The Best Pina Coladas

by Mary on May 18, 2015

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I love pina coladas (non-alchoholic). I love the the tropical flavors; one sip sends me straight to a beautiful beach. Trust me when I say this is fantastic – creamy, sweet, and delicious.

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pina coladas – guilt free!

  • 2 bananas
  • 2 cups frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (comes in a can and looks like this, make sure to stir it and put it in the fridge several hours before if you can so it is nice and cold)
  • 1/4 scant cup pure grade b maple syrup

Blend all ingredients well in your Vitamix. ENJOY with your eyes closed.

Mother’s Day

by Kara on May 11, 2015

drewmothersday kamglasses breakfastinbed I’ve learned to not put a lot of expectations on Mothers’s Day, so this year I was blown out of the water!  My team really pulled this one off.

Motherhood is an interesting thing and to say that I have it figured out is completely false.  Even still, the days keep coming and I find myself down this road of parenting with all offspring alive and mostly not malnourished.  #winning

Most days I play referee to exuberant pleas of the others wrong doing and get the evil eye from my youngest, arms folded, feet planted.  I have to laugh that these 4 kids got me as their mother because I find them so funny and perplexing and intricate that I hardly have any time left to teach them anything at all.  I consider the day a success if I am able to hide around a corner in the hallway and jump out to scare them, or pin them down and tickle them too much, or give them a hug that is way too long and they push me away.

My only real goal in mothering is to love these kids and I hope that your mom hiding in the house to scare you reads like capital L.O.V.E. because it is just so good.  Every.  Single.  Time.

Happy Mother’s Day (late, just like everything else I do)

xo

 

Ode to David Small

by Mary on May 4, 2015

I love children’s books. Even in my tiny apartment, somehow I find room for shelves and shelves of children’s books. One of my favorite illustrators is David Small. Not only are his illustrations fabulous, but the stories tend to be some of the best. I have collected most of his work and they seem to be the books that my kids and I reach for over and over again.

Some of my favorites are:



David Small recently came out with an autobiography – a real graphic novel! It’s beautiful and sad. It broke my heart, but I still loved it. The autobiography isn’t for children, but I would recommend it.

Check our instagram to win a beautiful book (of your choice) illustrated by David Small!!

Kitchen Floors

by Kara on April 27, 2015

kara's kitchen These floors (cement tiles from Tabarka) made their first appearance on instagram while they were being installed at the end of January.  They are the result of a broken ice maker.

If you don’t live in Arizona you may not understand the need for an appliance dedicated to only making ice.  There is this weird cultural thing here that requires a styrofoam cup and an iced beverage on the daily.  I’m obviously drinking the kool-aid on this one because when I saw the mold growing, from half the fresh ice dropping into the cavity behind the cabinets, I didn’t think once about not replacing the unit.  Ice makers are notoriously problematic.

We chiseled out concrete, re-did plumbing and raised the island off the floor.  Now we’ll see any funny business going on.  Below you can see the exposed ice maker, I don’t mind, for one second, seeing it.

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I wish I had a proper before pic to share.  I have lot of pics at Christmas time with exposed concrete floors and no island at all!  The floors were dark grey limestone and the island was white with a white marble counter top.

Now that everything is fully functioning I need to say… thank you faulty ice maker, I was getting bored ;)

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Rich, creamy, and comforting, ice cream is pure frozen goodness. But this recipe isn’t like the iconic favorite. Without cream, custard, and sugar, it isn’t really in the same category at all, though it hits all the same notes.

Blended frozen banana is smooth, thick, and sweet. It has a fairly mild taste that pairs well with lots of mix-ins. I love adding a bit of peanut butter and raw cocoa powder for a energizing snack. It seems so indulgent that I have to remind myself it’s only bananas, peanuts, and cocoa. Containing antioxidants and minerals, raw cocoa powder is touted for its health benefits. Get creative with your mix-ins. Really, anything goes: raspberries, strawberries, pineapple, vanilla wafers, chopped nuts, chocolate chips. I’ve got some of this “ice cream” happily waiting for me in the freezer. Breakfast?

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Chocolate Banana “Ice Cream”
Makes 3-4 cups

4 ripe bananas
1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
1 1/2 teaspoons raw cocoa powder

  1. Peel the bananas and slice them into 1/4- to 1/2-inch-thick disks. Do not freeze the bananas whole. Place the banana slices in the freezer until they are frozen solid (at least 2 hours). This can be done a week in advance, but not much longer than that, the bananas start to change flavor the longer they sit in the freezer, and not in a good way.
  2. Pulse the frozen slices in a food processor until the frozen chunks become smooth and creamy. (Scrape the sides as needed.) Once creamy, add remaining ingredients. Pulse until very smooth and the mix-ins are fully incorporated. Serve immediately for soft serve consistency or store in the freezer for another time. Freezing will give the ice cream a hard ice cream texture, but allowing it to sit at room temperature for a few minutes will bring back the soft serve consistency.

chocolate banana ice cream sugar free

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Finished Family Room

by Kara on April 13, 2015

finishedfamilyrm Three reasons I’m happy this picture exists:

1.  I finally followed through on using this beautiful blue paint.  (dramatic & safe at the same time)

2.  I finally tried my hand at sewing pillows with zippers.  (made it up & hoped for the best with success)

3.  I finally printed that poster size pic of my kids with their new pup.  (thank you costco)

Three cheers for moving down that checklist.

Here’s hoping I’m not the only P R O C R A S T I N A T O R.

15 minute Perfect Pesto Pasta

by Mary on April 6, 2015


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It was dinnertime, I was tired, my husband was gone (not for good). “Spaghetti” is what the kids wanted. I knew just what 15-minute-meal to make. With only 2 pans and 4 pasta bowls, clean was a cinch.

15-minute pesto pasta with broccoli (serves 3, easy to double!)

  • 1/2 lb of pasta (I used whole wheat spaghetti noodles, but anything will be great)
  • 1 large head of broccoli
  • 2 heaping handfuls of arugula (can substitue spinach)
  • 1 tablespoon butter (or grapeseed oil)
  • 1/3 cup prepared pesto (I pulled some out of the freezer I had prepared earlier for just such an occasion, but any store worth it’s salt should have a good one)
  • parmesan for serving, if desired. It is always desired.

1. Bring a large stock pot of salted water to a boil. Drop the pasta.

2. Meanwhile, wash and chop the broccoli into bite-size pieces. Start a saute pan over medium heat, melt the butter and add the broccoli. Stir the broccoli occasionally and season with salt and pepper. When the broccoli is fork tender and the pasta is al dente, drain the pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta water, and add pasta it to the saute pan along with the arugula. Saute together for about 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in the pesto. Add splashes of pasta water as necessary for consistency and moisture. I serve mine with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese because nothing says, “I am delicious” better than that.

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Spring

by Kara on March 30, 2015

roses3 Spring has definitely sprung here in Arizona.  We’re headed straight to summer, and fast.  But before we accept the heat wave that is coming I want to enjoy spring until Easter.  My roses are in full bloom and I LOVE them.  They seem to bloom before your very eyes.  Roses are high maintenance but the amount of happiness they bring me makes them worth it.

Of my 11 rose bushes, one of them is continuously a late bloomer.  That same bush has 5 times as many thorns as the others making it horrible to work with, and you know what??  It’s my favorite.  It always catches up.  (maybe i feel like that bush sometimes)

I am so very inspired by great women around this blog/social media world.  My only real goal in sharing my thoughts here is to hopefully add to the goodness that is everywhere.

Easter is almost here, along with the 1 year mark of my brother’s passing.  Maybe sadness at this time of year is the best, because it is also so full of hope and beauty.

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Watch our NEW Video!

by Mary on March 27, 2015

Hello!  We’re changing things up over here at Henry Mack.  We hope that our new video describes our vision, but here’s a quick rundown.  Our homes are important places.  Our efforts there are paramount.  As a company, we want to support women in their desire to be Happy at Home.  We want to find our groove, explore what we love, find new things to love, continue to learn (always) and ultimately love the place we call home.

Sometimes the days are long and the years are short.  We aren’t looking to gloss over the hard stuff, we just want to give our best effort to flourish in the life we have.

Help us in encouraging each other to be HAPPY at HOME!

Powerofhabit

It’s mid March people- have you accomplished your new year’s resolutions? If you’re like me, you don’t even remember what they were. Agh!

But, it doesn’t have to be that way. I just finished The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, but Charles Duhigg. Amazing book. It is well written and well researched with interesting examples of how habits effect our lives and how powerful they are.

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I think this is a must read. It has definitely been thought provoking for me. We are giving one away this week along with a house dress – in which to read said book, of course.

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