10.21.2012

Lentils



Spence and I like to eat healthy - well minus my last blog entry which confessed my love for barbecue sauce. We tend to stick to healthy proteins and greens, yumm! I tend to get an ear-full about how healthy I eat - only because I prefer to snack on almonds over crazy sugar filled/covered goodies. At least once a week I make curried lentils - which can easily last for dinner for both of us and 2 days worth of lunches. Lentils are said to work wonders as an anti-inflammatory, they can do wonders for your skin, and can keep blood sugar levels down compared to what you get from eating pastas and other starch foods.
When Spence and I started dating 2 years ago (wow, time flies!) he took me to to eat indian food - it was the second time I had ever tested out this this cultural food. I was skeptical, but, I went with the plan - long story short I have been come a curry addicts since. Sadly, since we moved down south we have not been able to find sustainable indian food, therefore, I had to take it into my own hands to create a concoction similar and preferably healthier; then our love for coconut curried lentils was born.

So...I thought I would share:



Ingredients
  • 1 cup uncooked lentils, rinsed
  • ½ cup bulgur
  • 2½ cups water or vegetable broth
  • ¼ cup green curry paste
  • ¾ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1½ tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, stems removed
  • Greek yogurt for topping
Instructions
  1. Place lentils, bulgur, 2 cups water, curry paste, and turmeric in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until lentils are mostly cooked. Add the remaining ½ cup water during cook time if lentils and bulgur have absorbed all the water. You want to cook it until there is no liquid remaining. Turn the heat to medium or low, if it’s not already.
  2. Keeping the saucepan on the heat, stir in the tomato paste. Mixture should thicken slightly. Add butter, garlic, and garam masala; stir to combine until butter is melted. Add coconut milk and simmer for another 5-10 minutes or until thick and creamy.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in ginger and spinach until barely wilted. You can also serve this with fresh spinach, adding it just before serving.

Sending Love from SoCal

Succulents & Calligraphy

Secret # 674 revealed: I love barbecue sauce. I think it is delicious.

I am starting to get back into a crafting kick. Design school really sucks your creativity out of you, trust me. I am finally searching for new fun projects and ways to spruce up our apartment - on this weekends agenda I had: painting & planting. So far I have created a succulent terrarium, re-planted my little flowers I am trying to grow and have even gone as far as considering a herb garden which I can keep above my kitchen sink (I have to check with the Dr. first & see if he is okay with this). As for painting, I grabbed some paint chips from Home Depot and some painters tape. I am convinced that if I tape the walls up then I will be more likely to actually commit to my stripes idea; so far the tape is sitting on the table and the paint chips are still shoved in my purse. Oh well.

Last night it was pouring rain, but, despite the weather Ella and I hopped on bikes and pedaled down to the beach and enjoyed some wine and girl talk. It was actually a BLAST - we went there with the original intention to see if we would be able to see the meteor shower...rest assure we couldn't see a thing. The bikes are covered in sand, and my Uggs are ruined from the water and sand (I really am not that worried about them..ha!), my down vest is still drying out. It was nice to be wrapped up instead of in 90 degree weather.

I have recently decided that I need to do something - not like oh hey I need to go grocery shopping, but, I need to do something to pre-occupy my spare time instead of falling victim to endless episodes of Extreme Couponers (which I will never be, nor do I want to after seeing their 'stockpiles'). I have decided that I am going to invest my extra time into several things - I am sure this will constantly be changing, but, this week I want to take up fake calligraphy - a more modern version of the fancy pants stuff you see on wedding invites. I think it would be really fun to have fun fonts on all of my thank you cards that I send out - plus the more personalized touch means a lot more. So far my favorite letter to write is "R", imagine that... Secondly, I want to learn another language. In no way do I want to because a master of the language, but, I would really like to learn the basics. I took both Spanish & French throughout my childhood and into Highschool. As soon as I got through my general requirements in college I abruptly stopped. I will keep you updated on how adventure(s) is going...



How many girls does it take to change a tube? 

Natures Ombre. 

Monday, Monday...

True Foods. Coffee & Cocktails. 

Wedding Dress Hunting. One of my girlfriends is getting married! 

My succulent terrarium! 

Love this.

Sending Love from SoCal.

10.18.2012

Truth.

Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.

Learning

Over the last several days/week I have been pondering my current place in life - a lot has changed in such a short amount of time. It is crazy to take a step back and take it all in:

Things I have learned:

1. Just because you were friends all through college doesn't necessarily mean you will be friends after college. You grow up, you make new friends. You start to live your lives at a different pace. If those you consider your friends are truthfully a friend - they will still be there. If some one is rude, weasels their way into your pocket book or ditches you somewhere it is probably time to re-evaluate your friendship...just an idea...

2. Do what you love and make it your job. Now, I am not exactly sold on what I do - but - I work for basically the mecca of the action sports industry, and well, that I do LOVE! Plus, I cannot complain that much...I get to do cool stuff all the time that most people never experience during a 9-5 job - at the end of the day I know that projects I worked on are all over the global - that is a really cool thought/achievement.

3. Take the trash out. Yep - it is as simple as that. Southern California is hot: trash smells really bad when its hot. Okay..so maybe I was going a little deeper than 'trash' (and I don't mean that in a negative connotation but it is the only word I could think of). Every now and then clean everything up and/or out. Contacts in your phone, e-mails, Facebook friends (Oi!), cup boards, closets, the garage...whatever it is - it makes the environment you live in so much better!

4. Pamper yourself: if you have a little extra money get a massage or get your nails done, treat yourself to a new item or a nice(r) breakfast/lunch/dinner. It just makes your feel good; if you feel good you look better you carry yourself better you leave a positive essence on everything you surround.

5. Sleep. Seriously...just do it. If you don't sleep then people get grumpy. We are programmed to get tired and want sleep for a reason...

6. Baby powder: it is the answer all. I use it when I run and bike, I use it in my hair if I could use it for everything I probably would.

7. Wear a 1/2 larger running shoe than your normal shoes. Don't ask questions, just do it (and no I wasn't trying to reference Nike there, personally I prefer Asics).

8. Take your vitamins - cut the un-needed medicines.

9. Eat dark chocolate and enjoy wine, BUT not too much because it makes you fat and remember 'too much of a good thing can be bad' - drinking boat loads of alcohol (yes, wine is alcohol) does a number on your body. Limit yourself, if you do that think about how wonderful it will be when you treat yourself to a glass or two once every few nights and how spectacular you will feel!

10. The earlier you get to work, the earlier you get to leave. In SoCal this means you miss traffic and the office is less crowded so you get your work done in a productive manner. I don't know why more people haven't figured this out...actually I am thankful more people haven't figured this out...

11. Smile. I was told a few weeks ago "no one likes working with a person that has a bad attitude". This is true - I actually agree with it completely, but, keep in consideration that we are each fighting our own battle and somedays we just don't want to be nice and cheerful and all peppy. Be human.

12. Take a few hours on a saturday to clean and organize. It will make life so much more simple...this isn't college anymore and unfortunately empty beer cans all over the house are no longer cool. I still cannot stand vacuuming, but, someone has to do it here and I can guarantee it won't be Spence.

13. Spend your money wisely - don't by crap. Make investments - should you really buy that $15 purse just because it is in-style right now? OR should you keep that $15 and eventually save up enough to buy that Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM Damier (sorry...clearly I have this on my mind) that you can have forever that will never really go out of style? If you think something is justifiable buy it - if you need to think about your purchase chances are you don't need it.

14. Do what you need to do - if you need help ask. Being stoic isn't always the answer.

15. Delete the Facebook app off your phone - instant way to have less distractions during the day. Do you REALLY need to know what so-and-so had to update their status to? No.

16. Drink black coffee. It is so delicious and when you have had enough coffee for the day drink tea.

17. Don't fool yourself into thinking you are sick - you have a cough? You are fine, no need to go spend $100 at the doctor. Fill up on some vitamin C, take a nap, drink some water, gargle some salt water (dating some one in med school has started to rub off on me. I can never actually really be sick - he always calls me out on my bluff).

18. Friday treat day: I start every Friday with a small reward and the thought of 'yes! you did it, Friday!' I either treat myself to a bagel or a Kommbucha.

19. Drink water. I used to despise the taste of water, now, I force myself to drink as much water as possible during work and before bed.

20. Hydrogen Peroxide - similar to baby powder, this is a cure all. Gargle for 1 minute after brushing your teeth at night, your teeth will look whiter. Pour all over cuts to help stop infection, it cleans up white stains, you can even lighten your hair with this stuff (although I wouldn't suggest it).

21. Read the news. It is important to know what is going on...yes, of course the lately celeb gossip is important down here - but - believe it or not so is national and world news too. Things are going on outside Southern California that could eventually impact you dramatically.

Clearly I have only just reached my of a quarter century birthday, but, it is really fun to look back and reflect on all the lessons I have learned. A lot of them I feel are things I have learned since I got out of school, moved away from my comfort zone and embraced my youth.

Sending Love from SoCal.

10.14.2012

Game Weekend

This weekend was a big football weekend - well, I say big because it is the only football game that I actually care about: University of Nevada, Reno verses University of Nevada Las Vegas. The game was in Vegas this year - so it made it fairly easy to get there. I was super excited because I was able to see a bunch of friends from school - It is crazy to think it has been 2.5 years since I graduated. Time Flies. It is interesting to see how much people have changes, who is still your friend, who isn't. Where people are in life, where they are working, their approach to life.
The game was really close, but, luckily UNR walked away with the cannon for the 8th consecutive year - I will admit that I was slightly nervous that we weren't going to win. It is weird not to know the players on out there playing - and to be sitting with those who used to play in the stands is hilarious. 
I got home late this morning - although I was only away for less than 48 hours walking back into my house was so nice. I am SO excited to see Spence when he is home from studying. I was able to watch Felix Baumgartner's  23(24?) mile jump as I was boarding the plane - thank goodness for smart phones! Talk about cool....


Sending Love from SoCal

Friends. 

Football. 

This was when we were losing...

Yep, we were in Nevada...

WINNING! 

The Marina Crew boys (minus a few)

The difference between a kickers shoe and mine...ha! 

Classy looking group. 

10.12.2012

The Pack (and Packing)

Sunsets on the boardwalk

Monkey's. 

My favorite food...next to Annie's mac n cheese, cabot extra sharp white cheddar, Sriracha, anything coffee and VT maple syrup. 

Sunset from my couch

Pun'kins. 

Lazy sundays 

Spants handing off to a night in the ER.

Big day for Syd Vicious. Syd joined the 200K club! 

Game day 10/13
Life is good. Macklemore's album came out, I couldn't be more pumped. I get to see him & Ryan Lewis in concert in two weeks. SUPER EXCITED! Headed to sin city tomorrow to meet up with my college pals and watch the biggest rivalry (well, in my eyes...) game of the year UNR v. UNLV. I know we will win - clearly by 'we' I mean UNR - duh! My job for this game (yet again...) was being in charge of making the T-shirts
So, I am pretty proud of Syd for making it to the 200K club - honestly I didn't think that this would ever happen. Syd and I have been semi-happily together since 2005 - talk about a long relationship?!? Its the longest relationship I have ever been in - well, besides the one with my parents :) Syd and I will 'keep truckin' as long as possible (I don't have the money to replace her...).
It rained today in Orange County. I think every chick & their cousin had on their rain boots - I know I sure did! I love wearing my Hunters. They were honestly one of the best purchases I ever made. If you own a pair you know what I mean...
Well - I still haven't packed yet.


Sending Love from SoCal

10.05.2012

10.02.2012

Ansel iPhone

I would have to say,  where I would is pretty kick ass. 
Howdy. 

My little piece of the Playa that I bring where ever I go. 

Hanging. 

Monday Boots. 
Hanging with Gus! This makes me want a dog so badly. 

Such a stud. 

This isn't terrible (view from my new pad)

I currently am obsessed with skulls and blimps. Not together though. 

Atrocious linoleum. Surf's up 1970s?

Fall. 

Sweepy. 

Classy. 

Dodgers v. Rockies 

Classic Amerikuh. 

Real America...Hot Dogs & Brewskis. 

Even more America - donuts for breakfast. This was no Dunkin' 

It truly is fall now. 

A quick 20 as the sunsets. 

Not bad. 

I love this. Story of my life. 

Mind Games. I am a tetris addict. 

Do work son. 

His & Herz. 
Sending Love from SoCal