wednesday wonderfulness

How is it almost February???? Valentines' Day will be here soon, you guys! With that in mind, here are some things I love this week...

So much more....but duty calls. Have an awesome day, lovelies! 


what we're eating: miso soup

Confession: I love ramen noodles. Not just the fresh kind (although those are awesome) but the kind that cost twenty cents at the grocery store. I don't know why (I think it has something to do with not being allowed processed food as a child) but the thought of having my weekly intake of sodium in just one meal? LOVE IT.
Fortunately, there are options. Right now, that option is miso. If you're not familiar with it, it's fermented soybean paste which has tons of health benefits, not the least of which is the fact that it's very alkaline in your system. When I can feel myself getting out of balance from too much high-acid food (caffeine, alcohol, and processed foods) miso helps to balance things out.
Besides which, it's delicious.
You can find miso at pretty much any grocery store, but if you have an asian grocery they will probably have a wider variety. (Yes, there are different flavors.) Right now I'm eating red miso, which has a slightly stronger flavor than yellow miso. It's still not overpowering, though. Generally, the darker the color the stronger the taste. 
For my miso soup I use just about every vegetable I can find in my fridge. This batch includes:
  • Carrot
  • Turnip
  • Onion
  • Fresh ginger
  • mushroom
  • Frozen peas
  • extra firm tofu
First I slice or shred all the veggies very finely. I grate the carrot and turnip on the fine side of the grater, but a mandoline would work well here, too. 
Here are all my veggies: yes, that's for one person! The yellow in the middle is the minced fresh ginger. Pop all your veggies into a pot, and then add 3/4 cup of water. (Or so. You want to cover the veggies.) 
Cook on high. 
Throw in your diced tofu. (I only ever cook with extra firm because that's the only kind I like.) 
Bring the whole pot just to a boil. You don't have to cook longer than that, as long as the veggies are very fine. They will be plenty cooked. Remove from heat. 
Stir in about a tablespoon of miso. You don't want to further boil it, because that will kill enzymes in the miso. There is enough heat to dissolve the paste, though. Just keep stirring! 
Yum! Enjoy your speedy, tasty, delicious meal! 


wednesday wonderfulness

I've taken to reading my blog feeds on my phone when I've a bit of spare time, which means I'm sort of keeping up with them. (I've also cleaned out a bunch.)

Enjoy, lovelies! 


10 instagram accounts you should definitely be following

No really. You should.

  1. Bythebrush: She's a painter, and you can see it in her photos. 
  2. BarkleytheBulldog: He doesn't update often, but OH THE CUTENESS. 
  3. BonnieBiess: Photographer, body piercer. You know. The usual. 
  4. Lostsock: Her snaps of everyday life ALMOST make me want to live in canada. Almost. 
  5. Nanoushoes: pretty pretty shoes. That is all. 
  6. Home_sweets: Will make you hungry, I promise. 
  7. Designerex81: a graphic designer who is constantly #chasinglight. 
  8. Darcytheflyinghedgehog: It's a hedgehog. Adorable. 
  9. Vanachupp: An amazing mom and small business owner. 
  10. Picturemefoto: Another mom, this one to two of the cutest little girls who she dresses like elves. 
There you go. Your monday just got 72% better. (For the record, I'm on there too. But mostly I just post pictures of my child.) 


wednesday wonderfulness

Well, that should keep you all going for a while! I have some awesome stuff I *want* to share with you, but I just haven't had time. Here's hoping...


good morning Monday!

I know, I know. Monday is a day to jump in and tackle the list and knock out EVERYTHING.


I haven't posted in a while (life happened) so I've got a couple of awesome things for you that will make your Monday even better. So without further ado: a gingerbread serenity and cats that look like pinup girls. There you go. You're welcome!


goals for 2013

Yes, I'm still setting goals. This habit of writing them down seems to be growing on me. Overall goal: Live consciously. Make things happen.

  • Photograph 12 weddings
  • Epic fail. I ended up with five.
  • Launch boudoir part of my business
  • Nope.
  • Photograph a birth (have this scheduled!) Done!
  • Launch new site
  • Not even close.
  • Do four "just for fun" shoots
  • Nope.
  • Organize/maintain a clean desk Managed this until we moved.
  • Recover desk chair
  • Hah.
  • Streamline/maximize social media use
  • Yeah right.
  • Run a 5k (scheduled!)
  • Not even.
  • Do a color run
  • No way.
  • Run a 10k
  • You're kidding, right?
  • Get into size 6 jeans For a brief, shining moment!
  • Lose tummy pudge
  • Water ski successfully (I'm still not very consistent, but that's ok.)
  • Move into new house YES.
  • Have a garden
  • Freeze produce and fruit for the winter
  • Experiment with getting more sleep. 
  • Get motorcycle license 
  • Read 50 books
  • Almost! Did 48.
  • Outline book
  • Get back into a regular quiet time. (Started #shereadstruth)
  • Take Leanne to NYC
  • Have a getaway with hubby
  • Homemade Christmas gifts
  • Send Christmas cards
  • Throw at least two parties I hosted two baby showers! And they were awesome, even if not my first choice for entertaining.
The list is long, but doable. What are your goals this year? 

Previous year: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008