Kale Salad with Blue Cheese, Toasted Walnuts, and Grapes

Kale Salad with Blue Cheese, Toasted Walnuts, and Grapes

This simple salad was not what I intended to make for dinner last week. I meant to make this salad, but I got lazy and took the easy way out. Surprise, surprise! It tasted amazing. Is it better than the original recipe? I don’t know. But who knew grapes would taste sooo good in a salad? It really changed my perspective on grapes. The so-so fruit isn’t so-so bad on a bomb salad.

What did I do differently? I didn’t dehydrate the grapes; give the kale a pre-dressing (aka massage in olive oil); and for most of my servings, didn’t toast the walnuts. So if you’re too lazy to toast walnuts like I was for most of my meal prep, you’ll be fine. All you’re missing is an accentuated nutty, walnut flavor.

I’ll definitely make this salad again and probably never dehydrate the grapes unless I have three hours to spare and want to get funky. I mean I’d be interested to find out what homemade raisins taste like. One day!

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Lush is my Target

Lush is my Target

Everyone jokes that they go into Target for one thing and end up leaving the store with a basket filled with stuff. Well that’s me at Lush lol.  This past week I finally collected enough black pots to trade in for a free fresh face mask. I made my boyfriend come with me on this trip because let’s be real: I need someone to help me control myself when I’m there.

Luckily for me, I’ve converted him to the dark side and was conveniently running low on a couple of things heh heh heh. So I took this as an opportunity to have a little shopping spree to restock on essentials and try some products I’ve been eyeing. Thank God I worked overtime last week!

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What I did: September 8

Last night I went to bed lusting over the idea of having a fancy bagel with cream cheese from Rockstar Bagels. Sadly that didn’t happen this morning when I woke up. One day though!

Instead, I ended up putting on a face mask and making breakfast at home.

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I made myself a banana coffee smoothie with cinnamon and topped it off with some shreaded coconut. The sack of mushrooms I bought in bulk started molding, so I settled for baked sweet potato fries. If you have any tips on how to store mushrooms in a paper bag, let me know! I thought having it sealed on the counter was fine, but apparently not because it created moisture inside and started to mold 😦

Now that it’s September, the weather has cooled a bit, but not cool enough to wear flannel sadly. It’s OK though because I’m definitely feeling the `70s trend that’s been happening this summer.

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Today’s outfit:
Tank and bandana from Madewell
Circle skirt from American Apparel
Sandals from Sperry’s

Sautéed mushrooms with garlic and greens

Sautéed mushrooms with garlic and greens

After about three weeks of eating out, I knew I wanted to go back to cooking my meals, but I’ve become so removed from cooking at home that I didn’t know what I wanted to cook nor did I feel up for cooking anything remotely complicated. So this week I’m eating sautéed mushrooms with garlic, brown rice, and whatever greens I’m in the mood for.

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