April 1

Shredded Rainbow salad with Greek yogurt Caesar dressing

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Salads never get boring for me but sometimes I have to admit I get a little lazy about chopping everything up.  When I am feeling a little bit lazy I turn to my handy mandolin for a super quick salad in just a few minutes.  If you don’t own a mandolin I highly recommend investing in one.  You don’t need to spend a fortune on one either, this one will only set you back about $25.00 and is really easy to use.  This is one of my very favorite ways to get tons of veggies and the varieties are endless.  To make it even quicker you could use the shredding disk on a food processor but for some reason I hate to clean mine.  

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March 31

Minimal Mondays: Medicine Cabinet

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This time of year my entire family suffers from allergies. I am constantly reaching into our closet to grab nasal sprays or allergy medicines.

This used to be a huge pain as I rummaged through one drawer that held all our different pain relievers, Band Aids, thermometers, etc. Then I realized how much easier it would be if I sorted all the medicines into two groups: adult medicines and kid medicines.

It is now so easy to find whatever I need. A kid scrapes a knee, I grab the kid bin. My husband has a headache, I grab the adult bin.

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March 28

Thai spiced coconut granola bars

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I promised you a recipe utilizing the Thai peanut butter we made the other day.  I’ve been enjoying just eating the peanut butter by the spoonful but I wanted to find a way to enjoy it in some of my favorite recipes.  We like to keep homemade granola bars around instead of always turning to packaged protein bars.  It’s easier to control the amount of sugar and you don’t need to rely on any artificial ingredients.  The bars aren’t too sweet and get a nice kick from the lemongrass, ginger and sriracha in the peanut butter.  They’ll keep for 5-6 days in a covered container.

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March 27

52 objects – No. 8

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I love ceramics and dish ware is one of my favorite things to collect.  I have been really fortunate to accumulate a pretty sizable arrangement of Heath Ceramics and it’s all been gifted to me by friends and family.  Heath was founded in 1948 in Sausalito California and every piece of their ceramic line is still made in the original factory.  I love that each and every piece compliments and enhances each other and their spare simple lines.  My very favorite part of the line is that it is sturdy enough to tolerate my family and our rowdy ways and that I don’t have to hide it in a china cabinet.

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March 26

Spicy Thai Peanut Butter

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Snacking when you are trying to watch your weight can always be a challenge.  I love to grab a few pretzels and a spoonful of peanut butter when I need a little pick me up.  Peanut butter is full of protein and healthy fats and can keep you energized during meals.  I have been wanting to experiment with some new flavor profiles and since I love Thai peanut sauce I thought that would be a good place to start.  Loaded with lemongrass, ginger, lime zest, honey and toasted coconut you can use it anywhere you would use regular peanut butter.  The addition of sriracha adds a nice kick of heat and I’ve been enjoying it on my morning bowl of oats with some diced mango.  

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March 24

Minimal Mondays: garage makeover

The sun was out in Portland this weekend so we decided to use the weather to our advantage and clean out the garage (my husband was thrilled).

We’ve done this before but after a couple of months it ends up a disaster once again. So this time I decided to strip out everything inside and start fresh.

This is what it looked like when we started:

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This is what it looked like after everything was cleared out:

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And this is what it looks like now!

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We took out all the shelves and bookcases that we had been using for storage. We bought pegboard and hung all of our tools and brooms.

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March 21

Meyer lemon pudding cakes

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In my household dessert is only considered dessert if it involves chocolate.   Every now and then I get a little selfish and go for pure self indulgence. The expectation around here is for chocolate but why not a little tart with your sweet?  My son absolutely loved these little cakes so I didn’t have to suffer through eating them all by myself.

Meyer lemons are sweeter and mellower than regular lemons and work perfectly in this magic lemon cake.  While the cake bakes it separates into two layers so you have a light fluffy sponge on top and a rich creamy pudding layer on the bottom. 

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March 20

52 objects: no. 7

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I have to admit that when I first started this little experiment I was expecting it to be easy to find 52 things that I couldn’t live without.  After only seven weeks it’s become very clear to me that while I do love to surround myself with beautiful things I’m not really that vested in most of the things filling my house.  We take the objects around us on a daily basis for granted and rarely take the time to sit and appreciate them.  This little journey has made me take the time to take a good look at my surroundings and really figure out what makes my home my own.  

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March 18

broccolini blueberry and feta salad

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It can be a challenge to create new and tasty recipes on a regular basis.  I have to admit that I don’t post every recipe I come up with some are just plain bad.  However there are days when I stumble onto something new that I can’t wait to share.  I know what you are thinking, broccolini and blueberries?  It sounds weird but it just plain works,  the sweetness of the blueberries, the saltiness of the feta and the crisp crunch of the broccolini and almonds make a great salad that will keep well and is perfect for packing into a lunch.

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March 17

Minimal Mondays: spring cleaning 101

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Spring is two days away! And while I love the glimmers of sunshine peeking through my windows, it really shows the amount of dust that has settled during the winter. So today’s post is all about Spring Cleaning!


Spring is a great time to take stock in your cleaning supplies. To be honest you only need a couple of things in your cleaning caddy:

  1. Multi-Purpose Cleaner
  2. Sponges
  3. Rags
  4. Gloves
  5. Grout Scrubber (optional)


You might be saying but what about a window cleaner or bathroom cleaner? A multi-purpose cleaner can take care of all of that. Windows, countertops, bathrooms. You really don’t need several products.

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