Happy Easter Weekend!!!

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Wishing you all a Happy Easter weekend! Take time to worship and remember the selfless act of unconditional love the Lord took for all of us.

Enjoy spending time with your families!

Here is a video I found of a little girls explanation of Easter and the resurrection of Jesus. So so so adorable. Enjoy!

1 Peter 1:3
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead… (NIV)

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10 Minute Pasta !

Sometimes I just don’t feel like going to the grocery store, especially now with an 8 month old. Yesterday was one of those days. Luckily my husband didn’t want a lot of protein in his pre game meal so I didn’t have to trek to the grocery to get my usual pound of ground. I decided that I would use what was on hand. We ate chicken and waffles the night before so I wanted to make something fresh, light, quick and EASY! I came up with this simple recipe  using things that I already had in my refrigerator. Turns out he loved it. It’s a great vegetarian option too! Try it and let me know what you think in the comments below!

Ingredients 

2 handfuls of cherry tomatoes(halved)

1 small shallot chopped

3 cloves of chopped garlic

handful of FRESH basil chopped

a sprig of fresh rosemary

3 tablespoons of butter

3 tablespoons olive oil

a pinch of salt

1 package of Capellini pasta

Parmigiano Reggiano (to taste )

Bring a pot of COLD water to a boil on the stove. While the water is heating up, place your skillet on med high heat and sauté the butter, olive oil, garlic and shallots in a pan until the shallots become translucent (not brown). Add in the rosemary , cherry tomatoes and pinch of salt for flavor. Sauté for about 2 to 3 mins and add in your chopped basil. By now your water should have come to a raging boil. Add in your capellini pasta and cook as directed on the package (usually about 3 mins). Drain the water from the pasta and add in your tomato mixture. Mix together well and then plate the pasta. Top with fresh Parmigiano and enjoy! DSC01526 DSC01527 DSC01529 DSC01533 DSC01537 photo

Game Winning Salmon!

I hope I don’t jinx myself with the title, but this salmon recipe is truly delicious and my husband did win a big game the night after I made this meal… so I’m sticking with the title.

This is another great quick and easy salmon recipe that takes about 30 mins total. I am all about a sweet and savory dinner. This recipe is just that! I cut out majority of the bad fat by using coconut oil. The fish came out moist and buttery without using any actual butter. Perfect! I paired it with a delicious homemade mango salsa which I will post the recipe for following this post. I hope you enjoy this dish as much as we do!

*** I also paired the fish with oven roasted asparagus. place the asparagus in a baking sheet drizzle with a little bit of olive oil and sprinkle with coarse sea salt (any salt will work but I love using the coarse sea salt) bake in the oven at 425 for about 15 mins. ***

Ingredients

6 salmon fillets (6oz each) – i used king salmon

salt and pepper to taste

1 tsp of both freshly grated ginger and garlic

3/4 cup of brown sugar

handful of coarsely chopped pecans

2 tbsp of coconut oil

Preheat your oven to 425. Place your salmon fillets in a baking dish and add a generous pinch of salt and pepper to coat the fillets. Add your ginger and garlic to the fillets. In a bowl combine your pecans, brown sugar and coconut oil to form a paste. Place the mixture over top of the fillets and pat it down to ensure good coverage. Pop the baking dish in the oven for about 20 mins. The brown sugar mixture will bake and bubble up to form the most delicious crust on top of the salmon. Its that easy! Yummy! (serves 6!)

Try it and comment below and let me know what you think 🙂 Be sure to top it with the mango salsa. It is such a good pairing! Enjoy!

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24 Til’ 24

So… I’m turning 24 in exactly 24 hours! I can’t believe it. I’ve learned so much this past year. I’ve some how grown to feel comfortable with myself/ in my own skin. I think it has something to do with motherhood and realizing that I can’t control every situation and everything that happens. I’ve become a go with the flow kind of gal… somewhat. The small things make me happy now. A baby giggle, a smile, a hug, dinner(while watching our favorite show during Riley’s nap time) and  prayer with my husband. Those are the things that truly bring joy into my life at this point. I’ve had to change my career path over the past couple of years. I am completely at peace with that decision and feel like i’ve found my way now through a lot of prayer and a lot of living in the moment and enjoying what God has placed in front of me. At this point being able to cherish the priceless moments with my little family is the best birthday gift I could ask for and I am so grateful that I get to do that. It’s going to be interesting to see what 24 has in store for me. I’m ready for ya so BRING IT ON!

We celebrated a a little early since Stephen has a game on my actual birthday. We went to my favorite restaurant… wait for it… OSHA THAI on 2nd street in San Francisco. I love that place. We definitely over ate and I have no problems with that. We had bacon wrapped scallops, crispy calamari and ahi tuna for appetizers. For dinner we had Kurobuta pork belly, crab fried rice and a land and sea mix of sea bass and filet! Oh and sangria to drink!!! Needless to say after all of that I was stuffed (and still am). I ALWAYS have room for dessert though. I actually look at the dessert menu before the actual dinner menu (anybody else do that?!). I had a chocolate soufflé with thai tea ice cream for dessert. I ate it so fast that I forgot to take a picture! I want to thank my husband for making me a happy lady and taking me to my favorite restaurant tonight, and also to Riley for sleeping through the whole meal! I’ve attached a couple of iPhone photos from the evening. Enjoy!

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Spice Up Your Coffee

I have coffee most mornings. I either make it in the coffee maker, buy it from my local coffee house and when I’m feeling frisky i’ll make french press (yummy!). I am always looking for ways to spice things up and I literally found a simple way to do it with my coffee! All I did was sprinkle a little bit of ground cinnamon into my french press before I added the boiling water. It completely changed the flavor of my coffee. It was delicious. I might even try it without milk or sugar next time ( I said might you guys). I hope you enjoy this as much as I did this morning! I put some pictures below for fun.

RECIPE 

Ground Coffee (for my french press I used 4 heaping tablespoons)

Boiling water (I used my kettle)

1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

Enjoy!!!

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Family Style Featuring “Target”

My favorite store to go to for my family is Target! They have a little bit of everything in there and I can always find something for everyone in the family. I find myself in there about 2 times a week! A couple of days ago I went to Target to get an outfit for our family to wear to Stephen’s basketball game that night. I was in and out of the store within 30 mins and picked up everything I needed. Target is a great place to find quality looking pieces at great prices. Nothing I purchased was over $30. The jeans I bought for Stephen fit him true to size and were long enough! They were a better fit than some of the higher priced jeans he has in his closet!!! Riley’s entire outfit cost an outstanding $12.00. I LOVE TARGET.

I hope this inspires some of you to find a great look for less! Enjoy!

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Jack London Fun!

Riley and I decided to check out the Jack London Square farmers market this weekend in Oakland, CA. It was fantastic! There was live music, a cute little water fountain and plenty of grass to sit on and take in all of the sites. I picked up some fresh flowers, cherry tomatoes and beets (I LOVE beets! Not sure why so many people are afraid of them). Riley ate some pears and I sipped on  fresh papaya juice while we explored our little local farmers market. It was the perfect way to spend our sunday afternoon together.

The farmers market is a great way for you to get fresh organic LOCAL produce. They come from farms located right in your state! The produce is so much more affordable than the grocery store. If you juice, it’s the perfect place to stock up and buy bulk.

Jack London and the Ferry Building are two great places to go if you are in the bay area. If you know of any other awesome farmers markets in the east bay let me know and comment below!

Here are a couple of pictures I snapped over the weekend. Happy Monday !  🙂

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Birthday In The Bay

This past sunday I threw my husband a surprise 25th birthday party (today is his actual birthday)! It was amazing. We spent the early evening on a boat with family, friends, good food, music and of course some dancing. We had a wonderful time and Stephen even got to steer the boat!

I can’t believe that my husband is 25 already! Time sure does fly! Luckily we’ve spent our years we’ve been together laughing, loving and enjoying everything that has come our way both good and bad. I love him with all of my heart and can’t wait to see what the next 25 years have in store for both him and our little family.He’s already grown into such an amazing husband, father, son, brother, friend and overall human being. I can’t imagine him being any better than he is today, but somehow each day he surprises me with his humble and bright spirit  making me even happier and more in love with him than I was the day before.

Happy Birthday Stephen! I love you more than “fried chicken, tater cakes and apple sauce”!!! 🙂

Here are a couple of photos from the party.

Enjoy!

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Great Reads

Here are a couple of books i’ve read this past year and loved. I’m not going to lie, I don’t read as much as I should (don’t really have much time anymore either) but these books caught and kept my attention. Not to mention they offered some wonderful home and mom advice. A couple of these books even left me laughing for hours on end (I love a witty novel). If you’ve read any of them, lets discuss! If you haven’t, read them and let me know what you think!

Bringing Up Bebe

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The Happiest Baby on the Block 

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The Family Fang 

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Healthy Child Healthy World 

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You can find all of these books on www.amazon.com    🙂

Enjoy!

 

Oven Roasted Brown Sugar Chicken

This is a recipe  I would ALWAYS ask my mom to make for me as a child. It’s hearty, delicious and is easy to make. I make double when I make this chicken dish as it tastes even more flavorful the 2nd day (and the third). Try it and let me know what you think! Enjoy!

*** I paired this dish with sautéed broccolini and thai jasmine rice that I made with organic light coconut milk instead of water. I try and use fresh organic ingredients as often as I can.***

Ingredients

4 Chicken Quarters

salt and pepper to taste

2 tbsp butter

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp chopped shallots

3 cloves chopped garlic

3/4 cup chicken stock/broth

1 cup low sodium soy

2 cups brown sugar

1 heaping tbsp freshly chopped ginger

Directions  

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat a dutch pot on med high to high heat with your butter and olive oil. Generously salt and pepper your chicken quarters. Brown the skin of your chicken in the pot for about 2 mins on each side until it’s crisp and golden brown. Remove the chicken quarters and reduce the heat to medium. Add in the shallots and garlic. Deglaze the pot with the chicken stock. Scrape down all of the sides to make sure you get all of the delicious seasonings and flavors into the broth (I’m hungry already!). Add in the soy sauce, brown sugar and ginger. Simmer the sauce for about 5-10 mins. Add the chicken quarters back into the pot, place the lid on and bake for 45min to an hour. The chicken will be flavorful and falling off the bone. Mmm mmm mmmm!

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Our Constant In A World Full Of Change

I always find myself searching for some sort of routine in my life. It gets to the point where I stress out so much about finding balance and consistency that I forgot to stop and enjoy myself. I really do forget to “stop and smell the roses.” I’m slowly learning as a new mom and wife that it’s okay to be off schedule sometimes. I am VERY slowly learning that it’s all right to have a last minute change of plans. When everything seems out of control, out of order and off schedule, it is important to realize that we all have a constant in our life. God is always in control, on time and there for us. He never changes and he never disappoints. I came across this verse while doing my devotions last night and it was just what I needed. I hope this helps some of you out there. Enjoy  the weekend! 🙂

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 

Baked Eggs Breakfast Soufflé

This is a quick and easy egg recipe. It’s definitely a husband pleaser. The recipe below is a base recipe. Meaning you can add in whatever you like to it! Shrimp, chicken, sausage, bacon, tomatoes … ANYTHING would be delicious in this soufflé. Try it and let me know what you think!

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

3 eggs

3/4 cup of milk

1/2 cup of FRESHLY grated cheese (it makes a difference)

handful of spinach

salt and pepper to taste

It’s simple! Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl, then transfer to a buttered baking dish. Bake for 15 to 20 mins and enjoy!

*** This recipe is for 2 people. Double ingredients for 4 :). Hope you like it!

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