Tuesday, December 13, 2011

::MOW:: Music of the Week

My roommates and I just watched Blue Valentine and cried our little eyes out. I love what they chose as their song- You and Me by Penny and the Quarters. I wish they still made music like this. Can't stop playing it!

Penny and the Quarters- You and Me

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Farmstead Dreaming

Growing our own fruit and vegetables, having fresh eggs everyday, raising livestock, and actually knowing where our food comes from is something my husband and I have always dreamed about. I know it will be a lot of hard work, but that doesn't mean I can't look cute doing it right??

Vintage Brushed Denim Western - Free People

Dorado Packer - The Frye Company

Lonely Boy Moves

In my perfect world, everyone would dance like this.

Monday, December 5, 2011

::MOW:: Music Of The Week

For the past year and a half, this song has been my alarm on my phone. Having to wake up at 5:30 for work most mornings, you'd think I'd be sick and tired of this song. But no, I love it more and more every day!

And it doesn't hurt that it's Ryan Gosling's band :)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Baked Kale Chips

I looooove homemade kale chips. They're crispy, salty, light and delicious. It's so simple to make- you only need 4 ingredients:
  • kale
  • olive oil
  • lemon
  • sea salt

I used to buy a kale bunch then tear it into bite size pieces until I found bagged kale at Trader Joe's. This made the whole process A LOT faster. Aside from saving yourself the washing, drying and cutting, it takes half the time to crisp up in the oven since they're pre washed and dried.

Here's how I prepare them. First, empty about 1/4-1/3 of a bag of kale onto a baking sheet. It may look like a lot but they reduce in size once they're baked. Make sure not to crowd the sheet.

Lightly drizzle it with olive oil and the juice of half a lemon.  Salt to taste, toss, then add a few extra touches of salt. Little secret- try using Himalayan pink crystal salt. It adds an extra kick and can also found at Trader Joe's.

Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until crisp.

Eat them quickly while they're nice and crisp or allow them to cool before plating.


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Turn A Man's Shirt Into The Perfect Dress!

Ladies- watch this video. It shows all the different ways you can turn your significant other's shirt into a dress, skirt, shirt and much more. It's crazy how cute it actually turns out.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Taco Night.... and Morning!

Last night, Matt and I had a craving for tacos. We wanted to make them like how our moms made them; with ground beef (we used ground turkey instead), a packet of taco seasoning and a crunchy shell. Matt can't have dairy or gluten at the moment, so we have to read every label. Did you know that Lawry's Taco Seasoning has milk in it? Weird. We kept browsing the aisles and stumbled across Frontera Kitchen's Taco Skillet Sauce. It was so damn good! Matt and I agreed, they were the BEST tacos we have ever had! Here's how we made them.

I sauteed half a chopped onion and a few chopped green onions for a couple minutes until the onions were translucent. Then I added a package of ground turkey and cooked through.

We had some left over roasted acorn squash from the other night. I added about a cup of the chopped squash after the turkey was fully cooked. Then I added the skillet sauce. Cooked everything together for a few minutes until the sauce and squash was heated through, of course adding some extra salt and pepper.

I shredded some cabbage that we got from our veggie box for extra crunch. 

Then we built our tacos! For the bottom layer we used refried beans, then the turkey and acorn squash mix, shredded cabbage, then our favorite salsa.

It was TONS of food! So much, that we had left overs for breakfast.

Underneath all that goodness is a soft corn tortilla smothered in refried beans. Then a crunchy taco shell broken in half, the meat/squash mixture, two fried eggs, shredded cabbage and salsa.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Marcel Is Back!!

It just makes you smile :)

Good Morning Quote

"It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come."
-Dalai Lama

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

::MOW:: Music of the Week

I few months ago I saw Florence + The Machine play a small acoustic show at The Hollywood Towers. There was a brief Q&A after the show and I couldn't get over how quiet Florence's speaking voice was compared to her powerful singing voice. She was so sweet and the band killed it live. I can't wait to see them again.

Florence Hollywood Towers 6/14/11
Favorite song off their latest album Ceremonials: What The Water Gave Me. 

Voluspa Candles

There's nothing better than walking into a room that has the fragrance of these candles. They're a little pricey but they last forever. Even when you blow them out it leaves a subtle smell in the room! I love the Santiago Huckleberry scented one. I haven't tested out the others but I'm sure they're just as amazing.

Anthropologie voluspa candles $18.00

Monday, November 14, 2011

Mama Earl's Spaghetti Sauce

Our mom makes the best spaghetti sauce ever. Here's my rendition of her recipe. 

1 tbsp olive oil
1 yellow onion diced
4-6 cloves of garlic minced
pinch of red pepper flakes
1-1.25 lbs ground turkey or beef 
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
2 tsp oregano
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 jar of Prego Traditional marinara sauce
1 28oz can of crushed tomatoes
1 6oz can of tomato paste
1 bay leaf
1/4-1/2 tsp garlic salt

1. Heat a big saucepan or pot with a lid over medium-high heat. Add olive oil, onion, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions are translucent. 

2. Add ground turkey or beef, Italian seasoning, oregano, salt and pepper to pan. Cook for several minutes, stirring frequently until meat is fully cooked. If using ground beef, drain pan of excess fat.

3. Add jar of Prego, crushed tomatoes, and tomato paste. Stir until combined. Add bay leaf and garlic salt. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 20-30 minutes. 

4. Make sure you taste the sauce, add more garlic salt and pepper if necessary. Serve with your favorite pasta and enjoy!

Army Boots

classic army boots for the fall

Breckelle Georgia-24 Lace Up Military Mid Calf Boot $32.90

Pisa Lace Up $30.90
Roxy Buckle Boot $38.90


Target Lace Up Boot $29.99

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Society 6

I came across Society 6 while Stumbling the other day. They take original artwork and turn them into anything from framed prints, to iPhone cases, to gift cards. Here are some of my favorite pieces.

Nebula 3
White Bison


Friday, November 11, 2011

The Hunt

I'm on the hunt for a coat with a faux fur lined collar. as with every expensive trend, there's a cheap knock off version somewhere ;)

ethan-coat $108

jacket with faux fur $39.80

faux fur forever $44.80

Thursday, November 10, 2011

::MOW:: Music of the Week

I was listening to the Sirius XMU station on my drive home from Reno today. They were playing a live set of the Fleet Foxes, they've always been a band I listened to, but never truly explored. They were absolutely amazing live! It's so refreshing to hear a band that sounds just as good live as they do recorded. Here's a video of one of my favorite songs from them.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

First snow of the year

My husband Matt and I wanted to take advantage of the new snow that fell last weekend. There wasn't enough for a snowmobile ride so we opted to take the quad out instead. Here are some pictures from our little adventure. 
A quick wave from Matt
The Swiss Hut
View from the hut
Watson Lake
You can't tell but we're smiling :)