Rice Cake Toppings: 4 delicious ways to enjoy rice cakes {VIDEO}

Rice Cake Toppings: 4 delicious ways to enjoy rice cakes {VIDEO}

We go through stretches in our house when we eat tons of rice cakes and we also have rice cake droughts. I was recently gazing into our pantry and checking out a bag of rice cakes that was looking sad and lonely. My slight obsession with transforming one type of food that miiiiight be labeled as “boring”..

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Easy Tabbouleh Recipe

Easy Tabbouleh Recipe

I kept trying to figure out why today felt like Monday and then I realized that it was our Monday. Mondays are our Saturdays and Tuesdays are our Sundays, which would make today Monday! The boys went to daycare, so I got a ton of work done in the morning. I was tired. I desperately wanted a nap. The only thing better than a nap is what I actually ended up doing which was getting a manicure and pedicure courtesy of (and with!) my friend Emily!

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Spicy Dill Quick Pickles

Phew, it has been yet another busy/crazy/unusual week! I got my first snarky blog comment this week. DELETE. I guess I'm lucky that it has taken a year for that to happen! And my boys have both been sick. Elijah experienced four croup episodes within a three-day span. And life is just plain busy for me right now. I'm trying to start a photography business, while accomplishing everything else I already have going. It's a lot. But it will be worth it. 

One of the good parts of the week was these pickles! Seriously! I was very pleasantly surprised about how they turned out. I had low expectations, mostly because I've never made pickles before. I am also kind of a picky pickle person. After brining for only one day, they were totally delicious! Who knew that pickles could become pickles so quickly and easily?!

You will need three 1-quart glass jars. Two for the veggies, and one for mixing the brine. Here is a list of vegetables you can use and how to prepare them:

(For 1 quart, use 12 ounces of vegetables.)

Asparagus – Blanch trimmed asparagus spears in boiling water for 1 minute. Drain well, transfer to a plate and let cool.

Broccoli stems – Peel tough skin away and cut stems into slender sticks.

Carrot sticks – Blanch sticks in boiling water for 2 minutes, drain and cool.

Cauliflower florets – Cut into small florets. Blanch the florets in boiling water for 1 minutes, drain and let cool.

Green beans – steam beans for 2 minutes, transfer to a plate and let cool.

Kirby cucumbers – Quarter unpeeled cucumbers for pickle spears or slice them into thin rounds for pickle chips.

I doubled the recipe and made four jars of pickled vegetables. I made broccoli (1), cucumbers (2) and asparagus (1). I loved the pickled cucumbers, also known as pickles. Totally adored them. I very much enjoyed the asparagus, and didn't care much for the broccoli. And I'm a broccoli girl.

Pack your vegetables into two clean jars. In another jar, combine:

3 tablespoons kosher salt

2 tablespoons sugar

1 1/4 cups distilled white vinegar (5% acidity)

2 tablespoons coriander seeds

6 large garlic cloves, halved

Shake to dissolve the salt and sugar. Add 2 cups of water and pour brine over the vegetables.

Tuck the following in between the veggies:

4 to 6 long red or green hot chiles, halved lengthwise

16 dill sprigs

Add water to the jars so that the vegetables stay submerged. Close jars and refrigerate overnight or up to 1 month.

If you enjoy pickles, I promise you will not be disappointed (not speaking for the broccoli). I will make this recipe again and again!

Scary Juice Recipe (Healthy Green Smoothie)

This juice might look scary to little ones, but it is DELICIOUS! And HEALTHY! Drink up!

The only reason I have labeled this juice as "scary" is because that was my three-year-old's reaction to it. When I asked him if he wanted to try a sip, a frightened look came over his face and he said, "No, thank you!" as he ran quickly into another room. At least he was polite about it! As scary as it might appear to a toddler, it is honestly far from it.

I'm not always good about eating fruit in the winter, so this is an easy and totally yummy way to drink some good vitamins and nutrients.

Place the following ingredients into a food processor:

1 cucumber, peeled and cut into chunks

3 kiwis, peeled and quartered

2 handfuls of fresh spinach

1 apple, peeled and cored

A long drizzle of honey

Process until smooth, chill and enjoy your non-scary Scary Juice!