A husband’s perspective, Hyperemesis Gravidarum

A letter from my husband :

*Long post warning, BUT worth it”

I have wanted to share some information from a perspective that not many people have had the opportunity to hear and/or understand.

As many of you know my wife suffered from an extreme case of Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG)  while pregnant with both of our children, however, with my daughter my wife nearly lost her life. During a conversation last night about having more children my wife casually mentioned “well I was dead at that point” referring to a point in time while she was pregnant with our daughter.

The reason I am writing this post is because even though it was mentioned so casually, it really sent an overwhelmingly strong pit in my stomach.

In August of 2016 my wife had surprised me with a photo shoot where she revealed that we were being blessed with a new baby. This amazing gift was going to be blessing our lives soon. Immediately, like many other people do, we started planning. Will it be a boy or a girl, what color should the room be, where will the office go, we need a bigger car, and all of the other wacky things people do when they are expecting their second child. I would say I am a pretty typical husband in these instances where I take the back seat, and roll with what their pregnant wife desires. Men instinctively know that what their pregnant wife wants, their pregnant wife gets. This was the dream that all people blessed enough for this opportunity have when they first find out they are expecting. However, this was very short lived.

My wife is a Navy veteran and our first child was born in the Naval Hospital in San Diego which, overall was a great experience. The difference this time around is that she recently finished her contract and was in the public health realm. Her first OBGYN (not going to say which practice that resided at 362 Maitland Ave S, Maitland, Florida) was a terrible experience and we did not know what we were in for at this point.

After about 4 weeks my wife started developing this sickness that she has never experienced before. This was crippling. Unable to eat, drink, walk, talk and nearly do anything. Sleeping was a chore and we knew that something was different and something was wrong. We went to see that OBGYN that I am keeping completely anonymous and had an eye opening experience. When my wife explained her symptoms and advised that something was just not right, the Doctor said “Honey, all women get sick when they are pregnant” while laughing. Little did she know that my wife was at her wits end and was not going to take her laughing so casually. After the dust settled from the verbal assault the doctor received from being completely uncompassionate, we “mutually” decided we were not coming back and needed to find a new doctor who would actually help.

Little did we know that the next three months would be the most trying times for our family and what we actually had to go through was unimaginable. After a few weeks we were able to get into a new practice where the doctor advised my wife had lost 14 lbs when she should be gaining weight. The baby and my wife were suffering and her body was going into organ failure. The endless appointments finally led to my wife receiving homecare where she was constantly on fluids and getting medicine administered by IV every few hours. When my wife’s veins started to shrivel up due to the medicine, she needed to be hospitalized to actually get “tanked up” enough to rejuvenate her veins.

This is the time my wife referred to herself as “dead.” This is not an understatement. She looked and felt dead, and was literally deteriorating due to her lack of nutrients. This was when the real depression set in. This was when a woman who loved her son more than anything, was unable to hold him for months due to all of the wires, tubes, and time in the hospital. This was a time where if my wife was able to fall asleep for a few minutes she would wake up shortly after and be stuck in the bathroom for another hour because, even though she had not eaten real food in months, her body told her she still needed to throw up. This was a time where walking around the house lugging an IV pole became normal. This was a time where all of a sudden dad became mom as well. This was a time where I followed her around because there was a 50% chance she would pass out yet again for the 4th time that day. This was a time my wife almost gave her life for our daughter. This is when my wife was “dead,” but still gave everything to our daughter.

While writing this I have a tough time fully describing how this all felt and looked from my eyes. To see the women you love in the absolute worse shape she has ever been in is absolutely heart wrenching and indescribable without living through it. There is no way I can describe the feeling of catching your wife as she passes out to make sure she doesn’t hurt herself on the way down. There is no way to describe what it is like watching her get hundreds of IV and cry because yet another vein is shot. There is no way to describe the utter defeat in her eyes everyday she wakes up. There are no words and not enough “I’m sorry’s” to be said when she has spent more time in front of the toilet in the day than not. There is no way to count the amount of tears, and the “why’s” that are said. It still brings tears to my eyes when I think of how embarrassed and ashamed she would look when we had to do the 2nd or 3rd load of laundry of the day because she could not control her body anymore. She had lost control. I will continue to use the word selfless throughout this post as it is the only way to describe my wife through all of this.

It is beyond my pride to say simply it is exponentially more difficult to be a mom, than it is to be a dad. In reality sometimes it is difficult enough to be a dad never mind being a single parent. I say this only because I had that feeling for a few months. The role of mom was thrown in my lap, and I was in no way shape or form aware of what it takes to be a mom. I was not ready for it. I was not ready to take on my son full time, my work full time, attempting to be a nurse, attempting to hold the house together all while being extremely frustrated with myself, because I would feel bad for myself. After reading above, how dare I feel bad for myself. My wife was giving (literally) every ounce of her being to bring in our daughter and here I am feeling sorry for myself. It is indescribable how difficult it was to juggle it all while trying to keep it together for your family. Remember I am the man, I should be keeping it together, but with everything that had been happening, it was nearly impossible. In the end, my wife was giving everything, and I wish I had half of her selflessness.

I wrote this to give everyone some type of idea of what actually happens when a women gives up everything to be a mother. My wife loves her kids so much that she would not hesitate to do this all over again. This is the definition of selfless. This is where our conversation started yesterday as we were planning our future. She will do it over and over again to be blessed with another angel.

I know there are people who do not have the opportunity to have these feeling and are unable to be blessed with a child, and I truly feel for you. This is a post about our experience and I appreciate you making it through to the end.


The other side of pregnancy, hyperemesis gravidarum

Pregnancy, the most amazing thing a woman’s body goes through, a miracle, a blessing, a gift from God. Those are all things I would say are the general populations thoughts on when someone becomes pregnant. While I would never disagree with those descriptions when it comes to a baby, different words come to mind when I think about being pregnant.

We had trouble getting pregnant at first and when we found out we were pregnant with now our second daughter, we were ecstatic. I planned a surprise photoshoot and when the photographer promoted us to write something we love about the other person my sign read “We’re having a baby!” Everyone was crying and it was a happy day then about a week later the sickness began.
Hyperemesis gravidarum   (HG): “Rarely, morning sickness is so severe that it’s classified as hyperemesis gravidarum.Symptoms include severe nausea and feeling faint or dizzy when standing. It can also cause persistent vomiting, which can lead to dehydration.This condition can require hospitalization and treatment with IV fluids and anti-nausea medications.” Otherwise known as hell on earth.

I suffered from it during my first pregnancy with my son but was active duty Navy and to be honest no one really cared. The doctors barely diagnosed me after several emergency room visits and told me that pregnancy was hard on some people and that I had to deal with it. For ten long months I went to work everyday, went to the closest bathroom to throw up, brought a change of uniform and underwear for those daily incidents and pulled over about three times to and from work to throw up everything I had in me on the side of the highway. It was awful but bearable.

Then a couple years later I got pregnant with my daughter.  The sickness started about 8 weeks into my pregnancy and came on strong. Things were different this time, I was losing more weight than last time, couldn’t keep down any fluids or solids, was dry heaving the entire day with small breaks and overall felt like I was dying.

I saw several doctors and everyone told me “this is called morning sickness.” I couldn’t explain how I felt, I pleaded with them to help me and tried to convince them this is different, something is wrong. I could not find a doctor to hear me out, everyone thought I was being dramatic.

I found my third doctor, someone that was recommended for high risk and when I went they explained I was a little over nine weeks pregnant and sometimes woman get sick. She wouldn’t even listen to me, belittled me and made me feel like a whiney little girl. I broke down, cried, yelled and stormed out. I later got a letter releasing me as a patient.

Then I found a doctor about 30 minutes from out house that was highly recommended. She was new to the practice and I booked an appointment. By this time I couldn’t drive any longer, I was throwing up all over myself with every movement and without warning. I was already bitter and just assumed this would be another fail.

After reading my charts, talking to me, taking my blood pressure, watching me throw up several times just during our 30 minutes appointment and actually examining me she assured me, I was not crazy. I was losing too much weight, my entire face was broken blood vessels, my blood pressure was too low and I was dehydrated. She quickly realized I needed home care and a constant IV.

She ordered it immediately but with insurance and overall BS you have to deal with it took a three long weeks to set everything up.

You see, HG takes over. Its not just morning sickness. It affects every part of you, mentally, physically and emotionally. I woke up everyday waiting for the day to end, I couldn’t take care of my own child, I couldn’t pick him up, smell his breath, cook for him or even stand up long enough to care for anyone including myself.

For the first time in my life I was truly depressed and didn’t want to see another day. The sickness took over. For four months I had every bodily fluid all over me, had to get picked up by my husband off the bathroom floor, rushed to the hospital multiple times for losing consciousness and wished and prayed it would be over.

I couldn’t even think about the baby I was growing, I didn’t wonder about the gender, how I was going to decorate the nursey, what we needed to prepare, nothing. All I thought about was survival and how I am going to get through the day. All the things that define me I couldn’t do, I was excited, I was scared and angry.

My husband became my nurse, changing my IVs, distributing my meds, changing my dressings and setting timers for everything I needed to do to survive the day. My body was a disaster. Dozens of blown veins and bruised arms and feet from dehydration, hundreds of needle sticks trying to find a vein that would work always failing the first few times causing pain and overall disappointment.

My home nurse would come around every other day to check on me, I had weekly appointments that I dreaded because I had to be carried to the car and the motion mad things worse, if that’s even possible.

Everyone, including the doctors told me things should get better after my first trimester so I was counting down the days. Well, it didn’t, nothing changed and things were only getting worse. I needed a to be hospitalized for a few days to get “tanked up” and strong enough to carry this baby.

Once I arrived in the hospital it was determined a PICC line was the only way to go. I was hesitant but followed the doctors orders. It hurt, was always irritated, I was constantly nervous my son was going to rip it out and just losing more hope by the day.

After that hospital visit but labs weren’t looking good and organ faulire was the weekly fear so infusions began. I started going to facility and getting infusions a couple times a week to ensure I was staying healthy. I wanted this to be over.

Not often would you hear a woman who is happily  married, who has always watned a huge family and who has prayed for a child to consider ending a pregnancy but that is what was going through my head. I am embarrassed to even admit it but that is what HG is. It messes with your head, it makes you want to die, it makes you not want to be carrying a baby.

I didn’t smile for four months, I didn’t drink one thing for four months, I solely relied on my PICC line and IVs to keep me alive. I had things shoved in my veins, feet, stomach, butt and mouth. I wouldn’t wish this sickness on my worse enemy (and I’m pretty spiteful).

There is nothing happy or fun about this disease whether you are the person suffering or a loved one of someone suffering. Everyone suffers.

I imagined glowing. working out, doing prenatal yoga and binge eating on all my cravings. I cant help but see the woman who get to enjoy pregnancy and be completely jealous and honestly, angry.

When the ten months is over, I am blessed with two HEALTHY kids and would do it 1,000 more times (reluctantly) in order to make sure they were brought into this world that way.




Strollers for Dummies (or any normal person…)

Strollers, you need this, it’s expensive and it’s a great bigger gift or ideal for friends/family to throw in on. My mom bought me my travel system for my first baby and a double stroller with my second baby and while the double stroller comes in handy at times we totally prefer the travel system, even now that Vienna is one year old.

Strollers should match your lifestyle so do your research. I think safety, compatibility and convenience are what all moms are all looking for but you also need to like it. Here is a little more on that since the stroller world will quickly aggravate you, confuse you and overwhelm you, especially if you are pregnant.

Things to keep in mind while looking for a stroller

  • Strollers that feel heavy will feel even heavier when your baby is crying, its hot outside and you have thrown up on you.
  • Non-jogger strollers are usually not ideal on less maintained roads or sidewalks or outside
  • Make sure you have enough storage space on the bottom or an option to attach something for your personal stuff, phones, drinks, diaper bag, etc.
  • With strollers, unfortunately you usually get what you pay for
  • The look of the stroller doesn’t matter after a few months, don’t look too much into color/style.
  • Read reviews and go to the store (Buy Buy Baby is a great option) and take them for a stroll
  • Look for one that matches your lifestyle

What will you be doing in it? Strollers differ depending on your need for it. Running? Shopping?, Mall? Power walking? Tight spaces?  Small car? Multiple children? Apartment living? Lots of stairs?


Travel system:

My personal pick for a registry. These are strollers with the attachable car seat, perfect for the first several months to successfully transfer a sleeping baby from the car to the stroller. Buying a system verse separate items is also more affordable.

Umbrella Strollers:

These are lightweight and smaller. They are usually less expensive but unfortunately cant be used with infants. We were gifted a Chicco and love it but I would personally wait until you child is about six months old and ready for one so you know if they prefer leaning back or sitting more upright in order to pick the perfect one for your kid.

3-wheel strollers:

  • Sharper turning radius (great for shopping, theme parks, etc.)
  • Easier to steer, especially with one hand

4-wheel strollers:

  • Stands better while folded
  • Easier to fold

Tire Options:

  1. Rubber, air filled tired
  • Seen on joggers and my current stroller the Bob
  • More suspension
  • Usually a more comfortable and better ride for the baby
  1. Plastic Tires
  • Bumpier ride
  • Wheels crack easily


  1. UPPAbaby Vista Stroller


  • Includes bassinet, which I love. I feel like the bassinet option provides the baby more comfort on walks and such, especially in a warmer climate. It is also tested and approved for overnight sleeping (not my jam but if that’s something you are into that’s a huge plus)
  • Rides incredibly smooth
  • Easily folds and stores
  • Often called the Rolls Royce of strollers
  • Great reviews


  • Expensive AF, a stroller that costs almost $1,000 should come with all the works, personally speaking
  • No cup holder or handle storage included
  • Expensive accessories
  1. BOB Stroller

My personal pick and the one I current use is a Revolution


  • Moderately priced
  • Rides smooth
  • Easy to stroll
  • Lots of under stroller storage space
  • Easy to fold
  • Not too heavy
  • Easy clip-in adapters for car seat
  • Easy locking food pedal
  • Adjustable Handle (my husband is tall)


  • The front locks randomly lock and it drives in nuts
  • The seat doesn’t sit upright enough. We rigged it but wish it would allow the baby to sag less.
  • Some accessories are sold separately and they are expensive
  1. Baby Jogger City Mini


  • Affordable
  • Reclining Seat
  • Many compatible car seat options
  • Opens and closes with one hand
  • Great with long distance trips (walks, theme parks, etc.)
  • Lightweight
  • Great for public transportation
  • Affordable


  • Handle Bar storage/cup holder not included
  • Break is not easily accessible
  • Height does not with everyone
  1. Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller


  • Lightweight (13 lbs)
  • Very inexpensive
  • Easy to fold
  • Great reviews
  • Plenty of storage


  • Lots of complaints about seat depth
  • Lacks sun protection


Don’t go with mine or anyone else’s preferences. Unfortunately, this is something I suggest you research so you don’t end up hating it a few weeks in. Test drive them (I know that sounds ridiculous), seriously, Buy Buy Baby has a great area with an expert manning the department to teach you everything you need to know about the stroller world!

Okay, so obviously put a stroller and car seat on your registry or travel system, lets move on. Check out my next post for what else I think you need!

How to win at Easter!

Guys, we just moved, things are nuts and all our belongings are somewhere in America and keep getting delayed but its almost Easter! My kid loves jelly beans and Easter eggs so I wanted to make this year in a new state and a new house special and filled with things the kids love since Vienna, my 10-month old is totally aware of whats going on…

I had to do most of my shopping online since we are still getting adjusted but it made things super easy andddd I found some real gems.

Check out my finds for this years baskets.

Chalk Full of Design

I love this shop and found them in Instagram. Lindsey, the owner is super relate-able, funny AF in her stories and makes some unique toys that are also educational which I am allll about.

I grabbed one board each for the kids with their full names on it but honestly I can’t wait to buy more. I love the clock board, the shapes and numbers and the ABCs too, really I just want one of everything.

Bannor Toys

Another IG find and relate-able mom that has a unique hustle. They make everything from wooden blocks to teethers to toys. I love their rattles, state teethers and am eyeing their wooden cash machine. Their stuff is made in the US with good quality wood.

I scored the newly RESTOCKED (hurry and grab one) board game and a teether for V. The board game is good for all ages and looks like a fun family activity. I am all about no TV/technology and always looking for activities for all of us to do.


Where you find everything you dont need. You know the “not so” dollar spot is toooo good. I wish I could shop it online but I guess that’s the point. I scored some little stuff here and there but these planters are my favorite.


One for each of them and I picked up some seeds so the little guy can plant something of his own, water it and watch it grow.


This is a super neat concept. It is a family owned company that it all about saving the bees. They are selling their multicolored little eggs of seeds that help save the bees and produce wild flowers to edible flowers.

I think it will be another fun activity everyone can be apart of and it will be neat for him to see them grow and know he planted them.

Melissa and Doug Wooden Magnetic Chore Chart

Guys, a chore chart that he will like?! It’s a win/win! I scored this on on Amazon and three is a perfect age to start giving some responsibility.


I like this chart a lot because he can visually see what he has done and what he needs to do. Bonus, its Melissa and Doug and I am pretty much a fan girl of everything they make.

Melissa and Doug Magnetic Calendar

Like I said, Melissa and Doug stuff it where its at! This is a calendar where he can mark the day of the week, the weather, etc.


Another learning tool that I think he will love.


They make safe and fun things for kids to eat on. Their stuff is all stainless steel and wood and they stick to the highchair or table to control some mess and keep the plate on the surface. They do spoons, plates, bowls, etc.

I got the plate with the spoon for my baby girl and will probably add to our stash soon. You can check out all their goods on Instagram too.


My kid is picky AF and I know I’m not alone. These divided stainless steels lunch boxes are an awesome way to make eating fun. I plan on putting snacks and cut up sandwiches in it and use it in and out of the house.

They have all different sizes for kids and adults and give some great ideas on how to use them over on their good ole’ IG page.

Finger Puppets

Dominic is really into pretend play right now and is loving puppets and these are a good little basket filler.

finger puppets

I think they will be fun for him, the baby and I plan on using them in the car on longer trips too.

Klean Kanteen

My kid is obsessed with water, being outside and spilling everything, so this was an easy pick.

klean kanteen

They have all different colors and I think will be perfect for hikes.

Life Factory

I like to keep things even and hate plastic. This will be perfect for water for my baby girl and help eliminate plastic and I won’t have to be worried about gross mold.


They come in different sizes and colors.

Kid Cookbooks

Have a kid that loves to read and cook, grab one (or all) of these. I am thinking of getting all three that they have on Amazon. I love that Dominic loves to read but I am way more into interactive reading.

They have tacos, pancakes and pizza versions.

Carters Pajamas

Matching kids are the way to my heart, especially when they are mine. I snagged these gems for $5 bucks each during their sale.

The kid loves dinosaurs and I cant wait to see them matching! I got the blue ones for Dominic and the pink ones for Vienna.


Stacker Toys

Another Melissa and Doug gem. I love these kinds of baby toys and think this is a perfect 1st Easter basket filler.

stacker toys

Melissa and Doug makes tons of baby stuff that would be perfect for Easter and with Prime, why not!

Paw Patrol Workbook

Again, great for toddlers to start learning their letters and numbers and they have alll the themes so pick your kids favorite one and it will be a hit.


Magnetic Blocks

I am sure you have heard of these. They are great for at home, for the car or at restaurants. These are the knock-offs because the name brand ones are pricey and I am cheap AF and if it works the same why would you pay double?

Girls or boys, this toy is great and they won’t get bored in five minutes. I plan on adding to his collection so he can make more and bigger stuff.

Baby Food Teether

Vienna is 10 months and I think she will like these so they are going in her basket!


Don’t worry there will still be plenty of candy in their baskets, well Dominic’s. He associates Easter with jelly beans so there will be lots of those, m&ms and to keep tradition going a solid chocolate bunny.

Other things I plan on picking up and adding to the baskets:

Outside Chalk
Yogurt snacks that Vienna loves
Bow for Vienna
New themed underwear for Dominic (still working on that whole potty training thing, help!)
And I am sure I will find stuff I don’t need at Target before Easter.

I plan on filling eggs with SOME candy, little toy cars and tattoos.

If you aren’t already, make sure you are following Macaroni and Butter on Instagram and keep up with our Easter activities, recipes and shenanigans. Don’t forget to drop a comment below and let me know if I missed anything good!

Cheers and happy shopping!




The last 24 hours have been a little too extra for me. My 8-month old daughter won’t sleep (like ever) and my (almost) three year old has always been allergic to sleep so together its an all night long shuffle of me or my husband in someone’s room, other than our own! The weather matched all of our moods this morning and we woke up to rain which is great because that makes it a little more socially acceptable that we are all still in our pajamas at 2pm and haven’t left the house yet…

I make outdoor scavenger hunts often for my toddler and they are sincerely fun for both of us. He gets so excited when he finds something on the list and loves checking it off. Today, this indoor scavenger hunt saved us from me not up for the whole “mom gig” and sticking him in front of the TV for an hour until the caffeine kicked in.

Print it off and use it if the snow won’t melt, its freezing outside, the rain is keeping you inside or if you just need a moment to get your crap together. You can do it with the kids or just enjoy that friggin’ cup of coffee while they run around looking for random stuff around the house. Its a win, win guys!


Drop a comment and let me know how your kids liked it and tag me @macaroniandbutter if you have enough energy to take some photos!

Cheers to easier days and more sleep!


Super-food Chocolate Pudding

Guys, I swear this is the real deal. This chocolate pudding is fluffy, sweet and delicious and the main ingredient is avocado! Coming into the New Year I am with the rest of the population and trying to chill out with the sweets. I was NEVER a sweet person, I would always grab a bowl of pasta and a peice of bread, that was my weakness but then I had my daughter. I don’t really know what happened but I had severe Hyperemesis Gravidarum and literally ate nothing for the majority of my pregnancy (shout out to my PICC line) but the second she was born the only thing on my mind was sweets. Fast forward eight months and I have a serious sweet tooth.

Back to the point, this recipe is soooo good, soooo easy, no added sugar and cures any dessert craving. I loved it, my kid was all about it and my husband had no idea it wasn’t normal chocolate pudding.

Make it, its life-changing.



  • 2 Medium avocados
  • 1/2 C Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 C Raw honey
  • 1/2 C Almond milk
  • Spoonful Greek yogurt
  • Pinch of salt
  • Splash of vanilla
  • Cocoa nibs (optional garnish)


Throw it all in your blender and mix it up, THAT’S IT!

Fun Pillows

I am talking about marshmallows! Big, fluffy dessert pillows. These are perfect for s’mores, on top of a casserole, on ice cream or just to pop in your mouth. This is one of the easier recipes I have tried and it gets a little messy here and there and you may need things you don’t normally have in your kitchen but overall its so simple and something different than your average dessert.

I make them every December and we stuff them in our cookie platters and usually fill some mugs with them to give as gifts.

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  • Candy Thermometer * I have made several batches without one but was really just playing a guessing game and highly suggest investing in one. Click here for a similar to the one I have and only a couple of bucks andddd on prime, so you should buy it. 
  • Fast- Speed Mixer * You could get away with a hand mixer but a kitchen-aid would be ideal. 
  • Two 9X13 baking pans (or something close)


  • 6 Cups of granulated sugar
  • 2.5 Cups light corn syrup
  • 4 Teaspoons Vanilla (or whatever flavors you like, I sometimes use amaretto, lemon and orange)
  • 8 Envelopes gelatin
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 3 Cups Powdered Sugar


  1. Grease pan with veggie oil or spray and line with parchment paper (not necessary but helpful), with overhang (to use to pull out)
  2.  Add granulated sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 3/4 cup water into a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Cook, without stirring, until mixture reads 238 degrees on a candy thermometer, about 7 minutes.
  3. While that is heating up put 3/4 cup cold water into the bowl of an electric mixer; sprinkle with gelatin. Let soften 5 minutes.
  4. Using whisk attachment start on low speed, beat hot syrup into gelatin mixture. Gradually raise speed to high; beat until mixture is very stiff, about 12 minutes. Beat in vanilla. Pour into prepared dish, and smooth with an offset spatula. Set aside, uncovered, until firm, about 3 hours.
  5. Sift 1 cup confectioners’ sugar onto a work surface. Dump marshmallow onto confectioners’ sugar; remove parchment. Lightly brush a sharp knife with oil, then cut marshmallow into 2-inch squares. Sift remaining 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar into a small bowl, and roll each marshmallow in the sugar to coat.

Italian Christmas Cookies



Well, the season is here and so is all the good food! It is a tradition in my family to make a ridiculous amount of cookies and give them to everyone we know from best friends to the mailman. I am lucky enough to have some of my grandmothers handwritten recipes and make every single one each year. I know live just a couple hours from my dad so we are able to make them together which makes me incredibly happy. I hope my kids remember baking with us when they get older and continue the traditions, nothing would make me happier.

Anyway, enough with the sentimental stuff and onto the recipe! I promise I will share more in the near future but for now enjoy these festive bites of joy! (ha!)



  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 3 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 teaspoons lemon extract 

You can replace any of the extracts but this is the “right” way to make them.


  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup warm whole milk (about 30 seconds in the microwave)
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Colored sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a kitchen aid (preferred) or a hand mixer beat the eggs until like are foamy (about 7 minutes on high)
  3. Take out and put aside
  4. Add flour, sugar and baking powder to bowl, mix to combine
  5. Slowly beat in the shortening and extracts of choice
  6. Roll dough in 1 inch balls
  7. Bake for 7 minutes, turn baking sheet, bake for another 5 minutes
  8. While baking, mix all ingredients together and make glaze
  9. Let cookies cool for a few minutes and while still warm dip into glaze and top with sprinkles
  10. Try to eat just one and share the wealth

I always double recipes but this one make several dozen cookies so unless you plan on feeding an army one batch will do. Let me know if you like them and how they turned out and share your must have cookie recipes with me so I can add some to my list!

Cheers and Merry Christmas!



Guilt-Free Chocolate Pumpkin Pancakes

So, this recipe is perfect for everyone. I have been trying to get creative since my kid goes on a hunger strike every other week. I have been experimenting with hiding the good stuff in things he would normally be drawn to like, pancakes, waffles, muffins, tots, etc. These pancakes are packed with protein with a fall spin.

I love foods like pancakes because I hateeeee measuring when I am cooking and since you cant really try as you go (like with sauces or sides) you can see when you are doing something wrong. When pancake or waffle batter looks too dry, you add a wet ingredient a vice versa, its pretty tough to screw up.

As with all my recipes, you can customize however you desire and the outcome will not be affected. If you don’t like hemp seeds, throw in chia seeds, if you aren’t a fan of pumpkin try some flavored yogurt and of course the topping options are endless.


  • 1 Cup Almond flour (or regular flour, whole wheat, oat, coconut, etc.)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 C (heaping) pumpkin ( you can used pureed OR roasted fresh pumpkin)
  • 1/3 Chocolate protein powder ( I used a sample packet from Plant Fusion
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3/4 Cup Coconut milk (or you preferred cows milk or nut milk)
  • Sprinkle of hemp seeds
  • Sprinkle of flax seed
  • Dash of pumpkin pie spice
  • Nut butter (optional topping)
  • Coconut oil (optional topping)
  • Cocoa Nibs (optional topping)
  • Local bee pollen (optional topping)
    OTHER OPTIONS: collagen peptides, brewers yeast (if nursing), any potions you desire (ashwagandha from Mountain Rose Herbs is my personal favorite at the moment)


This seems silly but…

  • Whisk all wet ingredients
  • In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients
  • Combine
  • Grease your pan with butter
  • Make pancakes
  • Mix a spoonful of nut butter and a little coconut oil (heat if in a solid state) and use this as your “syrup”
  • Top them with all the goods

This is great for a quick breakfast before running out the door, your picky kid or just because!


Guys, don’t take cooking to seriously, it should be somewhat enjoyable. Play around with ingredients and remember {almost} anything can be fixed.

Bacon Roses Make Everyday Special

Roses are red and so is bacon…

The way to  your man’s (or lady’s) heart is with these bacon roses. These are super easy to make and will be better than any other bouquet you find andddd you can eat.

What you will need:

  1. Bacon (One strip makes one rose so as little or as much as you want)
  2. Muffin tin (big or small)
  3. Toothpicks
  4. Bouquet of fake flowers (Dollar Tree, Hobby Lobby or Micheal’s)
  5. Vase to hold the bouquet (or a glass or your hands…)


  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees
  2. Gently pull the flowers off the steams of your flowers, leaving the “bud” part (this is where your “roses” will sit
  3. Take one strip of bacon at a time and roll it into a rosette
  4. Use two toothpicks to secure your rose and help it not tip over while baking
  5. Grease your pan
  6. Place your roses into the tin using the toothpicks to keep the bacon rose from touching the bottom (allows the grease to drain and your bacon to get crispyyy)
  7. Bake 30-40 minutes (until crispy)
  8. Drain your roses on paper towels to soak up extra grease and remove the toothpicks
  9. Place your rose on the “bud” of your bouquet and place them in your vase
  10. Give it to someone that deserves bacon roses!


These are really perfect for any occasion, I mean its bacon…

I usually make my husband a bouquet for an anniversary or special day and grab some of his favorite beer to put next to it with a funny card and its an ideal dude (or dudette) gift.


Do it!