Over the Moon Link Party #72

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Kit Kat Candy Muffins

Kit Kat Candy Muffins

My aim with this recipe is to accomplish two things. Finally bake a moist bakery style muffin at home and to use up some of the plethora of Easter candy I have been trying to hide form my kids.

No One Likes A Dry Crumbly Muffin

I have tried a ton of muffin recipes over the years. The perfect muffin for me has a moist, bakery-style fluffiness, while still having a top that is crunchy. It seems very few recipes can achieve the juxtaposition of textures that I crave. Often time if the tops are crunchy then the interior is dry and crumbly.

Most recipes miss the mark leaving a muffin that crumbles in the liner and requires a jelly or spread to add some needed softness. So after doing some research and asking around I discovered a few ways to add more moisture into baked goods and think that I have finally hit on the key to a moist home baked muffin. Adding in sour cream and applesauce helped me to finally achieve the moist consistency I was searching for.

Too Much Holiday Candy

Now as to where the candy comes in. I don’t usually keep chocolate chips in my house because well…I end up eating them straight out of the bag. Yes, I have a chocolate problem. However, there is so much left over Easter candy in my cabinets I am looking for a creative way to use it and prevent my kids from an all out sugar overload.

This seems to be a problem I face after most candy filled holidays. Easter, Christmas, Halloween, even Valentines Day are now candy filled events. I don’t have the heart to throw it out so I try to add them a little at a time into pancakes, banana bread and now muffins. The bright side is I can sneak in some healthy ingredients, like whole wheat flour, along side the candy making me feel a little less guilty for keeping it around.

I decided to go with Kit Kate because well…I had a ton of them, in milk and white chocolate. At first I wasn’t sure of the texture of the wafer would work with the muffin but as it turns out it only adds an occasional crunch which doesn’t take away from the chocolate. It just works.

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  1. Unwrap and chop Kit Kat's. Set aside.
    Kit Kat Candy Muffins
  2. Mix both flours, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
  3. In a small bowl mix applesauce, egg, milk, and sour cream.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
  5. Place batter into muffin tin sprayed with cooking spray or lined with paper cupcake wrappers.
  6. Bake at 400 for 20 minutes.
Recipe Notes

You can substitute another popular Chocolate based candy such as M&M's, Rolo's or Mini Reese's cups. Also if you do not have whole wheat flour, all-purpose will work fine. However, if you choose to use a full 2 cups of whole wheat flour, this will create a much denser texture. You might want to substitute another 1/2 sour cream for the milk.

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Month 4 of Taking Care of You: Pamper Yourself

Pamper YourselfThis is the fourth installment in the “Taking Care of Me” series. In month one we examined Habits, month two we looked at Loving Ourselves, and month three we examined Letting Go Of Something Toxic. This month is about Pampering Yourself.

This month, for the first time in years, I actually looked at my face. Sounds pretty crazy right? For years I have not taken the time to look in the mirror. With how busy of mom life is each morning, I would wash my face, brush my teeth and get on with reading for the day. The hustle and bustle of the increasing morning responsibilities with children chipped away at my make-up routine.

Eventually what little primping I did evaporated. Jewelry and accessorizing was a practice that went away along time ago. Morning life just became too busy to take the time to stare in the mirror outside of  a cursory glace as I ran out the door. (This was pretty much to make sure my hair wasn’t sticking up and I didn’t have baby food anywhere.)

Never having been a girly girl, I ;et go that at this point in life I just didn’t  have the time to paint my nails, put on lipstick regularly and select complementary accessories. Yes, I would stare in jealously at the women at work who always looked put together and ready for the day.

I vowed to myself someday I would take the time to take better care of myself. Finally I would use the trendy facial mask collecting dust on my vanity. Or at any rate I would at least fully dry my hair before I left the house. In reality those things never happened, I never made the time. Feeding the baby, throwing in a load of laundry, and packing lunches. Those things had to happen first.

So I let the primping and coloring go. I stopped caring about doing my hair and make-up. Hey, I was raising a family, lipstick had to take a backseat. So what if I felt disheveled and a bit embarrassed when I got to work? None of it really mattered when I thought about all I had done before leaving the house each morning.  Looking back I give myself and any working mom a pat on the back for managing to get to work at all.

Then one day I looked in the mirror. I REALLY looked in the mirror. Who was this person? My skin looked terrible. The big dark circles under my eyes make me look like I got double face punched. My eyebrows! They were an Italian girls nightmare. Suddenly the acne that had plagued me disappeared but in its place was this patchy dry, sagging dullness. My skin didn’t look like this before. My face looked tired…and old. In my hustle, bustle and self-neglect, I had aged.It was written all over my face.

The process of change began by the purchase of moisturizer. A product me and my formerly oily skin, stayed far away from. Then with the help of some Younique and Sephora samples I stared to experiment with other items like primers, creams and foundations. I never used a ton of make-up due to my acne. Everything I used would break me out so I kept it very basic and never experimented much.

After about 5 (or more) years of not taking the time to care for my skin and face, I was shocked and saddened by the changes that took place. This could not be me. I didn’t look like this. Who was this person? But I knew the answer was staring at me like that new tub of moisturizer.

This is the mom when stayed up with her restless daughter or sick son. The daughter who buried her father, and grandmother. She is the wife who tried to keep the house quite and let her husband sleep in because he worked all night. This is the caregivier who cooks a weeks worth of food in one day so her family will be well feed. This face is me. Maybe not the 20-year-old me, but it was me all the same. And it was time I took care of her.

This month I (literally) came face to face with my face. Deciding instead of pining for the skin I once had, to take the time to accentuate what I am now. Instead of noticing my new wrinkles and dull skin, I need to take a moment to pamper myself. Discover and apply some products that make me feel good about the person I have become. The tired mom… well she is still here but I no longer have a baby crying through the night and my red, bumpy, painful acne is a thing of the past.  I can embrace the face I have, with all the wonderful experiences that are etched into it.One year of taking care of me

For the first time in my life I am learning about make-up. Finding joy in the pigments and products. Exploring how proper skin care and application can transform a tired face into one of brightness. Honestly, I didn’t know how transformative proper skin care could be.

Learning all about the amazing array of products, what they do and how to apply them has been fun. Pampering myself was never a phrase in my vocabulary but venturing into this area has been so restorative, emotionally and physically. Overall I just feel better about myself when I use these new products and take the time to apply them regularly.

Although it has not been easy. Some mornings I have had to force myself to set aside time. Literally locking my husband and kids out of the room until I was done. I have even started night routine. Before I would just crash into bed from the exhaustion of the day. Now I am preparing myself for bed.  This month I learned a lesson in valuing myself and making my face a priority. It is not a great deal of time, but it is a enough to get back to the me I need to be. The one that I now see on a daily basis in the mirror.

This month is about Pampering Yourself. This could mean scheduling a spa treatment or massage. Finally getting the expensive purse you have been loving from far. Or just stopping to take a needed nap on a Saturday afternoon. This month make a special effort to treat yourself right and give to yourself without blame, guilt or regret because you are important and you matter.

 

Over the Moon Link Party #71

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5 Ways to Build a Girls Self Worth

5 Ways to Build a Girls Self WorthGrowing up we all had that one friend who would say they were your bestie but the moment someone “cooler” came along they would drop you like a bad habit. These people would return to you when there was nothing else to do or when no one else was around only to flat leave you all over again. This behavior would play on repeat until you would finally decide you had enough and end the “friendship.” These are known as fair weather friends.

growing up I was not the try of kid who would ever hurt anyone’s feelings. Basically I was a doormat. Letting these fair-weather friends walk all over me. Then one day I decided to put a stop to it. Fast forward to today as I watch this same situation play out with my own children. I watch as the fair-weather friend mistreats my daughter. Invites her over then drops her when another friend can come over instead.

I stand by silently as my daughter cries as this little girl brags to her and puts her down. I sit silently and I wait. I wait for the moment when my daughter will fight back. When she will see here own greatness. I wait until the flurry of words explodes from her so that this girl never messes with her again. I wait but it doesn’t happen. My heart breaks as I see the pain on her face.

Honestly, I wish it could jump in and defend her, protect her from this little evil being hurting my little girl. But I know this is not my fight. She needs to find her own greatness, her own self worth. Something I never learned until far to late.

It will happen one day soon when she has had enough but part of me wonders if I can’t help her more. No, I don’t mean Marching in costumed body parts, wearing pink caps and shouting baseless claims of “resistance.” I mean really teaching a girl her worth. Helping her find her self respect. To stand up to other girls as she will eventually have to stand up to other women and men. Here are 5 ways to build a girls self worth.

Don’t raise her as a “pleaser.

According to Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair, EdD, a clinical psychologist, we should encourage her to stand up for what she needs and wants. “Create opportunities for her to use her voice,”  “Ask ‘What do you want?’ Let her make a choice and then honor that choice.” – from ChildMind.org.

Set an Example

Don’t trash talk other women or yourself. ” …if a mom is gossiping about one of her friends on the phone and the daughter overhears this, that memory is in her brain forever and she will be more inclined to gossip with her friends as she grows up.”- says Lauren Galley, President of Girls Above Society. (Huffington Post)

Get her into Team Sports

According to an article from Kidsealth.org, playing sports builds self-confidence. “Girls involved in athletics feel better about themselves, both physically and socially. It helps to build confidence when you see your skills improving and your goals becoming reality. Other esteem-boosting benefits of sports participation include getting in shape, maintaining a healthy weight, and making new friends,” it says.

Be wise to media images

Some media images such as plus sized models and female athletes can help young girls feel accepted and empowered. But more often then not TV, movies and magazines are flooded with images that stress “ideal beauty” and appearance. As well as the over equalization of women and young girls.

Girls’ confidence frequently drops in the pre-teen years as they begin to base their feelings of self-worth more and more heavily on appearance and weight,” says Media Smarts.ca. It is important to limit exposure to media images and have an open dialogue with your daughter about how the media depicts women.

Tell them their value and you love them no matter what

Our girls need to be told tell have value. We often tell them what they have done wrong but we also need to be praise them.  Let them know that their unique gifts, talents, and abilities have value. They are unique and individual. We love them for the person they are not there appearance or accomplishments.

She needs to know that you’ll love her no matter how her appearance might change or how she dresses or how she might perform at something,” says Dr. Mary Rooney, PhD, a clinical psychologist who specializes in adolescents. Rooney adds “Because even though kids are so reliant on their peers for feedback when they’re in their teens, what her parents think of her matters just as much as it ever did.”- Childmind.org.

 

 

Chicken Alfredo Supreme Flatbread Pizza

Chicken Alfredo Supreme Flatbread PizzaWinner, Winner, Pizza Dinner

Sometimes you just got to use what you have around. It seems like a predicament I find myself in weekly. With soccer practice looming in a half hour, I had to get dinner on the table fast. The best quick food fast is almost always pizza. Both kids like it and no one complains when we have it.

Now I know I can’t make pizza every night but this recipe takes pizza in a new direction. Plus it is even quicker and easier to put together then the traditional marinara and mozzarella cheese version.

On the nutrition side of things this pizza is a great way to add in some hidden veggies. I got my son to eat spinach and actually like it! It has a little pop of protein and takes no time to create. You can use it as an appetizer or have it as a meal. either way it is a week night life savor.

 

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  1. Microwave sausage patties per package instructions,
  2. Place flatbreads on a sheet pan sprayed with non-stick spray. Spread Alfredo sauce evenly over flatbreads.
  3. Chop spinach, pimentos and pepperoni. Dice chicken and sausage into bite -size cubes.
  4. Sprinkle spinach, pimentos and pepperoni on flatbread. Continue with chicken and turkey sausage. Top with shredded cheese, salt and pepper.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes in a 435 degree oven.
Recipe Notes

For this I prefer something more akin to a naan bread. They are a little thicker and doughier. I personally think they work better to make a hardier crust. If you prefer your crust crispier then go with a thinner flatbread. Both come in a variety of healthy option.

To save time you can totally use left over rotisserie chicken or the Add to dictionary short cuts chicken. It is a great way to use up that small amount of chicken left overs.

I added turkey sausage because I had no roasted chicken on hand. I was surprised at how well it worked and have added it ever since. Feel free to top this flatbread with the last bites of chicken, roasted peppers or whatever else you have that you might enjoy.

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Over the Moon Link Party #70

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