Outfit Ideas | Rehearsal Dinner Maxi Dress

Greetings from sunny San Luis Obispo! I can’t believe we’re actually here!

Since we don’t have much time left on our Cali vacay, I’ll keep this short and to the point. This look was what I wore to a friend’s wedding rehearsal dinner last weekend in Philadelphia. And, actually, it’s also what I wore to my sister’s rehearsal dinner last year in Keystone, Colorado. I guess I kinda like it for that occasion, no?

Outfit Ideas | Rehearsal Dinner Maxi Dress

I love the colors and pattern in this maxi dress and though it’s a bit hard to see in the photos, there’s a slit up each side that makes it super easy to walk in. I dressed it up with a fun bead strand necklace from Charming Charlie and my fav Kork Ease wedges to complete the look.

Outfit Ideas | Rehearsal Dinner Maxi Dress

Hope you’re all having a wonderful week!

Outfit Ideas | Rehearsal Dinner Maxi Dress

Maxi Dress: T.J. Maxx (similar style, cute option)

Wedges: Kork Ease Della (lighter color–now $29.99!)

Necklace: Charming Charlie (pearl tassel, love this)

Other Looks Featuring These Sandals:

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Fresh Recipes | Cherry Almond Smoothie

While I was recovering, I was lucky enough to have family come down to VA to visit for a weekend and pamper me with goodies like these cherries. Jeff’s not a huge cherry fan, so I set about devouring them in as many ways as I could–not a problem for me!

One of those cherry creations was this cherry almond smoothie. I swear, it’s almost too healthy to look this tasty. The cherries are loaded with antioxidants and fiber and then with the added almonds, flax, and chia, this smoothie definitely makes for a great start to your day, or a great pick-me-up afternoon snack.

Fresh Recipes | Cherry Almond Smoothie

I was a little hesitant to add the blueberry yogurt into the mix, but to be honest, it was all I had in the fridge and since my head injury wouldn’t allow me to go to the store, I had to make do with what I had on hand. But, true to form, I loved the sweet/tart flavor it added! Smoothie ingredients just seem to never go wrong.

Fresh Recipes | Cherry Almond Smoothie

I also added a little coconut almond milk to play up the whole almonds addition, but regular or even vanilla almond milk would work as well.

Fresh Recipes | Cherry Almond Smoothie

Do you put cherry season to good use?

Cherry Almond Smoothie

Serves 1

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Ingredients:

1 cup pitted cherries (about 7 total)

2.5 ounces blueberry yogurt (about 1/4 cup)

10 almonds

1 teaspoon honey

1 teaspoon flaxseed

1 teaspoon chia seeds

1 cup coconut almond milk

Steps:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse to mix well.

Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Time: 5 minutes

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Fresh Recipes | Jalapeño Pesto & Feta Turkey Burgers

Happy Monday, friends! It’s so nice to say that again!

Jeff and I are celebrating our last week of summer vacation in San Francisco and SLO, a trip we’ve both been looking forward to for such a long time!

Fresh Recipes | Jalapeño Pesto & Feta Turkey Burgers

Despite being in full recovery mode for the past few weeks, I found that one of the things I could still do was cook, which I was so thankful for. And since old habits die hard, I suppose, I couldn’t resist snapping a few shots of some of the creations as well. Nothing too fancy, but it felt good to accomplish something besides copious amounts of sleep during the day.

Fresh Recipes | Jalapeño Pesto & Feta Turkey Burgers

When I do eat meat, turkey burgers are definitely one of my cravings. And since our CSA has continually gifted us with basil this summer, I can’t stop making pesto! Every week, I’ve been making a batch with the fresh basil and freezing it in our ice cube tray for later use. Somehow though, my stock pile hasn’t been building up as much as I wanted because I keep pulling some out to use all the time!

Fresh Recipes | Jalapeño Pesto & Feta Turkey Burgers

With this recipe, I borrowed some of the kale almond pesto and spiced it up with a little jalapeño. Jeff thought I was a little crazy to combine the two but the flavors compliment each other so well! I also topped the burgers with a little feta and avocado to balance out the heat.

Fresh Recipes | Jalapeño Pesto & Feta Turkey Burgers

Hope you enjoy!

Jalapeño Pesto & Feta Turkey Burgers

Makes 2 burgers

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Ingredients:

10 ounces ground turkey meat

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon red pepper

2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce

1/4 cup kale almond pesto

1/2 jalapeño, deseeded and minced

olive oil

Toppings:

wheat roll

tomato slices

red onion slices

avocado slices

feta cheese

Steps:

Heat olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat.

Meanwhile, combine turkey meat, salt, pepper, garlic powder, red pepper, and worcestershire sauce in a large bowl. Mix well and form into two patties, then place in frying pan.

Once the turkey burger patties are in the frying pan, sear them on both sides and then cover with a lid. Steam the burgers until cooked all the way through, about 6-7 minutes per side.

Meanwhile, combine pesto with the jalapeño in a small bowl, mixing well, or use a small mixer to ensure an even distribution.

Assemble burgers by smashing some avocado onto a wheat roll and then topping with a turkey patty, jalapeño pesto, feta cheese, tomato, and red onion.

Serve immediately and enjoy!

Time: 20 minutes

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Outfit Ideas | Nearly Monochromatic

This is me, totally oblivious to the fact that I had just sustained a concussion a half hour earlier. You know, since normal people don’t get concussions from putting away their make-up in the hall closet and smacking the side of their head in the process. I just figured I had a headache, and a minor one at that. Fast forward two days and with an onset of dizziness and difficulty concentrating, I went to the doctor and wouldn’t you know it, concussion. No fun.

Outfit Ideas | Nearly Monochromatic

The past two weeks have been trying, to say the least, and I am so ready to put them behind me for a fun weekend of wedding festivities before heading back to Cali for my last week of summer–there’s truly no better way to celebrate! In the meantime, I’ll be around here a bit, but I still have to be careful and ease back into my normal routines.

Outfit Ideas | Nearly Monochromatic

Back during normal, non-concussed summer day, I got bored one afternoon and decided to take a pair of scissors + a razor to do a little DIY distress action on this pair of grey Loft jeans. I loved the jeans, but I’d really only worn them once since I purchased them six months ago and felt like they needed a little something extra to make them more marketable in my wardrobe. It seemed to have worked because I’ve been wearing them all the time now–they’re even making the Cali trip!

Outfit Ideas | Nearly Monochromatic

I love this outfit both with and without the scarf. Without, it just has that polished monochromatic look from the front that I almost never go for, but love here. And when I turn around, there goes the monochromatic-ness anyway! But, I’m always a sucker for color, so I also love the pop the floral scarf adds to the front of the look as well.

Outfit Ideas | Nearly Monochromatic

Which do you prefer–all grey in the front or with the colorful scarf?

Grey/Print Top: Target (tank/flipped version)

Grey Skinny Jeans: Loft (grey wash, distressed) <–distressed by me

Rose Gold Sandals: Sam Edelman Gigi (different colorgold and shiny)

Floral Scarf: Loft (fun option)

Other Looks Featuring This Scarf:

 

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Hi everyone! I am finally starting to feel better after this whole concussion thing, so I’m hoping to slowly get back into blogging this week. Computers are still one of the harder things for me to use/do, but it’s been so difficult being away from you all for the past few weeks!

On Thursday, Jeff and I are heading up north for a wedding and then flying to San Francisco and SLO for a week. I can’t believe that August 1st marked two whole years since we moved to Blacksburg and this upcoming trip will also be the first time we’ve been back to SLO in over two years–how is that even possible!

To commemorate the start of our third year here in VA, and in conjunction with RelayRides, a a peer-to-peer sharing rental car company, I wanted to put together a list of all of the “hidden” gems I’ve discovered so far in Blacksburg. I say “hidden” because to locals, they’re all probably old news, but to us, these are the places/events that have made Blacksburg such a fun place to discover.

I put together three categories to highlight these gems: events, places, and food. If you click on each underlined title, it will take you to the detailed posts!

Events:

1. Fork & Cork

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2. Blacksburg Farmer’s Market

 

Blacksburg Living | Hometown Hidden Gems

3. Summer Solstice Festival

 

Blacksburg Living | Hometown Hidden Gems

 

4. Up on the Roof

 

Blacksburg Living | Hometown Hidden Gems

(a fun event the last Thursday of the warmer months–hopefully will get a post up soon!)

Places:

1. Huckleberry Trail

 

Blacksburg Living | Hometown Hidden Gems

2. Deerfield Trail

 

Blacksburg Living | Hometown Hidden Gems

3. Beliveau Winery

 

Blacksburg Living | Hometown Hidden Gems

4. Glade Road Growing Farm Share Program

 

Blacksburg Living | Hometown Hidden Gems

Food:

1. Next Door Bake Shop

 

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2. 622 North

 

Blacksburg Living | Hometown Hidden Gems

3. Lefty’s Main Street Grille

 

Blacksburg Living | Hometown Hidden Gems

4. Mill Mountain Coffee & Tea

 

Blacksburg Living | Hometown Hidden Gems

I can’t wait to discover even more hidden gems in our next three years here! PS — keep on touch via Facebook and Instagram as I visit all of my old favs in SLO next week!

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Fresh Recipes | Smoky Baked Chickpeas

It’s time to jump on the baked chickpea bandwagon!

Usually, chickpeas are not one of my go-to ingredients. I might throw some into a pasta salad or if I’m feeling up for it, use them for homemade falafel–but that’s pretty much it. So when I saw all these baked chickpea recipes popping up around the inter webs, I was intrigued. And a little skeptical.

Fresh Recipes | Smoky Baked Chickpeas

I mean, would chickpeas really make that great of a snack? Would they turn out crispy or just sorta chewy? But I decided to go ahead and give it a try yesterday. I was already in the kitchen making lots of freezable food to get ready for the upcoming school year and since the chickpeas take less than 5 minutes of hands-on time before sending off to the oven to bake, I figured it would be the perfect time to figure out what all the hype was about.

Fresh Recipes | Smoky Baked Chickpeas

During my original recipe research, the bake time + oven temperature seemed to be a bit lower than what I ended up going with, but I had great results with what is listed in the recipe. If it is your first time making them, I might start checking 10 minutes or so before you think they could possibly be done, just to make sure. Plus, if you’re turning them every once in awhile, you’ll get an idea of their doneness that way too.

Fresh Recipes | Smoky Baked Chickpeas

I don’t think I could have been prepared for just how amazing these turned out: super crunchy, super smoky. I could seriously not stop popping them into my mouth–even during the photo shoot, I kept stealing them from the bowl before I remembered that I had to shoot first, eat second!

Fresh Recipes | Smoky Baked Chickpeas

The end result sorta reminds me of wasabi peas, another one of my favorite snack, just not quite as crunchy and a whole lot more cumin-y. Make sure that you do turn/mix the chickpeas around every once in awhile, also, because even while I did that, I still had a few only semi-crunchy chickpeas. They’re all still tasty though!

Fresh Recipes | Smoky Baked Chickpeas

Have you ever baked chickpeas? Results? Other seasonings?

Smoky Baked Chickpeas

Makes about 1 cup

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Ingredients:

1 15.5 ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/4 teaspoon cumin

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 cup olive oil

Steps:

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.

After the chickpeas are drained and rinsed, shake off the excess water and pour them into a large bowl.

In a small bowl, combine salt, smoked paprika, cumin, and cayenne pepper to form the spice rub. Mix well.

Pour the olive oil over the chickpeas. Mix and then add the spice rub, continuing to mix until evenly distributed.

Place the chickpeas on a baking sheet, making sure to spread them out. Place them in the oven and bake until crispy, about 45-60 minutes, turning every so often.

Remove from the oven and enjoy!

Time: 50-65 minutes

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