07/28/14
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honey poppyseed dressing

Time to break the silence!  I guess a little unplanned blogging break was needed I guess, eh?  Glad to be back on here again today!   These summer days, how I love them. I’ve been trying my best to slow down a bit. While the days are busy, when I have a free moment instead of rushing to fill the time with things I “need to do” I’ve been sitting and enjoying the moments more. And I’ve absolutely loved it.  I highly suggest it.

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Our garden has been booming. I love harvesting veggies pretty much daily – lots of zucchini and tomatoes right now, but also kale and swiss chard whenever I need it. We’ve been loving fresh garden picked kale and swiss chard salads.  And that even means the hubs!  I roughly chop a generous amount of kale and swiss chard, I’ll grate a carrot and chopped an apple, then toss it with this simple honey poppyseed dressing. It makes a ton and keeps well in the fridge – ours had been in the fridge for a couple weeks now and is still doing great. It’s slightly sweet, which helps cut the bolder flavor of kale.  I love homemade dressings because I know everything that goes into it.  You’ll love it (I hope!) because it tastes delicious.

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Honey Poppyseed Dressing

adapted from here

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/8 cup green onion, chopped
  • 3 tsp ground mustard
  • 2 tsp poppy seeds
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients into the blender.  Blend until smooth.  Store extra in fridge.

And because I don’t know what kind of post it would be without a kiddo picture, here’s a glimpse at our latest weekend adventure into Portland.

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We went in for some stumptown cold brew coffee (yummmmm), ran into a parade that started right where we parked and enjoyed the park’s play ground.  Fun times!

What is your favorite kind of dressing?  Do you make homemade dressing often or do you stick with store bought kinds?

Heather

07/13/14
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chocolate orange banana bread

Thanks for your sweet comments on my last post.  Sometimes my mama heart likes to shine :)

Today is about FOOD.  It’s been quite hot here lately and I find my bananas turning brown more quickly than normal.  And more quickly than I like.  Does anyone else notice that happening with heat? Most of the time I’ll toss them into the freezer for later use, but this week I made some banana bread.  It’s flavored with cocoa and orange, which instantly brings me back to the hearth (or favorite restaurant).  They have a warm chocolate orange cake that is sinfully delicious.  The banana bread is healthed up a bit and the sweetness is taken down a notch.  We’ve been enjoying it as a dessert after dinner, and an afternoon pick me up.

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The recipe came from this month’s Secret Recipe Club blog An Affair from the Heart.  The author, Michaela write a beautiful blog and shares so many tasty looking recipes.  She’s a busy stay at home mom to four.  One of my favorite things I read in her about me page is that her family sits down together for dinner, no electronics allowed.  That’s been a new rule of mine I’ve been enforcing (on myself too) lately.  The family dinner is so important!

Anyways, I found her chocolate orange banana bread recipe.  To make it a little less dessert like (but still treat like!) I skipped out on the chocolate chips, cut the sugar down and used whole wheat flour.  The bread came out perfectly after baking for an hour.  Hunter and I cannot get enough of it.  Hope you enjoy it too!

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Chocolate Orange Banana Bread

adapted from here

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup natural cane sugar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • juice and zest of 1 orange
  • 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees, prepare large loaf pan with oil spray.
  2. Combine sugar, honey and oil in your mixer (or by hand with a whisk), add in eggs, bananas and orange zest, mix.
  3. Sift together all of your dry ingredients.
  4. Alternate dry ingredients and orange juice into sugar/banana mixture.
  5. Mix well, scraping the sides of the bowl.
  6. Pour into pan and bake for 1 hour, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

How do you like to use your brown bananas?

Heather

07/11/14
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I choose love

Parenting is hard in so many ways. The sleepless nights that last longer than you wish they would, dealing with a screaming toddler at the grocery store, throwing of foods, hitting phases (it’s a phase, right?), poop getting everywhere, the unexplainable laundry piles that appear basically right when your child is born, judgement from other parents and the general feeling of not knowing what you’re doing half the time. There are a lot of things that are hard, but I think one of the hardest, and most important, is raising a good kid. A kid that has (some what) good manners, seeks God, is happy, confident, smart, kind and most of all loves them self.

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Kids are so impressionable. Hunter is at that stage where he repeats everything, so you better watch what you say and do. He also takes in our feelings and can totally sense when something is off. I feel like both my mood and Jacob’s is reflected in him.

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Zoe is still super young, but I find it even more important for me to be a good role model to her. She’ll be looking up to me to see how she should treat others, deal with stressful situations and how she should think about herself. I want so badly to instill a sense of self love for herself. That she thinks about herself in a positive way, that she believes in herself and has confidence. That she looks at herself in the mirror and instead of looking for flaws, she sees her beauty on the inside and outside.

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But that all starts with me. So I’m going to choose love. I choose to love myself in my strengths and weakness. I choose to love myself when I’m stressed out and feeling like everything is going wrong. I choose to love myself when I’m tired and my pants don’t fit and on the inside I’m bummed about it. And I choose to thank God for all of it, because he had blessed me and given me the strength to make that choice. The choice for love.

Who was your role model growing up?

Heather