Healthier Spinach Dip

When you are craving something hot and cheesy, this is a great option! Using yogurt rather than sour cream or cream cheese really cuts those fat calories without loosing that cheesy creamy taste and texture. The hidden kale adds a nutritional burst and if served with crunchy pita chips….mmmmm. One of my coworkers exclaimed “it tastes like veggie pizza!”

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Healthier Spinach Dip (6-8 servings)
6 oz frozen spinach
6 oz frozen kale
1 c fat free Greek yogurt
1/4 red onion, finely sliced
2-3 clove garlic, minced
1 to 1/2 c shredded part skim mozzarella
1/4 c shredded Parmesan
pepper or red chili flakes (to taste)

Completely thaw your spinach and kale either in the microwave or by letting sit for a day in the refrigerator. Squeeze out as much liquid as you can by hand and then press between two paper towels to remove as much moisture as possible.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease large baking dish with coconut oil, enough to coat the bottom and sides. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Transfer to prepared baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes, until dip is bubbling and the cheese is starting to brown around the edges. Serve hot.

Serve with pita chips, fresh cut veggies or fresh bread. Left overs are great on sandwiches.

Spring Styles

With summer coming I wanted to create some styles with some of my favorite pieces. The main way I prevent myself from becoming a hoarder is to “shop my closet”. Especially when we are entering a new season. I set aside a morning to put away all the heavy winter sweaters, coats, hats and gloves and take out the spring/summer shoes, bags and clothes. I make a donate pile and get to sorting and creating looks. Seeing as though some of these clothes have been packed away for months, I get excited to see them again and pair them into cute outfits. Here is another visually beautiful post about Spring Cleaning

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To listen to while styling your spring looks:

I was browsing through old pictures and found all these cute puppy photos of Ollie! I has been so fun to watch him grow from a 10 lb 10 week old pup to a 60 lb 4 year old fur ball. His personality is so unique! He is terrified of loud or sudden noises, but loves to meet any and all humans. He thinks he’s still 10 lbs and is therefore afraid of any dog bigger than him. He can’t get enough of the little dogs. His favorite things are the park, car rides, tennis balls, kibble, sitting on people’s laps and sleeping in bed with humans. This furry animated creature brings so much joy to our lives! It is hard to imagine what life was like before him. Although I do recall it involved more sleeping in and more spontaneous travels ;) 

Our little butthead:  




To listen to while chasing puppies:
I recently did a post about our home which featured our bathroom update. Bathroom Makeover 

Our bathroom was super boring, but with a graphic Ikea shower curtian and rug, it was transformed into a fun and visually pleasing space. As soon as I saw how nice the black and white contrast was, I was determined to make some art pieces to add more character to the space. I had some thin canvas paper and black sharpies so I got to work. 

I’m really happy with how the space is coming along. I think with all white linens and possibly black storage baskets rather than wicker ones, the bathroom will look modern and neat. 



Sorry for the crappy pictures, poor lighting in this little urban bathroom of ours. 

To listen to while making art:

I recently did a post about our home which featured our bathroom update. Bathroom Makeover

Our bathroom was super boring, but with a graphic Ikea shower curtian and rug, it was transformed into a fun and visually pleasing space. As soon as I saw how nice the black and white contrast was, I was determined to make some art pieces to add more character to the space. I had some thin canvas paper and black sharpies so I got to work.

I’m really happy with how the space is coming along. I think with all white linens and possibly black storage baskets rather than wicker ones, the bathroom will look modern and neat.

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Sorry for the crappy pictures, poor lighting in this little urban bathroom of ours.

To listen to while making art:

I’m officially ready for summer…thanks to these popsicle molds!

You could make these using Dixie cups and wooden popcicle sticks too. 

You’ll need: 
1 can coconut milk (full of healthy fat)
1/4 - 1/2 cup pineapple with juice
1-2 ripe (or frozen) bananas

Blend everything in the food processer. Yielded a little over 2 cups liquid for my batch. Pour into popcicle molds. Patiently wait while they freeze. Enjoy! 

The coconut milk gives the pops an intereting consistency. Some bites are slightly “chalky” but the tropical flavor is devine! This was my first batch of many popcicle combinations. I love that it isn’t an exact science, just mix and match what you have on hand. Pinterest has endless recipes! 

We took full advantage of our Saturday. 

Starting with a delicious breakfast of bacon wrapped asparagus  and eggs.  Followed by taking Ollie to Prospect Park where we played keep away and enjoyed laying in the grass. After bringing Ollie home to nap the afternoon away, we ventured to the East Village for lunch. The weather was beautiful. We walked over the Williamsburg Bridge sporting sunglasses and hats while the sun reflected off the East River and high rises. 
After our sandwhiches at Tiny’s we stopped into Economy Candy (holy candy warehouse!) but it was so overwhelming we decided to pass on all the sweetness. Word to the wise, don’t go here the day before Easter. 
We ended the afternoon at Villan LLC where they were hosting a food bizaar. Our favorite booth was the “I Rub You” Korean BBQ sauce =) 

Enjoy your Easter Friends! 

To listen to while eating popsicles in the sun: 

And

I’m officially ready for summer…thanks to these popsicle molds!

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You could make these using Dixie cups and wooden popcicle sticks too.

You’ll need:
1 can coconut milk (full of healthy fat)
1/4 - 1/2 cup pineapple with juice
1-2 ripe (or frozen) bananas

Blend everything in the food processer. Yielded a little over 2 cups liquid for my batch. Pour into popcicle molds. Patiently wait while they freeze. Enjoy!

The coconut milk gives the pops an intereting consistency. Some bites are slightly “chalky” but the tropical flavor is devine! This was my first batch of many popcicle combinations. I love that it isn’t an exact science, just mix and match what you have on hand. Pinterest has endless recipes!

We took full advantage of our Saturday. image
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Starting with a delicious breakfast of
bacon wrapped asparagus and eggs. Followed by taking Ollie to Prospect Park where we played keep away and enjoyed laying in the grass. After bringing Ollie home to nap the afternoon away, we ventured to the East Village for lunch. The weather was beautiful. We walked over the Williamsburg Bridge sporting sunglasses and hats while the sun reflected off the East River and high rises. image
After our sandwhiches at Tiny’s we stopped into Economy Candy (holy candy warehouse!) but it was so overwhelming we decided to pass on all the sweetness. Word to the wise, don’t go here the day before Easter. image
We ended the afternoon at Villan LLC where they were hosting a food bizaar. Our favorite booth was the “I Rub You” Korean BBQ sauce =)
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Enjoy your Easter Friends!

To listen to while eating popsicles in the sun:

And


Peanut Butter Cups!!!!!!!!!! 

These are delicious and oh so easy. Thank you and curse you Pinterest for leading me to these treats. Original recipe by Blue-Eyed Bakers

You’ll Need:

3/4 cup peanut butter (I used Earth Balace coconut peanut butter, yum! 
*If using regular peanut butter add 2 tablespoons coconut oil or butter or ghee 
3/4 cup crunchy snack (I used corn flakes. Could use pretzels, graham crackers, ect)
1/4 agave/sugar if desired (I omitted) 
3/4 cup dark chocolate (I used 60% dark Ghirardelli)
3 Tablespoons milk (I used almond milk, coconut would be yumalicious) 
Sea salt

Line muffin tin with 8 liners:

In a microwave safe bowl, melt the peanut butter and (coconut oil or butter) together for 45 seconds.  Stir until smooth.  Add crunchy crumbs and sugar (if using) and mix to combine.  Distribute mixture evenly between the prepared muffin cups.  Freeze for 5-10 minutes to set peanut butter layer.

After the peanut butter has chilled, combine chocolate and milk in a microwave safe bowl and heat in 15 second intervals until chocolate is just melted.  Stir until smooth.  Distribute chocolate evenly over the top of the peanut butter layer.  Sprinkle with sea salt and freeze until firm, 10-20 minutes.  Store covered in the fridge.

Makes 8 (or you could use mini muffin tin)

Try not to eat all in one day!!!

To listen to while making:

Peanut Butter Cups!!!!!!!!!!

These are delicious and oh so easy. Thank you and curse you Pinterest for leading me to these treats. Original recipe by Blue-Eyed Bakers

You’ll Need:

3/4 cup peanut butter (I used Earth Balace coconut peanut butter, yum!
*If using regular peanut butter add 2 tablespoons coconut oil or butter or ghee
3/4 cup crunchy snack (I used corn flakes. Could use pretzels, graham crackers, ect)
1/4 agave/sugar if desired (I omitted)
3/4 cup dark chocolate (I used 60% dark Ghirardelli)
3 Tablespoons milk (I used almond milk, coconut would be yumalicious)
Sea salt

Line muffin tin with 8 liners:

In a microwave safe bowl, melt the peanut butter and (coconut oil or butter) together for 45 seconds. Stir until smooth. Add crunchy crumbs and sugar (if using) and mix to combine. Distribute mixture evenly between the prepared muffin cups. Freeze for 5-10 minutes to set peanut butter layer.

After the peanut butter has chilled, combine chocolate and milk in a microwave safe bowl and heat in 15 second intervals until chocolate is just melted. Stir until smooth. Distribute chocolate evenly over the top of the peanut butter layer. Sprinkle with sea salt and freeze until firm, 10-20 minutes. Store covered in the fridge.

Makes 8 (or you could use mini muffin tin)

Try not to eat all in one day!!!

To listen to while making:

- Darwin Deez - Radar Detector

Friday Round up of Weird & Random things that entertain me. Accompanied by a catchy tune with strange lyrics that grow on you once you’ve listened to it 1000 times!

Have you seen these yet? Pretty funny! Thanks to my coworkers for bringing these wonderfully geeky treasures to my attention: Sandal Socks

Um… Rei Kawakubo Design

Caution inappropriate content here:
Dirty Pillowz

Bear with me and my immature sense of humor:
Emo Emu Shirt

I might need to revamp one of my plain totes in order to display this important message:
Best Tote

Happy Friday Fellow Weirdos!

p.s. I saw these two walking down 1st ave yesterday chatting with arms linked, how sweet are they:

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A little about our home: 


We moved from a 2 bedroom/1 bath apartment in San Francisco to a 1 bedroom/1 bathroom in Brooklyn. It is small, but we have made the best of it. We sold the majority of our furniture to lighten the cross country move and start over with new furniture for our new (much smaller) digs. Together our style combo is pretty unique. He’s modern, bright and bold. I’m antique, minimal, neutral. He’s a scorpio. I’m a libra. Nuf said. 

Over the past week or so I’ve been in a “crafting” mood (watch-out!). We used 3 different sized tree stumps/slices as cake stands for our wedding.  My brother cut the tree into sections and my mom sanded, stained and polyurethaned them. They were being stored in my Mom’s garage until my cousin Kelly graciously offered to bring them with her during her Brooklyn Bon Voyage visit. I’ve been brainstorming and Pinteresting various ways to display them in our little space and I think I’ve found homes for them finally! Here’s my favorite! What do you think?



Next project: I have a wooden box filled with handwritten and typed recipes from my great grandmothers. They are boring just sitting in a wooden box, right? So I looked through them to find 2 interesting ones and I put them together in a cheap frame. I used a little washi tape to fill the gap in the middle and now my Family Heirloom Artwork is proudly displayed in my kitchen! I think I’ll make more of these as Christmas gifts for Fam. Quick, cheap to make and very sentimental/thoughtful/special…my kind of gift!


Today is a Tomato Soup Cake kind of day, no?

Our bathroom is…you guessed it, small. We set it up efficiently, but it was pretty bland. On my field trip to Ikea yesterday I was on the lookout for a decorative shower curtain to liven it up a bit. When I found this graphic print and a contrasting rug in the same color combo I knew the two were a match made for my bathroom. Now I really want to find a few black and white interesting graphics to frame or perhaps paint a few on small canvases to display. 



Shower curtain: $6.99
Rug: $2.99 
Seriously!!! I love a deal!! Happy Dance.

A little about our home:


We moved from a 2 bedroom/1 bath apartment in San Francisco to a 1 bedroom/1 bathroom in Brooklyn. It is small, but we have made the best of it. We sold the majority of our furniture to lighten the cross country move and start over with new furniture for our new (much smaller) digs. Together our style combo is pretty unique. He’s modern, bright and bold. I’m antique, minimal, neutral. He’s a scorpio. I’m a libra. Nuf said.

Over the past week or so I’ve been in a “crafting” mood (watch-out!). We used 3 different sized tree stumps/slices as cake stands for our wedding. My brother cut the tree into sections and my mom sanded, stained and polyurethaned them. They were being stored in my Mom’s garage until my cousin Kelly graciously offered to bring them with her during her Brooklyn Bon Voyage visit. I’ve been brainstorming and Pinteresting various ways to display them in our little space and I think I’ve found homes for them finally! Here’s my favorite! What do you think?

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Next project: I have a wooden box filled with handwritten and typed recipes from my great grandmothers. They are boring just sitting in a wooden box, right? So I looked through them to find 2 interesting ones and I put them together in a cheap frame. I used a little washi tape to fill the gap in the middle and now my Family Heirloom Artwork is proudly displayed in my kitchen! I think I’ll make more of these as Christmas gifts for Fam. Quick, cheap to make and very sentimental/thoughtful/special…my kind of gift!

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Today is a Tomato Soup Cake kind of day, no?

Our bathroom is…you guessed it, small. We set it up efficiently, but it was pretty bland. On my field trip to Ikea yesterday I was on the lookout for a decorative shower curtain to liven it up a bit. When I found this graphic print and a contrasting rug in the same color combo I knew the two were a match made for my bathroom. Now I really want to find a few black and white interesting graphics to frame or perhaps paint a few on small canvases to display.

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Shower curtain: $6.99
Rug: $2.99 
Seriously!!! I love a deal!! Happy Dance.

First day of spring? Paaalease. Its freezing! I’m rocking my flannel and utility vest. I feel like this post should be called: “How to create a hipster uniform”. 

You’ll need:                                                                          
1. Flannel shirt (thrifted) - check                                                            
2. Military style vest or coat (F21) - check                                    
3. Skinny jeans/pant (extra credit for holes in the knees) these are Gap
4. Librarian glasses (Warby Parker)
5. High messy bun (for female hipsters…or…not going there)
6. Sunday school shoes! (bonus: colored laces!)









To listen to while wearing said hipster uniform: