fresh homemade juice with rebecca
This was such a fun “FALL” day in North Texas. I say Fall, even though it technically got up in the 80s. At least in the morning it was in the 60s and felt cool, amiright Texans?! So I brewed some coffee before popping by Lakeside Farmer's Market to grab one of my favorite treats. Mom’s Buns Bakery. Y’all, her fall flavors for October are amazing. She’s serving them this weekend at the market and Gypsy Wagon on Sunday so check it out!
After stopping by at the market, I swung by my friend Rebecca’s place with some buns to share (of course). Her husband was hard at work doing the usual Saturday chores. Cleaning the garage, vacuuming out the cars, plus smoking some brisket for a get together they were having that night. Rebecca meanwhile was hanging with her 2 year old daughter making some juice, one of their favorite mommy/daughter activites.
I love juicing for the simple and clean ingredients. When we fill up on natural fibers, sugars, and carbs, our bodies love us for it. They also provide sustained energy and keep us from crashing and reaching for the closest bag of chips! For me, whether I'm working or chasing my 2 year old, if I can put a healthy option in my hand via juice or smoothie - I'm much more likely to eat healthy. Plus I am setting an incredible example to my daughter. Tori loves making juices and smoothies, and I love sneaking in veggies where she doesn't suspect them, haha! It’s a win win!
I like cooking lean and simple foods. Knowing what's in it and that our bodies can digest it without unwanted chemicals is always good! I also like cooking food with few ingredients - I don't particularly enjoying cooking elaborate meals like lots of people do. My husband is actually the best cook in our family so I find myself prepping the kitchen for him, then pouring a glass of wine for us while he decompresses as he cooks. Yes, it's actually relaxing to him to cook - I got a winner!
Some of my most precious memories with my husbands are sitting with him and us visiting while he cooks. He adds this, adds that, let's me try it. We comment on the food, then jump back into the conversation we were having. So I'd have to say what I enjoy most about cooking (or, um, co-cooking, haha) is it gets your mind off the stress of the day, it brings excitement to new foods, and builds great memories.
And I love hosting! I love thinking ahead about what to prepare and what our guests might enjoy. I also love providing a relaxing environment where friends feel comfortable to have deep conversation. This doesn't mean the house is spotless and the food is perfect, but it does mean the efforts are a genuine reflection of the love we have for our friends and family.
My most vivid cooking memories are with my Grandma. My Grandma had a recipe called "Dump Cake." It was layers of delicious fruits topped with crusty crumple cake. She would always let me dump in the layers, and I'd giggle every time at the name of the cake. "Dumping Time!" I would say. Oh and tasting the cake along the way was always a must as well as licking the spatula and bowl after she and I were done mixing.
Best thing I ever ate? This is easy - hand's down the best food I've ever eaten is my husband's BBQ. Apart from the obvious delicious flavor, it's my favorite because he is so good at it! Finding the right meat, knowing the best combo of spices, watching and maintaining the fire to for hours, all affect the outcome - which he does perfectly! Though the day you'll find me peaking over his shoulder, or relaxing in our hammock while he messes with the smoker. You'll also find a football game on in the background, a begging Boston Terrier, and a curious 2 year who has her own toddler grill outside next to daddy. I can't think of a better day or meal!
JUICE & PULP PARFAIT
3 green pears
2 red apples
1 cup blueberries
2 cups cherries
Cut up and place inside juicer, follow brand directions.
Pour over crushed ice and dilute to desired taste. **I like to drink as-is and let the ice dilute over time :)
Save pulp for yogurt parfait. This is a great use for all that good pulp so nothing is wasted! You can also freeze for later too.
Spoon desired amount of plain greek yogurt into a bowl. Top with a table spoon or two of the juice pulp. Then sprinkle with pomegranate seeds, drizzle with honey or agave nectar and ENJOY!