Fall in love with Amsterdam

Have you ever been somewhere and thought
I’m never leaving here…

I had never been to a place like this
until I visited Amsterdam…

Okay, so have you ever watched
House Hunters International
and been like…
That’s all hype.

Those people can’t love that city like that…

Y’all… I’m telling you it’s legit.

From the moment I stepped foot in the city….

I DIDN’T WANT TO LEAVE!!!!!

I honestly, seriously, did not want to leave
and I was crazily trying to come up with reasons to stay
and figure out how I could move there.

Legit.

I got lost and explored a street market,
the colors were just

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Found during a weekend street market

Honestly, I’ve never experienced anything like it.

Amsterdam is just one of those cities that if you get a chance to go,

Go.

Not touristy go…

But go and get lost.

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On a canal tour in Amsterdam

Explore, walk, bike, ride in a boat on the canal, and eat.

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Oh my goodness… EAT!
The food.

I think that’s what did it…

I literally ate my way through the city and it was delicious.
And  while I didn’t get to hit every spot I wanted,
the places I did go were amazing and I’m looking forward to round two.

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Guys, Amsterdam is such a brilliant history filled place.
So much to see and do…
I simply can’t just write one post about it,
so
I have to do a series and
I’m looking forward to heading back!

The city just seemed to vibrate and radiate with a feeling…
It was alive. Radiant, joy-filled,
everyone seemed so happy.
It was lovely, clean, fun,
and it was a place that could be
very well one day could be….
Home.

Until Next Taste.
Lori

Finding Home

Finding Home….

How did I come up with that…
This is the question that keeps getting asked
whenever I tell people about the blog
(which isn’t a lot)

But it’s a question
even I have had to ponder a bit these days
as well…

Finding home.

What does it mean?

What does it look like?

How do you do it?

Why even bother looking for home?

These are questions I’ve asked myself…

Here are my answers…

Finding home.

What does it mean?
It means finding somewhere that makes you feel–remember that word… Feel… familiar,
loving, sweet, special, happy, good, trustworthy, amazing, and phenomenal. It’s a place of peace.
It’s a place where you know you’ve touched on something great when you’re there, and you can be
your truest of true self no matter what. That’s when you know you’re home.

What does it look like?
See above.

How do you do it?
By opening yourself up to experiences and living life,
exploring, traveling, doing, being, going, listening, dancing, singing, writing, acting,
cooking, sewing, crafting, sharing, living, loving, and did I mention doing.
You do whatever sets your heart on fire, sharing life with others, getting out and up and living…
Whatever that may look like for you.
It may be easier said than done, but that is makes the savoring the journey even more delicious.

Why even bother looking?
Because I’ve never really had a home…
I grew up poor.
I was raised by my grandmother and grandpa until around 3st grade,
they taught me a lot. They taught me how to value the bounty of treasure the earth gives
to feed us, and for that I’ll be forever grateful. It made me want to become a chef.  I moved around a lot because my mother was an addict and we never really could stay in one place too long, so…

I grew up without a home…

I’d like to grow into one.

Wherever that is.
Whatever that is.

This Foodie is finding home.

Anyway, I write this post to say,

I decorated…

home
and
to share a bit of who I am,
and my story here with you.

All of it, authentic, truth, always.
Right here.

Until Next Taste,
Lori

Autumn Pumpkin Soup

Last night I hosted a book club for the first time…

Me. The introvert.

Guys…

This is big.
HUGE EVEN.

I totally invited strangers into my house
on purpose and I cooked.

The best part about all this?

I had fun.

I laughed so hard.
It was a blast!

I can’t wait to host another one.

Want to know what we’re reading?

Sure you do…

We’re reading

Kate Morton’s Distant Hours

&

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

I’m pretty stoked about this.

Honestly, I’m more stoked about meeting up with these ladies again.

It really was fun…

You want to know what else was fun?

Making this soup!

It was too easy.

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Autumn Pumpkin Soup Deliciousness

Y’all…

Ingredients
2 cans of pure pumpkin
(I used 2 small cans, but if you like pumpkin go on & use 3)
3 Tbsp Curry Powder
2 (13.5) cans coconut milk
32oz vegetable broth
1-2 tablespoons of agave syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
Salt (to taste)

Optional
I had some chives from my herbs, some Gouda pictured,
and a bit of turkey from this post.

Directions
Take out your crock pots and put this bad boy on low for few hours or high for about 3-4…

Not only will your house smell like heaven, but this soup… It tastes divine…

There’s something about fall…

Leaves changing., the cooler temps
making things cozy,
and then this soup that

Almost… Almost…
Just a little bit
Tastes
Like…
Home.

Until Next Taste,
Lori

When Parenting Wins Happen

This past weekend was full of epic parenting-ness wins.

The Artist lost  a tooth.

Mr. Foodie was on ToothFairy detail
and like we all do sometimes he slipped up and well…

The Sandman visited him and he
FORGOT TO GET THE TOOTH!!!!

Que panic, quiet panic mind you…
but panic nonetheless…

So… While we’re trying to figure out what to do before she wakes up,
I get a momentary stroke of genius.

Write a note.

Thank you, thank you…
No need to applaud my brilliance.
Hahaha.

So…

Mr. Foodie stops pulling out his hair
and says,
“You know… She did say it was her favorite tooth.”

I look at him, and say this is the best news EVER!

“LET’S WRITE A NOTE!

And write  a note we did…

toothfairy-note

Now my job here is done, I let you keep  the last one. ToothFairy ❤

She woke up happy.

Thrilled even that  she  not only got her money,
but  that she was able to keep her favorite tooth
(not sure what that craziness is about, but let us pray that it is truly the last tooth)

On to parent win #2

Brought to us by a serendipitous meeting at a craft fair.

My friends…

Can I call you friends?
Are we to that point yet?
We are?
Okay…
Listen friends…

I’m going to let you in on a little secret.

I’m not crafty.
I’m not.

I probably should be arrested on sight if you ever see me wielding a pair of scissors,  a glue gun, needle and thread, heck…  even paint for that matter. Modge podge? Forget it.

However, I love crafty things.

I love them.
Etsy is my jam.
I can spend hours on that website
and the amount of dollars…
Well. We just won’t talk about that right now, because a certain guy reads this blog
and willbeveryupsetbecausethiswillvalidatehispointwithmyobsessionwithcraftythings.

But I digress. 🙂

Anyway…

This past weekend I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Ashlee of
Magnolia Designs
and much to my delight she makes some incredibly beautiful things,
but it’s her mason jar tumbler that ends up in this post…

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Zero Fox Given… Hilarious! This tumbler is a huge hit in my office.

Now if you’re following me on Instagram (foodiefindshome), there is an awesome video that accompanies this.
If not… Go foxing watch it.
Apparently toddlers saying fox is the funniest thing EVER.

Thank you for the laughs Ashlee!

Looking forward to our bags and getting more items from your amazing shop.

Parenting can be full of fails, but that makes the wins when they happen
taste so much sweeter.

I hope you all have a beautiful week wherever you are.

Share one  win with me!

Until next taste,
Lori

PS. Don’t forget to go visit Ashlee’s shop either. Seriously. It’s awesome.

Ground Turkey Lettuce Wraps

This meal is a go-to quick one for our family of 6. Not only is it delicious, but it’s healthy as well, and… The kids love it. That alone makes it a no-brainer win in my book.

I knew I would share it here, but I wasn’t sure when… Then I thought well…. It’s a favorite and an easy one so why not go with it.

So… Here it is.

I hope your family enjoys this as much as ours does.

Ground Turkey Lettuce Wraps
Ingredients
Lettuce, washed and separated
1 pound ground poultry (I used turkey)
5 cloves garlic, minced
(you may use less, 5 is my minimum, but really who uses less than 5 we can’t be friends.)
1 onion, chopped
1/4 cup of hoisin sauce
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
3 tsp sriracha
2 tsp fresh ginger, minced
1 bunch of green onions, sliced
salt & pepper, to taste

Optional Ingredients
1 can sliced water chestnuts, drained & chopped
(Mr. Foodie made me put this as optional… Ha!)

Directions

1. Season meat with the with salt and pepper, then cook until browned.
Drain it then set aside.

2. While the meat is set aside sauté the onions up a bit
to make them soft. My guy, (Mr. Foodie) isn’t the biggest fan of onions to begin with, so this is a compromise I make to have them in this dish because I love them. Ha!

3. Once the onions were sautéed, I added the meat back in,
then I also added the garlic, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, minced ginger,
sriracha, and the red wine vinegar.
I let that that cook for about 5 minutes, then added the green onions and if you add the water chestnuts this is when you add them as well, then let that cook for about 3-5 more minutes.

A quick, easy, healthy, and delicious weeknight family meal! One note I’d like to add… This meal is delicious vegetarian as well. It is awesome made with tofu or tempeh, both retain the flavors of this dish really well.

Until Next Taste,

Lori

PS. Don’t forget to share this recipe because sharing is caring…
No really… It is.

See…
Don’t you guys love me already?

The Real MVP’s… My Kids.

I just came from lunch with a friend and she said something during our discussion that stuck with me, “My kids are the real MVP’s.”

The Real MVP's

The Artist

It’s funny that she said that because just this morning I was debating on writing a similar sentiment, just not so eloquently put like that…

Isn’t amazing how inspiration can strike us?

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The Athlete

I didn’t know how to phrase it. I didn’t know the words to write, but I knew I wanted to introduce how rad my kids are and how amazing/difficult/frustrating/phenomenal/brilliant/beautiful/messy/fun this life they lead is, but… I didn’t have the right words…

Honestly…

They truly are the MVP’s. We move every couple of years, sometimes we move continents, sometimes we move states. Every few years they leave behind memories, friends, schools, family, and everything their little hearts know to start a new adventure and the most amazing part is they do it. They do it with eyes wide and hearts open to whatever they face. They are brave

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Toddler Ro

They are little and brave heroes. I’m not sure that they know that, but they make me proud. They welcome the challenges, the language barriers, the new friends, the new schools, the new homes, the newness. Each and every time without fail, and they never cease to amaze me.

They are kind, they are loving to the children in their host country. They are amazing little diplomats. They represent where they come from with a grace and graciousness that astounds me… I watch them on the playground and I think of the lyrics from Louie Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World”

“I hear babies cry, I watch them grow, they’ll learn much more than I’ll ever know”

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Tiniest Foodie

Truly… What a wonderful world.

My little citizens of the world, learning more than I’ll ever know.

What a wonderful world.

Until Next Taste,

Lori

 

Hello… Is it me…

So, this is kind of exciting and weird… It’s also odd. What’s even stranger…. Adele’s “Hello” is on in the background as I type this as if a sign that I should actually be typing this right now now.

Hello.

 

Most of you reading this know me already, a handful of you don’t. Hello.

I’m Lori. Consistent re-starter, mom of four, wife of one, searcher of home, traveler of the world, cooker of the food, non lover of the home cleaning (but I do it, because I love the clean home), merry maker, introvert, INFJ, dalmatian loving, next food-network star wannabe, blog writing, me.

Welcome to my space. I love blogging. I do. I love it.

I have craved doing it. I just didn’t know how to get back into it but I just kicked my butt and said, “Lori… You’re doing it. You miss it. Do it. Just do it.”

And here we are.

Actually can I be honest?

I made a drastic decision when I started.

I quit my personal Facebook for this.

 

Yep.

I KNOW.

Who does that?

Apparently this girl does.

So if the grandparents want updates… This is how they get them.

Gasp… That’s crazy talk. I know. I’m probably not the favorite anymore.

And… I’m okay with that.

Guess what though.

It gives us more time.

Time to explore this amazing country we live in. Time to travel all over this beautiful continent we live on, and well… Share it with you. Memories to be made and stories to be shared.

I hope you enjoy spending time and sharing life us, as we… The Foodie Family find home.

Home is wherever the heart is and sometimes…. it’s just one bite away.

Until Next Taste,

Lori