Quality Time + Sipping Tea

18 April 2019
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I mentioned on Instagram a while back that my mom fell and broke her spine, which led to 6 weeks of her being out from work and stuck at home. (It was honestly a miracle that she wasn't paralyzed!) In those weeks of her being at home and with limited mobility, I and the kids got to visit her almost every day. In the first few visits, I hated having to leave her at lunch time to go put the kids down for naps at my house, so I started letting them nap in her house (Emma in a pack-n-play and Aiden in my parents' bed).

An Afternoon Coffee Date

09 April 2019

Right now it's sunny, warm, and I can hear the bird chirping through the window. This is another naptime blogging session, which feels like an indulgent luxury since there is so much I could/should be doing to our house as we prepare to move. Let's pretend you and I are having coffee or tea and finally catching up.

Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

02 April 2019

I'm calling these "dairy-free" chocolate chip cookies, but really this recipe could be called "That One Time I Didn't Have Butter But Had Already Started To Make Cookies." I scrolled through a bunch of recipes online to find out what some butter substitutions were, and coconut oil came up (which I happened to have on hand). Of course, I didn't have enough coconut oil that the recipe called for, so I  used canola oil + coconut oil....and the results were perfectly chewy, soft, cookies that had a hint of coconut flavoring.

So, there ya have it. An accidental success. (Let's be real. ALL my kitchen successes have been accidental!)

Any success in my kitchen also has to be ridiculously easy. The protein-rich loaded nachos, the blended black bean + corn dip, and even my inexpensive latte ideas are all crazyyy easy. And these butterless cookies are no different.

A Weekend Away With Friends

28 March 2019

I mentioned earlier this week that we took a road trip over the weekend. It was so relaxing to be able to sit around and catch up with our friends Courtney & Isaac who moved across Pennsylvania from Philly to the Pittsburgh area. The last time we saw them, they stayed with us and Emma was like 6 months old! Now, they're expecting a sweet boy in June. Whenever we get to visit each other again, their little baby boy will be here, too! (Also from their last visit: these sweet moments captured by Courtney.)

None of us had any real agenda for the weekend (to Devin's delight), so we sat around and talked late into Friday night. Saturday, we took the kids to their church's playground and then Devin and Isaac headed out to a 200-acre shooting range, while Courtney and I hung out and took photos while Aiden and Emma napped.