Fresh Recipes | Edamame Pasta Salad

To get back on the recipe game, I decided to throw together an old staple to have in the fridge for snacking + sides all week: pasta salad. You may recognize a version of this pasta salad that my mom made two summers ago, and while I didn’t set out to copy her recipe, I guess it is just ingrained in me because it turned out pretty darn similar!

Fresh Recipes | Edamame Pasta Salad

The best thing about pasta salad is that you can adapt it to what you have on hand. I really wanted to add edamame this time, something I’d seen before but kept forgetting to add whenever I made this. And I’m so glad I finally did because it added such a great brightness to the salad.

Fresh Recipes | Edamame Pasta Salad

I also used the barilla veggie rotini pasta, another first that I was introduced to from one of Real Simple’s Best Of Lists. I didn’t notice any difference in flavor, and I’ll take any way to get more veggies into my diet!

Fresh Recipes | Edamame Pasta Salad

Also, like usual, I found myself raiding the olive bar for feta + olives in olive oil for this dish, but canned olives will work just fine!

Fresh Recipes | Edamame Pasta Salad

Edamame Pasta Salad

Serves 8-10

Print recipe!

Ingredients:

12 ounces rotini pasta

1 cup frozen edamame

1 can kidney beans, rinsed

1 can corn, rinsed

2 cups green beans, chopped

1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled

1/2 cup kalamata olives, chopped

1 bottle Annie’s Roasted Red Pepper salad dressing

Steps:

Cook pasta according to package directions.

Just before the pasta is finished, add in the edamame to cook.

Drain well and place in bowl with the rest of the ingredients. Mix well and refrigerate until cold, preferably overnight.

Enjoy!

Time: 15 minutes

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Home Ideas | Incorporating Nautical Accents

Although I may never live near the ocean again, the ocean + beach will always have a big part of my life. There’s just something about staring across the water, talking a walk through the sand, trekking out a pier, or riding a bike along the sea bluffs that just has such a calming, restorative effect on my mind + body.

So, instead of constantly longing for the beach, I’ve been trying to incorporate nautical accents into my everyday home decor. Now, I’ve kinda shied away from this in the past because I don’t want my home to look like a beach house or like a “themed” house. I think the key words are touches of beach/nautical elements incorporated throughout different rooms and mixed in with the rest of my decor to make the inclusion seem natural and not forced.

I also like the idea of focusing on smaller accent pieces like framed, muted, coral artwork in a hallway, a starfish pillow in an accent chair, shells and sea glass in a clear vase, an unexpected beach-y wall hook, a stack of starfish on a coffee table book…I think you get the idea. Just enough touches of nautical to keep me at peace and the feeling of the ocean always in my home.

Sea Urchin Candles

Home Ideas | Incorporating Nautical Accents

Starfish Embroidered Pillows

Home Ideas | Incorporating Nautical Accents

Knot Art

Home Ideas | Incorporating Nautical Accents

Coral Art

Home Ideas | Incorporating Nautical Accents

Octopus Hook

Home Ideas | Incorporating Nautical Accents

Shells Vase Filler

Home Ideas | Incorporating Nautical Accents

Sea Glass Vase Filler

Home Ideas | Incorporating Nautical Accents

Coral Lamp

Home Ideas | Incorporating Nautical Accents

Starfish Figurines

Home Ideas | Incorporating Nautical Accents

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While I Was Missing…

by on April 21, 2014

 While I was missing....

Happy Monday, friends! It feels so good to finally say that again!

I really didn’t plan to be away for so long, I promise. What started out as getting home too late from a trip one weekend to get a post together turned into a week of missed posts and finally turned into a month… call it busyness or call it laziness, once I got out of the rhythm, it was just hard to get back into it again.

I thought that maybe a break would also help me get more focused in the kitchen again and help me spend more time making healthy meals, but you know what? It actually had the opposite effect–the inactivity spread to all areas of my life! But now, I’m back into a gym routine which is making me focus on my eating habits again, and I’m so excited to share some of the things I’ve been working on in the kitchen and in my life while I was missing in action on the blog.

While I was missing….

I went to Washington, D.C. TWICE, once to visit family and once to help with a friend’s dress alterations.

On the first trip, we rented some of the infamous D.C. red bikes and biked all the way to Mt. Vernon and back from Alexandria–not an easy feat on 20 pound bikes with limited gears! It was an absolutely gorgeous March day for our bike ride. The next day? We got 3 inches of snow.

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On the second trip, we ventured into the city for the cherry blossom festival. It was GORGEOUS! I had always wanted to visit, but the timing seemed just about impossible to make it for peak blooms. So when we lucked out on a trip we’d had planned and kept rescheduling and eventually timed it perfectly, I was ecstatic to break out the real, non-iphone camera and take in the sights. It was definitely something I’m not sure we’ll get to see again while on the east coast!

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 I also explored downtown Roanoke for one of the first times, ending up at the amazing Wildflour Restaurant and Bakery (I mean, doesn’t that name just have to have amazing food?) and the equally amazing Black Dog Salvage, a local antique shop with it’s own tv show. They deserve their own post, so check back Friday for all of the details!
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I made pasta salad twice, once with edamame, once with green beans and peas, and both with lots of olive and feta. It’s really the perfect party food + easy side to have ready in the fridge for snacking and lunch and dinner. Recipe Wednesday!
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What’s been going on in your life since we’ve last talked? Man, it feels good to be back!

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Outfit Ideas | Denim & Chambray

The trees may still be in hibernation mode, but it was a glorious 67 degrees when we took these photos on our walk on Saturday. I mean, I even got to break out my walking sandals!

I purchased these sandals when we were studying abroad in London. I had only brought sensible walking shoes, but they were a little too sensible and not really working in a fashion forward city. So, when I saw these beauties in a store window, I knew I had to have them. I kept going into stores, trying to find a size 8, but they were all sold out every time.

Outfit Ideas | Denim & Chambray

Finally, I tried one more and the employee had sense enough to ask if I was talking about a British size 8 or an American size 8. Turns out an American 8 is actually a 5 in England–oops! So I was able to walk out of the store with happy feet and shoes that have pretty much carried me everywhere.

Outfit Ideas | Denim & Chambray

They’re kinda worse for the wear these days, but I don’t think I’ll ever be able to part with them. There’s just too many memories!

Outfit Ideas | Denim & Chambray

Chambray Shirt: Loft (sold out online but try a store!)

Skinny Jeans: Gap

Gladiator Sandals: Clarks (metallic, similar)

Key Necklace: homemade

Outfits Also Featuring These Jeans:

Linking Up With Fizz and Frosting and Style Elixir

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Fresh Recipes | Blueberry Spinach Smoothie

As a birthday gift for Jeff, my parents generously gifted him (us) a NutriBullet! They knew that we’d been wanting one and just recently purchased one of their own and fell in love with it, so they decided to share that love.

Fresh Recipes | Blueberry Spinach Smoothie

And since my blender can’t even blend bananas, I was pretty darn excited when Jeff opened up the box last week. I finally got to use it for the first time Saturday morning and thought I had the makings of a perfect smoothie ready to go: spinach, blueberries, coconut, and almond milk. Doesn’t it look great?

Fresh Recipes | Blueberry Spinach Smoothie

And once I turned it on, it didn’t just blend–it pulverized. But, for some reason, the combo was not exactly what I’d been hoping for. It was thick, almost gelatinous, which made it a little hard to swallow.

So, I looked back through the instructions and think I found my error: packing the spinach down instead of loading everything loosely. I also switched out the almond milk for water, wondering if that would make a difference as well.

Fresh Recipes | Blueberry Spinach Smoothie

For take two, I included spinach and blueberries again, plus a little banana for added sweetness and flaxseed. I filled the water to the “max fill” line and pulverized again.

This time the results were fantastic! I cannot believe how smooth the smoothie actually is–it has me completely excited about smoothie making again!

Fresh Recipes | Blueberry Spinach Smoothie

Gracias padres!

Blueberry Spinach Smoothie

Serves One

Print recipe!

Ingredients:

1 cup spinach

1/2 cup blueberries

1 banana

1 teaspoon flaxseed

water

Steps:

Combine all ingredients in a smoothie and pulse until blended.

Enjoy!

Time: 5 minutes

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Home Ideas | Target Home Sale

Target just had to go and put their furniture + other home goods on sale this week, right after we broke our coffee table beyond repair. Plus, they’re offering a $10 gift card for every purchase over $50! I have my eye on this one below, though I haven’t pulled the trigger quite yet. How cute would it look with this knob?

Also, my fav apothecary cabinet is also on sale–have fun browsing!

Avington Coffee Table $83.99 (was $119.99)

Home Ideas | Target Home Sale

Windowpane Collage $26.23 (was $34.99)

Home Ideas | Target Home Sale

Scalloped Wall Mirror $27.99 (was $39.99)

Home Ideas | Target Home Sale

Metal Counter Stools $71.24 (was $94.99)

Home Ideas | Target Home Sale

Apothecary Cabinet $104.99 (was $149.99)

Home Ideas | Target Home Sale

Woven Bench $76.99 (was $109.99)

Home Ideas | Target Home Sale

Accent Cabinet $76.99 (was $109.99)

Home Ideas | Target Home Sale

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