Light & Lemony Orzo Salad {Vegan}

The weather here has been delightful. Warm, sunny days. Rainy, cool nights. Ohio is lush and green and happening!

I’ve been out enjoying it. Here are some photos from my latest going-on’s, including breaking out our deep fryer for hush pups, a car show, and visiting one of my favorite small towns in Ohio- Grand Rapids.

I took a mini-trip to Tampa with my mom and was lucky enough to visit my best friend who ditched the winters to move there!

But back to salad right?…

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Easy Orange Curry {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

What is orange curry you ask? Well it’s not a real thing… technically. Technically this is a red curry but since I used orange vegetables and because this is not a traditional recipe, I renamed it orange. This is an incredibly flavorful meal that comes together in just 20 minutes and is chock full of healthy ingredients. Try something new this week!

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Fake Naan Bread {Easy, Vegan, 5-Minute} www.theminiaturemoose.comI’ll be frank, I know little to naan about naan bread making.

But I am good at improvising! So without having a Tandoor oven or years of experience under my belt, I set out to replicate the chewy, satisfying flavor of naan bread to go with my Easy Orange Curry recipe. I know this may seem goofy but I’ll tell ya’ it was quite delicious to scoop with and really did have that chewy, rich texture that I was looking for.  Make some and see!

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10 Real Life Ways to Make Tiny Closets Work If there was ever a topic that I would be considered an expert on, it’s living with tiny closets. Our house is a delightful 1000 square feet of 50’s bliss, but 50’s houses have one major challenge- closets! My grandma explained to me that houses of this era and older have such small closets because people had so few clothes back then, just some work clothes and a couple of nice church outfits. Well times have changed but many people, like myself, still live with these relics. If you do a Google search for tips on organizing small closets, you will likely find big beautiful organization systems and substantial spaces that are barely filled. But that’s not helpful! I’m talking puny. If you want to know how to use an itty bitty, microscopic closet in real life then you’ve come to the right place. Here’s the real life truth about how to make tiny closets work.

10 Real Life Ways to Make Tiny Closets Work

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Show Stopper Steak Potatoes with French Onion Sour Cream

My pal Dan over at Dan330 sent me a message the other day and said, ‘hey I’m getting into the spice business, will you check these out?’  Of course I said yes!  I was so excited when my bundle of spice mixes arrived; I got right to work coating this and sprinkling on that.  What I ended up with was this gorgeous, big time flavor tater.

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Rise and Shine Clementine Smoothie www.theminiaturemoose.comGood morning everyone! Make it a happy day with a sunny smoothie to kick things off.

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Date & Pecan Oat Bars {Vegan}

Date & Pecan Oat Bars {Vegan} Hi everyone! Today I have a delicious, moist and crumbly oat bar recipe for you. Its texture is almost oatmeal-cookie-like and is full of sweet, caramely dates and toasty pecans.

Traditional oat bars are chocked full of butter, sometimes several sticks, but this recipe is butter-free and perfect for snacks, breakfast, or even dessert.  The ingredients are flexible so you could health it up even more by using wheat flour and throwing in some flax seeds.  Get crazy with your healthy self!

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White Bean and Sun Dried Tomato Cuke Cuties {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

I invented this recipe while in search of a healthy holiday appetizer to bring alongside the bread and cream cheese and butter and candy that graced our parties. To which my husband informed that me that healthy options at holiday tables are dumb. I love him dearly but sometimes I just want to throw a carrot right at his head.  Or dump peas on his lap.

So I whipped up a lemony bean dip, a sweet sun-dried tomato topping, and carved out my cucumber rounds to bring to my grandmas. But with all the bread and cream cheese and butter and candy, I forgot the cucumbers!! So in lieu of bite sized cuke cuties, I flopped the bean dip in a bowl, topped it with the tomatoes and served it alongside crackers and the veggie tray. It was still a big hit and I was happy to have something light to munch on.

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DIY Desk from Stock Cabinets ~

Happy New Year everyone!!  I hope you’ve been accomplishing all of your goals!  Redoing this office has been a major goal of mine this year and I’m happy to say that it is checked off the list by mid January.  Come and see what went into building this custom desk out of stock cabinets.

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Recycled & Reinvented Christmas Cards Using Junk from Around the House - Used Gift Tags and Old Unsent Christmas Cards

Happy holidays everyone!

The tree hugger in me gets quite anxious around this time of year as the wrapping paper flies right off the roll to the present and then immediately in the garbage. When I was little I used to insist that my mom individually wrap each of our gifts in wrapping paper, so believe me, I get it. These days there are so many pretty ways to be cheaper and greener. My family has completely transitioned to those beautiful storage boxes for present wrapping. You can find an amazing selection at Big Lots actually! They are cheap, jazzy, and can be reused for many years to come!

This year I decided to go a little greener with my Christmas cards too.  I dug through my pile of old unsent cards (you know, when you print 5 too many and then they sit around for a decade), used gift tags too pretty to throw out, and old printed photos that I had an excess of.  To my surprise I created a pretty cute little set of cards for my family and friends.  I also found plain cards to work on that are made of recycled material.

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