Changes

Hello all!  I’ll keep this short and sweet.  I am so excited to announce that I’ve put my blogger hat back on, over at my new site!  To see what I’m up to, you can head on over to The Bookish Bohemian!  I sincerely hope to see you there.

 

All best,

Ashley

 

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Veganish: Thai-Inspired Noodles

Hello all!  It’s been getting chilly here in New Hampshire, and I’m more than a bit happy that fall is finally upon us.  Unfortunately, I started off my favorite season with a nasty bug that left me out of work for a spell.  Thankfully with some antibiotics, lots of rest, and warm, cozy comfort foods, I’m back on my feet and feeling back to normal!

Inspired by the Pad Thai noodle dish, I’ve been experimenting with this baby for awhile now, and I think I’m finally happy with it.  This meal is as fulfilling as it is nourishing, and tastes just as good as take-out (in my humble opinion).  I served this dish with a few pieces of Trader Joe’s Thai Vegetable Gyoza, a current favorite of mine.

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Veganish: Thai-Inspired Noodles

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of Pad Thai rice noodles
  • 2 small zucchini, chopped
  • 2 small heads of broccoli, chopped
  • 2-3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2-1 c. frozen edamame
  • 1 red pepper
  • Any other veggies you may want!

Sauce:

  • 2 TBS peanut butter
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 c. soy sauce (or more, to taste)
  • 2 in. piece of ginger, peeled and minced
  • Dash of water
  • Sriracha sauce, to taste
  • Pinch of brown sugar

Method:

  1. Cook noodles according to package directions and set aside
  2. Prepare the veggies.  Sauté all chopped veggies in a med-large sauce pot with 1 TBS olive oil  For this batch, I included 1 can each of baby corn and water chestnuts.  I also added a small dash of soy sauce.
  3. While the vegetables are cooking, make the sauce.  Pour all sauce ingredients into a blender (I used a NutriBullet), and blend until smooth.
  4. Pour the rice noodles into the pot, and stir well to combine with the vegetables. 
  5. Pour the sauce over the noodles, and stir well.
  6. Serve with potstickers, tofu, green onion garnish- make it your own!

What have you been cooking up lately? I’d love to hear : )  Until next time, here’s a shot that T grabbed: a rare moment of affection from Daisy, and my sleeping self, unaware of the occasion.

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Categories Eat

Lately

To say that life has changed a lot since my last post would be…entirely accurate.  I’ve been so excited to share all the goings-on around here for awhile, and am seizing a somewhat-freer afternoon to sit down and type it all out.

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{my favorite (and cheesiest) bulletin board}

First things first- I am LOVING my new teaching job.  My coworkers are kind and helpful, my students are adorable and eager to learn (so far..we’ll see how true this is once the back-to-school “honeymoon” is over!), and the school building itself is brand new and gorgeous.  I’m still settling into my classroom and getting to know the everyday routines and rhythms of the school, and I’m bracing myself for the inevitable craze of October, when all of the real work and learning will begin.  I would be outright lying if I said I wasn’t feeling overwhelmed with planning curriculum, setting up grades, and all of the other lovely things a first-timer teacher needs to build from scratch.  However, I am very lucky to be teaching in my school, and I grow more grateful by the day that I wound up where I did.

In other news, T and I have finally made the move to Nashua!  I’m actually a bit surprised by how quickly we’ve settled in to such a drastically different place.  We’ve been here for about two weeks now, and I can happily report that we are officially unpacked!  However, even though our stuff is no longer in boxes, I have yet to find just the right place for everything.  I have some decorating/crafting projects planned for this fall and winter that I’m pretty excited about, including vamping up our dresser-turned-bar, and I think these will add those final touches that the new place is still missing.

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dresser turned bar

 

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desk digs

 I haven’t been able to explore much of our new city yet, but I’m deeply intrigued by a few spots in the downtown area that I’m sure we’ll be getting to soon.

Until next time xx

Raw Pad Thai

With summer and all of its humidity in full swing here in Boston, I’ve been scrambling to come up with some lighter, yet still satisfying dinners that don’t require much interaction with the stove or oven.  After perusing my cookbooks and Pinterest without much luck, I finally stumbled across this recipe for a raw pad thai dish from one of my all time favorite vegan blogs, “Oh She Glows.”  This dish delivered on everything I was looking for: it was simple to prepare, it tasted delicious, and I got to steer clear of the stove.  While I used “Oh She Glows” creator Angela Liddon’s recipe as an inspiration and a base line, I made a couple very minor adjustments based on personal preference and, full disclosure, needing to creatively replace a few items I forgot to buy at the grocery store.  You can find the original recipe here, or follow along with my very minimally tweaked method below.  Either way, do yourself a favor and give it a try!

Raw Pad Thai( originally found on Oh She Glows)

Salad Ingredients

  • 2 zucchinis, spiralized
  • 2 carrots, cut into strips with a peeler
  • 1 cup edamame, thawed
  • 1 pepper, thinly sliced
  • 3-4 green onions, sliced
  • Small handful of almonds, chopped in a food processor

Sauce Ingredients

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons each of:
    • Lime juice (takes 1 lime)
    • Water
    • Soy Sauce
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger

Method

  1. Spiralize/slice/prep all of your veggies and mix together in a bowl.  The only major changes I made from the original recipe were to omit the cabbage (never really been a fan) and seeds (I totally forgot to buy them.)  To make up for the missing seeds and add a little crunch to this salad, I ended up grinding some raw almonds as a topping and it was DELICIOUS.  
  2. Toss all of your sauce ingredients in a blender or food processor (or whip by hand), and blend until smooth.  The only change I made to my sauce was to add more almond butter to make it a little thicker than the original.  To be honest I’ll probably add a bit more to my next batch, since my sauce was still a bit too watery for my liking.
  3. Pour your dressing over the salad and enjoy!
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What have you been cooking lately? Know of any good food blogs I should check out? I’d LOVE to hear!

Boho Spaces

Hello all! With our upcoming move to Nashua creeping ever closer, I have home decor on the brain…like a lot.  I’m so excited to move into the new place and start the settling in process.  While we won’t be there for about another month, I’ve been obsessing brainstorming how I want to make the space look and feel.  I want our new apartment’s style to strike a balance between cozy and stylish, and so I took to Pinterest to start gathering some ideas.

It wasn’t long before I started noticing a trend in my “Round the House” Pinterest board.  I found myself being drawn to rooms with tons of color and texture, plenty of plants, unique knick knacks, and vintage furniture.  In short, the realization dawned that all of the looks I loved were pretty heavily lace with Bohemian style.  The rooms that inspired me most seemed to exhibit the perfect blends of comfort and style, color and coziness, usefulness and edginess.  Basically, I cannot wait to get into our new apartment and experiment with our new space to give it that funky, cozy, unique, and colorful Bohemian vibe I’m going for.  In the meantime, feel free to join me in crushing hard on and gaining inspiration from these gorgeous homes*.

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To see what else I’m pinning, feel free to check out my Pinterest.  What’s inspiring you lately? Have any good home decor tips? I’d love to hear 🙂

 

*While I originally found all of these looks on Pinterest, I’ve credited their original sources (to the best of my knowledge) beneath each photo.

 

Lately…Boston Edition

With the summer being as busy as it’s been around here, I was so happy that T and I both had last Friday off.  We want to soak up as much of Boston as we can before our move to Nashua, so we decided to invite my younger cousin Kayla up for a day of sightseeing in the city.  We hiked rode the elevator  to the 50th floor of the Prudential Center to see the gorgeous views from the Skywalk Observatory, moseyed along Newbury Street, and stopped for lunch at the Trident Cafe (which is also a very cool and well-stocked bookstore).  While Kayla’s visit was short and sweet, it was the perfect way to spend a precious free day**.

What have you been up to lately? I’d love to hear 🙂

-Ashley-

 

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i’m cheesin, and kayla is too cool for me (obviously)
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strollin down newbury street
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another view of the pru

**My outfit details: dress available here

Happy Things

Hello, hello! Seeing as my summer school job starts next week, I’ve been doing my best to enjoy the last long, lazy week I’ll have for awhile.  I spent tons of time reading, catching up on errands, and heading out into the gorgeous summer weather as much as possible.  Luckily, I was also able to sneak a quick trip back to my hometown to visit my parents too!  While I could only stay for one night, I was able to take my dad to the Dark Horse Tavern for his birthday dinner, teach my mom about Snapchat (evidence to follow), and cuddle with Jax.  My parents even surprised me with a GORGEOUS peridot bracelet as a belated graduation present!  You guys…I cried when I opened it. I wasn’t kidding when I said that I cry really easily!

After being pampered by a great last week of June, I am more than ready to welcome July with lots of 4th of July celebrations this weekend!  I’ll catch ya back here next week- happy weekend to you!

 

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My Summer 2016 Reading List

Hello! Summer is officially here and you know what that means right? SUMMER READING! Okay, yes, summer also means deliciously hot days on the beach, barbecuing it up with family and friends, and eating lots of ice cream. But let’s be honest, summer also means that the days are longer, which in my book (ha!) means that there is a LOT more time to read! 

To compile my own summer reading list, I drew titles from my own long “to-read” list as well as book club lists at the local library***.  Enjoy!

  1. imgres-1.jpgThe House of Spirits by Isabel Allende

Surprisingly enough, my interest in this book was sparked by a Netflix veg sash back a few months ago.  After perusing through about a million movies, this particular title caught my eye, and when I saw that it starred my girl, Meryl Streep, circa 1993, I was in.  Set in South America, the film/book tells the story of a young rancher, Esteban, and his psychic wife, Clara.   While I remember finding the movie a little odd (sorry Meryl), I was intrigued enough by the plot to give the book version a try.  I mean, books are ALWAYS better then their film adaptations, so I’m really hoping to enjoy this one!

2. The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquezimgres-3.jpg

I am so so looking forward to diving into this book.  It tells the story of the Rivera family, who move to the United States from Mexico to seek care for their teenaged daughter, Maribel, after she suffers a terrible accident. 

3. The Children Act by Ian McEwan

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I found this title on last year’s book club list at my local library, and the title drew me in.  This novel follows Fiona Maye, a successful High Court Judge who throws herself into a complex case after being left by her husband. 

4. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marraimgres-5

This novel is my book club’s selection for July, and I am so looking forward to reading it.  Set in Chechnya, a federal subject of Russia, eight-year-old Havaa bears witness to the kidnapping of her father and the burning of her home at the hands of Russian soldiers.  Havaa’s neighbor, Akhmed, discovers the girl and brings her to an abandoned hospital in the hope that they can seek shelter there.  However the one remaining doctor in the hospital, Sonja Rabina, is not pleased at the prospect of two additional people to care for.  I’m anticipating crying a lot while reading this, basically.

5. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amorusoimgres-6

While I love a good novel, I’m trying to be better about incorporating more nonfiction into my reading, keeping my brain fresh and whatnot.  Anyway, this kickass sounding book, written by the founder and CEO of Nasty Gal, gives young women practical, honest, and meaningful advice about finding a passion and doing good work.  A sneak peek of said advice reads, “Don’t ever grow up. Don’t become a bore. Don’t let The Man get to you. OK? Cool. Then let’s do this.” I’m in love already.

6. Looking For Alaska by John Green41r-sKjJ61L

Seeing as I am a brand new English teacher, I thought it would be fun to include a young adult novel on the list.  I loved and hated ( I cry REALLY easily) The Fault in Our Stars, and I’m looking forward to checking out another work by Green.  This one focus on Pudge, a young man who meets the mesmerizing Alaska Young when he enrolls at Culver Creek Boarding School.  Angsty teen romance? Stay tuned.

7. Dissident Gardens by Jonathan Letheimgres-8

This American novel spans three generations to tell the story of Rose Zimmer and her daughter, Miriam.  Both women are passionate activists who wield particular power over the men in their lives.  I am extremely intrigued by this novel, and am deeply curious to see how it reflects and remarks upon our culture.

8. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ngimgres-9

This book has been on my list for awhile now, and a recent conversation with a friend about it inspired me to add it here.  When the daughter of Chinese American family turns up dead in a nearby lake, chaos ensues.  My friend, while as of this writing has not finished this book, is enjoying it so far, and I trust her literary opinions greatly!  I can’t wait to sink my teeth into this one either…I mean, who can pass up a good murder mystery?

imgres9. Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls by Rachel Simmons

This book was first recommended to me by my mentor teacher during my student teaching practicum.  While I never got around to reading the copy she kindly lent me, I am deeply interested in this book and want to tackle it this summer.  As both a woman and a teacher (not to mention possible future mother), I hope to gain some insight as to why girls exhibit infamous “mean girl” bullying behavior, as well as learn how we as a society can help break this pattern for our girls. 

10. The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel Brownimgres-2

Another work of nonfiction, this book was first mentioned to me by T’s mother if memory serves me correctly.  This gorgeous sounding work tells the story of an American rowing team who defied staggering odds in the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin.  While I don’t know much else about this book, it comes highly recommended, and I can’t wait to dive in myself!

Have you read any of these titles? What did you think? What are you all reading? I’d love to hear 🙂 Until next time!

*** Please note, all book summaries were fact-checked on GoodReads, and written in my own words.  All book images were taken from Google Image searches.

Lately + Power Kale Bowl

Hello! I KNOW I’ve been away for awhile, and I am so sorry for my absence.  Life got a little crazy over the past month or two, and I decided to take a break from this space so I could focus on other (mostly awesome) things that were happening in my life.  Now that the dust has settled a bit and I can finally breathe,  I am so happy to dive back into ‘have heart’ with a renewed sense of energy.  Which brings me to a few announcements that I am SO HAPPY to share with you!

First up…I am OFFICIALLY a licensed teacher and survivor of graduate school.  I have to say, it feels damn good to see my teaching license number pop up on my education profile page, and I cannot wait to frame my diploma!

Secondly, I’ll be putting said license and diploma to good use in my very own classroom! I am so so relieved and excited to announce that I will be teaching 5th grade English Language Arts this fall.  I admit, I’m feeling a little nervous about this next step in my career, but I am already in love with my new school and cannot wait to meet all of my new students. Wish me luck!

And lastly…you might recall from this post that T and I are moving.  Well, long story short, that post was written a bit prematurely, and we ended up losing that particular apartment to another applicant (Boston real estate is a cut throat monster basically).  As disappointed as we were initially, our loss turned into luck, and we were able to find a gorgeous little condo that we absolutely fell in love with.  We’ve crossed our t’s and dotted our i’s, and this time our move is offish.  The twist?  Our new place is in Nashua, NH (read: NOT Boston).  While a part of me is a wee bit heart broken about leaving the city, I’m feeling overall really really good about the move, and I’m looking forward to exploring and settling into a new place with T. Oh, and we’re allowed to have dogs there, so stay tuned for my adoption of 1,000 puppies.

That pretty much sums up all of the big news around here.  It feels so good to be back, and I’m looking forward to getting back into my flow here at ‘have heart’ and reconnect with the blogging world.

Now that we’re all caught up, let’s get to the good stuff…lunch.  When summer arrives and the days grow hot, I tend to stick to cold salads for lunch.  They’re just so easy, and can be pretty refreshing on humid days.  However, they can also get a little boring, which never makes for a satisfying meal.  In the spirit of spicing up my favorite summer lunch meal, I fooled around in the kitchen a bit to come up with this little number: The Kale Power Bowl.  It does require a bit more prep work to make, so I suggest planning ahead the night before if you want to pack this bad boy for lunch.

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Power Kale Bowl

Ingredients:

  • Coconut oil, 1/2- 1 TBSP
  • Yellow onion, 1/2 c. diced
  • Mushrooms, 3-4 diced
  • Broccoli, roughly 7 spears
  • Lentils, 1/2 c. dry
  • Firm tofu, 1/5 block
  • Roma tomato, diced
  • Kale, 5 leaves roughly chopped
  • Parsley, 1 small handful chopped
  • Avocado, 1/4 diced
  • Balsamic vinegar, roughly 1 TBSP
  • Olive oil, roughly 1/2 tsp
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic powder

Method:

1. Cook the lentils according to package instructions. Set aside.

2. While the lentils are cooking,  warm the coconut oil in a pan on medium heat.  Add the diced onion, mushrooms, and broccoli, along with salt and pepper to taste.  Sauté for 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent.

3. In the meantime, dice your chunk of tofu on a cutting board.  Then, with a fork, mash the cubes of tofu flat in order to “scramble” it.  Add the scrambled tofu to the pan, and add a dash more salt, pepper, as well as garlic powder.  Sauté on medium heat until tofu is warmed through and has started to brown.

4. While your lentils and scramble are cooking, prepare the salad bed.  In a large bowl, toss the kale and parsley until mixed.  Add the diced avocado, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar to the greens.  Gently massage the “dressing” into the leaves, until the avocado has mashed and the vinegar and oil are spread evenly.

5. Top your salad bed with the scramble, lentils, and raw diced veggies of your choosing.  I opted for tomatoes and marinated olives, but the beauty of this dish is that you can get playful with your veggies!

This recipe is very relaxed.  When I was assembling this salad, I didn’t really measure anything, and sort of tossed ingredients together in the hope that they tasted good.  I can personally attest that this particular combination was filling and delicious, but I encourage you to experiment with your own combinations!  And, please do share them if you try this dish out 🙂

Until next time!

Hello, May (and Way of Gray)

I might be a day late, but I still cannot believe that May is already here! I’m still waiting for Mother Nature to bestow sunny days and May flowers on Boston, but the promise of summer creeping ever closer is pulling me through!

Before I introduce my new goal for this month, I need to come clean about my April goal.  To be brief, I flopped.  I’m not entirely sure why, but I had a really hard time remembering to drink water regularly throughout the day, and I found myself often realizing around dinnertime that I’d barely drunk any all day.  Needless to say, I’m a little bummed with myself for being so flaky with my goal; however, this month did help me realize that gallon or not, I do not drink nearly enough water.  Moving forward, I aim to be better about this habit in general, and will reach for it more often then I have.

That being said, I am so excited and READY for my May goal: to work up a sweat a minimum of five days a week.  I’ve been making it a point recently to wake up early a few mornings a week to get a workout in, but this month I want to focus on upping the ante when it comes to physical fitness.  Since my current schedule leaves precious little time for me to get to the gym, I decided to find an alternative workout program that I could do at home with nothing else but myself and a yoga mat.

My mind immediately jumped to Sophie Gray, a personal trainer and nutritionist.  I currently own two of her HIIT programs (which are crazy hard and sadly no longer available on her site), but I decided to check out her page to see if she had any new offerings.  After perusing her site, I decided to purchase her new  Love Yourself* program, which is available via eBook complete with video links to each workout.  The program has a convenient schedule of 4 workouts/wk, which stretch across the span of 3 months.  While the initial week or two look to be on the easier side, the intensity of the sessions increases throughout the program, which I am so looking forward to.  I’ve been a huge fan of Sophie’s HIIT routines in the past, and I’m excited to dive into her new program to see what it has to offer!

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In addition to my four mornings of HIIT, I want to incorporate running, yoga, and weight-lifting workouts into my 5th day each week, mostly to prevent myself from getting too bored.  By the end of this month, I hope to feel stronger, leaner, and more passionate about fitness.  And hey, it wouldn’t hurt to feel more confident in summer clothes, right?

What have you been doing to get your body moving? I’d love to hear 🙂