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Quick & Easy Breakfast

In an attempt to eat more fruit, I’ve started having yogurt for breakfast. I haven’t been a big fan of yogurt since I was a babe, and as you may know, I hadn’t been a big fan of blueberries either, but lately I’ve gotten really into this fresh combo.

Here’s how I enjoy this quick, easy, & healthy breakfast.

I add a few scoops of non fat plain greek yogurt to a bowl. Then I top the yogurt with fresh blueberries, sliced almonds, and honey. Sometimes I add other fruit and/or granola; here’s a good granola recipe if you’d like to DIY.

What’s so great about this “recipe” is that it’s totally customizable. Do you prefer vanilla yogurt? Use vanilla yogurt! Do the blackberries at the grocery store look super? Add blackberries! Are you crazy for macadamia nuts? Add the macadamias! It’s all up to you. Use what you have and what you like.

How do you serve up your yogurt?

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Sept Faves
Beauty, Design, Fashion, Food, Personal

September Favorites

I can’t believe September has come & gone. Here are some things I’ve been loving this past month.

Beauty Faves

Fresh Face Masks from LUSH

I’ve been going low-makeup this summer, and these masks have helped make that possible. I find my skin looks so much healthier & vibrant when I regularly use these masks. My two faves this month: BB Seaweed & Cupcake.

Complete Salon Manicure in the nail color 315 Camelflage from Sally Hansen

I wore this polish pretty much all month. In fact, the only time I wasn’t wearing this perfect nude shade was when I didn’t have any polish on at all. It’s such a lovely nude for olive toned skin.

 

Design Faves

Hyperlapse from Instagram

Hyperlapse is an app developed by Instagram that lets you record video and then speeds up the footage by 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 times to create a stunning time-lapse video. I can’t even tell you how many Hyperlapse videos I have of my cat.

Diplo Radio on Pandora

I like to listen to music when I work on design projects. The upbeat tempo of this station is so motivating.

 

Fashion Faves

Skort from H&M

Because I spent a good deal of September under the warm California sun, I needed a cooler bottom option. I found myself reaching for this skort constantly. It’s a great piece to dress up or down and the fact that it’s really shorts makes it a comfy pick.

Tapered Leggings from Forever 21

These leggings are my favorite bottom in my wardrobe. The pair I own are from H&M. Unfortunately, they are currently unavailable on their site, so I linked a pair from Forever 21 that look just as swell.

 

Food Faves

Blueberries

This may seem like an odd favorite, but I never really liked fresh blueberries until this month. It’s an exciting taste change that I’m fully embracing!

Everything I ate while in California

One of the things I miss most about California is the food. In-N-Out, authentic Italian & Argentinian food, and poolside ice cream are a few treats I indulged in on my visit. I’ll write a food post with all the mouth-watering photos.

 

Personal Faves

Literature- Hawaii by James Michener

Next on my reading list, Michener’s Hawaii paints a captivating portrait of the creation and colonization of the 50th state. It’s a hefty read, so I’m still at the beginning, but it’s a great read so far.

TV/Film- Season 8 of Trailer Park Boys on Netflix

My boo got me into this series when I first moved to Anchorage and I am so grateful. Trailer Park Boys is a hysterical mockumentary about the residents of a Canadian trailer park. The shit these boys get into never ends and it is so fabulous. The 8th season is viewable exclusively on Netflix and I highly suggest you give it a chance.

What are some of your September favorites?

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Food

Weekly Dinner Menu 09.01.14

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Happy Tuesday Babes! I trust you all had a splendid Labor Day weekend. We got a little sunshine after many days of rain, so that was a lovely treat.

All summer visitors have departed, so it’s just me, my boo, & the cat. I am sad to see this season ending, but it’s always nice to get back into the regular routine.

Here’s what we’ll be scarfing down this week!


Tuesday– Middle Eastern Chicken & Couscous Wraps w/ Goat Cheese

My boo has chosen to make this Middle Eastern dinner. It should be interesting to see him deseed a pomegranate (I have such a vivid memory of watching my BFF sitting on the floor, adorned in a black garbage bag to protect her from stains, deseeding a pomegranate when we were in high school).

Wednesday– Sautéed Chicken & Mushrooms w/ Rice Pilaf & Spinach

For the chicken, first make Basic Sautéed Chicken; remove to a plate. Cook 1 chopped shallot and 1 lb sliced mushrooms in the drippings, 4 mins. Add ¾ cup red wine and 1 cup chicken broth; cook until reduced by half. Stir in 2 tbsp each butter and chopped parsley; pour over the chicken (recipe via Food Network- 50 Chicken Dinner Recipes). Serve with rice pilaf, cooked according to package directions, and sautéed spinach.

Thursday– Horseradish Butter Strip Steak w/ Chipotle-Cheddar Corn Casserole

Bring your steaks to room temp. before cooking and season with salt & pepper. Pan fry the steaks on high heat in a touch of olive oil for 5 mins per side for medium rare. You could be a total Summer Babe & prepare your steak on the grill. Here’s a helpful chart for cooking times.

For the Horseradish Butter, mix a stick of softened butter and 2 tbsp each horseradish & minced green onions. Check for seasoning & add salt as needed. Here is a great gif set showing how to roll the butter into parchment for apportioning & storage.

For the Corn Casserole, whisk 5 cups thawed frozen corn, 2 eggs, 1 cup heavy cream, 1/2 cup shredded cheddar, 1 tablespoon minced chipotle in adobo, and salt and pepper; pour into a buttered 1-quart baking dish. Bake at 375° for 30 mins (recipe via Food Network- 50 Vegetable Side Dish Recipes). Plate a scoop of the casserole, top your steak with a round of the butter, and enjoy!

Friday– Bucatini w/ Proscuitto, Fig, & Goat Cheese

I can’t even express how excited I was to find this Bucatini when I was shopping for Spaghetti. I love an interesting noodle, so I’ll be subbing in my Bucatini for this recipe. Proscuitto, fig, & goat cheese is a flavor combo you must try. My favorite restaurant here in Anchorage serves a Proscuitto Fig Pizza with caramelized onions, rosemary garlic oil, chèvre, mozzarella, & provolone, topped with an arugula salad with lemon basil vinaigrette. Ughhh!! It is seriously phenomenal.

Saturday– Eat Out

Sunday– Sautéed Chicken w/ Goat Cheese & Honey Topped Sweet Potatoes

For this dinner I’ll make Basic Sautéed Chicken. As a side, I’ll bake a sweet potato, cut it in half, and fluff up the meat with a fork. Then I’ll crumble on a bit of goat cheese, drizzle honey over top, and serve the sweet potato halves with the sautéed chicken breasts and a green salad.

Weekly Dessert– Cheesecake w/ Blueberries

I wanted something a little more decadent for this week’s dessert, so I’ll be making a cheesecake. I am unabashedly taking a little shortcut by using the JELL-O No Bake Real Cheesecake Dessert box mix. I’ll serve the cheesecake with fresh blueberries to balance the rich cake.

What’s your favorite goat cheese dish?

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