Thursday Things I Love: FOOD

I’ve really enjoyed the menu I put together for this week. It’s been healthful, fun to make, and even better to eat. I’ve been cooking mostly out of The Smitten Kitchen cookbook which I highly recommend you grab yourself a copy of asap. It’s full of delicious recipes that your family is sure to enjoy. I’ve included some photos of the things I’ve made out of the SK cookbook, but I won’t be able to link to any of those recipes. Everything that I made from Pinterest, however, I’ll link up for you to Pin and enjoy later!

Take a bite, I mean, take a look!

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Vegan Sticky Sesame Cauliflower “Wings” with Black Bean and Pineapple Rice

Ok, I was super skeptical of the cauliflower wings, mostly because I feel like a lot of these recipes that try to make cauliflower taste like mash potatoes or chocolate cake or whatever are just the worst. Buuuut. The picture on Pinterest won me over and WOW, let me tell you, was this a great recipe! It does take some work to dip each bite in the batter, but following the instructions pays off big time.

I paired it with my favorite rice recipe from one of the best cookbooks I’ver ever owned – Supermarket Vegan. Even if you aren’t vegan, this cookbook is fabulous for those who are looking for tasty but inexpensive ways to get more veggies into your diet.  Continue reading “Thursday Things I Love: FOOD”

Our Family’s Favorite Fall Recipes

I love summer cusine, but isn’t there somthing so cozy and nostalgic about the food we prepare and serve this time of year? The cinnamony smell of pumpkin baked goods. The sizzle of fresh greens on the stove. The satisfying taste of a perfectly flakey, buttery crust on a veggie filled pot pie.

I’m hungry just thinking about it.

Thanks to a suggestion from my dear friend, Diane, I’m sharing with you some of my family’s favorite recipes that I make each fall. I hope you’ll give a few of these a try and let me know what you think! Continue reading “Our Family’s Favorite Fall Recipes”

DIY Coffee Body Scrub

Today I wanted to share with you a quick, easy, and inexpensive recipe for a DIY coffee body scrub. In fact, if you are a coffee drinker, I bet you already have most of these ingredients in your pantry!

This recipe comes together in a snap, smells unbelievable, and does a fantastic job of smoothing out those rough patches on your face and body, all while leaving it nicely moisturized. And let me tell you, if you use this in the shower, it basically makes your whole bathroom smell like Starbucks. Talk about a lovely way to start your day! Continue reading “DIY Coffee Body Scrub”

Sushi!

Guys, I’m in love. Looooove I tell you! I’m so excited to be able to make sushi at home. Eating sushi is so great. Eating sushi in your own home that you prepared yourself with friends and family around your table is even better.

We had friends over last week for a sushi dinner and mid-way through my meal prep I had a “what the heck was I thinking?” moment, because I had only tried to make sushi once before. But…sometimes you just have to let go and have fun with things, you know? Roll with the sushi, so to speak. Continue reading “Sushi!”

Easy and Inexpensive DIY Bath, Body, & Baby Products

Last week, I made a bunch of all natural, DIY bath, body, and beauty products. I did quite a bit of research to find recipes that had ingredients that were simple, inexpensive, and could be used interchangeably. I had so much fun with this project. I love the idea that they are simple, good for our bodies, and that I can make them myself! Today, I’ll be sharing the recipes for:

I love soaking in the tub and take a bath about once a week. In the past, I’ve always soaked in a combination of epsom salts, oils, and an all natural bath bomb or clay mix. But there’s one thing those don’t offer: bubbles. It is really difficult to purchase an all natural bubble bath. In fact, I’m yet to find one that doesn’t have a fragrance, a synthetic color, or some life-preserving chemical in it. There might have been a time where I would have sacrificed natural ingredients for a good bubble bath, but now, I’ve got a new tub buddy and it’s just too important to me that I give her body natural goodness whenever I can.  Continue reading “Easy and Inexpensive DIY Bath, Body, & Baby Products”

How We Celebrate Birthdays & My Favorite Chocolate Cake Recipe

Nothing makes me happier than celebrating the birthdays of the incredible human beings I get to call my family. Nothing. My heart comes alive when I get to plan experiences that say, “We love you, and your life is a gift!”

Recently, we planned a special day to celebrate Theo’s fifth birthday, and I was so excited the night before our big day that I couldn’t sleep. I tossed and turned. I ended up getting out of bed and making the cake at 2 AM. I was giddy at the thought of spending all day celebrating my boy.

Theo, like many boys his age, loves trains. He also loves his bike. Mike and I never taught Theo to ride his bike without training wheels. One day, he was at a friend’s house, saw a bike, got on it, and started riding it. It never occurred to him that it only had two wheels.

Theo will ride his bike everywhere. His Uncle Josh is an amazing BMX rider, and has invited him to ride ramps a few times, much to Theo’s delight. But most days, Theo will ride his bike up the sidewalk to the neighbor’s house, or around the path in the park that sits behind our house. Take him to a bike path and this kid will ride for miles. It’s incredible. Theo, is incredible.

To celebrate such a special birthday, Mike and I arranged to spend the day with just him; we’ve thrown a lot of change at him over the past three years and he has been such a trooper. But today was going to be all about him. So we left the other two kids at home and headed to Akron, with our bikes in tow. Continue reading “How We Celebrate Birthdays & My Favorite Chocolate Cake Recipe”

Krazy About Kombucha: How To Make Your Own

Kombucha. The fizzy, fermented, good-for-you drink that’s fun to make and even more fun to drink. It looks like a crazy science experiment or like an extra from that old sci-fi movie, The Blob. But kombucha is SO good for you, and so easy to make. I’m on my third round of bucha brewin, so I thought I’d share a little bit about the process and how you can brew your own kombucha. Continue reading “Krazy About Kombucha: How To Make Your Own”

What I Ate Last Week

live love to eat. LOVE. IT.

I was going through some old things the other night – some journals, scrapbooks, etc. – and was amazed to see how many of the memories I felt worthy of jotting down for all eternity where food related. Holiday meals described in great detail. Restaurant and cafe menus and napkins tucked in photo albums. And of course, lots and lots of pictures of me and my friends, you guessed it, eating.

Food is just SO great, you know? I love eating food. I love cooking food. I love gathering friends together for a meal that is 50% about the food and 50% about the community. The best way to feed a person’s soul is to first start by feeding their belly.

Anyways.

Last week I made some really great recipes that I thought would be fun to share. So, without further ado, I give you: What I Ate Last Week, Wednesday! Continue reading “What I Ate Last Week”

All Natural, Homemade Play Dough

Play Dough is magical, I swear it is. For whatever reason, it is the one activity that will capture both my boys’ attention for more than 15 minutes. However, at the end of each Play Dough sesh, most of it is on the floor, in their hair, or up their nose (I wish I was joking…). So suffice it to say that a regular pack of Play Dough doesn’t last long around here.

Fortunately, it’s easy to make. I use a basic recipe that you can find repeated allll over the internet:

1 C flour
1/4 C salt
1/2 water
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The Food I Made For The Holidays

We ate very well this Christmas. Although meal planning with two toddlers and a newborn wasn’t easy (hellooo sleep deprivation), it paid off in spades because my cooking was on point all. week. long. 

We celebrated with my immediate family with a delicious brunch at my brother and sister in law’s house on Christmas Eve. Josh made prime rib which everyone said was delicious, my mom made a wonderful quiche, Rhiannon served some of the best roasted vegetables I’ve ever had, and I made a salad and baked french toast. IMG_8744 Continue reading “The Food I Made For The Holidays”