Well, things have certainly become interesting since I’ve last checked in with a global COVID-19 pandemic upending our lives. It’s not lost on me how fortunate Dave and I both are in light of what’s happening. We have everything we need: we have a roof over our heads, resources to stock up on necessities for a two-week (or more) quarantine, and the ability to work from home. We’re social distancing hard right now, which means curbing our dining-out habits in favor of home-cooked meals every night for the foreseeable future. And, since we already like to cook at home most nights, there are a lot of recipes we can revisit to keep things from becoming boring! I’ve rounded up seven of my favorites in case you’re looking to shake up your at-home menu!
Notes: This recipe uses a lot of spices, but it’s totally worth the effort for such a complex flavor profile. We make this with chicken thighs so they stay tender.
Notes: This works really well with lettuce, as suggested, but it’s also amazing over sticky rice topped with cilantro, green onions, lime juice, and sambal oelek. Double the sauce if you’re putting it over rice.
Notes: An extra splash of wine never hurt anyone. Also, the cubed pancetta at Trader Joe’s is perfect for this.
Notes: This is a forgiving recipe to play around with. I eyeball powdered ginger and garlic, pour in hoisin sauce until it’s coated, and add some sambal oelek and sesame oil. It’s great over sticky rice, and better yet, use sticky rice and the pulled pork inside a tortilla to make Korean burritos. It makes a lot of food for two people, so you could realistically eat a week of dinners with this one depending on the size of your pork loin.
Notes: We usually skip the cauliflower and just do carrots. Pair the leftover chicken with naan for an easy lunch the next day.
Notes: I know this recipe sounds weird, but stick with it. It’s delicious and so easy to make!
Notes: This is a great, high-protein option for Meatless Monday or for any vegetarians in our midst. Toasting the quinoa is a bit putzy and I don’t think it adds much to the meal, so I tend to skip that. We eat it by itself, but you could definitely grill some chicken to have on the side if a meat-free meal doesn’t go over well in your household.
I can’t believe it’s already Friday! We’re going to Dave’s company “holiday” party tonight. They forgot to host it one December and it has since become tradition to hold it at the end of February or early March. It’s a safari theme this year, so I’m wearing this gold dress with this leopard-print headband. On Saturday, we’re going to swing by our favorite Madison brewery’s second anniversary party. At some point, I need to try one more paint sample before I’m ready to commit to a color for our stairwell. The painter will be here on March 19, so I’m running out of time to decide!
This house tour is dreamy! It’s serving as major inspiration for our own home. I wouldn’t categorize our house as a craftsman, but it’s definitely inspired by the style with the wood detail in the living room area. You can see some of it here and here.
Here’s a handy guide on what to consider before you embark on a bathroom remodel.
Oh my god, were you watching the dumpster fire that was Love is Blind? This finale recap cracked me up.
How to work with someone who isn’t emotionally intelligent.
This bag is like a work of art.
An interesting piece on how cars helped power the civil rights movement.
Science-backed tips for sleeping on a plane.
Finds under $50:
- A catchall bowl for your entry table.
- This is such a pretty dress!
- An extra 40% off through Saturday brings this blouse down to just $36.
- If you need a magazine rack, I saw this one in store and looks even better in person! I’d be all over it if we didn’t already have a vintage brass one.
- It’s a great time to stock up on these shorts while they’re on sale for just $29.
In case you missed it:
- Here’s what I bought this month!
- We stayed at the Viceroy last weekend in Chicago. What a beautiful property!
- Can’t stop, won’t stop with photos of this cutie.
Sometimes I don’t realize how well my recent purchases coordinate until I put them in this monthly collage! I couldn’t have predicted I’d be on such a neutral kick, but it really gives off an airy, spring vibe that I couldn’t be more ready for!
PURCHASED – FOR ME
See all of this year’s sartorial additions here.
- Jenny Bird ‘Thea’ pendant necklace – Jenny Bird is one of my favorite jewelers, but it’s been awhile since I’ve purchased a piece from her. I’ve been looking for a heftier pendant necklace to wear with v-neck tops and I opted to try this necklace. It has a lovely organic shape and a nice weight to it.
- Soludos classic striped espadrille sandal – When summery espadrilles are on sale for a mere $20, you add-to-cart without a second thought! The black version is also on sale, but in limited sizes. They’re true to size.
- Vince ‘Preston’ sneakers in linen – I wear my other Vince sneakers all the time, so I couldn’t help myself when I found theses at nearly 50% off. I find that they run true to size. They’re definitely stiff right out of the box, but they’re perfect after you break them in.
PURCHASED – FOR HOME
- Cedar & Moss light fixture – The light fixture pictured above is actually the 12-inch design, which is slightly bigger than the 10-inch one we purchased for our office. There wasn’t a preview image of the smaller one in brass with the opal shade, thus the discrepancy. In any case, this fixture is gorgeous! It’s handmade in Portland and the attention to detail and quality is spot on.
- Crate & Barrel grey marble bowl – We stopped by Crate & Barrel when we were in Chicago last weekend. I had been looking for a display bowl to gather Instax printed photos (we have this printer which pairs to your smartphone). This one might actually be a bit too large for what I was picturing, but the bowl was too gorgeous to pass up. If you’re interested in it and near a store, it’s worth stopping in to see them in person as the grey marble varies quite a bit from bowl to bowl. All of them were pretty though and the modern shape is versatile.
DIDN’T WORK OUT
Things I tried and didn’t love.
- Maaji long dress – It’s difficult to tell in the stock image, but there’s a seam mid-thigh on this dress that created an unflattering pooch under the smocked bodice. It would have been so much better on me had the fabric simply flowed away from the top. Other than that, the fabric was nice and seemed like it would hold up well as either a day dress or a swimsuit cover up. I also really liked the halter straps. Runs true to size.
- J.Crew crew neck merino wool boyfriend sweater – I thought this would be the perfect slouchy, go-to sweater to pair with black pants or skinny jeans. It didn’t fill that void for me. It’s great quality and fits like the photo (I went with a size small), but I quickly realized that boyfriend-style sweaters just aren’t my thing. They’re too boxy and make me look larger than I am.
- Banana Republic tiered swing dress – There’s a special place in hell for people who design a loose, swingy dress and then add a fitted lining to the inside.
- Banana Republic marled cable-knit sweater – I love the unique weave of this sweater and the weight was really nice for spring or fall, but it was way too large. I’m not sure if I’ll order it in a smaller size.
- Birkenstock ‘Siena’ big buckle slide – These are really cute from the side, but they look like old-lady shoes from the top and front. I don’t know if it’s a combination of the style with the faded metallic leather because I’ve seen them on others and they’re adorable. Either way, they went back.
If you’re following along on Instagram, you’ll know that we introduced this little leopard into our lives last week. Oliver is a five-year-old Bengal that we adopted through Great Lakes Bengal Rescue. He was surrendered because he was too aggressive with other pets in the homes that he was in previously. It’s a shame that it’s taken him so long to find a house where he can be the king of his castle because he’s gorgeous and so much fun to have around. He has the characteristic spots of a Bengal (Bacon had the marbled coat), his fur glitters in the sunlight, and he’s just so soft. We joke that his mother may have actually been a rabbit or a chinchilla. His independent spirit and intelligence is really what’s winning us over, though, even if we have to hide his treats so he doesn’t tear open the bag at night! He’s definitely still warming up to us and his new home, but he’s getting more affectionate each day. It’s really fun getting to know each other. 🙂 And without further ado, the Weekend Roundup:
Is Banksy a historically significant artist?
I spotted these patio chairs at Target last weekend. I’d snag a couple if we had room for them!
You can use chalk paint to upcycle old vases.
A cultural history of the wire hanger.
Love is Blind on Netflix is absolute trash, but also weirdly addicting. (The first couple of episodes are pretty boring as people pair up. The drama picks up eventually.)
This floor mirror is so good.
I love this art series by Jiro Ishihara. The acrylic-mounted photographs look like airplane windows.
Tips for removing dried paint from wood trim.
Finds under $50:
- A wear-all-weekend sweater.
- A beautiful burl wood picture frame.
- Colorful beaded hoop earrings.
- A chiffon dress with a retro-inspired floral print.
- A modern planter that’s suitable for outdoor use this spring and summer.
In case you missed it:
- A vintage-inspired “Style Steals” post with items that are perfect for spring.
- The latest list of covetable finds.
- A roundup of ceramicists I’m into.
- Oliver now has an Instagram account because I’m that person.