Seven Years Ago Today I Gave Birth To This Guy

Bexon is 7

…And my heart has been walking outside of my body ever since. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Love,

Bexon’s Mommy

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Family Beach Trip 2014

Baby Girl Relaxing

Hey, I’ve been in Sunset Beach, North Carolina for my family’s annual beach trip. A lot of people I love most in the world in one place and crazy kid cousins going wild.

Above is my genius baby doll niece Saffron relaxing on the beach. She’s more precious than can be described and super smart and verbal. Just about the most yummy child ever.

Things come out of her wee baby doll voice that sound like an adult, it’s startling and awesome.

boy beach cowboy

Here’s my own lil’ beach cowboy Bexon, he’s had the time of his life in the ocean, he’s a water baby for sure.

heidi ferrer legs

Me, I have gotten in some summer relaxing lately, myself.

heidi ferrer sandcastle

I even built this sandcastle. I mean, photobombed it.

cute kids beach fun

We’ll be back home in L.A. today and my next trip is BlogHer ’14 in San Jose, whoo hoo!

Hope you’re having some summer fun yourself and maybe I’ll see you there.

XOXO-

~ H

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Skinny Taco Salad in Avocado Half!

Skinny Taco Salad in Avocado Half

Hey, here’s a light, fresh, easy Skinny Mama Meal idea if you adore avocado like I do.

Just make your favorite taco meat recipe by browning some lean meat with taco seasoning, cut a perfectly ripe avocado on half, remove the seed and fill it with the meat and toppings.

I used white meat ground turkey and added a little reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese, salsa, a couple of sliced black olives, and non fat Greek yogurt. (Low fat sour cream would be delicious, too.)

This is low carb and “skinny” as long as you don’t eat a whole bag of tortilla chips, ha ha. I added a couple for crunch.

Half of an average sized avocado is only about 150 calories and it’s so good for you. Yum!

Enjoy and hop over and “Like” Skinny Mama Meals on Facebook for more recipes and weight loss inspiration.

XOXO-

~ Heidi

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Humanitarian Camp

Boy Lasagna

Here’s a picture of my boy Bexon serving lasagna to the homeless in a shelter yesterday.

First, the kids made 200 ham sandwiches and filled brown bags with granola bars, apples and napkins.

It looked like a little Santa’s elf workshop, except that the kids all had Lunch Lady clear plastic gloves on, which made it even more adorable.

Then they gathered around a vending machine and one child told the others with authority, “Those chips cost 137 dollars.” (They were #137, cost $1.25.)

Our lovely friend Melissa (mother of four, two sets of twin boys) planned this one week Humanitarian Camp here in L.A. and I must give her a lot of credit, it was awesome.

She’s a better woman than I am, but I did help roll down the brown bags for stacking and rescued the butter from the window sill, where someone had put it to soften in the sunlight.

They forgot it there, when the shelter residents were served the lasagna, bread and salad (and cake.)

Listen, people, I know butter is important and at least I was good for something.

Bex is already a better person than me, and that’s the way it should be.

He’s trusting, opens the door for complete strangers who knock and exclaims in his high little boy voice, “They weren’t strangers! They introduced themselves!”

*Mommy shudders and adds extra locks*

I may have to work on that too-trusting nature to protect him as a Mama bear should, but hey, he’s an angel who’s learning to be of service to humanity, and I’m so very proud.

XO-

~ H

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Skinny Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Peppers!

skinny chicken parmesan stuffed peppers

My Skinny Chicken Parmesan Bell Peppers are healthy, easy to prepare and scrumptious. Just look at the picture. Mmm.

About 10 minutes easy prep, bake time one hour and 15-25 minutes.

Ingredients: (Serves 4)

1.) Two large red bell peppers, cut in half lengthwise. I buy organic peppers, remove the seeds and wash, etc.

2.) Boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces when raw.

I used a little less than a pound, but mine were really overfilled, you can use half of a pound, three quarters, or just eyeball it.

3.) One third cup seasoned bread crumbs, I like 4C brand, the whole wheat ones. I get them on Amazon.

4.) One and one fourth cup shredded mozzarella cheese.

5.) One half cup of marinara sauce of your choice.

6.) One or two tablespoons of grated or shaved Parmesan cheese, or to taste.

7.) Olive oil spray.

Optional: A splash of chicken broth (water will work if you don’t have it), dried parsley or oregano for garnish, salt and pepper to taste.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cut raw chicken breast in bite sized pieces. Toss them in a large bowl with the seasoned bread crumbs to coat them. Mix in one cup of the shredded mozzarella.

Cut the peppers in half lengthwise, wash, remove seeds, etc.

Spray a medium sized baking dish with olive oil spray.

Lay the washed peppers in the baking dish like boats, skin side down. Spray the peppers inside and outside lightly with the olive oil spray.

Spoon in the chicken, bread crumb and cheese mixture into the peppers and press down. Overfill as best you can.

Spray the tops again lightly with the olive oil spray.

Add a splash of water or chicken broth to the bottom of the dish.

Cover well with aluminum foil and bake at 400 for one hour.

Take out, use mitts and remove the foil, carefully pouring off most of any excess liquid in the bottom.

Bake again, uncovered, for 5 to 7 more minutes, or until the tops of bread crumbs brown.

Spoon marinara sauce over the tops, and sprinkle one half cup of the mozzarella and the Parmesan cheese.

You can now sprinkle some dried oregano or parsley, optional.

Bake uncovered 10-15 more minutes and they will be divine!

My peppers were very large and filling and came to approximately 380 calories each. (It would be less if I didn’t use .89 pounds of chicken.)

This will vary, depending on your choice of sauce, etc., but they are definitely a “skinny” food. Yum!

Enjoy and hop over and “Like” Skinny Mama Meals on Facebook for more recipes and weight loss inspiration.

XOXO-

~ Heidi

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The Girls

Fabulous Forever 40

Hey, I just came back from our annual, girl’s beach trip a couple of days ago.

Life is like travel. The hard parts are worth the great and beautiful moments.

The packing and the planning and the airport hassles and the missed connections on the way home…

It can be exhausting, but looking back, it’s all worth it.

The last swim in the ocean by myself, riding the waves crashing into me, knowing my friends are just up the beach at the condo pool, laughing and talking and bonding.

No rush. Just some time alone with God, the sky and probably some sharks who were kind enough not to eat me.

Did I mention there was like, a double red flag shark warning at Orange Beach, Alabama, just before we arrived there? Continue reading

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Funny Search Strings June 2014

funny search strings 2014

I’m so proud! Internet, you’re freaky, never change.

XO-

~h

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