Saturday, December 3, 2016

Baby Makes Three + December Lately List

Happy Saturday! This post is coming to you on the other side of having a new baby - we are just over two weeks in and loving every minute. Baby Cade Lyle decided to join our family a few weeks early, surprising everyone. I thought we were going to have a Christmas baby but he decided the week before Thanksgiving was a better time to arrive - he didn't want to miss out on any holiday celebrating! Baby C arrived on his grandma's birthday too - I can't imagine a better gift.

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Things are going well, and we are lucky that he's a very chill baby so far {knock on wood}. I'm also sharing a Lately List for highlights of what we are up to right now. I shared this list for the first time back in November 2014. If you copy/paste this list on your own blog, please leave a comment with your link! I would love to read what's going on in your world this month.

Lately List - December 2016

Making: Holiday photo gifts of baby C. Bella Baby Photography takes the most amazing newborn photos!

Waiting: For my baby to wake up.  :)

Feeling: Motivated to finish decorating for the holidays.

Cooking: Nothing at the moment. Our sweet neighborhood group set up a meal train to celebrate baby C's arrival, and we have been enjoying delicious meals {with leftovers!} every night.

 {Chicken Enchiladas with Cowboy Churro Beans and Charred Corn Salad}

Wanting: To bake Christmas cookies. I have a major craving for gingerbread flavors this weekend.

Sewing: Nothing. My sewing skills are still lacking!

Wishing: For a healthy and joyful holiday season.

Drinking: Stumptown Coffee - my absolute favorite. Find the Winter Cheer cold brew if you can - it's made with mulling spices + milk and it's sooo good. I found this at Whole Foods.


Reading: Fates and Furies on my Kindle and What to Expect: The First Year in paperback.

Looking: For a few final items to finish baby C's nursery. How cute is this Alphabet Canvas?

Wasting: Time on Pinterest.

Enjoying: Snuggling with baby C.


Liking: This set of LED string lights - these lights are battery powered and perfect to decorate small corners of your home. I just got mine in the mail yesterday!

Loving: The generosity of our family and friends in celebrating baby C's arrival. We are SO grateful for the well wishes, baby squeezes, visits, meals and gifts!

Thinking: About signing up for a spring race as motivation to get back into running - the Shamrock Shuffle 8k in April is at the top of my list. I ran this race last year while 4 weeks pregnant!

Hoping: For good weather to walk outdoors with baby C - 40 degrees with no wind would be perfect, Mother Nature.


Needing: To finish addressing and mailing birth announcements + holiday cards.

Wondering: When the first big snowfall will arrive this season. Tomorrow there is a 100% chance of snow in the forecast...

Knowing: I need to finish buying Christmas gifts for family.

Smelling: Our Balsam Fir Christmas tree - my favorite part of holiday decor. We picked up this tree last weekend but it's still naked. I think today is finally the day for decorating!


Wearing: "Athleisure" - aka leggings as pants every day.

Following: New accounts on Instagram. Who do I need to add next?

Bookmarking: Crock pot recipes. I'm planning to experiment with the crock pot this season, since I'm home and have plenty of time. I received this cookbook as a wedding shower gift a few years ago - it's time to put it to use.

Marveling: That baby C is here - this weekend would have marked 39 weeks of pregnancy for me, and today he is two weeks + 1 day old.  We are so grateful for his safe arrival!

Monday, November 28, 2016

3 Tips for Meatless Monday

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At my house, we aim to have "Meatless Monday" lunches or dinners on a weekly basis, at a minimum. Incorporating meatless meals into our routine is important to me because it benefits the environment and promotes sustainable living. Going "meatless" isn't just for vegetarians! Today I'm sharing three tips for incorporating Meatless Monday meals into your weekly routine, including new flavors of MorningStar Farms® Veggie Bowls.


1: Plan your Meatless Monday Meals

A little bit of planning goes a long way. Search your favorite cookbooks, food blogs and Pinterest {linking to my Delicious Vegetarian Recipes board} for inspiration. Every weekend I write up a meal list with my grocery list before we shop at the store on Sunday mornings. Since we only cook for two adults, I try to choose meals that will last and result in tasty leftovers.

2: Experiment with New Veggies

For additional motivation to try Meatless Mondays, experiment with a new vegetable every week by incorporating it into your meatless meal. For us, winter squash makes a great hearty base for a meatless meal. Acorn, butternut, and spaghetti squash are my favorites. This is the perfect time of year to try every kind of squash! A few examples of other winter seasonable vegetables in Illinois include brussels sprouts, mushrooms, and cabbage. Check out this seasonal food guide for more info on your state.

3: Stock Up on Easy Meatless Options

For hectic days and meals where you need a fast lunch or dinner, keep delicious frozen options in your home such as MorningStar Farms® Veggie Bowls.


MorningStar Farms has five new varieties of Veggie Bowls available, including Chik'n Pot Pie, Chik'n Tikka Masala, Italian Sausage Bake, Japanese Soba Noodles, and Moroccan Medley. I found these new flavors at my local Jewel store, in the frozen foods section {aisle 10}.


I tried the Chik'n Pot Pie Veggie Bowl for lunch on a busy day last week. This Veggie Bowl includes Veggie Chik'n Strips, peas, carrots, corn, red potatoes, and a biscuit on top.


This vegetarian Chik'n Pot Pie Veggie Bowl made a very easy lunch for me, because it was ready in less than 5 minutes in the microwave. The Chik'n Strips in this Veggie Bowl are 100% vegan.


I have enjoyed MorningStar Farms products for years, so I'm excited to have a new option for vegetarian dining through these Veggie Bowls. Veggie Bowls are great for families, busy working people, and anyone wanting to stick to a healthier lifestyle.


For more veggie inspiration, check out the MorningStar Farms My Way to Veg page. Find MorningStar Farms on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram.

Do you eat vegetarian meals? How do you incorporate Meatless Mondays into your weekly meal routine?