Monday, August 25, 2014

{Recipe} Hot, Fruit Slush

I think we've all been there: buying more produce than we have time to eat.  It's on sale.  It looks great.  We all want to eat well, but somehow between busy schedules and eating out our fresh fruit and veggies get pushed to the back of the fridge.  Then when it starts to get soft, you make a soup, a pie, or come up with some other way of using it before it goes bad.  Last week, I had a couple of pears that were on their way out (the photo only shows the "good" side), but I don't like throwing away food.  I didn't have the time or ingredients to make anything too intensive, but I pulled a Tim Gunn and made it work.  I ended up making a pretty good hot fruit topping with only three ingredients:

>2 Pears (or peaches, nectarines)
>Vanilla Extract

Yup, that's it! Why? Because that's all I had.  No sugar, no flour, no cornstarch, no nothing. 

"Make It Work," remember?

I peeled and sliced the pears, cutting off the bad parts.  Sprinkled a little cinnamon and added a splash of vanilla extract (I typically don't measure unless a formal recipe requires it).  I microwaved it for two minutes, and that was it.  The pears were so ripe that their natural sugars were enough.  I served the fruit topping with french toast, but they would also go nicely served over oatmeal or ice cream.  And there you have it.  Hot Fruit Slush.  Note: I've been informed that this is basically hot fruit topping; however, I think my resourcefulness and the name gives it a little something extra.  What do you think? 

Any tips/tricks for extending the life of fruits and veggies?  How do you save them?

Linking up with Delicious Dish Tuesday!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A Big Brown Horse And a...Cherry Bag

Cute dresses were made for putting furniture together.

Okay, so not really but that's pretty much what happened.  With J's help (he did most of the work, but somehow I did enough to get wrinkled) the last of my furniture was up, and we headed out for lunch.  Sometimes the best experiences happen when you drop the plans you have for yourself, and that's exactly what happened.  Originally we were gonna catch a movie (The Hundred-Foot Journey).  Then that turned into a trip to the zoo.  Somehow between both of those we ended up at a farm, Linvilla Orchards, for another day outdoors just walking around, enjoying each other's company, and of course the best thing about Linvilla: the apple cider donuts.

Washed Chambray Dress (J.Crew)
Strappy Sandals (Kenneth Cole via Marshall's)
Crossbody Bag (Coach)

This sweet beauty clearly knows she's not a goat.  She also had tons of personality.  When she saw I called her over without any treats she got a little upset and started stomping one of her feet at me.  I should also add that I don't know anything about horses, and I have no clue whether or not this is a male or female.  

The apple cider donuts did not survive for pictures. 

Linking up with Sarah @ TuckerUpthe Pleated Poppy,  and Madeline.

Thanks to J for capturing all of this :-)


Monday, August 11, 2014


The past few days have been spent getting settled and enjoying a little time with loved ones.  This week will be filled with information and getting to know my classmates before class starts next week.  Lately it seems like I have more ideas then time; however, there will be some new posts out this week, and I'm getting myself on more of a schedule to keep them coming.  Thank you to everyone who has read, commented, and followed this little blog.  I appreciate all your support, and I'm happy to say there's more in store :-)

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Linking up with Biana and Meghan,

Monday, August 4, 2014

Not Gilligan's But Governors

This weekend has been filled with last minute errands and packing, but last weekend was spent enjoying the great outdoors.  J and I took a ferry over to Governors Island.  Neighboring Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan, this place is so huge that I definitely recommend renting/bringing a bike to get around this public space.  Even with one, we didn't get a chance to see everything.  Historical spaces with old buildings and fountains, play areas, public hammocks, sports fields, and mini golf are just a few things you'll find.  The program serves as a venue for all kinds of programming and events; there was a poetry festival going on when we got there.  The park is also a great place for picnicking although they do have a great selection of food trucks.  There was one with sweet and savory hand pies that I'd like to go back and try.  I also had the best frozen mango lemonade at the popup Starbucks cafe.  Unfortunately it may be something specific to the island, because they didn't have it back home.  Either way, the next time you have a few hours to spare in the Big Apple I definitely recommend checking out this place.  Open until the end of September, check out more details on visiting the island here.

 I liked J's outfit so much I decided to do a little ootd of what he was wearing:
Sky Slim Fit Washed Oxford (Charles Tyrwhitt)
Gellar Classic Cargo Shorts (Polo Ralph Lauren)
Gold Cup 2-Eye Boat Shoe (Sperry Top-sider)
Champagne Dial Brown Leather Strap Watch (Seiko)
Transit Sling Backpack (Lowepro)
Maddox Belt (Fossil)

J captured some amazing shots with his Canon T3i.

This week will be filled with more packing, a move, and some required reading.  I'm a little off my schedule and won't have internet until Friday, but you can follow me over at Instagram for a few snaps of my weekend and the week to come!  Thank you for reading, and I hope you have a great week! 

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