Welcome to the end of April post where we officially say HELLO SPRING (finally!!) and recap all the delicious things we made and fun things we did in the past month.
Let's get started with what we cooked up in April.
1. Simple Peach Cobbler// 2. Creamy Whole-Food Breakfast Shakes // 3. Fresh Corn Salad // 4. Gluten-Free Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich // 5. Strawberry Spinach Salad with Candied Pecans // 6. Creamy Pineapple Mango Whips (V/GF) // 7. Easy Vegan Smoked Macaroni Salad // 8. Homemade Veggie Pizza (V/GF) // 9. Honey Bourbon Chicken Bowls
Did you give any of these recipes a try this month? My favorites were without question the Vegan Smoked Macaroni Salad (you WILL NOT believe that it is mayo-less) and the Fresh Corn Salad. So simple. So good.
APRIL HAPPENINGS: CHICKENS
If you read last month's BEST OF MARCH POST you know that our family grew by 7... chickens. You may also recall that I was less than pleased with our new additions. After a completely calm, well thought out, adult conversation (?), I convinced Joe to return 4 chickens, so we are down to 3. I'm not actually sure that 3 chickens is any better than 7, but hey.. I'm gonna take the victory. The Chicken Coop arrived today (I can't believe I even just typed that sentence) and the baby chicks will be moving into their new digs this afternoon. Is this even my life??
Shop: Local CSA (community supported agriculture). For the past 2-3 years Every. Single. Spring. I make grand plans for a giant garden that I will tend to daily with my children working and learning alongside me. I envision fabulous plant-based meals that will come from the bounty of my organic backyard garden, and then.. reality. You guys, I have never even successfully grown a basil plant. Last year we planted a few pots of tomatoes, our take.. 2. Seriously. I have a "black" thumb. I don't know where the "CSA" concept has been my whole life, but I just officially signed up for the 2016 season. Basically, they grow the giant organic garden and I get to create fabulous organic plant-based meals from the bounty of someone else's garden. It's perfection. So the way that it works is that you commit to purchase "a share" in the harvest of a local farm. Each week, you receive seasonal vegetables. It ensure you access to the best of each week's harvest and is a way to support your local farmers. The variety and bounty depend on the season (you get more food during the peak of growing season) and the veggies included in your "share" depend on what is in season week by week. If you live in the lexington area, definitely check out Elmwood Stock Farm. If you live somewhere else, do a quick Google search for local CSA programs. I bet something pops up!
Watch: The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. This show is silly, mindless and pretty entertaining! Netflix just released season 2 and I have to admit, I'm a bit addicted?.
Read: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. I know, I know.. I'm pretty late to the party on this one. BUUUTTT.. if you are having one of those days that EVERYTHING feels Out. Of. Control. well, you wouldn't believe how much the situation can improved by organizing your underwear drawer?. This books has some AWESOME tips if you are looking to get rid of all the stuff! Some parts are a bit much for me ..
NEVER EVER BALL UP YOUR SOCKS. Do you really think they can get any rest like that? The socks and stockings stored in your drawer are essentially on holiday. They take brutal eatings in their daily work, trapped between your food and your shoe, enduring pressure and friction to protect your precious feet. The time they spend in your drawer is their only change to rest."
With that said, there are some parts that are really practical and easily applicable to your everyday life. I am slowly making my way through and things are DEFINITELY less cluttered in my closet.
Listen: Jessica Murnane - One Part Podcast: It's SO good. I LOVE this podcast. I found it at the beginning of the month and am well on my way to finishing up Every. Single. Episode. Jessica Murnane (creator) has conversations with some of the most interesting and inspiring names in wellness, music, food, fashion and design. New episodes are released each Monday. You can subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher.
Cook: It's cookbook season and my collection is growing rapidly! If you are looking for some seriously delicious recipe ideas check out Minimalist Baker's new cookbook! Recipes are vegan, mostly gluten-free and all can either be prepared in under 30 minutes, use 1 bowl, or 10 ingredients or less. We had the Pizza Veggie Burgers last night and they were ❤️?❤️ !!! You can find the book on Amazon !!
In the month of May I'm craving all things farmer's market!!! Fresh, seasonal produce is my fav and with the start of CSA that's exactly the type of recipes that I will be bringing your way! Stay tuned ?.
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