Citrus bean salad with a side of mama hormones.

Darn, pregnancy can bring on the tears. Even bigger, being a mom can bring on so many emotions. “Am I doing this right?” “How in the heck am I going to handle two kids?”
One day, Madilyn and I have a great day. The next day, her and I are fighting in a power struggle. She doesn’t want to nap. She throws a fit. For those of you with kids, you know that this is a hopeless battle. Don’t get me wrong, I am so blessed to be able to stay at home with my daughter. It does, however, have it’s challenges.
Every day, however, I feel like I am understanding her more. I am understanding what she is trying to tell me, understanding what she is learning, understanding that she adores me and loves me and just wants to spend time with me.
How amazing is that?

Part of me misses just being about to run to the store by myself. Part of me misses being able to read a book outside by myself without any interruptions. However, I try to tell myself daily how blessed I am that Madilyn is a happy, healthy child. Sure, she is a busy toddler who questions me, tells me “No!”, and gives me a run for my money. Sure, she doesn’t want to pee on the potty or brush or teeth before she goes to bed some nights. Are these things worth getting upset about? Who knows.

However, someday I will miss it all – even the potty training and tantrums. Someday she will be all grown up in college, dating, and going to parties. Yes, I will miss her sweet kisses, her falling asleep on my shoulder, reading her Goodnight Moon and making her yummy, healthy food like this rockin’ bean salad.
Citrus Bean Salad 
1 can black beans, drained
1 can black-eyed peas, drained
1 can of corn, drained
1 green pepper, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
3 scallions, sliced thinly
1 lime, juiced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
In a large bowl, mix together the beans, corn, peppers and scallions. Pour the lemon juice and olive oil on top and mix together. Top with salt and pepper. Serve with corn chips and or/add to tacos.

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  1. One of my favorite things about your recipes is how easy they are to modify if you need to!! I didn’t have a red pepper or black-eyed peas… my 4 year-old doesn’t like scallions… though she does love carrots and cucumbers so I added those… and she prefers a sweeter dressing so I added some fresh lemon juice and honey and VOILA! Perfect. To my bowl I added avocado and kale since I could eat those with every meal! This was perfect with the corn chips!! Thanks, Betsy!!

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