Monday, September 28, 2015

((recipe)) EASY Pumpkin Waffles

It's officially the season of all things pumpkin and I have to admit, I'd rather drink THIS or THIS than everyone's beloved PSL, but I can definitely get on board with some pumpkin treats. Every Autumn we make several batches of pumpkin muffins by mixing spice cake mix with a can of pumpkin. They're super easy and delicious, so  I thought I would try the same method with pancakes or waffles. 

I used Birch Benders six grain cinnamon pancake & waffle mix that you can purchase at Whole Foods and a can of 100% pure pumpkin puree. 

Step 1:
Heat up the waffle iron while you're mixing your ingredients. Spray iron to make sure the waffles don't stick.

Step 2: 
Mix 2 cups of the waffle mix with 1 cup of pumpkin puree. Add a tablespoon of oil and then one tablespoon of water at a time until the mix is moist, but not too wet. (I usually add 2-3 TBSP of water)

Step 3: 
Add about a half cup of the mixture and add more if the waffles are too small when they come out. Every waffle iron is different, so adjust accordingly. 

Step 4:
Top with butter and maple syrup and GO. TO. TOWN. 


Friday, August 28, 2015

Roast those Chiles

One thing that I probably should start buying in bulk because I purchase a can or two every week at the grocery store: Green Chiles. 

It's the season for Hatch Green Chiles around these parts and when I was at Whole Foods this week, they also had some Colorado local chiles (Pueblo, CO) so I picked up a ton. I roasted them by washing, cutting in half length-wise scraping out the seeds and  putting them on a baking sheet on a sheet of tin foil. I put them under the broiler for a bit until they were nicely charred. I had just cleaned my stove top or else I would have just roasted them on an open flame. 

I plan on freezing lots of them for future recipes and then today, I added them to some cornbread. SO GOOD. It's such an easy addition that makes for tons of flavor. Add as many as you desire into your normal recipe. ((this recipe is BOMBBBBB but you can also use a store-bought mix if you desire. This time around, I used the organic cornbread mix by Arrowhead Mills ((also found at Whole Foods)). I added the chiles after I poured the batter into the baking dish to make sure they didn't get coated and settle into the bottom. 

This is such an easy side dish for Fall soups & stews (like my favorite tortilla soup recipe), but would also be great for tailgating and hosting football watching parties this season (WHOOP!). 

TIP: If you don't want to roast and dice these yourself, Whole Foods Markets near you are roasting these fresh daily—you can throw them into dishes with ease, or freeze them and enjoy later! 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

A David Kind Experience

I've worn either glasses or contacts since the 7th grade. I had a friend whom I always begged to wear her glasses, so maybe that's to blame. For the record,  she blames me for her bad handwriting because in second grade we would compete with who could finish our cursive writing assignments the fastest. That's neither here nor there, I suppose. 

I stuck with contacts for a long time, but it's just so dry here that I'm rarely comfortable in them. The past few years I've found my comfort level in fun frames, but buying online is a must ((because who has time for the whole eye doctor dance?)). I've bought a few pairs that have turned out hideous on me, and even though those websites had decent return policies, it was just a huge hassle.

Just before Owen was born, it was time for some new glasses and David Kind came to the rescue. Have you heard of David Kind? I love the timeless & elegant vibe this company gives and the home try on kit is my jam, as a busy mom running my own business. They sent me a box of frames to try on after I told the stylist some preferences. I picked a few (three) and she picked a few more based on my preferences and try-on frame choices. My stylist (hi, Laura!) is an optician herself, so I felt like I was in great hands. 

I love the quality of these glasses and that the shape is different from my other frames. ((truly, the quality difference is evident in these vs my other glasses)) I had a hard time deciding, but finally went with the Clover frames. All around, it was a great experience and I would definitely head to David Kind first for my next pair of frames. 

Here are some photos of my new frames in action.

Oh, and Knox likes them too ;)


Monday, July 27, 2015

I Know the Heart of Life is Good

What I want to remember in this season of life...

Not the extra baby weight that's hanging around my midsection, arms, face and thighs, but  that Owen is worth the chub and the look on Knox's face when we surprise him with going to get donuts after dinner is just too good to pass up.  

Not the stretch marks around my belly button, but that I embraced summer, wore my swimsuit and met friends at the pool to watch our kids laugh & splash around.

Not the dishes that pile up when I can't seem to find time (or get my priorities in line) to conquer the pile, but that I have a husband who will come home, serve me and make those dirty dishes disappear. 

Not that Chase and I are sometimes like ships passing in the night while we tag-team changing diapers, bedtime routines and household chores - but that we are serving each other and taking "shifts" and are working as a team ((and that it will get easier!)).

Not the endless bills from pregnancy and delivery and the weeks after, but that the Lord provides. 

Not the tantrums when Knox is acting out from all the recent change, but the way he adores his dad, the way he says "school buses (school bussies)" and his curious face when he asks, "oh, what's dat noiiiiiise?"

Not how loud Knox is when he wakes up Owen when I fiiiiiinally get him to sleep, but the way he sings/shouts "HEY! HO!" when the Lumineers play in the car. 

Not the weeds that seem to take over our yard, but the wildflowers that I grew from seed. 

Not how stressful trying to juggle my business and life can be, but that the Lord provided an awesome nanny to hang with Knox once a week so I can get all that work in (almost) uninterrupted. 

Not that we are far from family, but that we get to soak up the time and make the most of it when they do visit and when we get to go home. 

Not the sleepiness when I want to go back to sleep, but the rich taste of coffee in the mornings...and afternoons. ;) 

Not the waking up a million times in the night, dizzy from sleep-deprivation, but the sweet coos Owen makes as he nurses and the cuddles as he falls back asleep.

Not the low number in our bank account at the end of the month, but the memories made ((and the cotton candy consumed)) at a spontaneous trip into Denver to watch the Rockies play the Rangers. 

Not that life can be exhausting and hard, but that it is rich and that the Lord is good.


Monday, July 20, 2015

Oh, Sweet Joy! + Fresh Bib

Hey everyone!

I recently had the opportunity to collaborate with one of my favorites from the internet, Brooke. She and her hubby run Fresh BiB, a fun spin on a subscription service + one stop baby gift shop. It's such a unique idea and I can vouch, first hand, that they are packaged adorably (and sustainably) and the bibs are incredible quality. They want moms to feel special and receive something that is exciting and fun. I love that. My favorite detail? The bibs are made with green thread and snaps to remind mamas that every day is a fresh new start - something that I need to be reminded of every second of every day. 

So, for our collaboration, I picked the cactus fabric ((HEART EYES)) and she picked the contrasting reverse fabric for the other side. It's unisex (holla) and just TOO cute to handle.  The July subscription box includes my go-to vanilla ice cream recipe and a fun bamboo spoon. 

I think that a Fresh BiB is THE perfect shower gift - it's unique, attractive and a nice change up from diapers or onesies (which are equally needed). Not to mention, it's obviously a fun little box to receive if you want to treat yo'self and yo'baby ;)

"Brooke and Adam are fully aware that a monthly bib subscriptiion can't solve sleep deprivation, take the 3 am feeding shift or change diapers - but, Fresh BiB can remove the need to spend countless hours searching for cool bibs online, provide a dose of fun every month and give you back a little of your day by protecting your child's clothes from stains and drool. Grab your Fresh BiB and get on with mommyhood. Adventure awaits."

Do you follow @ohsweetjoy on instagram? Stay tuned for a giveaway later this week where TWO winners will win a Fresh box. Grab your bibs, paci clips and more here or subscription box here

You can also read a little interview with yours truly riiiiight over here. 


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

shop update

It's been a while since I've blogged about a shop update, but we've had lots of fun things going on over in the Oh, Sweet Joy! shop!

There are some fun new "boutique" items including kimonos and (now sold out) layering tanks. I also made some really fun bolo tie inspired bohemian necklaces with leather cording and agate slices. They're all one of a kind and I am having a hard time not keeping them all! 


Monday, June 22, 2015

Fresh Summer Salad with Grilled Steak ((Recipe))

There is nothing more enjoyable to me in the summertime than a fresh salad and a good protein to top it off with. Grilling is crucial part of enjoying the longer days Summer has to offer and the meal is especially gratifying when there are multiple colors on the salad. This Summer salad with steak has greens, purple, red, yellow, and it's filling, to boot.

Chase and I picked up some fresh salad ingredients + sirloin tip steaks that were on sale at Whole Foods, as well as a delicious marinade ((and of course some flowers)).  The marinade was a basic steakhouse flavor in a jar that was by the meat counter. His brother, sister and their spouses were spending the night with us, so we were wanting to enjoy an outdoor dinner. This definitely hit the spot.

Here's the ingredient list, the "recipe" is self explanatory ;) ((served 6))
Mixed Greens or 2 heads of romaine 
Grilled Corn (2 cobs)
1 pint of Cherry Tomatoes, sliced in half
1/4 cup Cilantro
Avocado, sliced  (2)
1/4 Red Onion, chopped 
Queso Fresco 
Olive Oil 
Lime Juice
Salt & Pepper
2 lbs steak

For the dressing:
I just used olive oil and lime juice, along with salt & pepper. You can always add more, so use the olive oil sparingly and toss until you get the right amount without it getting soggy. 

Serving Suggestion:
Toss the cilantro with the lettuce and dressing...then let your guests add everything else in by having the toppings in individual bowls. More dishes, but that way it's customizable for preferences. 

After the fresh and delicious salads, we balanced out the health factor by heading into Boulder to our favorite gelato spot, Fior Di Latte. It's seriously the best. We recommend the affogato with mexican coffee gelato and the s'mores gelato. :)