13 Weeks

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So this may be a selfie from my iPhone, and it may be in my bathroom, and it may not be super awesome clarity, … and it may have been rushed before I ran out the door… but it is what it is. :) I’m 13 weeks pregnant this week and through the bit of pudge you can start to see my baby bump! Super excited to find out what this little booger is in the next few weeks (hopefully)!


We’re Going Baby!

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On October 4, 2014 John and I found out we’re expecting our first baby! So this blog will now be incorporating mommy blog status and I’m super excited! Currently we’re 6 weeks and 5 days along and I’m soooo tired. I’m being consistently assured that after the first trimester I’ll start getting energy again, but I’m skeptical about this bit of information. I feel I shall be doomed to exhaustion for the rest of my life. :)


Autumn is coming.

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I hate summer. Oh my gosh I hate summer. For me it’s the worst time of year. It’s miserably hot, our garden struggles because of the heat, and everyone is in a foul mood constantly. Today something beautiful happened… this sweet butterfly landed on our patio lounger to take a break in the cool Canadian breeze working its way south into our area and cooling down the steaming hell pot that is Oklahoma in the summer. I thought I’d share something beautiful with you all this evening.


Chicken Spinach Wrap

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It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a new recipe for all to share and so last night, in 100+ degree weather, I tried to come up with something that would be quick, healthy, and not make the inside of our house reach 100+ degrees as well. Have I said before that I hate Oklahoma summers? Yes? Well… I hate Oklahoma summers. Sometimes I don’t feel that it hurts to say it again! :) John is still working on a lake job that should have been something he was able to finish months ago, but due to circumstances beyond his control he is still there and working 16 hour days. You’d think being able to be right next to a lake every single day would be great, but in this case for him it’s exhausting. Last night he called me around 8pm to let me know he’d be home in about 15 minutes and so I thought this Chicken Spinach Wrap would be fast, easy, and healthy!

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Take some chicken. I made too much for just two of us last night but make however much you want. I used two chicken breasts but it wound up overfilling the wrap! Season with some garlic powder, onion powder, salt, parsley, and whatever other seasonings will make you feel happy.

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Unfortunately this beautiful tomato isn’t from our personal garden since we forgot to plant tomatoes early enough this year, but take a whole wheat tortilla and slice up a tomato into small cubes.

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Take some handfuls of spinach (also not from our garden… sad times) and fill up that wrap, baby!

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Put those beautiful tomatoes on top of the spinach and start the drooling!

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Top with the cooked chicken pieces.

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Add some chopped onions…

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AND VOILA! Add some cut up fruit (like this wonderful cantaloupe FROM OUR GARDEN) and some honey Greek yogurt! Now enjoy!



Using Reds When Painting

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My favorite color in the world is red and one of the things that I run into a lot when it comes to design is seeing people have a fear of using red. Reds can be amazing if you take the time to look at each red for its own merit and not for how red it looks on the color chip. Sometimes reds that have a purple undertone or even a pink undertone can give you the actual red you were looking for… even if you were expecting it! Here is a small collection of some reds that I really enjoy from Benjamin-Moore and Sherwin-Williams. Maybe one of them will work for you as well.

Just remember that the colors you see on your computer screen may not be what happens on your wall. Samples are your best friend when you’re remodeling!


April Skies

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We have been having some really amazing weather in Oklahoma over the past few days in July. :) So amazing that it feels like October to me. Unfortunately it’s going to be 100+ degrees really soon coming up and that’s super depressing to me. I hate hot weather. So to celebrate the great weather we are having I thought I’d post a few pictures from some pretty skies we had this past April.

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Edamame

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We’ve been really into bean creations lately and I have had this bag of frozen shelled edamame sitting in my freezer for a bit now so I figured I’d play around with it to see what I could come up with. Edamame is so good for you and is often times overlooked, for whatever reason, but it’s super tasty and really easy to create a side dish or snack out of. This will be a short blog entry but I was hoping to be able to encourage others to give edamame a try!

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First things first you’ll take your edamame and if it isn’t already thawed you’ll run it under some cool water to get it prepared to use.

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Next mix in some oil olive, Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and any of your other favorite seasonings.

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Grease a baking dish and pour the edamame into the pan and spread it out evenly.

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Bake for 15-20 minutes on 350 in the oven and then serve! Super yummy! Goes well with a little ranch dressing or tar tar sauce (we ate it with fish). :) Enjoy!


The Difference Between Warm Gray & Cool Gray

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One of the concerns that I run into consistently when discussing color options with people is how to choose the right gray? Forever it seemed as though beige was the way to go and “the best for resale values.” To an extent this is still true but more and more these days people are starting to find that grays can offer a pleasant modern balance to an updated and current living plan. So how do you find the gray that doesn’t fail your expectations? It isn’t that hard it just takes a little bit of patience!

Specifically talking about Sherwin-Williams and their paint color palette let’s look at a few of their gray options.

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Now you might be thinking that I’m crazy and what you’re clearly looking at is a beige tone, a gray tone, and a blue tone, right? Isn’t that crazy? Well these are all gray! They’re just a small variety of grays that show how you can utilize grays to still be warm or you can alter them to add into your environment to add soft, cool tones that blend in perfectly with blacks and whites in a room setup.

A good way to not overwhelm yourself is to isolate a gray palette that your local paint stores may offer to you. It’s very easy to go too blue or to go too beige if you’re not careful so if you’re struggling it is never a bad idea to try to ask for some help! Don’t fear grays, embrace them! You can do anything with them!

Be careful! What you see on your computer screen may not look the same on your wall in your house. It is always a good idea to get up to three sample quarts (or pints) at a time (try not to get too many because you’ll just overwhelm yourself) of paint from your paint store to try out a couple of options on your wall before you commit to one color! In the end you can mix all of your samples together and use them as a primer coat of paint to save yourself a bit of money on the final product you choose!


Red Bean Burgers

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I recently found a link that allowed me to get Martha Stewart’s “Living” Magazine for free for two years and so I figured why not?  What could it hurt?  If nothing else John could use the pages for his spray paint art or it could be recycled.  To my surprise the magazine actually offered some great recipes and one of them was this recipe!  From the April 2014 issue there is a recipe called Red-Bean Burgers with Avocado and Lime and immediately I thought that it sounded amazing!  I was a little nervous because the last time I tried to make black bean burgers they were really runny and not all that great.  These, however, were so stinkin’ tasty and they formed just like real hamburger meat and that was shocking to me!  Unless you’re actually thinking about it you cannot tell that these are not really made from cows (or turkeys).  They are also so super moist and even if you end up with burned edges (as I did) they are still so super good!

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First you’ll take your red beans and put them in a food processor.  I used my fancy Ninja that John got me for Christmas!

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Then you’ll blend in the carrot, chili powder, oregano, and any other seasonings you choose (try garlic powder, onion powder, and parsley) to add to the mix!

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Next add in your breadcrumbs and eggs.  I would recommend adding a bit more breadcrumbs than the recipe called for.  The first time I made these they were perfect and the second time they were a little runny, so adding a bit more breadcrumbs will not hurt at all.

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You will have this glorious mess once all is said and done!

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Over medium heat add some oil to your frying pan and plop your burgers down and walk away.  Since these are not real meat you cannot press and flip them as you would right away.  Put them in the pan and leave them alone for about 10 minutes.  Flip them over once and leave them alone for another 10 minutes.

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See?  A little burny but it totally added to them flavor and was sooooo tasty!

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Add your extra interests to the burger (ex. cheese, avocado, lime juice/zest, mayo, ketchup, sour cream, onion, etc) and dig in.  SO, SO GOOD!

Red Bean Burgers

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 3 burgers

Serving Size: 1 burger

Calories per serving: 455

Fat per serving: 16.9g

Red Bean Burgers

Caloriecount.com gave this an A- rating (including bread!)

Low sugar, high fiber, and high vitamin B6!

Ingredients

  • 1 can red beans (rinse and drain)
  • 1 small carrot
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp parsley flakes
  • 1/2-3/4 cups dried breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • EVOO
  • avocado, lime, sour cream, cheese, mayo, ketchup, mushrooms, etc (as extras)

Instructions

  1. In food processor combine red beans, carrot, chili powder, dried oregano, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, parsley flakes, breadcrumbs and eggs together until it forms a stiff medium to work with.
  2. Compress patties into burger form and plop onto medium heated frying pan with EVOO in it.
  3. Let burgers sit untouched for 10 minutes. Flip once and let sit untouched for another 10 minutes.
  4. Set up burgers as desired and enjoy!!

Notes

Cals: 455 / Fat: 16.9g / Carbs: 59.3g / Protein: 19.9g / Fiber: 14.4g / Cholesterol: 62mg

http://www.laurensconcepts.com/2014/03/20/red-bean-burgers/