5 Reasons I Love to Cook from Home & You Should Too

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It took me years to learn to cook, let alone enjoy doing it. Cooking used to be a huge struggle because it took time, preparation, extra cleaning and some skill (of which I had little). To take an hour or more after work to sit down, prep and cook a meal sounded absolutely exhausting and many days it was. And It was harder and harder because I made it that way. I choose to see it as a burden instead of a blessing. What do I mean by blessing?

I would argue there are five reasons why I love to cook and you should too. Let’s start with the first reason.

1.) Cooking From Home is Ultimately Healthier

Ultimately cooking and eating at your own home is healthier than going out to eat even at a restaurant with healthier alternatives. Why is that? That is because you are able to control the ingredients you put in. You control the amount of oils, fats and other items that go into your food and the quantities. Cooking from home allows you to substitute unhealthy items for healthier alternatives making your food lighter in calories, salt and carbs. You can still make equally unhealthy foods at home should you choose too, but in general since you are putting the ingredients together, you will choose the healthier option.

2.) Cooking From Home Is Cheaper

Cooking from home ultimately ends up being cheaper because you control your budget, you are able to set how much you want to spend and any leftovers can be used for another meal! Leftovers are probably my biggest money saver. Make just a bit more of something than you know you will eat that evening and you can package the leftovers for lunch the next day. For those on a budget, this is the best way to start saving money.

3.) Cooking from Home Develops New Skill Sets

The best thing that I have found from cooking and baking is that I am developing new skill sets. I’m not perfect or a chef my any stretch but I am better than I was. And each day I get a little bit better. These skills make cooking feel less like a chore and makes it more enjoyable for me to do. I have also found the areas of cooking I’m not as fond of so I avoid those or find alternatives to make cooking fun.

4.) Cooking from Home Can Help with Weight and Health

Being able to cook, especially a relatively healthy meal for you and your family is a blessing. It doesn’t make the time element or the expense element go away. But it keeps you and your family healthier, it keeps your finances in a better spot as eating out adds up quickly, and it lets you enhance your cooking skills.

5.) Cooking From Home is Fun and Family Friendly

Cooking from home is fun and family friendly! You can involve your kids or spouse in the dinner process which allows you time to hang out and bond together. Plus cooking can be as fun as you make it! You can pick and choose your spices, try new ingredients, try new meals and more! You can make cooking enjoyable and a blast!

Why do you love cooking? If you don’t love cooking, why is that? Let me know in the comments below?

How to Make Grilled PB&J

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There is always that one college staple that lasts with you for the rest of your life, for me it was the discovery of grilled PB&J. I have had more peanut butter and jelly in my life than I care to count. It’s just one of those foods that never goes out of style and is always a go to on a rough day or a day you are busy. Well there was this small little ‘dining’ area below where I lived in the dorms and one of the things they offered was a grilled PB&J. One day I finally got around to ordering it and it was LIFE CHANGING. Literally the melted flavors of peanut butter and jelly combined with the rich toast taste of the bread was just phenomenal. It’s hard to explain how amazing this was to a young college kid, but it was definitely a highlight for me!

Overall Review: 5/5

Once I discovered the grilled PB&J it became a routine part of my meals/snack regimen. There are several ways to make this, you can make a normal PB&J and then butter the outer sides of the bread and set on a warm griddle. The other option is closer to how you make a grilled cheese sandwich. Butter the bread slices and let those start to toast on the griddle and then add your peanut butter and jelly to the slices. Once the jelly and peanut butter are warm you pull them off the grill, combine and enjoy!

If you do decide to make this grilled PB&J, know that its an easy way to spice up a classic recipe. You can adjust any portions of this recipe to adjust to your taste and what you have in the fridge. Overall, this is a simple classic recipe that will be a fun staple to add to your lunch rotations. For those who decide to try this recipe, leave a comment below so I can see how it went!

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Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly

Servings 1 person

Equipment

  • Griddle

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Slices White Bread
  • 2 tsp Butter
  • Jelly Grape or Raspberry
  • Peanut Butter Jiff or Peter Pan

Instructions
 

  • Place your griddle on medium/low heat. This is important because you don't want to burn the toast and want to give time for the peanut butter and jelly to melt properly.
  • Butter one side of each of your two slices of white bread. I prefer white bread with peanut butter and jellys but you can use any type.
  • Add your desired jelly and peanut butter to each slice of bread (non-buttered side) and place the two pieces together. I highly recommend leaving margin for the jelly and peanut butter to spread and is melts. Otherwise it will overflow out the sides of the bread.
  • Set your peanut butter in the jelly in the center of the griddle. Let cook over medium/low heat. Don't let it get too hot as you want to see the insides melt and the outside of the bread look golden brown.
  • Once cooked, take off pan and place on plate. Cut in half and serve.

How to Make Baked Chicken Drumsticks

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Chicken drumsticks are a staple in my home so when this baked chicken drumstick recipe popped up I knew I had to try it. Let me start off with the first thing I loved about this recipe and that it is that it was baked. I am not saying baked drumsticks are better than deep fried, but they definitely are healthier and easy to make. Plus being able to throw dinner and the oven and get other things done while they cook is a huge help on busy evenings!

There’s not a whole lot to say on the process for making these drumsticks, they are seriously so easy to prep and get ready for cooking. The flavors are good, nothing crazy and not overpowering; definitely designed to be paired with your favorite sauce. The biggest thing with this recipe is that they need to be broiled at the end to give them that outer crispiness that they are lacking. Baked chicken drumsticks are a healthier alternative to deep fried drumsticks, but without broiling them they lack that crispiness. I will try to boil them for a few minutes the next time to see what a difference they make. For those who have texture issues, I would highly recommend you consider broiling them at the end for a few minutes to get that crispy texture otherwise the baked texture is a bit harder to get down.

Overall Review: 3.5/5

Overall, the baked chicken drumsticks are good! Pair them with ranch or BBQ sauce, some veggies and fruit and you have yourself a good dinner. The best thing about these were the pure simplicity of them. There was nothing challenging about making them and it’s perfect for anyone who needs an easy dinner idea. If you do choose to make these baked chicken drumsticks, let me know in the comments below! Do you think they need to be broiled or do you like them as is?

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Baked Chicken Drumsticks

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pds Chicken drumsticks
  • 2 tbsp Avacado Oil I used Olive Oil
  • 1-2 tsp Paprika
  • 1-2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1-2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Parsley I subbed basil leaves
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray.
  • Add all the spices and oil to a large zip top bag, add chicken and seal. Shake the bag until all the chicken is coated evenly.
  • Arrange the chicken on the baking sheet and bake for 40-45 minutes (165 degrees internal). Personally, I would recommend broiling for a few minutes so that the chicken skin gets nice and crispy. I didn't think it was near as crispy as it could have been.
  • Serve immediately.

How to Make Traditional Fettuccine Alfredo

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I love pasta, especially Fettuccine Alfredo pasta. There is just something about pasta that is comforting, homely and always hits the spot! I was looking at different pasta recipes the other night and came across an article about ‘real and traditional’ fettuccine alfredo. The biggest thing in the article is that there is NO CREAM. The original way to make this pasta does not include heavy cream or milk of any kind. Am I the only one late to the game on this knowledge?!

Regardless, I felt like my mind was blown so I wanted to try it out. Let me preface this by saying, I do not have authentic ingredients. I will make this recipe again with authentic ingredients, but this was the best I could find at my local grocery store. Hopefully in the next week or two I can try my hand at making fettuccine pasta myself and find authentic parmesano reggiano cheese. So forgive me in advance, but I think this fettuccine alfredo turned out great even with the standard ingredients from the store!

Overall Review: 4.8/5

Most of the reasons people, especially those who grew up in the states, will not like this recipe is because they are used to our super creamy pasta sauces. This type of alfredo is not near as creamy and that’s because it does not have the heavy cream/milk texture in it. But what it does have is a stronger cheese and butter flavor, which I personally love. You could absolutely add some grilled chicken or shrimp to add some protein, but it tastes amazing and light on its own. That lack of heavy cream/milk makes this pasta light and I didn’t get that heaviness feeling I normally get after eating pasta. I’d highly recommend trying this Fettuccine Alfredo recipe for your next dinner, and if you do let me know in the comments below!

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How to Make Traditional Fettuccine Alfredo

Original Recipe From: https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2017/04/fettuccine-alfredo-sauce-italian-pasta-recipe.html

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Stick Unsalted Butter Diced
  • 4 oz Parmesano Reggiano (or Parmesan) Cheese Grated
  • 1 pd Fettuccine Pasta
  • Salt

Instructions
 

  • Bring a pot of salted water to a rolling boil.
  • Add fettuccine pasta and cook until al dente. DO NOT DRAIN!!
  • In a separate large bowl, dice the butter and add the grated cheese
  • Using tongs add the pasta on top of the butter and cheese.
  • Add a half cup of the pasta water to the pasta, butter, and cheese bowl. Mix with tongs until combined and creamy. Add more pasta water if you want a creamier texture.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste. Grate some extra parmesan on top and serve immediately! Enjoy!

How to Make Copycat Starbucks Blueberry Muffins

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I haven’t had a ton of pregnancy cravings, but these Starbucks Blueberry Muffins sounded AMAZING so I had to make them. These are moist, flavorful, full of blueberries and have a nice crunch with the extra topping. The only downfall to these is I followed the topping recipe. It didn’t feel like there was enough butter to make the crumbles correctly. I added some more butter to make it work, but the proportions seemed a bit off. Once there was another 2-3 tbsp of butter I was able to get a thicker crumble that I was looking for. The end result and taste was great though, so you may have to play with the butter proportions depending on how you like your crumble.

The base of the blueberry muffin is phenomenal though! I really think its the sour cream add in that makes this muffin so moist and yummy. That cup of sour cream getting folded in and then gently folding in the flour is whats key. As long as you don’t overwork the mixture you should be good to go. As far as cooking time goes, I have a 1 year old stove and it took about 20-23 minutes to get these muffins to a golden brown top/edge and a fully cooked center. Personally, I like to start at 15 minutes, check the muffins and then add by 3-5 minutes until completed. This eliminates the chance that I will accidentally burn the muffins, which would suck after all the work you put in.

Overall Review: 4.5/5

I think if the crumble proportions were a bit better this would be a 5/5 recipe. Since things have to be adjusted a bit I did knock a few points off the review. But the overall flavor and taste of these Starbucks Blueberry Muffins is phenomenal! You should absolutely make these the next time you get that muffin craving. If you are interested in more recipe reviews head over to our review page here: Cultivate Confidence Reviews.

Copycat Starbucks Blueberry Muffins

Recipe From Crazy for Crust

Ingredients
  

Topping

  • 3/4 cup All-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 5 tbsp Unsalted butter softened I need an extra 2-3 tbsp

Muffin Mix

  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp White Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 2 cups All purpose flour
  • 1 cup Blueberries fresh or frozen(defrosted and drained)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line/spray muffin pan

Topping

  • Add all topping ingredients together in a bowl and mix with a fork until they are in crumbles. I had to add extra butter to the original recipe to make good crumbles

Muffin Mix

  • In a large bowl add eggs and beat with a hand mixer for 1-2 minutes until thick and frothy.
  • Mix in sugar and oil and mix until creamy and combined
  • Add vanilla, vinegar, baking soda and salt.
  • Using a wooden spoon mix in the sour cream and then the flour. Mix until combined, batter will be lumpy but don't overwork it.
  • Fold in blueberries. Be gentle so they don't break!
  • Bake for 15- 23 minutes. Start with 15 and check every 5 minutes so you don't overcook them. Top should have golden brown edges and middle should be clean when a toothpick is inserted.
  • Cool on a baking rack and serve.

How to Make Eggs Benedict Casserole – Magnolia Table

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One breakfast item that I have grown to LOVE is Eggs Benedict. Since making individual egg benedict for everyone was going to be a large feat, this casserole was the perfect compromise. The base of the casserole (the first two photos) is the absolute easiest part. Takes very little time and basically no prep. My biggest suggestion for the base of the casserole is this: whisk the eggs before adding any cream or milk. I made that mistake and it was incredibly difficult to make sure you got all the egg yolks mixed together properly. Take my advice: eggs first, milk and cream second.

Once you have the base done, let it cook the first 30 minutes and just clean up and relax. After the first 30 minute bake is when things get interesting. You have to make the hollandaise sauce in the final 30 minute baking session. Now if you have never made hollandaise sauce, let me preface this, it can be intimidating. There are a couple key steps and all have to be executed correctly for it not to turn into scrambled eggs. My suggestion is to have someone assist you with this part, especially if you are new to cooking or making this sauce. I had my sister (thanks Mads!), take care of pouring the butter in while I whisked.

It was absolutely necessary for me because my arm was killing me from whisking and we had to switch positions! I also highly suggest that you turn down the heat a bit once you have boiling water and start whisking the eggs. I found that turning down the heat helped them not get too hot and I was able to make a sauce and not scrambled eggs. My other recommendation is to make sure that you have extra eggs in case you do need to try this sauce again. Regardless, this casserole can’t be classified as eggs benedict without this sauce.

I will say that once you do get the hollandaise sauce correct, it really makes this eggs benedict casserole shine. It’s got a very rich flavor that compliments the Canadian ham and egg mixture. I paired this with the Orange-Walnut Sweet Rolls for my gender reveal brunch and it was a perfect combination!

Overall Review: 5/5

Overall, I would say that this is a great bunch casserole. It makes a ton of food so I would definitely leave this recipe for an event where you are trying to feed 10-12 people. But it’s got an excellent flavor, feeds a crowd and looks like you put a lot of work into it. It’s definitely a favorite of mine and I’m so glad I took the time to make it!

If you choose to try this recipe, please let me know what you think in the comments below.

Eggs Benedict Casserole

From the Magnolia Table Cookbook
Servings 12 people

Ingredients
  

Base

  • 8 tbsp Salted Butter, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 12 English Muffins torn into 1 1/2 inch pieces
  • 10 oz Canadian Bacon
  • 18 Large Eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups Milk
  • 1 1/2 cups Heavy Cream
  • 1 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika

Hollandaise

  • 8 Large Egg Yolks
  • 3 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 3/4 pd Salted Butter
  • Pinch Cayenne Pepper
  • Pinch Ground White Pepper I couldn't find this, so used black pepper

Garnish

  • Paprika
  • 2 tbsp Parsley

How to Make Orange-Walnut Sweet Rolls – Magnolia Table

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These orange-walnut sweet rolls are phenomenal! Seriously one of my favorite Magnolia Table recipes to date. I made these for our gender reveal brunch with our family and it was a huge hit. They do require quite a bit of orange zest so be prepared with several oranges to get enough zest. I would say it took about four full oranges to get enough for the filling and the glaze.

The hardest part is getting the mixture for the center of the rolls mixed together correctly. You definitely need to make sure the butter is soft and room temperature, I had a small mishap with the butter that morning and it made softening it a challenge. But if at all possible, soften the butter first and the rest of the mixture should mix nicely. There is a decent orange taste to these orange-walnut sweet rolls, but its not overpowering. Don’t be afraid to make this recipe because of the orange flavoring! I also made these orange-walnut sweet rolls ahead early that morning and let them sit until I was ready for them to bake. That eliminated a lot of the prep work and made the morning go that much smoother.

Overall Review: 5/5

Overall, I loved these orange-walnut sweet rolls. They hit the spot, didn’t require making the dough ahead of time and the filling was fantastic. I would highly recommend these for any brunch or breakfast you have coming up. These also store for a day or two so you can have them for an entire weekend!

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Orange-Walnut Sweet Rolls

From Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines
Servings 12 Rolls

Equipment

  • 8 inch cake pan

Ingredients
  

Sweet Rolls

  • 12 tbsp Salted Butter Room temperature
  • 3/4 cup Packed light brown sugar
  • 4 tsp Lightly packed finely grated orange zest
  • 1 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 2 8-oz Cans refridgerated crescent rolls
  • 1 cup Chopped Walnuts

Orange Glaze

  • 2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • Zest of two oranges Finely grated
  • 2 tsp Pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup Orange Juice (might need another 1/4 cup)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Sweet Rolls

  • In a medium bowl, add butter, brown sugar, orange zest and cinnamon. Use a fork to mash mixture into a paste. I highly suggest making sure your butter is room temperature soft so its easier to mash
  • Prepare a work surface with flour and unroll one of the crescent dough cans. Press perforations closed to make a single rectangle (be gentle with the dough). Spread half of the butter mixture evenly on crescent dough. Scatter walnuts on top of butter mixture.
  • Start rolling the dough from the long side until you make a log. Then cut crosswise into six pieces. Repeat with second can of dough and butter mixture.
  • Once you have your 12 pieces of rolls, place cut side up in an 8-inch cake pan.
  • Bake until a deep golden brown. Takes about 30-35 minutes

Orange Glaze

  • In a medium bowl, whisk powdered sugar, orange zest, and vanilla extract. Add in 1/4 cup orange juice and whisk. Add more until its a glaze that drips like a ribbon off the whisk.
  • Transfer (inverted) warm rolls to a serving plate and let stand for a few minutes. Drizzle glaze and serve. (I put the glaze over the pan since I was serving to a group straight out of the pan). Enjoy!

How to Make Thai Chicken Noodle Soup

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My husband and I love Thai food, especially all things curry. We found this amazing Thai restaurant in Seattle and haven’t been able to go back in over a year. So, I’ve been trying new recipes to bring the style of food we like to our home. This Thai chicken noodle soup sounded so perfect and like a fun variation of this style of food we love. First and foremost, this recipe does not call for a lot of hot spice. So if you enjoy more of a kick, make sure to add hot sauce before you serve it. I tried it both ways and adding the hot sauce enhanced this recipe 10 fold.

This was also my first time using brown rice noodles, and I loved them! Seriously fantastic in taste and could not have been easier to make. The rest of the recipe is not difficult just takes a bit of time to create and prep all the ingredients. If you are looking for soup for a group this is the one, its filling and can feed at least 8 depending on how hungry you are.

Overall Review: 4.7/5

Overall, my review of this Thai Chicken Noodle Soup is positive. The flavors were good, there are lots of adjustments that can be made depending on what you have. I highly recommend that if you have time and can get the ingredients that you try this out! If you do decide to try it, let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Thai Chicken Noodle Soup

Recipe From: https://www.joyfulhealthyeats.com/thai-chicken-noodle-soup/
Servings 8 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 lb Chicken – Shredded and cooked Rotisserie chicken would make this recipe much easier
  • 2 Carrots
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 tbsp Ginger
  • 1 cup Chopped Red Onion
  • 1/2 cup Snow Peas (I omitted because I couldn't find them)
  • 6 cups Chicken Broth
  • 14 oz Coconut Milk
  • 3 tbsp Red curry paste
  • 2 tbsp Lime
  • 8 oz Brown rice noodles
  • 1 Red Bell pepper Julienne style
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil

Instructions
 

  • Place a large soup pot on medium high heat and cook the chicken if not already cooked. Once cooked, set aside and shred
  • Add the coconut oil and let melt. Add in your chopped red onion and saute until slightly translucent. Add in the garlic and ginger (I used spices from the store because I didn't have fresh on hand.) Saute until fragrant.
  • Add the curry paste and stir until thickened. Only takes about 2 minutes
  • Next is the chicken broth, add in and bring to a boil. Reduce and simmer. Once simmered, add shredded chicken and stir.
  • While your soup is simmering, bring another medium pot to boil and cook the rice noodles for 4 minutes. Remove from pot, drain and cool with cold water. Its recommended to stop the cooking process.
  • Once the noodles are cooked and cooled, add noodles, carrots, red pepper and snow peas to the chicken broth.
  • Get a blender out and add one cup of broth along with the can of coconut. Blend until the mixture is creamy and not seperating
  • Pour the blended mixture back to the soup and stir/simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Scoop ito bowl and top with lime juice and cilantro. Now HUGE ADVICE: add hot sauce! This soup is very good but needs the hot sauce kick to it!

8 Tips to Surviving to 20 Weeks Pregnant – My Perspective

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This week I officially hit 20 weeks pregnant! This is the week where it all felt more real to me, mainly because I definitely started to show more these last couple days! What is it with pregnancy and not showing until one day its like, hello baby! Regardless, I wanted to go over my eight tips to surviving to 20 weeks pregnant. These are just tips from my experience, definitely not the same for everyone, but just what I would suggest for those who are newly pregnant.

1.) Give Yourself Grace

Before getting pregnant, I didn’t realize how much grace you would have to give yourself. In the beginning I just didn’t feel like me for weeks, I felt so out of it and exhausted. There was no other way of phrasing it, it was just an odd time where I wasn’t me. All I could do was continue to give myself grace and remind myself this was only temporary. I hope when you start your pregnancy journey that you give yourself grace and remind yourself that your body is going through massive changes. It’s okay to be exhausted, frustrated, tired of being pregnant, whatever the emotion may be. Have grace that this is temporary and it will be over soon and result in a beautiful baby.

2.) Workout, If You Can

If I was to do anything different, I would have tried to workout more before hitting 20 weeks pregnant. I have started implementing more workouts in the last few weeks now that I have felt better. But for the longest time I was just so tired it sounded like the worst idea. I don’t do a ton of workouts now either because I get tired so fast. So, I am just focusing right now on getting small workouts in and gradually getting better. It’s not about being perfect, just not letting myself get too far behind. And honestly the workouts are helping me to sleep better, improving my mood and giving me more energy. They are worth it if you can implement them in your schedule!

3.) Eat, Don’t Feel Guilty

I had so many food aversions until about 13-14 weeks pregnant. Now, I am absolutely starving! The hardest part of this is that you want to constantly eat but you don’t want to overeat either. There’s this ever growing back and forth between eating enough to satisfy your hunger and not overeating where you gain too much weight. My philosophy has been trying to find a happy medium these last few weeks of pregnancy. To not feel bad when I want to indulge but also being aware of how many calories I’m consuming. There is no perfect diet during pregnancy, do what you can to be happy but eat enough to feel satisfied as well!

4.) Find an OBGYN you like, don’t feel bad switching!

I had to switch OBGYN’s midway through (right around 12 weeks) and I’m actually glad I did. I liked the new facility/group I went to much more than I did the other. Sometimes you have to be okay with making a change even if its scary. Doctors are human just like me and you, so you will bond better with a certain group over another. They aren’t going to take anything personally and will assist you with the transfer. What’s most important is finding somewhere that makes you feel comfortable and safe.

5.) Have Milestones to Look Forward To

In a pre-covid world I did this all the time with trips. Trips were little milestones that I could look forward to and focus on. Future trips gave me hope and something to strive for on the hardest of days. During covid and the pregnancy; things like the anatomy scan, planning our gender reveal, and getting baby showers planned are things to focus on. They have kept me going through all the crazy pregnancy changes and stresses that seem to keep popping up. Having things to look forward to and to be excited about give me strength on days where I was not feeling it.

6.) Trust Yourself. It’s Your Baby

This is YOUR baby, trust your instincts and trust yourself. The baby you are carrying was given to you to take care of. It’s a blessing entrusted to you mama, and that means you can listen to family, friends or strangers but at the end of the day the decisions are yours alone. Trust your gut, trust your instincts, trust that you know your baby and what it needs. Letting go of needing to listen to everyone’s advice will free you of so much stress. There is no reason you can’t still be friends with everyone, but you do NOT have to implement or trust what they say. Every baby is different and you are this babies mama. You got this girly!

7.) Keep Doing Things You Love

Don’t stop doing the things you love. Don’t stop your hobbies and the things that give you life in this world. These things are you and who you are, if at all possible keep doing them. Keep being you so that when the baby comes it will see you for all that you are. You will be happier and won’t feel like you are spiraling if you can keep some of what makes you YOU. Don’t give up a hobby you love because a baby is coming into the world, instead just rearrange life to fit them both. In the end, that will help keep you grounded.

8.) Enjoy, Don’t Stress

There are literally a million things to stress about: health, finances, weight gain, nausea, labor, registry etc. The list can go on forever and you could stress everyday of your pregnancy. For most of the 20 weeks, I just pushed the stresses aside and tried to keep living life. I definitely had my moments of stress and frustration. But I wanted to just be happy and enjoy and dream about what life would be like when the baby came. Yes, I’m a bit behind on the registry and there are definitely a lot of things in the rental house that need to be done. But I know that they will be and I’d rather enjoy the time we are in now than worry about how I will finish my to do list. The to do list will get done, don’t stress!

What are your tips for those going into their first 20 weeks of pregnancy? What would your biggest suggestions/cautions be? Let me know in the comments below!

Stay healthy and safe! xoxo -Kayla

How to Make Easy Buffalo Chicken Wraps

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Super Bowl Sunday was yesterday and that means buffalo themed dinners! If you were watching the game last night you know that the Buccaneers and Tom Brady DOMINATED the game. When that happens food definitely becomes a main focus of the night! These buffalo chicken wraps are so easy to make and are perfect for any family dinner or game time you have coming up. I highly recommend them when you are looking to compliment that buffalo chicken dip you have in the crock-pot!

The recipe I am reviewing today came from Tastes Better From Scratch and the link is below. There are a couple things about these wraps that I changed from the original recipe. For one, I omitted the avocado and cheese because my husband is lactose intolerant and doesn’t like avocado. Even with omitting these items, the wraps were tasty and hit the spot. You could add pickles or other veggies that you love and it will only enhance the wraps. What I loved most about these buffalo chicken wraps is you can prep the chicken the night before and let it marinate in the fridge. If you do it ahead of time, when it comes time to cooking and preparing the wraps you will only need about 10 minutes!

Buffalo chicken wraps are perfect for any hot sauce lover and would be easily complimented with some pasta salad, chips or french fries. Whatever you decide to pair it with I hope you enjoy it and post pictures in the comments below! Also, if you are interested in more recipes and reviews check out our page here: Cultivate Confidence Food Reviews.

xoxo – Kayla

Buffalo Chicken Wraps

Recipe from: https://tastesbetterfromscratch.com/buffalo-chicken-wrap/
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 4 Wheat or Flour Tortillas
  • 1 pd Chicken Breasts
  • 1/2 cup Reds Buffalo Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1/2 cup Ranch Dressing
  • 2 cups Romaine Lettuce
  • 1/2 cup Carrots shredded
  • 1/2 Avocado Sliced (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Shredded cheddar cheese optional

Instructions
 

  • Slice chicken breast into several long thin strips
  • In a small bowl, whisk olive oil, hot sauce, paprika, garlic powder and salt. Add chicken and marinate for 10 minutes to 24 hours (as much as you can)
  • In a large pan over medium heat add the strips and extra sauce from bowl and cook until no longer pink.
  • On tortillas, spread a layer of ranch, add lettuce, carrots, avocado and cheese.
  • Add chicken strips to center of toritlla, wrap and serve. Personally, I added another line of hot sauce on top of the chicken before serving.