Psyched to be attending this conference next week! Things I hope to learn while I’m there:
1. How to manage a social media department all by yourself.
2. Top social tools to use to make the job more efficient.
3. Best practices of social media marketers.
4. How to get people to see your posts in light of the Facebook change. 
5. Make lots of friends who find this social marketing stuff as much fun as I do!
getsocialbuzz:

Find out what @MariSmith @ChrisBrogan and @MichaelHyatt share in common http://bit.ly/SocialMMW  #SMMW14

Psyched to be attending this conference next week! Things I hope to learn while I’m there:

1. How to manage a social media department all by yourself.

2. Top social tools to use to make the job more efficient.

3. Best practices of social media marketers.

4. How to get people to see your posts in light of the Facebook change. 

5. Make lots of friends who find this social marketing stuff as much fun as I do!

getsocialbuzz:

Find out what and share in common

  • Ceramics made in pottery class (thanks Groupon!).
  • Pre-made healthy lunches for the week.
  • Old friends/warm sun/brunch in Georgetown.
  • Valentine from my friend’s 3-year-old son.
  • My New Year’s Resolution was to learn to make sauces - it’s not pretty, but it tasted good!

These are the first five days of my #100HappyDays! I missed a few days, but am back on it. I love how observant it’s making me and a little less stressed about stupid stuff. I say a “little,” as I am still stressing. Hopefully after 100 days that will change! I will be so happy if it does, and I’m sure my husband will certainly be too ;)

Can you be happy for 100 days in a row?

I haven’t been consistent, but I’ve done this for a few days and plan on making it a habit. The days I have done it, I’ve noticed a better sense of priority in my life and, to be totally cliche, a better abilitly to not sweat the small stuff. Give it a try, and thanks to RLB, Inc for bringing it to my attention!

Startup Grind Baltimore Presents Bobby Ocampo

Startup Grind Baltimore presents Bobby Ocampo at the SocialToaster headquarters this Thursday, March 6th from 6-9pm. Purchase your tickets and enjoy networking, food, and fireside chats!

 
#girlpower

#girlpower

It’s a snow day! We got about 8 inches last night even in the city, which does not happen often. So Matt and I are both home today and cozily trapped inside watching the Olympics and eating mini pot pies.

That’s right, I planned ahead for this and got all four ingredients it takes to make these super-cute little chicken pot pies. Here’s what you need:

  • 1 cup cooked chicken, cubed 
  • 2 cups thawed mixed vegetables (I used peas and carrots, but you can use whatever you have in the freezer)
  • 1 can (10 3/4 oz) condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 roll (16.3 oz) of Grands! Flaky Layer Buttermilk Biscuits

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Mix the chicken, soup, and veggies in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. 

Grease eight of the cups in a muffin pan. Flatten a biscuit in your hands until it’s about 5 inches in diameter. Spread it out in the muffin cup so it’s like a  little bowl with the ends coming up and over the top. Generously fill the cup with the mixture and pinch the sides together. Repeat for each muffin.

Put in the oven for 20 minutes or until the biscuits are browned. They’re delicious and awesome. Just be sure to protect it from Kitty.

(I’m not eating a mountain of pasta - that’s a salad plate.)

Ready for an awesome easy dinner? Here’s what you need:

Matt picked this seasoning packet up from the grocery store in an effort to help us get together quick, easy, healthy dinners. We haven’t been the best with planning ahead so he thought this might improve our efforts and it definitely did!

The ingredient list and recipe is right on the back of the packet. You mix the seasoning kit with the oil and coat the tomatoes and chicken (which are on a foil lined baking sheet), reserving 3 tbl of the mixture. Put it in a 425 degree oven for 30 minutes.

While that’s baking, cook the pasta.

I wanted more vegetables so I also sauteed sliced white mushrooms.

It all finished at the same time, which is a huge accomplishment for me, but was so easy with this. I drained the pasta then mixed it with the tomatoes, chicken, mushrooms, juice from the baking sheet, 3 tbl of mixture, and the basalmic vinegar. Top with a little parmesean cheese if you wish. It was delicious, filling, and a pretty quick clean up to boot. 

I loved this concept so much, that I’m even more excited to try the Wildtree spices and oils that I have. More on that adventure coming soon!

Nothing makes you want to bake like getting a brand new beautiful Kitchen Aid Mixer. 

Nothing makes you want to bake like getting a brand new beautiful Kitchen Aid Mixer. 

darkryemag:

If I ever find out they’ve sanded and repainted that table, they will have me to answer to.

Lingered Upon | Tea with Jessie


We have an antique kitchen table very similar to this. My husband talks about sanding and refinishing it, but I love it just the way it is. 

darkryemag:

If I ever find out they’ve sanded and repainted that table, they will have me to answer to.

Lingered Upon | Tea with Jessie

We have an antique kitchen table very similar to this. My husband talks about sanding and refinishing it, but I love it just the way it is. 

I made beer bread! I typically only have Bud Light in the house, but we recently had a party, so there was this Shipyard Pumpkin Beer lying around that I thought might be nice. I added it to a mix I got from Wildtree.
If you don’t know about Wildtree, check it out - all organic, wholesome spices, sauces, and mixes to enhance your food and make you feel good about what you’re eating. I’m totally hooked!
Anyway, the Beer Bread couldn’t have been easier. Open the packet, mix it with beer, bake for an hour at 375. BOOM. BREAD. You really don’t taste the beer at all. You just smell it when it’s baking - like if you’ve ever cooked brautwurst in beer. It was so warm and perfect with some butter and jam. I will call it my Polar Vortex Bread. 

I made beer bread! I typically only have Bud Light in the house, but we recently had a party, so there was this Shipyard Pumpkin Beer lying around that I thought might be nice. I added it to a mix I got from Wildtree.

If you don’t know about Wildtree, check it out - all organic, wholesome spices, sauces, and mixes to enhance your food and make you feel good about what you’re eating. I’m totally hooked!

Anyway, the Beer Bread couldn’t have been easier. Open the packet, mix it with beer, bake for an hour at 375. BOOM. BREAD. You really don’t taste the beer at all. You just smell it when it’s baking - like if you’ve ever cooked brautwurst in beer. It was so warm and perfect with some butter and jam. I will call it my Polar Vortex Bread. 

Dove is debuting this short film (7 minutes) at Sundance. My heart goes out to these young girls and their insecurities turned sources of pride. What is beauty? What is our responsibility to young women to show them what beauty is?

I read an article on Buzzfeed on 16 Books to Read Before they become Movies. I really hate reading books after I see the movie. I don’t like picturing the actors in my head as I read. I like to form their images based on their descriptions in the book instead.
So anyway, I went to the library to see what I could get off the list, but most were checked out. I put my name on the list for Divergent by Veronica Roth and then waited to see when I’d be called up. I felt like I was back in Middle School in 1992!
Finally I get the email and went to pick it up. That was on a Saturday afternoon and by Tuesday night I finished it. That’s not a humble brag about what a fast reader I am (although I am a fast reader (there’s that humble brag)), but more as what an intriguing story it is. It’s not so incredibly well written, but I like the premise of what life is like in the future under a sharply divided society - as must be in our future as that’s almost always how it’s presented in novels. There are very distinct class lines and crossing those lines is unthinkable and harshly punishable. At any rate, this is no Hunger Games, but it is a really good, quick read. I’m on the wait list for the second one so will let you know how that goes!

I read an article on Buzzfeed on 16 Books to Read Before they become Movies. I really hate reading books after I see the movie. I don’t like picturing the actors in my head as I read. I like to form their images based on their descriptions in the book instead.

So anyway, I went to the library to see what I could get off the list, but most were checked out. I put my name on the list for Divergent by Veronica Roth and then waited to see when I’d be called up. I felt like I was back in Middle School in 1992!

Finally I get the email and went to pick it up. That was on a Saturday afternoon and by Tuesday night I finished it. That’s not a humble brag about what a fast reader I am (although I am a fast reader (there’s that humble brag)), but more as what an intriguing story it is. It’s not so incredibly well written, but I like the premise of what life is like in the future under a sharply divided society - as must be in our future as that’s almost always how it’s presented in novels. There are very distinct class lines and crossing those lines is unthinkable and harshly punishable. At any rate, this is no Hunger Games, but it is a really good, quick read. I’m on the wait list for the second one so will let you know how that goes!

A book review in five words: Quirky; Fun; Touching; Drawn-Out; B+.

A book review in five words: Quirky; Fun; Touching; Drawn-Out; B+.

Have you heard of this recipe? My coworker introduced me to this meal called “Hoppin’ John.”  According to Sumi:

Hoppin’ John is a Southern dish eaten on New Year’s Day to bring prosperity and good luck in the upcoming year. Black-eyed peas signify coins, kale symbolizes money, and corn represents gold. 

I made it for work as a recipe for Medifasters on Maintenance, but it turned out really good so I wanted to share it here too. Plus the pictures are gorgeous. There are variations on recipes, but I like this one because it’s lighter - more of a salad. Traditionally there’s bacon, but this is vegetarian. 

Hoppin’ John Salad - makes about 10 servings

Ingredients:

1 15-ounce can black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained

1 cup steamed brown rice

1/2 cup diced red onion

1 celery stalk, thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)

½ cup diced red bell pepper

½ cup thawed frozen corn

1 cup kale cut into a chiffonade* (sliced into thin ribbons)

1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves

1 tsp. ground cumin

Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)

1/4 cup lemon juice

2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1/4 tsp. salt

2 garlic cloves, crushed

*I can’t stomach raw kale. So I took a little bit of the olive oil and sauteed the kale in it until it was just starting to wilt and turned tender.

Preparation:

Combine black-eyed peas, rice, onion, celery, bell pepper, corn, and kale in a mixing bowl. In a small bowl, mix together thyme, cumin, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, vinegar, oil, salt, and garlic and pour over the salad. Toss gently. Chill 1 to 2 hours.

Nutrition information (per 1/2-cup serving):

  • Calories: 145
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 24 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
My first book of 2014 I read in one sitting. It’s a YA novel, so that’s not that impressive, but still, I’ll brag about it nonetheless. 
If I Stay by Gayle Forman is told from the perspective of 17-year-old Mia. She’s on the cusp of graduation and all the life-changes that come with it. Pursue love or her dream? Stay with family or go on a new adventure? On top of all that, a set of incidents leave her in a coma in the hospital and she speaks to us from a sense of purgatory. She’s now faced with the decision whether or not to stay on this Earth at all. It may be a quick read, and have some silly teenage speak, but the struggle is surprisingly relatable and very touching. 
I found it off this list of books to read before they become movies. I’m hoping to read Divergent next, but I only have it on hold at the library, so who knows when I’ll get it. #The1980sCalledAndWantsTheirProblemBack

My first book of 2014 I read in one sitting. It’s a YA novel, so that’s not that impressive, but still, I’ll brag about it nonetheless. 

If I Stay by Gayle Forman is told from the perspective of 17-year-old Mia. She’s on the cusp of graduation and all the life-changes that come with it. Pursue love or her dream? Stay with family or go on a new adventure? On top of all that, a set of incidents leave her in a coma in the hospital and she speaks to us from a sense of purgatory. She’s now faced with the decision whether or not to stay on this Earth at all. It may be a quick read, and have some silly teenage speak, but the struggle is surprisingly relatable and very touching. 

I found it off this list of books to read before they become movies. I’m hoping to read Divergent next, but I only have it on hold at the library, so who knows when I’ll get it. #The1980sCalledAndWantsTheirProblemBack