Spinach Protein Pancakes

For a while I thought I had it figured out.  (I’d appreciate if you could stifle your laughter)  My toddler wouldn’t eat his veggies, however he would suck them right out of the veggie pouches.  Then, as it frequently does with toddlers, that changed.  Pretty much over night he lost interest in those pouches.  He could’ve lost interest in cookies, candy, chips but I guess that’s not how kids work.  I tried cooking veggies different, giving a variety of raw vegetables and even encouraging a big ol’ dip into ranch.  Nada.  Tuesday I decided to stop trying to force him and instead trick him.  If tricking your child is not a weapon in your arsenal, you should really add it.  I’m pretty sure I would not survive motherhood if it weren’t for quick thinking and slight of hand. Trust issues?  Eh…Phooey.   Enter, spinach protein pancakes.



Before we get started, let me tell warn you a little bit about how I bake/cook.  Lots of times I look at a recipe as nothing more than a suggestion.  I add more, or less, substitute etc.  Well, that is exactly how these pancakes came to be.  The exact recipe is secret, meaning I didn’t measure much so your guess is as good as mine.  So, here we go.


Pulse together in a blender until well chopped

  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups baby spinach

Add and blend

  • 1/2 cup flour (this I did measure)
  • 1 (or so) scoop of vanilla protein powder (I think I ended up doing about 1 1/4 scoop but protein scoop sizes vary) 1/2 (give or take) banana
  • 2 tsp cinnamon…and then a little more and maybe a little more still (this is where the phrase”to taste” comes from right? I think I ended up with closer to a tbsp)
  • I splash of vanilla

Now that you have your batter, if it’s too runny you can add a bit more protein powder to thicken it up.

Pour on to griddle and cook.

They do cook up on the thinner side which I found is often the cause with protein pancakes.  Not quite crepe or “weawry fin pancakes” (Talladega Nights? Anyone? No?) but not your buttermilk style pancakes.  Z did not mind one bit.  He gobbled up more and asked for more “Fwankenstein” pancakes.  This kid gets me and my love for all things Halloween.


Like I said…The exact recipe is a secret.  But you should end up with something resembling a pancake but bright green and awesomely healthy.

Do you have a favorite protein pancake recipe?  I’d love to try it!

Happy errr…Baking



A long over due house update

Okay, obviously this update is way, way, WAY overdue.  Holy cow where did the time go?  Oh, well, I can actually tell you where it went.  It went to painting, laying flooring, installing cabinets and sinks and countertops and carpet and lights and trim…and don’t get me started on the landscaping.  SO.MUCH.LANDSCAPING.  The time also went to a crazy construction loan deadline, moving, a bad run of family health problems, trying to enjoy a tiny bit of the summer we had left and…drum roll….Potty Training!  So, if you’ve wondered why I dropped off the face of the earth.  Well, that’s why.

But lets get to it.  Before I show you some of our completed rooms, I have to show you my boys hard at work


There’s a certain kind of pride that comes with doing it yourself.  Or is that frustration…yeah, that feels a lot like frustration.


Zeke being an awesome assistant as we start laying our floors.


All three of my boys (Dad, hubs and kiddo).  A labor of love.

So, now for the finished product.


I love our kitchen.  We had to make concessions once we ran into the huge cost to fix the driveway.  Unfortunately one of those was our granite (or if I had it my way Quartz) counter tops.  Though I have to say, laminate has really come a long way.  Formica brand had a beautiful faux marble that I loved but I had quite the resistance to it so we settled on this.  I think it breaks up the white quite nicely.

*Counter tops Formica Noir Envision


I love, love, love the white subway tile.  There’s just something so clean about it. We went with a light gray grout.

*Cabinets Aristokraft Benton Birch painted white


Don’t mind our mess.  This picture was taken while we were still working.

*Floors  Mohawk Rare Vintage Earthen 


We have two bathrooms and to make things simple (and to cut down on decisions because we are the worst at making decisions) we kept them them same.  If you remember from my previous posts, our bathrooms where just an utter cluster fahhh…well…they got messed up.  We initially ordered a lighter floor and lighter counter top.  Our flooring company installed the correct counter tops but wrong floors.  We ended up loving the the floors they did install so instead of them correcting their mistake we asked if they’d be willing to change the counter top.  So we did that and they installed the WRONG replacement counter tops.  However, we had 2 days until our construction loan closed and thankfully it went well with the floors.

*Paint Sherwin Williams Sea Salt

*Countertop Wilsonart Skyline Walnut


My Dad was really our savior on this project.  Besides just being a bad ass in the building community, he busted his bad ass to make sure we fulfilled all building requirements in time to close!


And this is just a picture of one of the members of our friendly deer family.

We have been “moved in” for a couple of months now and I’m embarrassed to admit I don’t have one thing hung on the walls.  We still have some boxes that have not been unpacked and we are just getting to the point were we don’t have to vacuum and mop everyday thanks to all the settling saw dust. With the rush to get our Letter of Occupancy before our construction loan expired it left a lot of work to be done.  Just take a look at that back yard where our deer friend is.  And I use the word yard very, very loosely.  Now we are rushing to get a yard seeded before the weather turns it into a mud pit. One of these days we’ll feel settled…one of these days.

More updates to come!


House Update

I realized that I have not done a house update in a while.  Mostly because we’re so busy building it that I haven’t had many moments to stop and document it.  The last house update I did, I believe we were “blessing” it.  Well, my friends, I’m happy to say we’ve come a long way since then.  (Not long enough but I’m gonna try to go with the glass is half full today)  We have our HiLine walk through tomorrow and as soon as that is complete (barring anything that needs to be addressed) the house is ours to get started on!  To catch you up, we did a Super Shell package with HiLine, meaning they do everything up to the dry wall.  Then we do the rest ourselves.  Thank goodness for super handy and knowledgeable men like my Dad.


Here’s the exterior minus the paint and gutters.  I’ll update on those later.


HiLine sheet rock.


And finally drywalled and textured.

If you want my indepth opinion on HiLine as a company, let me know and I will give it to you.  If you are seriously considering using them, talk to me first.  Bottom line, is they were/are a pain in the “bumm bumm” (as the toddler says) to work with.  We had special circumstances outside our and their control that amplified the breakdown in customer service and communication.  However, the product so far as been solid.

Anyhow…we are now getting to the good stuff.  The paint, cabinets, floors!  Oh My!  I’m getting excited.  We (or I) agonized over which gray paint to go with.  Seriously…I’m embarrassed to admit that it stressed me so much because we’re talking about paint. PAINT people!  I feel like I need to be slapped.  First world problems, am I right?  Well, we changed our minds last minute…literally 5 minutes before calling in our order.  So until we had it on the walls I was second guessing it.  We almost went with Sherwin Williams Essential Gray but we deterred when the rep told us it tends to go purple and I’m glad we listened.  We ended up going with the super popular SW Repose Gray.  And by George, we love it!  At least thus far.  I would take breaks from working to just sit back and admire the color in different lights.







Doesn’t it look pretty?


Especially in natural light. Sigh…

My boys worked on prepping the floors for the laminate flooring while I put on all the face plates to the outlets. Talk about a tedious job!  Below is our mudroom which is also painted Repose Gray.  You can see that here it looks more brown with our work lamps on.  The light is definitely warmer than what we plan to have in the house but this just shows how versatile the color can be!  You can use browns, blacks or whites in your home and it will all look amazing!  Currently we have brown couches though we’d like to change them up to a dark gray but in the mean time at least they won’t clash.


Serioulsy….how cute are my boys?  How’d I get so lucky?



And here’s the Repose again in the great room area with a lot of natural light.


We decided to keep it simple and do the entire house in Repose except the bathrooms. For the bathrooms we went with a lighter blue called Tradewind from Sherwin Williams.  We were toying with SW Sea Salt which is a beautiful gray/green but we were looking for something on the blue side.  A gal at SW recommended Tradewind and I love it!  Now we have not finished painting the bathrooms but here’s a peek at the color.


Honestly I don’t think we could have gone wrong with either of these but I’ve always loved the cloudy blue sky color palettes so we went with Tradewind and love it!


Excuse the little dude.  He’s being a champ and helping us work while he’s got a nasty cold (and apparently chocolate is great medicine for that! 😉 )

We will be working on the cabinets, flooring and trim over the holiday weekend!!  I can’t wait to share our progress next week!




Zeke’s 2nd Birthday!!!

I can’t believe my little man is 2 already!!  And let me tell you, the switch has flipped.  It has been defiance and challenge all day every day for the last week.  I was super excited to celebrate him a little this morning before work but he was having none of it.  Time out before 6am.  It was one of those days.  But, of course, we still can’t get enough of our Littles even when they are being complete and total jerks.  I took one look at the photo we had done in anticipation of his birthday and I was immediately consumed with overwhelming, soul consuming love for that kid.  Seriously…having kids can drive you crazy in the best of ways!

By now I’m sure you know Z was a preemie.  He made his hasty appearance at the unripe age of 31 weeks 5 days gestation. At his first post NICU graduation doctors appointment we were told to give him 2 years to be totally caught up and in the clear of possible delays, or complications from being a preemie.  It was naivete on our part to not think about life after the NICU.  We were target fixated and the target was Z’s NICU release!  Anyhow, the idea of just waiting for the other shoe to drop for the next 2 years was a little defeating.  Thankfully for the most part, the first 2 years of Z’s life have been uneventful.  Well, as uneventful as raising a child is…so I guess not at all uneventful…Anyhow. We had one scare with a possible seizure and lots of test later ruled out any delays or damage.  So to celebrate hitting this milestone we decided to capture what the last 2 years have meant for us.  My wonderful friend and talented photographer was able to catch this for us despite the photo taking place after a day at a new daycare, separation anxiety and a 45 min meltdown.  See, preemies DO grow into a normal toddler!!





Come back soon to see Z’s Construction Birthday Party!  Also, if you’re in the Puget Sound area and looking for a great photographer check out my girl at http://www.sharrisamariephotography.com/


Happy Partying!



Building Our House on a Rock

Our little house is moving right along!  We have a roof and windows and doors.  Even siding!  It’s just sitting there looking all housey.  We still have another 2 months worth of long nights and hard work but it sure is looking like our home a little bit more each day.  We even went out and put our stamp on it last weekend.

God is the foundation of our family and he will always be the foundation of our home.  So we decided to put it in writing.  I grabbed a few sharpies and some scripture and we got to work.


Front Door


Kitchen window




Back door


Z’s Room


Front Door


Great Room


Even Z got to pitch in.  However, we made it very clear this is a one time only opportunity to draw on the walls!


Here are some of he verses we used…

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. – Matthew 7:24

But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.  – Joshua 24:15

Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6

Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. – Psalm 51:7

Create in me a clean heart O’ God. –  Psalm 51:10

Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. – Hebrews 13:2

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. – Colossians 3:12

For this child I have prayed. – 1 Samuel 1:27

My son give me your heart and let your eyes observe my ways. – Proverbs 23:26

I will lie down and sleep in peace for you, alone, O Lord make me dwell in safety. – Psalm 4:8

Love each other with genuine affection and take delight in honoring each other. – Romans 12:10

Above all things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. – Colossians 3:14

Jesus answered, “It is written:  Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. – Matthew 4:4


Even though we have had a rocky start (to put it lightly) to building our home, we are reminded that we can stand solid on the foundation of God!

And check out our sided house!!






4 Year Annivesary and Wedding Throw Back

Today is a very special day for me!  Well, for the Hubs too.  4 years ago today, I married my very favorite person in the universe.  It’s crazy to me that it has only been 4 years.  It’s hard to imagine life before him at this point.  It’s like we always were.  I kind of feel like that’s God’s way of telling me, “Yep, I had you in mind when I made him.”  I recently came across a post in which a woman told the story of how she and her husband came to be.  It’s one of those magical stories where boy meets girl. 1 day later boy and girl profess their love and very quickly after boy and girl get married and then boy and girl become husband and wife and live happily ever after.  I always marvel at these kinds of stories.  That’s just not my personality.  In fact, everything in my very being is the exact OPPOSITE of that.   I’ve never been one to get too caught up in my emotions.  I remember wondering, as a young teen, what that would be like.  That Romeo and Juliet kind of love.   I’m methodical.  I’m cautious.  Even with my husband, who I knew after 3 months I wanted to spend my life with.  We spent 2 romantic, adventurous years dating before we got engaged.  He spent a year working over time to stuff money away for the ring he wanted me to have.  Do you want to know the message that sent me?  I was worth waiting for.  And I love that sentiment.   One of “I can’t afford to mess this up.” People get swept up in the romanticized stories of love at first sight and those statements of “I can’t live another moment without you as my wife!”  And I get it. They’re totally dreamy. Perhaps our language of romance looks a bit different than others.   Don’t get me wrong.  I am not saying one way is better than the other.  I understand both. Ours is not a grandiose love, rather a quiet love weaved into every word and every action.  I know, it doesn’t sound as romantic but take a moment to think about what that means.  Your partner is choosing you. Every minute of every day.  They are choosing you.  That sounds pretty romantic to me.

Well, now that you know my philosophy of marriage let me show you what our wedding was like!  We had it in an old theater so we ran with them theme.  We had program’s made up to look like playbill, however I don’t seem to have a picture of it and it’s boxed up in storage so you’ll have to use you’re imagination.



Okay…I know it’s a weird picture to jump off with but I sent the boys a bouquet shortly before the ceremony.  I had to remind my hubby exactly what had caught his eye in the first place.  His is Jack Daniels girl.  We met at a birthday party and the moment he heard I was drinking a Jack & Ginger…it was all over.



My hubby picked the colors and went with green, black and white.  A little more formal than I would have chosen however, I didn’t much care.  Plus the venue was a bit more on the formal side so it worked.


My mom made my bouquet and wrapped it with black and white striped ribbon. I loved it!



And here’s a picture of the hubs.   Just because he’s cute.  (But don’t get me started on his lapel flower!)


I wore my green heels for the ceremony but changed into my converse immediately following!


We both had our specialized Chuck T.s because live in ours.


I love adding fun surprises to events so I loved the idea of a colored slip that popped out every now and then.  My sweet mom sewed me a very basic slip and it was exactly what I wanted.


We had a friend make some movie posters for us and they lined the hall leading to our greeting line.  We had a play on “Meet the Parents” and  “Father of the Bride”.  Honestly…I think the “Father of the Bride” was my favorite.  I will have to find a picture to share but right now can’t seem to find them.  They were all a hit!


One of my very best friends and bridesmaid gifted us our party favors.  Personalized Jones Soda!  They were totally adorable!  favors


We also made these candy favors and used these adorable gift tags!  Get them here.  They became they’re very own photo op.



Our cake!  I loooooved our cake!  We still get cupcakes from the bakery every year on our anniversary which means….YAY CAKE tonight!!



We used these adorable Wedding mad libs to get some advise from our guests.  You can get them here.  These were super fun to read after the wedding!  We had a few guests that had a lot of fun with these…


Until next time….Cupcakes!!



Free Easter Coloring Pages



Spring is FINALLY here!  And along with it has come loads and loads of rain.  Oh my goodness you guys… SO.MUCH.RAIN. We are in the framing phase of building our home and which means visits from heavy equipment to the property.  Rain + freshly excavated dirt = a mushy mess and quite a pain in the rear end for us.  Of course the forecast is calling for more rain this weekend so we may be doing our Easter Egg Hunt indoors.  Speaking of…I got the grande idea to “practice” finding Easter Eggs with Z so when Easter finally arrives, he’d know what to do.  I forget how quick that kid is.  It only took 1 plastic egg, containing 1 jelly bean and he was hooked.  He’s been asking and looking for eggs for the last week now! Admittedly, I love it.  There’s something about watching the excitement spread across your kiddo’s face.  Now I can’t wait to give him his Easter Basket!! One of the gifts in his basket will be a home made coloring book.  Yes, I know….you can buy one for a buck down at your local Dollar Store.  But, I will take any excuse to create! Plus, I thought it’d be cute to make some Mommy-Son Easter pictures.  I am no artist but they were simple enough and I thought I’d share them.  Feel free to download and print one or all for you a little Easter art time for you little ones!

Easter Printable Coloring Page


Print Matthew 28:6


Easter Printable Coloring Page


Print Jeremiah 1:5


Easter Printable Coloring Page


Print John 10:10

Easter Printable Coloring Page

Print Psalm 138:1



Easter Printable Coloring Page


Print John 10:27

Easter Printable Coloring Page

Print Isaiah 58:11



Easter Printable Coloring Page

Print Psalms 71:14


I’ll be sure to share some of Z’s finished art work.

Happy Easter!!



Coping with Baby Girl Envy

It’s no secret that I have always wanted a little girl.  I love crafting pretty things and call me old fashioned, but I’m not gonna craft pretty things for little boys.  Cute?  Yes.  Pretty?  Not so much.  I was confronted with my long going desire for a baby girl this weekend by attending a little girls 1st Birthday and baby girls shower.  I also have another shower next weekend for a baby girl (in which I am in charge of decorations.  Cue ovary explosion here).  Guh!!  Baby girls are everywhere except my womb!  Anyhow…so Baby Girl Envy was in full throttle this weekend.  The hubs and I have talked about having a second in the future but I’m not gonna lie…it terrifies me because I’m convinced we are destined to be a boy family.  Every time I see someone pregnant with a little girl I think to myself “well, they’re taking all the girls!  There won’t be any left for me!”  I know…logical. Can you imagine my inner monologue while pregnant???  But of course, while my ovaries are crying on the inside, I’m smiling on the outside.  The only thing that gets me through it, is creating pretty things for my friends who are stealing all the with baby girls. No that I’ve had myself a little bit of dramatic tantrum, let’s move on.


Years ago, before a baby was even a twinkle in my eye, I opened a shop on Etsy called Peek-a-Boutique where I sell crocheted baby hats (and the occasional adult hat when requested).  It’s been on break for a while because, quite frankly, I have been less than inspired in the baby hat department lately.  However, thanks to my friends stealing all the having baby girls, I have been inspired. I made one bear hat last week for one of the showers and since then I think I’ve made 8 or more.  This last week (when I was not making decorations) I obsessed over these cute bunny and bear hats!


Here’s my pile!  And yes, that is my work desk.  I take my crochet everywhere!  In fact, I get most of it done during my lunch break.



bluebearwatermark bluebunnywatermark bunnyears mintpinkbearwatermark mintpinkbunnywatermark


So, how do I cope with Baby Girl Envy??  By making all the pretty things!! What should I make next?  (Besides my own baby girl 😉 )

***Disclaimer.  Yes, I LOVE my SON!!  Beyond words.  I’ve always wanted a boy too.  Really, I’ve always wanted one of each and if I could paint our family up any way I wanted, it would be boy first.  So I am incredibly grateful for my sweet little boy who made me a Mommy.  And I must have done something right to be in charge of such a lovable, fun, incredibly smart little boy.


Happy Creating!


DIY Toddler Valentines


**Please forgive the pictures.  I didn’t think about pictures until we were already started so my camera phone had to do.**

My toddler is going through a, ummm….we’ll say phase. Dear Lord, please let it just be a phase.  Over night my sweet, fun loving, easy going little dude morphed into a crazy Todzilla.  He’s melting down over EVERYTHING.  He asks for banana and then cries because….I gave him a banana.  Along with the tantrums has come a refusal to sleep. Or I guess it’s probably the other way around.  It’s probably the refusal of sleep that has encouraged the tantrums.  Last night he cried from 1-2:30am.  The only thing that would calm him down was me holding him.  I know I’m not the only who struggles with just wanting to bring your kiddo back to bed when they have a bad night.  The struggle is for real. For.Real.  But! I resisted and did not cave.  Instead I compromised.  I laid on the floor next to his crib holding his sweet little hand through the rails until he calmed down.  About 30 minutes and one very sore arm later, I could hear is breath get calm and steady. I tip toed out of his room and back into bed when I looked at the monitor and saw two huge round staring into the monitor.  5 seconds later he looked for me and when he saw I was gone it was full hysteria.  Again.  By this time I had been up for almost an hour and a half.  I told myself…”10 minutes.  I’ll give him 10 minutes.”  At minute 9 he was jumping up and down calling for Mommy (insert pouty lip and teary eyes here…Mine..not his.)  Then all of the sudden he went from full freak out to silence.  Not another sound was made.  He laid down, grabbed his stuffed giraffe and finally, FINALLY, drifted off to sleep.  90 minutes later my alarm went off.  Gotta love Working Mom Life.


Where was I going with this…?  Oh yes, since he has been a bit of a terror, I have tried to distract him with different activities.  Monday night we did toddler yoga.  Oh my gosh you guys.  If you have a toddler, try it.  It is the most adorable thing.  No need for a video, or class.  Just look up some classic, simple yoga poses and demonstrate for them.  Z’s favorites are Downward Dog, Cobra (or as he calls it, Sleepy) and Downward Dog Split (in his version, he stands up and lifts his leg like a dog peeing on a hydrant).  We’ll definitely continue with the yoga as long as he’s interested.  The comedy of it alone is worth it.


So back to last night.  I decided to distract him with a little art and we made or own Valentines.  Z loves to “watercolor”.  I quote that because he’s more interested in stirring color into the water than actually painting with it.  But, every now and then he makes it onto the paper. We did have 1 meltdown when I told him he could not drink the pretty water though.  (Mom’s can be so mean.)  Anyhow…Here’s what we used.



Watercolor Palette

Paint Brush

Cup of water

Blank Post cards (I didn’t want to use my nice watercolor paper :/ )

Alphabet Stickers


So, this is a super simple DIY for the kiddo.  Mommy (or Daddy or Grandma or Auntie or Uncle or Papa…just somebody) pick a phrase and stick the letters on your “canvas”.  Then let the kiddo paint away.  Once they’re done, let the cards dry and carefully peel off the stickers and Viola!  A piece of Art to give to their loves ( aka Their Mommy’s, naturally 🙂 )

**Tip:  Hold on to old plastic table clothes for arts and craft time.  Hello Dollar Store!  I can’t guarantee it’ll help keep the paint of your kiddo but it will help with your furniture! Then again you could always cut one into the shape of an apron and you’re set!



I personally love the way they turned out.  I tried really hard to let him pick which colors he wanted to use and mix as he wished which, admittedly, is a little tough for me.  Right now every color to Zeke is Yellow, so this is also a great way to practice colors with your kiddo too!


Be forewarned…You can expect your watercolor palette to look like this when it’s all said and done.  But to me, it’s totally worth it.  And by worth it, I mean the palette was only $2.50 (from Michaels with a coupon)!  Plus, it’s watercolor…the palettes clean up easily enough.  I think this DIY would work great with acrylic paints too or even sponge painting for a different look.

Are your kids DIY’ing their VDay cards?  Have you tried watercolor with them?  I’d love to hear about it!

Until next time…Happy Painting!