Thursday, November 13, 2014

11.13.14

Latest Loves ...

1. // Barbour waxed utility jacket (tried it on this past weekend and fell in love)
2. // J.Crew slippers (winter is around the corner)
3. // Happy Menocal matador print (my family has always loved our Spanish roots, 
this print would make a great gift)
4. // The Mod Boho pillows (sold out,
but check out the rest of the site for other beautiful home goods)
5. // Baublebar earrings (a great alternative to the 
Diane von Furstenberg for H. Stern ones I've been lusting over for years)


With Love, Kristtyn

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

11.12.14

Paprika and Pearl Couscous Salad

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that my mother was in town this weekend. The original Patricia was visiting for her birthday and boy did we indulge. A little champagne and paté, a LOT of wine and cheese. a trip to the ballet and of course a bowl of clam chowder. Needless to say we treated ourselves quite well. To help ease my body back into my "healthy" lifestyle (cough, cough), I looked up a recipe that I could enjoy without wanting to run straight for a Chipotle burrito. Giada's Israeli Couscous with Smoked Paprika looked great and with a little modification here and there, I was able to get a great lunch for the rest of the week. If you don't meal prep, you can also just serve a nice big bowl of this at your next potluck or Friendsgiving!



Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. EVOO
  • 8 oz. package of pearl couscous (aka maftoul or Israeli couscous)
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt (I use Himalayan Pink salt from Trader Joe's)
  • 6 oz. bag of fresh baby spinach, chopped
  • 12 oz. grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta
  • 1 cup jarred fire roasted red bell peppers, drained and chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
  • S & P to taste
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted (optional - I had to leave mine out because the school I work for is nut free)
Paprika Dressing Ingredients:
  • 1/3 cup EVOO
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
Steps:
  • Heat the 1 tbsp. of EVOO over medium-high heat in a large saucepan
  • Add the entire package of couscous, stirring until golden brown
  • Add 2 cups of water and the salt, bring to a boil
  • Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until couscous is just tender and liquid is absorbed (about 9 minutes). Set aside.
  • While the couscous is cooking, chop the rest of your veggies and herbs
  • For the dressing, whisk together all ingredients
  • In a large bowl, combine the couscous, veggies, herbs, and dressing
  • Serve!
***** Serves 6



With love, Kristtyn




Monday, October 20, 2014

10.20.14

Words to live by ...



How cute is this mug? 
Click the link to get yourself one and start your week off right!

With Love, Kristtyn

Saturday, October 18, 2014

10.18.14

Around Town ... Magpie

At this point I might as well start a series called "Another Reason to Love Somerville." Located right in Davis Square, Magpie is an independently owned shop that features unique products ranging from stationary to skin care. I love that I can pop in here and find a great gift made by local artisans, as well as the perfect card to go with it. As if Magpie weren't great enough, they also have a sister store just for tots, Magpie Kids. With the holidays around the corner, Magpie might be just the place to kick-off your gift list.




With Love, Kristtyn


Friday, October 3, 2014

10.3.14

Why Don't You ...

Take a Class at Shiso Kitchen

Last month, C and I celebrated our 4 year anniversary. We wanted to change it up a bit and do something other than our regular dinner out. After some brainstorming, we thought it might be fun to take a cooking class. Initially, we looked at a well-known cookware supply store. Wanting something a little more intimate, I came across Shiso Kitchen in Somerville. It was the perfect choice. Chef Jessica Roy makes you feel as if she's a friend who's invited you over for a cooking party. The tapas style menu meant that we learned to make multiple dishes while also learning some great kitchen tips and tricks. It was more than we were expecting and have already started planning our next visit. 



With Love, Kristtyn

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

10.1.14

Matilda Moment ... Me Before You

Once in a while, there are those books that beg to be read. You see them proudly displayed in windows, in every Hudson News,  on bus-stop posters, and all over Instagram. I usually try to resist temptation but while packing for London I remembered that I had yet to download anything on my Kindle. I was feeling a little overwhelmed and not in the mood to read reviews so I picked the first title I recognized. Me Before You by JoJo Moyes ended up being the perfect read after long days of sight-seeing. I actually did myself a disservice because even on the nights where I knew we had to go to bed early for the next day's excursions, I could NOT stop reading. While it is a romance, it is intriguing and at times heartbreaking. Go ahead, jump on the band wagon and read it. 


Sunday, September 28, 2014

9.29.14

Weekend Recap ...

Even though we are now officially in fall and leaves have started to change, the sun is just not letting up and I am so OKAY with this! Knowing that temperatures would be in the 80's this past Saturday, we decided to finally make the trip up to Maine to check out the Wells Reserve at Laudholm. C's mom had been talking about this place all summer and how amazing it was. Not only was it the most perfect fall beach day but we happened to go on the day of the Punkin Fiddle. We were able to taste some homemade jams and salsa's and sip on some freshly pressed apple cider. On our way home we stopped in Ogunquit for some lobster rolls and ice cream. What a New England dream! As always, on Sunday I whipped up a breakfast treat (my favorite meal of the day) and then prepped for my first week at my field work site. It was a nice way to finally say goodbye to my summer. Until next year!




How did you spend your weekend?