A Texas Saturday Night

I’m back in the swing of things and my mind couldn’t be farther from my desk at the moment. Dreaming of country music, views for miles, lots of wine and cards against humanity with great friends led to one of the best and much needed Memorial Day weekends.

_DSC7109On Saturday night we acted like grown-ups, Googled Ina Garten and dressed the table for a great dinner filled with Texas setting sun and red wine. (We’ll forget about the bug bites.)
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May 27, 2014

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A Green Reset

What is there to say about the Monday after the Super Bowl but… Woof! This New York Snow is quite the “frosting” on top of what was a gorgeous weather weekend. With the Super Bowl in town and minorly turning NYC on its head – It was the first time in a long time where I was actually happy to see the weekend – END.

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So to get back in the groove today – I’ve come bearing gifts. Now while the green juice (more…)

February 3, 2014

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Sometimes its all about the girls

We all work our asses off. Between the our jobs and all that other “obligatory stuff” – sometimes we need to take time out for a little time with the girls. After getting pampered Bailey’s US asked me (via GLAM) to take a night on the town to have a little fun – a good old fashioned GNO.

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November 4, 2013

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NYC, 100 Days and I Found my “Honey Spots”

Its official today marks 100 days of me living in New York City! Whoo Hoo! So far it’s been amazing, even though it’s claimed a few pairs of shoes, a few scraped knees (care of said shoes) a lot of cab fare and some much needed hours of sleep, but nonetheless I survived!

 

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October 7, 2013

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On the Road Again –

Fullscreen capture 6242013 20919 PM-001So the #PRBigMove has been quite an interesting trip so far. It took us about 10 delirious hours in the car and several showtunes later to reach middle Tennessee. PRBMom had the brilliant idea of taking an additional day to explore Nashville. A truly must see city on our cross country drive, I am happy we got to eat/listen our way through “Music City.” (there’s a lot of really good southern cooking down here!). Here’s a few musings from the trip so far!

“PRBMom hasn’t wanted to strap me to the roof yet so I think its a good sign we will make it the next 16 hours to the city – yep, 10 down 16 to go!”

At this point I am taking request for both books on tape and any Broadway musicals that PRBlondeMom will want to sing to. She’s already blown through Rent and Wicked… I wish I could say I wasn’t belting any of these tunes right along with her – but rather I was.  I’m a (more…)

July 2, 2013

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D.I.Y. Ritual Cleanse –

Fullscreen capture 3242013 114431 PMIts spring cleaning time and de-toxifying everything is on my mind these days. I’m dreading stepping into the catacombs of my closet purging even some of the most questionable pieces that I have had for way too long – including an Eskimo costume and a few dresses that today could double as shirts, from my college days. But for the sake of staving off my closet anxiety attack, I decided that starting with feeling good myself was a little more manageable as a first step in my spring cleaning process.

About a month ago I looked into cleanses, drinkable flush-out, get-out, detoxifying super juices dedicated to restoring your body. I was intrigued by several of my friends that were trying them and the more and more I looked into them online the more and more I found what looked like branded, watered-down and really expensive, shippable juice. I didn’t think I could justify getting a week’s worth of juices shipped to my door not knowing entirely where it came from and sacrificing my spring shopping budget just out of sheer convenience.

Thus, began my online super sleuthing trying to find alternative ways to “detox” and then I found this D.I.Y. Ritual Cleanse. An at home way to get the toxins out by literally raiding the produce section at your local supermarket. So I took to the market and followed the shopping list getting everything from, kale, spinach, lemons, beets and pineapple.

Your grocery list should include for a 3-day cleanse:

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  • 3 Bushels of Kale
  • 2 bags of Spinach
  • 18 whole apples (shortcut: buy the prepackaged slices in a platter – it will save TONS of chop time.)
  • 9 Kiwis
  • 12 Bananas
  • 1 pineapple (shortcut: pre-sliced will save TONS of chop time.)
  • 2 Large cucumbers
  • 3 Lemons
  • 1 bottle of milk choose almond or soy (Go with – Silk 90 calorie vanilla flavored almond milk.)
  • Honey
  • Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon
  • Cayenne Red Pepper
  • 3 six packs of water(FIJI bottles have a good smaller size) 

Each day you drink six juices – 3 green drinks separated by two lighter juice drinks and then what tastes like dessert/protein shake at night before bed. Throughout the day absolutely keep yourself hydrated with water and I allowed myself some lemon to flavor it so I felt a little better than literally chugging water all day.

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Confession: I also allowed myself 1 cup of coffee with some light milk and natural sweetener as well in the morning living without coffee for a week seemed a little drastic. I figured as a natural diuretic it couldn’t hurt, right?

Prepping the juice:

So of course there are a few things that you need to make this cleanse a success – First a juicer. If you don’t have one I would really consider investing in it. Since doing my first cleanse, juicing OJ in the morning, making my favorite, mango juice, it’s an investment I don’t regret and it certainly pays in spades.

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Also for this project, make sure you have two things, a trash-bowl – yes all Rachel Ray like, and a pitcher. This can also be a messy process and since you are working with some possibly squirt-y fruits I would wear a t-shirt you don’t mind getting a little dirty – no need to get all 21st century June cleaver while “juicing.”

The Recipes:

The Green Juice – Drink this 3X Daily – Think of it as Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

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– 1 large handful of kale
– 1 large handful of spinach
– 1 average sized kiwi, peeled
– 2 apples (about 14/16 slices if you purchased the platter)
– 1 Banana (should be mashed or thrown into a blender)

Directions: Do this juice first. Take all the “Green Juice” Ingredients, chop them finer if needed for your juicer and process them through your machine. If your catch cup gets full – pour what you have juiced in the pitcher. Then after you have juiced all the ingredients add in your mashed banana to your green juice in the pitcher, mix and pour into 3 FIJI bottles for one set of Green Juices for 1 day. Then once all the bottles have even amounts fill the rest with water. Refrigerate until you wish to drink.

Note: I did all three days’ worth of green juices at one time – it cuts way down on your preparation time – I had all three days done at once and could move on to the next juice.

Pineapple-Apple-Cucumber Juice – Drink this once daily, in between breakfast and lunch

For 1 bottle:
– 1 half of a pineapple cut up in juiceable chunks
– 2 apples
– 1 half of one large cucumber

Directions: Juice this second. It has about half- the ingredients so between cleaning of your juicer from one juice to the next this won’t be as bad. Just like your first juice all ingredients that go into this one, using the pitcher as an overflow reserve. Then separate into a bottle (three – if you’re juicing all three days). Keep refrigerated.

Sweet & Spicy Lemonade – Drink this once daily, in between lunch and dinner

For 1 bottle:
– juice of one large lemon
– a teaspoonful of honey (or agave nectar)
– a pinch of cayenne pepper
– rest of bottle filled with filtered water

Directions: Juice the lemons and put all juice into pitcher, add a pinch of cayenne and honey. Stir and separate into a bottle. (three – if you’re juicing all three days). Keep refrigerated.

Banana-Almond Milk Drink this once daily, an hour before bedtime
For 1 bottle:
– 1 cup of raw cashews, soaked in water for 2 hours (shortcut: I used unsweetened Almond Milk here)
– 1 banana
– 1 cup of water
– a pinch each of cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg

Directions: Blend the bananas like you have done for the green drink. Fill the bottle about halfway with the almond milk, add bit of water and fill the rest with the banana puree. Add a pinch of cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg for flavor. (This by far was my favorite drink. A good dessert replacement if you don’t want to indulge on a normal day.) Put the cap on the bottle shake and refrigerate.

All together it took me about 1.5 hours to juice bottle and clean-up everything. My grocery bill for 3 days’ worth – around $80. Much more pocketbook savvy compared to the over $200 I would have spent online for the pre-packaged Ritual Cleanse. If you are willing to sacrifice three days of solid foods to feel lighter, better energized, well rested and a few pounds lighter – and don’t mind spending a few hours to “juice” this is totally the way to go!

If you have any questions about the cleanse – leave a comment – I will answer all that I can or if you would like you can always e-mail the blog Lauren@PRBlonde.com.

I will be back later in the week with a bonus post of my D.I.Y. Ritual Cleanse results – but if you are looking for some funny Day by Day commentary – visit the PRB Facebook Page – Happy Juicing!

March 25, 2013

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What’s For Dinner –

So one thing I love to do is cook – sadly I can’t  take credit for any of my recipes since I usually stalk the food network, Giada de Laurentiis‘ twitter feed (as evidenced by yesterdays post) or another faithful site with good and healthy recipes by a friend of mine Cayla! Her blog The Savvy Spoon is filled with them and I am guilty of trying several of her tasty creations – literally her hi-res photos make your mouth water (like the one below)! Check out this one – easy good and fits my cravings for Caprese perfectly with a touch of some comfort ingredients, perfect for a Friday night in after a LONNNNGGG week of work and Travel (Oh ya – btw was in NYC this week, no biggie… 6 days in Dallas and then back again). I think its time to just get an apartment there… “*grin*”

CRISPY CAPRESE: 

THE INGREDIENTS: 

  • 1/2 Pint of Red Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1/2 Pint of Yellow Cherry Tomatoes
  • 2 tbs. Balsamic vinegar (I like the colavita brand!)
  • 1 5 oz. ball of Mozzarella – not in water
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1 cup Italian Bread Crumbs
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • Canola/Vegetable Oil

DIRECTIONS: (taken from TheSavvySpoon.com)

1. Slice cherry tomatoes in half and place in bowl with 2 tbs. balsamic vinegar, salt & pepper. Toss to coat.

2. Slice mozzarella into four 1/4″ slices. In a bowl, place beaten eggs. In another bowl, mix bread crumbs and red pepper flakes. Take each slice of mozzarella and dip into eggs; shake off excess. Dip into breadcrumbs and cover. Take same slice and dip again into eggs, and then into breadcrumbs. Set aside on plate & repeat with all slices.

3. In a deep sauté pan, heat 2″ of oil (about 1/2 cup) over medium high heat (oil should not splatter). Oil is ready when a pinch of breadcrumbs sizzles in pan. Place mozzarella slices in oil one at a time and cook for about 30 seconds-1 minute on each side. Using a slotted spoon, delicately flip over the mozzarella (be sure not to splash oil). Note: Second side might cook faster than the first, so keep an eye out. Place golden mozzarella slices on a layer of paper towels to dry.

4. To arrange salad, place 1 slice of mozzarella down on plate and top with about 1/4 cup of chopped tomatoes. Drizzle prepared pesto over top and enjoy!

Thanks Cayla for a great idea! I’ll let you know how this one turns out… pray I don’t somehow burn something… #nondomesticatedproblems

November 16, 2012

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Style Inspiration Profile: G.D.L –

So, I am not sure if its because we share a name sake (Lauren, Laurentis – same difference!) or that she makes the most amazing food and shares delictable recipes but Giada di Laurentis has also been one of my “aspire to people” – charitable, a career gal, wife, mom and no doubt an amazing cook and stylista!

Mostly I have to resort to online recipes on her website – http://www.giadadelaurentiis.com/ and of course I follow her on “the tweeter” at @GDLaurentiis (you would be a fool not to!) but mostly i get my dose of Giadia when she is on the Today Show. She always looks amazing on air.

This is one of my favorite everyday looks I found after scrolling through quite a few. It’s simple clean and with a few of my personal touches – easy to replicate! I ventured to pair a bag myself – and found on Facebook this morning ShopStyle‘s Phillip Lim 31 Hour Bag. It’s reversible! Like Cruella in tote form – brown on one side – black on the other! Cool right? pretty awesome…

But the cool part is that ShopStyle is putting it on display for us style-savoyeurs to WIN IT! A few pins, a facebook post and a hashtag and voila – not only are you social media guru for using so many platforms but you have successfully entered yourself to win a pretty nice pre-holiday gift, coming to you from Shopstyle. (I can’t tell you how badly I want it…)

As for G.D.L Style – I can’t help but through in my all time favorite recipes from our favorite italiana! Butternut Squash Soup with Fontina Cheese Crositini’s. It’s the perfect cold weather late fall dish and though you may develop some arm muscles while making it – its worth it!

Here’s the recipe: Butternut Squash Soup with Fontina Cheese Crositini’s – ENJOY!

November 15, 2012

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