Month: January 2014

Let’s try fashion…

Don’t laugh… I have zero sense of style but I also love, love, LOVE fashion. I follow lots of fashion blogs (The Sweetest Thing, Extra Petite, and The Northeast Girl are a few of my faves) and hope that I will magically be able to pull off their looks (or afford their clothes) but for some reason I feel silly when I try to be fashionable!

So, here’s my first attempt at a post about fashion. Here’s the catch: I haven’t yet taken any #OOTD (outfit of the day) pics specifically for the blog so I’ve collected some relatively recent pictures of outfits to discuss. In future fashion posts I hope to be able to link to all pieces and take better pictures! My apologies for the blurries and lack of info on some of the clothes, but let’s give this a shot! Also, don’t make fun of my funny faces… I didn’t tell myself that I’d be publishing these in a blog one day.

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Picture 1: this is a look I nabbed straight from the Northeast girl’s blog! The boots are Frye Tall Paige Riding Boots that I’ve had for about three years – a staple of my Fall wardrobe! The sweater is Loft, sold out, but similar here. The plaid shirt is a very old Old Navy find, but plaid is my new obsession so I’m thinking about getting this one on sale!. The jeans are also old, but Gap still makes them: Always Skinny. They’re great quality jeans but I don’t consider them truly skinny – the ankle opening is pretty substantial. However, I wear them all the time and think they’re flattering!

Picture 2: Same Frye boots and Gap jeans as above, this time with a top I got at the Banana Republic Factory store and a scarf I honestly can’t remember where I purchased! Navy/nautical stripes are really hot right now so a similar top should be easy to find, but here’s a really cute b&w peplum style from J.Crew. I think my look would be cute with a mustard colored scarf or jacket!

Picture 3: Target special! Neither of these pieces are available at Target any longer, so I hesitated to even post this one. However, because I think Chambray should be a staple in every girl’s wardrobe I decided to go ahead with it! I found this skirt literally hanging all by her lonesome on a clearance rack in Target (when, of course, all I had gone in for was a few groceries and a birthday card – I can’t help it that clothes are between those two things!). I bought it without knowing what I would pair with it or even if I could get away with wearing it to work. When I got home I tried it with a few cardigans but finally settled on my trusty Chambray (also on clearance from Target a few weeks fine, days, earlier).

Stay tuned for outfits 4-6… we have another snow day tomorrow! Be safe out there!

Snow Day & Enchiladas!

Snow Day & Enchiladas!

Okay, so if you haven’t heard about all of the snow down South, you live under a rock. I also want to know where this rock is so I can come visit to get away from my mother in law. You know, when I get a MIL. Although, I’m sure my MIL will be *splendid*. Moving on…

We got to leave work at 11:30 yesterday because the forecast went from “light dusting” to “EVERYBODY PANIC!” It took everyone I know anywhere from two hours to never-made-it-past-the-hill-let’s-turn-this-party-bus-around to get home. Thankfully, I chose some very random back roads to weave my way home and, by the grace of God, I made it without incident. If the conditions hadn’t been so dangerous, it actually would have been a beautiful scene. I love how quiet everything is when there’s a layer of snow on it!

Eventually, work announced that there would be no work today and I immediately did my happy SNOW DAY dance! Of course, it was tempered by my “and also Lord, I pray for those who are currently stranded on the interstate” dance. Because whoa, there were lots of people stranded in lots of places. My brother and sis-in-law were stuck at their respective places of employment overnight while many others were peeing in bottles in their cars (because yes, that’s what I think of… where will they pee?!) until traffic cleared up.

Anyway, with an impending mid-week snow day, I decided it would be the perfect time to attempt a new recipe a friend had passed along. Baked enchiladas filled with cheese and salsa and chicken! My friend’s exact recipe is in this post below, but here is how it went down for me:

First, don’t forget to grease the pan. I’m not confirming or denying that this happened to me, but should it happen to you, it might suck. Grease the pan.

Second, the recipe calls for 6-inch tortillas. Those are wee baby tortillas. I couldn’t find that size in the flour variety (and let’s be real, flour tortillas > corn tortillas). So I ended up with four pretty big enchiladas rather than 6-8 that the recipe predicts. All was good in the hood; the chicken filling is pre-cooked so the size of your enchiladas is moot, irrelevant, innocuous.. I could go on, but I won’t.

You know I didn’t use onions because, let’s say it together, onions are evil. But do whatever you want, I won’t judge.

I used a rotisserie chicken from Publix and it was delish. I recommend.

Verdict: semi-success. These were a little bland. I might try this recipe one more time with a few tweaks (my fingers wanted to type “twerks” there, why?). For one, better salsa from a local Mexican restaurant. Also, I might look harder for smaller tortillas. I think having more enchiladas in the [greased] pan, pushed against one another while baking, covered in better salsa would actually make these turn out more like enchiladas than just hot soft tacos. I ended up sprinkling Tony Chachere’s on it to kick up the salt and the spice, because hey, I put it on everything anyway. The best news is: this is a super easy recipe to customize your way!

Here’s the recipe:

1 Medium onion / chopped
2 Tbs margarine
1-2 cups shredded chicken (about 2 cooked breasts or buy pre-cooked)
1 12-16oz jar of salsa
3oz cream cheese
1 tsp cumin
2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
8 6inch flour tortillas

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Cook onion in margarine until tender. Stir in chicken, 1/4 cup of salsa, cream cheese, and cumin. Cook until thoroughly heated. Stir in one cup of cheddar cheese.
Spoon 1/3 cup of mixture in center of tortilla, roll up, and place seam down into greased 12×7 dish. Top with remaining salsa and shredded cheese
Bake for 15 minutes

Serving suggestion: serve with iceberg lettuce salad with tomato and cucumber.

Resolution Success!

Resolution Success!

So I’m terrible at drinking water. I’m a child. I just don’t like it. Also, strangely enough, cold water aggravates my asthma (recently diagnosed with adult-onset; still navigating all that fun stuff). But water is SO GOOD for you and I believe in setting attainable resolutions. Eight glasses of water a day? Seems reasonable…

…if you don’t mind peeing every 20 minutes. Really. This is taking some getting used to. I bought a 32oz nalgene water bottle off Amazon (for some reason I feel the need to justify my Prime membership by ordering something at least once a week. Is that weird?) It was around $12 but they also have other sizes for less. I prefer the wide-mouth style because I can put ice in it (if I feel like challenging my asthma to a duel) and it’s easier to fill IMO. I drink two of these a day.

The best thing ever, though is a trick I found on Pinterest. If you write an hourly schedule right on your water bottle, you can more easily pace yourself throughout the day. I keep it on my desk at work and I actually really enjoy keeping up with the schedule. You end up only drinking a few ounces an hour and depending on what time you start, you’ll be finished by 9:00pm. Hopefully you won’t have to get up to pee during the night (because seriously, nothing pisses me off more than waking up to piss). I’ve seen some people who write an AM schedule on one bottle and a PM bottle on a second bottle – that’s dumb. Put it on the same bottle and just fill it up twice.

Verdict: Success! This seems so elementary, but I promise it has made all the difference in achieving my goal. Maybe it’s purely psychosomatic, but after only a week (bite me, I started my resolutions late this year) I swear I feel better.

Weekend Projects

Weekend Projects

My brother, [who abandoned me by moving an hour away last year… and then had a kid… which means my nephew is also an hour away… which means my brother is high on my ish list…] whom I love dearly, occasionally gets time to come and visit me. Mostly, I tell him that his to-do list has grown and he needs to MAKE time before it gets out of control.

This past weekend was no exception. After spending $200 [sheezus] at Lowe’s, we: fixed a dead plug in my kitchen, sealed a hole in the weather stripping in my front door, put my Christmas decorations (that were never actually placed over my mantel with care, oops) back in the attic, replaced the globe on my back porch ceiling fan (that broke after my brother and I had an argument about how secure it was/wasn’t the last time he was here. NOTE: I was right), replaced some burned out light bulbs (because what good is a man if he can’t help you do that?), and measured some back yard space for a future raised garden bed (more on that later!).

Also, as you can see in the picture above, we (okay he) installed some led rope lights around my back porch! I used to think these were skating rink cheesy when I saw them as exposed light fixtures. However, on my back porch, I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out! They cast a warm, soft glow over the whole porch (enough to give me good aim should anyone else try to break in, so try it suckers), but it’s not enough light to come through closed blinds into the house or annoy the neighbors.

Verdict: A very expensive, though productive weekend. Success! Although, brother was not interested in eating my one pan pasta because, “he a man. He need meat.”

One Pan Pasta!

One Pan Pasta!

This weekend I decided to make a dish inspired by my friend, Sara. I love anything I can throw together in one pan and she said it was tasty enough that she would make it again – that’s a good enough review for me to give it a try!

Because I’m a single gal, I halved the recipe (click my photo to be taken to Martha Stewart’s recipe) so I wouldn’t have leftovers for days. I’m not crazy about re-heating pasta… or tomatoes for that matter.

Also, I hate basil so I used spinach. I used chicken broth instead of water (hellleeww water is blah). I left out the onions because onions are EVIL. Annnd I added corn because who doesn’t love corn??

The verdict: Other than the fact that I added too much red pepper (my lips were on FIYAH), it was tasty!! I think next time I’ll add some mushrooms and maybe some shrimp or chicken. Halving the recipe gave me enough for a full plate plus a full plate of leftovers. Success.

“All discarded lovers should be given a second chance, but with somebody else” – May West

The intent of the heading of this post was to parlay into a whispy and witty first-ever blog about new beginnings and taking better care of myself and keeping record of it in a public forum for accountability.  I went searching for quotes on the ever-inspiring internet and instead found something smart-asstastic by May West.  Perfect.

Okay but really.  Let’s get to it.  What you might find on this blog: anything.  (Read: I haven’t decided.)  I just think all of you deserve to take a peak into my uber exciting spinster lifestyle in real time.  Sometimes I travel, sometimes I cook, sometimes I sit on the couch and watch an entire television series on Netflix in one sitting (I’m not kidding, not even a little).  Sometimes I take on projects and fail miserably (like the other night I decided to make a fancy grilled cheese on my George Foreman grill and all the fancy cheese got squeezed out.  Then I realized I forgot to put the drip tray under the grill so all the fancy cheese ended up on my countertop.  All the while I’m thinking “this George Foreman grill smells an awful lot like my hair crimper from 1989.  I wonder if that’s where he got the idea to crimp my fancy grilled cheese sandwich all over my damn countertop?” I digress…) And sometimes my projects go really well! (I don’t have an example of that yet.) 

So yeah.  That’s what we’re all here for.  To witness the ups and downs of a 30-year old, Human Resourcerer (I just made that up and I like it), cat loving, single woman as she tries to navigate life after earning her master’s degree and realizing she has nothing to fill her time and needs hobbies [and/or a sugar daddy] so she doesn’t get really fat or adopt more cats.