The Weekly Mix
We experienced spring-like temperatures in Chicago all week and it was incredible! I didn’t even wear a coat for the past five days. And guess what? We’re now expecting a snow shower tomorrow morning. Nature was playing a cruel joke on us the whole time.
Let me know if you want to start Whole30 with me! I’m officially beginning on Monday, which means I’ll be prepping all of the foods this coming Sunday. If anyone else wants to join with, let me know! I have a strong feeling this appliance will be a game-changer for it.
On that note, this guacamole might become my new best friend. Are you a chunky guacamole person? Please say yes.
I constantly forget about this food processor trick, but it would work incredibly well for this week’s almond cashew butter.
Can we talk about how adorable these French toast shooters are? They would be amazing for a big brunch with friends. Everyone could contribute different dishes. Add some mimosas and you’d have yourself a party. Let’s do that.
Cookie decorating goals right here. ?
Been living in these pants these last few weeks. I’ve mentioned them before, but they really are the world’s most comfortable pants! Perfect for these hint-at-spring brisk days.
The best way to spend your last hour at work. An entire weeks’ worth of prompts!
This week was extra exciting because we welcomed my new (second!) nephew, Oscar, into the family on Tuesday morning. Connor and I are heading down to New York City next weekend for a quick visit. I can’t wait for all of the newborn snuggles. My camera is going to get a workout next week.
Currently listening to: Pod Save America
Currently watching: The Walking Dead (does anyone wonder how this show will ever end?), Billions, and Homeland (haven’t watched this week’s episode yet!).
Currently wondering: What the heck to add to my coffee next week since I can’t have dairy on Whole30?! I like the flavor of dairy though. Someone give me ideas. I don’t normally love nut milks in my coffee, but I’ve heard frothed coconut milk is good <— sorry for this.
Is this the blueberry muffin recipe that I’ve been waiting for my entire life?! ?
The perfect headphones for every occasion.
I heard about this travel service (it basically comes up with a custom itinerary of things to do that are off the beaten path) and am thinking about using it for 1 to 2 days of our Japan trip. Bonus: it’s super affordable!
Only two weeks until Chicago’s river runs neon green. If I wasn’t going to be on Whole30, I would totally make a batch of these easy Irish soda bread scones.
I haven’t been this excited to see a movie in a long time. One of my childhood favorites. All the feels!
Since I’m a sucker for anything involving dogs, I’m thinking about starting this book soon. Has anyone read it? I hear great things.
The most beautiful way to use seasonal blood oranges.
We’re officially thinking of moving to a different neighborhood in Chicago this summer (although we love the West Loop!), and I’m realizing that that is only about five months away. Also, I hate moving. I love living in new spaces, but I hate moving. Ok, I don’t hate moving. I hate packing. But I still sort of want to move. HELP.
And…I’m out. Dump all of your thoughts below. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
17 Comments on “The Weekly Mix”
I just stumbled across your blog while looking for margherita pizza recipes, and I LOVE ALL THE THINGS. Good luck with the Whole 30, I have toyed with doing it but never made the leap, so I will be very interested to read about your experience. Do you take all the photographs in these posts yourself as well? They are truly beautiful, as are your food photos (naturally!).
Yay! Thank you so much Monica! That means so much to me. I’ll be posting more about it, I’ve never been one to try any sort of elimination program, so it’s definitely interesting. YES! I take all of the pictures for all of the photos on the blog (these were just taken on my iPhone and edited in VSCO). ?
Hope you have a chance to make that pizza, it’s one of my favorite recipes on the blog!
That electric pressure cooker looks pretty awesome Laura. I would love to start the Whole30 with you. Summer is almost here, and I’m ready for a healthy change. Those Irish Soda Bread Scones would be hard to resist.
Yeah making iced coffees is going to be your best coffee fix if you cant go black, because any other product in hot coffee is BLECH.
When I did Whole 30, one of my favourite food friends was baked potato absolutely stuffed with guac.
What a great post! Omg, I love this!
Thanks for the heads up on the Whole30 start. I’ll be following along for any recipes and advice that is shared along the way.
Yay! Thanks Cheri! I’ll definitely report back. I might do a few extra posts every now and then during the process with my thoughts/ideas/what I’m eating, etc.
No coconut milk in coffee! Yuck! (I’ve tried them all)
Make the almond macadamia nut milk from the NYTIMES Article about the best Iced latte in America
much better cold but the only non dairy milk I would consider in coffee.
Thank you so much for chiming in! Gah, ok, I’ll steer away from coconut milk. I was only going to attempt the canned variety. I totally think you’re right. Cold iced coffee with non-dairy will probably taste much better than hot coffee with non-dairy. I’d prefer not to use dates though (since I don’t usually like sweetened coffee)? so I might try a really thick homemade almond/cashew milk and see how that is. Why is this so hard?! haha!
It would be totally fine without dates. But remember that milk has a lot of natural sugar in it so it’s sweeter than you think.. you could put in a smaller amount of dates just to keep it milk- sweet, not sweet. (I also don’t use sugar in coffee- just love the creamy sweet of whole milk or half and half).
I found I really had to strain it through fabric (not just a nut milk bag) to remove the fine grit from the almonds.
Hope it works for you!
I am starting Whole 30 on Monday also. Did it last spring. Felt great but no sugar and dairy was hard. Some Whole 30 recipes would be great!
Oh yay!! Dairy is going to be super hard for me (I love cheese and I love yogurt, milk, etc.). I’ll definitely be posting some Whole30 recipes in the next month, and plan on sharing another post with some existing recipe ideas on the blog! ?
Chunky* … fail 🙂
Haha!! Got you. Can’t handle the cuteness of those cookies. For some reason, I have this strange obsession with elaborate sugar cookies! ?
THOSE CACTUS COOKIES omg. Oh and definitely a chucky guac girl here!
For Whole30 coffee, try adding a little bit of ghee and/or coconut oil, a date if you like, and some cinnamon or cardamom. Then blend it with an immersion blender. It gets all frothy like a latte! I found coconut milk to thick but if I don’t want to bother with the above I just use almond milk. Some people love NutPods which I think are a mix of the two, but I haven’t tried them myself.
Oh! I’ll try that. Maybe I’ll thin down the coconut milk? I don’t usually like sweetened coffee, so I’m going to steer away from dates (but I’m sure that tastes delicious as a treat!). Just have to figure out what non-dairy tastes the most like dairy, haha. I’ve hear great things about NutPods too! I might have to order a thing of it, I can’t find it anywhere near me.