Who’s Hungry

I’ve returned from my vacation in too-hot-for-this-babe California and I think the crisp Anchorage air has me thinking more clearly.

I’ve enjoyed writing these abbreviated weekly dinner menu posts where I just link a few delectable recipes. So, when my week is filled with only 3 or 4 home-cooked dinners, I’ll post the links to the few recipes I am making. When a week is brimming with at-home munching, I’ll post the full week’s dinners menu.

Please feel free to leave a comment telling me what you think about doing some of these shorter weekly dinner menu posts.

This week we’ve got a slightly Spanish vibe happening with…

  1. Chicken and Chorizo Rice from Food Network
  2. Chicken Pesto Sandwiches from Damn Delicious
  3. Chorizo Carbonara w/ Catalan Market Salad from Jamie Oliver

And for dessert, I’m throwing together some pastry using pre-made pastry sheets, almond spread, & fresh berries. I was massively inspired by the image below from Korena in the Kitchen’s post, Sourdough Danish Pastries, Part II, (but I’m all too lazy a babe to scratch make these treats).

Sourdough Danish Pastries

Sourdough Danish Pastries

What are you making this week?

Fashion, Seasonal

Hello Autumn!

Autumn is here & I couldn’t be happier! In honor of this glorious season’s arrival, I’ve round-up some fab fall sweaters.

Autumn Sweaters



Now all you need to do is to pull on your leggings & zip up your chunky boots, and you’re properly dressed for a crisp fall day spent stepping on crunchy leaves!

Which sweater is your fave?

Food, Seasonal

Rosh Hashanah Recipes

Like I said in my last post, I’m on vacation in California! For this reason, I don’t have a dinner menu for this week.

What I do have are some Rosh Hashanah recipes for the Jewish Babes out there.

  1. Apples Dipped in Honey from Martha Stewart
  2. Pomegranate-Glazed Lamb Chops from Food & Wine
  3. Marzipan Challah from My Name Is Yeh

What are you making this week?

Critical Carry-On
Beauty, Personal

Critical Carry On

I’m flying down to California this week to spend some time with my family and catch up with friends. As I organize my packing list, I thought I’d share what’s in my carry-on.Carry-On Detail

While on a family vacation years ago, one of my sisters (a little babe at the time) had her Gameboy, charger, & games stored in a small bag which she dubbed her “Bag of Technology”. This was ultra adorable because she was like 6 years old, but she created a seriously brilliant packing solution.

This charming family tale brings me to the following list of critical tech:

Next on the packing list:

  • notebook
  • writing utensils

I always carry in my purse a black pen, mechanical pencil, & double-ended black Sharpie (one end is your standard Sharpie tip & the other holds a fine point), so this crew comes along in the carry-on.

Because I’ll be traveling at night:

  • eye mask

And because I’ll be arriving in the bright LA morning sunshine:

Bag of Beauty DetailMy Bag of Beauty contains all the following bits & bobs I need to be human:

I like to carry-on oil absorbing sheets for my face, a rollerball of perfume, and a travel sized deodorant so I can freshen up when I land. I don’t need my family’s first sight of me to be accompanied by any excess shine or stank. The Altoids come into play there too.

I also carry two different lip balms. I like to use the medicated one on flights to combat the terribly drying plane air and I’m sure my lips are grateful. The other lip balm has a spf & is my everyday choice.

You may have noticed I haven’t included any makeup. I no longer wear makeup when I travel. I find it easier to look fresh when landing if all I have to do is splash some water on my face versus trying to apply a full face of make up with a tiny hand mirror. It also saves space in my carry-on; meaning more room for impulse-buy magazines & chocolate!

Essentials not pictured above but definitely coming along:

  • cell phone
  • reading glasses
  • oversized cashmere sweater for maximum cozy

What’s on your critical carry-on packing list?


Hello Babes

I’m sorry to report I have no menu for you this week. I haven’t prepared a proper week’s dinner menu because I’ll be heading to California Wednesday to work on my tan visit family & friends. I’ll be on vacation until the 28th, so posts may be sporadic these next weeks.

In lieu of a menu, I’ve rounded up a few recipe links to keep you satisfied.

  1. Red Thai Curry Sauce from Pinch of Yum
  2. Sugar Steak with Bourbon from Food 52
  3. Banana Nutella Wontons from Sweet and Savory by Shinee

What are you making this week?


Make a Wish: Birthday Cake Recipes

  1. Salted Dark Chocolate Cupcakes from Give Me Some Oven
  2. Birthday Cake Pops from Gonna Want Seconds
  3. Ice Cream Birthday Cake from The Etsy Blog
  4. How to Make Frosting Colors from Food Network
  5. Funfetti Cake Batter Cookie Dough Brownie Layer Cake from Life, Love & Sugar
  6. Cookie Cake from Life, Love & Sugar
  7. Classic Vanilla Cake from Food Network
  8. Petal Frosting Tutorial from Bird on a Cake
  9. Chocolate Cake with Halva Filling & Tahini Frosting from My Name Is Yeh
  10. Red Velvet Cake from Call Me Cupcake
  11. Chocolate Raspberry Birthday Cake from Modern Taste
Circle Flag Birthday Banner
Design, Home, Seasonal

Circle Flag Birthday Banner | DIY

Image of DIY graphicTo continue with the birthday theme, I have for you a birthday decor DIY. I like to make birthday banners vs. purchase ready-made ones in store, so I’ve made this Circle Flag one for my boo’s birthday this weekend.

This is a simple paper flag banner that you attach to string with tape. And as if that’s not simple enough, I’ve made the circle flags for you! Just click on the pdf below, see the print instructions to print out the flags, & follow along with me!

Circle Flag Birthday Banner PDF

You can print these flags onto card stock if you’d like them to be a little more firm, but I printed mine on copy paper.

SuppliesThen I assembled my supplies: Printed Circle Flag Pages, Scissors, String, Black & White Washi Tape.

Cut FlagsNext, I cut out my circle flags from the printed pages.

For the string, measure out the length you need to accommodate all your circle flags. I prefer to have the “happy” & “birthday” on two separate strings for a more dynamic banner, but if you’d like them all on one string, measure for that.

TapeNow to adhere the flags onto the string. Cut a length of tape & place  in along the top of the flag, overlapping the edge at about halfway up the width of the tape.

Flip over your flag & place the string along the tape. Fold over the unstuck half of the tape onto the back of the flag, securing the string inside.

ContinueContinue taping your flags until they’re all adhered to the string.

FinishedVoila! You’ve made a birthday banner. Now hang that thing up because it’s time to cut the cake and open presents!

What birthday DIYs do you like to do?

Birthday Cake Shot | HDT

Birthday Cake Shot | Hump Day Treat

This week, my college roommate, my sister, & my boo celebrate their birthdays! Happy Birthday Mary, Ashley, & Nic!

To honor some of my favorite babes, I thought I’d make a delicious, festive treat. This Birthday Cake Shot is a rich & decadent drink perfect for a 21 and over birthday celebration.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 oz Cake flavored Vodka
  • 1 oz Creme de Cacao or Chocolate Liqueur
  • 1 oz Half & Half
  • Whipped Cream for garnish
  • Honey or Frosting for rimming
  • Sprinkles for rimming
  • Shot glasses
  • Shaker filled with ice
  • Jigger or other measuring cup

IngredientsPrep your shot glass by dipping the top in honey/ frosting, then pushing the glass into the sprinkles, taking care to cover the honey/ frosting throughly.

Into the ice filled shaker, pour the vodka, creme de cacao, and half & half. Shake well until chilled through, and strain into shot glasses. This recipe makes 3 small (1 oz) shots.

Finished ShotTopped with whipped cream and more sprinkles, this shot is a sweet way to celebrate the birthday babe!

Who’s celebrating their birthday this month?

Hip Haul Hooray

Hip Haul Hooray

spent too much money went shopping at Forever 21 this weekend. This is the grey & plaid aftermath.

Ribbed Knit Crop Top $8

Striped Chiffon Blouse $18

Ornate Print Bodycon Dress $28

Plaid Button-Down Midi Dress $23

Marled Knit Maxi Cardigan $23

Stretchy Houndstooth Trousers $20

Heathered Suspender Trousers $23

Classic Plaid Pants $20

Woven Plaid Scarf $6 (on sale)

Fancy Structured Carryall $30 (no longer available online; similar here)

Did you babes do any weekend shopping?


Weekly Dinner Menu 09.08.14

Image of weekly menu graphic

Happy Monday Babes!

It’s been slowly getting chillier here in Anchorage, and as I look out onto the partially cloudy day, I’m starting to crave more warming, comfort foods. So, this week I’ll be cooking up a few Autumn-style dishes to sooth my chilling soul.

Here’s what’s cooking.

Monday– Rigatoni Caprese

My boo will be busting out this one (#49) from Food Network’s 50 Pasta Dinners.

Tuesday– Ground Beef Tacos w/ Rice & Beans

A Taco Tuesday staple, these Ground Beef Tacos are layered with savory beef, shredded lettuce, sharp cheddar, cool sour cream, & diced tomatoes (hot sauce optional, but not really). To make the beef, season ground beef with taco seasoning & brown in a bit of oil over medium high heat. Drain the fat, scoop into a hard taco shell, and load up with above toppings. Serve with rice & refried beans.

Wednesday– Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

This slow-cooker take on chicken & rice soup sounds like the perfect comfort meal served up with a thick slice of garlic bread.

Thursday– Tot-Topped Shepherd’s Pie

This is a new creation born from the dozens of breakfast casseroles pins I’ve been seeing on Pinterest. I’ll make a standard Shepherd’s Pie, but swap the mash top for a layer of frozen tater tots.

Friday– Meatball Sandwiches w/ Chop Salad

Because I’ll be using frozen Italian style meatballs, I’ll be making the salad myself. It’s all about balance, Babes. I’ll simmer the meatballs in tomato sauce (seasoned with dried basil, thyme, oregano, garlic powder & onion powder) until heated through. Then I’ll plop a few meatballs on a toasted roll, top them with shredded mozzarella, & put the sandwiches under to broiler until the cheese is melted. I’ll serve them with this CPK Italian Chopped Salad dupe.

Saturday– Eat Out

Sunday– Eat Out (for my boo’s birthday!)

Weekly Dessert– Kodiak Cakes Big Bear Brownies

My boo & I have been eyeing these brownies every time we’ve walked down the baking aisle. So this week we’re making them topped with vanilla ice cream & fresh raspberries.

What’s your favorite pre-autumn comfort food?