Friday, August 31, 2012

Labor Day Round-Up

Labor Day weekend is known for simultaneously trying to take it easy, get outdoors, and clean out your closets. And for those of us living in the Pacific Northwest, this is possibly our last chance at sunshine. Meaning: we know that if we don't get items crossed off our summer bucket lists this weekend, it isn't going to happen. What are you doing this weekend?

This weekend I am committed to staying outdoors and off my computer as much as possible.  I'm sure by Monday I'll cave in and catch myself working, but maybe I can commit to at least staying off email for the day. I'm also committed to loading up on fresh produce from the Farmers Market and getting my fill of late-summer fruits before it's too late.

Whether you're looking for easy weekend meals, beautiful dinners to share with friends, or items that are perfect for snacking, check out these delicious Labor Day recipes!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Cucumber Peach Salad



I am an ugly crier.  No really.  Remember in Bridesmaids when Rose Byrne is crying and Kristin Wiig says that she is an ugly crier?  She doesn't even know what ugly crying is.

I suppose this wouldn't be too much of a problem except that I tend to cry during movies... a lot.  The Vow?  Yep.  Hunger Games?  Check.  Brave?  Definitely.  And don't even ask me about the Finding Nemo incident of 2006.  That was a legendary ugly crying moment.

Here's the important thing that you need to know as an ugly crier:  how to hide the signs.  No one wants to go out in the world with red, puffy eyes.  No one. So you quickly learn tricks like using chamomile tea bags and (my personal favorite) cucumber slices to calm the eyes.

If you're an ugly crier, I advise you to keep cucumber on hand at all times.  And, if you happen to have a cucumber and a peach handy,  you might want to consider making yourself this salad.  After all, you probably need a snack after all that crying.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Healthy You Everyday

Hi friends,

You might have heard some rumblings about something that I have been working on behind the scenes. Something that I have been pouring every bit of my heart and soul into.  No, it's not a cookbook.  No, it's not a new cat (thank goodness).  But it is something that fills my heart with joy and excitement and I hope it does the same for you.  

I am thrilled to introduce you to my business: Healthy You Everyday



Many of you know that this year I received my health coaching certification and began my work as a holistic health counselor helping women to take better care of themselves and remove their barriers to living a happy, healthier life.  I feel so blessed and honored to be doing this work and I want to share it with you too.

Now, I am sure you are wondering - what does a holistic health coach do?
In my work, I help women to have more energy, banish digestive issues, decrease stress, lose weight, take better care of themselves, and find more joy and fulfillment in their lives.  And this is just the beginning.

I believe that our health is a system and being healthy is more than about what we eat and how much we exercise.  If you've ever struggled to make changes around your health, you know how hard it can be.  I want you to be the healthiest and happiest that you've ever been. I know that there is something that you wish were different about your health, your body, or your general well-being.  And I want to help.

So here is where you come in.  I have a FREE weekly newsletter and video blog that will help you to take action around your health and wellness and you definitely want to be a part of it.  When you sign up, you'll also get my FREE 12-page self-care workbook that will help you to begin finding your balance, taking care of yourself, and making your well-being a priority. 

So please visit healthyyoueveryday.com and sign up for the free newsletter on the homepage.

I hope you're excited.  I hope you're jumping for joy and are ready to get your health on.  I know I am. :)  I hope you'll love this newsletter and will share it with friends. And, if you're really awesome, connect with me on Facebook so we can keep the health party going.  You don't want to miss it!

Love,
Sonnet

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Chia Agua Fresca


I am not one of those gals that enjoys clothes shopping.  In fact, it downright stresses me out.  What basics do you need in your closet?  How do you figure out your size?  What is the heck is the difference between flared and boot cut jeans?  Do shoes that look nice, don't hurt your feet, and are waterproof even exist?  

The nice thing about summer is that I tend to do well with bright colored tops, capris, and sandals.  This is a winning combination in my book.  And if I lived somewhere where these things could be worn year-round I would probably be a much more fashionable person.

My talent lies in the kitchen.  I can stock a kitchen pantry like nobody's business.  I can take random bits from your fridge and create a meal any day.  And I can always take some produce just-past-its-prime and turn it into something incredible.

The inspiration behind this week's chia agua fresca is that I just needed a way to use up half a watermelon.  Done and done. And delicious.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Tempeh of the Sea



Things I love about summertime...
  • The way my kitchen always smells like a juice bar
  • Sleeping with the windows wide open
  • Biting into cool, crisp watermelon slices
  • Mock tuna salads
Things that drive me crazy about summer time...
  • The way my kitchen is always swarming with fruit flies
  • Waking to the sound of chirping birds at 5 am and my cat trying to rip out the screen in order to get to them
  • Biting into mushy watermelon slices
  • Running out of my favorite mock tuna salad
For someone that can't stand the thought of seafood or the smell of the ocean, I am oddly obsessed with mock tuna salads, especially in summer.  Every time I am at a new restaurant and see a mock tuna salad on the menu I have to try it.  My obsession finally got to the point where I knew it was time to make my own version so I could have it whenever I wanted.  And so I did.  

Sunday, August 12, 2012

DIY Beachy Hair Spray


Summer is not the time to fuss.  Summer is the time for daytrips, beaches, being out in the sun and, if you are anything like me, eating as much perfectly-ripe fresh produce as you possibly can.  Summer is not the time for spending hours in the kitchen, or hours on your hair for that matter.  We have bigger things to do than worry about our hair.  Am I right? 

Enter DIY beachy hair spray.  This is a simple mix of sea salt and water that gives hair a fabulous texture and is perfect for the loose, beachy waves that every gal wants in summer.  For a nice finish that adds a bit of shine and helps to tame flyaways, I simply used a little coconut oil.  Not only did it give my hair a nice bit of texture, but I loved the smell of coconut.  If your hair is in need of a little pick-me-up, it's time for you to get your beachy hair on too.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Raw Beet Ravioli


Why is it that women in action films always run around with their hair down?  This isn't real life. Come on.

In real life, I can barely stand to have my hair down when I'm sitting at my desk... let alone running two miles after a car chase while carrying a giant gun.  You know if this were you that you'd have your hair tied up.

And if you had really been running around for a day and a half without sleep or a shower, your hair would not be looking so good.  You can't fool me, Kate Beckinsdale.  (Although your hair is gorgeous. Really.)

The point is, I'm not going to try to fool you here.  These aren't real ravioli.  There I said it.  These are slices of raw beets filled with a creamy nut "cheese" and topped with pesto oil.  It isn't pasta. But it sure is tasty.  For reals.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Anderson Cooper & Vegetarian Times

Let me start this with the biggest heart-felt THANK YOU.  Thank you to each and every one of you that read this blog, leave comments, email me, tweet me, interact with me on facebook, share my recipes on your blog, and pin my recipes on Pinterest.  You are the reason that I write this blog.  Thank you for connecting with me and creating such a wonderful space for me to share food, life, and my crazy stories with you.  My life would not be as rich without you.

I have some exciting news.  This blog has gotten some cool press over the last couple of months and I wanted to share it with you.  

#1. Anderson Cooper
Apparently Anderson Cooper is quite the picky eater, but a recent guest on his show pleasantly surprised him with her kale, apple, and beet juice smoothie.  On the show, Anderson asked viewers to pin their favorite kale recipes on Pinterest and Margaret shared my Kale Smoothie for Kids recipe.  (Thank you, Margaret!) This recipe was then featured on Anderson Cooper's website!  You can check out the full article here

#2. Vegetarian Times
It has been a dream of mine for years to be in Vegetarian Times and this dream has finally come true. I can't believe it! My spicy roasted golden beets recipe won as an honorable mention in this year's Reader Recipe Contest. You can see me on page 69 of the September 2012 edition!

I just want to say thank you again for all of your continued support and encouragement.  And, if we haven't already connected on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, that certainly needs to change. :) 

-Sonnet

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Lavender Coconut Ice Cream



Since I live in the cooler Pacific Northwest, summertime is the only time of year that I find myself craving ice cream.  But, when I do have a craving, it hits hard.  Luckily Seattle has an abundance of local ice cream shops that feature non-dairy ice cream.  

Even though I am grateful for this, it has kinda turned into a problem.  I had to face the facts last night when I found myself walking to the ice cream shop for the third straight evening in a row.  I think this walk will now be called my "walk of shame."

Since my ice cream cravings don't seem to going anywhere soon,  I decided it was time to create my own lighter option that still tastes just as decadent and sweet as any other.  The result?  A relaxing and delicious blend of lavender, coconut, and banana.  And, you don't even need an ice cream maker to enjoy this one!


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Basil Cashew Mayo


I have this habit of leaving my gym bag pockets unzipped.  It's partly because I'm lazy, but it's also partly because I have never had anything fall out so I never had incentive to zip them up.  Well, that was until two weeks ago when I lost my eyeliner.  And since it was a bit pricey, I am sure you can imagine how excited I was when I found it in my yard a few days ago.  Even though it was a bit weathered and the brand name had been rubbed off, it still worked great.

However, this morning upon closer inspection of the weathered brand name, I discovered that this was not actually my eyeliner.  Lesson learned: zip your gym bag and don't use eyeliner you find in your yard. 

Another important lesson I learned this week is how to make amazingly creamy mayo -- without the eggs or added oils!  So let's get to work!