Pretty in Pink

I am not a “pink” girl — you know the type where everything has to be pink (including the furry steering wheel cover and bedazzled”princess” key chain).  But I am really in to the color pink lately.   Maybe it is because I have two little girls, or maybe it is because it is February.  Regardless, I am embracing the color and excited to add a few pink pieces to my wardrobe.

I am a firm believer that everyone has at least one shade of pink (from the palest of pink to the deepest of magenta) that flatters their complexion.  Read on for some fun pink options to help you transition from Winter in to Spring.

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Whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker

I’ve always thought of slow cooker meals as being unhealthy.  It didn’t help that the only slow cooker cookbook I had seemed to think that nothing can come out of the contraption without first being slathered in cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup.  You’d seriously think Campbell’s was a secret sponsor of all slow cookers.  Moreover, the first recipes that come up on Pinterest when you type in slow cooker or crock pot are of the cream-of-whatever-variety.   So you can imagine my surprise when my 100 Days of Real Food: Fast and Fabulous cookbook had quite a few slow cooker recipes.

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Baby Gear Guide for the First Six Months

Hooray!  I’ve officially made it through the first six months of being a mother of two.  I do not consider myself an expert on this topic by any means, but I wanted to share the items that got me through those deliciously adorable but sometimes impossibly challenging months. Continue reading “Baby Gear Guide for the First Six Months”

My Latest Artist Crushes

I love the transformative power of art.  It is amazing how bringing one piece (even if it is as small as 9″ x 12″) in to a given room can dramatically change the vibe.

I like to think that I appreciate all styles and mediums of art.  Lately, I’ve been crushing pretty hard on these four Southern artists.

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Otomi Obsession

I’ve always loved Otomi — and not just because it immediately conjures up visions on the salty margaritas and warm weather we enjoyed on our honeymoon at the gorgeous One & Only Palmilla in Cabo (the source of the beautiful headboard pictured above).  Otomi is such a festive print that is just as at home in the most formal of living rooms as it is in the most disastrous of playrooms — which is why I believe it has a place in every casa.

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Herb Garden Scheming

Image via Southern Living’s Blog — The Daily South

I am already scheming for an herb garden this Spring.  In an ideal world, I’d also have a vegetable garden (and some chickens) going on in our backyard too, but I think I will save that for another year.

As I am writing this, I feel super old.  I never thought I would be this excited about planting an herb garden, but I now choose to look at it as being super hip (wink wink).

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A Week of Menu Planning from 100 Days of Real Food

We’ve been loving our 100 Days of Real Food cookbooks here at the Wolf Den.  I’ve made countless recipes from them, but the week of 1/30 is the first week I am setting out to cook almost every single meal from them.

The plan below contemplates two grocery trips — one on Saturday morning and one on Wednesday morning.

When I am able to make it to the grocery store definitely dictates the order of my dishes.  For example, I am doing fish tacos on Wednesday night because I know my fish will be fresh (or as fresh as it can be when I am getting it from the grocery store) from that day’s trip to Whole Foods after B’s ballet class.  I wouldn’t try fish tacos on Tuesday, because my fish would be four days old at that point.  Yuck.  As I get further away from my most recent shopping trip, my dishes become more and more vegetarian.

Other things that influence what I’ve picked for a given day is what day it is.  I always like to limit what I have to cook on Fridays, and I try to make a bigger more exciting breakfast on either Saturday or Sunday.  We also do freshly squeezed OJ or grapefruit juice on whatever day we have our bigger breakfast.

Also, when I can, I try to budget in some meal prep on the weekends when T is around to help with the girls.  Anything that needs to be done during the week I either try to do it when B is at school and C is napping or when both girls are taking their afternoon naps.  If all else fails, I just cook when its time and don’t do anything ahead of time since none of these recipes require too much prep anyway.

Read on for a more detailed look at one week of menu planning.

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Riced Cauliflower Recipes

So we are a few weeks in to 2017, and we’ve been making a serious effort to cut out processed foods.  If I am being honest, it really hasn’t been that hard.  Good cheese just tastes better than the processed stuff, I actually prefer brown rice to white rice, fruit tastes even sweeter when you haven’t had refined sugar all day long, and I am dropping weight despite having a crazy few weeks which left me with a glass or two of wine in my hand (even on weeknights) and with zero time to exercise.

One of my recent discoveries since we’ve been trying to cut out a lot of the junk is riced cauliflower.  Y’all, I am officially in love.  The secret is that you have to accept it for what it is (a veggie) and can’t look at it as imitation rice (although the best recipes often treat it as rice).  Call me crazy, but I don’t like to think of anything I am eating as a deprived substitute for something else.  Instead, I like to think of it as a delicious alternative.

I promise, riced cauliflower is surprisingly versatile and delicious.  Even my very skeptical husband loves it.  I made it once from scratch, but ever since I found the pre-done riced cauliflower bags in the freezer section of my Whole Foods, I’ve never returned because it can be a bit messy and a little time consuming to make yourself.  I’ve heard you can also find it at Trader Joe’s.

Read on for my simple recipe and for five other recipes I am going to try.

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