Barbecue Pork Ribs

My daughter loves ribs…it is by far her favourite meal.  The problem is I have never been the best rib cooker.  So much so that our families favourite ribs are from Costco.

I thought I would give them one last try when I found some ribs on sale at the grocery store.  Thankfully I did something right this time because they were delicious.

Maybe it was the homemade spice rub and homemade barbecue sauce I made to go along with it, but whatever it was they have become our new family favourite.

Barbecue Pork Ribs


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Spread rib rub evenly on racks of ribs.
  3. Wrap each rack individually in double layer of aluminum foil with 1 Tbsp of water in each.
  4. Bake in oven for 2 hrs.
  5. When cooked fully, toss evenly with barbecue sauce and grill for 5-10mins.

Amy Bowers  xo 





Homemade Barbecue Sauce


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 4 Tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 Tbsp white vinegar
  • pinch of red pepper flakes – optional


  1. Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer x45 mins.
  3. Cool and store in airtight glass jar in fridge.

Amy Bowers  xo 


The Whys of Monday Mornings.

Monday’s are pretty quiet in my house.  No video games on, no YouTube playing videos, no playdates, no messes to clean up…just silence.

Which leaves me wondering a whole bunch of Whys?.

Why is it then in the mix of all the hustle and bustle of the weekend do I just want some peace and quiet and then when the peace and quiet comes I just want my kids to be back at home.

Why can I not just relax and enjoy the chaos of the weekends?

Why do have to have 5000 tabs open and processing in my brain all at once?

Why do Mamas have so much on their never ending To Do lists?

Why? Why? Why?

Mamas don’t get days off; especially if you are a Mama like me.  I do not know how to relax or shut off my brain.  Trust me I wish every day I could.  I think I would choose this to be my super power.

I love having my kids at home and they are at an age now where they are pretty self sufficient, but I still feel the need to hold on and be a part of their lives in any way I can.  The problem with this is that I have a hard time letting go and just doing my own thing on the evenings and weekends.  I never want to miss anything.

I preach self care in all my programs, yet I don’t always practice what I preach.

How do I learn to let go and have my own life?  How do I learn not to feel shame, when I am not giving my kids my time?   Am I normal?  Do other Mamas feel this way?

I believe the answer is yes.

I believe that I am not alone in this and that millions of Mamas all over the world are hanging on to their babies for as long as they possibly can.  There should be no shame in it.

Being a Mama is not easy mentally.  Some days it can be mentally exhausting.  We do the best we can with the tools we have on hand.  I am right here in the thick of it with all of you. I am trying to feel my way around and hope I don’t fuck it all up!

A part of being a healthy Mama is realizing when you are not taking care of yourself and when you need to refocus and spend a little bit of time reflecting on you.

This is me after this weekend.  I spent all weekend stressing about everything and I mean EVERYTHING!  I know I was not enjoying the moments with the kids.

How to solve this?

There is no right or wrong answer and I guess if I had all the answers I would be writing a whole different kind of blog post.  So until then, I will keeping questioning and keep striving to be a better version of me.

Amy Bowers  xo 



Homemade Taco Seasoning

I am sure every Mama in this world has tacos on their rotating meal plan.  I know that it is a staple in our house.  Quick, easy and everyone in the house loves them.  They are great for leftovers in the kids lunches to make our life easier in the morning too!  A win-win!!

For a while I would buy the packages of taco mix, but then I came to my senses.  The store bought taco seasoning is full of fillers and so much sodium you will wonder why your toes are the size of sausages afterwards.

For the last few years I have been making my own homemade recipe instead.  Its flavour is amazing and it is half the price.  The beauty is you know exactly what is in the seasoning and you get all the benefits from the individual spices too

Make up a batch and store in an airtight glass container in the pantry and use on beef, chicken, and jackfruit.

Homemade Taco Seasoning


  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 Tbsp sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp finely ground pepper
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

How to put it all together:

  1. In a small bowl combine all the ingredients together and stir until well mixed.
  2. Store in an airtight glass container for up to 3 months.
  3. Use 2 Tbsp for 1 lb of meat.

Real Life. Real You.

Amy Bowers  xo 


Vegan Jackfruit Burritos

By all means I am not planning to become vegan, but becoming more plant-based has been a nutritional goal of mine for some time.  This has been no easy feat as I am married to a man who LOVES meat and I have a daughter who’s favourite meal is ribs.

The beauty of any nutritional plan is that it can always be adapted and changed.  There does not need to be an end goal.  I always say that living a holistic life is ongoing and you need to adjust and make changes along the way.

Point being…I have not made too many meatless meals in the 13 years we have been married that has not been met with moans and groans.  But, I decided to give another one a try tonight and it was a success!   Since I have been trying to “sneak” these meatless meals onto the table with little success over the years I consider tonight a win and a step in the right direction.

I made Jackfruit Burritos.  Everyone loved them; well except for Madden, but to be honest he didn’t make his into a burrito cause he just wanted everything separate on his plate.  Bryce even used the word “GREAT” when describing them!!

The beauty was that they were super easy and did not have to make sure any meat was thawed to make dinner.  Great idea for a night where you totally forgot to thaw any hamburger, but you are really craving some Mexican flavours.

Vegan Jackfruit Burritos


  • 1 can organic young Jackfruit
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 2 Tbsp Homemade Taco Seasoning
  • 1 cup Tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup Brown rice
  • 1 can Black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup Cilantro, chopped
  • Salsa
  • 1 cup White onion, chopped
  • 1 Avocado, sliced
  • 1 cup Purple cabbage, chopped
  • 4 Gluten free wraps

How to put it all together:

  1. Cook brown rice according to package directions.
  2. Cut jackfruit into small slices from core outwards.
  3. Cook jackfruit in a skillet over medium heat with taco seasoning and water.  Cook until it resembles pulled pork, about 5-10 mins.  Add more water during process if needed.
  4. While jackfruit is cooking, chop tomatoes, cilantro, white onion, purple cabbage & avocado.  Drain and rinse black beans at this time as well.
  5. Once jackfruit and rice are cooked, warm up GF wraps in microwave for 15 secs.  Remove and layer all ingredients into centre of wrap.
  6. Roll the wrap up and enjoy!

Serves 4.

Amy Bowers  xo