Monthly Archives: September 2014

What I’m Loving Wednesday: 9~17~14

  1. This article from The Balanced Blonde, formally known as The Blonde Vegan. If you follow Jordan of TBB then you already know how open and honest she has been on her blog lately about what is going on in her life.  To sum it up she was a very strict vegan and her body just didn’t agree with it, however she was so caught up in the lifestyle that she developed Orthorexia, which is an obsession with eating healthy. When she announced to her followers that she was giving up the vegan lifestyle in order to find what works the best for her body she received a lot of backlash, but she also received a ton of support as well. This article isn’t her “coming out story” as she calls it but a recent article she posted on how to live a balanced lifestyle while still being able to drink. I think many people can relate to this article, especially those who are recently out of college who want to make positive changes in our lives, yet still be able to go out and enjoy. I personally feel like I’m going through and feeling what she talks about in the article so I wanted to pass it along, enjoy!
  2. Bauble Bar. I had heard of Bauble Bar in the past but had never checked it out for myself, but boy was I missing out! I recently just made my first purchase on the site, which was a necklace for my mom’s birthday from my sisters and I. It was a beautiful monogrammed necklace that she loves! Bauble Bar is great in my eyes because first off with every purchase you make you receive Bauble Points that can be used towards another purchase, second because every Monday and Wednesday they send you an email letting you know about that days “Buried Treasure” which is a piece on their website that they made either $10 or $20 instead of full price, and third because if you live in NYC and they carry the piece in the store they will deliver it that day for you! That will come in very handy for those days when I have an outfit in mind for the night but no accessory to go with it!
  3. My new Lily Pulitzer cooler bag! Isn’t it the cutest?! I’m already obsessed and I haven’t even used it yet haha. Not only is the pattern so pretty but it’s just so functional! Bulky coolers are sometimes just way too inconvenient to carry so this will be perfect for those events such as tailgating/picnics/beach/house party/basically everything, where you don’t want to lug a cooler and you want to be cute! Also a huge plus, it came with a mini bottle opener/corkscrew that is attached to the bag! Oh, and it was only $32 which by Lily standards is a steal!Lily
  4. FALL! Caps were sooo necessary for that one. I know it’s still technically summer but in my mind once Labor Day is over and all of the little kiddos go back to school fall starts. Summer was always my favorite season growing up and I still love ya summer, you keep me nice and warm and BBQ’s and the beach are great, but as I’m getting older fall is sliding into first. Summer was great when all I wanted to do was layout and get tan, but now I wear SPF 30 and a wide brimmed hat in order to prevent/fight wrinkles/skin cancer. Everyone else is still getting tan though so pictures this summer were pretty difficult, as in I looked like Casper the friendly ghost while everyone else looked cute and tan. So my first love about fall is everyone else losing their tans (kind of bratty but hey it’s true haha). The next reason is because fall clothes are ah-mazing. Fall is definitely the trendiest of the seasons. You’re able to layer without wearing a bulky coat like in winter, and you can wear boots and sweaters and everything else that is perfect in life. Lastly, Pumpkin everything. Pumpkin all dayyyy, errr day. I plan on smelling like a walking pumpkin the next few weeks, sorry everyone.  I should probably just do a post on fall on its own so this post won’t be 100 pages long, so look forward to it!           Pumpkin candle                   Soon to be on my coffee table making my apartment smell like deliciousness!     (Photo from Yankee Candle)
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Tofu Tuesday

So I was very, very nervous to try tofu. I’ve had it before in miso soup but other than that I have had no experience with it and needless to say I was scared. I know that sounds a bit dramatic but hey we’re all allowed to get dramatic every now and then (more so for some of us haha). Well I’m not about to give up meat and become a hardcore tofu fanatic but it wasn’t half bad. Definitely something I would fill in with every now and then, especially because the price was SO good. I think that whole block of tofu was under $3. Take that chicken.

I did some research on tofu before I attempted to cook it and the majority of people recommended not marinading the tofu first because tofu takes on the taste of whatever you cook it with and the flavor could end up being too overwhelming.

I had previously bought teriyaki sauce so I figured this would be a great thing to cook the tofu in because it would be a different flavor than I normally cook with but also one that is strong without being too strong. I know I know, kind of a baby move wanting to have something a bit strong but do you blame me? Tofu seemed so weird!

Ingredients:

-One package of organic firm tofu drained and patted dry (the dryer the better)

-garlic

-red pepper

-tomato

-zucchini

-olive oil

But in reality you can really use any sauce/vegetables for the tofu, this is just what I had on hand.

Ingriedients

Instructions:

  1. Cut the tofu into strips and squeeze between paper towels in order to dry as much as possible. This is because the tofu is much easier to cook when it is dry.
  2. Coat pan in olive oil and place tofu on pan. Cook until slightly browned and then flip tofu and do                                       the same on the other side.                                            Uncooked Tofu
  3. Add in marinade of choice and vegetables and cook until vegetables are fully cooked and tofu is                                        browned to desire on both sides.                                           Cooking Tofu
  4. Enjoy!                                                                              End Meal

If you are curious about the health benefits of tofu check out this article!

Have you guys ever tried tofu? Did you enjoy it or was it not for you? Any recipe suggestions for it?