Baton birthday!

Thursday i celebrated my birthday with my favorite group of girls. It was also my student, Alyssa’s, birthday so we had a double celebration. My amazing mother made me Care Bear belly badge cookies and also some sunglasses since that’s my favorite accessory! She truly is so talented and they taste delicious. She of course made me a gluten free birthday badge!

Cookies!

Thank you to my mom for making these amazing cookies for John’s birthday! He doesn’t like cake (what!?) but he loves cookies! How creative is she??? Also a huge thank you to her for also making me gluten free cookies!

Homemade pizza

Last night we celebrated our 1 1/2 year anniversary with homemade pizza. Lol our first date was to a pizza place (my choice) so pizza seems to be the best way to celebrate our love. Also we would ALWAYS prefer to make food fresh at home vs ordering in! We used Bobs Red Mill gluten free crust, garlic free tomato sauce, turkey pepperonis, red bell peppers and Mexican cheese. It was delicious!

This weeks menu from the J & J Diner!

Ok this first delicious wrap is actually from Heinens. How good does it look!? It was actually really delicious. The wrap was not gluten free so i only ate half and John took the other half for lunch. It was turkey, cheddar, bacon and honey mustard wrap with some lettuce, tomatoes and onions on it. Highly recommend!

Monday night we grilled pork chops, potatoes and asparagus on the grill! The flavor was so great with a little bit of seasoning and some Stubbs BBQ sauce on top!

Wednesday night we grilled turkey burgers and zucchini spears! So simple yet so flavorful!!!! I love grilling season 😂

Thursday night my husband prepared some gluten free fresh cheese raviolis (shoutout to Heinens), turkey kielbasa, zucchini and tomato sauce. He told me he was laughing as he made this because turkey kielbasa does not go with ravioli but you know what i thought it tasted great! He should know never to question my craziness 😂

Spring Break!

So nothing makes me happier then beautiful weather and no school!!!! My nanny kids got some fun days with their parents and grandparents so i didn’t get the full week with them, but we had a blast on our days together.

Monday i spring cleaned our house and it made me so happy. I cleaned and organized the bedrooms and closets.

Tuesday i cleaned some more, did some choreography for baton, took my niece for ice cream, and had a productive competition practice with my twirlers!

Emma
Returned home from baton to my husband cooking on the grill!!!

Wednesday the nanny kids and i went to a playground in Medina. They had so much fun and they have been patiently waiting to go back since last summer. It was 80* and sunny and we were loving it!

Taking a breather on the bench and watching the older two!
My baby girl and i made cards for my great aunt Eda. She absolutely loved them!
Wednesday night we tried some new gluten free products. I found these at Heinens and i was beyond thrilled to find ravioli and fresh pasta. We loved these and will definitely buy again!!!

Thursday was a surprise day off so grandma and grandpa could play with the kids. I did some laundry and a good amount of baton paperwork. I also picked up our new tank tops and organized them by class. Most of the afternoon i relaxed and enjoyed the weather. Thursday night i worked the hell out of my twirlers and i think they are ready for competition weekend!

Friday the nanny kids and i went to another awesome playground. After they played for over an hour, we walked the mile long story book trail and my nanny girl (6) read us the entire story. I’m so proud of her. We ate our picnic lunch by the fishing lake and played a little longer at the playground! Oh and the highlight of the day is we saw a Bald Eagle flying over us. My nanny boy (4) said “I’ve never seen a Bald Eagle in real life!”

Friday afternoon we played in the backyard. My oldest nanny girl created four vaccines for kids as young as one month old. She is going to change the world one day!!!!

Friday’s dinner. John is amazing!

Perfect ending to a long day

Working two jobs in one day is exhausting but i am lucky because i love what i do. I nannied all day and then coached baton twirling all evening. I came home to my husband cooking pork chops and asparagus. So fresh, healthy and delicious. After dinner we put our feet up and relaxed. This beautiful moon was the perfect sight to see just before heading to bed. Always be grateful for what you have and live in the moment!

Pre-made GF cookie dough!?

It’s always exciting to discover new gluten free products at the store. Today i found these break and back cookies. They also had double chocolate but i can’t resist a tradition chocolate chip cookie. These cookies are pretty good. I probably could have baked them another minute or two but who doesn’t love a soft and gooey cookie!? I would definitely buy these again. They were easy and convenient which is always a nice option and welcomed break from making food from scratch!

Working from home is kind of nice!

Once a week i get a day to work at home. It’s my “day off” from my nanny family but i NEVER stop moving. Today i did laundry, got my nails done, cleaned the bathrooms, made homemade gluten free bread, grocery shopped, made a key chain for a student, and did the March private lesson and class schedule for the Pink Ladies Baton Corp. Phew it was a lot. I would have loved to binge watch some Netflix but that’s just not who i am. Now I’m off to make dinner for John because its already that time of day. Seriously where did the last 12 hours go!?!

My love/hate relationship with being gluten free!

Now being gluten free is by no means a choice, but rather a necessity to feeling like a human. I am blessed that i do not have celiac disease but my body does not digest gluten well. I love that being gluten free forces us to cook and eat healthier foods. Tonight i really wanted a chicken philly sandwich, but this required me baking my own bread. If i could just eat any “normal” bread, i would just have run to the store and grabbed a loaf. This is what i love/hate. Since i needed gluten free bread, it was off to the kitchen to make some from scratch. It was so warm and delicious and for this i am so thankful i had to bake my own!