Crispy Garlic + Rosemary (Baked) Fries

Crispy Garlic + Rosemary (Baked) Fries

That being said, as I have become a healthy adult I have learned so much about BALANCE in health. I refuse to categorize anything that God made for us to eat as “bad”, but do recognize which foods have more or less health benefits and adjust how much or how often I eat them accordingly. Needless to say when I am on a road trip I will partake in some glorious Chick Fil a waffle fries most happily, and I will also gleefully slice moutains of red potatoes on the regular to make these crispy delicious wonders. 

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Sparkling Thyme + Ginger Iced Tea

Sparkling Thyme + Ginger Iced Tea

The thyme and tea in this drink are essentially the girl in a RomCom and her dude friend who it turns out is secretly in love with her and they FINALLY end up together at the end. The whole time you are thinking, “they should have been together all along!”. They just work. The fresh ginger adds a spicy kick (as well as oodles of health benefits for you stomach) and the sparkling water is the cherry on top that ties it all together. This light, refreshing drink is perfect for the spring + summer. It would be great served with any brunch or dinner party as a special and unique drink to mix up for any gathering.

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Coconut Vegetable Curry

Coconut Vegetable Curry

Cooking can seem intimidating at times but the more you do it, the more forgiving you realize it is. Since then I have started experimenting with my own curries, rarely repeating the same thing twice. Through that I have created a base recipe that allows me to alternate some of the vegetables I add based on what I have and what we are in the mood for.

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Welcome to the Kitchen

Well, hello. Fancy seeing you here. Welcome to my Kitchen.

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This space is something I have dreamed and wondered about for quite some time, and seems like a natural step for the different passions bubbling in my head and heart to intersect and find a voice.
A place to share with you about food that nourishes- both body and mind. A place where family is built, stories are shared and life is done- around a table. 
Food is powerful. Its important. 
Preparing food is a holy act to me. The opportunity to create something that will bring life to someone else’s very being or breathe joy into their day.
The nutrients in a hearty bowl of a spicy curry or the sheer joy that comes from a warm chocolate chip cookie are gifts I can share with those I love.
And I want to share that ability and experience with you.

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This space will serve as a place to share the recipes I love to nourish both body and soul. Sometimes that will be super health-focused, nutrient rich food that is delicious and with each bite our bodies will thank us. And other days we will share something that is probably made with dark chocolate and will sprinkle a little joy like confetti over our palettes. 
Balance truly is the key.

After three years overseas the kitchen has become my consistency. No matter which country you are in and which language they speak, if you can find flour, eggs, and milk- you can make pancakes. No matter how uncertain other things are, its possible to make foods that are known. And that is comforting.
I’ve always loved baking, but moving to Africa taught me how to fall in love with cooking as well. Being forced outside my comfort zone and into the kitchen made me brave. I realized I can cook from scratch or make complicated recipes. That I am capable of doing hard things. I learned how ingredients interact and what flavors go well together. 
The kitchen became my happy place, the place where the other cultural stressors couldn’t find me. It became the place where I recharged. My favorite was a rainy Sunday afternoon where I would escape into the kitchen to brew a french press of coffee. Once my cup was poured, I’d reach for my apron, tie up my hair, cue a new podcast in the line-up and let my bare feet dance across the kitchen floor while I tried something new. That has become my sacred space. And its something I want to share with you.

So go ahead and throw on an apron, pour a cup of coffee, find your favorite podcast + lets make something tasty. 

Can't Stop, Won't Stop: Brussel Sprouts

Can't Stop, Won't Stop: Brussel Sprouts

Roasted Brussell Sprouts, nice and crispy, with a lemon garlic aioli sauce to dip. Maybe it won’t rock your world, but it sure is rocking mine. Its hearty, its green + tiny things are just cuter. 

You can throw other Brussel Sprout Recipes at me, but I am not sure I won't stop eating them like just like this.

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Turkey + Spinach Sweet Potato Quiche

Turkey + Spinach Sweet Potato Quiche

This is the recipe that finally spurred me on to create this site. Nothing like a quiche to get the party started, amiright?!

I have had the dream of creating a site to share food with others brewing in my heart and swirling in my head for over a year now. Like a good pot of coffee, I think certain ideas need time to steep and take shape in your head before they can come to life. And, after lots of thinking, lots of notes of ideas, recipes, thoughts and dreams of how this site can be used to encourage others- HERE WE ARE. 

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