Blueberry Wheat Pancakes

The older I get, the worse I feel after eating processed grains. We have been trying to swap out whole wheat flour in place of white flour here and there, and it honestly really makes a difference! Not only is it better for you, but I love the depth of flavor it adds too. I hope you give these wheat blueberry pancakes a try and enjoy them! Be sure to pin the recipe for later too 🙂

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My Seattle (end of) Summer Bucket List

Summer is coming to an end, but it isn't over yet! I am a big goal writer - if you write it down on a list that you can check off I think you are so much more likely to do it. So, I am writing down my summer bucket list, the last few items I want to do here in the northwest before summer is over!

Vegetarian Tikka Masala over Rice

Though we are not a completely vegetarian household, I enjoy eating vegetarian for a few reasons. First of all, my body feels healthier and my weight is more stable when I eat veggie, and I’m sure my husband’s cholesterol levels need it. Secondly, it is way better for the environment! The meat industry is one of the largest strains on our climate. Last, it’s actually pretty darn cost effective! This cauliflower tikka masalla was a recent invention that my household found successful. Recipe is linked, I hope you like it!

Lunch at Ascend Prime in Downtown Bellevue

Ascend Prime Steak and Sushi in downtown Bellevue has been getting a ton of buzz since opening. Part of the buzz was how crazy the pricing is! I however gave them a try for lunch and enjoyed a fantastic 3-course, prix fixe menu for $31 and it was worth so much more. Details on my experience here!

Packing a ‘Green’ Cooler with NO Single-Use Products!

This year I challenged myself to pack a sustainable cooler this SeaFair Sunday and accomplished just that. It was actually super easy and it caused me to pack healthier things to eat (versus a bunch of pre-packaged junk food) and we had no garbage to haul back with us when we were done boating for the day! With how easy it was, I decided to write about it and hopefully inspire you guys to think about packing your cooler differently and keeping some garbage out of the lakes and landfills.

Turn your leftover bread into something great with this Baked French Toast Recipe!

Not only is this a delicious recipe, but it is a great one if you are trying to live a sustainable lifestyle! How is that possible, you ask? Because instead of tossing out my extra bread, I cube it and save it so that it can be turned into delicious baked French Toast! Sprinkle a few pecans and some brown sugar on top and I am in heaven. Click for the recipe and be sure to pin it for later too!

How to quick pickle red onions

I love pickled veggies because they are an easy way to change up flavors and really make a dish interesting and different. We have been using this recipe for quick-pickling red onions all summer long and have been loving it as a garnish for anything from an easy burger night to charcuterie plates. Be sure to click the link for the recipe and pin for later!

Mid-Summer Check in… can’t believe July is coming to an end!

This summer is flying by at a heartbreaking rate! With a busy job and two kiddos it seems like time is flying by. My baby is already 9 months old, how is that possible?! However the good news is that we have found time for vacations with friends and some boating days on the lake, so there has been lots of fun so far. What are some of your favorite things you have done so far this summer? Click to read mine! 🙂

Enjoying the 4th of July in Bellevue, stay-cation style!

Holidays are always so fun spent with family, but when you have little kids it sure can be stressful! Especially when you add in long travel and wait times to the equation. So, this year for the 4th of July we decided to try a fun staycation in downtown Bellevue to enjoy the festivities and fireworks at close range. We booked a hotel room, walked to the park, swam and ate our hearts out! It was such a perfect 4th of July... if you live in the greater Seattle area be sure to give this a read and give yourself some staycation inspo!