Petit Girls Guide: Why I Blog

I’ve debated posting for several days now.  This is an honest post and I hope it doesn’t bore you to tears!  Lately, I had been having a lot of negative body and self  talk going on.  Thinking, ‘my jeans are too tight.  The scale is too high. I’m so chubby. My photos are never good enough.  My writing is so boring.’  The self doubt became persistent.  I began wondering why I even bother blogging.  How can I preach balance when I clearly do not have it?  I felt very unsure about this space.

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Last week we attended a dinner party.  After dinner had been served everyone was standing around chatting.  Across the room, I hear my daughter talking about my blog and promoting her little heart out.  She often tells people (everyone she meets!) about the blog and how good the recipes are, but on this particular night I couldn’t have been more humbled and proud.  She reminded me why I created this space.

I started this blog to create a balanced life.  I started this blog to show my daughter how important it is to eat healthy and take care of yourself, physically and mentally.  I started this blog to say that it doesn’t matter what the scale shows, what size your pants are, how you look in a bathing suit.  I realize not everyone is blessed enough to have an eight-year-old rooting them on everyday.  I hope that when you visit my blog you are reminded to find beauty and balance in your life. Being healthy and happy is the ultimate goal everyone should strive for.

We all have days of where we feel uncertain and I believe that is okay.  That is even, dare I say- healthy!  We need those days to make us more determined, to encourage us to become better and stronger human beings.  So instead of shunning these uncomfortable times acknowledge them and move on.

Parsnip and Sweet Potato Fries with Yogurt Dijon Horseradish Sauce

This weather we’ve been having has made the transition to spring hard.  One day it’s 16*, the next it’s 60*.  I know it’s not quite spring, but with these 60* days give me hope it’s just around the corner.

parsnip fries with yogurt dijon horseradish sauce

To brighten our Saturday dinner this week, I made these gorgeous parsnip and sweet potato fries with yogurt Dijon horseradish sauce.  They not only added stunning color to our plates but satisfied our palates with an amazing refreshing flavor.  The combination of the savory fries and pizzazz of the horseradish and hint of lemon from the yogurt sauce was wonderful.

parsnip fries

I served these fries at room temperature with grilled chicken.  It was a delicious dinner.  One I can’t wait to make again.

parsnip and sweet potato fries

Parsnip and Sweet Potato Fries with Yogurt Dijon Horseradish Sauce
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These parsnip and sweet potato fries are a delicious savory side-dish. To add a bit of bite they are topped with a yogurt dijon horseradish sauce. Delicious and gorgeous presentation.
Recipe type: side dish
Serves: 3
  • 2 parsnips, peeled and cut
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and cut
  • 2 T olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • {yogurt sauce}
  • ⅓ C greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp Dijon horseradish mustard (I used Maille)
  • Salt + pepper, to taste
  • Pinch of garlic powder
  • ½ whole small lemon, juiced
  1. Preheat oven to 420*
  2. Combine parsnips, sweet potato, olive oil, salt+pepper.
  3. Once parsnips and sweet potato are well coated place on baking sheet
  4. Bake for 25 minutes. Turning every 5 minutes.
  5. Watch carefully last 5-10minutes for burning.
  6. Make yogurt sauce while fries are cooking.
  7. Combine yogurt, Dijon, salt and pepper, garlic powder and lemon juice.
  8. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Once fries are done remove from oven and let cool slightly.
  10. Drizzle yogurt sauce over them and garnish with parsley.
  11. Serve.


Blueberry Coffee Cake + Hamilton Beach Two-Way Coffee Maker Review

There is nothing more relaxing than starting your morning off with a delicious slice of blueberry coffee cake and steamy mug of coffee.  This may not be the best way to start your day every day, of course.  Sooner or later your body will not believe this is the best way to start the day.  But every once in a while it is good to slow down and enjoy the sweet things that make life blissful.  That is totally blueberry coffee cake and coffee, for me.

blueberry coffee cake

I adore this cake because it is not overly sweet.  Most coffee cakes have a thick crumb topping.   I choose to make this a bit lighter by topping it with a light dusting of powdered sugar.  It paired perfectly with a cup of coffee.

blueberry cake

I was recently in the market for a coffee maker.  We went back and forth about just purchasing a single brew maker.  I kept hesitating though.  I love having people over and sometimes this involves having a big pot of coffee with our dessert.   I wasn’t ready to sacrifice that just because I didn’t have enough counter space for two coffee makers.  That’s when I found this Hamilton Beach Two-Way Brewer.

blueberry coffee cake

I love having the option of both single-serve and a full 12 pour coffee maker.  It’s compact and elegant looking.  My favorite feature is the built in timer.  This baby starts working its magic before I’m even crawling out of bed.  So I wake up to the sweet smell of coffee every morning.  It’s the little things.

blueberry cake

You won’t want to be without your favorite cup of coffee when you have a slice of this blueberry coffee cake.  They are a match made in Heaven.  This cake is moist and perfectly flavored.

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Whether, enjoying alone or at a ladies brunch this cake is sure to impress.  Just don’t forget the coffee!

Blueberry Coffee Cake + Hamilton Beach Two-Way Brew Coffee Maker Review
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Slow down and enjoy a blissful slice of blueberry coffee cake. Packed full of blueberries and a hint of lemon.
Serves: 1 cake
  • 6 T butter, softened
  • ¾ C granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • ½ lemon, zested
  • ⅓ C sour cream
  • ⅓ C greek yogurt
  • 1 C flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 C blueberries
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting
  1. Preheat oven 350*
  2. Butter and flour 9 inch cake pan
  3. In a large mixing bowl cream together butter and sugar for 3-4 minutes, until light and fluffy.
  4. Slowly add in eggs one at a time.
  5. Add in lemon juice and zest.
  6. Add in sour cream and greek yogurt.
  7. In separate bowl combine flour (reserving 1 T flour), baking soda, baking powder, salt.
  8. Slowly add in flour mixture to butter mixture.
  9. In a small bowl, toss together 1 T flour and blueberries.
  10. Fold blueberries into batter.
  11. Spread batter into cake pan.
  12. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes.
  13. Let cool and remove from pan.
  14. When completely cool dust with powdered sugar.

The links above are not affiliated. I received this coffee maker on behalf of Hamilton Beach.  Photos, recipe and opinions are my own.

Spicy BBQ Chicken Quinoa

Need an amazing dinner that comes together in 30 minutes?  This spicy bbq chicken quinoa bake will be the highlight of your week.  It is full of healthy quinoa, juicy shredded bbq chicken and gooey mozzarella.  This is all kicked up a notch with some jalapeno.  The bbq sauce is taken to a whole new level when it simmers with the jalapeno.  I was really surprised actually how spicy the jalapeno became when sautéed for a few minutes.

bbq chkn quinoa

This super flavorful quinoa dish is perfect for those busy weeknights when you want a warm delicious dinner.  Like always, I highly suggest prepping your quinoa and chicken on the weekend.  Then during the week you can just throw it all together and dinner on the table in no time.

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I served this spicy bbq chicken quinoa with side salad full of greens and shredded cabbage.  It was the perfect dinner after a busy day.

bbq quinoa

I’m telling you this is one quinoa dish you won’t want to miss. Enjoy.

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Spicy BBQ Chicken Quinoa
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This flavorful and spicy dish is sure to become your favorite way to serve quinoa.
Serves: 3
  • ½ lb organic chicken breast, cooked and shredded
  • 2 C quinoa, cooked
  • ½ C mozzarella
  • 1 T canola oil
  • 1 jalapeño, diced
  • ½ small onion, diced
  • 1 C BBQ sauce
  • 1 ¼ C chicken broth
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  1. Preheat oven to 350*
  2. In a medium sauté pan heat oil.
  3. Add in diced jalapeno and onion.
  4. Sauté until tender
  5. Add in bbq sauce, broth, salt and garlic powder
  6. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  7. Fold in chicken and quinoa
  8. Pour quinoa into 9 inch square pan
  9. Top with mozzarella
  10. Bake for 20 minutes.
  11. To brown cheese you can put under broiler for a few minutes.
  12. Serve.


February Things

It seems quite impossible that is the last day of February!  I must say this has been a fun month!

The most exciting thing >> We got a bunny!! He’s the coolest, sweetest, most adorable thing ever.



We celebrated Valentine’s Day with some really good food and this delicious red velvet cake.

Valentines day cake


In February we got an insane amount of snow and cold weather.  I’m pretty sure my child will be going to school all year to make up for all the snow days we’ve had.


winter wonders


We enjoyed lots of delicious food and drinks: Cozy stews, Cocktails, Spiced it up!, Best Salad Ever

Feb eats


We were also blessed with lots of wonderful winter citrus!  I can’t get enough!  I’m looking forward to spring but I will miss these beautiful grapefruits!

winter citrus


February is coming to a close and it was a really good month.  I’m excited for March and all it has to offer.  I hope you all have a great weekend!

february sky


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Irish Beef Stew

This hearty Irish stew is one of my favorite ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  I know it’s still a few weeks away but with bitter cold temperatures I’ve been craving a big bowl of this.

Irish Beef Stew

After a few hours simmering away on the stove the beef becomes delicate and lends a wonderful rustic flavor.  I add lots of vegetables not only for their color but their flavor as well.  The carrots literally melt in your mouth.  They are quite possibly the main reason I make this stew.  The sweet green peas add a wonderful pop of green color.  These delicate beauties add a touch of wonderful sweetness to this rich dish.

Irish Beef Stew

I highly suggest getting in St. Patty’s Day mood a bit early and making this wonderful stew.  This St. Patrick’s Day recipe is the perfect way to celebrate.  Serve with Irish soda bread and a good dark brew.  Life couldn’t get much better.

Irish beef stew

Irish Beef Stew
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This hearty stew is the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
Serves: 4-6
  • 1 lb organic beef stew meat
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 4-5 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 onion, diced or quartered
  • ½ C frozen green peas
  • 2 T oil
  • ¼ C flour
  • 3 T tomato paste
  • 1 T worcestershire sauce
  • 1 C Irish beer (such as Guinness)
  • 6 C beef stock
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt + pepper, to taste
  1. In a heavy bottom pot heat oil over med-high.
  2. Toss beef in ⅛ C flour and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add ½ of the beef to pot and brown all sides.
  4. Using a slotted spoon remove browned beef.
  5. Add remaining beef to pot and brown.
  6. Remove beef and set aside.
  7. Add onion to pot and sauté until translucent.
  8. Add carrots and sauté lightly.
  9. Pour in 1 C beef broth and scrape the browned bits on the bottom of the pot up.
  10. Add in beef, potatoes, remaining broth, tomato paste, ½ C beer, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce.
  11. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer (med-low).
  12. Simmer for 1 ½ – 2 hours.
  13. Stirring every 20 minutes. Add water by ½ C as needed.
  14. During the last 15 minutes of cooking combine remaining ⅛ C flour and ½ C beer.
  15. Whisk until flour is dissolved.
  16. Pour beer mixture into stew and stir until thickens.
  17. Adjust salt and pepper, to taste.
  18. During the last 5 minutes of cooking add in peas.
  19. Serve with crusty bread.


Cran-Lime Cocktail

It’s Monday.  All Monday’s should include a cocktail.  This refreshing Cran-Lime cocktail is one of my favorites.  The ingredients are simple and this is really a no-fuss cocktail.  I love the vibrant color, too!

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Whether having a casual night at home or hosting a fancy dinner party, these cocktails are perfect for any occasion.  Sugar the rims of your glasses and garnish with lime wedges to spruce them up a bit.

cran-lime cocktail

This light and refreshing drink is the perfect way to end any day of the week.  So serve up a glass and enjoy.

cran lime cocktail

Cran-Lime Cocktail
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This simple refreshing cocktail is perfect for a causal night in or spruced up for a fun dinner party.
Serves: 2 cocktails
  • 2 ounces light rum
  • 1 C ginger ale
  • 1 C cranberry juice (I used a cocktail cranberry- not pure)
  • ½ whole lime, juiced
  • Sugar for rims, if desired
  • 8 ice cubes
  • Sugar rims of two small glasses
  1. In a cocktail shaker combine 4 ice cubes, rum, lime juice and cranberry juice.
  2. In two small glasses divide remaining 4 ice cubes.
  3. Pour cranberry mixture over ice and top with ¼ C ginger ale in each glass.
  4. Garnish with lime wedges.



Mardi Gras Season is here!!  Jambalaya has always been intimidating to me.  It just seemed like you if you weren’t going to be having the real thing in a cozy dining room in Baton Rouge, why bother?  I’ve never had the real thing.  I’ve been a bit bitter about not having the real thing.  That’s why, until now, I’ve never attempted this jambalaya dish.


I’m not promising you this recipe is authentic.  But I do promise that is really, really good.  Knock your Mardi Gras beads off good!

Perfectly seasoned this spicy, but not too spicy, jambalaya was just what my family needed on a cold winter night.  I used a mild sausage because my eight-year-old would hate me if I used spicy.  If it was just me, I would definitely use spicy.  If it was just me, I would add shrimp and okra and swoon over a big bowl of it in my comfy pjs.  Good thing it’s not just me! We ate this meal properly at the dinner table!


This recipe may not be authentic but it is totally versatile.  You could add chicken, shrimp or no meat at all.  I prefer the veggies I have but I bet okra, red pepper or mushrooms (if you are not adding meat) would be a good option.

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Spice up your winter and have a big bowl of steaming hot jambalaya!

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If you can’t make it to Mardi Gras bring the festivities home with this warm delicious bowl of jambalaya. Add shrimp or chicken to make this dish a bit more authentic and hearty
Serves: 2
  • 1 ½ C long grained rice, cooked
  • 2 T butter
  • 2 sausage links, sliced
  • ½ green pepper, chopped
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp old bay
  • ¼ tsp creole seasoning
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • ¼ C water
  1. In sauté pan cook sausage until cooked through.
  2. Remove sausage and set aside.
  3. In sauté pan heat butter.
  4. Add in onion, green pepper, celery and sauté until tender.
  5. Add in spices.
  6. Add tomato sauce and let simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  7. Add water 1 T at a time if sauce gets too thick.
  8. Adjust seasonings if needed.
  9. Add in sausage and rice.
  10. Enjoy.


The Best Broccoli and Cheddar Frittata

A broccoli frittata is one of my favorite dinners.  It’s simple, filling and a crowd-pleaser.  I usually serve this frittata with roasted potatoes and grapes.  It is also perfect with a simple green side salad.

best broccoli and cheddar frittata

Most of the time, I end up using broccoli and cheddar because it’s a popular combo in my house.  I’m sure you could use whatever veggies and cheeses you have on hand.  I would suggest sautéing your veggies a little before putting them in the egg mixture.  Just so they are tender and delicious- they won’t have time to fully cook in the oven.

broc cheddar frittata

This broccoli and cheddar frittata is perfect for lazy Sundays or busy weeknight dinners.  Your kiddos will finally love eating broccoli!

broccoli and cheddar frittata

The Best Broccoli and Cheddar Frittata
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This classic broccoli and cheddar frittata is perfect for any meal of the day. The kids won’t mind eating their broccoli with this cheese delicious dish.
Serves: 4
  • 5 brown organic eggs
  • ½ C milk
  • 1 pkg frozen broccoli
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ⅛ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ C cheddar
  • ¼ C mozzarella
  1. Preheat oven to 425*.
  2. Lightly, oil an 8×8 square pan.
  3. In medium pan heat broccoli and 1 T water. Cover and let simmer for about 10 minutes or until broccoli is tender. Set aside and let cool, slightly.
  4. Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl whisk together eggs, milk, salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  5. Add in broccoli and ¼ C cheddar cheese.
  6. Pour egg mixture into pan and top with remaining cheeses.
  7. Place in oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven when center is cooked through and let cool slightly before cutting into.
  9. Serve.


A Perfect Valentine’s Day Menu

I have mixed feelings about Valentine’s Day.  I mean, who wouldn’t adore a day dedicated to all things LOVE?!  Honestly though,  I can’t help but slightly roll my eyes when I see all the candy, greeting cards, balloons, roses…blah blah blah.  I feel like saying in my best Cindy Lou Who voice, “Isn’t this all a bit much?”

Valentines day Menu

But then Valentine’s Day gets here and I’m totally gushing over chocolates and flowers.  One thing that I can’t get into though is going out to eat on Valentine’s Day.  Waiting for hours, being around a bunch of people, eating mediocre food – it’s just not my thing.

I would much rather have a romantic night in.  Eating delicious food and getting cozy in the comfort of our home.  It really makes for a perfect night.

Need a yummy meal?  Here’s my favorite romantic meal – from start to finish.  Goodness. It is wonderful, easy and perfectly romantic.

I hope you have a day full of love.

Salad with honey mustard poppy seed dressing

Sexy and simple grilled chicken

Balsamic asparagus

Dutch oven crusty bread

Strawberry Cheesecake

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