Live Well: A Day in the Life

Target dress, J. Crew necklace

This post brought to you by my husband and I goofing around with our camera while prepping for the dinner party we hosted this past Saturday. My apologies if the pictures seem a bit random.

We were so excited to host a few friends this past weekend for a little get-together over at our apartment. Because our common tie was Rice, my husband and I decided that it would only be appropriate to serve Tex-Mex. We whipped up some guacamole, queso, pico de gallo, refried beans, fajitas, and (of course) some margaritas. We only managed to capture a few of those things on film (well, digital), though. Here's what we got:

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So what was everyone up to this weekend? We squeezed in a long walk on Saturday morning then spent the rest of the time watching football and prepping for the dinner party (and watching football at the dinner party). Sunday was low-key as well: home-cooked, brunch, a walk around the neighborhood, reading on the roof, nail appointment with a friend (hi Troy!!!), and then Breaking Bad - do you guys watch it? This last season is killing me. It's the least enjoyable enjoyable show ever. I can't explain it.

However you spent your weekend, I hope you had as much fun as I did. Happy Monday!

Live Well: Making Me Happy

DSC_8935[My favorite dahlia arrangement ever + colorful books]

This week felt forever long. Maybe it's the result of coming after a four-day week, maybe it's due to too much work and too little sleep. Either way, I'm so excited it's Friday. In honor of the tradition on Pop Culture Happy Hour (which you know I'll be listening to on my way into work today), I decided to share the things that have been making me happy this week. Happy weekend, everybody - rest up, have fun, and I will see you back on Monday!

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[The incredible view from my rooftop deck. I can't wait to be back up there this weekend, soaking in the sun (hopefully) and reading my book!]

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[The most delicious brunch ever at Universal Cafe. I had to get in a final breakfast there before finally cutting back on calories!]

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[The fact that it was warm enough to wear shorts and short sleeves last weekend. Okay, I ended up being pretty cold. But it was close to warm enough! I'm hoping we're graced with the same beautiful weather this weekend.]

photo[Amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Never. Gets. Old.]

Eat Well: The Best Chocolate Chip Sandwich Bars Ever

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Prepare yourself: I'm about to make a big claim. These chocolate chip cookies bars are the best thing I've ever baked. I know - I don't really bake that often. I'm here to argue that I bake just often enough for that claim to mean something. And if you bake these yourself, you'll totally be on my side.

Since I've been an adult, I've been a little resistant to baking. I think it's the perceived girliness of the thing - something in me has always been opposed to doing overly girly things (like loving chick flicks or using Pinterest or writing a fashion blog...oh wait), and baking falls squarely in that category. However, every once in awhile I'll realize that nobody cares if baking is girly...and you get to eat delicious treats afterwards. So once in a blue moon I furtively troll Pinterest for dessert recipes that look amazing.

I followed this recipe to a T, except I didn't use oats in my batter. I actually love chocolate chip oat cookies, but I realized too late that I didn't have the right kind of oats on hand. With or without them, these treats will be amazing - seriously, I can't recommend them highly enough.

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I hope you all had a great Monday - mine was surprisingly nice. I went to work dreading a few of the projects I had to tackle, but left feeling happy with the work I'd done and excited for the next day. Doesn't it feel wonderful when that happens? Here's hoping today is just as great.

Eat Well: Blueberry Bars

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This past weekend, I got an overwhelming urge to bake things. I have no idea why. While I like baking, I generally don't spend much of my free time on it - usually I'd rather go buy dessert someplace than slave away making it myself. But something about this past weekend made me really excited to get in the kitchen - maybe it was the start of football season, or the beautiful weather, or the fact that Labor Day means that fall is upon us. And fall means home-baked treats, right?

The first thing I decided to bake were these amazing-looking blueberry bars that I found on Pinterest (recipe here). I was hoping to recreate one of my all-time favorite pies, a blueberry crumble creation from Royers in Round Top, without having to go through all the trouble of, you know, actually making a pie. And let me tell you, these suckers come pretty darn close. I'd like to make these again and mix the dough a bit less - I should have kept bigger chunks of butter - and add oats to the crumbly part. But either way, these beauties are delicious for breakfast, lunch, or dinner (or dessert).

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I think I'll go reverse my workout and eat one of these right now.

Have a great Thursday!