My Everyday Life: Week 14

Here’s what this past week looked like:

Epic sunset & JUMP.

My Everyday Life: Week 14

I love lists, Friday!

I LOVE LISTS FRIDAY

  1. 53 Thoughts Every Girl Has While Shopping at Target. Pretty much.
  2. My mind EXPLODED with this treat.
  3. That baguette bag cracked me up!
  4. How to be the Best Food Blogger of All Time. Maj hilarious.
  5. A Visual to Ira Glass’ chat on Creativity.
  6. Why Keeping Weight Off is the Real Victory. (I’ll say!)
  7. Epic Cooking Fails. Umm. Yikes.
  8. I’ve been wanting to get into calligraphy. Online classes maybe?
  9. These 10 Universal Truths are SO TRUE. Especially #5
  10. I’m done making my kid’s childhood magical. (GOOD READ)
  11. I want to paint the window trim black thanks to this room.
  12. Are you a morning person? I am most of the time.
  13. The greatest use of emojis EVER.
  14. I’ve got my eyes on this print!
  15. Books on my Wish List: The Flower Recipe Book & The Plant Recipe Book
  16. Speaking of plants… DIY Plant stands!
  17. Oh my goodness. These smells take me back. Why is GAP’s Grass not on there??
  18. These images of abandoned malls are creepy/cool.
  19. 13 Awesome & Quirky Commercials directed by Wes Anderson.

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There’s a new Joy the Baker podcast!  Welcome to New Orleans!!

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Your Neighbor’s Kitchen adapted my Chocolate Chip Cookie Energy Bars

A Glass of Milk made my Garlic Herb Breadsticks

Ready to Salivate was inspired by my Chocolate Cake with Strawberries & Cream

Peanut Butter Banana Roll-ups

Peanut Butter & Banana Roll-ups // shutterbean

Is this indulgent or healthy? I’m not quite sure!

What we have here is a flour tortilla with a good/even smear of chunky (or die!) peanut butter. We add a banana to the top and roll it up to make a burrito. Then we cut the roll-up into pieces and move ourselves to the couch and watch really bad/indulgent TV.  Say Yes to the Dress? Maybe? (She should have picked the beaded bodice!) Add some nutella to the mix or COOKIE BUTTER and we’re on Team INDULGENT. You might as well put on the Housewives. We’re going in for a marathon.

But then maybe you’re in the mood for it to be healthy? Fiiiiiine. Use a whole wheat tortilla or better yet-make it SPROUTED and we’ll watch Man vs. Wild or some other Discovery Channel program. Put some chia seeds in there already! It’s vegan, gosh.

 

Homemade Vanilla Almond Milk

Homemade Vanilla Almond Milk // shutterbean

When I was little I was always so curious as to why my grandparents couldn’t eat a lot of foods. I just thought you ate what you liked and that was that. Going out to dinner with my grandparents went something like this, “So, Grandma isn’t eating meat tonight? So we can’t have burgers? Wait. She already had meat this week? Now she’s not eating dairy? It gave her indigestion last week?!”

And on and on…

Homemade Vanilla Almond Milk // shutterbean

FLASH FORWARD a few decades and I see what my grandma meant about the dairy. Oof. Getting older has meant there are certain things I have to start avoiding and milk is one of those things. Fortunately a little bit in my coffee doesn’t slay me (thank GOD as I CANNOT put another milk in my coffee for the life of me).  But I haven’t really been able to eat a bowl of cereal with milk for a few years. Ice cream? Whew! Through the years I’ve grown an aversion to the taste of milk. Perhaps it’s motherhood…and having to clean it up off the floor ALL THE TIME. Or maybe it’s trauma from cleaning out that sippy cup that was left in my car for a month? I digress…

I’ve been making my own Vanilla Almond Milk for the past month and am LOVING IT. It’s been a really great/easy addition to my Meal Prep for the week. I make one batch-sometimes two each week.  And if I have a little leftover, I add it to Cooper’s smoothies; it’s a great base. It’s light and slightly sweet. Sometimes I just drink it plain if I wanna little something something. I love it.

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad


Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad // shutterbean

One of my tricks to getting through the work week is to make gigantic quinoa salads to dig into all week for lunches & dinners. This Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad is perfect for leftovers because it gets better with age.  The flavors develop & meld like whoa!

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad // shutterbean

Eat it on its own or add avocado and cucumber on top. Throw some in a pita with lettuce & tahini. Mix it into your regular salad and make a super salad from it! Freshen it up with more lemon juice or a splash of red wine vinegar. Serve it with some grilled chicken or sausage. I told you it was versatile…

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad // shutterbean

And BTW- It’s vegan (although I wouldn’t mind if you put feta on top of it!). It’s also gluten free, HEALTHY and I’m obsessed with it. There’s a smokiness, a tang, a sweetness, and an herbaceous kick! You’re gonna want to make this every week. It’s a lifesaver.

My Everyday Life: Week 13

Here’s what this past week looked like:

“So when we miss each other, we both know that we feel the same way.”  (his idea)

My Everyday Life: Week 13