Friday, July 25, 2014

Weekly Eats: Comfort Food

It wasn't my intention to make this a comfort food-heavy week, but that's how it turned out. (And yes, Mexican food is TOTALLY comfort food in my opinion.) 

1. Fried Pork Chops from Six Sisters' Stuff with corn on the cob and mashed potatoes. Sometimes you just have to have a good old fashioned meat and potatoes meal. Or at least we do. (Tip: Butter the heel or a stale piece of bread to easily spread butter on corn.)

1. Chicken Noodle Casserole. This is a Rachael Ray recipe that is usually made with ground turkey. It's a favorite around my house; Aaron requests it fairly often. I had some shredded chicken in the freezer left over from another recipe, so I used in in place of the turkey. Aaron still prefers the turkey, but I think I like the chicken just as well. Jona was a fan of this one too. 

3. Crock Pot Sesame Honey Chicken from Skinnytaste. Coming home to a meal that's already pretty much done is the best. This one had great flavor too! (Tip: My sister-in-law Gennie taught me a trick for shredding meat quickly and easily. Take fairly good-sized chunks of whatever meat you're shredding, and put them in the bowl of a stand mixer. Use the paddle attachment, turn it on, and in just seconds you have shredded meat! Pretty cool, right?)

4. Eating out: Mexican food extravaganza. Over the weekend we visited Los Tules and Ponak's, two of our favorite Mexican joints. Juevos rancheros at Los Tules, fried beef tacos at Ponak's. Both were equally delicious, but the showstopper was (and always is) the Ponak's margarita. 

What have you been eating this week? 
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Stripes and Floral, Floral and Stripes

I think it's safe to say that I'm getting my [mom's] money's worth out of this blazer. It's striped (my favorite!), lightweight, and it goes with everything. Inspired by Anne's "Stripes Plus" post, I thought I'd pair it with another print for a little "stripes plus" myself. In this case, the "plus" is floral, and since I have more floral than stripes, does that mean it's "floral plus"? Hmm. 

What are your favorite prints to mix? 

Striped blazer: Gap Outlet; navy floral dress: Loft; sandals: Target

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Jona's Adventures in Kansas City: Nelson Museum & City Market

This summer we've been trying to take advantage of all that Kansas City has to offer. There are so many free, kid-friendly places to visit; Jona has been on quite a few Kansas City adventures, and he's not even one yet. 

Last weekend, Jona and I met up with my friend Becky and her precious little girl Madeline. We decided these babies needed a little culture in their lives so we took them to the Nelson Atkins Art Museum. We explored the gardens outside the museum, posed them for photos in front of the giant shuttlecocks, ate at the museum's cafe, and oh yeah, looked at some art too. 

left and bottom right photo courtesy of Becky

On Saturday morning, Aaron and I took Jona to the Kansas City farmer's market. The weather was surprisingly perfect, and the city market was unsurprisingly jam-packed. We lucked out on a close parking spot, strolled around for a while and picked up some fruits and vegetables to go with our meals for the week. 

What adventures have you been on this summer? 
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Dress, Vest, Done

Last week was a short work week for me; I stayed home with Jona on Monday and Friday. I absolutely loved my time spent at home, but the extra time away from work last week made for a busy day of catching up yesterday. 

For days I know will be crazy, I try to dress simply. I chose this printed maxi dress layered with a vest (#coldofficeproblems) and called it good. I didn't have to do any advance planning, I knew these layers would work together. And that was one less thing to worry about. Any simpler, and I could be on one of those new reality shows about naked people. (What is it with all these naked shows? Naked Dating, Buying Naked, Naked and Afraid... Really America? Is it that bad? Will we really watch anything on TV? Don't answer that.)

How does your schedule affect your choice of outfits? 

Cargo vest: Old Navy (emphasis on old); maxi dress: Target; orange sandals: Old Navy, #WWWSummer30 layer a sleeveless vest
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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Orange Print Shorts 2 Ways

Usually by this point in the summer, I'm dying to buy new shorts because I keep wearing the same pairs over and over. This summer hasn't been consistently hot enough yet to wear out my shorts. This weekend's rising temperatures did make me reach for this printed pair a couple of times. Here's how I styled these orange printed shorts 2 ways this weekend.

Look 1: Bold Print Mix.  Inspired by the Inspiration Monday photo at Two Birds, I paired these shorts with a paisley print button up. I wasn't sure if the patterns would work together, but I actually loved how it turned out. Print mixing can sometimes be tricky, but there are a couple of reasons why I think this particular mix worked. One, the patterns are two different sizes, so they aren't competing with each other. Two, the color palettes are similar: the orange color is found in both the shirt and shorts. 

Paisley shirt: thrifted J.Crew; orange print shorts: Loft; belt: Loft; flats: Target

Look 2: Simple Classic. The second time I wore these shorts, I let their print and color stand out by pairing them with a basic white button up. I love the combination of orange and turquoise, so I added simple turquoise sandals and earrings to complete the look. 

White button-up: Gap Outlet; orange print shorts: Loft; earrings: Old Navy; sandals: Old Navy; #WWWSummer30 "Give some personality to your basic white button down shirt" 


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Friday, July 18, 2014

Weekly Eats: Home Run Recipes

This has been a pretty successful dinner week I'd say. I took a risk and tried out three new recipes this week, and amazingly we loved all of them. 


1. Crockpot Brown Sugar Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin from Food 52. This was my first time making pork tenderloin in the slow cooker, and shut the front door! It was amazing. Seriously, you've got to make this. The pork was lean, tender, and FULL of flavor thanks to the delicious glaze it's basted with during the last hour that it slow cooks. (Don't be turned off by the idea of making a glaze. It was so easy.) Yum.

2. Pork Quesadillas. We made extra pork in the slow cooker so that we could use the leftovers for the easiest weeknight meal: quesadillas. We kept them simple with just meat and cheese, but you could throw in anything you want. It's a great way to use up leftover meat. Jona was in heaven over these, he gobbled his bites right up! 

3. Chicken Parmesan Minis from Six Sisters' Stuff. Essentially, these were meatballs, and I love a good meatball. I used ground turkey instead of chicken since I had some hanging around my freezer. The best part of these: a little cube of mozzarella cheese hidden in the middle that melts and gets all oozy and gooey. These were also a hit with the kiddo. I served them up with pasta with marinara sauce and green beans. (Tip: to save time, throw the green beans into the water with the pasta when it's about 5 or so minutes from being done. No need to boil water twice!) 

4. Grilled Szechuan Chicken Skewers from It's a Keeper. I can't take credit for this one; Aaron grilled the chicken and basted it with the spicy sauce. He even alternated the red and yellow peppers on the skewers so they looked pretty! Sometimes grilled chicken can be boring, but this one was just the opposite. Another winner.

What have you been eating this week? 
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Outfit Formula: Print Skirt, Simple Tee, Cardigan

Although I love being creative with my wardrobe and coming up with new outfits to blog about, sometimes I find myself repeating an outfit "formula". Without even thinking about it, I repeated once such formula twice this week: printed pull-on skirt + simple tee + lightweight cardigan. Today I kept the color palette neutral, and added color with my accessories. 

Do you find yourself repeating outfit formulas too? What's a favorite of yours?

#WWWSummer30 Master the scarf-as-headband look.

White cardigan: Loft; navy t-shirt: J.Crew Factory; dotted chambray skirt: Merona, Target; earrings: Etsy; yellow sandals: Steve Madden via DSW

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