Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday Morning

Happy Friday guys, how is everyone? As much as I dislike like talking politics on the blog, I think what everyone really needs is to just turn the television off for the weekend and enjoy just hanging out with family and getting outdoors. Between the rainy weather (which I love because we never get rain!), finding, buying and bringing a dresser home and re-purposing it over the weekend and celebrating my dad's birthday, I'm looking forward to a low-key weekend. What are your plans?


this week's favorites...

 Blended Family - Alicia Keys
 St. Petersburg - Brooke Fraser
 Love Me Now - John Legend
 Run - Matt Nathanson
Advice - Kehlani

In the last few months there has been a lot great new music out. I'm just glad many of my favorite artists are coming out with new albums this and last year. What are you listening too? Kehlani's new album is pretty much amazing!!!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Orecchiette with Spring Greens

A year ago I came across an orechhiette recipe that I loved from the cooks behind the magazine, Cooking Light. As I scrolled through all the recipes I've written about in the last seven years, I realized I hadn't included it. It's simple but delicious. So make it for yourself or serve it up for a Sunday night family dinner.

8 cups (about 9 oz.) packed baby Swiss chard, baby kale or spinach*
1 tbsp. kosher salt
1/2 lb. (8 oz.) orecchiette
6 tbsp. unsalted butter

1 cup walnuts

a handful (about 1/4 cup) of grated Pecorino or Parmigiano
salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Place greens in a large bowl and cover with cold water. Let sit for five minutes to allow any dirt to settle. Scoop greens from water and place in a large colander to drain. Any water clinging to the leaves is just fine. 

Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Add the tablespoon of salt and stir in the pasta. 

In a large sauté pan (large enough to fit the pasta and greens) melt the butter over medium heat. Once the butter begins turning brown and smelling nutty, turn off the heat.

Meanwhile, in a small sauté pan over medium heat, toast the walnuts until they become lightly browned and fragrant, about 10 minutes. (Alternatively, toast the walnuts on a baking sheet at 350F for 8 to 10 minutes—watch closely to prevent burning.) Place the toasted walnuts in a tea towel and rub together to remove papery skin. Transfer walnuts to a sieve and shake again to remove any additional skin. I know this is fussy, but it makes a difference. Set aside.

Boil pasta till al dente. Reserve one half cup of the cooking liquid and set aside—you might not even need this, but it can be nice to have on hand. Drain pasta directly over the colander filled with the greens.
Bring the brown butter back up to temperature over medium or medium-high heat; add the pasta and greens to the pan. Add the walnuts and toss to coat. Grate cheese over top and toss again. Taste. Add more salt (if you have salted the cooking water with the tablespoon of kosher salt, you shouldn’t have to add too much more salt) and pepper to taste. If necessary add some of the pasta cooking liquid to the pan—it’s nice to have reserved pasta cooking liquid on hand if you make this ahead and need to reheat it, but just beware that the cooking liquid is salty. Serve pasta, passing more cheese on the side.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Enjoy the Night

Quick, Easy and Structured Evening Routine to Enjoy The Night:

1. If it were my choice and my work day ended at five, I'd eat dinner between five and six in the evening. Eat dinner earlier.  Since I'm usually in bed by ten, my body needs time to digest. So make an effort to be finished eating by 8 p.m. That way your body will have two hours to digest and wind down before bedtime. 

2. Tackle your to-do list. I have a to-do list for everything - the day job, this blog, grocery list and the things I need to do around town. By the time I get in bed , that's inevitably when my mind goes into list mode. I keep a notepad, pens and pencils on my nightstand so when I think of something I write it down. I usually can't fall asleep until everything is written down.

3. I'm lucky that my job is located next to the grocery store and places like Target, my Dry Cleaner and the Post Office. Use your lunch for running errands. I like to get my shopping, phone calls and errands done on my lunch so that by the time I get home, I can relax and enjoy my evening without spending an hour and half on shopping or running around town.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Weekend Wrap Up...

 although a pain in the butt, she's so cute.
 breakfast of champions...
 almost a complete living room :)
 mini bar.
preparing for the first ever palm springs silent book.
(images via instagram)

Quote of the Day

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."

Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday Morning

Good morning readers! This week went by a little too quickly but I'm certainly glad to be enjoying a three day weekend. The apartment is starting to look and feel more like home and call me a crazy cat lady but I get so excited to see "The Girls" (as my sister and I coined the term for her two cats, Pepper and Minnie) after a long day at work. How are you, how's the beginning of 2017 treating you? There may be a day trip planned this weekend but other than that, I'll just be enjoying my apartment and a new arrival to add to the living room this weekend. Have a good one and see you monday morning.