Monday, March 31, 2014

OOTD: Aztec Sequins

Sweater Cardigan: c/o SWELL, Tee: CHARMING CHARLIES, Skirt: F21, Watch: BVLGARI

Friday, March 28, 2014

In The Kitchen: SHEPARD'S PIE


2 Cups Peas
2 Large Carrots
2 Cups Cauliflower (optional)
4-5 Small Potato's (if you choose to not use the cauliflower increase your potatoes to 8)
1 Onion
1lb. ground beef or lamb
1 tbsp butter
Milk (I use low cal Almond Milk but whatever you have is fine)
1 Packet of Shepard's Pie seasoning (or you can recreate it with Worcestershire & beef stock!)
Salt & Pepper to taste
Cheddar Cheese (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 Degrees F.

Wash and Peel your potatoes

Cut them into manageable sized pieces and boil with 1 tbsp of salt.

Did you know that if you put a wooden spoon/spatula across a boiling pot it won't boil over!!  It totally works :)!

While your potatoes are boiling away cut up your cauliflower into bite sized pieces.

If you have a food processor/blender you can use that but I don't so I'm going old school.  Put your diced cauliflower in a sandwich bag.

And give it a good couple of whacks with the back side of a pan!

By the time you're done with your cauliflower your potato's should be fork tender.  Drain out the water and mash!

Combine your cauliflower into your mashed potato's.  (The cauliflower is optional but it's super good for you! Heart healthy, lots of fiber and EXTREMELY low in calories - makes the potatoes feel like guilty lol)

A tbsp of butter, a splash of milk and season.

Add your Cheddar here (also optional.. but I love cheese and to me there's nothing better then cheesy mashed potato's!!)

Mix all of the ingredients together.

Break up and brown your ground meat of choice I used beef!

Add your diced onion and cook together.

Drain the fat and then add your peas and carrots.

Add your seasoning mix, water and cook together.

Spoon your Shepard's Pie filling into a baking pan and spread evenly.

Then spoon your cauliflower/potato mash on top.

Also spread evenly and bake for 30 min!


The Hubs says it tastes like a "warm hug" whatever that means lol.

If you want to be "fancy" you can put them into ramekins and make individual portions! :)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

OOTD: Lace & Tweed


Monday, March 24, 2014

OOTD: Zipped Up

Blazer: MANGO, Dress: F21, Watch: CHANEL, Earrings: NORDSTROM, Necklace: ZARA,

Friday, March 21, 2014

OOTD: Moto on Moto

Moto Jacket: BAMBOO SKY, Jersey Moto: F21, Leggings: VINCE CAMUTO, Shoes: CHINESE LAUNDRY, Handbag: CHANEL

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Cologne Blogger Meet-up!

One of the best things about blogging is that it's allowed me to meet some truly awe-inspiring people!! Susan and I have been "conversing" over blogger for some time now.  She was originally pursuing her Ph.D. in Maryland (my home state!) and is married to her husband who is a German National.  And is now continuing as a Ph.D. candidate here in Germany.

Chicken Karrage



Dan Dan Ramen

Eating delicious (& super legit!) ramen in Germany!!

Girl after my own heart.  

Her top three faves are Food, Shopping and Reality TV lololol!!!!

Ice Cream Caramel Iced Coffee

Vietnamese Coffee

We both got the coffee & blackonblackonblack memo hehe!


Matcha Green Tea Latte

Raspberry Macaron

"Original Pudding" - the richest, creamiest, densest Cream Brulee I've ever had.

It was really interesting hearing about her research especially from someone who has so much passion for what they do.  AND connecting with someone who is an American living in a foreign country and all of the trials, tribulations and inconveniences that go along with it.  It's so frustrating explaining to people that LIVE stateside and travel overseas for vacation that VACATIONING in a foreign country is ENTIRELY different then LIVING in one.  And no for the 72923874 time I DON'T want to visit every single church/building/tourist trap I come across.  The Hubs & I want to live (& travel like the locals do! ie. enjoy the food, shopping & people watching!).  And how we both TOTES miss Target muhahaha!  So grateful to finally realize I wasn't crazy lol!! 

I wish you all the best in your future endeavors Susan and I'm really looking forward to reading your published work one of these days!!! 

Digging in!!

Susan I had such an lovely time meeting both you and your husband.  Thank you for showing us a good time (and that hot mess that was going on behind us LOL!)

I look forward to to our next "double date"! :)