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5 Things Blowing My Mind this Week

May 18, 2017
5 Things Blowing My Mind This Week

 

Hello Everybody! I wanted to share with you some of the things that have been filling my head this week. It’s been a deep thinking week. My 25th birthday looms ahead in June and I’ve been spending a lot of time pondering what I want out of life and who I want to be. It’s still a little weird to have that husband boxed checked off on my list of life goals. Here are some things that have gotten me excited, thoughtful or motivated this week!

The Handmaid’s Tale

I’ve been wanting to slow down recently . You know, read more books and less Facebook and ya’ll.  This book. First of all, The Handmaid’s Tale is free to Amazon Prime users, so if you qualify, you don’t even have to pay for it. If you’re like me, you keep hearing references to this book and is accompanying Hulu series. Also if you are like me, you probably wondered what at the fuss was about.

I’ve been curious about The Handmaid’s tale for a while, but I never knew what it was about. When I found out that it was free on Prime, I decided to take the leap. 3 days later, I’ve raced through the book and feel like I need to reread it just to process it. It is dark. It is difficult. It is so right about the way we can slowly become accustomed to injustice.  I’m surprised I never read it in college. Even though it was written in 1986, it is still troublingly relevant. I am curious about the Hulu series, but I’m not sure if I can handle it. From the sounds of it, it seems to be pretty intense. I’m sure it’s good, but I’m also sure it would put me in a funk. Anyone else seen it? What’s your take on the series?

 

Vale - Brooklyn Tweed

Vale

If you’ve notices from my Instagram, I’ve hit a bit of a knitting dry spell. I just wasn’t feeling super inspired or motivated, but that’s about to change because Brooklyn Tweed released a new yarn this week and boy, is it pretty! It’s called Vale and it’s made from Rambouillet fleece that’s supposed to be their softest yet! I’m a huge fan of all of Brooklyn Tweed’s yarns, if you haven’t noticed, so there’s no was I wasn’t going to get my hands on some of this. It was only released yesterday, so I’m still eagerly awaiting my package. I ordered some of the arabesque colorway, which is the most beautiful muted pink. It was really difficult deciding on what color I wanted, but I had to go with arabesque because of…

Gully - Brooklyn Tweed

Gully

As soon as I saw the pattern for Gully, I fell in love. The whole thing looked sooo soft and that pink fulfilled all my minimalist millenial dreams. Plus, it’s brioche, so you know it’s going to be super squishy! I’ve been wanting to hone my brioche skills, too. Want to know the best part? Gully is free with the purchase of one or more skeins of Vale! I’m hoping to hold on to these for the knit-along that Brooklyn Tweed is hosting in July, but I’m going to have a hard time keeping myself away! If you’re doing the knit-along too I’d love to know what you picked!

Modern Market - Richardson

Modern Market

As I’ve made obnoxiously clear by now; I am doing Whole 30 (for the second time). The Hubs and I went off Whole 30 and completely derailed. It was bad for my skin. It was bad for my muscles. Enter Whole 30. Enter Modern Market.

Modern Market is a chain restaurant located throughout Dallas that specializes in fresh food. I already loved them for their blueberry pesto sandwich, but I love them even more now because… They list all their ingredients online! Why is this important? Because Whole 30 severely limits the places that we can eat out without feeling really super annoying (“Um, can you tell me if the bacon was packed in sugar?”). Modern Market is totally transparent about their recipes and we can totally eat there on Whole 30!  Both their chicken and steak are Whole 30 compliant, and the sauce that goes with them is compliant too! Do you realize how rare that is? The only side that is Whole 30 compliant is the mashed sweet potatoes, so double up on those. Or go for one of the soups, the chicken chili is compliant too!

Anyone else looking for Whole 30 places to eat? What have you found?

 

Style Uniform

Style Uniforms

Ever go through one of those phases where you just feel blah about your appearance? That’s me all the time right now. Especially when it comes to work week, a lot of the time I feel like a kid playing at being an adult. Renata Briggman has gained attention for wearing the exact same outfit to work every day, and looking great while doing it. Together, she and a stylist put together a look that made her look and feel confident, and she’s been wearing that outfit ever since. It’s not the same exact clothes every day(that could get weird). Like a cartoon character, she has multiples of the same outfit. Apparently it makes getting ready in the morning super quick and easy.

I’ve been drawn to the style uniform/capsule wardrobe for a while. I don’t know that it’s in the budget to totally overhaul my closet, but I could definitely set my favorite work outfits on a weekly schedule to cut out the “nothing-to-wear” morning slowdown. That is, provided I do my laundry regularly….hmm….

Have you ever done a capsule wardrobe? Did you stick with it? Should I try it? Let me know what you think. 

That’s what’s been on my mind this week! We’ve got an exciting weekend coming up and I can hardly wait. I’ll be sure you keep you updated about my various yarn and food adventures!

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DIY Mom-osa Mother’s Day Gift

May 16, 2017
DIY "Mom-osa" Mother's Day Gift

Happy Monday Ya’ll! I hope you were good to your mothers this weekend. The Hubs and I got up early Sunday morning to drop these little mom-osas(get it?? Mom-osa?) on our momma’s porches. We dropped them off ding-dong ditch style, which worked great at my moms house. The Hubs parents, however, possess one of those ring doorbell things (also known as The All Seeing Eye of Sauron). Much harder to ding-dong ditch there… Luckily our mommas live a mile apart and 5 minutes from church(which was great when we were both living at home and dating) so we could blaze through and still make it to church in time for rehearsal. Don’t worry, we went back and spent the rest of the day with out mother’s too!

DIY "Mom-osa" Mother's Day Gift

I got the idea for these mom-osa kits from a card that The Hubs picked out for his mom. It said “You’re mimosa favorite mom!” With a card like that, there no way that I could not put together these little mimosa kits. They’re just the perfect size (especially since we’re on Whole 30 and can’t share them with our moms). Both our mothers had about a quarter of their mini wine bottle and declared themselves done for the day. Lightweights. 

Mom-osa Kit

Supplies:

-Mini Sparkling wine bottle (or can!)

-Single-serve orange juice bottle

-Cute twine, string or ribbon

-A personal note

DIY "Mom-osa" Mother's Day Gift

The concept of the mom-osa kit is simple. Take a mini bottle of sparkling wine or champagne, pair it with a single serve bottle or orange juice and tie together! Ta-da! Anyone could do it. No only do these may great Mother’s Day gifts, they also make great bridesmaid’s gifts and shower favors. Plus they’re just super cute. They’re an easy way to show someone that you’re thinking of them. They pair great with flowers, jewelry or brunch.

Did you give or get a creative Mother’s day gift this year? I’d love to hear about it!

Food Lifestyle Recipe Whole 30

Chris Pratt Inspired Cucumber Rolls

May 11, 2017
Chris Pratt Inspired Cucumber Rolls

If you are like literally everyone on the internet, you’ve probably seen the hilarious series of videos by movie star Chris Pratt, “What’s my snack?”. If you haven’t, go watch..We’ll wait.

The Hubs had been enamored with Chris Pratt of late because #lifegoals. He has been eagerly watching the “What’s my snack?” updates, and saw one that we just had to recreate. During this segment, Chris Pratt’s snack is cucumber egg rolls.

Ever since this episode, The Hubs has been itching to make his own cucumber rolls. Which means he’s been itching for me to make cucumberrolls…even though he claims to be the better cook (It’s okay. We’ll let him think that.).

Here’s how it went down:

The Hubs: I want to take those cucumber rolls for lunch on Friday but I don’t have time to make them *pouts* (He knows I’m a sucker for the pout.)

Me: Aww, that’s okay. I can make them for you.

The Hubs” *perks up* Really?? Can you?

Me: You know, you could have just asked me.

I’m pretty sure he just likes to break out the pout to see if it still works on me (Spoiler alert: It always does.)

So without further ado, here is our my recipe for Chris Pratt’s Cucumber Rolls:

Chris Pratt Inspired Cucumber Rolls

Chris Pratt Inspired Cucumber Rolls

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Recipe:

Chris Pratt Inspired Cucumber Rolls

  1. Slice your cucumber lengthwise into long flat pieces using a vegetable peeler or slicer. Set the slices on paper towels to absorb the excess moisture.Chris Pratt Inspired Cucumber Rolls
  2. Make your egg salad base. Chop up your eggs into little bits, or use one of this nifty slicers that we somehow don’t own. Mix in your mayo and dill weed to taste. Go light on the mayo here because the cucumbers have a lot of moisture and you don’t want things to get runny (ew). Also, I find that this Whole 30 mayo is suuuper salty if you use too much, so start light.Chris Pratt Inspired Cucumber Rolls
  3. Let’s get rolling! Lay 1 or 2 slices of cucumber on a flat surface like a cutting board. If you are using 2 slices, make sure they overlap and are similar in length. Spread your egg salad mixture along 2/3rds of the cucumber. Top with your alfalfa sprouts. I’m not a huge fan of alfalfa, so I didn’t use much, but feel free to use more if you’re into that kinda thing. Starting from the egg salad end, roll your cucumber slice up like a little piece of sushi. Secure with a toothpick. Repeat with remaining ingredients.Chris Pratt Inspired Cucumber Rolls
  4. Serve to your very appreciative husband.

These cucumber rolls are best eaten immediately, but can last about a day in the fridge. After that they get a little too watery from the cucumber. The best part it, these cucumber rolls are Whole 30 approved!  They make a great snack or side dish to a Whole 30 meal. I think they’d be super fun to bring to a party if you need a Whole 30 option. Any other Chris Pratt fans out there? Did you have a favorite snack from his series (Don’t say Chris is your favorite snack! I know you’re thinking it. Don’t say it!)?

Chris Pratt Inspired Cucumber Egg Rolls
Serves 3
Egg salad rolled in cucumber slices for an easy Whole 30 snack!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cucumber
  2. Alfalfa Sprouts
  3. 3-4 hard boiled eggs
  4. 2-3 tablespoons Whole 30 compliant mayo (we use Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Mayonnaise)
  5. Dill Weed to taste
Instructions
  1. Slice your cucumber lengthwise into long flat pieces using a vegetable peeler or slicer. Set the slices on paper towels to absorb the excess moisture.
  2. Make your egg salad base. Chop up your eggs into little bits, or use one of this nifty slicers that we somehow don't own. Mix in your mayo and dill weed to taste.
  3. Lay 1 or 2 slices of cucumber on a flat surface like a cutting board. If you are using 2 slices, make sure they overlap and are similar in length. Spread your egg salad mixture along 2/3rds of the cucumber. Top with alfalfa sprouts. Starting from the egg salad end, roll your cucumber slice up like a little piece of sushi. Secure with a toothpick. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
Adapted from "What's My Snack"
Adapted from "What's My Snack"
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