Monday, September 22, 2014

Bad Day Cure

Friday was an awful day. You know those days where you need to stop  what you're doing and go outside because you think you'll explode if you don't? It was one of those. Nothing at work was making sense and the stress of everything that comes with moving was all around me. I skipped the bus and walked home, grabbed a box of cereal and crawled into bed. What's the best cure for a rotten Friday (why is having a bad day on Friday much worse than having a bad day any other day of the week?) . . . old movies!

Audrey Hepburn (my very favorite actress ever) is an intellectual book store clerk that takes a job as a model. Fred Astaire is her photographer. It has everything you could ever want - Hepburn, Astaire, Paris, singing, dancing, and amazing clothes. 

Cary Grant and Ann Sheridan  are forced to go on an adventure together. Despite lots of sarcasm and squabbling, they fall in love and get married. To return back into the US, Grant has to pretend to be a female war bride. Honestly, I couldn't get into this one and turned it off to try something else . . .

I'm a little late getting into Mad Men but better late than never, yeah? The show is about the advertising age in New York in the 1960's. Lot's of drama, scandal and the beautiful Jon Hamm. 

Sunday morning I woke up early, made some banana pancakes and figured, why stop Netflix binging now?

The song "The Bells of Saint Mary's" is a really important one for me but I've never actually seen the film.  Clarence from, my favorite movie, It's a Wonderful Life, Bing Crosby as a priest and Ingrid Bergman as a nun. It's brilliant. 


My very favorite thing I watched this weekend though wasn't a popular TV show or an old time classic, it was this video on Youtube of Emma Watson's speech on gender equality at the UN Headquarters. Her speech aligned with all of my beliefs completely and her address was elegant, classy, articulate and she said what, in my opinion, what really needed to be said. Go on, give it a watch: link

Friday, September 19, 2014

Vegetarian Chicken Noodle Soup

Almost 5 years ago, I gave up meat completely and have never looked back. However, there are a few of my very favorite foods that I do miss (oh man, tacos). One of my absolute favorites was chicken noodle soup. Curling up on the couch with a bowl of chicken noodle and a long book was one of my favorite things ever. Can you imagine my excitement then when I stumbled across a vegetarian version on Pinterest a few months ago. Just picture me pounding viciously on the keyboard, almost falling out of bed in an effort to save the recipe. Followed by a victory dance. 
- Veggies (I chose carrots and soycutash)
- Sweet potato
- Vegetable broth (low sodium)
- Tofu
- Brown rice and quinoa noodles
1. Boil/pan-fry your tofu (I prefer pan-fry)
2. Put your vegetable broth in a pan on low heat 
3. Add your potato, noodles and veggies
4. After about 5 minutes add your tofu and keep over heat for as long as you need 

It's been perfect for my lunch breaks this week. I heat it up, grab my book and eat outside. Not that much reading is getting done when you're lunch-time backdrop is this. 

Vegetarian or not this soup is delicious! If you don't like tofu (seriously, have you even tried it?) give the recipe a try with chicken instead. So much better than Campbell's!
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Outfit Of The Week

I know I normally post outfit pictures on Fridays but I have a new recipe that I'm dying to post which means a short and simple Thursday outfit post will have to do! So, even though this post is a bit early, I'll try to make amends. Sorry, that pun was threadful. I'm done, I promise, these really attire me out. 

Weekend Wander Outfit (yes, my glasses are real. Would you believe how often people ask if I wear them as a statement piece?):
 Monday Meeting With The Boss:
 It's been beautiful this week and thanks to the awful torture that is shin splints, I can't run but will that keep me locked inside? Ha! I laugh in the face of staying indoors (danger)! See what I did there?
 My most fall outfit so far (ignore my spring coat):

If you have a good outfit pun that I didn't think of, please, please, please share it! The worse they are, the funnier I find them. 

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Holy Name Cathedral

One of the biggest things I took away from my study abroad experience was a love for beautiful churches. I I spent a lot of time wandering around and popping in and out of churches, chapels and basilicas because, in Rome, there's practically a church on every corner. Even during my two trips out of the country, I visited churches (Wistminster and Notre Dame). I love the sense of peace that comes over you when you walk in the doors. The quiet, the artwork, the walls lined with candles and how everyone has these personal, reflective moments surrounded by others. The other day I came across a photo of this beautiful church on the internet. I found out it was located just downtown on State street and I decided I had to go see it for myself. 


I didn't get to experience mass but if you're interested, you can find mass times here. Even if you're not a religious person, it is well worth a visit because the Cathedral is breathtakingly beautiful and if you do check it out, be sure to tell me what you think of it! 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Vegetable Stew

Fall is finally here and I couldn't be more excited! I'm not one of those people who mourn the end of summer. Once September 1st hits, I'm in full fall mood. I love the leaves changing, boots, crisp days, pumpkins, cider mills, basically everything that fall stands for. This weekend we had our first real, chilly fall day here. I woke up cocooned in my comforter, realized I was chilly because my windows were open. Next thing I was out of bed and running to the store because fall means it's officially soup/stew time! 
One of my favorite meals for as long as I can remember is my Mom's "hamburger stew". Now that I'm a vegetarian, I've modified it a bit but that's the brilliant thing about it - it's so simple that any little adjustment you do, won't ruin it so you can try new things and have fun.

Here's what you need:
- Veggies (I chose carrots, green beens, and soycutsch)
- Potatoes (redskin is really good but I went for a healthier option with a sweet potato)
- Onion
- Ground round or an equivalent 
- Low sodium V8 juice

1. Sauté your meat (I used two cut up Bocca grillers)
2. Put your V8 in a pot over low heat
3. Add your onions, potatoes and meat 

4. Let it cook for about 10 minutes then add your veggies 

You'll have some extra time while you let everything cook but don't forget to stir it every minute or so. I took full advantage to completely scrub down my apartment. Check that out! 

To judge if it's done, taste one of the potatoes. You don't want it too soft but you also, obviously, don't want it firm enough to break your teeth. Pour it into a bowl and eat it hot. 

 It's a great meal to take to lunch or you can throw it in the freezer for later. 

I'm so happy it's officially soup time. If anyone has any good recipes to share, I'd love you forever!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Autumnal Loop Wandering

This weekend was the most perfect day. It was the perfect crispness of an autumn day but with no wind and the sun was in full force. It was amazing. After a lazy morning in bed, I layered up, grabbed a coffee and wandered downtown. 

I stopped at a few farmers markets and couldn't be happier to see that it's officially sunflower season. I can't wait to buy a whole bundle of them next week. 

Is there anything more beautiful than the city in the sun?

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