Monthly Meal Plan - Paleo Inspired

I used to cook dinner every night. I worked from 6 am - 11 pm every single day yet I still managed to come home close to midnight and cook dinner for the following day. Now I work from home and I can't seem to make that happen once a week. I have no excuse. My younger self is much more of a badass than my older self. And if I don't start up again soon, I'm going to lose whatever chef skills I might have been able to claim I had in the past.

After weeks of the husband bringing home dinner from his job that provides a chef and some to-go boxes, I was feeling somewhat un-domesticated. The guilt crept up and something had to change. In about an hour I put together a pretty basic meal plan, and so it started. My goal is to cook 2-3 times per week.

I tried to make sure we had variety each week but also (and perhaps more importantly) that I could use some of the ingredients for several recipes that week (for example, using half a lemon one night and the other half the next night). And I somewhat succeeded.

So here is my plan of action in case any of you are interested.

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Monday - Salmon Cakes. Made with real salmon instead of canned and boiled the sweet potato. Definitely a mis-leading recipe in terms of time, but tasted really good!

Tuesday - Bring food home

Wednesday - Crock Pot Chicken Soup.

Thursday - Bring food home

Friday - Lemon Talapia

 

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Monday - Bring food home

Tuesday - Paleo Mini Meatloaves 

Wednesday - Coconut Lime Shrimp

Thursday - Bring food home

Friday - Bring food home

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Monday: Slow Carb Chili. Love this recipe! Make it often as the husband is often on the slow carb diet.

Tuesday - Paleo Green Chili Chicken Tostadas

Wednesday - Bring food home

Thursday - Paleo Pot Roast with Sweet Mashed Potatoes

Friday - Ian gone: CEREAL!

 

 

My Style: Geometric + Neon

I haven't shopped at Nordstrom Rack in years, but that might just change. I saw this shirt and fell in love. Though I hate the high-low or mullet style (as I like to call it), I figured I would let that go because the pattern is so worth it. I paired the tee with my new favorite pair of pants. Rag & Bone jeggings. Wow, as I type I just realized how bad this all sounds. Mullet shirts AND jeggings in the same post? I'm even judging myself right now. But for real, these pants are literally the softest things I have ever felt.

And those pumps? A $14 Nordstrom Rack purchase that has now become my go-to shoe for basically any outfit and any occasion. If you wanted to describe me in a shoe, this would be it.

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This Look: Tee: Nordstrom Rack | Pants: Rag & Bone | Necklace: H&M | Heels: Similar (Amazing $14 find) | Handbag: Vince Camuto from Nordstrom

Photography: Hannah Suh

Hot Chocolate Party

This is the perfect addition to your next fall get together. A hot chocolate bar! When I saw that there was such thing as "Fine Hot Chocolate" I was equal parts intrigued and excited. 

Ticket Chocolate offers a huge variety of gourmet chocolate flavors on a stick. Just stir in a cup of steamed milk and you've got yourself some of the best hot cocoa to give your guests. How is that not the perfect treat for your next bash? 

THE SETUP: Steamed Milk in cute pitchers: Anthropologie | Confetti Coffee Mugs: West Elm | Hot Chocolate on a Stick: Ticket Chocolate | Marshmallows: Ticket Chocolate | Signage: Bright Room Studio | Photography: Lili Durkin Photography

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And. Now. This.

And Now This is a culmination, a follow up, and a response to failures and successes. It is more me than I've ever been. It means more to me than anything I've ever done. It is real life. It is, in many ways the finale, and yet it is just the beginning.

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It is a place to peel back the curtain on inspiration and take a closer look. It is about learning from the stories of those 4-year-over-night-successes, not comparing yourself to them. It is a place for growth and conversation but not for judgement. It is about going for it without letting your better judgement get in the way.

"And Now This" means just what it sounds like, which is why is the perfect name for this venture. It is open ended, it is anything, it is everything. It is about new stages, new starts, new chapters. It is about moving on and moving forward. It isn't a niche, it isn't a topic, it is real life. That beautiful real life. It is about success, and growth, and learning, and inspiring  your everyday life.

So here we are. The beginning. Here's to new chapters. To starting something. To using your failures as the stepping stones to your next success.

Here's to going for it.