Spring has definitely sprung here in the Midwest. And this month brought some gorgeous weather, starting some healthy habits for me, Easter celebrations, and crazy good recipes (as usual). So as we get ready to close out April, it’s time to share this month’s Blogging Roundup.
Now personally this was kind of a crazy month for my family. My mom had this crazy eye surgery to repair a hole in her macula, and they put in a big gas bubble to help repair the hole. However she had to keep her head face down for 22 out of 24 hours for 5 straight days. Now that is a special kind of hell to watch your mom go through, let alone for her to suffer through it. I’m super proud of her being such a sport through it all, and her reports back from the doctor have been great, for those of you wondering. This just goes to show that when you follow your doctor’s orders, it’ll make the inconvenience well worth it.
So the week before my mom’s surgery, my poor sister goes and breaks her foot. So needless to say, I’m pretty certain she and Mom are both ready to put this month past them. Although they have both handled the inconveniences of it all beautifully and with as positive an attitude as they can.
As the weather heated up here in Kansas City, I’ve been making an effort to go for a walk any time the weather is decent and I can squeeze it in. I have to say that the days I fit in my 40-60 minute walk over lunch have been some of my favorite ones. And I’ve been drinking green smoothies as well, but we’ll get to that here soon.
So without further ado, let’s explore our blogging roundup and see what kinds of recipes, cooking tips, and inspiration this lovely month has brought us.
Let’s dive into April’s Blogging Roundup, Shall We?!
April’s Recipes Blogging Roundup:
When it comes to Easter and Spring, I tend to have deviled eggs on my mind. It’s a staple of my family’s this time of year. It’s hard to remember many Easters without a plate of yummy deviled eggs to fight over. And this year I wanted to change it up a bit, because I had some chipotles in adobo sauce leftover. So that ingredient totally inspired these Smoky Chipotle Deviled Eggs, and they were a spicy, delicious hit with my family on Easter Sunday. Yum!
When it comes to Spring, I start thinking of really light recipes. As I think of breads and rolls to enjoy at dinner, there’s nothing more light and fluffy than popovers. And these dairy free, Herb Filled Popovers were fun to make and crazy good. I do recommend a popover pan so you can get the rise and texture just right, but muffin tins work too. I might have eaten 3 of these in one go, so it’s a good thing they were mini popovers! Shhh, don’t tell!
I think March and April have been the most I’ve heard about people being sick. Personally I got hit pretty hard with some serious seasonal allergies with the crazy weather swings and mild Winter we had in KC. And does ANYTHING taste better than Chicken Noodle Soup when you’re sick? Well I wanted to mix up this classic a bit by making this Chicken Wonton Soup instead with homemade wontons. It’s like a giant hug in the form of Asian comfort food. So delightful!
Yep, I’ve been on an Asian food making kick lately with potstickers and an Asian Salad that are both to die for. And this Beef & Broccoli Ramen recipe that I made is ranking super high in favorite main dishes lately. It’s savory and FULL of the Asian flavors you love, plus the tender and tasty beef and broccoli are the perfect way to amp up your boring ramen. Please make this one ASAP!
April’s Weekly Crush Blogging Roundup:
I was really excited to revisit this Simple Green Smoothies Cookbook this month. I decided to start making more green smoothies and smoothies in general as a way to get plenty of fruits and veggies in my diet. And this cookbook is beyond helpful for all things you could possibly want to know about smoothie making. I highly recommend this book!
Eggs. They’re incredibly versatile yet easy to overlook, so that’s where this post all about eggs came in. Let’s face it: If you have eggs on hand, you easily have a meal to enjoy. So I wanted to share a really cool trick I use to test an egg’s freshness complete with a short video to show you how. And then I’m sharing 3 of my favorite ways to cook eggs: Scrambled, Hardboiled, and Sunny Side Up. Super easy but also kinda easy to mess up too. This was such a fun post to write, so I hope you enjoy it!
Some Motivation for You:
Ugh I was feeling so blocked this month when it came to feeling creative. Maybe it was because I was distracted with my family’s health stuff and a whole gamut of stuff with work and my life. The bottom line was that I was crazy unmotivated, and I had to get out of this funk. And guess what?? I totally did it, and I figured it I was struggling to find inspiration in my daily life and creatively, I bet I wasn’t alone. So I put together 10 of my favorite methods to get unblocked, become motivated, and find your inspiration again! We’ve got this, my friend!
I hope that this post inspired you as it did me throughout the month. From mixing up a classic egg recipe to sharing my favorite egg tips and tricks, I was definitely enjoying the egg. And then I brought you some insanely good comfort food along with how I’m trying to eat and live a bit more healthy this year.
More and more, I’m faced with the realization of how short life is. So I’m on a mission to help you and me find ways to live and cook a bit healthier and enjoy it with great recipes and tips. Although I do like to indulge a bit every now and again, and I hope you do too. If you’ve ever thought about eating less dairy or eliminately it completely but aren’t sure you know where to start, then I’ve got you! Sign up for my 5 Days to Dairy Free Challenge, because I’ll be showing you how my cheese-loving self has been eating and cooking without dairy with ease this year.
Did you enjoy April’s blogging roundup? I’d love to know what you thought and if there’s anything you’re excited to try! Comment below and let’s continue the convo there!
Stay inspired & discover new things!