Thursday, January 26, 2012

GOP Debate

I could care less about the GOP debate tonight, but I just wanted a reason to wear my red jeans and navy blazer today :)
Debate Night

Also, I found these adorable letterpress coasters on Etsy by RuffHouseArt.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Big 3-0

As I rapidly approach the big 3-0 (ah!!), I am staring to think about what kind of party I'd like to have.  Well, not really a party necessarily, but a celebration of sorts.  I am thinking Napa with my friends and family.  We shall see if the Money Gods will allow it ;)

In the meantime, I came across a birthday invitation kit, aka "Party in a Box" and had to share.  It's by a designer named Amanda Jane Jones, and her work is so unique and adorable.  Enjoy!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Pulled Pork Recipe

I really don't like eating salads.  There, I said it.  I am not one of those woman who love veggies.  I mean, I do like veggies, just not as an entire meal. But I force myself to eat it...
lunch salad
that's me, in my office, not happy
I have been trying to find ways to eat more veggies... or not eat all veggies but still eat healthy.  Anyway, I have been using my slow cooker a ton lately and have been trying to eat more pork.  Yes, the other white meat.  It's relatively good for you (as compared to red meat at least) and pretty tasty.  Even made homemade Cuban sandwiches which were crazy good!  But that recipe will have to wait for another time.  

Last week I made pulled pork with baked beans and homemade cornbread.  Now, I know that you're thinking this isn't healthy.  But I was surprised that it was all that bad for you.  Walden Farms makes a BBQ sauce that is 0 calories and 0 fat.  Yes, it's true.  Now, as someone who prides herself on knowing good BBQ, I would never eat this on ribs or actually put it on Pulled Pork after it's cooked.  You need sugar and fat to make it tasty.  But, I used this sauce just to cook the pork in, so I didn't really care if it was tasty.  

So, enough about BBQ sauce.  Let's get to the recipe.

1.5 lb pork shoulder, bone in
1 bottle of BBQ sauce (I used 0 cal/0 fat, but use whatever you like!)
1/2 jar of McCormick Grill Pork Rub
1/2 white onion, minced
Salt & Pepper

Make sure the pork is covered with the rub (you can let it marinate/sit in the rub, if you have time) and also covered in sauce.  Cook low 8 hrs.

Leftover lunch box... to go!
I added some baked beans and cornbread.  The cornbread was a splurge.  But if you only have a slice or two, it's not that bad.  I used Jiffy Cornmeal mix (an entire box) and made a sheet.  The beans were Bush's, and while high in carbs, they are also high in protein. Bang for your buck!  Below is the approximate* nutrition info.

Cornbread BBQ Pulled Pork Baked Beans
Nutrition Facts Nutrition Facts Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: Serves 12 people
Serving Size: Serves 1 oz
Serving Size: 1 cup
Calories 47
Calores 58 Calories 280
Calories from Fat 8.1
Calories from Fat 
Total Fat 0.9g Total Fat 2.0g Total Fat 2.0g
Saturated Fat 0.15g Polyunsaturated Fat 1g  
Cholesterol 18.08mg Cholestorl 16.3mg Cholestoral 0mg
Sodium 37.41mg Sodium 120.5mg Sodium 1100mg
Total Carbohydrate 8.78g
Total Carbohydrate 3.3g
Total Cabohydrate 58g
Dietary Fiber 0.52g Dietary Fiber 0.3g Dietary Fiber 10g
Sugars 1g
Sugars 2.3g
Sugards 24g
Protein 7.94g Protein 6.3g Protein 12g

*Since the pulled pork is my own recipe, I could not find exact data. 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Banana Republic sale

Today only, 25% entire purchase (including sale items)
Use code BRSAVE25

Love this "sweater jacket" in beautiful orange!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Black Flat Boots

Why is this so hard?  I have been trying to find black flat boots for months now.  I thought it was going to be much easier, but no.  Here are some of the "swing-and-a-miss" boots.

Chinese Laundry Women's Triple Play, $98.00
Verdict: The leather feels cheap and the ankle was too slouchy. Immediately returned.

Thought I would set it up and pay more for better quality. 

dv by dolce vita Women's Lujuan, $209.00
Verdict: While these were definitely better quality and the leather was much sturdier, the ankle was still too slouchy. Plus the calf area was too small. I never have problems with boots fitting around my calves... until I ordered these. Immediately returned.

Mia Shoes, Roadster Tall Boots , $99

Verdict: I liked these boots but they were a little too 'biker' for my everyday style. They would definitely look great with jeans or leggings , but I don't really seem them working with tights + dress/skirt.

Kohl's SONOMA life + style Tall Boots, $54.99
Verdict: I don't even want to talk about these. They were a hot mess.

On a somewhat unrelated note (related because it's about boots but unrelated because they are not flats), I found these Steve Madden wedge boots and absolutely love them.  They are so comfortable and look great with skinny jeans.
Madden Girl by Steve Madden, 'Vektor'

Anyway, back to the topic at hand. These are the boots that I really want.

Frye Women's Paige Tall Riding, $349

 They are $350. I am starting to think it's worth the cost though. Maybe it's me being too picky about my boots.  I have a pair of tan boots that I bought from Target last year and have worn a billion times.  They were definitely worth the $40.  But I want genuine leather since I know I will be wearing the black boots more often and, hopefully, to work.  What is a girl to do?!  First world problems (as my hubby always says)!
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