Thursday, July 20, 2017

Lindsay's Fave Greek Kale Salad.

I think I hit (kale) salad nirvana this week! I know, coming from me - the self proclaimed salad hater - that's a bold statement. If I am going to make, or eat, a salad... it better be EXCITING. Aka: have lots of flavorful stuff in it. This one did not disappoint! I added things from several kale salad recipes that I've made this summer and turned it into the most AMAZING salad I've ever made.

 Don't believe me? See for yourself! I don't measure things in this salad, but I did include some rough measurements if you're so inclined. I just fill a big ol' bowl with kale and get to adding things as I see fit!



LINDSAY'S FAVE GREEK KALE SALAD

1 bunch kale, stems removed and chopped/torn into small pieces
1 cup chopped cucumber (around half of a cucumber)
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved 
1-2 cups chopped bell pepper (use any color or combo you have; I used green and orange here)
1/4 - 1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup kalamata olives
2 tbs fresh basil (or sprinkle a little dried basil on top if you don't have fresh)
1/2 cup Artichoke hearts, roughly chopped (I just throw a handful on the salad)
1/2 cup chickpeas (drained and rinsed) 
Feta cheese, to taste (around 1/3-1/2 cup)

Put the torn kale leaves in a big bowl. I like to soften the kale leaves as I prep the rest of the ingredients by drizzling them with a tiny bit of olive or avocado oil then massaging it into the leaves really well. This breaks down the kale a little, allowing it not to be so tough. Add all other ingredients, then toss with a Greek dressing. You can use store bought, of course, or use this simple one I always do: 1/4 cup of avocado or olive oil, juice of one lemon, can also add the zest of the lemon, 1 tsp dried oregano, 1/2 tsp basil, 1/4 tsp dried thyme, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, and sea salt and pepper to taste. Throw all of those dressing ingredients into a jar or small tupperware dish and shake away! Drizzle over salad and toss.

This recipe makes enough for left over lunches, too!

Sorry about the Photobucket nonsense! I've figured out how to get rid of most of them, except for this one. If anyone has any know-how on this matter, let me know! Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Summer Faves. Part One.



Hellllllllo everyone! Hope your 4th of July weekend was A BLAST! Pun 100% intended. I spent the long weekend at my parent's lake house on the KY Lake, with lots of family and food!


I wanted to share a few of my favorite things for summa time with you guys! This time of year really is my favorite... and yes, I even love humidity. My skin looks better - I love that nice and sweaty dewy look! My hair doesn't love it, but then ... I never listen to how my hair feels anyway. I just slick it all into a huge bun on top of my head and just ignore it. Per usu.




1. Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer - This stuff is the BEST tinted moisturizer I've ever used! I love the illuminating one, as it imparts the perfect hydrated glow. When my skin is on point, the coverage is plenty! If I have any bumps or discoloration, I put on concealer before it. If you want even more of a glow - and you know I always do - I put on Laura Mercier's Foundation Primer in Radiance under the tinted moisturizer. They are so beautiful when mixed!





2. Colourpop Eye Shadow in La La - This is my favorite eye shadow to wear during the summer months, and it's only $5!! The description says its glittery, but it's not at all. (Trust me... I stopped wearing glitter last year. Kidding. It was severalllllll years ago!) It is the most beautiful, velvety shade of rosegold/bronze! It goes on so smooth and creamy! I just put it all over my lids with my fingertip and blend! All over the lid and slightly smudged under the eye is so dreamy, but for an extra summery pop, add a bit of bright blue or turquoise under the eye. (I love to use Nars Soft Touch Pencil in Palladium, but there are some good turquoise liners at the drugstore, too! Especially a pretty teal one from L'Oreal)




3. Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs  (I use the color Deep Glow) - Let me just tell you... the bottle says "Leg Makeup." That sounds weird. Like a 1980 pageant girl or something... But don't let that scare you. The bottle also says "Spray on perfect legs in an instant," and that's exactly what it does! There is a spray-on version and a lotion version. I like the both but prefer the spray. I put a little lotion on my legs first, to get them smooth and moisturized, then GO TO TOWN spraying this stuff on my legs! Make sure to rub it in really well. When you think you've done a good enough job, stop and rub some more to make sure it's all blended onto your legs. Then go to a full length mirror and look at the Victoria's Secret model standing before you. Your legs will have the most gorgeous glow, and all of your scars, veins, and imperfections are gone. It's unreal. To boost the glow, I love taking a shimmery lotion or highlighter for the face and dusting some down the middle of my legs, from the knee to where your ankle starts. You will thank me once you do this. I promise.

Sorry for all of the Photobucket images on the blog today! Photobucket is going crazy! Has anyone else had this issue? If so, any ideas on how to fix??
I would LOVE to know your favorite summer products... ANY AND ALL! Leave them in the comments below! I will do a Part Two next week. Excited about this coming weekend... my brother is getting married!! 

Monday, June 12, 2017

A Little Summer Salad.


I just love a salad in the summer... not just any salad though! One loaded with fresh, ripe produce! I especially love salads made with watermelon, peaches, strawberries, and blueberries. I found a recipe several months back and quickly copied it down. I cannot remember the source, but I am sure there are tons of recipes out there like this one. Make this as a side the next time you grill out. I did, and my husband and guests loved it!


1 cantaloupe, chopped 

  • 1 cup bite-size fresh mozzarella balls (use however many you want!)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 
  • 1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes 
  • Pink Himalayan sea salt and ground pepper 
  • Thinly sliced prosciutto (Again, use as much as you want)
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, torn

  • Cut the cantaloupe into bite-size pieces and arrange on plate. Add mozzarella balls, then drizzle with oil. Sprinkle with red-pepper flakes and salt & pepper. Arrange prosciutto along edges of a plate. Add basil to melon mixture, then serve. 

Click here for some amazing summer salads I also love making when the temps get hot! Also dying to make this one and this one very soon!