Strawberry, Brie, and Spinach Ciabatta

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Is it possible to have the worst lunch of your life and the best lunch of your life in the same day?  It is for me :(

I attended a lunch meeting today, and being in true Texan style, there was a buffet of BBQ meats, baked beans, cole slaw, white bread and some peach cobbler of the mass-production variety.  When I got to the end of the line, the server asked me if I wanted sweet tea or lemonade.  I asked if they had any water (they did not), but what I really wanted to ask was if they were serving anything that resembled a vegetable today.

I really never like those picky, vegan, gluten-free people who always had to ask for a million substitutions wherever they ate, but C’mon, Texas!  Can I get a freakin’ vegetable?  So I decided to make something when I got home, and boy was it delish!

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Although it was in no way structurally sound, this Strawberry, Brie and Spinach sandwich was a perfect blend of flavors and textures.  I sliced some Ciabatta bread and cut up some spinach leaves, strawberries, and brie cheese (no rind), then I put it all in the oven for about 5-10 minutes on 350.  You could always toast the bread alone if you don’t like the idea of warm spinach, then put everything on top afterwards.

 

After the bread gets toasty and the cheese gets melty, just drizzle some balsamic vinegar on top, close the sandwich, lift, and eat.

Enjoy with La Croix

Greek Salad Dinner and Amish Jackpot

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I had the best salad of my life the other day, and I really want to teach you how to make it!  You’ll notice that my husband and I rarely follow recipes, except when it comes to baking, so I’ll list the ingredients, but I’ll leave the amounts up to you and your personal tastes.

Ingredients

I used fresh spinach, cooked and cooled orzo, sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives and feta cheese for the salad ingredients.  That went into the big bowl.  For the dressing, I mixed together some olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, red wine vinegar and oregano in the small green bowl.  Then I simply poured the dressing onto the salad and gave it a toss.

Delish

Serve with extra feta, lemon slices and dressing.  Yum!!!

I could imagine making some kind of lemony chicken as a main course if this is too light of a meal for you.  It’s definitely not a man’s meal.  I’m sure my husband snuck out after dinner to the nearest QT to get something with hot sauce or vinegar on it.

Also, I’d like to share with you the joys of Amish land.  Every Christmas, Mike’s grandmother goes to Amish country somewhere in Ohio and loads up on goodies, and then sends them to Fort Worth!  Check out what we got!  You probably never knew the Amish sold this stuff :)

Jackpot!

Top row: instant potatoes, couscous, ginger snaps

Middle row: maple dip mix, meringue powder, pumpkin pie dip mix, banana chips

Bottom row: dehydrated marshmallows, dark chocolate-covered espresso beans, black pepper, cinnamon

They make lots of other good foods, but these are the most shippable.  Except for that other container of cinnamon that exploded in the package.  That’s why half of these are now in ziplock bags.  If you have an Amish community near you, they may have stores and restaurants with really good food.  You should check that out.  Maybe someday I’ll be the Amish lady who picks out all of the marshmallows from the Lucky Charms boxes.  For now, I’ll just be the girl who puts them all in a bowl and eats them with milk and a spoon :(

Mother and Daughter OOTD

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I love skinny cargo pants.  I found some by Joe’s Jeans at Ross for $10.00 (originally around $150)!!!  Baci and I were so excited that we decided to do an Outfit of the Day post for you.  I paired my brown pants, which may or may not still be in style but I don’t care because they were ten dollars and they are fantastic, with a white tank, a sleeveless frilly top from NY&Co, and an American Eagle sweater.  The shoes are Steve Madden.

My Joes Jeans

They also look great with a blue v-neck tee and booties!  I didn’t end up buying the shirt.

Baci chose a red number she got from her grandma at Christmas.  It’s country-chic with a touch of hipster.  The blur is Biscotti.

Thinspo: Helpful or Harmful?

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Rosie

Oh, Rosie Huntington-Whitely!  You’re so pretty and skinny in your leather pants!  I want to be just like you.  Seriously.  Love your clothes.

If you haven’t heard of it, “thinspo,” or “thinspiration,” is a cognitive weight-loss tool used by many women on the internet.  Thinspo sites or Youtube videos display pictures of thin celebrities, models, and “real girls” for weight-loss inspiration.  These pictures are often featured on Pro-Ana websites alongside starvation tips and inspirational quotes, such as Kate Moss’s famous “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.”

In my opinion, utilizing thinspo is a way of facilitating the same ideas projected in beauty and fashion advertisements.  Except, instead of listening to what the marketing professionals tell you is beautiful, you’re believing whomever made the video, posted the picture, or copied the quote.  Then, you can pick and choose your favorites and eventually develop a skewed version of what you should look like.  So I definitely think that Thinspo is effective, just not in a good way.  It might be so effective that it leads to disordered eating and low self-esteem, especially for younger girls.  I don’t believe anyone should want to look like someone else.  However, I do think it’s okay to want to be the best possible version of you.  So…

What are your thoughts?

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