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Trader Joe’s Favorites

Trader Joe’s favorites: a mix of pantry staples, salad toppers, and kid snacks. Here’s the loot from a recent trip to stock up. The Monthly Stock Up Trip For Trader Joe’s Favorites We use Trader Joes as a pantry and freezer store. We make a weekly trip to Whole Foods for fresh produce, coffee, and all the other staples (milk, meat, etc). About once every other month I head over to Trader Joe’s to stock up on the things one can only buy there. That’s what TJs does best – unique store label foods. (And cheese!) Here is what I got! Salad Toppers Della at Plenty told me that these Parmesan Crisps make great croutons. What a great hack!! They...
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Soft Cinnamon Apples

These soft cinnamon apples have just two ingredients and are ready in 30 minutes in a rice cooker. They turn a plethora of crispy fall apples into bite-size pieces that taste like apple pie filling! I am always on the hunt for: 1) Apple recipes in the fall when I have a plethora of them in my fridge 2) Recipes that baby Birch can eat that don’t require teeth You can’t exactly gum into a fresh, crunchy apple. But these soft cinnamon apples melt in your mouth! The Trick Is Using A Rice Cooker If you don’t have a rice cooker you can make these in the oven or even a crockpot. But the rice cooker is the perfect blend...
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Citrus Curry Farro Salad

This citrus curry farro salad is a great lunch staple to make on prep day. Orange zest, currants, and roasted pistachios combine with hearty farro, curry-spiced sweet potatoes and fresh herbs for a mix of flavors you won’t be able to forget! Citrus Curry Farro Salad You have seen me eat this citrus curry farro salad with sweet potatoes many times! It’s my favorite dish on the Plenty menus. I insisted Della share the recipe with you all! She is a “little of this, little of that” naturally intuitive chef who doesn’t write things down. So I followed her around my kitchen one morning, taking notes and writing the recipe in detail for you guys. There are a few steps...
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Thanksgiving Charcuterie Board

This Thanksgiving Charcuterie Board how to has everything you need to create a professional looking cheese board in your home for just $60! All of the ingredients come from Trader Joe’s and the step-by-step instructions will show you exactly how to put them together to create a beautiful board for your Thanksgiving or holiday table.  Thanksgiving Charcuterie Board You guys! I am SO EXCITED to share this post with you!! Della of Plenty Cville and I came together to document her process of creating the perfect cheese board. Thanksgiving is days away, and I promise you can copy this board step by step and confidently serve it for your big day. (And all the holidays and parties beyond!) Looking at...
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Our Weekend: I’m All Ears

You might have seen on Instagram that sweet Birchie was not himself last week. After a few calls to the doctor I finally got an appointment because I knew something was wrong. My instinct was right: he had his first ear infection! Poor buddy felt awful and wasn’t sleeping well. By mid-day Saturday he was back to his smiles and eating well again. And sleeping as well as you can when you get your feet in a tangle!! Friday Dinner Sweet potato, sausage and apple hash with a fried egg on top! The base was from Plenty! Saturday workout + smoothie Both mornings Birch woke up around 5:00 but was able to go right back to sleep after a dose...
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Instant Pot Vegan Cream of Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup

The most comforting soup in all the land! This super easy and healthy Instant Pot Vegan Cream of Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup is the ultimate cold-weather meal. Stovetop option as well. So 2019 was the year of falling in love with the Instant Pot. I blame Jeff. He fell head over heels for it, making his lunches in this magical machine daily. Naturally I had to see what all the fuss was about. And alas, I get it! It’s a miracle worker. It gives an entirely new meaning to “set it and forget it.” I was so afraid to learn how to use it but the reality is that it couldn’t be simpler to use. I’m still obsessed with...
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Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan: Week of 11-16-2019

Save time and money by planning ahead with this weekly Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan, grocery list included! These recipes can be customized for many dietary needs. Enjoy! Sunday “Cheesy” Lentil Chili Casserole from Making Thyme for Health Prep Ahead Tip: Cheese sauce and lentil chili can be prepped in advance. Vegan/Gluten-free Substitutions: Recipe is vegan. Use gluten-free pasta to make GF.   Monday Vegan Tempeh and Kale Enchilada Casserole from Hummusapien Prep Ahead Tip: Cashews can be soaked ahead of time. Vegan/Gluten-free Substitutions: Recipe is vegan and gluten-free. Tuesday Roasted Garlic Kale Spaghetti Squash with Sun-Dried Tomatoes from The Roasted Root Prep Ahead Tip: Spaghetti squash can be roasted in advance and reheated. Vegan/Gluten-free Substitutions: Recipe is vegan and gluten-free....
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Pumpkin On The Porch

Remember when Pumpkin the cat hung out on my porch all the time!? Now I have a sweet little pumpkin baby plus some nice fall pumpkins AND a pumpkin yogurt parfait! Pumpkin or crab, he’s the cutest! Pumpkin Parfait This jar had layers of slightly sweetened pumpkin, greek yogurt, and granola. Almost as good as pie! Screened-in Porch Update On the topic of porches, the back porch is sporting some fresh white paint!! I am crossing fingers that Thomas will be able to install the screen tracks and railings this weekend. The shiplap against the house is still going up, and we’re not that close to be done but getting MUCH closer by the day! Birchie is still getting his...
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Happy Halloween & The Best Pumpkin Carving Tools

BOO!! Hope you have your pumpkins carved and ready to light tonight. See below for our new favorite pumpkin carving tools that we used to make the pumpkin above. Last year on this day we came home from the hospital with little Birch! It was a chaotic time to bring a newborn home, but also sort of a fun memory. Did I ever tell you guys that the night before a nurse came into my room in the dim light to check my vitals. She moved about the room doing business as usual and I barely looked up until finally she approached my bed….wearing a witch hat and full witch costume! I burst out laughing and said: “OMG you’re a...
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Athleisure Winter Favorites

Athleisure Winter Favorites A year ago I declared a handful of athleisure staples as  my “mom uniform.” This year’s uniform has a bit more variety, but as always, I live in mostly (black) athleisure staples that put comfort and convenience at the top of the fashion pyramid. Here’s what’s in this year’s wardrobe and what I love the most in my closet! Leggings, All Day, Every Day High Price Lululemon Align II 25″ = These are the uber popular super buttery soft leggings. They don’t have compression and feel like you’re wearing nothing at all! The waist won’t dig in at all. They’re best for under tunics and dresses and lounging around. Lululemon Wunder Under High Rise 7/8 = These...

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