WHOLE 30 KALE AND MUSHROOM WARM SALAD

With the holidays around the corner, I am holding on to a few really easy whole 30 recipes that are delicious, packed with nutrients and perfect for lunch or dinner.  This is one of those easy recipes you can whip up with the produce you already have on hand and it will hold you throughout the day (or at least until your next holiday feast).

Whole 30 Warm Kale and Mushroom salad

Ingredients

1 tbs avocado oil

1/2 an onion, sliced

1/2 cup of sliced button mushrooms

2 cup of chopped kale

1/2 tsp of salt

1/2 tsp of dried thyme

2 eggs

Directions

Heat a cast-iron skillet to medium high heat with a little avocado oil.  Add onions and sauté down for about 8 minutes.  Add mushrooms and continue to sauté for another 5 minutes. Add the kale, cover and let it sweat for about 5 more minutes. Add salt and thyme and set aside.  Allow the same skillet to warm up and fry a couple of eggs (or as many as you’d like).  Serve warm and top with black sesame seeds.

That’s it friends.  I have a plate of this for lunch at least twice a week and I really love it.  It changes my salad routine up and it’s hearty. You can also make a big batch of this and pull it out throughout the week.  You can also add a few more veggies to it or leave the egg out if you’re going for a more vegan option.

 

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FOOD, FAMILY AND THE HOLIDAY SEASON | A GUEST POST

Happy Wednesday, friends!  I am so excited to share my friend Beverly Danielle with you today! I met Beverly back in college where we worked in tele-cumunications.  She is witty, a wonderful writer and the mother of the sweetest baby girl.  She blogs over at BeverlyDanille.com and today she’s sharing with us some practical tips on how to prioritize moderation, while enjoying great food and community over the holidays.

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If you close your eyes and allow your mind to whisk you away to the thought of the holidays, you can almost smell the delectable turkey, piping hot rolls and yams. You imagine all this food laid out amongst doilies and napkins, surrounded by thankfulness amongst friends. These are the moments we live for ladies and gents, the ones where we sit contently with full hearts and bellies. So what is the happy medium between immersing ourselves in the community and the feasting of it all?

Here are a few helpful hints to keep in mind as we embark on this magical season:

Don’t Put the Stuff in Stuffing.

Trust me, I completely understand the temptation. It always seems that the crème de la crème of food accompanies the many holiday events, but keep in mind there is a fine line between one dollop of loaded mashed potatoes and over-indulging by going back for seconds and thirds. Instead, try the “Two-Spoonful Method” when circling the buffet. When you see the macaroni and cheese or yams, try taking just two spoonfuls. A good rule of thumb during such a food-focused time of year is to not entirely deprive yourself of what you love, but to utilize moderation. This not only gives you control over what you really want to eat, but also leaves you without the guilt trip afterwards.

Stay Active

The holiday season is all about the gathering of family and friends, and you know what that means right? You finally have the perfect amount of people for that two-hand touch football game. Get outdoors and enjoy the sweet ambiance of Fall and Winter. What’s more fun than partaking in your favorite outdoor activities than doing it with those nearest and dearest? Going away for the holidays with family? No problem! Suggest an early morning walk or yoga session and help get your family kick-started for their day.

Focus on Community

Your holiday season can easily be consumed with so many things: shopping, parties, cooking, etc., but above all these things that contribute to our time during this season, remember to focus on community. Community is the people around you, the ones you love and cherish. Recognize this time of year as a season to focus on being with your nearest and dearest. One of the things I love most about this special time of year is that it’s all built with community in mind. What a wonderful time of year to recharge and focus on what is most important and thankful for!

Wishing you all the happiest of holidays with many blessings throughout the New Year!

Beverly Danielle is a wife, mother to a little darling, and burgeoning writer and blogger from Central Florida. Using humor, she enjoys illustrating some of life’s many seasons with personal lifestyle pieces and storytelling to help cultivate and reflect the satire and passions that are encouraging to others.

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SIOUX FALLS AND “THE HEART OF AMERICA”

 

A couple of weeks ago, Alex and i had the opportunity to visit Sioux Falls, SD.  We were so excited for the chance to visit such a cool city and had a blast checking out the local food, attractions and overall city. We started off our trip with a visit to Falls Park where we pulled out our cameras, and sat by the waterfall to take it all in.  The waterfalls were breathtaking, the locals were so sweet to us while we were there and the weather was beyond!

Here’s a little video of our time there.

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Our first stop was Prairie Berry where we had the most amazing lunch complete with local wine, open faced sandwiches and a cheese board that continues to show up in my dreams.

We walked around a bit afterwards and checked out some of the shops at 8th & Railroads.  They were all so beautiful and super quaint.

We were a little low on energy so we made our way over to Josiah’s Coffeehouse & Café, where we had macaroons and cappuccinos. It was such a great pic-me-up and the coffeehouse was such a fun spot.  Then we went for a walk down Phillips Avenue and checked out all of the really fun and unique boutiques.  We walked into a toy store, a clothing store, a stationary store, and had a few pastries along the way.

For dinner, we visited M.B. Haskett for crab cakes, bison and carrot cake and the perfect wine pairings. Alex and I had a chance to sit and talk about our babies, our goals and plan our next trip. It was the perfect ending to our day.

The following morning we checked out of our hotel and made our way over to Queen City Bakery.  We completely loved this place. The croissants were super flaky and buttery, the coffee was amazing.  We loved it so much that we purchased a second order for our ride home.

We did a little more walking and then ended up at Bread and Circus Sandwich for pulled pork and corn fritters.  Our whole trip was so much fun we honestly couldn’t believe that there was such a fun city in our back-yard.  It was a short drive from our home and the perfect getaway for anyone.

We are looking forward to visiting again, next time with our kiddos!

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MY FIVE MINUTE FACE

I’ve had a few questions about the five minute makeup routine I often refer to on social media and I thought that this would be a great time to write a post on my go-to five minute face.  Here’s the thing, since we are a homeschooling family, we don’t often have a rush to get out of the house in the mornings. I don’t have to take my kids to school or try and make it to work on time.  We’re home most of the day unless I sneak in a Target trip, playdate or we have a church event and I could probably get by wearing yoga pants all day long and face moisturizer all day long. Some days, that’s necessary because you’re sick or you’ve been up all night.  However, because I spend ALL DAY LONG tending to my babies, it’s easy for me to neglect my physical appearance and pull out the fuzzy socks and dodge all of the mirrors.

Head to the bottom to see how TILE helps me keep track of my makeup bag

This is where my five minute face comes in.  It’s not rocket science, but it’s a (almost) daily ritual that brightens up my mood and even helps me be a better mom.

Now, one of the problems to my five minute face is not finding my makeup.  Sometimes I misplace it and those five minutes turn into thirty.  These days, I have attached my handy dandy Tile because it uses the world’s best selling bluetooth tracker to help me find the things that I can’t bare to loose and it works with an App on my phone, so I can find it anytime!

This is how you use the TILE

  1. Attach Tile to anything you don’t want to lose.  Keep track of it with the Tile app.
  2. Tile is the world’s best-selling Bluetooth tracker.
  3. Use  Tile and the Tile app to be a part of the world’s largest lost-and-found community, where friends and strangers come  together to find everything that matters.
  4. Tile and the community of Tile users helps locate two million items every day.

TILE is not just for keys and wallets… I use my TILE for my makeup bag, but you can use it ANYWHERE  even on a panda named Ernie! 

Now off to my five minute face…

Tinted moisturizer (30 seconds)

As soon as I wake up, I splash some water on my face and remove my nightime face cream.  I spread a good moisturizer with at least 15 spf all over my face to add a good amount of moisture and protect my face from the sun.

 

Concealer (30 seconds)

I make two triangles right under my eyes and add a little concealer to my eyelids and then blend it all in with my moisturizer. Concealer brightens up my face and helps me get rid of my raccoon eyes.

 

Eyebrows (60 seconds) 

I love using a darker color for my brows and opt for this all-in-one pencil and brush.  It cuts the time by half (rather than using an angle brush) and I don’t have to dig around looking for my eyebrow brush.  I color them in a little thicker these days.

 

 

Mascara (90 seconds)

 I feel like this is where I spend the most amount of time.  I probably dedicate an entire minute and a half to making sure my eyelashes wake my face up!

 

Blush (30 seconds)

 A little blush on the apples of my cheeks and I’m done!

 

Lips (60 seconds) 

 Cream tinted. I like a fun color, even if I’m just wearing it for myself.

 

 

That’s it fiends.  Forget the contour, the shadows, the eyelash curler and the primer because who really has time for that.  I just focus on those five steps and I am ready to take on the day!!

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