So what’s been going since my last post (before last)? A whole lotta hibernating, a quick jaunt to the Sunshine State Golden State, and a lotta recipe trying. (yes, there was a typo here, it was partially a reference to Dumb and Dumber and partially a typo I couldn’t change due to stringent firewall protection – I apologize to any Sunshine/Golden State inhabitants this offended, please accept my apologies).

I already complained about the weather, some of you may have heard the Garden State was a part of the Polar Vortex. Horrible, just horrible. The snow never stopped, ever. This enabled me to do a lot of marathoning. Not the running kind, the Netflix kind. Watched House of Cards Season 2, started and caught up with House of Lies, and Scandal. Needless to say I’ve picked up a few addictions. There was also some SERIOUS downtime for some intense home manicures.

Polar Vortex and Home Manicures on

Due to a need for escape (both mentally and physically) hubs and I flew our booties out to California where our dear-dear friends live. You know those kind of friends that you feel are super close to you but then when you want to hang out you realize they’re 3000 miles away? Yeah, that’s them. We picked up right where we left off and it was glorious. Unfortunately it was that one weekend it rained in LA and it was anything but the Sunshine State. Didn’t matter though, we had a blast.

Surrounded by Pretty in the Sunshine State

I also scored some sassy along the way (two steals and a splurge)…..

two steals and a splurge on surroundedbypretty.comsplurge: miu miu  //  steal: zara  //  steal (on sale):  lucky brand

There was one thing, two, well one worth mentioning anyway that I felt belonged in my life. One was a dress that deserves to be added into wedding dress season but this…. yes this…. it belongs in my perfect home. I’m not sure if I picture it in front of a glossy white vanity or just one in every room:
Gold sequin throne spotted in LA on

Yes, this chair exists, no I do not own it. (Waiting patiently for it to be an appropriate time on the West Coast to harass my friend about where we were). Maybe I should have a fundraiser for myself to have this chair? (kidding!) – – all I remember was there was a comma and a lotta zeros on the price tag and I think hub was pacing outside looking for somewhere to get meat.

As far as recipes go, I’ve found that just because its “health conscious” it doesn’t need to be tasteless or unsubstantial. Making things spicy is my first tip and adding extra veggies is my second. And of course… the dreaded portion control.

For breakfast these are a winner: broccoli and cheese mini egg omelets  (skinny taste)

SkinnyTaste broccoli cheese omelets
And for dinner, wow, I texted everyone about this: pasta with asparagus (skinny taste)

Skinny Taste pasta with asparagus
An alternative to the regular sloppy joes, that is, DELISH: turkey sloppy joes (the novice chef)- a new staple meal

The Novice Chef turkey sloppy joes
I don’t know how “healthy” this was but WOWWW: crock pot Korean beef tacos (slender kitchen)

Slender Kitchen Korean beef tacos

But if you’re feeling naughty……. reese’s pieces soft peanut butter cookies (averie cooks)

reese's pieces soft peanut butter cookies

Anyone find any health conscious yummers recently?

xoxo Stephanie

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3 thoughts on “Catchup

  1. That chair is to die for… I’d donate to your fund raiser, for sure! LA is my home town, so seeing those pics makes me kind of homesick. So glad you got to enjoy some California down-time, even if it wasn’t sunny. Sometimes just getting away makes all the difference!


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