Currently on Repeat

Saturday, September 20, 2014


The windows are open.  The sky is cloudy.  The throw blanket is ever-so-slightly necessary.  The dog is snuggly and muffins are baking in the oven.  This song is on repeat and weekend mode is in full effect.  Happy Saturday, friends.

Beat by the Heat + a Green Smoothie

Thursday, September 18, 2014


It seems that all I can talk about lately is this heat wave we've been experiencing for the past week.  The neighborhood we live in is pretty old (well, old by California standards) so most of the houses, including ours, don't have air conditioning.  It's crazy how the extreme heat can permeate every piece of your life.  The house is hot so I don't want to get out of bed.  It's scorching outside so I don't want to walk to work.  Even the dog can't find the energy to do much besides lay under the dining room table (which, I found out after joining him down there, happens to be the coolest spot in the house.  Smart dog.)  I'm well aware that other areas of the country get way hotter/ more humid than this but this is LA and we are wusses when it comes to extreme weather of any kind.  Besides, those other areas have a/c, yes?



Cooking has been a completely elusive activity this week.  I don't even want to go near the stove and I'm scared to see on our bank statement how much money we've spent eating out just this week alone.  Pretty much the only thing I can muster up the energy to make is this green smoothie.  It's cold and refreshing and provides enough energy to sustain me on the walk to my blessed, chilly office.  I know that everyone and their mother has a green smoothie recipe on the internet these days and this one is probably quite similar to those save for one thing; I add fiber.  Most people think of fiber supplements as a necessity solely for the elderly but the truth is that not getting enough fiber in your 20's is a big nutritional mistake.  I swear my quality of life has increased immensely since adding more fiber to my diet.  I won't go into details but... just trust me on this one.


Thankfully today is a bit cooler and I'm grateful not only for myself but also for all the people in this city who work as manual laborers.  I'm not sure how they do it.



Green Smoothie
makes 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 medium banana
  • 2 Cups washed, chopped kale
  • 1/3 Cup frozen pineapple
  • A few slices frozen peach
  • 1/4 Cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Cup plain unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tsp Fiber Powder
  • 2 Tbsp flax seeds
  • handful crushed ice


Instructions

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.  Add more almond milk if desired.  Serve immediately.

5 Very Important Updates

Thursday, September 11, 2014

That shirt is probably the best gift I've ever bought.

1.  As of last weekend I am officially a member of the LA Unbound dance company!  I'm so stoked to be on stage performing again come December, even if it means I'll be wearing this.

2.  I can officially cross "Call 911 Because I Think I'm Having A Heart Attack Only To Be Told It's Probably Gas" off my bucket list.  Yeah, for real.

3. My home-brew master of a husband just won first place at the county fair for one of his beers.  (see photo above)  The beer is called "Thomas Hefferson" and it was all the paramedics could talk about as they were watching me try to convince them I was dying.  So blase.

4. I'm REALLY excited to start school.  Like, I already have my schedule mapped out and my outfit picked out and have told myself the same lie I've been telling myself for 14 years that THIS will be the year that I do things on time and don't stay up til 3 AM writing a paper that's due the next day.

5. I know I said I wasn't ready, but with news that next Monday is supposed to be 100 degrees (!!!) I'm getting a teeeensy bit jealous of those of you who are starting to enjoy Fall weather.

It's not Fall yet!

Thursday, September 4, 2014



 The internet is hardcore trippin' right now about PSLs and leggings and boots, while in LA we are currently still enduring enjoying 90+ degree weather.  I want to stand up on a building and shout "Wait! It's not time yet! We still have three more weeks!"  While I know that some people count Labor Day as the unofficial start of Fall (and end to white clothing, which is BS in my book)  this year is supposed to be an El Nino year so I am planning on rocking my summer uniform for as long as possible.  Don't get me wrong... I love Fall... cloudy mornings and hot coffee and Friendsgiving are a few of my favorite things.  But Summer is my all-time favorite season and since I don't start school until Sept 29th I'm happy to enjoy the sun (and maybe a few more beach days!) in the meantime.



I have been living in these boyfriend shorts all Summer long... they are SO comfy and I love that I can roll them to whatever length I'm feeling like at the moment.  This hat has also gotten plenty of use this year.  I bought it a couple of years ago but it wasn't until this Summer that I felt gutsy enough to wear it without feeling like a John Mayer wannabe.  It's a bit hard do see in the pictures above but don't worry, I took the most awkward self-timer-selfie of all time so that you could see the details.  You're welcome.


What about you? Are you enjoying the last few weeks of Summer or are you in Fall mode yet?

Shorts: Old Navy (currently on sale!)
Tank: Old Navy
Hat: Forever 21 (old) Similar here
Earrings: Forever 21 (old) Similar here
Sandals: Rainbow factory (if you've never owned Rainbows you must make the switch... you'll never look back)

Nextdoor

Tuesday, August 26, 2014



I recently stumbled upon a great free app called Nextdoor.  It's a private social media app for the neighborhood in which you live.  It has been such an awesome way for me to get to know the people in my neighborhood and stay informed about all the goings-on; from lost animals to suspicious activity to block parties.  It's also been an excellent resource for referrals for things like plumbers and contractors.  I'm a big fan of being an active part of my community so this has been such a neat addition to my home screen!  If you're interested you can sign up HERE.

What are some ways that you stay plugged in to your community?

Caramelized Leek & Heirloom Tomato Tart

Monday, August 25, 2014


One of my favorite things about Summer is the increased appearance of heirloom tomatoes.  There is something so fun about picking through the different varieties and picking the perfect one (for me it's typically the one with the funkiest shape- don't ask me why).



 On Saturday night Tyler and I made a long evening date of cooking a seasonal, multi-course meal which included this fantastic tart.  The combination of flavors is so comforting and it's the perfect dish to eat on the porch on a warm Summer night while sipping some wine.  Mmm... Fall, hold off a little longer please?


Caramelized Leek & Heirloom Tomato Tart
Adapted from Small Gatherings

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 leeks, white & tender green parts only, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp minced fresh basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 3 medium heirloom tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 Cup pitted Kalmata olives, coarsely chopped
  • 2-3 Tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese, to top


Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Roll out a sheet of frozen puff pastry and allow to come to room temperature.  Press into a greased pie pan or cast-iron skillet.  Set aside.
  3. Melt the butter in a saute pan over medium heat.  Add the leeks and cook until very tender, about 10 minutes.  Add the garlic and saute for another 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in basil & oregano.
  4. Spread the leek mixture evenly over the puff pastry.  Arrange the tomato slices over the entire crust, then sprinkle with the Kalmata olives and grated Parmesan cheese.  Drizzle with olive oil and bake 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown and tomatoes are bubbling.  

Planning Ahead

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Even though I am not a particularly organized person I have always LOVED planners.  In fact, I think it's precisely because I am not a particularly organized person that I love planners.  I tend to forget about things ten seconds after they are told to me so it is essential that I write everything down (I was definitely that girl in college who would show up to class having completely forgotten there was a test that day...) As the Fall quarter approaches I am on the hunt for a new, grown-up academic planner.  Here are a few that I'm currently eyeing... 


Sarah Pinto 2014-2015 Stripe Weekly Planner

Straightforward, streamlined, and classic.  This one has both monthly and weekly views, which is a must-have for me.  Plus, it's totally affordable!



I have to admit, the cover of this planner is totally what drew me in.  I'm a sucker for good design! It also has tabs so you can easily flip to the current month.  This one's a top contender.





I've heard a TON about the day designer and I'm really intrigued by it.  It's much more than a planner; it's a goal-setter, priority-maker, and dream-organizer.  While at this point in my life I can't really justify shelling out $60 for a planner it's a good one to keep in mind for the future. 





Again- simple, streamlined, and cute design.  This one is smaller than the others and could easily fit inside a purse.




This one is currently my top contender.  I was totally sold on that cover!  There are added sections for keeping track of assignments and exams, which I obviously need.  All of her designs also come in "personal" and "family" editions for those of you who are lucky enough to no longer be in school.


Do you have a planner you love?  Tell me about it in the comments, I'm always up for suggestions!