I was at Lowes to pick up a mirror and was inspired to make my own DIY bulletin board once I saw this roll of cork for $9. I thought it would be a great place to pin inspiring quotes and images that I could see in my home office. I had a good idea in my head but the execution was a major DIY fail. I found these precut pine boards that were 2 feet and 3 feet long. The four pieces cost about $8.
I rolled out the cork and was planning out how I would do this but was rudely interrupted by these fluff balls.
I finally had it planned out and then Tag decided he looks better framed rather than this boring cork.
I already had this wood stain that I am a huge fan of! It’s so easy to apply with hardly any mess. It is costly at $13.
I use this sponge thingy that I found in the painting section of Lowes to apply the stain.
I had to get creative on how to dry this because it is like 20 degrees out still. Here Chester is and I believe he thinks this is as boring as watching paint dry.
Here’s the beautiful stained boards with the cork rolled out and a huge hole caused by a cat claw by someone who will remain nameless. This is where my plan came apart. I either had to attach the boards and then glue on the cork or find something to stiffen up the cork and attach the wood.
Unfortunately, my plan didn’t work. I decided to use an amazon box and super glued it to the back of the cork and it did not whatsoever work.
In the end, I am left with stained boards, the cork is in the trash and I should have just bought a premade corkboard. Oh well, it was fun trying to create.
I’ve been considering buying this $10 corkboard on Amazon here. My idea is to see if I can attach my boards over the smaller, boring frame but I’m afraid I’m throwing a good $10 after a bad $17. I think I need to find something else to do with these stained boards.
The other day I had just finished doing yoga and meditation at home and I slowly opened my eyes and looked over in the corner of the room and saw this.
I thought it was so profound until I realized it was just the bottom of a Lowe’s bag.
I’ve been reading Breathing Room by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. It’s a romance book set in Italy and I’m halfway through but there are so many mentions of good bread, cheese drizzled with honey & oh my the olive scene in the olive grove. (You should read it! Hot. Then check out all her Chicago Stars books – CANNOT PUT THEM DOWN)
While reading about her characters and the delicious food they were eating I began craving bruschetta. I decided to make a healthy version and I picked up all of the ingredient at Whole Foods.
Whole Foods has only one Whole Grain bread that is freshly baked. I always have them slice the loaves for me and I buy two loaves every time I am there and freeze the second. It’s the only whole grain bread my husband actually likes and it took this find to wean him off Wonder bread.
I defrosted a bag of white beans I had in my fridge the day before I made the bruschetta.
These herbs are such a time and money saver. I use them many times a week for homemade salad dressings, stuffed peppers or stir frys. These are frozen basil and crushed garlic cubes that easily pop out from their containers. I got these at Whole Foods but they have them at Trader Joes too. I use one cube of basil and scrape a little garlic for most of my recipes. I find one entire cube of the garlic is too much.
To make the bruschetta I chopped up cherry tomatoes & a little bit of shallots. I mixed the tomatoes and shallots with the white beans, one cube of basil, a small amount of crushed garlic, oregano, black pepper and olive oil. I let this sit and mixed it up occasionally to help the frozen basil and garlic melt.
I toasted 2 slices of bread while that marinated and then I simply topped the bread with the mixtures and drizzled a bit more olive oil on top.
You must top it off with some Parmigiano Reggiano. I love to use a vegetable peeler and slice some over the bruschetta. Whole Foods has delicious Parmigiano Reggiano and a good chunk of it will set you back about ten bucks but a little goes a long way with this flavorful, nutty cheese.
I made extra of the tomato and white bean mixture. I put it in the fridge to use later to mix in with lettuce to make a salad.
Yes, her body is sick and yes I stole this picture from Perez Hilton on my phone at 10:54 am. But this is all about kale not Jen’s stripper body. I’ve been hearing so much about kale lately especially people juicing with it (Yuck, no thank you). I realized that I had never tried it and I had it in the back of my mind that one of these days I will venture into a kale recipe. Then I saw this video. Click here.
It’s the girls from the tone it up show on bravo. All these tips in their videos are great for snacks but this one stood out because I had been wanting to try this amazing nutrient dense food. They pointed out it is a great lunch to take to work because kale is so hearty it won’t wilt with dressing on it. So, I went out the next day and bought some prewashed kale from Trader Joes and made a kale salad! My husband and I had it for lunch on our first day of our recent cleanse. See here. His was thrown together in a Ziploc with strawberries, goat cheese, sliced almonds and homemade dressing.
Then I decided to make a white bean soup with kale the next week. I seriously love white beans and white bean soups are my favorite because they are so creamy. I googled white bean kale soup and got ideas for recipes from many sources and came up with this yummy delight.
For my husband I added Chicken sausage to my vegetarian soup. We had grilled cheese sandwiches for a meal during one of our many snow storms here in the suburbs of Philly this winter.
Here’s the breakdown with no measurements because I just threw it together. I used kale, carrots, shallots, onion, vegetable broth and white beans. I admittedly go overboard am a snob about beans and refuse to use canned beans. So these I lovingly soaked for 8 hours and then cooked for an hour like I always do.
I sautéed the carrots, shallots & onions with olive oil until soft then added the kale for a couple of minutes.
I mashed up some beans with a fork in some vegetable broth to add to the soup to help make the soup creamy.
This is a little blurry but I threw the sautéed veggies and kale along with the mashed up beans and then some more non mashed up beans in my crockpot. I added rosemary, oregano, basil and some roasted garlic and voila delish! The kale holds up great in soups and provides an interesting texture combined with the creamy beans. I ate this soup for a week!
Back to Jennifer Aniston for a moment. Apparently to get that toned stripper ready body for We’re the Millers she ate veggies, greens, lean proteins and kale. (Sounds like my soup!) Also, she did yoga. And when she wanted to cheat she ate kale chips. Huh? Is that a typo eonline? My cheat is chocolate cupcakes or chocolate chip cookies or even chocolate chips not kale chips. But one cannot help looking at that picture and not be inspired. I’m going to add kale chips to my next Trader Joes or Whole Foods shopping list.
It’s a little late but here was my amazing Veggie Superbowl Chili:
Sautéed zucchini, poblano pepper, carrots and shallots in olive oil.
After about 10 minutes I added a little garlic then added half of a Dos Equis (I drank the other half), oregano, cayenne pepper, roasted ground cumin (YUM) & a touch of dill.
Added canned tomatoes.
Frozen black, red and pinto beans (Beans that I soaked and cooked and then froze)
Bring to a boil, then turn down to simmer and add 2 bay leafs. Wait at least 20 minutes (we waited 8 hours and yes that means I had a half a Dos Equis before noon) and top with hot sauce, cheddar cheese, cilantro and enjoy!
I found this beauty at Whole Foods.
This was our pre superbowl game spread. It was just the 2 of us. I put the Buffalo Three cheese spread in celery. Great vegetarian snack.
And then the game was so boring I started googling and somehow I ended up begging my husband if we could buy miniature horses and cows. Look how cute!
Although, I did do a good amount of looking up from my googling to see if Eric Decker had any close up shots for the big game. I mean, come on!
The next day I made tacos with the leftover chili and used these delicious corn shells that I warmed up.