Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Green Smoothie Recipe

One of my goals during this pregnancy and for the year is to eat more fruits and vegetables. We eat a lot of homemade meals around here, but I don't usually think through hearty sides or make adding healthy vegetables a priority. One way I've been sneaking veggies into our diet ((and have been since Knox started solid foods)) is throwing kale and/or spinach into our ((almost)) daily smoothies. It's a super easy way to add in some greens without changing the taste of an afternoon treat. The best way I've found to do this is to buy a big spinach and/or kale mix container at costco or Whole Foods and freeze it (you can divide it up into freezer bags if you want, I usually don't). This way, you always have greens on hand and don't have to worry about them going bad.

I saw a comment on instagram that said they use a green juice as their base and thats something I never thought of. Brilliant! I made a winner of a smoothie this week using some green monster naked juice and produce I purchased at Whole Foods and thought I should share it with you. You could also use some of their fresh pressed juices, but they're not pasteurized and it made this preggo nervous.



Ingredients:
1/4 cup Green Monster Naked Juice
1/4 cup water
3/4 cup spinach or spinach/kale mix 
3/4 cup frozen pineapple
1 cup coconut Greek Yogurt (good flavor and great source of protein)
1 banana 
(optional: ice)

Add ingredients to blender and blend on low for 60 seconds or high for 30 seconds, depending on your blender. This makes enough for two smoothies. 




Now, I like my smoothies more on the juice side than on the thick Jamba Juice side. You can alter this to your preferences. 

What other greens do you throw in? I saw a green drink the other day that had parsley in it. Made me wonder what other green veggies could be thrown in undisguised. 

love.

Friday, January 16, 2015

((art feeds))

I love seeing inspiring women do big things with their dreams. That's exactly what Meg, of Art Feeds, is doing. Instead of a simple Follow Friday on instagram, I wanted to write a quick post about Art Feeds. It is a nonprofit organization that fosters and facilitates emotional expression in children through art. You can read more about them and what they do here. Simply put? $1 = 1 lesson for a child. 


They also have a rad online store with comfy goods to wear, paper items (think stationery + prints), and stylish accessories. The interior of this cozy sweatshirt is the softest thing I own. My favorite item they have is this color outside the lines tee for kids..SO dang cute and what a fun project! All proceeds go to fund Art Feeds. They also have a #doubleyourgive campaign so that when you donate to Art Feeds, you also receive a gift to give to someone and a card explaining what was donated on their behalf. 


I found Art Feeds through instagram (through Meg) and you can follow them, too,here. It's such a fun feed to follow! 

What other rad businesses / non-profits have you loved hearing about lately? 

love.

Friday, January 9, 2015

coffee donuts repeat

outfit details: tee // jeans // booties // cup ;)

Yo. I forgot to put these ((cozy fit)) weekend tees in the New Year sale, so through today they're marked down to $25. You're welcome. ((sizes going quickly, so hop to it)) This design is also available in a raglan pullover for these frigid temps. 

and p to the s: make sure to check the unisex sizing info before you order to make sure you're ordering the correct size! 

love.








Wednesday, January 7, 2015

a little outfit schmoutfit

Sweater: ((old)) anthropologie. (kind of similar here. and here
Lace crop long-sleeve (the mauve-y colored layer): Free People here (navy option here)
Voile & Lace Slip: Free People (ivory option here and on sale here, olive version, burgundy version)
Skinnies: AG (found here)

The amount of times I've worn this outfit in some form or fashion the past week is ridiculous. What can I say, I like to wear my wardrobe and I've definitely gotten my money's worth so far! There's something about the wintery and snowy weather we've been having that makes me want to wear ALL THE LAYERS. This outfit is just the right amount of bohemian and I'm planning on getting another color in both of the Free People items! Just gotta save those pennies :)

Hope y'all are having a great week. Just thought I'd throw in a light hearted outfit post into the mix. 

love.







Friday, January 2, 2015

2015



I'm somewhere in the middle of all of the posts I see about the New Year. I'm somewhere in between LET'S MAKE ALL THE THINGS HAPPEN and meh. It's a new year. I'm more melancholy than normal about the new year, but I'm also hopeful. 

You see, 2014 was tough (understatement) but I also felt the Lord so strongly so many times. The Lord changed my life through hardship and through joyful times. He was so evident in every nook and cranny of my year.

I'm a small business owner, so I obviously like to dream big and set goals and make ideas come to life, but I also am unorganized and sometimes can be rather lazy. I have a hard time shuffling everything and at the end of the day, I'd rather sit on the sofa and watch TV with Chase than go down into the studio and package 75 orders. During the day, I'd rather play with Knox than peruse instagram (though many times, I find myself mindlessly scrolling through my feed). Sometimes my workload and inbox is crippling..and instead of tackling it, I ignore the problem. 

I've resolved all the cliches in years past - to be more organized and work out more. Stop drinking dr. pepper and meal plan more consistently.

But this year, my resolution is simply to live life. 

Want to join me in that?

Whatever that looks like for you, be it:
Being present. Making goals. Running after a dream. Being still. Taking risks. Taking the time to daydream. Having hope. Choosing joy. Traveling. Being content. Seeking after the Lord. Self-care. Trusting God more. Killing sin. Kicking bad habits. Taking time to be creative.  

However you live it out, make 2015 a year of life worth living.  Because if nothing separates us from the love of Christ and we are more than conquerors, then we have no excuses. 

"Life or bust."

love.


Monday, December 22, 2014

((recipe)) candy cane chocolate chip cookie sandwiches

((Tap Tap))

Is this thing on?

Seriously, y'all. I have no idea how a month went by without me blogging. I'm not going to apologize, because I do what I want buuuuuut...here I am! With a delicious "recipe!"

If there is one thing I'm not about during the holidays - it's the hustle and bustle. I mean, what good is taking time off from work if you're just going to stress and make more work for yourself? I'm not talking about joy-filled and life giving things like buying gifts and wrapping presents -- but making sure you bring a homemade fancy dish to every Christmas party you go to? No, thanks. I'd rather sit by the fire watching The Santa Clause for the fourth time this month while sipping hot cocoa with whipped cream and crushed candy cane pieces on top. Wouldn't you?

And speaking of crushed candy cane pieces ((they're just so festive and pretty!)), today's "recipe" is a semi-homemade delicious treat that everyone will love. The best part? They're so stinking easy to make. ((hint: one of the main ingredients is store-bought!))



Candy Cane Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches 
Makes/Serves: 7

Ingredients:
Half a cup of butter
1.5 cups of sifted confectioner's sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 box of candy cane chocolate chip cookies ((365 -  whole foods store brand - they're free from artificial flavors and sweeteners and suuuuuper delicious))
2 candy canes, crushed

Directions:
Step 1: Make a simple buttercream frosting by creaming together slightly softened butter and sifted powdered sugar. Mix on low speed for about a minute and then on medium speed for 3 minutes. Fluff that butter up! Add vanilla and beat for another minute or so. Optional: Fold in a tablespoon of crushed candy cane pieces. 
Step 2: Crush candy canes and place in bowl. You can either pulse them in a food processor or break up into a ziplock baggy and hit with a wooden spoon. 
Step 3: Place a good amount of frosting onto 7 of the cookies. Top with remaining cookies, push a bit to make the frosting reach the edges. 
Step 4: Roll around in or sprinkle with candy cane pieces.
Optional: Place in refrigerator for at least 20 minutes so that buttercream can set up and won't just ooze out when you take a bite.



Enjoy, y'all! I hope you have a happy holiday - whatever you're celebrating. 

love.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Oh, Sweet (Potato) Joy! ((a Thanksgiving recipe))



Oh my goodness. It's Thanksiving week and I can smell the Greenberg smoked turkey already. My mouth is watering in anticipation of my favorite comfort foods all in one meal. Since moving to Colorado, we've attended "Friendsgivings," hosted Thanksgiving at our home a couple of times - once with family and another with friends that are like family, and have also traveled back to the Fatherland of Texas to sit back and enjoy other people's cooking. One thing I've learned? Everyone likes their sweet potatoes served differently. From sweet potato pies to sweet potato hash, sweet potato casserole, open faced sweet potatoes with marshmallows and everything in between --- I thought I would share my favorite way to eat these orange-hued legumes. If they aren't your thing (hello butter and sugar. let's get decadent), you can find other amazing Thanksgiving recipes here

Not in the cooking game this year? Rather take a hike or do a 5k Thanksgiving morning than spend it in the kitchen? No worries - just don't forget that you can pick up SO many delicious Thanksgiving side dishes - already made for you - at your local Whole Foods. You can swing in or order here



So, back to the recipe. I am not afraid of sugar or butter - but I DO want to use the least amount possible for maximum flavor ((Take a box of mac n cheese, for instance, it usually calls for like 4 tablespoons of butter. It tastes exactly the same with 1 or 2)). 

Ingredients:
4-5 sweet potatoes 
1/4 to 1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp of cinnamon
2.5 tablespoons of butter
1/8 cup of milk ((you can use heavy cream for more decadence, I was fresh out ;) ))
1 tsp of vanilla
dash of salt
1 egg
marshmallows ((yes, even whole foods sells marshmallows!))

Step by step ((day by day)):
1. Bake or boil potatoes, then peel. I usually choose to bake them because I love the smell and I think the peel pulls away easier that way. Bake at 400 for 45 minutes to an hour. 
2. Place in kitchen aid mixer and beat for 30 seconds or so. This will break up the chunks and strings. It also cools down the potatoes a bit.
3. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, vanilla and salt.
4. Taste and add more ingredients, to taste, or as you feel is needed. 
5. Add milk and egg, beat until incorporated. ((I like to add the egg at this point because if the potatoes are too hot, in my head it will somehow make scrambled eggs)).
6. Place in baking dish and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. 
7. Take out of the oven, top with marshmallows ((it's Thanksgiving, calories don't count!)) and broil until marshmallows are golden brown. I may or may not have caught these on fire first time around.

Enjoy!

love.

This post is sponsored by Whole Foods. Opinions and recipes are my own. xo