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Cauliflower Pizza Crust.

Sten and I had a great afternoon. We finished our grocery shopping and I went to spin class then came home and made cauliflower pizza. It's a healthy alternative to processed/carbohydrate loaded pizza crust without substituting flavor. Pizza is a "Carlson home staple"and I think with a few more tries it will be perfected and I will be whipping up this pizza at least once a week- obsessed with pizza? YES!

This is about the easiest pizza crust you could ever make. No kneading, no rising, no rolling. Just grating, warming, mixing and baking!
Here's the crust recipe:
1 cup "riced" cauliflower* 1 cups mozz cheese  1 egg Italian spices to taste
Preheat oven to 450. Mix riced cauliflower, cheese, egg and spices. Pressed onto (very) well greased pan into a 9' circle. Bake for 15 mins.  Add desired ingredients and broil until cheese is melted. ENJOY!
*** to "rice" cauliflower: wash and dry a head of cauliflower, remove stems and leaves. Grate entire he…

Monday love. 2.

With last week behind me, I am ready for February. New month. New goals, and lots of chances for adventures. 
My weekend started Saturday after work and included: - homemade goat cheese, mozzarella and pepperoni pizza, bulls game and the most WONDERFUL surprise from Kate = Lululemon yoga pants! - bringing Elin to the NPU basketball game and watching her yell, cheer, smile and snuggle.
- Geneva on Sunday. - sleeping in today, running errands with my man, re-decorating, running outside, Bach!
February is only 29 days, and nestled in there is Valentine's Day and my Birthday.... Inspired by another blogger, I have decided it's the perfect month to give up my sugar addiction (making an exception for the current months holidays, of course) So, starting February 1, I will be pushing away the cookies, chocolates, cupcakes and everything associated with my sweet tooth. Please join me! 
Cheers to a 4 days week and the Super Bowl this weekend!
xo. e

Happy morning time.

Today I did myself a favor and had a warm, healthy and fulfilling breakfast stuffed of whole grains, antioxidants, and flavor. I was on the treadmill the other day and had forgotten my headphones... woof. I was switching between trying to read captions from Dr. Oz and the snowboarding "Dew Games"(weird, but awesome...). Suddenly I became fascinated by Dr. Oz's exclamation of the new superfruit: LINGONBERRY! I was immediately disinterested in the Dew Games. After a little research on my own, here are some health benefits of these little morsels of joy that normally I only eat on my Swedish Pancakes from Tre Kronor and Swedish Meatballs from IKEA:

Animal studies have shown how the lingonberry can lower inflammatory molecules, block oxidants from destroying tissue, and also help the body replace important antioxidants.  Lingonberry has also been shown to increase red blood cell and liver enzymes needed for antioxidant protection. Lastly, they are found to be effective agai…

peddle on.

There was something about today that can be summed up in this drawing. Sten and I have been talking so big picture lately that it feels overwhelming. I'm not good at big picture. I'm good at what I like now, and if what I like now doesn't make sense, then I want to get on our bicycles with all our valuables and peddle to greener pastures. I feel a little trapped in my work, and wonder if there's anything else out there. I feel like my creativity and my love for adventure is just getting stuffed to the bottom of the barrel of life. At what point do I just make a serious move? Is that stupid and irresponsible?
At camp we always did "highs" and "lows" during devo time if the conversation wasn't flowing. Sometimes I lay in bed and think about my high and low of the day as a reminder to always end the night on a good note. Today my low was what I described above. Feelings of being trapped and watching my life be the same as it was a year ago... But …

Tarantino's Double Date Tuesday Night.

Happy Tuesday, today I bought 2 certificates... I am a sucker for a good deal.
Deal one: $3.00 for $25.00 worth of food and drink for (4) at Tarantino's
Deal two: $3.00 for  $25.00 worth of food and drink at Tapas Gitana.

I'll take it! We cashed in deal one tonight with our friends Joel and Megan, and I am so glad we did. This is the perfect neighborhood Italian joint in Lincoln Park. It was 1/2 price bottles of wine too!  We had wonderful conversation, delicious food, and great wine.

I am reminded time and again how thankful I am in for this time in our lives. We're young, free, and lacking major responsibility. When will we ever have this in our lives again??
This year I hope to buy lots of coupons and go on many more Tuesday night dates. What a nice respite from the week!
xo. ericadanielle

Monday Love

Today I became obsessed with Pintrest. I was pinning at a rapid pace, and I don't even care! Everything I saw I loved.... What can I say? I would love to have this breakfast nook in our apartment. I would serve orange juice with straws and have a jar of Nutella on the table to spread on croissants. If it were a Saturday morning Sten and I could snuggle on the salmon colored couch, but if I were doing my morning devo's or blogging I would always choose the patterned chairs. I could create an entire life from this one picture. That's why I love Pintrest!

Sten and I had a lovely evening of leftovers, wine and..... ahem... The Bachelor! I can't think of a better way to spend a chilly Monday night!


skinny enchiladas.

In the spirit of a new year and resolutions that come with it, I have adapted a healthier lifestyle and have been finding recipes to coincide with my decision. Over the past year I have visited A LOT of blogs, but, Gina's Skinnytaste has definitely become a favorite! These enchiladas are packed full of flavor with no guilt. Enjoy them while the snow is falling like we did!

You can check out the website HERE for the recipe and better pictures.
Sten and I got our new computer today! It was all set up when I got home from the gym, and I am IN LOVE!
It's Sunday and unfortunately I had to work. Even more unfortunate was the fact that Sten was preaching this morning and I missed it. Don't you hate it when life gets in the way of doing what you what?? Oh well, we made up for it this evening by cracking open a bottle of our favorite wine, watching some football, eating a hot meal and topping off the night with Downton Abbey. This is going to be a good week. I hope to get in some g…

t-minus one month check in.

Since it is about 1 month until I am no longer 25, I thought is was HIGH time to check in on my list of things I wanted to do this year. According to my calculations I did 65% of the things. THAT'S GOOD! and I still have one month to get a couple of these things checked off the list!  I need to start thinking now about my 26 year list... woohoo! It's going to be a good one, I just know it. 1. Find a church to get involved in Batavia Cov!
2. Run a half marathon with my friend Emily (May 1st)The coldest most trying run of my life, but with my bestie -- still a great memory!
3. Get really good at yoga Okay, I can't go as far as  "really" good, but I am definitely better!
4. Take a whole day and bike around the city We bike A LOT this summer.
5. Read the book 'Cold Tangerines' and discuss it with others. Read the book, but didn't really discuss it.
6. Go to Ravinia this summer, drink wine, listen to music and picnic with friends. Perfect date night with Ste…

Dance the night away.

Saturday was the AVT Holiday party downtown in the Crystal Ballroom. It was a fun time for sure... Here's a little re-cap:

The rest of the weekend was filled with weekend-y stuff. I made a pretty fantastic brunch yesterday and I can't wait to share the details. I also have a couple other things up my sleeve for this week.


Golden Birthday Cake.

Over winter vacation we celebrated Sten's GOLDEN Birthday. Here are a couple things I love about the Birthday boy:
He is creative, and smart, and funny, and so good looking.
He makes me laugh, especially during his impersonations and small insights on people's habits.
He loves to eat, and I love to cook.
He drives me to work when I am feeling extra tired
He loves family.
He is thoughtful and makes me feel special.

He is the best husband in the whole world. That's why I researched the BEST yellow cake with chocolate frosting recipe and came up with THIS GEM. This blogger made 6 (SIX) different yellow cakes and had taste testers rate what they thought. This was her favorite and I must say, it was REALLY good.

This cake is betta than the box!

1 1/2 sticks butter
1 3/4 C sugar
3 eggs
1 egg yolk
2 1/8 C flour
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 C Half-n-half
1 Tbls vanilla

Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour 8" or 9" pans.
Cream butt…

Happy 2012

2012 is officially here, and I have officially been MIA for what feels like forever! I had a great Christmas, a fantastic vacation and now I am back to take on this New Year with a vengeance!