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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Apple Cider Vinaigrette (Two Ways)

An easy apple cider vinaigrette recipe using healthy ingredients like fresh apple, raw apple cider vinegar, and maple syrup. This dressing only takes five minutes to fix and includes two versions that you'll love: creamy and whisked. It's perfect for drizzling on top of leafy salads for a blend of sweet and tangy flavors. 

Apple Cider Vinaigrette Salad Dressing (Two Ways)

One of my favorite sides to serve with dinner is a leafy salad piled with toppings from my pantry and fridge. It's an easy way to use up leftovers and sneak in extra servings of veggies. I like to rotate my toppings and homemade dressings based on the season (or...let's be honest, my cravings at the time). It feels like I ate blue cheese dressing almost every day this past summer. 

During the fall and winter months, I often use sliced apples and grated sharp cheddar on my salads (love that combo), so I came up with this apple cider vinaigrette to pour on top. Fresh apples + apple cider vinegar = a no brainer, right?

I always keep a bottle of raw apple cider vinegar on hand for making homemade bone broth (it helps pull the minerals from the bones), so this dressing is a great excuse to use it more often. 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

One-Pot Pasta with Italian Sausage

An easy one-pot pasta recipe with simple ingredients like Italian sausage, onion, bell pepper, garlic, baby greens, broth, coconut milk, basic pantry spices, and cheese. And the best part? This dish only takes about 35 minutes from start to finish, so you can fix it any night of the week and reheat the leftovers for a quick, healthy, and nourishing meal. 

Easy One-Pot Pasta with Italian Sausage

I was recently asked by Tom Thumbs and Albertsons to create a unique recipe featuring products from their O Organics line since both grocery stores are available locally to me in Dallas. In return for my time and creative effort, I'm being compensated financially for this post. Thank you for allowing me to keep creating great content by supporting partnerships with brands I collaborate with on The Rising Spoon. As always, the opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

Before we dive face-first into a plate of this cheesy, vegetable-laden one-pot pasta awesomeness, I want to tell y'all about an amazing foodie experience I had last week. Grab a snack or tasty beverage to tide yourself over and keep reading. (If you're feeling hangry and need the recipe right meow before you pitch a fit then scroll on down.)

On the heels of my four-year blogiversary in August, I was blessed with an invitation to attend an exclusive out-of-state food & wellness event hosted by Tom Thumb & Albertsons in Chicago, Illinois.

I couldn't believe my luck. An opportunity to travel to a new city I'd never visited before to hang out with foodies all day while eating, talking, and learning about food? That's a dream come true for a food blogger! 

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Chill The Heck Out Calming Essential Oil Blend {Roll-On or Diffuser}

A blend of calming essential oils that you can smell or combine with your favorite carrier oil and apply topically to chill the heck out!

I've had my fair share of stress and anxiety (albeit occasional) over the past year. You, too? It's okay, we'll get through this together. {deep breath}

These types of emotions aren't something you hope for (oh, heck no); nevertheless, it's a great excuse (and possibly even a signal from your body) to slow down for some much-needed self-reflection and self-care.  

And since diving into a pint of ice cream or a bottle of wine whenever you feel stressed is unsustainable, I've sought out natural methods for helping me to calm down and relax no matter the situation.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

My Four Year Blogiversary + Favorite Things Prize Pack Giveaway

Wow, I can't believe my blog is already 4 years old already! To celebrate, I'm giving away a real food & natural living prize pack with some of my favorite products to one lucky reader. The sweepstakes end October 11th, so hop on over to enter!

I can't believe this blog is four years old already! {ugly cries} For the sake of all things blogiversary related + nostalgia and all that jazz, let me give you the semi-abbreviated version of my blog's origin story.

The Rising Spoon's Origin Story 

I created The Rising Spoon back in July 2012, only six months after graduating college with a shiny B.A. in English. I had no idea back then how I was going to use my degree and the idea of working a 9-5 corporate office job sounded like a soul-sucking prospect (to be honest, it still does).

I moved from Kansas City to Dallas three months after graduating to live with my long-time boyfriend (we're high school sweethearts) and within weeks was stressed about finding a job. Scratch that. More like a career, because hadn't I just spend thousands of dollars on a fancy piece of paper for that specific purpose? 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Peaches and Cream Muffins

Peaches and Cream Muffins

What if I told you I've been eating one of these slightly sweet and creamy peach muffins almost every night for the past three weeks? Would you gently squeeze my shoulder and say in a reassuring voice, "I think you've got a problem"? Or would you gasp and ask why I so selfishly kept the recipe to myself this whole time? 

I hope you're in the latter group because I'm sure as heck not ready to give up my nightly ritual of a warm peach muffin with a cup of hot herbal tea! I'll keep it going until peaches disappear from the stores and then I can pretend it feels like fall here in Texas, turn down the A.C., and bake a batch of pumpkin-apple harvest muffins instead. Priorities. 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Minimalist Living: Why Having Less Actually Helps You Get More Out of Life


Today I'm sharing a guest post from my friend Jenn Baxter, who writes about minimalism, clean eating, non-toxic products, and emotional/spiritual health (what she likes to call "bucket list living") over at her blog Live a F.a.s.t. Life. The acronym in her blog name stands for Fabulous, Abundant, Simple and Tiny, which are qualities she seeks in her everyday life.

After reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up book last winter and using the KonMari method as a guide for decluttering my home, I appreciate minimalism more than ever! That's why I was so excited when Jenn reached out to me to share some of her wisdom regarding downsizing and living a minimalist lifestyle. I hope you enjoy! - Elaina

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When I first tell people that I got rid of about 80% of my belongings to move into a 160 square foot tiny house (yes, the size of most people’s kitchens), I usually get one of two reactions:

“Wow!  That is so amazing!  You are so brave, I wish I could that.”


“Wait a minute…you did what?” (Accompanied, of course, by a “You’re out of your mind” look.)

There doesn’t seem to be much middle ground when it comes to the idea of simplifying and minimalism. People seem to either love it or hate it.

But no matter which of the two camps you fall into, there’s something that you might not know about minimalism.

It actually helps you get MORE out of life.