth it or NAY: do not buy or EH: it’s ok, not great, possibly a waste of money. By the way, all opinions expressed are our personal thoughts and experiences. If we all liked the same stuff, this world would not be a functioning world. Please don’t get defensive or hurt because we don’t have the same tastes. Got it? Good! (p.s. no one is forcing you to read this) With that out of the way, I present to you our very first product review!

Boon Bubbles Bath Toy (Amazon $14.37 or Buy Buy Baby $14.99)

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These caught my eye because of the cute colors. The image above is from the website but below you’ll see the true colors. These also come in a series of more boy friendly colors. Abby also loves bubbles and I thought it would be fun to have these in the tub with her. I want to make it clear that we do not buy many toys at all. From the start, Sam was very adamant about keeping toys to a minimum and buying toys for a purpose. He is anti very bright and flashy light toys. We both agreed that this could be a fun bath time toy. The bubbles come in two different sizes and they suction cup to the tub walls or even on baby’s body. You suction them on top of each other but the suction power isn’t strong. Which we totally understand because then this would not be a fun toy for baby. I see that this would become frustrating for an older toddler who would want to make something out of these bubbles. Abby really enjoyed bath time and stayed in the tub until all the water was gone (that’s a first for her). For us, it was fun but some of the suction cups on certain bubbles didn’t work well. We would start making things and the bubbles would all fall.

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EH: it’s ok, not great. The concept and design are really cute. I can totally see babies who love balls and bubbles would have a blast with these in the tub because they float and semi stick together very easily.

This one is your call!

Enjoy!

On The Menu: Super Green Juice & Good For You “Cereal Bars”

Well hello there!

It’s been awhile… a minute… forever and a day… ok, it has been way too long. The wonderfully fantastic thing is, ever since I started this little humble blog of mine, I have received SO many positive responses and many have asked me to update. Life has been so crazy busy because of Abby’s bi coastal birthdays and so far, our summer has been filled to the brim with play dates, friends, projects, work, church and most importantly family time. On a personal note, I had my body fat measured this past Saturday. You know, those trucks that come and you completely submerge yourself under water and feel like you’re going to die because you’re supposed to blow at least 95% of the air out of your body. Yeah, I did it and although the results were better than I thought, they still were not great. Boooo. On the other hand, my hubby received fantastic results and since the doc did say 80% of your fat/health/weight is from your diet, I received a huge thank you from him. Abby also received great remarks on her 1 year visit and the doctor was super impressed with her iron levels saying that her numbers weren’t expected to be seen until at least 6 years old, which she said was awesome! If any of you are curious, Abby clocked in at 50% weight, 50% head circumference and 80% height. Sooooo, I guess I’m taking care of my family well with their meals but ugh… woe is me… not. I feel great when I eat well and the doc this weekend said that doing 80% paleo was going to be good for me. Such positive words of encouragement because I do enjoy paleo but by no means am I a hard core cave woman. On that note, here are two recipes that have been big hits in our home. Yes, the juicing recipe requires two contraptions and why yes (insert best Asian British accent), I know my Vitamix can blend all the stuff without having to juice but seriously, the texture is a difficult one to gulp down so you really think a baby would be keen to that stuff? Uh, no… negative… bye. For babies and kids, texture comes first then taste. There have been many times where something touched the tip of Abby’s tongue and she was done.  I always want Abby to know how great something tastes so I am sensitive to blah textures. So if you are one to say that your child is picky or doesn’t like a certain ingredient, I always say to try and prepare it another way! Also, for the cereal fruit bar inspiration and recipe, I will have to say a huge THANK YOU to Against All Grain!

Super Green Juice

  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Spinach
  • Avocado
  • Banana

Prep apples, carrots and cucumbers for the juicer

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Juice away! This amount made enough for all 3 of us. Once I portioned out Abby’s 4-5oz, I added 2 medium beets to our juicer and that was enough for 2 16oz mommy and daddy juices.

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Grab a handful of spinach. I make sure it’s baby spinach because the texture and taste are very friendly once blended. Yes, this was all for Abby.

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Add half an avocado, half a banana and all the spinach into the blender along with the juice

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Blend away… so beautiful

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Abby, enjoying her cup with saran wrap because we didn’t have any clean straw cups at the moment. No Judging 🙂

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Good For You “Cereal Bars”

Have you ever tried the bars that are meant for babies and kids that are in the stores? Heck, even the nutri grain bars. They are gross and even if it’s organic, there are so many unnecessary ingredients. On top of that, it’s stupidly overpriced for sugar and grain. Ok, end rant. This is my solution to those bars. They taste really great, have half the sugar of a nutri grain bar and 30% less sugar than a Plum bar. Abby enjoyed them today as well as both hubby and I.

  • 3/4 cup of almond flour (The finer the better. Honeyville is a great brand)
  • 1/2 cup of coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil
  • 2 eggs (must be at room temperature or your oil will harden up like mine did.. yayee)
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup or agave
  • 1tsp of vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons of a preserve (I mixed strawberry and guava). You are free to use as much filling as you want, technically.
  • 3 tablespoons of water

Combine all the dry ingredients and incorporate well then set aside

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Combine all of the wet ingredients (minus the preserves) and whisk them until creamy. For mine, I think the coconut oil messed things up so it became frothy. I told you I couldn’t bake!

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Combine all of the ingredients together and either use a stand mixer to blend well or do what I did and use your hands. Again, I can’t bake and I’m really lazy when it comes to it.  Once it forms into a dough, divide it in half and wrap each in saran wrap. Place them both in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.  Once they are a bit harder, roll one out to a 1/4″ thickness and cut the sides off to form a rectangle or square. A pizza cutter works best for this. Then cut it down the center then cut vertical strips that are about 2-3″ across. Spread a thin layer of preserves

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Use a spatula to lift the other side and press all of the edges together. This dough is very easy to work with so doing this is simple and quick. Repeat for the other piece of dough that is in the fridge. I came out with 11 bars but I think it’s because my measurements were inconsistent. Obviously…

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Bake at 350 degrees for about 12-15 minutes until they turn golden brown.

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These were yummy… not too sweet and filling. I love giving Abby something like this as a snack because it has a good amount of fiber, protein and healthy fats.

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Enjoy!