Over the last years there has been a little bit of a battle in our house. My husband grew up and lived in England for most of his life, and he was used to quite heavy style foods. In his mind, a salad for dinner was pretty much a non existent concept. Then there was myself; I loved a simple, quick to throw together dinner using whatever fresh produce I had lying around! Whenever I made a salad for dinner, he would look at me in a way that would tell me straight away it wouldn’t be his favourite. Ha.
Well we’ve come a long way and these days, most of the times I serve up a salad Daniel mentions he would be happy eating this more often. What happened you ask? Well, I learned to make those salads yummier and more filling as time went on and he learned to appreciate the freshness & ease of a dinner salad. I think we’ve arrived 🙂
All the cliches about babies are so true. Especially the ones about them growing up so (too?) quickly. It’s pretty much time to start planning Eleanor’s first birthday party and I’m not sure I’m quite ready for that! At the same time, this age is so much fun as she really starts exploring and her personality comes out more and more! I’m trying to take in every moment I can.
Today I’ll be sharing some of the baby items we have been loving during this 6-12 month phase. We tend to lean to a more minimalist lifestyle and don’t want to purchase lots of different things. These next few items we have found very useful and well worth our money!
Is there anyone who doesn’t love a good breakfast? This first meal of the day is by far my favourite, and I could eat breakfast foods at any time of the day. I don’t really understand people who skip breakfast – why would you miss an opportunity to eat yummy food? Ha.
In this transition time between winter and spring season, I am still yearning for hearty, warm comfort foods but slowly introducing some lighter meals too. This dish is perfect for this time of the year! Warming, rich french toast with the citrusy freshness of blood oranges that are still around at this time of year.
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Now let’s get to the point – today I’d like to share one of my go-to snack options with you. These bites are simple, nutritious and real YUM.
Even though it’s officially still winter, spring is definitely in the air over here! The weather turned from cloudy & grey to exceptionally warm en sunny for this time of year. You don’t hear me complaining! I’ve been throwing the windows open and moved my morning coffee moment outside to the balcony. We’d better make the most of it while we can – you never know if the Dutch winter makes a sneaky come back before it says goodbye for the year.
My houseplants are now slowly awakening from their winter hibernating. The days are getting longer & they respond with new fresh growth. After a winter season indoors, with the heating on and not much daylight, they could benefit from a little love and care. It’s time to help my plants wake up and enable them to happily grow in this new season!
We love a good burger in our house. Weekends nearly always involve a burger meal with ALL the trimmings and fries or a good salad. Sometimes that burger even sneaks in on a Monday night. It happens.
So let’s talk veggie burgers. We do eat some meat, but only a couple times a week. I was looking for a simple yet super tasty burger recipe that would replace some store bought ‘veggie meat’ options we’ve been buying. Those are usually not a very wholesome meat replacement, full of things I’d rather not eat.
I had some pumpkin on hand and wanted to use it. I couldn’t really find a recipe that I was after, so I decided to try and create one myself. And boy, then turned out so yum. I think this has to be my favourite veggie burger so far.
The other day I realised I have totally forgotten about juicing. I used to be in the habit of making a lovely juice for my husband and myself every (or most) mornings. We’d take it to work or kept it in our fridge and drank it during the day. But this habit moved to the background of our lives and I hadn’t given it any thought for a while (hello baby and motherhood).
But I’m ready for a bit more energy to come my way. Or I should probably say – to work on getting that energy! Winter is taking a little bit too long for my liking and I’m yearning for more sunshine and daylight. It’s also been a little challenging getting some proper sleep in with our 8 month old, so I’m feeling it. I need some extra vegetable goodness in my life to help me stay strong and healthy.
I’m quite excited about sharing this post with you. I’m passionate about living a more sustainable lifestyle and these are a few things EVERYONE can apply: they are not hard, and they won’t take lots of your time or money!
I think we all want to do something for the environment. Yet there is often a big gap between our current lifestyle and that totally green one. We’re nowhere near being zero waste, vegan or minimal, but we’ve started somewhere. While I admire people that go all the way, I find that for most of us it’s a journey! And I think that’s okay too.
So I thought it would be cool to share some of the things we’ve been doing that work in a real family environment. Over the next months I’m going to write more about different areas in our house and habits we’ve changed.
One year ago I was pregnant and well in my second trimester. It was about time to get everything ready to welcome our little one into our home. I remember the confusion as to which baby items we all needed to get. It can actually be a little overwhelming I think – we wanted to be prepared but not go over the top. Yet there was one thing we were quite clear about.
Don’t you love those traditions that just come into being over time? Over the last few years, I’ve definitely started to appreciate them and now, as a new mum, am excited to create new ones for our little family. I find that as life gets busy or chaotic, traditions are like seeing a familiar face – they create conscious memories and make the most of the moment and season. Meet Birthday Banoffee Pie.
Banoffee pie has been a firm favourite in our house. I actually never heard of it before I met my husband Daniel – it was his pie of choice and I immediately loved it after trying. It has been his request for his birthday ever since. A new tradition was born.