Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Blackberry Yogurt Muffins

A few years ago, I would have never made a "healthy" muffin. But then again, a few years ago, I wasn't covered in oatmeal slobber, marker stains, and sticky pineapple juice all courtesy of the babies. All that to say, I've changed my tune a bit. In the interest of full disclosure, I'd still rather have a giant chocolate chip muffin, slathered with butter and a generous crackling crust of sugar but the truth is, my body (and jeans) just can't handle that the same way anymore. Plus, the babies would understandably refuse all other food once they tried said chocolate chip muffins so for now, no chocolate chip muffins.

Needless to say, I approached this month's Blogger CLUE challenge with chocolate chip muffins (not) on my mind. The theme was berries and I wandered on over to my blog buddy, Alice Mizer's blog, A Mama, Baby, and Shar-pei in the Kitchen wondering how I could incorporate the theme and feed that muffin craving at the same time. Alice is a proud mamma to two babies of her own, and her husband is a member of the US Air Force so their family has lived all over the world. Luckily, Alice had muffins (oh thank God)! Not only that but her Any Berry Yogurt Muffins were in line with this month's berry theme, and they were healthy'ish!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Party Planning with Minted

An awesome little lady is about to turn one! One! Cue all sorts of "I don't know where the time went" cliches. In all honesty, it felt like time stood still during the 3 a.m. wake-ups and the great stomach plague of January. But I recently came across a blurry iPhone video of Little Lady's first gummy grin and I cannot believe that tiny creature is now almost walking, shoveling food in her mouth, and grabbing toys from her big brother. Watch out world!

I'm in the midst of planning a cute little birthday party to celebrate this sweet girl (and also, to celebrate the fact that we survived). I'm going for Pinterest perfect meets backyard casual but am also trying to be realistic and accept that I may be at Party City the night before, frantically throwing party supplies into my cart because well, life. I imagine it'll be a scene from one of those Black Friday shopping clips where I'll be running people over with my cart and making a general fool of myself. Needless to say, the perfect theme will be a wishful thing of the past. Princess items? Sure! Monster trucks? Um, ok! Teletubbies? Fine! Wait, are Teletubbies still a thing?

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Broccoli Cheddar Soup with Blogger CLUE

One of my favorite spots in San Francisco is the Ferry Building. Even though it's right next to the frantic bustle of the Financial District, there's something lovely and calming about the sprawling building and soaring clock tower. The building is perched on the edge of the water with fantastic views of the Bay Bridge and the soaring high rise buildings in the downtown core. Inside the building, famous local restaurants and vendors have set up shop selling fresh Acme bread, Cowgirl Creamery cheese, and diet smashing Miette baked goods. A few times a week, the Ferry Building is home to a lovely farmer's market filled with farm fresh produce and really neat prepared foods.

This month's Blogger CLUE theme was spring vegetables and I did a crazy awkward fist pump when I saw the Ferry Building Farmer's Market was in session. I rushed over with zero idea of what I was going to make but I knew the farmer's market would be the perfect place for inspiration. I came back with tons of fresh produce, a bottle of kombucha that promised health, laughter, and no more grey hairs, and oh, possibly a macaron or two.