Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Cucumber Roll-Ups with Nori, Avocado, and Ginger


Cucumber Roll-Ups with Nori, Avocado, and Ginger

When I go out for sushi, I almost always order the same thing: an order of avocado rolls, an order of cucumber rolls, and miso soup. This is one of my absolute favorite meals, but because the kitchen and I aren't friends unless a meal is both mess-free and easy, I rarely make it at home. (If you saw the way my rolls turned out, you'd run far away.) Thankfully there is a delicious, low carb (bonus!) snack version of these rolls that satisfies my cravings and is infinitely easier to prepare: these yummy cucumber roll-ups.


CUCUMBER AVOCADO SEAWEED ROLL-UPS
Serves 3-4

Ingredients
2 cucumbers
5-6 nori (seaweed) sheets
1 avocado
1 ginger
sesame or goddess dressing for dipping

Slice the ginger into thin, small pieces. Soak the slices in cold water for 10 minutes. Thinly slice the cucumbers using a mandolin or potato peeler, and use towels to remove any excess moisture. Using kitchen scissors, cut the nori into strips. Next, cut the avocado into small chunks. Remove the sliced ginger from the water and dry. Place pieces of ginger, seaweed, and avocado onto a slice of cucumber and roll up. Repeat for all cucumber slices. Serve with a side of your favorite dressing.


My kids love these too. Let me know what you think!



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Monday, February 24, 2020

9 Girls' Sundresses Under $10


9 Girls' Sundresses Under $10
1. Black Floral Girls Sundress, $4.99   |   2. Blue & White Striped Jersey Dress, $7.99   |   3.  Yellow Floral Dress, $4.99   |   4. Cherry Dress, $4.99   |   5. Unicorn Print Girls Sundress, $4.99   |   6. Pink Seersucker Dress, $9.99   |   7. Navy Jersey Heart Dress, $4.99   |   8. Cotton Bouquet Dress, $9.99   |   9. Dark Blue Floral Print Girls Sundress, $4.99 


Summer may still be far, far away here in Chicagoland, but that isn't stopping me from starting to shop for sunny weather clothes. I mean, if I stop buying winter pieces, winter will be over faster, right? Isn't that how it works? Regardless, spring is just a few weeks away, so I think I'm definitely justified in looking ahead to warmer days.

One of my favorite warm weather pieces to buy is the little girl's sundress. My 6 year old probably has way too many of them already due to my affinity for them (she already has #5 and #9 from above), but you can't beat a cute cotton number like these above that they can happily play in for less than $10.

Now if they only made #2 in my size...



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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Creamy Yogurt Salsa Verde Dip


Creamy Yogurt Salsa Verde Dip

This is a long time favorite in our house that we've recently updated to add different spices. It's incredibly easy to whip together with ingredients you most likely have on hand. (If you don't have salsa verde, you can use regular salsa instead.)

Creamy Yogurt Salsa Verde Dip
Creamy Yogurt Salsa Verde Dip

CREAMY YOGURT SALSA VERDE DIP
Serves 4-6

Ingredients
1/2 cup plain cup Greek Yogurt
1 cup salsa verde
1/2 lime
chili powder
garlic powder
red pepper flakes
salt

In a medium to large bowl, combine Greek yogurt and salsa verde until well blended. Squeeze in the juice of half a lime, and add a pinch of each spice to taste. (I love me some heat, but you can omit the red pepper flakes if you prefer a more mild version.)  Stir well and chill for 30 minutes.

Creamy Yogurt Salsa Verde Dip

So easy and so delicious. And also filled with protein, thanks to the Greek yogurt. Double win!


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Monday, February 17, 2020

IKEA Spring 2020 Catalog


IKEA Spring 2020 Catalog

It's no secret I am a massive IKEA fan. I always tell people that even if I was loaded with an endless furniture budget, I'd still shop there. Back in 2016, our old living room was even featured in their Home Tour Series. I'm also huge on sustainability and nature inspired design, so you can only imagine how excited I was when I recently got word that IKEA's spring catalog, which showcases products that will begin to appear in their stores this month, is all about sustainability, mindfulness, and nature. I am 100000% here for this you guys.

IKEA Spring 2020 Catalog
IKEA Spring 2020 Catalog
IKEA Spring 2020 Catalog
IKEA Spring 2020 Catalog
IKEA Spring 2020 Catalog

I've only seen a sneak peak of the catalog, but wanted to share some of my favorite images from it. I can't wait to see it in person. I also can't wait to shop these goodies with my little lady, who almost always choses IKEA as her go-to place when we plan mom-daughter dates. (Wonder where she gets it?)

IKEA Spring 2020 Catalog
IKEA Spring 2020 Catalog

Where my IKEA people at? (And nope, this isn't sponsored. It's just true love.)



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