A Restaurant Review For The Foodie In You

A Restaurant Review For The Foodie In You

A Restaurant Review For The Foodie In You Cooking every meal you eat 7 days a week can get a little mundane. Having a kitchen routine can be both wonderful and boring.  Every now and then I get into a cooking rut where nothing really sounds appealing to cook. One way to help bust these “I-don’t-want-to-cook” blues is to peruse Pinterest recipes. But, let’s be honest- how many of those pins do we actually cook? Usually the pinning mayhem is futile. Another way that has actually worked on multiple occasions is to just throw some butter in a pan and commit. Because seriously, is there a better way to start a meal than with the sound and smell of sizzling butter? YUM! But every now and then, the old butter-in-a-pan trick just doesn’t cut it. On those such times, I know it’s best for me to simply get out of my kitchen and let someone else be chef for our family. And I want to share that tip with you- When you’re feeling less than inspired to cook:            Dining out is a sure-fire way to ignite creativity in your inner foodie. Are you in a cooking slump? Do you need a little spark in motivation to cook a delicious meal? Sometimes the best way to get inspired is to enjoy someone else’s creativity. Restaurant Month January is California’s Restaurant Month and it’s the perfect time to go out and get refreshed! Most participating restaurants build a special menu highlighting their best dishes and you really don’t want to miss it! After my hubby got home from...
Brainfood: What Every Traveler Should Bring With Them

Brainfood: What Every Traveler Should Bring With Them

My husband went out of town for work last week. He spent 5 FULL DAYS in a classroom setting with lecture on thermodynamics and then took a test on the final day. This was the longest we’ve ever been apart since before we were married.  Trying to work out all the logistics before he left took mental priority, and packing him some nourishing snacks for the road and week sort of fell off the radar. Whoops! Thankfully, he never went hungry and we did manage to pack some fruit and nuts for the road, so overall he survived. But after eating out all week long, he came home feeling like he had gained at least 5 pounds and desperate for a detox. Every night we talked, he sounded pretty worn down and mentally fatigued. I resolved that we needed a better game plan for any future work trips he may have. Hence this list. I chose these foods specifically for improving brain function and focus, but they also had to pass the test of being easy to transport, clean enough to eat on the go, and of course be healthy. Brainfood Packing List Pack these healthy foods to prevent energy slumps, blood sugar crashes and brain fog! Water Water is essential. Don’t skip packing enough water to sustain you. And check this benefit out- “When your brain is functioning on a full reserve of water, you will be able to think faster, be more focused, and experience greater clarity and creativity.”1 Homemade Larabars TIP— If you’re strapped for time, store-bought is a decent option (no added junk). Larabars are simply...
Why I’m Not Buying Lettuce From The Store Anymore

Why I’m Not Buying Lettuce From The Store Anymore

Eww. Do you see that nasty mushy lettuce? That is gross. Now to be fair, it didn’t look like that when I bought it. No, the store didn’t stock it looking that way. BUT, I’ve found that if it’s not used in 2-3 days after buying from the store, it turns into this sad brown mush. I’m all for meal planning and using perishable produce quickly so that it stays fresh and isn’t wasted, but these bags of lettuce seem to get pushed aside and easily forgotten about. But when I buy this– Fresh from a farm stand or farmer’s market, I am immediately inspired to use its beautifully crisp leaves in a delicious salad. Shopping local inspires me. Shopping local prevents wastefulness in my home. Shopping local is delicious. Check out localharvest.org to find a source for produce grown near you. I promise making the switch from store bought lettuce to farm fresh greens will be totally worth it! Do you find yourself throwing out produce because you’re not sure what to do with it? Or just feel uninspired by it and it goes bad before you can use it? Share in the comments and I’ll write a post to help you use it to make something delicious!   Spread the...
5 Do’s and Don’ts of Crockpot Cooking

5 Do’s and Don’ts of Crockpot Cooking

I love the ease of using a crockpot. There is SO much you can do with it (and a few things that should never be done). 5 Do’s and Don’ts of crockpot cooking: 1.) DO use your crockpot to “roast” chicken. Click here to check out how I make budget-friendly “roasted” drumsticks in my slow cooker at least 2x’s a week! And don’t forget to save the bones for broth! 🙂 2.) DO use your crockpot to cook up a bunch of ground beef all at once. I found this idea recently and gave it a try. Success!  The beef turned out great and didn’t burn or dry out even while letting it cook away in the crockpot all day long. Plus it freezes great so you can make a lot ahead of time and thaw when you need it for quick use. 3.) DON’T cook spaghetti squash all day long in your crockpot. Some things just do not turn out right when they slow cook for too long. I saw the suggestion of making 2 whole spaghetti squashes in my crockpot on facebook the other day- the idea is great, but the directions that you could do this while away at work… well, that didn’t work out so well for me. Cooking spaghetti squash in your crockpot all day long results in overlooked, bitter, unpalatable MUSH!   I bet you this TOTALLY works, IF you watch the time and keep a close eye on your squash.  It however does NOT work when you let it cook while you are at work or can’t attend to it.  I found that it needs a little...
7 Remedies To Beat Being Sick

7 Remedies To Beat Being Sick

There’s a real stubborn bug going around right now and it has more than overstayed its welcome. For those that have a lingering cough, cold or flu, here’s a round up of 7 great remedies to kick that sick bug to the curb!   1.)  Drink some homemade healing bone broth. Bone broth is an incredible support to your immune system and drinking this warm will soothe you to the core! 2.)  Get plenty of water. I’ve been drinking several warm mugs of water with raw honey and freshly squeezed lemon throughout the day.  The honey coats your tender throat and works with the lemon to promote healing. Plus hot liquids stimulate your immune system, so drink up! 3.)  Take an extra dose of elderberry syrup until you feel well again. 4.) Get extra rest. Don’t try to overdo it. Stay home and get some extra Zzzz. If you need a change of scenery, and it’s sunny like it is here on the Central Coast, step out into your backyard and rest in the sunshine. The extra natural Vit D from the sun will boost your immune system too!! 5.) Take a detox bath Add some lavendar essential oil to your bath if you have some on hand. It will help soothe body aches and induce sleep. 6.) Drink some of my headache soothing turmeric milk or tea.  (No headache required.) With turmeric and ginger, it’s sure to boost your immunity and get you feeling better fast! 7.)  Drink a shot of apple cider vinegar or make this apple cider vinegar cough remedy.   May these 7 remedies combat your flu, cold, or lingering cough!! Have any go-to remedies...