Quick and Refreshing Cucumber Pasta Salad

photo 2 (6)During finals week, I was eating really unhealthy, skipping  meals and lacking some fruits and veggies. Halfway through the week, I decided I needed to start taking care of my body by actually eating some things that would be good for it. I made a quick trip to Trader Joe’s and since I was still pressured on time with more studying to be done, I decided I’d quickly whip together a cucumber salad. But upon realizing how hungry I really was, I cooked some shell pasta and mixed it together making a pasta salad instead.

Ingredients:
3 diced Persian cucumbers
1.5 cup halved grape tomatoes
1.5 cup halved grapes
1/2 diced yellow peppers
1.5 cup small cooked shell pasta

Dressing: (mostly estimated to taste)
2/3 cup Olive Oil
1.5 tbs Honey Mustard
1 tbs lemon juice Sugar to taste


This recipe is pretty straight-forward. Chop up all your veggies and fruits, cook the pasta and let it cool, and then combine them all in a large bowl. The dressing just consists of all the ingredients mixed together well, especially the mustard. Once mixed, toss the dressing with the salad and you’ll have a deliciously quick pasta salad to eat!

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Sunshine and Rompers

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I’ve never been a huge fan of rompers as they’ve become more and more popular lately. The usual and most common rompers are too flowery for my taste and way too short for my body type. I don’t feel comfortable in one because I usually feel like my butt is hanging out. However, when I found this particular romper at Forever 21 the other day, I fell in love.

I love the length of this piece, it’s longer than most rompers and so much more classy. The top is a drape front and the bottom are patterned prints. Drape front tops are one of my favorite style trends lately because they’re so simple yet elegant. Paired with a simple pair of black heels and simple jewelry, this look has easily become one of my favorites and I’m excited to wear it again!

Mother’s Day Herb Planters

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Some of you may have seen this photo from my post late last night on Instagram. My friend and I decided it’d be fun to do something useful and nice for our moms as a practical Mother’s Day gift. We came across the idea of making some herb planters and absolutely loved the idea. This project is relatively simple, especially if you have any experience with plants. I’m awful with gardening and anything that has to do with plants but I was able to make these. It’s simple enough for anyone!

My mom has a green thumb and already grows a lot of her own herbs so it was pretty difficult for me to find some herbs she wasn’t already growing. Gloria and I bought some herbs from our local Home Depot which had a plethora of herbs available. I settled on two arugula plants and a pot of chard. Gloria bought rosemary, basil, and a pot of cilantro for her mom. They turned out pretty great and they’re great gifts for moms who love to cook with herbs or just for anyone! I’m tempted to make some for my own apartment.

Materials for a set of 3 planters:


3 Empty cans (we used 20 oz canned pineapples but you may want to use a 29 oz can for larger plants)
pea gravel
3 herbs of your choice
a roll of Burlap
ribbon
extra soil
tacky glue
scissors
3 clothespins
ink pen

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Step 1.
If your cans aren’t empty yet, empty them. Remove the labels, wash the cans, and dry them.

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Step 2
Put a layer of pea gravel at the bottom the cans, just enough to cover the bottom

Step 3
Put enough soil in the can to cover the gravel completely.

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Step 4
Place one of your herbs into the can. Don’t be afraid to pull a bit at the roots to loosen them and loosen the dirt. These herbs are much more resilient than you would think or look.  Once the herb is potted, fill up the rest of the can if needed with more soil. Then clean off the outside of the can before you start the next step.

Step 5
Cut enough burlap to wrap around the can, be sure it doesn’t overlap too much. Mark four dots evenly spaced out along the short edge of the burlap and match it up to the other end to draw four more dots in the same corresponding spots. Cut small slits in the burlap where the dots are marked.

Step 6
Use the tacky glue to glue the burlap to the can but do not glue down the short ends. You’ll want these ends to be loose enough so you can string the ribbon through in the next step.

Step 7
Thread the ribbon through starting from the bottom or top, then tie a bow with the ends.

Step 8 
Write the name of the herb on the clothespin and clip it to the edge of the planter.


Now you have a cute little herb planter! Repeat these steps to make as many as you want!
You can also modify this project to your liking by tying the ribbon all the way around the can, rather than threading it through the ends of the burlap or even using patterned wall paper instead of burlap.

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On the windowsill!

 

Try it out yourself and let me know how it goes!

 

 

Teacher Appreciation Jar

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Today was National Teacher Appreciation day and I’ve been volunteering at an Elementary School in the Seattle Public School District this quarter so I wanted to make a little something to show my appreciation to the wonderful teachers I get to work with every week. This DIY was pretty last minute because I had a really busy weekend and didn’t have much time to compile materials. But this jar of goodies is perfect for any teacher and can be customized very easily. I chose to fill my jar with goodies like highlighters, pens, chocolate, and starbursts but it can easily be adjusted to a color theme or personalized to the specific recipient.

Materials:
Mason Jar (with or without handle)
Highlighters
Pens
Chocolate
Starbursts
Ribbon (you can just used one color or multiple, I chose to use three different strands)
Appreciation template
Hole puncher or Needle (I didn’t have a hole puncher available but I had a needle)
String

Steps:

1. I had found teacher appreciation tags templates from Pinterest  but I wasn’t able to edit it to colors I liked. So I took the inspiration from there and created my own template while modifying it a little bit for my taste. Feel free to use the template here (Teacher Appreciation Template)! If you can print the template out on cardstock, that’d be best but I didn’t have any available to me so I just printed the tags out on regular printer paper and mounted them onto colored cardstock.

2.  Stuff jar with the goodies you’ve chosen. I put the chocolate in first, then the pens, and the filled the rest of the jar with starbursts.

3. Punch a hole at the top of both tags or poke a hole with a needle. Thread the string through the holes with the small tag on top of the larger one and set them aside.

4. Cut the ribbon and tie a pretty bow around the mouth of the jar.

5. Take the tags that you’ve strung string through and tie the tags to the ribbon around the mouth of the jar.  Snip off the extra string and Ta-da! You’re done!

These jars are such easy gift to make and personalize!

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Happy National Teacher Appreciation Day!

Baked Egg in Avocado

I love avocado like none other.

Honestly, I can’t remember when I started loving it but I’m pretty sure there was a time in my childhood that I wasn’t so appreciative of this fruit. But now, I absolutely love it. I love it in my sandwiches, as guacamole, and also just by the spoonful so when I started seeing eggs being baked inside becoming all the rage, I just had to try it.

One morning, I had some extra time on my hands and I had some avocados in the fridge so I decided the time was right. I had some eggs in the fridge and a tomato. Aside from that, I wasn’t sure what else I could eat with the avocado and egg without having to go out and buy ingredients. I remember reading somewhere that feta cheese could go really well and I happened to have some so I took that out too. This recipe is super simple and as long as you have eggs and avocados, you may not even need to run out to the grocery store. You could definitely put anything you want on the avocado/egg but I just used ingredients I happened to have on hand and it turned out delicious!

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Baked Egg in Avocado

Ingredients:
1 Ripe Avocado (sliced in half,pit removed)
2 Eggs
Salt
Pepper
Feta Cheese

Steps:
1. Preheat the oven to 425 F.

2. Scoop out 1-2 tablespoons of the avocado from the center so when the egg you crack will fit in there.

3. Season each avocado half with salt and pepper to your liking and then place them on a pan.

4. Crack one egg in each half being careful to let the yolk out first and then filling the rest of the crater with egg white. It’s absolutely okay if it runs out of the crater.

5. Place pan in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. This really will vary depending on the size of your avocado and eggs. Make sure the egg whites are completely cooked through when they set and you can remove the avocados from the oven whenever you’d like. I prefer my egg yolk just a tad bit runny still but if you like your egg completely cooked through, leave them in a little longer.

6. While the avocados are busy baking, dice some tomatoes. You can also use salsa if you’d like. When the avocados are done baking, place your desired amount of tomatoes on the top as well as feta cheese.

7. Enjoy!