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Taco Seasoning

Tired of scrutinizing the ingredients of packets of taco seasoning in the grocery store? Here’s the good news! You may already have many of the spices in your cupboard. If not, head to the bulk food or spice section and pick up some spices for this super easy DIY taco seasoning. When you are ready to make your tacos, simply cook meat and add seasoning with a little water till you reach desired flavor!

 

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1-2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons paprika (or 1 1/2 teaspoons hot smoked paprika)
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

Put all of the ingredients in a small jar and shake to combine.  Store in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

Yield: 1/4 cup+

Papaya Avocado Smoothie

Here’s my latest smoothie crave. Papaya, avocado, coconut milk, and lime! It was rich, creamy and delicious. The only thing that wasn’t great was the color. As you might know from painting, that’s what you get when you mix red (papaya) with green (avocado)! But who cares right?

Happy Thursday! 🙂


Ingredients

  • 1/2 papaya
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup (or more) water
  • 1 tsp (or more) honey (optional)

Directions

  • Combine ingredients
  • Using a blender or inversion blender mix ingredients adding more water as needed
  • Enjoy!

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Munchery

People ask me, “How do you do it all”? First of all, everyone has a different definition of “all”, and second, I’m not trying to do anything extraordinary, just be a good mom when I’m with my kids. I work fulltime outside of the house and while it’s busy and tough sometimes, I wouldn’t change anything. I do love to cook, but very often and recently I’ve come to rely on my personal “chef” who makes delicious, healthy meals.. enter.. Munchery! 🙂

I need to clarify something here. Munchery did not sponsor this post and they actually don’t know I’m writing about them. But I will say this. When you’re at work and it’s 3pm and you have no idea how you’re going to get dinner ingredients gathered, put together and on the table at a reasonable time, Munchery pre-cooked meal delivery service is pretty amazing. It “saves me” several times a week! And yes, I call it my personal chef. 😉 They have gluten free options, and I’ve found a bunch of personal favorite dishes (e.g. Seared Salmon and Pine Nut relish, Shrimp Remoulade Salad, Roasted Poblano & Mushroom Tacos, and more). They also have great kid options.

Here’s a little coupon for you, and hopefully they deliver in your zip code. If not, hopefully coming soon!

Shown below is one of the kid options: chicken and mashed potatoes! Comes with some fruit and a toy. 🙂

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Mother of Dragons Summer Cocktail

So.. yes, I read the first two books and am working my way through Game of Thrones season two. Am I part of the craze? Maybe. Let’s put it this way, when Vanity Fair motherofdragons_cocktail_blog (3)published a drink “fit for a Khaleesi” this weekend to celebrate the Thrones Finale, and Seattle was bathed in 80+ degree weather, I felt inspired.

So there I was in the liquor store asking the associate for help finding some very specific ingredients (including Bittermans Hellfire Habanero Shrub, a certain type of Sherry and Tequila Dragones) and he finally asked WHAT I was making. “Um… Mother of Dragons Cocktail” I said. Several store associates had gathered now, giving me some blank stares. “I’ll take anything close to these ingredients. Doesn’t need to be the Tequila Dragones!” Sound spicy? Yes, but not really. I added some slices of jalapeno pepper. But then I do like fire!

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Ingredients

  • raspberries, blackberries, lime wedges
  • .5 oz agave syrup
  • 1.5 oz tequila or white or spiced rum
  • .75 oz sherry
  • 10 drops Bittermans Hellfire Habanero Shrub
  • 2-3 slices of jalapeno pepper (optional for added heat)

Directions

  • Muddle one raspberry, one blackberry and one lime wedge with agave (+jalapeno if you are using that)
  • Add tequila, sherry and Bitterman’s shrub
  • Shake with ice and strain into glass of ice cubes
  • Garnish with tiny “dragon eggs”: one raspberry, one blackberry, and peel of lime to make 3rd dragon egg 😉
  • Enjoy!

Thanks Vanity Fair for this crazy fun concoction!

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Blue, Cream and Gold.. Distressed Jeans and Sweater Weekend Wear

I rarely do fashion posts.. time, setting up the camera takes a *little* more time and effort than snapping a selfie on a cell phone.. and my pro camera skills are (very) limited. Lauren was able to get these a few weeks ago before I had to whisk the kids away for a nap.

Because I dress up for work and dress down for time at home (read sweats and PJs!), it can be hard to find ‘in between’ clothes – for example when I actually want to look somewhat put together on a weekend. Because my kids are at that wild toddler stage (2 and 4) – where they constantly seem to be either covered in food and reaching little blueberry stained or applesauce covered hands towards me.. or running from me.. my “on duty” mom clothes have to allow for sprinting and chasing, tumbling, sitting on the ground, and getting food thrown on me. Maybe this cream colored knit sweater wasn’t the best choice, BUT it takes a heavy duty wash just fine, as do the jeans, so it worked out..

I can’t wear much jewelry around the kids because Anders is a little monkey and reaches for anything shiny or colorful and wants to play with it.. so I just avoid long necklaces and earrings for now. I did add a little sparkle to the outfit with some gold sneaker flats. Super comfy, super fun.

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This little nugget was ready for his nap!

 

On me..

Sweater – Gap cream knit sweater from a few years ago.. (similar here Gap Open Knit Sweater)
Jeans – Banana Republic Distressed Skinny Jean in Tall (I’m ~5’11” and it was a little long even for me, but perfect for rolling up into a cuff)
Shoes – Banana Republic Brenna Slip-On Sneaker (super comfy)

On the kids..

All thrifted clothes.. I’ve been having good luck finding little button down shirts and jeans for Anders at ThredUP.com.

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Raw “Tapioca” Pudding

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup (raw) cashews
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar or honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • pinch celtic sea salt
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  1. Place the cashews and water in a blender and blend on high speed until smooth
  2. Blend in the agave, vanilla, almond extract and salt
  3. Place the chia seeds in a large mason jar (½ gallon size), pour the cashew mixture into the jar and shake well (very well!) – or just whisk well in a bowl.
  4. Place in the refrigerator overnight
  5. Serve

Serves 4

Thanks Elana’s Pantry!

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Banana Almond Raspberry Frosty

I wanted to make a single serving of Lauren’s pure deliciousness “ice cream” frosty – Paleo Chocolate Almond Banana Ice Cream Shake // Healthy Wendy’s Frosty so here’s the recipe with some minor modifications.

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Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 Tbsp almond butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4-1/2 cup water (adjust for desired consistency)
  • handful of raspberries for topping
  • Shredded unsweetened coconut for topping

Directions

  • Mix up first four ingredients
  • Garnish with raspberries and coconut shreds

Serve immediately! This totally tastes like ice cream!

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