June 28, 2013

watermelon salad

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This is a super simple salad (and one that I have been eating all week) to put together, and the most divine flavor combination. I was honestly a little shocked by how good the watermelon and goat cheese tasted together. I love goat cheese, but sometimes it’s a little heavy for me, but the watermelon balanced it nicely.

On a separate unrelated but kind of related note, a friend and I signed up for a CSA produce box this summer and I just got my second one yesterday. Has anyone tried this? CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture a movement to bring consumers closer to their food production. A newsletter goes out each week with what will arrive in the box, and a few inspiring recipes, and then the box is delivered to you! We originally thought we would alternate weeks, each taking one full box to ourselves every week, but instead we have been splitting the box. So far, so good.

I like when it delivers produce I would normally buy at the store, but it’s pretty fun getting things you would never get like kohlrabi or dandelion greens (which are actually really good). Let the experimenting continue…

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Watermelon Goat Cheese Salad
serves as many as a whole watermelon feeds

INGREDIENTS

Watermelon
Good goat cheese (I used Laura Chenel’s Creamy Goat Cheese, and it was too creamy, but oh so good)
Fresh basil
Olive oil
White balsamic vinegar
Salt & pepper

DIRECTIONS

Cut the watermelon into consistent square slices and orient in a row side-by-side.

Chiffonade basil and sprinkle with crumbled goat cheese on top of the watermelon slices.

Drizzle with olive oil and white balsamic vinegar. Salt & pepper.
Enjoy!

June 26, 2013

greetings from whistler!

As you may already know if you follow me on instagram, I’m spending the week with Phil and our two best pals, Brooke and Braydon, in beautiful Whistler, BC. I’ll share a few vacation snaps upon my return, but in the meantime, you can follow along on our journey with #whistler_eh on social media. See you next week!

June 25, 2013

pineapples on my shirt

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Detail_TWELFTH AVENUE T-shirt: J.Crew. Shorts: J.Crew. Denim Vest: J.Crew (similar here). Jewelry: Cartier, David Yurman.

Remember what I was saying about my relationship with the weatherman? He is holding up his end of the bargain this week bringing the gross, muggy weather, but it’s not getting in the way of me wearing my new desert floral shorts and linen t-shirt.

As you already know, you don’t have to ask me twice at J.Crew, the answer is yes. They are having a 25% off your purchase promotion right now, and I couldn’t pass up these printed shorts (that I told myself I could wear to work, but absolutely cannot) and effortless t-shirt.

But seriously, back to the point of being able to wear these shorts to work, I need to invest in a few office friendly pieces for the summer months. What do you like to wear to the office in the warmer months of the year? I may have to look around at the Shopbop sale, boy do I love a good sale.

June 24, 2013

love notes

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June 21, 2013

blueberry protein pancakes

Speaking of things that are on repeat-peat-peat-peat-peat

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Phil makes these blueberry protein pancakes for me almost every morning (love him). I am not exaggerating when I say they are some of the best pancakes I have ever eaten. They are fluffy just like regular pancakes, but chock full of healthy stuff like cottage cheese, egg whites, oats, cinnamon, banana and most importantly, blueberries. (*For all of you gluten-free folk out there, these pancakes can be made GF by using GF oats.) I am a total sugar junkie and could eat donuts from this place every morning for breakfast (maple bars with chocolate swirl…don’t even get me started), but these pancakes are a nutritious way to satisfy my sugar jones without making me a gajillion pounds overweight.

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You know who shares my love for fluffy pancakes? My sweet-as-sugar mother-in-law Gill. England isn’t big on sugary breakfast food or going out to breakfast in general – not that they don’t enjoy it, they just don’t really do it – so when Phil’s parents come over to visit us in the States, I get a special thrill out of taking them out for a big ol’ American-style morning feast. I’m thinking next time they’re here, Phil is going to have to whip up a batch of these bad boys and see how Gill likes them. If nothing else, they’re homemade, nutritious, and you can eat them in your pajamas.

TWELFTH AVENUE | blueberry protein pancakes

Blueberry Protein Pancakes
slightly modified from Ambitious Kitchen
serves 2

INGREDIENTS

1 cup rolled oats
1 banana
4 large egg whites
1/2 cup fat free cottage cheese
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 heaping Tablespoon nonfat Greek yogurt
A big handful of blueberries

PREPARATION

Combine all ingredients in a blender (Phil uses our Magic Bullet) and blend until smooth.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Spray skillet with cooking spray and pour out portions of about a quarter cup of batter. Drop ten or so blueberries onto each pancake and cook until bubbles form in the batter. Carefully flip pancakes and cook another minute or two until undersides are golden brown.

Wipe skillet clean with a paper towel and repeat with the remaining batter. Makes about eight pancakes.