I love experimenting with salads, mix and matching ingredients based on what’s in season and what I can find fresh, local and organic.
Here’s a basic guide for how I create my salad recipes:
choose a base: romaine, mixed greens, arugula, kale, red leaf lettuce or kale
add a couple veggies: fennel, carrots, onions, radishes
fruit for a touch of sweetness: apples, pears, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, blackberries
add nuts for a bit of crunch: walnuts or pecans are my fave. I like to toast them for extra flavor (recipe at the bottom) or used store bought (Trader Joe’s has tons!)
top with cheese for creaminess (optional if you’re going dairy free): goat cheese, blue cheese or parmesan
I came up with this pear and fennel salad that I’ve been having on repeat because it’s just so good, and you can find all the ingredients either in your pantry or in season!
I listed two dressing recipes as well. Sometimes I’m in the mood for a balsamic and sometimes I prefer something a bit more savory. Both are delicious with this!
– mixed greens (or spring mix will work too!)
– 2 pears
– 1/2 (I do one full because I love fennel) fennel bulb, thinly sliced. Ideally use a mandolin to get paper thin slices (I did not because I’m lazy)
– candied and toasted pecans, walnuts (or both!) store bought or homemade (recipe for toasted walnuts/ pecans at the bottom)
– dried cranberries
– shaved parmesan
Combine ingredients and toss. Top with shaved parmesan.
– 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
– 1/4 cup olive oil
– 2-3 tbsp honey (or maple syrup!)
– 2 tsp dijon mustard
– 1/2 tsp thyme
– 1 clove garlic, thinly chopped
– s&p to taste
(combine ingredients in a mason jar and shake to combine)
– 1/4 cup olive oil
– 1-2 tbsp sherry vinegar
– 1 tsp dijon mustard
– 1/4 tsp maple syrup (or honey)
– s&p to taste
(combine ingredients in a mason jar and shake to combine)Candied walnuts (or pecans, or both!)– 1 cup walnut or pecan halves/pieces
– 1/3 cup sugar
– 1 Tbsp unsalted butterAdd ingredients to a skillet and cook, stirring constantly, until nuts are completely coated and butter is melted.Quickly transfer to a lined baking sheet (quickly, otherwise they’ll form blobs!) and spread out. Let cool for about 5-10 minutes before serving
This dish is a staple in our home. It’s based off of Giada De Laurentis’ white bean and chicken chili, modified to easily feed a family with different tastes.
I always use bone broth in lieu of chicken or beef broth for my soup and stew recipes. The benefits of bone broth are innumerable, including being an excellent source of collagen for joint, skin and hair support. Bone broth is incredibly high in nutrients including vitamins A and K, selenium, zinc, and more, it helps flight inflammation, supports the digestive tract and immune system.
In addition to always keeping a couple cartons on hand I try to make a batch and can it myself at least once a week.
My husband doesn’t love broth-y soups so I just serve his with less broth and extra for the boys and I. The three of us are known to drink the remaining broth from our bowls when we’re finished. Seriously, there’s nothing more comforting!
I’ll serve it with fresh parmesan, but you can easily omit, making this dish dairy and gluten free.Ingredients- one onion, finely chopped- 3-4 garlic cloves, finely chopped- 2 tbsp cumin- 1 tbsp fennel seed- 1 tbsp dried oregano (can easily substitute fresh, just double the amount!)- 2 tsp. chili powder- 1 tsp salt- 1-2 lbs. ground turkey (you can easily use chicken too). I’ve made this with 1 pound for a more broth soup, or two for a thicker chili. Either absolutely works!- 32 oz bone broth (you can absolutely add more if you’re like me and like your soup heavy on the broth. Just like the chicken, customize the amount to fit your taste)- 2 cups frozen corn, thawed (I add the corn at the end, just to the boys’ bowls) Mom hack: add in the corn, frozen to help cool the soup down for littles!- One large bunch of kale. I’ll add the kale to the bowls right before I pour in the soup, as it will wilt. I go very heavy handed with my kale, less for the boys and J. Keep the kale separated for leftovers and do the same the next day so the kale doesn’t get to wilt-y. – freshly chopped parsley, for serving- freshly grated parmesan cheese, for servingDirections1. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauce until fragrant. Add the garlic and sauce, then the cumin, chili powder, fennel seeds and oregano. “Toast” the spices for just about a minute or so. 2. Add the ground turkey and saute, breaking up clumps, until cooked through. 3. Add the beans and broth and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. You can add the corn at this point to if you’d like (I prefer to add it in the bowls since I don’t want the corn)4. Simmer for 40 minutes or so. I’ve simmered on extra low for a couple hours before. Just make sure to check and add more broth if needed.5. If you’d like, go ahead and add the chopped kale to the pot (I prefer to add kale right before serving)5. Divvy up handfuls of kale among the bowls, then ladle the soup on top. Stir each bowl a bit to wilt the kale.6. Top with freshly chopped parsley and freshly grated parmesan cheese.
It’s no secret that I’m passionate about creating a cozy, joy filled home for my family. I read The Little Book of Hygge years ago and it 100% resonated, I’ve re-read it often and basically force it into the hands of anyone who stays with us!
Hygge is a Danish term, and means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. Danish winters are known to be long and dark, yet the Danish people are some of the happiest people in the world- thanks to embracing a hygge lifestyle.
It’s about taking time to slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures in life: a cup of tea, your morning coffee, a good glass of red, the smell of your children, the joy of cooking dinner for your family, a quiet moment with a good book. It’s about tuning your heart to the rhythms of nature and slowing down to notice the small beauties of your everyday. It’s about embracing the winter season, not hiding from the cold weather- but bundling up and playing outside with your friends and family…. then coming home and cozying up!
And while I make an effort to keep a hygge mindset, surrounding your home with hygge most definitely helps.
Here are my 6 (simple) tips for creating a hygge home for your family.
1. Keep chunky blankets everywhere, bonus points having them in unexpected places. I love the “chunkiness” and warmth a blanket brings to any space. I have this blanket here in the dining room and I love how it softens this space
2. Add plenty of overstuffed pillows to couches, benches, accent chairs (even dining room chairs). Pillows make any space inviting (and I happen to know a fantastic shop that sells pillow covers!)3. Use lamps in lieu of overhead light. Our house has a gazzilion overhead fluorescent lights and we never turn them on. If by accident one of the kids flips a switch and they turn on, the vibe in our home instantly changes and I feel a headache coming on! Seriously, it’s awful. The lanterns over our kitchen island and dining table are all Edison warm light bulbs and that, along with a lamp in our living room is all we turn on in the evening. Try using exclusively warm light in your home and see how it makes a difference!4. Battery operated candles. Everywhere. Hygge is all about candlelight, I am not about the toxic fumes emitted by candles. I have battery candles all over our kitchen and living room and they are all timed to turn on at 6, when I start making dinner. I also have a couple in our bathroom, timed to turn on a bit later so they’re glowing when I take my bath and do my nighttime routine. It’s seriously one of my favorite things! 5. Use natural elements. Giant woven baskets for holding (faux) fur blankets, natural wood decor, clay pottery. There’s something about bringing the outside in, with their natural texture, makes a home feel extra warm and cozy.6. Books. Coffee table books used as decor, a basket of books by the couch. Books invite your family (and guests) to sit, grab a blanket out of the basket, cozy up and read- all the while encouraging them to stay off technology!I hope this inspires you to create a cozy, hygge home for your family sweet friends. Don’t hesitate to shoot me an email or DM with any questions or links needed!
All my life all I’ve ever wanted was to be a wife and mom and to raise my family in a home that is not only beautiful, but full of GRACE, love and peace.
Growing up I had the privilege to spend many summers in Europe and I have always been inspired by the Provence lifestyle and culture: a simple, beautiful home filled with the table at the heart of it all where families come together to rest. An intention to enjoy life, even in the most mundane moment. To elevate everyday tasks and chores.
When I was 13 years old I stayed at a simple, rustic farmhouse on a vineyard owned by dear friends of my grandparents in Provence. Mornings were spent enjoying breakfast on the patio, days were spent visiting the market, cooking and baking. Evenings were spent around the table, enjoying delicious and simple food, good wine, heartfelt conversation and laughter. One evening my grandmother and I walked through the lavender fields to swim in their pool. As I floated on my back, completely at peace….surrounded by lavender and intoxicated by their scent and the smell of their small vineyard, I decided not only that this was exactly the life I wanted to lead and the culture I wanted in my home, but that one day I would have a business and I’d name it With Lavender and Grace.
My intention with WLG has always been to create a space that honors these things. To not only offer inspired and beautiful home decor, but to support moms like me who share my desire to fill their homes with beauty, JOY and peace, even in the mundane.
By the Grace of God, around 5 years ago our pillow covers took off like wildfire. Since then, we’ve been so preoccupied with production and keeping up with demand for our product…. somewhere along the line it seemed as though we lost our original vision.
After a difficult year for us (for business and personal), we decided the time had come to get back to our original intent. This year has been incredibly hard on so many of us, and I can’t help but believe so many of the difficulties we’re seeing in our culture are the ramifications of forgetting exactly what I want to preserve and honor: the importance of home.
While home decor remains to be a huge passion of mine, I do not believe you need to redecorate your home every month, nor do I have any desire to keep up with social media trends. I’m a firm believer that a peaceful home is one that is filled with things that you treasure most and that make you happy. We’ll continue to offer beautiful, carefully curated pillow covers and our prayer is that these will be investment pieces you’ll cherish for many seasons to come. I’ll also be sharing decor content here on the blog.
I truly believe that the key to JOY in the everyday, is to elevate everyday tasks. We’ll be offering products that help you to slow down and enjoy the beauty and blessing of the moment (regardless of how mundane that moment may be). For years I’ve also made my own cleaning and self care products using clean, natural ingredients and I cannot wait to share this with you here on the blog (more coming end of February!)
I wholeheartedly believe that the table is the center of the home. It’s a place that allows you to focus on the truly important things in life: family and friends with a side of delicious food and good conversations. We’ll be sharing our favorite (mostly healthy) recipes, and continue to offer our product offering for the table and kitchen.
A healthy home is a peaceful home. I’ve had seasons where I’ve struggled with my health and have learned quite a bit…. the hard way. I believe in making your health and wellness a priority, and I believe that all of us should be empowered with the knowledge of natural remedies and holistic protocols to support their families. I also believe that extremes are never healthy and that the key to living a healthy life is to enjoy life. I’m a huge advocate for living a life in moderation and allowing for grace. This is something we’ll be diving into come the end of February and I can’t wait to share everything with you!
Thank you for being here, dear friend. Not only do I pray you’ll stay around for 2022, I pray you’ll be blessed with all that we have to offer.