Food

Who’s Hungry

Happy Monday Babes! I hope your weekend was fab. Mine was filled with much-loved relaxation & sunshine that I sure hope carries over into this week.

Here’s what’s cooking:

  1. NY Deli & Meatball Subs (#40 & 20) from Food Network Magazine
  2. Leek Fritters from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
  3. Slow-Cooker Barbecued Ribs from Betty Crocker

What are you making this week?

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Beauty, Fashion, Food, Home, Personal

January Favorites

January sure did zip by in a flash! It feels like I just wrote up my December favorites.

Here’s a look at some goodies I was feelin’ this past month!

Beauty Faves

Moroccan Smooth Perfection Blow Out Cream from OGX

What I like most about this product is that you can use it on your damp hair before you blow out your locks, or you can add it in to dry hair for frizz relief. This cream smells really nice and floral, and it doesn’t leave you hair looking greasy. Plus, it’s also a heat protectant, so there’s no need for multiple styling products.

Nail Enamel in the color Seductive from Revlon

That photo really doesn’t do this color justice. It’s a deep, rich purple that looks fairly close to black. I wore it twice in January because it’s such an easy, wearable color (if you like to wear dark nail polish). It also pairs really nicely with a lighter purple glitter polish over top. For New Year’s Eve, I wore it with this glitter polish from Wet n Wild and it was very festive.

Fashion Faves

Women’s Color-Block Sneakers from Old Navy

I’ve been shopping around from some minimal style sneakers for casual wear, but I hadn’t been able to find anything I loved at a price I also loved. My babe, Bekah, needed some new work slacks, so we headed into Old Navy. I spotted some clearance shoes and found these gorgeous burgundy sneakers. They were such a great deal, (reduced to $6 a pair!!), so I bought a pair in both the red and black.

Classic Tasseled Solid Scarf from Forever 21

The name says it all. This scarf is a perfect, classic option. It’s a good size and very soft. This scarf really makes a great addition to any wardrobe since it’s available in 5 different, neutral colors.

Food Faves

Dark Chocolate Truffles from Godiva

My boo ate all the milk chocolate truffles in about a week when I bought them last, so I opted for the dark chocolate ones this time round in an attempt to deter him from scarfing them all down. It didn’t work. These truffles are luscious chocolate wonders, and they make a sneaky late night treat.

WafflePro Express Waffle Maker M840B from Chef’s Choice

I had been wanting a waffle iron for a bit, and my boo’s parents picked up on that fact and gifted me this waffle iron for Christmas. I’ve already made blueberry waffles, banana nut waffles, and lemon poppy seed waffles. I can’t get enough!

Home Faves

Assorted House Plants from Lowe’s

I needed to bring some greenery into the apartment to liven up my winter spirits. I potted the green babes in various recyclables and one actual planter. They really bring the space to life and help bring some color to the white winter surroundings.

Personal Faves

Diet Doodle Diary from Amazon

Trying to stay on track with eating healthy and staying active is made much more fun with this diary. The book has charts for weekly food and exercise logging as well as fun activities for reflection and motivation. The adorable illustrations add a casual and comfortable element to the diary that feels very personal. If you’re looking for a non-human “buddy” in your health/fitness journey, I suggest you pick up a copy of the Diet Doodle Diary.

 What are some of your January favorites?

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Food

Who’s Hungry

Happy Monday Babes! Hope you had a restful weekend.

I’ve got a week of yummy new recipes ahead of me. I’m even including one with a slightly Halloween look (the bright orange sweet potato topped Shepherd’s Pie) for Friday!

Here’s what’s cookin’.

  1. Grilled Lamb Pitas w/ Pistachio & Mint Pesto from Vodka & Biscuits
  2. Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Skillet from Laughing Spatula
  3. Slow Cooker Coconut Chicken Curry from Tasty Kitchen
  4. Moroccan Shepherd’s Pie w/ Sweet Potato from Our Four Forks

What are you making this week?

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Food

Weekly Dinner Menu 06.30.14

Image of weekly menu graphicEach Saturday, I sit down with Pinterest, a piece of scratch paper, & my handy-dandy shopping list (which you can snag here) to create my dinner plans for the week. Sunday, my Boo & I do our grocery shopping & then we’re all set for the week! I adore cooking, so I make dinner nearly every night. Saturday (& occasionally Friday) is an eat-out night, because humans are social creatures & there’s only so much couch-potato-Netflix-binging one can bear in a week. Monday night dinners are always meat-less, & I make one dessert a week that gets gobbled up the first night lasts an appropriate amount of time.

If you’re a Curious George and want to see what  foods I stuff into my Boo & myself each week, or if you’re so bold as to play along at home, come back each Monday (maybe even Sunday night if I’m being efficient) & I’ll post my personal weekly menu & any recipe links you may need.


MondayVegi Lasagna w/ salad & garlic bread

Salad in our home means mixed greens with olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt & pepper. Sometimes I make different vinaigrettes like this one, but feel free to use what ever greens & dressing tickles your fancy.

Tuesday– BBQ Chicken w/ corn on the cob & green onion biscuits

My favorite dinner my mom made when I was a little babe was BBQ Chicken & the recipe couldn’t be simpler. Place boneless-skinless chicken breasts in a baking dish, grab your favorite store-bought or homemade (bravo) BBQ sauce & slather it over the chicken. Make sure everyone’s coated & toss it in a 375° oven for 20-25mins. You could wrap your corn cobs in foil & toss them in the oven with the chicken & bask in the glory of your oven-efficiency.

Wednesday– Steak Sandwiches w/ sweet potato fries & salad

I marinate the meat in beer & soy sauce. Put your choice of beef cut into a plastic bag, pour in your favorite brew to cover the meat, add a few shakes of soy sauce, & let that hang out for about 30mins. Pat the meat dry before cooking so you get a nice sear. (I pan fry my meat on high heat in a touch of olive oil for 5mins per side for medium rare.) Here’s a helpful chart for cooking times. Place your meat on your favorite bun/roll & dress it to your liking (ciabatta w/ mayo & spinach is my go-to). I shamelessly buy frozen french fries, because there’s no way I’m stinking up my apartment with oil when I can have delicious, crisp fries without the stovetop-babysitting. If you’re the biggest kitchen babe & home-make your french fries, please leave a comment so I can worship you.

ThursdayChicken Piccata w/ spaghetti & salad

The rich sauce is perfect over your favorite noodle. Angel Hair is a prime choice, but use whatever you’ve got!

FridayVegi Chili w/ corn muffins

I like to sauté the veg (minus tomatoes) in a bit of olive oil until tender then dump them, along with all the other ingredients (minus cilantro), into the slow cooker. Cook on low for about 3 hours & serve. My boo likes his chili with Fritos & I glob on the sour cream & cheddar (which cancel out the Vegan), but please top up your chili with your faves. And check back Wednesday for a boozy 4th of July drink recipe!

Saturday– Eat Out

SundayMoroccan Beef w/ couscous & salad

On Wednesday I split the beef in 1/2 & use the second half for these kabob instead of chicken because I’m meat-lover & chicken breasts aren’t always the answer.

Weekly DessertPeach Crisp (a la mode, obvi)

You could not ask for an easier recipe!

Who’s hungry?!

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