New Lord Huron music is on the horizon, which means it's time for another Spaghetti Western mixtape.
1. Wildfires - Mariachi El Bronx 2. Diablo Rojo - Rodrigo y Gabriela 3. The World Ender - Lord Huron 4. The Creek - HAERTS 5. Bad Things - Rayland Baxter 6. Stranger At My Door - Brandi Carlile 7. The Truth Is In The Dirt - Karen Elson 8. Sacred Ground - Over the Rhine 9. Two Silver Trees - Calexico 10. Ghost in the Moon - Jars of Clay 11. The Night We Met - Lord Huron 12. No Te Vayas - Calexico
A few weeks ago I needed some comfort food. I also needed to be healthy, which is so so hard in the winter. I devised this less-guilty version of chicken pot pie to curb my cravings. Take out the crust on the bottom and make a "cream sauce" from pureed white beans.
Healthy Chicken Pot Pie
1 lb chicken tenders, cut into chunks
1 onion, chopped
16 oz bag frozen mixed veggies (I used Trader Joe's Vegetable Melange in Butter Sauce)
1 lb fingerling potatoes, cut in half
salt and pepper
15 oz can white beans, pureed
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
16 oz can biscuits
1. Saute chicken and onion with olive oil in a large pot, salt and pepper to season, until chicken is cooked throughout.
2. Add frozen vegetables and potatoes and cook until veggies are no longer frozen and potatoes are tender, about 8 min.
3. Stir in pureed white beans and broth. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and Greek seasoning.
4. Pour into 9x13 baking dish and top with biscuits. Bake according to biscuit directions.
Everything should be bubbling and the biscuits golden. Devour.
I apply this mousse right after washing my hair, work it into my roots, and go to bed with a wet head (I'm one of those people). After it dries, it feels crunchy at first, but once you run your fingers through your hair a couple times and style, it leaves your hair full of volume without all that extra reisdue or stiffness that other mousses tend to have.
REDKEN Iron Shape 11
I use a hot curling wand twice a week to do my hair, with touchups in between. This product is a two in one heat protectant and hair spray hold. Totally worth the extra $$. It smells great and makes my hair feel healthy.
CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion (for normal to dry skin)
FINALLY I have found a cure to this awful, scaly, dry winter skin of mine. My dermatologist recommended it and it literally fixed my skin overnight.
Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Sultry
I have received so many compliments on this universal lip color. It's the perfect mauve shade that looks like your natural lip color only slightly saturated. The formula is a little dry because its matte, so I recommend putting on some balm before or after applying. It lasts almost all day too.
Model Co Powerlash Black Mascara
Got a sample of this in my Birchbox and immediately ordered the full size. It's crazy how long and full it makes your lashes look, but in a clump-free way.
Winter is finally starting to melt and all that is left are piles of snow that look like volcanic rock.
Here's what my life has been looking like lately:
Valentine's Day cheese spread at work. Add cheese enthusiast to qualities I look for in a man. // favorite door in Chicago // does that cupcake not look like Lady Gaga?? // picture of my parents at Mardi Gras pre-me
where all the free AOL CD-ROMs went
All my tip money is going to ICELANDIC ADVENTURES // going in line with finally just buying a ticket to Iceland, "if not now, then when" - there will always be an excuse not to do something // survived the 5th biggest blizzard in Chicago history // me as a kid working the bold brows
pretty display at Free People
picture of my mom from the vault, and now probably my favorite of her // obligatory post-haircut selfie
the different stages of winter in Chicago Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream sandwiches are UNREAL. This was dinner one night.
Giving very stark-white-Bon Appetit magazine vibes with these photos.
My mother is a woman of few recipes. Most of the delicious meals she made for us growing up were improvised on the spot and more often than not weren't replicated twice (we also ate a lot of leftovers and the combining of the leftovers).
One recipe she DID have written down, a comfort food, was for her Italian Stuffed Meatloaf. She saw the recipe on a Quaker Oats can back in the 70's and has loved it ever since. Yes, there are oats in this meatloaf - and zucchini and pasta sauce!
Mom's Italian Meatloaf
1lb ground lean beef
1 cup old fashioned oats
15 oz jar pasta sauce
1 onion, chopped
1/3 cup parmesan cheese
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 zucchini, shredded
1. Mix beef, oats, 1/2 cup sauce, onion, parmesan, egg, salt and pepper in a large bowl until combined.
2. Smash half into a 9X5 baking dish, top with 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese and zucchini.
3. Smash the rest of meat mixture on top and top with remaining mozzarella and sauce.
I grew up watching I Love Lucy. My parents would tell time to me in Lucy episodes. "How much longer till we get there," I would ask on road trips, "3 more Lucy episodes."
She was my first comedic hero and my mom and I shared a love for all things Lucy.
She was classy and feminine, and yet a complete goofball with little vanity.
Being girly/feminine doesn't have to equal lame, basic, or anti-feminist. But there's this pressure in the comedy world that it is.
This is a pretty interesting article that sums up how I feel about this trend of masculinizing female-driven comedies to make them more "accessible" (let me be clear that I am a huge fan of Broad City, Girls, Amy Schumer).
Rant over. Girls rule. Wear pink if you want to. No apologies.