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20 April 2015

Bucket List: 8. Eat the best lobster roll in NYC


8. Eat the best lobster roll in NYC.

Check.

Remember when I posted here about my Springtime bucket list? I'm checking stuff off, you guys.

This baby is from The Sea Fire Grill. I was in heaven the whole time I was eating it. And, it was (almost) worth every penny- I think it was like $23, but I was prepared for that. What I wasn't prepared for what how teeny it was.

This bun was basically a hot dog bun. But, it was still so delicious!



The salad that came with it was so yummy. Chickpeas, olives, red peppers, cucumber and onion- a great addition to the meal.

Was it the best lobster roll in NYC? Its hard to say. But, I'm happy to go back and do more research ; )

P.S. How sad are you guys that The Anchor doesn't have a lobster roll on the menu anymore?

16 April 2015

Green BEAN Delivery is having a contest

You guys. I know by now you've heard of Green B.EA.N Delivery. Especially if you're a long time reader because I posted about them here.

Now the coolest thing is happening! They're having a recipe contest!

Now, if you are anything like me, and I think some of you are, you LOVE contests. Mostly because you love winning. Specifically, you like winning stuff.

Stuff like really fancy grill accessories. I'm talking a wok, grilling planks, a cook book. Or maybe you have been thinking about trying out your green thumb. You live in a house now. You have a back deck. You LOVE homegrown basil. You can win a super cool chalkboard planter. Or, perhaps you are trying to get your kids to eat healthy. You can get them more interested with fun things like chalkboard place mats and training chopsticks. (I just googled chalkboard place mats and now I want to go buy some). Not to mention you will win a Green B.E.A.N. gift card, which is basically like winning gold.



So here is how the contest works:

You can compete in any or all of the following categories:

Chillin & Grillin
Quick, Easy & Kid friendly
Lavocore
Veggie Side
Pack-and-go Healthy Lunch

I'm thinking chillin and grillin is a must. I'm already brainstorming ideas- so watch out, y'all.

Come up with an original recipe, and submit it to greenbeandelivery.com/recipecontest any time between now and May 22nd. Hashtag #platedproud on social media, you guys. You can do one recipe per category. And if you win, your recipe will be featured on their website. (And mine- because if you win, I will hunt you down for a guest post.)

Stay tuned, because I will definitely be blogging my recipes.

Here is a copy of the press release for more detailed information.




What category do you want to compete in? Already have a recipe in mind?
Good luck you guys!

15 April 2015

On lists



How ridiculous is this trend of lists happening on the internet right now?

5 beauty hacks you never knew you needed.
10 reasons your dating life needs an overhaul
20 things you can no longer do in your 20's

Stop telling me how to live my life, internet.. gawd.

Who is writing these lists? Why are they the authority on my success as a human? Since I'm 27 and I have no kids and I'm not married, does that mean I'm not allowed to turn 28? Why isn't anyone talking about the stuff that sometimes happens because we don't have it all together like Buzzfeed/Cosmo/Elite Daily says we should?

YOU AREN'T MY REAL MOM, Huffington Post! YOU CAN'T TELL ME WHAT TO DO.

Everyone has their own path, set of rules, way of living. Why isn't that okay?

I have a friend who has been married for 5 years. She's turning 24 in a month. I have another friend who is single, looking to switch careers and has 2 roommates. She'll be 29 this year. I have a friend who hasn't been in a relationship in 5 years, and another who has been in love twice in the last year.

I have a friend who doesn't work a salary 8-5 job, and another who puts in 60 hours a week at the office. Some own homes, some rent apartments, some live with their parents, and others aren't completely sure what they are doing at the end of this month.

I have a friend who takes her dog on a 3 mile run every morning, and another who asked "Do you think I can sneak wine into a water bottle to walk my dog tonight?"

And you know what, all of these people are doing great at life.

It is not enough that a list exists for every-single-thing you do in life, but these lists ALWAYS paint some unattainable false picture. No one ever talks about the embarrassing things or the messy things or the scary things. No one instagrams the picture of the egg they dropped on the floor or the renter's insurance bill they forgot to pay. (Both things that happened to me this month).

There is nothing wrong with living the kind of life that works for you. There needs to be a list about the stuff that happens that in real life, not the over-filtered, all smiles, fairy tale of perfection.

With that I offer you:

The 7 Things That Sometimes Happen When You're 27.

1. You drink an entire bottle of wine. On a Wednesday. All alone.
We've all been there. Your day was terrible. Or maybe not. But you get home and pour yourself a glass of wine thinking "I'll just have a glass before I start the laundry". The next thing you know, you've binge watched 6 episodes of the Unbreakable Kimmy Schimdt, you're drinking from the bottle and its 11:30.

2. You let your trash can sit on the curb for 3 days after trash day.
Or 5. Sorry neighbors.

3. You just start to ignore his texts.
We know we should reply. We should tell him thanks, but no thanks. You had a nice time but you just aren't interested in taking it any further than that date. He deserves an explanation! We all do! It is the mature thing to do! Oh, look, a cat video.

4. Cookie dough is breakfast.
And you eat it in bed. Still wearing last night's outfit. With your roommate's dog. At noon.

5. Hand soap is face wash.
I'll go to sephora/ulta/target tomorrow. Besides, I like to coconut and ginger scent! Lie. now your face is super dry and your BB cream can't solve that problem.

6. You forget to RSVP.
Sorry Shannon, I know it was super annoying to have to track me down to see if I was coming to your wedding. My RSVP did not get lost in the mail. I still have it. It's been 2 years!

7. You skip doing the dishes.
I know it's just one plate because I had leftovers, but I just can't even tonight. And then I forget about it the next morning, so I have to put the plate in the oven so the dog won't lick it while I'm at work.

True story- I have a bowl in my oven right now, an you know what? That's fine.




14 April 2015

Why does swiss cheese have holes?

You know when you were little and cartoons let you believe that Swiss cheese was holey because a little mouse was taking bites out of it? Why didn't anyone point out how disgusting that is?

Today I was I was having snack time at work, (yes, I have snack time) I found myself wondering what the actual explanation is for this.

Here is what I found out: Because, science.



And there ya have it.

13 April 2015

Dee Does NYC

You know you've had a busy vacation when you feel like you need a vacation to relax after your vacation.... vacation.

A few weeks ago I went to New York to visit my sister and my friend Maria. What a blast!

I have a few posts to share with you guys in the coming weeks, but here is a little sneak at my trip:


There was fashion


And all of these lights


And beautiful flowers


And this cozy tea shop


And these beautiful cakes


And art from the Highline


And this amazing view of the city from Williamsburg

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

09 April 2015

Guest Post: Monica Doing Life and 5 Ways to Liven Up a Room

Hey babes!

How have you been? I just got back from a week in New York visiting my sister! It was a super fun, action packed week. New York is non-stop! I can't wait to share some of my trip with you guys next week!

I'm excited to share this guest post with you all today! My friend Monica recently started a great blog called Monica Doing Life and it is fabulous! She is full of fresh ideas, honesty, and realism that I think a lot of bloggers are afraid to put out there.

Since I knew I would be so busy with my trip, I asked Monica to do a feature post for me, and I am super excited to share...

My Five Favorite Ways to Liven Up a Room
Via Monica Doing Life:

1. Treats
Whether it’s for yourself or for your guests, treats always make a room feel warmer and more comforting.  I typically change them up to coordinate with the season or upcoming holiday.  The most affordable option (and my personal favorite) is wholesale candy.  Buying it in bulk makes it cheaper and less painful to replenish when you or your guests decide to indulge.
Where to Purchase: If you are not a member of Costco or Sam’s, stock up after big holidays, like Valentine’s Day or Halloween!  Stores discount their candy an unbelievable amount to clear the shelves.




2. Candles
They literally lighten up a room.  I typically pick scents to match the season when I can and keep the scents consistent throughout rooms.  If you’re not a fan of scented candles or have a sensitive nose, unscented candles lighten up a room just as well!
Where to Purchase: I tend to stay away from big name candle brands because they are way too pricey.  My absolute favorite candles come from Hanna’s Cozy Home (www.hannascozyhome.com).  All products (including 100% soy candles, scented wax tarts, reed stick diffusers, and soaps) from Hanna’s Cozy Home are literally homemade by Hanna.  The scents are delightfully unique and not too overpowering (my favorite is honeysuckle).  If you’re not a fan of online purchasing, Hobby Lobby, At Home (previously Garden Ridge), and Michael's are also great places to buy candles at an affordable price.



3. Greenery
Nothing brings life to a room more than life itself.  As odd as it seems, plants have a way of cheering you up.  Succulents, ficus, and areca palms are the easiest to keep alive.  If you are a frequent traveler (like Carmen Sandiego) or have a tendency to kill plants easily (like me), those are my top three suggestions.
Where to Purchase: Lowe’s or Home Depot I've found to have the best selections.



4. Color
I’m a matcher.  I like finding a piece of artwork or random memento and collecting items to match to liven up the room.  Whatever the color, finding small things that pick up that color can not only liven up the room, but make travel and shopping a lot more fun!  You’d be surprised how many unexpected finds you’ll come across once you select an accent color.  Additionally, once you've started a good collection, guests that have been in your home begin to pick up on your search too!  My husband and I have collected cobalt blue items to fill in the built-in in our bedroom and it makes me feel so warm to know people see cobalt blue and think of me.
Where to Purchase: Wherever the wind takes you!  The search is half the fun, so once you've chosen a color, let the search begin!



5. Cleanliness
It may sound strange, but keeping a clean home can actually brighten your mood and lead to more productive thinking.  Clutter has a tendency to distract us and derail our thought process, so keeping a clean home can change your mood for the better and lead to higher productivity.  Additionally, clutter-free rooms have a tendency to feel bigger!  If you’re working with a small space, clearing clutter can make all the difference in the liveliness of the room.  The best part?  It cost $0.00!  It is 100% free to reorganize a room and clear out clutter, but the impact is tremendous.



[This post is in conjunction with Monica's post on Spring Cleaning. Read more here.] 

Also, follow Monica Doing Life on Instagram here

01 April 2015

Dishes with Dee: Roasted Tomato and Mozzarella BLT

Everybody.
Oh. My. God.
This BLT is everything.

You know what makes it everything? Roasted tomatoes. I can't get enough of them! I love how they take on this earthy sweetness that you definitely don't get from tomatoes otherwise.
You know what take it a step further? Mozzarella.
And you know what really sends this sandwich to the next level? Balsamic reduction. Oh my goodness you can't go wrong with this combo.


To. Die. For.



Roasted Tomato and Mozzarella BLT

Here's what ya need:
1 ciabatta roll
2 or 3 slices of market bacon- I used center cut black pepper
1 ripe tomato
1 thick slice of fresh mozzarella cheese
1 large handful of arugula
about 2 Tbsp of balsamic reduction (directions below)


And here's what ya do:

1. Preheat oven to 325. Slice tomato into 1/4 inch thick slices. Drizzle with a touch of olive oil and a dash of salt. Roast for about 30 minutes.
2. Cook bacon in a large skillet. Drizzle ciabatta with olive oil and grill in a grill pan, cut side down until golden. Make balsamic reduction: in a small sauce pot, gently boil balsamic vinegar until it reduces by half and has a syrupy consistency.
3. Assemble your sandwich! Bread, bacon, tomato, mozzarella, arugula. Top with a generous drizzle of the balsamic reduction.
4. Let your mouth explode.