Roasted Potatoes and Bacon Wrapped Green BeansThis recipe is the perfect duo to any meal. Chicken, pork, steak, fish or even alone. Roasted Potatoes and Bacon Wrapped Green Beans is a great go to when you need a side to accompany your dinner meal. The bacon wrapped green beans is one of the few ways I can get The Beard to enjoy green beans. Whatever I have to do, I’ll do.

You’ll Need:

  • 1 pound fresh green beans, snap off the ends
  • 1 pound bag of baby red potatoes, halved
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of rosemary, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 slices of bacon, cut in half

 

Roasted Potatoes and Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

Get your potatoes started first as they will take longer to cook. Set your oven to 400 degrees and while it warms you can begin preparing the potatoes. On a baking sheet, toss the halved potatoes, salt, rosemary, pepper and olive oil. Make sure everything is evenly coated and spread evenly throughout the sheet, then toss in the oven.

Roasted Potatoes and Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

Make sure you snap off the ends of the green beans and then blanch in a pot of water. You don’t want to over cook the beans, but give them a nice hot bath for 2-3 minutes.

Roasted Potatoes and Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

Remove them immediately and set onto a paper towel to dry. You can shock them in ice cold water which would stop the cook immediately, but seeing as how they weren’t in the pan for too long, there’s no need to go through that process. Plus they will continue cooking in the oven here shortly, so no harm no foul. Assembling the bundles is so easy. One piece of bacon down, small handful of green beans, wrap then lay seam side down on a baking sheet. It’s that easy. Repeat the process until you run out, which should yield 8 bundles.

Roasted Potatoes and Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

Toss these into the oven to cook with the potatoes. Your potatoes will cook for approximately 15-20 minutes, and the green beans 10-15 minutes. You want the potatoes to be slightly crispy on the outside but cooked through on the inside. Your green beans should have a slight snap to them still and not have turned soggy from over cooking. No mushy beans needed here.

Once done assemble with the rest of your meal and voila!

 

 

 

 

 


You guys! It’s finally coming together. Well, my vision for the room at least. With my mother as my partner, and The Beard handing over full control (because he knows it will be a thing of beauty once done) the room is finally coming together. From the beginning we all said that an all pink room was out of the question. It’s just not us. We can shower our little girl with all pink things but the room should be something that is versatile and lasts longer than the first year. It needs to embody the spirit of a girl but be feminine and classic at the same time. A dresser and crib have been hanging out for a while now and we are constantly online shopping for new ideas. My mom found THE PERFECT bedding pattern and has given me so much inspiration for this nursery. Without her, none of this would be coming together so perfectly. She really does have an eye for this kind of stuff. The room originally came together because of this cart. Yes, a cart! I found my original inspiration from Taylor Sterling’s nursery/office makeover and felt I could relate. Limited space and not enough storage for all things baby. This cart was our very first piece purchased and set up in the soon to be nursery. From there the color pallete evolved because of the color of the cart. The aqua was a must and soon we combined lime green, white and pink to our mix. You’re might be thinking “lime green”?? Well hear me out. This bedding was the bedding to end all searches and all my worries. THIS bedding became my dreams for this room. The Bebe Jardin collection by Carousel Designs became my most sought after piece for this room. I had to have it. Nothing else compared. And yes it has lime green in the print. But it’s beautiful and perfect for this soon to be little girls room. Thanks to my mom, this bedding has been in my dreams. So here we are…29 weeks pregnant and finally getting our room together. We have an inspiration to go off of and more items to start gathering. But at least we have a plan and know what we are after. Only 11 more weeks to get it all together and prepared for this little bundle of joy. Nursery Inspiration Curtains – Target :: Chair – IKEA :: Pillow – Nordstrom :: Pink Throw Blanket – One Kings Lane :: Crib – Babies R Us :: Comforter – Carousel Designs :: Crib Sheet – Target :: Cart – IKEA :: Lamp – Pier1 :: Dresser – IKEA :: Area Rug – Target :: “You Are So Loved” print – Houzz


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There comes a time when you need to count your pennies and you may not be able to afford that $60 jar of night cream this time around. As competitive as the market is, there is bound to be something that can work for you that will be pocket friendly! So many products out there mimic each other, have the same ingredients and have the same features/benefits. But we learn towards the brand names and the higher price tags thinking that they are providing us the best and highest quality out there. Sometimes this isn’t so true and we can easily get away with a lower price point item that will do exactly what we need. I’m not saying this is true for all cases but more times than not, this is true. Don’t go out there and start buy all drug store items and tossing away your high end beauty supplies. Do some research before you head out to the store next and see what you may be able to save on and what items you should splurge for. This month I got around to comparing 5 different types of products. Some I have and love, some I was new to try and some I was convinced to invest in.

The Makeup Lady – Steal vs. Splurge

  1. Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in “Happy Birthday” vs Ulta Nail Lacquer in “Pinata-yada” – This one is a no brainer. Just by looking at the colors you can see how identical they are. Save your pennies on this one and go for the $6 Ulta purchase.
  2. Lancôme Bi-Facil Double Action Eye Makeup Remover vs Sephora Instant Eye Makeup Remover – I’ll admit I am that person that fully believed all eye makeup removers were the same. Until I tried the Lancôme Bi-Facil.  Sephora’s version has a hard time removing waterproof makeup and with the Lancôme it came off in one pass. I will be splurging on this one.
  3. Diorshow Mascara vs L’Oreal Original Voluminous Mascara – I hate to say this but the L’Oreal proved to be just as good as the Diorshow. That breaks my little makeup heart but it’s true. The wand is practically identical and I didn’t notice a difference in the formula. Save and go with this money saving steal.
  4. Clarisonic Cleansing Device vs Olay ProX Cleansing Device – We all know I love my Clarisonice and I have raved about it since the beginning of the year. But there is no comparison. Olay’s ProX line gets a lot of great reviews and so does their cleansing system. But when used side by side, it can’t even top the Clarisonic. Save up for this splurge and thank me later.
  5. Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleansing Cloths vs Simple Skincare Cleansing Facial Wipes – Another one of those that breaks my heart because we know how much I adore the Philosophy brand and skincare system. But I found the Simple wipes to be just as effective and happier on my wallet.

 

-Jamie of The Lady and The Beard


HSWI April 2014

These pink themed ‘How She’d Wear It’ posts are really making me crave more pink in my closet, especially after putting together this post on how to wear pink from ‘day to night’. I’ve always felt that pink is too girly, especially light pinks and blush, and part of that has to do with not knowing what colors to pair with light pink pieces. Part of the problem is that I have a lot of rich, dark colors in my closet that make light pink feel out of place. Black however, is the great equalizer and for the night outfit I chose a leather pencil skirt which adds edge to the very soft pink blouse. The day outfit is still soft and feminine, but takes the palette the other direction to muted colors like olive green and light gray. The key with pink from day to night is that the texture and color of the other pieces have to stay balanced against the pink piece in both sunlight and moonlight – the pink can’t be too dominant during the day, nor too submissive at night.

How She’d Wear It with Style and Cheek – Pink Day to Night                       

1. J.Crew Pre-Order Sparkle Cardigan

2. Blank Orchestrion Clutch from Anthropologie

3. Ray-Ban New Youngster Sunglasses

4. Tai Alphabet Necklace

5. J.Crew Seamed Motorcycle Pant

6. Peach Gallete Top from ModCloth

7. J.Crew Pearl Open Bangle

8. Sam Edelman Nahara Jeweled Sandals

All I want right now are sunglasses and delicate jewelry. These two things are perfect with these pink outfits because I chose to add such masculine colors and pieces. The olive green motorcycle pants become a relaxed and cute choice when paired with a cool cutout tank and cozy cardigan. Showing off your cute sandals is a great way to accent a look beyond accessorizing. It’s a tough trick to not lose a pink this soft against the stronger colors of the surrounding pieces, but the colors here are all just muted enough to let this very delicate pink hold the spotlight. This feels like an easy springtime choice that will keep you comfortable and cute for when that 70 degree day turns into a 50 degree night.

How She’d Wear It with Style and Cheek – Pink Day to Night

1. Elizabeth And James Lafayette Cat Eye Sunglasses

2. Rococo Clutch from Anthropologie

3. Zara Shirt with Pockets

4. Zara Leather Stiletto Shoes

5. Elizabeth And James Mies Stud Earrings

6. Elizabeth And James Astral Pendant Necklace

7. TOPSHOP Leather Panel Pencil Skirt

For the night look I went with a simple, sexy outfit. Pink and black has always reminded me of punk; you know, hot pink and black, maybe with a mohawk and spiked collar. This is not what I wanted people to think of when they thought of black and pink together so I chose a light pink, almost blush and paired it with a black leather skirt. I chose a piece that exudes rock n roll, yet the outfit looks very feminine and sexy. Go for a relaxed blouse, even a silk long sleeve button down, but with a sturdy skirt it’s good to balance it with something soft. I didn’t even realize as I made this collage that I used multiple Elizabeth and James pieces – Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s label. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, the Olsen family has good (or at least interesting) taste!

- Julia of Style and Cheek

 


Spring Fling Spring Fling Spring Fling Spring Fling

It’s warm enough that I can bare my legs. As pale as they may be, it’s nice to free them from the winter confines of tights, leggings and jeans. I haven’t busted out the sandals yet but dresses are the first step. I was never a lover of dresses as a teen and in my 20′s. Years of being teased for skinny long legs left me covering them up and hiding what I should have been showing off. These days, I’m aware that long legs are sexy…and by sexy I mean they make my look tall. So why not show them off to the world, in the most proper way possible. This look is another dress combo that I threw together. A sleeveless dress paired with a blouse makes an instant new dress. Plus it fools everyone which I love. Repurposing old pieces into new trends is my new favorite thing.

Dress (old) – similar Target :: Bracelet – vintage? old? from my grandma (similar here) :: D’Orsay Flats – ShopRuche :: Earrings – Ann Taylor (similar here) :: Blouse – Target


Life With The Lady

Our Life With The Lady post last week wasn’t mean to offend or upset anyone. As a friend brilliantly pointed out, I seemed to come off professional yet to the point. I guess it was obvious I was slightly frustrated on the topic? But again, it was just me releasing thoughts and hopefully you all understand where I (and we) were coming from.

The internet is a wealth of information. Some good, some bad. As much as I troll the internet on a daily basis I’m bound to find something useful. My hours of trolling has helped supply some resourceful pregnancy/maternity blogs. I warn all other pregnant ladies out there, that some mom-to-be sites are dangerous and are a deep dark hole you don’t want to go down. Mommy forums are not the place you want to be if you’re having any doubts on any topic related to pregnancy. You’re bound to read something you didn’t want your eyes to see and then you’ll be filled with doubt and emotions and your significant other won’t be able to control your hormones. Trust me.

But with the bad comes a lot of good. There are a lot of great websites and blogs devoted to all things mommy, fashion, beauty and even great information for the dads as well. I want to share all of my current reads in a blog roll type fashion. Even if you’re not pregnant some of these still provide a great read or two on a daily basis.

Prêt à Pregnant – quite possibly my favorite. Recommended to me by another mom-to-be, this website provides everything related to pregnancy, fashion, health, beauty, streestyle, baby fashion, trends and celebs. It’s a guilty pleasure for all things maternity.

The Honest Co. Blog – If it’s good enough for Jessica Alba to create and back this company, then it’s definitely good enough for my baby. I like their blog and website just for the out of the box different topics they cover. Everything you need to know about natural products that are safe for you and your baby.

The Small Things Blog - Like many others I learned about Kate and her blog from Pinterest. She provides great hair tutorials, which I still use to this day. She is a recent mom so her tips on must haves, her own trial and error and deal with a newborn are absolutely relatable.

Rosie Pope Blog – Did anyone else watch Pregnant In Heels? If so, then Rosie Pope’s name will sound familiar to you. She may sell fashion, but she’s more than that. From her own journeys and struggles she has created a maternity lifestyle brand reminding you of all things to remember and consider. Birthing plans, hospital travel bag and making your own baby food.

MonMum – All things street style and fashion when it comes to dressing your bump. If you’re in a style rut, turn to this site for style inspiration.

Pregnant Chicken – Thought provoking and important pregnancy related topics are what you’ll find here. Some topics seem taboo for most (such as stillbirth) but they cover it to keep every women informed and in the know. But you’ll also find fun posts such as the New Dad Survival Guide.


Friday Favorites

The Beard is off this Saturday which means baby room prep time! Hopefully we will have a chair, footstool, maybe curtains and a rug. I have yet to purchase bedding because I’m waiting and crossing my fingers for an Easter sale to purchase the baby bedding of our (my) dreams.

This week Friday Favorites is mainly dedicated to the songs I’m currently singing to on repeat. The weather has been holding up and been continually nice and warm the past week so I have had plenty of opportunities to drive with the windows down belting out my favorite tunes. I’m sure the baby and the passerby’s at stop lights really enjoy my singing. And while my musical taste is questionable, at best…please try and enjoy my recent picks.

And of course some pretty pictures from this week as well.

Kiernan Shipka. Stop it. You’re way too pretty.

Friday Favorites

and Michelle Williams for Louis Vuitton.

Friday Favorites
Some words we should always be aware of

Friday Favorites


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Rain, rain go away. It’s officially Spring, as if I have announced that enough, which means goodbye snow and hellllooooo rain! They say April showers bring May flowers so I guess we must suffer through the downpours to see the beauty on the other side. The downside to rain is that it can put a damper on your daily fashion. Even if you’re not one to go all out, rain brings out gray gloomy feels. You may find yourself gravitating towards darker colors because why waste the fun prints and colors for rainy days? Luckily for all of us there are a lot of great looking rain pieces that will help brighten the mood and become more functional than your typical cotton jackets and canvas flats. Think rain slickers, trench coats, printed umbrellas and even rubber handbags. Yes, rubber handbags. These days everyone makes something for the rain and it’s offered in the colors of the rainbow. Find your favorite pieces that will help the rain roll right off your back and protect your Spring prints underneath.

Trends With Benefits - Rainy Days

  1. Patagonia Arborist Rain Trench
  2. Hunter Original Tall Gloss Rain Boot
  3. Futai Clear Bubble Umbrella
  4. Hunter Original Clear Tote
  5. BCBG Stripe Infinity Scarf
  6. Chooka Duck Rain Skimmer
  7. Topshop ‘It’s Raining Cats and Dogs’ Umbrella
  8. Eric Javits Rain Fedora
  9. J. Crew Icon Trench Coat
  10. Topshop Short Parka
  11. Chooka Posh Dot Rain Boot
  12. Eugenia Kim Floral Print Turban Headband
  13. Burberry Wellington Rain Boot
  14. Hunter Original Clear Smock
  15. Marc by Marc Jacobs Isa Umbrella
  16. Furla Candy Mini Bauletto Bag
  17. Hunter Original Sandals
  18. Maison Michel Rain Bonnet

 

 

images via pinterest :: Lipstick and Ruffles :: pinterest :: Kendi Everyday :: tumblr


Homemade Tortillas

This recipe also came from Style Me Pretty Living and obviously accompanies the pork tacos in the best way possible. I’m not a baker, I’ve never claimed to be and I’ve expressed my concerns over baking before. It scares me beecause it can easily turn out horrible and you’re left with a trashcan full of ruined baked goods. We were desperate because we didn’t have tortillas on hand so I decided to consult the tortilla recipe for some guidance. It couldn’t be that hard, right? Ours didn’t turn out as pretty as the Style Me Pretty recipe but they did the job. It’s my first step in baking and using flour more often.

You’ll Need:

  • 3-1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons of salt

 

I used vegetable oil instead of lard or crisco because it was the only thing I had on hand. With that being said, I think it worked out pretty well with my substitution.

Homemade Tortillas

Pour all dry ingredients into a bowl along with the vegetable oil. Do not mix. Slowly incorporate the boiling water, in small bits, while combining with a spatula. You may not need to use all of the water, but you’ll know when to stop. You want the “dough” to be combined but not too sticky. Once combined, knead the dough into a ball with your hands, then let it rest on the counter, covered, for about 15-20 minutes.

Homemade Tortillas

After the waiting period, pull the ball out and cut into pieces. 12 for smaller tortillas, 8 for larger tortillas. Roll each section into a ball and set aside.

Homemade Tortillas

Warm up your skillet or pan to prepare cooking the tortillas. Take each ball and gently roll out into a round flat tortilla shape. The easiest way I found was to roll, turn 1/4, roll, turn a 1/4, roll, turn 1/4 etc. Continue until you get to the desired thickness.

Homemade Tortillas

Cook in the pan or skillet for approximately 2 minutes on each side.


Pork Tacos

This pregnancy is either a really good or a really great thing for my cooking skills. I’m not starting to venture out into unchartered territory such as these delicious pork tacos. Stay tuned after this post for how I made the tortillas because yes I went there as well.

We decided to venture out from our typical chicken recipes and experiment with pork. I typically don’t care for pork just because of the way it’s normally prepared (well besides bacon). Pork tacos are typically pretty delicious but I will be honest and say that I was slightly nervous to even tackle this recipe. I knew it couldn’t be too challenging but I HAD to try it. I found the receipe on Style Me Pretty Living and tweaked it a bit. The original recipe called for stove top and oven cooking, but quite frankly I don’t have time for that most nights. The Beard suggested tossing it in the crockpot for a slow, all day cook so we gave it a go. I’m not sure if the flavor was compromised this way but I will say……omfg delicious. Try the crockpot way below, or if you have time, try the original from Style ME Pretty.

You’ll Need:

  • 3-4lbs boneless pork butt
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 3 teaspoons of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped roughly into large pieces
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth

 

Now this seems like a lot of chili powder, however if you select a smokier flavor in your chili powder, versus a spicy version, you’ll reap the benefits of a slow cooked smoky tasting pork.

To get started grab your crock pot, and toss in the pork butt. If you can’t find pork butt, a pork loin will work as well. Next, mix all of your dry ingredients into a bowl and combine. Take this mixture and pack it onto the top of the pork. It’s kind of like creating a brown sugar, chili powder, cumin crust.

Pork Tacos

Then combine all your wet ingredients, stir to combine, and pour in and around the pork. Crush up your garlic and toss those in along with your onion pieces. Cover, set to low for 7 hours and you’re done.

Pork Tacos

Once done you can remove the excess liquid and reduce on the stove as a side sauce, or to retoss with the pork. Since it has cooked all day it will take nothing more than tongs or one fork to break apart the pork into a delicious pulled pork amazingness.

Pork Tacos

Top with your favorite guacamole, salsa, cilantro and of course some lime. Make your own tortillas or use your favorite go to store brand. Or do as The Beard did with left overs and just eat with chips and a fork. Warning, it’s addictive!

Pork Tacos