Thursday, January 9, 2014

Currently Craving: Crispy Autumn Kale Salad

I looked at my instagram profile yesterday and was embarrassed by how much food I've been posting. The hazards of being 7 months pregnant I guess. This salad is too good not to share, especially because it's right on par for all of you that are trying to get back into the healthy swing of things for the New Year. I can't remember where I found it (pinterest is my best bet) but I traced it back to a new favorite blog, How Sweet It Is
This salad is seriously good.

Crispy Autumn Kale Salad

1 Bunch of Kale, torn from stems and torn into pieces
2 teaspoons of olive oil
2 teaspoons of apple cider
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
4 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped
1 shallot, diced
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 sweet potato, diced
1 Honeycrisp apple, diced
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/4 cup pomegranate arils

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place kale in a large bowl and massage olive oil, apple cider, 1/8 teaspoon salt, nutmeg and pepper into for 1-2 minutes. Spread on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast for 10 minutes. Toss well and roast for 5-10 minutes more, until slightly crispy but not golden.
While kale is roasting, heat a skillet over medium heat and add bacon. Cook until crispy and fat is rendered (about 2 minutes), then remove with a slotted spoon and let drain on a paper towel. Add the shallot, garlic, sweet potatoes and apples to the skillet, tossing with remaining salt and cinnamon. You want the sweet potato and apple finely diced, about the same size as the bacon bits and only slightly larger than the pom arils and pine nuts. Cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft.
In a small saucepan, add pine nuts and toast over low heat for 5-6 minutes, until golden and fragrant. Set aside.
Combine kale with apples and sweet potatoes, pine nuts, goat cheese and pom arils. I don't find this needs any sort of additional dressing (the kale will not stay crispy) but feel free to add some if you'd like.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Wanting

 just be the most perfect shoe for Spring. 


Less than three months until this little boy arrives and I think these would be the most perfect shoes to break out after I have him. 
Don't you agree?

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year's Eve

There is nothing more that I love then getting dolled up and going out on New Year's Eve, having a delicious meal and great cocktails with Grayson and a few great friends. This year is a little different with being pregnant and having a two year old. We are going for an early dinner with a few favorite friends that have kiddos too, then coming home to have a cozy late night together.  It can be just as fun, and a lot less stressful doing it at home. Here’s the plan:

Cozy Up:
You can still get dolled up, but tonight is the perfect excuse to splurge on darling silk pajamas and slippers. I love Equipment shirts so much, and they now have gorgeous pajamas. They are pricey, but I've heard they will last for the long haul. 

Fancy Foods and a Movie
Break out the china and crystal, even if it’s just for you and your better half or best girlfriend. Since we are doing dinner out, I've picked up a few sweet treats and Grayson's favorite wine for later. We are going to watch a movie and hopefully make it until the ball drops at midnight. 

2013 has been an incredible years with blessings, struggles, and lots and lots of laughs. I know 2014 will do the same. I hope you all have an incredible last day of 2013 and a very happy New Year!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Thankful

I have been having the toughest couple of months lately. Lots of things going on and this pregnancy has been more difficult the second go around. We had Tilley-Gray's two year photos made by a sweet friend, Michelle Leonard, a few weeks ago, and looking through them made me feel so thankful. It's easy to start feeling sorry for yourself, but these photos reminded me how truly blessed we are. 





I am really looking forward to taking some time off and spending it with my family. We are traveling for the next two weeks starting today and I can't wait to see friends and family that I haven't seen in a while. Tilley-Gray is always so proud when she can remember their names and loves giving big hugs. 
What are your plans for Christmas? 
xoxo

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

How to host a Favorite Things Party

I posted a photo last night on instagram from a "favorite things" party I went to and had such a big response, I thought I'd share a little more today. I have really tried to be more disconnected lately, so only took one photo, but I wanted to share all the details. It was honestly one of the best parties I have been to, so here are the details....

How a Favorite Things Party Works...

Invite all of your favorite friends:
There were 10 girls last night and it was a great size for this kind of party

Each friend brings four of their "favorite things"
All of our gifts had to be $8 or less, but after talking about it, we may up it to $10 the next go around. 

Each friend fills out a "favorite things" sheet:
Some of the questions were favorite movie, favorite food, favorite guilty pleasure, etc. 

To start the game and gift giving:
The host chooses a "favorite things" sheet and reads off the answers. The first party guest to guess who the sheet belongs to chooses four names (out of a basket) to give their favorite thing to. Then she reads the next sheet.. 
Each guest has their name in the basket four times, so each guest goes home with four favorite things!

It was really one of the best nights I have had in a long time. These past few weeks have been especially stressful, and it was so nice to relax and just have a good time with girl friends!

If you are going to a "favorite things" party or hosting one, 
here are a few of my favorite things from last night's party:


 this was the most wanted item of the night!

such a great smelling lotion

everyone needs these

won this and didn't feel so guilty driving through the drive-thru this morning!

won this as well and I can't wait to read it!

Have any of you gone to one of these parties? I'd love to hear!





Wednesday, November 27, 2013

New Obsession: Ponchos

I refuse to buy maternity tops (except for these t-shirts), so I'm investing in a few quality pieces that I know will get me through the winter. Ponchos have been a go to on these colder days and I know I'll wear them just as much when I'm not pregnant.

A few more favorites


Hope you all have a fantastic Thanksgiving!
xoxo




Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Getting in the Spirit

Do y'all have the Christmas bug yet? I sure do. It's hard not to with an almost 2 year old. (I'm hanging on to these last few days of her being 1).
 This year, things are different because our extended family has taken a little shift, so we are starting a few new traditions. What traditions have you started? I'd love to hear!

A few new traditions this year:
Buying new garland and new ornaments to decorate our tree. I love these 12 days of Christmas ornaments!

Elf on the Shelf: I think Tilley-Gray still may be a little young for this, but know she will at least love the story and Gray and I will love seeing her spot the Elf in his new place every morning. 

These Snowman Surprise Balls are adorable and filled with little trinkets and toys. 

She loves her Jellycat Bunny so much, I had to get her the reindeer for Christmas. 

One tradition that we will continue to do is adding to our Christmas playlist. Shannon and I pulled together some of our favorite songs to share with you all! Hope you love them as much as we do!