Monday, June 22, 2015

Honeymoon Must-Haves

We leave for our Honeymoon a week from today (eep!) and I have been in CT since last Thursday. That means I not only had to pack for 9 days at home, but also my honeymoon all in one suitcase.

I did manage to get it all in a carry-on...that's right people, a carry on. Hold your applause.

I was able to do it by really focusing on the essentials and packing essentials that would get a lot of use, but also be VERY space-effective.  The upside of an island vacation (Antigua here we come) is that summer clothes are tiny clothes.

Here are my honeymoon essentials:

Honeymoon Must-Haves


1. Victoria's Secret Bikinis: I have a large chest and these bikini tops are amazing! I love that I can mix and match them with different bottoms and have twice as many "different" bikinis depending on how I pair them.

2. Jean Shorts: You can wear these basically everywhere (except on the airplane, I have a strict no shorts on airplanes rule). They are great for the beach, for lounging around, or for adventuring.

3. Maxi Dress: We have a candlelit beach dinner planned one night of our trip. A maxi is easy to dress up or down, and is the perfect beach vacation dress.

4. Nikes: Great for the plane, the gym, walking around, or our kayak and zip line tour (I CANNOT WAIT) that we are taking.  And, they are basically the most comfortable shoe I have ever owned.

5. Summer Scarf: Great for the plane when it, inevitably, gets cold and the perfect accessory to jazz up any outfit. And its so light weight, it takes up NO space in your bag.

6. A Good Book: How else do you enjoy the beach/pool? Oh right, this plus a drink :)

7. A Beach Bag that Doubles as a Cute Catch-All: I always forget a bag to carry my beach/pool accessories. My mom got me this one for my honeymoon and it's not only adorable, but it holds EVERYTHING.






Thursday, June 18, 2015

I Only Write Poetry (Haikus) About Food




Pink sprinkle donut 
If you had less calories 
Eat you every day 
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Tequila Sunrise Tuesday

I love myself a good cocktail, but I rarely make them at home because you need so many ingredients! But when I found this drink it looked A) Delicious and B) needed only a few extra ingredients that would be great additions to our bar anyway.  So basically, it was a win-win situation for me and our home bar (which is getting pretty well-stocked if I do say so myself).

The recipe was easy to follow, took minimal prep, and was delicious!  Also, how cute is it? This would be the perfect drink to serve at a summer party or a BBQ...very refreshing!


Tequila Sunrise Margarita 
Ingredients
3 cups orange liqueur
2 cups tequila
1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lime juice
1 cup superfine sugar (or powdered sugar)
2 cups orange juice
Ice cubes
Grenadine syrup
Instructions
  1. Rum a lime wedge around the rim of your serving glasses and then dip into coarse salt. Fill each glass with ice. Set aside.
  2. In a pitcher, mix together orange liqueur, tequila, lime juice, and sugar. Stir until sugar is completely dissolve. Stir in orange juice.
  3. Pour into the prepared glasses. Add 2 drops of grenadine syrup into each glass and wait until the grenadine settles at the bottom before serving.
    Martinis & Bikinis

Thursday, June 11, 2015

First Fabletics Review

Here they are ladies and gentlemen...my first purchase from Fabletics!


Fabletics has, I feel, been everywhere lately: on my TV (how cute is that commercial with the little girl wearing workout clothes in the lunch room), on my Facebook, even on the girl in front of me at Pure Barre. Oh and in my email. A word to the wise, if and when you sign up for Fabletics they will send you A LOT of emails...like 2-3 a day.  Don't say I didn't warn you.

So I finally bit the bullet and got myself a pair of leggings and top (not pictured, but also super cute).

The top was one of those cute little guys with the bra built in and then the blowy sides.  I have a similar one from Lululemon and I will say I like the fit of the Fabletics one significantly more. It fit my chest WAY better (not always an easy accomplishment) and it wasn't too long so I felt like I was wearing a dress!

The crops are, visually, stunning.  I love the look and don't feel like the pattern is too much on my thighs (you ladies know what I am talking about). The quality is ok. I still like my Nike crops for high endurance/performance tasks like running and HIIT, but these crops are perfect for spin or barre class! 

While I don't know if I will ever wear the entire outfit as a set...it's a little bit "too much" for me while working out. I love the two pieces separately! 

All and all I was SUPER pleased with my purchase and will be ordering from Fabletics again in the future...gotta keep up with all the cool girls in my Classpass classes!


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Mini Frappacino: A Haiku



So small and tiny
now I can actually sip
Starbucks gets first place
Thursday, May 28, 2015

I Know, I'm the Worst

Guys, I know...I am awful. I basically fell off the face of the earth. I have so much to tell you. New workouts, trips to Disneyland, and oh yeah, the wedding...

WHICH IS 30 DAYS AWAY

On that note, I will leave you with this collage of me and the handsome man I get to marry.  I'll be back...I promise.


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Using my Bridal Shower Cookbooks: Turkey Meatballs and Smashed ChickpeaSalad

I cook about 3-5 nights a week (depending on if one or both of us is traveling, has dinner plans, or how lazy I am). I get most of my inspiration from a few go-to sites on the internet, but cooking with my laptop is not always the smartest or cleanest idea.

For my bridal shower, I was lucky enough to get some AMAZING cookbooks.  It has been so fun to look through them for recipe inspiration and the past two weeks I have cooked exclusively from these books and let me tell you...dinners have been pretty impressive.

One cookbook I have been really impressed with is the one from The Smitten Kitchen. I only perused her site sparingly before getting the cookbook, but now I am hooked!



I made this delicious (and easy) recipe last week and it was a hit! The meatballs were delicous and the chickpea salad was spicy and a filling. 


Meatball Ingredients:
  • 1 pound (455 grams) ground turkey
  • 2/3 cup (40 grams) fresh breadcrumbs (I used panko)
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) water
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon Aleppo pepper (I just skipped this)
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper, or 1/4 teaspoon Aleppo red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons (15 grams) sesame seeds, toasted
Form Meatballs
1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Combine all of the meatballs ingredients into a bowl with a fork. Form into 1 1/2-inch (about the size of a golf ball) and arrange them on a plate. 

Cook Meatballs
I cooked the meatballs on a pan in the oven heated to 350 degrees.  I flipped the meatballs over every 7-10 minutes until their internal temperatures reached 160 degrees.

Salad Ingredients:
  • 1 3/4 (440 grams) cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground sumac, plus more for garnish (didn't use it, tasted great)
  • Chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • Olive oil
1. Mix everything but the oil in a small to mid-sized bowl. Very lightly smash the chickpea mixture with the back of a fork or potato masher - this ends up looking more like a course chop than puree. I tend to leave mine pretty chunky.
2. Dress the chickpeas with a drizzle of olive oil and stir to combine. Adjust seasoning to taste.
 

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