Sunday, September 9, 2018

Um... blog updates

So obviously, I'm still working on some of these blog updates. I don't think anyone is reading this.... but just in case! I need to update basically all of my pages and all of my random things on here. Just wanted to have it out there just in case.

In the meantime, here's what I'm reading and sharing!

Here's me as of recently:

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Listening: My Favorite Murder
Watching: Brooklyn Nine-Nine

-Meredith

Vegan Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

So I definitely love being a vegetarian. I do like using vegan recipes and cutting out more animal products when necessary. However, my love of cheese gets in the way sometimes! Also, I'm a huge pasta fanatic and everyone always uses cashews for cream sauces. For me, cashews are way too expensive. So I was super pumped to find this recipe that's just a lot of normal ingredients!

I had picked up some fresh red pepper fettuccine from Ohio City Pasta and was super amped about it. I wanted a good red pepper sauce to go with it and found this one from Minimalist Baker. New fave blog! So I basically just copied this recipe and threw it on top of that fresh pasta with some veggies. Super pumped! Going to have to use more red peppers in the future. The parmesan on top isn't vegan, but could be if that's what you're going for!


xoxo,
Meredith

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Wait what? Trader Joe's can be cheapER?

Here goes nothing for publishing basically only a "second post."

I have such a love/hate relationship with Trader Joe's. Sure, you walk in and you feel cool, but then you see all the hot skinny girls and you wonder if you belong. You walk among the aisles and see more expensive prices.... and that's when I run out of that place. As frugal as I am though, I stayed attempted to stay patient while I walked through. And surprisingly enough, some things are cheaper there than they are at my faves (read: Aldi and Walmart).

1. Arugula

Oh, arugula, my beloved leaf. Normally for about $4 in Walmart, it was about $2 in TJ. I had too much kale and spinach already, but definitely where I'll get it next.

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2. Mushrooms

Here's the thing. I felt okay with buying canned mushrooms until I once Googled them and realized that.... there are a lot of problems with canned mushrooms. But when I think about buying five total mushrooms for $2.30 at Aldi, I think about how it's not worth it. So I haven't bought them in a while. And so what that I like the baby bella mushrooms instead of the white ones? Sue me. A bigger box was available for the same price at Trader Joe's. Bring it on, mushroom risotto.

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3. Nutritional yeast

Yo, if you've ever even slighted into the vegan world, you know that nutritional yeast is a must. Full of nutrients and lacking on dairy products, it's the world's favorite way to mimic cheese. Bragg's has a good brand for about $5-$6 at any grocery store. I bought a bag of it for about $3 at Trader Joe's! I need to actually measure it out to see how it compares. Even if you're not vegan, and even if not vegetarian, I still highly recommend nutritional yeast as a must-have in your pantry.

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4. Vegan mayo

Look, I'm not actually vegan. I just do tend to prefer vegan products than not. Espeeeeecially ones that are meant to contain raw egg. I'm not a major mayo fan, but when I started to look for it and saw that goes for $7 at the normal grocery store, I passed. This stuff looks good for $2.30.

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5. Balsamic glaze

I'd like to thank other blogs for retroactively telling me that you should not make your own balsamic blaze. Seriously, I thought I had some sort of poisoning in my apartment after trying to make my own. But hell nah, I wasn't going to pay $7 for it. $3? Sure, I'll take it.

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Other things on my Trader Joe's checklist:
- Low-cal queso
- Everything but the bagel seasoning (DUH)
- Sliced almonds
- Wine..... duh?

Anything else I should include?!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Cheez-Its and Life

This goes out to my sweet friend, Maggie.

I haven't been on this blog in... a long time. I laugh that it still exists. That it still holds all of these memories and times of a life incredibly different than the life I'm living now.

I've wanted to blog again, but it's hard to admit that you're not the same preppy girl you were several years ago. I'm a hot damn mess. Just about everything has changed about me since the time I started this blog. But I miss it! I miss feeling like I had something to write and wanting to share.

Maggie is my Tri Delta little and has always told me she loves how much I cook. She talked about it during my senior speech and inspired me to send a basic grocery list to some of our other friends. This weekend, she snapchatted me about buying way too many Cheez-Its and told me that her kitchen is now vegetarian. "How will I ever survive without a meal plan?!" she asked me. She's the best and I love her for it.

I love to cook. I love being a vegetarian. I'm okay that I don't dress cute all the time, and don't religiously still buy monograms. And so what? It's my blog. I cook as therapy and I love it.

Damn, do I love food. I'm no chef and there are way more talented people out there than me. But hey, I enjoy it and I feel *good* about it.

Let's raise our glasses to caring about food, honesty, and people that make you want to do something you're proud of.

And Maggie, I'm sorry for publishing your love of Cheez-Its. That's why we were paired together.


Friday, June 17, 2016

Butcher's Daugher (aka my new alter ego)

I think if I had a new blog name, it would be The Butcher's Daughter. Doesn't that sound like a grand name for a restaurant??


But oh wait, it is, and it's delicious. I went with one of my apartmentmates, sweet Lauren, and her mom, and we had a great time. It's right in SoHo area-ish (I think).











THE BEST AVOCADO TOAST I'VE EVER HAD IN MY LIFE.




Are these shirts not the cutest?! I want the one that says, "We sell designer kale." Too perfect.


Here's to more NYC summer adventures!

xoxo,
Meredith

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

My dad's journey to better health (and a 50+ weight loss)


I've written about my past with an eating disorder, body image issues, being vegetarian, being healthy, and many more health-related issues. Parts of these things are natural and just part of being a 20-year-old girl with control issues, but part of it comes from being a part of a family that loves food and loves good food. And I've never been as proud to publish something as I am to publish this post by my dad. 

Over the past few months, he's lost so much weight after never being able to think he could do it, and I'm so stinking proud. 


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

NYC: Just as beautiful

I've said it before and I'll say it again: I think to stay sane, you have to find the little moments of beauty. I come from a very typically beautiful place of rolling green hills and beautiful horse country. It's so photogenic and so easy to find wonderful moments where you realize how gorgeous it is. It's Kentucky, y'all.

But New York City isn't one of those places people love because it's just so beautiful. Busy and exciting- yes, but people don't go here for the peaceful and simple photos, and I think that finding those moments are crucial to staying sane. People here are moving and looking down at their phones and being efficient, but to not sound cheesy and cliche, you have to take a few moments to appreciate what's beautiful. And New York City is.




These two photos are in Brooklyn! I really loved Brooklyn because it felt so much more residential and homey than Manhattan does. There are families and schools and little shops and it's so much more friendly feeling.


When I took this photo, my friend turned to me and said, "A photo simply can't capture this city." And he's so right.



These are the views from the top of an apartment on the Upper West Side.





And I think Manhattan sunsets can be just as beautiful.


Even in the hustle and bustle of somewhere as crazy as Grand Central Station, you have to take a minute to admire the beauty of a building like this.



Columbus Circle? Gorgeous.


Slightly embarrassing story-- I had no clue I was walking past the Empire State Building literally every day on my way to work until I saw people stopping to take photos and others handing out tickets. 



And the parks are wonderful. These were views from near Union Square and Bryant Park.



And at night? It stays just as stunning.

It's about seeking out those times where you can appreciate the city even if it's crazy. And I love it.

What's your favorite way of feeling peaceful in the midst of craziness?

xoxo,
Meredith

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