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Oh, hello again

Holy crap ya’ll – I have been major neglectful of this blog. But I’ve also been on a whirlwind of traveling and I’m just now starting to recover.

First we spent a weekend in Vegas to celebrate Chase’s 30th birthday (also known as the “he’s getting old birthday”. We rented a cabana by the pool and totally got called out for our, as they called it, “inappropriate” sign (bottom-right, above), and then we were like, “really? we can’t have a sign with profanity hanging inside the cabana?” and they were all, “no, this is a family establishment,” and we were like, “how is it okay to have staggering drunk people and big breasted women wearing shoe strings, but a swear word is unacceptable?” and then they were like, “there are children here,” and I was like “and also prostitutes.”

But ultimately, Mandalay Bay won the day, and most of my money.

My next stop was in Asheville. Well, first it was the Chicago airport where I spent a whopping 8 hours on a flight delay and read most of my currently favorite summer reading, “The American Heiress.” If you’re a Downton Abby fan, go pick this up immediately.

After taking in the mountain air I drove down to Charleston to help my sister pack up her apartment and move to Little Rock, AK for a medical fellowship. Sometimes I forget how much I love being around my sisters. I also forget how much I really hate packing, especially in the June heat of Charleston. But anything is possible with copious amounts of champagne.

And now I’m home…trying to take in everything that’s happened in the last 2 weeks and also work up the motivation to do anything but watch girly movies on my couch. Please forgive me, I hope to have my head on straight soon.

Baked Coconut, Blueberry and Almond Oatmeal

There was a magic moment for me about 4 years ago. It was the moment when I discovered my yogurt topping soul mate. I used to go to one of the ten million yogurt places located within each square mile of LA and be at a loss as to which toppings to choose. Do I go with healthier, with fruit? Or sweeter, with chocolate? Do I want a crunch? Is Fruity Pebbles going to be a tragic decision? (yes)

And then, a friend told me to try the following together: blueberries, coconut and almonds, and a beautiful friendship was born. The sweetness from the blueberries, the crunch of the almonds and the mild coconut flavor comes together in a most serendipitous way. And since none of these ingredients are offensively sugary, there’s pretty much never a time when I feel bad about piling them on. I had a love at first site experience those 4 years ago in a little yogurt shop in Burbank, and we have enjoyed a very happy life together since.

I feel like this is the moving-in stage for us, as I am now taking this combination and moving it into other foods. This oatmeal is first, but I would expect to see blueberry, almond and coconut smoothies, granola bars and whatever else I can get to work. I think you should give them a try to. Or, at least make some baked oatmeal with your own soul mate ingredients. Everyone should have the right to choose the one they love :) Continue Reading →

Super Simple: Feta Potato Salad

Ya’ll, I had planned on writing a post about how I had this feta potato salad at The Corner Kitchen in Asheville last summer and it totally rocked my world and I had to come up with my own recipe and so I made this and it was awesome and I hope want you all to enjoy it too. But then I found out today that I have to have a ROOT CANAL. TOMORROW. And so instead of an entire post you just get one really long run on sentence because I can’t focus on anything else.

This is totally lame and I should be able to focus better and write what I had originally planned. And I actually am feeling better now that I found out I’m going to have to pay less than I originally thought, because when the girl this morning gave me the itemized list of my expenses she left out a period, and so instead of one item reading $24.20 it read $2420. Punctuation counts kids, stay in school.

Of course, maybe someone who knows more about dentistry would know that an item that should only be $24.20 couldn’t possibly cost over 2 grand, but I don’t know this and so basically every time I go to the dentist I feel like a prime candidate for financial rape. Like, if she had told me that it would cost $10,000, and if I got it to them in cash by this afternoon they might be able to save my life, I probably would have been screaming at a bank teller within the hour. Same goes with my car – I can’t help but feel violated every time I leave my mechanic. I mean, how can a fucking battery cost $400?? But then of course they make me feel like if I don’t pay the insane cost they’ll give me back my defective car, and my breaks will probably fail and I’ll end up killing some poor pedestrian or myself and it will all be because I didn’t pay the $200 ransom for the battery. So I pay. Every time.

(This is probably not something I should be writing on a public site. It’s like I’m asking for it. Like, in a financial sense I have just put on a skimpy red dress and left my drink unattended at a party. A party filled with my future dentists and mechanics)

Sorry, this has absolutely nothing to do with feta potato salad. But this potato salad is really good and you should totally make it. And please don’t associate it with root canals. It’s probably best if you just look at the photos and forget this post ever existed.

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I Heart Garfunkel & Oates

This isn’t a real post. I just finished watching the Garfunkel & Oates Comedy Central special and then went to their Youtube page to re-watch some of my favorite songs that weren’t on the show and then I felt like sharing. If you aren’t familiar with these two, please take a moment to enjoy these videos*:

*If you are not a fan of cursing, sarcasm or gay marriage please skip this post. Also, if you’re pregnant and hormonally sensitive or you like Ed Hardy you should skip it too. If you’re against gay marriage AND you like Ed Hardy you can just forget this site exists and never come back. I’ll get over it.

This song embodies why I only go to gay clubs. At least the guys there know how to dress properly and never try to pick me up.

Ya’ll, I cannot tell you how often this happens to me. And in really inappropriate places, like my family reunions.

Truth.

My favorite song, and now I’m going to be singing it in my head for the rest of the day. Because singing it out loud would be really weird for everyone around me.

Fun in the Mud

I ran my first mud run on Saturday, which after I described it to my dad he said it sounded like “what the army forced him to do” and therefore he had some trouble understanding why I was doing this voluntarily during my own free time. I will say that if you are looking for a physical challenge that incorporates a variety of obstacles to really test your fitness, a mud run is right up you alley. Or if you don’t mind getting dirty and want to have interesting photos to post on Facebook. I like to think that I fell somewhere in the middle of these two categories. That being said, here are a couple photos:

Here we are before the race – so clean and naive.

At this point we were making nervous conversation with the people around us and trying to speculate on how cold the mud was.

The hardest part of a mud run?  Climbing up the hills to get out of the mud pits once they’ve been made slick by everyone that climbed up it before you. Continue Reading →

Bachelorette food

Chase is working late this week, meaning he’s been eating most of his meals on set (he works in the film industry, did I tell you all that? Actually, I do as well, but let me clarify that it’s not nearly as cool as you might think. (Anyone from the entertainment industry reading this right now is thinking, “Amen, Sister.” Except that of course no one in this industry would say “Amen”  due to the fact that we’re all obviously godless heathens whose sole mission is to make everyone gay. Duh.))

Anywhoo… since Chase isn’t going to be joining me for dinner, that means I can eat WHATEVER I DAMN WELL WANT TO. The list of “Things I get to eat when I don’t have to take Mr. I-Used-To-Eat-HotPockets-Three-Meals-A-Day into consideration” consists of:

1) Soup, even when it’s hot outside. And I don’t have to feel the pressure of making it a “hearty” one. Sometimes a girl just wants a brothy bowl of potato-leek soup for dinner during the summer, okay?

2) Anything with onions in it. Honestly, I could write a list a mile long with this one. French onion soup is my #1 guilty pleasure when Chase isn’t home.

3) Random stuff that would never normally be considered a meal. Like, a glass of orange juice with a handful of saltines followed by a scrambled egg and bowl of sweet peas. If I’m full at the end then the ultimate goal was achieved, and I love when I don’t have to explain the random decisions that got me there.

4) If I make tomato sauce, I add at least 2 extra cloves of garlic. While I can eat heads of roasted garlic spread on toast and be in heaven, I’m always having to trim back when Chase is around.

5) Breakfast for dinner. I’m not sure what that guy has against eating eggs throughout the day, but I personally don’t have an issue with it. In fact, it’s often my preferred choice.

6) New recipes. Sometimes I use Chase as a taste-tester, and other times I like to know that if I fail miserably it will be in private.

This is not to say I don’t enjoy eating dinner with my husband. Especially if it’s at a restaurant, with food I don’t have to cook and dishes I don’t have to wash and a really pretty cocktail I didn’t have to mix, and I can still order the French onion soup. But this week I’m going to relish my dinners of pasta with garlicky tomato sauce, hot soup and scrambled eggs, and no one is going to judge me.

What are your favorite meals when you’re all alone?

Super Simple: Gnocchi with Pesto and String Beans

I have a love of cooking, but what I don’t love spending long hours in the kitchen. Although I enjoy experimenting with new flavors and relish the rush I feel when a recipe turns out just right, I’ve never been one to enjoy slaving away over recipes that involve hours of simmering, or precise instructions in which a shaky hand can ruin an entire dish in seconds. I want recipes that get me in and out of my kitchen and on with life, but still leave me with plates of food that were not prepared from a box or in a microwave.

So, instead of trying to convince anyone of my superior kitchen prowess (which I don’t have), I’m trying to embrace my love of simpler recipes. This is a new favorite that is definitely going to be showing up in my kitchen quite a bit more: gnocchi cooked with some chopped green beans and tossed with a fresh pesto. If you’ve never made pesto – don’t be afraid of it. The food processor makes everything for you and no matter what ratio of ingredients you add, it is incredibly difficult to make it taste bad. Trust me, I would know. As for the gnocchi, I didn’t make these from scratch, but I’ve found some really great packaged ones that you simply cook for a few minutes in boiling water. Saves me time and still tastes just delicious. Winner, winner, gnocchi dinner. (I know, right? I am stunningly clever today.)

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Happy Friday

Summer is here, as evident by the flowers blooming outside my apartment. It’s a constant reminder that I need to spend more time outdoors.

Two new favorite alcohol finds. On the left, a whiskey & honey liquer, which is perfect just poured straight over ice. On the right, a spiced rum that tastes like caramel. Heeelllllooo summer beverages!

It’s always fun to rediscover a childhood favorite. This one was a particular pleasure of mine.

We bought this vase on our honeymoon in Mexico, and it sits on a shelf in our living room. I love decorating our home with items like this as constant reminder of happy memories. Heres hoping to more in the future :)