Chia Seed Tapioca

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I’m a big fan of chia seeds. I began to fall in love with them while I was pregnant and wanted the benefits that these little powerfoods hold. They are rich in omega-3 fats (good for brain development), high in fiber (good for regularity), a good source of protein (for rapid cell regeneration), and high in antioxidants (for fighting off bad cells). I put them in my morning oatmeal, smoothies, granola, and salad dressings.

I found some chia pudding recipes and tried them but I didn’t like the globb-y consistency so I adjusted the recipes a few times and came out with this!  The texture is more consistent and is very similar to tapioca. Enjoy!

Chia Seed Tapioca
Ingredients:
1/4 cup dry chia seeds
1 cup almond milk (or milk of your choice) 
1 Tbs honey
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
a splash of extra almond milk to top
fruits or nuts to top (optional)

Soak the chia in 1 cup milk, honey, and vanilla extract for at least 4 hours. Mix every couple hours.

When the chia has absorbed all the milk, you can now serve it with a splash of extra milk and toppings of your choice.  I like to add the splash at the end to create a smoother consistency. 

Share your chia tapioca with me on Instagram by tagging #feedmysole

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Toast and Coffee

I love coffee meetings. I’ll take any excuse to have a meeting at a coffee shop. Especially if that coffee shop specializes in jam. I came to Sqirl recently with fellow food and fashion blogger Luci of Luci’s Morsels, and of course, we had a little photo shoot.

Sqirl makes their jams from scratch and can take up to 3 days to make! They then naturally preserve them in copper pots made by a local coppersmith. Jam built this house. Not to mention, they have amazing, seasonal dishes that rotate daily. Now they are offering jam classes! Sign me up!

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Closet Essentials: Outerwear


I thought I would share some essential pieces that every girl should have in her wardrobe. In this Closet Essentials post, I want to share must-have outerwear. I love the look of layering with jackets and coats so it was difficult picking out just a few items that I thought were necessary. What type of jacket/coat do you think is essential?
1. Parka – For chilly days, this coat is perfect to keep you warm and works with any casual outfit.
2. Leather Jacket – Add a little edge to your outfit by topping it off with a bit of leather.
3. Hoodie – A must-have for everyone. Who doesn’t love a good hoodie?
4. Chunky Knit – The comfy-coziness of this sweater makes you want to live in it everyday.
5. The Boyfriend Blazer – Dress up your outfit without feeling too stiff and stuffy. The boyfriend version is a little more relaxed than the career blazer
6. The Trench Coat – A classic. Change it up by choosing one with a vibrant color or a pattern.

Mini Pizza Bar

superbowl-pizzas

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The Super Bowl is right around the corner. I’m not a big sportsfan but I am a big foodfan and anywhere there is food and a party I am there! I created these super easy pizzas for hosts with little time. You could even have your guests put on their own toppings and pop these into the toaster oven. Just prep all the items and create a pizza bar.

If you are making a big batch, heat the oven to 400º F. Bake for 10 mins or until the cheese is nice and melty. For smaller DIY portions, I like to use the toaster oven set at the same temperature and people can just set the timer when they pop theirs in.

You can get very creative with the toppings but I kept mine simple. Here’s what I used.

Ingredients:
low calorie sandwich rounds (you can also use English muffins or pita bread)
marinara sauce from a jar
sliced tomatoes
sliced red onion
pepperoni
oregano
parmesan cheese

For a pizza bar, set up all the ingredients for the guests in different containers so they can easily choose what they like. I would include a few different cheeses like mozzarella, parmesan, and even goat cheese. A cream sauce would be a fun twist paired with the traditional marinara. Several meats like pepperoni, salami, shredded chicken, bacon, and prosciutto are good toppings. I love a good veggie pizza so include some vegetables like mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, and herbs.

This is a fun meal even if you aren’t cheering for a team. Kids will love it and you will too! Which team are you cheering for?

Update

Hello! I’ve been away for a bit because of my new bundle of joy, but I’m back in the blogging world and I’ve missed it! I have been active on Instagram (because I’ll admit, I’m addicted), so if you don’t follow me there here’s what I’ve been up to.

Lots of coffee for sleepless nights, our date night at the JT concert, strawberry croissant-doughnuts, picking out color swatches for our new abode (which I’ll talk more about soon), Christmas cards/Birth announcements, and a whole bunch of baby goodness!

Introducing…

Say, “hello!” to the newest member in our family! Madeline Judith Ver Raitt. Andrew and I both fell in love as soon as we laid eyes on her. Born on my birthday(!) we named her after her two grandmothers. Madeline is a variation of my mom’s name, Magdalena, and means woman from Magdala (a city in biblical times). Not to mention, one of my favorite cookies! And her middle name, Judith, is in memory of Andrew’s late mother.

The labor went incredibly fast. I began having contractions at midnight on the morning of my birthday. While some of my friends were greeting me at midnight, I was timing my contractions to make sure I was going into true labor. I had a feeling a couple days prior that I would be having her within the next 48 hours because I started having symptoms like I was going to start my period.
After beginning contractions at midnight, I was ready to go to the hospital by 1 am because they were getting very close. By 5:30 am, the doctors said that I was already fully dilated! Madeline wanted to get out of there! It took a while to get my epidural done so I was in incredible amount of pain and all my breathing techniques and yoga meditations went out the window. By the time the epidural kicked in at 5:30 am the doctors decided to let me get a few hours of rest before I had to push. She finally came out at 10:20am.
What a way to kick off my thirties and the new year! BEST BIRTHDAY EVER! She is growing everyday and we can’t wait to watch her grow up and teach her about the world. Andrew and I are so blessed and thankful for all your warm wishes.  Love, Christine and Andrew

Any Day Now

Motherhood is approaching quickly.  I’ve been feeling so anxious lately while waiting for the baby to arrive that I’ve been up late at night thinking, “she’s coming tonight” or, “she’s coming in the morning.” These photos definitely don’t reflect the anxiousness that I’m feeling inside =D, but hopefully what I will be feeling after she arrives, relief.  Then, onto the next chapter in our lives.  Wish me luck!