Foodie Friday: Valentine’s Day Edition

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Love is… Steaks and old fashioneds. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Quiz: What’s Your Design Aesthetic?

Everyone’s favorite listicle website, Buzzfeed, now has a fun new design quiz! The questions range from “What color is your soul?” (definitely navy) to “How would you like your eggs?” (deviled, duh).

Screen Shot 2014-02-13 at 12.12.13 PMI got… Pottery Barn meets a Pinterest search for the term “rustic.” At first I was VERY upset. I’ve never bought a thing from PB or searched “rustic” on Pinterest! But then I read the description:

You love to keep your stuff in baskets and mason jars. Your dream house features a wood porch, exposed beams, and lighting fixtures made from twigs. When you are old, you will move to a log cabin or a cozy barn-like structure and live by lantern light.

OK, so it’s about half right. I do not have baskets, but I do like to drink out of mason jars. My dream house does have a wood porch and exposed beams, but definitely not lighting fixtures made from twigs. (What does that even mean?) And I can see myself going the log cabin route when I’m old and cranky, but I highly doubt I’ll give up electricity.

What’s your style? Take the quiz here, and let me know if it more accurately portrays your tastes!

I Want That Wednesday

My feet are in some desperate need of air. And that’s not to say I have cheese feet. I don’t take after my dad in that regard, thankfully.

It’s that I used to love boots, but this friggin’ forever-long winter has me anxious to slip into anything that starts below the ankle. Sandals, flats, cute sneakers. Hell, even heels sound appealing right now, and if you know me at all, I would never say that.

But these would make my feet (and heart) especially happy:

Screen Shot 2014-02-12 at 12.48.17 PMHow could they not? They’re so ridiculously cute. Sure, I don’t summer in the Cape or Kennebunkport or the Hamptons (yet), but I may have to splurge on these nonetheless. Are whales appropriate for the Midwest?

Whale Canvas Smoking Slipper, $138, C. Wonder

Pretty in Pink

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Hello, chocolates and flowers and rom coms! Just keeding. We have no plans for V-Day except a House of Cards marathon (season two is out Friday!) and, if I’m lucky, takeout.

Exciting, eh?

While I’m not really a touchy-feeling romantic type (though I do like surprises… hint, hint), I can’t deny my love for hot pink year around. I’ve been noticing a lot of pink and gold combos popping up, and I’m crushing HARD. I think the boy would kill me if I pinked our living room, so I’ve been collecting ideas for a future girly office, and let me just say: It’s going to be awesome.

But in the meantime, here’s a few of my trend favs:

PINK1. Trina Turk La Playa Fuchsia/Purple Embroidered Pillow, $140, Zinc Door
2. Michael Kors Bedford Leather Crossbody, $178, Nordstrom
3. Thonet Chair in Hot Pink, $150, ABC Carpet & Home
4. Gold Bazooka Pink Dial Seaport Chronograph, $250, Kate Spade
5. #GirlyGirl Pencil Set, $8, Design Darling
6. Moroccan Glasses Set of 6 – Pink/Gold, $45, Design Menagerie

Foodie Friday: Stuffed Peppers

IMG_2013I don’t like quinoa. There, I said it. I feel like health foodies, even the casual ones, would have my head for this. I’ve only had quinoa at Protein Bar, but Chicagoans are crazy about that place. I don’t mind it at first, but after four or five bites, it actually makes me queasy… I tried it twice just to be sure!IMG_1995So what I’m getting at here is that you’re welcome to sub quinoa in for the rice in this tasty recipe, but I have chosen to stick with good old-fashioned rice, empty nutritional value and all. But otherwise, this is a super healthy dinner and highly customizable. Consider adding ground beef/turkey, sour cream, kidney beans, hot sauce, taco seasoning, etc.IMG_1996

Stuffed Peppers
(Serves: Two, with leftovers likely!)

Ingredients:
2 red peppers
2 cups rice, cooked
1 cup black beans
1 cup sweet corn
1/3 red onion, diced
1/3 tomato, diced
2 tbsp. salsa
1/3 cup shredded cheese
Olive oil
Cilantro
AvocadoIMG_2003Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Wash your red peppers, cut then in half lengthwise, and remove the seeds. (Tip: A spoon—especially a grapefruit spoon—makes this process super easy.) Lay them with the opening up on a cookie sheet or baking pan, and drizzle/spray with olive oil. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the edges start to become translucent. Set aside to cool.

While the peppers are cooking, prepare your rice. (I recommend using a Mexican rice or even dirty rice for maximum flavor. Those microwavable bags make things super easy if you’re looking to cut down on time.) Fold in the black beans, corn, red onions and tomato. Add the salsa and any other spices you’d like to include (I used chili powder, garlic powder and red peppers for a kick), and mix. Now you’re ready to stuff your peppers. Over-stuffing is highly recommended!

Add your shredded cheese to the top of each pepper, and pop the tray back in the oven for about 10 minutes or until your cheese is melted. Remove from oven, top with cilantro and avocado, and enjoy!IMG_2012

I Want That Wednesday

I’m in the market for new coasters. It seems like such a silly thing to spend money on, but when you have a glass coffee table (never. again.), they’re pretty key. The set I have now are those coasters that were popular a few years ago (OK, maybe more than that, I have had them since college…) where you can slip photos or scrapbook paper in and out of the plastic pocket on the back to change what the coasters look like. Know what I’m talking about? They’re perfect for someone who flips her design style every other day like me.

But alas, the plastic pockets on the back have lost their stickiness, and honestly they’re looking a little dated anyway. I’m sure someone more creative than I would whip up a DIY plan for these (washi tape seems to be the answer to everything), but I’m ready to let them go. If you have an idea, send it my way!

In the meantime, I happened upon these in Anthropologie last weekend:

4fb2e8ee0e87d98e07913f9f8c38da91Aren’t they unique? They’re called celestial coasters. This is the grey (which actually isn’t listed on their site anymore), but there’s 11 other colors to choose from too—all beautiful. Plus, if you get them in the store, you can mix and match colors!

$32/set of four -or- $8/each in store, anthropologie.com

Craigslist Crush: Vintage Faux Bamboo Shelves

I don’t know what it is, but I’m dying to get some faux bamboo in my apartment.  Maybe it’s because this winter has been so miserable, and I want to pretend I’ve escaped to a tiki bar somewhere exotic. Or maybe I’m still just crushing on Hollywood Regency style. But either way, I ran across this handsome pair and fell instantly in love:

00909_6yhhvP17EJB_600x450Now, I’m not crazy about the stain. I’m sure an antique enthusiast would kill me for saying this, but I’d love to lacquer these in something super glossy, like white or bronze. Or navy. Mmm, yeah navy.00t0t_5by8H8VeGy1_600x450They’d look great flanking a TV a la:

e5d013ef94c682198156cd5e08fe9d07Even if that’s not your cup of tea, you can’t deny the storage potential. Or can you? Am I the only one constantly on the hunt for more/better places to put stuff? Maybe I just have too much…

Click here for the Craigslist Chicago ad.

(Images: Craigslist, Emily Henderson)