Roasted Veggies

im sure you can think of an outfit you love, but that you didn't initially buy all of the pieces together for. it just works.

this dinner was just like that great outfit. it just worked.

in different stages I roasted veggies at 425. first the potatoes (sweet + small red) and onions. next, broccoli and tomatoes. and finally, kale. easy and so comforting.

1 small sweet potato
1 small red potato
1/4 small onion, roughly chopped
1 cup broccoli
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
2 cups torn kale
garlic gold
kosher salt
black pepper

preheat oven to 425. spritz pan with misted evoo. coat potatoes + onion with garlic gold nuggets + kosher salt + black pepper + paprika. roast 10 min and stir. add broccoli + tomatoes. roast 7 minutes and stir. spritz kale with evoo + sprinkle with fresh parm. roast for 5 minutes.



Blueberry Banana Muffins

Sunday mornings and blueberry muffins go hand in hand, don't you think? Me too... which is why I was anxiously waiting for my banana to over-ripen all week! I grabbed my spotted banana and the rest of the ingredients (all simple staples) this morning and got to work. These muffins come together SO quickly and are healthy too! win win.
tender, slightly sweet, and studded with blue jewels
vegan, too!? impressive.
The recipe is here at DailyGarnish. I followed it exactly!


Kitchen Perfection

Snitching unbaked cookie dough from my mom's bright orange tupperware bowl used to be one of my favorite things to do! I'd climb our red stool and perch on the hoosier cupboard sneaking bits when she wasn't looking. It all took place in our small kitchen in the house I grew up in until 3rd grade.

Soon after moving into our current house in Nevada, my parents built their dream kitchen to replace the dark L-shaped one we had. Walls were moved, wood floors were put down, and my parents were so pleased with the end results. That kitchen has seen many dance recital dinners with my grandparents and family, a couple graduation open houses, and plenty of incredible meals cooked by my mom and dad.

The kitchen, as you may have guessed, is important to me. Two friends of mine and I moved into a charming new townhouse in the historic part of downtown Des Moines called Sherman Hill. Although our townhouse is new and sports 9 foot ceilings, wide cream wood work, modern fixtures in dark espresso, it is built to look old and definitely holds the charm and coziness of an older home.

The best part? I am completely in love with our kitchen. It's perfect for entertaining. We have gathered many groups around our large island and hope to have many more. The lighted open cabinets are perfect. Living with a chef is perfect.

The kitchen is perfect!