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Monday, November 25

QUICK AND TASTY STEAK SALAD

I never could have imagined how tiring different it'd be going from one child to two. For those of you who have two or more kids - major hats off to you! :) Before the days of little brother, I use to get excited about looking for new recipes and prepping for meals. These days, I'm just happy if there's something edible and healthy on the table when my husband gets home. 

Lately I've been adding a lot of salads into our rotation. I forget how simple and delicious they can be. They're super versatile and can be made with so many combinations. Last week I made this yummy steak salad with a side of Trader Joe's organic tomato and roasted red pepper soup.  I don't really have a recipe to share, since it was pretty much thrown together with whatever was in our fridge.  But basically I use one source of protein (shredded rotisserie chicken, steak, beans, etc) and then add nuts (almonds, pecans, cashews), fruits (mandarin oranges, apples, craisins, tomato, etc.) and cheese (cheddar, parmesan, blue cheese, etc.) to the lettuce. Here's the combination I used that night in case you're curious...



INGREDIENTS
skirt steak
romaine lettuce, chopped
Roma tomatoes, sliced
honey roasted pecans
mandarin oranges
some type of sharp cheese (I used Trader Joe's Unexpected Cheddar), crumbled or shaved
green onions, sliced (optional)

Sauce for Steak Marinade
1/4 C reduced sodium soy sauce
1/3 C grapeseed oil
1 tsp sesame oil
1 clove of minced garlic
1/2 tsp minced ginger

***Set aside about 3 T of the sauce to drizzle on the salad (this can vary due to how much dressing you like on your salads).  

DIRECTIONS
Combine and whisk together all your sauce ingredients into a small bowl. Set aside some sauce to dress the salad. Toss the marinade and the steak into a ziplock bag and let it sit for about an hour before cooking. Once it's ready, sprinkle on a generous amount of black pepper and a light sprinkle of salt on both sides before cooking. Since I don't have a grill, I just cooked it on my cast iron pan for about 3-4 minutes on each side. 

Meanwhile place the lettuce and tomatoes into a salad bowl. Drizzle in the sauce and toss well. Add the remaining ingredients and lightly toss everything together. Top the salad with the steak and enjoy!



Friday, November 15

FUN AND MODERN TAKE ON DECOR!

I am so excited to introduce to you Shae, the amazing designer and owner of Skoope Home! I first came across her shop a few months ago and have been loving her fun and modern take on small home goods such as pillows and prints. Here she is to share a little about herself and what her shop is all about. 




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Skoope Home was born in 2011 through my love of interior decorating and fabric but has since grown into so much more. Originally the idea was to make small home goods out of modern fabrics but it has evolved into my creative baby through which I can create boldly fun conversation pieces for the home. Its not just about making decor but actually creating home accessories that make you happy. The brand is a handmade, one-woman operation from start to finish and I love every moment of it! From designing to printing and photographing to packaging, I revel in each step of the process and I hope you find something at Skoope Home that's perfect for you and your space!


For a limited time, Shae is generously offering all Enjoyer of Grace readers a 10% discount on any purchases from her shop using the promo code: SKHEOG10.  Happy browsing! :)

Wednesday, November 13

FALL FAVORITES


Happy Wednesday, everyone! Dropping in to say hi and share some of my favorite items that I've been using/eating/loving recently! It's been quite busy around here lately so I apologize for being MIA for so long. I've been working on a few projects here and there, doing a lot of end-of-the-year de-cluttering (the guys at our local donation truck know me a little too well haha), and just trying to keep up with my two little guys. 

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If you want to immerse yourself with some yummy fall smells, heat up a scented wax melt on a coffee warmer. Instead of buying specialized candle warmers that cost $30, these are a lot cheaper at $10 and more versatile since you can use it for other things too. 



If you're in need of some TLC and much needed down time, make yourself a cup of this delicious salted caramel chai tea. SO SO good.  


My husband and I also have really been enjoying this Paris tea from Harney & Sons. We're about to stock up some more of this tasty black tea that has wonderful notes of vanilla and caramel. 



Little brother just started eating solids last week. With E, I always used the Take and Toss spoons but for some reason little brother had a hard time with those. I switched to these feeding spoons from OXO and have been absolutely loving them! These spoons are super gentle on the gums and are great at scraping up all the food.  He's been taking down food like a pro. ;)


I've also been eyeing these adorable pillows from Skoope Home. Shae is the super talented lady behind this amazing brand and makes her entire line of home decor herself! I especially love her "hello" and  "you are loved" pillows. I'll be featuring her etsy shop later this week and sharing a special discount she's giving to all my readers. :)

HELLO Pillow Cover - Lumbar Pillow Cover - Pick Your Color and Size

Lastly, have you read this article about why marriage is not for us? Before making any assumptions, you need to read it first!

Until next time,