What I Am Loving Right Now

What I Am Loving Right Now l wanderingroot.com

I always love seeing and hearing what other people are loving and into at the moment so I thought I would share a few things I am either loving or wanting to try.

But first, that quote.  I recently saw this on the fantastic Elizabeth Gilbert's {of Eat, Pray, Love} Facebook page.  This is so great.  Do something you love.  Don't waste your time being in an unhappy situation.  It may take time to get out of it but start making steps to make yourself come ALIVE.  I just saw that she has a new book coming out in September, I cannot wait to read it.  If you don't follow her, you should.  She is super inspirational.  My sister was lucky enough to see her speak in Salt Lake City and suggested I start following her.  I of course knew her from reading her book, but after following her Facebook page I love her even more now.

Okay, onto what I love or want to try!

1. Yogurt Maker - I don't do much dairy anymore so I am really wanting this for Cash.  Buying good quality grass fed yogurt is so expensive, so this would be the perfect way to make it on a budget.  When I eat yogurt or when I give it to Cash I like it plain with berries added in.  It is really awesome if you add the berries to a saucepan over medium heat with some coconut oil and let them break up a bit, then swirl them into the yogurt and top with cinnamon.  You don't have to worry about a lot of junk or sugar added in when you do it this way.  Yum!

2. Spiralizer - I have been wanting this forever!  I have a handheld one that works for zucchini, but with this one you can spiralize anything, well almost anything.  I recently received a copy Inspiralized and it really has me wanting to pull the trigger and get a spiralizer.

3. The Sprouted Kitchen Bowl and Spoon - I love Sara and Hugh's blog so much and I love their first book, so I know this book has to be amazing as well!  I love Sara's whole foods approach to cooking and Hugh's photography is to die for.  I also love meals that are simple and require little fuss, so this book is right up my ally.  I have had it in my Amazon shopping cart for a long time, I need to pull the trigger and buy it already!

4. Gingerade Kombucha - I am a known Kevita lover but lately I am really digging Kombucha.  I love a bunch of the flavors but Gingerade has been a favorite lately.  I even give Cash a little bit and he loves it {in my Super Nutrition for Babies book, it is suggested that because of the fermentation, do not give toddlers more than 1-2 oz. daily and watch for the sugar content.  I give him just a few sips because of the healthy probiotics!}.

5. Amazonite Bracelets - These bracelets come from my newly opened jewelry shop.  I love the subtle color of the Amazonite Stones and how they go with practically everything.  Super pretty stones.

6. Floppy Hat - I am a hat girl.  Love them.  I have been looking for the perfect floppy hat and actually ran across a maroon one that I loved at Target last week.  I was in a hurry and didn't grab and of course when I went back a few days later they were all sold out.  We are having family pictures done this weekend and I really wanted to get it for the pictures.  So now I am on the hunt!  I just saw this one on Charlotte Russe's website so I will have to go check it out.  The only thing I am unsure of is the little feather embellishment...  We will see, the hunt is on!

Happy Monday, have a fantastic week!  Is it weird that I actually do love Mondays {most of the time}?  All the possibilities, all the things you can accomplish.  I love it.  A fresh start. :)

 

*None of these are affiliate links, just simply stuff I love!

Steak and Chipotle Potato Salad Bowls

Steak and Chipotle Potato Salad Bowls l wanderingroot.com

I have been cooking up a storm this summer and have so many recipes I want to share but things have been so busy this summer!  I have been so mindful lately of the importance of to do lists.  I always have a to do list but it is so long.  So so long!  Because of this I never feel like I get anything done.  I also find myself getting off track so easily.  My mind wanders and I get distracted all the time.  I am sure so many of you can relate.  Of course it only gets worse after kids... :)

Steak and Chipotle Potato Salad Bowls l wanderingroot.com

In an effort to combat this issue, at night I write out a short to do list of things I want to accomplish the next day.  I have a work list and a personal list.  It has helped so much.  I think keeping it short is key too.  I tend to overestimate how much I can actually get done, especially with a little one who is with me 98% of the time.  This has helped me focus in on what I must get done that day so I don't get distracted by a million other things that come up.  Prioritizing is key.  I base my short list off of a long list of things I want/need to accomplish and work off that to prioritize and make the short lists.  Life changer.

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The past month has been pretty awesome.  Kass and I celebrated 11 years together, 6 of those married.  We went on our second date since having Cash.  It was awesome.  However, it made me feel so old.  We went wine tasting, something we did all. the. time. when we first moved to Grand Junction, so it was fun to get back to that.  After that we ate some amazing Italian food, drank more wine, and got dessert!  It was awesome.  We capped off our date walking around downtown then a little T.J. Maxx action {kinda weird right?}.  So what was sad about that?  Our dinner reservations were at 5:30 and we were home by 8.  So sad.  But so fun!

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Then the next weekend we were off to Crested Butte for 4th of July, Cash's first!  It was weird thinking that the year before we spent the 4th of July at the hospital trying to get him to flip.  What a difference a year makes.

When we returned home we were greeted by a friend and his fiancé who were making a loop from Denver to Gunnison and stopped to stay with us on the way.  It was awesome catching up, drinking wine, eating good food and talking about their upcoming wedding.  Can't wait to go to Texas next May!

The next weekend we celebrated Cash's first birthday.  It was such wonderful day.  This was Cash's first time with all his cousins {4 girls!} and they were all awesome together.  I had to hold back tears when we sang "Happy Birthday" to him.  It was such a joyful day but it is hard not to get emotional.  

Each weekend is packed, which is great, but man it makes that summer fly by even faster.  Here's to another amazing summer!

Steak and Chipotle Potato Salad Bowls l wanderingroot.com

This recipe... it has been a favorite in our house this summer.  It is really easy to throw together.  You can use chicken or steak, both are excellent in this dish.  It is a one skillet dish, which I am a fan of.  We eat this as our main entree with a salad.  The best thing about this recipe is it is not strict.  Just throw what you have on hand in the oven and call it good.  The only thing I do not suggest skipping on is the mayo.  It is the Sir Kensington's Chipotle Mayonnaise.  It has a bit of spice to it, so if you are not a fan of spice then do substitute a good quality mayo.  But I dare you to try this one.  It rocks.

Steak and Chipotle Potato Salad Bowls l wanderingroot.com

Print!

Steak and Roasted Potato and Asparagus Bowls

Serves: 2 

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups red potatoes, diced
  • 1 bunch asparagus, chopped
  • 3 small round steaks
  • coconut or olive oil
  • sea salt
  • pepper

Dressing

  • 1/4 -1/2 c Sir Kensington's Chipotle Mayo {depending on how much mayo you like :)}
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 c Italian parsley, chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400˚F.  Place potatoes in a cast iron skillet.  Drizzle with oil.  Toss potatoes. 
  2. Bake for 30 minutes, tossing occasionally.
  3. Add the asparagus and steak to the potatoes and season everything with salt and pepper.  Cook for an additional 10-15 minutes, until potatoes and asparagus are browned and the steak is cooked to your desired degree of doneness.  You may have to remove the steak before the potatoes and asparagus are finished cooking.  If so just wrap in foil and let rest.
  4. Once everything has cooked, cut the steak into bite size pieces and add to a large bowl with the asparagus and potatoes.
  5. In small bowl combine all the dressing ingredients and whisk well.
  6. Drizzle the dressing over the potato mixture.  Toss well.  
  7. Enjoy!

 

My Jewelry Shop Is Open!!

I have several recipes in the works, so I promise to post another one as soon as things settle a bit.

I have exciting news though... I finally opened a jewelry shop!  I have been designing and creating jewelry for the past 5 years and just selling it on the side.  I have always had a desire to make it more than just selling "on the side", but life has always gotten in the way and I have managed to let a million excuses {and fears} keep me from taking this leap of faith.  

Tonight though, I finally pushed publish on Etsy and there is no turning back!  I have started with just a few pieces and will continually be adding to the collection.  I didn't want to go too crazy with pieces at first as I want to get an idea of what pieces people are really drawn to.

You can visit the shop here

 www.wanderingrootjewelry.etsy.com