Couscous Lunch Bowl

I am digging the grain + protein + veggie bowl situations that are popping up all over the place.  They’re convenient, easy to put together, and yummy.  I don’t usually use a recipe, but sometimes it’s nice to have a framework to build on once you’ve got an idea.

On the same day that we ate this beauty, my mom, sister, and I had Another Root’s Roasted Brussels Sprout and Couscous Salad for lunch.  So delicious!

Instead of making the recipe’s dressing, we used Aldi’s SimplyNature Organic Tahini Goddess Dressing because I love it so much.  I also added a few crushed pita chips to mine because I wanted some crunch.  And if you put the couscous and Brussels sprouts on top when they’re still warm, the lettuce wilts a little and it’s wonderful!

This recipe was so yummy, but it also is a great starting point for making up your own bowls.  Oh and here are a few more bowl recipes, just in case you’re as sold as I am but not feeling too creative:

Rebecca came to town!

One of my best friends, Rebecca, come to visit this past weekend.  We were random roommates freshman year of college; we were lucky enough to hit it off and stick together all the way through school and beyond.  Rebecca no longer lives close by, but she came to town to visit, do a little wedding dress shopping, and make doughnuts!

We spent most of Friday exploring wedding dress options.  It was my first time in a bridal boutique and my first time seeing someone I know in a wedding dress, so it was really special and exciting.  Look at me making the bride’s moment all about me … oops!

In between shops, we stopped for brunch at Sun In My Belly.  I ordered my go-to there, which is the Kirkwood Breakfast.  I just love their lavender biscuits!  Plus, it’s adorable.

It sounds silly, but it’s amazing how many kinds of beading, lace, satin, tulle, etc. can be used to make a wedding dress.  I knew there would be options, but I had no idea how many!  Rebecca was a real trouper and tried on lots of dresses in different styles, shapes, and fabrics.  She looked beautiful in them all!

Oh, just a little tip:  It seems that a weekday (or Friday, at least) is a great time to shop.  We were practically the only gown shoppers!  I have a feeling that made our experience way more enjoyable.

Later that night, we met up with my boyfriend for burgers and fries.  And then we met up with a friend of mine from high school (and a couple friends of hers!) for drinks and chit-chat.  It was probably the most social I’ve been in months.

Saturday morning, my sister and I brought Rebecca along for our traditional park walk with iced coffees.  We made a stop at the dog park and got a little love.  Then I had to head up to the mountains for a family get-together.

On Sunday, we made lemon doughnuts (and a few tiny muffins with the extra batter)!  I found a “turn any cake mix into a doughnut” recipe, but I wasn’t too impressed.  The doughnuts were definitely yummy, but they were too moist and didn’t hold up well throughout the decorating (and eating) process.  At least they were cute!

After another park walk, we settled in at the pool for a little while before Rebecca had to head to the airport.  It was my first trip to a pool in a year or two, and it was so nice.  We lucked into a not-too-hot day and I only got sunburned in a couple of places (instead of all over my body)!

After dinner, a few hugs, and a couple “move back to Atlanta” pleas, Rebecca was on her way home.  But it was such a fun weekend!

Currently – The May Edition

It’s been so busy around here lately — it feels like I’ve been on the move nonstop since Easter.  And it’s not slowing down!  But it’s all good things (visits from friends, family get-togethers, trips to the beach), so I’ll just take a nap and not complain.

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Lately I’m …

Eating:  I will not stop telling anyone who will listen about this recipe.  The flavor combination is so good!  It might look like a bit on an undertaking, but I promise it comes together really easily because most everything cooks at the same time and temperature.

Wearing:  Well, I’m not wearing wedding dresses, but my friend Rebecca is!  She came to visit this past weekend (more on all of that soon) and we went shopping for her wedding gown.  It was so much fun and really special — I’m so glad to have been included!

Preparing:  For our Charleston trip!  I’m working on lists for everything from must-do’s, to packing, to music for the drive.

Sipping:  Twining’s English Breakfast tea.  I’m a much bigger fan of coffee than I used to be, but it’s still not a habit or a craving, so I still like to play around with my breakfast beverage.  When my sister and I were home a few weekends ago, my dad offered up some of this breakfast tea and I’m hooked.

Reading:  I just started The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World.  It seems right up my alley!

What are you loving lately?

Dutch Dutch Baby

Dutch Dutch Baby. Ding ding ding di-di ding ding.  Channeling this classic, of course.

The other day our schedules lined up and my mom, my sister, and I ended up working from home together.  As a result, we had a day full of the best food breaks.  We started the day with this Dutch Baby with Strawberries and Pistachios from Cooking Light.

I’ve been wanting to try a Dutch Baby for a long time and this one did not disappoint.  Watching it puff up in the oven was so much fun — I mean, just look at those little air pockets!

The pancake itself was a perfect base — I loved the strawberries tossed with lemon juice and zest, but you could easily use all kinds of things as a topping.  Other berries, drizzled Nutella, honey, etc.  Mmmmmmm!

Oh and we added powdered sugar, mostly for looks, but also because we could.

A Weekend at Home

A double-whammy post day — a plea for Charleston recommendations doesn’t really count, does it?  So here’s a peek at my weekend at home.

That lump in the bed up there?  That’s one of our cats.  He likes to tunnel right up under the covers and camp out there.  In addition to completely covered naps, my sweet baby boy has a thing for shoes.  He likes to rub his little face all over the edges, making sure to scratch his cheeks.  Every now and then I happen upon him with his foot inside one of the shoes!  It just tickles me so much.

We are working hard to perfect our crepe-making abilities.  Any tips for flipping?  We’ve been performing some really sloppy half-flips, rearranging by hand, etc.  They taste good, regardless.  We topped ours with caramel sauce, Nutella, and fruit.

Our precious baby girl likes to switch up her napping spot throughout the day; she seems to follow the patches of sunlight.  I love when she curls up in a tiny, little ball!

Saturday night we started jamming to this playlist.  So much fun.

 

It was a calm, easy weekend.  Here are few more shots of my baby boy all wrapped up, my sister assembling her new vacuum (with wine, of course), and our blooming gardenias in our back window.

Now only a few more days until the next weekend.  We can make it!