I LOVE ILLUSTRATION!

I guess maybe it’s one of those innate characteristics that my genetics blessed upon me, but I have a weak spot for art of all kinds, especially illustration.  Doesn’t matter if it’s my own or someone else’s, famous or a random doodle by a child, made by modern computer or by traditional graphite, I JUST […]

ADVENTURES OF A SUPERMOM…

SoOooooOOoooo, how better to explain the chaos that is your casa, than to ILLUSTRATE it? Oh, how I love illustration… original art, copyright Mama Chickpea, aka Kitchen Mouse Graphics ABOUT THE AUTHOR Shelly Arroyo, aka SuperMom & Mama Chickpea When she’s not doing kinder homework or making yet another cheese sandwich cut into finger shapes, […]

WHO IS MAMA PEA?

Some people may ask when they see this site, “Who is “Mama Pea???”  I think a better question, is…..”WHAT DOES SHE LOOK LIKE?”  I think this sums me, up… MAMA CHICKPEA:  noun.  a variant of MAMA, MAMI, MOMMY, MOM, MA, MOMMA, and “teacher,” formed from superhero powers, and fueled on caffeine. MOTHER:  needs no explanation… […]

GRU & HIS MINIONS

Everybody loves a minion, right?!  Well, WE DO! So, since budget is the name of the game, and Halloween costumes were my task, I set out for yet another awesome family costume idea.  This year, it HAD to be Despicable Me! I made the hats, goggles, Gru symbols, Gru’s nose & scarf, and even retro-fitted […]

WALL DECAL ART!

Who says everyone can’t have a Picasso moment?!  MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DO?? RIGHT?  When I found out I was pregnant with my first, my son, Max, I really hated the idea of conforming to a “normal” nursery theme, but I felt challenged by my exhaustion, to have my “normal” Picasso moments of artistically crafty brilliance. […]

SWEET BASIL & WALNUT PESTO

“Sweet Basil & Walnut Pesto“ Serves 8 2 cups fresh sweet basil 1/2 cup walnuts (chopped) 4 cloves garlic (chopped) 1/2 cup parmesan & romano blend grated cheese (I just had Kraft on hand and it worked well.) 2/3 cup olive oil 1 tsp ground pepper Salt to taste Pulse the walnuts in the food […]

HOMEMADE PIZZA SAUCE

This was delicious… HOMEMADE PIZZA SAUCE! 1/2 can chickpeas (minced) 2 cloves garlic (minced) 1/2 bushel fresh Italian parsley (minced) 1 tsp crushed red pepper 1 Tbsp olive oil 2 tsp Italian spice blend 1 can Hunt’s Basil/Oregano Diced Tomatoes (low sodium, if possible) Sauté the oil, garlic, and chickpeas about 5 mins stirring occasionally. […]

CHICKPEA SALAD

CHICKPEA SALAD–You are what you eat, right?! What you need: 1 bag salad mix (I used iceberg, but mixed would be yummy, too) 1/2 cup chopped carrots 1/2 cup chopped cucumbers 1/2 cup chopped red peppers 1/2 cup cold sweet peas 1/2 cup black beans, rinsed 1/2 cup garbanzo beans, rinsed 1/2 cup spicy peanuts […]

3 BEAN TURKEY CHILI

3 BEAN TURKEY CHILI (Just can’t get enough chickpeas, can you?!) What you need: 1 lb ground lean turkey 3 jalapeños 1/2 red onion 3 cloves garlic (minced) 1 can red kidney beans 1 can chickpeas 1 can pinto beans 8oz tomato sauce (basil, oregano flavored, if possible) 1 tsp olive oil 1 tsp paprika […]

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