Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Put a Cork in It...

Like any good wine drinker, I have been collecting quite the stash of corks.  When I stumbled upon this tutorial about how to make magnets out of wine corks I knew I had to jump on it.

I corks I chose where a mix of pretty and sentimental.  One of the corks was even from the champagne bottle we drank the night we got engaged...way better than having it sit in a jar on my counter.

The tools...


The original tutorial called for drill, but A) I don't have one and B) that seemed intense.  I used a corkscrew to start the circular hole and then a sharp knife to carve out a spot for the magnet.  I could have just glued the magnet on the back and called it a day, but making it flush gave it a nicer look on the fridge.


I think the engagement champagne cork looks great between my instagram magnets and the Halloween magnets from my aunt.  This might be the craft that gave me the most bang for my buck...simple, quick, and pretty.  What more could you want?






Monday, October 13, 2014

In the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room

On Saturday, the boy and I decided we needed an adventure (we had had one earlier in the day that I documented fully on instagram).  Somehow we got in our head that we wanted to go to a Tiki Bar.  The man and I love tiki bars...they are very "old school Los Angeles" and just....fun.

Unfortunately, we have been to every single one in the general LA area so that left only two:

1. Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach, CA
2. Tader Sam's at Disneyland

We decided the trek to Disney seemed like the most bang for our buck so we picked up our friend G and high-tailed it to Anaheim.

After some intense yelping we settled on a gastropub in Garden Grove for dinner (we wanted to stay clear of Downtown Disney) and then skirted over to Disneyland.  Needless to say the place did not disappoint.


We had to wait in line, but it was well worth it.  Once inside we were greeted by tropical decor, a tricked out bar with tiki totems whose eyes move, and bar stools that magically started to sink down out of no-where.

We decided to go for the drinks in the souvenir cups because when you drive an hour for a drink you gotta get your money's worth.  The drinks were adorable and no joke...no skimping on the rum in those babies!


G got on the Krakatoa, I got the hippopotami thai, and the boy got the drunken zombie head.  Little did we know that when you order the Krakatoa shit gets real.  The bar tended flipped a switch behind the bar and the lights got dim.  He started screaming "Mt. Krakatoa is about to erupt and it's all her fault" and pointed at G.  And then the volcano in the "window" began to erupt.



G looks pretty damn calm for a woman drinking "molten lava".  

Other drinks triggered chanting and sinking shops and other Disney magic.  

Worth the hour drive? Hell yes! Worth the souvenir cups? Absolutely!  Will we be back? OHMYGODYES
Thursday, October 9, 2014

Work It

We have all heard the term "sweating for the wedding".  And while I would like to think that I have alway led a healthy lifestyle, I would be lying if I didn't say that knowing my wedding is in 8 months isn't some amazing motivation to get my butt in gear.

Last week I signed up for Classpass and it's changing my life.  With Classpass I have access to all these unbelievable gyms in Los Angles for $99.  It is only available in NY, LA, Chicago, and DC right now, but hopefully it will be everywhere soon (ps. this sounds like an advertisement, but it's not...I'm just obsessed).

I can get bored with one workout, but I have been able to do everything from spinning to pilates to barre to boot camp.  And with classes in LA ranging from $15-$25 per class, once you go to 5 classes the membership pays for itself.

Here is what I have been up to workout wise for the past two weeks.

Last Week's Workout:

Monday: Cardio Barre

Tuesday: Spinning

Wednesday: OFF

Thursday: Spinning

Friday: Eliptifit (guys...it's like a spinning class with ellipticals! Magic!)


This Week's Workouts:

Monday: Pure Barre

Tuesday: Cycling

Wednesday: Pilates (mat)

Thursday: Pilates (reformer)

Friday: Surfset (I cannot wait to try this surf inspired workout)


And that's not even all of the classes offered!  I cannot wait to try areal yoga or an indoor rowing class!


 
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Pizza-Pizza

I finally tried it, the infamous cauliflower crust pizza.  The verdict?  It was delicious and actually fairly easy.  I use the word fairly because for me, ricing the cauliflower in my tiny food processor is a little more of a process than it would be for someone with a full-sized food processor aka it makes kind of a mess out of my kitchen.  But it's worth it!

I actually made this recipe for the first time 2 weeks ago and the fiancé and I were so excited to eat it we took not a picture until the entire thing was gone (worst blogger award goes to me).  I think the second time was even better...my sauce to cheese recipe was infinitely improved.


I got this recipe from The Lucky Penny Blog and it is by far the best recipe I have found!  The crust doesn't fall apart and it is nicely seasoned (and I am from New Haven, CT so I know my pizza).

And guys, see that basil?  I have kept that plant alive for almost a month!  A whole month!  Maybe I have a nurturing instinct after all...

Ingredients

1 small to medium sized head of cauliflower - should yield 2 to 3 cups once processed
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon dried basil (crush it even more between your fingers)
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (crust it even more between you fingers)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
optional a few shakes of crushed red pepper
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
1 egg
optional 1 tablespoon almond meal

Directions
Desired amount of sauce, cheese for topping, and other toppings. 

Place a pizza stone in the oven, or baking sheet if you don't have a pizza stone. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. On a cutting board, place a large piece of parchment paper and spray it with nonstick cooking oil. 

Wash and throughly dry a small head of cauliflower. Don't get one the size of your head unless you are planning on making 2 pizzas. Cut off the florets, you don't need much stem. Just stick with the florets. Pulse in your food processor for about 30 seconds, until you get powdery snow like cauliflower. See above photo. You should end up with 2 to 3 cups cauliflower "snow". Place the cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl and cover. Microwave for 4 minutes. Dump cooked cauliflower onto a clean tea towel and allow to cool for a bit before attempting the next step.

Once cauliflower is cool enough to handle, wrap it up in the dish towel and wring the heck out of it. You want to squeeze out as much water as possible. This will ensure you get a chewy pizza like crust instead of a crumbly mess. 

Dumped cauliflower into a bowl. Now add 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon dried basil (crush up the leaves even more between your fingers before adding), 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (crush up the leaves even more between your fingers before adding), 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (not garlic salt), and a dash of red pepper if you want. I also added 1 tablespoon almond meal because my cauliflower yielded closer to 2 cups of cauli snow, this is optional and I would not add the almond meal if you have closer to 3 cups of cauli snow. Now add your egg and mix away. Hands tend to work best. 

Once mixed together, use your hands to form the dough into a crust on your oiled parchment paper. Pat it down thoroughly, you want it nice and tightly formed together. Don't make it too thick or thin either.

Using a cutting board slide the parchment paper onto your hot pizza stone or baking sheet in the oven. Bake for 8 - 11 minutes, until it starts to turn golden brown. Remove from oven.

Add however much sauce, cheese, and toppings you want. I'm not gonna give you measurements for this. You know how you like your pizza - so go for it! Slide parchment with topped pizza back in the hot oven and cook for another 5 to 7 minutes until the cheese is melted, bubbly, and slightly golden.

Test your patience and allow it to cool for a minute or two. Probably closer to two. Then using a pizza cutter and a spatula serve up your delicious grain-free cauliflower crust pizza!

Linking up with Kate for Tuesday's Recipe Swap!
Monday, October 6, 2014

And if You Can't Be with the One you Love...

My weekend was spent listening to great music, having drinks with friends, experimenting with temporary tattoos, seeing Gone Girl (go see it...it was GREAT!).

Friday night, the boy and I took a ride over to the Greek Theatre in Griffith Park.  I love the Greek because it is basically a theatre in the trees.

We had tickets to see Crosby, Stills, and Nash because, well, they are amazing, and thank goodness my parents never let us change the radio station in the car  to 95.7 KISS FM  and "forced" me to listen to classic rock my entire childhood.  I like to think I am a better person purely for the fact that I  know the different discographies of Crosby, Stills, and Nash vs. Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.  The Alam Brothers, CCR, Fleetwood Mac...don't even get me going.

And while I may or may not have been so excited when they played "Southern Cross" that I got not a picture or a video...I was able to gather myself for a few other highlights...

video


video

Now I just gotta get to Fleetwood Mac and Bob Seger before...well...you know.

So much good music, so little time...

Linking up with Leeann for Monday Morning Gossip
 
Friday, October 3, 2014

Sweater Weather

All I want to do is wear flannel and booties  and hold warm lattes....instead its 90 degrees again and I can barely put on a pair of pants let alone a sweater.

That hasn't stopped me from looking!

Right now LOFT is having 40% all tops and sweaters (no coded needed) and I may buy a few just because I am just going to have to start dressing for the season and not the temperature.

If it actually felt like fall I would be buying all of these...

this one may be in my shopping bag right now...

everyone loves color blocking

I need this, right?


this would be too cute with leggings

Who cares if it's almost 100 degrees out, right?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

One Pot Success

During the week I am all about quick and healthy dinners. I try to cook most weeknights (except when I have dinner plans with friends, or when my fiancé isn't going to be home and I eat an assortment of weird shit that I call "dinner"...am I the only one who does this?)

Last week, I made this recipe that I found on, where else, but Pinterest and not only was it easy it was DELICIOUS and only required ONE pot.



Ingredients

Mexican Quinoa
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 jalapeños, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed well and drained
  • 1¼ cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 can (1½ cups) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup corn
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro, optional
  • 1 quarter of a lime, juiced
  • To serve: salsa, sour cream, shredded cheese, crushed tortilla chips, and guacamole
Lazy Guacamole
  • 1 ripe avocado, peel and pit removed
  • 1 small lime, juiced
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

Mexican Quinoa
  1. Add a small bit of oil to a medium-sized pot set over medium heat. Add garlic and jalapeños; cook just until fragrant (about a minute). Add quinoa, broth, beans, tomatoes, corn, and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and let simmer for 25 minutes, or until quinoa is cooked and liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat; stir in cilantro and lime juice. Spoon into bowls and serve with desired toppings.
Lazy Guacamole
  1. Mash the avocado with a fork until smooth, stir in lime juice, garlic and salt and pepper.

I served it with lime wedges, "lazy guacamole", and greek yogurt!  And there was enough for lunch the next day! 
 

 

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