Tunesday Spotlight: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

Aloha, loves! It’s freaking cold today! It was so nice out yesterday, I was lucky enough to get to spend a large portion of the day outdoors. I was hoping it was going to be equally as nice out today because my friend and I have standing play dates with the kiddies every Tuesday and we like to take them for long walks when it’s nice out. Maybe next week, it is supposed to warm up again. Fingers crossed!

Anyway. Here’s my song of the week. It’s Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, literally sitting around a table singing some of their best songs. This is one of my absolute favorite songs of theirs! When the album version comes on in my car I turn it up as loud as humanly possible and sing along at the top of my lungs til I’m blue in the face. SUCH a good song. Enjoy!

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals – Things I Never Needed

Recipe: Citrus Beef Salad Stir Fry [Paleo]

It’s recipe time, my loves! This is one of my favorite recipes from our Paleo cookbook. I’m a huge stir fry person. I don’t know why, but I really like it. They have a whole section in this book on stir fry so I’m pretty much in my glory here. Anyway. Here is the recipe for Citrus Beef Salad Stir Fry:

IMG_2958What you need:
cooking fat (coconut oil)
Stir Fry Beef (if you can’t find it already packaged, just buy 1 pound tender cut beef and cut it into thin strips).
1 onion – sliced
2 cloves garlic – minced
2 lemons – peeled and segmented. – Use the peel for 1 tsp. zest
2 oranges – peeled and segmented. Use the peel for 1 tsp. zest
1 Tablespoon lemon juice (from lemon #2)
1 Tablespoon orange juice (from orange #2)
1 tsp fresh ginger – grated
A big bunch of spinach (If you’re a big spinach fan like I am, use A LOT of spinach because it wilts down to almost nothing after you cook it for a few minutes.


Directions:
Step 1: Melt 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a large frying pan. Stir-fry the beef until ALMOST fully browned.
Step 2: Before it cooks completely, remove the beef from the pan and set it aside.
Step 3: Add a little less than a tablespoon of coconut oil (the pan will still have juices in it from the meats) and add in the ginger, onion, and garlic. Stir fry for about three minutes.
Step 4: Return beef to pan and add lemon & orange juices. Bring to a boil. Add the bunch of spinach.
Step 5: Cook only for about another minute or two, just until the spinach wilts.
Step 6: Serve over bed of segmented oranges and lemons, top with the zest for garnish.

And viola! There you have it, kids. My favorite paleo stir fry recipe so far. It’s super yummy. Try it out tonight and tell me watcha think! Also, in the book it says it serves 4… but I’d say this is more for like 3 people. Matt and I finished almost all of it. I’d add a little more spinach & beef if you’re cooking for 4 people. Use the amounts I listed above if it’s just you and one other person. Hope this helps! Until next time, kisses!

Wednesday Worst!

Remember Zenon? From those Disney movies? (I was obviously obsessed with them. After watching the Jetsons religiously when I was younger the future was the bees knees for me). If you don’t remember, this is what that little future dweller looked like.

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Bringing you right back isn’t it? Ok, so now that we have that covered, really soak this in. I feel as though my pick for Wednesday worst took a little style inspiration from Zenon here.

Brandy

brandy-norwood-290Zedis lapedis, Brandy! (see what I did there? ha ha ha) Anyway. Really though… what in the world? This is very Moesha of you, and not very 2013 Brandy of you. Knit mesh tops should ONLY, and I repeat ONLY, be worn while frolicking into the sunset on a beach. The silver hardware from her neck, to her skirt, to her shoes screams matchy-matchy. And the embellished leather jacket thrown over this look, where the hell did that come from? Nothing works with each other here, for me, at least. It’s just a big ball of hott mess. And, ok, your weave Brandy…. I’ve heard of texture but this is just cray. Come on girl you are better than this! Seriously though, that skirt looks like one of those things you put on the windshield of your car on a super sunny day to keep the seats from getting too hot. woof. All right, this is coming off pretty harsh but I had to go there. A sleek, fitted, solid black top would have maybe salvaged this look (and a comb), because the pieces aren’t 100% horrible by themselves. I will say that. There.

Alright kids, what do you think? Zenon, or Icon? You decide! Until next time, kisses!

 

Tunesday Spotlight: 18 Visions

Ok funny story about my tune this week. Well, actually, funny stories. I was feeling very uninspired musically this week so I decided I’d open my iTunes and just post the first song that came up on random. Well the first song that came up was by this band, 18 Visions, and it was called Broken Hearted. I really, really like that song and wanted to share it with you guys but it didn’t have a real music video so I went with another goodie by these guys. So that’s the first (completely unfunny) story. Here’s the second. The first time I saw these guys was, I think, my freshman year of college. I went to see my friend Lynam’s band play somewhere in Scranton, PA… so random. They were opening for these guys and Hinder, even more random! And I’m not bias or anything, but I think those guys should have opened for Lynam… just saying. Anyway, long story short, you can still smoke at clubs and bars in PA (or could at the time, I don’t know the laws now) and someone dropped a cigarette and the whole place caught on fire 10 minutes into Hinder’s encore. The fire was pretty close to the back of the club and I’m sure someone put it out almost immediately, but the sprinklers even came on and the entire venue went into sheer panic mode. I was in the front row (after fighting, physically fighting, with a 45 year old groupie all night to keep my spot) and had a really hard time getting out of the club. All of the sudden as I was elbowing my way towards the one and only exit in this stupid place, the red seas parted to let the lead singer of 18 Visions out of the place. Literally, people stepped aside to make sure this guy got out alive. What the hell? Well I took full advantage of this… grabbed on to the guys shirt, and let him pull me to safety, haha! So he basically saved my life. Kind of.. the club didn’t burn down or anything but it was pretty terrifying at the time. Imagine literally over a thousand people trying to funnel through one tiny little doorway all at once. How is that even legal? Anyway… I’m getting off track here. The point is, I really enjoyed this band and the song I chose to use is so soft and ballad-ish for them. They used to be a very hardcore band (they’ve since broken up, tear). But if you dig this, you should take a gander at some of their other business, it’s pretty sick.

18 Visions – Tonightless 

I found a couple pictures from that night buried deep in my Facebook page. They were literally taken in November of 2006 (I remember it all too well now). Look at my hair! And entire outfit in general. Aye aye aye!

This is me and James, the front man that saved my life. This was taken after the show… haha see how excited I am to be alive?
My brother Shay, Jacob, and me on Lynam’s tour bus before the show. Jacob is the front man for Lynam & also Steven Adler’s new band, Adler. Jacob & I totally look like an adorable little couple, don’t we? haha!

Moody Monday

Hello my loves! A very happy Monday to you! If you are in New Jersey right now, you may have a hard time grasping the fact that it really is Spring outside, considering it’s snowing. SNOWING! [insert angry face emoji here] It’s hard enough to put yourself in a good mood on Mondays, and this stupid confusing weather outside is 100% not helping. However, we must do whatever we can to remind ourselves that after Monday comes the rest of the week, and after the rest of the week, the weekend! And with that comes warmer weather. So perk up, ladies and gents! The best is yet to come. :]

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Friday Fav: Casual Friday

We’re taking it down a notch today. Usually I post pictures of these stars all glammed up on the red carpet, but I saw two looks this morning that were toned down and I really, really loved the way they looked. Behold…

Jordin Sparks

jordin-sparks-290I really love this look on her. I have this weird complex in my head that only girls who are 9 feet tall and 80 pounds can wear leather… even though I’ve recently purchased a pair of leather pants from H&M, I still have to give myself a big pep talk before I wear them. So it’s super refreshing to see someone who doesn’t have the ‘typical’ Hollywood body type rocking some leather pants. Makes me feel better about myself! I am obsessed with her shoes also. I have been searching high and low for a pair quite similar to these. I am also really digging the white top paired with a neutral biker jacket. This whole look is so understated but still looks so hott. And let’s not forget her super swagful arm party! Always a plus. Her lip color choice is interesting to me too. It’s not red, coral, or pink. It’s like a bright berry mixed with coral and pink? Not sure about that, I could never pull that color off but it looks amaze on her. I am a fan of this. What do you think?

Nikki Reednikki-reed-290

This literally looks like something I would wear out to a nice dinner with the hubs or drinks for girls night. It’s SUCH a cute outfit! She’s rocking this outfit at an album release party which seems totally appropriate. She may be wearing leather pants too? It’s kind of hard to see in the picture, but I see some shine, so there’s probably some leather going on there. WHICH, if you didn’t know, leather is a huge trend for this Spring. So work it into your wardrobe somehow. Moving on… The little pop of color found in her clutch is fabulous, it does a great job of breaking up the black and white. I love the embellishments on the collar of her shirt, and her shoes! So simple yet so chic. She always looks so good, doesn’t she? I’m a big fan of Ms. Reed.

Those are my looks this week, kiddies! What do you think? This makes me want to get somewhat dressed up and go out to dinner now. A nice paleo dinner, of course! wink wink. Until next time. Kisses!

Recipe: “Spaghetti” with sautéed Kale.

This recipe was actually a little frightening to me. I have never experimented with spaghetti squash before, but my sister-in-law makes ‘spaghetti’ with it ALL the time. I figured it was time to step out of my comfort zone. And come to find out, that was the easy part. The sauce was what was intimidating!

IMG_2940In the above picture we made it with the Bolognese sauce it called for in the recipe, but if I were to make it again I’d probably just toss my own sauce over it because it’s pretty much paleo and this was a pain in the ass, HA. Ok so instructions for both (spaghetti and sautéed kale) are as follows:

Spaghetti Squash:
All you need is literally…. the squash. One large squash was exactly enough for my husband and me. If you’re cooking for 3 or 4 people I’d buy two, and so on. 

Step one: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Step two: Cut the squash in half lengthwise.
Step three: Remove the seeds from the middle, much like you would do to a pumpkin.
Step four: Place the halves cut side down on a baking sheet. Cook for 28-35 minutes.
Make sure to check the squash at the 28 minute mark. If it overcooks it’ll become mushy and you won’t get the ‘spaghetti’ effect you’re going for. Scrape it with a fork and it should shred. If it scrapes easily you know it’s ready.
Step five: When the squash is completely cooked, scrape the halves with a fork. They will end up looking like little piles of angel hair pasta, pretty much. Pour your favorite (paleo or healthy!) sauce over the squash strands and you’re all set!

 

Sautéed  Kale
What you need: 1-2 bunches fresh kale. (1 bunch was enough for 2 people.)
1-2 cloves garlic – minced.
Juice from 1 lemon.
1-2 tablespoons coconut oil.

Step one: rinse and trim kale. Make sure to cut off JUST the leaves! If you get a piece of the stem when you’re taking a big bite it will taste really, really bitter and gross. Chop leaves into bite size pieces – they sauté faster.
Step two: Melt the 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a large non-stick frying or sauté pan and add garlic. Cook garlic for about 30 seconds then add half the fresh kale. Cook, stirring constantly, for about a minute, then add the rest of kale.
Step three: Let everything cook down for about 10 minutes. Make sure to keep stirring so garlic doesn’t burn.
Step four: When kale has finished cooking, spoon onto a plate and cover with a little lemon juice.

You can add salt and pepper to taste for any of these dishes, but I’m trying to stay away from using TOO much salt. If you’re going to add some, make sure to use SEA SALT. 🙂 ALSO my husband LOVED the lemon juice on the kale but it’s easy to overdo it. If you’re only cooking one bunch of kale, squeeze just half the lemon. 

And there you go friends! That is one of my healthy dinner recipes. Give it a try tonight, I promise it’s super yummy and you won’t even realize you’re not gorging yourself on carbs!

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