{friday 5}

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Happy Friday!  It’s been a really good week.  A nice calm week.  Just what we needed.  Spent as much time as possible outdoors which makes all the difference in shaking my creative juices up.  So many projects I can’t wait to start.  So many fun ideas for the blog.

Take the weekend to recharge, relax and treat yo self Mama’s!  And I wish you all the happiest Mother’s day!

 

 

ONE – Hot Sauce Debate // No doubt, I’m a tap-your-uncle girl.  Tapatio, that is.  It’s my hot sauce of choice…always.  On my eggs.  On my tacos.  On anything, really.  But, recently, I’ve been told that I need to spread my wings a little.  That there are wayy better hot sauces out there?  Say whhhattt?  You know I’m always down to try out new stuff, so next week, we’re going to do a hot sauce taste testing.  Not really sure of the logistics just yet.  So, tell me….what’s your fave hot sauce?  What should I add?

Here’s what I’ve picked up for the Hot Sauce Debate so far…..

Valentina // Srirahca // Cholula // Tapatio

 

 

TWO – Madwell Top // I love a good striped tee!  Stripes pretty much go with anything + everything.  You’d die if you saw stripe tee collection in my closet.  I found another good one to add to my selection.  Originally I had a whole post planned for this newby, but when I saw that it was marked down to $29, I decided to scratch that and share it NOW!  This will sell out, and you probably need another one.  You’re welcome!

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Madewell Mock Neck Tank

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THREE – Easy Pickled Red Onions // I got lots of DM’s after posting this on insta-stories yesterday.  So, here ya go!  This is a quick-pickled onion recipe.  Cory claims it’s not authentic enough.  lol.  I had all the ingredients on hand.  And they are killer.  I’ve been topping turkey burgers, sandwiches + salads with these bad boys all week.

My homegirl Nikki, she made pickled cabbage for her ahi tuna tacos last night….fucking outstanding.  That will be on my to-make list for next week!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

 

Cram all the sliced red onion in a mason jar.  Stick your filled mason jar in the sink, because you will spill and this shit is stinky!

Add all the rest of the ingredients to a sauce pan and bring to a simmer.  Remove from heat.

Pour mixture over the red onions.  Allow to cool.  Then pop them in the fridge.

Enjoy!

 

FOUR – Coffee Table // Kinda like my dinning table settings, I love styling the coffee table.  I love that it’s a small space.  Also a space that gets a lot of attention.  Stealing items from other rooms to change it up is my jam.  I can’t get enough of baby daisies.  I grab a bunch ($3.99) every time I make a TJ’s trip lately.  I believe they’re called chamomiles.  But, I think baby daisies sounds cuter 🙂  So, here’s what my coffee table currently looks like and I’ve linked all the sources below if you need one of these items for your coffee table look!

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{friday 5}

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Happy, Happy Friday!  Today, for the first time all damn week, I’m feelin it.  FINALLY!  I’ve been in such a funk, for no particular reason at all.  Originally, I was calling it a vacation hangover, but not sure that’s still a legitimate excuse come Thursday.  I could not go one more day as grumpy ass Stacy.  So, I got up, made a cup of coffee and went to the mirror.  Looked myself dead on and said “Bitch, today is a new day.  It’s gonna be a damn good day.  Smile.  Drink that coffee and kick some ass!”  And go buy yourself something cute.  Haha!  It did the trick!  Maybe it being Friday was the kicket?  Who knows, but I’m gonna keep up with the pep talks!

 

Wanna know what’s on my mind today?  I’m about to tell you anyway 🙂

 

ONE  – My 4-H Girl // 2017 vs. 2018.  HOLY COW!!  Every April, Bay goes to the 4-H club meeting in her whites.  They do a little presentation to show the newer members what they need for Spring Show.  I took the picture on the right Monday.  Then the picture on the left showed up in my memories the next day.  One year.  365 frickin days.  And the change is so crazy.  I bet she’s at least 6 inches taller.  Not to mention she looks like a total tween…OMG!  Last weekend she spent her own money on a mini backpack, which I’m not a fan of, but she’s obsessed with.  So clearly, she’s going to rock it every.single.place we go for the rest of time.  Where did my baby go?

 

 

TWO – Avocado Crackers //  You know I’m a BIG fan of avocado toast.  Like, real big fan.  I’ve been carb loading lately.  A week of vacay + Easter at the same time….KILLED ME.  So, I’m trying to kick it on the carbs a bit.  These TJ’s Crispbreads have 7g carbs.  That’s like less that 1/3 of what a slice of sourdough bread has.  I still get that yummy avocado toast taste that I love.  And have you ever tried a hard-boiled egg on avocado toast?  BOMB!  This makes a great breakfast or lunch option.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • two hard-boiled eggs
  • 2 TJ’s grain cripsbread (or gg crackers)
  • 1/2 avocado
  • TJ’s everything but the bagel seasoning

 

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Mash avocado in a small bowl.  Divide and spread over crackers.

Top each cracker with 1 sliced egg

Sprinkle with seasoning.

Inhale in 5 seconds.  Because they are that good!

 

 

THREE – J.Crew //  J.Crew is killing it on their promo’s + sales lately.  Like this adorable one-shoulder bow top.  The elastic around the top for a stay-in-place feel is so good.  No tugging at all.  I grabbed it for $11.99!  What a steal, right?  Funny thing, two of my best gal pals also ordered the same top.  #twinning.  I kinda want to pair it with black jeans…hmmm.

Wanna see what else I ordered last week?

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{turkey meatballs over sweet potato ribbons}

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Day #4 of the Trader Joe’s recipe round-up!  Not going to lie, I am so sick of talking about food…lol.  It’s been a food filled few days and I’m ready to move on to some cute #ootd’s or some kind of decor.  Who’s with me?

What a week!  Getting home from Tahoe and taking off to Alliance Redwoods the next morning, kicked my butt.   Bay’s now home!!!  Ready to get back into the swing of things!

Weekend plans: kickin it!  I’m itching to get some Spring cleaning done too.  Even though there is rain in the forecast.  The month of March always gets me wanting to clean + organize.  My closet desperatly needs some attention!  Meal prep.  Monday, I will be doing a little 2-day cleanse followed by a sugar cleanse for the remainder of the month.  Drink some wine with the girls!  Polish off the rest of the girl scout cookies.

Sounds like a damn good plan to me.  What’s on your agenda for the weekend?

 

Bay claims that I saved the best for last…..

Turkey meatballs!

 

Trader Joe’s products used to create this meal:

  • Sweet Potato Ribbons
  • Tomato Basil Marinara
  • Ground turkey

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{15 minute beef stir-fry}

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It’s Thursday friends!!! Believe it or not, I’ve got another Trader Joe’s dinner for you today.  Day #3 of the Trader Joe’s recipe round-up.  I saved a good one for you.

But, I’d like to interrupt our TJ’s round-up for just a sec……

Because its International Women’s Day and I can 🙂

I read this about 15 times and I really, really love it.

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Share or tag me in your favorite International Women’s Day quote.  I can’t stop readying them and I want to share them all!  Every.single.one!

Ok, now back to the recipe……

Who doesn’t love a quick dinner??  I’m always down to save some time.  Which therefore allows more time for me to catch up on my BRAVO shows.  Vanderpump.   Summerhouse.  Beverly Hills Housewives.  Who’s excited for New York to begin next month?  Man, I watched the teaser and they look + act crazier than ever!

And who doesn’t love an easy dinner?  Less dishes to clean.  Less prep.

Being in the kitchen is how I unwind each night.  Normally with a glass of wine in hand and the record player playing something good.  Just typing that made me smile:)

Oh and I almost forgot, I’d also be wearing my sweatpants + slippers…ha.  How did I almost forget the first thing I do when I walk in the door?

Where was I going with that?  Anyway, I love being in the kitchen, but weeknights can be cray-cray sometimes.  I try to plan at least one super easy dinner each week.

I look over my calendar and decide what night I’m going to take advantage of the pre-prepped veggies + protein.  Then save the tougher, longer to prepare dinner for a night that I don’t have much going on.  When you’ve got a little extra time to pour a glass of wine and take your time.  And maybe insta story as you go 🙂  Not that I’ve ever done that…lol.

This stir-fry was a hit in our house.  So easy.  So fresh.  So good.  BOMB.com leftovers.

 

Trader Joe’s products used to create this meal:

  • Asian vegetable stir-fry (fresh veggie mix)
  • General Tsao stir fry sauce
  • Frozen brown rice (for bay)

 

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{trader joes cauliflower crust pizza}

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Day #2 of the Trader Joe’s recipe round-up!

Also, day #3 of my 6th grade field trip hostage situation.

Only kidding.  I actually signed up to do this!

I wrote this post last week, so I’m sure right now I’m dying for a shower + my bed + a big ass glass of chard.  Ha!  Maybe not.  Maybe I’m enjoying the hell out of the slug snail trailing across my face.  Who knows?!?!

Remember a couple of weeks ago, when I insta storied my cauliflower pizza experience?  I had TONS of DM’s asking how the crust turned out.

I Stacy Brown, self proclaimed pizza connoisseur, make this solid promise to you, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part…. (that was a little much)

THE BEST CRUST EVER!

I didn’t miss the traditional crust at all.  Not even for a second.

But, you HAVE to promise me one thing….

You HAVE to follow the pre-cooking process to achieve the best crust ever!

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Trader Joe’s products used to create this meal:

  • Cauliflower Pizza Crust
  • Shaved brussles sprouts (the remainder from the halibut tacos)
  • Prosciutto
  • Vegan kale, cashew & basil pesto (this stuff is to die for)

*remember, I hate to waste food.  I decorate with herbs that I’m working with that week.  I utilize all produce purchase.  If it begins to wilt.  Roast it.  If it’s freezable…freeze it!  Throw it over greens.  Smother it in ranch.  Just use it.  For instance, the prosciutto, I baked the remaining of it.  Bay likes to snack on it for breakfast, kinda like bacon.  The shaved brussels sprouts.  I bought them for this pizza recipe, but decided to use them of a slaw on the halibut tacos too.  Instead of buying a package of slaw too.  Think ahead.  End of rant!  

Take a look at that pizza ♥

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Here’s what you’ll need:

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{halibut tacos + roast corn salad}

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Today kicks off day #1 of the Trader Joe’s recipe round-up!  And it only makes sense that we start with tacos!  Not just any plain ol tacos.

Halibut Tacos!

With a roasted corn salad on the side.

And how about a can of pinto beans?  That’s Bay’s fave.  With a touch of cotija cheese over the top!  Yummm!

Halibut is hands down (or should I say hands up in the air waving like I just don’t care) my favorite fish.  And I NEVER buy it.  It is a little pricey, but 100 worth it.  I vow to make halibut appear on my dinner rotation more!

You know what would go good with these halibut tacos?  One of my Skinny, Skinny Margs from {friday 5}.  Make dos to be safe and make some tacos tonight!

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Real quick –

Asking for prayers!

I’m currently at Alliance Redwoods with Bay’s 6th grade class for their week long trip.  Me + 7 tweens in a cabin.  No wine.  No wifi.  No nothing.  Pray.  Pray hard, K!

Ok, and now back to our regularly scheduled taco talk……

Trader Joe’s products used to create this meal:

  • Shaved brussels sprouts
  • Green goddess salad dressing
  • Pico de gallo
  • Corn + wheat tortillas
  • Chile lime seasoning

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Here’s what you’ll need:

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{arugula salad}

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What goes better with a big green salad than a big glass of chardonnay?  Nothing!!  It’s called balance.

Until about 2 weeks ago, I had NEVER purchased arugula before.  I’ve had it at restaurants and friends houses, but never used it at home.  To be completely honest, I grabbed it on accident during one of my speed grocery shopping trips.  I was originally really pissed when I realized it wasn’t my normal mixed greens.

But, I don’t waste food.  I will find a way to incorporate it into meals.  Especially fresh produce.  You can’t waste good food like that.

Since, I’ve added it to my morning eggs + every salad combo imaginable + on sandwiches.  Verdict: Love it!

Here’s an arugula combo that was heavenly.  I’m not a big fruit person, but even I was way into this one.  I will be serving this next time I host a brunch or dinner.  It’s a keeper!

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