Easy weeknight meal: Summer Stir Fry

20130709-124949.jpg

Last night, I came across the cooking site “The Comfort of Cooking” (via TheNest.com) which has some really tasty-looking recipes accompanied by some amazing imagery (I really need to upgrade to a better camera-DSLR, maybe?). Coming home from the gym, I always feel like I’m starving. So, I looked for something easy to throw together for dinner and the ‘Summer Stir Fry’ popped up. Who doesn’t love a good stir fry, especially one with fresh, healthy ingredients?

Luckily, I already had all of the ingredients on-hand (happy dance!) :

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 25-30 whole shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails left on
  • 2 whole zucchini, sliced on a slight diagonal
  • 2 ears corn, kernels sliced off
  • ½ cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley/basil/cilantro, if desired
  • **Crushed red pepper flakes (Not a part of the recipe, but I added since I love spicy food)
  • **Jasmine rice or Brown rice (This wasn’t included in the recipe either, but I added for a little more substance)

To see how to make this delicious recipe, click here.

I am happy to report the dish was very easy to prepare, it’s super colorful and full of flavor. This recipe yielded more than enough to bring for today’s lunch. This will definitely be added to my list of quick and easy meals — very pleasing to the taste buds.

What are some of your favorite recipes, that are easy to pull together quickly? Please share!

(Image taken by Alexis Young)

Advertisements

B.E.T. Awards 2013 – Best Dressed

Adrienne Bailon, Jordin Sparks, Nicki Minaj, Michelle Williams

Adrienne Bailon, Jordin Sparks, Nicki Minaj, Michelle Williams

Last Sunday, the B.E.T. Awards aired and the red carpet was buzzing with some very interesting fashion choices. There were definitely some people who didn’t look like they put much effort into their looks. Then, we have the ladies who really represented, looking sassy and most definitely classy.

My favorites:

Adrienne Bailon – Rocked a berry colored Michael Costello gown, looking very grecian and goddess-like. I also love how she accessorized with turquoise accents

Jordin Sparks – Wore a Clover Canyon, printed sheath which is perfection for a summer look. Let’s not overlook the understated, but oh-so-necessary hoop earrings (my all-time favorite accessory)

Nicki Minaj – Dazzled in form-fitting, black lace detailed Roberto Cavalli. The look is a little vampy, but so feminine and alluring

Michelle Williams – Exhibited lady-like chic with a strapless layered-ruffle peplum gown, designed by Nicci Hou. The deep “V” and the high split in the front offers a touch of ooh-la-la

Whose look is your favorite?

Image credits (in order by picture): glamour.com, fashionbombdaily.com, washingtongpost.com, glamour.com

Dining Room Decorating Inspiration: COLOR!

I’ve been in my first house for almost two years now. Although I have many opinions, thoughts and ideas regarding decorating–I can’t seem to fixate on just one style or theme. My dining and living area is what you would call “open concept” (i.e. one large room). I really want to inject color, in some capacity, into the dining space since my furniture is dark and my walls are painted a very neutral color (Benjamin Moore – Edgecomb Gray).

One of my favorite design magazines is House Beautiful. It’s so much fun to flip through the glossy pages to gaze at amazingly decorated interiors. I came across these dining room spaces online, that have included color in curtain panels, art, paint and area rugs.

Which room is your favorite? What is your favorite dining room addition that has added color to YOUR space?

*All images from HouseBeautiful.com

Look-for-Less: Multi-print wedges

I’ve shared my love for wedges in a past blog post and guess what I’ve found? A great “wedge” look-for-less!

Quickly breezing through Dillard’s last Friday, I came across these FABULOUS Steve Madden “Pammyy” wedges that can literally coordinate with any solid color under the spectrum. These definitely aren’t for practical purposes, but aren’t they fun? They were on sale for $69.99 and I was totally contemplating the purchase, but left them in the store to think on it.

On Sunday, I made my way over to my local Super Target and perused the shoe section (as I normally would) and look what I found?! The same exact shoe, but for a fraction of the price at only $29.99! With all this excitement for the discounted price, I anxiously looked for my size (10 – don’t laugh) and…NOTHING. They didn’t have them in my size! Since Target was closing, I didn’t get a chance to run over to another location, but my search continues! Not to mention, who can pass up a great deal like this?!

Did you make any closet-worthy purchases from this past Memorial Day weekend? There were some amazing sales going on in stores and online…let me know!

*Image by Alexis Young

Put your best ‘wedge’ forward

There is something about wearing a great pair of shoes that can make a woman feel amazing. Your posture changes, you keep a smile on your face and you walk as if you can take on the world. Since summer is upon us, our shoe options are plentiful. With that said, my go-to shoe this season is the wedge.

Wedges can pretty much go with any ensemble and range from casual, to sky high, animal-print and even patent leather. Check these out and let me know what your favorites are. Which ones inspire you to purchase a pair?  How many pairs of wedges do you own?

1. dv by Dolce Vita “Jude” $89
2. Charlotte Olympia Cotton Leo Print Platform $1375
3. LAUREN Ralph Lauren “Rosalia” $49
4. dv by Dolce Vita”Shellie” $89
5. G by Guess “Divinci” $69
6. Stuart Weitzman “Corkswoon” $375
7. Jessica Simpson “Niki” $75
8. Old Navy Scarf Wedge $26
9. 7 For All Mankind “Kalistoga” $225
10. BCBGeneration “Jiorno” $90