What We’re Eating

Hiya friends!

I’m sitting here, my third week being unemployed, watching Jamie Oliver and getting so inspired! This strange time has really made me, and W and I as a couple, be more industrious. A little more creative. A little more flexible. And friends, I have never been happier!

I have hacked so many of our household products to last longer. I have used ingredients in things that I never thought to put together. We have really had to think outside the box since our lives have changed, not only because of the recent world events, but because of my employment status as well. And y’all, I’m going to say it…I’m proud of myself. I am proud of us as a couple. We have been challenged and we have come out on the other side. And no, we aren’t through it yet, but man I am so proud of the things that we have accomplished and I am not ashamed to say it.

Let’s talk about our meals for the coming week!

What We’re Eating!

August 8th – August 14th

Saturday: Vegetable and barley stew (we are providing this meal as a request for a friend that is under the weather, so instead of making two meals, we are eating what we are making for her!)

Sunday: Meatball sliders on Hawaiian rolls with salad

Monday: Blackened salmon with sauteed zucchini and homemade soda bread

Tuesday: Pesto pasta with chicken breasts

Wednesday: Spicy peanut butter noddles

Thursday: Steak quinoa bowls with pico de gallo, cotija, roasted corn and fajita veggies!

Friday: Breakfast for dinner (most likely waffles with bacon!)

Dessert for the week: Pound cake with homemade berry sauce and light whipped cream

Now, don’t get me wrong friends, this unemployment thing hasn’t been all roses and rainbows. It’s hard. Really, it is! Sounds like a dream right? To quit your job and pursue things you’ve always wanted to do? But, in reality, it feels a lot like swimming in the ocean. It feels so good at first, the salty water, warm sun on your skin…But the farther you swim off shore, the rougher it gets, the waves start crashing up over you, the water is deeper and you can’t seem to spot the shore anymore. Y’all, this is the most exhilarating and terrifying thing I have ever done. I have had to do more things outside of my comfort zone in the last three weeks than in my entire life.

I hope you enjoy this weeks inspiration! I already can’t wait to share next weeks with you!

xo

S

What We’re Eating

Hey y’all!

We have some exciting news!

Yep…you read that right. I quit my job. In the middle of a pandemic. In the year 2020 which has already been very strange. And, without a super clear plan set in place. But friends, we are very happy with our decision.

We thought about it all summer, had many discussions, I cried lots of tears and our hearts were very heavy when we decided to finally go through with it. It has been the most crazy, freeing, scary, passion building experience I have ever been through.

But, needless to say, with a change in employment, came a change in our budget. So, not that I didn’t focus on our budget before, but now we will be even more focused on budget friendly meals or ones that can be stretched. So, let’s jump in!

What We’re Eating

August 1st – August 7th

Saturday: Panini with assorted Italian meats, havarti, arugula and pesto aioli

Sunday: Baked potatoes with turkey chili and cheese (didn’t use this meal last week) πŸ™‚

Monday: Crunchy cabbage salad with sesame ginger dressing and grilled chicken breasts (this was such a hit last week we are having it again!)

Tuesday: Jalapeno, green onion bun-less turkey burgers with W’s famous baked french fries (friends, they are to die for!)

Wednesday: Tamale pie

Thursday: Rigis πŸ™‚ (W loves rigatoni with my homemade red sauce; we call it Rigis)

Friday: Date night!!!!! Ahi tuna poke bowls with homemade sushi rice, cucumber, avocado, radish, and all the other yummy poke bowl toppings

Dessert for the week: Keeping it simple with a square of dark chocolate here and there πŸ™‚

Y’all, I love to make ingredients go further by using them for more than just one meal (turkey for chili and burgers, ground beef for tamale pie and rigis; stretching meals with lots of extra veggies mixed in. A good time to clean out your fridge too!). We eat a lot of leftovers and always try our best to use all we can so not much goes to waste, if anything.

Our meals this week are budget friendly and have allowed us to have enough money left over in our weekly budget for a date night of poke, which isn’t always the most cost friendly meal. But, saving during the week on meals and having date night at home with games, homemade cocktails, and quality time together, allows us to splurge a bit on the meal itself.

I hope y’all have a really nice week! We will keep you updated on all of my new adventures. I am so excited for this new chapter in our life. My future is wide open…

xo

S

What We’re Eating

Hello my friends!

Rainy season has officially begun here and I couldn’t be more excited! Me and rain go way back. Ever since I can remember, when it would get stormy out and the rain started to fall, all I wanted to do was be out in it. Feeling the drops on my bare skin. And I still do that to this day. My heart skips a beat and I run to any door I can find and wait for that oh so familiar feeling of those tiny droplets hitting my skin. Makes my heart feel so calm. Like I can let out a breath I’ve been holding in. Even W knows now how the rain makes me feel and opens any door or window that is close so that I can see and hear it. I’ve often wondered if it’s the Native in me that makes me feel so connected to rain…

We have a busy week ahead, so needed some quick, low maintenance dinners that can be put together in a flash. We always like to balance healthy meals with some that…aren’t so healthy, but feed our hearts and souls. Enjoy friends!

What We’re Eating

July 25th – July 31st

Saturday: Crunchy cabbage salad with sesame ginger dressing and grilled chicken

Sunday: BBQ beef and beans with rice – good for Sunday since it cooks slow and is low maintenance

Monday: Mushroom egg rolls – not Chinese egg rolls, more like an egg pancake rolled up πŸ™‚

Tuesday: Loaded Italian pasta salad

Wednesday: BBQ chicken sandwiches with slaw and oven fries

Thursday: Baked potato with turkey chili

Friday: Peanut butter and jelly pancake bake!

Dessert for the week: Raspberry Jell-O pie!! A childhood favorite πŸ™‚

We can’t wait to update y’all on our recent life changes! They are good and scary and happy and make my stomach hurt πŸ™‚ Change is hard friends. We think about it, we plan for it, we dream about it, but when it actually happens, it can be one of the scariest, hardest things we have ever done. No amount of planning can prepare us completely can it? And unfortunately change doesn’t always turn out as rosy as we imagined. But it sure does make life interesting…

xo

S

Clean Hand Sanitizer?!

Hey y’all!

This isn’t a long one, well maybe it is, I just love this product so much! I just wanted to drop in and talk real quick about hand sanitizer. Have you seen the news reports recently about certain sanitizer companies being harmful and encouraging their customers to stop using them?! It is scary what is allowed into the products that we bring into our homes and trust around our loved ones.

This is why we only use Thieves Hand Sanitizer friends. Despite me owning an oily business, I had been looking for a clean hand sanitizer for a while and to my hearts cry, Young Living had one and I fell in love instantly.

This unassuming, yet beautiful bottle, kills 99.9% of germs with the power of plants! It has Peppermint EO so it’s cooling and smells amazing and contains denatured alcohol (denatured with the Peppermint EO instead of harmful chemicals) to help kill germs. Thieves Hand Sanitizer also has aloe in it so it doesn’t dry your hands out like other sanitizers can. It contains the ever coveted Thieves EO blend that is known for it’s antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties.

It comes in a couple different sizes, but my favorite is by far the 1 oz. bottle. It’s small enough to fit in your pocket, purse, diaper bag, your kiddos backpack…anywhere! W carries it around with him everywhere he goes, and my father in law loves it! And y’all, they are a tough crowd πŸ™‚ So, if you trust anyone’s opinion or testimony, trust theirs! I even have a co-worker whose daughter asks me for some every time she’s in my office and needs to clean up. Her mom also uses this sanitizer at home and I can trust that when she uses it when she’s with me, she won’t be in any danger. Peace of mind when you’re using products around your littles is priceless!

Y’all, why should we worry what is in our cleaning products? The ones that have poison warnings on the back and we can’t use when our kids are in the same room because they are so toxic. The ones that make the news. Make the move…ditch and switch! Ditch your OTC hand sanitizer and switch to Thieves. Make an investment in your health. The health of your family. Help prevent possible problems that would cause you or your loved ones to have to go to the doctor. This one small change can make a big difference friends. And don’t worry, this one bottle will last you a loooooong time! We have been using the same 7.6 oz. bottle for a few of months now and it’s ALMOST empty. And ask W, we use it all the time!

If you have questions friends or need help finding the sanitizer and getting it at 24% off, email us or DM us on Instagram.

xo

S

What We’re Eating

Hello my friends!

I hope you had an amazing week! Ours has been full of work, talking about our future, praying about the right decisions to make, organizing our home slowly and taking some time to getaway and not talk about anything too serious.

We went up to the mountains on Friday, walked through the aspens and got caught in the rain. It was magical! I needed that time in nature…to reconnect and listen to the wind through the trees, feel the rain on my skin. The Native in me was infinitely happy! We then went back into town and got some ramen at our favorite place, and seeing as it was only 62 degrees in July, it was a welcome bowl of warm, tasty soup. We ate in the hatch of our car next to a beautiful park and honestly, it was one of the best dates we have ever had.

Okay, who is ready for this weeks meal ideas?! Nothing too fancy here this week y’all. In all honesty…we are trying to cook meals with things out of our freezer so we can make room for some vanilla ice cream so we can make affogati! Yes, we are adults lol

What we’re eating this week!

July 4th – July 10th

Saturday: Freshly

Sunday: Freshly

Monday: Freshly

Tuesday: Our famous chili and sweet potato tots!

Wednesday: Green salad with grilled chicken and veggies and creamy ACV dressing. (Head to our Instagram for the recipe later this week)

Thursday: Vegetable and sausage casserole in the slow cooker

Friday: Breakfast for dinner…French toast and bacon with fresh fruit!

Dessert for the week: Dark chocolate and port

We are using Freshly again this week because we loved it so much last week. It was amazing to have a little break from cooking and dinner was ready in minutes. The meals are healthy and taste sooooo good! I am working on a code for y’all πŸ™‚

I hope y’all have a fun and safe week! I plan to get lots of sunshine, workout when I can and maybe get some cupcakes from our favorite little shop. It’s called balance people πŸ™‚

Comment and let us know what you’re up to and what meals you’re enjoying this week!

xo

S

What We’re Eating

Hi sweet friends!

I hope you had a really nice week! Did you find some inspiration from last week’s post? If you follow us on Instagram you may have seen our grain bowls…they were my favorite meal this week!!! Turmeric grilled chicken, homemade hummus and baba ganoush, roasted sweet potatoes and onions and of course, lots of healthy grains! Yummm!!!!

We have some repeats from last week making an appearance this week…I’ll explain πŸ™‚

What we’re eating this week!

June 27th – July 3rd

Saturday: Freshly (more about this down below)

Sunday: Freshly

Monday: Freshly

Tuesday: BLT wraps (from last week)

Wednesday: Italian tuna pasta (from last week)

Thursday: Sausage and rice with broccoli (from last week)

Friday: Freshly

Dessert for the week: Low sugar strawberry jello with fresh fruit and light whipped cream

This week is super simple friends! To be honest with you, I over-planned last week because I forgot we were getting a Freshly order. Thankfully, I have a couple shelf stable meals from last week that we can use this week. Little tip, I always try to plan one or two shelf stable meals for the week just in case something comes up and we don’t cook. That way we don’t waste food. I’m a waste not, want not kind of girl πŸ™‚

We are trying Freshly for the first time and are super excited about it. W and I had recently talked about wanting a break from cooking, doing dishes, taking the time to plan, and suddenly a coupon for Freshly showed up in the mail! If we like it, I will reach out to the company and see about getting y’all a code to use. My business is obviously still really small so I’m not sure that I’ll get one, but no harm in trying right?!

I am relieved to have some extra time that won’t be used cooking and cleaning because W and I are contemplating some serious life changing decisions right now and I need to focus my time in other places. I just asked my mom today, “how do you know you’re making the right choice?” and she said, “you don’t.” Not the comfort I was hoping for, but she’s right. You just have to pray and have faith and hope and do your best to make the right decision for you.

Not as much inspiration this week but it was nice talking to you friends. I hope you have an amazing week!

xo

S

Lashes for Days!

Hello friends!

I couldn’t not share this with you. I mean, from one friend to another, this is life changing!

I recently tried Young Living’s Lengthening Mascara and let me tell you…I don’t think I’m going back. It is insane! If you follow us on Instagram you might have seen some pictures I put on our stories showing y’all what it did to my lashes.

Confession time…I have the lightest, thinnest lashes. They are so soft and without some help from mascara, they almost look nonexistent. I need help y’all! Especially in the length department. Confessing even more…I used to get lash extensions and LOVED them! Well, mostly. It was a pain to have to go get them done every week and a half to two weeks and they couldn’t get too wet and you couldn’t sleep on them and they did fall out which could cause a little bald spot until your next fill…but despite all of that, I still loved them. I loved not ever having to do my mascara and always felt put together. But…I decided to give my lashes a break one summer and y’all…I was horrified! I got in the car after getting them taken off and cried. Why? Because my real lashes were stubby, broken off, short, and sparse. The lash extensions suffocated my natural growth. I was devastated. This was around the time I started to use essential oils more so looked for a natural lash growth serum. I’ll share that soon πŸ™‚

Back to this amazing mascara! It was my goal ever since I got my extensions off, that I would find a natural mascara that would actually work. Most flake off easily, make your lashes stick together in clumps, never actually dries or smudges throughout the day making you look like a raccoon! And y’all, regular mascara is super toxic. Please Google it. The chemicals, dyes and fragrances companies use is crazy. I’m not totally all-natural yet when it comes to my beauty routine, but small steps like this is what’s important. Know better do better, right?!

This lengthening mascara uses 100% natural dyes, plant fibers to help with volume and texture, uses jojoba and coconut oil to help moisturize and condition your lashes, as well as Lavender EO which helps promote lash growth and is cruelty free. What else could you ask for?! And…I am sitting here at the end of my long day where I worked out twice, sweated a ton in the desert heat, laid down for a bit to shut my eyes and reset, and even cried a little during John Krasinski’s Some Good News…and this mascara has. not. budged! Promise! And they look so long and full…I couldn’t be happier!

I am totally in love with this mascara! Whether I’m wearing a full face of makeup or throwing some on a fresh face before a bike ride to feel a little put together…I grab this one. I’m not looking back friends, and I hope you will try it and do the same.

Let us know if you try this crazy good formula! Happy makeup-ing friends!

xo

S

Sourdough Starter – A Lifelong Love Affair

Hi friends…

So, I know I have very different dreams than most people and they may seem so silly, but my Type 5 can’t help it. I have always been a dreamer and a learner. Ask my mother…you think your toddler asks a lot of questions…try growing up with me. I wanted to know everything about everything and then some. I taught myself French from a young age and continued it into high school, and even still practice and speak it today. I wanted to know how to change oil in a car, not to be self sufficient, but to say that I knew how and to better understand a car and how it runs and why. I take college classes for fun! I know…complete weirdo right?! I find myself wanting to learn more and more. It makes me feel empowered and confident. I strive to be good at many things. I am driven and am therefore very hard on myself. So…admitting the mistakes that I am going to in this post is vulnerable for me, but I am learning about vulnerability more and more each day. Realizing that vulnerability is what connects us.

It has been a long time dream of mine to make and nurture a sourdough starter. I’m talking YEARS! I know some of you are like, “Is this chick crazy…a sourdough starter is her dream?” Yep. It is. And here’s why.

I grew up watching my mom feed and massage a gallon size zip lock bag full of what looked like wall paper paste. After so many days she would share some with friends or bake something delicious and keep a portion alive with more feeding and massaging. I found it fascinating. The fact that you could create a living thing out of flour and water and keep it alive for years. Yes, years. Hundreds to be exact. As long as the starter is fed and tended to, it’ll stay alive forever. My Type 5 is giddy inside at that very thought! So, after years of excuses and putting it off thinking that I might not do it perfectly (enter self-doubt), I decided to start a starter.

And friends…I’m on my third try because…guess what…I’m not perfect after all and messed up the first two batches. Well, I won’t take total credit for the first batch πŸ™‚

I used gluten free flour for my first attempt and let’s just say that it was weird. It didn’t smell right and it grew funny. I don’t know, it was just strange. Super dry and just not right. So, I threw it away.

I finally got my hands on some all-purpose flour and tried again. And holy cow did it work! And fast! It started bubbling within the first twelve hours, smelled amazing and started growing slowly. So, it finally got to the point that it needed to be fed for the first time and…I killed it.

Literally killed it. Ugh. Y’all…I fed it too much water. Completely accidental, but still…I killed it. It separated and stopped growing. Who knew that starter could be so fickle. Okay, I knew, but still…I had to throw it out and felt like a bad mother πŸ™‚ I couldn’t even keep a sourdough starter alive!!

I took a day to regroup and started over. I think the third time is going to be the winner! This little guy tripled in size within the first 8 hours! I went to feed it the first time and it popped the top of my mason jar right off…he was excited to eat! And yes, he is a he πŸ™‚ W went to smell it and it literally burped at him. This starter is spongy, stretchy, smells funky (in the best possible way) and, confirmed by my mother, super happy! Her words y’all! She said my starter must be happy! #maybeimagoodmotherafterall

I can’t wait to use this starter. Sourdough bread…tortillas…pancakes…waffles…crackers…muffins, you name it and this insane smelling starter can do it. Plus, sourdough is so healthy!! Yes, it’s still bread, or pancakes, etc. but, sourdough has natural probiotics and is easier for our bodies to digest. And it doesn’t spike your blood sugar like regular breads can. And you know me, if it’s healthier and still tasty, I want some!!

Here’s the recipe I used and have liked so far.

I’ll keep you updated friends…but there might be a baking career in my future if this goes well πŸ™‚ If you start your own sourdough starter, please share it with us!!! Tag us on Instagram or send us an email.

Until next time friends!

xo

S