February 27, 2012

Monday Giveaway: Rogue Baby Boutique

It's been a while since we've started the week out with a giveaway, but I happen to think that the prospect of winning some sweet loot is a pretty nice way to start the week.
So here we are!

I'm excited to bring you this week's shop, as it's a fellow local business owner!
This is Ricki {and her precious daughter, Ella}

She and her husband own Rogue Baby Boutique

An adorable online shop featuring custom diaper wipes cases, crocheted hats, beautiful hair bows {and hair bow holders} headbands and more!

"Rogue Baby Boutique was an idea that started in April 2010 when our daughter was born. I received a super cute custom diaper wipes case from a friend and got so many compliments on it. I decided to give it a shot making them myself. Soon I was getting custom orders from friends, and an Etsy shop soon followed. Since then, we've branched out to custom hair bows and headbands, custom hair accessory holders, and adorable crocheted hats. My husband Kyle and I plan on adding some additional nursery decor to the shop in the coming year. Our dream is to one day open a shop here in Southern Oregon that would feature our signature items, nursery furniture, clothing and much more."

Super adorable baby items, right?!

Rogue Baby Boutique is giving one of you the chance to win a $10 shop credit!

There are 6 ways to enter!
{please leave a separate comment for each item you complete}

{this one is mandatory} be a public follower of the Alexandra Rose Blog
Visit the Rogue Baby Boutique shop and come back and tell me your favorite item
Become a fan of Alexandra Rose on facebook
Become a fan of Rogue Baby Boutique on facebook
Follow Alexandra Rose on twitter
Re blog {tweet or facebook} about the giveaway with a link back to this post

Get to enterin' now!

Also, Rogue Baby Boutique would love to offer every one of you 10% off all items in their shop!
Just enter the code ALEX12 at checkout!

Also, don't forget to visit the Rogue Baby Boutique website where you can order super adorable items like these at prices waaaaay below MSRP:

Giveaway will be open until Saturday, March 2nd at 11:59pm
Winner will be announced Sunday, March 3rd.
Good luck!

February 24, 2012

Teriyaki Stir-Fry Veggies Over Quinoa {quick & easy!}

A few weeks ago I posted a cell phone picture of my veggie stir fry on my facebook page.
I got a few requests for the recipe.
Ask, and you shall receive. You're welcome.
{even though it's ridiculously easy}

Let's start with the quinoa.
I buy this gigantic bag from Costco...

And ALWAYS cook it in a rice cooker.
SO easy, you don't have to think about it and it turns out perfect every time.
While the quinoa is cooking away - it takes about 20 minutes - chop up the veggies.

For this stir fry I used purple cabbage, zucchini, broccoli, snow peas, carrots, onions and bean sprouts.
I normally throw in mushrooms, but forgot to pick some up at the store.
You can totally customize this part and add {or leave out} whichever veggies you like!

Once they're all chopped, you're ready to fry!
I always used a wok, but discovered I really like this deep pan instead.
Either way, put in a small amount of olive oil {maybe a tablespoon or less}
and then crank up the heat.
I had mine right at 8, so medium high.
Add in the veggies, starting with the crunchiest first.

I always start with the onions, as they take the longest.
I cook them for a few seconds and then add in the carrots, broccoli, and so on until the softest veggie is in.
Once they've all had a chance to cook together for just a second,
{remember, this is a quick stir fry...the veggies should still have some bite to them and not be mush}
you're ready for the teriyaki.

This is quite possibly the most important part.
We use a locally made teriyaki that is absolutely delish.
{random tidbit - the makers of this sauce own a Japanese restaurant that hubby and I both use to work at...it's where we met...aaaaawe :)}
Anyway, any teriyaki will do, so just find one that you like!

Pour a few tablespoons of sauce over the veggies and let them cook together for just another minute,
and then turn off the heat!
Mushy stir fry is never a good thing, so try not to overcook.

By this time the quinoa should be done!
{wasn't that easy?!}
Put a heap of veggies on a bed of quinoa and BINGO!
You've got dinner.



February 23, 2012

Over the past week...

Yes, MIA...AGAIN. Apparently it's pretty easy to disappear.
So, here's what's been going on this past week or so...
Some beautiful sunshine-y weather and lots of walks and trips to the park.

Lazy Lenny naps...

Double rainbows. {ok, make that one double rainbow...but still}

My first trip to a bar in our town. Yes, I ordered water. I know, I'm a wild one.

Isaiah learned how to draw spiders...super proud mommy moment :)

Playing with the coolest magnetic blocks. Every child needs these. Seriously.

It snowed. Which was random, but exciting.

I made Isaiah a dinosaur hoodie. It's cute, and it was fun to make!

We went to swim class...

And Lenny got shaved. Thankfully, dog hair grows back. Or so I'm told.

I've been taking a super B complex and would swear by it. SO.MUCH.MORE.ENERGY.

There was a beautiful sunset...

And I made rollo stuffed chocolate chip cookies. Whoa man, these babies are good.

I want this breakfast sandwich, and basically everything in this picnic brunch. Like, stat.

Yep, it's been a pretty good week.
You can look for some new recipes and a giveaway in the upcoming week! Yay!

February 12, 2012

For The Health Of It {photo food log day 5}

Well, apparently the weekends are not my strong suit as far as healthy eating goes.
I'll just start by saying that.

Started out with my morning chai.

We made Valentine's for Isaiah's friends,

So you know I had a caramel kiss, or two.

We planned to walk to our local coffee shop for breakfast, but it was 20 degrees this morning - I'm definitely not that hard core - so we drove instead.
I had a toasted everything bagel with cream cheese, and it was delish.

You can also bet that I had a few bites of Isaiah's giant snickerdoodle cookie.

Later in the afternoon I had a small-ish bowl of cereal
{which is probably what a real serving size looks like}

And a rice cake with peanut butter and jelly.
I know.
Apparently, having a bagel for breakfast makes me want more carbs because I HAD to have them today.

We had our usual Sunday night dinner with my parents, which always means lots of food and eating more than I need.
I had roasted veggies, mashed potatoes, a slice of bread and some salad.

I'm still stuffed.
Waaaaaay too much food today.

And tomorrow I jump back on the bandwagon!

February 11, 2012

For The Health Of It {photo food log day 4}

Today was lots of fun...I love the weekends.
I didn't do pilates, and I didn't have breakfast,
but I did start the day with a warm cup of chai :)

Isaiah's friend had a birthday party today {so fun!} and I had a slice of cheese pizza and some peanut butter filled pretzels - right up my alley - for lunch.
I'm sure I had at least double that amount of pretzels...they're soooo good!

I also finished off Isaiah's chocolate pudding and had a few gummy worms too :)

We came home and let Isaiah take his nap.
Hubby and I did some organizing and when Isaiah woke up we headed out for a walk!
We all took an apple on the way out the door.

We walked a little over 3 1/2 miles and stopped at an elementary school so Isaiah could play.
I whipped up a gigantic salad with a black bean burger on top and it totally hit the spot!

Hubby and I are about to curl up and watch a movie.
A lovely Saturday indeed.

For The Health Of It {photo food log day 3}

Yesterday was kinda funky.
I had to do fasting blood work, so breakfast kinda went by the wayside.
I did start out the day with my 20 minute pilates video though.

After getting my blood drawn and running errands,
I came home and was basically starving.
I came home and had a spoonful of chunky peanut butter

And a few pistachios while I was making Isaiah's lunch.
Wasn't quite disciplined enough to take a picture before hand, but after isn't too bad, right?

Fruit salad for lunch: pineapple, green grapes, strawberries, blueberries and 1/2 a banana.

followed by a rolo and caramel kiss - which is essentially a rolo, but whatever.

For dinner I had two slices of vegetarian pizza with a side salad.

Confession: I did have a small handful of chocolate covered acai berries at my work staff meeting, and no, I did not take a picture. Whoops.

Not too bad, but lots of snacking.

Currently sipping on my morning cup of chai, and it is delish.

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