Food + Wine

chicken and Orzo Bake

Nobody doesn’t like a one pan dinner, right? The grammar police maybe didn’t like that sentence, but I still stand behind the sentiment. Whether it’s a one-pot stew, soup or braise to be cooked on the stove, a one sheet tray roast… any time you can put all your dinner into one dish, bake it in that dish, and not have to pre-cook any of it beforehand?!?

Winner, winner (you know the rest).

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Style

diy 3in1 facial scrub (+ more skincare tips!)

When I’m posting a video, I don’t like to write too much because it feels gross and like I’m expecting you to want to read my words, listen to my words, and look at my face all in a matter of minutes. That’s just not fair to you.

You’re welcome.

Questions, comments, concerns… lemme know.

xx

Fun

B-SIDES PODCAST SPECIAL DELIVERY

I get it. Traveling from one digital platform to another can be… trying. You’re on instagram and someone tells you to click a link to take you somewhere else and you’re just like, whhhyyyy? I like it HERE. I’m comfortable HERE. I get it. And it can be confusing. Maybe you get lost in the transition.

I get it.

SO. If you’ve heard about my new podcast and were just too comfortable where you were when you heard about it, I have a present for you.

< drum roll >

Here are the episodes (thus far) of the B-Sides Podcast all conveniently delivered to your lap. Now, this maaay be the only time I frontdoor deliver, so be sure to follow and subscribe now! You can follow on Spotify if that’s your jam, subscribe on Apple Podcasts if you lean that way, or just head over to the Anchor site itself and take it from there.

Subscribing and following ensures you won’t miss anything, so that’s your best bet. Go do that now while you’re still feeling loved by my special delivery.

And you should absolutely 100% follow B-Sides on Instagram. It’s a completely different experience you don’t wanna miss out on.

But for now… since it’s Tuesday and cool things rarely happen on a Tuesday… Here are the episodes (thus far 😉 ) all neatly placed before you in chronological order.

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Food + Wine

Everyday Cheesecake

My brain wrote a cheesecake the other day (among other things) and would like to share it with you. I also just realized tomorrow is Easter and I don’t know who is playing this cruel joke every year, but it’s getting old. We aren’t religious people, my family. We’re full on candy in a basket/egg dying/egg hunting/ mimosa/ brunch Easter people. So even if we weren’t still in a pandemic, we wouldn’t be having a big celebration or going anywhere that required a lot of prep on my part. But still, there are things I like to do for my family and friends every year that I just realized I had a day to do. Our back yard is under construction, which should provide an easy set for an egg hunt… The house is full of candy and champagne (fairly standard procedure)… I’ll dig in the closet for something pastel to sit and sip in… so, welp. I think maybe I’m all set after all🤷‍♀️.

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The Lightness Of Me

You know what I find fascinating? The mind-body connection and how that can change throughout your life. It is so highly important to nurture a strong and intentional connection with your mind to your body, but it’s not something you can just decide to do because you read it somewhere. You cannot simply think yourself into a connection to your body. You cannot poof it into existence. Maybe you can be born into it, but I certainly wasn’t. Or if I was, it was lost.

For most of my adult life I think I was someone who truly thought she had it all covered – the mind, the body, the insides and outs of me – up until last year. I never thought I was immune to help and change, but I did think I was pretty solid on who I was. I can say now that’s because I had achieved certain physical goals of mine. And when that happens, it’s easy to believe that everything else naturally falls into place. The goal being to get your outsides to a place they’ve never been before means the other voices inside of you get trained to think they’ve reached theirs as well. But I have never felt more inside of my body, and connected to it with my mind than I do right now.

That feels like something I, as the writer, would like to repeat.

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Food + Wine

quicky Springy Veggies

For those of you who follow me for recipes, I’m not going to apologize. But I will say I get it. You haven’t gotten that side of me in a bit. 

Or any side, really. 

I’ve cooked the breakfasts, lunches and dinners – sometimes snacks and desserts – for my family every.single.day for the past year. (Except when my man flexes those kitchen guns🔥). 

I’ve been creating, I’ve been making, I’ve been providing and feeding…

I just haven’t been documenting it for anybody else. 

I haven’t been creating content. 

And most of you know that was for a very specific reason. 

But for those of you who are still around, there are things to come. 

The world feels like it’s starting to allow breath to happen again, and that’s a wonderful step in the right direction.  

I’m not under anyone else’s clock to perform maybe / probably / definitely for the first time ever in my life, but I’m still doing what I love every single day.  

Even if you don’t see it here. 

But! And! So! Here’s the Springy side I threw together last night when it felt like Spring in my backyard.    

Taken with my phone on a step-stool meant for children before I fell off, because a girl is a bit out of practice.  

There’s no need for a recipe, but here’s a summary of what I did :

Quick Springy Veggies with Lemon Ricotta and Herbs

serves 4 as a side

It’s just one bunch of trimmed asparagus, sliced into thirds together, blistered in a cast iron with green onions cut to the same size. 

A bit of olive oil and some salt

Thinly sliced garlic and several handfuls of defrosted, frozen peas added at the end. 

Once the peas and the garlic caught up the asparagus, it was done. 

Double cream ricotta + lemon zest + salt to top. 

Basil + mint + parsley to top that. 

🌱🍋🌿🍋

Fresh and simple. 

🌱🍋🌿🍋

Love y’all. Talk soon. Don’t forget what’s real x