This is for my grandmother…

Lately I have been thinking about my grandmother so much.  The thought that Ruari will grow up not ever meeting my amazing grandmother.  Uruguay and Pennsylvania are more than over the river and through the woods apart.  It saddens me knowing I do not have many memories to share with Ruari about this amazing woman.

It is quite slim for Ruari to meet her but I keep my thoughts hopeful.  Amazing how you can love someone so much and not have many memories link to them.  My family decided that the US would be a perfect place to relocate when I was young, therefore leaving me a childhood without my grandmother.

Ruari enjoying raisins, Nolah stalking said raisins.

It is quite sad knowing that these two people that mean the most to me will probably never get to meet eachother.

I love you grandma, I wish you were with us every day.

summer day

Unfortunately my daughter is bored of my jogging in the mornings.  For the last couple months she would sit in the stroller while I ran around the neighborhood eating her snacks and talking about nature happily.  Now my attempts are met with “We are NOT going to see the kitty cat mailbox”.  One way I kept it fun for her was finding interesting things around and pointing them out to her, example being the kitty cat mailbox.  So I am left to work out the fat in the comfort of my air conditioned home.  Luckily my sensor in my shoe makes me know if I am keeping a pace as good as I do when I am outdoors.  Now those 20 dollars that went into the iPod Nike sensor don’t seem so bad.  I was upset when I found out that they only last about a year, so next year I will be paying another 20, but once I started using it I am a happy lady.

Best happy mama feeling Ruari gave me was when I asked her what she wanted for lunch and she said “Broccoli!”  That is music to this mama’s ears.  She eats it straight up, just steamed a little.  My little veggie loving munchkin.  I have started eating HUGE bowls of it for lunch instead of snacking on the not so healthy stuff.

I end this with some sandbox love.

Trucks and cars are not just for boys.

a little lady hard at work

a little snack

My mission today was to use up the raw cashews I had in the pantry.  So after dreaming of other things I could be making like chocolate cookie bars.  I decided it was time to use up the cashews.

I am a huge fan of Lara bars.  Vegan, raw, delicious, what is there not to like…  The price!

I like the convenience of these bars and how much better they are from other bars on the market but I definitely choke a bit coughing up 1.50-2.00 for one bar.

So I decided to use up the raw cashews in my pantry by making a homemade version of the cashew cookie flavor.

I didn’t measure anything so hate me if you will.  You have to tinker with the ingredients.  I do recommend starting at a 1 part nut to 2 part dried fruit ratio.

Homemade cashew cookie lara bar

– medjool dates (but I am sure any other kind will work).  Pitted and chopped up

– raw cashews

-agave (optional)

– vanilla extract (optional)

Using your food processor grind/chop the cashews until semi chunky.  Then add the chopped up dates, process until it forms a ball.  You can add a splash of vanilla extract and some drizzle of agave.

(If it’s too wet add more nuts, if it’s too dry add more dates)

Press into a container or make balls out of it and stick in the fridge.

You can also make bars and wrap them individually using plastic wrap.  Keep in fridge or the pantry.

This is not the best pressing down job but you get the idea.

They are also toddler approved.

Ruari has been really into snacks lately and reading books, I swear she has read every book in the smaller children side in our library.

there’s a monster in my notebook

Ruari was drawing the other day in her notebook.  I asked what she was drawing, she replied, “Mama I am making a monster!”

choo choo

On Thursday around lunch time I didn’t realize it was so late, so it was one of those days you whip up a fast lunch.

It was Boca chik’n nuggets and steamed broccoli for lunch!  Ruari looked at it and promptly said “No chik’n nuggets mama, only broccoli”.

Such a little veggie girl.

We bought Ruari an Imaginarium toy set because the Thomas and friends ones cost so much. She does have a couple trains from Thomas but the tracks are much cheaper by Imaginarium. Similiar to this one but we got the girl version.

We are pretty pleased with it although Ruari doesn’t play with the trains that came with the set.  Half because the trains don’t have faces on them and half because the magnets just aren’t strong.  We will be playing with them and they just come apart from eachother.  The Thomas and friends ones click together and stay until you take them apart.  So I am glad we saved tons of money on the tracks but also glad we did get her a couple of the Thomas trains a while back.

Favorite pudding ever.

A kiddo that is really enjoying her avocado.  She doesn’t like it straight up and I can understand that.  She will eat it in guacamole and in the pudding I make her.

I have been experimenting with all different ways to make avocado pudding from tons of websites I found via the google.

I came up with this one and man does it taste awesome!

It is a cross from pudding and mousse.  It tastes like it should be some sort of pie filling, completely yummy.

Avocado whippy pudding

1 avocado

2 tablespoons tofutti cream cheese

2 tablespoons organic maple syrup

1/2 a frozen banana


–  pit the avocado and put the “meat ” in the food processor.  Add the other ingredients and chop/grind until all is mixed.

(I alternated between the two and it made a really light airy whippy pudding)


The other day on our jog Ruari and I found a huge crate of hot wheel trucks and tracks being thrown out.  I am all for recycling toys, so they all came home with us.

best bean burgers…

Toddler approved.

Black Bean burgers Ruari style.

1 can organic black beans ( rinse and drained)
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
2 carrots shredded
1/4 cup flax seeds
1/4 tsp red sea salt
1/8 tsp cumin
1/8 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1 Tbs olive oil
1/2 cup of daiya chedder style shreds


– Preheat oven to 350 degrees
– grind oats and flax seeds in food processor until sort of powderish
put in a separate bowl and mix with spices
– shred the carrots and mix into oat mixture
– process black beans in food processor until paste like
mix in with oat mixture
– mix daiya cheese and oil into mixture.
– wet hands and form into patties
spray a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes flipping half way through.


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