Dinner Last Night: Slow Cooker Beef Lettuce Wraps with Quick Pickles

Did I tell you about the time I broke our crock pot?  Oh yes, well, a few weeks ago, while my husband was away, I was doing kitchen clean up and as I lifted the ceramic dish from the crock, my foot slipped, causing me to lose my balance and drop it.  It immediately broke into about 4 large pieces and a few scant slivers, and I proceeded to burn my leg with scalding hot tikka masala sauce.  Ouch!  Oh yeah, and did I mention, we had our kitchen cleaned the day before?  Arrgggh...

So after two weeks without our trusty crock pot, we decided it was too long of a hiatus, we must invest in another!  This little diddy turned out to be quite a tasty dinner, wrapped up in homegrown romaine leaves from our garden and paired with our favorite coconut rice.  Crock pot for the win!  It's good to have you back little buddy.


Link Love

Hello my readers, wow it has been over a month since I last blogged.  Where does the time go?! In the interim, I have been buoyed by the glorious spring weather, play dates with friends, a little boxed wine after bedtime, and just simply soaking up the sweetness of my littles at 2 and a half and 6 months.  

Here are some things I've been into lately.

+ Catching up on the last few months of Kelle Hampton's posts (I find little nuggets of wisdom, and "let me write that down" sayings and parenting inspiration every time I read her blog.

+ Finding myself falling down a rabbit hole that is youtube channels.  Seriously.  Watch a few at nap time and then poof, nap time is over.  Lately I've been watching episodes of Mimi Ikonn's vlog.

+ Loving a few new instagram feeds that feature children's literature, always looking for good kids books around here!  My library queue is growing by the day thanks to their sweet recommendations.  Current faves include the.book.report and hereweeread, let me know if you have others!

+ For those of you also missing Parenthood, check out this series debuting this fall, This is Us.  Looks pretty good!

+ Pinning recipes like crazy.  A nibble of this first, then onto devour this appetizer, followed by this salad, oh and maybe this salad too...and then this entree, and then maybe this and a little bit of that for dessert.  Hungry yet?

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Quote of the Week

"Life is worth living as long as there's a laugh in it."
- L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

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Saturday Snooze

We're taking advantage of the sunshine this weekend!  Have a good one!

+ would you go on a vacation where the destination was a surprise?


+ a new veggie recipe I'm excited to try

+ worth a read - the sugar conspiracy

+ costco's making a plug for organic produce

+ the importance of girls' weekends. truth.

+ very interesting: tips for traveling with a big (6 kid) family

+ a new (to me) travel blog that's inspiring travel daydreaming


Quote of the Week

"Never make a big decision without sleeping on it."
- Martha Stewart

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Quote of the Week

“After nourishment, 
shelter and companionship, 
stories are the thing 
we need most in the world.”  
― Philip Pullman

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Random Fact

Did you know that green bell peppers are just unripe versions of red bell peppers?  I mean, it makes total sense thinking about it, but people eat green peppers regularly so I always assumed it was another variety of pepper.  Mind blown! 

Am I the last person to know this?