Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Blog writing process tour and blog goals

Hi there! Today, we're changing things up a bit, and I'm going to be participating in the Blog Writing Process Tour. Marnie from Super Smart Mama asked me to continue this tour so be sure to check out her blog and Blog Writing Process Tour post! She has a wonderful Mom Blog, and writes about health and fitness, Toddler activities, and much more! 

Today, I'm going to be sharing an inside look into Welcome to Mommyhood, how I write, and my goals for the near future! I have been blogging since August 2013, but Shhh! You don't really need to know that. 

The first six months or so were consisted of very poor quality posts as I didn't know what I was doing, what blogging meant, or how to actually take a photo that shows what I wanted to photograph. Since February/March 2014, I have started really getting into blogging, and am now thinking about the future of this blog.

At this point, I'm going to try to expand this blog a bit by adding some new topics, and working more on the ones that are already here! I hope to be able to grow this blog a bit, and perhaps even start monetizing. I'm really excited about this new adventure, am so thankful for my husband's support, and am so grateful for every single visitor I have on this blog!

When I started blogging, it seemed unfathomable to me that I'd be able to get so much as fifty visitors a month to visit my blog with family recipes, or mommy ideas! Now, this blog has really grown! I still think it's crazy that some of my printables are being noticed by my favourite bloggers, or that my recipes are being pinned by people that aren't me! 

Now that this long intro is done, let's move on to the tour! 

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

What I Ate Wednesday [on Tuesday]

Happy Wednesday everyone! I had some pretty big plans for cooking at the beginning of the week [lots of recipe testing]. The weather and the Toddler have caused me to change my mind. I stuck with more simple and tasty food, but my recipe testing will certainly happen next week. 

Speaking of next week! Hubby has two weeks off from work! Even though this time will be used for house related things rather than a holiday, I'm really looking forward to it. Oh and by the way, still no key officially, but we have measurements to start prep work at home like the new kitchen perhaps! We'll be heading off to ikea the first day of his holiday to pick out a few details like door handles, and a few larger bits like counter tops. 

So with all of these plans going on... I am a nervous wreck. I haven't been able to sleep, get caught up on my Toddler's 'school' activities, let alone actually being active enough to play with him. This may also explain my lack of willingness to cook. I mean, aside from that whole not officially owning the house situation [which has caused many sleepless nights], I am also the most indecisive person ever. The colours I had previously decided upon for our bedroom now seem horrible so what if I hate the kitchen after Hubby assembles it. Oh, and door colours? What color doors should we buy for the house? Okay end #firstworldproblems. 

I really shouldn't be complaining about being in a position to pick out all of those things. It is awesome. But it is quite overwhelming at the moment. Most of all, because the house is so old and in such a poor condition, I have only a slightly unrealistic paranoia that the house will collapse. 

Anyhow, while we wait on the house front, I'm sharing some eats from yesterday. Because of all of the above, like I said, I really didn't get too much cooking done. There may or may not be progress on the paperwork front soon, though, but I'm keeping that information to myself until it's official! Here's the food folks: 

Monday, 21 July 2014

Montessori practical life ideas

Given that things around here have been pretty food centred lately, I thought I'd change it up, and go back to the other topic that I love: Montessori works for the Toddler. We've been focusing a lot on practical life lately even though I haven't been posting too much about it. These aren't always the types of activities that I prepare beforehand or spend too much time thinking about beforehand. They flow organically and many happen spur of the moment throughout the day. Most of the these activities also use items that many people will already have on hand at home.

These are definitely the Toddler's favourite types of works as he loves anything that involves using his hands and keeping busy. Makes sense, doesn't it? I mean, what toddler likes to sit still? Definitely not mine! He loves to work on learning activities that involve action, and these activities are definitely about doing

Since we have transitioned into a more Montessori [inspired] approach to tot school, I have seen such progress in my son's development. My mother in law gasped with shock the first time she saw my toddler calmly collect his cup, pour himself a glass of water, carefully carry it over to the coffee table, and place it on a coaster to enjoy later. The child is not even two yet. I know that this stems largely from the amount of practice he has had pouring, spooning, and just learning to be careful with our Montessori inspired practical life works. 

... which I why, I want to share this post, describing the type of practical life works that the Toddler has been loving for the past month or so: 

Montessori Practical life ideas by Welcome to Mommyhood. #montessori, #practicallife, #montessoripracticallifeideas

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Cabbage breakfast hash

Apparently, I've been on a bit of a cabbage kick lately. I made this recipe a few times in the not so distant past, and created a few versions. Actually, they're pretty much the same, but one has eggs. See: 

Version 1: 

Healthy cabbage recipes: cabbage breakfast hash by Welcome to Mommyhood

Version 2: 

Healthy cabbage recipes: cabbage breakfast hash by Welcome to Mommyhood

This recipe is of course part of my easy, healthy recipes trend so of course it was necessary to prepare it during the paleo challenge. I think I must have offered my husband this as a work lunch at least once a week. Topped off with some sriracha and some chili flakes - this can really hit the spot as a hot and spicy lunch. With slightly less heat, I found it to be a delicious breakfast! 

Meal Plan - End of paleo challenge

I know I post a lot of recipes on here. I know I love to cook. I adore it. In fact, husband and I just stayed up way too late several nights in a row planning our new kitchen, where more recipes are just waiting to be made! It's that same kitchen that I hope to create beautiful, healthy new recipes in. It's that same room that kept me up every night this week because I am so excited to get experimenting. Buuuuut... 

I don't want to cook this week. Folks, we don't have air conditioners and I feel like I am melting. Making sure my entire family is eating paleo has been kicking my rear end and I am tired. And hot. And sweaty. And it's not in a sexy way. It's in that oh-my-word-I-am-melting type of way. Is it crazy that I actually thought about moving back States' side just for the air conditioners? 

I know, I know we're buying a house and all. I know that the Netherlands usually doesn't have more than three sunny/hot days a year, but those three days sure make me feel like I'm unintentionally spending the day in a sauna... even my family in Ukraine Russia (????)/Crimea have air conditioners [and more importantly are still safe at the moment!]. 

Now that all of that complaining is done. I will just go ahead and share my meal plan! I'm going to try to get others to take over the cooking responsibilities as much as possible this upcoming week, will be including a bunch of no cook meals, and will be completely eschewing the oven!

Paleo Meal Plan by Welcome to Mommyhood

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Paleo pasta

My husband adores pasta. I cannot cook it. Seriously guys, I don't know what it is, but even before going paleo I refused to cook pasta and my husband would have to do it himself if he wanted some. I just have never been able to get it just right. It's either overcooked or undercooked or just not quite right. 

Here's the thing - paleo pasta? Easy! I got it straight away and my pasta perfectionist husband loved it. My in-laws? Loved it! The Toddler? absolutely adored it. I mean, I got him to eat zucchini - something that would immediately be thrown to the floor with a look of disgust. I guess I tricked a certain almost two year old into thinking that he's getting the real thing, but I'll take it! 

Paleo Pasta by Welcome to Mommyhood

What did I think? While this is certainly not the same texture as a 'real' pasta, the flavours were great! I loved the combination and the extra oompth from the zucchini! I tend to find pasta a bit bland and flavorless on its own, a problem this paleo pasta dish most definitely didn't have!