Posts tagged ‘gathering’

September 18, 2013

Oh Baby! Time to Celebrate!

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What do you do after two siblings announce they are expecting babies the same week? You grab your super woman cape and spring into laser-focused shower mode. As “Cool Aunt Lacey” I get to host two baby showers and one additional for a great girlfriend of mine within the next month, so I have been scouring blogs, Pinterest, and my own imagination to create three separately-themed, equally-glorious baby celebrations.

I’d like to share some of my favorite “Fit and Fun” baby shower recipes. Just because you’re celebrating, doesn’t mean you need to forgo all will power and see how much sugar you can eat during one party. Remember, there’s a little one on the way that you’ll need to keep up with. Now is the time to get serious about endurance and clean nourishment. However, to avoid a mass exodus before you’ve given a toast to the momma-to be, the food must be tasty, too. I think you’ll enjoy these!

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To re-create a Dr. Seuss favorite, serve Green Deviled Eggs!

Cut eggs in half lengthwise. Remove yolks; set whites aside. In a small bowl, mash yolks with mustard, vinegar, nutritional yeast, Italian seasoning, spinach shavings, and sea salt. Spoon the mixture into egg whites, and refrigerate until serving.

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Power Cupcakes (Moms have super powers, right?) 

Protein Rich Frosting

1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use Advocare’s Muscle Gain), 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese, 1/2 Greek yogurt, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1-2 packets of Stevia. Mix together.

Cake

1 cup oat flour
, 2 scoops vanilla protein
, 2 tbsp whole wheat pastry flour, 
4 egg whites, 
1/2 cup applesauce, 
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, 
1 tbsp vanilla extract, 

4-6 packets of Stevia, 1/2 tsp baking soda
, 1/4 tsp baking powder. Mix together and bake!

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What child doesn’t love playing in the mud?

Mudslide Smoothies

Ingredients

  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen banana slices
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1 cup milk (almond/soy/cows)

Directions

Put all ingredients in a blender and mix for about a minute or until smooth.

Should you need some more ideas for your upcoming baby or bridal shower, let me know. With three sisters, I created my event portfolio a while back, and feel like a pro! To re-charge your body after hosting an event (or multiple events), check with your nearest holistic wellness practitioner (or me) about receiving a ionic foot soak. You’ll need to re-charge your body’s battery after all that hard work!

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Did you know?

  • A mini-baby shower, or a shower for a second, third child is called a “Sprinkle?”
  • The original intent of showers was for women to share wisdom and lessons on the art of becoming a mother. (Yikes—I better step it up.)
  • The baby shower is typically arranged and hosted by a close friend rather than a member of the family (now you tell me…)
  • In Brazil, a party called “chá de bebê” (baby tea) is offered before birth (I everyone to say “cha’ de bebe” out loud—it’s fun.)

In celebration, Aunt Lacey

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July 10, 2013

Farmer’s Market Fun

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Nobody picked up the produce for today’s celebration. Fifteen family members were about to show up at my door step for a afternoon of fellowship, fun, and well, most expected some food. Everything was displayed and ready to go, until someone asked, “where are the veggies for this dip?”

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Thank goodness, we live about two minutes from our local Farmer’s Market, and since I needed some fresh air, I offered to make the run. Leaving two of my friends, mid-conversation, and leaving some haif-filled tea glasses, I broke “party host code” and left the party–temporarily. 

Five minutes at the Farmer’s Market left me refreshed, renewed, and possessing a fresh supply of locally-grown, organic, delicious produce. Here’s an in-depth perspective into what you you’ll find as you drive up to your local Farmer’s Market. I encourage everyone to give it a try; not necessarily when you have a house filled with party guests. 

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  • Friendly People: Everyone greeted me with a smile, and I instantly felt gratitude for purchasing locally-grown produce and homemade food products. It warms your spirit to know you’re supporting the local farmers and ranchers, economy, and encouraging a healthy, organic perspective in your friends and family. Positive vibes all around.
  • A Variety of Options: I went with produce on the brain, but I also found a nice nut/seed blend to display for my guests during conversation, in between meal times. I also found some favorite scented candles made from organic materials by a lady who lives in the town next to me. (I got her business card, because she happened to be there re-stocking.) I picked up several nut butters made by the family of the rancher who’s meat products are at the Farmer’s Market. (Who doesn’t need a good, organic cashew butter around for surprise house guests, and hungry teenagers?) I even walked away with a funny sign to display in our backyard that reads: Backyard Guests Are The Best. 
  • A Positive Spirit: Driving home, I reflected on my purchases, feeling proud and accomplished over my nourishing options for my family and guests. I also enjoyed so many friendly smiles and the renewed confidence that most people want to and try to do the right thing for their health and their family’s health. I also feel that maybe we’re all in this together, and by joining forces (and visiting our local Farmer’s Market often) we quite possible can create world peace.

Check out: http://www.localharvest.org to locate a Farmer’s Market near you and experience the joy for yourself. For now, I’ll just pray for a peaceful, enjoyable afternoon of house guests.  –Lacey Pruett