Spiced Poppyseed Shortbread Cookies

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I have a greatness hangover.

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From breathing the same air as Celine Dion two nights ago.

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Never again in the rest of my ever loving life will I ever be in the same room as someone better.

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Since I was 6 years old, this woman has been my literal everything. What she did, I did in the mirror 10x over until I had it JUST right. I about FAINTED when she used a mic with a cord the entire night. If you don’t think I learned to twirl a mic with a cord and catch it at just the right moment like Celine does, you are MISTAKEN. & her ARMS. The paparazzi make it seem like she’s too thin or something. I am here to tell you this woman is a BEAST. Her arms rival Michelle Obama’s, there I said it. So strong, so graceful, so much power! She was doing, like, lunges and backbends and let us remember she is 51. I cannot. Don’t even get me started on her performance of My Heart Will Go On. She came out of the darkness in a giant ball gown & the Titanic music was playing & I just sobbed and sobbed until I was exhausted & my mascara was everywhere.

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& I tried to convince the arena attendants our VIP passes meant we actually got to meet her and I went through three levels of people until I was told to please leave.

 

Time; 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 2-3 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup of chopped coconut, unsweetened
  • 2 tsp. of poppy seeds
  • 1 tsp. of nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. of ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. of baking powder
  • 1 cup of plant-based butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 2 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. of flax seed

How to:

  • In a small bowl, combine flax + 2.5 tbsp. of warm water, set aside
  • In a bowl, combine flours + coconut + poppy seeds + nutmeg + ginger + baking powder + a pinch of salt
  • In a mixer, combine butter + sugar until creamed together
  • Add vanilla + oil, beat on low
  • Once combined, add egg, + beat until combined
  • Slowly add in dry ingredients until everything is combined + it’s formed in a ball
  • Turn the bowl upside down on a large piece of parchment paper
  • Cover with another piece of parchment paper + roll into a thin rectangle, about 1/4 inch thick
  • Refrigerate for an hour
  • Preheat oven to 375
  • Remove the top parchment paper sheet + cut using a sharp knife into lil squares, placing on parchment paper lined cookie sheets
  • Bake 10-12 minutes
  • Remove + place cookies on a wire rack to cool
  • Eat 18 for an after dinner snack

 

 

Adapted from here!

Edamame Burger Lettuce Wraps

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I’m lucky to be surrounded by so many people who think my food crap is kewl.

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Everyone is so supportive of my lil blog and instagram and they are almost used to waiting to eat their meals until I take photos.

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Perhaps there is no bigger fan, though, than our friend Josh. This man has PLANS for my “brand.” I’m talking he wants to direct videos and introduce a musical element (you would have to hear his vision to fully grasp this) and ultimately just make me the next Food Network star with my own line of cookware at Target.

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All to say, he’s an angelic creature…. who just so happened to back into my car this afternoon. I mean, pretty much smashed my left rear door. I was honestly impressed his little Civic could do so much damage. I could tell he was crest fallen, so naturally I asked Garrett if I could pretend to be really mad, but apparently that would be insensitive? An hour goes by, Garrett and I have forgotten about it, Josh shows back up at the house with a device to remove car dents that he just purchased at Lowe’s. Angelic, I tell you! Truly, I could care about nothing less than a car dent. I think it adds to my street cred. The mom-mobile needed a little character besides the Seahawks stickers I’ve slapped all over it.

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But this is coming out of your commission, Josh.

 

 

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 4 burgers

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of frozen edamame, shelled + thawed
  • 1 cup of brown rice, cooked
  • 1 heaping tbsp. of natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup of chopped green onion
  • 1 tbsp. of red thai curry paste
  • 2 tbsp. of soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. of sesame oil
  • Handful of carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 a red onion, thinly sliced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Bibb lettuce, for serving

How to:

  • In a food processor, combine edamame + rice + PB + green onion + red thai curry paste + 1 tbsp. of soy sauce + juice of 1/2 the lime until well combined
  • Shape into 4 patties + arrange on greased plate (so they don’t stick
  • Meanwhile, combine carrots + onion in a bowl with the remaining soy sauce + lime juice, set aside
  • Heat sesame oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add patties, cooking for 4-5 minutes on each side or until browned to your desire
  • Arrange in lettuce leaves + top with drained carrots + onion
  • Turn up these lil love boats + sail right into your beautiful pie hole

 

 

Adapted from here!

Spicy White Bean Soup

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This world is the freaking worst.

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I want no parts of it! I want out!

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The brokenness, the suffering, we weren’t meant for it. This wasn’t God’s design for us.

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Recently it seems our circle of humans is experiencing more loss and sadness than ever. It leaves me with so many questions and so much confusion. We’re experiencing the loss of loved ones, pregnancies, and dreams. We’re introduced to health problems, financial stresses and relationship issues. It’s just all too much. I wish we could all have the desires of our hearts and our pain washed away. I don’t have anything clever or cute to say. I’m just sad. My faith has really been shaken the last few weeks, but I won’t let go. I’m holding tight to the promises of God. I trust He is in control and near our broken hearts.

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And I trust in soup. Lots and lots of soup.

 

 

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup of harissa
  • 3 cans of cannellini beans, drained + rinsed
  • 4 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 bunch of broccolini, florets cut off + stems diced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Cilantro, for serving
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red peppers
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Heat olive oil in a stock pot over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add garlic, cook another minute
  • Add harissa, cook stirring often for 2-3 minutes
  • Add beans + S+P, cook 2-3 minutes, smushing a few of them
  • Add broth + broccolini stems, bring to a simmer + cook for 20 minutes
  • Add broccoli tops + lemon juice + crushed red pepper + S+P
  • Serve hot with cilantro
  • Curl up in jammies + blankies, grab some Kleenex + just drown your sorrows in the whole vat of this

 

Adapted from here!