Monday, April 14, 2014

Mixtape Monday: the Milky Way

This is a playlist of indie-electronic songs, covers, and remixes that I've collected lately. At 15+ songs, it's a pretty good one...

1. Cheap Sunglasses (feat. Matthew Koma) - RAC
2. PRIME - Allie X
3. It's Not Right But It's Okay (Whitney Houston cover) - CHVRCHES
4. I.O.U. - Fol Chen
5. Chloroform (Sleigh Bells Remix) - Phoenix
6. Seasons (Waiting On You) - Future Islands
7. Comrade (All Tiny Creatures Remix) - Volcano Choir
8. When We're Fire - Lo-Fang
9. Sexual Healing (Kygo Remix) - Marvin Gaye
10. Julian - Say Lou Lou
11. I See Fire (Kygo Remix) - Ed Sheeran
12. I Need You - M83
13. Wait (Kygo Remix) - M83
14. Caravan (Kygo Remix) - Passenger
15. Easy - Son Lux
16. Yellow Bird - Pretty Lights
17. Hero -Frank Ocean + Mick Jones + Paul Simonon + Diplo

listen here.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Morning Muesli with Golden Raisins & Almonds

Morning Muesli with Golden Raisins & Almonds Morning Muesli with Golden Raisins & Almonds Morning Muesli with Golden Raisins & Almonds
I just shaved off a few minutes of my morning routine by making this overnight muesli. Now all I have to do for breakfast is take out a bowl from the fridge and stir. It's a winning combination of oats and yogurt with a hint of honey. The possibilities are endless with this one - you can substitute all sorts of dried fruit and nuts - whatever you have on hand. Not to mention, this breakfast is full of protein and fiber. 

Morning Muesli with Golden Raisins & Almonds
(adapted from Super Natural Everyday by Heidi Swanson)
3 cups rolled old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup roasted almonds
1/2 cup golden raisins, plus more to serve
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/4 tsp sea salt
plain yogurt
chia seeds

1. Toss together oats, almonds, raisins, wheat germ and salt in a large bowl. Store in an airtight container/jar until you are ready to use it. 
2. For each serving, spoon 1/2 cup yogurt into a bowl and thin with 1/4 cup water. Stir in 1/2 dry muesli, desired amount of chia seeds, and honey to sweeten slightly. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit in fridge overnight. Add extra raisins when ready to eat. 

Serves 6-8
Morning Muesli with Golden Raisins & Almonds
Do you have any new breakfast ideas?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Barbara Kitallides

Currently admiring these violently, colorful works by Barbara Kitallides
They're so full of passion and warmer temperatures. All I want is to live inside these paintings right now. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Mixtape Mondays: {another} Alt-Country

Neko with a car again 

Yes, it does seem like Neko Case is my poster child for all things alt-country. But lately it's been Caitlin Rose who has been getting me back into this genre, and if you're into this sort of thing then you most certainly need to give her latest album a listen. 

1. City Swan - Neko Case
2. Are You Ready to Die - Cary Ann Hearst
3. Hail Hail - Shovels & Rope
4. The Charging Sky - Jenny Lewis with The Watson Twins
5. Tears of Gold - Ryan Adams
6. Dallas - Caitlin Rose
7. Care of You - Shannon Stephens
8. I'm From Nowhere - Neko Case
9. Move On - Jet
10. Everywhere I Go - Caitlin Rose
11. Lady Adelaide - Benjamin Gibbard
12. Say Goodbye - Beck
13. Two Hearts - Ryan Adams
14. Lady Love Me - The Watson Twins

hear 'em:

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Jambalaya Casserole

Jambalaya Casserole
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French Quarter Jambalaya Casserole 
Because I was born and spent my childhood in New Orleans, I use every chance I get to take "ownership and authority" on all things NOLA. I can be pretty annoying about it. I'm like that kid you went to middle school with, who lived in England for 2 years and acts like they developed an accent and years of culture and memories. Even though they were like, 6. Yeah, I'm that person. 
It helps that New Orleans was the city both my parents ever lived in the longest, so even though they weren't natives, it's still very much apart of our family history and personality. My parents actually went back to NOLA a few weeks ago and out of jealousy of their visit, I decided to make some Jambalaya. Typically you'd add crawfish to this Cajun dish, but being in Chicago and on a budget, I substituted the crawfish for shrimp. This recipe is from an old family friend, and you won't believe how simple it is. For how good it tastes, it's embarrassing how easy it is to put together. 

Jambalaya Casserole
1 lb Jimmy Dean Hot Pork Sausage, cooked and drained
1 lb crawfish tails, or uncooked shrimp
2 cups Uncle Ben's Converted White Rice (uncooked)
1 14-oz can beef broth
 1 10.5 oz can Campbell's French Onion Soup
1 8oz can tomato paste
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 stick butter, cut into small chunks

Mix together all ingredients in a 9X13 glass casserole dish. Bake for 1 hour at 375° stirring halfway through. 

See, I told you it's embarrassingly easy. Perfect for a dinner party - fix it and forget it (for an hour).
Don't forget the crusty French bread and Hurricanes. 
Accordion Jambalaya Casserole
street art Jambalaya Casserole

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Luna by Bombay Bicycle Club

I had no idea when I posted this playlist featuring the song "Luna" by Bombay Bicycle Club and vintage photos of synchronized swimmers, that the video for said song was actually of synchronized swimmers dancing in the water (the hues and color palettes in this video also match those vintage photos). I had a minor freakout moment when I put that all together. 
Anyways, this video is so well done and just makes me happy. Super original. 
Do yourself a favor and get a copy of Bombay Bicycle Club's latest album, featuring this song and many amazing others. It's all I've been listening to this past month. 

Also, check out the Bollywood inspired video for their single "Feel"

Monday, March 31, 2014

Mixtape Monday: Acoustic Spring

Today it was 64 degrees. I haven't felt that since maybe October. My goodness it was glorious! Here's a playlist to honor Spring - pure, dainty, and acoustic. 

1. The Moon Song (ft. Ezra Koenig) - Karen O (from Her)
2. Brand New Shoes - She & Him
3. Clean Slate - M. Ward
4. Interlude II - alt-J
5. London - She & Him
6. Gatekeeper - Feist
7. There's a Key - M. Ward
8. You're the One that I Want - Angus & Julia Stone
9. Clean Getaway - Maria Taylor
10. Dream in the Dark - A Fine Frenzy
11. Sodom, South Georgia - Iron & Wine

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Chickpea Curry with Coconut Brown Rice

Chickpea Curry with Coconut Brown Rice
Chickpea Curry with Coconut Brown Rice
At first when I made this DELICIOUS, tender, vegetable curry, I thought wow, this is really healthy. Then I realized it's healthy to the max, being both gluten-free and vegan. Again, WOW. Mind-blown. It's so freakin' good, I'm making it again soon... 

Chickpea Curry with Coconut Brown Rice
(adapted from this recipe)
2 cups instant brown rice
1-14oz can light coconut milk
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 onion, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
2 tablespoons red curry paste
1 tablespoon curry powder
12-oz sugar snap peas, cut into thirds
1-14oz can light coconut milk
1 cup water
2-14oz cans chickpeas
crushed red pepper for heat

1. To make rice, cook brown rice using coconut milk, water, coconut oil and salt according to package directions. 
2. While rice is cooking, heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the coconut oil. Stir in the onion, red peppers, salt and pepper and stir to toss. Cover and cook until the vegetables have slightly softened, about 5 minutes. 
3. Add in the garlic, ginger, curry paste, and curry powder. Stir to coat. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
4. Add in the peas, coconut milk, and water. Increase heat and bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the chickpeas and cook for 5 minutes more. Taste and season additionally if desired.

Serve hot curry over a bed of rice and enjoy - keeps in the fridge for several days! 
Chickpea Curry with Coconut Brown Rice

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Spring Pins {Pinterest}

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Just daydreaming of 60-something degree weather and blooming trees over here
Chicago snow, you're drunk, time to go home.
Asparagus Potato Salad with Tarragon Salsa Verde {pin it / source} // Edible Flower Cake {pin it / source}

Monday, March 24, 2014

Mixtape Monday: Workout 4.0

I've been hitting the gym a lot lately and here's what's been keeping me going:

1. Fancy (feat. Charli XCX) - Iggy Azalea (must see the Clueless-themed music video)
2. Countdown - Beyonce
3. Till the World Ends - Britney Spears
4. Aura - Lady Gaga
5. Bring The Noise - M.I.A.
6. Crown On the Ground - Sleigh Bells
7. Carry Me - Bombay Bicycle Club
8. Matangi - M.I.A.
9. High Road (Baio Remix) - Cults
10. Venus - Lady Gaga (LOVING her new video, feat. this song and starring the Bravo housewives) 
11. Your New Beloved - Lovelife
12. Bridges - Broods
13. Nothing But Trouble - Phantogram

for more workouts: 1.0 | 2.0 | 3.0 
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