Wife Things

I would like to say that we have dinner together every night and that it is always romantic and beautiful. But we all know that is not close to being true.

Being organized around the house isn't a strong point for me. I am not a great meal planner and I do not coupon. I do know how to cook though. And from time to time I like to make more than vegan chili and lentil soup. (Seriously though that gets us through the busy weeks!)

On one of the last warm-ish nights I made a little back porch dinner. It was chillier than I thought and we didn't stay out there star gazing, but it was a nice break from the ordinary. Plus it was a surprise to Phil.  Sometimes that is all a marriage needs.

The recipe is a butternut squash with lemon, poppyseed, and pomegranates from mynewroots.com. That is my go-to resource for plant based meals with bomb taste so Phil won't even notice there isn't meat, ha!


Shop Telling Oceans

Encouragement is a big passion of mine. Since I can remember I have been making cards and sending them to friends and family to remind them of why I love them. That is honestly a huge part of why I started Telling Oceans in the first place, to encourage.  Recently I have been painting and anticipating the day I could open an Etsy shop to sell greeting cards and little prints. Well, today's the day. I decided to stop waiting and just go for it.

It is definitely a hobby at this point but I am still stoked to launch it. The first cards I am releasing are some fun fall/thanksgiving cards. Please take a look!


Thanks for you never ending support!


Cocoanut Baked Oats

Over the past year I have become quite aware of how food affects every part of our lives and how our life affects how we choose to eat. I really believe that mind, body, and spirit are uplifted when we eat the best we can.  Eating seasonally is especially important, as we need different kinds of nourishment when weather and activity changes.  It is just so cool that the food that is in harvest suits our body for the season. (Probably not a mistake!) 

Not only is seasonal food great for us, it is also cheaper! Yay saving money and feeling great! Read over this article for more info on why you should be eating seasonally. And no, pumpkin spice lattes don't count. ha.

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The Oats:
A friend of mine posted her oats this morning on instagram and I used hers as a base, but mixed mine up to meet my cocoanut cravings. 

3/4 cup cocoanut milk
1/2 tsp sea salt
1tsp baking powder
1/4 cup cocoanut sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp cocoanut oil
1 whisked egg
1/4 cup baking oats
(Add oats last)
at 30 minutes top with shredded cocoanut and let it toast up.
Bake on 350 for 45 minutes and enjoy! 

 I am honestly not a great baker, so if you have tips and tricks for healthy baking let me know! xo


Slowing Down

Every fall since I can remember has been a push back into the routine. Busyness comes with the fall and usually doesn't leave until after the holidays. This year, however, I have come to some sort of sense and slowed down as the season has changed. I quit a job, have been cooking at home more, working out daily, actually getting a personal routine down and using my days off work to read, blog, and enjoy Phil and friends. It seems simple, and it is. I have pushed this stillness away for so long that it feels boring sometimes, to just read or just cook. Like perhaps I am missing something fun happening somewhere else. But I know that these simple hours of investing into the well being of my mind, body, spirit, and household will overflow into my work and my passions and into the people I love. I am even liking the quiet. These are some snaps from my "simple" days at home. 

Have a beautiful rest of October. I can not believe it left us so quickly!