Thursday, May 26, 2011

A penny saved

I was rummaging through some of my moms old magazines and came across a Real Simple from October 2009. They ran a section on weekly dinners for a little price. i love the idea of buying everything i need a once to save myself trips to the store. some of the recipes featured just look mouth watering. i wanted to spread the love to you all. Thursdays dish is the one that follows. yuuuuuaaammmma.

Roasted Pork With Shredded Brussels Sprouts

Serves 4Hands-On Time: 20m Total Time: 25m



  1. Heat oven to 400ยบ F. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Season the pork with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Cook, turning occasionally, until browned, 6 to 8 minutes.
  3. Transfer the skillet to oven. Roast the pork until cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes. Let rest before slicing.
  4. Meanwhile, heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a second large skillet over medium-high heat.
  5. Add the Brussels sprouts, apricots, almonds, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Cook, tossing, until the Brussels sprouts are just tender, 3 to 4 minutes.
  6. Serve the Brussels sprouts with the pork.
By Sara Quessenberry,  October 2009


Max and i leave saturday for Wheatland, Kansas. my grandparents live there and my family has been camping there for memorial weekend since i was  a kid. all we do is lay in the sun, play horse shoes, enjoy American beer, and grill up some fantastic grub. I'm looking forward to seeing my grandparents too. Its been a while and they are the most amazing people. I know everyone says that about their grandparents but, its true! Lately I have been obsessed with Catch Phrase. i think my family would get a kick out of it so, i'm taking it to the lake with me. 
My beautiful cousin Amber and i.

Love this one!
My grannys birthday. love the crow!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

My City, Pre Storm

Lots of tornado touch downs here in Missouri. Here is a picture of our downtown. I feel like a morning hasn't passed without the tornado warnings. Its such a foreign concept to think we could have twisters in the city, but this is the end of times they say so anything is possible. 



Love em'


Max, Dag, Pat, and Loren.

I chase Slugger when i see him

Max and i have been hitting up a lot of the Royals games these past few sundays. They are always a blast. Everyone got pretty bunt at the game but it was worth it. Afterward we hit up Fric and Frac for dinner eating are weight in chicken fried stake and masher potatoes. Talk about delicious! all that was accomplished next was a nice long nap to sleep out of sunday funday. I wish every day was sunday. Ive been thinking about ways to jazz my water up lately so i have been adding fresh lime and mint leaves. its so refreshing and makes drinking 
water far more enjoyable.


Monday, May 23, 2011

look good feel good

Today has been my start to a healthy summer. I have made a few goals for myself for the next couple of months. i hope they stick like good habits so i can keep at them year round. they are pretty basic and really i should have been practicing them a long time ago, but still better late then never! 

Goal 1: Drink more water! 
i have a mild addiction to coffee and i'm trying to slowly ween myself off of it. i want it to be more of a once in a while indulgence with a delicious breakfast. not a means of survival which is what it seems to have become. 

Goal 2: Start cooking for myself again keeping it local and healthy. 
Below is a recipe that sounds refreshing and just delicious. Im going to give it a spin on thursday. 

Grilled Shrimp with Mango salsa
Servings: Serves about 6, depending on size of shrimp

  • 2 large ripe mangoes , peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp. minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. salt , or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 lbs. large shrimp , peeled and deveined
  • 2 Tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil , for grilling
To make the salsa: Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Set aside.

To make the shrimp: Rinse and drain shrimp; pat dry with paper towels. In a bowl, combine shrimp, soy sauce and orange juice. Let stand 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare a grill, oiling the grill rack. Thread shrimp onto metal skewers (or wooden skewers that have been soaked in water for about an hour). Brush with oil and grill over medium heat, regularly brushing with soy mixture, 3 to 4 minutes per side, until shrimp are cooked through. Remove from skewers and place on a serving platter. Serve with mango salsa, 
Basmati Rice with Toasted Pine Nuts , and Warm Roasted Winter Vegetable Salad .
Goal 3: 30 minutes or more of exercise a day.
I started this today with 30 minutes of yoga, an hour of pilates, and a 30 minute walk with Taco. Needless to say i fee great and ready to keep this up.
so thats just a few so far wish me luck! 

i dig.



Saturday, May 21, 2011

Summa Tyme

I'm sorry i abandoned you blog. A lot has happened over the past few months but, i am back. hello, i have missed you, and i love you.  what is summer time to me? summer time is: working my ass off at all my jobs ( i recently got a third job), bright bright nail polish ( Sally Beauty Supply has some great shades for only 99cents),  baseball games ( I'm a true blue, adore my Royals boys. the season has been progressing really well.), iced green tea unsweetened, new wedges ( my style has become pretty clean cut and girly these days), and last but not leas all i have been dreaming about is camping. memorial weekend is so close and i'm ready. i miss my grandparent and am in desperate need of their love.

i have been following a lot of different blogs lately, this one is one of my favorites. so visual appealing and i love just reading what she has to say. so, hi Wendy, adore scout and pine. all the photography that follows is her own. 

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, this makes me not worry about a dirty hair day.

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