First off, I’m going to point out my sweet smile cheek wrinkle! Hello 30 years and going strong.
Now let’s get down to business.
It’s been a blizzard here in Portland for the past several days. My car has been snowed in for 4 days now. This leaves us with lots of family time (always a good thing), helping my sweet 2-year-old with his croupy coughing fever sickness, sledding, house cleaning, and generally coming up with other fun things to do. We rented redbox movies and wii games and squeezed in some home gym time, too. Today (since church was been cancelled due to super slippery roads) we playe games, cooked, read, crafted, and played some more wii.
Really, as long as we stay somewhat busy I don’t feel like the walls are closing in; the claustrophobia stays at bay. That can’t be said for the first part of the week – before it was even snowing. I have a thinker, an independent, and a problem solver in my children and they are wonderfully challenging and busily joyful all wrapped together. Continue Reading
Sisters can be awesome.
My sister Anna came to visit me recently and each day just blended into the next as we visited, she helped me with the kids, and we had simple, easy, and fun conversation together.
We each made ourselves vulnerable, the only way to make a relationship grow, and came away with a stronger bond and hopefully a closer future. Continue Reading
This is my favorite soup right now. I’m pretty sure I raved about my black bean stew, but you’re going to like this one. It’s creamy comfort food that warms you and makes you want to do a little jig.
In my browsing, I found a vegan blog called Post Punk Kitchen. Isa runs the show there and is witty, real, and makes some awesome food. Just watch her videos if you need proof. I made four of her recipes in one week! Each of them combined things I hadn’t thought of and were put on my to-make-again list. This Chickpea & Rice Soup With a Little Kale is going to be something you’ll want to make again too. Continue Reading
I love simple meals. And really, with 3 young kids, I need them.
I medicate a bad day or boredom or even happiness with cooking, but standing for at least 4 hours cooking doesn’t always work. But this recipe will not be a 4 hour meal. It will be good, fun to eat for your kids, and make you feel really healthy.
Think of this recipe like Costco samples. Kids love them, my husband loves them, who doesn’t?! You get lots of variety in cute little cups. By eating this recipe in the lettuce, the kids feel like they have something new to manipulate. It might not be a small cup, but small pieces of lettuce can be just as enticing. Continue Reading
Hello Utah! Remember how I surprised at least 7 people by planning a quick trip this weekend?!
My dad called me earlier last week to plan it all out. Some family was getting together for an early Thanksgiving and I decided to come along.
For the first time I left all 3 of my kiddos with their dad and flew out for the weekend. I knew they were going to have a blast having “dad time.” (Think library book sales, birthday parties, Target trips, Home Depot, documenting a wetlands adventure through notes and pictures, making forts, decorating the floor with masking tape, and having grilled cheese sandwiches). Continue Reading
If I’m thinking of a go-to restaurant, the ones that you decide on last minute, we either go for Thai or Mediterranean. The Gyro House that’s by our place is run by Lebanese people that make some awesome food.
Mmmm…I can taste the falafel sandwich right now. And their hummus is so creamy, light, and not over-spiced. Then I tried baba ghanoush for the first time. It had the creaminess of hummus, yet an undertone of sweetness.
Some of the most rewarding cooking experiences are when a re-creation is successful: meaning you want to make it again and again…and again. I have Kalina to thank for this one.