heading to the beach.

July 24, 2015



We are headed to the beach! More pics and updates soon :)

ROASTED SWEET POTATO WITH CHICKPEAS, FETA, and CILANTRO

July 23, 2015

Roasted Sweet Poato with Chickpeas, Cilantro, and Feta

Mary Beth Johnson is a wife and mum to four schooners, as she's dubbed her children. On a normal afternoon, you would find her in moccasins, skinny jeans and a comfortable tee, camera in hand. Recently moving to the suburbs of Atlanta, Mary Beth spends her days homeschooling, sneaking away to the bookstore, trying to act the part of a southerner, and sifting through recipes in The Vegetarian Times. Food is her love language.

Roasted Sweet Poato with Chickpeas, Cilantro, and FetaRoasted Sweet Poato with Chickpeas, Cilantro, and Feta

The kids and I are spoiled here in Atlanta with a Super Target right around the corner, Whole Foods, Publix, Kroger, and Costco 10 minutes or less from our house. We are those weird people that looooooove to go grocery shopping and there's nothing I enjoy more than perusing through the aisles and grabbing whatever suits my food-loving heart that day. We are pretty consistent about shopping mostly from the fresh section, but we are always, always going over budget every month and I've been trying the last few weeks to figure out what I can do to cut back without couponing. (Sorry. I just have never been a coupon girl. :/) I've been reading some books on health and any articles I can find that line up with our current routine and the good thing about getting into a teachable mode is that it doesn't take long to find areas in your life that you need to give an overhaul. Mine is my budget.
  Roasted Sweet Poato with Chickpeas, Cilantro, and Feta

A few new things I've learned and a few old that have worked well for us... 
 1.) Cook seasonally because the produce will be cheaper and bonus: better quality! 
 2.) Store large bags of frozen fruit in the freezer for smoothies and muffins. 
 3.) Pick 1 or 2 meals a week to cook double of (or whenever you have the time) and stick your extras in the freezer for an easy dinner one night in the busy future. Dollar Tree has cheap disposable aluminum foil pans that work great for storing. 
 4.) Take a quick minute to view the ad sales online before heading to the grocery store and create a rough draft of meal ideas for the week. I write my items and meals on a list app for my phone (Keep for Android) - no paper and easy to look through while I'm juggling all of the kids. 
 5.) Store "cheap"/filling/healthy foods in the house, such as sweet potatoes, chickpeas, black beans, brown rice, and eggs. I gave these sweet potatoes a try and they were inexpensive and amazing! As I typically do, I stored the extras in the fridge and had a healthy lunch to pull out during the week with NO prep.
  Roasted Sweet Poato with Chickpeas, Cilantro, and Feta

//ROASTED SWEET POTATO WITH CHICKPEAS, FETA, and CILANTRO 
Makes 4 halves 

 Ingredients: 

2 big sweet potatoes 
2 tbs olive oil 
sea salt and freshly ground pepper 
1 can of chickpeas, drained 
1/4 cup feta or goat cheese, crumbled 
handful fresh cilantro or coriander, chopped up 
extra olive oil, to serve 
a couple drops of YL lemon essential oil 

 Instructions: 

Preheat oven to 200 C. Cut the sweet potatoes in half. Brush all sides (also the skin) with olive oil. Place the sweet potatoes cut side down on a baking tray with parchment paper. Roast for 45 minutes, or until completely cooked through. Take the sweet potatoes out of the oven. Turn them around and use a fork to make little insertions in the soft ‘flesh’. Season with salt and pepper. Divide the chickpeas and feta cheese over the four halves and place them back into the oven for about 10 minutes, or until the feta cheese has melted. Take the sweet potatoes out of the oven, drizzle with some olive oil and a drop or two of YL lemon essential oil and add the cilantro. Serve & enjoy!

  Source: adapted from RenĂ©e Kemps.




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lately in photos.

July 21, 2015

wear.

July 19, 2015



diaper bag/purse c/o: Lily Jade 
Ainsleigh dress c/o: Adelaides Boutique

Classic Lemon Cheesecake.

July 16, 2015

CLASSIC LEMON CHEESECAKE | Photography by Rosemary Wild

Mary Beth Johnson is a wife and mum to four schooners, as she's dubbed her children. On a normal afternoon, you would find her in moccasins, skinny jeans and a comfortable tee, camera in hand. Recently moving to the suburbs of Atlanta, Mary Beth spends her days homeschooling, sneaking away to the bookstore, trying to act the part of a southerner, and sifting through recipes in The Vegetarian Times. Food is her love language.

CLASSIC LEMON CHEESECAKE | Photography by Rosemary Wild

I have vivid memories of my grandmothers drumming into my young head how difficult it was to make a proper cheesecake. For years, I was terrified of letting them down. I have spent the majority of my twenties learning - the hard way - that life is about trying new things and not taking yourself too seriously. And slowly but surely I have figured out that there is no wrong way to cook. You taste, and test, and fail and try something else...only to realize that no one was looking over your shoulder like you thought.
  CLASSIC LEMON CHEESECAKE | Photography by Rosemary WildCLASSIC LEMON CHEESECAKE | Photography by Rosemary Wild

I have made plenty of unbaked, eggless versions of cheesecake before, but never have I taken the time to dig out my springform pan and try the real deal. This classic lemon recipe by Donna Hay was the perfect start for me. The lemon flavoring is my favorite and refreshing for summer. The remaining ingredients are unfussy and most likely already in your pantry. 

Here's to trying new things!
  CLASSIC LEMON CHEESECAKE | Photography by Rosemary WildCLASSIC LEMON CHEESECAKE | Photography by Rosemary Wild

//CLASSIC LEMON CHEESECAKE
  • 1 cup plain (all-purpose) flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, chopped
filling
  • 11.5 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 15 oz. ricotta cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • 1⅓ cups sugar
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated lemon rind
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1½ tablespoons water
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  Recipe slightly adapted from Donna Hay

A day in our shoes.

July 14, 2015



These summer days have been so fun, I am already dreading the schedules and fast pace of the school year, just trying to soak in every last drop of these precious moments as a family. I try really hard to protect family time and the moments that we get together, these moments are important and with the fast pace of things just being intentional seems to be the key! 

 My sweet sweet girls letting me experience the beauty of having a sister through their precious relationship. A day in their shoes means swimming & snow cones, twinkle light forts and hide & go seek. We sure do love summertime!!!

. Excited to partner up with target as they collaborate with striderite , a favorite of ours! Adorable shoes, affordable & perfect for playtime. We're smitten for sure  


**partnered with target for this post

Sienna Moon La.

July 13, 2015



Every single time me or the girls are out wearing our Sienna Moon we get stopped! Without fail! 
I completely adore her shirts and have worked with her in the past ( here) and truly love her sweet heart and spirit. I love so much finding companies that I believe in- love their quality and variety + love the sweet owner behind it. 

So excited to team up for a fun giveaway today! 



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Giveaway: $50 Sienna Moon gift card. 

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