If you’ve been following along with our Instagram or Facebook this week, you might have noticed that both Lane and I are down in the beautiful state of Arizona enjoying the desert sun and warm weather. As it is spring break for many schools right now, the airport was filled with kids and families when we traveled last week. As I prepare to fly back home this weekend, I’ve been thinking about the things I frequently rely on to make traveling with young kids just a little bit easier. This week’s Friday Five is all about Traveling with Young Kids.
After what felt like the longest winter on the books, Spring has finally sprung and with it has come my favorite vegetable – asparagus! When I first met my husband, he wasn’t much of a vegetable guy. He considered iceberg lettuce to be a perfectly acceptable salad and the occasional baby carrot was about the extent of his veggie intake. Being a vegetarian at the time, I of course, was a totally different story. He was a good sport though, and gamely put up with my veggie loving self, eventually learning to eat and enjoy veggies, too. One of the earliest veggies I started to make for him (and a total staple in our house now) was asparagus. It’s fantastic simply roasted with olive oil and a little salt and pepper. It’s also great when dressed up a little, like in our all new recipe for Asparagus with Pistachio Citrus Gremolata.
It’s finally HERE!!! After what has felt like the longest winter in Minnesota history, spring finally, finally arrived in Minneapolis this week. The snow is beginning its slow melt and the first 60 degree day of the year is in the forecast for early next week. I am over the moon excited about it all. While we can’t quite put away the winter gear yet (anyone else remember last year’s APRIL snowstorm?? Ugh.), I’ve ditched my heavy parka for a lighter coat and my trusty winter boots have been set aside for my favorite wellies. The change of seasons always gets me excited about new things to do, read, wear, and listen to so I thought I’d share what’s on my radar for this spring in our Friday Five: Spring Things. Creamy Vanilla Fruit Dip – A Perfect Early Spring Recipe!
01. Spring Reads
I’ve been doing a ton of reading lately and man, have there been some great books out there this year! So far I’ve loved this one, and this one. I just started reading The Missing Piece of Charlie O’Reilly by our good friend Rebecca Ansari and it is absolutely delightful. If you haven’t had a chance to grab it yet, definitely hit up your local bookstore or order a copy online. You won’t regret it! And, I’m happy to report, after a few unsuccessful tries at audiobooks (which Lane loves and swears by) I’m currently listening to Michelle Obama’s Becoming and it’s fantastic. I love hearing her tell her own story. What a treat.
02. Podcast Obsessions
This spring has also brought a bit of a podcast kick for me. My recent podcast binges have been courtesy of our friend Tracy, who told me all about some great podcasts while we were on our recent Ojai trip. She got me hooked on The Smartest Person in the Room and 10 Things To Tell You. I love the idea of learning about things from people who really know their stuff. The series on bias was particularly great and really pushed me to think about things outside of my own comfort zone. Thanks for the recommendation, Tracy!
03. The Perfect Spring Boots
We’ve been reveling in the warmer temps this week and heading outside for a walk or ride around the neighborhood with the kids after dinner. With all of the melting snow, my all time favorite wellies have been earning their keep in my closet once again. They are a bit of an investment, but I can tell you, after almost 5 years of steady wear (year round!), these are still going strong and are totally worth it. I wear them all the time and can’t recommend them enough.
04. New Recipe Inspiration
My #52weeksproject is still going strong over here and I’ve already had a handful of huge recipe successes (along with some minor failures – more on that in a future post). Part of the fun of the project is scouring the internet and my stash of cookbooks to find my next week’s recipe to try. Lately I’ve filed away the recipes for these Sourdough Crackers with Olive Oil and Herbs, this Persian Herb and Chickpea Stew with Rice, and these Hot Cross Buns, perfect for the Easter holiday! Have you tried any must make recipes this year?
05. My Salad Dressing Obsession
Of course, I’m always a fan of making your own salad dressing, but lately I have been absolutely obsessed with the Lemony Herb Vinaigrette from Salad Girl. My husband laughs at me because I basically buy a bottle a week – just for me! I love that they are a local company and all of their dressings are organic, gluten free, and don’t use any cane sugar or high fructose corn syrup. Four of the dressings are also vegan. You can get them in the refrigerated section of most grocery stores here in the Twin Cities, or buy them online. FYI: I’m not being compensated in any way for writing about them. I just honestly love their product and hope you will, too!
Bonus: If you’re looking for an easy early spring recipe, check out our Creamy Vanilla Fruit Dip. It’s perfect with those spring strawberries!
Edit: This recipe was originally posted in June 2018 and we are reposting today because well, life is busy, recipes sometimes don’t work out like planned, and mostly because this salad is just so darn good. Spring is finally on it’s way here in MN and I am craving all of the fresh veggies and fruit and this yummy salad combines the best of spring into one easy little package. Read on for the more info!!
Friends, I have an important announcement to make: it’s time to toss out all of those bottles of store bought salad dressing. What kind of crazy talk is this? Hear me out. I know those bottles seem convenient and there are a million flavor options, but most are loaded with less than ideal ingredients, are expensive, and don’t ultimately taste that great. I promise you that with a few simple ingredients and less than five minutes, you can absolutely make a batch of homemade salad dressing that will taste twenty times better and elevate an everyday salad into something totally out of this world. Today’s recipe for Spinach Salad with Maple Dijon Dressing is the perfect place to start.
Food and travel – and especially in combination – have always been a huge part of my life. From the time I was pretty young, I have had a serious travel bug. I’m thankful that my parents were game for exploring with young kids and were also supportive of my wanderlust when I got a little older and headed off for exotic new places. Over time, my travel has slowed a little as life has been filled with young kids and busy jobs, but I still love to get away and experience new places and cultures as often as I can. Recently, Lane and I had the great opportunity to head to Ojai, California for a work conference and man, did we love it. We were able to spend four days in Ojai where we experienced tons of great food and explored a new to us region that I will definitely be heading back to soon.
My husband often makes fun of me for my love of vegetables. It’s probably a fair bit of lighthearted ribbing, because I am a little crazy when it comes to getting those veggies in every day! When I’m eating well – and for me, that typically means eating mostly plant based – I feel so much better. This Easy Vegetarian Chili is an absolute staple in my winter diet because it is so simple to throw together, freezes well, and it chock full of colorful veggies!
If there’s one thing here at With Two Spoons that we love more than food, it’s books.
Fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks. Hardcover, paperback, e-reader.
We love them all. If you follow along with us on social media, you know that we are posting what we’re reading this year using the hashtag #withtwospoonsreads. It’s been a really fun way for us to share what we’re reading and loving and to connect with other book loving folks out there (and get some great book recommendations, too!). With how much we’ve been enjoying that little side project, I thought it might be fun to delve a little deeper into what our reading lives look like here on the blog. So, if books are your thing and you want to learn more about what’s on our TBR (that’s To Be Read list!), how we track our reading, different reading challenge options we’ve found, and the fun that is #bookstagram, keep reading!
If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you might remember me mentioning that I have a very picky eater. My youngest child is now two and has basically four approved foods. If it isn’t a bread, cheese, fruit, or yogurt, she won’t touch it. In my quest to not live my life as a short order cook and still get dinner on the table that most of us will eat, I’ve started working hard on developing recipes that are totally kid friendly and adult approved. These Cheesy Turkey Apple Meatballs with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce are perfect for picky kids and adults alike.
It’s another wild weather day here in Minneapolis. After surviving the historic Polar Vortex of 2019 last week, it rained on Super Bowl Sunday, and we’ve since had two significant snow events. In other words, I’m a little over this winter business right now. Typically we try and escape the balmy midwest this time of year for a tropical destination. We are not traveling until later this winter so I’ve had to lean on a few little creature comforts and favorite things to get me through the dreary days! This week’s Friday Five is all about My Current Favorites for Surviving Winter.
Well, now that Lane is officially done with her Whole30, I can post this recipe without too much co-blogger guilt, right? While I didn’t do the Whole30 with her, I did actually enjoy keeping the blog focus a little on the healthier side. I’m definitely someone who tries to keep my diet 80/20 – meaning that eighty percent of the time, I try to make good choices. The other twenty percent? I eat what I want. It’s been a good balance for me and helps me to enjoy treats while overall maintaining a healthy life. Now, when it comes to these new Apple Cinnamon Crescent Rolls with Dulce de Leche, well, these fall clearly into the twenty percent! These are simple, sweet treats that are neither healthy nor Whole30 compliant but they are 100 percent delicious and worth every calorie. Read on the for the recipe.…