Monday, March 2nd, 2015

My Imperfect, Too Small (But Cozy), Evolving Kitchen That I Kind-of Love

by Kristen Suzanne in Kitchen Tools, Kristen Suzanne
Bird's eye view of my cozy kitchen.

Bird’s eye view of my cozy kitchen.

I feel drawn to write about my kitchen.

It’s been my kitchen for over 10 years. I’m a girl of change and I like to move around, but I can’t bring myself to leave our rather small condo in Scottsdale. I love the location. I love the area. It’s been home for awhile now.

But, it’s not as big as I’d like.

My husband works from home and has one of the bedrooms as his office. With me as a stay at home mom with a four year old, we’re all a bit close. That’s ok though because I like the closeness. Most of the time. The only time I didn’t like it was when I had a sitter come stay with Kamea for a few hours a week so I could sleep work, I found that I couldn’t escape or get anywhere to really be on my own.

My kitchen has gone through some changes over the years though. Nothing huge, but as my diet changed from vegan (with a lot of raw food) to omnivore, my kitchen evolved. From there, as I learned how I like to cook best and what makes it easiest, I found myself making some kind of weird changes. Basically, I have a lot of stuff hanging everywhere.

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Sunday, March 1st, 2015

“It’s BEER Soup!” My Husband Exclaimed.

by Kristen Suzanne in carrots, ghee, recipe, soup, Vitamix
Beer Soup. Yup.

Beer Soup. Yup.

My husband, Greg, is a fan of beer.

So, when he came across a recipe for a soup that contained beer in his Beer Advocate magazine, he proudly came in waving the torn out recipe in his hand. So cute. He knows how much I love cooking and here he was giving me a recipe that he found.

With beer.

I had to make it of course. How can I not encourage that participation?

I made some adjustments to suit my tastes and I present the results here. It’s wonderful and filled with deep flavors, no doubt from the beer. ;)

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Saturday, February 28th, 2015

A Salad to Brighten A Dreary Winter: Juicy Refreshing Fennel Orange Salad Recipe

by Kristen Suzanne in gluten free, lemon, paleo, raw dressing, recipe, salad, vegan
Juicy Refreshing Fennel Orange Salad - Ready to dive in.

Juicy Refreshing Fennel Orange Salad – Ready to dive in.

I wrote recently that mom’s backyard is turning into an organic citrus orchard. I also mentioned that one of the things I make from the barrels of citrus she gives me is Fennel Orange Salad.

I decided that name didn’t do the dish justice, so I changed it to Juicy Refreshing Fennel Orange Salad. It’s quickly become a favorite of ours, including Kamea’s. It offers a delightful brightness to a dreary winter with the seasonal citrus and the fabulous fennel. It’s sweet with oranges and savory with little bites of red onion. It’s a salad you should definitely make.

If you need any citrus, we have plenty. ;)

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Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Do Yourself A Favor. Sharpen Your Knives With This To Be A Kitchen Ninja

by Kristen Suzanne in Kitchen Tools, MAC knife
Great knife sharpener and my favorite knives. Get a good knife!

Great knife sharpener and my favorite knives. Get a good knife!

Having a sharp knife in the kitchen makes a world of difference with your food prep and cooking experience. A super sharp knife will take you from feeling like a boring ol’ home cook-wanna-be to a bad-ass kitchen ninja. Truly. :)

If you don’t have a good knife, then go get one. On Amazon.com (<— best deals). Or ask for one on your next gift receiving holiday. Of course, there are many who would say you should feel the weight of the knife in your hand before purchasing. There’s some truth to that. Decide for yourself.

Back to the importance of a sharp knife: Would you believe a dull knife can be more dangerous than a sharp knife? Truly. When you have a dull knife, it can slip off the food your cutting and easily hit (read: injure) your finger. But with a sharp knife, although it’s sharp and seems more dangerous, it cuts effortlessly which gives you more control over the knife.

Control is a good thing.

Plus, a sharp knife makes for faster chopping.

Speed is a good thing.

The trouble is keeping your knife sharp. The best way is with whetstone sharpening, but I don’t have the whetstone, I don’t have the time, and I don’t have the skill – it’s a world unto itself.

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Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Delicious Almond Butter Dip for Lunch – Kid Friendly

by Kristen Suzanne in almonds, food journal, kamea, recipe
Quick Kid Friendly Lunch

Quick Kid Friendly Lunch – Kamea was dying to get in the picture.

I have a very special place in my heart for lunches that are quickly put together. If I don’t get breaks in my day, for myself, then I’ll pull my hair out and scream. I’m no wonder woman or super mom. :) I do have some red boots, though, so I can pretend.

I’ve become quite comfortable putting quick meals together. This easy lunch is no exception, and it’s great for kids. Here’s a post I wrote with a bunch of other Real Food Fast Food ideas.

I find, more often than not, that I don’t worry about getting a fabulous lunch put together for my family. I usually spend more attention on breakfast and dinner. I let lunch be a little more flexible, cuz I just need to. Of course, that doesn’t mean I feed junk. It means having things that are easy to grab and put on a plate without much fuss. Okay, I admit, I fussed with the almond butter a tiny bit, but sometimes I can’t help myself. Don’t expect that of me every time though!

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Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Need Help With Email Marketing? Take My Husband’s Killer Course On It.

by Kristen Suzanne in Business, Kristen Suzanne
Take this online course to learn from the best: email marketing.

Take this Email Marketing online course to learn from the best.

I’m happy to announce that Greg launched an online course to help people and companies with email marketing, which might include you (or someone you know).

Email Marketing is one of the most cost-effective and powerful marketing channels that has ever existed. Yet few businesses take full advantage of Email Marketing’s full potential, which creates a huge opportunity for you and your business. I know many of my readers are bloggers or self-publishers – this course is great for you, too!

Modern Email Marketing is much more than building a list and firing off occasional batch-and-blast emails. Yet because many companies fail to take advantage of email’s full potential, or fail to use even the full set of tools they’re already paying for, there exists an opportunity to seize low-hanging fruit for any marketing professional who makes the decision to learn the basics of Email Marketing. This course lays the foundation for you to become an expert.

My turn to brag a bit, cuz I’m his wife: This isn’t just any email marketing class from just anyone. My husband and his business partner, Pam, have an impressive client list (I’ll do some name dropping: Amazon, Cold Stone Creamery, Taser, to name only a few), and they’ve been working in this field for a looooooong time. Now, their expertise is available to anyone and everyone, small company, large company, or just starting out. It’s a really smart course.

I asked Greg for a promo code to offer my readers (or for the family and friends of my readers). Seeing as he’s my husband, I got you all the hook up. :)

Go to this link here.

Once you land there, you’ll see the use of the promo code in action, KRemail. (If you end up at the website and don’t see the code, simply enter it upon checkout.)

The class is available to you for only $49 (it’s normally $199), and there’s a limited number of promos available. Don’t wait to take advantage of this offer to make you a smart email marketer. You’ll be glad you did. The coupon expires: 3/3/15.

If you do nothing else, at least click the link and open the page to view the intro video in the upper left corner. I dig the music and images.

So.. I want to share some specifics on what you’ll learn with the course.

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Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

A Peek Into My Makeup Bag

by Kristen Suzanne in beauty, Kristen Suzanne
Peek into my makeup bag.

Peek into my makeup bag.

I was in mom’s bathroom a moment ago, and I dumped out my makeup bag so I could access it all. Goodness, I love makeup.

It’s small and I don’t carry much… not like the old days, geesh, you should’ve seen me back then. Goodness, I love makeup.

Anyway, here’s what I got!

Tarte lipstick: This particular color isn’t my most prized, but it’s what I’m carrying because I used up the one I liked more. I refuse to spend more money on more lipsticks until I use up the ones I already have. For now.

Christopher Drummond Beauty concealer: I was introduced to this makeup via an old friend. It’s quality stuff and non-toxic. My favorite product of his is the concealer which I like to dilute with a pump of Eminence Bamboo Firming Fluid (or any moisturizer), which makes the concealer more like a foundation. It’s fast become a staple in both my mom’s makeup drawer and mine. I bought my first one through his website and then the second one mom treated me to via Amazon. Thanks, mom!

MaidenFern Blushing Balm: This is one of my most prized beauty possessions and it’s from Living Libations. It’s totally #allnatural and actually GOOD for your skin. Gives cheeks and lips a glow, but requires frequent application.

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Saturday, February 21st, 2015

OMG EASY Slow Cooker Granola – Yes! SLOW COOKER GRANOLA!

by Kristen Suzanne in ghee, gluten free, recipe
Slow Cooker Granola. I kid you not.

Slow Cooker Granola. I kid you not.

You all KNOW I love me a slow cooker, and I recently learned that I could make granola in it.

Wait.

Hold the phone.

Granola? In a slow cooker?

Yup.

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Friday, February 20th, 2015

I Didn’t Expect This From Yoga

My yoga mat… ready to help me get flexible. Ommm.

My yoga mat… ready to help me get flexible. Ommm.

Unexpectedly, yoga has given me confidence… in the way I move.

Some backstory: As I have gotten a little bit older, I have become more protective in the way I move. I frequently make sure that my posture is proper and I make sure that I’m not mindlessly bending in positions that could cause an injury. You know how it is… digging toys out from under couches or constantly picking stuff up off the floor. 

A couple times I have bent over to pick up a doll and I tweaked my back. The tweak made life miserable for days. I now squat when picking up things, but there are many times I find myself in weird positions cleaning or carrying things or digging around cupboards. Or this(!)… I find that when I am getting my daughter out of her car seat (or strapping her into it) and tightening that belt while I’m in an awkward twist, I can’t help but think I’m perfectly primed for a tweak.

I lived life in such a way that I was a little guarded in my movements. I figured it came with the territory of getting older.

But something unexpected happened…

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Thursday, February 19th, 2015

My Favorite Way to Roast Brussel Sprouts (with carrots. Oh, and onions)

by Kristen Suzanne in carrots, ghee, MAC knife, recipe
Roasted Brussels sprouts, carrots, and purple onion in ghee.

Roasted brussels sprouts, carrots, and purple onion in ghee.

Finally. I have found a way to roast brussels sprouts (and many other dense veggies) that works easily and wonderfully every time.

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