Pomegranate Asian Chicken Stir Fry

Stir fry is one of the best things that ever happened to parents. It’s like this safe word you really don’t understand until it’s 5:30pm, you haven’t been grocery shopping in days and the children are whining there’s nothing for dinner. You have to act, and fast. Raiding the cupboards is a less than glamourous experience I’m certain 99.9% of us have experienced. Grabbing a little of this, a lot of that. Something you desperately want to use up before it goes bad. Suddenly, the most fantastic idea comes in the form of a whisper. Stir fry. That word has saved dinner plans over and over again, will do it again now.

Prepare The Skillet

I have a few sauces I keep stocked in my cupboard and this one is just the right amount of sweet and thick, that it’s perfect in this stir fry. Simple, quick and delicious are my favorite qualities in dinner.

Simply heat up the skillet and grill some chicken. While that’s cooking, chop your veggies and get them ready to toss in.

Cook on low for a few minutes until the veggies are soft. Now add the marinade and simmer for a good 5-10 minutes more. If you’re in a good mood go ahead and serve the stir fry with rice. Otherwise the veggies and chicken will do just fine.

Crock Pot Applesauce

At times I wonder if you’re into crock pots like I am. Honestly I’ve held back a bit so as not to scare you off. See, I own…..wait for it….. 3 crock pots. Whew, that’s a load off. What’s more is I often use all three simultaneously. That’s right. Main course, side and dessert all served in crock pots for the masses.

crock pot applesauceThis addiction started when we were building our youth leader team and I found myself needing to feed 10+ young adults on a weekly basis. I couldn’t quite get everything to take turns in the oven nicely no matter how well I prepped and really didn’t want to make people wait. So I pulled out my trusty crock pot and gave it a whirl. Low and behold, I found something that worked, and left me ready to focus for the meeting at hand instead of playing Martha in the kitchen.crock pot applesauce

Fast forward to today, and you can find me using my crockpot for all sorts of things, whether we are expecting a crowd for dinner or not. This week I made homemade crock pot applesauce. Now if you’ve never tasted this delectable, you’re truly missing out. Crock pot applesauce has a rich cinnamon flavor and is best served warm. My family likes it slightly chunky, so I use a potato masher to get it the right consistency. Some people use a hand mixer in the crockpot to get it smoother. It’s really up to you and your texture preference.crock pot applesauce

Since apples are in full swing here in Northern California, I’m going to be making lots and LOTS of apple recipes. Next week will be apple butter and I’ve already made caramel apple pie! Now that is a crowd pleaser, let me tell ya. Enjoy this incredible recipe!

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Grain Free Enchiladas

Have the dieting blues? Does eating healthy seem like a never ending tasteless concoction after another? I got you. The same thing happened to me when I first learned my daily ice cream habit might not be as good for me as I hoped it was. I switched completely over to “healthy” food and found myself missing classic dishes like enchiladas, chicken pot pie and waffles. I thought to myself, “This is what life is now. Grilled chicken and steamed veggies for the rest of my days….”

grain free enchiladasHold up. That can’t be true. There’s got to be a way to incorporate healthy eating with delicious food. Say no to gulping down power greens mixed in the blender each morning and try REAL food. I’m talking about bringing all of your favorites back in a nutritious way. That’s why I started Sweetest Lemonade. I want you to know that eating better is still insanely flavorful, and so good your whole family will eat these dishes! Take these grain free enchiladas for example.grain free enchiladas

They are full of veggies, protein and use my grain free tortillas. I worked on this one multiple times to make sure they tasted as good as they should. I mean, enchiladas have a reputation, ya know? My kids think these are a gift from heaven and my husband just about lost his mind when I made these for dinner the first time.grain free enchiladas

If you’re not into dairy, try goat cheese or another dairy free cheese. I personally love a good raw white cheddar whenever I can get my hands on it.


Grain Free Tortillas

Being an introvert is like being a tortilla. We look simple and straight forward, but really we are deep and complex. Plus, we somehow end up holding everything together in this great big burrito world. Don’t worry, I really am going somewhere here.

I don’t think I called myself an introvert until I was 25. I didn’t really have a good perspective on how I looked to others, or what I wanted to be growing up. As I’ve said before in previous posts, I grew up in a bubble. A beautiful bubble where life was simple, home was small and I never wanted for more than the 5 channels of television we had. I spent my days deep in thought. From the thoughts of life as I’d sit in my yard trying to be so still a bee would sit on me thinking I was a flower (not my best idea) to the thoughts of what Barbie did to afford her dream house and why she had so many clothes and yet the smallest closet imaginable.grain free tortillas

Introvert and extrovert weren’t words I thought of to describe people, even in high school when we had English lessons about the two. As adulthood set on, I noticed I wasn’t growing out of what I thought might have just been childhood shyness. Ridiculous as it may sound, going to birthday parties my kids were invited to frightened me and I had to do a lot of positive self-talk to get myself there with a smile. I’m convinced I’ve had the pleasure of being surrounded by the kindest people to walk this earth, so what was wrong with me that made me want to shove my hands deep into my arms pits and back into a corner when at events? At home I was fine. At church I was fine. Those were my safe places.grain free tortillas

Once I came to terms with this “introverted” self, it was like wearing a hat I didn’t like. I understood myself much better, but I couldn’t imagine living the rest of my life backed into a corner at the trampoline park hoping to God I remembered deodorant this morning in case someone tried to approach my sad state of self.

I made it my mission to become who I wanted to be, not what a definition said I was. I began researching introverts, who they were, what they were like, and ultimately hoping to find someone who had overcome it. Then it happened. I found them. My people. Introverts who WANTED to be friendly, be around people, and strove to work past their timid self to have that conversation with Susie at the snack table of their own kid’s birthday party. I was elated.

I know what you’re thinking. How did they do it? How does an introvert learn to like being around the masses, enjoy social settings, and not settle for a face that looks as if they’d rather be anywhere but where they are right now? I’ll tell you. Introverts are like tortillas.

Pressed down, shaken and put under a little heat is an incredible gift for introverts. When an introvert allows for a little pressure, that friend who comes over to try to strike up a conversation with you while you’re backed into a corner for example, it is GOOD. Let friends in. It won’t be easy. In fact if I’m really, truly honest, it’s the opposite of easy. Letting myself talk to people in social settings is akin to eating an apple with a straw. It feels impossible, awkward, and uncomfortable. Your mind races with excuses to walk away. Your heart pounds and all you want to do is go home and hide under the covers for the unforeseeable future. Don’t. Resist the urge to turn away from people.grain free tortillas

Start small. Pick a few people who have tried to reach out to you, who genuinely seem to care about you. Let them in! My biggest struggles have turned into my biggest victories with this method. See, introverts are amazing. They are the best listeners and want to have that hour long coffee date with you. The problem is the big settings, the events and public activities. Don’t even get me started on why it’s horrifying to see someone you know in a grocery store.

We also don’t trust easily, and tend to require a resume, 5 years of experience as a good friend and solid references before deciding to invest in you. I’m really working on that part. Introverts hold stuff for you. Pour your troubles, sorrows and hurt into a conversation with an introvert and you’ll feel like a new person. Full of life and ready to move on. Us introverts need to learn to let go though, and only hold on to other’s junk momentarily.

See, I was right. Introverts are legit like tortillas. And I love tortillas. At the age of 30, I feel like introverts and extroverts were both put on this planet for a reason, and I don’t want anyone to feel like I did, like they just received a death sentence of turmoil and sweaty palms the rest of their lives. Introverts and extroverts can still grow, become more than what the standards tell them.grain free tortillas

I want to give you something. More than this bomb grain free tortilla recipe. You’re welcome by the way. I want to give you friendship, and the tools to grow. If you’re new around here, please please please don’t be a stranger. I’m a real person behind these words on your screen. Reach out, talk and connect. If you’re a mamma, I have a special group just for you. A place to find your tribe and laugh a little and the things you find yourself doing from sun up to sun down.

Check it out, you won’t be sorry. Click the image below to go directly to Sweetest Moms!

And here’s those tortillas you’ve been waiting for. Plus, here’s where I got my tortilla press. I use it to make homemade wonton wrappers too!


Beet Salad With Pomegranate Vinaigrette Dressing

“Just beet it, beet it, beet it!” This summer beet salad has me singing at top of my lungs like no one’s listening. In reality, my kids are looking at me like I’m some strange weirdo. I guess they don’t appreciate Michael Jackson parodies like I do.

Beet salad with pomegranate vinaigrette is exactly what your taste buds are looking for. Loads of fresh spinach topped with beets, dried cranberries and sunflower seeds bring this salad to a whole other level. The creamy vinaigrette is my new favorite dressing. It’s zingy and fresh. Put it all together and you’ve got a bowl full of summer.beet salad
Lunch should be quick, and this one takes less than five minutes to make! I linked the sprouted sunflower seeds and pomegranate syrup in the recipe for you to make shopping easy.

Try beet salad for yourself at tell me what you think!


Cherry Lime Popsicles

I had this thought. What if everything we are trying so hard to reach isn’t as important as what we can touch right here, right now? Perhaps our goals become distractions keeping us from the real gem staring in front of us, begging for a cherry lime popsicle promising not to get sticky-again.
cherry lime popsiclesParenting has taught me so much these last ten years, but just as I start to grasp some certainty, the balance shifts. In seasons of mess making and lego building, I’ve found comfort in knowing the race isn’t in getting them to the best college or ensuring they have every opportunity to succeed. Succeeding is this funny word that has changed with each new generation. I see succeeding as reading mystery books late in to the night with the flashlight under the covers. Finally being old enough to ride your bike to school. Learning how to make your bed on your own without any help from mom or dad. Spending an hour on a drawing you thought of entirely from your own imagination. And yes, eating a popsicle without getting so sticky you have to take a bath immediately after. cherry lime popsicles
I have goals. Big ones. Ones that include my whole family all the way down to the three year old who prefers bananas for every meal and is obsessed with her polka dot dress to the extent I have to hide it to get her to wear anything else. No seriously, I did it 4 times this week.cherry lime popsicles
The point of a goal is to reach for it, make decisions that can get more doors open in the right direction. Not to miss what’s happening in life around you. It’s equally important to pause from the hustle, collapse onto the floor and be with the ones you love. I’ll be honest, some days my kids don’t even want me to build legos with them, but to just sit and listen to them tell me about their epic battle they’re staging or the newest level of Donkey Kong they mastered. Other days they just want my attention, if only to sit with them and snuggle without needing to get up in 10 minutes to get the dishes done.
So keep reaching for your goals, keep holding your littles tight, and make the sticky popsicles. Especially these cherry lime popsicles. They are always worth it.