Sunday, December 20, 2015

Warm Baby!

It is officially winter, which means for many of us cold weather is on the way (or already here!)  With chilly temperatures in the air, it is important to make sure your little on stays warm and cozy.  The proper clothing is important to prevent colds and to make sure you babe stays happy and healthy all winter long.  At Our Green House we have lots of great cold weather clothing that will not only keep you baby warm, but are also very stylish!  From hats and mittens, to leg warmers and onesies, we have you covered.


Stay warm, and shop Our Green House!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Rasberry Almond Shortbread Cookies

Can you believe Christmas is next week?  When you are in the midst of the holiday bustle, it is nice to step back and take some time to savor this wonderful time of year.  One of our favorite ways soak up the holidays is to bake yummy cookies!  We love the standard sugar cookies & chocolate chip, but it is fun to whip up something a little more unexpected.  That is why we love these Raspberry Almond Shortbread Cookies!  The pretty red raspberry jam has a very festive look, and the flavors work so well together that everyone will be raving about the delicious taste.



Ingredients
  • 2 cups + 2 Tbsp  all-purpose flour*
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cold and diced into 1 Tbsp pieces
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 cup raspberry jam, seedless if preferred
  •  
    Glaze (optional)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 2 - 4 tsp water 

Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour and salt, set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, blend together butter and sugar until combined (it will take a minute or two since the butter is cold. If you don't have a paddle attachment that constantly scrapes bowl, then occasionally stop mixer and scrape down sides and bottom of bowl). Mix in almond extract then add in flour blend until mixture comes together (it will take a bit of mixing since the butter is cold, so be patient, it will seem really dry at first).
  • Shape dough into 1-inch balls, about 1 Tbsp each, and place 2-inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Make a small indentation with thumb or forefinger in each cookie (large enough to fit 1/4 - 1/2 tsp of jam). Fill each with 1/4 - 1/2 tsp jam. Chill in refrigerator 20 minutes (or freezer for 10 minutes). Bake in preheated oven 14 - 18 minutes.
  • Cool several minutes on baking sheet then transfer to a wire rack to cool (at this point you can add a little more jam if you'd like to, it just won't be set like the other is). Drizzle cookies with glaze when when cool. Store cookies in an airtight container.
  • For the glaze:
  • Whisk all glaze ingredients together in a small mixing bowl, adding enough water to reach desired consistency. Pour or spoon mixture into a sandwich size resealable bag, cut a small tip from one corner and drizzle over cookies.
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Monday, December 14, 2015

2016 Yoga!

The holiday season is always busy with lots of parties, busy shopping days, and time spent with friends and family.  Because of this, it can be hard to make time for exercise.  It is super important to make time to work out, so while you are enjoying the holidays, why not look forward to 2016 and ways to stay healthy.  We love yoga for so many reason, and we have lots of great yoga gear that will get you excited to hit the mat!  Whether you are buying for yourself, a friend, or a little one,  we have you covered.  We also love bringing our S'well bottle with us to stay hydrated before, during, and after a great yoga session.


Make sure to head on over to Our Green House to check out all of our great yoga options!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Easy Avacado Egg Salad

Sometimes the easiest meals are the best because you can satisfy your hunger while not having to spend lots of time in the kitchen.  We love eggs because they are a great source of protein, and this avocado egg salad is the perfect way to have eggs for lunch and as a snack!  One of the reasons we enjoy this egg salad is beacuse it has no mayonnaise and is pretty light.  You can jazz it up with hot sauce and spices, or keep it simple, whichever you prefer.



Ingredients
  • 6 eggs, hard boiled
  • 1-½ ripe avocados, peeled and mashed
  • 1-1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (or lime juice)
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt, or to taste
 Instructions
  1. Add the eggs to a medium-sized pot and cover with a few inches of water. Cover and place on high heat. Bring water to a full (but gentle) boil and cook for 10 to 12 minutes.
  2. Drain the water and immediately run cold water over the eggs. Transfer eggs to an ice bath and allow eggs to chill for 10 minutes. Refrigerate eggs until ready to use.
  3. Peel and roughly chop the hard boiled eggs.
  4. Add the avocado to a mixing bowl with the lemon juice and sea salt. Mash the avocado, leaving it slightly chunky if desired. Add the chopped hard boiled eggs and stir well to combine. Eat on toasted bread with watercress or greens of choice.

Monday, December 07, 2015

Gifts for Everyone!

Only a few more weeks before Christmas, and Hanukkah is already underway, which means the search for the perfect holiday gifts is still on!  We want to make sure you find the perfect gift for your family & friends, which is why we have put together some great gift guides over at Our Green House.  Whether you need something for your best friend, your mom, a little on, of your significant other, we have you covered.  Here is a little sneak peek into what we have in the shop, and make sure you pop on over to get a some holiday shopping done :)


Happy shopping!