spicy beer and lime cauliflower tacos

Roasted cauliflower tacos

I've been keeping up with my meatless meals goal, and this one has been one of my favorites. I mean, it's a taco that tastes like beer. What more could a girl ask for? I've been cooking up a storm from Thug Kitchen since my birthday. Johnny challenged me to cook every recipe in the book, so I've set off on that journey. This is a top two recipe from the book so far for me.

spicy beer and lime cauliflower tacos (from Thug Kitchen)

note: I actually cut up a head of cauliflower for this, but if you're looking to save time go ahead and buy the pre-cut stuff.

about 1 pound cauliflower, chopped into bite-sized pieces
3/4 cup beer of your choosing (I used Coppertail Brewing's Free Dive IPA)
1/4 cup vegetable broth
1 tbsp lime juice
1 1/2 tsp soy sauce
1 1/2 tbsp Cholula hot sauce
2 gloves garlic, sliced
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp salt
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, diced
tortillas
taco toppings: salsa, avocado, cilantro, the lime and cilantro slaw from Thug Kitchen…

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Warm the beer, vegetable broth, lime juice, soy sauce, hot sauce, and garlic in a saucepan over medium heat. Add in your cauliflower pieces and simmer for 1-2 minutes. Drain the cauliflower. In a large bowl, combine the spices, olive oil, cauliflower, and onion together, making sure everything is covered. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. Toast your tortillas in a skillet and assemble your perfect tacos.

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September

I'm traveling to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho this week for a work conference, so it's break time over at Sunshine and Mint. In fact, I'm somewhere between Tampa and Denver when this goes live today. I'll be back to responding to comments and emails on Friday.

feeling a little overwhelmed with everything going on

wishing that Florida would jump on the fall bandwagon just a little earlier this year

seriously obsessed with the cookbook that Johnny got me for my birthday

reading so many journal articles for school

eating more vegan than not lately. It's a huge swing from my whole30 stuff over the summer.

drinking apple beer + fireball for every football game

enjoying a week away from the office this week

listening to Cool for the Summer on repeat all. damn. day.

hoping that I get some scarf weather in Idaho this week

looking ahead to Friday. Yay day off!

loving apples again. I need some good apple recipes. Any suggestions?

cooking my way through Thug Kitchen this fall

appreciating my free time so much more now

thinking about all of the work I need to get done for school. Seriously, how did I do all of this before?

looking for an easy and fun read for my October book

watching all the college football again

yummy hot sauce drumsticks

Frank's red hot drumsticks - perfect football food

Raise your hand if you love football season!

College football is my jam, and not just because it's exciting. Football season also means tons of delicious food. Going out to watch your team's away game is fun, but I prefer hosting watch parties at home and making food. I first learned about these drumsticks from the @dirtytowhole30 instagram page, and they are the first thing to disappear when I set them out. They taste like delicious wings, but are baked instead of fried and are a lot more substantial than wings. Toss these in the oven before a game and watch them instantly disappear.

Side note: It's pretty difficult to get a picture of three drumsticks to look appetizing, but trust me here…this is worth it.

frank's red hot drumsticks

You only need some drumsticks, Frank's Red Hot, olive oil, and salt and pepper for this. 

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Pat the drumsticks dry and generously season with salt and pepper. Place the drumsticks on a oiled (or nonstick foiled) baking tray and drizzle with olive oil. Bake the drumsticks for 30 minutes. Remove the drumsticks from the oven and smother them in Frank's Red Hot. Be generous here if you love the heat. Put them back in the oven for 10-12 minutes, or when the skin is nice and golden crispy.

Make these for your next football party and be amazed at how fast they go.

five ways to squeeze creative moments into your daily routine

Hey guys, I'm stepping back today and letting the wonderful Molly Kate over at The Sun Room tell us how to find time for creativity in our crazy lives.

We all know that life can get hectic. Sometimes your day gets so busy, you wonder how you even found time to eat. This can produce a significant amount of pent up creative energy for those of us who enjoy using the right sides of our brains. Here are 5 ways to battle the “mundane Monday monotony.”

Wake up 20 minutes early for a little creative "me time"

I get it. Waking up to start your long day of school or work can be less than exciting. In fact, most of the time it can be down right awful. Why would you want to get out of your warm, comfy bed just to work all day?

But, if you’re anything like me, getting up to work on your own projects is much easier. Getting up to be creative might be the only push you need to get out of bed. Start a project that’s easy to jump into and walk away from in small increments. There are all kinds of projects to choose from, but I’ve found detailed, meditative projects work best. Here are a few suggestions:

           1.     Start a “doodle a day” sketchbook

           2.     Pick up a handicraft project: – knit a blanket, weave a basket, embroider a tea towel

           3.     Create daily artist trading cards (Also called ACEO–Art Cards Editions and Originals) to trade with other creatives.

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Create your own recipe for lunch

This is not just good for your brain, but it’s good for your wallet as well. Rather than running by the nearest fast food place for lunch, design and cook up your own recipe with whatever you have in your fridge. Just because there isn’t a name for a food doesn’t mean it’s not delicious. You might create an Italian styled stir-fry, or an interestingly tasty soup…the possibilities are endless!

Beautify your stuff

Whether or not you realize it, you use objects everyday that could be fabulous canvases for your creativity. Using a binder or notebook for work or school? Paint the front for a completely custom look. About to throw away your Starbucks cup? Sharpie all over it to turn it into a work of art worth displaying. You can even be creative with your organization: decorate your planner cover and enter upcoming events with style.

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Swap screen time for paper time

This one is a bit harder to do and I’ll be the first to admit that. But, if you actually tracked it, you’d be surprised at the amount of time out of our day that we’re glued to our phones. If you’re feeling like you need a little more creativity in your day, try swapping those minutes you spend on Instagram or playing Angry Birds with time you spend drawing or being creative…it’s easier than you might think. 

Snap some extraordinary pictures of ordinary objects

If the thought of practicing #4 sends you into a cold sweat, fear not. Creativity is not limited to paper. Some of my most creative moments are spent taking photos of the everyday objects around me. Smart phone cameras are incredibly powerful tools, and are not to be underestimated. Leave 5 minutes early on your way to work or class so you can stop and snap a few pictures of those beautiful flowers you pass everyday, or of that eerily beautiful abandoned house. Take it a step farther by downloading a photo editing app to push your photos to the next level…I’m a big fan of VSCOcam myself.

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So, as you can see, leading a creative life doesn’t mean you have to give up too much. Taking a few minutes from here and the–whether it’s getting up 10 minutes early in the morning or leaving a few minutes early for work–is all you need to add a daily shot of creativity to your life. And who doesn’t want that?

some goals for 27

Hello 27

I wanted to take a break from weekend links today (aka I've actually been working and not trolling the internet all week). Instead, I've been thinking a lot about goal setting and how I'm the queen of setting super awesome goals and not following through with any of them (case in point: almost every monthly goal after September 2014 and my goals for 2015).

I think I've learned my lesson. No more crazy, uber-structured things that will consume all of my free time. Instead, my goals should be open-ended and success should be open to my interpretation. It goes against every SMART goal seminar I've sat through at work, but I'm beyond lazy outside of work and school and will get to things on my own time (even if that is 3 years later). It is what it is, and I'm leaning how to work within my own goal-setting constraints.

With that, I have three overarching goals I want to complete in my 27th year:

1. Make a dent in those unread books on my shelf. I'm already doing this, but the time pressure of school won't help in the future. I want to keep going on, getting through one book a month (that Robert Moses bio though…maybe three months).

2. Finish Johnny's scarf. I started this project in March, restarted in June, and now I'm about a quarter through it. I want to finish it eventually, mostly so I don't feel so bad when I jump to another knitting project.

3. Go meatless once a week. Man, I OD'ed on meat during my Whole30. I just get bored of meat sometimes. It's not my preparation or anything. Sometimes I just like the idea of lentil sloppy joes when I don't have anything defrosted and ready to use. I think it's time to swap the paleo cookbooks out and put the vegan ones back in my rotation.

Cooking, crafts, and books…looks like I'm not changing much up for 27.