Or Vail, or Big Sky, or Telluride, or really anywhere that has lots of outdoor fireplaces, jacuzzis with views, and oh yeah great skiing because that's SUPER important to me obviously. I'm so sporty. While we will be tackling the treacherous slopes of Wisconsin this weekend, maybe some of you are using the next few days to ski your little hearts out in any of the fun left coast locations I mentioned. Regardless of your weekend plans, I think anyone will appreciate these amaze ski destinations. These homes all have views like whoa and cozy fireplaces that basically demand you sit around nursing a bottle of red (or pineapple schnapps, whatever you're into) all night. And because looking like you could be coming home to one of these ski chalet's is half the battle (fake it until you make it right?), I've gone ahead and found the perfect ski weekend threads. Lots and lots of sweaters on sale!
Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? Idk, but let me tell ya, the answer is NOT anyone from Chicago in the dead of winter. The dryness, the paleness, the redness... it's all just too much to bare. Is there any way around the reflection you see first thing in the morning these days you ask? Perhaps. I can't offer you a two week jaunt to St. Barth's, but I can share with you some of my fave products to ease the pain.
OILS AND LOTIONS
I like to layer an oil underneath my moisturizer during the winter, so I can avoid that not so cute stinging face sensation.
// 3Lab M Cream is AMAZING. I only know from samples, but if you want to splurge this is a good one // Sunday Riley Flora Face Oil is geared towards super dry skin and looks just gorgeous on my bathroom shelf // Egyptian Magic cream is super duper affordable and provides a serious glow. Love this stuff // Butter makes a well-priced oil that smells out of this world and easily absorbs into your skin. Definitely a lighter oil than the Flora //
// Fresh Rose Face Mask is both tightening and refreshing // Tracy Martyn Complexion Savior is self-described. Like a big drink of water for your thirsty winter skin AND this gal is Tory Burch's go to facialist. Bonus. // Amorepacific Moisture Bound Mask rejuvenates skin fast. Good one if you need to look real good, real quick // Honey Girl Rejuvenating Mask has a great price point and boasts collagen boosting properties. More collagen = less wrinkles.
Ok, so normally I like to keep it pretty clean around here, light on the deserts, yada, yada, yada. But today is Fat Tuesday, and as the name implies, you're supposed to eat a lot of shitty food. I'll leave you to your own devices for actual dinner (it is also national pizza day, just sayin'), but when it comes to desert I've got some big ideas. Catholic, Jewish, Atheist whatever, you should most definitely take advantage of this well-branded holiday. Embrace your inner fat kid, pull up the Instacart app on your phone and get baking.Read More
Basic has such a bad rap these days, but you know what? I like basic. Always have always will. I think my basic-ness dates all the way back to the Michael Star days of old. One of those sparkly little tees and a jean skirt was a real solid 7th grade dance outfit. Maybe add on the platform white Steve Madden's and you were feeling pretty fly awkwardly hovering with a group of girls wearing the exact same thing, ferrr sure jamming to KC and JoJo in your middle school gym. Those were the days alright.
Now that I am in my 30's (OMG), my love for basics has evolved past Michael Stars and Lauren Conrad (girlfriend was the thing circa Laguna Beach/ The Hills) and on to cooler things like cashmere sweaters and really over-priced tees (they last for like so long). In this edition of "Not Your Basic's Basics," I'm giving you run-down of the best everyday tees and tops. With these guys in your arsenal, you can safely dress yourself all year long without doubting your coolness level for even a second. Here are your elevated basics.
// Monrow white tee // J. Crew chambray button down // J. Crew striped long sleeve // Alexander Wang black tee // Equipment white button down // Black cashmere turtleneck // Tibi off the shoulder chambray blouse // Madewell buffalo check button down // Alexander Wang grey tee // Tibi cropped grey sweater // Saint James bateau top // Equipment washed silk tank //
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This DIY adult valentine to your favorite foodie friend.
The Instagram humble brag
As previously stated, I ❤️❤️❤️ Valentines Day and having kiddos around makes the holiday all the sweeter. What makes it so sweet you ask? All the fun crafts, duh. We love making our own Valentines for the kids classes around here. Forget those princess and super hero sign your name valentines of old, I've got some super adorable DIY valentines that won't drive you crazy constructing. Ain't no one got time for that. Your kids friends probably won't care, but you and your little ones will have lots of fun crafting these guys. I mean, it's February, what the hell else are you going to do?
Plastic animals (buy in bulk here)
Bakers twine (here)s
PVA glue or glue gun (here)
Card stock (here)
Tie twine around your lil' animal in a bow.
Glue animal to card stock
You or your little one write, "I'm wild about you," and sign their name. Et voila you're crafty.
VALENTINE NUMERO DOS
This one is admittedly more crafty and if I am being real, I would never take the time to cut out these mason jars. I would however venture to the Paper Source and buy card stock hearts and glue the bugs on them. If you were a preschool/ kindergarten teacher/ a would be Martha Stewart, you go ahead and craft those mason jar cutouts and I hope you Instagram the shit out of them.
Plastic bugs (buy in bulk here)
Brown card stock or pink heart shaped card stock (here and here)
PVA glue or glue gun (here)
Write your valentines day message, "Happy Valentine's Day Love Bug"
Glue bugs to your hearts or super mom made mason jar card stock
Have your kiddo sign away
VALENTINE NUMERO TRES
One of our friend's did these one year and they turned out oh so cute. They wrote "I wheely like you" and it was adorable and kids inexplicably love these little cars.
Toy cars in bulk (here). If you can find, I think it would be super cute to use pink and red toy cars.
White card stock (here)
Washi tape (here)
Write your chosen message. "I wheely like you" or "we're the perfect match"
Tape toy car to card stock with washi tape.
Have your little guy or gal sign
VALENTINE NUMERO QUATRO
We made these last year with my three year old. We chose to use heart shaped card stock from Paper Source, but you could obviously use whatever ya want.
Red and pink balloons (here)
Heart shaped card stock (here)
Gold pen or black marker
Write message, "you make my heart pop"
Affix balloon with washi tape
Have your little one sign card.
Congrats, you're a great mom.
See what I did there? Pretttty fancy. In case you DIDN'T see what I did there, then I should let you know that this is a post about Super Bowl snacks! Frankly, I didn't even know who was playing in the Superbowl this year until I googled it about an hour ago for this post (Panthers v Broncos). I heard something about Beyonce and Coldplay performing and that pseudo caught my attention because I don't really get it. Whatever, everyone knows the most important part about Super Bowl Sunday is eating a lot and if you are a good American, drinking watered down American beer. Since I will not be upholding the Miller/ Bud (I prefer a good Napa cab, ha) end of the Superbowl tradition, I am going to fully commit myself to making really good snacks. My Dad is the reigning chili guy, so I will be supplying the extras, though in my opinion they might steal the show. Sorry Dad.
Keep reading for my fave recipes.Read More
I have a major life decision to make, are you ready for this? Should I go to Tulum at the end of February? Y or N. This invitation has seriously been haunting me for months but there are just so many obligatory life costs these days. Like do my kids really need to eat 3 times a day- this seems excessive. JK, but between ballet, gymnastics, and weddings I think I am going to have to go N on this one. If I do decide to go, my Instagram will be flooded with pictures like this. Still exploring the possibility of a Go Fund Me Page. Stay tuned.
A pic from Coqui Coqui, because this where people stay when they go to Tulum apparently. One day I shall see for myself, but until then I will plan outfits for my fictional trip. They will go as follows.
We had a friend from college in town this weekend so naturally we consumed excessive amounts of food and wine and even played some really fun rounds of Cards Against Humanity. I'm telling you, 30 is WILD. But it for real was really fun and I was so sad to see our friend go.
I was also super sad when I looked at my reflection in the mirror this morning. YIKES. I do not rebound like I did in college. Talk about puffy. Obviously, post- inordinate alcohol consumption, sweating it out wasn't an option (I know some crazies do it but that is NOT me). I could have gotten into a sauna situation but that just wasn't in the cards. Watching my kids swim in a really humid indoor pool was- that's kind of the same. SO, what is there to do with yourself on a Sunday when you look like the Marshmallow man from Ghost Busters and feel like you've completed a mighty gauntlet that includes more that your fair share of Oxtail Poutine (AMK in Chicago is super good if you're local!) Well, I stupidly decided to cap the weekend off with a large Lou Malnati's pizza and yet more wine. Whatever. YOLO.
In any event, I am paying the price today and desperately trying to get my mojo back in order. I've got some sure fire ways to turn your scary Monday reflection into someone who doesn't resemble Marla Hooch from A League of Their Own. If you don't understand that reference click here and you will. Lots of night games. Yikes.Read More
Who doesn't LOVE Valentine's Day? Oh yeah that's right a lot of people, but I am hear to say I think that is a flawed way of thinking. This is one day of the year that is dedicated to love and I don't think there is anyone out there that can say they don't love anyone, except for Robert Durst and probably Donald Trump- pretty sure he has no soul. Sociopathic killers and wannabe politicians aside, people should use this day to show their tribe just how much they appreciate them. Isn't that a nice idea? Well I sure think so. Whether you are sharing this little holiday with your long time love, your bff, or your pet parakeet, break open a box of candy conversations hearts, pop your fave rose and give the one you love a big old kiss... Or buy them something from this list. That would be really great too.
// a pink map of Paris? J'adore // This cute needlepoint pretty much sums up my life // Garance Dore stationary = tres chic // this pink juju hat is just the most // I love anyone who buys me Dyptique // sweet strawberry print, add chocolate // always upping that fragrance game // this pretty little number is a stunner // for the sporty valentine // this "stole" my heart // an OMG gift // Garance Dore valentine part deux // Stella lingerie for the win // the cutest little bag I ever did see // Audrey Hepburn, the ultimate romantic //
These days everyone and their bro knows more greens = better health: Glowing skin, better digestion, shinier hair, improved immunity, you name it, greens probably do it. While my husband force feeds himself hand fulls of spinach to get his chlorophyll fix (he's kind of masochistic idk), I prefer more tasty and less Popeye- ish ways of getting my dose of good on ya nutrients. Lucky for everyone, everywhere, there are so many ahhhmazing recipes that incorporate lots of nutrient packed green goodness. Here are four green-tastic recipes to up your weekly green quotient.Read More
Ok, so it is not blizzarding in Chicago, BUT this wall to wall snowmaggedon coverage has me thinking about what I would do with a couple of house bound days. I feel like I would just cook. And eat. A lot. And probs drink lots of red wine. Ugh that sounds real nice. For those of you that are actually stuck inside (I can't believe this blizzard is actually happening btw, east coast blizzards are so hyped) here is some recipe inspo for your days as a shut-in.
CHEESY TRUFFLED POPCORN
I feel like if there's a blizzard, it's a foregone conclusion that at some point you're going to be watching a movie. If by any chance you were obsessed with Making A Murderer like everyone else that I know including myself, The Covetuer gathered up some similar who- done- it documentaries to fill that void in your Netflix cue. In any case, movie, Netflix and chill, or whatever, you're going to want to make this popcorn ASAP.
1/2 c popcorn kernels popped. Click here if you want to know how to do that without a microwave. It's worth it.
1/2 stick unsalted butter melted
2 T truffle oil
1 c freshly grated Pecorino cheese (Parmesan is fine too)
2 T chopped, fresh parsley
Salt and pepper to your liking
Pinch of sugar
Toss popcorn with butter and oil. Add cheese and chopped parsley. Add your salt, pepper, and pinch of sugar and mix it up.
I made these for my husband's bday party a couple of years ago and they were a major crowd- pleaser. I feel like you can't really screw up pork in a crockpot. It just has to taste good. If you have no crock, these can most definitely be done in a dutch oven on the stove. Just an FYI this makes A LOT of pork. Could probably serve 10 so def feel free to half this recipe. Adapted from a Pinch of Yum recipe.
4-5 Lbs. pork shoulder
7 garlic cloves
1.5 t cumin
1.5 t chili powder
1 t black pepper
1/2 t cinnamon
1.5 t oregano
1/2 t - 1 t cayenne pepper (depending on how hot you like it)
juice of 2 limes
1/2 c orange juice
12 oz beer
1/2 c salsa or alternatively if you're feeling very motivated, you could add a chopped jalapeño, 1 chopped onion, and a 14 oz can of tomatoes.
Place your meat in the slow cooker and cover with the garlic and seasonings. Rub all of the seasonings into the meat a little bit if that doesn't freak you out. Now add your oj, lime juice, and salsa. Cook on low for 8 hours or let it hang on low on the stove in a dutch over for about that time. After the meat has cooked through, shred it with a fork in the slow cooker or put it on a cutting board and shred it, adding it back into the sauce when you're through. It should fall apart super easily. Preheat the broiler on the oven. While that's preheating, spread your shredded meat out on a foil lined baking sheet (easier clean-up). Put it in the oven and let it get crispy around the edges, about 4 minutes. Ready to serve either by itself, in tortillas, over greens (think taco salad), or I think over rice with the juices would be super good too.
This is such a warming winter breakfast and a unique use of that good old super food quinoa. This and some coffee make for a fantastic leisurely breakfast. Adapted from A Cup of Joe recipe.
1/2 c quinoa
1 c unsweetened nut milk (I used cashew milk when I tried but almond is great)
1 chai tea bag
1/2- 1 T coconut sugar, maply syrup, or honey
1/2 t vanilla
Pinch of salt
Sprinkle of cinnamon
Your choice of nuts for topping but coconut flakes, pecans, walnuts, or sliced almonds would be great. Toasted or un-toasted, your call.
Rinse your quinoa and then put it in a small sauce pot with your nut milk and chai tea bag. Bring to a boil. Remove the tea bag, add your sweetener and vanilla, and reduce the heat to low. Cover your pot and cook for about 20 minutes. Off the heat and sprinkle with cinnamon, salt, and nuts.
BEST (GRAIN- FREE) CHOCO CHIP COOKIES
Yeah, yeah I get it deserts without gluten don't taste as good. Zero chill (really hope I used that appropriately. I've been dying to get in somewhere). These are great cookies and there is plenty of butter and sweeter in these to make up for the lack of flour. Fat + sugar > Gluten. Eat up my friends. Adapted from an Elana's Pantry recipe.
2 c almond flour
1/2 t sea salt
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 c SALTED butter @ room temp
1 T vanilla extract
1/2 c maple syrup
1/2 c chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 and line a cookie sheet with parchment. Combine flour, salt and baking soda in a food processor (or mix by hand). Add in the butter, vanilla, and maple syrup and continue to mix until your dough is formed. Off the food processor if you are using and mix in the choco chips by hand. With a tablespoon, scoop dough on to sheet pressing down lightly. Bake for 7-10 minutes. YOU MUST LET THESE COOL. If they don't for at least 15 minutes they will fall apart. No bueno.
Does anyone else dream of ending their day in their own personal, kid- free, spa-like bathroom suite? I don't think I am alone in my visions of face masks, bath salts, candles, and Norah Jones tunes (kind of kidding about Norah playing but not really). If you are having trouble envisioning, take a gander at Damsel In Dior's snap chat, she's doing it all of the freaking time in her brand new bathroom, champs in hand. Jeal.
Anyhow, after our super fun bedtime routine of five thousand glasses of water, stories, and "special tuck-in's" that was exactly what I was looking to do. My dilemma you ask? No such bathroom in my house exists. Our tub is routinely covered with Barbie hair, strewn with rubber ducky like animal toys, and any dreams I have of bath salts are promptly dumped out in one false swoop by my 3 year old. I get it, they do look like pink sparkles. Instead I settled for a quick shower and some Vanderpump Rules before my husband got home. It was fine, and Jax's uncanny sociopath-esque ability to fool girl after girl into thinking that he is a good guy almost made up for the fact that I wasn't soaking away, encased by white marble. I did however take some time between my Bravo cramming to find the baths of my dreams and here they are.
Holy moley do I love sweet treats for breakfast. Like, nothing sounds better than a cup of coffee and a warm chocolate croissant in the morning. Unfortunately, choco croissants cannot be an every day treat for moi, I'm not 16 anymore blah blah blah. Enter breakfast treats that are free of refined sugar and gluten will have to do until they invent some amazing drug that speeds up my metabolism without any side-effects. These yummy morning snacks will not only taste delicious but will deliver you and whoever you're sharing them with, with a healthy does of protein and vitamins. So brew some coffee, pull up the Skim on your phone and enjoy. Bon appetit!
1 1/2 C almond flour
3 T coconut flour
1 C coconut flakes (toasted)
1 C chopped nuts and seeds of your choice toasted (I love pecans, almonds, and pumpkin seeds)
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
4 T butter or coconut oil
5 T honey
2 t vanilla extract
1/4 c chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat oven to 350. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Combine your cooled, toasted nuts and seeds with the rest of your dry ingredients (minus the chocolate chips). Mix well. In a separate bowl mix your eggs, butter, vanilla, and honey. Fold in your dry ingredients into you wet ingredient bowl. Again mix well. Allow the dough to sit for about 5 minutes in the fridge. Take a tablespoon and scoop dough onto parchment paper placing cookies about an inch a part. Cook 12-15 minutes or until golden on top.
Vegetable (OK ZUCCHINI) Breakfast Bread
Adapted from Elana's Pantry
1 1/4 C almond flour
1/4 C cacao powder
1/4 t sea salt
1/2 t baking soda
2 large eggs
2 T coconut oil or butter
1/4 C honey
1/4 t vanilla
3/4 C grated zucchini
Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour a 6.5x4 inch baby loaf pan. Combine almond flour and cacao powder in a food processor. Add in your salt and baking soda and pulse a few times. Time to add the eggs, butter, honey, and vanilla.. Mix for about a minute. Finally pulse in the zucchini. Pour batter into greased pan and cook for 35-40 minutes. Cool for at least an hour or it will get super crumbly.
Protein Packed Sweet POtato Muffins
Flesh of 1 roasted sweet potato
1 1/2 C almond flour
1/2 t sea salt
1/2 t baking soda
2 t Chinese spice powder
2 T butter or coconut oil
1/2 maple syrup
2 large eggs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put muffin liners in muffin pan, a mini muffin pan or a regular sized muffin pan will work. Mix together your dry ingredients in a food processor (or bowl) and then add your wet ingredients blending well. Fill muffin liners with batter about 3/4 of the way full. Bake until golden on top- around 30 minutes.
Ok, let's pretend for a second that my kids' bedtime routine goes like this. After eating (I am putting eating in italics, because while served these foods, it's a rare occasion that three out of three will actually eat the food on their plates) a well- balanced meal filled with nutritious vegetables, my kids say thank you for dinner Mom and clear their plates without being asked. They then proceed to the bathroom where we start the bath, they play nicely together for a few minutes and then allow me to wash their hair without any argument. At this point they hop out of the tub, brush their teeth and hair without any objection, put on their pajamas, get into bed, and quietly listen to stories as they drift off to sleep. Is this anyone's bedtime reality? I always start with good intentions, but generally speaking bedtime around here consists of bribes, empty threats, and usually some yelling, if not from my kids then definitely from me. Reality bites.
Moral of the story, while fairytale bedtimes might not happen around here, and I certainly can't give you any life-changing advice about how to ease the bedtime melt-downs at your casa (although I will say the occasional dose of melatonin never hurt anyone), I can give you some really fun bedtime extras. From pajamas to detangler, I've got cutest bedtime accoutrements around so that at least when your 3 year- old is asking for her 4th glass of water she'll look really freaking cute. Good night and good luck my friends.
// Fouta bath towel set // Let them draw on the walls with these fun crayons // Tangles don't stand a chance against this guy (straps to tie your child down while you brush not included) // Smells great and toxin free to boot bath set // a light up swimming gold fish = best bath ever // A unicorn hooded towel? Brilliant //
I finally had the chance to sit down and flip through Domino's latest issue. So glad this mag is back, because it sadly used to be the highlight of my month when I would see it at the grocery store. I'm just that cool. They do such a great job at finding spaces that are both on trend yet accessible. When I leaf through my MIL's Veranda or House Beautiful, a lot of the spaces just seem completely unatainable. Almost like people don't live in them. We have a fam of five so that styled, untouched look is def not for me.
In any event, if you have read the issue you already know that Jessica Alba's kids rooms are featured (some of the pics are above if you haven't seen) and they are super super cute AND mostly everything is from PB Teen. I would actually use a lot of the products they featured in a non- kid room. Well, that got me looking at not only that particular kiddo decor destination, but also a couple of others shops like Land of Nod and Serena and Lily. All of these "big box" stores have a super cute collection of kid friendly decor that can totally double as sophisticated, adult home additions, often times for a smaller cost. I always like that! Here are some of my favorites. Click on the image for the link:)
FURNITURE AND ACCESORIES
In our house, soups are the thing. They are basically the only dinner option that EVERYONE in my family will eat. Even my 1 year old can't say no to a steaming bowl of chicken soup, so more often than not (at least twice a week) I slave over a hot stove brewing up some soup for the fam to enjoy. Scratch that, I don't slave because soups are the easiest, mess-up proof meal ever. You can make in the morning and put it in the slow cooker or closer to dinner time, whichever you prefer. Bonus, as long as you aren't pouring buckets of cream into your pot, soups are amazingly healthy. Such a great vehicle to eat lots of veg that normally would rot away in your fridge. My fave recipes are below.
ADAPTED FROM HEMSLEY AND HEMSLEY THE ART OF EATING WELL
This one is on repeat at my house. Such a great twist on chicken soup and packed with good for you foods.
2 T coconut oil, ghee, or butter
3 large onions, diced
8 garlic cloves, diced
a thumb sized piece of ginger
6 large chicken thighs
2 quarts bone or chicken broth
3 large zucchinis, chopped into medium
1 large green or white cabbage, shredded
sea salt and white or black pepper
4 T tamari (or soy sauce)
4 T lemon juice
a large pinch of black pepper
Heat your oil/ butter in a large sauce pan (I use my dutch oven). Saute garlic, onion and ginger over medium heat until soft not brown. Add the chicken and carrot to the pot and pour your broth over to cover. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer for about a half an hour so the chicken can cook through. At this point you can either remove your chicken and shred it or I just break it up with a fork in the pot. Add your chopped zucchini and shredded cabbage cooking for an additional 10 minutes. Off the heat and in a separate bowl mix your tamari, lemon, and pepper. You can put a little bit on top of every bowl. Makes for a tasty addition.
Sweet potato, black bean and Turkey chili
ADAPTED FROM IT'S ALL GOOD
I am not a chili person. Too mushy for me usually, but this one is so good! I made it for my 1 year old's 1st birthday with some cornbread muffins and jalapeño butter and it was a major hit. This recipe can very easily be doubled and can be done in a slow cooker as well.
1 lb ground turkey (I usually do half white meat and half dark)
2 sweet potatoes diced (get them precut at Trader Joe's for Whole Foods if you're busy or just feeling lazy. I hate dicing.) - roast these guys on a sheet pan, tossed in olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper in the oven @ 425 for about 30 minutes.
1 large onion diced
3 garlic cloves minced
2 t smoked paprika (its also called pimenton)
2 t cumin
2 t chili powder
28 oz can diced tomatoes, juices too
1 14 oz can of black beans, drained
1/2 c water or chicken stock
chopped cilantro (optional)
chopped scallion (optional)
shredded cheese (optional)
Heat a dutch oven or large sauce pot over medium heat. Put a little olive oil, butter or coconut oil in to warm. Add your onion and garlic and saute for a couple of minutes or until translucent. Add you spices (chili powder, cumin and smoked paprika). Cook for a minute or so and then add your ground turkey. Brown and break up ground turkey with a wooden spoon. When all sides are browned add in your tomatoes, beans and stock. At this point season with a good pinch of salt. Let the pot come to a boil and then cover and turn down to simmer for a half an hour or until you are ready to serve. Add in your roasted sweet potatoes at any point. Serve with toppings like cilantro, chopped scallion, or cheese.
ANY VEGETABLE MINESTRONE
This is the best soup to make when you have lots of random vegetables hanging out that are about to go bad. I listed vegetables below, but you can really keep the seasoning profile the same and use any vegetables you have on hand.
2 T olive oil
1 onion chopped
2 carrots chopped
2 celery chopped
3- 4 garlic cloves minced
2 beets peeled and diced into bite sized pieces
2 T tomato paste
1 large parsnip chopped
2-3 t herbs of provence seasoning
1 t fennel seeds crushed with something heavy if you don't have a mortar
1/2 c dry white wine
sea salt and pepper for seasoning
4 c chopped cabbage
4 c chicken broth
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
Parmesan rind (optional but really makes any soup taste better)
1 15 oz can cannellini beans or garbanzo beans
1 bunch kale, leaves torn into smaller pieces
Red pepper flakes for seasoning
Heat olive oil in dutch oven or large sauce pot. Saute garlic, onion, carrot and celery with the crushed fennel seed. Let the vegetables brown on medium heat, but make sure to stir frequently so nothing burns. Add the tomato past and spread throughout pan. and cook for a couple of minutes. Add the parsnip, beets, and herbs de provence and add the white wine deglazing the bottom of the pot. Cook stirring frequently until the white wine is evaporated. Season with salt and pepper. Add in the cabbage, can of tomatoes, and 4 cups of chicken stock and the parmesan rind, Bring the liquid to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes. Mix in the drained beans, kale, and red pepper flakes . Add more broth if necessary. Check for seasoning and add more salt and pepper if necessary.
So it's January. I no longer have an excuse to not work out. I keep really trying to find one, but no dice. I'm in desperate need of motivation and I am pretty certain that as usual, it's going to come in the form of new clothes. I'm feeling pretty luke warm about my workout wear. All of my Lulu pants have that white stuff all over them because I don't wash them separately (does anyone actually do that?) and the spandex on my tops is getting grossly lose. Like you can see way too much skin. Lucky for me, everyone and their mom is selling really cute activewear these days so I've got lots of options! Whether running, barre, or yoga is your thing, I've got an outfit for ya! xx.
RUNNING/ CROSSFIT/ WHATEVER CRAZY ENDURANCE ACTIVITY YOU LOVE
My Bon Appetite Food Lover's Cleanse cookbook came yesterday and I am LOVING it. The book is divided by season, which I am a big fan of because I'm into the whole seasonal ingredients thing. They also have you make extra food so you can have leftovers for the next day, like it's built into the cleansing menus. Yup, that's right, they have cleansing menus for every season. The menus include 14 days worth of meal planning and a thorough shopping list. Those people at Bon Appetite know what they are doing.
I have already dogeared the winter recipes that are my top priority and there are some good ones! I am a freak and have already made one of the recipes. The roasted cauliflower with thyme and olives is so so good. I threw a couple of olive oil fried eggs on there so my husband wouldn't complain that we were having "weeds" for dinner. Check out how easy this recipe is. It says it serves 4 and 1 lunch the next day, but it didn't make it to the leftover stage in our house. Enjoy fellow food lovers!
ROASTED CAULIFLOWER WITH THYME AND OLIVES
ADAPTED FROM BON APPETIT'S FOOD LOVER'S CLEANSE
2 T olive oil
1 large head cauliflower cut into pieces (or those precut bags from Trader Joe's if you have too many children like me)
Sea salt to taste
1 T fresh thyme leaves (about 5 sprigs)
1/4 C Kalamata olives, rinsed, drained, pitted and halved
1 1/2 t finely grated orange zest
red pepper flakes to taste
Preheat oven to 425. Toss cauliflower in oil. Sprinkle with salt and thyme. Spread onto parchment lined baking sheet (easier clean-up). Roast the cauliflower, stirring and flipping once, until evenly browned. Probably about 20-25 minutes. Take off the heat and toss with olives, orange zest, and red pepper flakes. Check for seasonings and then fry those eggs in some olive oil and you have a quick, delicious dinner.
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Title look familiar? Well it should if you read this post. For those of you that have, I will spare you the long explanation about why chemical and toxin free products are better for you. I am sure you are quite capable of figuring that out. Before I give you a run-down of the best and brightest in green beauty, I must confess that over the years (i.e. since my days as a clown in college) I have toned down the makeup. I just feel like the more I take care of my skin and myself, which I was absolutely not doing in between all you can drink Sparks (it's a caffeinated malt beverage that I believe is illegal now. It was cool I swear) late nights and more cigarette breaks than I care to mention, the better I look and the less I need. SO, long story short, take care of yourself and you'll need a lot less makeup. Now that I am done being annoying and preachy, let's get to the good stuff. The stuff you can go and buy to make yourself look better.
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