December 19, 2014

Shots from tree decorating! Last year we just got a tabletop tree, so this was Mazen’s first real one. It’s also the biggest tree we’ve ever had! You have to wonder what the toddler was thinking when his parents brought a tree inside. Excitement for sure!


I stole this idea from my friend Brett – Christmas cards on display via clothespins! It’s so nice to look up at my beautiful friends during meals, and since I took this photo our cards have filled up the whole row!


We had a really healthy week of meals that was much appreciated after the holidays got off to a great start. My goal during the season is to keep my weeks as healthy as possible knowing I splurge a little more on the weekends. Luckily this week I had no weekday parties. Next week, however, that isn’t the case!


That’s one stuffed jar!! I made overnight oats in a Barney Butter jar and packed in some pineapples on top. 


Next up – rainy day oatmeal made in the rice cooker! Steel cut oats in the rice cooker never turn out as good for me as they do for other people as a nice porridge (that’s the setting I use). I wonder if I’m not adding enough liquid? That must be it. Going to try again soon!


Next up: leftover sugar cookie sleigh ride oats reheated with milk and some clementine on the side.


Rushed preschool day – pear + yogurt + coffee!


Non-rushed non-preschool day – eggs, roll with butter and jam, grapes!



A surprise visit to Great Harvest for lunch!


We met a group of our friends. Those toddlers love their free slice of bread!


Soup season is back on – I had a slice of Apple Scrapple with Rev Soup’s Spicy Peanut Tofu.


This was the Cook Smarts lentil and root veggie kale salad. Here it’s jazzed up with blue cheese!


Another day I had leftover salmon and spinach and mushroom lentils over a salad with a bit more blue cheese.


And finally – leftover Italian wedding soup! Soup for lunch is my favorite.



We did a week’s worth of Cook Smarts, and boy did I feel organized. The meals were amazing too!

Oven Baked Salmon with lentil, mushroom, spinach ‘cream’ sauce. Loved this different twist on fish!


Kale salad with roasted root veggies and lentils with a balsamic-apple cider vinaigrette. Super healthy and on the light side, but especially great leftover for lunch!


Cumin + Coriander Chicken Tacos. I love anything topped with cheese + guac!!


Mazen’s deconstructed version got a thumbs up.


And Cheddary Shells with Broccoli and Chicken. This was so easy and really good!


Who likes mac and cheese!?


Finally, we ate up the leftover orange + carrot brussels with scrambled eggs and bacon. Breakfast for dinner – sort of!


Have a great weekend!


KERF Holiday Gift Guide

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Something Out Of Nothing

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You have all been there – you stare into the fridge and think “What am I going to make for dinner?!” Sometimes I have weeks where I have a meticulous meal plan and all ingredients prepped in advance. And other weeks we have days where we fly by the seat of our pants and try […]

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Orange Carrot Brussels Sprouts + Twitter Party!

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Candy canes, bourbon balls and ‘nog get all the attention this time of year, but it’s just as important to feel your best while you celebrate the 12 days of Christmas! Thus, don’t forget to balance out the fun with a healthy dose of holiday veggies. Today I am partnering with Bolthouse Farms to bring […]

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Weekend (with Santa!)

December 15, 2014

Happy Monday!! Was your weekend filled with holiday festivities like ours was? Sure feels like Christmas! I’m listening to Baby It’s Cold Outside as I write this, but ironically we had a really warm weekend! We barely needed coats. Friday morning I took Mazen for a haircut. You never know how that’s going to go, […]

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{Television} Lately

December 12, 2014

My favorite shows of the past few years include: LOST, Mad Men, Survivor (clearly), Nashville and…. So You Think You Can Dance! When this summer’s season ended, I immediately snagged two tickets for the tour in Richmond. I gave my ticket to the first friend I found who said “I love that show!” Turns out […]

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Beat Those Blisters

December 11, 2014

This post is sponsored by Bombas I just finished my fourth soccer season on the adult co-ed league here in Cville. I’m excited to play indoor this coming winter!! (A nice change from the steamy 100* days of summer season…!) When I first joined my team back in fall of 2013, I picked up a […]

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