Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Weekday Breakfast :: Loaded Blueberry Muffins

I may have mentioned this before, my son is a picky eater.  But the irony of him is that he isn't picky in the traditional sense of what picky eaters eat - he loves a lot of foods that are full of flavor and a little bit weird.  Like oysters.

Lunch is a struggle.  You can't pack oysters in a lunch and he doesn't eat most things that would be considered lunch foods.  I started filling muffins with all kinds of healthy options and packing them in his lunch - and we have a win.  He loves that he gets a muffin for lunch.  I love that it isn't just a bunch of sugar and there is some hint of protein packed into these.

Loaded Berry Muffins

3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1 egg
1/2 cup greek yogurt
1/2 cup quinoa, cooked
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons wheat germ
1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup berries
rock sugar {optional}

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Oil an muffin pan and set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer combine sugar, coconut oil, the egg, yogurt, quinoa and vanilla and mix until completely combined. Add dry ingredients and stir until just combined. With the mixer running, slowly add milk and mix only until everything is just combined. Stir in berries.

Divide batter evenly across the 12 spaces of the muffin tin and sprinkle rock sugar over the top {if using}. Bake 15-20 minutes in a preheated oven until a toothpick stuck in the center of the muffins comes out clean. Let cool slightly before serving.

Monday, August 17, 2015

A Day in the Life {with Clarks}

I’ve often thought about posting a “day in the life” type post.  A day in the life for me is mostly defined by how many pairs of shoes I wear.  It’s a lot. 

Now that the kids are heading back to school and I get a regular schedule again, my day goes something like this. 

Flip flops - rain boots – clogs – flat shoes for meetings – clogs – high heels for dinner – flip flops

Then Clarks asked if I would give their Cloudsteppers a whirl and see if they could cut down the number of wardrobe changes my feet had each day.

Because the Cloudsteppers are pillow-y and soft, I could cook in them in the kitchen without my legs hurting.  And because they are black and low profile, I could run errands in them without looking too much like I’d been in the kitchen on my feet all day. 

My day starts at The Old Fire Station – it’s a renovated fire station where my office happens to be.  I usually check email, catch up on social media and plan my day from there.  Since Mr. Hedin works right next to me, we can compare schedules and figure out our day.

A trip to the art store happens at least once a week.  On this trip, the guy at the art store gave me a little pep talk about the meaning of art.  To summarize, “don’t let the subject matter dictate if it’s considered art or not” – for example, no one thought Andy Warhol was art when he created the Campbell’s Soup Can art.  But holy heavens, that is art.  I left feeling much better.

I am in a grocery store every day.  Literally.  There are often several trips to different stores involved.  Want to know who has the freshest produce right now?  Text me, I’ll let you know. 

And then I cook.  I spend most of my day cooking, writing recipes, or shooting recipes.  I’ve been working on a project that we hope to launch early next year.  You can check out the Weeknight Society test site.  It’s a lot of cooking.

What ever I am cooking that day usually ends up being lunch for Mr. Hedin and me.  One of the best parts of having our offices together is that we get lunch together regularly.  If I’m not cooking {or it turns out gross} then we’ll pop down to  our favorite bahn mi place for sandwiches. 

A quick Instagram of the station and then I’m off to pick the kids up from school.  I try to get all of my work done while they are away so when we are together I can focus and be a parent.  It doesn’t work every day, but most days it’s a perfect arrangement. 

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Weeknight Party Girl :: Cinnamon Roll Popcorn Bars

One of the hidden bonuses of working with Pop Secret popcorn is that they sent boxes and boxes of popcorn to make sure I had enough for the Oscar Party Photo shoot.  We used tons of the popcorn for the shoot and we still ended up with tons left over.  What to do, what to do?

I made popcorn bars.  But these aren't just any popcorn bars because I used Pop Secret's Cinnamon Roll Popcorn in the bars.  Epic.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Oscar Parties aren't as hard as you think! {with Pop Secret}

Last month my girlfriend and I were out to a boozy lunch and we decided to host an Oscar Party - we've even figured out how to project the show on a big screen in the Fire Station!  

But what to serve...

Nothing goes better with movies than popcorn - and I love popcorn.  I worked with Pop Secret to plan a fabulous popcorn bar with delicious flavors and dreamy mix-ins.  I literally can't think of a better way to watch the Oscars and hang out with the girls.  Except for the cocktail - that's coming later this week!

The fun part about a popcorn bar is popping up a few flavors of popcorn {I popped Double Butter and Cinnamon Roll} and filling bowls with loads of your favorite candies, nuts, etc.  We even tried a few savory things and they were delicious.

How are you celebrating the Oscars?

Popcorn c/o Pop Secret
Photography by Alexandra Hedin
Styling by Jenny Batt