Hello, friends! And happy March…MARCH!!! I don’t know about you, but I feel like this year is already flying by WAY TOO FAST! February, despite being a shorter month, was filled with a lot of events and quite a few new finds! Definitely more to talk about than my previous post! I’m really excited to share with you and to possibly hear from you how your month was ❤
Let’s see…February started with a few teaser days of almost summer! I was outside in a t-shirt doing yard work! Then Mother Nature decided we were due for some wintery weather and gave us some snow. Nothing prettier than waking up to a fresh few inches of snow and sunshine – I love seeing all of the trees glittered in snowflakes and all of the birds that flock our feeders makes me so happy. But now I’m ready for Spring!!
But you know what else February brought?? Food poisoning. Yep. And the timing couldn’t be any worse…the night before my birthday 😦 So we canceled the celebrating and stayed in jammies all day. Poor Willow got the worst of it and ended up being so traumatized that she was terrified to eat anything for almost a week! BUT a trip to urgent care and some much needed rest…we’re all better now and I do have some delicious things to share with you, so let’s move on to happier things, shall we??
FEBRUARY 2018 FAVORITES:
Kindle Fire >> Josh and Willow got me the latest generation Kindle Fire (thank you Amazon for having a big sale)! I had the original, first generation, which meant I wasn’t able to borrow eBooks from our library via Overdrive. Well, now I’m plowing through books faster than ever because I have so many more options at my fingertips. While I prefer an actual physical book in my hands, the Kindle Fire is SO convenient when I have Willow sleeping in my arms and I’m in the dark!
Lentil Tacos >> It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken >> While I can’t speak for the avocado cilantro sauce that’s supposed to go with these (we just haven’t made it), I will say that this taco meat is SO good that not only did we make it twice, BUT Willow LOVES IT!!! And she normally isn’t a fan of leftovers, but ended up eating lentil tacos for three straight nights! I made two minor adjustments: I used coconut oil instead of olive oil, and only used 1/4 teaspoon of chili powder (and left out the chili flakes). The flavor was incredible and I’m sure it’s because there was no skimping on the spices! Kinda reminded me of refried beans, but way better! I used some of the leftovers in a taco salad and it was delicious. Definitely give this recipe a try! I wish I had a photo to share with you, but we were too excited to dive in and stuff our faces!
P.S. – Willow wanted me to tell you that the lentil “meat” is great for carrot “sandwiches” AKA two carrot rounds with lentil deliciousness mashed between.
Easy Chocolate Chip Muffins >> Feasting on Fruit >> Another recipe that was so good that we made them not twice, but three times! The second time I made them, I topped them with chocolate frosting for my belated birthday celebration and everyone enjoyed them. I love this recipe for two reasons (OK, there’s definitely more reasons to love them, but I’ve narrowed them down)…(1) one bowl = less cleanup and (2) they obviously taste REALLY good! And the texture is perfect! You don’t need frosting, but I wanted cupcakes in a pinch and these worked out so well! They’re definitely going to be a regular treat in our house.
We actually made two other recipes from Natalie (Feasting on Fruit): her Chocolate Sugar Cookies and Date-Sweetened 3 Seed Granola! Sadly, I can only attest to how incredibly delicious the cookie dough was…by the time the frosting had set, our food poisoning also set in…which meant we didn’t get to enjoy the cookies. BOO! But I plan to make them again – Kind of like a Valentine’s Day redo. Now, as for the granola, I tried a small amount and my body told me that oats weren’t my friend just yet 😦 What I did try, was very good! We did sneak some chocolate chips into our batch and both Willow and Josh enjoyed it! As you can see, we make a lot of Feasting on Fruit recipes and that’s because my diet almost perfectly aligns with Natalie’s creations…and they’re always a hit! ❤
Crunchsters >> Vegan Beyond Bacon >> I have an addiction to crunchy things…chips and crackers are a weakness of mine, so when I saw these in Market of Choice last month, I had to buy a bag. Who could pass up on a brand called Crunchsters??? There were three flavor options, but I went with this one because salty AND sweet?? Yes, please! Sweetened with organic maple sugar and seasoned with smoked sea salt…perfection. The best part is that even Willow likes them! They’re sprouted mung beans with 7 grams of protein per serving….but full disclosure, I almost ate the entire bag on my own…serving sizes, ha! Natural Grocers does carry a single serving pouch as well.
Skout Backcountry Organic Energy bars >> These are great, on-the-go snacks and a super convenient option. They almost taste like dessert…which I definitely won’t complain about! Sweetened with dates, nuts, seeds, Himalayan salt….what’s not to love?? Hands down my favorite bar option. If you’re local to Bend, these can be found at both Natural Grocers and Market of Choice.
Beyond Broth packets >> These were a new find at Natural Grocers, and while a bit on the pricier side ($2.29/packet), my first thought was, “These would be great for camping and/or road trips!” Loaded with organic, good-for-you ingredients, these did not disappoint. I made mine in a giant, over-sized mug and sipped on it like I would tea. Comforting and very warming! I think I’ll grab a few for our next camping adventure because they take up no space and all you need to do is heat water!
White Rose, Black Forest by Eoin Dempsey
The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
I actually read five other books during the month of February, but they weren’t ones I’d recommend!
As usual, I’d love to hear from you! What have you been reading or watching? Or have you tried any new recipes or products?? Oh! Josh and I started watching The Good Place on Netflix!!! SO good! I tried watching the first episode of Dark and got creeped out a couple of minutes in, but I plan to attempt again soon since pretty much everyone keeps telling me how good it is. And Josh was able to finish all of the episodes, so maybe I’ll have more to report next month!
I’ll leave you with a very heartwarming video that Willow and I came across on YouTube…you’re welcome 😉☺️
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you all have a great month!
Um that video. I am sitting in a coffee shop tearing and smiling up right now, just all the feels all at once ❤ But the favorites!! Gah I love your posts, I don't know how you find the best yummy snacks and stuff but you always do. And like you said, our diets align so it works perfectly 🙂 Those crunchsters sound addictively good, the salty + sweet is EVERYTHING. And weeeeee I am so so happy to see your muffins, and the frosting on top looks heavenly! Thank you as always for the kind reviews ❤ And just like you and the oats, me and legumes still haven't "reconnected" so perhaps I should challenge that one with the lentil tacos. They sound delish, and I always trust Willow's judgement 🙂 I am really glad you are all recovered from the food poisoning incident, and I guess that just means you'll have to have extra cake on Willow's bday to make up for it!
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Right??? Isn’t that video the best?! The first time we watched it, I was full blown crying, but happy tears…now I just get a little teary eyed 😉
Awww! Thank you!! Last month was kind of a boring post with very little to share and then February was like we hit the jackpot with all sorts of new finds! Salty, sweet + crunchy really is everything!
It was definitely a month of delicious Natalie recipes!! Those muffins are seriously so good. Like I don’t want to post any of my muffin recipes now because they just don’t compare! ❤ I have no idea what happened to my pics of the cookies and granola…I searched my computer and they're gone. Boo! Those lentil tacos are amazing and you know they're good when our picky eater can't stop eating them! I over did it the first time we made it and quickly realized that i still have to take it easy with lentils…but it was just so hard to stop at one taco! I'm really hoping oats and I can reconnect soon because it kills me on the mornings when I make Willow oatmeal and I can't have any!! And being granola-less is sad…very sad! Paleo granola just isn't the same. Thank you, again, for the kind words! Hehe – we'll definitely have extra cake on Willow's bday! ❤
Hi Mandy hiiii! Always enjoy your monthly wrap ups! Really sorry about the food poisoning, so glad you’re recovered. Poor sweet Willow. And the video was wonderful! Miss you love you!
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Hello, Diana!!! Thank you very much! Glad you enjoyed the video – his other videos are pretty great, too ❤ I know, we felt awful for Willow! She's still struggling a little with food, but getting better every day. xo
I’m sorry you guys got sick and I’m so happy you are all better! Happy belated birthday! We are heading to our favorite town for the weekend to celebrate Marley’s birthday! I cannot believe our only baby will soon be 14. Time goes by so fast. We loved The Good Place! We’ve been reading a lot of Shakespeare lately and trying to make the perfect macarons. I hope y’all have a beautiful weekend!
P.s. I must get some of that broth and the video was so heartwarming! ❤️
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Oh, my goodness!!! She’s going to be 14?!?! Happy Birthday to Marley – I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! ❤ I've never made macarons before…they seem SO intimidating! There's a YouTube channel we watch sometimes (The Scran Line) and he is a total pro at making them – makes it look so easy! Thank you, Carrie!! Sending lots of love your way! ❤
Oh no, food poisoning?!! That’s terrible, especially right before your birthday! OMG, I can’t believe I missed your birthday. I’m horrible. I honestly thought I remembered your birthday being in May. Confession, I’m actually very terrible about remembering birthdays. I even forgot my own husband’s this year, it was in January, lol! He has not let me live that one down, gosh! Anyways, I love these posts of all your finds, they are always so full of knowledge. Those packets of broth look amazing and oh my gosh, the salt and sweet crunch snacks..I’m the same way. I have a serious control issue with wanting to eat a whole bag of crackers or chips or snacks like that and it’s SO hard not to eat it all! They looks delicious, I really wish we had a Natural Grocers here!! I’ll have to see if another store carries them because they look so delicious! I owe you an email!! Love you!
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Oh and yes to that video! The doggie looks like such a sweetheart and it was awesome to see so many stop and give her love!
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Right??? I wish I could give her the biggest squeeze! Such a sweetie!
Omg!!! Hahahaha!!! I can’t believe you forgot your hubby’s bday! No worries….the big 40 is next year, so I’m grateful the food poisoning happened this year and not next (gosh, knock on wood)!
We’re so much alike, my friend! Control issues here, too….I’m glad we hide most of our snacks in the microwave because I forget they’re in there! Ha! Crunchy snacks are the best! Those broth packets are really great to have on hand and they’re so full of flavor! I’ve used them a couple of times when I was in a pinch 🙂
I hope all is well with you!!! Have a beautiful weekend!!! Love you! ❤