Sunset in Parkland -2/15/18

Today’s Sunset in Parkland after two of the most horrific and sorrowful days for affected families and our community. With all the sorrow, pain and despair that’s upon us this sunset is a reminder of the glory and beauty of nature.

Prayerful! GenMom.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

RJ’s World Toy Review- Happy Valentine’s Day!

RJ’s World Toy Review- Happy Valentine’s Day!

As parents we do our best to teach RJ to be caring and thoughtful of others. In a world where it seems that the goodness has left people and the thought is only of self we take this seriously. We know there is no perfect child but it’s important to teach him to be a good person and thoughtful.

We had a lot of fun with RJ preparing Valentine’s Day gifts for his classmates and teachers. Somehow making the gift bags turned into him making shapes out of blow pops. We had a lot of fun and hope you enjoy. Thanks for watching. Subscribe, share, like and comment below.

Until Next Time.

GenMom!

 

Valentine's Day Ideas

Keeping Kids Home If They Are Sick!

I have been guided by do onto others as you would like them to do onto you. This obviously does not apply when someone has a sick child and have to still take them to school for whatever reason. I get it, there are some situations where parent(s) are unable to take off from work etc. but it is painful for others.

So we have been having a fairly great season and have had no instances of RJ getting sick. We tried to be good parents and made sure that we take the necessary precautions necessary fr the flu season. RJ has had his flu shot and we are cruising right along. Well… Full Stop!!! He comes home today after school and said he was really tired. We did his review of what he learned at school, prepared the Valentine’s Day goodie bags for his class, reviewed and studied his sight words and then he went to play.

He goes to karate and the bookstore and by the time he gets back home he is coughing, eyes watery, felt warm and wanted no part of his dinner. Well that was surprising but what really was shocking was he said he should have taken a nap. RJ has not taken a voluntary nap in his bed for at least a year. If he is in the car and tired he will fall asleep but not happening voluntarily.

He has just passed out after coughing and I can only imagine what the night will hold for me. I am being positive but prepared for a rough night. I am going to need coffee all day tomorrow just to survive.

Hoping for the Best!

GenMom!

How to Make Veggie Stuffed Peppers

Tasty vegetarian stuffed bell peppers.

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Veggie Stuffed Peppers

Serving Size: 3 People
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Temperature: 375 Degree
Recipe by: GenMom

Ingredients
3 – Large Bell Peppers
½ – Cup Shredded Carrots
¼ – of Red Pepper
¼ – of Green Pepper
¼ – of Yellow Pepper
½ – Celery
½ – Cup sliced Mushroom
½ – Cup shredded cheese
1- Cup Sliced Broccoli
½ – Cup Sliced Onions
2 – Tablespoon of Olive Oil
¼ – Cup of water
10 – Ounces Marinara Sauce

Directions:

  1. Wash vegetables and add to medium size mixing bowl.
  2. Cut vegetables into small pieces and mix together.
  3. Add olive oil to saucepan and place on medium heat.
  4. Add cut vegetables to saucepan with water and stir occasionally for 5 minutes.
  5. Set oven to heat at 375 degrees.
  6. Add marinara sauce to saucepan over vegetables. Mix and cook for 5 minutes on low heat.
  7. Wash whole peppers, core out the top and remove the middle portion. Scoop out the mixed vegetables and stuff in the peppers.
  8. Place stuffed peppers in the oven in a deep dish for 25 minutes.
  9. Add the shredded cheese to the peppers and bake for 5 minutes.
  10. Remove peppers and cool on counter top on warmer or on stovetop.
  11. Add celery stalk for garnish.

Enjoy!

Cooking with RJ!

Cooking with RJ. Pizza! Pizza! Vegan Toddler making pizza.

 

Pizza Pizza!!

With our picky eater and self-proclaimed vegan RJ loves pizza. We try to get him to make them and have a little fun along the way. This time he only wanted cheese and sauce for his pizza so here we have it. He does not like the thick pasta sauces so i have to find sauce that is thinner and no so heavy….. I am always on skates trying to keep up with what he will and will not eat as sometimes it changes by the day.

I really don’t recall having these roller coaster moments with food for our daughter 22 years ago and know that I definitely didn’t go through these moments with not eating meat.

We just uploaded this to his YouTube channel and hope you enjoy viewing.

Our next recipe will be one that I have seen on a blog and will make sure to credit the blogger once we prepare.

Best until next time!

No More Meat!

No More Meat!

Well, since RJ has decided he is a vegetarian my husband  have decided to go on the journey with him and remove red meat, chicken or turkey from his diet and only eat fish and salmon. I am now scrambling to find delicious vegetarian recipes and fun ideas for lunch and dinner. I have found a few great recipes on blogs and now just coming up with others randomly. Let’s see if RJ will try some of the fish and add that to his menu.

My first attempt at a vegetarian recipe for dinner was not as bad I thought. Here goes!

Veggie and Pasta Medley

Ingredients

8- Baby Cabbage
8 – Med Baby Carrots
¼ Green Pepper
¼ Red Peppers
¼ Yellow Peppers
¼ Orange Peppers
4 – Sprigs of Asparagus
6 – Sprigs of Broccoli
½ – Zucchini
½ teaspoon of garlic salt or Mrs Dash
1 tablespoon of low sodium soy sauce
1 – Box Penne Pasta |
1 – Jar – 16 ounces Barilla Marinara Sauce
1 – Tbsp Olive Oil
¼ cup of water  

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Wash vegetables and place in medium size bowl.
  2. Slice vegetables to size of your preference.
  3. Place large saucepan on stove on medium heat.
  4. Add olive oil to saucepan then add vegetables, Mrs. Dash/Garlic Salt and soy sauce.
  5. Place on low heat, pour in water as needed and steam for 5 minutes.
  6. If you prefer for your vegetables to be softer then leave on low for another 5 minutes.
  7. Boil penne pasta on medium heat until it is to your preferred texture.
  8. Drain pasta and add to large mixing bowl.
  9. Add marinara sauce and stir. Serve with mixed vegetables or prepare as meals and store.

    Recipe by: GenMom
    Prep Time: 15 mins
    Cook Time: 20 mins
    Bon a Petit!

Best until next time!

 

Lessons of Love from a 4 Year Old!

Teaching kids to be kindhearted, caring and respectful of everyone regardless of their culture or background.

RJ’s Super Star Week!

 

RJ's Superstar Week
RJ’s Superstar Week

This has been an amazing week for RJ at school. He has received the “Fruit of the Spirit for Love” for his class, aced all of his sight words and had top rating for his behavior all week. We teach RJ to be kindhearted, caring and respectful of everyone regardless of their culture or background. He is such a loving son and genuinely cares about people he meets. This is the best Valentine’s Day present that we could receive. 

If someone in his class is sick he includes them in his prayers every night and keeps them there until he replaces their name with someone else that may be sick. He loves to open the door for his mommy and anytime he sees a woman or girl walking to the door he runs to hold it open.

It is heart warming to see what we are teaching him being put into action at school, home and when he is out. We had a great afternoon celebrating with a special trip to a new adventure location. The video of our exciting trip will be posted next week.

Great Week RJ! Thanks for our early Valentine’s DayPresent. 

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