Coconut Lemongrass Ginger Popsicles

date06.21.16

Coconut Lemongrass Ginger Popsicles

Summer 2016 introduced itself like a warm hug from that one friend who holds on just a little too tight, too long. At first it feels awesome, but then you’re like “C’mon dude – too much!” And now I want to curl up and live inside my freezer with these coconut lemongrass ginger popsicles forever. Zoella and I legit escaped the heat by opening the freezer to look at them several times today. It’s our happy place.

We spend most of her awake time cycling between opening all the windows in the house, deciding it’s still too hot, and closing them again to go for a breezy stroll. Maybe this house-sized sauna is the real reason the cat keeps sneaking out.

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Green Goddess Pesto & Goat Cheese Bites

date06.17.16

Green Goddess Pesto & Goat Cheese Bites

After frustratingly spending all day as a human pacifier, we started helping Zoella learn to put herself to sleep last night. She fended off fussies with her whole fist in her mouth. And though she can’t sit up or crawl yet, she pivoted perpendicular to her crib. It took every ounce of restraint not to just shove my boob in her mouth and call it a night as I have for the past two weeks. Instead I ate this green goddess pesto straight from the jar (<—stress eater!).

BUT! She slept 11 hours last night (with me sneaking in twice to feed her while she slept) and put herself back to sleep when she briefly woke up at 2:30am. Once we cure the no nap situation, we’re going to be a house that sleeps once again. Bribing her with cold hard cash so far shows no results.

Also, can someone come feed me while I sleep? That sounds awesome and like a total time-saver.

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Cinnamon Raisin Seed and Nut Bread (Gluten-free & Vegan)

date06.07.16

Cinnamon Raisin Seed and Nut Bread (Gluten-free & Vegan)

This bread is an ode to my dad and the cinnamon raisin bread bars he’d toast for his breakfast every morning when I was a kid (not for me – I turned my nose up at anything with mushy cooked raisins in it). Mornings are my dad’s jam. For me, they’re the absolute worst.

But having a loaf of this cinnamon raisin seed and nut bread on hand makes them significantly more bearable. Especially when your baby seems to have inherited some of her grandpa’s AM enthusiasm (the happy part, thankfully – not the early part…yet.).

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Matcha Breakfast Brûlée + How to Choose Matcha

date05.25.16

Matcha Breakfast Brulee

New life skill: doing all the things I used to do…while holding or wearing a 15lb baby. Like brewing a morning matcha latte with a babe on the hip and other very normal things like cutting strawberries (one-handed…machete style) and torching a matcha breakfast brûlée.

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Lemony Roasted Asparagus and Cauliflower Salad

date05.19.16

Roasted Asparagus and Cauliflower Salad

Meal planning has gone out the window of late. You can find me walking through the supermarket like a zombified hungry teenager scavenging for anything that looks and sounds appealing at that moment. If a hungry teenager liked produce more than chips and always wanted ice cream.

Instead of chaotic shopping, I like to think I’m playing a week-long game of Chopped: Tired Mama Edition. Once Lucas gets home from work, I get 30 minutes to put the random ingredients together to make a dish. This lemony roasted asparagus and cauliflower salad comes together with the things you’ll find in my fridge at all times for the past month: asparagus, cauliflower, lemons, pine nuts, and parmesan. Tossed together for a perfect springtime Memorial Day potluck salad.

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Harissa Snap Peas with Cashew Hummus & Sunflower Seed Za’atar + New Mama Reflections

date05.10.16

Harissa Snap Peas with Cashew Hummus & Sunflower Seed Za'atar

On our first evening away from our new babe, we snuck off to Gather to celebrate my birthday just the two of us and ordered way too much food – as though it’d been over a month since we’d eaten dinner at the same time (it had). We spoke a love song to the platter of cashew hummus topped with harissa snap peas and sunflower seed za’atar we ordered. For at least 10 seconds before transitioning to talking about how much we love Zoella for the rest of the meal and rushing home to our love bug lickety-split.

On our first night home from the hospital though (the second time) a month earlier, when we were finally beginning to figure out what it means to be a family of three, I worried that I didn’t love her enough. Spoiler alert: We’re about to dive into the emotional junk that came with becoming a new mom, but if you’re like “woah woah woah, I just came for a recipe! x out! x out!” feel free to just skip ahead to the snap peas. They’re killer.

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Salmon Tacos with Green Onion & Asparagus Salsa

date04.28.16

Salmon Tacos with Green Onion & Asparagus Salsa

Raise your hand if you’ve ever had popcorn and ice cream for dinner because the thought of figuring out what to eat, going to the store, and coming back to cook it was enough to make you need a nap. Real talk. That’s basically mealtime with a new baby in a nutshell. (Also: when can I get that nap?). What if I told you someone would do the recipe planning and shopping part for you and you’d spend only 30 minutes in the kitchen before chowing down on these healthy salmon tacos?

You’d probably get that nap. That’s what.

Today I’m stoked to share about my collaboration with Sun Basket – what kept us nourished for the month after Zoella was born and brought these salmon tacos into my life.  But first: let me paint the scene in our house.

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Gluten-Free Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with Crumb Topping

date04.21.16

Gluten-Free Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

This morning I found a pint of vanilla ice cream in the fridge when I reached for the yogurt. That’s what kind of day it was. A melted ice cream kind of day. (For the record that was a midnight #dadfail – not a #momfail). You know what that vanilla ice cream would be great on top of right now? Strawberry rhubarb pie.

Lucky you, my friend Lisa from Healthy Nibbles & Bits is popping by today to share her rustic crumb-topped strawberry rhubarb pie with you. I’m hoping to be back in the kitchen soon, but I’m super stoked (and grateful!) to have Lisa filling in for me while I figure out my groove with the little but ferocious boss babe. Lisa and I became fast friends over a to-be-continued attempt at hibiscus macarons (we’ll get that right eventually!). She makes clean bright gluten-free recipes and breathes so much life into them with vibrant photos (my current obsessions: Jamaican jerk tofu stir fry & sushi burritos). But guys, her newest side project is proof that this girl is busting with artistic creativity: art on toast, folks (and she takes requests *wink*).

Let’s all ogle over this juicy strawberry rhubarb pie now, which is making me want to bake up the strawberries and rhubarb in my fridge…aaaaaand binge-watch Pushing Daisies. Take it away, Piemaker Lisa.

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