Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Perfect Plate


Hey guys! Ok so another Tasty Tuesday post for today, and this is super fun for entertaining. I made this a week ago for the Hubs and I because we got ourselves a real nice bottle of wine to celerate my birthday and I wanted to compliment that Pinot Noir nicely, so I decided to do a "snack for dinner" type thing and make an extravagant cheese plate for us to share. So when I put a cheese plate together I like to at least include:

- A soft Cheese
- A medium cheese
- A hard cheese
- A salted crunchy nut
- A salty meat
- A sweet berry/fruit
- A sour fruit
- A cracker or crustini bread

I simply went to the cheese counter at my local Whole Foods and asked for cheese recommendations that would compliment a Pinot Noir. The people who work with the fancy cheeses are usually very knowledgeable and love to help you try new things. Here is the "recipe" to get the cheese plate I created; enjoy!

The Fruehauf's Favorite Cheese Plate

Specifically Complimenting A Pinot Noir

Ingredients

  • Goat cheese in a round
  • Parmigiano Reggiano sliced
  • Menchego sliced
  • Sharp White Chedder sliced
  • A green apple sliced and covered in lemon juice
  • Blackberries
  • Strawberries sliced
  • Kiwi sliced
  • Prosciutto sliced
  • Roasted salted almonds
  • Sweet potato chips
  • Crackers

Directions

 Slice, arrange, and enjoy!













Thursday, April 25, 2013

Yummy Green Beans

Hey guys! Just wanted to share with you another side dish post that I made recently. Sometimes it's hard to get the Hubs to eat his veggies so I have to find ways to add a bit of flavor to them. This particular dish is fresh, French style green beans simply sautéed with shallots, olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper. I hope you enjoy!



Garlic And Shallot Green Beans

   South Beach Diet Phase One And Two

Ingredients

  • 1 bag of French green beans
  • 1 scallion finely diced
  • 1-2 garlic cloves finely diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon olive oil for cooking


Directions

 If you like your green beans soft, boil for about two minutes in salted water and then place in a bowl of ice cold water to blanch. Then place them on some paper towels to dry. I like mine crunchy, so I skipped that step. Heat a medium skillet over medium high heat. Add the olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add your beans. Cook for about 3 minutes constantly stirring. Add your garlic and shallots. Continue cooking until everything starts to brown, about 5-7 minutes. Add your lemon juice, salt and pepper and serve hot!












Wednesday, April 24, 2013

New Makeup Goodies

Ok guys, I have been a little obsessed lately with trying out fun new makeup, bright lipsticks in particular. I think it's a great way to punch up a neutral outfit and is going to be a huge spring trend. My lovely aunt Judy gave me a little gift card to Macy's for the big two five so last night the Hubs and I went to the Dallas Galleria because it was very much burning a hole in my pocket (I get really excited about gift cards and love to spend them right away). I went straight to the MAC counter knowing there were a few lippies I wanted to try. I ended up purchasing "Rebel" and "Candy Yum Yum" and I am already in love. "Rebel" is like a purpley reddish pink, which I know is confusing but it's really hard to describe. It looks much darker in the tube and I honestly was not expecting to even like it but the shade is surprisingly flattering. The "Candy Yum Yum" I knew I was going to love because I have been really into bright pink lips lately. I also picked up the Too Faced "Better Than False Lashes" mascara duo. It's a three step process where you cost your lashes with the mascara, then add a layer of the fiber extensions which are like little cotton pieces that stick to the base coat, then you coat your lashes a third time with the mascara. The Hubs was the judge when I tested it out, he had to guess which eye had that and which eye just had regular mascara. He knew the answer right away so I figured it was worth it! Let me know if you guys like these products or have any other questions about them!


XOXO

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Sweet And Tangy

Hello everyone! Sorry about the mini blog hiatus but hopefully I Can make it up to you with this delicious Tasty Tuesday post. Today I have for you a spin in a Flat Belly Diet Cookbook recipe that I adapted to fit our South Beach Diet Phase Two and it has quickly become the Hub's favorite side dish; it is roasted sweet potatoes with blue cheese, walnuts, and scallions. I got the recipe originally from my friend Lindsey who made them for us at her parents' amazing lake house. She made them the original way with red potatoes and they were beyond delicious. I decided to try them out with sweet potatoes and, to my surprise, Travis still loved them! Score!!! I hope you and your family enjoy them as well, it is a great easy and delicious side dish to compliment any meal.




Blue Cheese And Walnut Sweet Potatoes

   South Beach Diet Phase Two

Ingredients

  • Two large sweet potatoes
  • One container of crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts
  • 2-3 scallions
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon olive oil for cooking


Directions

 Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Cut the sweet potatoes into half inch cubes and toss with the olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread them out evenly on the tray so they are not overlapping and roast for about 25-35 minutes or until fork tender checking frequently. Meanwhile, chop the walnuts slightly and place in a non stick pan over medium heat. Toast until slightly browned, about 5 minutes. Place in a bowl off to the side to let them cool and finely chop your scallions. After the potatoes have softened, remove the tray from the oven but keep the oven on. Stir them and add the cheese, nuts, and scallions to the baking sheet. Place back in the oven for about 3-5 minutes or until the cheese slightly melts. Serve and enjoy!














Wednesday, April 17, 2013

25

Hey guys! I'm so excited today because its Wednesday and I'm alive....and twenty five!!! (If you watch the show "Girls" you know what I'm talking about). That's right folks, it's pretty much the best day of the year, my birthday!!! I'm especially happy because my wonderful husband got me a plane ticket back to Philly for tomorrow so I get to spend the day with him and my Dallas friends and the weekend with my friends back on the East Cost! It is a true birthday celebration!!! I hope you guys have a wonderful Wednesday and I'll be sure to post some pictures of my adventurous weekend.


XOXO

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Blog Hop!!!

It's Tuesday again which means it's time for the Friend Connect Blog Hop!
It's the time to meet new friends and find new blogs. You can choose to follow the cohosts in whatever way is best for YOU! Here are some of my favorite ways: GFC, BlogLovin', HelloCotton, RSS, Twitter, Facebook.
Ok, so let's get to the party, shall we?
RULES are simple:
1. Follow your host 
The First link below
2. Follow your co-hosts 
The Next 8 links below
3. Link up below using your main blog url not a specific post.
4. Make sure to visit some of the blogs in the link up and follow them 
and if you want to leave them a comment, I'm sure they'd appreciate that as well.
5. Tweet about this blog hop

6. Share about this blog hop by grabbing a button and putting it on your sidebar!
I have cohost spots available! Email me if you're interested at melissa@thelifeofanotsoordinarywife.com
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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Messy Buns And Blazers



Hello again and happy Thursday! The Hubs and I are still very much looking forward to the upcoming weekend, but here is a little outfit post from earlier in the week. We went to an amazing movie permire at the Dallas Film Festival where we saw our friend Marc's movie " This Is Where We Live" It was awesome because he not only wrote the film, but also starred in it! It was such a good movie and is already up for a few awards so we have our fingers crossed for him. I was also excited because I got to break out my new spring blazer that I am absolutely in love with. It is so easy to throw on over anything and just takes your outfit up a few notches. Also, I threw my hair up into a high messy bun just for fun. I hope you enjoy!











Blazer: Banana Republic, here
Jeans: Gap, similar Here
Top: Gap, similar here
Shoes: Tory Burch, here
Bag: Michael Kors, here









Tuesday, April 09, 2013

A Fun Night Out




Hello again lovelies, and happy Tuesday. The Hubs and I had an amazing and relaxing last weekend and are looking forward to the coming weekend because we have another fabulous wedding to attend! Our good friends Marc and Cody are getting married this Saturday in Austin and we cannot wait! Today I have for you an outfit that I wore out to dinner with my lovely in laws. They took Travis and I to a delicious seafood restaurant over the Easter weekend. It was so great to see them, both Travis and I are overjoyed they are back in the States! My outfit is dressy yet casual and I love looking nice but feeling comfortable as well. Most of the pieces are from Anthropologie, which can be a bit pricy but I usually shop their sale section because I find amazing deals. Also, I decided to step it up a bit with a fun bright pink lip color. It is by Miliani, which is sold at most drug stores, and the color is called "rose hip". I am loving bright lip colors this spring, how about you? Let me know your favorites and I hope you enjoy this outfit!














Top: Anthropologie, similar here
Necklace: Anthropologie, similar here
Pants: H&M, similar here
Belt: Anthropologie, similar here
Shoes: Tory Burch, here












Friday, April 05, 2013

Easter Pleats And Pearls


Hello again lovelies! Today I have for you some photos of my Easter ensemble. It was pretty warm on Easter in Houston so I was able to get away with no tights AND a sleeveless top, which means spring is finally here! When we got back to Dallas a cold front came in so I've been back in my winter jacket all week but I'm looking forward to beautiful spring weather. I hope y'all enjoy my look and have a fabulous fun weekend!











Top:  Forever 21, here
Skirt: Banana Republic, similar here
Necklace: Anthropologie, similar here
Belt: Anthropologie, similar here
Shoes: Tory Burch, here















Thursday, April 04, 2013

Orange Pants, Bro Style



Hello all and happy Thursday! I am pretty excited for the weekend because we are staying in Dallas and relaxing, which is pretty uncommon lately for the Hubs and I. Today I would love to share with you my little bro's Easter Sunday outfit. He is not afraid of a little color, which I love, and blue and orange go so well together. I hope you enjoy, and please remember to check out his YouTube channel because he is HILARIOUS and I am not just saying that because I am his big sis. Click HERE to check out his videos!












Pants: here
Sweater: here
Shoes: here
Shirt: similar, here









Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Crispy Greens


Hello all! Welcome back for another Tastey Tuesday!  If y'all are keeping track, the Hubs and I are finally on phase two of the South Beach Diet, and thank goodness because I was missing red wine soooo much! Today I have for you a side dish recipe that is perfect for any phase of Sourh Beach, or for any dinner, roasted Brussels sprouts! My Hubby is not a huge fan of veggies but he ate these with no complaints, so they must have been good ( he is a pretty harsh critic). It is a recipe I found from Jeanette's Healthy Living, so go visit her blog too if you like it. Enjoy!





Crispy Brussels Sprouts

  Ingredients

  • 1 bag or container of Brussels sprouts
  • garlic cloves, diced
  • 2 teaspoons of oil (I used 1/2 peanut oil, 1/2 coconut oil) 
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Wash your sprouts, cut off the stems, and remove as many of the outer leaves as you can.  Chop each sprout in quarters making sure to break apart the layers to maximize crispness. Chop your garlic and toss your garlic and sprouts in the oil, salt, and pepper. Place them spread out on a foil lined baking sheet. Cook for 20 minutes, checking on them every 5 minutes to stir and remove leaves as they crisp up. Serve and enjoy!