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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Art Prize Grand Rapids

I am off to another night of Artprize tonight with the inlaws. So I thought I would share a little bit about what Artprize is for thos of you that don't know!

Artprize is this huge art "competition" in Grand Rapids, MI. Artists display their pieces through out the city, some outside, some up in office buildings, some churchs, schools ect.

The public has one week to text in votes on their favorite pieces and then the top 20 are announced. Then a few days to weed it down to the top ten! Once they are announced there is 5 days to vote for the best one and they receive $200,000!

There are a lot of other prizes given out as well, but it is cool because anyone 18 and up can enter and you only have to pay like $25 to get entered!

This year there are 1517 entries, 161 venus, all within 3 sq miles! How cool is that?!

Below are a few of cool ones, I haven't seen them all yet its nearly impossible!

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 Check out the website Here, you can view all of the art!

Also if you want to see something funny check out the blog ArtPrize Worst. They aren't doing it this year, but it just shows you anyone can enter! Which i honestly think makes it more fun :)

Happy tuesday!


 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Boots and Stripes

Perfect fall combination: Boots and stripes.

I had a great relaxing weekend, the hubs was gone Saturday for a bachelor party so I got to watch chick flicks, haven't done that in so long! We also did some massive cleaning this weekend, slowly boxes are getting emptied!

How was your weekend, do anything fun? Any locals check out Artprize?

Happy Monday Girls!









































Details:
Skirt: Old Navy (similar)
Shirt: Old Navy
Boots: Express
Purse: francesca's


Friday, September 21, 2012

Meal Planning, Recpies and Grocery List Tips!

Have you ever heard of the Iphone app called Menu Planner?

You have probably heard me talk about it a few times. Well I think it is the worlds coolest app, especially for planning my weekly grocery list and menu!!

I actually usually dred doing this, but I love cooking, so being prepared is key. The app keeps it handy too because my phone is always with me!

Below are a few pictures of the interface of the app. It lets you import recipes, keep track of whats in your pantry, create grocery lists from recipes, create menus, and calculate your total grocery bill (coolest feature!).
























There is one downside, in my opinion, the set up is a little tedius, but once you get recpies imported planning your weekly menu and grocery list takes about 2 mins :) but there is a customer website where you can do most of the work which makes it less tedius

So I thought I would share with you my weekly menu, recpies and a grocery list! I know this is a fashion blog, but we all have to eat right?! haha, if this goes over well Ill try and post one each week! Friday-Foodday!

*Wednesday we have Church programing so I don't have a recpie on there this week.

Dinner for 9/16/12
No Peek Chicken

Dinner for 9/17/12
Chicken Curry (My Mom's recpie, find recpie below)

Dinner for 9/18/12
Bow Tie Skillet Lasgna

Dinner for 9/19/12
Church

Dinner for 9/20/12
Carrabba's Champagne Chicken

Dinner for 9/21/12
Paprika Shrimp & Green Bean Sauté

Dinner for 9/22/12
Falafel Burger
Side for 9/22/12
Notes: Taziki

Dinner for 9/23/12
Dr. Pepper Roast

The list is everything you would need for these recpies. Cross off what you already have in your pantry! Also I shop at Aldi, so my list is sorted by the way they sort their store, may not be the same everywhere.



Baked Goods

1
Hamburger Buns


Baking Supplies

1
Flour (All-purpose)
(1/3 cup needed for meal plans)
1
Olive Oil
(3 Tbs. needed for meal plans)
1
Paprika
(2 tsp. needed for meal plans)
1
Salt
(1/2 tsp. needed for meal plans)
1
Tarragon (Fresh)


Beverages

1
champagne
1
dr. Pepper
(2 cups needed for meal plans)


Canned Goods

1
Can Crushed Tomatoes
1
Cannellini Beans
(2 Cans needed for meal plans)
1
Chickpeas
(2 cans needed for meal plans)
1
cream of celery soup
1
cream of mushroom soup
(1 can needed for meal plans)
1
cream of potato soup
(2 cans needed for meal plans)


Meat

1
Chicken
1
Ground Beef
1
Shrimp
(1 lb needed for meal plans)


Produce

1
Cucumber
1
Garlic
(1 clove needed for meal plans)
1
Garlic Cloves
1
Garlic Cloves
(1/4 cup needed for meal plans)
1
Green Beans
(4 cups needed for meal plans)
1
Green Onions
(1 bunch needed for meal plans)
1
Jalapenos
(2 needed for meal plans)
1
Mushrooms
1
Onion (Yellow)
1
Parsley (Fresh)
(1/2 cup needed for meal plans)


Dairy

1
Butter
1
Heavy Cream
1
Mozzarella Cheese
1
Parmesan Cheese
1
Sour Cream
1
Yougart


Spices

1
Chili Powder
1
Corriandor
1
Curry Powder
1
Garahm Marsala
1
Garlic Powder
1
Ginger
1
Italian Seasoning
1
Red Wine Vinegar
(1/4 cup needed for meal plans)
1
Roasted Red Peppers


Pasta

1
Ange Hair Pasta
1
Mini Bow Tie Pasta
1
Spaghetti Sauce
1
Uncle Ben's Long Grain Wild Rice


No Shopping Group Assigned

1
Creol Se
(1 tsp. needed for meal plans)
1
Onion Soup Mix
(1 pkg needed for meal plans)


And here is the Chicken Curry recpie, it is one of our favorites. Serve over rice and with Naan!


Chicken Curry
Ingredients
2 Pounds Chicken
1 Onion (Chopped)
1 Can Can Crushed Tomatoes
1/2 Cup Yougart
1 tsp Chili Powder
1 tsp Corriandor
1 1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Curry Powder
1 tsp Garahm Marsala
1 tsp Ginger
4 Garlic Cloves
Directions:
Cube chicken and cook in oil. Once almost cooked add Onions, chili powder, corriandor, salt, curry powder, garahm marsala, ginger and garlic. Cook till fragrent. Add the crushed tomatoes and simer until the sauce reduces a bit. Mix in the Yougart to thicken the sauce. Serve over white rice with toppings of your choice (grapes, peanuts, pine nuts ect)
 
 
Let me know if you guys try any of the recpies and what you think about the menu!
 
Happy weekend :)
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wednesday Already?

Wow I can't believe its already Wednesday, I feel like this week is going so fast!

Last night the hubs and I attended an artshow, the openning of Art Prize (google it its awesome ;) ) We had a blast, free cocktails and appetizers, tons of art and some fun performances! But I am beat, haven't stayed up that late in quite a bit haha!

Ive been pinning like crazy lately so I thought Id share some of my finds :) Linking up with the wonderful Vintage Apple!

Homemade finishing spray :)



This site has tons of letters in different fonts for all types of projects!



In love with this vanity!



I want to make some paper soon for fun tags for Christmas and cards!



Make your own prints!



Fun table runner!



Happy Wednesday loves!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Casual Saturday

Last Saturday night was bar night!

I haven't been to a bar in a grip! Since we moved we have been so busy and tired, but we did save a bunch of money :)



































I wanted to get all dolled up for kicks but we were going to a beer bar so it had to be casual!

I busted out my favorite pair of fall wedges and skinnys, throw on a tee and scarf and I was a happy gal :)



































I saw this tee on The Daybook blog and I needed it, it looked so comfortable! It is so cheap and probably the best tee I have ever purchased, I swear I've worn it every other day this week :)



































Details:
Tee: Old Navy
Jacket: H&M (similar)
Jeans: Express
Shoes: DSW (similar)
Scarf: Jcrew (similar)


Monday, September 17, 2012

Pattern Mixing: First Attempt

My first attempt at pattern mixing, and I think I am in love!

I had to start small and ease myself into it but seriously, how awesome is this?

This dark shirt is also helping me ease into fall. The weather around here is hot one day cold the next!








































How was your weekend?

Mine was filled with house work, a birthday party, a wedding shower and of course a LIONS game ;)

It is getting beautiful here in Michigan, I love September!






































Details:
Shirt: Thrifted (similar)
Pants: Limited
Belt: Express
Shoes: Michael Kors

Mingling over at Bon Bon Rose Girls also linking up with Marionberry Style's Trend of the Month!




Girls Night!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hpnotiq for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
So I was asked by Hpnotiq to review their new Primp & Prep website designed for girls night!
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This site has not launched yet but is supposed to a site to go to for your girls night! How many times do you say to your girls "lets check pinterest," or "i can totally find that on Pinterest" when your getting ready? Well this website is supposed to have all of those things at your fingertips!
I am actually really excited to check it out! It will feature things like a predesgined pandora playlist, fun cocktail recipes, beaty tips and celebrity style photos!
Usually when I have girls over we stay in and watch a movie, do our hair and make up, like back in the day! We don't usually go out on the town very often, we are basically "college students" still and the budget is limited, but a girls night in is the best!
I know this isn't quite like my normal posts but i thought itd be fun just to let you know about the site! I love when everything girl related is right at my fingertips ;)
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This weekend its totally going to be hair down, music up! ;)
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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Fall Soup from the Garden!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Scotts Miracle-Gro for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Did you guys know that a great time to plant is in the fall? I am sure you have realized by my post last week that the hubs and I have been doing some major Fall gardening!

Yesterday the hubs planted some jerusleum artichokes that we are really excited about!

Below is what they looked like before we put them in the ground. And what they should look like when they bloom :)

 

I have heard a little bit about jerusleum artichokes, and if it has the name artichoke in it it must be good. 

We planted some by the front door and some by our lightpost!

So Ive been doing some searching on pinterest and I found this recipe. Next spring we are so making this!

Jeruselum Artichoke Soup

 

Ingredients

FRESH INGREDIENTS.

4 pounds Sunchokes aka Jeruselem Artichoke
1 large white onion
4 cloves of garlic
250ml 35% cream
2 litres of chicken stock
salt and white pepper
Fresh thyme
Teaspoon of non salted butter

GARNISH.

Fresh chopped chives
Paprika & tomato oil

 

Preparation

(1)Peel and quarter the Sunchokes. Sautee them with butter in a large pot for a few minutes, add the diced onion and finely minced garlic.

(2) Cook until they are soft and the flavour is sweated out, add S & P to taste. Add the cream and chicken stock with 8 sprigs of the fresh thyme. Cook for 25-50 minutes on low-med heat depending on gas or electric stove.

(3)Then blend on high in the blender until it becomes a silky texture. with the lip slightly open to prevent it from popping up and potentially burning you with the HOT soup. If needed adjust seasoning. ENJOY.

 

This is really exciting. I always thought you had to wait till spring to plant things, but you don't! I encourage you to Find beauty in the Fall!  It's not too hot to plant now!!

The key part to planting in the fall is making sure the plants get enough water and "food." Make sure to check out the Miracle-Gro Facebook page and see what they can do for you!

This weekend I am going to go out and grab some Fall plant and feed so that I know our plants will grow fast! I think the liquafeed will be a good choice to nurture the plants we have already planted!

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I am also going to check out the Tree Spikes for our cute tree, I wonder if it would help it double in size faster, we need some major shade!

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Let me know if you check it out and what you think :) Did any of you plant anything new recently?

Happy Fall Planting!

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