Around My Hood | A Walk In the [Frick] Park

Now that the temperatures are mimicking some level of consistency, Sunday plans are beginning to stretch past the brunching hour. Cloudless afternoons are a little hard to come by here in Pittsburgh so one must take advantage of the fair weather. Time spent at the Frick, followed by the refreshing taste of fro-yo, has become somewhat of a Sunday tradition.

Besides tulips and pink magnolias blooming this way and that, a walk in the park gives away subtle signs of Spring’s arrival. It’s pretty funny to think that in Texas they are nearing the hotter temperatures- the temperatures of summer. I am sweating just thinking about it!

The Frick is quickly becoming one of my favorite inner city getaways. I brought my camera along on my most recent outing to capture a candid spring and even more candid dogs.

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Hair….. um…. Harem Pants?

I fully intended this post to be an ode to this Spring’s on-again trend: The Harem Pant. Every single hair on my head begged to differ, and the focal point shifted from trendy bottoms to “Hey! Come see how good we look” -aforementioned hairs.

Remember the gaucho comeback of 2005? Yeah, I completely indulged in the Walmart version of those terrible pants. I thought the harem to be of the same nature, but thankfully these two styles are not cut from the same cloth (literally?). I spent a few hours contemplating out loud via social media If I could pull off this trend….. Image

 

Twitter was less than encouraging. I turned to one of my most stylish faraway friends for advice. Julie said they were a go, especially the pair(s) she purchased from H&M. Promptly after our conversation, I received an H&M Friend’s discount card in the mail from Julie, who also works as a visual merchandiser for the company. That and payday were the only nudges I needed to make my purchase. You bet your butt I got every color and print they had to offer except for leopard print! Meow!

WELCOME TO MY WEEKEND WEAR UNIFORM

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Also, see what I mean by my hair? I do not mean to brag, but it looks pretty great for not doing anything to it other than sleeping.

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Side note: I am desperately in need of a trim and springy/summery shoes.

Side note: I am so close to purchasing leopard print harem pants, pairing them with lots of gold jewelry and pink lipstick, and hitting up the casino. Time to channel Peggy Bundy!

Simply Sunday Scones

A few weeks ago, we hosted a murder house marathon brunch. I only say marathon because the day seemingly went on for forever, and the finish line was eating. I had the (dis)pleasure of not being involved in any of the preparations. That’s probably why we didn’t end up eating until dinnertime. Okay okay, that sounds kind of bitchy. I thought it would be harder for my control freak self to sit back and watch semi-strangers take over my kitchen, but the hangover I was nursing thought otherwise.

Scones were an “appetizer” the morning of marathon brunch. While they were tasty, they were the basic bitches of breakfast scones. Maybe I spend too much time on Pinterest/double tapping #foodporn on Insta, but fruit can’t not come to mind when I think of scones. I want something a little more hearty than cinnamon and raisins. After stalking my #womancrusheveryday’s website, I came across a simple recipe for a scone bursting with berries.

This is a great recipe because it is easily adaptable. I made an almost dairy free (if I would’a subbed margarine for butter) blueberry almond version. To say they were a hit would be an understatement. All the basic scones better bow down, because this recipe might just be the queen B of breakfast.ImageImage

Blueberry Almond Scones

2 1/2 cups flour + more for dusting (I used half all-purpose & half whole wheat)

1/4 cup sugar + 1 tbs for dusting

1 tbs baking powder

3/4 tsp course ground or kosher salt

1/4 cup roughly chopped raw almonds, toasted for about 15 minutes

3/4/cup (1 1/2 sticks) very cold butter or margarine, cut into cubes

1 egg yolk

1 tsp almond extract

3/4 cup sweetened almond milk

1 cup fresh blueberries

  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and almonds. Using your hands, a pastry blender, or even a food processor if fancy, work the butter into the dry mixture until it begins to form pea sized pieces. ImageImageImageImageImage
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together your egg yolk and almond extract. Slowly add in the almond milk, combining as you pour. Add the wet mixture to the dry. Your dough should be fairly sticky once fully combined. ImageImage
  3. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and flatten out with your hands. Sprinkle fresh blueberries, fold dough over, and pat down again. Repeat this process until all blueberries have been used up, about 3 times. ImageImageImage
  4. Form your dough into a circle and lightly flatten with the heels of your hand. Use a pastry cutter or a sharp knife to cut your dough into triangles. Transfer triangles to a greased and floured baking dish. I used a round 9 inch cake pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes until golden brown, rotating the pan halfway through. Let cool for about 10 minutes and serve. ImageImageImageImageImageImage

If I did not have to be at work before sunrise almost every day, these could easily become a daily breakfast staple. I would have saved some for the morning after, but they were just too good to not be completely devoured. I can’t wait to make different versions of non-basic scones using this recipe. A vanilla and orange blossom combination is dancing around my brain this very moment!

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Happy Baking!

Smells Like Spring Spirit!

Well, this week finally did it! Temperatures over 32 degrees! I know in my last post I mentioned in a complainy tone how much I love the cold, but I am not going to fight mother earth on what is simply natural. Spring was bound to show up.

When I think spring, I think of pastel colored eggs, robins and rabbits, and April showers (current Pittsburgh weather) that will bring may flowers AND probably more of those mother fucking, gross ass stink bugs. The arrival of spring makes me want to paint my toenails because I will finally get to see my feet on a regular basis. It also makes me want to buy every seersucker sundress Modcloth has to offer.

The only problem with Spring, besides the bugs, is that my wardrobe has to do a complete 180 from my regular all black everything. I love wearing all black. It’s sooo Park Slope, not to mention easy! And I normally go monochromatic for work. So I think for now, I will slowly add in color in, just like mother nature. A pastel accessory here, a sunhat there, maybe even some mellow yellow..While it may seem like it at times, Spring doesn’t just happen overnight.

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My sister and I really enjoyed the abundance of sunshine this week. It made for perfect outdoor photography weather! We even captured some real life light leaks!

I hope this weather is here to stay!

Smoothie Tuesday!

Some days of the week I am just so tired after working that I don’t feel like cooking. I really just want to drink my dinner…………but want to save the harder stuff for later in the week. My sister and I started Smoothie Tuesday last week as a means to accomplish this. The Blumers do Salad Mondays, and I think having a certain night of the week with a themed dinner takes away the stress of menu planning- thanks for the inspo, SheShe!

 

5 ingredients and less than 5 minutes make for a faster and healthier meal than some gross microwave dinner! This week’s red and green dinner reminded me a little bit of Christmas. I can’t wait to get more creative as we flip through the calendar!

Smoothie Tuesday #1

2 frozen bananas

1 pint strawberries, sliced

1-2 cups baby spinach

1 cup Greek yogurt

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

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Now to make myself watch HIMYM. Cheers to a great beginning of April and hopefully lasting Spring weather! ImageImage