it’s true!

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Been finding some real vintage gems on Netflix lately and the most recent one I stumbled on is a classic I can’t believe I’ve never seen until now…Girls Just Want to Have Fun! Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt, pre-teen (and pre-major jerk) Shannon Doherty, dancing, and some major 80’s fashion that has reminded me (combined with my recent trip to Forever 21) that the 80’s are back in a very large and very ugly way. Bodysuits are back?! Striped leggings and acid washed bra tops?! Wha?! Anyway, the movie was made in ’85 which was a particularly good year seeing as how it’s the year I was born! It’s rated PG and caused no cringing which was nice for a change, just sweet unrequited teenage love and some derelict 80’s punks. This may actually be my most favorite role of Helen Hunt’s; she’s a free spirit with quite the fashion sense. I would also like to point out that it has a lot of similarities to dirty dancing (including the dance move that I guess I’ll call the “air plank”?) but came out two years before so take that Jennifer Grey! Anyway next time you’re cruising Netflix, totally check it out dude! (80’s talk?)

more please!

not only is this meal super simple and delicious, but it’d get me FIVE points in scattergories…Personal Puff Pastry Pot Pie! Boom! If you’re in the mood for some retro comfort food you’ve got to try this recipe!

2-3 chicken cutlets diced
1 small bag frozen mixed vegetables
1 can cream of chicken soup
Dash of minced garlic
1 sheet of thawed puff pastry
Salt, pepper, & pinch of sage

Preheat oven to 375. Season chicken with s&p. Sauté garlic & chicken in olive oil until no longer pink. Add vegetables and sauté for a minute or two. Add cream of chicken and sage then let simmer for a few minutes. Spoon mixture into individual ramekins or one large baking dish. Cover with puff pastry and pinch pastry along the sides to seal. Bake until golden brown & enjoy!!!

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breakfast for dinner

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we have been vacationing in outer banks, North Carolina since I was ten years old and I love it more every year. Next month we are going with 5 other couples and in preparation of that my husband wanted to test some of his breakfast recipes. He gets up every morning and makes breakfast for everybody and he gets really into it so we had a “brinner” party and sampled such delicacies as cream cheese & blueberry stuffed French toast, tomato spinach frittata, maple bacon cheddar deviled eggs, and Denver omelet hash brown cups! I got to use all my bright cheery dishes because breakfast is cheery right? The sun is shining the birds are chirping the orange juice is bright & citrusy (albeit mixing with your freshly brushed toothpaste mouth is not so pleasant…) I love setting the table and theming it out no matter what the occasion. When we were kids my mom had such a plethora of dishes and when we had company she would carefully select the tablecloth, drinking goblets, plates, napkins, etc to fit the theme of the meal. Looking back I’ve come to realize that a) I obviously inherited this from her and b) this was not the norm, most little girls didn’t grow up polishing silver for dinner the next day! But I’m do grateful that was my experience because it made me the hostess I am today, thanks mom!

morning goodness

nothing like a warm, comforting bowl of oatmeal to start your day off right! I like to use steel cut oats, they are whole grain groats (the inner portion of the oat kernel) which have been cut into pieces and are the healthiest of the oat variety. Cook with water or almond milk and throw in a pinch of brown sugar or honey, some golden raisins, cinnamon, and my new crack, trader Joe’s honey roasted sliced almonds! Get your day started right!

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It’s Figday!

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Figs are in season! An underrated fruit, I feel the fig is. (That was sort of Yoda-like huh?) I created a delicious little fig “purse”, if you will, with only FIVE ingredients! So go to your local farmers market or grocery store and pick up some figs! This dessert is simple, easy, relatively healthy, and sure beats your run of the mill fig newton! Here’s the recipe…

Apx 12 large figs (mission or brown turkey but I prefer brown turkey it’s sweeter and more tender)
1 roll of store bought pie crust (you could make your own but seriously why?atleast not for this recipe)
cinnamon
brown sugar
honey

Preheat oven to 400. Cut pie crust into small squares and sprinkle each square with a pinch of brown sugar and cinnamon. Place a fig on each square and wrap dough around securing it tightly around fig and leaving stem exposed. Place in baking dish/sheet and bake until golden brown, apx 10-12 minutes. Drizzle with a little honey and voila! I’m sure some vanilla ice cream on the side certainly wouldn’t hurt. Enjoy!