Thursday, July 20, 2017

Meal Prepping

When I prep food for the week I always eat better and meals seem much easier to put together. Here's an example of what I might prep for the upcoming week.

Ideas for Meal Prepping
  • Cut up veggies-for salads, snacking and meals. I usually cut up a watermelon or a pineapple too. If I have berries (hello summer fruit!), I will wash them in a colander and leave them out for snacking.
  • Roasted veggies-I usually make extra when I'm roasting veggies for dinner. The leftovers will be used in future meals.
  • Tofu scramble-I make a big batch of it with a full block of tofu then I portion it out. I can eat this hot, cold or in a wrap.  I'm probably cutting up veggies while this is cooking.
  • Overnight Oats-I make a few of these so I can just grab them for breakfast or a snack.
  • Brown rice-I like to make a big batch of rice for the week. I'll use it for meals like stuffed peppers, Buddha Bowls, stir fries or veggie burgers.  Veggie burgers are another thing I like to batch cook and keep in the fridge or freezer.
  • Quinoa-During the school year I usually make a batch of quinoa because Miss High School likes it in her salad that I pack her for lunch.
  • Marinara Sauce-I like to make extra and freeze it.
Do you do any meal prep? What are your best tips and what is your favorite thing to prep if you do?

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

{Tips & Tricks} Wifi Extender

 This is one of the quickest fixes to a problem we were experiencing with our WiFi. I'm probably last one to hear about it, but if not, check this out!
We noticed that our WiFi service did not extend outside to our deck and sometimes it was spotty in other parts of the house too.  We picked up this WiFi range extender at Costco for under $100. The installation was very easy and quick   Before we knew it, we had WiFi out on the deck!
Now I can work on my website, listen to Pandora or just check Facebook on my laptop out there. If I'm on my phone I don't have to worry about it switching over to data!  Why did it take us long to try this?!
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

{Travel} College Road Trip #2 & Eats

We took our second college road trip (see #1 here) in June with Miss High School. The theme was RAIN!
 Our first stop was Tufts University which is 5 miles outside of Boston.
 We were early for the tour so we stopped in at a cafe for some lunch.
 The cafe had a super cute vibe.
 Even in the rain, the campus was beautiful.
 After the tour we checked into our hotel in Cambridge.

 

We found a vegetarian diner and decided we had to try it!  Everything was vegetarian and could be made vegan.
 We shared a few things. This is vegan poutine!!!
 Vegan mac & cheese with shitake mushroom bacon.
 Vegan grilled cheese and vegan onion rings! Mind blown!
 We took a vanilla zebra frappe to go. So yum!
 Cambridge was a very pretty college town. Since we were near Harvard, we had to take a peek around.
 As you can see, it was still raining.
 The next morning we headed into Boston.
 Another rainy one.
 We toured Northeastern University.
 Heading to Rhode Island.
Our final tour was at Brown University.  
It looked just as pretty as when we visited it six years ago.
After all of the driving, information sessions, tours and rain it was time for a nice glass of wine at The Cheesecake Factory in Providence.
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Monday, July 17, 2017

{Photography} Newborn Session

I was so thrilled when this couple from my first maternity shoot asked me to photograph their newborn baby.
He was only four days when I did the photoshoot. How good do those new parents look?
 You got a little sneak peek of him in my latest Project 52 post but here are some more of my favorites.
 I'm totally new to newborn photography but the parents had some ideas and we worked together to get some really special shots.
 Maybe he'll share his dad's love of baseball.
 A shot I love to get with babies is the parents' wedding rings.   He was being a little squirmy.
 I loved capturing him on this family heirloom blanket and don't get me started on those matching booties with the pompoms!
How lucky to catch a little smile too!
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

{Recipe} Rice Noodle and Veggie Spring Rolls with Almond Dipping Sauce

I was always a little nervous about trying to make my own spring rolls because of the rice paper but it really isn't that hard at all. If I can do it, anybody can do it!  Spring rolls are healthy, versatile and delicious.  
You can fill them with pretty much anything your heart desires!  Some of my favorite fillings are:
  • cooked rice noodles
  • shredded carrots
  • shredded cabbage
  • avocado
  • cucumbers
  • cantaloupe
  • peanuts
  • tofu-pan fried
  • scallions
  • fresh cilatro
  • mint leaves 

To make your spring rolls, have all of your fillings ready to go.  You'll also need a big bowl of warm water, a wet dish towel and a plate for putting your finished spring rolls on.
Dip one spring roll wrapper in the warm water until it becomes transparent. It will be sticky but pliable. Put it on a wet dish towel and flatten out gently.
Add fillings to the bottom half of the wrapper, being careful not to overfill. Leave some space at the bottom of the wrapper.
Pull the bottom part of the wrapper up and over the filling. Fold in the sides and then roll filled part onto the remaining part of the wrapper, pulling it all together as you go. You might rip the rice paper but if you're gentle, you should be able to wrap it up easily.  The paper should stick together to hold the spring roll together.
Place spring rolls seam side down on a plate as you work. 
Serve immediately or keep in the fridge until ready to serve. They keep fairly well in the fridge for a few days.  Serve with almond butter dipping sauce.
Almond Butter Dipping Sauce
1/3 cup almond butter (or sub any nut butter)
1-2 TBS soy sauce
1-2 TBS maple syrup (or sub agave, coconut sugar or brown sugar)
2 TBS lime juice
1/2 tsp chili sauce
1/2 tsp fresh ginger (optional)
hot water to thin
Stir all ingredients (except water) together.  Adjust by adding more soy sauce, lime juice or sweetener to taste. Thin the sauce with hot water, adding a tablespoon at a time until the desired consistency.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

{Project 52} Weeks 16- 23

I'm still rolling along on my Project 52 photography challenge.  
 16|52 Favorite (photo)
 17|52 Backlight
 18|52 Movement
 19|52 Love
 20|52 Spring
 21|52 Nature
 22|52 Hands
23|52 Rule of Thirds
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