Kale Caesar Salad

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Hey all, how was everyone’s weekend? Yesterday I went to what felt like the most blissful yoga class. Since moving to Boston, I haven’t really been able to commit to a routine the way I did when I was in college. I think it’s mainly been due to two reasons… A) struggling to find the right class where I can really zone out and get a good workout, while not feeling like I am in vinyasa boot camp, and B) studios around here are awfully pricey.

Then Sunday happened, and I found the resolution to all of my problems. I walked into a nice toasty (but not too hot) studio that looked like Free People and Anthropologie had a beautiful lovechild. Dark hardwood floors, patterned wallpaper, sliding reclaimed wooden doors, and only $5 for a Sunday class! I can get used to this.

Anyways, after an afternoon of some serious hamstring stretching, I was feeling mighty hungry, but I wanted something that felt both clean and filling. This led me to my current favorite, kale caesar salad with a lemony vinaigrette. This salad is light, but hits that savory cheesy note I’m always craving (without feeling guilty afterwards). Luckily my yoga studio is next door to Trader Joe’s, a win win!

For the salad
1 cup chopped de-stemmed kale
1 cup chopped romain
1 piece of whole-grain toast, cut into cubes
1/2 cup grilled chicken breast
1 whole diced roasted red pepper
1/3 diced avocado
1/4 cup shredded parmasean

For the dressing
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp fresh or minced garlic
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
A dash of Italian seasoning
salt & pepper

In a small bowl, combine all dressing ingredients and set aside. In a separate large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients, lightly tossing in the dressing, then dig in!

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Happy Weekend!

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Hello loves — hope you all had stress-free weeks and have exciting weekend plans ahead of you, even if that excitement is in couch form. What are you all up to? Christa and I are both moving out of our current apartments in the near future, so we’ll likely each be doing lots and cleaning and packing, which can be refreshing, especially in early spring — cheers to fresh starts!

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rkv // Eating seasonally is one of my favorite ways to feel strong and healthy, so I was amped to see these detox recipes for spring

cct // Are you or someone you know colorblind? As someone who relies on color every day, this Valspar project is so touching! (hint – just go to the last page and watch the video!)

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cct // Curtis & I are moving May 1st (yay!) and Cupcake & Cashmere’s 10 House Rules are pretty great!

rkv // We bloggers sure do love us some Trader Joe’s

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Easter Gift Bag DIY

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This past weekend we ladies spent the weekend in Hartford for a little hang sesh. With it being the first weekend of spring and all, and with Easter on the horizon, we decided it was the perfect occasion for a little craft time.

Back in December I picked up Christa’s gift for the holidays, a Pictorial Webster’s Flora & Fauna Stamp set, which we knew needed to make an appearance on the blog. After a little brainstorming we realized that they would make some great little gift bags for Easter treats! Some online shopping and a trip to Trader Joe’s later, we had the perfect little goodie bags to give the kids at your Easter gathering, or to your friends and co-workers!

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Treats: Trader Joe’s Macarons // Trader Joe’s Vanilla Meringue // Cadbury Mini Eggs

Additional Craft Supplies: Kraft Gift Bags // Washi Tape // ColorBox Ink Pads

Dark ‘n’ Stormy

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How in our adult lives had we never had a Dark ‘n’ Stormy?? This classic cocktail is pretty glorious. On paper, the combination of flavors actually sounds a little strange. But somehow the sweet vanilla of the rum, mixed with the spice of the ginger, and hint of acidity in the lime is pretty kick-ass.

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Ingredients:
(makes two drinks)

// 1 can ginger beer

// 4 shots dark rum (we were cheapos and went with good ol’ Trader Joe’s brand)

// 8 ice cubes

// lime

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And here is our crab friend, Hector, who assisted us with our beachy staging.

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To make:

01. Divide your 8 ice cubes between 2 tumblers

02. Fill your tumblers 2/3 of the way full with ginger beer

03. Slowly pour your rum over each to create the gradient look (about 2 shots per glass)

04. Squirt a lime wedge over the top, and create a pinwheel for a garnish

05. Take a photo for Instagram

06. Mix with a spoon and enjoy!

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We made these guys on an ironic evening, considering it was rather grey and rainy out, and were very pleased with the results. Do yourself a favor though and don’t drink too many — that sugar from the soda will get to your head, and you will not be feeling so hot the next morning…we may have learned from experience.