Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Little Projects — Big Results

It seems like we’ll be in our homes for the foreseeable future, I’ve rounded up a little list of projects you can do around your home that will have a great impact in your space!

1. Alphabetize your Spices
This was a 10 minute project that completely simplified my cooking!! No more hunting around for the spice, I know generally where it’s at. And I know it’ll just get easier as I start memorizing where they are located.

2. Match your Tupperware and Lids
Once everything is together, downsize the mismatched stuff, and prepare to be amazed at how easy breezy your Tupperware area will be from now on!

3. Try on all your ____
I’d recommend jeans, or sweaters, tops, or dresses. If you hate it on your body, or wouldn’t purchase it again, or the idea of wearing it makes you feel depressed, get rid of it. As the space is left with only your favorites, you’ll love the inspiration you get from your curated closet.

4. Recipe List
Make a list of all your favorite meals to make. This simplifies dinner planning during the week. I recommend categorizing into hamburger, pork, chicken, noodle, seafood, steak etc so you can pick from a few categories and keep things fresh. If you’re sick of your current rotation don’t be afraid to try a few new meals!
Two new recipes I’ve loved lately:
Creamy Shrimp snd Zucchini
Butter Garlic chicken bites with Asparagus

5. Categorization
Pick an area that is stressing you out- bathroom products, your cleaning supplies etc. Get into that closet or cabinet and organize all your things by type. Once they are grouped, store they together. If you find you have a ridiculous amount of something, feel free to purge!

6. Color Coordinate
Whether it’s a bookshelf, toys, phone apps, or a closet- organizing by ROYGBIV is pleasing to the eye and easy on the mind. It also helps you find things! (Because we typically think visually in color.) While there’s no guarantees it’ll stay that way if you have little helpers, you’d be surprised how fast they can pick up on sorting by color!

7. Clean the catch all
The catch all closet, bench, or table near your doorway is so easy to get absolutely overwhelmed with stuff. But the fact that it is what greets you everyday when you arrive makes it worthwhile to declutter and clean it.

8. Rearrange a decorative space
While you’re hanging out at home- do a little bit of rearranging (not the furniture... unless that’s you’re thing- then go for it!) find a bookshelf, a sideboard, your mantle- wherever you display things. Change it up, make it fresh. Your eyes will thank you for a break in the monotony!

xoxo, Love.Haight

Friday, March 6, 2020

Dinner, Lately: Volume 1

Okay, these don't LOOK all that appetizing, because I wasn't actually planning on putting these photos on the blog.. but what's a post without photos? Trust me there are some YUM options here. (Top: chicken marsala, left: shrimp and zucchini skillet, right: firecracker shrimp)

I saw a blogger start this series of posts on her blog and I absolutely love it. I don't know if I'm nosy, lack creativity, just plain hate picking what to make for dinner every night, or all of the above. But I do know that I enjoy seeing a peek into another gal's meal planing.
One tip I do have if you also hate meal planning (especially if you're husband also refuses to give ideas...) is to pick 3 separate proteins and then pick a meal using each of them. That definitely helps add variety. I also have whole lists of food we like to eat that I pick from. It helps for sure!

1. Grilled Hamburgers with Homemade Beer Battered Onion Rings.
This was a lot of work, so it was a Saturday afternoon meal. I wouldn't recommend this unless you have company. 2 onions is a LOT more than 6 servings, whatever the recipe said.
Onion Ring Recipe

2. Firecracker Shrimp
This is a favorite appetizer (also called bang bang shrimp) of ours from a couple local restaurants. I had to play with the ratios a bit to get the flavor I wanted, and I totally added sugar. It just needed it, in my opinion. I also used popcorn shrimp from the store and used my air fryer instead of frying my own.

3. Pioneer Woman's Pan Fried Pork Chops.
The most flavorful chop you can imagine. I love this meal for easy cleanup and its overall quickness from start to finish. I use her cookbook, but this one was on the web!

4. Chicken Fried Chicken w/ mashed potatoes and pan gravy
This is one of my most ordered meals at a restaurant, so I thought it was high time I made them at home. GOSH these were heavenly and SO unhealthy! lol! They reheated amazingly in my air fryer

5. Creamy Shrimp and Zucchini Skillet
THIS IS HEAVENLY. When I made this, my kitchen smelled like Olive Garden, and I can say I loved this recipe way more than anything I've had at that restaurant. So delicious and decadent while also being filled with veggies. I roasted my own red pepper with my broiler and did add a little sweet blush boxed wine that I had in the fridge when it said to deglaze the pan with wine. Probably not the wine she had in mind, but it was so awesome. I will be adding this into our rotation, because it was so quick and simple, but absolutely divine. My husband thought this one was a winner as well!

6. Chicken Marsala + Butter Parsley Noodles
This is for sure a favorite recipe as well. I've made it twice and both times turned out absolutely fabulous. My toddler ate and ate and ate this meal. Kid approved!

The Recipe I used is not online, but for sure get this cookbook if you need a new one, it's my fav.

-Looking to the future, I'm planning on french dip sandwiches, carrot ginger soup, biscuits and gravy, and working on the perfect at home cooked steak. I heard rumor there is a fantastic Gordon Ramsey YouTube out there on this, so I will be doing some research!
Hope this helped!

xoxo, Love.Haight

Sunday, March 1, 2020

February Favorites

I love to share my favorite things! Here’s what I was loving in February.

1. Glossier

How have I not tried this before? I kept seeing it in my Facebook feed, and I decided to finally take the plunge after seeing how dewy and glowy the Futuredew made other people’s skin. I bought a set because it was discounted and I wanted to try a few things. It came with the Futuredew, Boy Brow, and a balm dotcom in birthday cake. (So moisturizing and the flavor is spot on!) I haven’t really mentioned makeup or skincare on the blog in a long time because it hadn’t been on my radar as I wasn’t wearing it much. But I will for sure be using these products all the time and repurchasing! Use my link for 10 percent off your first purchase!
Here’s a before and after using the boy brow. It’s subtle, but I love how much more defined my brows are.

Selfie- hi!

2. Crew Neck Sweaters
I’ve been living in these. My favorite is probably this hot pink one! This style comes in a few other colors and patterns as well if neon isn’t your thing.

3. Films
I have watched Frozen II, Knives Out, and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. They were ALL fantastic, and I’d recommend them all!! Knives out was definitely a different plot set up that had us guessing till the end. A great flick to watch with your husband!

4. Books
I’ve been reading a fair amount (post to come) and I think I’d pick Lord of the Rings: Return of the King as my favorite for February. I remember not liking Tolkien’s books (as much as I loved the films) but turns out maybe I just needed to slow down a bit while reading.

5. Less is more mentality
I’ve been purging a fair bit still and spending less time on social media and really just enjoying simplicity lately. I’ve been using the extra time to read and bake and cook. :)

xoxo, Love.Haight

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