Blood Orange Salad

Why are salads so delicious? Seriously. I love salads. They can go any way. Savory, Sweet, you name it. This is a great one all by itself, or with some grilled chicken on top. I've been living for kale recently, must be some vitamin in it, but dang, it's yum. Oh, and remember my Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette??

INGREDIENTS:

2 handfuls baby kale.

1 blood orange

1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese

2 tbsp pine nuts

2 tbsp Citrus balsamic vinaigrette

Combine all ingredients. Serve on a plate. Eat. Yum.

Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette

Of course, since it's January, and my New Years Resolutions haven't died yet, I'm really into salad. My mom used to make this amazing dressing that was so simple, but made a regular salad pop. Although I've put my own twist on this family classic, it still reminds me of being young, and always requesting this dressing when I had to 'eat my veggies'.

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1/2 tsp Dijon mustard

1 orange (juice)

Salt and Pepper (just a pinch of both)

Combine all ingredients in a mason jar, and shake. That's it, literally.

(Get excited for next week, when I show you an amazing salad to go with it!)

1/52 - My SF home - An Introduction

An Introduction,

After cursing my San Francisco Apartment for many years, I had a nice little chat with my dear friends Steve and Jen over at Our Urban Playground. I told them my opinions on the house and how badly and desperately I was looking for a way out, and their response was not what I was looking for, but made much more of an impact than the response that I was expecting. 

"Fix it up." That was literally what they said. I honestly hadn't thought of that, I was just planning my means to escape as quickly as possible. How was fixing it up such a foreign concept for me?? Well, I started. I found the thing that annoyed me the most in the entire apartment. It was the kitchen walls. Splattered with smoothies that the former occupants never cleaned off that then stained the wall, three different colors of paints, cracks of paint. So what did I do? I painted it. It seemed all good and fine. WHY HADN'T I THOUGHT OF THIS?! The Kitchen now is bright, clean, and uplifting. 

I fell off the wagon about half way through the year on my 52 week project last year, so I'm starting it back up again, but with a slight twist. I'm going to document some of my favorite parts of the house, how I'm fixing it up, and hopefully something that inspires you guys so that you can have a home that you're proud of too. Jennifer started this last year, and got about as far as I did on it, but the idea was a definite inspiration, and I look forward to the challenge! Here is her 1/52 from last year. 

I figured I would start out with where I start every morning, and end every night. My bed of clouds.

Pizzeria Delfina - San Francisco

I was introduced to Pizzeria Delfina about a year ago by a friend, and have been dying to go back. My sister, and family was in town, and we were looking for a good place to have dinner, and I immediately referred us here. We had a blast. The food is amazing, the atmosphere is clean, and the service is always good. 

Blackberry Jello with Coconut

With all of this crazy gossip going around about Bill Cosby, it got me sad. I loved Cosby growing up just like everyone else! I even did a project on him in elementary school and brought it jello for all the class. Here's a spruce up of a favorite childhood classic.

INGREDIENTS:

2 1/2 cups blackberries (will make about 2 cups juice)

1/2 lemon

1/2 cup sugar

1 packet of gelatin

Coconut flakes for dusting around the cubes

Combine Juice, sugar and gelatin into a medium mixed bowl, and stir until gelatin is completely dissolved. Add squirt of lemon juice, and refrigerate for 1 hour. If you aren't adding the coconut flakes, you can refrigerate for less time, as it will be softer, but we want the cubes firm so we can roll them around in coconut! Cut the into 1" x 1" cubes. Sprinkle coconut onto a plate or other surface, and get each side lathered in coconut!

 

 

 

 

 

 

For those who don't like coconut??

It's just as good without! And the colors are amazing, no?!