Thai Coconut Chicken Soup (Crockpot | Paleo | Whole 30 )

I’m sure most of the world is feeling the warmth of spring and summer, but…in Seattle, we are NOT-UGH!!  But…while I’m sick of wearing layers upon layers, I never get tired of yummy soups!  Especially easy ones that are practically cooked without me!

This is a recipe that I’ve now done twice because after the first attempt was so well received, I obviously did it again!!  And it was all a fluke of things I just happened to have in my cupboard and fridge-WHOOP!

Ingredients (feeds 4 with leftovers)

  • 4-5 frozen chicken breasts (I’m ALWAYS on the fly.  If yours aren’t frozen, the timing should still work.  It might just mean the meat will be more tender)
  • 1 Can Full Fat Coconut Cream (check labels if you are on Whole30, I used Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 Can Chicken Broth (check labels if you are on Whole30)
  • 1 Tablespoon crushed ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon crushed lemongrass
  • 1 Teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 1 Medium to Large Onion Diced
  • 1/2 Cup Diced Carrots (I used organic Rainbow Carrots, because…duh FUN COLORS! :))
  • If you aren’t on a dietary restriction you could add 1/2 a box of Pasta (again, I go light on this end and used veggie pasta.  You could use gluten free OR 2 cups zoodles or sweet potato noodles etc if you are Whole30!)

Directions

  • Place everything in the crockpot, and you’re DONE!!!I  I always wonder if things look the way they should when I’m throwing things together, so…yes, it should look like this 🙂And then….after you take the chicken out and fork shred it (it will be SO tender!!)

THIS!

  • Unless, you want to add a noodle variation.  When you are about 10-15 minutes out, you can add the pasta or zoodles etc and they will cook to being tender.  I think they’d be mushy if you added them in at the beginning, but let me know if you try!  I even added them after the cook time when it was in “warm” mode, and it worked!

Another Recipe you might enjoy…

I posted one of my latest crock pot easy healthy dinners last week.

Crockpot Veggie Pasta and Turkey Meat Sauce

Honestly, I was on a crock pot roll lately.  Too much to do, no time to cook, yet I wanted yummy healthy food.  I didn’t have a recipe for either of these meals and both were DELICIOUS!  I’m saying this because a lot of times I see recipes that I like, but I don’t have the time or the ingredients.  THAT is the best part of the slow cooker.  I have taken tried and true recipes that involved multiple pots and hours of time of me in front of the stove, and rolled the dice throwing everything into the slow cooker in the morning.  Guess what?  They’ve all turned out fine!  Are they as amazing as the original?  Sometimes maybe not QUITE as much, but honestly…

It’s pretty darn good!

Enjoy!dit-elle-Lauren

Leather Jacket + Striped Swing Dress + Booties (Spring?? Are you there…?)

 I keep thinking…

If you wear it, it will come… Spring?! I’m talking to you! 😂😫🙏🏻. And, I’ll keep layering over my summer dresses, until I can wear them by themselves! I took a close up shot, and you could totally see my goosebumps! 🙈

I keep thinking in terms of the “Field of Dreams” movie. I’m sure most people will have no idea what I’m talking about, but… “If you build it, it they will come…” Anyone else remember and reference that movie??! 🙋🏼Maya loooooves to twirl. and she executes the twirl to perfection!  Sadly, she was still in preschool when I took these (in the 10 minutes I had before I had to pick her up!)

I attempted it, and then realized, that my specialty lies in the casual “swish”…

🙂

On me…

Leather Jacket- Plein Sud (eBay, similar here)
Boots- SixtySeven “Blake” Bootie (Nordstom Rack, sold out, loving these)
Keeping it Real…
The many attempts at the twirl, because this dress was MEANT for twirling!!  But…the wind also kicked in and…
My hair!!!  hahaha.
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod)

dit-elle-Lauren

SwimZip “The Sophisticated Swim Cover Up” Day to Night

I did a post before about my love of SwimZip.  You can see Maya frolicking in low tide in the cutest suit in this post.  Seriously…LOVE!

After having two skin cancers dug out of me last year, I’m all about the cover ups!  Also…at 42 my skin does not need any more damage.  I swear, every day I find a new sun spot, and I hate them!!  Much better than finding more skin cancer though…

All that to say…I’m a total fan of cute cover ups that have SPF built in, and SwimZip has SO many great options!

About a month and a half ago, they posted on their Instagram page that they were looking for bloggers to partner with.  I jumped at the chance, and I couldn’t have been more thrilled to have the opportunity to work with them and shoot this adorable dress! I looooove the cinch tie side!!  You can adjust it to the length you want, and the draping effect is super flattering!  I got a medium.  For reference, I’m 5′ 8″, but have a super long torso and no…well, no boobs to be blunt.  I had considered getting a small, but was worried I would be too self-conscious about it being too tight.   I’m so glad I got the size that I did!  It may have looked baggy on me except for the cinching!  All that to say, there’s some wiggle room.

And the thumb holes on the sleeves-love!! These are SO cute that I wanted to show how you could wear them day to night!  You know when you are on vacation and you go straight from the pool to dinner?   Ok, I don’t, because I want to go shower and change, BUT…you totally could with these if you didn’t have time!

What HAS happened to me?  I am super careful during the day about sun protection.  I lather up in sunscreen/and or wear cover ups, but then at night?  I throw on a summer dress and that’s it.  And then because the sun is still out, I get sun damage-GRRR!

Well, now I have another option!  🙂 Ps- I showed these to the Huz, because I was a liiiiiiittle nervous about this post showing too much skin and wanted a second opinion (so weird because I’ve done posts in cut offs and tanks, but…).

When he saw this next one he said “Woah…I want a copy of that one!”

So…as self conscious as I felt…he liked it, and on some level…I guess that’s all that matters 🙂

On me…

Hat- Thrifted, similar here.
Bag- Gift
Sandals-Salt Water Sandals and Ugg (thrifted, similar here)
Keeping it Real…
My excitement over this swim cover up aside…I hadn’t quite realized just how nervous I would be to take these images!!  I think every woman is self-conscious about her body, and I’m certainly no different!  I kept vowing to not have any wine the week before, and try not to snack so much, but…yeah, that never happened.
Then there’s the fact that I take all our images with a self timer and tripod… I felt like the biggest nerd on the beach by myself, but I honestly had so much fun taking these shots!!
You can watch a behind the scenes video of me taking the close up shots.
THEN there’s the fact that we are still having total winter weather!!  It literally snowed the weekend before, and had been raining non stop.  We had a break in the rain, so I decided to just go for it…in 50 degree weather-I wore a down parka and my Hunter boots down to the beach hahaha..  I had dreams of taking these images with amazing sun flare, but… At least I had the beach to myself!  Not sure I could have done this in front of a bunch of people!  Although, there is a walking path right above where I was, so I’m sure a few people wondered…
Oh, and of course the owner of the “closed” restaurant lives across the street and came out to ask if he could help me-AWKWARD!
While I was given this amazing cover up, all thoughts and opinions are my own!
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod)

dit-elle-Lauren

Crockpot Veggie Pasta and Turkey Meat Sauce

I’ve been on a total crockpot kick lately.  That seems to happen every winter, and before the urge kicks in, I always think…

“Why don’t I use my crock pot more??!!”

Then, I do, and I think…

“Why don’t I use my crock pot more??!!”!!!

Every post I do on my crockpot meals, I wax poetic on the fabulousness of it, but then the spring and summer roll around and I forget about it.  I’m determined to make things all year round!  It’s SO easy, and the smell walking into your home after not being home all day/or even if you ARE home all day…YUM!!!

And I don’t know about where you live, but here in Seattle…spring has NOT sprung, and warm yummy dinners still sound amazing!

So, I decided to try spaghetti and meat sauce.  Total classic.  Total crowd pleaser when you have kids.  Pretty cheap too!  And…it can be healthy and easy!

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Ingredients (feeds 4 with leftovers)

  • 2 lbs ground turkey. I like to make it heavy on the protein!
  • 1 Can of pasta sauce.  I used a 32 oz jar (check labels if you are on Whole30)
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed ginger
  • 1/2 Teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 1 Medium to Large Onion
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning.
  • 1/2 a box of Pasta (again, I go light on this end and used veggie pasta.  You could use gluten free OR 2 cups zoodles or sweet potato noodles etc if you are Whole30!)

Directions

  • Place Diced Onion, Crushed Ginger, and Crushed Garlic, Ground Turkey (Yes, I put mine in mostly frozen because…no time to dethaw, and it still worked out great!), Jar of Pasta sauce and Italian seasonings in the crockpot, and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 5.
  • When you are about 10-15 minutes out, you can add the pasta or zoodles etc and they will cook to being tender.  I think they’d be mushy if you added them in at the beginning, but let me know if you try!  I even added them after the cook time when it was in “warm” mode, and it worked!

Enjoy!dit-elle-Lauren

White Button Down + High Rise Crop Flares (Classics for the WIN!)

 We actually got a break in the monsoon season weather we’ve been having!!  Seriously…our basement flooded, but besides that and in addition to that I’m SO OVER IT!!

It was SO nice to have a sunny day.  As nice “looking” as it was, it was still super windy and cold.

We only had 10 minutes before we had to go get ready for Maya’s T-Ball practice, so we made this a quick little shoot 🙂

I took these pair of high rise flares (that I thrifted for super cheap!) and chopped them off at the bottom.  Crop flares are currently my favorite style, so I may or may not have chopped off a number of my flare and boot leg jeans recently! 😉  Better than buying a bunch of new current crop flares for a kazillion dollars, I say!

Paired with a white button down?  Really…you can’t go wrong pairing a white button down with ANY pair of jeans!  Total classic…

Hahaha.  This next one cracks me up!For those wondering.  The reason the first image and the image below look “lighter and hazier”, it’s because I had my tripod in the sun to get the shot.  The darker and crisper close up shots, were with the camera in the shade with us.
This next four shots literally happened in less than a minute.  Taking images with a tripod isn’t always the easiest, but the remote trigger taking a shot every second for 10 seconds sure is! I flipped our position and then got these! I managed to convince Maya to do ONE twirl picture by herself…

On me…

Top- AG Jeans (eBay, similar here)
Jeans- J Brand (thrifted and DIY raw hem, similar here)
On Maya…
Jacket- GapKids (thrifted, but similar here)
Dress- Lili Gaufrette (thrifted, but current styles here)
Leggings- Children’s Place (thrifted, but 2 pack similar here)
Keeping it Real…
What happens when people drive by and you are the nerd by yourself taking pictures….
Her face!!!  hahaha.
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Layering for Spring (in GREEN!) Happy St Patrick’ Day!

 I wish I could say that I totally planned for us to wear green, and I had this post all lined up for St Patrick’s Day, but….I didn’t.

It was a happy accident though 🙂

I’m sooooo over the weather that’s been going on!!  I just want to wear summer dresses (ok, no I don’t, because summer dresses aren’t my go to, buuuuuuut, right now??  SUMMER DRESSES!  I want to wear them.  And flip flops, and shorts, and anything else that’s appropriate for 65 degree plus.

Which, we are NOT seeing…

Until then, I will layer summer dresses with sweaters, jackets, and booties 🙂

Oh, Maya….you know the smile that’s next is not just me! I can’t even…

The reason I wanted to do this shot.  Other than, I LOVE shoe shots?

Both of our booties are WATERPROOF!!!

Ok, maybe mine are only water resistant.  I haven’t tested them.  She for SURE has tested hers 😉

But…if you are looking for cute water “resistant” boots, check these out.  Mine are sold out, but the brand makes more!! This is Maya’s posing face…

haha. I meant to get some sun flare, and got a rainbow flare instead-WIN!!! Oh, and waterproof, you say?  Let me test them out!!

Ok, I never told her they were waterproof.  She would have tested them out regardless…

But…her socks were dry and a wet wipe made the boots good as new!

Retail…$75.  Thrifted in like new condition…$4.25.

So, sure-walk through those puddles as a test! 🙂

On me…

Jean Jacket- 3×1 thrifted for $10!!! (similar here retails for $300!!)
Sweater- Inhabit (old, similar here)
Dress- Ella Moss (eBay-love this one here)
Boots- Aquatalia (eBay for $50! similar here)
On Maya…
Jacket-Zara (thrifted)
Dress- Antik Batik (eBay, this is fun too)
Leggings- Tea Collection (thrifted, similar here)
Boots- Pediped “Flex Issa”  (thrifted for $4.25)
Keeping it Real…
I swear, whenever I say I want to try and get a few pictures of just me…. I give her snacks, yet she always wants to be in the shots!!!
However….when I want to get a shot of her or the both of us??
Yeah….she’s off and running away, and it takes me 10 minutes to get her back. 🙂
Oh….WIND??!  Yeah, miiiiiiiiiight not be wearing this dress on windy days.  NOTE TO SELF!Yup….so her.
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Overalls + Chunky Knits + Hats (fall or…COLD spring!)

 Anyone else wondering WTF is going on with our weather??  We had snow a week ago in March…in Seattle!!

All that to say, I’ve gotten creative with my layering.  Chunky knit under overalls?  Sure, why not!

Oh, and a hat to keep my hair from blowing crazy in the WIND?

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On me…

Sweater- J Crew (thrifted)
Hat- Vintage (thrifted)
Overalls- Paige “Sierra” Overalls (eBay, similar here)
Boots- Sam Edelman “Lisle” Boots (thrifted for $10!!  Sold out, but love this lower heel version)
Keeping it Real…
I l had 20 minutes to take pictures before I had to pick Maya up from preschool, so I thought I’d go somewhere other than right outside our house.
I went a few blocks away, got somewhat set up in front of a cool neighborhood side walk, and I kid you not…as soon as I was ready, two teenage boys came home from school and walked into the house I was about to shoot in front of-giving me weird looks.  I could have waited, but…TWENTY MINUTES!!
So….I gathered up my tripod and focusing stand that I’d already set up, and drove on.  I pulled up to another block in my neighborhood, and decided to go for it no matter what.
Um….DEAD half eaten RAT!!!!  AND….dog poop.  Right where I was going to set my tripod!!  I had to laugh!  Because, thankfully, my tripod doesn’t care.  I DID!!!  But…I looked away 🙂
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren