black bean tortilla soup with sweet potatoes

This is a great winter soup which packs a punch. I wasn’t so sure about how I would like the sweet potatoes but the sweetness works really well to balance out the spice. My favorite part of this soup though is the oven baked crispy tortilla strips! recipe courtesy: cookie and kate Ingredients: 2-3 tbsp…

Maya’s favorite daal

Maya has loved daal ever since she was introduced to it as a baby, in pureed form. This is the “yellow daal” which she often requests. I do not add any tadka here but feel free to add it as a finishing touch. Alternatively, you can even cook the daal itself with some spices of…

the lies that bind by emily giffin

I have read every single one of Emily Giffin’s novels starting from her first book Something Borrowed. I loved that series and the movie as well. She has the ability to write a book that makes it seem like you’re reading a romantic comedy. There isn’t anything deep about her writing style but I think…

roasted broccoli, bell pepper, and tofu bowl with peanut sauce

This dish has quickly been added to our weekly menu- we love it that much. The tofu is crispy and flavorful and the peanut sauce adds a nice sweet tangy goodness to the dish–and who doesn’t love roasted veggies? This dish is hearty and comforting and I think it’s even better than take out! recipe…

skillet ravioli with spinach

You will not even believe how easy this is to make- and how delicious. We all loved it, including our toddler- pasta and cheese, what is there not to like?? The next time you need a dinner on the table in TEN MINUTES, pull this recipe out and give it a try! recipe courtesy: smitten…

our favorite chocolate chip cookies

Last week I made oatmeal chocolate chip cookies which we both love but Maya isn’t a fan of oatmeal just yet so today I decided to make these- and they were a huge hit! She kept running into the kitchen pointing to the cookie sheets saying “more cookie”! I hope you try making these with…

taco salad with avocado lime dressing

I recently purchased this cookbook since I love all the recipes from her blog. It’s no surprise that every recipe we’ve tried so far is delicious!   This salad was an instant hit in our home! Even our 20 month old loves it, but that’s no surprise since she is a huge salad lover. This…

updated skincare routine- transitional weather

I thought I would do an updated skincare routine as we approach transitional weather. My skin gets super dehydrated this time of year, sometimes even more than in the middle of winter so I love use hydrating products like Moisture Surge and Kiehl’s midnight recovery oil. Here is my current morning and evening routine: AM…

skincare for beginners

Recently I was having a conversation with my cousin about skincare and I realized how overwhelming it can be for a beginner like her to know where to begin. There are so many options out there and it’s difficult to get started with a routine that is simple yet effective. So I thought it would…

currently loving

You think it I’ll say it-¬†¬†This collection of short stories was a refreshing read and a great start to the new school year. I didn’t want each of the stories to end and was left wanting more. I wonder if the author will turn any of them into a novel! I also highly recommend Prep…