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Thursday, February 20, 2014

sunday morning is everyday for all i care

Weekend trips to the Vegas area are my favorite - getting away from the hectic LA buzz to the middle of nowhere (I rarely actually do the "VeGaS~!!!" stuff) for some relaxation has proven to be good for this small town soul. Sure, Runyon and all the other hikes are nice in LA, but just knowing that you're away from it all - far, far away - is calming all on its own. I think this is something that I've learned from traveling so much last year - visiting an area shouldn't be about the glitzy attractions, but how you feel when you're off the beaten path exploring the area on your own.

During one of those weekend visits, we took a day to explore Lake Mead National Recreation area. It's beautiful - and its so friggin' close to the Hoover Dam that we had to check that out too. I didn't quite dress for a hike as it was a completely spontaneous decision (I also would have packed a picnic too, because let's be honest, I love food as much as fashion) but I'm glad I'm into tennies right now - there's something so innocent and feminine about a pair of plimsolls.

What are some favorite hidden gems that you've found while traveling?







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Sunday, February 16, 2014

superbowl chili

Football season means many things, but for me, my favorite part of football season is spending a Sunday in and cooking. I obviously like watching football, listening to fantasy shenanigans, gambling, and commercials - but food is the real way to my heart. 

I started making chili off of a recipe I found a few years ago, and I've been adjusting it to my liking ever since. I like to think that this is the most amazing chili ever, and I hope you try it and think so, too!

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Recipe makes 20 servings. Adjust measurements to amount of servings you would like to make!

Ingredients:
  • 3 tablespoons bacon drippings
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 3 peppers (I like to use 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 green), chopped
  • 1 package mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 cans of sweet corn
  • 8 pounds ground turkey
  • 5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons chili pepper flakes
  • 4 tablespoons mild chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3 (10 ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1/4 cup dried parsley (optional)
  • 1 fresh jalapeno peppers (optional)
  • 1 cup flour


Toppings:
  • Fritos
  • Sour Cream
  • Green Onion, chopped
  • Shredded Cheese

Directions:
  1. Melt the bacon drippings in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until they are translucent. Once the onions are just about translucent, add peppers, mushrooms, and corn.
  2. Combine the ground turkey with the garlic, chili pepper flakes, chili powder and cumin. Mush these ingredients together thoroughly with your hands. Add this meat-and-spices combo to the veggies in the pot. Break up any meat that sticks together as you cook, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes, until meat is evenly browned (very browned, not just gray).  Sometimes, I like to add some bacon from making the drippings to the ground turkey for extra flavor. Sprinkle in paprika and oregano.
  3. Pour in the tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, salt, parsley and jalapeño. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 2 hours. I’m not a fan of beans, but if you are, this is when you add 2 cans of kidney beans.
  4. During cooking you may squeeze the jalapeño as it softens against the sides of the pot to release more heat if desired. If this sounds too spicy, don’t add the jalapeño at all (I often find that this recipe is spicy enough without the jalapeño).
  5. If the chili is not thick enough, this is where you mix in the flour. Add little by little, and cook while stirring for 30 minutes longer, or until desired consistency is achieved. Taste and adjust seasonings.










Let me know if you decide to try this out! 
Enjoy! 
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Sunday, February 2, 2014

midwest out west

How is your weekend going? I had quite a challenging week, but before that challenging week was the most refreshing weekend I had in a very long time. It was filled with lots of girl time - just what I needed. 

I spent my Friday night with my roommate Erica and an old high school friend Kristin at The Roosevelt (I had never been and thought I should try it at least once!). On Saturday I shot photos of my beautiful friend Anne for my vintage shop SATTERDAY. The photos came out better than I expected, and we had such a good time together that we decided it should be a regular thing for us to do on weekends! That evening Anne and I had even more girl time with Kristin by ordering takeout, drinking wine, watching trashy TV, and then went to the hot tub with a bottle of champagne. We continued to jump in between the pool and the hot tub like children until the pool closed. My weekend wrapped up with a Sunday on the couch watching at least 10 episodes of Gossip Girl. 

This is what I wore while shooting photos - casual and easy to move around in. 

PS - A sneak peek of the photos I took are down there, too! 





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Flats: GAP
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