Loaded Miso Soup

Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Miso Soup is one of my favorite parts of a sushi dinner.  It's so warm and comforting and the other day I had a major craving for some.   I decided to dress it up a bit so that it could function as a meal in an of itself, rather than just a starter.


Can we talk about how difficult it is to photograph soup?  There really is no good way to make it look appetizing (if you have some tips I'd love to hear!)-- especially when the noodles are this funky grey color.  But don't let the color fool you.  Those funky grey buckwheat soba noodles are fantastic!  Add some veggies and a protein and you've got yourself an easy, well-rounded, one-pot meal!  Make sure you look for organic tofu and miso paste that is MSG free.

Loaded Miso Soup
Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces soba noodles
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 Tbsp ginger, peeled and finely minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely diced
  • 6 Cups Vegetable broth
  • 2 Tbsp Soy sauce
  • 1 Cup water
  • 1/2 head of napa cabbage, chopped
  • 1/2 Cup white miso paste
  • 2 Cups organic firm tofu, cut into cubes

Instructions

  1. Cook the soba noodles according to the package directions.  Drain in a colander, rinse with cold water, and set aside.
  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a heavy bottomed pot.  Add onion, ginger, and garlic, and cook until onion is translucent (about 5 minutes.) Add vegetable broth, soy sauce, and 1 Cup of water and bring to a boil.  Add cabbage and cook for 2 minutes.  Whisk in miso over low heat for 1 minute.  Add tofu and soba noodles just before serving.

How Frugality Can Improve Your Marriage

Friday, May 15, 2015

It's obvious that being frugal is beneficial for your pocketbook, but did you know that it can also improve your marriage? Researcher Jeffrey Dew refers to debt as the "equal-opportunity marriage destroyer." He explains that consumer debt plays a powerful role in eroding marital stability and lowering marital satisfaction.



Here are just a few ways that frugality can play a part in creating a happier and more harmonious marriage.

1. Like-Mindedness: Perceptions about how one’s partner handles money have been shown to play a large part in marital satisfaction. That is, if you feel that your partner has the same values and priorities surrounding money as you do then you are more likely to feel happy in your marriage. On the flip side, when individuals feel that their spouse does not handle money well, they report lower levels of marital happiness.... In fact, in one study, feeling that one’s spouse spent money foolishly increased the likelihood of divorce 45 percent for both men and women.

2. Increased Communication: Creating and sticking to a budget requires a lot of communication and transparency.... which isn't easy! In fact, a study by Wells Fargo found that many people consider money a tougher topic to discuss than even politics or religion. Frugality increases the chance that couples will be more open with one another about their spending habits and pitfalls.

3. Less Debt=Less Stress: This one's kind of a no-brainer!

4. Increased Contentment: Frugality forces a couple to jump off that hedonic treadmill of always needing more. The temptation of "keeping up with the Jayneses Joneses" is a tough one to resist, but frugality forces a couple to think about what's truly important and be content with what they already have.
I'll be sharing a bit about how we try to be frugal in the coming weeks but in the meantime I'm curious- what are strategies that you have for pinching pennies?

Christmastime Dreaming...

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

I know, I know.  It's not even Summer yet so why on Earth am I already thinking about Christmas?? Because it's official...



WE ARE SPENDING CHRISTMAS IN EUROPE!!!! Ahhhhh I get giddy just typing that!  It's something we've been talking about for awhile and last weekend our travel agent friend found tickets so cheap that we couldn't pass them up.  We are flying into and out of Copenhagen, but besides that our itinerary is totally up in the air.  Christmas in Heidelberg? New Year's Eve in Paris? Anything is possible!  Tyler has never been to Europe before so I can't wait to share this experience with him!  If you have any recommendations sound off in the comments below.. I'd love to hear about your favorite places!

Photo via Much More Muchier