July 23, 2014

Maxed Out

Velvet by Graham & Spencer dress (on sale!), J.Crew sandals (on sale!), tote and denim jacket
I wore this easy ensemble while running errands this past weekend.  I love a good gladiator sandal so I was pretty excited when I scored this pair on major sale at J.Crew.  I wore them with my new maxi dress (also on sale!) and old denim jacket that I've had forever.  Don't you just love when you're able to mix something old with something new?  I know I do!

July 21, 2014

It's Been a While

F21 top (old), J.Crew skirt (on sale!), Miu Miu heels, Chanel bag, Stella & Dot necklace c/o
 Let's face it...it's been a while since I've worn a skirt and heels.  I love anything with a drop waist, so of course I was instantly drawn to this skirt at J.Crew.  I decided to go for a classic, lady-like look, so I paired it with a lace top, Chanel bag and my very first pair of Miu Miu heels.  After almost a week of being cooped up in the house (thanks to a nasty cold), it felt real good to get out and get dressed up.

July 16, 2014

Gnocchi with Sausage and Kale

 Like gnocchi?  I mean, who doesn't right?  Words can't adequately describe just how yummy this dish is.  I followed this recipe, but made a few "healthier" modifications.  I used chicken sausage and instead of making a parmesan cheese sauce, I simply sprinkled parmesan cheese on top after it was done cooking.  It was bursting with flavor and best of all, my husband AND daughter both loved it.  Oh, and did I mention it takes less than 30 minutes to prepare from start to finish?  Definitely my kind of recipe!
 1 package store bought gnocchi  (I got mine at Trader Joe's)
  1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
  3 chicken sausages, casings removed and crumbled with your hands
1/2 tsp all-spice 
   1/4 cup white wine or broth (I used broth)
10 cups roughly chopped kale
pinch of coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1/4th cup parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat
 Add the onions and sauté until soft (3-4 minutes)
Add the sausage and all-spice; continue to sauté until the sausage is browned all over (5 minutes)
Add the garlic and sauté one more minute
Add the kale and broth (or wine). Season with a pinch of salt and pepper
Toss until the kale has wilted and is bright green (I used a lid to quickly wilt the kale)
In the meantime, cook the gnocchi in boiling water for 3 minutes
Add the gnocchi to the sausage and kale mixture; toss to combine
Serve hot with sprinkled parmesan cheese