{Table Talk} Easy Meatless Spaghetti

posted on: Thursday, April 17, 2014

So during Lent this year, my boyfriend and I gave up alcohol and meat among other things. On the plus side, we've been a little healthier and the downside we've really been missing meat. We've tried some alternatives that just didn't cut it and surprisingly found some that worked. I've had no problem getting lunch at work since I work right near Whole Foods. Although it's pricey, I can easily find something good to fit even a vegan diet. At home on the other hand is when it gets tricky. We're forced to cook or live off of cheese and veggie pizzas. My boyfriend would rather not live off salads because he doesn't normally eat a lot of vegetables anyway so we had to find ways to get around that.

Recently we've discovered Veggie Patch's Meatless Meatballs. They're really delicious and GMO free. You barely have to season them in my opinion.


I made the spaghetti with a pre-made sauce from Mezzetta. I actually like this sauce more than the popular competitors.
So one day I came home while he was sleeping and decided to quickly make some pasta for dinner so we had time to relax together instead of being in a rush. That's typically our routine since he works the late shift. We spend dinner together and then he heads off to work. Our sleep routines are complete opposite so you can imagine how the weekends are. One person wants to stay up late and the other ones to go to bed but we both want to spend time together. 

Anyway, I cooked the pasta and then prepped the sauce. I sauteed some fresh garlic and then added the sauce to warm it up. Once that was done I added the meatballs and let it simmer. Some onions, roasted garlic, and pepper flakes were added later but overall dinner turned out really well. We're going to continue the tradition and do Meatless Mondays. 

I know this isn't really a recipe but the products we used were amazing.

{Tuesday Ten} Chick Flicks

posted on: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I'll be the first to admit that I am a sucker for chick flicks. I will happily sit at home and have a date with my little Tyler and watch some girly movies. In no particular order, you can often find me watching one of these gems though it's hard to me for pin down what movies are my all time favorites:

1. Breakfast at Tiffany's - Just a classic. For a while I thought I was very much like Holly Golightly.


2. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days - This is just a cute funny movie. I've had a "love fern" before. Needless to say, it didn't last.




3. Pretty Woman - This is just a classic. I pretty much grew up with this movie. I remember it being one of the firsts I saw as a kid even though I didn't understand it at the time.


4. 13 Going on 30 - This movie makes me laugh and just makes my heart happy.



5. My Sassy Girl - I've always wanted to find a chance love and a guy as dedicated as the one in this movie. 



{Gadgets} Nepsresso VertuoLine

posted on: Monday, April 14, 2014




[source: Nespresso]

I love coffee. I'm even a gold card holder at Starbucks. Unfortunately, I am dating a non-coffee drinker so I am alone in my love for coffee. At first I would get coffee whenever we're out but lets face it, $5+ a cup adds up. Then I got an insulated Bodum French Press Travel Tumbler for whenever I stay at my boyfriend's place so I can still have coffee. If you've never used a French Press before then you probably don't know how messy it could be..especially if you're clumsy like me.

We recently had a double-date with one of our couple friends and they had a Nespresso machine and they're pretty much in the same boat as we are in that she likes coffee and her significant other does not. I wanted my very own Nespresso machine for the longest time but just never got around to getting one. On a recent trip to Tyson's Corner, we saw a sale at Macy's and decided to get one for me. At first we chose a Nespresso Pixie bundle set that was on sale and he lugged the box around the mall as we walked around like the wonderful gentleman he is. Then we saw a Nespresso demo. They were showing the new line they created that made not only espresso but also coffee. For about $100 more, we decided to return the Pixie and get the Vertuo instead. So my beloved boyfriend lugged the huge box around the mall. We spent 9 hours. 9 whole hours. Can you believe that? I wish I already had my Fitbit I could have logged all those steps!

So while I'm enjoying coffee in the comfort of my home, he is off somewhere trying to make little improvements to his place or out playing the game that brought us together in the first place.

{Friday Favorites} Apps/Games [Commute]

posted on: Friday, April 11, 2014

Woohoo it's Friday! This is the first of hopefully many more Friday posts where I will include at least 5 of my favorite things of the moment. Let's go ahead and dive into today's favorites in no particular order.


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I have a few essential apps that I typically use during my commute to or from work.

1. Spotify - I have both an Android device as well as my iPhone. Instead of using iTunes, I opted to use Spotify and I pay $9.99 a month for unlimited music. I can use the radio feature or create my own playlist.
2. Blendoku - I recently started playing this game but it helps with passing the time.
3. Fitbit - I recently got a Fitbit Flex so I like to track my progress. I'm competitive by nature.
4. DC Metro & Bus - I track down my bus/train no matter where I am so I can schedule little detours if needed. This app is the most reliable that I've found since WMATA (NextBus) no longer has an app.
5. Yelp - I'm a planner so I like to plan ahead. Sometimes I'm looking for new restaurants to try or thinking of where to take Tyler for a haircut.

{Tuesday Ten} Guilty Pleasures

posted on: Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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Guilty pleasures, everyone has them whether you recognize them or not. As I secretly indulge in some of my favorite things, I started to think about what it means to have a guilty pleasure. Guilty pleasures are something you like that you're not really suppose to. At least, that's what they say. We're all tied down to what society thinks is the norm. To heck with that, I say.  
  1. Haribo Gold-Bears. I will open a bag and let the gummy bears get a little stale because I like them that way.
  2. Home decor. I am obsessed with Apartment Therapy and HGTV
  3. Pinterest. I am not always on it but when I can remember about Pinterest I can easily spend hours because it feeds into my need to make lists.
  4. Singing in the shower or car. Self-explanatory. 
  5. Not having to drive anywhere/everywhere. I used to be a slave to my car and was very lazy. I started playing an augmented-reality game and taking public transportation which forces me to be more active.
  6. Hot pink anything really.
  7. Saving the best for last. You may think I don't like something I'm eating because I pick around it but really it's because I'm saving my favorite part for last. I will hurt you if you try to reach for it thinking you're helping me by eating something I "don't like". You will get the stink eye--all night long. Ginnie doesn't share food.
  8. Receiving packages. There is a reason I love shopping online; I don't have to wait in long lines to checkout, no one else has really touched my purchase since it's typically still in the original shipping package and tracking the packages. 
  9. The smell of Tyler's paws. They smell like frito/corn chips or something. I'm always sniffing them though.
  10. Laughing so hard it makes you cry. There are only a few people that can do this to me. Oh and I love when my boyfriend giggles. It's the cutest thing ever. He sounds so jovial. 

{Love Notes} All My Friends Are Married

posted on: Monday, April 7, 2014

[source: Rachael Baran]

You're in your mid to late 20's and you realize life is passing you by and all your friends are married or getting married. What happened? Did you just wake up from a coma? Can cars fly yet? Where has the time gone? You've probably been too busy with life or too scared to settle down but now you're starting to feel left out. It's the ugly duckling syndrome all over again. 

There are different types of women. Many different variables that come into play but I'll just talk about two. There's the one that knows exactly what she wants in life and goes for it. They're driven and charismatic. Then there's the non-committal friend who doesn't know what they want in life. They may be passive-aggressive, shy and indecisive. I'd hate to admit it but that's me. I fear life. I fear getting old and growing old with someone. Don't get me wrong, I've dreamed about getting married someday. It's just--the thought of the actual process of organizing a wedding gives me great anxiety. It's basically getting from point A to point B. Will things be the same after the wedding? Will we each still have our "me" time? Do we lose our identity and become simply known as "them", "us" or "The So-and-so's"?

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