Tuna Patties

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything and honestly, I have no real good excuse. Most of it was pure procrastination. But don’t worry, I’ll get better! After all, there’s always room for improvement.

To those of you who check up on my blog from time to time to see if I’m alive, thank you. I really appreciate that. It’s the small things.

I’ve decided the perfect post to break the silence is a recipe post! And something easy and somewhat quick. Great for busy moms, college students or people in general who like alternative burger options that don’t consist of beef, chicken, turkey or pork.

I would highly recommend making this on a George Foreman grill or whatever counter grill you may have. From my experience with this particular recipe, they don’t cook well in a skillet on the stove. (They tend to fall apart.)

This is a favorite recipe with my family and I’m hoping if you try it, you would like it, too! Fresh ingredients are great and make these patties so delicious! However, if you do not have fresh ingredients or don’t have the time to wash and chop veggies, can goods are just as good.

So, now here’s the recipe.

You will need:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 can of tuna
  • Italian bread crumbs or crushed saltine crackers. (Just pour as much needed to make the patties hold together with the egg.)
  • 1 can of black beans (strained)
  • 1 can of corn (strained)
  • 1/2 of green bell pepper diced
  • 1 small can of sliced mushrooms strained (or 5 or 6 white or Bella mushrooms sliced and diced)
  • half a stalk of diced scallions (green onions)
  • tablespoon of minced garlic
  • dash of garlic salt, pepper, onion powder & basil. (I like to add a little Old Bay seasoning and cayenne pepper powder for a little zing!) But it’s just as good without the spicy stuff.

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Once you have all your ingredients in a bowl, mix it well and form tennis ball-like balls. If the mixture is sticking too much to your hands, add more breadcrumbs.

Place your tuna balls onto the grill and let them cook for about 5-10 mins. (or until it’s as crispy as you want it to be.) Sidenote: the inside will be a little mushier than the rest of the pattie itself, but it’s cooked! Trust me and still delicious!

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Garnish the pattie however you like! For me, I like adding fresh spinach leaves and mustard. And pepper jack cheese goes great on it as well! But go wild!

And that’s it! Simple! Great quick dinner, awesome leftovers for lunch and filling! Don’t let my size fool you, I can really put down some food! But I can only eat 3 of these and I’ll be full for the rest of the night. That’s a great problem to have.

Please, try it! And if there’s something you would like to add or maybe you can solve my problem with the patties sticking to a frying pan, feel free to comment, email or subscribe! 😀

Until next time: keep it simple, sweetie! 😉

Balancing two small children

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For some, kids aren’t such a scary thing. I mean, they are little humans who are constantly learning. What’s so scary about that? A lot. A whole lot. Especially if you’re like me. One minute, you’re single, living in your own (clean) space, eating your own food without anyone begging and drinking late and sleeping in. Then, BAM! You’re married, with two kids and a dog trying to figure out why can’t you get your child to eat something other than chicken nuggets or how many glasses of wine can you really drink and still manage to wake up at a decent hour the next day. *sigh*


I know it sounds like I’m complaining but I’m actually the happiest I’ve ever been in my whole life. I’m married to my best friend who is a truly amazing man and also nailed the husband thing down to a T. I’m lucky I found someone like that before I turned 30. (I’m 30 now. lol) I have two wonderful, smart, healthy baby boys that are so great and four step sons that make being a step parent not so scary at all anymore. How lucky am I? And now we have a dog which is super awesome. She loves my sons, even though the oldest seems to make her regret coming home with us. pexels-photo-familywithpet

So, with all that being said, why would the thought of balancing two kids seem so hard? If they are older, then nothing, really. But if they are, hmm let’s say 2 years old and 3 months old…then you’re kinda asking for it. And it’s not all bad but it’s different. It’s a challenge. You will be tired. But you’ll be so in love at the end of the day. I know I am.

With my first son, I didn’t know what to expect. Even reading books like “what to expect” and reading many blogs from other experienced mommies, I was still left thinking, “what have I’ve gotten myself into?”. Whereas I wasn’t really the most kid friendly (kids confused the crap out of me!) I definitely knew I wanted to be a mom one day. I wanted to experience the joy and pain of having your own. Understand the love between a mother and her child. Share something as intimate as a little you with someone you love.

The day I found out I was pregnant, I can’t say I was jumping for joy. I was in my prime, finally enjoying my 20s after getting out of a very bad relationship. I was having the time of my life with my (at the time) boyfriend. Then next thing you know, I’m sitting on a toilet seat texting my brother and crying my eyes out.

Not now! I can’t possibly be a mom now! I still have so much to do!

But it was true and the only choice I had was to grow up and learn to be a mom. The pregnancy journey was an interesting one, to say the least, but enjoyable. It was exciting. It was new. It happened so fast! But after my little guy was born, I was in love. He had my heart.

Fast forward 2 years later, I find out I’m pregnant again. I didn’t cry this time. But more of a “well, I hope I can handle this.” I’ve seen so many other women with young children around the same age and they make it look so effortless. They are all pros! How can I be like that?

I look back on my first son’s early months and I forgot all the small details that I’m now experiencing with my new little one. And I feel so guilty.

How could you forget when your son first laughed? or How many diapers you’ve gone through the first few months? I’m terrible.

Now, I’m finding myself reliving infant life while figuring out toddler life and it’s exhausting. I barely have time to do anything to my hair. (I now understand why so many moms cut their hair short.)pexels-photo-85599

I’m now figuring out as I go, how to balance two small children at the same time. I’ve noticed, if you keep the oldest busy with something and try not to be all over the infant (because they do get jealous), then it’s not as hard as you would think. Though, I do have those days where nothing goes right.

There’s going to be those moments of struggle when no one wants to go to bed and all you want to do is go to bed. There’s going to be days where it seems like there’s no way of making anyone happy. There’s a lot of emotional struggle through it all. Being a parent is definitely not for the weak!pexels-photo-103127

As time moves on, things do somehow, get easier. Soon, your kids will be independent and go to school and you’ll be asking yourself, “Where did the time go?” So for me, I try to enjoy every little thing. The hard stuff and the easy stuff. Because life is so short and your kids do grow fast.

Spit up in hair, sweats and all, I’m proud to be a mommy of two!

Until next time, enjoy those little moments.