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Monday Morning Coffee Break

Coffee Break
Hello my lovely readers!  I hope your 3-day weekend continues on as wonderfully as mine has.  We went down to Cambria for a good friend’s wedding, and spent the evening meeting new friends, laughing, and predicting what pears would be falling off of the tree in the garden (long story, but funny one).  In the meantime, enjoy a few of these quick links.

Lindsay at Love & Olive Oil has tried her hand at making tofu.  I must try this for myself.

Laura at Blogging Over Thyme made an incredibly simple and incredibly beautiful tomato & zucchini tart.  This is one to impress with.

The Kitchn has a great post about 5 ways in which to be a great dinner guest.  Excellent advice from the other end of party hosting.

Out of the kitchen and into the closet: Buzzfeed has 20 ways to improve vintage clothing.  I don’t know about you, but I will definitely be breaking out the sewing machine for a few of these tutorials.

And finally, come back on Wednesday for a special announcement

:-)
  Have a wonderful week!

Friday Instagram Round-Up 6

Oh, Friday. You know what that means…Instagram round-up! And weekend. Oh, I love me the weekend. The weather has been so beautiful lately here, I can’t wait to get out in the sunshine. Our yard is definitely in need of some de-winterizing (i.e., get rid off all the brown), but we already have blossoms on the plum tree and jasmine bushes. The jasmine smell in the morning is enchanting; great way to wake up. I also have a Prohibition-themed birthday party for some friends this weekend… Post to follow next week!

In the meantime, let’s get to Instagramming, shall we?

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Celeriac and artichoke heart soup with some crusty bread. Perfect winter to spring transition dinner.

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Working on my presentation: grilled chicken, sautéed Brussel sprouts on a baked polenta cake.

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Discovered in my make-up case: Jane brand cosmetics circa 1998. Hello my name is Jillian and I’m a hoarder.

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Reinventing the wheel, or rather, the rice bowl; broiled salmon and steamed asparagus over rainbow quinoa.

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Dinner at The Vine, a wine & tapas bar in San Leandro. Those beans are ridic.

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Avocado-chocolate mousse, recipe courtesy of A Cozy Kitchen. Super creamy and rich. You must make this.

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The little things in life: opening up my dictionary at work to the EXACT page I needed. I may have squealed in excitement.

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Fried brown rice, roasted pork tenderloin and soft boiled egg yolk. Delish.

Friday Instagram Round-Up 5

Hello! So, I missed last week’s round-up. But, I only had a couple of photos (what with a week of late work nights and eating out), so I thought I would roll last week’s into this week’s. So here we go!

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I am currently trying to grow out a pixie cut while trying to avoid that whole Justin Beiber/mullet look. I find dark red lipstick helps.

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Sunday movie night: Bernie with Jack Black and curried kobucha squash and quinoa and kale soup.

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Easy Dinner 1: chicken and sweet pepper stir fry over rice.

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Easy Dinner, The Sequel: penne and pork tenderloin in tomato sauce.

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Saturday night, couple’s dinner with Kat and Kris: veggies with hollandaise.

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Me. Instagramming Kat. Instagramming dinner. Meta.

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Pork and cucumber meatballs with yogurt sauce. The best.

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And, of course, boeuf bourguignon to finish us out.

Have a great weekend friends!

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