Saturday, April 19, 2014

Pretzel Chicken with Honey Mustard

Pretzel Chicken with Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken with Honey Mustard
This Pretzel Chicken with Honey Mustard by Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice  satiated my salty, tangy, crunchy craving I was experiencing last week.  It's a surprisingly healthy baked/"fried" chicken (I used chicken tender cuts, so I didn't have to pound out anything) that I served alongside some spring green vegetables. 
Oh, I'll be making this again, that's for sure. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NOLA via Diana F+

Dreaming of warmer days spent in New Orleans. 
These Diana F+ 120 film photos were taken 2 years ago during Jazz fest. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Mixtape Monday: the Milky Way

This is a playlist of indie-electronic songs, covers, and remixes that I've collected lately. At 15+ songs, it's a pretty good one...

1. Cheap Sunglasses (feat. Matthew Koma) - RAC
2. PRIME - Allie X
3. It's Not Right But It's Okay (Whitney Houston cover) - CHVRCHES
4. I.O.U. - Fol Chen
5. Chloroform (Sleigh Bells Remix) - Phoenix
6. Seasons (Waiting On You) - Future Islands
7. Comrade (All Tiny Creatures Remix) - Volcano Choir
8. When We're Fire - Lo-Fang
9. Sexual Healing (Kygo Remix) - Marvin Gaye
10. Julian - Say Lou Lou
11. I See Fire (Kygo Remix) - Ed Sheeran
12. I Need You - M83
13. Wait (Kygo Remix) - M83
14. Caravan (Kygo Remix) - Passenger
15. Easy - Son Lux
16. Yellow Bird - Pretty Lights
17. Hero -Frank Ocean + Mick Jones + Paul Simonon + Diplo

listen here.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Morning Muesli with Golden Raisins & Almonds

Morning Muesli with Golden Raisins & Almonds Morning Muesli with Golden Raisins & Almonds Morning Muesli with Golden Raisins & Almonds
I just shaved off a few minutes of my morning routine by making this overnight muesli. Now all I have to do for breakfast is take out a bowl from the fridge and stir. It's a winning combination of oats and yogurt with a hint of honey. The possibilities are endless with this one - you can substitute all sorts of dried fruit and nuts - whatever you have on hand. Not to mention, this breakfast is full of protein and fiber. 

Morning Muesli with Golden Raisins & Almonds
(adapted from Super Natural Everyday by Heidi Swanson)
3 cups rolled old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup roasted almonds
1/2 cup golden raisins, plus more to serve
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/4 tsp sea salt
plain yogurt
chia seeds

1. Toss together oats, almonds, raisins, wheat germ and salt in a large bowl. Store in an airtight container/jar until you are ready to use it. 
2. For each serving, spoon 1/2 cup yogurt into a bowl and thin with 1/4 cup water. Stir in 1/2 dry muesli, desired amount of chia seeds, and honey to sweeten slightly. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit in fridge overnight. Add extra raisins when ready to eat. 

Serves 6-8
Morning Muesli with Golden Raisins & Almonds
Do you have any new breakfast ideas?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Barbara Kitallides

Currently admiring these violently, colorful works by Barbara Kitallides
They're so full of passion and warmer temperatures. All I want is to live inside these paintings right now. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Mixtape Mondays: {another} Alt-Country

Neko with a car again 

Yes, it does seem like Neko Case is my poster child for all things alt-country. But lately it's been Caitlin Rose who has been getting me back into this genre, and if you're into this sort of thing then you most certainly need to give her latest album a listen. 

1. City Swan - Neko Case
2. Are You Ready to Die - Cary Ann Hearst
3. Hail Hail - Shovels & Rope
4. The Charging Sky - Jenny Lewis with The Watson Twins
5. Tears of Gold - Ryan Adams
6. Dallas - Caitlin Rose
7. Care of You - Shannon Stephens
8. I'm From Nowhere - Neko Case
9. Move On - Jet
10. Everywhere I Go - Caitlin Rose
11. Lady Adelaide - Benjamin Gibbard
12. Say Goodbye - Beck
13. Two Hearts - Ryan Adams
14. Lady Love Me - The Watson Twins

hear 'em:

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Jambalaya Casserole

Jambalaya Casserole
street art
French Quarter Jambalaya Casserole 
Because I was born and spent my childhood in New Orleans, I use every chance I get to take "ownership and authority" on all things NOLA. I can be pretty annoying about it. I'm like that kid you went to middle school with, who lived in England for 2 years and acts like they developed an accent and years of culture and memories. Even though they were like, 6. Yeah, I'm that person. 
It helps that New Orleans was the city both my parents ever lived in the longest, so even though they weren't natives, it's still very much apart of our family history and personality. My parents actually went back to NOLA a few weeks ago and out of jealousy of their visit, I decided to make some Jambalaya. Typically you'd add crawfish to this Cajun dish, but being in Chicago and on a budget, I substituted the crawfish for shrimp. This recipe is from an old family friend, and you won't believe how simple it is. For how good it tastes, it's embarrassing how easy it is to put together. 

Jambalaya Casserole
1 lb Jimmy Dean Hot Pork Sausage, cooked and drained
1 lb crawfish tails, or uncooked shrimp
2 cups Uncle Ben's Converted White Rice (uncooked)
1 14-oz can beef broth
 1 10.5 oz can Campbell's French Onion Soup
1 8oz can tomato paste
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 stick butter, cut into small chunks

Mix together all ingredients in a 9X13 glass casserole dish. Bake for 1 hour at 375° stirring halfway through. 

See, I told you it's embarrassingly easy. Perfect for a dinner party - fix it and forget it (for an hour).
Don't forget the crusty French bread and Hurricanes. 
Accordion Jambalaya Casserole
street art Jambalaya Casserole

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Luna by Bombay Bicycle Club

I had no idea when I posted this playlist featuring the song "Luna" by Bombay Bicycle Club and vintage photos of synchronized swimmers, that the video for said song was actually of synchronized swimmers dancing in the water (the hues and color palettes in this video also match those vintage photos). I had a minor freakout moment when I put that all together. 
Anyways, this video is so well done and just makes me happy. Super original. 
Do yourself a favor and get a copy of Bombay Bicycle Club's latest album, featuring this song and many amazing others. It's all I've been listening to this past month. 

Also, check out the Bollywood inspired video for their single "Feel"
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