Beet and Black Bean Burgers

The doctor said this day would come…Turner would become a picky eater! I usually have go-to recipes on hand, but lately I’ve been SO busy that I haven’t had time to prepare. So it’s been eggs and waffles for breakfast, peanut butter sandwiches and fruit for lunch, yogurt and his favorite almond meal muffins for a snack, and whatever we are eating for dinner (or another peanut butter sandwich, don’t judge)!

Now, don’t get me wrong, this kid is CONSTANTLY hungry and could eat me under the table. But I refuse to give him junk to fill him up. I want his meals to be filled with protein and even those sneaky vegetables too! The only way I can do that is to plan ahead. I always sneak things like spinach and avocados into his smoothies. But when I have an hour to spare, I like to take whatever I have on hand and whip up “burgers” of some sort (and by burger I mean anything I mix up and shape into a patty). This week I scoured the fridge and pantry for anything I could turn into a healthy “burger”. These beet and black bean burgers are a winner!

I started by cooking some quinoa (read about the amazing benefits of quinoa HERE). While that simmered, I sautéed onions, shredded carrots, and diced ginger root. I pulsed the beets and sautéed veggies in the food processor a few times to break them up. Side note about the beets, I used the steamed and peeled baby beets in the fridge section at Trader Joe’s. I’ve seen them in several grocery stores.

Once the quinoa was finished, I added a cup of cooked quinoa and the black beans to my food processor and pulsed a few more times. I let that cool slightly so it wouldn’t cook my egg! Then I added in the bread crumbs and egg and processed for a few seconds to form a “dough”.  I used an ice cream scoop to form patties and seared them on either side until crisp on the outside and warmed through, just like a burger!

I served it up with a little BBQ sauce and a bun. He actually eats the bun separately, but for us grown ups, I took a picture of the burger and bun together! I hope you and your kiddos enjoy!


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Barnes and Noble Trip

The other day, Turner and I needed to get out of the house. He took a super nap, and I got a ton of work done. So, I thought I’d treat myself to Starbucks while he played with the trains at Barnes and Noble. Best idea ever.

He played for a little while and then went exploring. We wandered all around, reading a few books in our travels. Then he parked it at the little table where we read about dinosaurs (and flirted with older women).

He sat across from his little lady friend that he made. He was staring and her and laughing at her the whole time. I can see my future now. Lock up your daughters…

Turner used to be so shy. Now he’s such a ham wonder who he gets that from. I love my little guy so much. He makes every day more exciting! 

Father’s Day

I remember when I told Stew I was pregnant. He was so excited, and a little nervous. He was nervous he wouldn’t be a good dad. He never had any experience with babies. But I knew the second he held Turner in his arms, he’d be perfect. He’s just that kind of person.

I must say, Stew is an amazing father. He is so loving, gentle, and supportive. He’s the most selfless person I know. The more we grow together, the more I appreciate and love him! Turner feels the same.

My mom and stepdad hosted a little Father’s Day celebration at their house last night. It was perfect. Mom made homemade meatballs and spaghetti. All the men were super excited about that, especially Turner.

We always enjoy getting together with the family. But it’s extra special when we have a celebration. It was a nice and relaxing day. The perfect way to celebrate all of the amazing fathers in our lives!

Creamy Herb Dressing

I  made a salad for dinner tonight. I normally don’t like creamy dressings, but I wanted a dressing that was a bit more substantial than my usual vinaigrette!  I did some experimenting and came up with this healthy and delicious dressing that I thought I’d share!

The salad I made to go along with it had romaine lettuce, red peppers, red onion, tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, feta cheese, sunflower seeds, and shredded carrots. It was the perfect pairing!

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No News is Good News

Life has been pretty uneventful lately, which you could have assumed by my lack of blog posts! But, to me, no news is good news! We have done a few new things since I’ve last written, just nothing major!

Stew joined a men’s softball league at church. They play a double header every Thursday night. Last week was their first game. Stew did great! It was really fun watching the game. Turner loved watching Daddy play too.

In other news, we moved our cat, Skippy, from the FROG (furnished room over garage) to the office. She is so happy! The FROG originally became her home because our big old dog, Dexter, would chase her around and scare the daylights out of her. So, she went up there and never ventured down!

Turner is OBSESSED! Every morning, as soon as he wakes up, he wants to see “Dippy”. And, at night, after his bath, he walks right into the office, “Hi Dippy!”.

The awesome thing about Skippy being in the office, is that Turner will play in there for HOURS, so I get a ton of work done. It’s so cute to watch. He is just so happy to play with her! So, as you can see, life has definitely been quiet, but I can handle that for a little while longer!

“Something de Mayo” Supper Club

We have had yet another successful supper club! This month Annie and Jeremy hosted. They picked Mexican Fiesta as our theme. It was fitting, considering it was Cinco de Mayo a few weeks ago!

Annie set the table beautifully! She is so crafty. She had a white table cloth with ribbons going across the center. She had big colorful vases in the center with bright flowers to match the ribbons. The CUTEST part was our M&M stuffed chili pepper name tags. She even had a festive chalkboard with an adorable paper wreath hanging from it.

The food was absolutely delicious! Kirsten was in charge of appetizers. She made spicy cream cheese stuffed phyllo cups with a sweet chili dipping sauce. Missy was on drinks. She definitely didn’t disappoint. The men had Modelo beer, while the ladies had Pomegranate Margaritas. Needless to say, we enjoyed our drinks thoroughly!
Annie was in charge of the main course. We started with a 7 layer mexican salad with a variety of dressings to choose from (our favorite being the creamy mexican). Then we moved on to pulled pork tacos with a variety of toppings and jalapeno cilantro cream sauce.

Last, but not least, was dessert! I made a Sopapilla Cheesecake (recipe below). Completely unhealthy (let’s just say the recipe is from Pillsbury) and not something I would normally make, but it was DELICIOUS!

We had an amazing night! There’s nothing like a night of good food, great friends, and strong drinks! Viva la fiesta!

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