My Favorite Summertime Whites

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Last year, I bought this pair of white pants.  I had always been leery of them, because a toddler and white pants can mean disaster, but, white pants were everywhere, and I really wanted a pair.  So I ordered these, and despite the frequent need for a bleach pen, I have been amazed at what a difference they make temperature wise in the summer! 

You see, I don't own a pair of shorts, and potentially never will.  I don't like the way shorts look on me, and so having a pair of lighter pants is always a good thing.  I have been amazed at how comfortable they are!  White always feels so fresh and clean in the summertime, and I love how put together I feel when I wear them!  

Are you a white fan?  Or are you afraid of it because it gets dirty so easily?  

shirt: pants: J Crew via ThredUp// earrings: old// shoes: Lotta from Stockholm

Merrick and Janssen are wearing white today, too!  Check out their outfits! 


Baked "Parmesan" French Fries

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

 Sponsored by Frontier Co-op

The Christmas that Fox was born, Adam and I had to stay here for Christmas (Fox was born about 2 weeks later), so we were trying to come up with some fun things to do.  We weren't sure when the baby was going to come, but we did our best to have some festivities anyway.

We decided it could be fun to forgo the ham dinner on Christmas (Adam isn't a huge ham fan, anyway), and make homemade hamburgers instead.  We got some good cheese, I made buns, and seasoned the patties really well, and we had pretty spectacular hamburgers for dinner.

Fries and hamburgers go together, so we also decided to make some fries.  I cut up about 2 pounds of potatoes, and we carefully followed directions for deep frying them.  They were amazing, but it was a serious greasy overload!  We both felt SO sick after eating so many greasy fries.

I may not ever make homemade deep-fried french fries again, but I really love oven baked fries, and wanted to share my latest and greatest with you.

These might be the best ones I have ever made.  Crispy and fabulous on the outside, and soft and warm on the inside.  They were truly spectacular.  The key is to boil them before sticking them in the oven.  It works wonders!

I love using Frontier Co-op's new Nutritional Yeast in this recipe, because it added a slightly cheesy flavor, and gave a gloriously crisp texture to the fries.

Frontier Co-op is one of those brands that I recently discovered and am completely in love with!  They source from ethical and responsible growers, and are striving to promote and healthy, delicious tasting community.  I can get 100% behind that!  Also, their spices are just dang good.

When you make these fries, be sure to pick up their Nutritional Yeast, because it is terrific!

Baked "Parmesan" French Fries

4-6 medium russet potatoes, cut into thin fries
1/8 cup olive oil
1 Tbs Frontier Co-op Nutritional Yeast
1/8 tsp Frontier Co-op Garlic Powder
1 Tbs flaky sea salt
pepper, to taste
dried parsley (optional)

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Add the potatoes, reduce to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes.

Drain the water off the potatoes, and carefully spread them out on parchment paper or a silicone mat lined cookie sheet.  With a pastry brush, brush olive oil over the top of each fry.  In a small bowl, mix the salt, garlic powder and Nutritional Yeast, and then carefully sprinkle over the fries.

Place in the oven for about an hour and ten minutes, until golden brown and crispy.  Remove, let cool for a minute or two and sprinkle with parsley, if you are using.  Serve with chipotle mayo (see recipe below), or ketchup.  Enjoy!

Chipotle Mayo: 

3 Tbs full-fat real mayonnaise
a few heavy shakes of chipotle powder

Mix in a small bowl until combined. It is DELICIOUS with these fries! 

The next phase

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

 (from our Anniversary in Park City at the restaurant Handle)

We are down to our last few weeks in Austin!  I can't believe how quickly these last few months have gone.  I realized a few days ago that I never told you where we are moving to, so I figured, I ought to mention it, before we head out in June!

Adam got a job in UTAH!  Hooray!  Actually, I am more happy that he has a job than where it is (he applied to jobs all over the place and I feel like we could have been happy anywhere), but we feel really great about moving to Utah, and he is super stoked about the job itself, so I am happy we are going.

(he was so tiny last summer! And his feet got so dirty on that floor, no matter how often I mopped!)

We will be much closer to his parents, much closer to my family (including my sisters!!!), and my brother lives in Utah, right now, so I am pretty stoked to be going back!

I have been surprised at how much I have missed seeing my family, because we are currently the furthest away.

After I graduated from college and moved to Texas, I found myself missing Utah far more than I had ever missed Las Vegas.  Not that I didn't miss my family (who lived in Las Vegas) when I lived in Utah, but the place itself I never missed.

But I really missed the mountains in Utah, and the snow at Christmas (to be clear here, I hate snow in February-June, but I love it at Christmas), and the gorgeous Spring/Summer/Fall weather.  I am seriously thrilled to be going back!

Wish us luck as we pack up our apartment and drive 1200 miles with a 2 year-old!

Homemade Croutons

Friday, May 19, 2017

I hate throwing away food.  So much.  I remember as a kid, my dad always talking about not wasting food.  As a seven year-old, this point kinda went over my head, but as an adult, I totally understand why I shouldn't be wasting.

I have found a ridiculous number of ways to use up odds and ends, but this DIY is one of my favorites.

Adam was a crouton hater, prior to my making homemade croutons, and now he will eat them straight out of the pan.  And I can't blame him.  They are SOOOO good.

Below, I have photos of two different batches, but I wanted to show you that you can make croutons out of almost any savory bread.  Challah, French, Baguettes, Whole wheat, Multigrain, Rye.  You name it, you can probably make croutons out of it.  Just don't use sweet or quick breads. They won't taste good on a salad. 

Homemade Croutons: 

4 or 5 slices of bread, diced into 1" cubes
2-3 Tbs olive oil
1/4 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper, to taste

Turn your oven on to a low broil.  On a large cookie sheet, spread out your croutons, and sprinkle with olive oil, garlic powder and salt and pepper.  With clean hands, mix the croutons until they are all coated in olive oil and spices.  

Put in the broiler for 2-3 minutes, or until they are getting toasty around the edges.  Remove from the oven, and flip them over with tongs or a fork, and then toast the other side for 1-2 more minutes.  Remove when crisp on the outside.  

Serve immediately on soups or salads.  


The all-purpose wrapping paper

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A few months ago, I used up the last of my fancy wrapping paper, and a few days ago, I was looking for something to wrap a baby gift in, and realized that my roll of brown paper was all I had for wrapping.  THEN, I realized how perfect it was for wrapping gifts.  For every. single. occasion. ever. But really.

Here are a few reasons why I am planning on keeping mine around for the long haul (whether it is trendy or not):

1. It's Recyclable - If you have read any green living post on this blog, you know I am all about reducing waste.
2. It's good for every holiday known to man - Super convenient, right?
3. It is extremely versatile - Seriously, you can put almost any type of ribbon or bow on it, and it will match (yep, even the ugly Minnie Mouse ribbon).
4. You can give it personal touches - Let your kids color on it, give it a cute pattern with a stamp, or draw stripes on it.
5.  It can double as packing paper for a move (that is most likely what will happen to the rest of my current roll).
6.  Mine was $1 at the dollar store, and had way more than the 2 feet of wrapping paper that most rolls hold (does anyone else hate how little most wrapping paper rolls have on them? $7 for a roll, and it is gone in 3 gifts. Bleh)
7.  Your gifts will all match each other under the Christmas tree or on the birthday pile (this is a big deal to me)!

Have you ever used brown paper to wrap stuff?  Or are you all about the fancy patterned paper?

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