how we superbowled

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Waiting for the game to start was kind of like scheduling Christmas for exactly 3:30 and telling an entire city to wait. You could feel the nervous energy everywhere. In my house, at the mall, in the grocery store. It just felt like everyone was aimlessly squandering the hours away until game time. We were all overly prepped and ready to cheer on our team and all we could do was WAIT.

The game went as planned, the end…not so much. So, anyway, this picture was taken BEFORE the game….during the waiting when we didn’t know what else to do with ourselves but document the excitement and make food.

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Now it’s time to go drown our sorrows in coffee and pastries with our friends. Here’s to next year 12’s!

What’s On M’s Plate

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{Quinoa with Avocado and Tofu, Sweet Peppers, Broccoli, Squash, Mango & Pear Juice}

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{Mango, Sweet Peppers, Ground Turkey, Sweet Potao, Kale and Peas & Water}

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{Tofu and Avocado, Blueberries & Water}

Lets get it straight, M loves to eat. I had to ask a friend once if their child had ever stopped eating or showed signs that they were full. She looked at me weird and said yes. Like most people, her little one ate until she was full every meal and then put down her fork, so to speak. Not my Little M. She would eat all day if you let her. She’ll just eat and eat and then spit up later like it’s no big thing! So, I take a wild guess at how much to feed her at each meal and hope I don’t see it again later. Crazy right?

I’m not a nutritionist and base all my food choices for Little M off my own research, a pretty useless chart from my pediatrician and on my own food preferences. Little does she know that we are working on eating all of our meals because at the magical 12 month mark, bottles will be a goner. I am far more terrified of this then any other change we have had to make with her. Folks, she cries when she finishes a bottle now. She just can not believe that it would dare to be gone! Imagine no bottle. Two months early, I’m starting to mentally prepare! God help us.

Enjoy, Melissa

Consider It: Pancetta

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Raising a child and running a house are no joke and, to feel good at it, you have to make sure everyone in your house is well fed. For me, cooking does not come naturally {We’re talking struggle to keep the noodles in my mac & cheese from swimming in cheese soup type of unnaturally}. So, now that I have been doing it for a while and am able to make my own imprint on a meal, it’s a real achievement.

A few weeks ago, in an attempt to copy a local restaurants amazing chop salad, I substituted pancetta for the bacon that the recipe called for. It made all the difference in the world. I even got compliments from our company. {Woo Hoo!} So, I thought the same might apply when we decided on baked potatoes for dinner a few nights ago. Instead of bacon {or gross, bacon bits} I chopped some thickly cut pancetta, threw it in a pan and cooked it up. It didn’t disappoint. So, consider it next time a recipe calls for bacon!

Enjoy! Melissa