Thursday, June 23, 2016

Things Loved Lately - June Edition

Just a few of my favorite things, lately...
Honolulu Sun candle from Bath and Body Works, smells like a day at a tropical beach!
Batiste Dry Shampoo--great for in between washing days. It gives my hair lift and volume and I love the fresh smell. You can find it at Target.
Sir Kensington's Ketchup--I've been enjoying this with my Effortless Oil-Free Baked Fries lately.
Ketchups are usually too sweet for me but this one is just right (found at our local natural foods store).
We saw 'Finding Dory' on Father's Day and I loved it so much!
Sunny days, iced coffee and books!
I just tried kimchi and I'm a fan! Kimchi is a traditional Korean fermented side dish made up of vegetables and seasonings.  This one is made out of napa cabbage. It's spicy and pickle-y. Yum!
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

June is Bustin' Out All Over

The flowers in my garden are starting to bloom and are getting bigger every year.
 I love the feathery flowers on the astilbe.
 Sweet coreopsis just starting to bloom.
 I'm not sure what this bush is but it has the prettiest lavender flowers and lime green foliage.
 I spruced up the porch a little with a bright green watering can that goes perfectly with last year's Refreshing Porch Redo.
The hydrangeas don't look like they are going to bloom much this year.  We had a hard frost that destroyed all of the new growth.  This might be the only bloom we get. :(
 Still loving my pear pillow cover from Ikea.
 I added a fern this year.  Anyone remember this Tiered Terracotta Planter from 2010?
Our solar lights were in desperate need of an upgrade.  We found these beauties at Costco. They are so much brighter at night and make a really cool pattern on the ground when they are lit up.  They look pretty handsome during the day too.
 My knockout roses are looking pretty good.
 The salvia pops in front of the rose bushes.
 This side section of our yard is like a little oasis.  I feel like it needs a focal point.
 More salvia.
 My flowers from Mother's Day are doing really well and brightening up the deck (painted here).
 The coneflowers are budding and getting ready to bloom.
 These dianthus always give the front yard a bright pop of color.
The daisies are just starting to bloom. They just make me happy!
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Monday, June 20, 2016

{Recipe} Effortless Oil-Free Baked Fries

These fries are so easy and delicious, they've become a regular weeknight favorite.   They are so flavorful with just the right amount of seasonings and crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. There's not a speck of oil in them either so they are guilt free and healthy too!
Start with 2-3 large Russet (or Yukon Gold) potatoes. Scrub and clean the potatoes well.  Preheat oven to 400F.
Slice into wedges and place the wedges in a bowl.
Add seasonings. I don't measure but approximately 1 tsp of Kosher salt, 1 tsp ground black pepper, 1/2 - 1 tsp of garlic powder and 1/2 - 1 tsp onion powder.
Stir to coat the potato wedges in the spices.
Now here's how you get crispy, oil free fries...Arrange the wedges on cooling racks. They can be touching but not overlapping.  Sprinkle any remaining seasonings from the bowl onto the wedges. Place the cooling racks right onto the oven racks and bake for 30-40 minutes at 400 F.
I usually check mine at the 30 minute mark, to see if some of them are done(smaller, thinner wedges cook up more quickly).
Serve immediately, hot out of the oven for best results. (Reheated leftovers are good too).
Lately, my favorite dipping sauces are catsup, Sriracha and spicy mustard.
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Friday, June 17, 2016

{Get Organized}Pinterest Page of My Vegan Recipes

My bloggie friend Julie recently asked me if I had an index of my vegan recipes on the blog.  Alas, I do not but it's on my "to-do" list.  In the meantime I made a board on Pinterest of all my vegan recipes for her and anyone else who might be interested. Just going through them was making me hungry!


You can find me on Pinterest here or by clicking on the Pinterest button below.

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