bangin’ recipes for those with no cooking skills

by lizzie & isaiah on December 1, 2011 · 7 comments

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make it: get in my belly

by lizzie & isaiah on February 22, 2011 · 22 comments

You know that table cloth, right? This freaking delicious-looking Roasted + Stuffed Pear Salad recipe is from Eat Make Read. We’ve been on a health kick lately and you can only spruce up greens so many ways until you go all “I need BREAD now” on everyone.

I’ve been on the hunt for some good salad recipes, but we seem to have settled on one that neither of us seem to get sick of, so I’ll share it.

spring green mix (see photo), spinach, vinaigrette dressing, walnuts, chicken and a small amount of goat cheese.

I always heat up about a quarter-sized schpeal (this is how this recipe is gonna work) of goat cheese for about 15 seconds until it’s soft and I keep it to the side of the salad so I can have a small bit on my fork with each bite, rather than spreading it all throughout the salad. I have a feeling that would make me all, “WHERE IS MY GOAT CHEESE?”

Other than salad, we’re eating a lot of meat and veggies, shrimp, nuts and legumes. Has to be the best part about eating healthy: Trying new foods and pushing the limits of what you thought you liked before. Who would have thought I would crave hummus like crack?

Have you been trying any new foods? I’m dying to widen my palate now.


geek out: back to weddings

by lizzie & isaiah on December 29, 2010 · 20 comments

geek out - a collection of greats from around the web worth freaking out about.

Well, I think it’s pretty fair to say we haven’t talked about weddings…just about since we moved the blog.  Since school has finished, I’ve been slowly gathering inspiration to put the wedding planning back in full-blown, all-out, let’s-get-it-done mode.

Here’s what I’ve been geeking out about lately:


I get pretty excited when I see cheap, amazing looking DIY projects, like this one from Project Wedding that fit within our style. Who told us our $10k budget was ridiculous? I’d like to have a sit-down with them knowing what I know now.

diy wedding decor from project wedding

I love the suggestion that every wedding should have a release of hundreds of white balloons on Alkeemi. I couldn’t agree more. This looks like a blast.

white balloon wedding decor -- celebrate!

I love this look from Image Spark for over a dessert table. We have some potentially interesting ideas for the wedding that could definitely make use of some of this DIY badassedness.

unique wedding decor hanging vases with flowers diy


I love this idea both for centerpieces and gift and cake tables and what not. The paper flowers are a neat touch. Lesley walks you through creating your own centerpiece similar to this one on Budget Savvy Bride.

diy wedding centerpiece branch paper flowers

I’ve fancied myself quite the crafter lately and I think a ring pillow like this one from Ruffled would be a rad little touch.

cute ring pillow yipee! sewing embroidery diy wedding details

I rarely like wedding cake toppers. Whether they’re of the ridiculously misogynistic and sadly stereotypical bride-drags-groom-across-cake-and-thus-throughout-life persuasion or if they’re just too damn “cute” for my taste…they always seem to miss the bar where our wedding style is concerned. I like the simplicity of this DIY from Ruffled and it looks easy as cake to make as well.

diy wedding cake topper - sparkle

I GEEKED like I may not have ever geeked before over the idea of a churro bar for our wedding. I love the cute instruction cards and the setup on Project Wedding…also, have we not already clearly established that churros are freaking delicious?

wedding churro bar dessert table diy

I loved the entire sharefest on Snippet & Ink while she was away getting hitched. The getaway car inspiration really won me over, however, and this BMW in particular. We always just thought we’d drive away in one of our own semi-well-kept economy scooters, I mean…cars…but something about those Rolls Royce’s and BMW’s really got my heart a-thumpin.

vintage bmw getaway car for wedding inspiration


I really just loved this entire wedding on Ruffled. The vibe of this reception is reallycalling me. The brick walls…the adorable streamers and unassuming tablescapes are what I hope our wedding can resemble in our own fashion.

wedding decor and vibe

If we go the outdoor route, I love this vibe for a wedding. Again, understated and welcoming…oozing with that just-have-a-great-time vibe. To be fair, Green Wedding Shoes usually gets my blood pumpin’ a bit with the wedding vibe-ness.

green wedding shoes wedding inspiration for an outdoor reception with DIY details

This entire wedding featured on Snippet & Ink was stunning. From the photography vibe-age to the decor and detail vibe-age…it screamed the couple’s style through and through. While this may not be our particular style, we’re hoping for something that represents us half as well as this wedding represented that stranger-couple of whom we’ve become fond of.

wedding decor and vibe inspiration teal

Again, another wedding where all of the details swirled together in a tornado of cohesiveness. This wedding from 100 Layer Cake had the most badass invitations, outdoor setup, decor and diy details I’ve seen in a long time.

amazing wedding inspiration for outdoor ceremony and reception diy details from 100 layer cake

Go ahead. Ask me how much I love the pillow effect on the ceiling, the sweet and sincere-seeming details and the concrete floors of this wedding. I’ll just go ahead and tell you. I love it. The entire wedding is worth the look on At First Swoon.

beautiful wedding decor inspiration

It’s been refreshing in our home to talk wedding-shop again. We’ve been avoiding the topic with school and all of the family craziness going on lately. It seems like the blog tends to reflect, naturally and probably all-too-obviously what’s going on in our lives as of lately. I know a lot of my blogging buddies are already married or far too close to change any details now, but we’re still just at the starting line.

Hence, the wedding-ness. Hope you enjoyed your holidays and the new year treats you tenderly. Well, that’s a weird word, isn’t it?


gift guide: city boy

by lizzie & isaiah on December 9, 2010 · 22 comments

Template Thursdays will be back…we have some important business to attend to first: I have been a little irked at some of the gift guides going around. I have only found one or two things that I could even see for Isaiah out of all of the guides I’ve seen. While I don’t think I am a guru of gifts, I am a person who puts a lot of thought into the gifts that I give.

I tweeted recently that I wanted to put together a gift guide for most* men, not the lumberjack-woodsmen and too-artsy-for-their-own-good indie kids, but for a guy who has good taste, an eye for aesthetics, a love of anything that plugs in and a stomach. Yep. So that’s what I did.

I will tell you one thing: Isaiah’s gift(s) are inside the post…and I was pretty proud after I picked everything out and he said, “Oh…WHAT?! That is awesome…no that is awesome!” No sir, you’re awesome.


You don’t have to spend a lot on electronics. Don’t be silly. I picked out a couple of things from a range of budgets, because I know not everyone is in the broke-boat this Christmas.

1. Otterbox phone cover for the HTC Evo, but they make them for a lot of others, starting at $19.95. From Isaiah, “The coolest, most indestructable case for your phone.” For the brutes of the world.

2. HDMI adapter for iMac and MacBook. Don’t pay for Hulu plus…c’mon. For $2.97, you can plug your computer (this one’s apple, but you can find them for PC if your resolution is high enough) into your TV.

3. Wacom Bamboo Pen Tablet. Starting (new) at $58.07, you can turn his doodling habits into artwork, take his graphic design interest to the next level or introduce his artistic talent to a new form.

4. Logitech Harmony One touch screen remote. Starting (new) at $159.58. Controls multiple home theatre devices from one beautiful, sleek, touch-screen remote.

gift guide - electronics

Stocking Stuffers

I picked all of these out from Fred Flare after seeing Mo’s Bacon Choco Chip Pancake Mix on Cup of Jo, but a lot of unsuspecting places carry awesomely cheap gag gifts…around here the campus bookstore is the coolest place for this kind of thing.

1. Bacon Beans. $6 for a laugh. $6 for him to secretly, actually enjoy eating jellybeans flavored like bacon.

2. Douchebag Citations. $6. Reminded me a bit of the man-up card, which you can also give him a stack of for the cost of a rubberband.

3. Bacon Chocolate-Chip Pancake Mix. $15. Maybe Isaiah likes bacon more than the average man, but I doubt it.

4. Egg Nog Bubblegum. $5. I believe I found these somewhere. Can’t remember.

gift guide - stocking stuffers

Angry Birds

1. If Angry Birds plush toys aren’t one of the raddest, most useless and topical things around right now…I’m not sure what is. Maybe I’m confused and it’s not the app that’s being downloaded 60,000 times per day. $14.99. (You should pair this up with an awesome slingshot – why aren’t they making these yet?).

gift guide - angry bird plush toys


I’m pretty sure that I could get Isaiah a 6-pack of delightfully delicious beer for Christmas and he would tear up, but some foods would be especially dope gifts for guys.

1. Beer Cheese Dip. Beer. Cheese. You can’t go wrong. (Cost of ingredients).

2. Beer of the Month Club. Every month, you get 12 bottles of incredibly hard to find, regional microbrews delivered to your home. $101.85 for three months. Pricey, but amazing.

3. Portillo’s Chicago-style hotdogs in a box. We are Chicagoans to the core. And we can’t find a decent f*cking hotdog anywhere. Poppy seed buns, people…where are all of the poppy seed buns? If you want to get him a taste of Chicago, ten dogs and all the accoutrement are $53.95 or you can order two (freaking delicious) Gino’s East pizzas to be delivered for about the same (and can we really put a cost on the fun of dry ice?).

gift guide - food


1. Pulp Fiction Postcard. Frame it. Put it on the wall. $2.95.

2. The Principles of Uncertainty. Spotted this on a blog recently…I’m upset that I can’t remember where. Dang. Anyways, it’s an awesomely illustrated book. New for $16.20 or if you’re broke like me and willing to sacrifice a little tact (or help the environment) you can go used for $8.21.

3. “How We Met” posters. This is a beautiful idea. Spotted these on Emmaline Bride the other day. You can buy one on Etsy for $38, or you can make/draw/design one yourself for cheap.

4. Sherlock Holmes, the fine edition. New from $13.78. Spotted on Black*Eiffel. Loving. They’re cloth-bound with wrap-around covers and beautiful designs. What’s weird is that underneath all that art? Is a totally classic, awesome read.

gift guide - sexy things

Sexy, Sexy

1. Le Male cologne by Jean Paul Gaultier. I don’t know about your guy, but Isaiah loves smelling delicious as much as I love him smelling delicious. Although cologne can be hard to buy for someone else, there are a few scents that can stand all on their own. $57.99 might seem a little steep for cologne (at least for me), but it lasts so long and you might find it cheaper in a perfume store in the mall.

2. Very Sexy for Him by Victoria’s Secret. $33.50 for the 1.7 oz bottle (the one I got him a few years ago, still goin’ strong). Smells…delectable. You can also try Very Sexy for Her if you haven’t yet…it’s ultra-spicy…a nice change to the average floral-y scent. I got both of those (separately) in “gift kits” at Victoria’s Secret that had the 1.7 oz, lotion and a sweet box I use for photos and letters now for $27 each.

3. Lingerie. Seems like a gift for you…really a gift for him? Maybe. This one’s $120, but only an example of super-sexy (yes, I am 5 years old, thank you), but flattering-to-you lingerie.

4. Black Walnut by Banana Republic. $31.95 and one of my favorite, rich, woodsy scents he has.

sexy gifts for men, cologne, gift guide

So I hope I just whooped most other gift guides in the ass, but really, there are tons of gifts your guy really wants out there that can fit your budget.

Other awesomely destructive gifts for those of you with juevos…an air-soft gun or a slingshot.

Happy hunting.

*I say most because I think there’s something for a lot of different types of guys in here…and everything fits what someone like Isaiah would want.



November 27, 2010

I enjoyed the disconnect this weekend. I had an excellent time with my family. Picked up a couple of great deals from Black Friday sales, something I never participate in. New jeans…much needed. Not that you care. I’m looking forward to diving into your blogs tomorrow and catching up! In case you were wondering, the [...]

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October 28, 2010

I don’t have a single recipe. There, I said it. Isaiah has about six recipes he knows by brain, including his delicious Italian sausage lasagna and arroz con pollo. But me? No. My cooking mishaps include serving Isaiah and I pink chicken on our first Valentine’s day together…to which he immediately grabbed our plates and [...]

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May 20, 2010

So there are only a certain amount of elements when it comes to a wedding, and when you are planning on a budget, you have to prioritize. You can’t splurge on everything. By narrowing down our priorities to make the most important things as kickass as possible, the whole wedding will be rad to us. [...]

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May 8, 2010

So yesterday. Isaiah and I decided to pick the most random day of the month to surprise each other.  And it was the same day.  I went to Hastings and got Isaiah the new(est) Rocco DeLuca CD. Even though Deftones just came out with a new album, I thought this was a better buy.  He’s [...]

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