Monday, April 24, 2017

diy minimalist soap dispensers...

Ahhhh minimalism. 

Don't we all just love that word? That movement? That everything?

I don't know about you guys, but over here, we're ALL about the minimalist movement. AKA: PURGE ALL THE THINGS AND ONLY KEEP WHAT'S ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY/IMPORTANT. Quality over quantity. Less is more. You get the point. 

We started years ago, got lazy, had a baby, acquired 34 zillion baby/toddler toys and looked around one day amazed and bewildered! How did we acquire so much stuff again?? #babies So we started our own little minimalist movement up once more. 

If it's not something we absolutely life or death just cannot live without? See ya. We've gotten rid of dressers, armoires, so much kitchen stuff, clothes beyond belief, blankets and sheets, towels, name it. It's sort of addicting. The more stuff we get rid of, ha wouldn't you believe it, the better our tiny home looks (and the better I feel)!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

organic tomato relish with cilantro + mint...

Guys, help me out please.

How is it Spring already? Like...we're deep into the year! A good chunk is already gone. I seriously can't believe it. Wasn't it just PSL season like, a few weeks ago? Wasn't I just seeing all the cozy, fireplace and wool sock photos of you all with your teas and coffees and oversized sweatshirts with no pants on, in front of said fireplace? I literally just swallowed all my parental responsibilities of Christmas and Luke's second birthday in February. Then I blinked and it's friggin Spring. And Easter is like here yesterday. I'm not ready for another holiday yet. 

Although I will say, the sunshine and slightly warm days that have been peeking through our unusually cold (and RAINY!!!) winter is a welcomed treat. Every time I open the curtains in the morning and it's bright and sunny, Luke and I rejoice because that means we're going to do something really fun outside. 

Spring also means our delicate, juicy, fresh fruits and veggies we all love and adore are slowly waking up from their winter hibernation and getting ready to show themselves something fierce. I am SO stoked for that. The berries! The watermelon! Cherries! Tomatoes! Avocados! All the herbs! MmMmMMmmmm. Man, Spring and Summer bring some tasty delights.

I sort of jumped the gun sliiiiiiiiiightly with this little side we had the other night while on a picnic with friends. What can you do? It will be 1,000,000% better when tomatoes are super in season, BUT IT WAS STILL SO GOOD IN A "OMG'sh" SORT OF WAY right nowsies too. So good in fact, that I made it again and will probably do so until my husband says to knock it the heck off. It's like the perfect little side salad...or a relish for fish or chicken...or scooped up with veggie chips. It's just so versatile and bright and fresh! And the mint and cilantro give it this nice little pep. Yum!

Makes about 2 cups
For printable recipe, click here

  • 1 pint organic cherry tomatoes, washed and halved
  • 2 tablespoons organic fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon organic fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon organic fresh chives, chopped
  • 3-4 tablespoons good quality olive oil
  • juice from one fresh organic lime
  • salt and pepper to taste

1. Mix everything in a bowl and allow to sit room temperature for 30 minutes to an hour before serving! 

Friday, March 31, 2017

vegan matcha latte...

Guys, I am so addicted to this stuff. This, matcha. This, green powdery magic. 

I not only love the flavor (and have for some time), but friends, I am so in love with what matcha is! and what it does for a body! It does a body good! It boosts metabolism (goodbye, Hashimoto's funk!), boosts energy (without that dreaded crash at the end), boosts mental clarity (again, see ya Hashimoto's funk!) and gives you a ridiculous boost of antioxidants with a powerful anti-inflammatory effect! Like, woah. All the things this gal neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeds to get through the day. Are you picking up what I'm dropping?

Monday, March 20, 2017

vegan golden milk...

What in the world is golden milk??? Sure, you see it all over; cafes and coffee shops are carrying it more and more, friends and businesses are posting it all over Instagram. But what is it??? Well, let me tell you! (Because I only just found out a few months ago AND AM NOW OBSESSED FOR SO MANY REASONS!)

Golden milk, in the simplest way I can think to put it, is a turmeric latte. Like, turmeric powder and some sort of milk...heated and then frothed up in the most delicious way possible. There seem to be as many golden milk recipes out there as there are people, but this is what I have found to be the tastiest (and most nutritionally dense) that I could possibly create. Because we all know how I love to pack in as many nutrients as possible. 

Let me break down my recipe for ya in a way that explains just exactly what you're getting in one delicious cup!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

gluten free peanut butter cup chip cookies...

These are my husband's aunt's favorite cookies. My Aunt-in-law? My AIL?? 

And I love that. She's not even a big dessert fan, either! 

I have to admit, she does have a sweet spot for peanut butter cups and even the pickiest of dessert eaters (I honestly don't know what that even means. I love them all equally! 😜) love a good chocolate chip cookie- so I knew I'd hit the jackpot, going into this whole thing. 

I mean really, take a peanut butter cup, and make it all gooey and warm and put it inside a chocolate chip cookie?! Pshhhhh forget it. My husband is also a fan. So every time I make a batch for his aunt, I have to make sure there's a few for him as well. Aaaaaaand sometimes we just make a batch for him as well. It's a hard life he's got.