Food · vegan

Tempeh sausage hash over warm lentils

I literally can’t get enough of hash’s this winter- they are like a warm hug, a hearty breakfast for a cold winter morning. The best thing about a hash is that you can pretty much make them from anything leftover in your fridge. For example, I’ve been making my favorite with tofu the last couple of weekends, but when I realized this morning that we were out of tofu, tempeh was the next best choice! This recipe makes a healthy amount, to make for breakfast guests or to save as leftovers for tomorrow am- if you’re only a couple of people, or don’t want to make as much as I did, feel free to halve this recipe! If you do have guests, or just hate prep- I used quite a few short cuts for this recipe- you can follow my lead, or put in the full amount of work if you’re Wonder Woman/man!

For the tempeh:

In a medium bowl, mix 6 tbsp tamari (or soy sauce), 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar, 2 tbsp olive oil, and 2 eight ounce packages of crumbled (you do the crumbling!) tempeh- stir mixture well and leave tempeh to marinate for 10-15 minutes. (You can start in on the other prep while you’re waiting!)

For the hash:

A couple of shortcuts: I used a frozen bag of mixed grilled peppers and onions from Trader Joe’s as well as a bag of pre-diced potatoes from the fridge section of the supermarket. I also purchased a package of pre-cooked lentils from Trader Joe’s. This cut my prep time immensely- but you can always chop an onion, dice 3 bell peppers, dice 3-4 white potatoes and prepare lentils according to package…

Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large sauté pan and cook onion, peppers and 4 cloves (minced) of garlic until soft and slightly browned.

Add your diced potato and cook until potatoes are slightly crispy on outside but still soft in the middle.

Lastly, add your marinated tempeh. Stir well to combine and cook for 6-7 minutes while stirring occasionally. Add salt and pepper to taste, as well as 1/2 tsp of rosemary and 1/2 tsp of thyme.

Serve over a bed of warm lentils, enjoy!

Food · vegan

Chimichurri sauce! 

Mmmm… this chimichurri sauce is so good- I forgot to shoot a good picture of it before I started to chow down… classic

This sauce of Argentinian descent is a great fresh topping for tofu steaks, veggies, or basically anything you put on the grill. My version is a little different from the traditional recipe, but I like a little spin on an original recipe any day of the week- especially when it involves the addition of cilantro. I used it to top some tofu steaks that I served alongside rice and black beans and a generously salted avocado- oh so good. 

Here’s what you need: 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/8 cup apple cider vinegar, 5 cloves of garlic, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp oregano, 1 tsp onion powder, 1/2 cup of fresh flat leaf parsley (stems removed- lightly packed), 1/2 cup of cilantro lightly packed, squeeze of fresh lemon juice (optional)

Here’s the plan: Place all items in a mini food processor or chopper (or large if you don’t have a small one) and blend until completely ground and smooth. Top your food, enjoy! It’s as easy as that! 

BEST WEEK EVER! · summer vibes · Travel

Best Week Ever! Vacay edition!

This week was the best week ever! We are on vacation! July 10-16, 2017

We are still not walking quite yet…

But… we do love wearing matching swan bathing suits…

And this little puddle jumper swim vest we got at Target, might be the best 20 bucks we ever spent…

Steve and I celebrated our 4 year wedding anniversary! 

How come they don’t have Mellow Mushtoom in the northeast? Biggest mistake ever…

Steve called this a Snow White apple, it didn’t put me to sleep, but it was pretty tasty with peanut butter…

Not sure there is anything sweeter in the whole world than when the two of them play nicely together! 

Lunch outside on the water is a must when on holiday at the coast!

And…Not the best family selfie we’ve ever taken, but certainly not the worst either! 

And we are here another week!!

Also, just bought tickets to this show in Brooklyn and I’m geeking out over it! 

Will probably end up ordering this for fall!

I’m just going to sit here and squish this all day long

Have you seen this yet?! I’m dying to watch it! And two other movies on my must watch list… ONE & TWO

We just had an intense family game night playing this!

Obscure, intriguing, kick ass fanzines– with a sliding scale price tag!

And… just try and not read the Pepe the King Prawn’s twitter feed without the accent, go ‘head, just try

Family · Spouse

4 Years!

Steve and I just celebrated our 4 year wedding anniversary! It’s so crazy amazing to look back and reflect on your time together as a married couple over the years- and an anniversary is the perfect time to do so. Even though it’s only been 4 years since we were married, we’ve had 2 babies, so it’s been busy! And it’s funny to think about how we’ve changed, how our lives have changed, and reminisce about how we first met, when we started dating, and our wedding day. Sometimes we can’t believe it’s been 4 years already, because it went by so fast, yet, at the same time, we can’t believe it’s only been 4 years, because we feel like we’ve known each other forever and it’s crazy to think about a time when we weren’t together… it’s funny how time works that way… the one thing I do know for sure, is how lucky I am, and how- even she I don’t think it’s possible- I love this man more and more with every passing day. ❤️

#100daysofhustleandveg · Goals · Inspiration


So wow! I made it to 100 days! (Yesterday- today marksbpost #101) This was quite the challenge, but so rewarding and I’m so glad I was able to finish! 

If you have been following along, you’ll know that I started this 100 days challenge, well, 100 days ago, on April 4th, with many others challenging themselves to commit to completing 100 consecutive days of doing something creative of their choosing. I have wanted to have a blog for a long time. I started once before and sputtered out because I never really had the time or energy to commit to building my site… this challenge was exactly what I needed to push me into making my blog a priority. First, let me say that I’m so happy I did this, and I’m definitely planning on continuing to blog, maybe not everyday, but certainly cosistently…Here’s some other stuff that I learned/ reflections from along the way…

1. Cultivate ideas to blog about from your life and during your day. 

I know I wanted to have a lifestyle blog with recipes, shopping, projects and ideas, and family/mom life, so most of the ideas for my blog have come up organically from our day. I would like to add more projects and DIY’s in the future which, is one of my future blogging goals.

2. Speaking of goals… 

I have always been a goal oriented person, but haven’t always had the best follow through… committing to and working on this blog has really helped learn the importance of keeping goals, big and small, and how to break things up into smaller chunks in order to complete the things I want to achieve. It’s also really helped me to prioritize and get my thoughts and future plans down on paper. I recently bought this planner– which starts in august- and includes lots of concrete break downs of plans and goal setting- which I’m so excited to use! 

3. Take lots of pictures!

Even though I’ve always loved taking lots of pictures- and it’s so easy now with our phones- I love taking the everyday shots that you may have missed in the past, because you didn’t think they were as important, but actually end up being really cool reminders of the small details of moments you don’t want to forget. There were definitely (more than a few) days where I would be thinking about what I wanted to blog about and I would refer back to my camera roll to see what was going on in my day.

4. Speaking of remembering details…

Keep a notebook- this is one I’ve done for years, but definitely proved to be instrumental while blogging. I write down ideas, thoughts, inspiration, quotes, websites, recipes, even draw small sketches that I want to remember. This ‘inspiration’ notebook is so helpful for brainstorming, keeping track of a recipe I’m working on, or housing everyday photos/ ideas. 

Another thing to help me remember things I want to come back to is by taking screen shots on my phone- this was especially helpful for shopping posts and articles I wanted to link to when I do shopping round ups and best week ever posts.

5. Stay open to new ideas and experiences!

This isn’t just about blogging- but nice life advice in general! Sometimes, I must admit, I honesty decided to try something because I thought, “well, even if it’s not great, it will be an interesting blog post…” and 9 times out of 10, it turned out to be a fun and positive experience.

6. Let people in…

I really like how personal my blog has become- I think it’s a really good representation of my life and my family, and it’s nice to use as a place of reflection that I hope brings other people some smiles and some inspiration as well. The comments, follows, and likes I’ve received On my blog mean the world to me, and it’s Just so wonderful being able to share a piece of my world with you. 

I hope you guys have enjoyed reading so far, and hope you come back again- I’d love to hear more from you ❤️ so cheers to 100 past posts and many more to come! 

Family · Motherhood · Parenting · Travel

Kaszanek family vacation part two: the flight!

Arriving at the airport! Ready to go!

So we actually did it ,and have lived to tell the tale! We flew with 2 littles from Boston to Savannah, and actually, it wasn’t that bad!!

I attribute most of the success to snacks, pacifiers, bottles/pouches, naps, and felt books that included little pieces to play with! Here are some photos from our travels!

Dash tagging our bags!

The dreaded weigh in, yes, it was more than 50lbs… 🙈

Checking the instruments, getting ready for take off 😂

Dash’s first view of a plane (plus a funny photo bomb of a guy that was struggling with something…)

Enjoying the flight ❤️

…and how I got to end my night…

Yay for vacation!
Family · Motherhood · Parenting · Travel

Kaszanek family Vacation: Part One

Definitely the sign of a successful day! We drove up to my in laws house today to spend the night so they can drive us to the airport in the morning. This plan works out so perfectly for us because we are leaving our dog here- which means no boarding, yay!- and we don’t have to worry about long term parking, etc. and are hoping to do curbside check in with our bags… if you’ve been following the blog for the last few days, you know I’m a tad nervous about flying with two littles and I’m hoping this process goes as smoothly as possible! (I will keep you updated on how it goes and share my own tips soon!) 

We had about a 3 hour car ride driving up here, which went mainly well- kiddos were in pretty good spirits for the majority of the ride, and then we were able to celebrate with all of Steve’s family- aunts, uncles, and cousins, that couldn’t make it to Sailor’s bday party the other day. We had a great little pizza party, and Sailor got sung to again- she was in all her glory 😁! 

This picture was snapped on the way up to bed after Dash stayed up waaaay past his bedtime… Of course when you’re staying with grandparents, the kids get a little spoiled- which is great! At Steve’s parents house, it’s lovingly called “anything you want day” – which sounds pretty awesome… 

We leave in the am for the airport! (As Dash would say, to go up in the sky!) I’ll keep you posted on our (mis)adventures ❤️