Low Sodium/Paleo Apricot Glazed Salmon (100mg each)

Sometimes, my husband really surprises me. He is amazing, I already know this, and he is a good cook (duh!) but every once in awhile, he will make something that seems to come out of nowhere and could be served in a 5-star restaurant. Regardless of what he is making, he always has the same focus and attention to detail – so by watching him in the kitchen you never really know when something is going to be amazing or KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF good.

Apparently he found this recipe while I was out of town on business. Wow-za! I should leave more often if this is going to happen each time. He just whipped it up for me when I got home, no big deal; but it was so good that I knew I would have to share it with you pronto! Enjoy!

Thanks tasteofhome.com for this fantastic idea; only slight alterations were made!

Low Sodium Slow Cooker Italian Pot Roast

I decided to try something new. You see, we have this magazine that has turned out some amazing dishes… but we have honestly gotten stuck in on our few favorites. It’s time to try something new! And did I mention that it is a slow cooker magazine? Yea, that is a factor too. HELLO FALL!

I’ll tell you what. This is not the smell to be wafting through our house when you are hungry. Boy oh boy did it make my stomach growl! But it was worth the wait, and Derrick FREAKED out about how good it was. He was in awe (which makes me feel good) with my amazing slow-cooker skills. Yea, I totally threw all of that into a pot and it turned out. Imagine what I could do if I actually tried??

After a hardy meal, the babysitter arrived and we headed out on a date night – Anberlin concert! We had a fantastic time! I always love hanging out with my wonderful hubby.

Well, here is the slow cooker dish. I think you will like it – we enjoyed it and Derrick ate at least a pound for lunch the next day. Always a good sign

Low Sodium Pineapple Upside-Down Cake – 130mg for whole cake

It was Don’s birthday. OK, no it wasn’t, but it was close which is a good enough excuse for cake right? I think YES!

I had just tried out Bountiful Baskets, and in my Juice Pack, I had a nice fresh pineapple. Perfect. I sent a text to my MIL asking if he liked pineapple upside-down cake which was a resounding YES (and he likes it with a little vanilla ice-cream, thank you!) Turns out, that vanilla ice-cream (though you sacrifice sodium, I hear ya) was well worth the sodium expense. Super good!

After a nice meal, we topped it off with this lovely little cake. Oh yes… and I happily ate on it for a couple days after too. Every night… but that is beside the point.

Cooking Rice – An Exercise in Faith

Our rice cooker bowl has gone missing. And by missing I mean lost. And by that I really mean that Derrick took it to work as a quasi-Tupperware and left it there until someone threw it OUT. Not that I have a grudge or anything.

I have mentioned this particular rice cooker in prior posts because I truly felt that this was a tremendous necessity and that I couldn’t live without it. Ha! See what happens when you get attached to stuff?

I had no idea how to cook rice. I mean, you can Google it, and it looked easy enough, but I have anxiety about cooking and hated that I couldn’t check it every two seconds. There is a reason that rice cookers have clear lids…. Sigh.

BUT I faced my fears and gave it a try (though it was under strict supervision of Derrick who had to reassure me that everything was fine every two seconds). Once the time was up, and I removed the lid to reveal beautifully cooked rice, I decided that it wasn’t too bad at all, and that I might actually make it without the cooker.

So, here is the trick that Google doesn’t tell you. You have to have a little faith.

DIY Finger Paint Recipe


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I had a thought. Maybe I should start introducing art into Aidan’s routine. So, I looked up how to make finger paint, and let me tell you, it was easy! I had such a good time, and was able to finally re-purpose some of those old glass baby-food jars that I hung onto for over […]

Bountiful Baskets Review – Week 1

I have been looking into participating in a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) where you basically buy “shares” of a farm and share in the risk/reward of that. If they have a great season, you are provided with a bounty of produce; if the grow season is lacking then you get less of a substantial […]

Toddler Apple Slice Pancakes

Another great idea from Pinterest, though I changed up the recipe because I didn’t want to bother with making the syrup or going to the store for pumpkin spice. I do love finding new things for Aidan to try though, because (poor kid) I am pretty stuck in my ways on some of his freezer meals. These were yummy though, and he had a great time! After a few bites, he set his breakfast down just to clap with delight. I would call that a success. I’m going to try to freeze a few of these too and I’ll let you know how it goes; I figure we could use a few more quick breakfast foods.

The only downfall to the whole breakfast routine is that 1) I let him have syrup to dip his pancakes in, which wouldn’t be a problem except that 2) we are having trouble with him occasionally rubbing food in his hair. Needless to say, he ended up with syrup on the side of his head. Ugh. And so the day begins.

I’m excited to incorporate all of my bountiful basket items into various dishes this week, and post on the progress. This is recipe #1. I’ll ultimately post a complete review of the bountiful baskets and the meals that I made from them each time I order. I’ve decided to give them a full try for 5-6 times before I completely decide if it is a good/bad deal for our family. Hurray for something new and fun!