Blackberry Season

It’s blackberry season in Seattle! The season can be pretty long depending on weather. A bunch can have flowers, little green berries, ripening red berries and juicy sweet blackberries all at once!:)

Blackberries are known for their fiber and nutrients (like vitamin C and K) and antioxidant properties.. and of course, their tastiness! They are a great berry for pies, cobblers, crisps, shakes, cordial and other drinks.

We have a lot of recipes with blackberries on this blog, simply type in the keyword on our homepage! Because blackberries tend to grow wherever the vines reach, it’s a great activity for big and small.. berries are often found at or near ground level. Pick, eat, enjoy! And I’ll be posting more recipes as the summer goes on!:)

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Enjoy blackberry season!:)

dit-elle-Esther

Watermelon Mint Infused Water

I’ve been wanting to try more infused waters lately.  In my mind, they are a lot of work, but really…they aren’t!

I carved up a watermelon for the 4th of July, and we had some pieces left over in the fridge that I didn’t think were going to get eaten.  SO…I poured some of the left over juice and a few pieces of watermelon with some mint into a few water bottles.

I mean to let them sit for a day, but… “LIFE”

Two days later, I tried them, and YUM!!!Blog Watermelon Mint Infused Water-1 Blog Watermelon Mint Infused Water-2 Blog Watermelon Mint Infused Water-3Maya wasn’t as sure.  She was more consumed with getting the watermelon out of the bottom haha:) Blog Watermelon Mint Infused Water-4What you need…

  • 2 cups of Watermelon (depending on how much water you want to infuse!)
  • 1/4 Cup Watermelon juice (I made this after I had cut a watermelon a few days earlier and there was juice at the bottom of the dish.  You could also muddle a few pieces if you are doing this all at once.)
  • 5-6 sprigs of mind torn into pieces

What you do…

  • Put water, watermelon, watermelon juice, and mint into (individual water glasses or a giant water container).
  • Let it sit overnight….or two :)  Then…

Enjoy!dit-elle-Lauren

Summer is kicking my arse…

Don’t get me wrong.  I love summer!!  I absolutely love that it stays lighter later, and…ok, that might be the only thing I like right now haha.

I’m a true Northwesterner in that I hate being hot!  The idea of going outside to play in the middle of the day, sweating my butt off, and taking 2-3 showers a day.  Well, it doesn’t get me very excited.

I’ve also put Maya in camps almost every week, just so I can catch up on client work, BUT…between the travel times on either end, I only really have 2 hours to cram as much as I possibly can in.  Maya’s usually pretty tired after camp, because we either play for a few hours after or we’ve gone to the gym for a few hours beforehand.  Doesn’t leave much time or energy for our usual “outings”.

A lot of times, it’s just a little walk around our neighborhood after dinner, and that’s ok:)Blog Gap Denim Shirt Ooberswank Cami Goldsign Frontier Leopard Vans-1I love her little dance kick in the background!!! Blog Gap Denim Shirt Ooberswank Cami Goldsign Frontier Leopard Vans-2 Blog Gap Denim Shirt Ooberswank Cami Goldsign Frontier Leopard Vans-3 Blog Gap Denim Shirt Ooberswank Cami Goldsign Frontier Leopard Vans-4 Blog Gap Denim Shirt Ooberswank Cami Goldsign Frontier Leopard Vans-5 Blog Gap Denim Shirt Ooberswank Cami Goldsign Frontier Leopard Vans-6 Blog Gap Denim Shirt Ooberswank Cami Goldsign Frontier Leopard Vans-7Blog Gap Denim Shirt Ooberswank Cami Goldsign Frontier Leopard Vans-10 See her tongue out?  Yeah, she kept licking my back…

“Mom, you taste kind of salty!”  Um…yeah, sweaty!! ;} Blog Gap Denim Shirt Ooberswank Cami Goldsign Frontier Leopard Vans-9Blog Gap Denim Shirt Ooberswank Cami Goldsign Frontier Leopard Vans-8 Blog Gap Denim Shirt Ooberswank Cami Goldsign Frontier Leopard Vans-11POOP!!! hahaha. Blog GapKids Tunic Checkered Vans-1 Blog GapKids Tunic Checkered Vans-2 Blog GapKids Tunic Checkered Vans-3

On me…

Shirt- Gap (thrifted)
Top- Ooberswank (Nordstrom Rack, sold out, similar here)
Jeans- Goldsign “frontier” destroyed by me (similar here, similar look here)
Shoes- Vans (thrifted for $6!, sold out, similar here)
On Maya…
Top/Dress- GapKids (thrifted)
Leggings- Children’s Place (thrifted)
Shoes- Vans (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
And…she just wanted to sit on my leg😉Blog Outtake-1Maya’s new thing is “ROARING!!!”  It’s really neat…
But seriously.  Every time we see someone (on a walk, on the street, on the way to the gym)
It’s either…”You know I’m the princess of the world”  quickly followed by…
“I’m also a vampire.”
And…after we leave said people she says…
“Mom, you know we can’t talk to the humans, because we are creatures (or vampires)”
She really has the best imagination ever.  And thankfully…is NOT scared of vampires:)Blog Outtake-2
(all pictures taken with a self timer/shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Frozen Strawberry Lime Coconut Margaritas

Nothing says summer like a Frozen Strawberry Lime Coconut Margarita! Totally delicious and I made mini frozen slushies for the kids with the ingredients (except alcohol!). It was a nice cool treat for them, and you could serve this as a fun (non alcoholic) and festive dessert drink for grown-ups as well!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut milk (full fat)
  • 1/4 cup Simple Syrup
  • Zest from 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 cups strawberries
  • 3 Tbsp lime juice
  • 3 oz tequila
  • Lime and shredded coconut for garnish

Directions

  • Combine first four ingredients in blender, blend until smooth and then pour into ice cube tray or a large Ziploc bag and freeze for 2-4 hours
  • Combine strawberries and 3 Tbsp lime juice in blender and blend until smooth
  • When ready to make margaritas, put frozen coconut lime mixture in blender and puree. At this point you can remove some for the kids. then add in tequila and blend until smooth.
  • Pour coconut lime mixture into four margarita glasses, add some strawberry puree to each glass and garnish with lime wedges and shredded coconut
  • Serve! Enjoy!

Inspired by Tequila Avion’s mini video on Instagram.

dit-elle-Esther

Salmon Avocado Mango “Tacos” | Paleo // Whole30

This was a leftover meal from the already ridiculously easy Salmon Avocado Mango Salad with Soft Boiled Egg that I made a few weeks ago.  I meant to do a follow up post right away, but…

You know….LIFE!  Summer has been kicking my arse lately!

In any case!  This is a great two-fer meal.  Make one and then the other the next day.  Isn’t that the mom holy grail???!!

Adjust the measurements as needed!:)Blog Whole30 Paleo Salmon Avocado Mango Lettuce Tacos-1 Blog Whole30 Paleo Salmon Avocado Mango Lettuce Tacos-2 Blog Whole30 Paleo Salmon Avocado Mango Lettuce Tacos-3From the original post (makes both meals!)

Ingredients (Would serve 4)

  • 3 6oz cans of wild Alaskan Salmon
  • 10 grape tomatoes (cut in half)
  • 1 large avocados
  • 1 Mango diced
  • 1/2 and inch slice red onion diced (or a scallion)
  • 1/3 cup diced pickles
  • Sea Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Head of Butter Lettuce
  • For garnish and a bit of heat- my favorite…Garlic Hot Sauce

Directions

  • Drain Salmon, place in large bowl, and break it up.
  • Dice tomato, avocado, mango, and onions and stir into salmon
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Scoop into butter lettuce cups, and pierce with a toothpick and an extra tomato for garnish

Enjoy!

dit-elle-Lauren

Poached Chicken

This is a staple recipe in my house and a great way to prepare chicken. I like to make a big batch and freeze in small containers. Hungry toddler? No problem! Heat up the chicken and some veggies or make a chicken and cheese quesadilla.. and you have a quick and healthy dinner.

I also like this as a base recipe for tacos – poach the chicken, shred it, and then add taco seasoning!

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Ingredients

  • Whole chicken or 4 large chicken breasts
  • 1 onion, roughly sliced
  • Water

Directions

  • Put everything in a pot and add water till it almost covers the chicken
  • Bring to a boil and let simmer for 45-60 minutes
  • Remove chicken, put on a plate and let cool
  • Once cool enough to handle, de-bone the chicken and remove skin
  • Shred meat with a fork and put back in a new pot
  • Add 1/2 cup of the chicken stock back and bring to a simmer – add additional spices as desired
  • As for the rest of the liquid (in original pot), remove onions, but save the liquid as this is excellent chicken stock that you can freeze and use later

dit-elle-Esther

Happy Birthday to me! {42}

I don’t know about other Mom’s, but usually on the rare occasion that I go out at night- I’m still sitting in my sweats, hair a frizzy mess, no make up on, and NO idea what I’m wearing…about 20 minutes before we are due to head out the door.
So, of course, there are rarely pictures of me all done up in my “going out” clothes here.

#momlife

This past Friday, we went out early on a double date with my parents, and we actually got home before 9!  It was the first time we left Maya with her youngest (oldest brother 15) as her babysitter!!

Honestly, it was perfect!  We had an amazing time, ate a LOT of delicious food, drank some amazing wine, and rode the bus home (um, so fun and way cheaper!!)

AND…another total upside?  I could run outside and take a few pictures while it was still light!

blog Ella Moss Geometric Silk Dress Ugg Espadrilles-1 blog Ella Moss Geometric Silk Dress Ugg Espadrilles-2 blog Ella Moss Geometric Silk Dress Ugg Espadrilles-3And then, Maya all ready in her jammies, came out for a few!

I swear it’s a toss up between what’s better…

Going out and having your kid put to bed when you get home…

AND…

Having them still up when you get home, so you can hug and kiss them before they go to bed.

BOTH = HEAVEN.

I happened to capture the latter, and I’m so glad that I did!blog Ella Moss Geometric Silk Dress Ugg Espadrilles-4 blog Ella Moss Geometric Silk Dress Ugg Espadrilles-5 blog Ella Moss Geometric Silk Dress Ugg Espadrilles-6 blog Ella Moss Geometric Silk Dress Ugg Espadrilles-7 blog Ella Moss Geometric Silk Dress Ugg Espadrilles-8Oh, and her nightgown is a 9-10 hahaha.  I knew she’d love it, so I thrifted it for $3!!!

I kid you not, she’s picked it out of a stack of (I’m too embarrassed to say) 75% of the time since… So, clearly.  Nightgowns for the win as far as Maya is concerned!Blog Mini Boden Night gown-1I can’t even…Blog Mini Boden Night gown-2 Blog Mini Boden Night gown-3

On me…

Dress- Ella Moss (thrifted)
Sandals- Ugg (thrifted, similar here)
On Maya…
Nightgown- Mini Boden (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
Of course the minute I go out to take pictures, my neighbor walks by with is dog…
AWKWARD!!
 Blog Outtake
(all pictures taken with a self timer/shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren