Our 2nd Miracle From Heaven

Adoption - Birth Mom Belly
I know I have completely been missing from the blog for months!  Let me explain.  Our second little miracle came into our lives on December 30, 2014.  And, for the four months prior to her arrival we had been meeting with her gorgeous birth momma and working towards this baby girl’s delivery.  I suppose my priorities were focused on getting my second beautiful daughter to my family and the blog took a back seat.  I sure hope you’ll forgive me because this little miracle is so darn beautiful I can hardly stand it!  (And, it might be just a smidge longer before I seriously get back to blogging recipes.  In my eyes, my babies are only this little once and I don’t want to miss out on these precious days.  But, I do have a post that will be coming shortly on make-ahead freezer meals that I can’t wait to share with you.  So, stay tuned!)

Adoption - Open Adoption Birth

Adeline Joy weighed 7 lbs., 14 oz., and was 19″ long.  As with our first amazing miracle, we also chose to have an open adoption with Addie’s birth mom and she was gracious enough to allow me and my husband in the delivery room during Addie’s arrival to this world.  Words cannot explain the amazing experience of this grand event!

Adoption - Miracle #2

When little Adeline was discharged from the hospital 48 hours later we loaded her in her car seat and headed home.  This is when Evie met her baby sister for the first time.  Evie was THRILLED and literally jumped up and down with excitement when we walked through the door.  She adores her baby sister and it’s SO sweet to watch her interact with Addie.  I am so grateful these sisters have each other!

Adoption - Sisters

We are seriously head-over-heels in love with this beautiful baby girl.  She is so sweet and such a mild-tempered baby.  We cannot get enough of her.  If we didn’t have to do anything else (you know . . . like laundry, eat, shower, etc.) then we would NEVER put her down.

Adoption - Mommy & Baby

Adeline’s birth mom has one of the biggest hearts I have ever witnessed.  She knows how to truly love better than most.  She loves our little Addie so much and we are grateful that she had the strength and the GREAT amount of love to break her own heart (and trust me, she did!) to give Addie a better life than what she can currently offer.  Addie’s birth mom is one strong, courageous, brave, faithful, and loving woman.  There are no words to describe the amount of gratitude and love we hold in our hearts for this beautiful woman.  We are grateful to have an open adoption with her and welcome all of her love in our family.  I mean, can there ever be too much love?  I think not.

Adoption - Adeline's Birth Mom

We feel like Adeline is truly “home” and, like Evie, was always meant to be in our family.  Our “new” family of four is, without a doubt, a miracle in our lives.  We love our little family and the way it has come about.  I feel like we are just walking through each day with a big giant heart wrapped around us.  The love is indescribable and I am madly in love with our sweet family.

Adoption - New Family of Four
(I obviously love adoption, and open adoption in particular.  I am happy to answer questions, offer advice and/or explanations if desired. Don’t hesitate to leave a comment or send me a private email.)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

I’ve been off celebrating the holiday season and spending time with those I love.  I hope you have been too.  I’m planning on being back next week in full force to help you get off to a healthy and happy new year!

Happy New Year - Mimi's Fit Foods

From my family to yours . . . 

Happy New Year!

Cheesy Cauliflower Quinoa

Cheesy Cauliflower Quinoa - Mimi's Fit Foods

You guys!  This is such a yummy side dish.  We all loved it at first bite!  If you love quinoa, it’s a no-brainer.  If you don’t love quinoa, well this might just be the recipe to change your mind.  You’re probably thinking, “Come on.  How awesome can quinoa get with the addition of cauliflower and cheese?”  Well, let me tell you!  It gets pretty darn awesome!  Think cheesy cauliflower with the creamy texture of quinoa thrown in.  I guess I just needed a good excuse to find cheesy cauliflower legit in a healthy way.  I totally feel 100% okay with getting my cheesy cauliflower fix with this yummy dish.  We’re totally addicted and we might end up having this more than once or twice a week now.

Cheesy Cauliflower Quinoa
Adapted from Mom, What’s For Dinner?

1 cup quinoa, well rinsed
1 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
2 cups cauliflower, chopped
1 cup reduced fat cheese (I used a Mexican 4-cheese blend)
salt and pepper to taste

Add quinoa and broth to a medium pot.

Cover and bring the quinoa and broth to a boil over medium heat. Add Cauliflower and reduce the heat and simmer covered until the broth has been absorbed and the quinoa is tender,about 15-20 minutes.

Mix in the cheese, let it melt and season with salt and pepper. Serve hot! This easily reheats. Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Serves 6.

Nutritional Information (Per Serving = 1/6 of the Recipe)
Calories:  180.7
Protein:  10.6g
Carbs:  22.7g
Fat:  5.9g (2g = Sat.)
Fiber:  2.8g
Sugars:  2g

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from Mimi's Fit Foods

Here’s to wishing you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas!

We’ve had such a special year with the addition of our little one.  May you find and enjoy memorable moments with the ones you love!

We will certainly be spending time with our loved ones over the next week, and I plan to be back in full swing by the first of the year.  And by that, I mean that I’ll be getting you some more yummy and healthy recipes to welcome in 2013!  Until then, Happy Holidays!

Our New Miracle From Heaven

I hope you’ll forgive me for slacking off on the recipe posts for a minute, because I cannot get enough of my new little love bug! We’ve waited a long time for her to join our family and she’s finally here!  Look at her perfect face!  Can you blame me one bit for choosing to snuggle her instead of cook!?

Evie Savannah was born in St. George last Friday on May 11, at 1:50 p.m. She weighed 8 lbs.,  7 oz.,  and was 20” long.  She was released from the hospital on Sunday afternoon and we arrived home that night.  She is the perfect baby and our little miracle.  We simply CANNOT get enough of her.  Our hearts feel as if they are overflowing with love!

There’s no doubt that we are proud and VERY happy parents.  I feel like I am living one of my most important purposes and dreams as a mama.  Beau turned to me the other day and said, “I love being a daddy.”  Between the two of us, she rarely gets put down.  We believe you can’t spoil a baby or child with too much love.

We love our baby girl.  Oh, how we love her!  We love to snuggle her, we love to feed her, we love to change her diapers, we love to get up with her in the night, and we love to just look at her for hours.  We are mesmerized and completely in love.

We love Evie’s birth mother more than words can say.  Among many things she is brave, strong, and simply a beautiful person inside and out.  We hope and pray that Evie acquires those wonderful traits!  We are excited to have an open relationship with this beautiful woman, as well as with her family.  We’ve missed them since we’ve been home and we are thrilled to make a visit to see them soon.  Evie’s birth mama will be graduating from high school and we can’t wait to share in the celebrations.  I think we’re all counting down the days until we can be with each other again.  It’s impossible to express how much love, honor and respect we hold for Evie’s birth family!  We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect relationship with Evie’s birth mother and birth family, nor could we ask for a more perfect and beautiful child for us.  There is so much love around us we sometimes think our hearts might just burst!

Friday Feature: You In? Come On, Let’s Run!

Half Marathon 2012 American Fork Canyon

This is one of my MOST FAVORITE Half Marathons!  I ran it last year and absolutely loved it.  I knew as soon as I was done running it that I would be back the next year.  Well, it’s the next year and I haven’t changed my mind!  I’ve already registered.

Now, I can’t register and participate in this run all by myself!  I’m a bit of a social person and would LOVE to have more of my friends join me in this endeavor.  I realize we all have different goals and paces, so we may not actually run it together.  BUT, we can go through a training schedule together (while we may not be running side-by-side it will still be nice to know that we have others participating in a similar training regiment), we can meet up and ride the buses together on race day, and we most certainly will meet up at the end of the race to give each other high-fives!

Let me just tell you that this coarse is a BEAUTIFUL course!  The first 7.5 miles is run down American Fork Canyon (one of my favorite canyons, by far).  This canyon is absolutely gorgeous.  This is also a great race for beginners and seasoned runners alike.  It’s a downhill course which helps beginners, and it is challenging enough for seasoned runners to muster up the strength to achieve a PR (Personal Record).  The event is well organized, the apparel is pretty darn good, and we ALL get a medal when we finish!

Here are the details:

Race Date: July 28, 2012
Race Start Time: 6:00 am
Bus Pick-up: 3:40 – 5:00 am
Registration: $67.00 (Until May 30th)

You can get even more details by going to their web site:  http://afhalf.com/timpanogos-half-marathon

So, who’s in!?  Come on and join me for some running fun and a personal accomplishment!  Trust me – for a race like this, the cost is VERY comparable to other events and you’ll be SO happy to know you accomplished a half marathon.  Running a half marathon is VERY doable for most people.  So, don’t EVEN think that you cannot do it!  (For those of you who have already run one before, you know exactly where I’m coming from, right?)

Do you need one more incentive?  If you register for the race, I’ll personally write and design a training schedule just for you!  Yep, no charge – just a little perk for making my summer training and race day MUCH more fun by having you there with me.  The more the merrier, right!?

Once you register for the run, leave me a comment or send me an email to mimisfitfoods (at) gmail (dot) com.  I’ll be sure to hook up with you so I can get you that training schedule I’m promising you.

Now, let’s get running!  You going to join me or what?!

*Note:  This post is in no way sponsored by the organizers of the Timp Half.  They have no idea I am even writing it and all the opinions expressed are entirely mine.  I really do love this event!