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.
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
Monday - Bring food home
Tuesday - Paleo Mini Meatloaves
Wednesday - Coconut Lime Shrimp
Thursday - Bring food home
Friday - Bring food home
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!
Impromptu Camping? Yes please. One Saturday morning the husband and I decided to do a little something fun, so we packed up, headed down the coast to Big Sur, and hoped would find a campsite to accomodate us.
We pitched a tent, unpacked the supplies and went exploring. Well, not quite exploring, but we did take a dip in the Big Sur River and hang out at the camp site.
We went to Nepenthe, one of his favorite dinner spots in Big Sur for dinner. We went on the weekend of Super Moon.....the largest full moon of the year, which was a happy coincidence!
The next morning we packed up and headed to Pfeiffer Beach. The two mile road to the beach was beautiful with tons of old houses and cool mountain scenery.
The beach is fairly small tucked between mountains and huge rock formations. It makes for some great photography, but not so fun to spend hours walking around. A picnic would have been a nice addition, but we still had fun watching people climb the rock and watching the huge waves rush in.
Definitely looking forward to more impromptu camping trips along with maybe a few planned ones where we invite a few friends. We are pretty darn lucky to live a few short hours from places like this. I should remind myself of that everytime I pay ridiculous amounts in rent each month....right?!
Photography: Ian Silber
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.
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
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.
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.