No bake Pup Treats

Y’all seriously, we switched Trixie to a grain free dog food after a suggestion from a friend and we saw a TOTAL change in our dog! Like night and day she is so much calmer and her coat , so shiny!

In comes treats! Buying quality treats are quite pricey and yesterday when helping a friend find a recipe for homemade dog treats I thought, I should make Trixie treats! All the recipes I found used either flour or oats. I went with oats! Here goes my super simple, no bake pup treats.

Pumpkin Treats

3 cups oatmeal, blitzed in food processor

1 cup pumpkin purée

3 tablespoons peanut butter

2 tablespoons honey

Blitz the oats in food processor, dump 2 cups in a big bowl, reserve 1 cup to the side to roll treats in. Add pumpkin, peanut butter, & honey to food processor and blitz until smooth. Dump pumpkin mix into oats and mix. You can add more of the oats if it’s not thick enough to scoop out. I used a mini cookie scoop to make them all apx the same size and rolled in the remaining oats so they would hold the shape and wouldn’t stick together. Store in the fridge for up to a month easily, probably longer, but who am I kidding treats don’t last long at our house, even the dogs!


couscous salad


Saturday night I realized that I needed a side dish to take to the church covered dish luncheon and I was at a loss. I had cous cous and some fresh veggies so I whipped up a fresh spring salad. It was delish, light and relativity healthy!

Here is how it went:

Cous Cous Salad

1 box of cous cous, cooked as directed

2 cucumbers, seeded and chopped

6 Roma tomatoes, chopped

1/2 Vidalia onion, chopped fine

8 oz crumbled Feta cheese

1/2 c olive oil

1/4 c balsamic vinegar

salt  pepper to taste

fresh oregano, flat leaf parsley, and mint

lemon zest

cook cous cous as box states, set to side; chop all your veggies, add spices, vinegar and oil, toss the feta and add cous cous. Chill for several hours or overnight.


What’s Eating You?

What's Eating Your Child?: The Hidden Connection Between Food and Childhood Ailments

Kelly Dorfman is a food detective like no other, her book What’s Eating your Child is amazing. I read it this past weekend and she further confirmed to me that our eating habits need work. Now, that being said I am a lucky mom. Jack has always loved fruits and veggies, he isn’t a big meat eater but the boy does love his carbs and it seems to me that when he eats bagels or pancakes or crackers then he eats ALL day. When he starts his day with protein and fruit he seems to be calmer. This is worth testing out some food trials. I suspect that we are dealing with a wheat or gluten intolerance and I know I have a milk/dairy issue that I am guessing he may as well. Here goes nothing…. a wing and a prayer. We are trying it again!

xoxo, Bird

Any tips and tricks you can share? Please do!

Day 2 Gluten & Dairy Free

Day 2 started off just fine, Jack was excited to have bacon! He loves the smell but, oddly prefers his undercooked (gag). I packed another great snack and we met friends for a picnic in the park and play date and he ate a decent amount of lunch. For dinner I have the crock pot going with chicken breast and salsa (family fav) and so the challenge continues. I ran into the grocery to pickup some Chex cereal and a few other things and when I walked in it was like the bakery was screaming at me! The bagles, muffins and such have never looked as good as they did today! Why? Why is it that anytime you try and tell yourself NOT to do to something that is all you want? UGH!  It gets me every time! Oh well, so far so good. Haven’t wanted to kill anyone, am SUPER tired but think that maybe a lack of the carbs and all that junk that peps up your blood sugar? Maybe? Guess we shall see!!

Breakfast: Nussentials shake (me) Bacon & apple (jack)Lunch: 2 slices of Boar’s Head Ham, carrot sticks, fruit (jack) Big green salad with carrots, turkey, cucumbers & egg

Dinner: Salsa Chicken, corn tortillas, homemade guacamole

xoxo, Mama Bird

Day 1 {gluten & dairy free}

Day 1: No Gluten No Dairy!

We started today off right!  I must say that it takes a little, no a lot, of extra thought to cook and eat gluten free.  I am super relieved to be able to use chicken broth and canned tomatoes. I use these in oodles of recipes. Here is what we ate today! 


Breakfast: 2 slices bacon & an apple (jack)

               I had a Nussentials shake

Snack: hummus, carrot sticks & cherry tomatoes

Lunch: 2 Van’s blueberry waffles

Snack: popcorn

Dinner: Pumpkin Chili with corn tortilla chips

Day 1 wasn’t bad at all, like I said just had to THINK a lot more than I am used to. I was excited to find more things that are gluten free!

xoxo, Mama Bird

Gluten & Dairy FREE

Adios, see-ya, uh BYE BYE gluten and dairy.

Yep, I have lost my mind, I am a nervous wreck, but I gotta do it.  I have wanted to for a long time and I have finally decided that life ain’t getting any easier. If you are going to do something, JUST DO IT!

My family and I are starting a 21 day gluten and dairy free life. I am going to do a daily update for a few reasons. 1. I have to shout it to the world what I am doing so that I will ACTUALLY DO IT! 2. Everyone wants to know IF it can be done 3. I can’t wait to see how I am feeling and looking. 

What I think will happen after 21 days.

I think I will:

have lost 15 lbs

no allergies

stomach issues

sleep better

feel happier

I think Jack will:

be calmer

listen better

eliminate allergies

& stomach issues

I am SO EXCITED to see how this journey goes!!

xoxo, Mama Bird

lifestyle changes {gluten & dairy free}

Boy ole boy is this true. I am venturing into a whole new relm here.  Long story short I have had stomach issues ever since I can remember. Tried all sorts if meds nothing has ever helped except when  I was on a really strict diet that ironically was very, very limited if any in wheat, gluten and dairy. I also had NO sinus infections no colds nothing!Well, jack is starting to have lots of snot, allergies and stomach issues (he is 5).  So, we are going to do a 21 day challenge to get all the gluten, wheat, dairy ie, sugar, bread, pasta, cupcakes ( I am seriously questioning if I can bake?) out of the house!!!

How am I going to start? First thing I did was called my bff Denise Stewart of Charlottesville Wellness to ask her professional opinion if this is a good idea, how to get started, all the details! She is great and if you need help call her!

Next, this has to be planned, researched, grocery shopped as to make the next 3 weeks as simple as possible. What CAN we eat? Starting SUNDAY I will share my families 21 days of eating GFDF. Pics, recipes etc…  Hope you will pop back by to see how this going.

Do you have gluten free/dairy free recipes???


Post in comments or email me

mamabirdsnest (at) gmail(dot) com

and I will post and give you full credit & link back.

ta ta for now- Mama Bird

Berry Smoothie {Nussentials}

berry smoothie


What a great night with my Nussentials girls! It was great to meet new people who are really taking Health & Wealth to a whole new level!! We made some great shakes tonight and since I am all about recipes, thought I would share what we made!

Berry Smoothie:

3/4 cup vanilla almond milk

1/4 cup Greek yogurt

1/4 cup frozen mixed berries

1 cup ice

1 packet LESS protein powder

Toss all ingredients in your blender, blitz & ENJOY!!

xoxo, Mama Bird

The Fresh 20 {gluten free}

A few weeks ago I saw a groupon for The Fresh 20 a website that will send you weekly meal planning, they have a classic, vegan, and gluten free. I have ALWAYS thought that I have an intolerance to sertain things and why wouldn’t a sticky binder that we really don’t need be the culprit? The best part about the Fresh 20 is they say $15 a day serves a family of 4!! With HEALTHY, FRESH, Preserative  free foods! I will share with you my meal plan and what i think of it tomo!