Thursday, April 20, 2017

Yayoi Kusama - Infinity Mirrors



Last Friday, my mom and I walked over to the Hirshorn Museum on our lunch break to see an exhibit that we had been planning on for about a month. 

When we got to the museum, it was PACKED! My mom and I walk over to the Hirshorn probably once every month or 2 because it is so close to our jobs (we work in the same building, YAY Friday lunches with mom!). I hadn't heard of this exhibit but I guess my mom did and good thing she did! 

This exhibit is so cool! We only had an hour but we definitely could have stayed for 2-3 hours. Basically you walked from beginning to end and in between there were the "usual art displays" by Kusama and then there were 4-5 rooms that you could go in and get a whole new experience. 

Unfortunately due to our time restraints we only had time to wait in line for one room but it was pretty awesome!!!


We got 20 seconds in the room and it was a dark room with lights and mirrors everywhere. A pretty cool experience.

I keep seeing pictures on social media of people in other rooms and I'm pretty jealous. 

However, the rest of the exhibit was pretty cool too.



The last room was maybe my favorite. It was an all white room with different furniture that would fit in a living room and dining room. Before we walked in a museum attendant handed us a sticker sheet with 6 dots of various colors and sizes and we were told we could just walk in and place our dots wherever we wanted. Mom got 3 and I got 3. 


(my beautiful mommy)

I have always liked art that was interactive and this part was pretty awesome. 

I didn't know much about Kusama other than I knew she had a collaboration with Louis Vuitton a few years ago, and I didn't read more about her during the visit (as we were in line a lot of the time) but I feel like I did get to know her through her art. 

I would definitely recommend going to this exhibit, just make sure you have more than an hour!!


I'm Back!

After 2 weeks of not being able to get on this site, I am finally back. It is super confusing when your credit card needs to be updated... It could definitely be just me but it was WAYYYY more difficult than it probably should have been.

BUT I'M BACK!

I've been spending a lot of my time thinking about how hard I am on myself. MOST of the time, I am thinking of something I can do better, or maybe something that I am NOT doing for whatever reason. 

One of the main things I've been pretty much obsessing about the last 2 years is food. I'm not heavy (I really don't like the word "fat"), I'm not skinny, I'm not super athletic anymore, I think I pretty much fall in the curvy, little chubby box. For the most part I really like how I look and actually am appreciative of how I look. That being said, I do know that I need to work on the type of food I eat and focus on eating better food for my body. Not only that, but losing 20-25 lbs more would be pretty awesome. 

I did a solid year of Weight Watchers and lost about 25-30 lbs, then of course some weight started creeping back on but i have kept off a solid 15-20 over the last 2 years and I am proud of that. I really just got TIRED of tracking my food (even though it did seem to work for me) and worrying if I eat something will I see it on the scale on weigh-in days. I want to focus on my health overall and the includes more veggies, fruits, more protein and whole fat foods. A lot of "diets" want you to give up sugar. Trust me when I tell you I have heard all of the reasons to not eat sugar (AKA "43 Reasons Why Sugar is Worse That Crack, etc)... sorry guys, I heart dessert and don't think I will be quitting it. 

However, I know that less will be not only better for me health, but will help overall with my waist line. 

Basically I want to keep up with cooking most of my meals, which I already do, and learned to do while I was on Weight Watchers, and stocking the fridge with "good for you" foods. I want to enjoy going out when we do, and enjoy my desserts and wine on occasion and feel like I can do so, if I am good most of the other times. 

Right now I am focusing on lowering my carb intake, I have had almost ZERO bread and pasta in the last 2 weeks and a very minimal amount of potatoes (one of my favorites) and I have been feeling pretty good about this and surprisingly have not really missed bread or pasta... Potatoes... another story... but I'm getting through. 

Diet is not the only thing I am hard on myself about. 

I am hard on myself when it comes to how I am with other people, mainly people I care about. 

I am definitely an introvert but when I do get out and about, especially with people I love, I love to do it and have a great time. That being said, planning times to do that is important to me because HONESTLY my happy place is at home relaxing by myself. I know that it's good for me to get out and about, I seriously have some of the best people in my life... sometimes I think and hope that these people know that the reason I say "no" to things sometimes is because it is time to take care of Casey. I definitely don't say "no" all the time.. I know the importance of saying "yes" and have even pushed myself to say "yes" more often. 

I guess sometimes I wish i just was more of an extrovert, more social, etc. 

But once again, I really think it's time that I learn to be thankful for HOW I am and go with it. There is nothing wrong with picking certain things to work on. I don't think it would be good if I stopped trying to be better... But I would like to focus more on how to be a better ME, not try to change who I am.

So, this was probably the most personal post yet, but  probably not the last. I just wanted to share with you guys.

:)

Saturday, April 1, 2017

RANDOM: Mexican Corn Dip

So... if you are looking for the most beautiful appetizer, this won't be for you.

If you are looking for a delicious dip that almost everyone will like, then this is for you!

Last Sunday we were going over to my Uncle and Aunt's house to celebrate both of their birthdays. I offered to bring an appetizer. 

As usual, I was scrolling through Pinterest and came upon this Mexican Corn Dip. I went back and forth wondering if I should make it or not and finally decided to just go with it.

IT TURNED OUT SO GOOD!


I was surprised and everyone else seemed to really enjoy the dip as well. My Aunt's nephew even said, "It doesn't look good but it sure tastes good!" 

My sentiments exactly.

Here is what you need:

  • 3 cans of 11 oz Mexican, drained
  • 2 cans of 10 oz Rotel, drained
  • 1 1/2 cups of fat free plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cups mayo
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 oz package of Ranch dressing mix
  • 1 bunch of green onions, chopped
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

All you need to do is mix everything together and refrigerate until you are ready to eat it! I actually ate some leftovers just with a spoon the next day.

Let me know what you think!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Blue Apron... You Let Me Down!

Remember when I was talking about the awesome chicken meatballs I made earlier this week from Blue Apron? 

Yeah, those were great! They really set the tone for this Blue Apron box that I didn't initially want. 

I was excited to try the Green Garlic Pesto Pasta with Butter Lettuce Salad and Creamy Lemon Dressing. Before I started cooking, I remembered that I got an email from Blue Apron a day or two before receiving the box saying that they would be sending me garlic chives in place of the green garlic. They said in the email that because they "source fresh, seasonal ingredients from our community of artisans and suppliers, we had to make some adjustments this week," and apparently the green chives could be cooked very similarly to the green garlic.

I like chives, but I definitely like garlic more!!!!

The directions were easy to follow once again and everything was super fresh.

The end result was... Blah. 

I was disappointed. 

John took it for lunch the next day and texted me saying "Sorry babe.. lunch wasn't my favorite."

The picture on the recipe card looks so good and I know I followed the directions correctly. 

Every part of the dish just seemed like it was missing something.


Overall, there was nothing BAD about the dish. The dressing for the salad was nice and tangy... I did enjoy that. I think I was just super disappointed in what looked like it was going to be an awesome pasta.

Oh well... they all can't be winners!

"Welcome to the Bates Motel"



I really love finding an awesome TV show that I fall into, connect to the characters and just want to keep watching. The latest show that sucked me in was Bates Motel on A&E.

I watch A&E all the time (I love The First 48!) and have seen previews and commercials for Bates Motel for years but for some reason or another I just never got around to watching it.

Fast forward to maybe 2 1/2 weeks ago, John (boyfriend) and I were trying to figure out what to watch one night and decided to try it out. Besides one very graphic scene, I really liked the premise and wanted to continue watching. John didn't seem as interested so I went on a Netflix-binge one the last 2 weeks and just got up to date yesterday. 

Basically, the show centers around Norma (mom) and Norman (son) Bates. Norma buys a motel in a new (to them) town after her husband dies. The show is about the EXTREMELY close relationship the two of them have and the people in the town they moved to. The show is inspired by the 1960's horror film "Psycho" and how the bond with his mother helped to transform Norman into a serial killer. 


As a bonus the show includes two actors from on of my favorite shows EVER, Sons of Anarchy. Ryan Hurst (left) who played Opie on SOA plays Chick Hogan on Bates Motel, and Kenny Johnson (right) who played Kozik on SOA and plays Caleb Calhoun on Bates Motel. They are both awesome of course!


Unfortunately for me, and I am assuming a ton of other people, this 5th season is the last and I think there are maybe 3 or 4 episodes left. I sure do plan to keep watching on Monday nights!!!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Delicious Mistake!

Last week I received a notification from Blue Apron regarding a new order that would be shipped and arriving this past Sunday. I was irritated because I had totally forgot to check the menu and/or skip to the next week but I had initially used a promotion code that made the price $20 for 3 meals for 2 people, so I wasn't too upset. Oh well!

The 3 meals I received weren't necessarily meals I would have selected, BUT for the price it was no big deal. The meals this week are:

  •  Katsu-Style Catfish with Black Garlic Mayonnaise & Jasmine Rice
  • Green Garlic Pesto Pasta with Butter Lettuce Salad & Creamy Lemon Dressing
  • Chicken Meatballs & Fregola Salad

Last night I decided to make the Chicken Meatball dish. As you can see, Blue Apron really lays it all out for you- easy recipe card with step-by-step instructions and individually packaged ingredients to make life even easier.


The first steps were to cook the pasta and kale with garlic & lemon (smelled SO GOOD!) and combine those together with mascarpone cheese.


Raisins have come with a few Blue Apron packages... If you know me, you know I will OMIT these EVERY TIME.


Next came the easy assembling and cooking of the chicken meatballs. Once the meatballs were browned, I added the tomato sauce and capers. NOTE: I was totally shocked at how much I liked the capers in this dish! It added a salty bite that was so good! I already added it to my grocery list for next grocery visit. The meatballs and sauce simmered for a few minutes until the meatballs were cooked all the way through. 


Finally, I assembled the plate by putting the kale and pasta mixture on the plate and then adding the meatballs and yummy caper/tomato sauce on top. 

The end result was delicious! I was surprised! I will definitely make this recipe on my own for sure. 


I really like Blue Apron for trying new things but it really is only cost effective for us (me and boyfriend) when I can get a great deal like I did this week. 

I plan to make the Green Garlic Pasta this evening- I'll let you know how it turns out!

I'm Back!

I am back at it!!!

After a few weeks of going back and forth and thinking about it, I am re-committing myself to my site.

Last week I began writing down possible topics and ideas in a notebook and after brainstorming, I think I am ready!

Hope you enjoy!