Apple Beet Arugula Salad

Hi there! I know I have been MIA since the new year but have no fear, I am here (a little rhyming for ya)!

I am going to start incorporating some more recipes here on the blog. And today’s is an upgraded salad with my favorite simple dressing!

Since I am trying to eat healthier after my holiday dining I needed to find a way to jazz up salads to keep them fresh and fun. I am the type of person who can’t continue to eat the same thing every day. It drives me crazy!

This is my Apple Beat Arugula Salad

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I am obsessed with arugula and love the bite it has. Beets are my favorite salad topper because I love their flavor. Apples provide the nice crunch you need.

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Here is what you will need for 1 salad:

Arugula -(measured out for your desired serving size)

1/2 of an Apple (Granny Smith or Fuji, I had fuji handy)

2-3 Beets rough chopped (depends on the size/preference. You can roast them yourself or buy ready to eat beets. I advise cutting the beats on a plate versus a cutting board that may become stained. Try to use a knife and fork to do the cutting and keep your hands stainless)

4-5 Asparagus stalks rough chopped (roasted or grilled)

1/4 of a Cucumber (sliced into quarters)

3-4 Radishes (depending on the size, julienned)

Some Parmesan cheese slices (goat cheese crumbles work great too!)

Combine all ingredients in a bowl.

For the dressing:

1/4 cup of White Balsamic Vinegar

Few sprinkles of Black Pepper (I opt out of salt, but you may add a few shakes)

Juice of a lemon wedge

1 garlic glove minced

1/4 cup of Olive Oil

Mix all the ingredients together in a small container/jar, making sure to add the olive oil last. Add the containers lid and shake well. This dressing should last you for a couple of salads and honestly goes so well with any salad!

Top the salad with the dressing and give anther light toss and voila! You have a beautiful and flavorful salad that will keep you feeling full.

2015 is here!

Has another year really already finished? I feel like it was just yesterday when I was typing up my 2014 resolutions! I have to say that 2014 was a great year for me. While I didn’t accomplish all of my resolutions there was so much more that I was able to achieve in a year.

Some of the things I was able to accomplish off my list for 2014:

  • Worry less. It’s human nature to ponder which leaders to wondering which can lead to worrying. I have somehow managed to go more with the flow than before.
  • Save more money. Can’t begin to stress how important this is to me. I’ve always been a spender so this is a huge accomplishment.
  • Smile more. I think because I have a lot of good and funny people in my life this is easy.
  • Work out at least 3x a week. I am going to say that I accomplished this until October when we moved. We are now in that dreaded situation of finding a new gym! Once we find the one, I will get back to this routine because it makes a world of difference to me.
  • Travel somewhere new. I will check this off the list! Actually we can check it three times. I went to Colorado, Punta Cana, and Narragansett. Four if I include the Brooklyn Bridge. I hope to continue to see new places.
  •  Drink more champagne. I want to include this as we often brunch and with brunch comes champagne.
  • Celebrate my 25th birthday in a different state. Well I topped that by celebrating it in a different country!
  • Brush up on my French. Thanks to my app I did this, but still need to get more on top of it.
  •  Listen more. I find myself asking people a lot more questions about themselves and their lives as a way to stay involved and be more aware of others. This is one thing I will continue to do.
  •  Enjoy the outdoors more. From traveling, hiking, walking, and exercising I have seen a great amount of the outdoors and I couldn’t be happier. Living in a city now is going to make this all the more common.
  • Keep trying new recipes. This year alone I have expanded my culinary skills and now have some new classic staple recipes to take into 2015.
  • Focus more on the positives. I definitely have changed my outlook on the world and life. I wouldn’t say I am a master in this department just yet, but I am definitely on the right path.

Other things I was able to accomplish in 2014 that I didn’t resolve to do was swim with sharks, move to Brooklyn, and get a promotion at work to name a few.

2014 was a huge year for not only myself but also Christian. I am so proud of him and all he has accomplished. He is truly what inspires me and drives me to be passionate and ambitious about not only a career but also life! Without him my year wouldn’t have been as spectacular as it was.

I am anxiously awaiting to see what 2015 and living in Brooklyn will bring for us both. Hopefully, I will accomplish some, if not all of what is below.

Have a Happy New Year and enjoy 2015!

2015 is here!

Brooklyn Bridge

Christian and I have lived in Brooklyn now for two months! Scratch that first sentence, Christian has lived in Brooklyn for two months. Between travel, holidays, and work I haven’t gotten to take in Brooklyn as much as I have wanted. So it’s no surprise that when we had a weekend home together I wanted to make my way to the Brooklyn Bridge.

In all my city visits and trips I have never been. Neither had Christian. It was truly remarkable to see the bridge. The surrounding skyscrapers, people, and cars made the trip. It didn’t even matter that it started to rain a little. It waited until we were off the bridge to down pour.

*this post is delayed as we used these photos for our Christmas card*

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(I had to snap this pic fast before the tourist group behind us caught up)

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My Outfit: J.Crew Jacket // Top – Ralph Lauren // Belt – J.Crew {old}// Pants – J.Crew {old but try these} // Bag – Forever 21 (sold out)// Umbrella – J.Crew {old, like this one}

Christian’s outfit is all J.Crew.

Belated Birthday

2014 meant that I turned 25. Twenty five. I had a quarter-life crisis upon turning twenty-five. I started to dwell on how old I was and where I was in my life. What I wanted to accomplish but that I hadn’t, where I wanted to have gone but hadn’t, what I wanted to have done but didn’t. It made me depressed. So much so that I knew I didn’t want to spend my birthday home. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing more special then spending time with family and friends and celebrating but I just wasn’t in the mood. The weather also didn’t help in making me want to stick around home. One year I had a hurricane and another year I had a snow storm over my birthday. I vowed that I would turn 25 somewhere warm and sunny.

I did my research, compared resorts, compared dates, compared flight times and finally landed on Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. {mind you I booked this before we were in the middle of moving into Brooklyn} Punta Cana was an average of 85 degrees every day with an occasional rain shower. Hey,  it’s the caribbean, that’s to be expected. We spent 5 days and 4 nights at Breathless Punta Cana Resort and Spa. Each day was filled with sunshine and drinks. Crucial for curing the 25 blues.

I was perfectly content with laying by the beach, having some drinks, moving to the pool, reading a good book, nap, get ready for dinner and do it all over again the next day. The only exception to that schedule was my actual birthday. We went for a 1/2 day excursion that involved swimming with sharks and sting rays!

During my actual birthday we woke up early to watch the sunrise like every other morning. When we got to the beach there were double rainbows and just looking at my surroundings it hit me. I didn’t need to dwell on the things I didn’t do, the places I hadn’t gone, or the accomplishments I didn’t have (yet). I had done so much in only twenty-five years on this planet. I had gone a great number of places and still have more than enough time to accomplish many things! Birthday’s are always a time of reflection and it’s best to look back on all the great things during the past year rather than what didn’t happen. Birthday’s are meant to get you excited to see what the next year will bring for you!

Twenty-five was the best. birthday. yet!

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This view every morning is what I miss most.

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By far the best picture from vacation. So jealous!

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Gifts for the Holiday Party 2014

Gifts for the Holiday Party 2014
While we tend to forget with all the hustle and bustle, don’t show up to those holiday parties empty handed. Depending on the event or the occasion plan ahead and grab a bottle of wine or champagne on your way out. Stocking up on candles and soaps ensure you have a little something special for that special host.
If it’s a party you are attending as a group or family, it’s nice to all pitch in for a gift basket that can be customized for the hosts preferences. Fun gifts like salt & pepper shakers or booze tubes for the partier are sure hits.
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Gifts for Him 2014 Edition

Gifts for Him 2014 Holiday Edition
Guys can be tricky to shop for but let this guide help you. Everyone likes a new pair of shades! I also feel cuff links are underrated! You can dress them up with a classic pair or dress them down with a playful character or sports pair. Fun gifts like bobble heads, team apparel, or a flask make for great stocking stuffers (Christian might like stockings more than me!). Treat your guy to his favorite fragrance or face products. It’s nice to gift something that might not be purchased all the time. Tickets to a movie, a game, or a play make for a fun date night out together, or a great time with his best friend! Christian loves to binge watch TV shows, give the gift of a show he hasn’t seen from the beginning that he has been dying to watch (and that might be missing from Netflix).
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