April 1, 2014

Kale Chips Galore

Hello again! I know it has been a while and for that, I'm sorry! Life has thrown a lot my way in the last month, thankfully all good things. While making kale chips the other day, I remembered that Gina of Pregaming with Coffee said she wanted my recipe. The thought of disappointing her is too much to bear so here you go, my kale chips recipe, which Rich and I use regularly. By regularly, I mean ever day. Happy Spring, no jokes here!

Lil Hil's Kale Chips (Ha!):
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut fresh kale into pieces equal to chips in size. Combine seasoning (anything you'd like, I love lemon pepper) and olive oil in large bowl and mix together. Add in kale bits (chips once cooked). Mix and make sure that kale is lightly coated, but not saturated. Place flat on baking sheet. Place in over for 4-5 minutes, turn to other side and bake for another 4-5 minutes.

All ovens are different, if your chips are turning brown and crispy, take them out of the oven and put the rest back in. It's all about how your oven works for you.

February 4, 2014

Blizzards and Meetups

Zara knit turtleneck (similar), Zara leather pants (similar), Zara over-the-knee boots (similar), Urban Outfitters faux-fur hat (similar), Coach purse (similar)

If anyone has been following the winter in the Midwest lately, I better have your sympathy. BOO mother nature, BOO. One of these days, you will see an outfit sans chunky knit. This weekend Gina, from Pregaming with Coffee, and I went to a blogger meet up, hosted by the beautiful ladies, Rachel, Jessica and Abby. We ate all kinds of delicious Super Bowl food (mentioned meet up happened Super Bowl Sunday), chatted and swapped clothing, shoes, jewels and home goods.  It was a blast meeting other bloggers from the area and exchanging thoughts and ideas and overall gossip. Can't wait for the next meet-up guys, but next time, let's wait until Ohio thaws out.

Because of the terrible wind chill and cold temperatures, I decided to wear over-the-knee boots with a chunky knit. After trying on the outfit with a pair of regular jeans, I decided I needed to add some monochromatic spic to the outfit. Welcome fur (faux) hat and leather (faux) pants to the outfit! Hello Ohio blizzard outfit!

Don't forget to participate in tomorrow's Fashion{Insta} on A Monochromatic Diary. Just tweet/instagram @hilraiser and include #amdfashioninsta in your post.

January 28, 2014

Dressing for #ArcticBlasts

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There is yet another "arctic blast," "polar vortex," "frigid temperature" thing going on right now in NE Ohio. Can you hear the excitement in my voice? No? Good guess. Spring is around 50 days away, that's a little over a month and a half people, the countdown is on. So while multiple campuses are closed today because of the frigid temperatures, I thought I would share some more ideas for dressing for this weather. My idea of outfits for the bitter cold revolves around multiple layers. I love the idea of layering a bulky parka over a leather jacket. And large, warm socks under boots to keep the toes warm. I really do love the winter and the clothing that comes along with it, but I secretly cannot wait to let my toes peek out of peep toed shoes and wear short sleeves again (gasp!).

January 27, 2014

Banana Ice Cream

Richie and I are huge fans of eating clean, most of the time. And a lot of my guilty pleasure eating lies with that delicious summer treat, ice cream. A while back I saw this recipe, from Gwenyth Paltrow, for ice cream made with bananas. While skeptic at first, I decided to give it a whirl. Now I cannot stop making it. Occasionally I will substitute the almond milk for soy and almonds for walnuts (pictured in this post). It's a perfect treat with a lot less of the guilt you might get after eating a bowl full of traditional ice cream. I suggest giving it a whirl, I guarantee you'll enjoy it.

4 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced into thin rounds
1/4 cup roasted almonds, finely chopped
2 tablespoons plus 2 tsp maple syrup, divided
1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Place banana slices in a single layer on a plate or tray lined with parchment or wax paper; freeze at lease 3 hours. In a bowl, combine almonds, 2 tsp syrup and salt. In a food processor, pulse frozen banana slices, milk, vanilla and remaining 2 tbsp syrup. Spoon into bowls and sprinkle with almond mixture.