Monday, April 30, 2012

Weekly Tidbits

I'm all about these cool wooden dowel trivets, and they are totally DIY and I even have a link for the DIY here. Definitely want to make some of these, and how cool do they look just hanging on the white washed wall?
Lovin' the stripes that are constantly everywhere (I think I instagramed a picture of 7 striped shirts I own that are all very similar) and this rug is so cool with the pop of neon. The original rug that you can buy with the stripes is from Kira and costs a bajillion dollars, no joke. So just buy the crate and barrel rug, way cheaper and do it yourself. I basically copy and pasted this idea from Apartment Therapy. But, it's so cool I just had to post it.
I am seriously on the lookout for a good planner, and this one seems to have it all, weekly pages and monthly pages with plenty of space but it's not a crazy huge planner. I honestly can't remember where I saw this planner (on someone's blog) but you can get it here. Also, if you go to Poketo's site please look at all the stuff they have in their stationary section because they have awesome stuff, I basically want all of the pens and notebooks and everything they have.
J.Crew had this belt and it cost about $52!!! I wanted it so bad, but it never went on sale and it was so spency. Then on this newfound amazing blog I found a diy for it and I can NOT believe I didn't think of it before, seriously it couldn't be easier. Can't wait to do it.

Breakfast Week 4

This week's breakfast is a lot like last week, or maybe even the same some days. I still have some spinach and ham left over, so I'm going to be having some more of the "green eggs and ham" omelets and I bought some green bell peppers to use as well. I really liked my omelet's last week so hopefully I'm not going to burn myself out on omelets.

I'll definitely be changing it up next week, maybe some variations of oatmeal with some flaxseed? There are so many options to pick from in The New Abs Diet Cookbook that it's sometimes hard to decide.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

FIrst Frisbee of the Year...

Last Saturday was amaze-balls weather. So natch we took advantage and played frisbee, invented some weird game that revolves a lot around Boyf. and probably isn't very safe. Afterwards we enjoyed State Street Tacos and slurpees. I have totally forgotten how delicious slurpees are.

We may or may not have gone to see The Vow at the dollar theater after.....

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Breakfast Week 3

Remember how I was supposed to mix up the omelet with these waffles last week, and instead I just ate toast on the waffle days? Consequently this week's breakfast is Kashi Go Lean Original 7 Grain Frozen Waffles. As much as I like eggs and omelet's this may be my favorite breakfast so far. Yeah, it's pretty much the same thing as toast, but they aren't, okay? Or at least, in my head I feel better about popping these in the toaster than my bread. And, from my extensive (or not so extensive) research these are better for me than the loaf of bread sitting on my counter.

For these waffles I pop them in the toaster and then spread a little of Justin's Honey Peanut Butter and some raspberry jam and they are delicious, especially when you have some juice in the fridge to pair them with. Yum!

"Last Night"

Remember "last night" I said I would post a photo of my "green eggs and ham" omelet? Well, true to my word (or not) here it is.
Look at all that yummy ham and spinach. There was also some low-fat mozz. sprinkled on top once it was flipped.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Breakfast Week 2

Last week's breakfast went pretty well, there were two days that I didn't eat oatmeal but I still had breakfast those days (toast and peanut butter).

For this week's breakfast I chose two different meals, a "green eggs and ham omelet" and some frozen wheat waffles. The omelet consists of 2 eggs, spinach, canadian bacon and a sprinkle of low-fat mozz. 

The omelet is delicious and while it's only at 220 calories (not counting the glass of juice or milk I drink with it) I still feel full for about 4 hours after. However, I will completely admit that I haven't tried a waffle yet....and today I only had some chai tea for breakfast (oops). But, so far I'm really optimistic about this breakfast plan. Tomorrow I'm having another green eggs and ham omelet and I'll be sure to photograph it for you! 

I checked out "The New Abs Diet Cookbook" from the library and am choosing one or two breakfast options from it a week. So far it's one of the best "healthy" cookbooks I've read. I may end up ordering it from amazon.

Kitteh Alarm Clock

...aka I am basically a closet cat lady (I can't really be one until I own three cats). In any case Boyf found this video for me (he feeds my cat obsession) and I hardcore giggle through it EVERY time I watch it. I wish I knew a cat that did this.

I think in reality I am just a crazy animal lady because I am obsessed with all things kitteh, bunny and dog and pretty much anything cute and fluffy. Although you all know my dream is to have a dog and bunny or dog and kitteh that are bffs. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Oatmeal with Nutella

I would have never thought to mix the two, but I do what Cooking Light tells me to do and it told me to mix 'em. What a great way to add some chocolate to my oatmeal.

Monday, April 9, 2012


errrr....I mean.......uh....

Okay, I have this problem where I sleep in till the last possible moment (meaning I shower at night most often) and I often don't give myself any time for breakfast.

I'm trying this new thing where I take better care of myself (eating better, exercising all those things we're supposed to do for ourselves) and my goal is to eat breakfast everyday (because apparently breakfast matters).

This week's breakfast menu is.....(drum roll)......OATMEAL!!!!! Yay. I think that there is nothing grosser than plain, mushy oatmeal. However, I truly think it's delicious when you can add a little cream, or brown sugar or fresh berries. So far (today) it's going great. Also, my breakfast plan for Sunday is yummy german pancakes (that is my reward for eating breakfast everyday this week).

I'm really striving to love myself and take better care of me. It has taken a while to realize that no one can really love me the way I love myself. And in doing so I feel as though you are better able to take care of yourself. So here I am, working on that. I'll let you know how the week-long oatmeal breakfasts turn out.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Weekly Tidbits

This past week all I have been thinking about is buying new things for my apartment. Ever since I saw this bedroom makeover (from my newfound favorite blog) it is really always on my mind and I wish I could just transport everything from their room to mine.
My cute orange geometric designed shower curtain from Target is failing me. The orange colored pieces are flaking off and sticking to the side of my tub (it looks kind of weird and gross) so it needs to go. I am thinking that this blue coral curtain will go well with my orange towels and bath mat.
And, I want these for my sink in the bathroom. I'm a sucker for monogrammed things and these are so cute (would definitely match my blue and orange bath theme).
My blankets consist of a leopard print snuggie, a baby themed crocodile small quilt I made at the age of 12, an awesome big purple and blue quilt my sister made me a few years back, and this (so soft) red king size blanket from Target that sheds more than any dog in this world. So, with the exception of the quilt my sister made my blankets are a little sad. I am seriously thinking about getting one of these. They aren't too spensy and yes I do know that it will be summer soon, but maybe it could be my bed blanket in the summer?
I'm basically dying over this side table. I want it next to my bed with a cute lamp on it and maybe a book or two.

This kids duvet is awesome. I actually kind of wish I could just buy a print of this and frame it (it would go nicely with my stuffed bunnies)

and before you ask or say anything or make fun of me, yes, I do love West Elm. 

Dino Case

It took me a while to decide on a case for my new lappy and after seeing sooo many beautiful cases that ended up being way out of my price range (hello, I just spent a BUTT LOAD on a lappy, I can't afford to spend the same amount on a case too) I picked this one. I bought it from Lollington on etsy. I think he's pretty cute.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Lemon Head Cookies

I saw these cookies on a friends pinterest and thought I'd give 'em a try (I love cookies and especially lemon cookies). They turned out amazingly good. Seriously, so good. The website where the recipe originates from is here. I didn't make any frosting for them the way the blogger does, but I don't think they even need it.

1 Cup of Butter
1 Cup of White Sugar
1/2 Cup of Brown Sugar
The zest from 1 Lemon
2 Tsp of Lemon Extract
2 Eggs
1/4 Tsp of Salt
1 Tsp of Baking Soda
3 Cups of Flour
6 oz Bag of Lemonheads-Crushed into smaller pieces

First, cream together the sugars, butter and lemon zest. Next add in the Lemon Extract and the eggs as well; Mix until everything is incorporated.
Now we get to add in the dry ingredients: Salt, Baking Soda & Flour.
You want to add enough flour to make a stiff dough. 

And finally, add in the crushed Lemon-heads.
Bake in the oven @ 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes {just a little golden, mine took exactly 10}.  When I take them out of the oven, I let them sit on the pan for another minute or two to set up.  You don't want to eat one of these lovely's right out of the oven because of the melted candy-you don't want to burn your mouth.  After a couple of minutes, I then transfer them to a cooling rack to cool down.

Side note: The candy gets a little stuck to the pan so when you slide them off with the spatula you have to be a little careful not to break the cookies into a million pieces (as I did with the first few when I wasn't careful with my spatula).

Best Spaghetti Sauce and Roasted Cabbage

I promised I'd report on the spaghetti sauce and roasted cabbage. So here I am, fulfilling that promise. Just in case you aren't up to speed I decided to try out this recipe for spaghetti sauce. It was easy, fragrant (smelled great as it was on the stove) and pretty flavorful. I will say this, make sure you do not add too much ricotta because that will make it too sweet. I've linked the recipe for the sauce about three or four times in the past two weeks so I'm not going to write out the recipe here. Also, I could not find a can that claimed to be plum or cherry tomatoes, but I will keep looking (I'm wondering if the new fancy Harmon's downtown has them).

As for the roasted cabbage it was AMAZING. I seem to forget how much I like cabbage. I found it via Budget Bytes. I have also linked the recipe several times lately but basically you cut the cabbage in half and then in wedges from there (keep the core intact so that it doesn't fall apart in the oven). Then generously brush some light caesar dressing all over the wedges. And make sure to use a NON-creamy dressing (like a vinaigrette). You'll bake/roast the cabbage at 425 degrees and half-way through flip the wedges. I made this twice last week and the first time it was a tad crispy (I waited 15 min to flip and then only cooked them 10 min after the flip). The second time I cooked them for 20 min total. I think 20-25 min is the best but you can judge for yourself (and it depends on how big you cut your wedges).

Anyway, the final verdict is that they were both pretty good. I added a little too much ricotta making it a little too sweet, but it was still delicious! And the cabbage will become a great staple for me in the future, so easy and absolutely delicious.

Draw Something

Are you in on this yet? Someone told me I should get it I did and then I think the next week everyone on FB had this game. I am VERY good at this game. Well, I am really good at guessing but this is how good I am at drawing: