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Autumn, Food & Drink, Seasonal, Supper

Fresh Corn, Crispy Chickpea and Avocado Grain Bowl with Creamy Cilantro Dressing

Fresh Corn, Crispy Chickpea and Avocado Grain Bowl with Creamy Cilantro Dressing | Oh Honey Blog by Kayleigh KosmasFirst off, I know that post title is a bit of a mouthful. And that’s the pared down version! I also wanted to tell you right off the bat about the peppery watermelon radishes, crunchy, pink pickled onions, tender kale and nutty pepitas. Suffice it to say this grain bowl is bursting with flavors, colors and textures and is my new favorite make-ahead (and eat for days in a row because I’m hooked) meal. We’ve been stuck in a dinner rut for a while now and seem to make the same basic pastas, soups and pizzas week after week, and those old standbys have been tasting…blah. I’ve had very little appetite the whole time I’ve been pregnant (weird, huh) so the biggest motivator behind this grain bowl was making something really healthy and super flavorful, so even when I’m not that hungry I’m excited to eat it. And it worked! This is the first meal I’ve eaten in a couple weeks that I haven’t forced down half of, then passed off on Ponny, my dutiful husband/human composter. I’ve even gone back for seconds.

Fresh Corn, Crispy Chickpea and Avocado Grain Bowl with Creamy Cilantro Dressing | Oh Honey Blog by Kayleigh KosmasLet me tell you why. First, the corn salad – my inauthentic yet addictive version of esquites – is incredibly creamy yet fresh tasting, with a little bit of char on the corn and a sprinkle of cilantro and red onion. The chickpeas are wonderfully crunchy and flavorful thanks to a dash of cumin and cayenne. I love pickled red onions on anything and everything. Who wouldn’t!? And then the dressing. At first the cilantro is really bright and in your face and then, magically, it mellows out to a creamy, nuttiness with a subtle kick of garlic. It ties the whole thing together and I’m tempted to put it on every sandwich, bowl, pizza and sundae I make from now on. I cooked the brown rice in vegetable stock, so even the base of this bowl is extra savory.

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Autumn, Dessert, Food & Drink, Seasonal

Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Whipped Mascarpone Cream

When we bought our house this spring, one of my first thoughts was, “Yes! A backyard! I’m growing melons and peppers and poppies and carrots and beets and sunflowers, etc. this summer!” If you’ve been through the home buying and renovation process (or watched any HGTV ever) you’ve probably already predicted what happened next: about a hundred huge setbacks that go with the territory of remodeling a century old house in disrepair. Oh, and I got pregnant, leaving tiling, floor sanding and painting to Ponny alone. In the end we didn’t move in until August, much too late to start any produce in the backyard. Maybe next year, but I’m guessing we’ll be awfully busy with a new baby!

Fortunately, we live close to many well-stocked farmers markets and grocery stores, so there’s no shortage of fresh, seasonal produce in our house this fall. It turns out that when you make really tasty fruit and vegetable dishes, they’re no less satisfying because someone else did all the tilling and watering to grow the produce. Especially these days, when mustering the energy the cook at all feels like a huge victory. For me, pregnancy fatigue makes college finals fatigue look like a walk in the park. But it’d been months since I’d baked a cake and I couldn’t let the first weekend of fall slip by without whipping one up!  Continue Reading

Autumn, Breakfast, Dessert, Food & Drink, Seasonal

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookie Cups

Oatmeal Chocolate Breakfast Cookie Cups - Oh Honey by Kayleigh KosmasI’m not a natural breakfast eater. I think it’s because I’m not a morning person, and I’d rather sleep an extra 15 minutes than spend that time eating. So in order for me to actually eat breakfast, my breakfast food has to 1. Be made in advance; and 2. Be tasty enough that it’s worth making time for. I’m happy to say these healthy (vegan and refined sugar-free!) and versatile (fill them with whatever you like!) oatmeal chocolate chip cookie cups tick both those requirements. Before I get to the recipe, though, some life updates!

In case you missed my Insta-announcement, I’m having a baby!!! I’m officially going to be a mama next February, and I’m pretty darn excited. I’m not someone who always knew they wanted to raise kids. I’ve been back and forth and on the fence, and at times I’ve really felt content with a husband and super cool cat. But now that my little one is on the way, having a kiddo feels like it’s absolutely the right choice and four months into my pregnancy, I can’t imagine not doing this right now!

When I found out I was pregnant, I naively thought, “This is great! Ponny and I will have one last summer, just the two of us, before we’re parents.” I imagined happy hours, impromptu trips to the coast and lots of hiking. About five minutes after having that thought, morning sickness hit and is just letting up now. I thought morning sickness was a trivial pregnancy rite of passage that wouldn’t interfere much with daily life and I think that’s because of its cutesy name. After nearly four months of mostly round the clock “morning” sickness all I can say is this: it really needs to be called what it is. All. Day. Nausea. And vomiting! It kept me from leaving the house, from socializing, from eating, let alone blogging about yummy summer foods. That’s why it’s been so quiet here this summer.

Oatmeal Chocolate Breakfast Cookie Cups - Oh Honey by Kayleigh KosmasBut I’m starting to feel a little more like my old self again, and I think it’s time to dust off the blog. Now that I can eat more than saltines, my biggest priority is eating lots of filling, nutrient packed foods, but without compromising on flavor. If the healthy food I’m eating also tastes good, the chances of me breaking down and eating a tub of ice cream are lower, know what I mean?

So in the coming months, expect some tasty, healthy(ish) recipes along with some make-ahead meals. I’ll want to have some of those under my belt in preparation for baby’s arrival! I have some mama- and baby-friendly DIYs I hope to get to soon, too.

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Autumn, DIY, Home, Lifestyle, Seasonal, Winter

Festive Laurel Wreath, in Green or Gold

Festive Laurel Wreath, in Green or Gold by Kayleigh Kosmas

Happy November everyone! It’s hard to believe we’re already halfway through autumn, and the month of Thanksgiving (and Gilmore Girls!) is upon us. Before you know it, it will be Christmas which I can’t wait for, because it means P will have two weeks off of work and my sister will be home from college. December also happens to be Bisou’s birthday month! Needless to say, I’m very much looking forward to the next several weeks. For now though, I’m still making the most of fall – even if it is an extra gray and rainy one in Portland – before all the leaves fall and it’s too cold out to go on strolls around the neighborhood. Speaking of leaves, how about this laurel wreath? The leaves aren’t technically from a laurel bush, but once they’re layered into wreath form, they look pretty darn festive anyway. Don’t you love how the wreath looks like it’s magically floating on the front door!?

Festive Laurel Wreath, in Green or Gold by Kayleigh Kosmas

I’m not usually one for seasonal decorating; I think it’s because I don’t like the idea of storing a bunch of objects that only see the light of day a month or two out of the year. I’m happy to make an exception for this wreath though, since it’s seasonally appropriate for fall and winter, and afterwards I don’t have to worry about finding a place to store it. All you need to make your own wreath is a bit of floral wire, hot glue, fishing line and any thick, glossy leaves you can find. I couldn’t decide whether to make a natural green wreath or a fancy gold one so I tried it both ways, and I still can’t choose a favorite. Either way, hanging a laurel wreath on your front door or somewhere in the house adds some natural looking autumnal vibes and holiday cheer, depending on the month. It complements our pumpkins now, and I really hope we get some snowfall this winter so I get to see it in the snow, too. Read on for the tutorial, and a look at Bisou wondering what the heck I was doing standing outside. Continue Reading

Autumn, Beverages, Food & Drink, Seasonal, Winter

Maple Cider Tea Hot Toddy

Crafts and a Cat | Maple Cider Tea Hot Toddy with Stash Tea by Kayleigh Kosmas

Despite growing up in the cold, damp Pacific Northwest and spending a few years in the Midwest for college, I’ve never gotten used to the cold that hits every year around this time. While other people are leaving the house in light sweaters, I’m in triple layers with a scarf and wool socks and I’m still shivering. We’re spending our first cold season in our new place, which happens to be older and thus full of drafts, and now I can’t seem to stay warm inside, either. So what to do all winter long, when it’s so cold you can’t get cozy no matter how many chunky knits you’ve piled on? You warm yourself from the inside out, my friends. I’m convinced that nothing will thaw a freezing person more efficiently than imbibing a steaming mug of seasonal spice with a splash of liquor. You might be already be familiar with this drink’s official name: the hot toddy.

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Traditionally made with hot water, lemon, honey and spices mixed with some of that liquor I mentioned before, the hot toddy is a drink made for chilly, rainy days. It will even help you nurse a cold; when you’re under the weather, what could be more soothing than warm liquids, honey and, of course, that bit of alcohol to dull your aches and pains? This hot toddy is a seasonal twist on the original recipe thanks to my current favorite Stash tea, maple apple cider. Substituting tea for plain old hot water gives a hot toddy loads more flavor – in this case, apple, cinnamon, caramel, maple and a hint of hibiscus – so I highly recommend this particular blend. Stash has been a family favorite for as long as I can remember. When I was very young I’d spend holidays at my grandma’s house sorting her vast assortment of Stash teas by color, and when I was old enough to appreciate the tea for its flavor I’d regularly deplete my mom’s Stash reserves of everything minty. With the holidays approaching I’m looking forward to serving this hot toddy to my family and making more memories to reflect on whenever I sip my morning Stash. Read on for the recipe!
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