Archive: September, 2012

project 52: week thirty eight

family is…doing what you love

project 52: week thirty eight - family is...doing what you love

**please forgive the funk…we’ve been sick all week**

I was once asked if really cook all the awesome food that I post on Instagram for my family and honestly, the answer is yes. I’m apprehensive to say that because I don’t want other moms to feel like they need to be cooking extravagant meals for their families all the time, or to think that I have it all together because I cook these awesome meals.

This has been on my mind so much recently. Who I am and who I want to be, I’ve talked before about moms feeling the pressure to be perfect. My resolution in all of this is that who I want to be is the best version of me that I can be. The truth is, cooking (and eating!!) is one of the things that I love to do and it’s a natural strength of mine, something I don’t have to force. Cleaning however? Well that’s a different story!

Some moms craft with their kids, some moms love to teach their kids, I love to cook for (and with) them. I think the reason that we feel under so much pressure as moms is because we feel like we have to do it all and do it all perfectly. So I’m spending time focusing on my strengths and doing the things that I love to do. I have weaknesses as a mom and for some of these things I need to lean on my husband, or even someone we hire (which we don’t yet, but I would never rule it out!). We are all much happier when we are spending time doing the things that we love!

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englexas eats…big orange

A new addition to our “englexas eats” series is going to be restaurant reviews. I am so excited to share with you some of our favorite spots around town because the englexas family are total foodies!

Big Orange Little Rock restaurant
So I wanted to kick this series off with one of our absolute favorite places to eat in Little Rock…Big Orange.

We have literally eaten everything on their menu between us and I can honestly say that there isn’t one thing that hasn’t been amazing!

Big Orange Little Rock Restaurant
Our favorite appetizer is the Fried Asparagus, but when we are looking for a lighter option their Hummus is the best!

Big Orange Little Rock Burgers
Big Orange’s beef patties are made with Naturally Raised USDA Certified 100% Black Angus Beef that is
hormone free, antibiotic-free and pasture raised.

Big Orange Little Rock Burgers
If you are looking for a healthier option, their Turkey Burgers are delicious. I also love the Blackened Tilapia and Falafel Burger – the most delicious Falafel I have ever eaten! The Southern Fried Chicken sandwich is awesome, but I highly recommend you split it with someone because it is HUGE!

Big Orange Little Rock Sweet Potato Fries
One of our favorite things about Big Orange are their dipping sauces. We usually split the Truffle Garlic-Herb Fries with extra Aioli. But the Sweet Potato Fries with Mango-Curry Ketchup are hard to pass up!

Big Orange Little Rock drinks and milkshakes
Gabriel’s favorite drink at Big Orange is the Old Fashioned. When I’m feeling adventurous I get a milkshake and of course, being the chocolate addict that I am I usually stick with the chocolate. I decided to venture out this past time and try the Dulce de Leche shake and I have got to say that this is the BEST milkshake I have ever had, it was absolutely delicious!

Big Orange Little Rock Burgers
Big Orange has a great atmosphere for dinner as a family and even sitting at the bar for date night. We can’t wait for the weather to cool off a little so we can take advantage of their beautiful patio.

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