Photo Credit: Food52, James Ransom

Happy Friday! Thought I’d start a series sharing links (instead of hoarding them on my bookmark tab ūüôā ) that caught my eye this week. If you’re taking a break, you can check them out below.

The easiest way to de-stem Kale I’ve ever seen! No Knife needed. Demo starts at 1:40 mark in video.

This looks like a fun project –¬†Drawing daily purchases.

Nice to see recyclable disposable coffee pods.

Farmer’s market fruit salad recipe¬†for the weekend.

Weekend decluttering mini-project.

It’s officially summer. Are you making cold-brewed coffee yet?

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, the Musical at Children’s Fairyland. If you have a toddler, you probably know this beloved book by heart.




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Indian Lentil Soup

I admit, there are days I need a lot of motivation to roll up my sleeves and take action in the kitchen to get dinner started. We recent got back from a weeklong trip to NYC and with our normal rhythm out of whack, I’ve been needing a little more push to do the normal dinner routine.

One way I’ve tried to snap myself back into motivation is to tap into the wonderful world of Youtube and the great content out there that seems devoted to passing on recipes as much as it is to get people motivated to cook. While there’s a lot of bad (IMO) content out there, I found a wonderful gem called Green Kitchen Stories. It’s filled with gorgeous food photography and all the recipes are vegetarian/ plant-based. My eyes and mouth were watering. I’m not a vegetarian, but I love my greens and this channel just might convert a¬†carnivore to vegetarianism.

The videos did their job of convincing me that my experience in the kitchen will be filled with music, beutiful ceramic dishware and an ease that comes with having a long afternoon to slowly chop my vegetables. Far from the truth. I had at least 3 piles of laundry to do, which was urgent because for the first time ever, my 4 year old son ran out of clean underwear (SMH), aaand my toddler was about 2 minutes from waking up from his nap.

But something about it worked – my brain’s synapses were fired up (not sure if that’s technically correct, but I’m going with it) and ready to make dinner. I went on the blog to look around for some easy recipes and found a straightforward Indian lentil soup recipe on their blog.

The recipe was super easy with spices that I already had in my pantry (curry powder, tumeric powder, lentils!) and basic fresh produce that I always have on hand. I put it together before picking up my son from school and finished it off when we got home.  This will definitely be in my regular dinner rotation.

Because I can use more inspiration in my arsenal, what are your favorite blogs or video channels you go to for inspiration to get in the kitchen? Leave me a comment to share!

Below is the recipe.