No More Stinky Breath Hummus

by HEAB on July 6, 2015

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Our kids like hummus, and they also like to crawl in bed with us first thing in the morning.  I love the early cuddles, but I do not love smelling garlic breath at 5:30 AM.  No thank you.  So, we stopped buying hummus in bulk at Costco and started making our own garlic-free version.  That breath was bad, y’all!  I developed the recipe below about 15 years ago and dug out my old recipe notebook to find it.  Does anyone feel like their recipes were more organized pre-Pinterest, or is that just me?  Anyway, it’s pretty simple and super yummy, even without any garlic.

Homemade Black Bean Hummus

 

*We normally cook our own dried beans, and I hope to try this recipe soon with homemade beans or chickpeas using the cooking liquid to thin out the hummus.  Just might need to add a bit more salt.

And speaking of salty dips, I’ve been making a lot of cashew cheese sauce lately…

Back in my vegetarian days, I lived on this stuff, and after sampling some vegan nachos on a recent trip to California, I started making it again as soon as I returned home to Nashville.  It makes a wonderful dip or sauce.  LOVE LOVE LOVE.

From the Country Life Vegetarian Cookbook (my most used cookbook!)


And last but not least, let’s revisit my love of guacamole…

My brother’s delicious guacamole he brought over for dinner last night.  Avocado, lime juice, red onion, serrano chile, salt, and cilantro.

Ina Garten’s guacamole has been my go-to recipe for the past couple of years (it’s yummy!), but after recently sampling a friend’s homemade guacamole with minimal ingredients, I’ve been thinking that sometimes simple is better.  This of course is coming from the girl who loves eating avocados straight from the peel with nothing but a spoon, but sometimes, all you really need is a perfectly ripened avocado and a little salt.  Add a squeeze of lemon or lime juice and perhaps a little hot sauce, and you’re good to go.

Favorite dip????

 

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Pregnancy Changed Me For The Better

by HEAB on June 26, 2015

Pregnant with Summer in October 2010…

Thank you Emily for the beautiful photo!

And 34 weeks pregnant with Charlie and Katie in June 2012…

And last but not least, awaiting Hannah’s arrival in October 2013…

Another favorite from Emily Smallcomb Family Photography.

I did something I haven’t done in a while.  I wrote a guest post.  My friend Kristin Russell started a new blog called Spill The Gritsa place for us to share our true-life stories—the ones we can’t seem to shake from our pasts, the ones we are living and don’t yet know the ending to, the ones we’ve been dying to speak but haven’t for fear of judgement and shame.  This will be a safe place for us to remind each other that indeed, we are not alone.  She asked me if I’d like to write about my weight loss and pregnancies, and honestly, the thought of sitting down and writing something real sounded pretty darn great.  So, the other night, I sat down and started typing.  You can read the end result here.  Thanks for checking it out if you get a chance, and thanks to Kristin for reminding me how much I enjoy digging a little deep.

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Let’s Get Messy

June 16, 2015

Food: Hummus with chips and carrots, my favorite guacamole, more chips (you can never have enough tortilla chips in my opinion), crackers with peanut butter and apple slices, cheese pizza and hot dogs from Costco (so cheap/so good), deviled eggs, chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies. Beep, beep, beep…big fans of Little Blue around here. as [...]

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A Sleepy Project

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Anthropologie catalogs sure at pretty, no?  Of course my eyes just about pop out of my head when I see the prices, but I love perusing the pages for inspiration and styling ideas.  One arrived in the mailbox this week, and while flipping through the pages, I decided I needed to do something with those [...]

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Yoga and Chocolate

June 4, 2015

A few months ago, my best friend asked me which local yoga classes and studios I liked.  I mentioned one studio that I knew of close to her neighborhood and encouraged her to go, but I felt so disconnected from my yoga practice that I really didn’t have any advice beyond that.  It had been [...]

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Simple Vegan Cake, Gluten and Nut Free

May 24, 2015

Edited to Add:  After speaking with Summer’s teacher, I added xanthan gum and flax seed meal to the recipe below as my cake kept turning out really crumbly.  I’d taken a photo of the handwritten recipe, and her teacher had forgotten that the xanthan gum and flax seed meal were omitted from the original.  She [...]

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Pretty Flowers

May 21, 2015

I know next to nothing about flowers, much less how to arrange them.  However, I LOVE fresh flowers, and I’m always finding an excuse to put them around the house…my excuse usually just being the simple fact that I love them.  Anyway, after hosting a number of wedding and baby showers over the years, I’ve [...]

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A Day In Our Life

May 7, 2015

Inspired by Katie’s beautiful photo an hour posts. 5:30 AM wake up call courtesy of Charlie 7:00 AM 8:30 AM pit stop to play in dirt after dropping Summer off at her classroom 9:12 AM play York song, play York song, repeat 10:00 AM time to restock the produce 10:30 AM 11:00 AM 12:00 PM [...]

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Feeding Friends

March 10, 2015

Chris and I love having people over for dinner, and it’s extra fun now since most of our friends starting having babies right around the same time we did.  So, our quiet little get-togethers of a few years ago are a little louder and a lot messier, but everyone always has a good time.  Plus, [...]

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Simple Gifts

February 20, 2015

On the toddler birthday party circuit?  If so, here are a few simple gift ideas… Paint some rocks. Fill a coin purse with fifty wishes (a roll of pennies).  I found the above coin purse at Whole Foods. When parents request no gifts, we usually just paint a card.  Summer painted the inside of the [...]

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