When my sister was little, my mom got her this green sweater covered in bright multicolor pom poms that almost looked like flowers. She hated it. I hated it. My mom (style icon Sue) loved it! Flash forward 20 years later and I have become my mother. I so wish I had that juvenile pom pom sweater for my nearly 30 year old self.
This season, I have really been attracted to all things pom pom and tassels. They are such a fun and darling detail that gets me excited for the beach, summer cookouts, and sitting on the porch until the sun goes down with a pineapple shandy in hand.
I’ve gathered together some of my favorite and affordable pom pom and tassel pieces including the super lightweight earrings pictured below!
Bandana // Tote Bag // Keychain // Summer Emergency Kit // Straw Hat // Bracelets // Earrings // Basket // Clutch
I always feel so accomplished Sunday evening after a good meal prep session. For awhile, we were in a meal prep rut. We had made oh, so many salads and sandwiches and needed a change. These turkey quinoa bowls have been our go to lunch for the work week. They are incredibly easy to make (literally, just look at the instructions), nutritious, and pretty to look at!
What you will need:
1lb. ground turkey
1 tbsp oil for cooking
1 – 8oz package of quinoa
1 – 8oz can of corn
1 – 8oz can of black beans drained and rinsed
1 tomato diced
1 packet of taco seasoning
Toppings of your choice (cheese, salsa, sour cream, jalapeños)
- Cook quinoa according to package instructions
- While quinoa cooks, put oil in hot pan and brown your turkey
- When turkey is done cooking, add half a cup of water, taco seasoning, and mix
- Now that turkey and quinoa are done, you can plate! Start with your quinoa, add turkey, beans, corn, diced tomato, and any other fixings! I just sort of do spoonfuls of everything until I have the perfect ratio I like. This easily makes 4 or 5 lunches for me. Enjoy!
Being engaged to a history teacher has certainly expanded my historical knowledge of Lancaster County and the surrounding areas. A tradition that I share with my family is going to the Dill’s Tavern for their yearly Oysterfest extravaganza! The Dill’s Tavern, located in York County, was built in 1794 by John Dill. During the 1800s, the Tavern flourished through wagon-making, wheelwright businesses, and it’s distillery. It has served as an important part of my life because my dad has spent the last several years doing antique building restoration on the premises. I have loved going to the tavern over the years and seeing it come to life and finding old antiques that used to sit on the shelves at my parent’s house now atop the mantle in the parlor room. My dad was “just borrowing them” I suppose.
The tavern can now be rented out for casual or historical events. They conduct First Fridays, beer and whiskey tastings, music festivals, and archeological investigations. Through holding these investigations, there has been one item recovered that far surpasses the rest: oyster shells. Historians have found that oysters were traded from Baltimore for items in the distillery. Thus, Oysterfest was born.
I may not be a history buff, but I can rattle off a few facts about the Dill’s Tavern thanks to my dad and our annual oyster and craft beer spectacle. Plus, I think I earned some cool fiancé points from Brian.
Top // Jean Jacket // Pants // Sunnies // Earrings // Booties
Gingham is not just for picnic blankets. It is one of those classic prints that I find myself drawn to. I have had the same navy and white gingham top for the past 5 years that still manages to fit into my outfit rotation on a regular basis. I’ve noticed a great deal of gingham popping up this season in tops, bottoms, bags, swimsuits, and pretty much every other article of clothing. Here are some affordable pieces I’ve found including the adorable dress I am wearing!
Side note: I also had included a different straw hat that was incredibly cute only to realize it was for 6 month olds. I am a child at heart.
Top // Skimmer Pants // Dress // Bandana // Hat // Mules // Slides // Shades // Mug // Clutch
I am such a homebody. My perfect night is coming home from work, putting on comfy (yet stylish) sweatpants, busting out the copper mugs for Moscow mules, and watching Leslie Knope save the world. Don’t get me wrong, I love dressing up and trying the latest farm to table restaurant that pops in Lancaster and going to see musicals at the Fulton Theatre, but I am just as happy curled up on the couch with my fiancé and puppy.
As I’ve started doing more freelance work and writing over the last couple of months, I realized a few facts about myself:
- No matter if I am working from home or working from a local coffee shop, I have to get myself together. I feel better when I am freshly showered, wearing clothing I feel confident in, and have my sparkly notebook from the dollar section of Target in hand. Some people can totally roll out of bed and get work done (power to them) but I am not one of those people. When I’m feeling good, my work, attitude, and productivity improve.
- I find comfort and motivation working in the presence of others. I think this is why I like going to coffee shops so much. I don’t directly have to talk or really interact with anyone but I like looking around feeling connected to the woman sipping her latte that is almost too pretty to drink and the man searching for the perfect seat that has an outlet nearby so he can charge his laptop.
- This may seem like a no brainer, but I’ve been so much more productive when I have made a schedule and allotted time for certain projects. I am not a conventionally organized person so this is probably harder for me than it should be. It has really helped me plan and be efficient with my work and life in general.
Today, I am enjoying my work day from Copper Cup Coffee. I am feeling in my element with my iced coffee, coffee cake muffin, and the table of girls sitting next to me instagramming their breakfast sandwiches with no shame. My people.
I am absolutely 100% someone that eats with my eyes. These dark chocolate covered grapefruit pieces sprinkled in seasalt are (almost) too pretty to eat. They are the ultimate combination of sweet and sour and salty! Dazzle your friends with this ruby red snack to match your ruby red lipstick! Bonus: super easy cleanup!
What you will need:
Grapefruit (or an orange!)
Dark chocolate melts
- Peel your grapefruit into segments just like you would peel an orange
- Microwave your chocolate in 15 second intervals and stir until smooth
- Dip your grapefruit pieces into chocolate and sprinkle with seasalt
- Let harden and enjoy!
One of my favorite Saturday morning rituals is grabbing the canvas tote and heading to the market! Lancaster Central Market is the oldest, steadily running public farmer’s market in the country. It is always my go to place when someone is visiting and I want to show them around the city. There is something magical about walking up and down the aisles, fresh coffee in hand, and seeing vibrant, colorful produce, every kind of cheese, copious amounts of Lebanon bologna (my favorite), and the best rosemary olive oil bread you could imagine! Our mission at the market today was gathering ingredients for a real crowd pleaser: BLT sandwiches.
Easier said than done.
Just kidding. Brian and I actually did a really good job (high five, Brian!) and did not get too off course of our initial shopping list. After getting our iced coffee at the first stand of the day, Mean Cup, we did a walk through of the entire market. The sense of community radiates through each aisle, featuring all of the delicious food and diversity that Lancaster has to offer. From the smiling man selling flavored pickles to the jolly produce lady asking us our plans for Easter, I cannot help but leave the market will a full heart and full tote bag. Here are some of my finds:
Iced coffee from Mean Cup
Applewood smoked bacon from Lancaster Farmhouse
Rosemary Olive Oil Bread from Thom’s Bread
Spring mix and tomatoes from Meck’s Produce
Pineapple and turmeric muffin from Ric’s Bread
I also built my own flower bouquet at Inspirational Blossoms Flower Stand. The person in line behind me liked my little arrangement so much that she had them make the exact same bouquet for her!
Get my look:
Top– J.Crew Factory
Jean Jacket– J.Crew Factory
Shoes– Nordstrom Rack
Cue Waitress Soundtrack:
I love baking. It is kind of therapeutic for me. Something comes over me when I bust out my KitchenAid Mixer. There is satisfaction that comes with throwing a bunch of ingredients together and making a delightful creation-especially when that delightful creation is your own!
I am all about the “Treat Yoself” motto. I do not have a huge sweet tooth (more of a Doritos kind of gal) but who doesn’t love a warm, gooey brownie? This is not your typical brownie recipe. These are flourless for all of the gluten free people in your life and contain beans and avocado. Not only are you enjoying a decadent brownie, but you are enjoying a decadent brownie chock full of fiber and healthy fats! So no guilt if you’re having seconds (or thirds!).
What you will need:
15 oz can of black beans (drained and rinsed)
½ a ripe avocado
3 tablespoons coconut oil
A few drops of vanilla extract
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ cup sugar
¼ cup dark cocoa powder
¼ cup honey
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ cup dark chocolate chips (or nuts or coconut-you do you!)
- Preheat oven to 350℉
- Put your beans and avocado in a food processor and pulse until it is mashed up (I tried to mash them with a fork and it was way easier in the processor)
- Mix your wet ingredients
- Mix your dry ingredients in separate bowl minus chocolate chips or whatever add on you chose!
- Mix everything together and fold in chocolate chips
- Pour into greased pan and bake 30-35 minutes or until you can insert a toothpick in the center and it comes out clean
- Let cool before cutting and enjoy!
I will not let the foot of snow outside the window slow down my excitement for Spring! Give me sunshine, give me bare legs, give me skin that isn’t peeling off my face. Lucky for me (unlucky for my bank account), a new Target and Nordstrom Rack just opened and it is only a hop, skip, and jump away our house! Here are a few of my favorites that I cannot wait to bust out this season!
Mini Dome Backpack
Zeena Slip-On Sneaker
Relaxed Printed Dress
Blossom Drop Earrings
Plumping Facial Mist
Color Pinch Cream Blush in Hibiscus
I must confess, I am a hodge-podge chef in the kitchen. I tend to eyeball and guesstimate my ingredients. Brian loves it-just ask him…
This quick and simple recipe comes together in about 20ish minutes and is perfect for a quick weeknight meal!
What you’ll need:
- 2 tablespoons olive oil (or coconut oil)
- 2 medium onions (we used sweet ones)
- 1 can diced tomatoes (drained)
- salt & pepper
- 1 can of chickpeas (drained)
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons garam masala
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin (adjust spices to your preference!)
- 1 can unsweetened coconut milk
- 1-2 tablespoons flour (depending on thick you want it)
- 1 lb. peeled and deveined shrimp (not a necessity, but it tastes great in the curry)
- 1 lime
- cashews for topping and extra saltiness
- On medium heat, add oil to your dutch oven or deep pan.
- Toss in your diced tomatoes and sliced onions. Add salt & pepper (I tend to go lighter and add more seasoning at the end) and stir. Let cook and simmer for about 10 minutes.
- Add in your chickpeas, garlic, and spices. Stir really well!
- Add in coconut milk and keep on stirring. Gradually add in the flour so it thickens.
- Bring mixture to a boil and reduce heat to medium. Add your shrimp in for the last 5-7 minutes of cooking time. After your curry is done cooking squeeze in the lime juice and let it sit for a couple of minutes and season accordingly.
I recommend serving it with rice, but you can totally serve it however you see fit (cauliflower rice is DELICIOUS with this ladled on top!) We also added some cashews for extra crunch. This made enough for both of us to have seconds tonight and pack our lunches for the next couple of days. Enjoy!