Soup Recipes Roundup

During the cold winter months, I find myself adopting close to a liquid diet without even trying. I drink tea all day long and crave a warm bowl of soup for most meals. While I often get lazy and resort to heating up my favorite Amy’s black bean soup or tomato bisque on the stove, I’ve decided to start trying some recipes this season. A couple of weeks ago I made an incredible apple & butternut squash soup which I would like to make again in the future. Here are some other great-looking soup recipes I plan on giving a go.

Vegetarian Minestrone by Healthy Green Kitchen

20-Minute Black Bean Soup by Fresh 365

Spicy Vegetarian Chili

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Dad-Daughter Date to Sak’s Thai Cuisine

Last night my dad and I went out to a local Thai restaurant called Sak’s Thai Cuisine for dinner. My dad is a pretty adventurous eater and has traveled all over the world so I was pretty shocked to hear that he had never had Thai food before. We started off with vegetarian spring rolls and “buddha rolls” (which were filled with chicken and vegetables and fried). The spring rolls came with a peanut sauce and the buddha rolls with a pineapple sauce.

My Dad wanted to try a little bit of everything so we ordered a chicken curry {you can’t go wrong with a good curry} and pineapple fried rice and shared.

Just when I thought the meal was over, my Dad decided that he wanted some dessert too. We ordered purple sticky rice with custard. I honestly have no idea how a dessert made out of rice could be so delicious, but it was honestly one of the best desserts I’ve ever had. The custard on top almost tasted like melted cookie dough, and I loved the texture of the sticky rice. I will be sure to be ordering this next time I see it on a menu.

It was a rather successful first Thai experience for Daddy Dunst and I am confident that he will be back {as well as myself, next time I’m in Rochester}. Tonight is my last night in New York so now it’s my mom’s turn for a dinner + movie date with me!

Fit 2012

As I’m sure you’re aware, the time for New Year’s resolutions is rapidly approaching. I really hate to be America’s biggest cliche, but I’m going to have to place my fitness goals at the top of my list of resolutions. A four month long diet of pasta, gelato, and enough pesto to bathe in did no favors to my figure and I’m pumped to get back into my fitness routine.

I believe that a solid plan and measurable goals are essential to a personal plan to get in shape, but cute clothes and a pumpin’ playlist are just as vital. Ok, and looking at Sports Illustrated on a weekly basis. Yeah I said it.

I’m a huge fan of Lululemon’s running and yoga wear. I think a long run would be much more appealing if I got to do it in this adorable pullover, which is so perfectly titled the “Back on Track” pullover and the matching tights.

Here are some songs I’ve added to my workout playlist which have been getting me real revved at the gym.

1. The Temper Trap- Love Lost

2. David Guetta (featuring Sia)- Titanium

3. Tiesto- Feel It In My Bones

4. Foster the People- Pumped Up Kicks

5. Empire of the Sun- Walking on a Dream

6. Ellie Goulding- Lights

7. Maroon 5- Moves Like Jagger

8. Kings of Leon- Sex on Fire

9. Out Hud- How Long

10. Rihanna- Complicated

Trend: Pulling of the Peacock

I’ve always been mesmerized by the beauty and mysteriousness of peacocks. The spectrum of blues and greens and their towering spread of feathers make them seem so majestic. I was even a peacock for Halloween a couple of years ago {apparently I was a step ahead of this year’s peacock trend}. The key to pulling off this look is playing off of the colors of the peacock, throwing in one or two neutrals, and choosing just one piece or two that is an obvious imitation of the peacock.


Trend: Peacock by eatandbepretty featuring cut out tops

Best Moments of 2011

Happy New Year!!

2011 was a year I will never forget and although I’m sad that it’s over, I’m excited to set goals and see what 2012 will bring.

Some of the biggest highlights of 2011 for me…

-Running my first half marathon {and reaching my secret time goal which was to run it in under 2 hours}

-Spending my summer in Charlotte, NC and interning at Nordstrom

-Living in Florence, Italy for 4 months and traveling all over Europe

I can’t wait to see what 2012 has in store, and I’m crossing fingers that the end of the world is not included.

Some goals for 2012…

Run another half marathon {and beat last year’s time}

Travel to a new state

Go skydiving

Graduate and get a job that I’m passionate about

Continue to grow eatandbepretty

Because I missed Thanksgiving in 2011 and am still not totally over it, my family is having “Fakesgiving” today {I must credit this term to my friend Lauren who just celebrated this holiday last week with her family}. But because it’s the first of the year and I would like to be off to a good start, I’m making it a “healthy Fakesgiving.” We’re going to have a turkey, some vegetables, and this winter squash and apple soup.