Monday, November 30, 2015

Hello December...

Hey there friends!  I'm excited to do Blogmas leading up to Christmas!  I’ve made a list and checked it twice!  Seriously, I did and so for the next 25 days I would like to share the highlights of 2015  Advent calendar style.  Visit this page every morning to open a new door by clicking on the number of the day.

Sorry, I'm running a bit behind.  Calendar is done until day 16.  I'm working to catch up this weekend... 21 is done, so is the 24th and Christmas...




Happy Holidays,
     ♡ Nina

Monday, November 16, 2015

Open-Faced Veggie Sandwiches

My husband has been baking fresh sourdough bread every week since August.  This recipe shows the yummiest and my favorite way to eat it.  On the weekends, these sandwiches are my go to meal when I'm looking for something fresh and savory and need to prepare a quick meal for myself.   These open-face sandwiches just are the perfect lunch or snack and I simply love the freshness and crunch of everything that goes on top of them!







The bread in the picture is sourdough bread laced with vegan cheddar cheese and jalapeƱo peppers.  This just so happened to be the bread of the week, however, the combination of toppings is yummy on any sourdough.

Ingredients:  
  • 2 slices of fresh Sourdough Bread
  • Romaine lettuce (about one large leaf per slice)
  • English Cucumber;  thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. Vegenaise
  • Cilantro leaves;  whole or broken
  • 1 tsp. Nutricional Yeast Flakes
  • Hot Pepper Flakes;  as many or as few as you like
  • Salt and Pepper;  to taste

Preparation: 
  1. To start, wash and clean all fresh produce.  
  2. Slice the bread into 1/2 inch thick slices.
  3. Next, spread the Vegenaise onto the bread.
  4. I like to tear the romaine leave into smaller pieces and arrange these bits on the bread
  5. Add a layer of cucumber slices and then a layer of tomato slices
  6. Next, season with salt, freshly ground pepper, nutritional yeast and the hot pepper flakes.
  7. Finally, pull some of the cilantro leaves of the stem and add them on top of the sandwich. You can tear the leaves into smaller pieces to release the fragrance into the rest of the ingredients.  Slice each piece of bread in half if you like and it is ready to eat.  Enjoy each bite!
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        Nina

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Outfits of October | Project 333


I cannot believe October has come and gone in a flash.  It's been a great month filled with beautiful fall weather, exciting changes (paying off the student loans) and fun times.  Also, one whole month of capsule dressing went by!  I'm extremely happy with how well it went so far, how simple it is and how much I've learned already about my personal needs and style.  Today, I would like to share the list I kept to track which items I actually wore. 




WARDROBE COMBINATIONS
1 - grey short sleeve lace shirt, blue jeans, brown chunky heel sandals 
2 - blue and white embellished sweater, blue jeans, black chunky heel boots, green parker, red beanie
3 - maroon corduroy pants, cream knit sweater, brown chunky heel sandal, green parker
4 - lace skirt, sleeveless green and blue patterned blouse, no shoes (because the day was spend at home)
5 - black slacks, brown chunky heel sandals, red beanie
6 - dark blue jeans,white button down blouse with dark blue trim, beaded necklace, black chunky heel boots, green parker
7 - maroon corduroy pants, chambray button down shirt, black fleece vest, black chunky heel boots, green parker, red beanie
8 - black lace dress, jean jacket, brown chunky heel sandals
9 - dark green v-neck sweater, blue jeans, black chunky heel boots, green parker, read beanie, black work tote
10 - maroon corduroy pants, chambray button down shirt, brown, chunky heel sandals
11 - SICKDAY - black leggings, sleeveless green and blue patterned blouse, black chunky heel boots
12 - SICKDAY - black slacks, grey short sleeve lace shirt, chambray shirt, black fleece vest, fuchsia peacoat, black headband, black gloves
13 - black slacks, red/blue embellished sweater, black chunky heel boots, black headband, grey fleece pullover
14 -  maroon corduroy pants, cream knit sweater, black fleece vest, green parker, black chunky heel boots, black headband, 
15 - black lace dress, grey cardigan, black flats
16 - (daytime) black slacks, green sweater, grey fleece pullover, fuchsia peacoat, black chunky heel boots, black headband
- (evening) white/blue embellished sweater, lace skirt, brown chunky heel sandal
17 - red, white and blue striped dress, brown chunky heel sandals
18 - black leggings, red/blue embellished sweater (home all day so no shoes or socks)
19 - black leggings, grey fleece pullover, black chunky heel boots, fuchsia peacoat
20 - dark blue jeans, white/blue embellished sweater, black fleece vest, black chunky heel boots, green parker, beanie, gloves
21 - dark blue jeans, cream knit sweater, black fleece vest, black chunky heel boots, green parker, scarf, beanie, gloves
22- sleeveless green and blue patterned blouse, lace skirt, grey cardigan, brown chunky heel sandal
23 - dark blue jeans, white button down blouse with dark blue trim, mustard cardigan, green parker, black chunky heel boot, black headband, gloves
24 - maroon corduroy pants, chambray button down shirt, (cozy socks)
25 - black slacks, blue/red embellished sweater, black chunky heel boots, fleece pullover, green parker, red beanie
26 - dark blue jeans, sleeveless green and blue patterned blouse, grey cardigan, green parker black headband, gloves
27 - black slacks, chambray button down shirt, black fleece vest, black chunky heel boots, fuchsia peacoat, beanie, gloves
28 - black slacks, cream knit sweater, fuchsia peacoat, black chunky heel boots, blue striped scarf, beanie, black gloves
29 - dark blue jeans, blue/red embellished sweater, black fleece vest, black chunky heel boots, green parker (accidentally left/lost the parker at the hot springs…so the jacket is gone until we go back and pick it up)
30 - blue jeans, cream knit sweater, black chunky heel boots, fuchsia peacoat, scarf, beanie, gloves
31 - black leggings, blue/white embellished sweater, jean jacket, scarf, beanie, black chunky heel boots


MISHAPS:
❊ Forgetting my parker in the locker at the hot springs!!!  Yes, I did…what a nightmare.  We will try to go back to grab it next week.
The fabric of the 7 year old maroon corduroy pants ripped as I pulled them up. The rip is right above the back pocket and basically right smack on my butt.  I’m not happy about it and I will have to retire the pants and switch it out for the black corduroy pants.
❊ My black slacks have a silver button on each of the back pockets. Sadly, one of them came off and I just had to sew it back on. 
❊ I will finally order the peacoat my husband wanted to get me for my birthday (which was in the beginning of October) and I will add this coat to my capsule. This will bring the count to 33.

Also, Spencer started capsule dressing too!  On my train commute home this Friday, he called and announced he is planning to get his winter clothes out and that he would like my help to make a capsule.  What?  I was really surprised.  He liked how simple my side of the closet looked and how little time it takes me to get dressed now.  Having that set number of clothes makes my mornings much more relaxing.  I no longer need to pick out an outfit the night before or ruffle through all my things to find what I need.  So that night, we went through his already rather sparse collection of things, sorted out all the items that were worn out or never worn (mostly hand me downs with scratchy and stiff fabric), boxed up his summer clothes and returned the rest to his closet.  Now both closets are neat and it feel like there is quite literally so much more room to breathe.  How nice!

I hope you enjoyed this update on project 333!

♡ Nina