One of my favorite ways to ensure that I’m getting enough greens is by eating a BIG salad at least once a day (usually for dinner). Recently I went through a I don’t want to eat salad phase (I blame pregnancy), so I was making a lot of green smoothies instead, but my anti-salad days are over and today, I’m excited to share my current favorite salad recipe with y’all.
Continue reading “Lemon Tahini Dressing.”
I can’t believe it’s been over a week since I had to say goodbye to my Lily girl, and if I’m being honest (which I always am!), it’s been one of the most challenging weeks of my life. Yes, it is getting easier, but I don’t think the heartache will ever fully go away. I still cry every day, sometimes multiples times a day – usually in the morning, at 4:30 in the afternoon, and at night when I’m laying in bed. The morning and 4:30 because these were the times Lily used to remind me it was time to eat, and the evening I guess because my mind and body slow down, forcing me to focus on my thoughts.
Continue reading “A Final Goodbye to Lily & How to Make the BEST Hummus.”
Heartache comes in many forms, and this week I’ve suffered one of the worst heartaches I’ve ever felt. I lost my best friend.
I got Lily in 2005 as a 12-week old adorable puppy. She wasn’t expected – my boyfriend at the time gave her to me for Christmas, and at first, I was a little overwhelmed because I was in college and also working full-time. And also never expected a dog! I didn’t know how I was going to manage taking care of a puppy, but of course I could never send her back!
From day one I was in love with this pup. I took her everywhere that I could and I loved her beyond words. Lily has lived in 7 different houses with me and lived in 3 different cities. She traveled across the country with me and was there for me every step of the way these past 12 years – including my labor with Lucy, never leaving my side until it was time for me to go to the hospital.
Continue reading “Lily. My Best Friend.”
It’s that time of year again. Time for MANGO MADNESS!!!
Our tree is producing mangos faster than we can consume them, so yesterday I decided to whip up some delicious Mango Muffins. They are very similar to last year’s recipe, but I like these ones better.
I love making muffins. It brings me back to my glory days working at a coffee shop. A little fact about me: I worked at a coffee shop throughout college and for some time after. Still one of my favorite jobs because I met some of the most amazing people who I’m still friends with today AND I drank delicious (and free!) coffee all day long AND ate yummy pastries.
Continue reading “Fresh Mango Muffins.”
Wow. It’s been awhile. Sorry.
This is difficult to admit, but I have been feeling a little down lately. It may be a little bit of postpartum, or hormones, or maybe I’m stir crazy (it’s been raining a lot here so it’s difficult to go anywhere). I’m honestly not really sure. I may have it, or I may not. Hard to say really. The good news is, I’ve been feeling a lot better this past week – I’m realizing that I suffer mostly on days that Lucy and I can’t get out of the house. I’ve never been one who enjoys not doing anything – Bryan laughs at me because I can hardly sit down to watch a movie without having to get up repeatedly to do something.
Continue reading “Pasta with Creamy Pumpkin Sauce.”
There is something magical about hitting 6-7 weeks postpartum. Many of my momma friends told me that I’d start to “hit my groove” at this point, and so far, this has been the case. Bryan and I are feeling so much more confident about parenthood – not that there haven’t been moments of difficulty (SO many moments), but I feel like we finally have our feet planted beneath us. A huge shift from the first few weeks when we brought Lucy home. It feels really good.
Continue reading “Balsamic Bruschetta.”
Hi y’all! It’s me again. 🙂 Hopefully you haven’t forgotten about me as I’ve been on my “break.”
Perhaps I should come up with a better name, because anyone who has children knows very well that having a newborn is definitely not a “break.”
I’ll deem it a newborn hiatus instead.
Continue reading “Spaghetti Squash with Chickpeas.”