motivational monday

Monday is the day we all need a little extra push, isn’t it? I know I tend to want to sleep late, eat bowls of cereal and mosey around the internet. So when I stumbled across this article which articulates exactly how I’ve been feeling and emphasized exactly what I needed to hear, I could’ve cried. It’s pretty awesome and I think you should read it too.

And oddly enough, I had just scribbled the above phrase in my sketchbook like an hour before.

days like this

Days like this make me want to write.
Windows open, early fall breeze blowing in, ruffling curtains
Iced coffee rests patiently by, the scent of candles wafts in with the wind
I envision Carrie Bradshaw, atop New York, gazing out her window as she ponders something to write
about sex
and maybe the city.
Didn’t we all want to be Carrie Bradshaw?
The writer’s life, with it’s desperate glamour
Troubled thoughts spill onto paper, released from the mind
I take it a step further
I’m a writer, but not for a sex column
I don’t know what I write about, but I do know that I write from a house on the beach
I sit on the patio that overlooks the water
and I write
famous stuff.
But for now, until then, I will sit here at my dining room table
Windows open, early fall breeze blowing in
Piles of papers and in-progress sketchbooks surrounding me
(I should clean up.)
Jittery from coffee
I will write.

what we’re eating

Hello.

As you may know, if you know me, I spend a lot of the time thinking about/talking about/making food. The other day I was talking with my sister-in-law about food and menu planning and grocery shopping and juicing documentaries (what else?) and she was asking if I ever just open a frozen bag of something for dinner when low on time. I said I do, sometimes, but usually if I’m not cooking at home, we’re getting food from somewhere else and/or trying to figure out where we can get a decent meal at 9:57PM. (That’s besides the point though.)

After I said that, she mentioned something about how she’d be curious to find out what I do actually cook at home because she’s always looking for more ideas to incorporate into their menu, which got me thinking…

It could be cool to do a regular feature of what was (or is) on our menu for the week. I know I always find it interesting to hear what other people are making/eating (I’m weird) so documenting our culinary adventures could be helpful, kind of for my reference as much as yours, because then I can go back and ruminate on the week that we had crab cakes and steak salad and roasted veggie wraps (not in the same meal) (I’ve never once made a steak salad but it’s on my list so aha).

That being said, here’s what we ate this past week:

Coconut Quinoa and Kale Salad, grilled chicken breast
Grilled Kale Salad with Ricotta and Peaches, grilled chicken breast
Corn Cilantro Cakes with Roasted Zucchini salsa, roasted green beans with mushrooms and balsamic

Chocolate Sheet Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

We did eat more than three meals this week, but this is all I cooked at home. Most of the other meals included ribs. (for real, and that’s kind of weird). My hands smell like barbeque sauce. And with that, I bid you adieu until next time. Hope you enjoyed this episode of WWE. haha.

Note: All images in this post are property of their respective recipe links.

five things friday

Craving a vacation.

1. This video is maybe the cutest thing ever. I know, I always say that. But I’m serious. Also that salad looks fabulous.

2. Raise your hand if you also want everything from this shop. Best part is the very reasonable pricing, dontcha think? I’m patiently waiting for this dress I ordered a few days ago. Wanted mint, no mint left, settled for black…which will probably be better in the long run.

I’d wear this everyday.

3. Do you ever get tired of perfect weddings? I don’t think I do.

4. Here’s a very helpful roundup of seasonal produce for September. And if you do happen to get kale from that list, may I suggest this salad? It’s delicious and will make you feel better about a very indulgent Labor Day weekend. Not that I’d know anything about that.

5. Just a cutie for your weekend.

street art