Wednesday, May 24

Clean Eating // Earl Grey + Strawberry Granola by YumUniverse

Source: YumUniverse

And now for the latest installment in the never ending back and forth saga that is me and clean healthy eating. I'm trying, y'all! I really truly am but lately I'm just kind of failing miserably. I start my days with the best intentions of consuming only healthy nutritious things, but then life kind of gets in the way and more often than not, my day ends up looking like this... a green smoothie for breakfast, my 2nd or 3rd cup of coffee and a handful of almonds for lunch, and a Little Caesar's Hot N' Ready for dinner. Yikes. Clearly balance is not my strong suit right now.

So it couldn't have come at a better time, when I recently received a copy of Pantry to Plate, the new cookbook by Heather Crosby of YumUniverse. Heather is somewhat of a clean eating guru and I've long admired her style and the seemingly effortless way she embraces a completely plant based diet. I'm currently cooking my way through Pantry to Plate and it's seriously changing my mindset about what I'm putting in my body. I love that the recipes are simple, flexible, and accessible, proving that while clean eating is definitely a journey to a lifestyle change, it doesn't have to be a struggle! I thought I might share some of my favorite Pantry to Plate meals here on the blog. Why not start with one that's the perfect way to kick off your day!




When I first cracked open the book, I was immediately drawn to this granola recipe for a couple of reasons. First of all, granola is my go to for a quick and filling breakfast or sweet snack. Secondly, this recipe is suuuper simple and it makes a big ol' batch. And last but not least, I love the way the citrus and vanilla notes from the black tea combine with the berries for a seriously unique twist on an old standard. Serve with Coconut Yogurt, homemade Dairy-Free Milk, or a scoop of Nice Cream (all recipes you can find in the book)!

Earl Grey & Strawberry Granola

Serves 8+

Ingredients

3 cups (240 g) rolled oats
1 cup (240 ml) raw, unpasteurized honey
¾ cup (105 g) raw, unsalted almonds, chopped
½ cup (70 g) raw, unsalted sunflower seeds
¼ cup (30 g) raw, unsalted pepitas
¼ cup (60 ml) extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon Earl Grey tea leaves, ground in coffee/spice grinder
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
¾ teaspoon sea salt

1 cup (20 g) dried strawberries

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C). In a large bowl, combine the oats, honey, almonds, sunflower seeds, pepitas, olive oil, tea, zest, and salt. Spread the mixture on a rimmed baking sheet in an even layer roughly 1⁄4 inch (6 mm) thick. Give it a light press and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, stirring every 
10 minutes, until toasty, golden brown. 


Once cooled, transfer the granola to a large bowl and break apart; fold in the strawberries. Store in an airtight container in the pantry or fridge for 4 to 8 weeks. 


Get your copy of Pantry to Plate here!


Recipe from YumUniverse Pantry to Plate © Heather Crosby, 2017. Photographs copyright © Heather Crosby, 2017. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Available wherever books are sold. theexperimentpublishing.com

Friday, January 6

NEW INTENTIONS FOR A NEW YEAR


The first week of 2017 has passed. It was a quiet and cold one around here. I spent most of my time hanging around home, cleaning the apartment top to bottom (there's nothing like starting a new year with a sparkling clean house!) and getting in lots of baby snuggles to stay warm. I also spent some time reflecting on a few intentions for the coming months. My intentions for the new year are far from lofty. I have a feeling this year is going to be full of changes for my little family so I'm already channeling all the chill vibes I can muster. This year, my goal is to keep it sweet and simple with a focus on slowing things down and living more mindfully. Check out my resolutions for 2017 below.




Learn // More about plants! I recently found out that the Garfield Park Conservatory here in Chicago offers horticulture classes through their volunteer sessions (there's also a composting and bee keeping program) How cool is that!? I'm so ready to take this crazy plant lady thing to the next level!

Make // With a new baby around, we're trying our best to eliminate products in our home that contain chemicals, perfumes, and dyes and make the transition to all natural. I've always wanted to try my hand at home made cleaning products so now seems like the perfect opportunity. Send your favorite recipes my way!

Do // Carve out half an hour in the morning just for me. Sounds like such an effortless goal, but I think it might be the trickiest to stay consistent with. As a mama, it's hard to find time to do the little things that I love so much- take a bath, read a book, practice yoga, even just sip a cup of coffee and stare off into space. Heck, I think any of us are hard pressed to find time for those little things these days! I'm making a promise to myself to wake up just half an hour earlier for a little alone time so I can be my best and most present self for the rest of the day! #selfcare2017

Explore // The city's museums, parks, and forest preserves. Free and baby friendly is the name of the game in 2017 and I'm so lucky that I live somewhere with so much to offer!

Do you do the resolutions thing? Have you set any intentions for 2017? Hope your new year is off to a lovely (and productive) start!

Shop my look: Oversized Knit Kimono + Floral Dress c/o Pink Blush  // Dolce Vita Booties sold out but shop similar here!

Monday, December 12

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE // HOSTESS GIFT


Tis the season for endless Holiday parties and visits to friend's and family's homes. There's nothing I hate more than showing up empty handed- total etiquette faux pas! But sometimes the traditional flowers or a bottle of wine seems so cliche. I put together this collection of fun and quirky gifts that will have your host wanting to invite you back again and again!

It doesn't matter whether or not your host is instrumentally inclined- even the most tone deaf will adore this colorful ukulele!

Full of recipes, how-tos, and anecdotes this coffee table book from Kate Spade will elevate anyone's hosting game. And I mean c'mon, that pink cover!

Who wouldn't want to cuddle up in this cheeky knit blanket from Cold Picnic!?

Candles make a lovely hostess gift but this super modern pyramid incense burner + copal incense sticks are way more unique.

If you're lucky, you'll have your morning coffee served in this oh so lovely copper French Press. And throw in the matching coffee scoop for good measure! (#seewhatididthere)

How gorgeous is this Candleholder String from ferm Living!

Enamel pins are all the rage so gift the cutest ones around! Herbie Heart by ban.do, Everything is Cool by People I've Loved, I Am Fun by ban.do

Vinyl is a way cool gift to give a way hip host. Score some extra cool points by going with something slightly obscure (like Miles Davis)!