Monthly Archives: May 2016

Easy Meal prep

MAY_8295Our garden was overflowing with green beans and purple & red potatos. We boiled the green beans & potatoes for dinner and pulled out about half for some easy lunches. White it was cooking, we cooked up a cup of red quinoa and sauteed some onions and garilc. Toss it all together and top with some Curry sauce from Trader Joe’s and we’re good for the week. This Trader Joe’s yellow curry makes even the most ordinary meals, extraordinary.MAY_8325MAY_8326 copy

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Easy Lunches for Kids

My daughter started Kindergarten and this was hands down the best purchase we made for the year. The Yumbox made us very tuned into packing healthy lunches. On days, I wanted to send a peanut & jelly sandwich and bag of pretzels, she  would remind me that she needed fruits, veggies, and dairy. It also made for very little waste, which I loved, and my daughter loved because she got to skip the line to the trashcan at the end of her meal.

I was hesitant at first because of the price, but after a year’s use, this Yumbox will definitely last at least another year, and was worth every penny.

  1. great portion sizes
  2. no waste
  3. encourages healthy eating
  4. fits inside a standard lunchbox with icepacks
  5. no leaks even with things such as ranch for dipping veggies or yogurt

Yumbox Panino Bento Lunchbox – Pomme Green – Leak Proof | Cruisy ...

New Jersey Visit

My cousin had a baby, so little miss and I traveled to New Jersey for baby snuggles and  gluten free yummies. doco west parkBroad Street Doughnut Company was first up on the list and did not disappoint. We went by Sunday morning and treated ourselves to the Boardwalk (vanilla & sprinkles), something delicious covered in cannoli cream, and my very favorite, West Park (imagine an inside out Boston cream)- plain doughnut dipped in chocolate and covered with bavarian cream. The West Park was hands down the favorite among everyone. The cannoli didn’t wow me, but next to the West Park, I’m not sure anything could.doco cannoliIt was such a nice treat to find a place with gluten free doughnuts. The rest of the trip I stunk at taking pictures, probably because my hands were busy holding babies and stuffing my face.

Other great finds:

Rook– AMAZING, perfectly roasted coffee. This no fuss coffee shop was probably the best coffee I’ve ever had. No frills….well roasted, great flavor….I grabbed a bag of beans to bring back home and even my coffee snob husband loved it.

APR_5397.JPGThe Macaroon Shop– these gluten free macaroons are to die for. My aunt mails them to me in Florida, they are that good. Those 2 pounds won’t last long, but luckily for me, other people around the world love them as much as I do, so the Macaroon Shop has them all ready to ship.

Last but not least, we went to Belmar for a trip down memory lane. I used to spend every summer visiting my grandparents. Orange italian ice & vanilla frozen yogurt was the perfect combination from Strollo’s italian ice.