Comfort Food| Bean Soup

posted on: Thursday, February 26, 2015

The other day, when the temps were dropping just below freezing, and the kids were somewhere between content and flat out miserable, I decided to make bean soup. There's just something about cooking and creating for them and myself, that I really do enjoy. I've said it before. There's also something super powerful about spending what feels like an entire day cooking as well. When a day is so easy and at the same time, surrounded around creating a meal that has been simmering since the morning, it's always a good one. It brings about a certain kind of comfort.

Bean soup is incredibly easy to make. It's also incredibly filling, delicious, and can easily be mixed with any other vegetable. I decided to make mine without meat because I do feel as though beans are a great alternative to meat when you happen to be craving such things.

Here's how I made it.

- Boil about four cups of water in a pot. Once water has reached a boil, turn it off then let your beans soak in it for an hour.
- After your beans are done soaking, drain them.
- Pour one part vegetable broth and one part water in you bean pot.
- Once beans get cooking a bit, chop two yellow potatoes in bite sized pieces and put them in the pot.
- Cook your beans and potatoes for about an hour, or until tender on medium heat.
- When finished, add butter and salt and plate over brown rice with a few slices of avocado on the side.


Brass x LaTonya Yvette

posted on: Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I'm the kind of girl who never shies away from color and patterns. Despite this fact, I know it is essential that my closet is full to the brim with basics. Not just your purchase-on-a-whim basics. Those usually get tossed after just a few wears. I'm talking about the basics that take a little extra thought. Basics like this sweater dress from Brass. It's extremely comfortable and yet, simple. It's the perfect addition to my closet. A necessity for sure. I felt ridiculously sexy in this piece too.

Sometimes, as a girl with curves, I find pieces ill-fitting unless they're super tight. (Tight clothing is also really new to me too. Bohemian/men's everything.) This dress fit me like a freaking glove, but didn't leave me feeling too sexy for just a normal day. Not super tight... just tight in all the right places. I love that it's perfect for this transitional season that will soon be upon us. That weird in-between winter/spring weather. With a few simple accessories and layers, I can really be anyone in this, and that's what a basic is supposed to be essentially. Something that can change right along with you and your style.

Sweater Dress- c/o Brass| Converse| Denim Jacket- Vintage (similar)

A Day In Texas| Video

posted on: Friday, February 20, 2015

The first stop on our vacation was Austin Texas to visit my best friend Lauren. Because of numerous flight delays on our end. We only ended up staying for two days and two nights, but really, we had the best time. we all laughed so hard, and the kids truly enjoyed each other. It was as if we were back in Brooklyn and just having another normal play date.

This day in particular we were at an awesome park in Austin. I really miss them already, but I know that distance has nothing on our friendship.We miss you Lauren!

This video was shot by husband Peter Staubs. Song: "Life on Mars? (cover) Seu Jorge

In the Kitchen With Blue Apron

posted on: Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Life lately has been crazy, especially since arriving from our vacation. I knew once coming back our lives would shift a little. It turns out to that our lives have shifted more than just a little. It's all exciting, but also, rather intimidating. See, I'll be working away from home more and Peter will be home more. I just started an amazing new position with a fantastic jeweler, helping with her marketing and branding, and this, in addition to this little blog and a few styling gigs, takes me away from home more. I've always been one to happily juggle many things, but this change required more family shifting and shaping. I'm really thankful that Peter has a successful career that he loves, and that also gives him and myself the opportunity to tackle new things, while also balancing the family and parenting load. I'm thankful that for the time being, he's shifting and scaling his work load back so I can really live out some of my dreams as well.

With all of that said, there's a lot of things that Peter needs to adapt to in our home with the kids. I created a lot of the routines and schedules, and he has to learn how to navigate them and to also create his own. With me working more, it means that I can't make dinner a few times a week like I'd like to. This, and not nursing Oak as much during the day, are some of the biggest changes for me. Despite trying to always juggle a few jobs, I find great success and joy in being a homemaker. There's no better sign of love than creating a meal. I'm not the best cook, but I feel as though I am the best at making my family smile through cooking. And that my friends... is where it's at.
When Blue Apron reached out to me asking if I wanted to give them a try, I immediately said yes. With Peter taking more of an at-home work load, I knew that if he (and I-let's be honest) had a little help in that department during this transition in our lives, than all the merrier. If you haven't heard of Blue Apron yet, they're a meal delivery service that delivers farm fresh ingredients, recipes, and perfect proportions right to your front door. In fact, we hadn't even arrived from vacation when our box arrived. Our building's super gladly brought the box inside our apartment upon my request and all of the food was still cold and fresh once we got home from the airport later that night.
Even though there are four of us, we chose to receive a meal for two at $9.99. This kind of shocked me because in reality, here in the city, we pay that much-at least- for organic and farm fresh ingredients for a meal. And it probably goes without saying, but our ingredients require me to actually meal plan or create new things. No handy recipes. I love how Blue Apron takes all the fuss of planning and cooking a balanced meal out of the everyday. 

On Sunday afternoon, we chose to cook the Pan- Roasted Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Maple-Glazed Carrots.
I love how each dish comes with a super simple step by step. There's little room for error, and it's easy to have kids join and give a helping hand. 
Each meal can be prepared in 40 minutes or less, which will give Peter a little more free time when nights with two little ones gets kind of crazy. 
Our meal was incredibly delicious, and I think Peter broke a record for how many times the statement "this is so much fin!" can be used within an hour. As I type this, he's in the kitchen now, and I here him chanting " here we go, here we go, here we go now" as he's preparing another Blue Apron meal. We have officially been converted, and I look forward to having Peter create delicious Blue Apron meals with ease as we navigate this transition. Cheers to welcome change and healthy and balanced meals and family!

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