Heeeellllooooo, you guys!!

I have to apologize for leaving you all high and dry for the past month!!  I just wanted to stop by and assure you that I am still around and that THP will hopefully be up and running again very soon!

Some of you all have contacted me wondering if everything is okay and I assure you that it is!  The past 6 weeks have been filled with lots of bad times but also, more recently, some really exiting times too!

Christmas Baking Extravaganza 2012

When I first disappeared I was out of town dealing with a family emergency.  My father was in the hospital for a while but thankfully he is doing much better right now and we were able to spend a wonderful family Christmas at home in Pikeville.

My return to work also happened to coincide with the busiest time of year for us –  I’ve been trying to dig my way out of a (literal) mountain of papers.  Thankfully things have slowed down a little and are starting to return to  “normal busy” around the office.

Brunch at New Albanian Brewery, Christmas baking + bloody mary drinking (do it!), go Cards!

Now for the exciting part…..

Tony and I just got an accepted offer on a new house!!!  We are over-the-moon excited about the prospect of this house because we’ll have a lot more space including some acres and a creek!  We’re in the process of trying to sell our current home right now so cross your fingers for us!

My handsome dad on his birthday + my first time making German chocolate cake!

Hopefully we’ll be moving into the new house just in time to plant the spring garden.  We’re so excited that our dreams of owning some land and a little slice of nature are coming true.  I’m not a city girl by any means and I’ve been living in Louisville long enough!  This house will give us the best of both worlds – a job in the city and a home in the country.  Perhaps the best part is that we’re only adding 7  miles onto our daily commute so we are thankful to still be close to all of our favorite conveniences.

Begley got a moose for Christmas

I’ll be back soon but for now I hope everyone has had a great start to 2013!

City or country living?


Holiday Gift Guide: The Cook

by Rachel on December 12, 2012

  1. Pinch Spice Cellars |  $28, Terrain
  2. Wood Bark Pedestal stand 12″ | $29.99, World Market
  3. Misto Olive Oil Sprayer | $9.98, Amazon or easy to find at World Market, HomeGoods, Target, etc. (available in multiple colors)
  4. Vintage Flower Storage Bowls Gift Set of 5 | $22.50 (on sale), Fish Eddy or these bowls |$4.99 each, World Market
  5. Owl Measuring Cups | $13 (on sale), West Elm
  6. Enamel Serving Bowl | $15 (on sale), Viva Terra

What are your favorite kitchen gadgets?


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Holiday Gift Guide: Kentucky Love

December 7, 2012

Kentucky Home T-shirt | $17.99, Why Louisville The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook | $16.47, Amazon Gourmet Bourbon Barrel Sugars Gift Set | $33, Bourbon Barrel Foods The Kentucky Fresh Cookbook | $22.25, Amazon Glass Bourbon Decant0r with Monogrammed Wood Stopper | $19-39, West Elm, perhaps paired with a nice bottle of KY bourbon Kentucky Letterpress Print [...]

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Holiday Gift Guide: For Anyone

December 7, 2012

Glass Water Bottle| $19.99. Lifefactory Homegrown Monogram Mug | $8, Anthropologie Hair ties | $7.50, Mane Message  – I’ve seen this new kind of hair tie available all over the internet, they are supposedly awesome Manicure in a Jar | available on etsy but easy to DIY Envirosax – Set of 5 | $37.95, Reuseit [...]

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Be back soon!

December 6, 2012

Hey, guys!  Just a quick note to check in because some of you have been wondering where I am — I’ll be back soon!  I had to travel out of town unexpectedly but I still owe you guys a weeks worth of gift guides so look for it soon! -Rachel

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Holiday Gift Guide: Homemade

December 3, 2012

Welcome to Two Healthy Plate’s holiday gift guide -  each day this week I’ll be featuring a themed gift post so check back for more great Christmas ideas! Cupcakes in a jar | My Baking Addiction Homemade Vanilla | from Beanilla or a completely DIY recipe Spiced Nuts | Fisher Nuts Beer Bread Mix in [...]

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Spiced Almond Steamer

December 3, 2012

I can’t think of a better  way to end the night than with a nice warm mug wrapped in my hands.  This spiced almond milk steamer is a perfect winter drink. Inspired by Joy’s recipe, I simmered vanilla almond milk with cardamom, cinnamon, and a pinch of ginger.  The mug is polished with a little [...]

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November Recipe Roundup

December 1, 2012

We made some delicious meals in the Two Healthy Plates household this month! Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Loaded Sweet Potato Bites Crockpot Southwest Chicken Soup Vietnamese Banh Mi Sandwich Breakfast Sweet Potato with Maple-oat Crumble Traditional Chili with Quinoa Pumpkin Pecan Oatmeal Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps Ginger Chicken Stir-Fry What’s the best recipe you made in [...]

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Link me up before you go go – 11.30.12

November 30, 2012

  The weekend is here so before I go let’s celebrate with some Friday fun! This is the most incredible advent calendar I’ve ever seen.  Too bad it’s like a trillion dollars. Why didn’t someone tell me about these muffins before Thanksgiving?! We have another food reality star in Louisville – so cool! So true [...]

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Vietnamese Banh Mi Sandwich

November 29, 2012

Alright, guys, raise your hand if you’ve never had a banh mi?! Oh how sorry I feel for you all, but no worries — if  this happens to be you well then I have your new favorite recipe right here!  Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches are my FAVORITE sandwich in the entire world. One of my [...]

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