Crispy Coconut Kale, Roasted Salmon & Coconut Rice

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The dogs have been awake since 4:30am…(insert annoyed tone of voice here)…bad news, this will be an extra long Monday…good news, I have time to blog! Side note, I really need to look into a doggy daycare close to home so I can wear these pups out a couple days a week.

I follow Kate Hudson on Snapchat and a few nights ago she snapped some coconut rice, sweet potato, kale, salmon concoction that looked so healthy and delicious, I had to search out the recipe. One quick google search and I had found the recipe on Food 52. Let me tell you, I don’t use coconut too often in dinner dishes but the combination of the light flavors of coconut, kale, salmon and sweet potato mixed with paprika and sriracha were an amazing combination!

Crispy Coconut Kale, Roasted Salmon & Coconut Rice
1 cup uncooked white jasmine rice
1 cup coconut milk
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted plus 1 Tbsp for sweet potatoes
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 Tbsp Sriracha
1 tsp paprika
2 Tbsp coconut aminos or tamari
4 salmon filets
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1 bunch kale, cut into strips
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2″ cubes

1. With an hour until dinner, bring 1 cup of rice to a boil in a medium saucepan with 1 cup coconut milk and 1 cup water. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
2. While the rice is cooking, preheat your oven to 400°F. Combine 1/3 cup melted coconut oil, 1 Tbsp Sriracha, 1 tsp sesame oil, and 2 Tbsp coconut aminos in a jar (with a lid) and shake to emulsify.
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3. Place to cubed sweet potatoes on a baking sheet, drizzle with 1 Tbsp melted coconut oil and 1 tsp paprika, and toss to combine. Put potatoes in the oven and roast for 30 minutes.
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4. When the rice is done, remove it from the heat and keep covered. As the potatoes are roasting, place the kale and 1 cup coconut flakes on a separate baking sheet and drizzle with about two-thirds of the dressing. Add salmon filets topped with 1 to 2 Tbsp of dressing and place in oven with the potatoes for the last 15 minutes. Watch the kale to make sure it doesn’t burn.
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5. At the end of the half hour, remove both sheets from the oven. Divide rice among 4 plates, top with sweet potatoes, kale and salmon, and drizzle with remaining dressing.
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Original recipe from Food 52

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DIY Faux Floral Centerpiece

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I have been waiting and waiting and waiting for my Magnolia Market purchases to show up and THEY FINALLY ARRIVED!! I ordered 5 of these faux paper white bulbs as well as the faux magnolia leaf wreath that I hung on my wooden spool clock.

I think by now, you all know that I don’t do real plants anymore. I just can’t seem to keep them alive, so why waste the money? So now, I’m constantly on the hunt for authentic looking faux florals and plants to liven up my home. I had seen Joanna Gaines use these paper white bulbs on a few episodes of Fixer Upper so I went in search of where to buy them. What do you know, they are from Magnolia Market. Except now I have a big problem. I want everything that they sell!

Supplies
planter box
dry floral foam
faux floral bulbs
dry moss

1. To create the centerpiece, I started with the DIY Planter Box that I posted last fall.

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2. Next, I used dry floral foam to create a base to stick the bulbs in. You don’t need to glue to floral foam down, just cut it with a knife to the size of your planter  box. I would also leave a little space on the sides as well as make sure the foam sits below the top edge of the box, that way your moss covering won’t be overflowing and can squish into the sides to stay in place a bit.

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3. These are the faux paper white bulbs I used from Magnolia Market. They have nice thick stakes on the bottom so you can easily insert them into the floral foam.

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4. So, I stuck the bulbs in the foam and then added the moss around the bulbs, however, learn from my mistakes…if I did it again, I would layer the moss on top of the foam and then insert the bulbs over the moss. This will also help to hold the moss in place a bit. Move the bulb “roots” to the side before you put the bulbs in the foam so that they stick out through the moss.

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And just for fun…a few shots of my new wreath!!

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Inspired by…French Country Home

I’m having an INSANELY lazy day today and I’m loving every minute of it! I was up at 4:30am the last 2 mornings for work and it really took it’s toll. This morning I slept in late, had breakfast and coffee with my hubby and am now laying in bed, blogging and watching…you guessed it…re-runs of Fixer Upper (it’s Tuesday, isn’t that what everyone does on Tuesday?) 🙂

Today I’m featuring this ranch house from season 2 of Fixer Upper because I am obsessed with the French Country style it has.

Tufted furniture, muted colors, white washed brick…I’m loving it all!

One of my favorite things in this house are the faux paper white bulbs planted in wood trays in the bottom left picture.

I just ordered a few to create an arrangement as well as the magnolia wreath, both from Magnolia Market (links to both are below). I’m so excited for these to arrive and share with you how I use them in my home.

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 Faux Magnolia Wreath

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Faux Paper White Bulb