Salads You Actually Crave from Sarah Adler of Simply Real Health

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A lot of this blog is motivated by sharing things I enjoy with you.  Things I think could enhance your life, bring it more beauty, or leave you feeling encouraged and refreshed.  A recipe that blew my mind, a new beauty balm that would make your skin feel dewy and glowy, a memorable trip, book that brought a fresh perspective - you get the idea.  

I wanted to share Sarah with you because I can't seem to get enough of her!  Her salads, her happy 'I love life' demeanor, and her style (it's the cutest). 

I first found Sarah when I was looking into Marie Forleo's B School program 2+ years ago and watched Marie interview her as an alumni success story.  Fast forward a few years to now, when I rediscovered her on Instagram. 

I've started paying more attention to how the people or companies I follow on Instagram make me feel.  Do they make me feel...

inadequate?

like I'm behind in my life? 

behind in my career?

life status? (CLOSET status? Amen?) etc etc? 

If they do, I've started pulling the trigger and letting those accounts go.  

On the other hand, after following Sarah's account a few weeks and checking back to see her beautiful photos of fresh greens and salads, I found myself craving salads. ha. Power of suggestion?  

I'll repeat that for myself.  Craving salads!  

I even tried mushroom coffee at her suggestion.  If that isn't a sign of trust, I don't know what is! haha (it was delicious, by the way! I added coconut milk and stevia to make a latte)

I'm not completely knowledgeable on her approach to nutrition as a whole, but I resonate with her ability to talk about not only good recipes, but to touch on the emotions and relationship tied to food.  It's not just about what you're eating - it's about how you feel when you eat it, too.  Guilty? Happy? Anxious? Why?

If you're intrigued, then I think you might find her to be just as lovely as I do.  I tried her Baja Caesar salad (and subbed coconut yogurt to make the dressing dairy-free) recipe and devoured it!  Go see what she's all about at www.simplyrealhealth.com.

Easter Feasting

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We had the most delicious meal to celebrate Easter, that I just had to share the recipe!  This was my first real go at cooking lamb, but I was thrilled (and a little surprised) at how well it turned out.  I figured thousands of reviews and a 5 star rating on the New York Times food blog was trustworthy enough for me to try it.

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See that crusty brown crust?  Turns out slathering a piece of meat in organic herb butter is a really, really good idea!  Kerrygold butter making my life better once again.

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For the golden yukon potatoes, I tossed them in extra virgin olive oil and a generous helping of salt and pepper, then baked them at 425 degrees for about 40 minutes, tossing them once midway.  I did the same thing with the broccoli and it had a great flavor.

If you decide to make the lamb yourself, let me know how it goes!  You can get the recipe here.

Happy Easter!  He is Risen!

Christmas Home Tour 2017

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Christmas is less than 10 sleeps away!  That shows how close it really is (and that it's obviously been a little quiet around here lately). Lots of life has happened since then though.  We celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary -  yay!  And with it being Hugo's first Christmas with us, we've been playing Santa for our little pup. I think he's going to love the salmon jerky in his stocking!  

I thought it might be fun to share some pictures of what we've done to spruce up our home and get into the Christmas spirit!

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In other news, maybe I missed my calling to be a Christmas ornament designer (like my missed calling to name Essie nail polish colors for a living).  Anthropologie and Magnolia Market are blowing me away with their Christmas and Winter collections!  No surprise there.  And in other Magnolia news, I want to buy everything from their Hearth and Hand collection at Target.  I ended up going home with the wreath pictured above.  I might just keep it up year round!

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Merry Christmas!