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

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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)

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Windowpane Collage $26.23 (was $34.99)

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Scalloped Wall Mirror $27.99 (was $39.99)

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Metal Counter Stools $71.24 (was $94.99)

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Apothecary Cabinet $104.99 (was $149.99)

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Woven Bench $76.99 (was $109.99)

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Accent Cabinet $76.99 (was $109.99)

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Fresh Recipes | Kale, Chicken Sausage, & White Bean Stew

Happy Monday, everyone!

I hope you had a fantastic weekend! After a strange week of coldish weather and two smallish snowstorms, we finally hit the mid-sixties on Saturday! It was glorious!

We celebrated with a trip to Radford for a walk in Bissett Park followed by an appetizer at The River Company, one of my favorite spots in the area. I was sweating in my jeans + sandals!

Fresh Recipes | Kale, Chicken Sausage, & White Bean Stew

On Friday, during the midst of the snowstorm, however, I decided to finally get around to making that soup I’d scheduled to make the previous night but postponed for the snow day: Kale, Chicken Sausage, & White Bean Stew.

Both Jeff and I fell head over heels in love with this creation for one major reason–the homemade chicken broth. After roasting the chicken on Sunday, I’d put the carcass along with an onion, few stalks of celery, and some carrots in a large soup pot, covered it all with water, and let it boil for about 3 hours. I, for once, had the foresight to cook it with the strainer in the soup pot, so I simply pulled it up and dumped the solids and was left with glorious broth. So easy!

And the depth of flavor it added to the soup was simply amazing. Plus, I have quite a bit left over and frozen for next time!

Fresh Recipes | Kale, Chicken Sausage, & White Bean Stew

If you’re wondering about meal planning this week, here is what is scheduled:

Monday: BLTAs

Tuesday: Build Your Own Tacos

Wednesday: Pasta with Turkey Meatballs

Thursday: Pizza (using whatever leftovers we have!)

Fri/Sat/Sun: in DC

Here’s to a great week!

Fresh Recipes | Kale, Chicken Sausage, & White Bean Stew

Kale, Chicken Sausage, & White Bean Stew

Serves 4-6

Print recipe!

Ingredients:

1 medium onion, chopped

2 carrots, chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

2 chicken sausages, sliced and halved

3 cloves garlic, chopped

32 ounces homemade or store bought chicken broth

32 ounces (2 cans) white beans, drained and rinsed

4 cups kale, chopped

olive oil

salt, to taste

pepper, to tasted

1 teaspoon fennel

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 bay leaf

Steps:

Heat olive oil over medium heat in a cast iron pot.

Stir in onions, carrots, and celery and continue to saute, stirring often, until onions are soft and aromatic.

Add chicken sausage and more olive oil, if needed. Continue cooking until sausage begins to brown.

Stir in garlic and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

Add chicken broth and bring to a boil.

Reduce to a simmer and then add in white beans, salt, pepper, fennel, smoked paprika, and the bay leaf. Simmer for at least 30 minutes.

About 15 minutes before serving, stir in kale and continue to simmer until wilted.

Enjoy!

Time: 45-60 minutes

 

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