Energy Bites with Sunsweet Prunes

Energy Bites with Sunsweet Prunes by Foodtastic Mom

Energy Bites with Sunsweet Prunes by Foodtastic Mom

I’ve flirted with the idea of documenting my weight loss on the blog, but usually I chicken out. Mainly because I’ve tried to lose pounds so many times and ultimately have failed. So part of me is still thinking why is this time any different? But most of me does actually feel differently about the process with the two simple and free tools I’ve been using in this New Year.

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Corn Bacon Avocado Dip

Corn Bacon Avocado Dip by Foodtastic Mom

Bacon Corn Avocado Dip by Foodtastic Mom

As promised, I am back with another way to use the avocado sauce I used to top my potatoes the other day. And this one you can proudly serve at your Super Bowl party this Sunday. Really, even if you just plan to sit at home by yourself and perhaps watch Downton Abbey instead (I’ll be DVR’ing it for later) this dip is good company.

Let’s take a moment to gaze upon the components of this green dip, shall we? Fresh avocado blended together with lemon juice, a little sour cream and salt. Sweet corn, crisp bacon, sharp cheddar cheese, toasty almonds and green onions. It is a good mix with a whole lot of flavor going on. 

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Healthy Loaded Baked Potato

Healthy Loaded Baked Potato by Foodtastic Mom

Healthy Loaded Baked Potato by Foodtastic Mom

I always blog what I eat. Even as my blog gets bigger and I have more sponsored posts. I don’t agree to make a sponsored post unless the dish would actually be eaten by me or my family. A popular food blog mentioned recently on Facebook that she needed to blog “more of what she eats”. This was a curious statement to me because if she’s not eating it, then what’s the point? I mean, there are often times I have TOO much of what I’ve made, so I’ll give the extra away. But we always eat it for at least one meal…

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Avocado Toast with Beet and Egg

Avocado Toast with Beet and Egg by Foodtastic Mom

Avocado Toast with Beet and Egg by Foodtastic Mom

I am always late to the party in some form or other. I really am almost always running late. It drives my husband crazy because he likes to be early. I blame it on my creative spirit. Clocks and even calendars and I don’t get along very well. Can anyone else relate? I sometimes feel like, as a woman, I am a bit of an oddity in this sense.

And so it is with trends that I am almost always late to the party as well. Downton Abbey is a great example. It’s now one of my absolute favorite TV shows. But it took me until this year (Season 5) to catch up and be able to watch along with everyone else. I think I started watching about two seasons late and was catching up via Amazon Prime.

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The Best Sour Cream Coffee Cake

The Best Sour Cream Coffee Cake by Foodtastic Mom

The Best Sour Cream Coffee Cake by Foodtastic Mom

It’s Saturday night and I am having a rare opportunity to watch some cable TV. I just finished the movie “The Blind Side” (that’s a favorite of mine, though despite Sandra Bullock, the book was still better) and now I’m halfway through “The Hunger Games” (the first one). So it’s a nice relaxing evening of editing pictures for me.

I am at my Aunt’s house, in my hometown. I don’t get up here often, but we are here this weekend to celebrate my son’s tenth birthday. Time sure flies and it does not seem like it’s been a whole year since I made him these pancakes for his ninth birthday. But it is. This year his interests include Notre Dame (not just football, the whole school), math and science (a change from last year when his favorite subject was writing), swimming (that hasn’t changed) and playing the viola. He is such a neat kid and I love mothering him through all the changes. 

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Five Minute Chocolate Nutella Cake for Two {plus a $200 Lush Decor Giveaway}

Five Minute Chocolate Nutella Cake for Two by Foodtastic Mom

Five Minute Chocolate Nutella Cake for Two by Foodtastic Mom

Chocolate in bed. That’s how I’m getting us to start thinking about Valentine’s Day today. It’s a little less than a month away and even if you don’t have a significant other to celebrate with, you should for sure pamper yourself. I’ve curled up by my lonesome with the remote control and a pint of ice cream in my fluffy comforter plenty of times. That was before I got on the “mug cake” bandwagon though. And for sure now, I want this cake with my ice cream. But more about that in a minute.

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