Much Needed Family Time

It's not what we have in life, but who we have in our lives that matters.

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This weekend was so wonderful.  It was exactly the weekend I needed, our family needed.  We played in the garden {Cash thinks eating the dirt and playing in the grass is the best part}.  We spent time at Colorado National Monument and today we were able to golf 9 holes {which is pretty impressive with a 10 month old in tow}.  I love that even though we both worked and had chores to do we were still able to be together as a family and have fun.  I am so excited for summer to be here and summer adventures to begin!  I also love this little family of mine.  They pretty much rock.

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One Skillet Roasted Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Green Beans

One Skillet Roasted Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Green Beans l wanderingroot.com

Where the heck has time gone?  No, but seriously where has it gone?  Is it is seriously almost Memorial Day Weekend?  I remember growing up hearing that once you graduate high school time starts to speed up.  Then when you have kids it really flies by.  I am hear to say that is all so true.  The days seem to end as soon as they begin.  It is so crazy.  My days fly by like never before.  With a kid it is kind of weird describing your days because even though there are days where things are insane and all the crazy is breaking out and you just want to go to bed with a glass of wine and chocolate, the day still flies by.  It can be long and exhausting but quick at the same time.  Weird way to describe it, right?  Totally contradicting myself?  Yep.  I cannot explain it, you only know what I mean if you have lived it.  We are less than 2 months away from Cash turning one.  Seriously insane.  I kind of want to cry when I think about it.  On the other hand though I am loving this age.  10 months rocks. He is so stinking cute and fun.  Seeing his personality really starting to develop is amazing.  He is into everything, moves like crazy, puts everything in his mouth {hello mopping floors everyday}, pulls himself up on everything, and eats dirt out of the garden.  It still so awesome.  

One Skillet Roasted Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Green Beans l wanderingroot.com

I had been told by moms that the first year is hard, wonderful, but hard.  After the "3 month fog" lifted I thought I felt pretty darn good and I did.  However, now that we are nearing the end of the first year I can totally relate to what they were referring to.  I am really feeling better than ever.  I have also tried to start taking pressure off myself and let go a bit.  That helps.  For the longest time I felt like I had to do everything.  Okay, I still feel this way but I am more aware of this and working on it everyday.  Why do women do this?  Why do we feel we have fix everything, take care of everything, so on and so forth?  

One Skillet Roasted Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Green Beans l wanderingroot.com

Okay, onto this dish.  I love it for several reasons.  First, the flavors are great.  Do not omit the ginger or garlic, they make the dish sing!  Oh and use fresh ginger, that is a must!  Second, it is so easy!  It takes about 10 minutes to prep and 30 minutes to cook.  In the end you will have a great dish with very little hands on time.  Third, it uses very little dishes so clean up is a breeze.  This is why my husband likes it so much.  We have a rule, if you cook the other one does the dishes, so naturally he is always doing dishes. 

One Skillet Roasted Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Green Beans l wanderingroot.com
One Skillet Roasted Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Green Beans l wanderingroot.com

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One Skillet Roasted Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Green Beans

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken thighs {or breasts}
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 2 handfuls green beans, ends snapped off
  • 1-2 Tbsp fresh ginger, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • fine sea salt
  • fresh cracked pepper
  • coconut oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400º F.
  2. In a cast iron skillet add sweet potatoes and green beans. 
  3. Top with chicken thighs.
  4. Sprinkle ginger and garlic over the chicken, sweet potatoes, and green beans.  Season everything with sea salt and pepper and drizzle with coconut oil.
  5. Add to oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and enjoy!
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One Skillet Roasted Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Green Beans l wanderingroot.com

Chocolate Cherry Almond {N}ice Cream {dairy free}

Chocolate Cherry Almond {N}Ice Cream l wanderingroot.com

I realize Banana Ice Cream is a thing of the past and if you are on Pinterest you have most definitely seen recipes for Banana Ice Cream floating around.  I am here to say that if you have not tried it, stop what you are doing and make some now.  It is so super simple and tastes so freaking good.  Although I love bananas and throw them in smoothies regularly I think I still doubted that the consistency would properly reflect ice cream/gelato/frozen yogurt.  I must say it does, it really does!  Like homemade ice cream right out of the ice cream maker or creamy gelato.  

Chocolate Cherry Almond {N}Ice Cream l wanderingroot.com

I first tried it about a month or two ago and have since made it a few times a week each week as an evening treat.  I am not one that usually eats anything after dinner but since having my son and breastfeeding I find that I have to have something after dinner otherwise I wake up starving, like famished.   I find this fills me up just enough and doesn't leave me with a sugar hang over the next morning.

Chocolate Cherry Almond {N}Ice Cream l wanderingroot.com

I am so glad I finally tried this, I know that as Cash gets older this will be the perfect treat for him that I can feel good about him having.  Totally junk free.  Just toss some bananas in the freezer to have on hand when the desire kicks in to have a wonderfully delicious frozen dessert.  I have loved playing around with different combinations.  I think next up to try is Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.  I will post it if it turns out well, wish me luck!

Chocolate Cherry Almond {N}Ice Cream l wanderingroot.com

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Chocolate Cherry Almond {N}ice Cream {Dairy Free}

Serves: 1 {can easily be doubled or tripled!}

Ingredients:

  • 1 large frozen banana
  • 3 Tbsp full fat coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp raw cacao
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/4 c frozen sweet red cherries, chopped

Directions:

  1. Place frozen banana in food food processor and add coconut milk.  Begin processing.  Scrape down the edges and break up the banana with a spatula if you have large pieces not wanting to break down.  
  2. Continue processing until smooth and creamy.
  3. Add cacao and almond extract, process until blended in.  Scrape down the sides.
  4. Add cherries and pulse until the cherries are blended in.
  5. Enjoy!
Chocolate Cherry Almond {N}Ice Cream l wanderingroot.com