We had the best time with Ivo's brother and his family.  They just had a new baby, sweet little Jax, and it was our first time meeting him. fever! And M was so sweet with him.  Love seeing her with her cousins.  I wish they lived closer! 

Two Really Good (Vegan) Dishes I've Been Making

The weather has been so perfect and sunny lately and all it's made me want to eat are summery-type foods.  I've also been really into Asian flavors, so I've incorporated them into every single meal I've made.  ha!

We're dairy-free over here and generally dislike any dairy replacers (almond milk being the exception) but sometimes we have a craving for something creamy.  I like to use tofu as a replacer for my creamy sauces. There are tons of conflicting information on the benefits/harm of soy, so I use it sparingly, and ALWAYS organic. I'm really annoying and make everything to taste. So, all you'll get are a general list of ingredients. Sorry!

First up is this broccoli salad. It is so delicious.

Broccoli (I used 3 full heads) blanched. (Steam until bright green, drop into cold water)
2-3 carrots, shredded.
Edamame (about 1 cup)
1/2 a bell pepper, chopped (I had yellow, red would work too!)
1 tomato, chopped
1 cup of cooked, and chilled, quinoa
a few tablespoons of crushed nuts (i've used peanut and cashew, both were great)

For the creamy sauce:
1/2 a block of extra firm tofu
2-3 cloves of garlic (we LOVE garlic)
1/4 sweet onion
a squirt or two of sriracha or any other hot sauce
toasted sesame oil
rice wine vinegar
salt & pepper
BLEND ALL TOGETHER.  Pour over broccoli salad. ENJOY!

It seems like a lot of ingredients, but it's really all I had on hand.  It's so delicious and healthy! I'm always shocked by how much of it M can eat!

Next up I have a bean salad. It has a lot of the same ingredients as the broccoli salad.  Super easy to make and delicious!

1 can of each (preferably BPA free cans, Trader Joe's canned beans are BPA free! yay!) - rinsed and drained:
Black beans
Garbanzo beans
Kidney beans
1 cup of cooked quinoa, chilled
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1/3 cup edamame
1/3 cup frozen corn
1 avocado
3 cloves of garlic, minced
toasted sesame oil
rice wine vinegar
salt & pepper.

Mix all together and ENJOY! 


Week 18 + 19 of 52

P.S (Palm Springs), I love you.

We decided to take a last minute trip to Palm Springs and I am so glad we did.  Palm Springs is one of my favorite places to visit.  I have so many childhood memories there; it's where my Grandparents lived and I always loved spending time with them.  I'm happy to say Maja enjoyed it too.  The food, the people, the's so great! We're even planning another trip for next month! Can't wait.

Week 14 // 15 // 16 // 17 of 52

I cannot believe I've fallen 4 weeks behind.  Anyway, here they are!  I've fallen of the mommy-daughter photos.  I'll sprinkle a few here and there, but it's just so hard to get the both of us.  Boo.

week 14

week 15

week 16

week 17

Beach Day!

The weather has been perfect lately and we've been making it a point to enjoy it to the fullest.  I'm so excited for summer, this year will be so much fun with M!  She officially loves the beach and the water. Last year she wasn't so sure about any of it, so I'm glad she's come around to embrace it! 

My friend,  Maryam, just launched her line of kids shirts.  I'm so in love with the brand, Of One Sea.  The shirts are adorable and I love the message the brand stands for.  Unity. Check them out! They're too cute.


Life, lately.

Here's a little glimpse at our lives lately.  We've been busy over here and are finding it exceedingly difficult to get on the internet.  Maja is talking like crazy.  Every day she's adding new words to her vocabulary. Two is so much fun! 

Minnie Mouse reading a book about goslings.

The sweetest little hand.

Beauty rest.

A treasure chest made at art class.

Dark chocolate covered espresso beans.  OBSESSED. 

My little reader.

Perfect light.

A gorgeous wedding invitation. 

These two!

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