Trey’s 1st Birthday

Trey celebrated his 1st Birthday on February 16th!  I can’t believe a year has gone by already since we were introduced to our little stud. The joys he brought us in just a year are too many to count.  It’s also hard to believe we will be doubeling those blessings in 5 months with Baby S2’s arrival.

Trey is sporting the very same shirt J wore on his 1st Birthday!

For his birthday we had a bike themed bash.  It was actually just a small family get together with chili and cake.  

getting pumped up for the party

I order my cakes from Classic Cakes in Clive.  The owner, Carolyn makes amazingly tasty and creative cakes.  Each one has a personal touch.  For J and Mike’s (brother-in-law and owner of Crossfit Des Moines) birthday she made a cake with a road bike and kettlebell on it. 

Trey’s “1” cake

Many people asked, “are you getting him a gluten-free, applesauce, health food cake?”  My answer to that is no, let’s be real.  I got Trey a real, homemade, delicious cake.  This is not an everyday, every week or month occurrence.  Do I care about feeding him organics, dye-free, whole foods….for sure!  But it is his birthday and I have no fear that I wrecked his diet for life.  You can see my philosophy on “treats” here. 

He polished it off!

Good times with good friends!

Unlike Christmas, Trey was all about the presents

Trey’s first 4-wheeler, of course from the Boisen family

We can really communicate now 🙂

Happy 1st Birthday Trey!  We love you!

See how Trey has grown:
Birth announcement
First days home
3 1/2 months

Until next time…
Look good, feel good, do good
Sara B.

My Dad’s 60th Birthday!

My Dad, Lee turned 60 years young on September 28th! To celebrate, we surprised him with
B-Day decor and cupcakes at the tailgate for the ISU vs UNI game.
The Cyclones also surprise him with a nice win 🙂

I made these picture perfect cupcakes with yellow mountain frosting. Yes, it’s not exactly high on the health food list, but it sure does hit the sweet spot in my heart.

White Mountain Frosting
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup white corn syrup
2 tsp water
2 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla

Blend sugar, syrup and water. Boil rapidly until mixture spins a 6 to 8 inch thread off a spoon. Beat egg whites until they stand in stiff peaks. Pour hot syrup in steady stream into beaten whites, beating constantly until icing stands in very stiff peaks. Blend in vanilla and yellow food coloring.
Slightly sweet and light frosting!

What you can’t see is the big pin my dad wore “Sexy at 60”
Jeremy, Mike, Me, Kelli, Bryan, Emmerson, Dad, Mom
Kelli & Mike

Emmerson (niece) was excited to high five Cy!

Happy B-Day Dad!
Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good

Back to School Recipes & B-Day Fun with the Family

On Thursday I did another presentation at Continental Western Group on “Back to School the Healthy Way.” The focus was on why it is important for kids to eat healthy, how to pack a healthy lunch, and lunch time makeovers.
Of course, there were food samples! The idea behind the samples is they are all easy recipes with minimal ingredients that can be prepared by both a parent and a child (some may need supervision).

4 whole-wheat tortillas (8 inches) – I use Amy’s Organics
2/3 cup fresh or frozen spinach, finely chopped
2/3 cup 2% mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 cup marinara sauce (store-bought or homemade)
Cooking spray

I found this marinara made in Coralville, Iowa at the Coralville HyVee
Lay 2 tortillas on a flat surface. Divide spinach and cheese between the tortillas.
Top with remaining 2 tortillas.
Place skillet over medium heat. Lightly coat pan with cooking spray.
Gently slide 1 pizzadilla into the pan and cook until light golden brown on one side (about 1-2 minutes).
Using a thin spatula, gently flip over the pizzadilla and cook for 30-60 seconds more or until cheese is fully melted.
Remove pizzadilla and cut into triangles. Repeat with remaining pizzadilla.
Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.
You can wrap and refrigerate leftovers to take to school for lunch.

Strawberry Bars
loosely adapted from

1 c white whole wheat flour
1 c rolled oats
1/4 c butter or margarine, softened
1/4 c unsweetened applesauce
1/4 c light brown sugar
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
3/4 c strawberry jam – make sure it is a product that does not contain high fructose corn syrup
3/4 c sliced fresh or frozen strawberries
Preheat oven to 350° F.
In a large bowl, mix everything together except the strawberry jam and strawberries.
Measure out 1/2 of this mixture. Leave the rest in the bowl, and set it aside.
Take the mixture and press it into the bottom of the greased pan. You can use your hands or a spoon. Make sure you cover the entire bottom of the pan!
Using a large spoon, spread the strawberry jam on top of the mixture in the pan. Follow with the strawberry slices. Spread it evenly all over.
Take the mixture that was left in the bowl, and spread or sprinkle it over the strawberry jam. Press it down lightly.
Bake for 25 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven, and allow it to cool for at least 15 minutes.
Cut the bars into 12 squares to eat and share!

Each participant got their own sack of samples!
I also sampled Banana Roll-ups.
Birthday fun with the family!
Mom and Dad had us kids over for cake and homemade ice cream. Mom created another cake masterpiece! It’s a baby stroller 🙂

Peyton looks guilty….is that chocolate on the side of her mouth?
Emmerson tried teaching Peyton how to start a race
it seems she left her in the dust

“Wait for me Emmerson!”

“oh my, a camera….how do I look?”

Jazz (my parents and I’s little sister from Big Brothers/Big Sisters)

Emmerson catching a ride from J

I love family time!
Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good

Peyton’s 2nd Birthday Party

Peyton’s turns 2!

One of Mom’s many cake creations!

Peyton helped her dad set up the bouncy pin….

she decided it was hard work and needed a break

Peyton shared her gifts with Neikco
she’s ready to roll now with her very own 4 wheeler

Happy Birthday Peyton!

to come…strawberry banana smoothies and zucchini bread
Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good

Beans and Brownies….oh my!

No…this isn’t breakfast….believe it or not it’s a chocolate cake!

Another one of Mom’s birthday cake creations.
Since we were having a breakfast brunch for the Jan/Feb birthdays (Bryan, Jeremy, Mike, Marie, and Dorcha)…she made a breakfast themed cake. LOVE IT!

You can’t have cake without coffee… coffee cake that is.
She may need her own Cake Boss show on Food Network.

Peyton was so mad when the candle went outSince we’re already talking sweets….here are two ways to make delicious black bean brownies. One is the quick and convenient way and the other is the clean eating way.

Black Bean Brownies (quick and easy)

Rinse and drain one can of black beans, puree beans in food processor or blender.

Mix bean into dry brownie mix, add the instructed amount of water on the back on the box. Omit eggs and oil. Spread onto greased baking pan. Bake as directed on box. huh…. YUM about sums it up. J and I topped our with a scoop of DQ soft served ice cream.

what a great way to get some beans in your life or your child’s! never will I make packaged brownies without beans again!

Black Bean Fudge Cakes (clean)

from Clean Eating Magazine

1 oz dark chocolate (705 cocoa or greater)
1 1/2 c soft-cooked blacked beans (or canned, drained and rinsed)
2 eggs
1 egg white
1 T olive oil
1/4 heaped cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp Watkins vanilla
1/4 c unsweetened applesauce
1/2 c honey
1/4 to 1/2 c walnuts (optional)
preheat oven to 350F. Mist baking pan with cooking spray. Melt dark chocolate in a small saucepan over low heat with 1 t water mixed in. Combine chocolate, cooked beans, eggs, oil, cocoa, baking powder, vanilla, applesauce, honey in food processor. process till smooth. Stir in nuts. Pour into baking dish. Bake about 20-30 minutes. Serve with a dollop of vanilla or Greek yogurt on top.
Nutrients: about 230 calories, fat 12g carbs 28g, fiber 4 g, sugar 19g, protein 5gUntil next time…
look good, feel good, do good