Roasted Cabbage Wedges

I still surprise myself with the foods that I prepare as an adult. Up until the age of 17 or so, you truly couldn’t pay me to eat cabbage (trust me, my Mom tried). I was always known among family & friends as the “picky eater,” but over the years have narrowed it down to only a few select foods that I won’t eat (basically anything pickled, fishy, or briny). My tastes have shifted radically, especially since living in Boston, and now I’m all about testing out unique ingredients.

While brainstorming ideas for March and St. Patty’s Day, I was definitely intrigued by the savory, classic dishes, and less so on things that Americans tend to brand as Irish (aka Irish coffee and shamrock shakes). Cabbage was certainly sort of a random selection for me, considering I had never prepared it before, but this dish seemed super easy and tasty…and it was!

I’ve also learned by now that butter, garlic, and lemon juice are magical ingredients to make savory meals come to life.

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Ingredients:
(makes 6 wedges)

1 head of green cabbage
2 lemons
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 teaspoon of room temp butter
1 tablespoon of minced garlic (fresh works too! I’m just lazy)
Salt & pepper to taste
Optional: fresh parsley, crumbled feta, crumbled bacon

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To Make:

Preheat the oven to 425. While the oven heats, cut the ends off the cabbage.

Slice evenly in half, and then each half into thirds, giving you six wedges. Each should be roughly 1/2 inch thick. Lay the wedges onto a baking sheet.

*Note – it helps to keep the core on each wedge, rather than to cut it off. It will keep them in tact while preparing, and you can just cut around the core while eating.

Dress both sides of each wedge with a light spread of butter, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper. Drizzle the juice 1 lemon onto the wedges.

Once the oven is heated, roast for ten minutes, then flip with a spatula. Flipping can be tricky, since the cabbage will sweat while roasting. Just to your best and let them be artfully disheveled.

While the other side cooks for ten minutes, prepare your bacon on a small pan and crumble once cooled.

After 20 minutes, your wedges should be fully cooked, with some crispy edges – it’s okay to let them burn up a little.

Plate and garnish with your cheese, bacon, parsley, and slices of your second lemon.

…and, enjoy 🙂

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Happy Weekend!

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Did you guys know that tomorrow is National Rosé Day?? We’re awfully excited, because nothing says “I’m a fancy person enjoying this delightful weather” quite the way a nice cold crisp glass of rosé does. Enjoy, and have a great weekend, everyone!

cct // These ladies look gorgeous without makeup, and it’s great to hear what they have to say about it!

rkv // The actual Japanese dishes for all of those emojis you’ve always wondered about.

cct // As mentioned earlier, tomorrow is National Rosé day (yay!), and these dry Rosé pairings look delish!

rkv // 5 ways to stay balanced when you’re crazy busy

cct // Speaking of makeup, did you guys see this inspiring video called The Power of Makeup?

rkv // So simple, yet so wonderful sounding — the watermelon paloma

cct // So apparently the Hipster phase is dead, and the next despised group of people sounds a little too familiar…it’s the “I want to be creative and fulfilled in my job, even if it means taking a pay cut” person. You fall into this category if you: really want to go to Austin soon because you heard it’s incredible, love Seinfeld even though it went off the air when you were 16, and you have thousands of Instagram followers, but almost no Twitter followers. YUP sounds about right…

rkv // I may have gotten a little carried away with Loft’s additional 40% off of sale styles

Love Want Need // Espadrilles & Totes

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Happy Monday, all! Hope you all had pleasant weekends! This past Saturday was my birthday, so Christa and her boyfriend came to pay me a visit in Boston. The weather turned out to be much nicer than we anticipated, so we got to go on some nice long walks. It got me thinking about how day-trip season is upon us — pleasant afternoons filled with slow strolls in destination towns, checking out local shops and markets. Days like those call for lightweight comfy shoes and easy carry-all totes for your finds along the way, with canvas being the perfect material for both! Check out some of our finds:


Love
Target Cap Toe Espadrille
Tri-Coastal Watermelon Tote

Want
Soludos Classic Espadrille
Dogeared Random Crap Tote

Need
JCrew Factory Geo-Print Espadrille
Becksondergaard Agave Tote


Sandals Galore

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We’re finding ourselves pretty stoked on this warmer weather, and in dire need of some pedis after a long winter. Time to bust out those toesies with some fun new looks from some of our favorite places!


01. Michael Antonio Drea gladiator sandal
02. Georgia Sole Society mini wedge
03. Sarena Sole Society slip-on
04. Faithful Asos mint leather sandal
05.JCrew Factory striped peep-toe
06. Humorous Asos brown leather heel


Rainy Day Mood

It was hard getting out of bed this morning, amiright? Gloomy skies, misty rain and cooler temps have us dreaming of either cuddling up with a blanket and a book, or going on a photo adventure in the woods…

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*and if you need an awesome rainy day tumblr to scroll through all day – this is the one


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Sweet Beats // May 2015

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Man, the last couple of months have done a number on me. Back in the beginning of April, my landlord of 4 years told my 3 roommates and I that she had decided to put our home on the market. She needed to do it for personal reasons, and while we totally understood and wanted to help her, it was a lot of information to take on very quickly. We live in a big 5 bedroom house with an attic, basement, and storage galore. Needless to say we had some stuff accumulate over time.

She needed us out as quickly as possible, and almost immediately began to have open houses. After a couple of weeks of very intensive searching for a new place, we found a really nice space only a quarter mile away from where we already live. Right after we signed on and had accepted the change, our landlord decided to take the house off of the market. We had the option to stay, but after weighing out the pros and cons, decided that the move made the most sense for us. We’re downsizing for sure, but I’m actually a little excited about that. Our current place is almost too big — so many things accumulating in the nooks and crannies! Also, the new place has central air, can I get an amen to no more sweaty Boston summer sleepless nights?

The big move is happening this coming weekend, and while I’m sad to give up such a beautiful place that was my first home in a new city, I’m ready to make the new place ours.

Here’s hoping that this playlist helps to chill you all out, as it has for me! Click here for the list on Spotify.


may 2015

01. boardwalks // little may

02. only memories remain // my morning jacket

03. broken // jake bugg

04. simple as this // jake bugg

05. depreston // courtney barnett

06. ashamed // deer tick

07. snaggle tooth // vance joy

08. second chances // gregory alan isakov

09. ojai // ray lamontagne

10. homecoming heroes // the head and the heart

11. the glow // esmé patterson

12. house of winston // shakey graves

13. burn card // the barr brothers

14. she lit a fire // lord huron

15. st. roch blues // hurray for the riff raff

16. blue ridge mountain // hurray for the riff raff


Five Ways to Make Your New Place Feel Like Home

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As we’ve been mentioning, Christa and Curtis just moved into a new place, and Reg and her roomies will be relocating at the beginning of June. There are some seriously exciting and NOT exciting parts of moving, but the biggest challenge will be making your new place feel like home. To help, we’ve gathered some tips that will definitely be useful in our nesting process.

 

01. Get cookin’

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Before we get started here — how good does this look?? This will be made on our end in the very near future (find the link below!). Ok now, back to business.

One thing that’s sure to make your place feel like your own is to get that kitchen fired up. It may be the furthest thing from your mind when your stuff is all a jumble, but eating take-out for two weeks straight is not going to help your well-being, or your wallet. Once you’re done with your move, start unpacking that kitchen pronto. You don’t have to make beef burgundy or anything, just a simple 20-minute-meal will do. It’ll help you get a sense of the new storage, so you can make things more efficient over time. You can also get a sense of what your new place is missing, so you can get a list going of what to pick up next time you’re home shopping.

 

02. Figuring out the right fit for your furniture

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When Curtis and I moved into our new place we couldn’t wait to see all of our beloved furniture in the open space – we wanted to change the positioning and order of our living room, try new pictures on the wall, reinvent our rooms. And what happened was just that. BUT not exactly on our terms. Our living room is oddly shaped, and we can’t use most of the furniture we originally had in there. At first I was bummed and was trying really hard to fit these pieces in, but now I’ve accepted that those items have to live somewhere else. In our case that doesn’t mean we have to get rid of it (we have other rooms to transfer them to), but in some cases, letting go of the items might be the right thing to do.

If you’re planning on staying somewhere for a while, and a piece of furniture you love doesn’t have a home in your new space but you couldn’t possibly give it away, see if someone you love can make use of it, or rent a storage unit — but think hard on these pieces and try to let go if they’re not right for your new home. Think of the joy someone at goodwill (or on craigslist) will have when they stumble upon your awesome piece.

 

03. Find all items a real home

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While this photo above is beautiful and those paintings are clearly living there, if that isn’t your style and you’re just propping them up until you find the time, or the energy, or the man-power to put them up, find whatever you need and get the deed done. Your place will feel like a real home once you arrange your favorite pieces exactly where you want them! And even if you put it in a spot and then change your mind, that’s ok – how would you know it’s not the right place until you try? Get the boxes out of the way, find homes for those random piles you’ve got laying around, and start gettin’ things organized!

 

04. Freshen up

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Let’s be real, there’s nothing grosser than a former tenant’s dust and crumbs. This past week Reg and her roommates were doing a sweep of their new place before they officially move in so they can see what needs to be done beforehand. They opened the fridge, kitchen cabinets, etc… and let’s just say it wasn’t pretty. One major way to make your place feel like your own is to give that bad boy a good scrubbing. If your landlord lets you, try to get in a day or two early to throw some elbow grease into it. Clean the baseboards, windows (and their sills!), bathtub, toilet, the works. Hardwood floors? Polish them! Carpet? Rent a carpet cleaner! This will make things feel so much nicer once you start to bring all of your furniture in.

Once you’re settled, keep the momentum going! Get some potted herbs for your kitchen window, hang some plants in the living room, and put some flowers in the entry way. One of our favorite tricks is to simmer some citrus peels and spices over the stovetop. It’ll make your place smell so fresh. *A nice springy option is lemon rinds and rosemary.

 

05. Start exploring your new neighborhood & community 

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While this chunk of advice doesn’t have anything to do with decorating (boo), it is an important part of a move. Start exploring your new neighborhood, take walks around the block, find a new jogging route – once you’ve become more familiar with your new area, you’ll start to feel at home in your new place. If you move into an apartment building, start paying attention to familiar faces, or if you’ve moved into a split family house, chat with your neighbor whenever you both have a minute. The more comfortable you are in your new zone, the sooner your new apartment or house will feel like home!

 

What do you guys like to do to make your home cozy? Let us know!

 

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

It’s definitely feeling like May around these parts, which means it’s time to get a little something special for that sunshine in your life — your mama! Check out some picks we found on the interwebz that we think our madres would just adore.

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01. Metal Watering Can
02. MCMC Fragrance Samples
03. Fitbit
04. White Truffle Olive Oil
05. Glass Measuring Cup
06. Bronze Dipped Glass Vase
07. Seafood Spice Rub
08. Decorative Metal Candle Holder


Copy Cat

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Yayyyy it’s crazy cropped high-waisted patterned pant season! Get wild, ladies. Bust out those ankles and make those weird trousers that you’ve always loved work. The above look is great because it combines the comfort of a flouncy chambray with the a little bit of edge through the funky pants and height in the shoes. The trees are blooming, and so is our love of a swanky pants.


JCrew Factory Chambray
Forever 21 Jeweled Necklace
Target Cateye Sunnies
Fossil Drawstring Satchel
JCrew Factory Trousers
Franco Sarto Wedges



Sweet Beats // April 2015

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This weekend we’ll be throwing a big birthday bash for several friends/roommates in Boston, so naturally I’m in party playlist mode. I will warn you, this mix is pretty random. You may think at one point that I’ve gone a little mental, but it’s pretty much just a sample mix of a much more epically-scaled one that I’ve created for the night-of. I spared you all of the Whitney Houston and Bruce Springsteen, but that’s not to say that they won’t be played. OH, they’ll be played.

Click here for a link on Spotify


april 2015

01. soul man // save & dave

02. me, myself & i // de la soul

03. kryponite – feat. big boi // big boi

04. bassment party // the cool kids

05. the seed (2.0) // the roots

06. should i stay or should i go // the clash

07. it’s tricky // run-dmc

08. roses // outlkast

09. got to give it up (part 1) // marvin gaye

10. let’s dance // ramones

11. rock & roll // the velvet underground

12. all caps // madvillain

13. restless leg // har mar superstar

14. we don’t sleep // har mar superstar

15. new beat // toro y moi