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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What I Wore: Teal Top Three Ways

I'm about to demonstrate why you need a teal top in your wardrobe. Teal/Turquoise (I think these names are really interchangeable from my experience) is one of my favorite colors if not my very favorite because it looks great and goes with so many other colors. So... get some teal in your life!

The 1st I wore to work, the 2nd I wore out to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants (I thought we'd be doing a lot of walking around otherwise I would have worn cuter sandals) and the 3rd I wore to an evening baseball game in uptown - actually on the same day I wore the 1st outfit to work! It made for an easy swap into shorts, flip flops and different jewelry after work for a completely new and casual look.

Teal top: Loft, lots of similar options below
Blue/purple blazer: Loft Outlet, very similar, similar - on sale at Nordstrom (semi-annual sale)
Black straight dress pants: Loft, similarsimilar, similar
Gray flats: Anne Klein iflex
Red statement necklace: Pick Your Plum, similarsimilar
Silver earrings: made by me
Red lipstick: Revlon Colorburst Red Velvet
Gray printed pants: Loft Outlet, ssimilar, similar, similar
Sandals: Rainbows
Gray teardrop necklace: Groopdealz, similar - great statement necklace to have in your collection (comes in lots of colors)
Gray studs: Towne & Reese, similar
Cobalt nail polish: Revlon Colorstay Indigo Night
Tan striped shorts: Loft Outlet, similar, similar, similar
Pink necklace: Towne & Reese
Pink earrings: Towne & Reese, similar
Aviator sunglasses: Loft Outlet, very similarsimilar

Below is an assortment of similar teal/turquoise tops. Just click on the numbers below the picture grouping to get to the individual sites for each top. I really like 1, 4 and 7.

Left to right: 1.  2.  3.  4.  5.  6.  7.  8.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Easy Baked Turkey Meatballs

It is always great to have those easy delicious go-to recipes when you are racking your brain for what to make that week for dinners. I've developed this easy baked meatball recipe from an assortment of other meatball recipes by simplifying the ingredients. I love when we have most of the ingredients on hand and don't have to add much to the grocery list. I'm sure this recipe would work with ground beef too if turkey isn't your thing. I've made these a day ahead of time, stored the raw meatballs in the fridge and baked them the next day and they turned out great. I haven't tried freezing them yet but I don't see why that wouldn't work.

Easy Baked Turkey Meatballs
Serves 6 with a side salad or 4 without

- 1 large egg
- 1/3 cup milk (I've even used Almond milk before and it did fine)
- salt and pepper
- 1 medium yellow onion finely chopped
- 1/3 cup Italian breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan
- 1/2 cup chopped flat leaf parsley (this time I actually substituted with fresh basil since my plants are producing a ton)
- 2 garlic cloves finely chopped (or sub with garlic powder to your liking - sometimes we use both!)
- 1.3 lb lean ground turkey
- fresh basil for garnish (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees*. In a large bowl whisk together egg, milk and salt and pepper to your liking. Stir in onion, breadcrumbs, cheese, parsley and garlic. Then add the ground turkey, mixing well. Form into 1-1/2 inch balls. I ended up with about 30.

Spray a baking sheet or use parchment paper. Place meatballs on baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes until cooked through.

 *You can also cook these in a skillet on medium heat covered in sauce for about 8 minutes.

Serve with your favorite sauce. We love Trader Joe's Roasted Garlic. Garnish with the fresh basil. We like to serve these meatballs over Barilla Plus or Ronzoni Smart Taste Whole Grain spaghetti (and with a side salad). But they'd also be great just in the sauce by themselves or in a meatball sub. Eric likes to spice his up by adding crushed red pepper or cayenne pepper.


Monday, July 21, 2014

The funniest book I've read: Let's Pretend This Never Happened

Okay so that may be a pretty bold statement but Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson is definitely the funniest book I've read for as long as I can remember. Now I've read books before with funny parts but most of this entire book was hilarious. I'm talking laugh out loud funny. I mean think about a time when you've thought or spoken the book title and what embarrassing, entertaining or awkward moment had happened.

I read this book while at the beach with our friends and was in the mood for something funny and it delivered more than I could have hoped for. It's written in a conversational tone and the cover (which catches your attention in itself) calls it "A Mostly True Memoir" which Jenny explains pretty quickly as a great way to avoid possible lawsuit instead of calling it a Memoir. Reading this book felt like my funny and awkward best friend was just telling me stories about her life.

I was laughing so much I'm pretty sure our friends (especially Keith) thought I had slipped something extra special into my drink or I was going nuts. I will warn you that the book has some cursing in it in case you are turned off by that. I don't like cursing (spoken or written) but for some reason it didn't bother me... I guess it seemed natural in this book. The only downside of the book is that I wasn't nearly as excited to read another book after this one knowing it wasn't going to be as funny (and rightfully so as it was more of a beachy read/fun drama with funny parts) so it took me longer to get into a different book. Not a reason not to read it but just be warned that it sets the bar high.

So if it wasn't obvious, I highly recommend Let's Pretend This Never Happened. Especially if you are in need of a good many laughs!

Anyone have other funny book suggestions?

For a review of some of my other recent reads go here.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

What I Wore: Black and Mint

I wouldn't have normally thought to pair these two colors but discovered they look great together! The mint is a nice contrast to the harsh black and definitely makes outfits more springy and summery. The 1st, 2nd and 4th outfits I wore to work and the 3rd outfit I wore on our recent cabin weekend for travel in the car and a stop in Asheville... a jersey knit skirt is perfect ride in the car attire (more on that trip another time).

Outfit 1
Mint cardigan: Gap Outlet, similarsimilar, similar
Black white striped peplum top: Target, similar, similar
Black capris: Target, similarsimilar
Mint 4 circle bead earrings: Towne & Reesesimilarsimilar
Gold necklace: Towne and Reese, similar
Black flats: Anne Klein - super comfortable and great for narrow feet! It's obvious even just by this post that I wear these all the time. similar

Outfit 2
Black blazer: Targetsimilarsimilar
Black white striped top: Loft Outlet, similarsimilar
Mint capris: Loft, similarsimilar
Turquoise pendant necklace: Vintage warehouse, very similarsimilarsimilar
Turquoise earrings: Apricot Lane Boutique in Charlotte, similarsimilar
Black flats: Anne Klein
Cobalt nail polish: Revlon Colorstay Indigo Night

Outfit 3
Mint graphic tee: Loft Outlet, similar
Fold-over knit skirt: Old Navysimilarsimilar
Teal earrings: Francesca's, similarsimilar
Teal necklace: Towne & Reese, similarsimilar
Sandals: rainbows
Coral toe nail polish: Essie Sunday Funday - only $6 and free shipping

Outfit 4
Black white geometric top: Loft, very similarsimilarsimilar
Black cardigan (pictured in collage): Gap outlet, very similarvery similar
Mint capris: Loft, similarsimilar
Pink disk earrings: Pickyourplum, similarsimilar
Silver necklace: Towne & Reese
Black flats: Anne Klein

I got the idea to start pairing mint and black together after my oversized top and mint jeans outfit.

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