Friday, August 31, 2012

White Chocolate Pretzels

After making those fabulous red velvet cheesecake cookies, I had almost half a bag of white-chocolate chips left over. With the weather being as hot as it has been, I wanted to use them up ASAP. Otherwise, they were going to melt. However, I wasn't in the mood for a time-consuming and complicated recipe. So, I decided to make one of my favorite unhealthy snacks: white chocolate pretzels.

I used this recipe to help me out a little bit, but it's really not that hard to do. I'll post a really quick "recipe" in case you aren't sure where to start. Please note how loose this recipe really is.

White Chocolate Pretzels
Ingredients
-pretzels (as much as you want)
-white chocolate chips (as much as you have)
-sprinkles

1. Empty of all the white chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl. On low heat (about 60-70 percent), microwave the chips in 30 second intervals, stirring occasionally. While the chips are melting, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

2. When the chips are completely melted, take a small handful of pretzels and immerse them in the melted chocolate. Using a fork, fish out pretzels one at a time, transferring iced pretzels onto the cookie sheet. Decorate with sprinkles immediately.

3. Freeze the pretzels until chocolate hardens. I found that this took about an hour, but you could probably leave them in for another hour just so you're absolutely sure. Enjoy!


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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Fresh Tomato Salsa

At my house, my mom and I are constantly trying to get rid of tomatoes. My dad has four huge tomato plants, and he never does anything with them. The tomatoes sit on our counter, or in the fridge, until my mom and I get fed up, and decide to cook. Recently, we've made a lot of tomato-basil soup, inspired by the famous Nordstrom recipe. This week though, I was in the mood for some fresh salsa.

While I already have a chunky tomato salsa recipe on the blog, this one is a little different. The ingredients are more finely chopped, and this is a bit hotter. Either way, both are great. Random fact - I've had this recipe since sixth grade! I got in my home-ec class, and I was never able to part with it.

Fresh Tomato Salsa
Ingredients:
3 medium tomatoes (I used about 13. Some were really little, and some were decent sized. Did I mentioned we're trying to get rid of tomatoes?)
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
1/2 bunch fresh cilantro sprigs
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons sugar
1 juice of lime
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1. Quarter and seed tomatoes. Transfer to bowl. (For this recipe, I finely chopped mine. It's up to you!)

2. Cut the onion in half. With one half, cut into chunks, and throw into the mini chopper. Give the onion a couple of pulses.

3. After you have chopped the onion, cut off the tops of the jalapenos. Cut the jalapenos down the middle, and remove the seeds. Cut the halves of the jalapenos in quarters, and throw into the mini chopper. Give the jalapeno a couple of pulses.

4. Finely chop the cilantro. To the tomatoes, stir in jalapenos, onion, cilantro, garlic, sugar, and lime juice.

5. Season with salt and pepper.

And this is the end result!


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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Ombre Nails



As always, when I went to do my nails this week, I wanted to do something different! However, it can be hard to do something different when I don't have any new polish, and I have terribly shaky hands for doing artistic nail art. So, I decided to jump on the ombre nail bandwagon!

Personally, I loved how this turned out! I would love to do my nails like this more, but my red and pink nail polish collection is the only one big enough to do the ombre effect. Can you imagine how pretty blue ombre nails would be? A girl can dream.

From pinkie to thumb (which you can't see,) here's what I used.

Pinkie: Essie's "Fifth Avenue"
Ring: Essie's "Enuf is Enuf"
Middle: Essie's "Cute as a Button"
Index: Essie's "Van D'Go"
Thumb: Essie's "Fiji"

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies

Last week, I wanted to make something special for one of my friends birthday. I finally decided on this recipe for red velvet cheesecake cookies. All I have to say about these cookies is - they were extremely difficult to make! I did not expect to invest so much time into a baking project that only yielded 10 cookies! Granted, they were HUGE cookies, but only 10?

After I made these, my mom asked if I would do it again. I said I would, if it was under the following circumstances:

1. I really like the person.
and
2. I have a lot of time on my hands.

My biggest fault was that I didn't read the recipe the whole way through. Because I did not do that, I didn't realize there were two parts of the recipe that needed to be chilled, which meant the recipe took more time than it should. 

Below, I've copied the recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod. However, I have slightly altered the cream cheese filling, since I found this recipe made way too much. Hope you guys enjoy!

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies

Ingredients
For the cookies:
1 box red velvet cake mix
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 eggs
1/2 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the cheesecake filling:
2 oz of cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup of powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the white chocolate drizzle
1 1/2 cups of white chocolate chips

1. To make cookies, combine cake mix and flour in a mixer. Lightly blend until combined. Into the mixer, add eggs, oil, and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least two hours. The dough will be oily.

2. While the cookie dough is chilling, make the cheesecake filing. Using a mixer, combing cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth. Using a half teaspoon, scoop out cheesecake filling and place on a plate. Once you have ten balls, place your plate in the freezer, and freeze for at least two hours.

3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. To assemble the cookies, take about a 1/4 cup of of cookie dough, and flatten in your hands. Place a drop of cheesecake filling in the center, and wrap the cookie dough around the filling. Gently roll into a ball and place on prepared baking sheet. Make sure no cheesecake filling is leaking out the dough. Only bake 3 cookies at a time (these will expand, and they will be huge)! Bake for 11-13 minutes, or until the cookies begin to crackle. Let cookies cool on baking sheet before transfer to cooling rack.

4. Melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave for about a minute with 70 percent heat. After a minute, stir the chips, and place them back in the microwave for 30 seconds at 70 percent heat. When the chips are completely melted, pour into a gallon-sized plastic bag, and drizzle over cookies. Let the cookies set until the chocolate hardens, and enjoy!

Note: You will probably want to keep these in the refrigerator. 






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Friday, August 24, 2012

A week in Instagram







The past couple of weeks, I've been doing A LOT of travelling! Mind you, it wasn't very far from home, but I really enjoy getting out and exploring new places. There's so much of this world to see, and I want to see as much of it as I can! So, this week in Instagram, you may notice that my photos are good representation of where I have been traveling recently. Enjoy!

P.S - If you aren't already, follow me  on Instagram (heytherekatrina) and Twitter to stay up to date with me!

1. Getting interactive with the Titanic exhibit at the National Geographic Museum in D.C.

2. My charm bracelet is almost 100 years old! I love vintage jewelry.

3. A hazy rainbow after a quick afternoon shower.

4. The Pittsburgh skyline on a cloudy day.

5. Hanging out at PNC park to catch a Pirates game.

6. Colorful fireworks after the game!

7. Taking a walk in downtown Pittsburgh.

8. Grabbing a sweet lunch from a food truck while hanging out in D.C.

9. The biggest neccessity for travelling through D.C.

10. Heading to my bf's first high school reunion!

11. A giant mountain of nachos at Busboys and Poets.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

A year ago today..


Dress: Juicy Couture
Shoes: Steve Madden
Necklace: Lauren Ralph Lauren
Sunglasses: Betsy Johnson
Belt: Amiee Lynn
Bag: Coach

As I pulled out this dress this morning, I got a funny feeling that I had worn this exact same outfit about a year ago today. When I went to go back through my archives (see, blogs are good for something!), I found out I was right!

Funny how much things have changed since then. On this day last year, Maryland had a earthquake (which is obviously pretty rare). I was just starting my senior year of college, and was excited for what the future had in store. Thankfully, there was no earthquake today. In addition, now I'm unemployed and done with school. Let me be the first to tell you - being done with school is not fun. Stay in school forever! Pin It

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Comfort Over Fashion?



Cardigan: Anne Klein
Dress: BCBG Max Azria
Shoes: Jessica Simpson
Necklace: Lauren Ralph Lauren
Bag: Kate Spade

Another day, another interview. And today, I decided to make one of the worst fashion decisions. See those cute patent-leather nude pumps? I've never worn them before, and stubbornly decided they were the only shoes that went with my outfit. However, with the amount of walking I was going to be doing, I knew they were going to tear apart my feet. So, I packed a pair of cheap flip-flops in my tote for the walk, only putting on my new shoes minutes before my interview.

I can't believe I've become one of those people. You know, like those moms who wear tennis shoes and socks with their tights and business suits? Not a good picture. But, I was not about to spend the majority of my day limping around the city. Pin It

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Something Has to Give!



Blazer (borrowed from mom): BCBG Max Azria
Skirt (borrowed from mom): BCBG Max Azria
Tank: Banana Republic
Shoes: Coach
Bag: Coach
Necklace: Vintage

Seriously, I would love it if someone would just give me a job by now. I've been on so many interviews (I shouldn't complain, I know), but I'm just sick of talking about myself! There's only so much I have to say. Plus, I hate it when I can tell the interviewer isn't listening! You know when you're talking about your skills and past experiences and the interviewer is just nodding their head, saying "uh-huh, awesome!" after every comment? That drives me nuts! Okay, I'll stop complaining, I swear, but this is frustrating.

Anyway, today I was off to meet with a recruiter who is going to help me find a job. Although I probably didn't have to get all dressed up in a suit, I still wanted to present the most professional front that I could. When every little thing matters, there is no excuse for giving anything but your best!
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Friday, August 17, 2012

Just Keep Interviewing



Shirt (borrowed from mom): I.N.C
Skirt: BCBG Max Azria
Shoes: Lauren Ralph Lauren
Bracelets: Coach and Sergio Lub
Belt: J. Crew

Do you see what I mean about the interview heavy posts? My apologies, but I feel like that's all I've been wearing! All I can do is hope that something is going to come through.

Today, I was off to D.C. for a position with a consulting firm. While most people might think that this might call for a more conservative approach, based off the reviews online, I got the feeling that the company wasn't super old fashioned. Thankfully, I was right! Of course, you want to dress for the job that you want, but I still thought this was appropriate.

Just like on Tuesday, I was browsing in my mom's closet again for the perfect thing to wear. This time, I found that by borrowing just one piece, I was able to gain the inspiration I needed for a great new outfit. Paired with a basic black skirt and a cobalt blue belt, I was ready to go!

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Babysitter Interview



Shirt: Ralph Lauren
Pants: Delia*s Warehouse Sale
Shoes: Steve Madden
Sunglasses: Betsey Johnson
Bag: Coach
Belt: Gap

If you couldn't tell based on my last couple of posts, I have been going on a lot of interviews. Am I complaining? Not really. But talking about myself for an hour, researching potential interview questions, picking the perfect outfit, and figuring out how I am going to get around the DC, Md., and Va. area is starting to get to me. Can't someone just offer me a job already?

Anyway, my interview today is little different. Today, I have an interview for a potential babysitting gig. Truthfully, I'm not quite sure I want the job even if I am offered it. The hours are limited, and if someone else makes me a permanent job offer - I want to be able to take it immediately. However, I am trying to keep an open mind. I really can't sit around unemployed any longer. 

Naturally, my outfit for today's interview didn't need to be nearly as dressy as an outfit for a traditional interview. Still, I wanted to look relatively professional. I decided to go for a half business/casual outfit. I kept my outfit business looking by starting with a classic white button-up. Then, I decided to wear my black skinny jeans for a casual component. Finally, I decided to keep my accessories to a minimum. I felt like all my outfit needed to finish it off was a pair of simple sandals and a leather handbag, so I left it at that!

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Monochromatic pt.2



Dress: Tocca
Shoes: Target
Bag: Coach
Necklace: Vintage
Belt: Charlotte Russe

Even though I just did a monochromatic look yesterday, I loved it so much I decided to do it all over again! Plus, I have been waiting to wear this dress forever, and today couldn't have been a better day. 

I've talked about on my blog before how sometimes I feel like my ensembles have a "theme." Today is definitely one of those kinds of days. My theme today is "50s waitress." I mean really, just give me an apron, a menu, and some roller skates, and I could fit right in an old school diner.

I got this dress at a consignment shop in NYC, with the tags still on it! For whatever reason, I was kind of afraid to wear it for awhile, but I'm glad I decided to finally take the plunge. Because I tend to keep outfits like this a little on the costume-y side, I paired my gingham print dress with knock-off keds, a vintage necklace, and a bold belt. A great outfit for hot summer day!

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

4 Shades of Grey



Dress: Laundry by Shelli Segal
Blazer: Anne Klein
Necklace: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Shoes: Coach
I should preface this post by saying I literally borrowed every piece of clothing in this outfit from my mom. Naturally, you would think that having a closet that was as stuffed as mine, that I should have plenty of options for interview appropriate attire. Of course, that's not the case. I was feeling particularly uninspired today, and decided that I was going to play dress up in my mom's closet! 

Also important to note, this is outfit really isn't "me" at all. I typically love wearing bright colors and fun, attention-grabbing pieces, but today, that just didn't feel right. Instead, I went for a subdued, monochromatic look, and loved how it turned out! Picking pieces that are all from the same color palette almost always works, and makes for an ensemble that is chic and pulled together.

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Walking Contradiction



Jacket: Betsey Johnson
Pants: J. Crew
Shirt: Victoria's Secret
Glasses: Kate Spade
Shoes: Hunters

If you read my most recent outfit post, you would probably tell me that this outfit was a contradiction of everything that I just said. Unfortunately, I would have to agree with you. But of course, this is how things like this always turn out. After all my whining about just how hot and humid it has been, today it poured just about all day and was only in the 60s! A complete 180 from how the weather has been recently.

Anyway, a typical rainy day like today usually means that I would lounge around in sweats, eat junk food, and watch Gossip Girl. However, of course I had plans today! Which meant I got to wear my cute new rainy day outfit staples - like my bubble gum pink Hunters!

I've been waiting to get Hunters forever, but I just couldn't justify the price. Plus, there were so many colors to choose from - I couldn't pick just one. I decided I would just ask for Christmas, and put them out of my mind. However as I'm sure you all know, just when you stop looking for something is exactly when you find what you're looking for (like my Theory shirtdress). So, while shopping at the Nordstrom rack near my boyfriends (which I swear is where I get all my best deals, like my Burberry sweater), I found these Hunters! It was the only pair they had, they were my size, and they were on super clearance since they had been previously owned. When I saw they were only $30, I knew I just had to have them! I was not going to find a better price, and I loved the cheerful color. 

I also got to wear my new raincoat! I resisted buying a raincoat for a long time because I wouldn't buy one that didn't have a hood. What's the point of getting a raincoat if it doesn't have a hood? So when I saw this versatile hunter green color Betsey Johnson on sale at Nordstrom Rack (I'm telling you, my favorite store), I jumped on it! I love all the pockets, the fun zippers, and of course the hood.

To finish off my rainy day outfit, I decided on my J. Crew minnie pants, and a super soft cotton tee shirt. This was the perfect outfit to fight off the rainy day blues, and I'm happy I got to wear some of my new rainy day pieces!


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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Enuf is Enuf and Cloud



When it comes to doing my nails, I'm not always super adventurous. Glitter is one thing. But other than that, I am constantly trying to think of different ways to do my nails. Typically, I just do one accent nail (ring finger), and I use a color that is very similar to the rest of my nails, or I use glitter.

However, this time I decided to do something a little different. Not too crazy, mind you, but enough that is felt different for me! First off, I did TWO accent nails - my ring and index finger! Crazy right? Then, I picked a color that was on the complete other side of the color wheel! It reminds me of the Red Hat Society. You know, those old ladies who wear red and purple all the time? Well, maybe you don't. But that's what my current manicure makes me think of - and I kind of love it! Pin It

Friday, August 10, 2012

An Honest Summer Outfit


Tank: J. Crew
Skirt: Lilly Pulitzer
Shoes: Steve Madden
Glasses: Kate Spade
Bag: Coach
Bracelet: vintage

This summer has got to be the most humid on record in Maryland! Or at least it feels that way. Everyday when I step into the car, my glasses fog up, my legs stick to my leather seats, and I immediately begin to sweat! It's very unpleasant. So, I make every effort to dress in clothing that is lightweight and will not stick to my skin all day.

I know on all the other fashion blogs, girls seem to get away with wearing long pants and long sleeve tops all the time in the summer! However, I don't know if they live in Canada or they just don't get outside or something. Lets be honest, that's not realistic! It's hot, it's humid, and I cannot be bothered with jeans in the summer. 

Anyway, the point I'm trying to get at is that my outfit is an honest representation of something that you can wear when it's a 100 degrees outside. Although it's probably not going to make you feel any cooler, wearing a light colored cotton tank will certainly help! Paired with a hot pink mini, this is the perfect way to beat the unbearably hot weather. 
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Thursday, August 9, 2012

A week in iPhone Photos





For once, I'm up-to-date on my Instagram posts. So, I can truthfully say these are all from the last week. I know this doesn't sound like a big deal, but it means a lot to me! I am developing better time management and organization skills every day. Woot woot!


Without further ado, read on about the little details in my life.


P.S - Follow me on Instagram (heytherekatrina) and Twitter to stay up-to-date with me!


1. A nice crumbly cinnamon-sugar doughnut muffin, fresh out of the oven. Yum-o!


2. The Black-Eyed Susan; Maryland's state flower.


3. I got to see the sea lion show at Hershey Park last weekend! I sat in the "splash" zone, and ended up getting drenched! Not how I wanted to spend most of my day at the park.


4. Essie's "Fiji" nail polish, and my Lilly Pulitzer keychain.


5. Walking down the back-to-school aisle at my local Target made me super nostalgic. Why can't I buy school supplies too?!


6. Also spotted at Target (I never will really leave), super cute Duct Tape! I wish I had a purpose for it.


7. My mom accidently spilled the entire box of Lucky Charms on the floor. Whoops...


8. While shopping yesterday, I saw a dress I was instantly attracted to. When I walked over to it and grabbed the tag, I saw the style of the dress was named after yours truly! No wonder I liked it so much at first glance! Pin It
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