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Loving Lately

What I am Loving Lately — June 2016

Hi guys!

I wanted to check in today with my monthly edition of what I am loving lately. I love writing these posts, even if they aren’t always food related. It’s fun sharing some of my favorite things from all aspects of my life and I hope you guys have fun reading these!

Alright, let’s get to it.

 

Headspace

Headspace App

Have you heard of the app called Headspace? My doctor was actually the one who introduced me to it when I had a check up last week. I mentioned that I am terrible at meditation and “turning my brain off” and she suggested Headspace because they have introductory meditation sessions that are just 10 minutes each! Don’t you love how there is an app for just about everything these days?

I was very excited and I immediately downloaded Headspace when I got home. I’ve done four of the 10 minute sessions so far and I really like it. Right now 10 minutes is just about as much as I have time for, given my busy schedule. I’ve been doing the sessions first thing in the morning before I have coffee or breakfast and I think it’s a great way to start my day. Anyone can squeeze in ten minutes and the app is free, so download it and let me know what you think!

 

Dave’s Killer Bread – Thin Sliced

Dave's Killer Bread, Good Seed Thin Sliced

If you’re not on the Dave’s Killer Bread train yet, you GOTTA get on! Their bread is SO FREAKING DELICIOUS. It’s soft, but hearty and it’s packed with only good-for-you ingredients. It’s seriously my favorite bread ever.

I’ve been eating Dave’s for a few years now, but I was pumped when I saw that Whole Foods was carrying a new thin-sliced variety that is half the calories of a regular slice. My recent go-to breakfast is avocado toast with an egg on top, and now that I have this thin-sliced variety, I have no guilt about having two slices.

By the way, if you guys haven’t heard of Dave’s Killer Bread until now, you should check out Dave’s story on their website!

 

Wedding-related Instagram Accounts

Style Me Pretty Instagram Account

Now that I’m engaged, I started following a few wedding Instagram accounts. It makes me SO happy to see gorgeous wedding posts pop up into my feed and I am getting very excited to start planning my own wedding.

I am sure I drive Travis crazy because I tag him in basically every photo where I love the decor, color scheme, venue, or basically any wedding photo that includes a dog. But he hasn’t complained yet….so for now I am going to keep blowing up his feed 😉

 

Fresh Basil

Fresh Basil

I wouldn’t go as far as saying that I have a black thumb, but I certainly am not the world’s best plant-keeper. When it comes to keeping plants, I feel like I never know what I am doing: watering too much, watering too little, keep it in the sun, out of the sun, partial sun? Oy.

I’ve grown basil before and it only lasted a few months, so I decided to try it again.  I am hopeful that round #2 works out a little better than before, and hey — I am one week in and I haven’t killed it so far (woohoo!). Plus, I’ve already used the basil in four different recipes. I think having it out (rather than buried in the fridge) is a great reminder that it’s there and ready to be used.

If you have any herb keeping tips, please share in the comments below! I’d love to be able to grow my own mint and rosemary as well.

 

From Around the Web

Apricot Orange Chicken Recipe — We made this for dinner the other night and it was SO good (I made a few tweaks to the recipe). I served it over farro and we devoured it!

Wedding Planning Hacks that Will Save You Time & Money — This one sucked me in! So many tips that I will definitely use!

36 Hours in Los Angeles — My mom sent me this article from the NY Times and it’s a great list of top places to visit in LA in a short period of time. A lot of these spots are new and Travis and I still haven’t checked them out.

Why Meditation is the Best Gift You Can Give Yourself — I can seriously relate to this story, and this motivated me even more to continue doing the Headspace app.

 

Alright, that’s it from me and my favorite things today! I hope you have a great week!

 

 

 

Slow Cooker Tips and Tricks

Three New (to me) Kitchen Tools I Love

When Travis and I moved in together about one year ago, we discovered that we had double of almost everything. Both of us had very well-stocked kitchens on our own (spices, vinegars, knives, pans, cutlery, and kitchen tools), so when we moved in together we ended up choosing the “better” of all of our duplicates and putting the rest in a big box of storage.

Even though I thought I had almost everything kitchen-related I needed, we’ve still acquired a few things over the last 10 months that make me wonder what the heck I ever did without them. I wanted to share with you my top three new kitchen tools that I LOVE.

 

1. Hamilton Beach Set and Forget Programmable Slow Cooker

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The first on the list is my beloved slow-cooker. Dear Dave and Morgan: THANK YOU for the most perfect gift. I use my slow cooker at least once a week now. One of my favorite ways to use it is to throw in 2 chicken breasts (seasoned with S+P) with 1 cup of chicken broth and cook it on high for 3 hours. After cooking, the chicken is so tender that it falls apart with a touch of your fork. I use this juicy chicken all week long for lunches I pack for work. I just love being able to put something into the slow cooker and walk away for hours without a care in the world. The delicious smells probably torture our foster dog, Bessie, while we are at work during the day!

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2. Joseph Joseph Rocker Garlic Crusher

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My dad bought me this awesome garlic crusher when I was home for the holidays last year. He already had one and I was amazed by how quickly he could mince multiple cloves of garlic for a pasta dish we were making together. Being the incredibly thoughtful guy he is, my dad went out the next day and bought me the same garlic crusher for my kitchen back in LA. Now, I know garlic crushers are nothing new, but I just love this one because it is easy to use and clean. It is perfect for any dish that requires numerous gloves of garlic. It is also great for those of you who hate getting the smell of garlic all over your hands (I, personally, love the smell though!)

 

3.Cuisipro Herb Keeper

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I can’t give this herb saver enough praise. I am kicking myself for not buying it sooner. For months Travis and I talked about ways we COULD better save our herbs based on tips we read online and in magazines. For example, some people chop them up very small and store them in an ice cube tray in the freezer with a little bit of water. When you need fresh herbs you simply defrost a few cubes. The idea sounds great, but I knew I would never have the patience to do that.

After wasting way too much cilantro, basil and parsley over the last few months, I finally had enough, so I browsed Amazon and found this herb saver. It had very high ratings and now I know why! It is so easy to use: all you do is fill the base with water and place your fresh herbs in the large insert. You’re supposed to change the water pretty frequently, but honestly we forget and our herbs still last up to three weeks! YAHOO! We can fit two large bunches of herbs in here without any issues. If you use fresh herbs often in your cooking, I cannot recommend this product more.

 

Note: This post is not sponsored in any way and is simply a list of some kitchen tools I happen to love. Some affiliate links are included and I sincerely appreciate your support!