Saturday, April 30, 2016

Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Zucchini

philly cheesesteak stuffed zucchini

I try to eat meals with a heavy veggie base. Key word: try. For whatever reason I was craving a Philly Cheesesteak (mind you, I've had maybe 2 my whole life) but then saw a recipe for stuffed zucchini on Pinterest, which brings us here....

 Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Zucchini
2lbs ground beef
2 small onions, thinly sliced
2 green bell peppers, chopped
1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
Lawry's Seasoned Salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste
cayenne pepper (optional)
8oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese
4 zucchinis, cut in half and scooped out centers
provolone cheese

1. Cook the beef, onions and peppers until soft and all meat is cooked. 
2. Drain meat mixture and bring back to pan over medium heat. Add Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper to taste. Stir in the cream cheese until everything is melted and creamy. 
3. Place zucchini on baking sheet and fill with meat mixture. 
4. Bake at 400 deg. for 30 min. Turn oven off and add cheese on top and return to oven until cheese is melted on top. 

Nom Nom and healthy too! Who needs bread and American Cheese anyway :/

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Mixtape Mondays: Inspired by the 80's, Part Cinq

Been listening to the new M83 album a lot lately - which is one big homage to the 80's and it's sitcoms. It's goofy, cheesy at parts, but a really fun record all around. 

1. Bibi the Dog (feat. Mai Lan) - M83
2. The Winds of Change - St. Lucia
3. Almost Makes Me Wish for Rain - Lucius
4. Always - The Burning Hotels
5. Rendezvous Girl - Santigold
6. I Will Wait - Karl King
7. Diggin' Up The Heart - Brandon Flowers
8. Bad Kids - Lady Gaga
9. All You Had to Do Was Stay - Ryan Adams
10. Let's Dance - Lucius
11. Rescue Me - St. Lucia
12. For the Kids (feat. Susanne Sundfør) - M83

Part Un | Deux | Trois | Quatre

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Studio Apartment Tour

I've been at my new studio for almost a year now and the final touches were made just a couple weeks ago. I've always dreamt of having a place all to myself and it has been worth every penny. Most things from my old apartment were moved over and re-arranged - with some new additions...
living room
The old couch I inherited from the previous tenants at my old place COULD NOT FIT OUT ANY OF THE DOORS OR WINDOWS. So we asked the new tenants if they wanted it and they accepted. 
So, I got a new couch - smaller, cleaner - from World Market. 
Added these floating shelves from Ikea above my desk (desk and rug used to be in old bedroom)
My plants have legit light now! They are so much healthier. This cool geode table is another find from World Market. 
coffee table gallery wall
I like having 3D elements in my gallery wall. The big photo is one I took in Morocco - really ties all my colors together. 
shelves chair bar cart
Love having a tree in my apartment. And that pillow is from Anthro. 
Since my bedroom is technically the dining room, I didn't want too many crazy colors. I got all white bedding and a Moroccan wedding blanket for some extra protection (it is right next to the kitchen after all). I had been looking for ideas for the wall against my bed for months and finally found the perfect wall hanging in Devon. Devon is the Indian neighborhood of Chicago and this wall hanging is made out of vintage sari pieces. Truly beautiful and one of a kind. 
Toned down my kitchen colors since it my apartment is all open. Less red! We re-covered the table with neutral oil-cloth and got white chairs (IKEA!). 
Yes, went for a more blue/green calming vibe for my "bedroom" area. 
Rainbow-fied my bookshelf. It was so much fun to arrange. 
kitchen spices
My tiny tiny kitchen is as big as my walk-in closet. I found a butcher board at Ikea that was the same size as my stove top and put it on when I'm not using it of course. Bonus counter space.

See my old garden apartment here, here, and here

Also, PLEASE VOTE FOR MY APARTMENT in Apartment Therapy's Small Cool Contest

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Lady Heroes

Revival, a series of style icons - found via Miss Moss
"Done in conjunction with Dusty Rose Vintage, this series shows women whose style and thinking has had a lasting influence on our culture."
These ladies have inspired me in all areas of my life. I'll take one print of each, please. 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Mixtape Monday: with flowers in her hair

I love these flower-crowned girl paintings by Teil Duncan (a Charleston artist!). 
These songs can be enjoyed with or sans floral crown, but they all scream SPRING!

1. Almighty Gosh - Lucius (this song feels like the Holi Festival of Colors)
2. Do You Remember - St. Lucia
3. Can't Get Enough of Myself (feat. B.C) - Santigold (The ultimate confidence song for walking down the street and feeling like hot shit.)
4. Suckers - Ra Ra Riot
5. All I Got - Santigold
6. You Were on My Mind - Lucius
7. Secrets - Jack + Eliza
8. Changes - Langhorne Slim & The Law
9. Let It Grow (feat. Karen O & Tunde Adebimpe) - Maximum Balloon (lay back and daydream)
10. Mr. Rodriguez - Rayland Baxter
11. Capsized - Andrew Bird (I suspect his album will have a new sound...)
12. Sweetest Devotion - Adele

Friday, March 25, 2016

Spring Pins {Pinterest}

You can have your flowers and eat them too!
This post is fueled by the infectious new Gwen Stefani album. 
See more Spring inspo here
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above: Chocolate Peanut Butter PEEPS Skillet S'mores {pin it / source} // White Chocolate Spiced Cake with Rosewater Cream Cheese and Pistachios {pin it / source
below: Lavender Shortbread with Fruits, Flowers, and Herbs {pin it / source
above: Psychedelic Salad Rolls {pin it / source} // Caramelized Peach and Lavender Scones {pin it / source
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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Anthro Portland

As if I didn't already have 1,000 other reasons to visit Portland, Anthropologie just opened their largest store EVER there. 
Must make the pilgrimage to Oregon (I want Voodoo donuts too). 
See more pictures here

Monday, February 29, 2016

Mixtape Monday: What I am Listening to and Why

This is a ROSTAM (producer / formerly member of Vampire Weekend) heavy playlist. 

1. Chasing Shadows - Santigold (prod. by Rostam)
2. 3AM - RAC feat Katie Herzig (reminds me of Hide and Seek by Imogen Heap)
3. Water - Ra Ra Riot & Rostam (these guys were the minds behind Discovery)
4. EOS - Rostam (excited to hear his new solo stuff)
5. Madness - Lucius
6. You're Mine - Lola Marsh
7. Return to the Moon - El Vy
8. Absolutley - Ra Ra Riot
9. Always - St. Lucia (loving their new album)
10. Who Be Lovin Me (feat. ILOVEMAKONNEN) - Santigold (She BACK!)
11. Formation - Beyoncé (Can't stop singing this and watching the video!)

Friday, February 26, 2016

Reality is Kind.

art by Merve Ozaslan

It's what we think up in our heads sometimes that isn't kind. 
Reality is kind. 

^my new mantra

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Spicy Warm Winter Salad


I made this kick-ass salad from A House in the Hills. She always has the tastiest recipes that just so happen to be gluten free AND sometimes vegan. This warm winter salad has been a very satisfying lunch this week. The pomegranate seeds pop in your mouth and the crunchiness of the almonds really add substance to a meat-free salad. 
What have you been cooking lately?
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