Image via Flickr, because mine were gone before I took a photo

 Hello, everyone!

I told you I would be back with a recipe to use up all your leftover cauliflower rice! These babies are delicious and a perfect side to an omelet for brunch =).

Ingredients:

1 head cauliflower, boiled for 15 minutes, drained and mashed with a fork (like described here)

2 large eggs

1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese

1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs

1/2 tspn cayenne

salt and olive oil

Mix the cauliflower, eggs, cheese, breadcrumbs, cayenne and salt together. I deviated from this recipe a little, using the parmesan cauliflower from this recipe, with italian breadcrumbs instead of panko and cayenne and it was still good, although the panko would probably give you a crunchier pancake. Form patties with your hands and fry in an olive oil covered pan for 3 minutes on each side. That’s it! They’re super easy to make and really yummy; a perfect combination.

Enjoy =)

Steak Dinner

 Hello, everyone!

Lately I’ve been making myself a steak dinner on Sundays. It’s nothing special, but it’s really good (because it’s steak, duh). I also have been replacing the classic mashed potatoes with cheesy mashed Cauliflower, in an attempt to be healthy. It’s actually really good and also makes a great substitute for rice, depending on how much you mash it up. This recipe is meant to make two servings, I like to eat one for dinner and then have lunch the next day at the office.

What you’ll need:

1 Sirloin Steak (or Filet if you’re feeling fancy)

1 head Cauliflower

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

1 bunch Parsley

4 oz of green beans, 1 oz of sliced almonds – I just buy a frozen package to heat up in the microwave if I’m pressed for time and/or don’t want to do dishes

Red Wine, I tend to use whatever wine I plan on having with dinner as opposed to cooking wines.

Sliced Onions and Mushrooms (however many you want)

Directions:

Bring a pot of water to boil. While you are waiting for it to heat up, cut the Cauliflower into small florets. When the water is boiling, add the Cauliflower and cook for about 15 minutes or until very tender. Drain.

While you are waiting for the Cauliflower to cook, chop the parsley and slice the onions and mushrooms. Heat some olive oil in a pan over high heat. Season your steak with salt and pepper, or a seasoning mix of your choosing. Cook the steak an appropriate amount of time on each side. I actually found this great chart on the internet that is going to be a life saver in the future:

Steak Thickness vs Cooking Time

When you are done cooking the steak, set it in the oven on the warm and hold setting to rest.

Once the Cauliflower is ready, you can mash it with a fork pretty easily for a rice texture, or use a food processor for a mashed potatoes texture. Mix in butter, the Parmesan cheese and the parsley. You can also add salt and pepper to taste. If you are using a food processor, adding some milk will help you get a creamier texture. Set them in oven to stay warm.

If you are using fresh green beans, then saute them in the same pan you cooked your steak in for about 4-6 minutes, season with salt and pepper, and then set them in the warm oven. If you are using microwave green beans then just prepare them so that they are ready at the same time as everything else.

Still using the same pan you cooked your steak in, melt some butter and add the mushrooms and onions over medium-high heat. Saute until the onions are translucent, adding more butter if necessary. Then add enough red wine to coat the bottom of the pan in about 1/4 of an inch of liquid. Stir and let the sauce reduce until you are ready to spoon it on top of your steak. YUM.

Have a great day!

PS. If you have leftover Cauliflower, don’t worry, I found a great recipe to help you use it up that I’ll be posting soon!

The Look for Less
Hello, everyone!
I just spotted these starburst earrings on Bauble Bar and was immediately reminded of the David Yurman version, which I could have sworn were worn by Gisele in one of their advertisements, although I can’t dig up the image right now. I have to say, I kind of like the design on the Bauble Bar version better! They’re a an elegant simple statement piece and I might not be able to resist ;) As always, you can click the image to be taken to the shopping info!
What do you guys think?
Have a great day!
Three Ways to Wear Dress Pants
Hello, everyone!
This post is part three in a ten part series on Tim Gunn’s 10 Wardrobe Essentials (for part one, click here, for part two, click here).
Dress pants are something that I struggle with on a pretty regular basis. They are necessary for working in an office environment, and yet all too often every pair looks and feels the same: dull colors, scratchy wool, ill-fitting… just not fun to wear and even less fun to spend your hard-earned money on.
However, every now and then I find a pair that I really like. There’s just something different about them and that makes them cool. I’m really in love with the linear pattern and tapered leg on these pants by French Connection (now on sale!) and I was inspired to come up with a few outfits that can be worn outside the office.
Look #1
This is a great outfit for a lazy weekend. The big cozy sweater keeps you warm and, along with the ornate earrings, is the yin to the yang of the more geometric pants and shoes. Pair with a casual backpack and big sunglasses for some hands free, don’t-look-at-me-but-do-because-I-look-amazing errand running.
Look #2
Obviously I had to include something for the office, they are dress pants after all. I kept with the tailored, linear look of the pants and broke up the outfit with some simple color blocking and a more structural necklace.
Look #3
This look is a little bit more trendy and fun. I started with a crop top in a great pop of color and just went from there. The accessories are fun colors, but still lady-like, which keeps the outfit from being too juvenile. I would wear this to a brunch with friends, or an art opening, anything that calls for something a little more light-hearted or fashion forward.
What do you guys think? As always, you can click the image above to be taken to all the shopping information for the outfits!
P.S. Feel free to wear a pair of pants like this with flats for an Audrey Hepburn vibe!
Have a great day =)

Hello, everyone!

Last weekend I had a quick trip to Philadelphia to pick up my sister from school for her spring break. While we were there we visited with family and went to the Philadelphia Flower Show. My family, despite their varying degrees of talent (my Mom is a master gardener while my Dad struggles to grow grass), has always been big on gardening and landscaping, and so it has become a sort of tradition to attend flower shows when we can. This year, the theme was “Movies” and it was sponsored by Disney and Disney Pixar, so that was great fun for my three little cousins that are all under 10. Above are some of my favorite photos from the show; I love a good dose of outdoor inspiration. When I wasn’t eating borderline awkward amounts of the abundant free samples, I was making mental note to include an outdoor bar with a vertical garden in my future home.

We also got passes to a butterfly room, where there were about 2,000 of them flying around landing on your provided sugar stick. The whole thing was pretty cool, if I do say so myself, and I even managed to make a friend.

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What do you guys think? Can you guess the Disney movies that inspired the landscapes above?

Have a great day!

Hello, everyone!

Recently I was watching YouTube makeup tutorials (this is quickly becoming my preferred method of procrastination) and realized, much like someone attempting to recreate the Mona Lisa by finger painting, I wasn’t very educated about the various tools and brushes that are required to create the masterpiece that is a perfect face, smiling or not. Seriously, most of my makeup is in crayon form.

A quick search showed that Makeup Geek had created a tutorial on her essential brushes and how each one is used. Who knew there were so many with such specific tasks. She lists the MAC equivalent of each brush, as well as her own versions. Depending on your budget you may want to research alternative brands (the full set of all 8 MAC brushes is a whopping $233). The main takeaway is this list:

Makeup Brushes

For Eyes

1. Flat Stiff Brush, MAC #239

2. Stiff Dome Brush, MAC #217

3. Soft Dome Brush, MAC #224

4. Pencil Brush, MAC # 219

For Face

5. Stippling Brush, MAC #187

6. Angled Blush Brush, MAC #168

7. Contour Brush (optional), MAC #109

8. Highlighter Brush, MAC #188

How many brushes do you guys use? What is your preferred brand of beauty tools?

Have a great day!

 

 

The Trench Coat
Hello, everyone!
 This post is the second in a series on Tim Gunn’s 10 Wardrobe Essentials (for the first post on the Classic Black Dress, click here).
The beauty of a trench coat is that you can wear it with pretty much anything, so for this post I decided to create three looks going from casual, to professional, to out on the town.
Look #1
For running errands, or really any other casual weekend activity, a serious trench coat will counter act any silly elements in your outfit (like a bag that looks like a dog, for instance) and keep you from looking juvenile. In my opinion, it’s all about yin and yang when it comes to curating a good outfit. I paired the Burberry trench shown with a cashmere sweater from Uniqlo, J Crew jeans, a dog bag by Romwe and a bright pair of flats by Shoetopia.
Look #2
I kept things very simple and classic for the office, a style that the trench coat embodies. I added a color blocking element to the outfit with the shoes and bag just to make sure it wasn’t too boring. The blouse is by Uniqlo, pants by French Connection, shoes by Valentino Garavani and bag by Fendi.
Look #3
Again with the yin and yang, the more structured, and even boxy at times, trench can easily contrast a sexy or flirty ensemble. Here I paired an Herve Leger bandage dress with sheer panels around the shoulders with Sergio Rossi sandals and a Bao Bao Issey Miyake mirrored bag.
What do you guys think? How would you style a trench coat? You can click the image above to be taken to all of the shopping info!
Have a great day!
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