Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas 2013

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope all your holidays were blessed and spent with your love ones. Rob and I were so lucky to fly to Dallas and spend the day with my family. It was the perfect little day trip.

We kept our Christmas decorations minimum since I was working like crazy and wouldn't be home on Christmas Day. We haven't had a day off together since we put up our tree! I decided to go with Kraft paper as my wrapping paper, carrying over my Thanksgiving theme. I love the thought of being in a cabin in the woods for the holidays, so I used plaid ribbon. 






I really enjoyed personalizing each present by stamps and drawing on the paper. I used white Sharpie pens. I tried using white ink for stamps but that did not work out. So I stuck with green and red ink.

It was so easy traveling on Christmas Day. There was no line for security. And what better way to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas then flying the in the sky He created.


We had a lovely breakfast waiting for us when we arrived to my parents'. Then we went opened our presents and found the pickle. Have you heard of the Germany tradition? It is one of my favorite traditions. Someone hides a pickle ornament in the tree and then the first to find it gets the first Christmas present! Since we weren't there for Christmas Eve, they waited to did it on Christmas. Hayden won, which is her first time to win in many years! We then watched The Heat and Grant and I played a mean game of Monopoly. Then we all stuffed ourselves with amazing prime rib. So good to be around family.




Now it's almost time to ring in the new year. I can't believe all that has happened in 2013. What are your New Year Resolutions going to be?





Thursday, December 12, 2013

Thanksgiving with The Harrisons

I am still re-living our wonderful Thanksgiving. It was our first Thanksgiving to host and it was so much better than I imagined. My family came in town and spent the day with us. My sister's boyfriend came too. It is so sweet to see young love!



I went for a Kraft paper decoration theme. I saw these placemats on Pinterest and had to make them. It's simply a rectangle of Kraft paper and a white sharpie pen you can find at any craft store. That's exactly how I made my 'give thanks' banner. I had everyone write what they were thankful for and we went around the table sharing. 


Our whole spread was paleo. It was so nice to stuff our bellies full and know it was all healthy for us. The cranberry sauce was amazing; and not full of sugar! 


After our feast the whole gang went to the Riverwalk. Unfortunately the Christmas lights weren't on yet. They had the lighting festival the next night!



I hope everyone else had a great Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Our purchase of 'Against All Grain' cookbook was the best yet! All of her recipes we have made we have greatly enjoyed. I recommend this cookbook for anyone going Paleo or gluten-free.

Today I am going to share her chocolate chip cookies. They are the best I have made and I have made a lot of paleo cookies! They taste like the real ones I use to bake. I whipped them up last minute so I didn't have dark chocolate in the pantry, so I made a slight adjustment to her recipe. 

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/4 cup palm shortening
1 egg at room temperature
1/4 cup coconut crystal crystals
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
2 tablespoons coconut flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chip


Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Place the shortening and egg in a food processor and process for 15 seconds.

Add the coconut crystals, honey, and vanilla extract. Process again until combined.

Add the flours, baking soda, and salt and process for 30 seconds.

Scrape down the side and pulse again if necessary to fully incorporate the dry ingredients.

Stir the chocolate chips in by hand.

Use a large spoon to scoop balls of the dough, placing them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Lightly pressed them down to flatten, making discs about 1/2-inch thick.

Bake for 10 minutes, until the cookies are browned around the edges. Cool on a wire rack.



You might want to double the recipe, this only makes one dozen. They are so good! Enjoy!


Weekend In Fredericksburg

Oh my, we have been married for a year now! It's been an amazing year and I can't believe how happy we are. To celebrate our anniversary we ventured out to Fredericksburg, TX. It is only an hour drive from San Antonio and it such a beautiful drive! Very scenic!


We started our trip by visiting Fredericksburg's Trade Days. They have this market once a month. It was a bunch of vendors selling anything you could think of. Unfortunately it wasn't as homemade and crafty as I wanted. I only walked away with one decoration. It was interesting to see all the ironwork and cowhides. After all, we are in Texas now.



Shopping always works up an appetite so we head back in town. We went to the local brew pub, Fredericksburg Brewing Company. Their beer was amazing! They had a wide range of items on their menu, including a small selection of German. We started with the cheese ale soup, which I highly recommend. It's especially good if you dip the rolls in it.


In Fredericksburg you can walk around with your drinks in hand. We enjoyed a glass beer after dinner while walking Main Street. It was enchanting! Afterwards we headed to Acorn St. B&B and called it a night.



Unfortunately the next morning I headed back to San Antonio for a meeting. I made it back in Fredericksburg just in time for lunch. The local Knights of Columbus were hosting a Bestfest in the middle of town. We headed there for all-you-can-eat sausage and local brews. The best part was us supporting a local group while enjoying ourselves. There was even a couple of German folk bands playing and couples dancing!



Needing to walk off all that sausage, we enjoyed the shops on Main Street. There were plenty of things to look at! It is a cute town; if you ever get the chance to visit, do it! It has a lot of history too. 




For dinner we went to Fredericksburg Herb Farm. Unfortunately the Herb Farm part was closed, but we still walked around. There a little cabins there and we want to stay at one next time we come. They are so cute! The restaurant was beautiful. It was smaller so it seemed intimate and private. Our meal was delicious! 

 


After an amazing meal we ventured to a wine bar I had found on Yelp. It did not disappoint! Lincoln St. Wine Bar was the perfect way to end a great night. We shared a wonderful bottle of wine on their patio. They had fire pits everywhere so finding heat was not a problem. The live band that was playing was enjoyable as well. We both really enjoyed it!




On Sunday we visited the wineries near Fredericksburg. There are whole bunch of them, so we chose our top 3 choices to go to. We went to Grape Creek, Pedernales, and Becker's. We really enjoyed Grape Creek and Becker's; so much we joined both of their wine clubs! At Becker's we were able to sit outside and soak in the beautiful weather. It was lovely!





 Becker's Vineyards



We headed back into town for lunch. We drove by Hondo's all weekend so we decided to try it. It was yummy food and had a lovely patio. Every night it was busy and now I know why! We will definitely visit it again when we come back. We had a great weekend in Fredericksburg!























Saturday, October 12, 2013

Paleo 'Alfredo' Spaghetti Squash

OMG! This is our best Paleo meal yet. It tasted just like real Alfredo pasta. It was even fantastic the next day for my lunch. I wish we had doubled the recipe so I could eat it all week long; it was awesome. We have recently purchased "Against all Grain" cookbook from Danielle Walker. It is the best paleo cookbook we have bought so far. Her recipes are easy and come so close to the food we are use to eating. Highly recommend it! We got this recipe from her, but she uses zucchini spaghetti. I am still to afraid to try that so we made ours with spaghetti squash.

Alfredo Spaghetti Squash Pasta with Blackened Chicken

1 cup raw cashews
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon Cajun Spice Rub (ingredients to follow)
2 spaghetti squash
1 teaspoons sea salt
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 leek, white part only, thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
2 ounces prosciutto, chopped
2 cups water
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Cajun Spice Rub:
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon corse sea salt
3/4 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cracked pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1 garlic clove, crushed



1.Preheat oven to 350. Cut the spaghetti squash in half and remove the seeds. Place on a cookie sheet and wrap in Al foil. Bake for about 1 hour or until tender. Scrap the spaghetti out with a spoon. Place in a bowl and set aside.

2. Place cashews in a bowl of water that's been heated to a boil and soak for 30 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, rub the chicken all over with the Cajun Spice Rub and heat the grill to medium-high. Grill the chicken on both sides until it is no longer pink in the center, about 10-15 minutes. Remove the chicken and strip into small strips.

4. Place the asparagus in a pot of boiling water. Blanch for 2 to 3 minutes, until slightly tender and bright green. Drain the asparagus and wipe the pan dry.

5. Return the pan to heat. Add the olive oil, asparagus, leek, mushrooms, and prosciutto. Sauté for 5 minutes over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low.

6. Drain the cashews and place in a blender with 2 cups water. Add the lemon juice, garlic, pepper, nutmeg, and salt. Blend on high until smooth.

7. Add the sauce to the prosciutto mixture and simmer for 7 to 10 minutes.

8. Place the noodles and chicken in a bowl. Add the sauce and toss to combine. 


Enjoy!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Fall Must-Haves

Oh my gosh, I wish it would cool down! I am so ready for fall and it is killing me that the weather isn't yet. I have got my whole wardrobe switched over for fall and I wanted to share some of my favorite things. I am crazy for anything in these three colors: wine, navy, and emerald. I have found it is so easy to pick a color each season and base all my shopping on that. That way everything coordinates and I can wear stuff multiple ways. This season I couldn't pick one so I went for all three. What is nice is that my spring wardrobe was blues so I will be able to mix some of those pieces with my fall wardrobe!

Here are my must haves!

1. Vest- I have always wanted a fur vest, but I just don't think I could pull it off. So when I saw this vest at J Crew I thought it was perfect! Also, everyone keeps telling me if doesn't get cold enough here for a coat, so I think I will be wearing this a lot!


2. Leopard- I didn't realize it until I organized my closet, but I really like leopard this season! I have the perfect scarf to dress up as well as some cute leopard smoking slippers. Just add it on like a little spice to your outfit!

Put the two together!

3. Kendra Scott- OMG, I love anything Kendra Scott makes. Her earrings are such easy add-ons to an outfit. But I really love her long necklace. It makes accessorizing so easy!

Nordstrom

These are just extra items to add on to your fall wardrobe. Don't forget the basics: denim, good pair of riding boots (both brown and black!), and a casual sweater coat. Leather is a huge trend right now, but I am not really jumping on that train. It looks super cute on everyone I see wear it, but I am just not brave enough! What will you be wearing this fall?



Hope you liked my first fashion post!