Wednesday, March 30, 2011

GPOYW


solo dance party style.
it was our last night in austin.
we spent the whole day in the 90 degree sun.
it was glorious.

now i'm home, back at work and it's cold.
now begins the countdown till the next time i get to play in the sunshine.
for the record, that would be 22 days... and counting :)

but mannnn, march has been a good one – as predicted.
at some point, i'll tell you about it.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

giggling baby & jumping puppy


two of the cutest things ever.

also, in case you want some more cute overload, you're welcome.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

march madness.

the snow has come and gone. and in just a matter of days, the same will be said for the month of february. goodbye bone-chilling temperatures and a light social schedule. march madness is quickly approaching and i couldn't be more excited for what lies ahead.

the kickoff begins this weekend in cincinnati with a roommate reunion of sorts (plus husbands and babies). fingers crossed mother nature behaves. lord knows lu can't take the wheel for me when the weather freaks out. i don't get to see these college girls all that often but when we do, we gladly pick up right where we left off.

a couple weeks later, the bff comes to town for some early birthday-partying. plans pending, but they will be grand. you can bet on lots of food and even more champagne. we haven't had a proper weekend together in far too long.

a few days later, i'm entering my senior year of my 20s and venturing off austin for five days of new adventures in the sunshine. yeehawwww.

not to mention the warming weather, saint patrick's day! and basketball.
oh yes, march is going to be a good one.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

GPOYW


aaaand i thought it was bad getting trapped on lakeshore drive for 3.5 hours last night. these people win.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

best cheeseless pasta there is...

period.

i would be the first to admit pasta and cheese is natural and magical combination. i'm italian, after all. but tonight i experienced one of the most amazing flavor combos there is – creamy avocado, basil, lemony goodness.

when you eat a dish and you don't even think cheese could help it, you know you've done something right...
or copied someone's recipe right.
cause that's what i did. and you should too.

then i stole her photo too. props lady.
nom.

Monday, January 31, 2011

a lil taste of summer

it's no secret how i feel about winter. it's cold. it's wet. you have to lug so much shit with you everywhere you go and one second you are freezing and the next you are dying of a heat stroke. it gets dark far too early. you take way too many cabs when you are brave enough to leave your house. the wind hurts your face, ruins your hair and makes your eye makeup run. yeah, you get it.

naturally, warm trip planning is necessary. but it's not everyday you can hop a plane out west and bathe your worries away in the sunshine. so sometimes, you need to get creative. this time, i used the kitchen. instead of vats of hearty soups and comfort casseroles, i turned to a torn out cooking light recipe from june. yes june.

june – when things are alive and warm and lovely. for me, the idea of june is far more comforting than a pile of mac and cheese could ever be.

so i present you, cobb salad pizza. light, delicious and easy as can be.

what you need:
• refrigerated pizza crust (TJs has amazing ones, but i just used a pillsbury can - the ones that you twist open) i suppose you could make your own, but that's not really my thing.
• 2 grilled chicken breasts, chopped
• 1/2 avocado, chopped
• 1 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
• 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
• 2 cups mixed greens
• 2 strips crumbled bacon
• 1 tbsp of white wine vinegar
• 1 teaspoon of dijon
• 1 tbsp of light olive oil
• salt and pepper to taste

how to:
1) grease your pan and cook the 'za crust. (10-15 mins depending on heat and choosen crust)
2) meanwhile, fry bacon and warm chicken (i had my chicky precooked to move this along faster)
3) in large mixing bowl, add vinegar, oil, mustard, salt and pepper. then add tomatoes, chopped chicken, bacon crumbles and mixed greens to mixture.
4) bring out your lovely browned crust, top with tasty mixture and sprinkle with blue cheese and avocado.

bam, dinner is served.

warning: this doesn't keep well. crust gets soggy and those lovely avocados get brown and mushy. so, guess you better share!

Monday, January 24, 2011

tonight i...

• talked to mom about her new panera-inspired kitchen.
• read 250 pages in my book without realizing the time drifting away.
• watched two episodes of how i met your mother. why did it take me so long to fall in love with this show?
• danced with a newfound energy and pony tail on the very top of my head. it was fun and i felt like a 12 yr old in junior jazzercise. did anyone else do that shit? it was awesome.
• ate some leftovers i wish i would have just trashed. sometimes kitchen experiments don't always go as well as planned, but i feel compelled to eat my hard work. sometimes.
• threw the ball to lulu approximately 152 times.
• started a fun journaling challenge for myself. 30 days of concentrating on some angie stuff. like!

how was your monday?