Home Sweet Home

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Staying at home this past week has made me appreciate cooking even more, and sitting down and having a meal together as a family. I’ve enjoyed setting the table with nice plates (Year & Day is 25% off at Verishop also check out this), placemats, napkins, napkin rings, and simple flowers from the yard.

To keep busy we have been playing backgammon, making friendship bracelets, and I just ordered a tie-dye kit for the girls (tanktee, & sweatshirt for tie-dying).

Chicken Marsala Recipe

This is one of my classic recipes that I have been making for years. It’s simple, healthy, and delicious. 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless pounded chicken breast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • fresh black pepper
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • olive oil
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup white wine (doesn’t have to be marsala)
  • 1/2 cup veggie or chicken broth 
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley 

Preparation 

If your chicken is not already pounded place chicken between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and pound to about 1/2 inch thick. Spinkle both sides evenly with salt and pepper. Place flour in a shallow dish. Dredge chicken in flour, turning to coat, and shake off excess flour. 

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken cooking until it’s golden brown and then flipping to brown the other side. Remove chicken from the pan. Add mushrooms, wine, broth, and lemon juice to the pan. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 mins until the mixture is reduced to about 2/3 cup. Return chicken to the pan, turning well to coat and cook for an additional 5 mins. Sprinkle with parley and ready to serve. 

Pan in the above picture is the Le Creuset braiser.

 

Reflections

Yesterday marked the 2 year anniversary of my first blog post (Spring Break Swag). It has been a fun two years learning, being creative, and doing something that I love. This has not been a typical week by any means but there are definitely some take-aways. Monday morning I got up early and made it to the grocery store by 7:00 am. I was rushing and a bit panicked trying to get whatever I could at the store. When I walked out of the store I just wanted to get in the car and get out of there as fast as I could. A women in the parking lot rolled down her window, and asked if I could take a picture of the beautiful rainbow and send it to her. She said she didn’t have her phone because she was in such a rush to get out of the house and get groceries. We both took a moment to stop and gaze up at the rainbow which I wouldn’t have done if she hadn’t stopped me. We exchanged numbers and texts and both stopped to enjoy something beautiful in this very stressful time. This week I have stopped and taken time to appreciate the little things I might not have done a week or two ago. 

Now onto some fashion….

SALE ALERT! Nordstrom Rack is offering 20% off sitewide. I picked up several L Space bathing suits for the girls (also found this cute tweed blazer). Lots of great deals to be had at J. Crew including my favorite PJ Set (whole site is up to 35% off). Lastly, I was doing some home essential shopping at Target and got the softest sports bra that was only $12.99. That’s a wrap for the week! 

XOXO

Julie

Caesar is a Crowd Pleaser

This simple eggless Caesar Salad recipe is a crowd pleaser! 

Caesar Salad Dressing 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan 
  • 1 small garlic glove
  • a couple dashes of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 cup lemon juice
  • 1/8 white wine vinegar 
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup canola or grape seed oil 

Combine the first 6 ingredients into your Cuisinart and blend until smooth. Once that’s done slowly add your 1/4 cup olive oil and then the remaining oil. Continue to blend until it’s smooth and emulsified like the above picture. 

I use any leftover french bread or sourdough bread for the croutons. Cut into small size cubes and spread them out on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat and bake them in the oven at 325 Fahrenheit until firm and golden brown. 

Chop up your romance lettuce, add your croutons, and dress your salad! 

 

Let’s Get Cozy

The hoodie & jogger set is currently a big trend. Grace from The Stripe was wearing an affordable one from Amazon hoodie & jogger. Jennifer Meyer was sporting a more upscale version from Danzy hoodie & jogger. Target has a tie dye cost friendly version here & here. Lastly, Reformation’s version here & here.

Chili Tonight

fullsizerenderI have been making this slower cooker chili for 18 years it’s based on the Wendy’s recipe (I’ve tweaked a couple of things). It’s so good and easy! It makes a lot so you will have leftovers. A nice way to switch up the leftovers is to serve it over pasta. 

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound ground beef, chicken, or turkey
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 can kidney beans (with juice)
  • 1 can pinto beans (with juice)
  • 1 cup diced onions
  • 1/4 cup celery chopped
  • 1 1/2 chopped tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • a dash of your favorite hot sauce to add some spice

Brown your meat in the skillet. Place your meat in the slow cooker along with all the other ingredients and let it cook for 6-8 hours on low. 

Serve with shredded mexican cheese and your favorite tortilla chip. 

If you don’t have a slow cooker All Clad makes a nice one. All-Clad Slow Cooker Amazon, $179.

 

JW

Happy Hump Day! This hasn’t been a typical week. The kids started remote schooling so we have somewhat of a schedule now. I have been trying to exercise each day,  long walks, at home yoga classes, and a lot of cooking. Yesterday I made a point to get out of my workout clothes and get dressed for the day. It felt really good to get ready even if I was just going to run a couple errands.

I asked my instagram followers what they would like to see on my blog. The results were a mix of fashion and food so that’s what I will continue to do. 

You all know how much I love Leatherology. They make quality accessories for a great price, and I can’t resist a handprinted monogram. Leatherology just sent me the new mini Elizabeth bucket bag. It’s really lightweight with a ton of space inside. It has an interior hook to hold your keys, magnetic closure, and three straps to choose from. It’s a beautiful bag for the price…LOVE!

SALE ALERT! Nordstrom is offering 25% off site wide. Somethings to check out are my favorite Alo workout pants, Aviator Nation sweats, and sweatshirt. Shop the whole site wide sale here.

Shopbop is having an up to 70% off sale. Some things to check out are this Farm Rio Wrap DressXirena Wrap DressXirena Tatum DressBanjanan PJ Set, and Clare V Tote. Shop the whole sale here.

XOXO

Julie

 

 

 

Sweet Treat

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

Recipe created by Baked with Love By Ivy

Peanut Butter Layer:
2/3 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 tsp maple syrup
4 soaked dates (soak them in a hot water for 15-20 minutes)
2 tbsp coconut full fat coconut milk (from the can)
Pinch salt
Chocolate Layer:
6 tbsp full fat coconut milk (from the can)
1/2 cup dark chocolate
2 tbsp shredded coconut (optional but we like the added texture)
2 tbsp cacao nibs (also optional but again nice texture)
Pinch salt
Topping:
1/2 cup dark chocolate
1 tsp coconut oil
Flaky salt to taste (to sprinkle on top)
Directions:
Grease a standard sized loaf pan with coconut oil. Then, line it with parchment paper leaving the sides long so you are able to pull the bars out of the pan when they are finished. You can use a clothespin on each side of the pan to secure the parchment like we did in the picture. In a food processor, grind up oats until they reach a flour like consistency. Add the rest of the peanut butter layer ingredients and blend until smooth. Press the mixture to the bottom of your lined loaf pan and put in freezer to chill while you make your next layer. For the next layer, heat the coconut milk in a medium sized bowl in the microwave for about 45 seconds. While the coconut milk is heating, chop your dark chocolate. Add the dark chocolate to the heated coconut milk and stir until smooth and fully combined. You can always pop it back in the microwave for a few seconds at a time if it is not melted all the way. Stir in the coconut and salt. Pour this layer on top of your peanut butter layer, then sprinkle cacao nibs on top. Let it set in the freezer for 30 minutes. To make the last layer, combine the chocolate and coconut oil in a bowl and heat in the microwave until fully melted. Pour this layer on top of your other two layers. Top with your desired amount of flaky salt. Let the bars set in the freezer for 4-5 hours or overnight. After they are done setting it the freezer, use the parchment on the sides of the pan to release the bars from the loaf pan. Cut into 8 bars. Enjoy!
Notes:
*In the picture we used a half sized loaf pan, so we simply cut the recipe in half. This recipe will make enough for 8 bars and is made perfectly in a standard sized loaf pan.
*Extras can be stored in the freezer.

Lucky You

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! We can all use some positive energy, good luck, and protection right now. One way to get it is with these beautiful boho Golden State Beauty horseshoe wall hangings. Each horseshoe is custom made by the designer herself Malibu native Krisha Garvey. You can check out her Etsy shop here or custom order them directly through her instagram account here (DM for orders). Hang them on your wall, front door, or display them on your coffee table. Made with love!

Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound

Life this past weekend has changed for many of us. Our busy weekends have now slowed down which means a lot more time spent at home. This weekend consisted of a lot of cooking, long walks, closet organizing, and time spent with my family. I will try and share interesting things I find a long the way and please share with me as well.

  1. Shades of Pink Tablecloth Goop, $285.
  2. Manduka Yoga Block Amazon, $20. I tried a yoga class at home and realized I didn’t have a yoga block. A friend suggested I try an app called Glo which has over 4,000 workout classes on demand.
  3. Falcon Enamelware Bake Set Goop, $115.
  4. Marble Initial Coaster Wiliam Sonoma, $29.95.
  5. Pink Mini Prep Cuisinart Amazon, $32.99.
  6. PJ Salvage Tie Dye Jersey Sweatshirt Nordstrom, $62. It’s been rainy in LA and all I want to wear are cozy sweats.
  7. PJ Salvage Tie Dye Jersey Sweatpants Nordstrom, $62.
  8. Caraway Ceramic Cookware Set Goop, $395.
  9. La Double J Dessert Plates Goop, $350.
  10. Manduka Pro Yoga Mat Amazon, $96.
  11. Clare V x Anthropologie Platter Anthropologie, $58. Also love these dinner plates that just came in.
  12. Wilton Candy Melts Pot Amazon, $24. This came in handy when I made Goop’s Banana Bonbons. We dipped bananas, apricots, and pretzels.  Our toppings consisted of chia seeds, slivered almonds, cacao nibs, and sea salt. Fun project with the kids.

 

 

Oven Baked Chicken Parmesan

Oven Baked Chicken Parmesan 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs thinly pounded chicken breasts
  • 1 box woven wheat crackers or Triscuits (panko breadcrumbs also work)
  • Fresh basil or italian parsley
  • 1/4 cup parmesan 
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Olive oil 

Take your woven wheat crackers, parmesan, fresh herbs, salt & pepper, and blend it in a food processor until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. If you are using panko you can skip this step. Pour your bread crumb mixture into a rectangular baking dish. Take your thinly pounded chicken and place it in a bowl. Drizzle it with olive oil until it’s fully coated. Line a baking sheet with brown parchment paper. Take your chicken and dust it with your breadcrumbs until it’s fully covered. Then place it on the baking sheet with parchment. Once all your chicken is breaded place it in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Once it’s looking golden brown flip each piece of chicken. When it’s completely cooked, add a little bit of tomato sauce to each piece and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Let it cook for a little longer until the cheese is melted and bubbled. 

Vegetarian option substitute cauliflower steak for the chicken. I usually make both since one of my daughters is a vegetarian. 

Trench Talk

Trench

  1. Cropped Trench Coat Cuyana, $325. Love a cropped trench especially with all this rain we are having in LA.
  2. AGOLDE Nico light wash Revolve, $165 dark wash Shopbop, $165.
  3. Ganni Cotton Poplin Puff Sleeve Intermix, $145.
  4. Ray Ban Oversized Square Frames Net-a-Porter, $165. So many cute Ray Bans this season check them all out here.
  5. Sophie Ratner Diamond Charm Studs Goop, $280.
  6. Dream Ballerina Slipper Mansur Gavriel, $375. Love the Hermes orange!

 

 

Lolita

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Meet Lolita Rixo’s cheerful printed mini that will bring you back to Woodstock in the 60’s. Also cheerful is this new SZ Blockprints Priya dress (only $98) that just hit Shopbop this week along with another gorgeous Free People Getaway Maxi ($168).

 

Brooklyn Babe

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Sylvana Ward Durett CEO and Co-founder of Maisonette is one to watch with her uber chic style on the streets of Brooklyn. All wearable and practical fashion! Here are some pieces I’ve picked from perusing her instagram feed. 

  1. La Ligne Striped Cotton Jersey Net-a-Porter, $110.
  2. Frame Stretch Cotton Wide Leg Pant Neiman Marcus, $250. I found the exact same pair at Off 5th for $62.
  3. Tabitha Simmons Hermione Net-a-Porter, $695. Zebra on sale here. Zebra is the new leopard and a big trend coming out of Paris fashion week.
  4. Picture of layered necklaces. Jane Winchester Jewelry Forever Pendant Tuckernuck, $228. Marlo Laz 14k Mini Pour Toujours Heart Necklace Shopbop, $1660 (looks like Foundrae).
  5. Lingua Franca I’ve Got This Sweater Tuckernuck, $380. Also like Come Together Tuckernuck, $380.
  6. Ulla Johnson Ellyn Tiered Midi Nordstrom, $445. She’s spotted in a lot of Ulla printed dresses. 

 

Mediterranean Mood

Every once and awhile when I’m shopping with the girls I find a thing or two for myself. Case in point, this Mediterranean inspired printed wrap dress that’s only $79.  I also scouted this Xirena look for less washed cotton v-neck top, embroidered dress/cover-up, and colorful Eva Birkenstock’s.

 

J’Adore

We all know I love a good collaboration! What’s not to like about one of my favorite accessories brand partnering with Anthropologie! The collection is comprised of colorful housewares, summer beach staples, cozy leisure wear, stationary, and hair accessories. To shop the whole line click here. My picks below.

  1. Maisonette Dessert Plate Anthropologie, $18. Great hostess gift!
  2. Oui Clare V Sweatshirt Anthropologie, $125. Also like J’aime La Vie
  3. Maisonette Mug Anthropologie, $16.
  4. Bamboo Bento Box Anthropologie, $18
  5. Beach Sling Chair Anthropologie, $198.
  6. Le Plage Beach Towel Anthropologie, $54.
  7. Merci Stationary Anthropologie, $20.