Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Goodbye Party


As you both know, one of my San Francisco "sisters" just moved to the Windy City. Before she packed up and shipped out, we held a goodbye party at her fabulous apartment.

Take a look at a few of the photos of our little gathering!

Wish you guys could have been there :(

the setup before the party began


jan's favorite dessert: donuts!

sprinkles make everything better!

miss you Janny boo!

sammy and janny
a little toast for the three best friends

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Reckless Abandon


You have to check out this blog from a fellow Jayhawk called Reckless Abandon .  I must admit I am not the most domestic lady you will find, but with my new lovely apartment and gorgeous kitchen staring at me daily I have decided that my new task is to teach myself to cook.  Slowly but surely I am adding tricks to my repertoire and I feel like Amy Adams character, from Julie and Julia.   

This blog is a great source of inspiration and resources for the type of food I like to cook.  With a positive attitude and the right resources I think I just might be able to do it.  This was my adventure Wednesday evening, another delight from Reckless Abandon with just a few of my own tweaks along the way.

Spinach Stuffed Chicken with Blistered Tomatoes

- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

-2 Tbsp light Boursin cheese ( I substituted Light Laughing Cow)

-3 Tbsp thawed and drained frozen spinach

-1 Tbsp dried minced onion (If you prefer less spice, like myself nix the onion and go with an herb cheese)

-1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

-salt and pepper to taste

-1/4 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved

-2 Tbsp olive oil, divided

-Assorted Vegetables (I used asparagus and home grown zucchini)

In a small bowl mix cheese, spinach and spices.  Slice chicken breasts to create a small pocket, carefully as to not pierce the other side.  Add 1.5 tbsp of spinach, cheese and spice mixture to pouch and use remaining top chicken. 

Side: Halve your tomatoes, slice asparagus and zucchini and put in a small bowl. Drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Put some foil on a baking sheet and place a single layer of vegetables. 

Place both chicken and vegetables in oven for 20 min (or until Chicken is thoroughly cooked) at 375 degrees.  May flip vegetables half way through if you desire.

I can not wait to go grocery shopping this weekend to whip up a little something great for next week!  I may have to try out these Skinny Dips I keep finding.

Much love!


Monday, August 22, 2011

Fancy Finger


Are you up to speed on the latest nail trend? Don't be silly and paint ALL of your nails in glitter, just one will suffice (the ring finger to be exact).

Some of my friends like to call it the "status nail"...  I like to think of it as a "fancy finger".

image via cupcakes and cashmere
Well, I finally gave in to the trend and got my nails done for a very special evening (more about that later). Guess which hand is mine.... yup you are right, the short nailed, stubby little guy...

lots of love from your fancy sister in San Fran!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Adorable Apartment


Have you read the new Lonny yet? I loved the piece they did on Lisa Stasiulewiez, the style editor for Amazon.com. In my opinion her apartment is an amazing example of a well decorated city space. Not to mention she has done it with affordable brands, which is even more inspiring!

I wonder if she will come and help me redecorate?

Lots of love from SF

Monday, August 8, 2011

Tied to Neon


I NEVER know what to do with neon, but I loved these photos from Zanita Zanita and they make neon way more accessable for me.  I think the necklace is a great concept, but maybe a bracelet is more fitting for me.  I really love the belt, it uses a carabiner as the clasp...such an easy DIY!   I might have to make a trip to some of favorite old outdoor stores and see what I can come up with.

Here is to trying new things!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Lanvin Love


As I was flipping through my magazine, the Lanvin ad caught my eye. I loved this shot:

Obviously, I then looked up the whole ad campaign!

all images shot by Steven Meisel
I wouldn't mind dancing through my work day in Lanvin. Lucky models!

Instead I will be dancin' my way through my weekend in SF :)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Quick and Delicious Dinner


Life has been very busy lately, all good stuff, but my goal of cooking more frequently has gone out the window.  Last night I couldn't stand the thought of another peanut butter sandwich or yet another night of sushi carryout, so I took myself to the grocery store.  Overwhelmed by the idea of having to come up with a menu and hating the idea of turning on the oven when its 90+ outside,  I ended up buying chicken sausage (for the grill), asparagus, 2 apples, 2 mangoes, blueberries and a carton of cottage cheese.  Thank goodness I went to the farmers market recently and had tomatoes and squash in my fridge, because I ended up with this dish.  So simple and so delicious!

Here is my "recipe":

1. Buy and unwrap your choice sausage.  I quickly picked a chicken sausage. I have tried aidells sausage before and actually prefer the portobello over the artichoke and garlic, but it did the trick.

2.  Clean and chop fresh vegetables and place them on tin foil.  Add a small amount of olive oil and salt.

3. Fold the tin foil (channel outdoor ed from 5th grade).  Place tin foil container and sausage on the grill.

Take it off the grill and enjoy!



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