Ten Dollar Treat Yo Self

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Hey Cats!

Happy Tuesday! Treat Yo Self Tuesday, as I like to call it. Yesterday, our internet was down in my office, so I got to work from home. After a busy weekend, I was dying for a little extra time at home, and I got it! I had a lot to do so I was busy until 5, but it was nice to be at home!

Sometimes in life, you just need to treat yo self. Whether it was a bad day at work, a great day at work, you just want to buy something, or just because it’s Tuesday, it’s necessary sometimes. However, if you get in the habit of this, it can get a little expensive. I say this because I know. So, I’ve put together a list of my favorite little treats that won’t blow your budget! Most of them are under $10, and some of them are free!

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1. New reading material

I love to pick up a new magazine or book for a weekend treat yo self. Typically it’s a magazine because they’re about $5 tops, but sometimes you can find a great book on sale! My favorite magazines are Southern Living, InStyle, and Harper’s Bazaar. For books, I typically head to Target (because if I just want to buy something, that’s where I’m at).

2. A good workout

In the wise words of my role model slash style icon Elle Woods, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people don’t shoot their husbands. They just don’t”. Well, I don’t have a husband so I don’t have to worry about anything dramatic, but a nice sweat session is a great way to boost your attitude! My new favorite way to workout is this Nike Training Club app. It’s free, and it has a huge library of workouts to choose from! This may take a little convincing to view it as a treat, but it works really well when you’re broke.

3. A petite pampering

Sometimes you want to treat yo actual self. But you can’t justify a pedicure because it’s only Tuesday and you just bought clothes for vacation so that would not be wise. Some of my favorite purchases are pillow mist  ($10), bath bombs from LUSH, ($4-8), 0r  a fun new nail polish color that’s perfect for summer ($8-10)!

4. A tasty treat

Full disclosure, I had to try really hard to not make this list all food. Let’s just cut to the chase, if you’re wanting an easy and inexpensive way to treat yo self, go get Starbucks, ice cream, Taco Cabana nachos, or whatever else you want that’s unhealthy. Because: treat yo self.

5. Window shopping

This one can be tricky, because you may end up spending way more than $10. But sometimes, I just like to make my shopping list of things to keep in mind for an actual shopping trip!

What’s your favorite way to treat yo self without spending too much? Let me know!

That’s all for meow!

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Recipe- Corn & Black Bean Summer Salad

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Happy Tuesday! I skipped Monday’s Musing’s yesterday, as you may have noticed. I wrote one, but then I decided that I didn’t like it, so I didn’t post it. But I’ve been super excited about sharing this recipe, so here it is!

I signed up to make a side dish for my 4th of July party before I really thought about what I would make. So naturally, I called my mom and asked what she thought people would like, because no one wants to bring that thing that no one else eats. She suggested this yummy corn and black bean salad that she had made for my graduation party a few weeks ago, and I was on board!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

-1 can black beans

-1 cup frozen corn

-1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

-1 chopped green bell pepper

-1/2 purple onion, diced

-1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved or quartered

-2 tbsp olive oil

-juice of 2 limes

-salt

-garlic powder

-1 avocado, diced

Here’s what you’ll do:

1. Rinse and drain the beans, and microwave the corn for about 30 seconds, until defrosted but not cooked.

2. Next, in a large bowl, toss together all the ingredients except the olive oil, lime juice, salt, garlic powder and avocado.

3. Then, mix together the olive oil, lime juice, salt, and garlic powder in a small bowl.

4. Drizzle the dressing over the veggies, and toss to coat.

5. Leave in the fridge for at least an hour.

6. Right before serving, add the avocado, another squeeze of lime juice and toss again.

7. Enjoy!

How easy is that? You can serve this with chips, or on its own as a salad! I love that it’s so colorful- it makes me want to eat it all. Also, I had some left over, so I spread some hummus on a whole grain tortilla, filled it with the salad, and rolled it up for a great lunch wrap! This is a great healthy dish to take to a party, or just to make for yourself!

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Friday’s Five

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Yayay Friday! I’m so exited for the weekend! I don’t have a lot planned, but I’m excited to have some time to rest, clean, and get caught up on thank-you notes from graduation. I did have some of what would usually be “weekend fun” on Pre-Friday yesterday, but more on that in a minute. As much as I definitely needed and enjoyed being by myself these past few weeks, the “new” is starting to wear off and I’m ready to make some new friends here. I started visiting churches a few weeks ago, so hopefully I will find a group of people to hang out with soon! But until then, it looks like it will be gourmet pizzas on Friday nights. I mean, hey, life could be worse. Here’s what I’m loving this week:

1. Burd Jewelry

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Last week, I received an invitation from Natasha, the creator of Burd Jewelry, to attend her second trunk show in Rice Village! I was excited because it was my first trunk show as a blogger, Rice Village is one of my favorite parts of Houston, and her jewelry is so beautiful and surprisingly affordable! I will be writing an entire post on Burd next week, but until then, check it out for yourself!

2. Holy Crepes

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After the trunk show, my bestie Ashley and I headed over to Sweet Paris Creperie for dinner. We’ve been here quite a few times, because it’s the best. This time, I tried something new and ordered the Ham & Gruyere crepe and I almost DIED it was so good. We also had a lemon dessert crepe, which was the perfect crisp finish to our meal. If you’re in Houston, be sure to stop by, even if it’s just for dessert! It’s also incredibly adorable inside.

3. The Skimm

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As you all know, I cannot start my mornings without The Skimm. It’s a quick little email that gives you the rundown on current events in an easy-to-read, easy to understand format with fun little subject lines (possibly my favorite part) such as “Whoomp there it is”, etc. Want to know what’s going on in Washington, the Middle East, and even in cyberspace? Then Skimm it. That way when someone brings up the FIFA corruption in conversation, you can at least say, “you know, I have heard a bit about that”. BOOM. Adulthood made easy.

4. Cookie Butter Iced Coffee

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THIS IS NOT A DRILL, I REPEAT, NOT A DRILL. Lauren from DC Girl in Pearls, God bless her. She is a saint for sharing this with us all. I found her recipe for Cookie Butter Iced Coffee the other day, and after that I couldn’t really focus on anything else. I mean, it’s cookie butter and coffee. What a time to be alive. I still have to find a lazy girl’s method for iced coffee for this to work well, though. I think that’s going to be my weekend project. Maybe it can be yours too!

5. Milania Guidice

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Miss her. She’s going to be that friend you can count on to say what everyone’s thinking, but nobody really wants to say out loud. And somebody needed to tell Tre, if we’re being real.

That’s all I’ve got. Have a great weekend!

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Friday’s Five

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Yay for Friday! I’m super excited for this weekend, because I get to see my sister and the rest of my family! I only got to see my sister a couple of times the week I was at home before I moved, so I can’t wait to see her and show her my new apartment! She and her husband have a wedding in Houston, so I will see them before, and then I’m riding with them to my dad’s side of the family’s family reunion, where I will see my parents!

It’s been a great first full week of work! Here’s what else I’ve been loving this week:

1. The Pioneer Woman’s Crunchy French Toast

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Well, she’s done it again. Ree Drummond, my culinary hero and fellow Aggie basketball lover posted a picture of this DIVINE-looking French Toast on her Instagram page last week, and I had to know what made it crunchy. GUYS. She breaded her French Toast in Panko bread crumbs and then cooked it in butter. I’m dead. I need it. I don’t know when I’ll use the rest of a loaf of bread, but I have to try it. Maybe Saturday morning? Yes.

2. Monogrammed Wrapping Paper

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Just when I thought we had run out of objects to monogram, they found another one. This monogrammed gift wrap from Ann Page is the only way I will accept gifts from this day forward. Just kidding, I accept gifts in any form. Always. But really, how adorable is this? Just so Southern. Except I do have one question…do you get it with your monogram, or the monogram of the person you’re giving the gift to? If you have any clarification, please share.

3. JCrew Chino Shorts

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Since it’s warm now, I will inevitably buy a new color of JCrew chino shorts. They’re just the best, and they’re always such a good deal during the summer! This year, I have my eye on this vibrant flame pair. How cute would these be with a white eyelet tank? Too cute.

4. What’s Gaby Cooking Instagram

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One of my favorite ways to waste time is by scrolling through the Discover page of Instagram. Mine is typically filled with pictures of food, and I’m not even sorry about it, because this has led to my discovery of multiple delicious Instagram accounts, and blogs too! My latest unearthed treasure? What’s Gaby Cooking. Just look at those delicious burgers, fresh produce, and yummy desserts! She also has a pretty cool blog where she tells you how to make all of these treats. Check it out!

5. Weekend Inspiration

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Eat more tacos. Duh.

I hope you all have a great weekend! That’s all for meow!

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Recipe- Over-Simplified Chicken Fried Rice

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I’ve been in my new home for a little over a week now! I’m really excited to get back to cooking for myself, and to school, which starts today! I started making this recipe last year when I first lived in a real house, and it’s become one of my favorites! And if you’re only cooking for one, it gives you tons of leftovers, so you’ll have lunch or dinner for a few days! The other thing about this recipe is that there aren’t really specific measurements…since I made it up as I went, I didn’t really keep track of those very well! So you can just add ingredients to your personal tastes.

Here’s what you’ll need:

-1-2 cups cooked white rice (you can make a new batch, or this is a great way to use leftovers!)

-1 chicken breast, thawed.

-1-2 cloves chopped, fresh garlic

-Chopped onion (to your taste)

-1 egg

-Frozen peas (a handful)

-Soy sauce (LOTS!)

Here’s what you do:

First, cook your rice. Or if you’re using leftover, it’s even easier!

Next, cut your thawed chicken breast into cubes, and throw them into a large, hot skillet, prepared with cooking oil. Saute the pieces until fully cooked, and browned a bit on the edges.

Then, scoot the chicken to one small section of the pan. Very professional language and technique, I know, but at least you only have to wash one pan! Then, saute the garlic and onion until the onion becomes translucent.

After that, crack the egg directly into the skillet, and scramble it with the onion and garlic. Cook until firm.

Next, add your frozen peas. If you want to add other vegetables such as corn or diced carrots, that would be delicious as well! Stir until they don’t look like they’re frozen anymore, and are a bright green.

Then, mix the chicken in with the rest of the ingredients.

Add in your rice, and your soy sauce, and stir! I would suggest adding the soy sauce in increments, until all the rice is completely brown.

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That’s all! Isn’t that super easy? It’s also delicious re-heated- just add a bit more soy sauce, because it gets dry in the fridge! This is a great recipe to make when you don’t know what to make, or when you’re running low on groceries, because you usually have all the ingredients on hand! It’s also great for baby chefs, and it’s really fun when you tell people, “Oh, I make the BEST chicken fried rice” and they’re super impressed. I hope you give this a try!

What’s your go-to easy meal?

That’s all for meow!