Quinoa Black Bean Burgers

This past Saturday was my favorite kind of day: we had no plans, no place we had to be, no major to-do lists---and, at least for someone with my personality and temperament, I am finding days like this are crucial. Spending 24 hours at a leisurely pace, the kind where you stroll around the Franklin farmers market, fall asleep for two hours on the sofa, hold your husband's hand as you walk up and down the block before the sun sets is just the ticket to helping yourself slow down, be still and feel thankful. Seriously, this Saturday was so good, it was almost like being in Hawaii again. Oh and also, there were these quinoa black bean burgers. I got the idea to make black bean burgers last week and, after pinning five or six recipes that caught my eye, I put together a version that combined their ideas and added some of my own. Using bulk-bin organic beans and quinoa, I had to soak them the night before, but once that step was taken care of, the process was pretty easy: cook the … [Read more...]

T-Shirt Giveaway!

[This giveaway has ended! The winner has been contacted.] These days, it's rare I post more than once a week, but today, it's for a giveaway! Thanks to Fibers.com (website | Facebook | Twitter), one reader of this blog will receive a $30 voucher for the Fibers shirt of their choice--you could opt for the baby blue "feed me avocados" v-neck I got, which is tucked in among their¬†food t-shirts (and pinned on my "things I like" board on Pinterest), or you could go with something else, even design your own shirt--your choice. I loved the style of my shirt as soon as I saw it online, and now in person, I love how soft the 100% cotton is and how comfortable and roomy it feels (I got a medium). So Here's How to Enter (one entry each, possible total of 3 entries): … [Read more...]

Night in Atlanta + Amaranth Porridge

Tim and I spent last Monday night in Atlanta---just a quick one-night getaway to the biggest city four hours from our home, made possible by a wedding gift from our friend Kim. After a rainy drive down that turned into a sunny stop at IKEA, we arrived at Stonehurst Place, our bed and breakfast for the night. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Stonehurst is a stunning estate built in 1896 and totally renovated in 2007-08. Our room, the Farnsworth, overlooked the screened-in back porch and was decorated with a Hollywood glam theme. It featured its own fireplace, a queen-sized bed with Egyptian cotton sheets, a marble bathroom and a full walk-in closet. One of the last times I'd stayed in a B & B was in Maine, a place whose quaint little towns often make it hard not to stay in a B & B, and the thing I've always liked most about them is the extra amenities: at Stonehurst, we had access to an upstairs sitting room with a Keurig coffee/tea maker, … [Read more...]

Citrus Honey Basil Creamsicles

Have you ever noticed how everyone wants to speak into your life---give you advice, tell you how to do something, show you what they know? In a perfect world, this would be great but in reality, here's the thing: advice is often wrong. The week before Tim and I got married, we were told the honeymoon would be nothing like we expected but probably bad; newlyweds don't know each other at all; give ourselves some time and we'll probably hate married life; the first year of marriage is the best; the first year of marriage is the worst; and we have no idea what we're in for. In the months since, women have told me marriage can't stay sweet; we're only happy now because it's the beginning; we should have a baby; we should wait two years to have a baby; we should be having sex X number of times a day, a week; all women get sick of their husbands; we won't like working together at home for long; etc. etc. It's not just people, either. There are TV shows and movies, … [Read more...]

Sauteed (or Roasted) Brussels Sprouts with Red Chili Flakes

I think Brussels sprouts might be my favorite vegetable. It wasn't love at first sight---these things seldom are---but you could say, I guess, it all started back in my days of visiting Nashville, amidst the excitement and unknowns of another budding relationship, when one Sunday night having dinner with friends, we poured leftover walnut-sage brown butter onto roasted Brussels sprouts and couldn't believe how good it was. In truth, I shouldn't have been at all surprised, having tasted the sweet caramelization of Brussels sprouts less than a year before, both at a restaurant and in my kitchen, but, as we sometimes do when we're busy or distracted or just not tuned in, I'd managed to forgot all about it. The Nashville Brussels sprouts, thank goodness, made a more lasting impression, and my life's seldom been without them since. It's funny how that works, you know? One day, Brussels sprouts---or say, that person you haven't thought much of until now---does … [Read more...]