Monday, October 6, 2014

Mani-Monday: Essie in Smokin' Hot

I am totally ready for Fall. Fall and Winter are my favorite seasons. The fashion, the weather, the holidays, what's not to be excited about?!

Besides the fact that SoCal is in the middle of yet another heat wave and Santa Ana winds, I couldn't resist snatching up this Fall shade by Essie. It's called Smokin' Hot. It's gray with a purple undertone. Perfect for Fall. I don't know what it is about a dark polish that just makes you feel so chic, even in a t-shirt and jeans. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Banana Apple Mini Muffins - Perfect for Toddlers!

Happy weekend!  I had a couple of bananas that were very ripe and needed to be used.  I absolutely hate wasting food.  If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen the dishes I've put together with what I have in my fridge.  This is one of them.

I decided to use my mini muffin pan to make them easy to throw in a lunch box and for little hands to hold.


1/2      cup organic raw agave
cup organic vegetable oil
very ripe bananas, mashed
teaspoon vanilla
1 2/3
cups organic whole wheat flour
teaspoon baking soda
teaspoon salt
teaspoon ground cinnamon
     medium apple; peeled and chopped


Preheat over to 375 degrees.  Grease two (2) mini muffin pans or line with paper muffin cups.

Blend together the agave, oil and eggs.

Stir in mashed bananas and vanilla.

Mix in the rest of the dry ingredients and apple pieces.

Fill each muffin cup and bake for 10 minutes.

*You can use a regular sized muffin pan, just adjust the oven time to 13-15 minutes

Coral Silk

My last nail post reminded me how much a liked the Covergirl Outlast Nail Gloss. So I went out to CVS and picked up a few more colors. This bright, almost neon, coral was perfect for summer. They seriously have the best coverage and staying power for a drugstore nail polish. 

Happy Friday! 💕💅

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Covergirl Outlast Nail Color

Covergirl Outlast nail polish in "Vio-last"
I'm not a huge fan of drugstore nail polishes.  They never last that long and require more than 2 coats for full, even coverage. 
But since I discovered the Covergirl Outlast nail polishes, they have definitely become a more budget-friendly alternative.  I posted on "Mango-go-go" here.  That post also has a fun and easy nail tape tutorial.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade Knock-off

So this summer, I've been obsessed with the Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade at Starbucks.  BUT...I don't enjoy the price when I want one as often as I do.  

Here's my recipe for my Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade knockoff!

You can multiply the proportions as needed for a larger batch.  I like to make mine in small batches because sometimes I just want the tea :)

- Water
- 2 Green tea bags
- Fresh mint leaves 
- Lemonade
- Blackberry syrup
- Lime
- Ice

1. Bring 1 cup of water to a boil
2. Crush/mull a handful of mint leaves
3. When water comes to a boil, add in mint leaves and steep 2 green tea bags as directed on the package.
4. Let cool.  Chill in refrigerator is possible.
5. Add cooled tea to pitcher
6. Add 1 cup of lemonade
7. Add 3 tsp. blackberry syrup
8. Squeeze 1/4 of a lime
9. Stir and add ice

Friday, April 4, 2014

My Eats

This is my take on the Chipotle bowl.  A friend of mine had all the ingredients out, buffet style, at her son's birthday party and I've been obsessed ever since!

Ingredients in order of layers:

- Brown rice,
- Ground turkey sautéed with onion, salt, pepper and cumin
- Black beans
- Tomatoes
- Cilantro
- Cheddar cheese

My toddler and husband love this meal!

Slow cooker chicken from @eatingwhole
Quinoa cooked steamed with garlic and topped with tomatoes
Oven roasted asparagus

My container garden has been doing SO well this year.  This bouquet of cilantro is straight from the garden to my plate!

The best grain-free pancakes!  Also from @eatingwhole

These are so good, you don't need butter or syrup.

1 mashed banana
1 egg
1/4 cup cottage cheese
flax meal
A LOT of cinnamon
Topped with blueberries

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Eats: Kale & Quinoa Patties


-        2 ½ cups cooked quinoa (I used organic red quinoa)
-        4 cups chopped kale, cleaned and stems removed
-        3 large eggs, beaten
-        1 tsp. sea salt
-        ½ yellow onion, diced
-        ½ cups green onion, chopped (I didn’t have any on hand so I skipped this)
-        ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
-        2 cloves of garlic, minced
-        ½ cup bread crumbs
-        2 tbs. olive oil, will need more for frying
1.      Combine quinoa, eggs, cheese, green onion and salt in a large bowl
2.      Heat 2 tbs. olive oil in a pan; add onions and garlic, cook until soft
3.      Add kale to pan and cook until soft
4.      Add kale mixture into quinoa mixture and combine
5.      Add oil to a new/clean pan, just enough to coat the bottom of the pan
6.      Form mixture into palm sized patties
7.      Place patties into the pan, cooking until brown; about 3-4 minutes on each side
8.      Remove patties and place on a plate covered with paper towel to soak up the excess oil
Serving suggestions:
-        Serve with a side of greek yogurt topped with green onion
-        Serve with a side of hummus
-        Serve on top of a bed of mixed greens and vinegrette
These patties are versatile and they can be really be served in a huge variety of ways.  I actually made these hoping to have left overs for lunch over the next couple of days, but they went pretty quick. My husband and toddler loved them too much, I guess.
I would love to see what you guys are serving them with!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Mani Monday Quickie: OPI Malaga Wine

Please excuse the messy mani this morning. I had to do a quick paint job before heading to work (mommy problems :)

Friday, January 17, 2014

My Eats: Easy Onion Rolls

I was visiting my sister and needed to whip up a quick side/bread to have with our dinner.  I found the perfect savory roll recipe from good 'ole Real Simple.  
3tbs. olive oil
3 medium size onions, finely chopped
1/4c.  + 1tsp. sugar
(2) 0.25-oz. packets active dry yeast
2 large eggs
6tbs. unsalted butter, melted + more for the pan
6c. flour + more for shaping dough
1. Heat 2tbs. of olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.  Add the onions, 1tsp. of sugar and 1/2 tsp. salt.  Cook until the onions are brown, about 15-18 minutes.
2. Put 2c. of warm tap water in a large bowl.  Sprinkle the yeast over the water and let stand until dissolved/foamy, about 4-5 minutes.  Whisk in the eggs, 4tbs. of butter, the rest of hte sugar and 1tsp. of salt.  Add the flour and 3/4 of the sauteed onions, mix until dough forms.  Brush the top of the dough with the rest of the olive oil and cover with plastic wrap to let it rise until it has doubled in size, about an hour.  It said to put it in a "warm" place, but I just put it in the microwave - I did not turn the microwave on, I just left it in there to keep it out of the way.
3. Butter a 9x13 baking pan.  After the dough has risen, punch it down, literally, to get the air out.  Flour your hands and form 16 balls with the dough.  Arrange the dough ball in the pan, spacing evenly.  Mine were placed in there pretty tight.  Cover the pan loosely with the plastic wrap and let it rise until doubled in bulk, about 30-40 minutes.  Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.
4. Remove the plastic wrap and brush the dough with 2tbs. melted butter.  Bake until golden, about 18-22 minutes.  I took mine out at 19 minutes and they were perfect.  Let the rolls cool in the pan for about 5 mintues before serving.
Let me know what you guys think about this recipe!  Have an amazing weekend!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

My Style: Wine + Navy + Leopard

I have been living in this Glint & Gleam scarf (sold out, similar) all winter...well when the San Diego weather allows me to wear it.  I consider leopard a neutral and I didn't really wear much navy blue until I got this scarf.  I really realized how much it goes with practically anything.  I paired it with this wine F21 blouse (old, similar) for a day at the office.
Happy Tuesday!