Monthly Archives: February 2013

Friday Things

It’s Friday! As I mentioned previously, I am struggling with the winter blahs. I would love some ideas for kicking these blahs for good! However, there have been a few good things in my life lately! Also known as my current obsessions!

1. Mexican Food. I finally got my fix with a taco salad from a local mexican restaurant. I picked up salads for my Mama and I and it totally made the day better! Plus, they were delicious!

Best lunch of the week!

Best lunch of the week!

2. Chocolate chips. I love chocolate chips. If I am craving chocolate, I’d rather have chocolate chips than anything else. Specifically, these. Dark chocolate Ghiradhelli is where it’s at! I love that they are a little bigger than other chocolate chips because it makes them perfect for snacking, er, I mean cookies!

3.Ellen Degeneres . And more specifically, her talk show. I find her hysterical, plus she is always giving away money and trips!

4. Grey’s Anatomy. I am only about 8 years behind on this, I know. But I am catching up quickly! And now I am obsessed with the drama, the medical knowledge, and of course Alex Karev.

Oh Goodness.

5. Awards Shows. Other than reading the occasional People magazine, I don’t keep up with celebrity gossip or fashion. However, I get so much enjoyment out of watching the awards shows! The Grammys, ACMs, whatever it is, I’ll watch it! I love seeing how the celebrities interact with each other and seeing their outfits. Plus, you never know what is going to happen! I totally plan on watching the Oscars this weekend!

Do you have big plans for the weekend? Are you watching the Oscars? (Please say yes!)

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Songs that Take You Back

I have been a little MIA lately. Oops. Let’s just say that winter is definitely taking it’s toll on me here in bitter cold upstate NY. I am insanely jealous when I read blogs with pictures of running in the sunshine! Needless to say, my motivation to post hasn’t been the greatest, but I am slowly coming up with some awesome ideas for future posts!

The idea for this post came when I was giving a silent thanks for Pandora and my ipod speaker. It is the basically the first thing that I turn on when I get home or wake up. Music puts me in such a better mood! Then I started thinking about all the different songs that I have been obsessed with at different times of my life. You know, those songs that you hear and they take you immediately back to a specific time in your life? I have so many of them! And since I am sure you are dying to know, I decided I’d share them with you. Beware, my choice of music is ALL over the place! Anything from Luke Bryan to Brian Adams, Alanis Morisette, and a little Pitbull.

When I was little, we drove to Florida almost every winter to visit my grandparents. That meant a day and a half spent bickering with my brother in the back seat. And listening to eighties rock on tape. Are we there yet?! Even now, I still love the old school rock!

Remember this song? Nelly and Kelly Rowland take me right back to middle school dances. Oh my gosh. I get nervous and excited just thinking about those crazy nights of awkward dancing and gossiping in the corner about our crushes. And waiting and hoping that a boy (specifically my crush!) would ask me to dance. Ugh. Glad that’s over!

I was mildly obsessed with this song and Alanis Morisette throughout high school. I think it sums up the moody, confusing high school experience fairly well. I loved quotes and lyrics, and Alanis seemed to always have what I needed! Watching the video is slightly hysterical…and probably a fairly good impression of what I look like when I am jamming out by myself in the car!

This song will forever be my anthem for summer. Specifically, last summer and my new found independence! Moving into my apartment, working a job that I loved, and having a ton of time to go on fun adventures made it quite a summer to remember. (And is making winter twice as hard!)

I’ve already decided that this will be my future anthem for summer. Hearing it just makes me insanely happy. And crave having a tan and wearing shorts.

And the last one…This is the current song that I love and immediately want to dance when I hear it!

So tell me, what songs are you loving now? What are the songs that take you back?

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Curried Stuffed Peppers

This recipe involves two things that are fairly new to my life. The whole concept of stuffed peppers. Yup, never had them until I started making them last summer! And curry. I know. I have seriously been missing out. After combining these two ingredients, I am pretty sure that I will never make stuffed peppers any other way!

The beginning...

The beginning…

And, can I just say how nice it was to be eating a vegetable other than spinach? Winter means crazy expensive vegetables that have very little taste, so I usually avoid buying anything other than spinach and mushrooms. However, sweet peppers were on sale!

Curried Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients

  • 4 peppers, clean and halved
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1-2 Tb Curry
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 Tb Brewer’s Yeast

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F. Place your halved peppers in a casserole dish and bake for 20 minutes or until slightly softened.
  2. In a pan, cook the ground beef and onions. Drain the meat if necessary once it is cooked through. Add the mushrooms, coconut milk, and spices. Simmer for about 10 minutes.
  3. Once the peppers have softened, fill them with the beef mixture. Top with 2 Tablespoons of tomato sauce. Bake for 20 minutes (or until you can’t stand it any longer!)
  4. Sprinkle with Brewer’s Yeast before serving if you’d like.
Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

Not only are these amazing right after they are made, but they are also great as leftovers! They will surely inspire some lunch room jealousy!

P.S. This recipe is dedicated to my Mama because she came up with the ingenious idea to add the curry! I just expanded the recipe with coconut milk!

What is your favorite stuffed pepper recipe?

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