let’s talk: the jealousy excuse

the jealousy excuse lets talk: the jealousy excuse

 

 

A few months ago, I was riding the subway when I overheard a mother talking with her young daughter, who was probably 6 or 7 years old. They were discussing a girl at school who commented negatively on the little girl’s dress. In an attempt, I’m sure, to make her daughter feel better, the mother uttered one of the most damaging, complex-inducing phrases I can think of: “She’s just jealous of you.”

 

Yikes. Can we just talk about this for a second? I’ve always had an issue with the “jealousy” excuse—to the point where I won’t even allow myself to utter it to friends or dream it up as an excuse for someone’s behavior. To immediately conclude that if someone doesn’t desire your friendship, or agree with your point of view or want to spend time around you means they’re jealous is as baffling as it is laughable. To write any negative behavior from others off as a mere by-product of jealousy is ignorant and counter-productive.

 

“She’s just jealous of you” has been dished out on numerous occasions during a time of need—to convince your friend that the girl making moves on her boyfriend just envies her, to convince yourself that your cut-throat coworker is just after the good graces you have with your boss. It’s just so easy, so simple to say someone is just jealous—there’s all your reasoning, wrapped up in a neat little package with a bow. You’re off the hook—they’re just jealous. Sure, the excuse has it’s moments of validity (everyone does get jealous of others from time to time), but chalking any issue you have up to “jealousy” is just an excuse to not have to examine the attributes or behaviors that have landed you in the position you’re in.

 

Maybe you wrote a blog post that came across as a little arrogant and unhelpful to readers—so view the feedback you’re getting as a chance to grow and correct your mistakes moving forward, not as jealous bots taking out their own envy-induced misfortunes on your blog. In the case of the little girl on the subway, maybe her classmate just didn’t like her dress and said that as any frank, uncensored 7-year-old would. Maybe that group of women aren’t jealous of your wardrobe or your car or your job—maybe they just don’t have any desire to be friends with you, plain and simple. And that’s fine—that’s a situation you can grow and learn from.

 

If you’re not constantly being challenged to grow and change by those around you, if you’re just sitting there excusing yourself from every social issue or tough moment with this one simple phrase, then what’s the point? Until we stop attributing every negative experience with others as “jealousy,” we’ll just be stuck. Stuck not owning our behavior, the good and the bad—the behavior that makes people both love and loathe us. The moral of the story? Jealousy is just an excuse to skirt around the real issue—and a really bad one at that.

caramel apple dutch baby

caramel apple dutch baby caramel apple dutch baby

 

Ahhh, fall—’tis the season for apples, am I right? And after copious amounts of apple pie, apple chips, apple cobbler, apple cider donuts and warm apple cider, I was jonesing for a little different kind of apple fix.

 

Luckily for me, this craving coincided perfectly with picking up the latest Bon Appetit issue. I pretty much worship Bon App, and am constantly trying out recipes or ingredients I spot in their pages. When I came across the apple dutch baby recipe in their r.s.v.p section (where readers write in asking for the recipes to their favorite dishes from restaurants), I knew I’d found my Sunday baking project. 

 

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If you’ve never had a dutch baby before, let me fill you in: it’s some sort of hybrid child of a pancake, custard and cake. It’s sweet and quick and comes out looking far more impressive than the time you actually spent on it. You can all thank Bon App for the delicious recipe that’s to follow—I can take credit for nothing besides eating the whole thing with my roommates once I was done photographing it. That, I’m owning.

 

You’ll need:

Apple Cider Syrup

  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Dutch Baby

  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup whole milk, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 large apple, peeled and sliced into 1/4 inch thick slices
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar

 

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For the apple cider syrup: Bring ingredients to boil over medium heat in a saucepan. Reduce and boil gently, whisking occasionally, until thick and syrupy, about 30-45 minutes.

 

For the dutch baby: Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Whisk eggs, milk, flour, vanilla, salt and 1/2 tsp cinnamon in a medium bowl until smooth. Melt 2 tbsp. butter in a skillet—add apples, brown sugar and remaining 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Stir to coat, then cook until apples are coated and softened, about 4 minutes. Set aside.

 

Heat an empty cast iron skillet (should be able 10 inches in diameter) in the oven for 10 minutes. Take out using an oven mitten, then add the remaining two tablespoons of butter to it, tilting to ensure you coat the bottom and sides of the pan. Add the cooked apple to the center and pour the batter over top. Quickly transfer the skillet to the oven, cooking for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges are brown and the center is set, but still a bit custardy.

 

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The dutch baby will sink into itself once you take it out of the oven—don’t freak out, this is supposed to happen!

 

Finish yours with a generous sweeping of that yummy caramel apple cider syrup and a dollop of whip cream if you have it. Enjoy as dessert—or as breakfast, because there’s fruit and fall is beautiful and fleeting. Reason enough, yes?

 

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beyond burgundy: 7 oh-so-chic nail shades for fall

chic nail polish for fall beyond burgundy: 7 oh so chic nail shades for fall

 

Come September, the chance to paint on dark nails feels like a relief. After months of bright pinks, florescent neons or sea-inspired blues, wearing deeper shades on my nails make me feel a bit moody and mysterious and…dare I say cool?

 

Burgundy has always been a go-to (along with black) for fall and winter months—I love the sophisticated, wine-inspired hue—but this year I’m craving a little something different for my nails. A little more of a unique, off-beat fall color. Here, seven shades I’ll be painting on these next few months.

 

nail shades for fall beyond burgundy: 7 oh so chic nail shades for fall

one: chinchilly, by essie |  two: russian navy, by opi | three: power clutch, by essie | four: jade is the new black, by opi | five: toast, by RBG | six: crossroads by phillip lim for NARS | seven: fighter, by RBG

 

This season, I’m loving soft, feminine grays, like Essie’s Chinchilly, sophisticated navy shades like Russian Navy by OPI and barely-there nudes like Toast (what a great name!) by RBG. I’ll be rotating these all throughout fall (that is, when I actually manage to get a chance to paint my nails!)—what are you wearing?

 

 

 

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the year of 50 books: 26-30

the year of 50 books 26 to 30 the year of 50 books: 26 30

 

Now that the cool weather has started rolling in for fall, I’ve been flying through books. There really is no better feeling than spending a cozy day on the couch with a blanket and a good read. And this batch was full of them—there was a book with a little thriller action, a book with some family drama and books filled with a whole lot of wisdom from smart women. Let’s get down to it:

 

 

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This Is Where I Leave You, by Jonathan Tropper You may have seen preview trailers for the movie version of this book, starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey—I’ve been dying to see it since it came out but haven’t gotten around to it. The timing of my reading this book was actually just a happy coincidence. While I always make a point to read the book before seeing the movie, I didn’t actually know this was coming out as a movie until I was almost done with the book. I’m kind of glad, too—there’s something special about forming your own idea about characters before seeing how Hollywood has type-cast them to life.

 

Tropper’s novel centers on a family gathered together to practice shiva in honor of their recently deceased father. The Foxmann family is a fun bag of tricks—there’s Judd, the narrator of the novel, who just discovered his wife is cheating on him, along with his siblings Wendy, Paul and Phillip, the youngest brother Judd describes as “the Paul McCartney of our family: better-looking than the rest of us, always facing a different direction in pictures, and occasionally rumored to be dead.” (<< I’m a huge McCartney/Beatles fan, so this cracked me up). And let me tell you…you think your family has issues? Wait until you meet these guys—let’s just say a week in the same house poses an interesting challenge for all of them. The whole book had me cracking up, feeling strangely sad and sympathetic at times and even missing my own crazy family. Tropper wrote the novel with a thread of biting, sharp humor woven throughout, but took care not to discount the individual struggles that each character was experiencing—his prose was so engaging to read that there were occasions I almost rode past my subway stop, I was so engrossed. This Is Where I Leave You is an incandescent, brilliantly written book about loss, love, forgiveness and the experiences that bind us together. It was above and away one of my favorite books I’ve read this year. What are you waiting for? GET IT! Rating: 10 out of 10

 

 

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Obsessed, by T.R. Ragan I truly don’t know what it is with me and stalkers, you guys—I promise this isn’t a sign of a larger issue. You don’t need to report me. Seriously…

 

Unbeknownst to me, Obsessed is actually book four in the “Lizzy Gardner” series, created by T.R. Ragan, that follows—you guessed it—a detective named Lizzy Gardner. I didn’t find it totally off-putting that I hadn’t read the other three books before reading this one…I was able to get a pretty firm grasp on the characters anyways. There were a few moments where I was like, “Huh? What’s her back story?” but for the most part, if you want to dive right in here, you can. A word to the wise, though: this book does not have a happy ending (I mean, with a title like Obsessed, did you think it would?). It follows the story of radio psychologist Madeline Blair who, in fear of dipping ratings on her show, tells her listeners she has a stalker. Um, in case any of you were considering this—DON’T BE STUPID AND DO THIS. Especially if, like Madeline, there is a real-life man obsessed with you and your scary faux-stalker story sets him off to “protect” (aka stalk) you. And once he finds out that you were lying? Well, things are going to end pretty bad for you, friend.

 

Naturally Madeline hires Detective Gardner to help protect her and trace down the unhinged man now wreaking havoc in her professional and personal life. The manhunt that ensues will risk the lives of Lizzy, Madeline and several others close to them (sorry to be so cagey, but I don’t want to give it away!). For me, Obsessed was one of those “love the book, hate the ending” moments—I didn’t want my experience with the book to be colored by what I deemed a really awful (albeit intriguing for the next installment) ending. I think you’ll see when you get there—there’s definitely more of Lizzy’s story to come. Rating: 8.2 out of 10

 

 

 

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The Opposite of Loneliness, by Marina Keegan You’ve probably heard of this collection of essays—whether you read Keegan’s viral essay just days after her death or read the startling number of accolades from some of the biggest names in the literary world. Keegan’s whole book—a collection of essays on love, death and growing up—was published posthumously, after she tragically passed away in a car accident just five days after graduating from Yale.

 

And sure, there’s a good part of me that read out of a bit of sad, morbid intrigue initially. But I stayed for Keegan’s gutting, blisteringly honest writing. She may not have led a long life, but the one she did lead was full of kindness, growing pains and an introspective outlook that’s rarely present in the most self-aware 50-year-old, let alone a 22-year-old. Within the first pages, you learn the title of the book stems from one of the more beautiful quotes in Keegan’s essay, “We don’t have a word for the opposite of loneliness, but if we did, I could say that’s what I want in life.” My first thought was, well—me too. And that’s kind of how I experienced Keegan’s essays. There were lots of “me too’s” along with a few “She totally said what I was thinking-s.”

I just thought every word in the book was so beautiful, partially due to Keegan’s sheer talent as a wordsmith, and partially because of what the book stood for as a whole. A moment preserved in time of a young women who hasn’t had the chance to become jaded yet—hasn’t had the chance to write down her words and then go back years later, embolden by age and the wisdom imparted by her years and change them. The circumstances surrounding her book, the fact that it was published as-is, with minimal editing, made it all the more raw, fresh and realistic. As she says in the book, there is something romantic in preservation at a moment of static bliss. Rating: 9.5 out of 10

 

 

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Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty Oh hiiiiiiii, it’s just me!! The Liane Moriarty groupie, back at it again!! I refuse to apologize for soaking up as much as I can from Moriarty, especially given her latest (and newest) read is her best yet.

 

Like most of her novels, this is more of an ensemble drama than a story about a single person. That’s what I like best about Moriarty’s writing—you can somehow care about half a dozen characters and the outcome of their trials and tribulations equally. It really is a true gift. Anyways, Big Little Lies centers around a group of Australian “Kinder” parents, whose kids are all starting at the local prestegious school at the same time—sort of Gossip Girl style, only with the parents instead of teens. You start the story knowing someone has been killed—but not knowing how it happened or who is to blame. Moriarty focuses on the intersecting stories of three women—Madeline (the town fireball), Celeste (the trophy wife who has it all) and Jane (the reserved outsider)—and how their friendship, self-preserving lies and greatest mistakes influence the lives of everyone around them. I wanted to have Madeline on my team, I wanted to befriend poor Jane and I wanted to shake some sense into Celeste—I just wanted to know them all! Big Little Lies was juicy and scandalous and sublimely entertaining—I loved it, of course. And trust me when I tell you—you won’t see the ending coming at all. Rating: 10 out of 10

 

 

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I Feel Bad About My Neck, by Nora Ephron As a writer (both on this here blog and in real life), I’ve long worshiped at the alter of Nora Ephron. I like to think I could be even 5 percent like her when I grow up. I read her work every few years, finding I can relate to it different now, as a writer and New Yorker, than I could when I was a freshman in college, just trying to make it to class on time.

 

I Feel Bad About My Neck has long been one of my favorite Ephron collections—it’s full of her signature quick wit and dry sense of humor that became a hallmark of her classic films like When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle. True, most of it centers on her experience with aging (something I guess I can’t complain too much about yet since I’m only 25), but there are still nuggets of wisdom to take away as a reader, no matter what your age. One of my favorite quotes from the book? Well I have two: “What failure of imagination had caused me to forget that life was full of other possibilities, including the possibility that eventually I would fall in love again?” (discussing her divorce and meeting her new husband) and “I now believe that what my mother meant when she said “Everythign is copy” is this: When you slip on a banana peel, people laugh at you; but when you tell people you slipped on a banana peel, it’s your laugh. So you become the hero rather than the victim of the joke.” Rating: 9 out of 10

 

 

 

 

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slow-cooker pulled pork with honey corn cakes

pulled pork sandwich recipe slow cooker pulled pork with honey corn cakes

 

 

I debated endlessly as to whether or not I should post this recipe. You see, slow-cooker pulled pork is my secret weapon—my Hail Mary, my trump card. Any time I want to make people happy (make their stomachs happy, really), I make this pulled pork recipe. So naturally, I like to keep it close to the chest. Because it really (really really) is that good.

 

Slow-cooker pulled pork is at almost every family function we have. It’s my Auntie Lina’s specialty and we all beg for it any time there’s a celebration or get together on the calendar. Now that I live on my own and do my own entertaining, pulled pork has become my own party go-to. The guys love it, the ladies love it and—perhaps most importantly sometimes—it lays a solid base for a night of drinking. Hey, just being honest.

 

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Obviously, after all that internal debating, I’ve chosen to share the recipe. And I implore you: make it wisely. It can cause, in not-so-rare occasions, cases of mild obsession, over-eating out of deliciousness and even impromptu marriage proposals. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

 

These pulled pork sandwiches are best served on toasty potato rolls (MUST be potato rolls) with a decent helping of corn cakes and honey butter on the side (more on that later). This will make about 15 pulled pork sandwiches, which makes it great for a crowd.

 

You’ll need: 

  • One pork shoulder or pork butt between 3 and 4 pounds (you should be able to find this at the meat counter of your grocer).
  • 1 cup water
  • 18 oz (one bottle) Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

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Place the pork and water into a crockpot or slow cooker. Cook through the day (3.5-4 hours if you have it set to “high”, between 5.5 and 7 hours if you have it set to “low”). You’ll know it’s done when the meat is fragrant, a light brown color (as seen above) and literally falls apart at the touch of a fork.

 

Remove it from the crock pot, place on a cutting board and begin to shred the meat with two forks. Drain the crock pot, the add the shredded meat back into the pot, along with the BBQ sauce, hot sauce, brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.

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Stir to coat then allow to cook for another hour. You can keep it on “warm” throughout your party if you have guests serving themselves.

 

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For the mini corn cakes (which taste better than regular corn muffins, because they’re mini), I use a Jiffy cornbread mix—keep it basic, because the real magic here is in the butter. I first had the corn cake/honey cinnamon butter combo at one of my favorite restaurants here in Astoria, Butcher Bar, and knew I needed to try making it at home someday. It’s so easy!

 

You’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup stick butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

 

Whip ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer until they’re combined and the butter is light and fluffy. Serve on everything from corn cakes and pulled pork (duh) to waffles, french toast and sweet potatoes!

 

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is your workout ruining your skin? 3 easy fixes

workout skin fixes is your workout ruining your skin? 3 easy fixes

 

There are a lot of obvious pros to working out—a hot bod, for one….plus boosted confidence, a happier outlook thanks to all those endorphins, and face time with that cute guy in your running club, just to name a few. But all that sweating (and running, and crunching, and sports-bra wearing) can take some surprising tolls on your skin. I mean, you’re already getting up at the crack of dawn for a 6 a.m. boot camp class…should you really have to deal with acne or a rash or irritation? I think not. Here, three easy fixes to workout skin woes:

 

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It’s actually a myth that the act of working out causes acne—in fact, regular sweat sessions will improve the look of your skin (just a little perk we like to call the post-workout glow). What does cause acne? Sitting sweat. If you’re someone who works out on their lunch break, hits up a spin class then brunch with friends or works out in the evenings and doesn’t shower until the morning, you’ve probably experienced bouts of face and body acne. The reason? Sweat that isn’t washed off your skin post-workout can breed bacteria, which in turn causes breakouts to occur. An easy solution: once you hop of the elliptical and pack it up for the day, do a quick wipe down of your face, chest and upper back with a clarifying/acne specific wipe, like Murad’s Clarifying Wipes for Blemish Prone Skin. They’ll remove any traces of bacteria, so even if you’re headed home to shower, you won’t risk breeding some blemishes on your way there.

 

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A word to the very sweaty: moisture-wicking workout clothes are a must. High-tech workout gear may seem like an unnecessary indulgence (trust me, I work out in old college tees as much as the next girl), but they really are worth their weight in…um, sweat? If you have sensitive skin, you’re more likely to develop rashes or eczema from frequent workouts (irritation tends to develop at “tight” areas, like around the arm pits and band of your sports bra). Tops and gear that boast “moisture-wicking” features are designed to help move heat and moisture away from the skin and keep skin (and subsequently you) cooler and more temperature controlled. I swear by Nike’s Dri-Fit line, and Under Armour has some great pieces as well. Trust me—once you go moisture-wicking, you’ll never go back (that’s totally a saying, right?)!

 

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Chances are, if your thighs rub together like 99% of the population, you’re going to have to deal with chafing. The irritation, causes by the repetitive rubbing together of your skin, is especially common in runners and can be super super painful if it goes untreated or isn’t prevented. I’ve heard of people using deodorant to ward of thigh rubbing, but products formulated especially for this problem, like Glide sticks, are just as (if not more) successful in preventing skin irritation. How it works: pre-run or workout, put a few coats on your trouble areas (typically the thighs, although it can be the armpits too). The stick will prevent that friction from building up, leaving you without a painful and blistery rash at the end of your workout. I’d say that’s a win, no?

 

 

 

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designer crush: emily henderson

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I’m constantly finding design inspiration on Pinterest, but rarely is there one single designer I find on there that I’m just like, “YES. Yes—he/she absolutely gets my style.” I thought it was mostly because I describe my style as “charming schizophrenia” but maybe it was just because I was waiting to find Emily Henderson.

 

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I was turned on to Emily’s designs months ago, but I’ve been rabidly consuming her every project since. Henderson, who started as a Jonathan Adler shop girl, was a prop stylist before she went on to win HGTV’s Design Star. She’s really big on one philosophy—that a room, regardless of trends or price or what’s “cool” should just feel like the occupant. I love that straight forward, personality-driven focus to design. Because if moroccan rugs are hip and everywhere but just so not your thing, then why do them?

 

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I love her use of color and how each room she designs treads the line between playful and timeless. For now I’ll be stalking her blog, watching her new video series with Target and pulling inspiration from her rooms—like that amazing velvet headboard. Yes, please!

 

 

butternut squash and sage pasta

butternut squash butternut squash and sage pasta

 

 

Butternut squash is probably the Pumpkin Spice Latte of the food world. Call it “basic”, call it over-used from September to December—but even you can admit: it’s so delicious.

 

I try to cook it as much as possible during the fall months but there’s only so much roasted butternut squash a girl can handle. This week, I decided to mix it up by combining it with one of my other favorite things: pasta.

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Butternut squash and sage is a fool-proof combo, and for good reason—the duo team up to create a sauce that’s rich, layered and just a bit indulgent (ahem, given the heavy cream and all). It’s a yummy twist for those fall nights when you’re just not feeling marinara sauce again. You’ll need:

 

  • 1 medium butternut squash, cubed and and skinned
  • 6-8 sage leaves
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan  cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon garlic
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

 

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Cube your butternut squash, then toss on a baking sheet with olive oil, salt and pepper, adding 4-5 sage leaves to the pan. Roast in the over at 375 degrees for 40 minutes, or until the squash is mush but still holding it’s cube shape. Set aside.

 

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While your butternut squash is roasting, set a pan of heavily salted water over high heat to boil. This sauce is best with fresh pasta—we have an amazing factory on our street that sells theirs out of a storefront—but if you go with dried, that works too! Once the water is boiling, set the pasta in and allow it to cook.

 

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While the pasta is cooking, place the roasted butternut squash in a food processor, removing the sage leaves first. Add the garlic, then drizzle in a little olive oil, salt and pepper then blend on high until the butternut squash has turned the consistency of mashed potatoes and is free of chunks.

 

Add the pureed butternut squash to a large skillet with the heavy cream, milk, nutmeg, parmesan and 2 sage leaves. Stir to combine and allow to simmer on low for five-ish minutes. It will be really thick—that’s the nature of the butternut squash and it holds really well to the pasta, but if the consistency isn’t right for you, feel free to add a bit more milk. Add salt and pepper to taste.

 

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Add your cooked pasta to the pan with two tablespoons pasta water, then toss to coat. Plate, then top with a bit more parmesan cheese and serve with an Olivia Pope-worthy glass of vino. Buon Appetito!!

 

 

 

2 adult lunchables perfect for work this week

adult lunchables 2 adult lunchables perfect for work this week

 

I’m notoriously–almost comically–bad at eating lunch at work. I’ll get so engrossed in what I’m doing that suddenly 3:30 pm will roll around and I’ll wonder why I’m crazy grumpy and have a raging headache.

 

In an attempt to try and improve this unhealthy habit, I’ve been making an effort to pull together little “lunchables” for myself, packed with a light meal and snacks that I can pick at throughout the day. They’re not huge, because I rarely have time to each much, but they definitely keep me from A) Wasting money on more food, B) Getting too hungry and C) Spending all my money in a low blood sugar-induced raid at the Chipotle across the street. Here are two of my favorites:

 

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Turkey Veggie “Burritos”

Easy as can be: simply roll up lots of veggies (I use cucumbers, peppers and carrots) in slices of turkey or another deli meat of your choice. I typically pack a stick of cheese, a GoGo Applesauce (which I’m pretty sure are for toddlers but whatever) and a few (ok…maybe more than two…) of Trader Joe’s AMAZING peanut butter cups to go along with the turkey rolls.

 

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Another standby? A trusty Greek lunchable, made by combining my go-to Greek salad recipe, homemade tzatziki dip and a bit of bread or pita chips. Sometimes I’ll swap the bread out for a batch of falafel if I’ve had the time to make it Sunday night. The best thing about this combo is that everything gets better after sitting around in the fridge for a few days. The flavor in both the salad and the dip is stronger, meaning you can make big batches and be set for the week–that is, if you don’t mind a little lunchtime repetition!

 

 

tropical tiki-tinis [+ a girl's night in] with pinnacle vodka

girls night cocktails tropical tiki tinis [+ a girls night in] with pinnacle vodka

 

 

Whether it’s been a really long week or just a while since you’ve seen each other, sometimes you just need a good girl’s night in. There’s nothing better than couch time with your favorite ladies, with cheesy rom-coms on in the background, way too many sweets and girlie cocktails for (multiple) cheers. The cocktail pick for the night? A sweet and refreshing tropical concoction with Pinnacle vodka!

 

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The star of the tropical tiki-tini? Pinnacle’s Tropical Punch Vodka, one of their 40 yummy flavors (and one that happens to go well with literally anything). For the tropical tiki-tini, you’ll need:

 

  • 1 part Pinnacle Tropical Punch Vodka
  • 2 parts iced tea (I used peach for a little extra somethin’ somethin’)
  • Orange, pineapple or other tropical fruit for garnish

Shake together well, then pour a round for yourself and your girlfriends. Garnish with a few wedges of fruit and colorful, playful straws. Cheers to girl’s night!

 

p.s. Check out below for Pinnacle’s fun mixology video for the tropical tiki-tini:

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