Southern flair in the Northern air...

Southern flair in the Northern air...

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

kabobs >> frittata


This past weekend was our first weekend back in Boston in several weeks.  To ease the pain of no longer being at the beach on a Friday night, I decided to make Paul a big meal for Friday night. I stopped by Whole Foods to pick up fresh healthy ingredients for the weekend.  

While in the produce section, I spotted some pre-made kabobs and decided to buy the ingredients to make my own, figuring I could make more for my money since I knew I had wooden skewers at home.  


{Ingredients: Red&Yellow peppers, local grape tomatoes, onion, mushrooms}

{I soaked the wooden skewers to try to avoid them burning on the grill}


I was able to make 6 total; one is not pictured. To make kabobs you chops the items up into big chunks, so the process is very fast.  These took me maybe 10 minutes.




{Skirt Steak!}


Not the prettiest picture I have ever taken - but it was one of the best home made meals in a while.  Simple vegetable skewers, cauliflower rice, roasted asparagus, skirt steak with only salt&pepper.  No processed ingredients, no additives, no stress! 

I have become a little neurotic about food as I am preparing to feed Roswelle real food...I'm working on finding the balance between feeding her healthy, organic, nonGMO, local food and being a realistic American (hehe...ehhhhhhh). 
<insert scared wide-eyed emoji here>

BACK to my post! The next morning I used the leftovers to make a frittata.  A new mom I met in a baby & barre class I go to gave me the idea - she said she just throws in her leftover veggies into a pie plate and adds eggs - so easy! 


{2 kabobs, cooked asparagus, raw kale and 10 eggs; butter the dish; baked at 350 for 35 minutes}







{I topped mine with feta cheese}







Paul and I ate the entire thing...plus a pound of bacon. In one seating. Good thing i'm training for the half!

Frittatas are our new favorite thing.  You can get really creative with it.  If Paul ate cheese, I would add a few scoops of goat cheese to it before baking. Next time I might add bacon IN the frittata - BOOM. 

frittatas make me say hakuna matata

Monday, September 8, 2014

Because it's Monday...


...thought I would share some of my favorite pictures and videos that make me smile...even when it's a Monday.

A lot of these pictures are from snapchat, which is an app I LOVE. One of my girlfriends from GA (mer-mer) and I communicate through pictures all day long. I share my first cup of coffee of the day with her, how I styled my hair (or sometimes lack of style aka bedhead all day), or something silly Roswelle did that afternoon and she shares her growing baby bump, her messy living room from her 2yr old Gable, and even pictures from her pillow at night telling me goodnight! 

Have a great day, y'all!





video




Still not so sure...

video


My brother Carson jokingly asked if the stroller straps are organic...unfortunately they aren't.  :O










{I love this picture}



Friday, September 5, 2014

Almond Pancakes


Just in time for the weekend...I have an almond pancake recipe for your Saturday morning breakfast! We made these last weekend at the cape on a whim - Paul looked up a recipe and selected based on the ingredients we had at the cottage.  It wound up being delicious and more importantly they looked good too.  I can't tell you how many paleo baking recipes I make and it just doesn't look as appetizing as the regular baked items.  I am someone that definitely eats with my eyes and I appreciate presentation of food just as much as the taste.  Bonus: after eating these health packed little cakes - you don't feel lathargic and in need of a nap.  I went on a run after eating these and felt great.  
If you are more of a waffle person - check out these almond waffles.


The recipe is simple  1 1/2 cups of almond flour, 3 eggs, 1/2 cup of milk, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.  Combine and your done.  This makes 6 pancakes.  I must warn you they are very...nutty. You can definetely tweak the recipe by using almond milk, adding coconut or regular flour for taste, etc.  The thinner the batter the thinner the pancake and vice-versa.  Have fun with it!




To balance the nuttines of the pancake, we make a wild berry compote.  Use frozen organic wild berries (Trader Joe's Fancy Berry medley is my favorite) and local honey.  Warm in the pan until a think sauce consistency. 


The key to the perfect pancake: no butter in the well heated pan and wait to flip until you see the bubbles! (pictured above)

{that's a beautiful stack of health if I do so say so myself}


        Enjoy! I enjoy mine with the berries AND maple syrup - organic obviously (I can feel my brothers rolling there eyes) ;)




Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Life Lately: 2014 Summer Wrap-up


Welp!...summer is officially over.  It was the busiest and best one yet, we made it to Truro 11 out of the 13 weekends we had available this summer.  This past weekend, Labor Day Weekend, was the best weekend of the summer in terms of beach weather - ending things on a high note. 

From Left to Right: Sandy, Ross, Paul, Roswelle, me, Jenny, Maddie, Rob.  We used a self-time to take the picture and I actually like that we are off center just a smidge.  

This past weekend we made it out to an early breakfast at my favorite spot in Provincetown.

{something was very intriguing apparently}

The girls are great early in the morning.  Paul and I will be making it to a lot more brunch spots than dinner spots this Fall, which is a-ok with me. 


By the end of the summer Roswelle was very used to the beach routine.










In between holding their babies up in the air, Rob and Paul played endless amounts of volleyball this Summer.





{Roswelle loves to sit up and LOVES tags!}


{Roswelle and Gigi (Sandy)}


{bath time}


{I think every baby should be bathed in the sink at least once}


{Madelyn Grace agrees with me}


{she looked like a doll to me the other morning at breakfast - hello eyelashes!}


{baby curls}


It was a great summer!  (thanks for posing Maddie!)


Personal update: tbt (on a Wednesday) to my cheerleading days.  I'm running the Newport Half Marathon on October 12th.  I'm up to 7 milessss.  I guess you could say I was giving myself a little pep/cheer/dance here (after completing the run).  Paul kept making fun of me for saying I needed to get amped up for my run but it is true!! It is hard to get myself out the door knowing I'll be running for over an hour instead of taking care of my baby/family.  I have to continue to work on taking care of myself and I know the healthier I am, the happier(and healthier) Roswelle will be.  

Sooooo long Summer.  I'm welcoming Fall with open arms (in a cute sweater/scarf/boot combo).  ;)