Grilled Lettuce

Hey guys!

I just wanted to get a quick post in, and thought tonight’s dinner was worth a mention. Inspired by this pin from a few days ago, I decided to grab a few heads of romaine lettuce from the fridge and grill ’em up. I was surprised at how tasty they were!

After washing, drying, and cutting each head in half lengthwise, coat each half with olive oil, salt and pepper . . .

Grill each side for around 3 minutes . . .
 


Top with freshly grated pecorino romano or parmesan, a squeeze of fresh lemon, a sprinkling of smoked salt, and serve immediately.



I was expecting the lettuce to get bitter, it was really sweet! It was so quick and easy and will be amazing this summer as an alternative to salad. I can’t wait to host an alfresco get-together and serve this as a side!



What are you looking forward to grilling this summer?

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Specialized Ties

Lately, I’ve been doing a little college graduation gift hunting and came across this amazing Etsy site that sells hand screen-printed neckties. There are many amazing options for those in your life with specific majors, careers, interests, hobbies, etc. Here are some of my favorite designs (click the store images to go to the specific product’s page):

Food /CocktailKnife and fork silkscreened microfiber necktie. Eat Me.

Classic Cocktail necktie, "Old Fashioned." Mens drink recipe tie. Silkscreened microfiber.

Meat Grinder necktie. Bacon and sausage lovers tie, screenprinted microfiber. Pink ink.

Black "Whiskey Business" necktie. Silkscreened microfiber. Choose tan or muted orange print.Geography/Topography

Bermuda Triangle silk necktie. Old maritime map, screenprinted men's tie, antique brass ink.

Topographical Error tie - NARROW silkscreen microfiber necktie. Seafloor contour map.Science/Chemistry

Science Affair necktie. Silkscreen microscope tie. Black ink.

Posion gas screenprinted necktie, "Chemical Warfare." Microfiber tie, black ink. Choose standard or narrow width.

Experiment necktie, science and chemistry silkscreened tie

Transportation/Cars/Driving

Gear Shift silkscreen necktie - 6 speed manual transmission. Microfiber woven sharkskin tie.

Tread Lightly tie. Tire track silkscreened microfiber necktie.

Technology/Circuitry

Resistor. Circuit board necktie, screen printed design. Men's tie with dove gray print. Choose standard, narrow or skinny.

Short Circuit black necktie. Silkscreened circuit board, silver ink. Choose standard, narrow or skinny.

Rocket Science/Astronomy

Rocket Science red silk necktie. As worn by astronaut Al Worden, Apollo 15. Apollo cockpit silkscreened tie. Black ink.

Rocket blueprint necktie, Mercury spacecraft. "Rocket Science II" men's tie. Navy screen print.Cosmonaut tie, Apollo-Soyuz red necktie - Soviet Red edition. Choose regular or narrow width.Medicine

Caduceus, medical symbol necktie. Silkscreen design, microfiber tie. Steel blue ink.

Brainwaves necktie, "Insomnia." Sleep cycles silkscreened tie, white ink. Choose standard, narrow or skinny.

Rx Prescription necktie. (Fancy edition) Choose standard or narrow microfiber.

OK, and these are just pretty:

3 custom silk neckties. Groomsmen ties - wedding/group multiple discount

3 wedding silkscreen neckties. Groomsmen group discount, matching microfiber ties, same design

Mid-Century Ampersand necktie. Fancy Caslon font "and symbol" screen printed typography microfiber tie. Standard width.

There are so many more beautiful designs available, both themed and neutral. Kind of glad I’m not a guy or else I’d go a little nuts on this site! Which ones are your favorites?

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Nail Time!

Contrasting sparkles 

Neon lace

Shimmering Nude

Some of my first rose attempts . . . lots of practice still to do!

Played around with turning the polish into a decal of sorts. Why not match my mug of tea?

Polish is coming off tomorrow, I wonder what to plan for the next manicure!

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Decoupaged Day Planner

This is my current planner that I carry around with me. Despite the numerous technological options for scheduling, I still like good ol’ fashioned pen and paper to keep track of my plans.

I didn’t love the selection of planners available, so I bought the size I wanted and decided to redo the cover. I just snagged a catalog from my desk and got to work!

I found two coordinating pages and used them for the front and back.

The images weren’t super exciting, so I braided some embroidery string and fashioned it into a heart to jazz up the front.

I always need a quick reference to where we are in the month, so I braided a coordinating place marker right onto the top coil of the notebook. 
This was a super quick, simple project, but I like the DIY look. This scheduler actually ends in June, so I just bought a new one which I’ve already decorated. 🙂 Stay tuned to see that one, which I’m loving already.
Happy Monday!

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Let My People Go

This past Passover season, my family hosted a dinner in which we decided the decor should be loosely themed ‘Egyptian’ (since we were commemorating the Israelites leaving Egypt and all . . .). As is, King Tut lives in our family room, so this was a logical table decorating decision. (Should you be wondering, he’s filled with DVDs, not a mummy. And yes, he’s wearing a Medieval Times crown, and also holding rhinestoned reading glasses. He likes to accessorize.)

I chipped in by making place cards.

I stamped, embossed, cut, and folded card stock, then lightly colored in the designs with colored pencil.

I didn’t trust myself with the penmanship, so I asked my mom to write the names.

Doing their jobs . . .

Ready to eat!

These were pretty straight forward, but I had fun making them! There are some awesome and creative place cards out there, and I’m looking forward to playing with new ideas for future get-togethers.

Have a good weekend!

P.S. Avengers was great. The 3D IMAX experience was pretty fun, too, though the screen wasn’t much bigger than regular 3D. Great movie though!

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Mani Mani Bonani

Nail time! Here are some from months past:

Testing out new Zoya glitter in Twila over my old polish . . .

. . . And Kissy

For an Italian dinner/game night

Okay, not nail polish, but I was so stoked at how matchy matchy my lip balm was with my cotton candy ice cream! haha

Seems I really am a sucker for all things pink and glitter. 🙂

Tomorrow morning I’m seeing Avengers in IMAX 3D! Never seen an IMAX 3D before — should be an experience. Hope you have a great weekend!

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BBQ Chicken Quinoa

Just before I got sick and started this diet, I had a craving for something gooey and BBQ saucy. My answer was to throw together a bowl of BBQ Chicken Quinoa. I must say, it really hit the spot. This is one of the healthier comfort foods I can think of—bonus!

Here’s how I made it, with approximate measurements. I’m all about cooking to taste/using what’s on hand, so eyeball and taste as you go. 🙂 It’s not an exact science.

Ingredients:
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 can (12.5oz) cooked chicken, packed in water or broth
1/2 red bell pepper diced
1/4 white onion diced
1/2 can black beans
2-3 tbsp BBQ sauce
1-2 tbsp greek yogurt (or crème fraiche)

Additionally, as to your taste:
squeeze fresh lemon
smoked sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
chopped fresh cilantro

Drain chicken broth/water from can into a measuring cup. Add additional water to reach specified liquid measurement, according to package directions, and proceed to cook the quinoa.

Once the quinoa is cooked, combine the remaining ingredients into the pot and stir to combine. Use less BBQ sauce and yogurt for a dryer texture.

The lemon juice, salt, pepper, and cilantro can be catered to your preference. Add more as you see fit. Garnish with a sprig of cilantro or dollop of yogurt, if you’d like. Time to enjoy!

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