CAPRESE SALAD with AVOCADO, CHICKEN, & FRESH GREENS

July 02, 2015


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.

I am often asked what I eat for lunch everyday with four young children and work that I complete at home. First of all, I don't really know anything different. I have done freelance projects - on and off - for the past three years and homeschooled for the past two. I consider it a privilege that we have gotten to create our own schedules, our own food, and the ingredients we use to make them into the final product. When I feel myself becoming envious of my husband's corporate job and getting to choose which restaurant he will order from that day, I try to remember that I have all of the tools I need to create the same kind of experience. And it will probably be better, it just takes a bit more effort. ;) 


This caprese salad is a spin-off from the traditional combination of tomato slices, basil, and fresh mozzarella. You start off with your favorite bed of greens (I've been purchasing a large box of spring mix every week), then toss with chicken, cherry tomatoes, avocado, and fresh mozzarella. I find that I stay full with this and my energy levels last - really important for me as a stay-at-home-mum! 



//CAPRESE SALAD with AVOCADO, CHICKEN, & FRESH GREENS

Serves 2

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 lb. chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces

Salad greens (I like the spring mix!)

1 avocado, diced

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

Fresh mozzarella, diced into small cubes

Balsamic dressing (this is my favorite!)

Begin by heating olive oil in saucepan on medium-high heat. Toss chicken in the heated pan, seasoning with salt and pepper. Cook chicken until it is browning and there are no pink juices running from the center. Set aside to cool. Meanwhile, toss fresh greens with cherry tomatoes and fresh mozzarella and separate into two large salad bowls. Arrange the diced avocado and chicken on top of salads. Drizzle with balsamic dressing. ENJOY!

LATELY IN PHOTOS.

July 01, 2015

Sunuva Giveaway.

June 29, 2015


We are huge huge fans over here of Sunuva!!! 

We have worked with them before and absolutely adore their clothes & swimsuits for boys and girls! My littles literally live in their adorable stuff and with summer HERE, it is the PERFECT time to check them out! 

Oh and All Sunuva swimwear is made from the highest quality UPF 50+ fabric! swoon!




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The Design Network: Patio Perfection



Our new series with The Design Network launched recently ( thank you so much for all the love!!)  and you can watch our fourth episode today: Patio Perfection !!  I am so incredibly excited to share these with you, all the projects have been truly labors of love. I am really excited and grateful for the opportunity to share our little family with you all in a new way! 

You can watch the new episode ( watch full video here)

We still have 1 more episode coming, thank you so much for watching! 

birthday.

June 25, 2015



Yesterday I woke up a year older and it was my favorite birthday to date. I mentioned this on instagram but we are back in Texas! Some problems with the camper led us home. It would be easier for Chris to fix the camper here as opposed to on the road so we made the journey back! I got to spend my birthday with my fam at all of my favorite spots and fell asleep last night feeling so loved and just overwhelmingly thankful.

I am in one of those seasons of life where I can see backwards and understand so many more of the "whys"... such a sweet, peaceful season. My word for this year has been freedom and I still believe that so much to be true, this is our year for it in so many ways. 

Thank you for the love yesterday, grateful from the bottom of my heart :)
xoxo

FLOURLESS ANYTHING CRUMBLE

June 23, 2015


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.


I make pies for very special occasions, but I can get down to a fruit crumble anytime. It makes the house smell like a Southern Living magazine home and you literally cannot mess it up. I once forgot an entire ingredient, mixed it in halfway through baking and it was still amazing! The summer is especially wonderful for these kinds of desserts with fresh fruit is at its' peak and bursting out of farmer's markets and grocery stores. However, you can make this interchangeable with whatever is in season throughout the year and whatever your preferences are. We are proud of our peaches here in the south, so I typically mix that with blueberries and it is to-die for! To make this patriotic for the Fourth of July, you could try cherries or strawberries with blueberries and I bet it would be perfect.


One other note, quinoa flakes can be difficult to find but they should be stocked at your local Whole Foods or Sprouts and are located in the breakfast aisle. These keep this dish gluten-free, which is so nice for all of my friends with dietary restrictions!


 //FLOURLESS ANYTHING CRUMBLE

"Crumble is a nostalgic crowd-pleaser. You can sub in any fruit you like, and you don't have to say that it's flourless and sugarless - no one can ever tell."

4 cups fruit (peeled and sliced stone fruit, berries, whatever)

4 tablespoons maple syrup, divided

1 tablespoon lemon juice + a couple drops of YL lemon essential oil

1/2 cup almond meal

1/2 cup quinoa flakes (such as Ancient Harvest)

A pinch of fine sea salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil


Heat oven to 400°. In a shallow baking dish, combine fruit, 2 tbsp syrup and juice. In a bowl, mix almond meal, quinoa flakes, salt and cinnamon. To almond meal mixture, add oil and remaining 2 tbsp syrup; mix until just combined. Crumble almond meal mixture over fruit; bake until top is browned and fruit is bubbling, 20 to 25 minutes.

Source: It's All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look and Feel Great by Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Turshen, via SELF


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