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Here’s a beautiful cocktail to brighten up your Friday night.
(Being engaged to a bartender has some benefits.)
3 Basil leaves
1 oz Fresh lime juice
1 tsp Agave nectar
1.5 oz Don Julio Blanco Tequila
Muddle the Blackberries and the Basil in a shaker, add the rest and fill the shaker with ice. Shake well, strain, and garnish with some pretty things.
I’m not much of a tequila drinker, but I loved this drink! (Plus, its gorgeous!)
(Recipe from Liquor.com!)
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I post a whole lot of smoothie pictures. Smoothies are one of my go-to things to eat for breakfast. They are wonderful because they jam pack tons of really good, nutrient rich things into a yummy drink. So, I am going to give you one of my favorite smoothie recipes. (Though, I do change it up depending on my mood and what I have in the fridge. This is my ideal smoothie for when I have a long day ahead.)
one cup of water or coconut water if you prefer
Water for an easier blend, and because its always good for you.
one chopped medium sized beet
Beets because: oxygenate blood, alkaline, stimulates liver function, antioxidants, it also gives the smoothie a BEAUTIFUL color, and the taste is oh so yummy.
a tablespoon of coconut oil
Coconut Oil because: normalize blood sugar, reduce adrenal work, increases energy, digestion aid, and helps keep you full
two (packed) cups of spinach, or one packed cup of kale
Spinach because: youthful skin, healthy blood, calcium, iron
Kale because: protein, copper, iron, antioxidants, anti-aging compounds, anti-cancer, anti-inflammation, fiber
one half of an avocado
Avocados because: amino acids, healthy monounsaturated fats and blend
one cup of frozen strawberries
Strawberries because: antioxidants, vitamin C and taste
one tablespoon of chia seeds
Chia Seeds because: helps maintain weight, aids in toning, stabilizes blood sugar, protein, omega-3′s, antioxidants. builds strong bones
one tablespoon of lemon juice
Lemon juice because: blemish-free skin, digestion aid, alkaline, cleanses body
two fistfuls of walnuts
Walnuts because: they blend easily, cancer-fighting properties, antioxidants, amino acids, brain health, protein
and a teaspoon of bee pollen
Bee Pollen because: energy enhancer, protein, B vitamins, amino acids, skin soother, digestive aid, allergy treater, immune booster, and cardiovascular support
This drink will take some prep time (the beet alone will take a little time to chop), so consider that before you decide to whip this up for breakfast. Often times I make a couple of smoothies at night to last me a couple of days. Its especially helpful to have them remade when I’m having a rushed morning.
Sometimes I don’t just have this bad boy as a drink. Sometimes I make a smoothie bowl out of it. Simply add some oats to top it off, and maybe some fresh banana slices, and you have yourself a bowl.
I started to get into smoothies as meals by doing a smoothie detox. If you are interested, check out The Green Forks detox. I also got a lot of my information about smoothies from them! Also, check out Oh She Glows, they always have great smoothie recipes!
Growing up, my mom’s red potatoes were always a favorite. This Christmas, my mom gave me a cookbook full of her recipes, and I have attempted to make some of them. Of course, the first I had to try to make was her red potatoes…. so delicious!
Since then, I have played with the recipe a little to tweak it exactly how I like it. I thought I would share this super simple, easy (and quick!) way to make potatoes.
-Preheat your oven to 425-
First, we start out with the potatoes (of course.)
I like to buy these little tiny mixed potatoes. (that way I don’t have to bother chopping them.) BUT if you want to, you can chop them up and then put them in a big mixing bowl.
There is debate on whether you actually need to poke holes in your potatoes so they don’t blow up in your oven and make a huge mess. I have made these potatoes with and without holes and neither one has made a difference here. If you don’t want to take a risk though, poke away.
Then (straying away from Mama’s Recipe) I like to add in a scoop of minced garlic. I’ll admit, I love garlic, and pretty much add it to everything I cook. So I thought, why not the potatoes? It gives them a great flavor!
I don’t add any salt to mine because we try to cut salt out as much as possible in our house, but if you love it, add it.
Then (I usually take my hands) mix all of the ingredients together to make sure that the potatoes are covered in the oil pretty well and the parsley is evenly distributed.
Usually I make enough to share for dinner, and some to leave for the morning to add to a breakfast scramble (Yum!)
For dinner, these little babies can be added to a whole lot. Recently, I have loved pairing the potatoes with a little quinoa, roasted cherry tomatoes, cooked spinach and broccoli, and garbanzo beans. Its a great (and healthy) little power bowl good for lunch or dinner.
Easy peazy recipe! Hope you Enjoy!
Oh, and thanks Mom!
This is the greatest and easiest thing to make ever.
Jason and I are all about healthy eating, but also about good eating. We often find ourselves craving Mexican style food, which can be EXTREMELY unhealthy.. (sour cream, chips, salty salsa, cheese, ect.)
We have found a healthy alternative to satisfy our cravings. It is our easy go-to recipe, and I’ve decided to share it.
Ingredients: Fresh Salsa, Bell Peppers, Lettuce, Shredded Cheese, Garlic, Tomatoes, Lime, Avocados, Onions, Tortilla Chips, Black Beans, Brown Rice, Tofu (If you’d like), Spices.
For the tortilla chips, try to find chips with low sodium! Salt is no bueno. These chips are from Trader Joe’s, and they have flax seed and veggies hidden inside.
Spices: Ground Black Pepper, Cumin, Paprika, Red Pepper (Cayenne), Chilli Pepper, Oregano, and a pinch of Himalayan Salt.
If you don’t want to be as crafty with the spices, Trader Joes’ has a great taco seasoning with similar ingredients.
We then chopped up the lettuce, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and avocados, and put them in the bowl too. We topped it off with the shredded cheese (Hey, everything in moderation), rice, and black beans.
I was even able to take leftovers and pack myself some lunches. The trick to mason jar lunches is to pack all of the wet stuff on the bottom so that the lettuce doesn’t get soggy. I made the dish a little lighter for lunch. Salsa and black beans at the bottom, avocados next, cheese, and then lettuce. Easy.
I hope you enjoy this stuff as much as we do!
I have been hearing so many great things about this new fad of “spiraling” vegetables. There is no denying that I am an carb lover. This is a great way to cut out a few of my carbs and exchange them for veggies instead. Jason and I decided to start “spiraling” by making the ever popular zucchini noodles.
It’s here! It’s time to celebrate the New Year! As I prepare for our little celebration, I thought I would share a few snaps of our soon-to-be festivities! At the bottom of the post, I also shared a playlist of some of our tunes that we’ll be playing tonight via Spotify. Happy New Year all!
Getting my own place with Jason has been one of the best decisions. One of the many perks is that we can now entertain in our own space. We soon realized that setting up for a holiday party can be more stressful than it appears. To make our little apartment special, festive, and party ready, quite a few little projects needed to happen.
I used some decorative plates as my starting point for the spread. Jason and I recently purchased these gorgeous plates from Anthropologie with beautiful artwork by Starla Michelle Halfmann. We thought it would be a waste to keep them stored up in a cabinet, so we decided to keep them out for decor.
The plates were a great starting point, but now for a centerpiece, and a little more decor…
I am a sucker for fresh flowers and candles…and so you have our centerpiece! I found this gorgeous bouquet of holiday flowers in Trader Joe’s and I knew it was going to be the perfect addition to the table. I split the flowers into three parts. I used a vintage white vase for the taller flowers, and little DIY vases for the shorter cut flowers.
For the shorter vases, I actually cleaned out the glass jars of my favorite candles after they had burned out, and they made for some beautiful amber colored vases/jars. To give the table some glow, I placed a holiday scented Capri Blue candle in a gold mercury glass jar in the middle, and fun little ornament tea lights within the decorations.
The next project for holiday entertaining was stocking up our bar cart.
One of my favorite pieces in our apartment is our bar cart that was handed down to me from my grandmother. It was so lovely to finally be able to use it! We loaded up the cart with favorites, and Jason became the mixologist for the night. We had a lot of fun finding fun holiday recipes, and trying new things.
(Yes, that is a penguin shaker.) Jason and I both really love Christmas, and so our apartment was decorated for the season long before our plans of entertaining. So, the only thing left to do was turn on some tunes, and let the celebrating commence!
It is officially that time of year. Its time to break out the pumpkins, the spider webs, and ghoulish decor. Jason and I both love getting festive with our decorating, and so we couldn’t wait to put together some fun little pieces to dress up our apartment.
Because I am definitely on a budget, I got a little crafty with this project. Jason and I headed over to the dollar store to pick up supplies. We found orange styrofoam pumpkins, skeleton garland, orange ribbon, a wreath hanger, some syrofoam mini pumpkins, foe flowers, a basket, a candle, and a table runner… all for nine dollars. Then we went over to Michael’s and found some wooden letters that spelled out B-O-O! I also picked up some gold spray paint (you’ll see why soon!)
Jason surprised me with a lovely pant for the table, and some little (real) pumpkins! We also scavenged through things we already had around the place. All of this, made the apartment perfect for the season.
For me, the biggest part of changing up the décor for fall was the dining room table. What an easy way to make a big statement. I tweaked what we bought to make the table really special.
The styrofoam pumpkins originally were bright orange, and slightly tacky. So! I took a little gold spray paint and turned them into something much more elegant.
I had also hunted around our complex to find pine cones to put in our basket. I ended up painting a few of them gold to give it that extra beautiful touch. (And because I am a gold fanatic). I then surrounded those pine cones with the red foe flowers I had found at the dollar store.
Finally, I lit the candles, and made a small crystal grid to complete the table. I tried to appoint crystals that would be used for grounding and connecting to the earth during this wonderful change in weather. (More on how to make your own crystal grids to come)
The next little project was for the wall directly behind the dining room table. It was so bare, I couldn’t stand it. I did a super simple arts and crafts project to liven it up a little, and to set the mood for the season. I simply cut out construction paper in the shape of flags, wrote on it, strung it with string, and hung it up. It spells out, give thanks, which I think is such a beautiful intention of the season. It really is a great reminder for our daily lives.
The next mission was the door. I thought about making a big lovely wreath filled with fall leaves, ect. BUT! because Jason and I love Halloween so much, we wanted to go more in that direction.
So naturally, I took to Pintrest! I thought this idea was absolutely adorable. It didn’t cost much, and it was super simple to make. I simply tied the letters together with ribbon and hung it on the wreath holder.
Putting these little touches on our apartment has allowed it to feel more like home for us, and I am so grateful for that.