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santa fe salad.

i live 10 minutes away from an anthropologie store.

this is troublesome.

it’s hard to explain to you how one store encompasses everything pretty… but it is just reality.

that is the short version of how i ended up with these. i know i know.

naturally, i had to made a salad in order to put these beauties to use.

 and let me tell you, this is good. with or without perfectly minted servers.

so good that you’ll probably eat a whole bowl of it without looking up. chow time.

santa fe salad

1 bag lettuce

2 green onions, chopped small

1 can whole kernel corn

1 can black beans, drained + rinsed

3/4 cup salsa

1/2 cup ranch dressing

1/2 cup shredded cheese, i used a mexican blend

tortilla chips for topping

1 lime, quartered

2 chicken breasts

1/2 tsp onion power

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp oregano

salt + pepper

brush some olive oil on the chicken. mix the onion powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, salt + pep & rub over chicken.  pan fry or grill to crispy perfection.

meanwhile, drain and rinse the black beans & corn in a colander. toss together the lettuce, green onions, beans, corn, & cheese.

see what i did there?  oh yeah, they look magnificent.

stir together the salsa + ranch, set aside.

once the chicken is done you can either chop it up and toss it with the salad or if you’re feeling fancy you can set it on top.  add some dressing, a squirt of lime and crumbled tortilla chips for some crunch. easy + delish!


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bbq chickpea burgers

trying to convert your husband to a vegetarian is no easy task.

especially when he doesn’t consider food without meat “eating”.

we struck up a deal where three nights a week we eat meatless and the rest we chow down on some animals.

oh that sounds horrible. lets try again, he chows down on some animals.

all of that to say that these burgers are bomb. i couldn’t get the consistency perfect but they tasted oh so good.

bbq chickpea burgers

(tweaked from how sweet it is)

makes approximately 5 patties

1/4 cup chopped red onion + more for topping

1/2 cup broccoli

3/4 cup chopped carrots

1 (16 ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup freshly grated cheddar cheese + more for topping

2 tablespoons barbeque sauce + more for topping

1 teaspoon honey

3 tablespoons  flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon  paprika

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1 avocado sliced thin

Heat a small skillet over low heat and add 1/2 teaspoon olive oil. Throw in onions with a pinch of salt, stir to coat, then let cook and caramelize for 5-6 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

In the bowl of your food processor, add broccoli and carrot, pulsing until chopped very finely. Add chickpeas, sauce, honey, flour, cheese, onions, salt, pepper, paprika and onion powder. Process and pulse until completely combined but not pureed. I had trouble  fitting it all into my food processor without it pureeing the bottom portion. Transfer to a blender if this becomes an issue. Carefully remove from processor bowl and form into 4 burgers. If you feel that your burgers and somewhat delicate, refrigerate for about 30 minutes.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add olive oil. Once hot, add burgers to the skillet and cook on each side until golden brown and crispy on the outsides, about 3-4 minutes. Be gentle when flipping and removing burgers so they don’t crack or fall apart. Serve on toasted buns with additional cheddar, red onion, avocado and sauce.


these would also be great with gouda… mmm the possibilities!


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you can call me mrs.

lets just say the blog world has been the last thing on my mind as of late. but NOW, things are heatin up.

mr. h and i are moved into our new home and seriously loving life.  during engagement everyone warns you about how challenging  marriage is. yes yes yes, but i have also found it to be the most joyfilled thing i have ever done.  more on that later.

decorating our home has been a pain in the butt.

also, thrilling.

it is no small task to combine two peoples personal belongings into one small apartment. throw in a couple hundred wedding presents and we’ve got ourselves some solid material chaos.

but here’s the real truth: i’m a decorating snob.

i have no training. i know very little about the formal elements of decorating. but i do know my style and i know it well.

in the months (ok ok years) leading up to our marriage i have been carefully curating my decor style. from art prints, to salt + pepper shakers.

 i can get inspired by a container of salt. this is just reality.

especially if they look like this:

thank you crate&barrel

i’m not going frank lloyd wright all over this apartment, but i can appreciate some cohesive integrated design.

oodles of decor details are to come as well as a stack of delish newlywed meals i’ve been experimenting with. ooooh baby.

also, this beautiful sight brings tears to my eyes.

EXCITEMENT.