I was on the hunt for accessories today and came home with three pairs of shoes for $50! The two on the left are from Rack Room and on the right, Payless. I’m a girl who likes a bargain, and these are all comfy and more stylish than my usual tennis shoes and flip flops.
[I tend to wear a lot of boring flats and comfortable shoes because of my foot surgery and lasting pain that heels give me, but I do love cute shoes for special occasions. I find wedges especially comfortable.]
Why the need for accessories? I’m flying the nest of dough and yeast and going to BLOGHER this coming weekend!!! In San Diego!!
Although I’ve been to the past 3 BlogHer conferences, I wasn’t planning to go this year since cross country trips are quite expensive and I knew I’d have the bakery to keep me busy. But a few weeks ago I got an invitation for sponsorship that I couldn’t pass up. Matt and my family said GO!
I’ll be traveling on behalf of American Express and the new AmEx prepaid card, which you can read about here. My travel costs will be reimbursed, yet I’ll be loading my own funds on a prepaid card, kind of like a gift card to myself or like I took out money in cash for the trip. Except it’s safe and protected if it’s stolen.
[Anyone in San Diego want to grab a drink Thursday night? If so, email me Katheats at Gmail!]
Also part of my accessories – a new wallet in which to put my new card!
You may have seen a Twitter conversation this week regarding my desire for a new wallet. I LOVE the layout and functionality of my current one that I bought at Target last year, but I just am not in love with the colors or frayed edges.
I loved that it had one side for cards (lots of ‘em) and another zippered side for lots of dollar bills, receipts, business cards, checks to deposit and more. The style just wasn’t doing it for me.
After lots of Twitter recommendations and browsing of wallets online, I concluded that I should just go to some stores to look around.
Within 30 seconds of walking into TJ Maxx I found one! Same layout – cards on one side, pouches on the other and a pretty shiny color! My only complaint is that the card side is rather fat and it doesn’t lie as flat as my old one, but I can live with that. And the ID slot is impossible to get your ID out of!
Last but not least – TJ Maxx bowls for $2.99 each! In love with the designs and they’re my favorite colors!
I came home with quite the accessory collection for under $100 : )
Also with hunger for dinner!
Last night I soaked some black beans in water and this morning I simmered them in the crockpot for about 4 hours. I love cooking beans in the crockpot because there’s no risk of the foam boil-over that happens to me so often on the stovetop!
The highlight of this beans + rice bowl was a nutritional yeast sauce I put together. It was FABULOUS!! Why don’t I cook with nutritional yeast more often!?
Smoky Cheese Sauce
Serves 2 bowls | Makes about 1/2 cup
- ~1/2 cup nutritional yeast (link to Emily’s description of it!)
- ~1/3 cup milk
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 2 pinches smoked paprika
- 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
- 3 dashes Liquid Smoke (my new favorite ingredient)
- 1 big pinch cayenne pepper
- Mix all in pot.
- Heat, stirring constantly, until mixture bubbles.
- Pour onto food!
Served with brown rice, cooked peppers and the beans in some cumin and smoked paprika, tomatoes and plain yogurt.
Dessert – a double doze of Harry, Ron and Hermoine and a “Better Than Crack” brownie from our freezer!
Just finished HP7.1! Because of my travels, we’re probably going to have to wait 2 weeks to see the finale, but it will be worth the wait!