Letter to my daughter: You are 2.5 years old!

Dear Zara

Today you are 2.5 years old! Where did the time go? One minute you were a tiny six pound bundle they placed on my chest and the next thing I know you are singing ‘Bingo’ and running away from me.

The first couple of months of being your mother was tough. My life had changed and I had no control over anything and it was terrifying. I felt alone, but I was never alone, because you were with me. Those times were dark and hazy and I wrote somethings that I feel guilty for but I understand what I was feeling better now.

It wasn’t that I did not want to be a mother, I felt I was incapable of being a mother to you. I have a tumultuous relationship with my own mother and I did not want to follow in her footsteps and disappoint you.

You are my miracle. You opened my heart to a love that is so deep and selfless, that it swallows you whole. Zara, you gave my life a purpose that I thought I would never have.

I am so proud of the little person you are becoming. You are always concerned about papa puggles (our dog) and Cj (our cat). I can see that you have a love of animals. You love to sing and dance and you like to put on little shows for us. You love your little friends and you have a little ‘boy’ friend- baby Nathan. 🙂

You are my whole world Zara and every time you hit a milestone, I am proud and sad at the same time. I am sad because soon you will lose your ‘baby face’ and I miss that face so much! But I know that’s what this parenthood journey is all about.

In my mind’s eye you will always be that little six pound bundle that came screaming into this world and latched on to me. I love you forever my baby Zaza.

Love,

Momma

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My favorite Overnight Oats recipe

Overnight oats are super easy to put together, and a great option for breakfast on the go. It is very quick to prep and took me under 10 min. Super delicious and even my picky 2.5 year old daughter loved it.

Here is my favorite recipe:

  • 6 or 7 tablespoons of Quick cook Steel cut oats
  • 2 tablespoons of Granola with almonds and coconut
  • 1 tablespoon Crofters fruit spread ( Super Fruit or Strawberry, these Crofter’s fruit spread flavors have no added sugar and are made of just organic fruit).

I like to recycle old Crofters jars and use them for overnight oats. They are the perfect size and hold just the right amount.

Start with oats, as the bottom layer, granola and top with Crofters fruit spread. Add milk, or any milk substitute. I like to add enough to cover the oats and granola.

Good for 5 days in the fridge.

Enjoy Mommas!

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Turkey bone stock and Turkey noodle vegetable soup

I was inspired by Gayle from The Soup Solution to make turkey bone broth. This is something I have always wanted to do but always chickened out at the last min. Gayle gave me a couple of tips and made it sound so easy that I decided to give it a go. I used the stock to make a simple turkey noodle vegetable soup, which was quick and tasted amazing!

Here is what you need:

  • A large stockpot
  • 2 onions quartered not peeled
  • Peppercorns about 10 to 12
  • Any fresh herbs you have ( I had chives, and I had seasoned my turkey with tons of fresh thyme, when I roasted it.)
  • Garlic about 6 or 7 cloves
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • A splash of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Water ( enough to cover the turkey bones)

Everything goes in the stock pot on the stove on med until you see it bubbling.

Put the heat on low and let it simmer for 3 hours.

Strain the stock and put in the freezer.

For the soup I sautéed some veggies in coconut oil, added the cooked turkey meat and added as much stock as I wanted and let it come to a boil. I added gluten free noodles and let it boil for about 12 min. Done and ready to eat!

PS: A lot of other websites talk about skimming anything that comes to the top while simmering, to prevent cloudy stock. I did not worry about this.

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