To Make Ratatouille

 

     Hi there! I've always wanted to make ratatouille, and a frigid winter seemed like the perfect opportunity to roast a full pan of veggies. Ratatouille is super simple and healthy (that's all those veggies!), and it's the perfect thing to throw on pasta, toast, or meat. Get the recipe below!

Ingredients:

- 1 eggplant

- 1 tomato

- 1 red pepper

- half a red onion

- 1 zucchini

- 1 tbs. of rosemary

- 8 cloves of garlic

- 1 tbs. of thyme

- 2 tbs. of olive oil

- 1 tbs. of balsamic vinegar

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 and chop and all of your veggies! Quarters and slices will do.

2. Spread all veggies and garlic onto a baking pan, and drizzle with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and herbs. Bake for about 50 minutes, or until veggies are soft.

3. Remove from oven and let cool, then serve how you like! I picked a gluten-free pasta and sprinkled some Parmesan on top. So good. Enjoy!

For Art Appreciation

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      Good morning! For today's art appreciation, we are going to look at two little drawing I did a couple of years ago. They are so old in fact, that the sharpie I used on one has faded to red from lift exposure. So weird! Anyways, they are titles "Les Etoiles" which is French for the stars, and "La Lune" which is French for the moon.  

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      I used pen for the first one, and love the daintiness of the stars. I had thought about doing a particular constellation, but just ended up doing a random pattern instead. 

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     See the red! That was all black at first, but I guess the sharpie faded so much that it brought it down to the red tones in the ink. I still love it though, mostly because I've always loved crescent moons. It reminds me of the Cheshire Cats smile from Alice in Wonderland.  

      Thanks for reading, and have a great Sunday!

To Make Some Coffee

 

       Hey guys! I thought I'd share the best way (in my opinion) to make coffee. You can't go wrong with a french press coffee maker. It takes more time than say a Keurig, but if you actually care about the flavor and smoothness of your coffee, than it's worth the extra minutes. I started using one a few years ago, and haven't looked back! I plan my morning around making my coffee, and I love taking a few extra minutes to make my coffee perfect. A french press uses a mesh filter plunger to filter the coffee post-brewing. Using this method gives your brew a smooth and bold taste. It's very simple, and I love that it's not electronic. I've actually traveled with it before, which is another great perk. Check out the process below!

Step one - Always start with ground coffee. With french presses, I like a coarse ground coffee, so that my cup of joe isn't too thinned out. I put two and a half tablespoons at the bottom of the pitcher, and then add two cups of boiling hot water. 

Step two - After you add your water, let the coffee brew for at least 5 minutes, and then push the plunger through. Now, you are good to go!

To Pare Down Your Wardrobe

    

     Hey guys! Recently, I have been seeing articles on creating a capsule wardrobe everywhere. There are a couple of popular variations, and they are quite similar. Up first is the "5 Piece French Wardrobe" wherein you start with a certain set of basics and every season, shop for 5 items to add to your repertoire. They can be trendy or just something that catches your eye. The second variation is essentially the same idea, you just start with a set amount of pieces instead of certain items. Also, when you go shopping for the next season, you can shop for as many items as you want, but keep it in the same range of pieces you started out with. The second idea is the one I decided to go with. Both are mostly a practice in thoughtfulness and making life a little easier. However, I chose to go with the second one because I didn't like the idea of having a set list of basics to start with. My basics are not always what the next persons are, so I felt like there was more freedom with Un-Fancy's system.

     For this, I pared my clothes down to the suggested amount of 37 pieces, and while it was hard, I learned what I like most and how to appreciate it. I mostly got rid of tops, lots of tops. I'm pretty positive I only wear 6 or 7 on rotation. It was rough until I realized "Hey, I get to go shopping! Yayyyy!" First, I had to narrow down how many pieces I wanted to purchase, and what said pieces were. This is where I turned to Pinterest and Instagram to see what was up for fall. I decided on sticking with the 5 items, just seems like a good number. Listed below, they are:

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1. A wool fedora of some sort. I'd been intrigued by them for a while, so I took the plunge and haven't looked back!

2. Lace up flats. My new go-to's that go with literally anything.

3. Something rust colored, one of my favorite colors at the moment.

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4. High Rise Jeans. A classic that happens to be on trend.

5. A turtleneck! I can't believe I bought a turtleneck, but I love it.

There you have it! I'm loving this system so far, and I'll let you know what I'm going to be looking for in the spring, once it's time for the earth to thaw. For now, let me know if you've tried the capsule wardrobe and what you chose to shop for this season! Happy shopping!