Five Things for Friday

Happy Friday! T-minus one day until the Pelicans’ home opener! I’m really looking forward to Saturday. On Sunday, we have a Saints home game, too, so it’s an action-packed weekend. Today’s installment of Five Things for Friday includes TWO puppy pictures — I couldn’t resist snapping Jersey snuggling with her lion. She’s so cute.

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IMG_1700Cutest Saturday morning date ever! Baby Will [and his mom, Julie] were the best shopping buddies at last weekend’s Kendra Scott store opening.

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IMG_1903On Tuesday, Saints RB C.J. Spiller visited a local school as a part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 Campaign. SUDIA sponsored the visit and the kids were so energetic and had such a great time. Check out more about the visit here.

IMG_1755A rare photo of the pups snuggling…cuteness overload.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Geaux Pelicans & Saints!

-Lindsey

Recipe: Cumin-spiced Chickpeas and Carrots

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite vegetarian recipes ever. I found it a few years ago when I was trying to eat less meat. Hope you like it!

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Cumin-spiced Chickpeas and Carrots

Adapted from MyRecipes.com. Serves 4.

Ingredients:

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1/2 cup organic vegetable broth

1 tablespoon grated lemon rind

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon tomato paste

2 (15 1/2-ounce) cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained

3 tablespoons canola oil, divided

1 cup chopped red bell pepper

1 cup julienne-cut carrots

1 teaspoon cumin

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

6 garlic cloves, minced

4 cups warm cooked couscous (you can use any grain!)

1/2 cup cilantro leaves

Instructions:

1-Prep all ingredients in prep bowls; combine the first 4 ingredients, stirring with a whisk.

2-Dry chickpeas thoroughly in a single layer on paper towels; this is when I usually put my couscous on so it’s done around the same time.

3-Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over high heat, and swirl to coat. Add chickpeas to pan, and stir-fry for 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove chickpeas from pan with a slotted spoon; wipe pan clean with a paper towel.

4-Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan, and swirl to coat. Add bell pepper and carrots to pan, and stir-fry for 2 minutes or until vegetables are slightly tender.

5-Add cumin and the next 5 ingredients (through garlic) to pan, and stir-fry for 30 seconds.

6-Add reserved broth mixture and chickpeas. Bring to a boil, and remove from heat.

7-Serve over couscous, and top with cilantro. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired.

A few notes:

-It’s got a little bit of spiciness to it if you follow the recipe exactly, so if you want to tone it down, use less cumin and cayenne pepper.

-I used my spiralizer instead of julienning the carrots. SO. EASY.

-Whenever I buy a new container of vegetable brother, I freeze it in ice cube trays for future use. Saves a ton of money — rarely do I use a full container of broth for a recipe.

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I made this recipe on Monday and it’s been my dinner for the last three nights. For the servings that I refrigerated, I didn’t add the cilantro until after it was reheated and I was about to eat.

What are your go-to meatless recipes?

Have a great week — it’s almost the weekend!

-Lindsey

Wish List Wednesday: It’s Pelicans season!

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Basketball is back!! The NBA season officially started last night and our home opener is Saturday! FINALLY!!!

Last night was the first game of the season. It didn’t have the result we were all hoping for, but that’s the beauty of the NBA…there is always another game. Last night’s game didn’t end until after 12:30 a.m. our time which is WAY too late for me. Tonight we play at Portland — another game past my bed time — but it’s fun to be able to WATCH us play (pre-season games were broadcast via radio only). We’re playing a new style of basketball and it. is. exciting.

Since the team rebranded to the Pelicans, I have been on the hunt for red and blue clothing and accessories. Some of the items I found online are so cute — the color change has been great — much easier to find navy and red!

Lucy Rose, a local boutique, has some great pieces that are VERY Pelicans game-day friendly (4, 7, 9, 23) and I am LOVING the cardigans — a must for games in case it gets chilly in the Smoothie King Center.

The Real LA shirt is awesome — would be a great shirt for when we play the Lakers or the Clippers. The fringe booties are from Candy Apple, another local boutique. Fringe booties are at the top of my list for shoes, so I may have to run over and see if they still have them in my size.

For the local fans, below are three items the Pelicans Shop by adidas (located at the Smoothie King Center) is currently carrying. Unfortuantely, they’re not on the Pelicans shop site, but the burlap bag, especially, is so cute.

After making the playoffs last year, I really hope the locals are looking forward to the season — it’s going to be a good one!

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If you’re really a superfan — you could add one of these to your game-day look!

Have a great day and Go Pelicans!

-Lindsey

Tutorial: Abstract Fall Nails

A few years ago, I made a New Year’s resolution to paint my nails once a week. I know, I know…pretty silly, but I thought it would look professional and, this might be dumb, give me an outlet for some minimal creativity.

Once I felt like I had mastered the at-home mani, I started searching for different nail tutorials to mix it up from painting my nails a solid color. I first found this tutorial on LoveMaegan.com and first tried it with the same color palette. As the temperature drops in New Orleans (slowly…SO slowly), I find myself wanting to embrace fall and was looking for a fun way to do it with nail polish (since I was jus starting to feel crappy and was resting a lot). I’m going to apologize — these pictures are less than stellar.

Here’s what you’ll need:

-Base coat

-Three nail polish colors (one medium to light color for the bottom and two to mix on the second layer)

-Top coat

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I used (from left) Seche Vite top coat (SO fast drying for my impatient tendencies; this is an amazing product!), Revlon Golden Charm, OPI Mrs. O’Leary’s BBQ, Essie Chinchilly and butter Nail Foundation (this is a great base product).

Step 1 – Paint your nails with your base coat.

Step 2 – Paint your nails your base color (Chinchilly; I used two coats).

Step 3 – You’ll do each nail one-by-one starting with this step. Once your nails are pretty dry, use one color and paint a few dots (Mrs. O’Leary’s BBQ).

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Step 4 – Using the second color (Golden Charm), add a couple of drops on top of the first color.

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Step 5 – This is VERY scientific! Ha ha! Shake your finger around conservatively so that the colors mix together.

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Step 6 – Do this for all of your fingers.

Step 7 – Use your top coat to seal your abstract art and you’re done!

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It’s been a while since I’ve followed this tutorial and I’m mad at myself for waiting too long! My mani lasted a week and I got a ton of compliments on it.

What color combinations would you use?

Have a great day!

-Lindsey

Yay for Kendra Scott in NOLA!

Saturday was a big day, y’all…first [of likely MANY] trips to the new Kendra Scott store that just opened in New Orleans!

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I’ve become a little obsessed with their pieces the last few years, but couldn’t be more excited to be able to shop in person! I’ll let the photos speak for themselves–the space is beautiful. From the light fixtures, to the Color Bar and all of the displays… can I move in? It’s just so pretty — I apologize for the geeking out over a store, but I had never been in one before, I’ve only shopped online.

I purchased two items: the Mable Silver Necklace in Mirror Rock Crystal and the Alex Earrings in White Howlite. All of the pieces I’ve purchased in the past had gold hardware, so I was excited to purchase a few in silver. The other great thing about the soft opening that Kendra Scott hosted on Saturday was the gift with purchase — a free pair of Danielle Earrings in Black Iridescent if you spend $50. They’re so pretty and different from anything I have — I’m excited to wear them!

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earringsAlex Earrings in White Howlite

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If you’re local, stop by the store (5757 Magazine St. near Whole Foods) — I mean, how amazing is that fireplace?! Also — sign up for the Kendra Scott newsletter — you get 50% one piece during your birthday month!

Happy shopping — have a great day!

-Lindsey