Turmeric and Pancakes (Not Together)

I have been on a turmeric kick lately, all thanks to this Instagram post by Lilveggiepatch and the long list of health benefits!

photo 3

Homemade turmeric shot…(convinced my mom, dad, AND little brother to take them too!)

photo 4photo 5

Turmeric and coconut oil eggs…

photo 2

and swordfish curry. Turmeric is awesome!

swordfish curry

Want to know how to incorporate more turmeric into your day? Check out this great post by Mind Body Green: 10 Ways To Get More Turmeric

Now on to the pancakes! z and I got this huge electric griddle from my brother and sister-in-law for Christmas. I use it almost every weekend to make a big batch of regular and gluten-free pancakes that we freeze for the week! I typically make blueberry pancakes for z and change it up with my GF cakes.

photo 3

I just got a new cookbook: BabyCakes Covers the Classics – after I was finished reading it cover to cover (like a novel), I had to make the gingerbread pancakes!



pancake batterbabycakescooked cakes


I’ll leave you with a random picture of z, Louis, and z’s new wooden 6-pack carrier I got him for Christmas from this Etsy shop: ReImagine UpCycling

He loves to store beer in the basement fridge (yes, we have two refrigerators) and bring them up 6 at a time with his new carrier! Cute.

photo 1

It’s a snow day around here, so I’m likely to shoot out a couple more blog posts…

Lovely Lavender Lemonade

It is so warm and sunny today! I’m celebrating by alternating between the hammock and back stoop to write this post! I’m also drinking a new refreshment I made today:

Lovely Lavender Lemonade
1 tablespoon lavender
1 cup sugar
1-2 cups boiling water (depending on how strong you want your syrup)
1 3/4 cups lemon juice
2+ cups ice water
Lemon slices (optional)

To make the lavender syrup, put the lavender and sugar into a heat-tolerant bowl. I massaged my lavender and sugar together to infuse more flavor but you can leave that step out. Next, add your boiling water to the bowl and stir until all the sugar is dissolved.


Cover the bowl for at least 25 minutes (longer if you have patience). After you have waited as long as you possibly can, strain the syrup into a pitcher.


Add the lemon juice, water, and lemon slices to the pitcher and stir!


Pour in a glass and enjoy the sunshine!!


Homemade Pasta (and a visitor from the North)

Little Margi came to town a couple weeks ago. It was so nice to have a visitor in our new house! We spent the weekend hanging out, having sushi with foca, and making homemade pasta!


1 egg for every cup of flour.


SLR selfie.


z making meatballs.


New pasta cutter!


I don’t have a pasta roller…so Margi rolled a lot of dough!


Oh Instagram.

pasta ig

so fun. so good. let’s do it again.

NYE 2013

Oopsies – this post got lost in my draft folder! This is how we spent our last night of 2013:

z made blackened shrimp with peppers, onions, and rice before we headed to…

photo 1

photo 2

…the 9:30 Club for Trombone Shorty and Trouble Funk (hooray for go-go!!!).

photo 3photo 4

There was a balloon drop, champagne, and FREE southern biscuits (veggie for me and chicken for z)! Yum!

balloonstshortytreme shorty

photo 5


Happy 2014!

Snow Day Catch-Up!

Here in Arlington, we got 10 inches of snow which is 10 more inches of snow than I’d like to have.

I have not updated in a while, but there have been some super fun cooking projects in our house lately! Here is a sneak peek into what we’ve been up to (detailed blog posts to come for some of the recipes)!

Vegetarian pho using this recipe:


Homemade pasta with meatballs (during Margi’s visit):


Éclairs from scratch for our Super Bowl Party (z also made homemade meatballs that were a hit):

final eclair

Roasted Red Pepper Soup:

roasted peppers

soup and quesadilla

Beer pizza dough for pizza and calzones:

photo 1

Homemade tzatziki (to add some love to leftovers):

photo 2


z and I have successfully meal planned for the past 4 weeks! It is saving time, money, and the stress of figuring out “What’s for dinner?” Good work team.


More to come…unless I get lost in the snow.

Two New Food and Wine Recipes

Whenever we get our Food & Wine magazine, it’s my #favoritemailday.

FW Readers Choice

Z and I each chose a recipe from this issue of Food & Wine magazine. Z’s choice was up first – any surprises that he chose shrimp? Nope, didn’t think so ;)


He was able to do everything in one pot! Hooray Le Creuset!

one potfinal shrimpies

So good. I should have licked my plate.

shrimp close

Two words: BUTTER, BABY!

I chose the next recipe!




This is z’s chicken in the homemade tomatillo sauce. I didn’t have any because my stomach wasn’t feeling the best.


z’s plate! Look at the taco holders – ahh!


z said the sauce was very mild (we’re used to big flavors and hot, hot heat). Props to my cousin Tony for these two condiments which saved the dish! Phew!


Trader Joe’s does salsa and hot sauce well!

It’s so fun to experiment – especially now that we have room to cook!

Crouch and Redmon Family Christmas 2013

How did I get so blessed to have such a big, fabulous family?! I love Christmas because it means I get to see everyone! The Barrett Family Christmas was a couple days before and on Christmas day I got to see the Crouch family and my immediate family! Woo!

2010 was our last year with Pop Pop but we are carrying on traditions <3



Can’t wait for next Christmas when my niece/nephew jellybean is here!


Love, love, love my family.


Remember we were in Miami last year for Christmas – it was NOT as warm this year!

What Can I Juice?

Guys, I love juicing. For those of you that follow me on Instagram (@happyhippie8d), you know that I got this juicer for Christmas and love it. Like really, really love it. My husband spoils loves me!

christmas juice

beautiful machine

Every time I walk through the grocery store, I ask myself “What can I juice?!”

Here’s what I’ve been juicing:

mangopeeled and preppedgreen juicecarrots are orangemurky and delicious

juice cake

frothy juicecantaloupelots of juiceginger lover (1)tie dye juiceglass strawinstaginger

I love juicing. I put too many juice pictures on Instagram. I love drinking my juice with a glass straw.