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?

YES, PLEASE!blog-vintage-felt-hat-paige-sierra-overalls-j-crew-sweater-sam-edelman-lisle-booties-1 blog-vintage-felt-hat-paige-sierra-overalls-j-crew-sweater-sam-edelman-lisle-booties-2 blog-vintage-felt-hat-paige-sierra-overalls-j-crew-sweater-sam-edelman-lisle-booties-3 blog-vintage-felt-hat-paige-sierra-overalls-j-crew-sweater-sam-edelman-lisle-booties-4 blog-vintage-felt-hat-paige-sierra-overalls-j-crew-sweater-sam-edelman-lisle-booties-5blog-vintage-felt-hat-paige-sierra-overalls-j-crew-sweater-sam-edelman-lisle-booties-6

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

Leather Jacket + Stripes + High Rise Skinnies + Clogs

 If there were ever a “mom uniform” or…let’s be real…any girl’s uniform…

THIS SHOULD BE IT!

Leather Jacket + Stripes + High Rise Skinnies + Clogs

You can never go wrong.blog-doma-leather-jacket-free-people-mother-looker-kork-ease-portia-clogs-1 blog-doma-leather-jacket-free-people-mother-looker-kork-ease-portia-clogs-2 These shoes are BEYOND comfortable!!!  Pretty much any shoe from this company is like walking on a cloud-LOVE!blog-doma-leather-jacket-free-people-mother-looker-kork-ease-portia-clogs-3 blog-doma-leather-jacket-free-people-mother-looker-kork-ease-portia-clogs-4 blog-doma-leather-jacket-free-people-mother-looker-kork-ease-portia-clogs-5 blog-doma-leather-jacket-free-people-mother-looker-kork-ease-portia-clogs-6 blog-doma-leather-jacket-free-people-mother-looker-kork-ease-portia-clogs-7 Her face…haha.blog-doma-leather-jacket-free-people-mother-looker-kork-ease-portia-clogs-8blog-zara-faux-leather-jacket-gap-long-cardigan-hanna-andersson-play-dress-moto-boots-1 blog-zara-faux-leather-jacket-gap-long-cardigan-hanna-andersson-play-dress-moto-boots-2 blog-zara-faux-leather-jacket-gap-long-cardigan-hanna-andersson-play-dress-moto-boots-3

On me…

Leather Jacket- Doma” (old similar here)
Top- Free People (thrifted, similar here)
Clogs- Korks by Kork Ease “Portia” (similar here)
On Maya…
Jacket- Zara (thrifted, similar here)
Sweater- Gapkids (thrifted, but similar here)
Dress- Hanna Andersson (thrifted, but similar here)
Leggings- Kirkland
Boots-Joseph Allen (thrifted, similar here)
Keeping it Real…
Playing tug of war with the focus stand 🙂
blog-outtake-1 I tell her now that we can do whatever she wants.  It keeps her happy, and that’s all I can ask for…haha.blog-outtake-2
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

4 Ingredient Protein Packed Pancakes (gluten free)

These were a total spur of the moment “I have stuff that’s going bad, and I should probably make something!” recipe.

I had made a quinoa dinner earlier in the week that I’ll hopefully post soon (practically a one pot easy meal!)  So…why am I posting this before that?   was that good!!  And more importantly…THAT EASY!  Oh, and should I mention-HEALTHY?!

Because this was that good!!  And more importantly…THAT EASY!  Oh, and should I mention-HEALTHY?!

When it’s a trifecta, I know I should blog it!  Ok, when it’s a trifecta, and I actually take pictures, I know I should blog it 🙂 

What you need… (makes 20 mini pancakes or 10 medium)

  • One overripe banana
  • One cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

What you need to do…

  • Mash the banana, add everything else, and mix a lot (baby got back! ok, nevermind…)

blog-4-ingredient-protein-packed-gluten-free-pancakes-2 blog-4-ingredient-protein-packed-gluten-free-pancakes-3She’s usually up for being my baking assistant, but not always the willing photography assistant.  Totally understandable since it was first thing in the morning  🙂blog-4-ingredient-protein-packed-gluten-free-pancakes-4 blog-4-ingredient-protein-packed-gluten-free-pancakes-5Above are Tablespoon mini pancakes for Maya, which she’s flipping (and are pictured stacked later)

Below are the 1/4 cup pancakes that I ate (as well as a few of her mini ones :)).
blog-4-ingredient-protein-packed-gluten-free-pancakes-6The mini ones were easier to photograph, and….could she be a better assistant???!! blog-4-ingredient-protein-packed-gluten-free-pancakes-8

Just for kicks, I entered everything into VeryWell.com.  If you eat the entire batch, it’s less than 500 calories and has 20 grams of protein!  Honestly, they were so filling, I ate half the batch myself, and then worked out.  I was totally satisfied until lunch!  Normally, I eat a lot more of-to be honest…processed calories usually, and am not as satisfied.  Lesson to be learned.  But, let’s be real.  This was super simple, easy, and quick to do, but…it wasn’t as quick as grabbing something with no clean up.  I GET IT!  I’ll let you know if they toast well haha.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 (423g)
Per Serving % Daily Value*
Calories 458
Total Fat 13.6g 21%
Saturated Fat 2.9g 15%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 327mg 109%
Sodium 160mg 7%
Potassium 564mg 16%
Total Carb 66.9g 22%
Dietary Fiber 8.2g 33%
Sugars 15.1g
Protein 20.5g

Enjoy!!dit-elle-Lauren

Chunky Knits + High Waisted Flares + Clogs

 Life’s been a little crazy lately…. Ok, I feel like it has been for the last few years, but lately…more so!  All that to say.  I don’t have time to think about what I want to wear.  I think about it during the day, and have all these ideas, but in the morning?  I throw on skinny jeans, a striped top, and a leather jacket or sweater.  There’s nothing wrong with that.  Honestly, most days, I’m just happy for my 10 minute shower at the gym!!

But.  I like clothes.  Probably not a shock.  I love how changing what you wear can change your mood.  I love that you can get creative with what you wear, and it can say something about your personality that people may not have expected.  I think people underestimate clothing and how it relates to how it makes you feel.  But maybe that’s just me.

However, if you’ve ever watched a makeover show, you’ll know that it’s not!  But the truth of the matter is.  People lack the time, the money, and the energy or knowledge about what would make them look better and feel better.

Again, one of the many reasons I love thrifting.  You can cheaply buy/try something new, and totally change your mood for the day!  And if you say you don’t have any good thrift stores near  you, then you can easily go online!  Admittedly, you need to try things on at stores to find what styles/brands fit you best, but you can absolutely leave without buying and find things cheaper on eBay, Poshmark, thredUp, or Tradesy.

My entire outfit (as MOST of my outfits) were bought at a discount.

blog-free-people-brick-sweater-hudson-high-rise-flare-korks-portia-clogs-1 blog-free-people-brick-sweater-hudson-high-rise-flare-korks-portia-clogs-2 blog-free-people-brick-sweater-hudson-high-rise-flare-korks-portia-clogs-3 blog-free-people-brick-sweater-hudson-high-rise-flare-korks-portia-clogs-4 blog-free-people-brick-sweater-hudson-high-rise-flare-korks-portia-clogs-5 blog-free-people-brick-sweater-hudson-high-rise-flare-korks-portia-clogs-6GAH!!!  I’m soooooo bummed.  I took a bunch of images, but my CF card got corrupted.

I put my card in, and it only loaded half the pics I took. I tried a few times, and it kept giving me an error. THEN…it wouldn’t even recognize the card! I was SO bummed, because I got some super cute images of Maya with her newly lost two bottom teeth.  WAH WAH!! 😦

 BUT…SO glad it didn’t happen to a client’s images!  So, all in all, it was probably a blessing in disguise, because I now always put two cards in my camera (which I should have been doing all along…

So, honestly…I have been waiting to blog these.  I kept thinking I’d find a way to recover the lost images, but I’m finally letting that go.  For anyone that knows me (which honestly, is two-hi mom and dad!), it was REALLY hard for me to let this go.  But I finally did, so I’m blogging this lone image of Maya.  And also saying good bye to an recipe that I captured on that same card that has been long forgotten (because I rarely write things down and use images to help me remember).  I’m sure it was AMAZING!! 😉

Alas…I leave you with Maya not so happy with a sidways smile…

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On me…

Sweater- Free People “Ryanne” (eBay, sold out, )
Top- Old, similar here.
Jeans- Hudson (thrifted, similar here)
Clogs- Kork Ease “Portia” (eBay sold out, similar here)
On Maya…
Jacket- Forever21 (thrifted, but loving this one here)
Top- Crewcuts (thrifted, similar here )
Jeans- Hudson (Nordstrom Rack, but similar here)
Shoes- Crewcuts (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
Could there be more than my corrupted CF card?  Why yes…
Because, at first, she’s ambivilant about pictures.  Or, really…she thinks its funny to make grimacing faces at first.  I’ll admit.  It’s a process with the self timer.  Most times, she doesn’t even realize that I’ve set it up, but sometimes she does, and…pictures.  NO PICTURES!  Hence, the lack of frequency in our images together.  Usually, once I get her playing, she forgets about the camera, but it’s a little harder when it’s on the side walk in front of our house.  As easy as it may be…
blog-outtake-1 Yet, she always goes for my focusing stand!!blog-outtake-2
(all pictures taken with a self timer/shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren