Super Stay At Home Mommy!

Adventures in the life of a stay at home wife and mom

Broccoli Salad- With Walnuts and Grapes

I’m back!! We finally got all the kinks worked out, and I’m back to blogging. I have a SUPER yummy recipe to share with you today.

While we were visiting my parents in Missouri, we had this delicious broccoli salad. I have been trying to recreate something similar to it (with my own twist) since we got back home. What I ended up with isn’t exactly like what we had, but it is pretty darn yummy! Here’s what I did…..

Broccoli Salad

1 large head of broccoli
1 cup mayo
2 Tbsp spicy mustard (I actually use a little more because I like the taste of mustard)
1 Tbsp lemon juice
A dash of Cayenne pepper
1/4 Walnuts, chopped
Red grapes
 
Finely chop the broccoli. I run mine through the food processor- fast and easy! Pour into bowl. Add mayo, mustard, lemon juice, and cayenne. Mix well. Add walnuts and grapes, mix again. Serve.
 
***Please add to, or take from, this recipe as you wish. I am not 100% positive on all the measurements I used because I sort of add things, taste, add some more, etc. I will edit the post next time I make this salad to get more accurate measurements- I was just too excited to share it with you all! Enjoy!!
 
 
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Been MIA….

I haven’t been blogging lately because I’ve been having a few technical issues with my site. As soon as we get all the kinks worked out, I’ll be back at it!

 

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Low Carb Peanut Butter Cookies!

I needed a quick fix for my sweet tooth, and these cookies hit the spot! They are a bit crumbly, but taste a lot like a real peanut butter cookies. I used stevia instead of Splenda, but I imagine they’d taste great either way. Enjoy!!

Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter
1 1/3 cups granular Splenda or equivalent liquid Splenda or Stevia
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
Extra granular Splenda for fork

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine all of the ingredients in a small mixing bowl; beat well with a spoon until it becomes a thick dough. Gently roll into 20 balls and place on a baking sheet. Or, use a 2-teaspoon cookie scoop to evenly measure the dough. Dip a fork in granular Splenda and make a criss-cross design by gently pressing into the balls of dough in alternating directions. Be gentle and dip the fork into Splenda frequently because the dough is very sticky. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes. Cool before removing from the baking sheet. Store in the freezer and do not thaw before eating.

Makes 20 small cookies
Can be frozen

With granular Splenda:
Per Cookie: 81 Calories; 6g Fat; 3g Protein; 4g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 3g Net Carbs
Per 2 Cookies: 162 Calories; 12g Fat; 7g Protein; 8g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 7g Net Carbs

With liquid Splenda:
Per Cookie: 75 Calories; 6g Fat; 3g Protein; 2g Carbohydrate; .5g Dietary Fiber; 1.5g Net carbs
Per 2 Cookies: 149 Calories; 12g Fat; 7g Protein; 5g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 4g Net Carbs

** I definitely recommend freezing these cookies after you make them. When frozen, they hold together much better.

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Traveling With Your Toddler

 

We got back from our road trip to Missouri late Thursday night, and I learned a LOT about traveling with a toddler. I’d like to share a few things with you in the hopes that your future travels with a little one will be successful!

  • Bring a portable DVD player- This one was HUGE for us. Linnaea doesn’t typically watch a ton of TV, but the DVD player and her favorite movie was a life saver for us. It really helped distract her from the fact that she had to sit in her car seat for 14 hours.
  • Bring Snacks- I kept a supply of Linnaea’s favorite snacks in the front seat with me, that way I could hand her things as we were driving.
  • Bring your little one’s favorite lovey- Linnaea is attached to her blankie. It’s SO important to grab whatever toy/stuffed animal/pacifier/etc that your child is attached to.
  • Coloring books- To keep things clean, I handed Linnaea a coloring book and would give her a couple crayons at a time. I switched out colors occasionally, and she was happy as could be.
  • Fun kid’s music- Bring along a CD of fun songs that your kids want to listen to
  • Stop to stretch often- Your toddler will be much happier if you let them stretch their legs often. We stopped at several rest stops along the way and took short walks with Linnaea.
  • Bring along new/different toys- We were able to borrow a few toys from a friend, and these were a huge hit! Linnaea showed interest in them longer because they weren’t the same old toys that she’s used to playing with daily.
  • Bring a small stash of medicines- Tylenol/allergy meds/band-aids/etc…. We learned this one the hard way. When we got to Missouri, it turned out Linnaea was teething and we had to go find teething meds. It would have saved us some hassle if we would have packed a few items.
  • Change of clothes- Put a change of clothes in the car. Linnaea got car sick along the way and we were left digging through the trunk for her clothes. It would have been much easier had a tossed an outfit in the back seat.
  • Diapers- Keep a stash of diapers/wipes/changing pad easily accessible. Or, if your kiddo is potty trained, make sure you are stopping frequently for potty breaks.
  • When to travel- Make sure you are positive that your child will sleep through the night in their car seat before deciding to travel at night. We thought night travel would be easiest because we assumed Linnaea would sleep the whole way. Boy were we wrong. She only slept one hour the entire way to Missouri. That made for a rough first day there. On the way home, we traveled during the day and she did MUCH better.

I hope you’ll find a few of these tips helpful! And, please, let me know if you have more to add!! Happy travels!

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