Friday, November 13, 2015

quoting smart humans.

I'm not about to take credit for compiling the below list, but if you know me, you know I love lists and I love quotes. I love quotes that are both funny and deep and by golly, this list hits the nail on the head.

Enjoy!

Life Advice from 10 Smart Humans
"When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time."
{Maya Angelou}

"The one thing you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can. The moment that you feel that just possibly you are walking down the street naked...that's the moment you may be starting to get it right."
{Neil Gaiman}

"Don't try to win over the haters. You are not a jackass whisperer."
{Brene Brown}


"I see people my age...getting married to people they've known for a like a year and a half. A year and a half? Is that enough time to get to know someone to know you want to spend the REST of your life with them? I've had sweaters for a year and a half and I was like 'What the fuck was I doing with this sweater?'"
{Aziz Ansari}

"Deep breaths are very helpful at shallow parties."
{Barbara Walters}

"My husband likes to say that the work is probably evenly split if both partners feel like they are doing upward of 60 percent of the work, since a lot of what one partner does is necessarily invisible to the other partner. If you feel like you are doing half, you're not."
{Rebecca Rosen}

"There is hardly a more gracious gift that we can offer somebody than to accept them fully, to love them almost despite themselves."
{Elizabeth Gilbert}

"Someday, sometime, you will be sitting somewhere. A berm overlooking a pond in Vermont. The lip of the Grand Canyon at sunset. A seat on the subway. And something bad will have happened: You will have lost someone you loved, or failed at something at which you badly wanted to succeed. And siting there, you will fall into the center of yourself. You will look for some core to sustain you. And if you have been perfect all your life and have managed to meet all the expectations of your family, your friends, your community, your society, chances are excellent that there will be a black hole where that core out to be. I don't want anyone I know to take that terrible chance. And the only way to avoid it is to listen to that small voice inside you that tells you to make mischief, to have fun, to be contrarian, to go another way. George Eliot wrote, 'It is never too late to be what you might have been.' It is never too early, either."
{Anna Quindlen}

"Clutter and mess show us that life is being lived...Perfectionism is a mean, frozen form of idealism, while messes are the artist's true friend. What people somehow forgot to mention when we were children was that we need to make messes in order to find out who we are and why we are here."
{Anne Lamott}

"Sometimes you just have to put on lip gloss and pretend to be psyched."
{Mindy Kaling}

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

you're my boy, blue apron

During girls' weekend #2 on the Cape in the beginning of October, one of the ladies mentioned how much she loved Blue Apron and how much more enjoyable cooking was.

Now - if you know me, you know the words enjoyable and cooking never go in the same sentence. That said, I decided it was fate when I was reading one of my favorite blogs and she was offering $20 off to the first 100 readers to sign up for Blue Apron.

I caved.

I was nervous.

I'm renown in my family for failed cooking attempts - anything from scrambled eggs (which I've since mastered thankyouverymuch) to not plugging the crock pot in with all the ingredients inside.

My first Blue Apron delivery arrived the last week of October and it was intimidating. I was lifting things I'd never seen before out of said package . Thank goodness for recipes with pictures. AmIright?

Meal #1: Pear and Brie Grilled Cheese 
with brussel sprout, argula and hazelnut salad

Luckily Marky was in town for this and able to give an extra helping hand (plus an extra pot of honey? What? Yes, it's true). This was the least intimidating recipe to me because well, it's grilled cheese. But guys, this one was legit. 

The dressing for the salad was delightful. Let me bring you back to the helpful pot of honey. Blue Apron does an impressive packaging job; however, the little bag containing the honey had unfortunately broken open in transport and spilled pretty much everywhere. Which put us in a sticky situation (oh yes, I did). I was sad to not be able to make the true homemade dressing.

Ready to turn to the trusty ol' ranch dressing, my random brother declared "oh I have honey in my bag!" And by golly, that boy sure did. Talk about meant to be(e).

Meal consensus: Absolutely delicious. Wanted to lick my plate.


Meal #2: Spicy Fregola Sarda
with soft-boiled eggs, fennel & kale


Feeling confident from the success of meal #1, I concocted meal #2 on my own. I had zero clue what the second two words of the recipe were and I don't do "spicy". Being the wise woman I am, I simply left the red pepper flakes out of this puppy and holy cow, was it delicious!

Who knew that fregola is a type of pasta? Certainly not I! This dish is filled with tons of veggies and vegetarian-friendly. It did take me forever and a day to chop everything up so if I venture to make this again, I'll have an extra set of hands. I also see this working with pretty much any kind of pasta, which is great because do they even sell fregola in regular grocery stores? I do not know.

Meal consensus: really flavorful but so.much.chopping.

Meal #3: Delicata Squash Red Curry
with black rice & thai basil

Sadly I waited to long to make this and the greens were no longer useable. But in my mind, two outta three meals ain't bad!

Overall Blue Apron consensus: TRY IT. It's affordable when you consider you get exactly the right amount of ingredients and you're eating delicious, fresh food. Plus I kid you not when I say: if I can do it, you most definitely can - says the girl who didn't know what fennel looked like.