Middle of Week Recipe {Potato Plate}

Potato Plate is pretty much like baked potatoes but easier to eat for a couple of my non knife using kiddos. I came across this idea at a super cute little eatery in Laguna Beach, CA while Scott and I were on our mental health beach camping weekend. I was internet searching vegan restaurants and found The Stand. It is literally a food stand with some outdoor seating.  They have the largest vegan menu I have ever seen.  Scott and I ordered 4 different things and just ate family style.  By the way, the smoothies are also delicious.

Sooo, back to my middleoftheweektoobusytocookanythingelse recipe……

I cube about 12 medium potatoes (no judging~I have four very big eaters) and boil them.  Then we throw anything we can think of right on top of a pile of potato.

Here is our list tonight.  Next time it might look totally different.

Black beans, Guacamole, salsa, vegan cheese, green onions, lettuce, kale, spinach, chopped carrots and diced green peppers.

Kinda sounds like nachos but with potato………..and kale.

I try to add some green veggie like broccoli or kale to as many meals as possible.  Super green veggies rule.

My kids eat this up and they can design their own plates, which they love.  I usually go behind them adding all the good stuff but at least they get a bit of control:)

I have heard from a very reliable source that grandparents get pretty upset when I post food or book pictures without children in them so here you are….a middle of the week recipe picture plus my cute boys.



Happy cooking.


Improving the Skillz

Today I bribed asked Alice to go outside with me for a mini photo shoot.  I have been working on shooting in some new to me settings on my camera and she just got a new haircut (so she was feeling sassy).  Alice is pretty photogenic and I don’t have to ask her to be silly; she just hams it up.  I can do a decent job just shooting in auto or aperture mode but I have never shot pictures in manual.  I have been practicing inside but today has been gorgeous and warmer so I braved my midday sun/manual mode phobia and headed out there.

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I still have a lot of work to do but I think I am starting to get the hang of it.  My adorable model makes it easier too:)

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This is my favorite.  I did crop it and bring up the color just a bit.  I think that I could adjust my camera settings a bit for sharpness.


Love that girl and her green eyes.

Happy Sunday.


Rockin’ It {Winter Break Escape}

So, for the first half of our winter break we braved the snow and cold and hung out around home but by Wednesday it was pretty clear these kids were going to turn on us so we packed up the truck and headed to warmer places, grandma and grandpa’s house.  The sun was shining, snow was nowhere to be seen and I didn’t need a puffy in or out of the house.  It was glorious.  Here are some great shots of the kids on Friday.  We took them over to Red Rocks Open Space and got our climb on.  I did climb a bit too but no one took my picture 🙂

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Thanks to my parents for hosting all of us plus the dog for a few days.  We loved our time away from the arctic tundra we call home.  Now I am sitting here, sipping a warm tea, watching the snow fall.  It is amazing what a 2 hour drive can do for the soul.

Happy March! Back to school and work tomorrow!