Snow Day Fun?
- Tea (plenty)
- Pistachios (1/2 a bag)
- Sea Salt Potato Chips (1 small bag)
- French chocolate Cookies (scratch that...cookies are now gone)
Snow Day Fun?
So I am currently snowed into my office building. That's right. In Atlanta. There is no where, no way, and no how to get anyway except by foot. One of my coworkers just returned to our office after sitting in the same spot for 2 hours trying to get out of our parking deck. I'm settling in for the long hall. Here are my current supplies:
Send help! Send board games! Send food!
Side note....would it be crazy to walk home at this point? I'm open to opinions and suggestions.
Have a lovely weekend...
This cold weather, while pretty, has kind of been bringing me down. At the end of a long, busy week I wish I could spend the weekend sun bathing on a beach, sipping a refreshing drink...instead I will be shivering beneath layers of flannel. The picture above is a frozen water feature (Water feature? Water fall? I don't know..."water feature" always sounded kind of snooty to me) near my parent's house. You call this a Southern winter??
Anyway, I may not be able to enjoy a warm, sandy getaway this weekend, but that doesn't mean I have to be deprived of a refreshing drink! I call this vodka based cocktail a "Blondie". Here's what you'll need:
Combine the first 4 ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until combined and strain into a rocks glass, also filled with ice. Top off the drink with white grapefruit juice, to taste. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
Feel free to play with the proportions of this recipe depending on how sweet or sour you like your cocktails. If the Blood Orange Liqueur isn't your cup of tea, try substituting St. Germain like this couple did at their wedding (featured on Snippet & Ink).
Now. Sit back, relax, and imagine that that faraway winter sun is actually a warm summer sun beating down on you as you lounge by the sea! Happy weekend!
A Hunt for New Artwork
As I get farther into my 20's and the possibility of owning a house one day becomes more of a reality, I've found myself drawn to the idea of collecting artwork. I want a house one day full of beautiful paintings and prints and, as they say, there's no time like the present so I've started investing in pieces here and there.
I've mostly focused on pretty prints since they are a bit more budget friendly (I'm hoping a couple paintings will be lended to me by my parents *wink wink nudge nudge*), and with my move to yet another rental property coming up here are a few favorites from the artist Emily McDowell that are on my wish list:
Everything Stew: An Easy Weeknight Dinner
I am in love with my crock pot. It is probably my favorite kitchen appliance. I have a pretty patterned one (find it here) that I got for my birthday a couple years ago and it saves me from hangriness on a regular occasion - especially when I'm super busy and don't have the energy to cook a healthy meal when I get home from work or rehearsal.
I have a plethora of "go-to" Crock Pot recipes, but my new favorite game is taking whatever food odds and ends I may have laying around my fridge/pantry and seeing what delicious meal I can make out of it. Monday night I took stock of my kitchen and here is what ended up in the pot:
4 chicken breasts
1 Stalk of celery, chopped
3 Carrots, chopped
1 can of Stewed Tomatoes
1 cup of Medium Spicy Salsa
1 15 oz. can of Hominy
3 cups of cheap Red Wine
1 tbsp. Cumin
1 shake Italian Herb Seasoning
Several healthy shakes of Red Pepper Flakes
Salt and Pepper, to taste
The only problem I ran across was realizing that I didn't have any broth to add, so I just sloshed a little bit of extra red wine in there. The key to using a slow cooker is that you want enough moisture in the recipe; otherwise, the food will dry out while it cooks all day. Tuesday morning I plugged the crock pot in and set it to cook at low for 10 hours before I left for work, and crossed my fingers that I'd have a warm, homey, and delish stew waiting for me when I got home from rehearsal around 10 PM that night.
Let me tell you guys, this recipe is a keeper! It's spicy, filling, and super healthy - look at all those veggies! I've dubbed it "Chicken Hominy Everything Stew", and the best part is that all I had to do when I got home was ladle some into a bowl and chow down.
This "Everything Stew" concept is super convenient for all you young professionals on the go. You just have to plan ahead enough to dump everything in your Crock Pot before you go to bed so you can just plug it in the next morning. I usually pick my base protein and build my ingredients around that - this recipe would have also worked with stew beef or pork. Don't be afraid to get crazy with your veggies and spices (next time I'm probably going to add some left over greens like kale or spinach). Any food that sits in a crock pot all day getting happy and tender will be delicious!
Let me know if you try out your own Everything Stew and what combos end up being your favorite - happy cooking!
House and apartment hunting has quickly become one of my least favorite pastimes. There are just too many options out there. And on top of that you have to strike the perfect balance between affordability and swankiness - you don't want to break the bank, but you also don't want to live in a shack. Thankfully, there are many tools out there to aid in the rental search. My first step was prioritizing my wants/needs for a home:
To find a place fulfilling these top 3 priorities, I dug through list upon list of helpful house hunting apps to aid in my search. Here are the apps/website I found to be the most effective and user friendly:
1) Zillow: Zillow has 2 apps - one tailored to houses and one to apartments for rent. I found the customizable search very easy to use and each rental property is displayed with the "Rent Zestimate". The "Zestimate" is Zillow's "estimated monthly rent price [...] pulled from public property data and similar local properties listed for rent". More often than not it's super on point. I've found my favorite rental properties through this app.
2) Padmapper: This app helps you search for rental listings based on a neighborhood you really like. Just drive to your favorite spot and search through the local listings that pop up ordered by distance from your current location.
3) Zumper: My favorite feature of this app is the Push Notifications. Save your search filters and the app will send you a push notification when new rentals are posted that match your criteria. It also has a pretty nifty street view!
Happy Hunting! What other tools have you used in your house hunt?
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