Monthly Archives: March 2014

The Simple Life Friday

March 21, 2014

LIFESTYLE / Uncategorized

Happy weekend!! I’m really enjoying my petite, domestic, simple life this week..

1. I’ve decided to break up with dry cleaning for a while. Post to come. There is quite a satisfaction I get from a stack of ironed shirts. 
IMG_4081I wanted to get a little artsy with it. 

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2. This is me every other day. I go grocery shopping a LOT. I just buy a bag at a time and often I walk!

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3. I’m trying to really appreciate this bump and the freedom I have before the baby!Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

4. I got my weekly Japanese Ramen outing and it is still the most consistant craving I’ve had.

5. I am so thankful for my blog friends. I love having a community that goes everywhere with me. Thank you. XO

Linking up with the H54F crowd!

The Jungle Nest

March 20, 2014

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We all have our ways of nesting, creating an environment that is beautiful and comfortable. Since we have decided to remain California residents, I’m allowing myself to invest in plants. I’ve killed a lot of them in my life and I’m finally in a place to really learn how to keep them…alive. Chris said our place is going to start looking like a jungle…but that it’s ok. 

So THIS is my new place for inspiration: Rolling Greens Nursery. I went there this week for some new houseplants. They have incredible displays.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe cool plant “trends” can be found here. Sometimes I’ll go to a place like this for ideas and then execute them for a more reasonable price at Home Depot. 

There are 3 levels and a lot of parts look like artifact sites from a dig. 

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Here is a view onto the second level. 
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’ll post some pics of the plants at our home once they’re potted! What’s your latest decor desire and how’s your green thumb?

I have always LOVED the feel of a home with plants and nowadays it’s becoming more stylish. 

 

GF Almond Coconut Chocolate Chip Pancakes

March 19, 2014

Healthy Recipes / Recipes / Uncategorized

GF pancakes

These pretty much made our week here. Almond flour is my new power animal. These can be GF or not (just use regular flour). This is adapted from the back of the Trader Joe’s GF Flour bag. I added, subbed and twirled in some goodness.

GF Almond Coconut Chocolate Chip Panckes

 

Ingredients:

1 cup GF flour (or any other flour)

2/3 cup almond meal

3 teaspoons brown sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

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1 cup water

2 eggs beaten

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

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As many chocolate chips/cocoa nibs you can handle (I used Ghiradelli-sinful)

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Combine the flour, almond meal, brown sugar, baking powder and salt in one bowl. In another bowl, combine the water, eggs, vanilla and coconut oil. You want the eggs and the coconut oil to be similar in temperature. To achieve this, you may have to heat the coconut oil (microwave or stovetop) for a bit so it doesn’t turn solid once it hits cold eggs. If it gets a little chunky from the coconut oil solidifying, no worries, just combine as best you can and it will melt/mix in the pan. 

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Stir in chocolate chips.

This is a very thin batter. Using some coconut oil to coat a small pan, fill the pan with a thin layer of batter to make one big pancake and cook each side until browned. I cut them into quarters. I made ours medium thickness and big so it made 3 large pancakes (12 quarters).

We totally ate a whole big one a piece though!!! AH!

These are so flavorful, there really isn’t a need for syrup! Enjoy and let me know about any modifications.

The Love Bite

March 18, 2014

ROMANCE

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When Chris tells me he loves me, I often respond with, “Yes, but how do I know?” Very annoying. Well, the last time he replied with, “I always give you the good bite when we share food.” 

Wow. I am really loved. If I were a pooch, I’d be the one who would hang out in the kitchen. Not the one waiting for any crumb to fall, but waiting for you to slow cook some organic, grass fed, step 5 (basically someone read the cow bedtime stories every night), burgundy, short ribs and share a little with me because I licked your leg very gently and cutely.

How do you SHOW love? I seem to like showing off the amount of love I receive by my thigh size. Love that.

I Instagrammed this morsel I found waiting for me in the kitchen one afternoon. SOMEONE didn’t want to eat the last piece and leave me nothing. 

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Is he looking at the rest of the pizza thinking which slice should go to me? Hope so! 

Venice Beach

March 17, 2014

LIFESTYLE

We are so lucky to live just a few minutes from the beach….like 10/15 minutes but it feels close enough.

If you go down to the beach where we park, you can go left to “artsy” Venice Beach (a little more run down, you can always smell someone smoking pot and there are tons of flip flops for sale) or you can go right toward the Santa Monica pier (nicer and with more tourists). It’s like the Labrynth or red pill/blue pill of beach visits.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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This day we took a left to exchange a pair of flip flops I got for Chris (Havaianas-I bought too big). He surprised me by picking dark green when they were out of black.

ANY type of “style” choices by men will always shock me. Why? Because I grew up watching my mom choose every single piece of clothing my dad wore-and he liked it, teddy bear pajamas and all (ok, maybe not everything).Charlie is a good shopper. He always likes what you end up picking out too. Photos by Chris. Much better than mine, eh?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I’m digging in the closet for something green.

It’s Friday!!

March 14, 2014

LIFESTYLE / Uncategorized

What a great weeeeeek!!!! Yesterday, I found out I had some credit on my Gap Card and that there was a 40% sale at Gap for card members. SCORE! I could keep “saving money” but shop as well. You know that girl shopping math. I bought this demin jacket (here’s the pic on Instagram) but after coming home realized it was too big. I think I’ve got prego body dysmorphic or something. I’ll be going back today for an exchange b/c I really love it!

1. I got featured on The Grits Blog’s Little Friday Favorites for The Monthly FEMALE Normal this past week!!!

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2. Oh I made something delicious this week. Recipe to come soon. This almond meal is my new secret ingredient. 
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3. Ok , here are some surprise baby births for you. The women who “didn’t know they were pregnant” stories never cease to amuse me. I laugh but I guess this could potentially happen to me one day….
 
4. Smoothies are a part of every day California life! This one is blueberry, mango, banana, almond milk and greek yogurt. mango blueberry banana yogurt smoothie
 
5. The $200 H&M Giveway is still going!

 
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Have a WONDERFUL weekend!!!  

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