Saturday, July 30, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
Anthropologie Highest Accolades Dress
J Crew Factory Short Sleeve Bouquet Cardigan
Silver Sam and Libby Flats
DIY Necklace (yes I have mad skilz)
Michael Kors Crossbody Sling Pouch (on chair)
Today is the demo debate for week one of middle school debate camp. Parents are watching. I chose to look adorable and like a winner.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Anthropologie Precious Materials Cardigan
J Crew Perfect Fit Tee in Black
J Crew Denim Pencil Skirt
Katie and Kelly Black Slides
Today the middle schoolers in my debate camp lab started calling me "Miss Pillsbury". I can now die happy.
We just got back from delicious Ethiopian food at Addis Ababa in Silver Spring. We had the Silver Spring Special--I can't tell you what anything that we ate was called (well except the baklava) but it was really good.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
The meatball recipe made 18 medium-sized meatballs, and I made an entire package of the pasta, so we'll have plenty of leftovers for lunch this week. A good thing, because I'm working at a middle school debate camp this week and next so I need something easy to pack along for lunch, and this fits the bill.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Our basement has a certain 70s flair, no? Love that wood paneling!
I didn't really finish the guest room cleanup...still a work in progress. I did try on a bunch of fall clothes and sort stuff for consignment, so that felt like an accomplishment.
It's weird to have a weekend to myself. I have weekends where I'm traveling for work (which are really hectic) and I have weekends at home (slower pace but somehow I get nothing done) but a weekend spent mostly by myself is a rare occasion and I have to say I really enjoyed it (though I do miss the hub/kiddo A LOT)!
Friday, July 22, 2011
So imagine my surprise when I won THESE BABIES RIGHT HERE, in a contest on the Target Addict blog!
I think we can all attest to what a giant Target Addict I am (hello stash of plastic bags in my kitchen), and now I have the turquoise bobby pins to prove it! Just the thing for keeping my extra-annoying bangs out of my eyes while I grow out my hair this summer.
Hooray Target Addict! Target Addict, yay!
Thursday, July 21, 2011
What am I planning on doing with those days? Such glamorous activities as:
*Cutting debate evidence
*Trying on fall clothes to figure out what fits, what needs alteration and what goes to consignment (I have lost 22 pounds since last fall so this is kind of important)
*Cleaning and organizing the house before crazy (uh, I mean, "debate") season starts
In preparation, I re-skimmed this book. (Yes, I am the sort of person who reads books about how to get rid of things, judge away.)
I also enjoyed this post, by the author of the book. In addition to being the kind of person who reads books about clutter, I am the kind of person who starts a big project, gets 3/4 of the way through it, and then gets frustrated and either throws everything away (only to need something I tossed 3 days later), puts everything "away" (not in it's place but willy-nilly), or just leaves everything laying out where I put it (bed in the guest room covered with my clothes, I'm looking at you). Which ends up making life MORE stressful, not less stressful, which is kind of the opposite of the goal. So I guess the advice to start small and manageable is good.
My frustration areas are definitely the basement (arghghghhghghhh giant basement playroom, I kind of hate you because there is so much OPEN SPACE for mess) and the guest room (which is really my closet that happens to have a bed in it). I'm planning on starting in the guest room first (it's the most urgent because Tom's mom is coming to visit in a week and needs that bed, and it also coincides with my other goal of trying on clothes). I'll try to remember to take before/after pictures for you to gawk at...maybe my mess will make you feel better about YOUR mess!
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Daisy's White Trash Meatloaf (Now with fewer steps!)
Half an onion (red, white, yellow, whatever you like)
Half a bell pepper (I use green because there's a lot of red ingredients in this)
5-6 baby carrots (or probably 2 adult carrots)
1 lb of ground meat (as lean as possible so it's not all greasy)
1 jar of spaghetti sauce
Bread crumbs--about a cup though if you're trying to stretch this for more leftovers, you could add more
Cooking oil spray
Preheat oven to 375. Mince onion, pepper, carrots, and garlic and throw in a mixing bowl. Add 1 lb of ground meat (I use turkey because it's cheaper than lean ground beef and probably better for us), half a jar of spaghetti sauce, 2 eggs, and about a cup of bread crumbs (if you don't have any crush up some crackers--I did it with goldfish crackers once, the meatloaf was a weird orange color but other than that totally fine). Meatloaf recipes say to mix it with your hands but I think that's gross so I just mix it up with a wooden spoon, and then dump it in an 8x8 square glass pan that I've sprayed with cooking spray. Spread it around so the top is fairly flat, and then put some more spaghetti sauce on top. Bake for an hour, remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes.
In this recipe the veggies will still be fairly crunchy. If this bothers you, you could add a little water and microwave them for a minute or two, or you could saute them in white wine or in a tiny little bit of olive oil. Personally, I like the crunch. We salt and pepper after cooking but if you want to put some in before go for it. You could sub out the spaghetti sauce for BBQ sauce (I've done it before, it was good but I like this better) or if you're feeling decadent, put some bacon on top before cooking.
We served this with spinach sauteed in olive oil. Not gonna lie, it was pretty good.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
I was shopping with Kelsey today and saw these in Kohls. There is no way I should want these shoes. I should look at them, write them off as stripper-gear, and buy another pair of ballet flats. My style tends toward the vintage-y, very feminine, verging on matronly. These are a pair of 4 inch heels with a 1 inch platform in "silver glitter" (I swear to God that was the color on the box...though it was actually more of a multicolored glitter).
Me: WOW! Look at these!
Kelsey: Shiny... ::tries to walk away::
Me: I kind of want them.
Kelsey: Really? ::long pause:: But what would you do with them?
Me: Wear them.
Me: I dunno, class? Debate tournaments?
Kelsey: Yup, great idea. You should definitely buy them so you can fall down at debate tournaments in them.
Me: They are only $30...
So I took a picture for posterity instead. SPARKLY SHOES! I MISS YOU!
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
I am the Oprah of this blog. It helps that I'm the founder and sole poster. If instead of a blog I had a TV show, and instead of being made of chocolate covered almonds, I was made of money, I would give you all this stuff. (Evvvvvverybody gets a Mark Harmon!) Bad news: not the case. Good news: I'm pretty cheap so all this stuff is reasonably priced.
Tazo Passion Tea. Uh, yum. Double yum when iced and mixed with Trader Joe's Low Calorie Pink Lemonade (see below, I really tried to post them together but blogger wasn't having it) as a sort of homemade "shaken unsweetened passion tea lemonade" which is the pretentiouns non-caffeinated beverage I order at Starbucks during the warmer months. (As soon as September hits I will be drinking enough Caramel Apple Spices to keep the apple industry afloat.)
The first time I wore this mascara one of the other professors in my department was like, "did you get eyelash extensions?!?" And I batted my newly giant eyelashes at her and said "nope, new mascara". I accidentally wore the washable version today and smeared it under my eye in like 12 seconds flat. Humidity sucks, yo. So waterproof is the way to go in the summer.
Trader Joe's Low Calorie Pink Lemonade. What wouldn't be delicious about this? The Low Calorie part? Girl, don't worry...I don't know what they used but it doesn't taste watery or like weird chemicals. (Upon consultation of the label, they're using a mix of sugar and truvia, which appears to be a plant-based sweetener.) It's actually almost too sweet so I either mix it with the Passion Tea or cut it with 50% water. YUM!
OPI Melon of Troy. Not streaky, not too orange, not too pink, not too dark, not too light. I will stop writing a Dr. Seuss book about my nail polish now. But get this, it's the perfect coral and the name was kind of witty.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
2 pints Brussels sprouts (1 1/2 lbs)
3-4 Pork Tenderloins, cubed
2 TBSP margarine or butter
1/2 cup nonfat half & half
2 T Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp ground thyme
1/2 tsp salt
Chili powder or cajun seasoning
Cook sprouts in large amount of rapidly boiling salted water until tender, about 9-12 minutes.
While Brussels sprouts are boiling, take 3-4 pork tenderloins, cubed.
Toss with some chili powder or cajun seasoning and saute in olive oil until done.
Drain sprouts immediately in colander; hold under cold running water to stop cooking. Cut in quarters lengthwise.
Melt butter in large non-stick skillet. Add cream, mustard, thyme and salt. Cook over high heat, stirring often until thickened, about 4 minutes.
Add sprouts and pork; toss lightly to coat with cream. Cook just until heated through.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
J Crew Jackie Sweater, Perfect Tee, Bermudas, and Silk Tie Belt
Friday, July 8, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Monday, July 4, 2011