Monday, September 19, 2016
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
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.
Yes…HAVING LESS = GETTING MORE.
Friday, September 2, 2016
A quick & easy recipe for fresh peach salsa using simple ingredients like red onion, tomato, cilantro, lime, jalapeno, and pantry spices. Use this fresh fruit salsa as a garnish for pork, chicken, or fish, as a dip with your favorite chips, or even as a sweet & spicy condiment alongside your favorite foods.
For the past month, I've been stopping by my local Dallas farmers market almost every weekend to buy some gloriously ripe and oh-so-tasty seasonal fruits and veggies. Foods like tomatoes, squash, eggplant, zucchini, onions, cucumbers, chiles, potatoes, figs...and, of course, peaches!
You have to show up early if you want the best picks, otherwise, all the farm-to-table restaurants & pubs + chefs and foodies will buy out all the good stuff! Either that or make arrangements with the farmers to set aside certain produce for you (which they're usually happy to do).
My Rush To Make Peach Everything
Just as I was getting used to strolling in and grabbing whatever delicious produce I wanted for the week, the only farm family still selling peaches announced they were close to done for the season.
I panicked for all of two minutes, thinking I haven't made ALL the peach things yet! Summer's almost over. Oh, woe is me! Then quickly realized I still had time. (Phew!)
Friday, August 26, 2016
A healthy smoothie recipe with vitamin C-packed tropical fruits like mango and kiwi + protein and healthy fats to create a balanced, nourishing drink that's perfect for a light breakfast, snack, or even dessert.
When I shared my egg breakfast muffins recipe last week, I asked if y'all had any favorite on the go breakfasts and whether you relied on fixing fast meals in the morning OR foods you could prep ahead of time. The most popular answers for quick breakfasts were oatmeal, overnight oats, or smoothies.
To be honest, those responses kinda surprised me! Why? Because...
- I don't usually eat smoothies for breakfast. More like an afternoon snack.
- I'm constantly blown away at all the creative, yummy meals other foodies (and my awesomesauce readers + followers) come up with and share on social media--especially Instagram. So, I sort of expected fancy-pants responses akin to full spread breakfasts lovingly made at the expense of an extra hour of sleep.
Turns out I was wrong. You guys are normal, non-superhero-in-the-kitchen folks just like me. (Phew.)
Tropical Fruit Smoothies = The Cure For Smoothie Boredom
So, if you're in the camp that drinks smoothies for breakfast (or any other meal), get excited because I'm sharing a super yummy new smoothie today!
Sunday, August 14, 2016
I was recently asked by Save-A-Lot to create a unique recipe for the Back-To-School season since they're one of my local grocery stores. 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 companies I collaborate with on The Rising Spoon. As always, the opinions expressed here are 100% my own.
When I have a busy day ahead of me, I always try to eat a good breakfast. It is SO important! Skipping breakfast makes me feel grumpy and distracted a few hours later (not good for productivity), whereas eating a mix of protein, fat + veggies with some carbohydrates (too much makes me lethargic) keeps me energized and focused until the afternoon.
For Lots of Folks, Skipping Breakfast is Counterproductive
I remember back in high school when I'd have to sit through my first, second, and third class without any food on my stomach and it was awful! It's so much harder to concentrate when your stomach is grumbling and your blood sugar is low.
Monday, August 1, 2016
One of my favorite make-ahead meals for breakfast is overnight oats. It's super easy, fast, and flexible. A mere five minutes (or so) of prep the night before gives you healthy grab-and-go breakfasts for days. Pretty much perfect for busy mornings or times when you don't want to cook (hangriness and laziness being two legitimate reasons).
I first heard about overnight oats a.k.a. cold oatmeal or summer porridge back in 2012 when I ran across this refrigerator oatmeal post from The Yummy Life. The blogger (Monica) inspired me to give it a try and I fell in love with the cold, creamy, slightly sweet, and filling oats + eating directly out of a mason jar. The fact that you can prepare and then eat a healthy breakfast out of the same container is brilliant. Fewer dishes to wash = happiness!