Posts made in September 30th, 2011

pinterinspiration: post-elimination


Posted on Sep 30, 2011 in Food

Of course, as soon as food becomes “off-limits” I immediately desperately crave it. So what have I been doing? I’ve been pinning recipes for food to make as soon as we are out of crazy elimination land. Because I’m a glutton for punishment.

  1. Roasted Brussels Sprouts
  2. Nutella Pudding
  3. Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos
  4. Soft Baked Pretzel Bites
  5. Sweet and Salty Carmelized Pumpkin Seeds
  6. Pumpkin-tinis
  7. Lemon Garlic Spaghetti
  8. Peanut Butter and Nutella Swirl Cookies
  9. Bacon-wrapped Jalapeno Chicken Bites
  10. Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes
  11. Spinach and Cheese Strata

What have you been craving lately?


fun friday: guilty pleasures


Posted on Sep 30, 2011 in Fun

My general life philosophy is “do the things I want to do, and don’t do the things I don’t want to do.” Of course, as an adult, that isn’t always possible. Do I want to pay bills and go to the dentist? Not particularly, but I do those things because I’m a responsible, contributing member of society.

But when I do have a choice, I try not to feel guilty or ashamed for choosing the things that make me happy. But even with that life philosophy, there are certain times where adults are made to feel inferior or immature for their choices. We’re supposed to choose gray instead of hot pink and watch PBS instead of MTV. Often, when we go against those standards, it is labeled as a guilty pleasure.

I don’t love that concept. I believe that almost always, pleasure should never be guilty. Even if it is something that isn’t necessarily the social norm.

That being said, there isn’t really a better way to phrase today’s fun Friday question. “What are the things that make you happy that aren’t really socially accepted for adults?” just doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. So…

What are your guilty pleasures?

Jersey Shore


I know as a well-educated person, I should despise everything about Jersey Shore, but I actually kind of love it. As idiotic and ridiculous as the cast members can be, I actually think they are genuinely decent human beings and kinda sweet. I find it fascinating that these young people have two very different sides. Old fashioned, caring, family focused. And crazy, out-of-control, and ditzy. They’ll get black-out drunk on a Saturday night, but then all come together on a Sunday afternoon to make dinner together. Plus, I think a few of them genuinely hilarious.

Bright colors


For the longest time, it feels like bright colors have been reserved for preschool classrooms and sports teams. Once you got past a certain age, you were relegated to the black, charcoal and beige section of Macys. You were supposed to have a black car, black coat, and black shoes.  But bright colors make me happy! I love wearing bright and buying bright. Thankfully, it feels like color has made a return to acceptance, but I used to get comments almost daily on how “loud” or “vibrant” my clothes were. I guess it’s become part of my personal brand now because I drive an orange car and have purple hair. :)

I have more “guilty pleasures” than this, but there are the two that come to mind right now. Your turn! What are yours?