April 17, 2015

RAMBLINGS | VOL 45

The Pacific Northwest has always held a piece of my heart. The ocean and mountains have always brought so much comfort to me. Something about being back in my hometown fills me with such inspiration and comfort. 

It's like that comfort blanket that you had as a kid, for me the good memories pour over me as we drive down the road, roll the windows down and hear the frogs croak along in the fields. The way the rain falls in a gentle mist and creates a sweet smell in the air. I am brought back to my childhood and reminded what it feels like to be free. Free of responsibilities and full of the wonder of life. Walking along the ocean front will always reset me in a unique way, its my center. No matter where I am in life, locations or troubles, a simple walk along the water brings me back to a simple place and time. I can breathe in deep and begin to dream. 








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April 15, 2015

SIMPLE CHICKEN PAD THAI RECIPE

  • In our house we love simple tasty meals and chicken pad thai is one of those meals. I tend to over look it, which is annoying because I usually always have the ingredients on hand. Marcus has traveled to Thailand a few times and even if he has other favorite Thai dishes this is still a go-to Thai meal for us (probably because it is my favorite!) I have a thing for rice noodles while he has a thing for rice, but thats a whole other story... basically when I make rice I triple it because he will eat it for breakfast lunch and dinner :)

  • INGREDIENTS: 

  • 8 ounces flat rice noodles (found in the Asian section in most grocery stores  cooked al dente according to package instructions
  • 1 large boneless skinless chicken breast, pounded to ½ inch thickness and chopped into bite-sized pieces + salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced carrots 
  • 1/3 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup sliced white onion
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
  • optional: peanuts, peas, bean sprouts 

SAUCE:
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce (found in the Asian section at most grocery stores)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon peanut butter
  • juice of 1 lime
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce

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April 10, 2015

RAMBLINGS | VOL 44

(forgive my iPhone pics I haven't pulled out my camera in a few days)

This week has been beyond refreshing. My heart & soul feels like it has paused reseting for something new. My heart is full of family, friends, laughter and the beautiful Pacific Northwest spring time sunshine. 

We are cherishing these times together, because you just never know what life may look like and if these past 4 months have taught us anything, it's that you need to live in the moment and invest in the time and people you have around you. Now I'm off to a bonfire, drinks and anxiously waiting baby H's arrival. 

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