What’s Cookin’?

It’s Memorial Day weekend and we plan on getting together rain or shine!  I’m excited to make some of our summer favorites this weekend.  BBQ Santa Maria Tri-tip, Ma’s Coleslaw, Homemade Salsa, Watermelon Salad.  Last summer a co-worker of mine brought a watermelon salad to work and urged me to try it.  I was skeptical, but had a bite.  Oh, I am so addicted now!!  It’s the perfect spicy, sweet and sour notes wrapped up into a very refreshing dish, fantastic for summer!  I took his recipe down, but made a couple alterations after making it at home, I urge you to try it, it’s so easy to make.

Audrey’s Watermelon Salad

1 Seedless Watermelon, cut into small cubes
2 cups of heirloom tomatoes, diced or small slices
1 Armenian Cucumber, diced or cut into half circle slices
1⁄4 cup Champagne Vinegar
½ Tbsp. Sugar
1 tsp. Kosher Salt
1⁄8 tsp. Ground Cayenne Pepper (to taste, a little goes a LONG way)
1/2 Red Onion, chopped into small strips
2 Tbsp. Extra-virgin olive oil
¼ tsp.Ground Black Pepper

1. Mix olive oil, vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper and cayenne together in a bowl.

2. In a large bowl, combine watermelon cubes, tomatoes, and cucumber.

3. Stir in the oil and vinegar mixture carefully

4. Cover and place in refrigerator for 1 hour

5. Serve and Enjoy!

Watermelon Tomato Cucumber Salad

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Lorna Jane ‘Warm It Up’ Workout Wear Challenge

I’ve always been somewhat of a fitness fanatic. I ran competitively for years and still can’t enter a 5k without sizing up my competition. But lately, I’ve put the running shoes on the backburner (although I ran an awesome relay race in the red rocks of Moab, Utah last weekend — more on that later). 

Instead, I’ve been really into (read: mildly obsessed) with a new type of workout called XtendBarre. A new studio opened in Salt Lake City last May and, since then, I’ve attended over 150 classes. Not only have I never felt more strong, but this class is FUN!  SUPER CHALLENGING, but always fun!  The workout is what I like to call ‘ballet-inspired pilates’ — it focuses on tiny accessory muscles to give you that long, lean dancer look — or at least as close to it as genetics will allow. 🙂 

Of course, it can always be tough to stay motivated. That’s why I was thrilled to hear that XtendBarre was offering a challenge in the month of May. Those that complete 5 classes each week during the month of March will receive an entire workout oufit — crops, tank and sports bra — from Lorna Jane — FREE! It’s always nice to have some extra incentive, especially in the form of cute clothes! 

I’m more than halfway there — just 9 classes to go. Have any of you checked out a barre method class? What’s your favorite way to work out? — [J]

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Happy Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day Card by RowHouse14 (Etsy Shop)

Mother’s Day Card by Ableandgame (Etsy Shop)

Mother’s Day Card by belleandboo (etsy Shop)

Mother’s Day Card (and Father’s Day) by Unify (Etsy Shop)

Mother’s Day Card by lacegrl130 (Etsy Shop)

Josh Ritter – Temptation of Adam (official video)

So excited that Josh Ritter is coming to Red Butte this year, in addition to everyone else they have lined up like Norah Jones, Andrew Bird, Bon Iver, Brandi Carlile, Diana Krall and more. Summer here we come!
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Hearty Gnocchi Recipe

This is one of my favorite meals, I think it is such a homey dish and really hits the spot when you need something hearty, warm and scrumptious.    Gnocchi is the star of this dish.  It’s a small dumpling that is made a few different ways: Potato, sweet potato, butternut squash (my favorite – can’t wait to show you how to make these), cheese, wheat, flour and egg, or breadcrumbs, among others.  Gnocchi is easily used when replacing potato or pasta in a dish, such as a Pesto (use Gnocchi instead of Penne or Cavatappi noodles).  It’s easily found in most grocery stores, but if you can’t find it there you can always get it online.  Scroll down for the recipe, and I hope you like it as much as I do. {A}

   Hearty Gnocchi
3 Tbs. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 White Onion – chopped
2 Tbs. Minced  Garlic
1 Box (16 oz.) Potato Gnocchi
2 16oz. cans of White / Northern Beans
4 Roma Tomatoes – Diced
1/2 bunch of Spinach leaves (or to your liking)
1/2 lb. of Italian Sausage or Spicy Italian Sausage
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 Frying Pans

Note: I like to cook the sausage in one pan and all the other ingredients in another at the same time, if this won’t work in your kitchen, just cook the sausage and set aside, then cook the remaining ingredients and add all together in the end… you’ll see!

1. Start cooking the Sausage in one pan on medium heat and cook until browned.
2. While the Sausage is cooking add the Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) to your other frying pan and put on medium heat.  Add in your onion and garlic and cook for about 4 minutes (until onions are semi-clear).

3. Add in Gnocchi and cook for about 8 minutes, Gnocchi will brown slightly and become plump.

4. Add in the beans, tomatoes, and spinach and let cook for about 5-7 minutes (making sure the beans get hot)

5. Stir in the Sausage to complete the dish

Serve and Enjoy!

Faux Ceramic Jewelry Tutorial

Polymer Clay Website has a great tutorial on making polymer clay jewelry pieces!  It’s going to be a busy Saturday, so if anyone gets to try this out, please email us some photos and let us know how it turned out, it looks like so much fun!

Gold and Black

The Inspiration:

Maxi Dress with Jacket


Beyond Vintage long knit dress
$249 – piperlime.gap.com

Irregular Choice knit jacket
$40 – modcloth.com

Luichiny black sandals
$45 – heels.com

Long earrings
$29 – etsy.com

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Our Version: $40
Jersey Maxi Dress:
Mustard Seed (purchased at Chic Belle for $25)
Black Jacket: Thrifted, a few years ago
Strappy Jeweled Shoes: New York Transit (purchased at Ross for $15)
Earrings and bracelets: have had them forever…