Our Wedding Day

It's been a little over two months of wedded bliss, and while it's flown by- it also feels like we have been together forever.  Looking back on our special day, I can still feel the excitement, the love, the nerves, and the relief once we hit the reception & got to sit back and relax.

We are both pretty shy people, so being on the other side of the camera getting our pictures taken for hours & being the center of attention was nerve-wracking to say the least.  But looking back, I wouldn't trade these photos for the world!

We had such a perfect day:  it was intimate (around 75 of us total), full of family & love, casually elegant, and comfortable.  We ate good food, drank good wine, and soaked in every second.  I'm so excited to finally share it all with you!

Caramelized Cinnamon Sugar Plantains | PALEO

I officially have a new favorite dessert, and it takes just 5 ingredients & less than 15 minutes from start to finish.

Doesn't get much easier than that, right!?

I have seen so many of my friends on Instagram serving up plantains as an easy side dish, and I decided it was time to pick up some of my own- and get to work figuring out my favorite ways to prepare them!  First up:  dessert style.

Santa Maria Oven Tri Tip with Quick Salsa Fresca | PALEO, Whole30

From pork chops to salmon fillets to chicken thighs- one of my favorite things to do is to take a cut of meat and make it again & again until it's just right.  Because, to me, cooking large cuts of meat can feel really intimidating- especially when it comes to roasting in the oven.  

You're not supposed to cut into it, that releases all of the juices.  Don't open the oven too much.  You can poke it & prod it and hope it's cooked just right.  Then you set it out to rest with a magical little foil tent, fingers crossed.  

But when you take all of the right steps and cut into that pretty roast and it's not what you were hoping for?  So frustrating.

So here I am with a tried & true method for a cut that we love:  tri tip!  It's one of those crowd pleasing cuts of beef that's easy to do, but still requires a little (simple) love- especially if you're roasting it in the oven.  

Sesame Chicken Stir Fry | PALEO, Whole30

Stir fry is one of those things that I have made countless times over the years, but it always seemed too no-brainer to make it onto the blog.  Fast forward to now, and this almost unbelievable sesame stir fry sauce, and the game has changed.  The sauce takes this dish from simple, homemade stir fry to better-than-a-restaurant flavor that I cannot get enough of!

Banana Bread Blender Muffins with Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting | PALEO

Spring has sprung, you guys!  And unlike many, this is the time when you'll find me baking.  Not so much during the busy holidays, but spring!  I love baking with berries, bananas, vanilla- and all of those things just fit into this time of year so perfectly to me.  And a morning muffin with my coffee or an easy treat to bring to a party or shower?  Yes please!

I feel like everyone must have a banana bread recipe by now, maybe except for me.  I just never had a "go-to" that fit the bill perfectly.  Easy, tasty, just the right texture-  yet still Paleo and sweetener free.  It took some trial & error, but I've got it (AND it has collagen!) and I'm so excited to finally share it with you!