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a few months ago i bit the bullet and bought a juicer. best investment ever. after doing a three day cleanse with nekter juices, i felt amazing, so now we’re on a juice kick! i make it every night, store it in mason jars (one for me and one for huz), and drink it for breakfast. no recipes to share because i basically just juice any produce we have, and we always have a lot  of produce thanks to our farm fresh to you csa box that’s delivered to our door. AND, the best part is, when i’m feeling a bit guilty that the baby hasn’t gotten her veggies (or that we had fast food for dinner), i feel great that she’s gotten some good stuff via juice!

p.s. this is the juicer that we have. it wasn’t expensive and does the trick! we found ours at costco for under $90.

now that i have more time, i start my morning off with a glass of water and lemon, my juice (this combo was cucumber, celery, green apple, mint, carrot, and spinach), and coffee (not ever going to give up my coffee…)


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my mom first made this cobbler when i was kid. i think the recipe was passed to her from a coworker, but basically it’s so easy i’ve never even written it down. it’s so easy it’s embarrassing. it’s not healthy, it’s full of artificial this and that, but it’s a crowd pleaser for sure. so popular, in fact, that blogging about it is near impossible because it’s gone so fast. yeah, homemade cobbler with fresh fruit is amazing, and i feel a whole lot better about serving it, BUT, this cobbler allows you to relax and enjoy your guests. so there.

fruit cobbler

2 cans of pie filling (i’ve used all fruit fillings and they are all great. this time i used the cherry. blueberry is my favorite.)

1 box of yellow or white cake mix

1 1/2 sticks of butter, melted

2 handfuls of almonds (told you this recipe wasn’t written down, so, therefore, it’s not exact. use to your liking, and use whatever nuts you want!)

1. pour pie filling into a greased 9 X 13 baking pan.

2. pour dry cake mix over the pie filling.

3. pour melted butter evenly over cake mix.

4. spread almonds evenly over the top.

5. bake at 375 degrees for ? minutes. i actually have no idea since i stand by the oven and watch until the top is browned. i think it’s about 20 or so minutes. next time i make it i’ll edit this recipe and let ya’ll know.

don’t let my if-y directions keep you from making this. it’s delicious!

my step kids love this cobbler and ate it so quickly i couldn’t get a proper picture! : )

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chick. chick. chickpea.

i am a big friends lover, and have no idea why i remember this, but when george clooney visited rachel and monica’s house, and they served him hummus, i remember him saying, “gotta love the chickpea” or “god bless the chickpea” or something like that. random, no? but, seriously, i do love chickpeas, and when i saw this recipe on joy the baker, knew i had to try it out. besides, i have an annoying habit of not checking my cupboards before grocery shopping. as a result, i have about 10 cans of chickpeas that must be dealt with.

spicy chickpea salad

 2 (15-ounce) cans garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

1/4 cup finely diced red onion

1/2 to 1 whole  jalapeno, deseeded and finely diced

1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

juice of 1/2 a lemon

1/3 cup roasted, salted cashews or almonds

1 ripe avocado, diced into chunks

small handful flat leaf parsley leaves, coarsely chopped

1 or 2 cloves of garlic, smashed and coarsely chopped (2 cloves is for garlic lovers)

1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt

heaping 1 teaspoon whole grain mustard

1 teaspoon agave or honey

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

salt to taste

2 cups clean baby spinach leaves

Start by making the dressing.  In a medium bowl, with a fork, mash together garlic and salt until it forms a paste.  Blend in the mustard, agave, red wine vinegar, and red pepper flakes.  While whisking, slowly drizzle in the olive oil until mixture is thick and emulsified.  Add salt and pepper to taste (I didn’t need much at all).

In a large bowl, toss together chickpeas, onion, jalapeno, lemon zest and juice, nuts avocado and parsley.  Toss the dressing into the chickpea mixture and blend well.  Add the cleaned spinach leaves just before serving.  Serve immediately or store in a container in the refrigerator for up to three days

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que la fete commence.

i have no idea if my high school french is correct. sofie’s first birthday was french themed, with lots of crepes, croissants, and other brunch fare. she was surrounded by family and friends who love her and we are so, so grateful that this little girl is happy and healthy.

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love and sunshine.





haleiwa farmers market (love…crepes, pizza, fresh fruit and veggies). lots of sun and sand. lots of love, good food , and relaxation. we are enjoying our vacation. the end.


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there are about a million recipes out there. for some weird reason bloggers like to make granola, i guess?

if you’re going to experiment this is the thing to make. i kind of just throw some things together and voila.

we (including the little guy) love granola on yogurt, and i like to just snack on it, too.


4 cups old-fashioned oats (you can buy gluten free oats, too, if you like)

1 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup flax seed

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon

3 tablespoons vanilla

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup oil (i like to use coconut oil)

1/4 cup honey

1 cup chopped nuts

mix all ingredients in a big bowl. spread onto a lined pan. bake at 300 degrees for 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. after completely cooled store in an airtight container.

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{bits from} our weekend.


yup, we love summer. i’m gonna say it over and over again, perhaps it might be the title of every post until august 28?

even though we had all last week off, this weekend felt like it was really summer.

leisurely breakfasts-eggs with sauteed spinach, sun dried tomatoes, and goat cheese.

gazing at the pond for hours.

cleaning up the garden. weeding is done, and now we can reap the benefits!

the sun even came out in the morning. love, love, love.

hope your weekend was wonderful!

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