Sunday, August 31, 2014

Hawaiian Pork Tacos with Pineapple Slaw

Hawaiian Pork Tacos with Pineapple Slaw Hawaiian Pork Tacos with Pineapple Slaw
There are still so many tacos to make/eat before the summer is over! Korean Tacos, Banh Mi Tacos....the list is endless. 
I'll be making this Hawaiian version again - It's a perfect way to use some fresh summer flavors. 

Hawaiian Pork Tacos with Pineapple Slaw
(inspired by this recipe)
2.5 lbs pork for stew
1 bag Campbell's Slow Cooker Hawiian Luau Sauce
1/3 cup greek yogurt
1 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh pineapple juice
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon orange zest
Pinch of salt and pepper
1-10oz bag shredded cabbage slaw mix
1 cup fresh pineapple, diced
1 jalapeno, seeded + chopped
soft tortillas
diced avocado 
crumbled goat cheese

1. Cook pork in slow cooker, according to package directions. 
2. Make the slaw, in a medium size bowl whisk together the greek yogurt, rice vinegar, pineapple juice, brown sugar, orange zest, salt and pepper. Add the cabbage, pineapple and jalapeƱo. Toss well.
4. To assemble tacos, add some pork and slaw to tortillas and any extras you desire - cilantro, avocado, goat cheese - and have at it. 

Serves about 6, will stay for 5 days separately in the fridge
Hawaiian Pork Tacos with Pineapple Slaw

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Mixtape Monday: So Long, Summer

With September approaching and the fact that I've already seen Halloween candy for sale, I guess it's safe to say summer is pretty much over. I've still got a full list of things to do before the season ends, so I am hoping for some Indian summer days in the upcoming weeks. 
I used to get excited for fall, and I will soon, but fall means winter. And in Chicago, that is something else. I'm still trying to store some heat!

So here, one last playlist for the summa:

1. Classic (feat. POWERS) - The Knocks
2. Hate Yourself - TV Girl
3. Summerboy - Lady Gaga
4. Love U Forever - Jenny Lewis
5. Learn How to Hang - David Vandervelde
6. Killin the Vibe - Ducktails
7. Dusty - Monster Rally
8. Her and Her Friend - TV Girl
9. Solitude is Bliss - Tame Impala
10. Paradise - Monster Rally
11. Scars - GEMS
12. Tough Love - Jessie Ware
13. How it All Ends - The Mary Onettes


Friday, August 22, 2014

Stop-Motion: San Francisco

Finally got around to making a San Francisco stop-motion, compiled of pictures of my trips in 2012 and 2013. Another video of Highway 1 is on the way...

Song: The Sun by SURES


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Teil Duncan

I'm really into these abstract beach-scapes by Charleston artist, Teil Duncan. Not only are the candy colors reminiscent of the historic houses that line Charleston's streets, but they have a soft, hazy quality to them that look like faded lazy college days spent at Folly Beach.
Summer of 2012 was some sort of magical. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Mixtape Monday: Workout 5.0

Because every workout deserves some pre-KFed Britney...

1. Self-Control  - Kate Boy
2. Call Your Girlfriend - Robyn
3. I'm Good, I'm Gone - Lykke Li
4. Burn the Pages - Sia
5. G.U.Y. - Lady Gaga
6. I'm A Slave For You - Britney Spears
7. GO! - Santigold
8. End of Time - Beyonce
9. Hollaback Girl - Gwen Stefani
10. Infinity Guitars - Sleigh Bells
11. Me Against the Music - Britney Spears
12. Fire Meet Gasoline - Sia
13. New Bitch - Iggy Azalea

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Thai Cashew Coconut Rice Salad

Thai Cashew Coconut Rice Salad
Boy, has this salad been a nice break from my typical hummus and carrots/I-guess-I'll order-Jimmy-Johns-again lunches. Though it requires more ingredients than I normally like to cook with, it's so worth it. For a salad, it's very satisfying, flavorful and filling.

Thai Cashew Coconut Rice Salad
(adapted from this recipe)
1½ cups dry brown jasmine rice
1 (15 oz) can unsweetened, light coconut milk
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup water

2 red bell peppers, finely chopped
10oz bag Trader Joe's Cruciferous Crunch Mix (shredded kale, brussels sprouts, broccoli, green and red cabbage)
2 cups shredded carrots
1 small red onion, finely diced
1 cup cilantro, chopped
1 cup cashews, finely chopped

⅓ cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 teaspoon sesame oil
Water to thin

1. Rinse the dry rice well until the water runs clear.
2. In a medium-sized pot, mix together the rice, coconut milk, garlic, salt, and water. Cover and bring to a boil.
3. Once the pot reaches a rolling boil, reduce heat to low and let simmer for 30 minutes.
4. After 30 minutes, turn off heat and let sit (with lid on) for an additional 10 minutes.
5. As you wait for the rice, make the peanut sauce. In a small, microwave-safe bowl, combine the peanut butter and honey. Microwave for 15 seconds, or until the peanut butter thins. Stir well. Add the vinegar and sesame oil. Stir again. Thin as desired with water (I used over 1/2 cup)
6. Fluff the rice and combine it with the chopped vegetables and cashews. Pour dressing over and toss until combined.

I eat mine cold, straight out of the fridge, but you can re-heat it. Stays for about a week.
Thai Cashew Coconut Rice Salad

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Garden Apartment Tour {Bedroom} onto my bedroom! 
The bedspread is actually a queen size that we cut off part of to make the reverse side into a dust ruffle (all my mom's doing). Mirror is thrifted and the lamp is from Big Lots (?!?)
Air plants in terrariums hung from an exposed beam -- I'm thinking about dipping the glass in gold paint - thoughts??
Yeah, that's a log in my wall.... My dad made the shelves back in college for me and the chest of drawers was thrifted and revamped. 
That basket is my hamper...
bedroom bedroom
It was hard to get a shot of my rug, but it's a Moroccan berber rug from World Market, a necessary splurge. 
Two of my favorite objects in my room - sea turtle and Frida mirror. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Mixtape Monday: Seashells

A collection of summery songs: 

1. Intro - The Mary Onettes
2. Armida - Lust For Youth (80's vibe)
3. All Of Me - Tanlines
4. An Act of Mercy - The Mercy Beat
5. Aloha & the Three Johns - Jenny Lewis (I feel like Jenny always has some sort of blatant Hawaiian-twinged song on all her albums - they're typically ballads too.) 
6. Genevieve - Lucius ("...and all you had to do was shut your mouth")
7. She Smokes in Bed - TV Girl
8. Not Right Now - Pat Thomas
9. He's Leaving - Cate LeBon
10. Late Bloomer - Jenny Lewis
11. Wildewoman - Lucius
12. 1936  - PHOX (for fans of: Kimbra & A Fine Frenzy)
13. Reprise (I Could Have Been Your Girl ) - She & Him

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Carrot Mango Smoothie with Turmeric

Carrot Mango Smoothie with Tumeric
Carrot Mango Smoothie with Tumeric
Before trying this smoothie recipe, I was so unsure about turmeric and it's enhancing powers. It's like adding salt to caramel or dark chocolate - turmeric kicks things up a notch, a subtle notch. 
You gotta try it for yourself and trust me that this is a delicious and satisfying breakfast or snack. 

Carrot Mango Smoothie with Turmeric
(adapted from this recipe)

1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup fruit juice (I used Trader Joe's Orange Peach Mango Juice)
1 large carrot, shredded
1 frozen banana
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 cup frozen mango

Blend the milk, juice, and carrot together until smooth. 
Add rest of ingredients and blend until all smooth. 

Serves 1
Carrot Mango Smoothie with Tumeric Carrot Mango Smoothie with Tumeric
What have you been sipping on this summer?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Garden Apartment Tour {Living Room}

Continuing the apartment tour... with the Living Room! 
living room
This is the brightest part in the apartment, the bay window, and the only place house plants can grow. I am on my way to becoming a crazy house plant lady. 
living room
I accented all these terra cotta pots with gold paint. 
living room
Some cheap-o toilet paper roll wall art really makes a statement. The peacock chair was thrifted and painted to match the thrifted trunk, which my dad made legs for (it stores winter boots!). 
living room
living room
The former tenants left the sofa, and two arm chairs - plus some pillows - for free! Also the walls used to be dark green, but we painted them a glowing yellow-gold, perfect for dreary winter days. 
living room 
living room
Finally a place to hang some art I got in Morocco. 
living room
The TV stand was an unfinished bathroom vanity that my mom painted with chalk paint. 
living room
Bar cart Ikea hack that was totally taken from Pinterest. I couldn't find any in my price range and settled for making one myself, but I kinda love it - the mirror makes it. So do the fancy decanters...
living room living room
Ottoman, turned boot changing station. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Mixtape Monday: Head Underwater

I just spent my weekend seeing Lollapalooza aftershows, so I am on a live music high right now that I hope I never come down from.  Jenny Lewis has been #1 on my list to see live and after 10 years, finally got to see her. I was in the front row and almost cried. My God, was she amazing and the set list was perfect - playing old and new plus some Rilo Kiley. 
Also saw Lucius, a percussion heavy, harmonizing dream duo - part 60's girl group, part Tegan and Sarah. 
So, this week's playlist is heavily inspired from the shows I saw...

1. Head Underwater - Jenny Lewis (Currently my favorite track off her new album, The Voyager. Her lyrics on this album are as relatable as ever, this article gives you an insight on her struggles and making the record.)
2. Breaking Up - Rilo Kiley
3. Is This How You Feel - The Preatures (for fans of: HAIM)
4. Numbers Don't Lie - The Mynabirds (great Motown sound)
5. Birds Don't Sing - TV Girl 
6. Tempest - Lucius
7. If I Could Change Your Mind - HAIM
8. The Angels Hung Around - Rilo Kiley
9. She's Not Me - Jenny Lewis (This song has such a Fleetwood Mac feel to it.)
10. What's On Your Mind - The Greyhounds
11. Under These Hands - Dum Dum Girls
12. Left Hand Free - Alt-J (really digging their new sound - can't wait for the new album)
13. Baby - Devendra Banhart 

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