Vegan Grilled Pizza

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While I can’t claim to be an expert on the grill, I can claim to have become quite creative in just two short weeks. While its not the typical summer weather here in San Francisco, the climates are mild and still perfect for grilling.

Prior to the kitchen renovation, I had absolutely no clue with regard to the grill. But with one quick lesson from the hubby, I’ve caught on quickly and have made some killer meals. I mean, did you even know you could grill pizza?! Obviously I had no idea. But have since discovered its a brilliant way to prepare pizza. It tastes fresh out of a brick pizza oven, and it takes very little time to cook. Even if you are aren’t undergoing a gutted kitchen, I would highly suggest saving yourself the hassle of heating up the stove and throwing a pizza on the grill instead.

I chose to keep things simple (as I have no kitchen surface to work with), so for this recipe I went with a store bought corn meal crust (it compliments the okra nicely). But once I have access to a countertop again I plan on experimenting with a cauliflower crust-yum! Recipe to follow…

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Vegan Grilled Pizza
Frozen Corn Meal Pizza Crust
Olive Oil
Red  Bell Pepper
Golden Cherry tomatoes
Zucchini
Okra
Kale
Artichoke Pesto Sauce
Black Olives
Salt, Pepper and Red Pepper Flakes

Heat grill to medium high heat. Prepare veggies by cutting stems off the okra, slicing zucchini in half, and cutting red pepper in half. Then toss all veggies (including the cherry tomatoes and a stem of kale) in olive oil, then salt and pepper. Place all veggies on the grill (I put the tomatoes and kale on a stainless steel grilling plate) and grill for approx 5-7 minutes, turning over once mid-way. Watch the vegetables closely, as you don’t want them to charred.
Once the veggies are fully cooked, put aside to cool while you prepare the crust. Brush the crust with olive oil on both sides and cook the top side of the crust for approx 2-3 minutes, until there are light grill marks. Then place the pizza down and layer all the veggies and spices and grill for another 3-5 minutes (watching very closely). Remove from the grill and allow to cool down. Voila, grilled pizza in no time!

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Here’s a glimpse into our renovation thus far. More pictures to follow soon.



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“A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014.”

Berlin: the poor girl has been going through so much change lately; returning from vacation, starting daycare, then a full on kitchen remodel. Half our house is blocked off with plastic and the place has been taken over by random construction workers. She remains calm, not too fussy throughout it all. While her sleeping still is less than desirable, she remains in good spirits. I have to say, I’m pretty impressed with her adaptability.

Linking up with Jodi at Practicing Simplicity.



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Weekend Love

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These photos taken by a Russian mother are beyond beautiful.

An interesting read about modern day parenting. Can’t say I agree with it all, but worth a read for a little chuckle.

With our kitchen being gutted, I’m in full grill mode. I’m dying to make this Grilled Peach recipe.

I’m loving this new blog by Jessica Kraus (of House of Habit) and company, The Ma Books

I’ve been searching high and low for an affordable Sputnik light for our bedroom, thus far I’m still dreaming of owning this Jonathan Adler chandelier.

Lastly, my kick ass Instagram buddy, Amanda Tyler protested against IG for deleting accounts of women breastfeeding. Her story made the front cover of the SF Chronicle. Pretty kick ass if I do say so myself.

Sorry things continue to be quiet around here, but this kitchen remodel is keeping me quite busy. Hopefully I can post photos of the progress soon. Have a lovely weekend.



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“A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014.”

Berlin: Most weekends she resists taking her nap. She wants to spend every waking hour with her Far. Despite her napless days, she is still happy and a joy to be around.

Linking up with Jodi at Practising Simplicity.



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Mango Green Tea Smoothie

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I’m sorry about all the beverage recipes lately, but hey, its summer! One can never have enough refreshments during summertime (although it feels more like fall here in San Francisco, truth be told).

As those of you that follow my Instagram know, there has been little sleeping going on in our household. Berlin has been asserting her personality and newfound communication to let us know that she is not interested in sleep any longer. She screams when we put her to bed (i’m talking blood curling screams that will go on until you go back in the room) and she wakes in the middle of the night (several times some nights) yelling “mama, light on,” or “Far read.” She even tricked me the other night into thinking her diaper needed to be changed, telling me she pooped. Well she didn’t, and her diaper wasn’t even wet. But from then on she was up and ready to party. This was at 4 AM mind you. We are no stranger to 4 AM wake up calls, she used to wake at this time regularly, until we finally sleep trained her to wake at a more reasonable 6 AM. But it looks like we are right back to where we started, and we are exhausted!

As I’m sure you can imagine, with all this fun going on, I’ve been hitting a midday slump, and have been in desperate need of a pick-me-up. I’m not a fan of drinking coffee past noon, as it keeps me up all night. But I’ve found that tea doesn’t have the same affect on me. So my solution to my never ending exhaustion; a yummy green tea smoothie. Not only does it taste delicious, but its refreshing and gives me a healthy boost to carry on my day.

Mango Green Tea Smoothie
1/2 cup chilled brewed green tea
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup frozen mango
1/2 frozen banana
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon honey

Prepare green tea and chill in fridge for 10 minutes or more. Place all ingredients in high power blender and blend until smooth.

Adjust consistency by adding more almond milk if desired, the chia seeds make it thicker so you may need more milk depending on how thick you like your smoothies.

You can also make it stronger by brewing two green tea bags, but I’m a light weight, so I stick with one.

Hopefully you’ll enjoy this recipe while chilling poolside, and not because you’re toddler is keeping you up all night. Have a lovely weekend!



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Fourth of July Oregon Style

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I was fortunate enough to spend most of June traveling. I spent nearly two weeks visiting friends and family in Southern California and another week in Oregon. I have to admit, I’m feeling quite spoiled.

Both were perfect vacations with lots of sun and time spent with the family. In addition, there was lots of family to care for Berlin, so I could get some much needed rest.

This was also the first legitimate family vacation we have had since Berlin was born, so it was an extra special trip for us, traveling as a family of three.



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“A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014.”

Berlin: She has enjoyed traveling these past few weeks as much as I have, its as if she knows we are on “vacation.” Even while carting her from one place to another, she has been nothing but smiles. She is seriously an amazing child (only wish she would sleep a little more…but can’t win them all!).

Joining in with Jodi at Practising Simplicity.



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Watermelon Agua Fresca

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In honor of 4th of July (as well as my hubby who loves watermelon agua fresca), here is a simple recipe idea for your festivities.

Watermelon Agua Fresca
4 cups cubed watermelon
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 cups cold filtered water
1 tablespoon organic agave

Puree watermelon in blender. Then pour into a strainer to eliminate any seeds. Return watermelon to blender, add all other ingredients, and blend until smooth. Chill in refrigerator for 2-4 hours until ready to serve.

You can also add tequila to make an even more festive beverage.

Wishing you a very merry 4th of July.


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Twenty-Two Months

Growing / She appears taller than ever lately and has recently outgrown most of her pants. Her waist is still ridiculously tiny however, it is only in the length that her clothes have grown tight, therefore I have been thrifty and cut them all into shorts. Her hair is a scraggly mess. While she got a small haircut from her grandma last week, it still seems out of control (mainly because we didn’t allow her to cut much). While she seems to slowly be gaining weight and height, it amazes me just how much smaller she is still compared to the other toddlers her age, she looks like a baby doll in comparison to some of the beast like children we see on the playground.

Eating / She is eating like a ravenous bear these days, snacking non-stop. From the hour of 9 AM until noon, I swear she doesn’t stop eating. Its truly amazing how much her little body can take in. She loves buttered toast and bagels (especially from our local coffee shop). She prefers to eat in the living room at the coffee table or walking around the house, she has little patience for sitting in the highchair or at the table. She demands on choosing her own toddler packs, she can tell by looking at them which one she likes, and gets mad if I choose one for her.

Speaking / Her language skills are still incredible, this is definitely where she excels. Her favorite expressions at the moment include; “oh man” and “ay chihuahua.” She also loves saying “brontosaurs,” don’t ask why…She is stringing several words together now and her communication and needs are very clear. She is still confusing her possessive pronouns, getting “mine” and “yours” turned around often (I have found, this one is a tough one to teach). Just recently she has begun referring to herself in the third person, saying “Beno poop.” She apparently can’t say “Berlin.”

Learning / She is learning how to dress herself (but has a long way to go still), she can put her jacket on, but always backwards, and attempts to put on her shirt, but never quite succeeds. She has learned to unzip things, but hasn’t mastered zipping yet. She is finally learning how to take a small step over something or onto something, before recently she would crawl over little steps (she is extremely cautious).

Mastering / Climbing onto everything. She loves climbing on the coffee table, all the while saying “no table, no table” as she knows its a no, no-but does it nonetheless. She has even figured out how to push her highchair close enough to the kitchen table to climb onto that (which is rather frightening).

Loving / She loves shopping, and mainly going to the “mall.” She could spend hours walking around the mall, going up and down the escalator (which is always “up” for both up & down) and looking at clothes. She thinks it especially funny to look at bras and swimsuits and repeat “boobies, boobies.”

Loathing /She hates changing her clothes (and mostly her diaper) still. She prefers feeding herself rather than being fed. She recently has a weird thing about the light being turned off, keeps repeating “light off,” which actually means “light on,” once again confusing her words…

Laughing / Nothing like a father’s playtime to make this girl laugh. She loves running around and being silly with her Far. She also still finds any potty humor hilarious (I guess this never ends).

Playing / She is obsessed with her all her electronic toys suddenly; her faux computer, toy phone and electronic books. She carries them everywhere, slamming on all the buttons at once (making a lovely, annoying melody that I enjoy so much). She loves cleaning with me, she has her own broom set and helps me around the house. She still loves getting into all the drawers and cabinets, taking everything out and lining it all up in a neat line.

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“A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014.”

Berlin: Her concentration is unwavering. She can keep her focus directed towards something she is interested for unbelievable amounts of time.

My favs last week include: I mean look at Stella’s hair, is this girl gorgeous or what!? / This black and white with Evie on her tiptoes is to die for / I love all of these, but the last one shot in bed is wonderful

Joining in with Jodi at Practising Simplicity.



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