Ten Minute Tacos

Mommy Mondays is a new weekly segment on the blog devoted to organization, time management, and other ideas to make life easier for busy mamas!

The kids and I have recently given up fast food again. We weren’t really eating a lot of it, but we thought it would be a good habit anyways with summer coming.

Last week was a busy week for us with recital and the end of a lot of the kids’ activities. I was running low on groceries since we were too busy to go grocery shopping, so as I ran over to the local grocery store, this idea just kinda popped into my head. It is easy and pretty cheap too! Here is what you need:


1 bag of shredded lettuce

1 can of black beans, drained

1 cup Shredded cheese

1 can of chiles, drained


Sour cream

1 package of flour tortillas


Heat oven to 350 degrees and place tortillas in the oven, wrapped in aluminum foil. While the tortilla shells are heating, grab a bowl, add the lettuce, layer with beans, chiles, and cheese. After 10 minutes in the oven, your tortillas are soft and warm. Dinner is served! Serves 4

Our new favorite meal!

Our new favorite meal!

So Simple Strawberry/ Banana Smoothies

Since it was warm outside today, it seemed like a great day to make smoothies. We have a lot of different recipes in this house, but this one here is one of the easiest, and it is really yummy!


1 Banana

4 Strawberries (fresh or frozen, we usually use frozen)

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup yogurt (plain or vanilla, preferably whole milk)

Throw all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Makes 2 servings.


You can substitute with other fruit. If you do, please let me know your favorites!

Beat the Winter Blahs with an Easy Homemade Sugar Scrub!

I have been under the weather for the past few days, so I am just feeling kind of blah. Because I have been abusing the hand sanitizer to keep from spreading germs, my hands are really dry, so I thought it might be a good time to make this really easy homemade sugar scrub!

Here is what you need:

1/4 cup Olive Oil. I used extra virgin so my scrub is a little on the green side

1/2 cup sugar

4-5 drops essential oil (optional). I used Eucalyptus oil because it was handy, and I have a cold.

Pour the sugar into a bowl, add the Olive Oil and mix. Then add the essential oil. It feels so good. Your hands and other dry parts will thank you!

Here is what mine looks like, it is not pretty, but it works. It also makes a great gift. All you need is some ribbon and empty baby food jars!

easy homemade sugar scrub

Easy Peasy Applesauce in Cake Recipe

I apologize for not writing in a while. I have been pretty busy with the new store, parties, and everything else. However, today I took some time to bake with my daughter, and we did a little experimenting with cake mixes, so I thought I would share this yummy treat with all of you who may want something sweet with  fewer calories!


1 box cake mix (We used the Funfetti Cake Mix)

1 cup applesauce (We used Motts Granny Smith Applesauce)

Pre-heat at 350 degrees. Add your cake mix to your mixing bowl. Add applesauce. Mix as directed by box and bake as directed on box in a greased pan. The cake will be a bit dense, but oh my goodness, is it moist! Sissy and I thought it was absolutely fabulous! Enjoy!

Easy and delicious!


Puppy Chow Recipe and not So Wordless Wednesday

Today, the kids and I did some home economics projects. Okay, we baked. I figured it was about time I tried to start some new holiday traditions around here.

So, we made cookies…








And then we exercised…









So that we could make Puppy Chow…


















And here is how we made the Puppy Chow:


1/2 c peanut butter

1/4 c butter

2 c chocolate chips

1 t Vanilla

1 Box of Chex (13 servings)

3 c powdered sugar

Combine the peanut butter, butter, chocolate chips, and vanilla in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for one minute. Stir thoroughly, microwave for one more minute. Stir again. Place Chex  in a large bowl. Pour mixture over the Chex and mix thoroughly. Using a large Ziplock bag or sealable container, add powdered sugar and then the covered Chex mixture. Shake it all up until coated. Refrigerate for one hour and serve!


Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Last week, Sissy and I went to a friend’s house for a smoothie party where we made some new friends. One of those friends made this pudding, and I thought it was several kinds of awesome. However, I was so busy talking that I did not get the recipe. So the other day, my husband and I were experimenting in the kitchen, and here is what we decided as our recipe. My recommendation is that you should use Hass Avocados because they taste better in this recipe.

Chocolate Avocado Pudding:

2 Ripe Avocados (Hass Avocados are recommended)

1/2 c Raw Honey (or Agave Nectar)

1/2 c Cocoa Powder

1 t Vanilla (or to taste)

Mash the avocados and then blend until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until everything is smooth.

We could not taste the avocado in it and is now my new favorite dessert!

Bear Haven Mama’s Fabulous Tuna and Everything Salad

I am one day late in posting, but I wanted to say that I did some measuring over the weekend. I have lost 2 inches around my waist. Ok, so part of that may be due to illness, but I would like to think it is due also to my better eating habits. Also one thing I have noticed since I gave up processed food is that my skin has cleared up a bit. (Unfortunately, having children seemed to send my face into that of a teenager since I missed out on most of that when I was actually a teenager.)

Anyways, A few of my friends have been asking for more recipes, so I thought I would share this one which is a family favorite I have tweaked, and many of my friends have enjoyed this at my house as well. Even if you are not a tuna fan, I swear this isn’t that bad.

Lesa’s Fabulicious Tuna and Everything Salad


1 Head Romaine Lettuce

1-2 cans of tuna (in water, drained)

1-2 cups cooked peas (cooled and refrigerated)

1 package of dried vegetables (favorites here include the dried snap peas or green beans)

Parmesan Cheese shredded

Olive Oil

Make sure your lettuce is washed. Chop it and put it in a bowl. Add tuna and peas. Coat with Olive Oil (to taste). Refrigerate for about 30 minutes. Sprinkle in the parmesan cheese and top with the dried veggies. Enjoy.

You could also substitute Caesar dressing, but I rather like the Olive Oil. The dried veggies add a nice crunch without having croutons.

So I hope you enjoy this dish. If you do make it, please tell me what you think!

Recipes to share!

Ok, I wish I would have taken pictures to go with this post, but oh well. Since I gave up a lot for Lent this year, I have come to realize that my diet has not been as healthy as I thought. Needless to say, I have been looking for creative ways to get the whole family involved because I think this will be better for everyone. One of the dishes I tried this week went over so well that we ate it two nights in a row. Since I have had a few people ask me about it, I thought I would share my Burrito Bowl recipe with all of you.


Black Beans (for us, 2 cans)

Avocados (for the 5 of us who ate it the other night, it took 2)


Rice (about 1/4-1/2 cups per person)

Cheese (optional)


Salsa (We used organic Mango Salsa)

Cook the rice and beans separately, cut up avocados and add onion to taste (can also add some salsa to the mix for extra flavor). Put everything into bowls on the table and let everyone create their own using the rice as your base. Enjoy!

I have a four and seven-year old as well as teenagers living in my house. Everyone loved it. My kids have said it is their new favorite dish.

If you would like something sweet to go with it, I also have learned how to make my own reduced calorie orange soda. Mix equal parts carbonated water and orange juice. Add Stevia to taste. Enjoy!

So if you are looking for a healthy new dish, I highly recommend this dish. If you try it, please let me know what you think or your variations. Also, if you have any easy natural dishes, please feel free to share them!