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Friday, February 28, 2014

Butternut Squash & Tumeric Soup with Chickpea Croutons

I had mentioned this recipe in a previous post, but only for a split second. Sarah over at My New Roots has such healthy and whole recipes that I have been inspired to try. After making it last night, I feel like it deserved it's own blog post because it was amazing! It only took about an hour total to make and was FULL of spices, flavors and amazing-ness.


I think this taste explosion also came from a swap I made to my normal cooking ingredients. This recipe calls for coconut oil, which I have never used before. I'm pretty much an olive oil girl just like everyone else. First of all, I didn't even know what coconut oil was or where you could get it. Magically, last year the hubby brought home 2 big jars of coconut oil that he got for free from work. He was kind of excited about it and I was just like, "Oh, cool!" and then put them in the back of the pantry. I didn't know what the heck it was, I seriously thought it was something for a smoothie or something you put on your face like a rejuvenating mask. Apparently, it can be used for your hair, face, make-up removal, cooking, sauteing. Is this stuff magic?? (It actually says magic on the bottle).
Magic in a jar. They even admit it.
This recipe looked delicious, and when I read it further, I realized it called for the coconut oil. So I tried it out, I swapped my olive oil for the coconut oil. I first used it when I was roasting the butternut squash, onion and garlic. It coated everything nicely and seriously filled our apartment with such an amazing aroma. It had a hint of coconut smell, but nothing too overwhelming.
Tossed the butternut squash, onion and garlic with the coconut oil. 
I then used it when I made the chickpea croutons, which by the way came out amazing. It was such a tasty, healthy way to add something to soup besides the loaves of bread I bake. And it makes a whole lot of them, so we have leftovers as a healthy snack to grab. The coconut oil just added that extra bit of flavor that wasn't there before. Plus, they were also so easy to make, you just toss the chickpeas (canned) with the spices, coconut oil, and bake for 25-35 minutes.

Easy and delicious.

Overall recommendation for coconut oil: get this stuff and try it out! This recipe also calls for turmeric, which isn't something I use too much of, but have been trying lately. I can't put my finger on the flavor it creates, but if I had to try I'd say earthy, root-y, spicy and aroma filled. After you roast the veggies, you just add vegetable broth with the veggies to a blender, add the turmeric and other spices, and blend. Instant soup. It was such a perfect meal for another bitter cold night. Hopefully, we are getting through the last of these (Hello March!), but I could deal if I had this to make.

 
Delightful. WOO Last day of March!!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Smart?Phone


Yesterday I got my first smart phone. That's right people, it's 2014 and I was living without a smart phone. Somehow, I survived. Although I'm not going to lie, there were a couple tearful phone calls to friends/husband when I got lost and/or needed some internet action stat.

When I would take out my old flip phone, I got so many comments from friends about how ridiculous my phone was and a lot of puzzled looks as to how I could possibly be a medical student without a smart phone. Well, I wrote a lot of things down throughout my rotations. I probably filled about 5 different small notebook over the course of the last 2 years. Of course, I had an itouch with me, which allowed access to epocrates and some other apps, but other than that it was all up here (pointing to my brain), or I would have to look some things up (gasp!) when I got home. I wasn't living in the stone age, I'm just not a huge tech person.

The classic Zack Morris cell phone.
I have been holding back from getting a smart phone, mainly because I already feel like our society is so overly dependent on technology. Yes, it's great that you can look up restaurants and then call to make a reservation if you are walking around the city. Yes, it's convenient that you can look up the recipe for ingredients that you forgot to bring with you to the store. And yes, I admit, it's super fun to have a camera right at your hands for capturing any moment of life that is happening.

But these are also all the reasons why I have been waiting to get one. Sometimes when I look around when I'm at the restaurant we just looked up, I see faces glowing, everyone zoned into their phones and not with the people actually sitting with them at the table. I also don't need to take a picture of everything and post it to instagram just to prove that it happened, to somehow feel like your day is fulfilled now. Too many times have I seen people texting and driving, literally not even looking at the road. I know we live in the days of technology, but I also was afraid that if I got a smart phone, I too would fall succumb to the ADD we all face and the OCD about checking in on whats happening in the world, instead of actually LOOKING at whats happening in our world right in front of us. These are the moments that make life good and are worth being a part of.

So even though I'm ranting, I will use my new phone for recipes, grocery lists, pictures and even to look up places to go. But I am really going to make a conscious effort to turn it off and put it away for some part of each day. I mean, we don't need to be connected in space to feel connected to people. Maybe its the yogi in me coming out. Or maybe it's just the fact that I still would much rather talk to my friends/family in person or on the phone than through the typing of a computer.

Be present. Be happy. Love. Happy Tuesday!! xoxo

Monday, February 24, 2014

Belly Laughs and Stuffed Shells


This weekend was like a breath of fresh air in more ways than one. It was a gloriously spring feeling weekend where I was lucky enough to spend a good portion of it outside, enjoying that sunshine! We also had some visitors this weekend - my bff came before she starts her crazy coaching season.

It's so fun to get together with those friends who know us the longest. There is such a feeling of comfort and being able to 100% be yourself. There also is the ability to have large amounts of laughter. I always feel like I laugh hardest with those who knew me the longest. :)

I wanted to make dinner for us Friday night because I didn't know what time she would get in, and I also wanted to make something pretty easy, no fuss, so that I wasn't slaving in the kitchen. I found this recipe on the Whole Foods site, and my mom had tried it out and said it was delicious. (I know we may be biased to WF, but they always have great recipes on their website!!) I made Lentil, Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Shells. What I liked about this dish was how cheap it was to make, how the lentils added something new, healthy and different, and how much leftovers we had. I'm not a big leftover person, but I always like leftover pasta dishes for some reason. My only change was that I used a bag of dry lentils instead of can and I would add a lot more sauce than called for next time (I'm a big sauce person). Other than that was easy and delicious and went great with some wine!

Pre-baked! The recipe made two dishes like this.
Saturday we spent the day exploring the city and just enjoying the beautiful weather! We had no true plans, which sometimes ends up being the best kind of day. We ended up stumbling upon a farmers market, live music, and then met up with some of my other friends for a spontaneous bar crawl. It's so fun just having a drink and trying out a bar and then moving on to the next place. Overall, we visited about 4 bars and ended at this great place called Smokin Bettys. I got a grilled cheese sandwich there that was off the charts. Fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, with pesto dressed arugula. Amazing. We all had a great day which ended with all of us snuggling on the cough laughing to This Is 40.

Sunday was spent getting organized for the week and getting in a 10 miler run. My half marathon is only 3 weeks away and this has been the hardest training months ever! I felt pretty good during and after this fun, so I feel more confident for the race. I did, however, consume almost the entire other tray of stuffed shell leftovers after the run. Whoops. I guess that's what happens when you burn like 1000 calories.

It was such a sunny, fun, and laughter filled weekend - I SO which it was spring. One more week of February!! xoxo

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Winter Soups -- Minestrones and Butternut Squash

As much as we'd all like this winter to be over, it probably isn't going to happen very soon. One good thing about this cold, snowy weather, is that it motivates me to cook warm, hearty, delicious food with plenty of leftovers for a hot lunch the next day. The easiest and healthiest way for me to achieve this is with soups!

What I love about most of the soups I've been making, is that although it may seem like they take a long time to make, the bulk of your time is only in chopping up all the fresh ingredients. The rest of the time is usually just spent waiting for the soup to simmer. Perfect dinners to make while you binge watch all your favorite shows (you know you do it too!).

One of my staples this winter and my husband's favorite soup recipe of all time (he literally asks for it weekly) is this Harvest Minestrone. Minestrone has always been one of my favorite soups, because it thick and hearty and mostly because of all the vegetables you put in it. Easiest way to eat about 5 servings of veggies! I also love the substitution of pasta for quinoa, I mean how healthy can you get. Sometimes we follow the recipe and make it with kale, sometimes with spinach. You can also change the types of beans in there if you have a favorite. I love how many good foods there are in this, and also that it has a little kick because of the red pepper flakes. Definitely worth trying on a cold night this winter!
Harvest Minestrone..with a sprinkle of parmesan.
Another soup that I have made more than a handful of times is another Minestrone. This one however is more traditional Italian and has the macaroni. It also has chicken broth and more tomatoes vs the harvest minestrone. It really does have such a different taste to it, especially the broth. This recipe I follow is from a family friend, so feel free to change it up as you want.

Ingredients:
46 oz chicken broth      
1 1/4 cup water
1/2c kidney beans (we used a whole can)
1/2c white beans
1 small onion chopped
1 clove of garlic (minces or chopped)
14oz can whole tomatoes
1c carrots
1 small potato
1c cabbage (we usually eliminated this)
1c green beans (trimmed and cut)
1/2c macaroni (we used ditalini)
1 zucchini (chopped)
oregano, basil, parsley

Directions:
1. Put broth and water in a pot. Add beans (rinsed and drained), onion, garlic and herbs. Chop tomatoes into soup and add juice. Cook 1 hour.
2. Add carrots, potato, cabbage, and green beans. Cook 45 minutes.
3. Add zucchini and macaroni. Cook 45 minutes.
Done!

Lastly, a soup that is super filling and healthy I like to make is a Roasted Butternut Squash. I have tried a recipe from my Mom two times, and each time it came out fabulous. It is pretty much butternut squash, shallots and ginger. It does require a little more effort, but it's worth it in the end to have that creamy, delicious soup. It feels like something you could order at a restaurant. I was honestly shocked to learn that it had no cream because it is the smoothest soup ever!


Ingredients:
4 cups (1 inch) cubed peeled butternut squash (about 1&1/2 lbs)
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
4 large shallots, peeled and halved
1 (1/2 inch) piece peeled fresh ginger, thinly sliced
2&1/2 cup chicken broth
2 Tbsp (1 inch) sliced fresh chives

Directions:
1. Preheat over to 375 degrees.
2. Combine first five ingredients in roasting pain, toss well. Bake at 375 for 50 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Cool 10 minutes.
3. Place 1/3 of squash mixture and 1/3 of broth into blender or food processor. Removed center piece of blender lid to allow steam to escape. Place towel over opening in lid to avoid spatters. Blend until smooth. Pour into large saucepan. Repeat process until all of the squash is blended.
4. Cook over medium heat until thoroughly heated. Top with chives and fresh cream or yogurt as desired.

This weekend I am going to try a litter alternative version of a Butternut Squash Soup that I found on this awesome blog I've been following. The chickpea croutons sound delish!

Happy Souping! Think warm thoughts!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Paint Night!

"Maybe in our world there lives a happy little tree over there." --Bob Ross


This post is going to be all about the ridiculous things Bob Ross says. Just kidding! This past weekend, Kyle and I celebrated Valentine's Day and our love in many different ways. I was so excited for my special date with him, because we took a painting class! I had this booked for about a month, and was so excited to take Kyle to Paint Nite and see where our creativity would lead us. Basically, Paint Nite is a class that allows you to chose which painting you want to create and which restaurant you want to have the class at. I thought this was fun because you get to paint something you will actually like as well as try out some new places to eat/drink. Most places also will have app/drink specials for those taking the class.

I have taken some painting classes when I was younger, but Kyle really never has. Truthfully, the last time we both probably picked up a paint brush was in high school or middle school art class. I was a little nervous to how he would respond, but I was hoping he would be excited and open-minded. I also thought our paintings would probably come out a little something like this..
..and we wouldn't even want to hang up our paintings on the wall. We both ended up loving the class and had such a fun time! The artist we had taking us through the painting really made us feel relaxed and focus on just being creative and not having things coming out perfect.

What I thought was awesome about the class, is that we only used 3 colors of paint, 2 kinds of paintbrushes, and were taken through the painting in a step by step process. It seriously was so much easier than I thought it would be and gave us both some confidence that we were making something kind of cool!

I also love that they encourage you to have some wine while the class is going on. It made the class more fun and light and we definitely had some good laughs. Overall, I think it was the perfect date night! Something new and fun, seeing a different side of each other come out, and enjoying some drinks together. Bonus: we love our sea turtle paintings and feel they are good enough to display at our home. We actually are even proud of them! I am already looking for another painting and restaurant we want to try next.

Sea turtle friends!






Saturday, February 15, 2014

Namaste.


So over the last few years I've become a pretty big yoga fan. I will be honest, when I first went to some yoga classes (above 5 years ago), I thought they were such a snore fest and not the type of work out I was looking for. I was a D-1 soccer player, so obviously hard work outs and intensity was something I was used to. Stretching and meditation didn't count as a work out to me, I needed to sweat and constantly be moving. Things have changed dramatically!

Now that I mostly run as a form of exercise, yoga has become such a big staple in my weekly activities. I started going to hot yoga during the winter, which really helped boost my mood, lower my never ending medical school stress, and actually gave me that sweat that I was looking for. The more I do yoga however, the more I love it not only for the exercise, but for the mentality and spirituality it brings me. Leaving yoga class I feel just as good as when I finish a long run. Yoga also allows me to focus my thoughts inward and really find out different things about myself that I may not have been listening to. It's amazing now how I find myself carrying my yoga with me off the mat, and the positive mentality and different perspective it gives me in life's situations. I also can't say enough about the stretching aspect for running, knock on wood but I have had very little running injuries since incorporating yoga.



I just came back from a free morning yoga at Whole Foods. A new studio is opening up near me, and for the entire month of February they are offering free Saturday morning classes. It's a great way to start the day and also to meet and connect with people. No matter where you live, I bet you can find free community classes or places that will give you discounts for trying out the studio. It may take a few classes, but stick with it and I promise you will not regret it! (Plus, yoga clothes are just about the most comfortable work out clothes ever).

I also have found some free online yoga classes that I like to incorporate right after a long run. These videos have been my favorite lately, and obviously being Runner's World, cater specifically to runners! I also enjoy the podcasts from Yogadownload.com, although a lot of them don't have video if you need that for your workout.

Currently, I am trying to get the hubby to join me in a class. The first time he tried yoga was during our wedding weekend 5k, when my aunt held a beautiful session. He said he thought it was really cool because it felt like being a part of something bigger (he also said it was harder than he thought!). He has been healing an injured ankle, but promised me he would come to a class with me when his body is ready. I will definitely be holding him to it!

Don't be afraid to go out and try new things, like yoga. Everyone has to start somewhere and the benefits you will get from yoga will out weight any fear or uneasiness you have about trying it. It's a great way to feel good about yourself and treat your body well!

Namaste.

Friday, February 14, 2014

All You Need is LOVE...

" ...Love is all you need."

Happy Valentine's Day!! A day filled with pink, red, flowers, candy and most of all love. Some people are very cynical when it comes to today, but I say any day that reminds us to love each other is a good day to me! Don't buy a Hallmark card if you really feel like being against the card companies. I know I will be spending today telling people I love them, especially my hubby (knew that one was coming!). He is my rock through all things life has to give us and I love him to pieces!



We are having a quiet night in tonight (too much snow!) and he is cooking up some delicious dinner. Obviously wine will be included. We have no set plans for Saturday but Sunday I have a little romantic and fun date up my sleeve! I'm super excited for it, and will share more after the weekend.




I also just wanted to say that I found this great card company that you can send paperless valentine's for free! They are the cutest little cards with clever messages. I love the cards so much though, I think I may end up buying some paper ones for special occasions. What do you think?


So have a fun, love-filled weekend! Do something a little special for someone and I hope the karma comes back around to you. XOXO

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Charleston Charm.

"I'm going back to Charleston, where there is a little bit of grace and charm left in this world."

Kyle and I had the chance to go back down to Charleston this past weekend for a second look at one of my residency programs. He was unable to come down with me during my interview time, and I loved it so much I just had to bring him back. Sure enough, he loved the city too! It didn't hurt that we were in middle of another frigid week in the northeast, but I think Charleston at any time of the year seems fun!

We flew out Saturday morning and were at our hotel by noon. That is one of the great things about Charleston, the quick and easy access from the airport. If we end up moving here, people could drive if they wanted, but also the airport is so small and easily accessible from all areas of the city. Our flight down was only two hours. We probably waited at the airport longer than the actual flight.

We spent Saturday walking around the town a little, but mostly were preoccupied with some second look events. We met with a realtor and sat for a presentation of the costs of living down there, along with costs of buying/renting. Everything is SO much cheaper than where we are now. It seems like even as a resident and teacher we can afford something pretty nice! Saturday evening we were invited to an oyster roast at one of the physicians houses. We had a BLAST. Oyster roasts are so casual and fun, it was like we were at a family party rather than an event for an interview. I had never been to an oyster roast, and was happy to find out the oysters actually get steamed -- they aren't the gross raw oysters we were thinking of. (Nether of us cannot stomach raw oysters!) You stand over giant wooden slabs with garbage can holes in the middle and just shuck oysters over beers. My kind of relaxed and fun night!
Shucking my first oyster!
They also brought in caterers and had some good Southern BBQ. Pulled pork, mac and cheese, jambalaya, etc. It was quite the night and we had a great time talking with more residents and physicians. Such fun, friendly and down to earth people!

Sunday and Monday were then open for us to explore the city of Charleston and the surrounding areas. We have been told so many great food places we had to try, that we planned the rest of our weekend around food and drinks (the best kind of weekend if you ask me!). Sunday morning we woke up and got some coffee/tea and walked around the city near the Ashley River. It was so sunny and warm out, we were able to see so much and enjoy the fresh air. We honestly probably walked around for over 2 hours. What also was so cool was something called Second Saturday. Once a month King Street shuts down to traffic and all of the restaurants and shops kind of pour out into the street. It was really cute and so fun to be in the middle of a beautiful Sunday festival.
The hubs and me on our stroll.
For lunch we drove to a place called Fuel, which was recommended to us by some of the residents. It is an old gas station/service station turned into a restaurant, and happened to be on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. It was such a cool atmosphere, with half of the seating being outside on this awesome little deck. They are known for their fish tacos, so of course that's what I had to have. It was delicious and put us in the mood for our next stop, Folly Beach!
Enjoying a bloody on the porch!

Shrimp Tacos
Mahi Tacos with plantain fritters.

Folly Beach is off of James Island, a place we would possibly move to, so I had to check it out. It was so different than the Kiawah Island, which I had stayed with my aunt back in November. It definitely had more of that laid back, surfer, beach vibe going on. We really liked it! It was a cute little town with some hole in the wall bars and restaurants. Perfect for hitting up after a day on the beach. I was glad we took the time to go and see what it was like. It is pretty much a 10 minute drive if you live on James Island, and a 20 minute drive from downtown. Everything was so accessible, which we loved.
Pier at Folly Beach.
Sunday evening, after a happy hour at our hotel, we ended up going to eat at Poogan's Porch. We wanted to eat some southern fare without breaking the bank. Honestly, there are so many great restaurants in Charleston but a lot of them were a little more expensive than would could afford on this trip. Poogan's was recommended to us by many so we decided to try it out. Turns out they were having a "roll-back" the menu night and were serving all classic low-country food at a really reasonable price. Kyle got a salmon dish and I ordered the classic shrimp and grits. We enjoyed our dinners but both said we weren't overly impressed. I would definitely go back and try it again with the normal menu.

Monday we spent the day just walking round the city. Our flight left that evening, but we pretty much still had the entire day to ourselves. We had a quick breakfast at Kitchen 208, and then walked around the rest of the morning, popping into shops for some shopping, coffees, and samplings. We found a few great coffee shops we loved and this one great French cafe that seems to serve the most amazing lunches with fresh breads and cheeses. Very European. We stopped at a place on the water for a mid-day drink, which Kyle was happy about because he got to try Sweet Water IPA, which was recommended to him. He is such a craft beer man, that one.
Cutest wine bottle- thought of Amy!
We then stopped by this incredible sandwich place for lunch, which we just happened to walk past and see. It was called Brown Dog Deli, and had so many specialty sandwiches and fun things on the menu. I always feel like I'm more attracted to food places with animal names in the menu, especially dogs haha. We ate on this cute garden patio and honestly ordered some of the best sandwiches we've ever had. Kyle got a pulled pork grilled cheese that was so good we were smiling eating it. It had so many little extra things on the sandwich like pickled peppers, a special sauce,  that made it very unique and incredible. I had a sandwich with turkey, brie, apple butter and apples, etc which was also delicious. (But I think he won the sandwich war). We will be visiting that deli again if we come back, that's for sure!
Rainbow Row.
Overall, we had a great weekend, which was full of a lot of good food, exploration and meeting great people. Kyle loved Charleston just as much as I do, which makes me very happy and confident that if we end moving here we will be just fine. And with another 10 inches of snow and ice today..that seems like just the thing we want to do!


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Keepsake Shadow Box

Wedding planning has brought out my creative crafting side. During the planning process, I was constantly finding new DIY ideas to incorporate into the wedding and would find myself in the aisles of Michael's multiple times a week (sometimes multiple times a day). Before the wedding, it had been a longggg time since I had done any type of craft. I have to admit I had definitely missed it.

Growing up, I feel like my Mom always was coming up with little projects for us to build or make. She was also my girl scout troop leader (lame, I know), and so would have to come up with creative ideas that would entertain a group of 8 year old girls. There is just something calming and satisfying about making something with your hands, about finding an idea and then seeing it come alive through your work.

However, since the wedding, I have once again been lacking in the crafting department. These days, you can find so many clever ideas or projects to do that the possibilities are endless. Pinterest seems to be my go to place to look up fun things, and it never disappoints in the DIY project category. I have to admit, most of my DIY pins come from home projects, both gigantic and small, and I really cannot wait till we have our new place to try some of them out.

But in the mean time, I did come across a really easy way to save your wedding memories. I'm talking about the tiny details that you know you will keep, but don't necessary want to stick in a shoe box in your closet. Those invitations you may have taken months to finally pick out, pieces of your bouquet or the grooms boutonniere, or other small details of your wedding that made it so unique to you.

I found a shadow box on sale at Michael's, which obviously is the main piece of the project. I then bought some scrapbook paper for the backdrop. I think the biggest mistake I made was that I didn't even think about my flowers after the wedding. A lot of people immediately have them frozen or pressed, and I did neither. So when the time came to make a mini version of my bouquet for the box, my flowers were pretty much dead and not so pretty. Oh well, I still wanted to have them in there! I used fancy pins to secure each flower in one by one and created a small bouquet. I also put in some wine corks from the night and our engagement (from Laurita!) and a wand we had made from the ceremony.

Our wine corks.

Kyle's boutineer

Our wedding wand and invitation
It's simple, did not take a long time, and will eventually look great somewhere in our bedroom or on a wall with some of our wedding photos. Anything to hold the memory of that day, is a good project to me!

Final Window Box!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Snow Day! (& Superbowl snacks)

If there ever was a winter to invest in some snow boots... Holy cow, we have another snow storm! And I seriously still don't have any winter boots. haha. Uggs don't really count per say as "snow boots" because while they do keep your feet extra toasty, if they get wet they pretty much get ruined. So if Kyle and I ever trek out for a pint or snow stroll, I've been wearing my snowboarding boots and looking ridiculous while doing it. I need to be checking the sale racks. Thankfully, I don't have to go anywhere in the snow today, because the office I'm rotating at is closed. Besides that fact, I was probably going to have to drive on those same hills I got stuck on! No thank you, not doing that mistake again.

So today it's a hang out with Kyle, stay warm, watch a few movies, and make some soup kind of day. Maybe we will walk up to the gym. Maybe.

Let's also talk about the Superbowl and how it was Super LAME. Kyle and I went to a friends house for a potluck gathering and good times. While the friends/hanging out part was really fun, the actual game was so boring (to the non-Seahawk fans) and I wasn't even thrilled at the commericals. Bruno Mars did a kick-ass job though with the half time show! And I'm not gunna lie, I think I did a pretty kick ass job with the snacks!

I have never made meatballs before. I really don't know how that's come to happen, because they are so easy! I think it's because I've steered away from eating meat all the time, especially beef, so meatballs generally don't make me go crazy. I decided to go along with the football spirit of hot wings, and made Buffalo Meatballs. I followed this recipe but substituted ground turkey instead of ground chicken. (Also skipped the last step of butter + sauce combo) They came out so good! Satisfied the buffalo cravings without eating something completely fried 7x and drenched in sauce.

Just the right amount of celery, blue cheese, and hot sauce.


I also had an urge to bake yesterday, so I made these Lemon Blueberry Muffins. I loved how this recipe used Greek yogurt instead of butter, and added in oats and whole wheat flour instead of white. They actually came out more like mini-scones than muffins, which I think was even better! We will definitely be snacking on these with some yogurt as a quick breakfast during the week.


So many delicious blueberries!

Disclosure: I have become such a foodie and cooking obsessed person lately. So I may/may not be started to blog about what I've cooked and/or share pictures of it. I'm not a type out the recipe or come up with my own recipe kind of person. I usually just search the internet for delicious finds and then try them out. If Kyle approves, I usually will make things more than once! We also have been trying to eat a more diabetic-friendly, lower carb meals, so I may be posting more of that too!

Also, I saw this quote and I had to share. I love Amy, she is downright hilarious. I also just completely agree with what she is saying. I have such an urge lately for exploration, new adventures and experiences. I would much rather be doing things than talking about them!