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{asian turkey + green beans}

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It’s Thursday peeps.  I stayed up till the butt-crack of dawn prepping + cleaning + packing.  We leave for Portland today!  Anyone else do that?  The night before a trip, stay up all night cleaning + organizing + cooking + decorating…..absolutely anything to avoid packing?  I get this crazy urge to make sure my house is clean AF.  Just in case a robber breaks in, my shit looks nice and tight?  Ha!  No, really – I get a huge since of ease knowing everything is tidy and right where it belongs.  And it’s gonna be just like that when I return.  And I despise packing.  #tiredaf

So, as I was editing photos I thought – let’s keep it really real today.  Remember when I posted {things I’m afraid to tell you} and I admitted that “I don’t really have marble counter tops”  I get DM’s ALL THE TIME about my fake marble counters and it makes me laugh out loud.  I think out of all the 11 things, this is the one you guys liked the most!

 

Here’s what I see…..

Half drank glass of red wine, which is never more than an arm’s length away while I’m cooking.

Random spices.

Cutting boards + knives.

Props and dishes.

Marble slab my homegirl Sarah P gave me.  Sometimes I use a roll of marble wrapping paper too.

And lo and behold…my beautiful tile counter tops.

Would you even follow me or make my recipe if I posted that?  Ha!

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Cooking · Food · foodie · health · Healthy · Kitchen · Organization · Pumpkin · Recipe

{meal prep tips + greek salad}

Greek salad meal prep for a week!  4 days to be exact.  Because, even I, a creature of habit.  One that can eat the same thing over and over.  Can only do 4 solid days before I need something new up in the mix.  Ha!

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Before we get to the recipe, I’m going to answer a question I get ALL THE TIME.  Meal prep.  Who?  What?  How?

I know so many people who stop by the grocery store on their way home from work to grab that evenings dinner.  Personally that gives me the chills.  I despise going to the grocery store.  Well, other than Trader Joe’s.  So, I make it a once a week thing.  Which could give you the chills…lol.  With a little practice and some strategy, I promise you can do this too.  It’s such a life/time saver!

Tips for easy meal-prep

1 – Pull out your calendar.  Take a peek at the week ahead.  Realistically, how many days will you be home for dinner.  Meetings, sports, kids activities, happy hours all play into this.  My goal is to cook at least 3 of the weeknights.  And plan for leftovers the nights I wont have time.  Picking recipes that can double duty.  Like, cook extra chicken one night for dinner.  Make soup or chop up extra chicken for salads the next night.  I know that if I have a meeting on a Tuesday night, I need to:

A.) prep or cook the night before.

B.) plan something super simple.

C.) pick up dinner somewhere.

 

2 – Pick one day a week to decide on actual meals.  Every Wednesday I do my meal plan for the following week.  Now that you’ve figured out how many meals you need to plan for the upcoming week.  Flip thought magazines.  Scroll through pinterest.  Pull out all your fave cookbooks.  Just pick a day and make it happen.  I actually enjoy this part!  Then write it out in the notes on your phone.

Monday – chicken + rice + veggies

Tuesday – chicken tacos + green salad

etc…

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{sausage + potato + broccoli sheet pan meal}

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You guys, today is my first recipe post with my new blog format.  And I’m BEYOND excited to announce there is now an option to “print” the recipe.  Ahh!  I’m so frickin happy I could cry!  Ha!  This has been a long time coming and I’m crazy excited that everything is finally falling into place on this space of mine!

Pretty please drop me a line and let me know if it works properly for you.  And more than anything if you find this as helpful as I do!

Now let’s get to the recipe…..

So, you know I’m a big fan of easy weeknight dinners.  Let’s keep it real.  It’s such a busy time of the year.  Anyone else straight up dead at the end of the day?  But, still want to serve your family a healthy dinner and sit around the table?  Chat about the days peaks + pits?  Me too!

I made this super simple sheet pan recipe last night.  And it was such a hit at our house that I changed up todays original blog post to share it today!  I couldn’t wait.

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Cooking · Food · foodie · Healthy · Kid Food · Recipe · Trader Joes · Wine

{trader joe’s haul}

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I asked.  You voted!  128 YES “show us your TJ’s haul” So let’s do it!

I first wrote about my LOVE for TJ’s back in March of 2016.  Many of the items I’m sharing today, you will also find on  {20 trader joe’s products i’m obsessed with}

I re-read the post and I think this is my favorite part, and still totally true:

Little does anyone know, I’m mainly there for the flowers, cheese and carbs….maybe something organic.  Sometimes.

Haha.  100% accurate!  I reward myself with a bottle of chard + the 99 cent bag of dark chocolate covered almonds after every successful trip too!

It’s clear that I have a THING for Trader Joe’s.  Other than Target, it’s my most frequented store that I don’t hate spending time in.

Another, more recent post {food finds} I added some newer TJ’s finds.

One time I even blogged about {$12 grocery store arrangement} I but fresh flowers weekly and TJ’s by far, has the best + most inexpensive selection!  I also made {floral + herb smudge stick diy} with TJ’s stems.  Probably my favorite TJ’s floral purchase – eucalyptus.  Remember when I made this for my shower? {a little of this + a little of that}

And if you scroll all the way to the bottom, I’ve linked up all my Trader Joe’s recipes for you too!

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SOME OF OUR FAVORITE TRADER JOE’S PRODUCTS 

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{friday 5}

FRIDAY!  My second favorite F word!  I got everything marked off the to-do list…so you know what that means?  I’m so fucking ready for the weekend!  My last dry weekend…HA!  Still sober AF peeps.  We’re gonna have to discuss this more next week.  As it seems to be a hot topic.  Weekend plans: Kick it.  Dinner with friends.  Might check out a bike trail I’ve been dying to ride.  Workout (who am I?).  Catch some rays!  Before you cut loose for the weekend….

Let take a quick sec and chat about 5 things I’ve got on my mind!!

 

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ONE – Coffee Table // One of my favorite places to style in my home.  PSA: The Bath & Body Leaves candles are BACK!!  Get em while they last.  You can read about my love for this scent here: {friday 5} We cut some Mezger Zinnia’s ♥.  Remember when I told you I wanted to display all our seashells + beach treasures?  It’s really had to see here, but that glass jar…it’s currently holding all the sand dollars + driftwood + crab legs + whatnot’s that we’ve collected this summer.  I found it at good ol Target and it’s perfect.  1 gallon glass jar. I also picked up the marble “dipping” bowl which houses the matches.  And I can’t forget the Magnolia Table cookbook.  You guys, get your hands on a copy!  We’ve got a list of recipes to make!  Oh and our coffee table it’s marked down 1/2 off: Marble Knox Coffee Table

 

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Tank // Denim // Slides // Necklace 

TWO – Black on black // When in doubt, where all black.  It’s always, always a good idea.  I think my heart it telling me fall is upon us.  I keep pulling out all my black pieces.  This madewell top is so good.  Comes in white and a stone color too.  You can wear a regular bra…the straps cover that shit up!  These have been my go-to black jeans for the last year.  Love the distressing.  $12 Target slides + the necklace I can’t take off!

 

 

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{taco salad bowls}

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Surround yourself with tacos not negativity!  WORD!!!

It’s Taco Tuesday friends.  If you know me, then you know we’re having tacos tonight.  Sometimes we have tacos on Wednesday’s.  Even Thursday’s some weeks.  But, Tuesday’s.  Tuesday’s were made for tacos!

Tacos salad bowls have been on the menu quit a but lately.  I’m all about that easy + healthy weeknight dinner.  Here’s why:

  1. Simple + healthy + fresh
  2. I always meal prep the meat over the weekend so it’s ready to go.
  3. Customizable – each person can top their salad with whatever toppings they love
  4. Great for leftovers
  5. EVERYONE loves tacos.  EVERYONE!

 

The taco salad bowl shell is Bay’s new thing.  She loves them with pinto beans spread over the bottom.  Yumm!  Have you ever made them at home before?  You’re going to die when you see how easy it really it.  You don’t need any fancy cooking gadgets or tools either.

 

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Don’t get intimidated by the list of ingredients.  I will sometimes read a recipe and immediately say NOPE.  Just by the amount of items listed.  I promise you, this recipe is so simple.

Here’s what you need:

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Cooking · Food · foodie · Healthy · Recipe · Summertime

{caprese stuffed avocados}

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WTF happened to July?  How is it August?  August is one of my favorite months of the year.  It’s Bay’s birth month.  She’ll be TWELVE!  School starts!  Can I get a hell yeah?  The Yolo County Fair is 13 days away!  One last summertime Lake Tahoe trip is on the calendar!  And I can’t forget all the amazing produce.  We’re going to make a meal this weekend with all the ingredients that we can gather from the farmer’s market

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It’s been so damn hot!  The idea of cooking kinda kills me right now.  We’ve been grilling everything.  Then last night I turned on the oven + the stove.  BIG mistake.  So, I’m keeping it simple the rest of the week with no-cook meals.

Gonna get creative AF!  No boring half-ass meals.

What’s your all time go-to no-cook recipe?

I’d say mine would be caprese.  You can do so many things with the building blocks – ripe tomatoes + creamy cheese + basil.  Can you even go wrong with those three main characters?  I think not!

How about piled high in the center of a perfect avocado?

This is what dreams were made of…HA!

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Okay here she is – an easy, no-cooking required, on a busy weeknight, perfect appetizer, or side dish, throw together 6 ingredient, delightful AF, beautiful, fresh caprese stuffed avocados!!

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{sheet pan shrimp fajitas}

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Hey friends.  It’s Taco Tuesday, so this recipe seemed pretty necessary!  There are a few things I’m passionate about when it comes to Tuesday dinner.

  1. Tacos ALWAYS, tacos
  2. A cold one (bud light lime preferably) 
  3. Quick + easy

I’m a Mom with a blog (kinda like a dog with a blog…lol) + a full-time job, so anytime I can come up with a simple way to throw together a healthy dinner….I’m all about it!

Sheet pan recipes are so legit!

Let’s chat about some of my faves…..

Breakfast sheet pans?  Yassss: {sheet pan eggs}

My go-to, even made this last night, {sheet pan sausage + veggies}

I almost forgot about sheet pan sausage + veggies over roasted cauli rice {friday 5} yummm!

I make a mean sheet pan nachos too, Cory + Bay can vouch.  {weekend notes}

Last year I shared a chicken version {sheet pan fajita} Remember that one?

Sheet pans meals are so damn perfect.  One dish and your done!  Clearly, I’m a fan…lol!

I’m also currently HOOKED on Trader Joe’s Wild Argentinian Red Shrimp.  You can grab a bag in the freezer section for $9.99 and they are hands down the best frozen un-cooked shrimp around.  Trust me, okay?!?!

 

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Can we take a moment and taco-bout this taco holder?  I mean, you guys…it’s so necessary…lol!  For $7.99, there was NO way I could pass it up.  You can find them in the Opalhouse section at Target 🙂

 

Metal Taco Holder – Opalhouse ($7.99)

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{kaia BRIK goals}

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So, Kaia Fit Woodland BRIK began.  We’re right smack dab in week #2.  It’s been hardcore.  But, I love it!

I’ve gotten questions about when I’ll be sharing my pre-BRIK weight/measurements.  Well, I’m not!  I didn’t even do weight/measurements, to be honest.  No numbers.  No photos.  Not happening.

Here’s the scoop……

I generally consider myself to have a pretty healthy view of body image.  At 36, I have definitely spent years with my fair share of sad thoughts and imperfect expectations.  But for the most part, I feel like I’ve overcome insecurities + learning to be more and more confident.  Until the other day……

I let the scale ruin my day.  Sure it wasn’t what I wanted to see.  But the saddest part of it all is that I let that number (I mean numbersssss) define my day.

And that’s not ok!

So I’m doing BRIK a little different this time around.

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{mexican hot pot}

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M O N D A Y // back to work after 10 days of Spring Break. It’s bittersweet. I’m craving my routine + schedule, but feel like just one more day would sure be nice lol. Anyone else with me? And the rain in the forecast, I can’t. But it gives me a reason to share this soup recipe I’ve been saving…..

I’m sure by now we are all familiar with Pho.  That shit is delish.  And the Pho restaurant closest to us is called Pho King.  So, depending on how you pronounce Pho (“fuh”), the name of the restaurant if kinda fun to say.  Fuh-king.

Anyway, if you dig Pho, then you’ll dig this!  A hot pot is traditionally a Chinese soup containing Asian ingredient.  It’s prepared at the dinning table in a simmering pot of soup stock.  While the stock is simmering, ingredients are added.  Like, thinly sliced meats + veggies + seafood.  Then ladled over noodles, like Pho.

Sounds good huh?

Then you throw a mexican twist and ladle over rice.  Boom!  You’ve got a mexican hot pot.

Bay devoured this soup!  My Mom (the official taste tester) gave it a thumbs up.  So, it’s basically a keeper.  And a sharer.

This hot pot would be a fun dish to make for company.  Especially picky eaters.  Each soup bowl can be customized with favorite toppings.

I’m BIG on toppings.  The more the merrier.  Bay just a little cotija + lime and she’s good to go.

And you can’t forget the avocado crema.  OMG.  Crema is my jam.  Stir it in last-minute and you’ll be a happy camper.

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I was finally able to give my Martha Stewart cookware a run for it’s money.  Best gift ever.  Thanks Mom!!!

Here’s what you’ll need:

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