Pumpkin Season

I’ve yet to indulge in a pumpkin spice latte this season (especially after reading that Food Babe article about some of the ingredients, yikes!), but we have been making some pumpkin treats at home.

One of my new favorite cookbooks is Against All Grain.  All recipes are dairy free and grain free, but absolutely delicious.
In the book, is a great recipe for some pumpkin spice muffins.  Here’s a batch I whipped up last week…

Yum!

Yum!

Today, I discovered another fab recipe for Pumpkin Spice Cookies on the Against All Grain blog that were equally delicious (and super easy to put together!).

Ingredients:
-2 1/2 cups almond flour
-2 TB coconut flour
-1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
-1/2 tsp ginger
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-1/2 tsp nutmeg
-1/4 tsp cardamom
-dash of sea salt
-1/3 cup Grade B maple syrup
-1/2 cup pumpkin puree
-1 egg
-1 tsp vanilla

All of these spices really give the cookies an amazing flavor...

All of these spices really give the cookies an amazing flavor…

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Mix together the dry ingredients in a small bowl
3. In a stand mixer or food processor (I used a food processor), combine the maple syrup, pumpkin puree, egg & vanilla
4. Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet
5. Scoop golf-ball size balls of dough onto a lined cookie sheet. Press down lightly to flatten them a bit.
6. Bake for 18 minutes

The original recipe can be found here and includes instructions for a vanilla cinnamon icing.  I didn’t make it today, but will definitely give it a try soon.

Have you been baking any fall favorites?  My next goal is to attempt baking a pie from scratch… wish me luck!

Happy March!

A few random musings on this Friday…

* Have you seen this new Threshold brand at Target? I pretty much love everything that they are selling under this brand. Anyway, in my quest to “green” our lives, I ditched our plastic spoons/spatulas/etc. this week and got some very cute “Threshold” kitchen tools made of acacia wood. Next, I am trying to learn more about essential oils. I am going to a little event at a cafe here next week led by a woman who sells products from doTERRA, a line of really high quality essential oils. Anyway, apparently you can use EOs for all sorts of things… cleaning, as homeopathic remedies for various ailments, to help with relaxation and sleep… I am excited.

* I mentioned before that I have eliminated dairy from my diet because of some tummy issues Lincoln was having… Well, I’ve slowly started adding some dairy back in here and there, but one thing I’ve discovered in my dairy-free life is coconut milk ice cream and it’s awesome! I’ve tried several flavors from the Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss brand and they are delicious. Now, this ice cream may be dairy free, but it is by no means healthy… it is still ice cream… but I have to say, I don’t know if I will ever go back to the regular stuff… it’s that good.

my most favorite flavor... yum, yum...

my most favorite flavor… yum, yum…

* I waste a lot of time on Instagram on my phone, sharing pictures of Lincoln and what not, and I have begun to stumble upon all sorts of bloggers, artists and designers who share their work there. One brand that I think is just adorable is called Hello Apparel. They have cute stuff for kids and for adults…

love this raglan pullover... link here

love this raglan pullover… link here

* And some exciting news for me… husband shaved his beard! It must be the ridiculous winning streak that the Blackhawks are on that cheered him up and pushed him to do it.

no more beard face!

farewell beard face!

Hope you have a great weekend! Here’s hoping some spring-like weather will be on the way shortly…

declutter. clean. simplify.

This is my 2013 mantra… I don’t typically make resolutions at the start of the new year, but this month I am feeling inspired to make some changes.
I don’t have a lot of specific plans, but I am hoping to apply these three words to all aspects of our family life: declutter, clean, simplify

I am starting with all things Lincoln-related.  He may only be 7 months old, but it feels like he has already accumulated so much stuff!  So, I am going through his toys and clothes, cleaning, organizing, packing up and maybe even donating a few things.  Just in case there is a baby #2 I don’t want to get rid of too much, but there are some things that we simply do not need.

I hope to tackle a lot of areas in our home with this mentality… our shelves upstairs– overflowing with bedding, my closet– packed with far too many dresses and cardigans that I never wear, even some unpacked boxes out in the garage– filled with tchotkes and random home decor that I clearly am not using…

I started a new board on Pinterest, simply titled 2013 to keep me inspired.  Here are some of the images I’ve found so far…
(Note: I do not actually have an all white home, but I love the look and the simplicity of it is very appealing to me.)

I love using clear containers in the pantry to keep things looking clean... image found here

I love using clear containers in the pantry to hold flour, rice, even cereal.. image found here

a clean nightstand... image found here

a clean nightstand… image found here

And I pretty much LOVE everything on this blog... follow studio... like this bedroom

And I pretty much LOVE everything on this blog… follow studio… like this bedroom

Any tips on how you keep your life decluttered?  I would love to hear them.

In the mean time, I’m sure this little guy will definitely appreciate my new, keep it simple attitude 🙂

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a to z

I have a fun new piece of decoration hanging in Lincoln’s room that I have to share…

One of my best friends Victoria, who is super crafty and amazing, made Lincoln some alphabet bunting and we hung it in the nursery today.

so when I say “we” hung it, I suppose I should actually say husband did the hanging 🙂

and here it is up on the wall… how adorable is it?!

hanging above the changing table/dresser… what a perfect addition to the room!

Thank you Victoria!  We love it 🙂

a modern vintage cottage?

I find myself constantly trying to define my home decorating aesthetic.  The problem is I often find myself making contradicting choices that don’t fit well into one exact style.  I like a cottage feel, but not too country.  I like modern pieces, but they can’t feel too harsh.  I like vintage and eclectic, but not too bohemian.

My opposing aesthetics are top of mind right now as I am in the process of planning and decorating the nursery.  I’m not relying on any certain theme for the room… I’m just trying to pick pieces that I love and am hoping that it will all come together in the end.  Am I crazy?

I think I’ve finally settled on a crib…

Initially, I wanted all white furniture for the nursery, but I like that the espresso finish incorporated into this crib helps tie it in with the rest of our furniture throughout the house.

I found some great vintage children’s wall art that I am definitely using.  I loved one image in particular (of course I forgot to take a photo of it before I dropped it off to be framed), but here are some of the other pieces that I got at the same time, to give you an idea.

Vintage Wall Art courtesy of this lovely Etsy seller

The room we are using for the nursery has some great built in shelves, which I am planning to use for storage (obviously), but also as a way to display books, toys and a few framed pictures.  As soon as I have made more progress, I’ll share pictures.

I’ll leave you with a ‘baby bump’ picture.  I’m almost 30 weeks!

How can I get any bigger?!

Oh baby!

We did a few shots where I actually posed for the camera, but this random candid shot showed my belly the best.  10 more weeks to go!

we made it!

It’s been a busy few weeks, but we are finally (almost) settled into our new house in Spokane, Washington.  I thought I’d start a blog to help keep friends and family in the loop on our new life out in the ‘Inland Northwest’.

We’ve been caught up in a whirlwind of cleaning, unpacking, organizing and the general chaos that goes along with moving.  Rooms are finally coming together and we aren’t living out of boxes anymore.  I’ve been driving around, getting to know our neighborhood (North Indian Trail) and solving some very exciting domestic issues such as which local grocery store will become my regular spot (Safeway) and where the nearest pharmacy is (Rite Aid just down the street).

I promise more exciting posts/photos to come… for now I’ll leave you with a shot of our new house.  We are in a quiet subdivision about 20 minutes north of downtown.  Despite some interesting quirks we’ve discovered (only one phone jack which is mysteriously located in the laundry room, a myriad of light switches that appear to do nothing, etc.), we are loving the new place.

the new house