Sunday, May 31, 2015

Meal Prep: Greek Yogurt Pancakes | Turkey/Veggie/Peanut Lettuce Wraps

Shhhhh [Pushes my finger against your smushed lips]: Let's not ruin this with a lot of talk. Let's just get right to it, okay?  Here's what we're eating at the office this week (all these foods have now been packaged in Tupperware, sealed and ready for us to take to the office)!

| Breakfast | 
Greek Yogurt Protein Pancakes topped with banana, berries & honey
I actually switched it up after my long history of Greek yogurt cups! I made these protein pancakes with various recipes I found online and then added a couple ingredients on my own.

1 Greek Yogurt (32 oz) + 3 Eggs   = Mix the two together in a bowl.
The juice of 1 lemon + honey = Add to the bowl above.
1.5 cups of flour (any kind you like) + 3 tsps Baking Soda = Mix in separate bowl.
Combine the two bowls and stir together to a very thick consistency.
Set griddle on medium heat and plop dollops of batter on, flipping to achieve a nice golden brown on either side.
Makes about 10 medium pancakes.

I then topped with banana, strawberry & blueberry and drizzled with honey for our breakfast.

| Lunch | 
 Ground Turkey Lettuce Wraps w/ Veggies & Peanuts
One of my favorite go-tos when I want to eat something delicious for lunches but don't want to think too much about it. Here's what I did this week:

Browned 2 lbs of Turkey + Taco Seasoning
Sautéed yellow/red/green bell peppers + red onion + celery
Browned raw peanuts
Mixed altogether. 
Serve with Hearts of Romaine 'canoes' for lettuce wraps.

| Snacks | 
Smoothies, Fruits & Eggs
 Strawberry + Blueberry + Spinach + Banana + Almond Milk = Smoothie
Other snacks = Hard-Boiled Egg + Cherries + String Cheese + Apricot

And that's all, folks! I hope this inspires some prepping in you! I never think of or dilute myself into thinking of my blog as a full recipe resource. I just liked the inspiration when I was getting into preppin' so I figured I'd share the wealth (and keep my own record of foods I make).
More meal prep posts HERE.

Happy Monday & beginning of June! Crazy.
Thursday, May 28, 2015

Squad goin' up, on a Wednesday

 Good morning! 

Does anyone else feel like they've been hit by a tranquilizer dart this week? Long weekends (in theory) are good for R&R. However, I always spend my time during them bouncing around so much that I never actually get to the 'rest' part. 
^Wine + Mushroom Gnocchi = a happy Wednesday night

But rested or not, I wasn't about to skip my once a month standing date with my girlfriends for "Wine Club" which we had last night. We used to meet under the pretense of "Book Club" however, we could never get our reading simultaneously completed. Thus, we'd waste a lot of time hypocritically b*tching other members out for not finishing a novel even though we were the ones who were ill-prepared last month. So long story short, we cut out the middle man and our very regal community was reduced to just "Wine Club". Mehh, whatever. Being honest with ourselves deserves some credit too!
^Gloriousness at The Bent Brick last night.

So that's what I did last night, even though I was so tired. I'm a soldier, I know. I mustered up the courage to walk down the street and go drink wine at two local restaurants while gabbing with my girlfriends about life. 

But truthfully, that's always something I'll try to make it to because the reality is that it's when we all do our best chatting and where I get to hear about all the little details in everyone's life that we miss as we envelop ourselves in our own little worlds on the day to day.
^Pinot Grigio at The Triple Lindy
No men allowed. Good Wine. Outstanding food. And a set three hours to focus on our friendships.

Exhausted or not: Count me in.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Art & Fashion: Hayden Williams

 I could gaze longingly at fashion sketches until the end of time. From the detail in the outfits to the vibrancy of the colors to the overwhelming prodigiousness that stems from the very simple act of drawing: They're always remarkable. And one of my favorite artists to online stalk in this department is Hayden Williams.
^Disney Divas ‘Beach Beauties’ collection by Hayden Williams. 
Aren't they incredible?? While I love them all, that first image is my favorite. So grateful to witness his projection of beauty.

All images taken from Hayden Williams' website. 

To look at more of his work, please visit:

Friday, May 22, 2015

over the river & through the woods

And "best day ever" equals any Friday before a long weekend where the mood is light, the smiles are everywhere and the atmosphere is generally one of pure elation.

My office closes early and when it does, we'll be quickly packing into the car and heading North, up the mountain and into the woods for a weekend at my Dad's cabin with some pals, some food and the dogs (my Chandler & we're petsitting the family senior dog, Maddie. Love her). Being up there looks a little like this:
^Chandler's first time at the cabin last year and his 15,000th time being staged for a picture.
^Jumping off the dock with my pal Lauren (Me-L, Lauren-R) & Jay playing with Maddie & Chandler
^Dogs encircling = my version of heaven.
^Standing on the dock of the bay.
^My harem & Me at the cabin in 2011
^Last summer at the cabin - Maddie a seasoned pro at the lake w/ Jay trying to prod baby Chandler in for the first time.
Wishing you a very healthy, safe, time-of-your-life this weekend! And be sure to give a nod to the reason we get the day off on Monday while you're at it. We're beyond lucky to live so freely.

Have a good one!

In the meantime, there's Instagram.
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Bachelorette Party in WA Wine Country

I took a hiatus from blogging most of last year because I was just so dang immersed in other things that I didn't have the will to even try to be funny. Or creative. Or amusing. Maybe I shouldn't even post that sentence as I'm not even sure I'm any of those things now. Except I do try at least! I try, I try, I try. And last year I didn't have the will to even do that.

However, it was an era in life that was jam-packed with a lot of memorable events! So revisiting some of them on here will make me a happy camper to reflect. Today I'm gonna highlight my lovah's bachelorette party that took place last spring (2014) in Woodinville, Washington. I'm not sure when Bachelorette parties became weekend parties vs. just a local night out but I'm all for this new normal.
Woodinville is known as 'Washington Wine Country' and is located about 30 min NE of Seattle. The neighborhoods are very affluent which is quite clear as you come into its jurisdiction and notice manicured lawns at the forefront of incredible palatial estates. Heck, even the "small" houses are a sight for sore eyes. For a 'classy' girl like Shanin, it was a gorgeous place to kick off her official outro of the single life.
^ First thing we did after the 3.5 hour drive & prior to heading to our vacation rental was head into the town and nosh on some local seafood and sip some wine with lunch. Vacation commences!
^Our meal was swiftly followed-by racing to the VRBO home and ooo-ing and aaaah-ing over all its touches. It looked even better than the online booking photos.
^Like this outdoor fire pit which had to have been designed just for Instagram, I mean, come on - look at that thing.
^And this gorgeous backyard and patio.
^And this d*mn fine eating, chilling situation.

After looking at all the space in this beyond lovely home, my brain began to attempt to delete all memory of my tiny, downtown apartment and the fact that it could have fit in the kitchen. This was unsuccessful but it was so very kind of my brain to try (what a little sweetheart). So after all the cooing and texting Jay pictures proving that we live in the same square footage that other people reserve for their mud rooms: It was back to party central which meant popping bottles like we were in a rap video. Okay, not really. But we did start off with some champagne.
^Bride last but not least.

After some gift giving, some wine sipping and a visit from a dream reader- we enjoyed a homemade dinner and settled into bed for the big day of wine tasting in the morning.
Waking up on a group wine tasting day takes you all the way back to Christmas morning as a kid. The excitement is real for a day of landscaped properties, serene vineyards, exquisite tasting rooms and yummy varietals. We couldn't have been more excited and quickly tried to get through our "necessary" (by girl standards) house photo shoot before we were on our way.
^I would like to explain that I woke up with COMPLETELY swollen eyes after a reaction to the pillow I slept on. Thus, I wore sunglasses for these pictures.

We finally arrived in wine country and wasted no time gettin' our tastin' on.

^The bachelorette and me!

^Sippin' on that local wine.
^The crew at Chateau Ste. Michelle.

After quite the day of walking, chatting, noshing and drinking wine- you know dang well what time it was: Time to go home and sleep. For those of you who don't need a nap after a day of wine tasting, I applaud you and I'm sad we can never be friends. Because everyone I know promptly needs one. We ended up having a grand ol' time at the little Mansion for the rest of the evening and before we knew it, it was time to arise and do our final send-off toast to the bride-to-be.
^Beautiful bride-to-be!
^Morning send-off champagne!
^Love her (my eyes were still egregiously swollen the next morning)
^Cheers to you, cheers to milestones.

The light was so pretty in the kitchen that morning that I couldn't stop taking photos and had a hard time whittling it down for this post! I also had a hard time saying bye to the weekend. I know bachelorette parties are organized on the foundation of being a little off-center and wild and fun. And that they are. However, after years of going out as single young girls with your friends, it's always fun to have one last symbolic party to recognize the transition of chapters. Love her so and was so happy to be there.