Date Night

How important is date night? When you’re not home 7AM-6PM (M-F), your boyfriend is back in school getting his MBA, so not home till 10PM some nights, you just got a new puppy, you’re balancing living away from home for the first year (AKA:dinner planning, weekly lunch planning, where is all this laundry coming from!?, dishes galore, didn’t I just go grocery shopping?,maintaining the garden, forget about putting my clothes away, studying for Dental Admission Test( uhh?),training for the bike race, GYM? (why do I still pay for a membership?),blogging, keeping up with friends & some sort of social life, schedules, too many weddings, baby showers! (so happy for my BFF!), the list goes on and on. I may or may not over-commit story of my life -really!

So yes, the time for your significant other can be slim- even if its just cuddling in bed.. the puppy cries and we keep him in bed so cuddling and that minimal alone time we had together can be a challenge now!

Date night is VERY important. 

I’m excited to go out with my handsome guy tonight. I made a reservation via Open Table to an Italian restaurant in the North End… Think wine (bottle, please!), warm bread, Chix Marsala, fresh cannoli, …. Is the work day over yet?

I need to plan my outfit! Its chilly out so I’ll mix in some Fall-inspired items along with a pop of summer… Not ready to let it go fully!

Xo,

Happy Friday!

Oh, I found some fun, creative  date ideas (cheap too) on Boston.com! Once the pup gets older, I’ll have to plan a VT trip – my absolute favorite esp during Foliage season! – so soon!

Cycling 50-miles to help young girls!

Helping young girls around the Boston area find a good, strong role model.unnamed

So, my BF’s boss signed him up for this road race for MS 3 years ago. He legit got on a bike- not a regular bike you get for your 5th birthday, but a bike that costs around a grand – I’ve seen some for 8 grand$$$ (craze) done up with skinny tires, clip in shoes with some type of carbon frame.  Nico rode from Boston to Ptown, cape cod – like 180 miles! uhm yeah I’m exhausted driving my car that far – forget having to peddle my way there.  Check out the page to support MS and ride yourself next year!

but yeah funny thing, I ended up buying myself a road bike last year and since I’m in the Big Sister program felt the need to sign up for this race in honor of the organization….We are raising money on behalf of Big Sister Association of Greater Boston for the 2014 Rodman Ride for Kids. This ride is the #1 single-day athletic fundraiser in the nation supporting at-risk kids.

There’s my pitch for donations. 100% goes to support these wonderful children in the world we live in today!

Click Here To Support Karina Mroczko’s Rodman Ride Page   unnamed (1)

 

p.S. How I’m going to ride the 50 mile portion?… I don’t know! Since getting a pup, my training has slowly disappeared!! Better gear up this weekend and put some major miles on … someone is going to be sore!

 

Tofu Scramble (Vegan)

I went Vegan for Lent, so 40 days. I made sure we finished everything that comes from an animal before we started so we wouldn’t be tempted. When I say, we, I’m saying I made Nico do this with me! He did it more by default since I was the one grocery shopping, packing lunches and making dinner while he started grad school ..  When we got back from our Jamaican vaca- all inclusive, so alcohol and food all the time non stop – We needed a cleanse which is how the 2 things came together (Lent & Cleanse) = Vegan Challenge

Anyways, his cousins got me this book for our housewarming party. ISA DOES IT – all Vegan recipes. At first, I didn’t’ know what Vegan was.. I thought vegetarian- only eat vegetables- no meat. okay can’t be that hard. But when I realized Vegan meant NO animal products whatsoever, I knew I had a challenge ahead of me. Being for Polsih decent, there really isn’t a meal that doesn’t include some type of meat.. Kielbasa, hello! or dairy- Sour cream on top of CHEESE Pierogie — yummmy, sour cream on top of everything for that matter!  (My 1st Vegan Bible-Legit amazing!)

So Nico’s cousins (my inspirations for this challenge) have been vegan for 5, going on 6 years now. I will have them guest blog soon to offer up some advice and give insight into why they went Vegan and the benefits/challenges they face…

But in the meantime, let me go ahead and share this Tofu Scramble Recipe– I had my friend over last night and she requested I make her this b/c its that delish!! I  usually make it at the end of the work week; when I have leftover veggies and need a way to wrap them all up into something easy and good. I usually pair it with potatoes pancakes, vegan garlic bread, in a sandwich, with a salad, on top of quinoa… anything you feel like really!

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Tofu scramble with some Vegan Garlic Bread (recipe coming soon)

Tofu Scramble by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

  • Tofu Scramble
    A perfect scramble for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
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    Ingredients
    1. Spice blend
    2. 2 teaspoons ground cumin
    3. 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed with your fingers
    4. 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
    5. 1 teaspoon salt
    6. 3 tablespoons water
    7. 2 tablespoons olive oil
    8. 3 cloves garlic, minced (or more, to taste)
    9. 1 pound extra-firm tofu, drained
    10. 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
    11. Fresh black pepper to taste
    Instructions
    1. First stir the spice blend together in a small cup. Add water and mix. Set aside.
    2. Preheat a large, heavy bottomed pan over medium high heat. Saute the garlic in olive oil for about a minute. Break the tofu apart into bite sized pieces and saute for about 10 minutes, using a spatula to stir often. Get under the tofu when you are stirring, scrape the bottom and don’t let it stick to the pan, that is where the good, crispy stuff is. Use a thin metal spatula to get the job done, a wooden or plastic one won’t really cut it. The tofu should get browned on at least one side, but you don’t need to be too precise about it. The water should cook out of it and not collect too much at the bottom of the ban. If that is happening, turn the heat up and let the water evaporate.
    3. Add the spice blend and mix to incorporate. Add the nutritional yeast and fresh black pepper. Cook for about 5 more minutes. Serve warm.
    Notes
    1. You can include these additions to your scramble by themselves or in combination with one another.
    2. Broccoli – Cut about one cup into small florettes, thinly slice the stems. Add along with the tofu.
    3. Onion – Finely chop one small onion. Add along with the garlic, and cook for about 5 minutes, until translucent. Proceed with recipe.
    4. Red Peppers – Remove stem and seed, finely chop one red pepper. Add along with the garlic and cook for about 5 minutes. Proceed with recipe.
    5. Mushrooms – Thinly slice about a cup of mushrooms. Add along with the tofu.
    6. Olives – Chop about 1/3 a cup of sliced olives. Add towards the end of cooking, after mixing in the nutritional yeast.
    7. Spinach – Add about 1 cup of chopped spinach towards the end of cooking, after mixing in the nutritional yeast. Cook until completely wilted.
    8. Carrots – Grate half of an average sized carrot into the scramble towards the end of cooking. This is a great way to add color to the scramble.
    9. Avocado – I almost always have avocado with my scramble. Just peel and slice it and serve on top.
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K’s Closet – Look inside my personal style

Layers
I love layers for many reasons – #1: the temp change from outdoors to indoors (&vice versa). How quickly you can go from 100 degrees outside to be freezing inside (think: grocery stores). I frequently wear blazers or cardigans over basic tee-shirts and dresses, as well as wearing scarves and tights. This really plays with proportion and not only helps with the temp change, but can make your outfit!

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Vintage                                                                                                                                                        A lot of my pieces are vintage, or at least vintage-inspired 😉 I LOVE looking through thrift or vintage stores to find some unique items—Bonus: they’re usually really cheap and you wont be seeing anyone else with that exact piece!

Prints
From floral sundresses to embroidered skirts to stripe and polka dot printed tees, I love to wear a lot of different patterns especially when I mix and match. The key though is to either wear different patterns that share a color scheme or use similar patterns (like small polka dots and large polka dots.)

Colors Although the majority of my day-wear is in neutral colors like black, white, camel, navy, grey, brown, and olive, I do try to add pops of color. I don’t often wear outfits with more than one major color – my outfits are generally neutral with a splash of color here and there. Investing in high-quality neutral items is a great way to create a wardrobe that is versatile while still being visually interesting. Items like classic blazers, well-fitting jeans, solid-color dresses, leather jackets, and blouses can be remixed again and again into numerous different outfits. This is also a really easy way to get dressed: you just mix together some neutral basics and then add one colorful piece.Layers, Blazers, Basics

Girly Details
In addition to being retro-inspired, my style is also quite feminine. I often gear towards dresses or skirts and pieces with lace or floral detail. I adore shirts with a fun collars. Collars are my everything – probably has something to do with being in a Catholic school uniform for 13 years!


Shoes                                                                                                        I may or may not have too many shoes- depending how you look at it. Anyways, I believe I have high arches- legit wearing flat shoes HURTS the bottom of my feet. My mother never wore flats – not even sneakers for gym class back in school- so I know I get this shoe thing from her.  My Bf doesn’t get it – but then again he’s a boy so why would he! Don’t get me wrong, I got some Free Runs for the gym, original Toms and sandals for the summer – I’m trying to mix in more flats, but I prefer and do look for a small lift- small heel in everything! Ankle wedges and Ankle booties are my everything!

Accessories                                                                                                                                         Part of what makes a look so put-together and what helps clothing turn into outfits are accessories. Sunglasses, a statement watch, and large scarves – never underestimate the power of a good scarf! This is an easy way to dress up an otherwise basic outfit.

Take Risks
Despite usually sticking to my tried-and-true wardrobe pieces, I will occasionally take fashion risks (My friends always question me when I tell them what my outfit is going to be!) Like high-waist wide leg pants, menswear-inspired outfits, over-alls, wedge sneakers or just anything that you think wouldn’t go well together! Not being afraid to try out avant-garde looks is an important factor to my style.
I try to never look overdone – I love to appear effortless, as if I just rolled out of bed and threw on the first thing I saw (which is rarely ever the case haha…I usually try on a few pieces before I go with my outfit – but no one needs to know that 😉

Motto: Look good do good! Try not to leave the house until YOU (and only you) feel comfortable and happy in what you have on 

Similar Style : Rachel Bilson, Blair Waldrof, Olivia Palermo, Kate Bosworth, Miranda Kerr

Stores: J-crew, Banana Republic, Urban Outfitters, Brooks Brothers, Anthropology, American Apparel, Second-Time-Around, Buffalo Exchange…

Xo,
KPM

Book Club -1st Read

A few ladies at work decided to start a BOOK CLUB. Anyone still read out there? Well, let me tell you – get back to reading the old fashion way- grab an actual book!  It’s great. Our first book will be “The Farm” by Tom Rob Smith.

Find the book here

TheFarm