Miscellany Monday{Life Update}

Hey y'all,

I know it has been a few weeks and I even started a few Friday Five posts but I thought I would share some of the major things that have been keeping me away from spending my free time on this little blog.

Easter/Holy Week. This past week was one of the most important weeks in the church calendar. I help out in the nursery for one of the churches in town so Thursday-Sunday of this past week I spent at least two hours each day helping out during all the services.

March Madness. In NC in March, life revolves around the NCAA tournament. I mean, my Tar Heels are in the FINAL FOUR! It has been a lot of fun watching the games with friends and cheering on my alma mater. I just wish they would stop putting our games on so late(10pm tip-off I am looking at you), I am a grandma and need my sleep.
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Pollen. March also brings our lovely friend pollen. I love the spring flowers but my allergies are attacking me so Claritin is one of my besties.

Office Changes. My work life has been crazy. Over the last two weeks offices on my hall were flooded due to some crazy rainstorms, painters were in to refresh the halls, and Wednesday night we were told we have one day to pack everything up since everyone on my floor is temporarily moving while they fix some issues/take out some dry wall. It's been an adventure but hopefully everything will calm down this week!
My office in boxes last week.

Lion King. IT WAS AMAZING! I had so much fun going to see the Lion King with my parents and baby sister. I might have all of the music stuck in my head and it is so worth the ticket prices. I also suggest you go to the Disney on Broadway Youtube channel and check out Circle of Life 360 video. In Google Chrome you are able to manipulate the view and turn the camera around as if you are on stage!

Bible Study. I am taking over as one of the co-leaders of my bible study so send lots of prayers that I can speak what the Lord wants our group to hear. It's going to be an adventure but I know that His plans are always the best plans.

Bridal Shower Gift. I have been working really hard on crafting a present for Ms. LC(I restarted the night of the Oscars and finished up on Friday night). Her bridal shower is on Saturday so expect a recap next week with lots of photos and I will reveal her gift!

I think that concludes a lot of what is going on right now in my life.

What's going on in yours? 
Any fun plans for this spring?

Best,
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Sunday Sayings {March 27th}

Hey y'all,

I'll be back tomorrow with a post about all that has been happening in my life keeping me from this little blog but today I hope that you are enjoying a day of rest and spending time with family. I love Easter since it is a remembrance of the most baffling event. Out of love, Jesus took our place.


Matt Papa used to be one of the worship leaders of my church and this song is perfect as a reminder this Sunday.
Do you have any Easter traditions?

Best,
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Thyme for Thursday {Whole 30 Recipes}

Hey y'all,

I'm sorry that this blog is becoming a Friday only blog! I'm trying to fight against it! Today I thought I would share some of my favorite dairy-free recipes that are my go-tos thanks to the wonderful world of Pinterest!
I completed a Whole30 back in June and I am actually going to do another round in April so I will probably be sharing my meals more frequently. The basis of a Whole30 is to eliminate all the foods that could potentially be harming you and then re-introduce them after 30 days to test your reactions. This really helped me hone in on my dairy intolerance. You eliminate things like dairy, grains, sugar, and legumes. I felt so much better after finishing mine in June and then I might have self-sabotaged by going on vacation on Day 32. Whoops! I'm hoping that this will kick start me getting healthier for the spring time since I'm going to the beach at the end of May and today marks 100 days until LC's wedding and I will be standing by her side.

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I made this potato salad a lot for lunches. I would just cook up a turkey burger from Trader Joe's or a Applegate turkey hotdog and some fruit for a quick lunch.
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I think I'm going to try this Salmon recipe this week in prep for the Whole30.

What are your typical go-to meals?
Favorite place for meal inspiration?


Best,
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Five on Friday {March 11}

Hey y'all,

It's Friday! As usual, I am linking up with some wonderful ladies to showcase five things I have been loving this week. 

one.This Weather. Seriously, it has been gorgeous! Weather in NC is always unpredictable (I had ice on my car Monday morning) but the fact that it has been between 60 and 80 every day this week has made me want to get out in the sun and go find some fresh fruit.

two. Tea. I might be a tea addict as displayed by getting 6+ boxes of tea from my friends for my birthday but lately I have been enjoying at least a cup each day if not more. My current favorite teas are the Yogi Green Tea in blueberry and pomegranate, Tangerine Orange Zinger from Celestial Seasonings, and the Peppermint Bark from Bigelow.

three. The Intern. Last night my roommate and I redbox-ed the Intern and I am so glad I finally got around to seeing the film. It was really cute and I loved Robert De Niro's character Ben. I only wished there had been 5 or 10 more minutes of the film since I think it ends kind of abruptly.

four. Gardening. I had been wanting to plant/garden for a few years and apartment living kind of makes it an adventure. I kept putting it off but my good friend Traci gifted me some seeds for my birthday to encourage my garden. I planted basil, cilantro, parsley, and oregano as herbs, tomatoes, zinnias, and a butterfly/hummingbird mix of flowers. Last night I even saw my first little sprout!

five. The Lion King. Tomorrow I will be attending the Lion King musical in Durham. It will be my first time seeing the musical and my parents are coming up with my baby sister for us all to go see it. The last time we all went to a musical was Beauty & the Beast in 2013.
 Back when I had blonde highlights!

Any fun plans for your weekend?
Any recipes I need to add to my meal plan?
Link up here


Best,
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What the Heck Wednesday {Lactose Intolerance}

Hey y'all,

I know I normally post about books on Wednesdays but this week I figured I would share a few things that have been happening in my life with the big one being talking to my doctor and being told I most likely have developed an intolerance to lactose. (insert crying emoji) My doctor said this is actually quiet common especially in adults to develop primary lactose intolerance. Essentially, when I was born I produced plenty of lactase but by adulthood my lactase production fell off making milk products hard to digest.
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I have gone dairy-free since mid-February and even with some hiccups (pizza while babysitting and a couple of quesadillas) it has been so much better.

So, expect some posts as I figure out this whole thing and experiment with things like dairy-free yogurt, cheese and ice cream (Ben & Jerry's Vegan Dairy-Free Dessert was delicious). I also might have more recipes as I figure out things without my beloved friend cheese.

Some resources I have found include my pinterest board, Robyn's blog Real Food Whole Life, and Danielle Walker's books and blog Against All Grain.

Please let me know if you have any recipes or resources and if you are intolerant or avoid dairy in general!

Best,
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ps. Oreos are vegan=no dairy.



Thyme for Thursday {Cauliflower "Fried" Rice}

Hey y'all,

Now I have never been a fan of cauliflower and really any cooked veggies so I will say I was pretty surprised when I tried out this recipe from the Skinnytaste blog and ended up liking it so much. It was very simple since I ended up snagging a bag of frozen riced cauliflower from Trader Joe's.
Ingredients:
  • 1 12oz bag of Frozen Riced Cauliflower
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • cooking spray
  • 1/2 small onion, diced fine
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 scallions, diced, whites and greens separated
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce, or more to taste (I'm going to try this with Coconut Aminos next time)

Heat a large saute pan or wok over medium heat. Add the olive oil and saute onions, scallion whites, peas and carrots and garlic about 3 to 4 minutes, or until soft.

Raise the heat to medium-high. Add the cauliflower "rice" to the saute pan along with soy sauce. Mix, cover and cook approximately 5 to 6 minutes, stirring frequently, until the cauliflower is slightly crispy on the outside but tender on the inside. Add the egg then remove from heat and mix in scallion greens.

I ended up sauteing zucchini, mushrooms, and more onion and added it to the rice along with some teriyaki chicken. Delicious!

Have you ever tried cauliflower rice?
What are your go-to recipes on week nights?

Best,
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What the Heck Wednesday {The Sound of Glass}

Hey y'all,

I hope you all are having amazing weeks and enjoying some nicer weather. It's going to be cold for the next few days here in NC but next weeks forecast is beautiful. I'm sorry to keep disappearing but this is my creative outlet and sometimes I don't have the creative bug. I want this blog to accurately reflect things I love and want to share. Plus, sometimes you need to spend 3+ hours talking to friends over lots of chips+guac and girl scout cookies instead of writing a blog post. Anywho, I recently finished the book The Sound of Glass, for a book club I am in and I really enjoyed the novel. Here's the description:

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It has been two years since the death of Merritt Heyward’s husband, Cal, when she receives unexpected news—Cal’s family home in Beaufort, South Carolina, bequeathed by Cal’s reclusive grandmother, now belongs to Merritt.

Charting the course of an uncertain life—and feeling guilt from her husband’s tragic death—Merritt travels from her home in Maine to Beaufort, where the secrets of Cal’s unspoken-of past reside among the pluff mud and jasmine of the ancestral Heyward home on the Bluff. This unknown legacy, now Merritt’s, will change and define her as she navigates her new life—a new life complicated by the arrival of her too young stepmother and ten-year-old half-brother.

Soon, in this house of strangers, Merritt is forced into unraveling the Heyward family past as she faces her own fears and finds the healing she needs in the salt air of the Low Country.

Review:
While this book's cover makes it seem like a nice beach read, the book deals with a lot of dark issues including domestic violence. I liked the mystery though out the book and I need Loralee's book of truths personally. It was a quick read but it had a lot of depth to it that I think sometimes is lacking in beach reads. I would recommend grabbing it from your local library.

What have you been reading lately? 
I just picked up After You and Lara Casey's Make it Happen.

Best,
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