Thursday Things.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Happy Thursday peeps! We are so close to the weekend, I can almost smell the cocktails! Lately, it seems like weekends are passing by in the blink of an eye, but then weeks are so slow. I blame it on the fact that the sun is coming up later and setting earlier. I don't know why, but its changing my mood.

I was telling Adam last night how cool it would be, if, in the winter, when it's freezing , the sun was actually out longer and then vice versa in the summer. Wouldn't that make life more bearable? How do I achieve this?

While I'm contemplating temperature change and winter, let's chat about some things.


These stock photos from Helene are giving me everything I need. Beautiful, free pictures? Sold. The picture above is from her. She is such a rockstar. Find her here --> heleneinbetween.com

You've all heard of Gawker right? About a year ago it was known as a gossipy website with a actual journalistic vibe to it. It wrote about celebrities but in a way that really drew me in. Now, Gawker is gone. Gawker is gone because Hulk Hogan had an affair with his best friends wife and Gawker wrote about it. Hulk Hogan won a $140 MILLION DOLLAR lawsuit against Gawker, forcing its hand and it's demise. "And so Gawker's demise turns out to be the ultimate Gawker story. It shows how things work." 

Did you know that Tuesday was cheap flight day? I know, I'm two days late, sors. BUT! I was watching GMA (it's my morning guilty pleasure) and Amy said that after labor days, flights drop like crazy. Save that money people, let's plan some trips.

Lola is ten weeks old and barely knows her name but she is so cute and fluffy that I don't really care. Remember when I gave you guys puppy tips? Now, I need your tips. Please help. We're drowning over here in new puppy rules. Henry just keeps staring at us like "I told you people so" send. tips. please.

We all know Helen Mirren is queen, but have you see the interview with her and some dude from 1975. Turns out shes been the queen for quite a while. "I would hope that the performance, the play, and the living relationship between all the people on stage and all the people in the audience overcome such boring questions."  BOOM

Do my Denver friends remember my awesome deal with Oil & Vinegar? Don't forget to get your gift card! It's free money! Share with your friends!

Have you guys seen Britney Spears' new video? Holy hot. It appears to be sponsored by Orange Theory and Eros. But oh well. Welcome back Brit Brit.

Alright now that we have gotten caught up, let's look at pictures from the last few days.

 I sent this to Coti last week and we could not stop laughing. I mean. 
 This is the view from our hike this weekend. Gorgeous does not even cover it. 
 My little man Henry + a plug to follow me on snapchat! @Kgrace01
My little lady Lola. 

Happy Thursday everyone! I hope you have a wonderful day! We've almost made it. 

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July Recap: A family reunion & a surprise birthday.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

I've said it once and I'll say it again, July flew by. Even with 5 weeks, I found myself wishing it could be longer. We had so many awesome things happen in July and its time for a little recap. Plus, we're getting close to fall. I can feel the crisp air in the mornings so remembering those warm winter nights is just what I need right now.


Happy Thursday everyone, let's reminisce.
  • First of July: A little road trip to Omaha to visit family and a chance for me to visit my best B and her new baby, Elle. I am loving the fact that all my best friends are having babies. It's incredible. I spent the morning basking in new baby glow with Elle (B's babe) and Caroline (Lynds' babe). I told you babies are everywhere and I am loving every minute of the baby cuddles.
  • Middle of July: Baby showers, Denver blogger events and we had some great friends in town and we saw ADELE. If you saw my snapchat, you saw the glory that was Adele. (PS, dirty selfish plug -- follow me at kgrace01). I was crying the entire concert. I'm not sure if that was wine induced or the amazingness that is Adele, but it was hands-down the best concert I've ever seen. If you have a chance to see her, GO! 
  • (More) Middle of July: The Englert Family Reunion took place this year in Lake Tahoe. My family has been vacationing in Tahoe since I was a little girl. My parents still go every summer and we try to go whenever we can. This trip was imperative because my entire Englert fam (we missed you Dan and Carolyn!) were there. We even made shirts. My Englert family is so special to me. For living in Michigan they are at every event in Arizona and we get back to MI about once a year, so spending some extra time with them was amazing. 
  • End of July: I threw Adam and surprise 30th Birthday. It was one of the hardest things ever. Do you know how impossible it is to throw a surprise party when you share joint banking accounts? Cue the $100 withdraw at the grocery store and claiming you bought "great steaks" for dinner and hoping he buys it. Man oh man, it was so hard, but seeing his face made it all worth it. All of our family and friends were there. It was so cool to spend the evening with everyone, eating crawfish, drinking beer and celebrating Adam. 
 Oh Adele, I love you. 
 Such a fun weekend! 
 The birthday boy. 
 I love celebrating my friends and their new babies
That is an epic family reunion. 

How was your July? Tell me about it!

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Recipe [Recreated]: Baked Garlic Mushroom Chicken

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Every time I ask Adam what we should do for dinner he says, "a baked chicken dish." I know in his kind heart he thinks he is being helpful, but I don't think he knows how broad of an answer that is.

Last week when this was his response, he added, "a baked chicken dish and I found the perfect recipe." I don't think I've ever loved him more. The worst part about making dinner is figuring out what to make. I'll make almost anything as long as I don't have to come up with the idea.

This recipe was so delicious, super easy and very flavorful. I'm going to have to start taking Adam more seriously when he responds with "a baked chicken dish."

This Recipe [Recreated] is from one of my very favorite cooks and cookbooks, Against All Grain. She makes the most incredible recipes. The original is linked here. I modified a bit, but for the most part, followed her lead.


The best thing about this recipe is that while it is super flavorful, it's easy on the stomach. Some things I make have a ton of spice (and don't worry this has some) but this one is super delicious without being overly powerful on the tums.

Are ya'll ready. Let's do this.


Ingredients 

  • 2 chicken breasts (pounded thin if super large) 
  • packet of crimini mushrooms, sliced 
  • 15 stalks of asparagus
  • 1 cup chicken broth 
  • 6 garlic cloves, smashed 
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil 
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder 
  • ¼ teaspoon ground dried sage 
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • How to Make: 
    1. Preheat oven to 375F. 
    2. In a pan on high heat, add 1 tbsp of coconut oil and sear the chicken breasts for 2 minutes on each side. 
    3. Remove from pan and set aside. 
    4. Add the sliced mushrooms, asparagus and broth then stir and simmer for 1-2 minutes. 
    5. Turn off heat. 
    6. Return the seared chicken thighs to the pan and make sure to distribute the mushrooms and asparagus evenly around the chicken. 
    7. Place the entire pan in the oven. 
    8. To make the garlic mushroom sauce, separate the liquid, garlic and half of the mushrooms from the chicken and place it in a blender. Pulse until it turns into the consistency of gravy. 
    9. Enjoy!
    Is there anything better than asparagus? 



    Happy Wednesday Everyone! I hope you have the best day. We are half-way through. Let's do this.


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    Recipe: Mango Marinated Shrimp Tacos

    Tuesday, August 16, 2016

    If you missed my post yesterday about my adventure to Oil & Vinegar, you should check it out here. It's filled with an amazing opportunity for my Denver friends and is an amazing store you should check out!

    One of the many many flavor combinations I tried was a roasted garlic oil mixed with a mango vinegar. I know what you are thinking. YUM! Great, I was thinking the same thing too. I knew I had to have these two flavors and that they would be perfect on shrimp.

    I was right. Adam told me it was restaurant quality. Score one for me. These were so good and so easy to make. Perfect for a lazy Sunday like we had. My mouth is watering already. Let's get to it.


    I think tacos are made better by a delicious slaw, so of course I had to share my go to slaw recipe with you. I could eat the slaw all by itself, it's that good!

    Ingredients: 
    Slaw
  • 1 bag of cole slaw mix without the dressing 
  • handful of cilanto, chopped
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (maybe a little more based on taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper (guestimate because I just crack pepper in it until it looks like enough) 
  • 1 teaspoon of honey

  • Shrimp: 

  • 40 shrimp, I bought teeny ones for tacos
  • 2 tablespoons mango vinegar (from Oil & Vinegar) 
  • 2 teaspoons roasted garlic oil (from Oil & Vinegar) 
  • salt
  • pepper

  • Toppings: (optional) 

  • Butter lettuce for the tacos
  • thinly sliced jalapenos
  • thinly sliced avocados



  • How to Make: 
    1. Slaw: Mix the lime juice, apple cider vinegar, chili powder, salt, pepper and honey together. Pour over coleslaw. Add cilantro. Taste (try not to eat it all). Add lime juice, salt or pepper if needed. Set aside. 
    2. Shrimp: Ahead of time, mix the oil and vinegar's and pour over shrimp, salt and pepper. Let sit for however long. I let them sit for about 2 hours and stirred whenever I walked by the fridge. When ready to cook, pour a little of the marinade in a saute pan and bring to high heat. The shrimp I bought was already cooked so it didn't need much. (I know, so lazy). 
    3. When hot, toss shrimp in and let cook under desired temperature. 
    4. Make your tacos! Slaw, jalapeno, shrimp, avocado. Whatever order you like, I promise you will love them! 
    5. Enjoy!  
    Please excuse the paper towel. I should have been fancier. 
    Oh that slaw. It's so amazing. 
    I prefer my tacos with the slaw on the bottom. 
    Adam said his tacos looked better, so here's a picture of his :) 

    Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you have the best week and even better dinners! 
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    Touring Denver: Oil & Vinegar + a surprise for Denver friends!

    Monday, August 15, 2016

    I'm super excited about this post for multiple reasons. 1) I love sharing new places I find in Denver with my readers, especially when that place is so awesome and 2) I have an amazzzzzing deal for all my Denver friends. I'm talking free stuff Denver friends, so keep reading!

    This past weekend I had the pleasure of venturing to Oil & Vinegar to try delicious things, meet great people and offer a giveaway to my Denver friends!


    Oil & Vinegar is every cooks dream. The store features a variety of oils and vinegar's that are on tap, and tons of delicious gourmet food items to pair with those oil & vinegar's. To say I was in cooking heaven would be an understatement. I just wanted to go home and make all the delicious things I learned about.

    When I first walked in the store, I was amazed at how beautiful it was! It is such a cool set up, with a wall lined with oil and vinegar. There are testers all over the room and the manager, Jim was so kind and let me try everything. And, when I say everything, I mean everything, Guys, if you want to try something on the shelf, they'll open it for you! Talk about service.
     Look at all those delicious oils to taste! Guys, blood orange is amazing.
    Wanna try Bruschetta? Lucky for you, you can! 

    My favorite mixture was mango vinegar paired with roasted garlic oil. I marinated shrimp in it last night and am so excited to share the recipe with you tomorrow! They had flavors for everyone. From jalapeno oil to fig vinegar. The best part is mixing combinations. It is such a fun store guys. Get ready family, I already have a gift picked out for each of you.

    Hey Denver people, are you ready for the cool part?

    For the next MONTH, if you go into an Oil & Vinegar store (either Park Meadows or Flatirons) and mention my blog -- just say, I read Kristen's blog, or I read Everyday Grace, you will get to pick a mystery money gift card valued at either $5, $15 or $50! Guys, this is huge.
    The mystery money giftcard! So fun! Go to your nearest store! 

    Free money people. Free money to spend on the most delicious food, oils and vinegar's ever. Go now! this expires on September 15! There is literally nothing to lose, and all the oil and vinegar to gain.

     The how-to. Go have fun!
    Look at all the taps. I am serious, this place is amazing. 

    Alright, now that I have raved and ranted about this place, go check it out! 

    Denver friends, there are two locations you can visit and win! Have fun trying everything and if you're at Park Meadows, say hi to Jim for me! 

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    We bought a dog!

    Friday, August 12, 2016

    Exciting things are happening over here in our household. Last week, we bought a new puppy! We have officially been a household of 4 for a week. I know what you are all thinking, you guys are crazy. While more than not, I tend to agree with you there, we are lovingggg this new little love of ours.


    Since the day we got married (which has been over a year now) people keep asking us when we are going to have babies. Little do they know that when they ask that, it pushed us to buy a dog, only further delaying the real life babies (except I consider my animals my babies, but that's a story for another blog). Don't get me wrong. I love kids. I want kids. But today, this post is about my fur-babies.

    Lola is a soft coated Wheaten Terrier and the sweetest little thing ever. Henry is not totally sold on the idea of having a little sister but they are getting a lot better together. If you all have tips for getting your older pup to love the little one, please send them our way! We need them. In the meantime, I have some puppy tips for you and things I've learned over the past few days.

    1. Buy a crate. Use the crate. Make sure the crate is only as big as your puppy, just enough space for her/him to turn around and lay down. 
    2. Get used to saying "good girl," "go potty" and "no" a lot. I mean a lot. 
    3. I hope you don't like sleeping because puppies don't either. 
    4. Make sure you wear gloves or toughen up your hands. Puppy teeth are sharp! 
    5. Cuddling is a must. 
    6. Nyla bones are great for teething puppies. But be careful, as soon as their teeth are strong enough, take them away so they don't eat them. 
    7. If pee and poop in places its not supposed to be grosses you out, a puppy is probably not for you. Plus I hope you are quick on your toes, it comes fast. 
    8. Puppies are curious. Make sure you close cabinets and doors, especially those that have cleaning supplies, laundry soap and things that could be super harmful to a pup. 
    9. Puppies love walks, I hope you do too. 
    10. Balance love and training. Most puppies are super sensitive, so teach her no but give her love too. 
    11. Pick up pretty much everything you have on the floor, because new puppies love to chew. 
    12. Separate food and water dishes for the new and old dog. (this is a real tip!) 
    13. A fenced yard is always a plus because then they can run around. 
    14. If your new pup is like Lola, get a bowl with a rubber bottom. Her favorite thing to do is spill her water bowl all over the floor and then play in it. 
    15. Henry LOVES Lola's puppy food. Like so much that he will go in her crate to eat her leftovers. Make sure you keep it away from the old pup. Puppy food is usually high in fat.
    16. A little fetch goes a long way. 20 minutes of fetch with Lola and she'll sleep for the next 3 hours. 
     Enough with the tips. Wanna see some pictures?





    Happy Friday everyone! I hope it's full of puppy kisses and cocktails.

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    Recipe: Kale and Mushroom Spaghetti Squash.

    Monday, August 8, 2016

    So, if you aren't following me on Snapchat (kgrace01) or Instagram, you may have missed the fact that we got a new dog last week. Lola, the cutest wheaten terrier to exist. But with that sweetness, comes a puppy. And with a puppy comes potty training. To say I have time to make an elaborate dinner would be a lie. I need something I can do with one hand (while holding her) and in a record fast time.

    If I'm being totally honest with you, spaghetti squash is not fun to make. It's tedious, boring, takes forever and just isn't that exciting. Oh, and Adam barely likes it. And when I say barley likes, I mean hate. When I say forever, I mean actually cooking the squash takes forever. But while it's cooking, you can play with your new puppy!

    I make it because personally I love it. Like, eat it every night kind of love. Take it for leftovers for 4 days kind of love. It's serious and after this recipe, my love for it is even stronger.

    In the past I've always made very plain spaghetti squash. Sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper and call it a day. I figured I needed to mask the fact that it is not pasta as much as I could if I was going to expect Adam to eat it.

    I searched and searched Pinterest trying to find the perfect recipe. But I couldn't find the right one. So I made it up. I'm not usually a do it from scratch kind of girl, but hey this time it worked and Adam even had seconds. I consider that a win-win.


    Ingredients:
    • 1  spaghetti squash, roasted
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 6 large cloves garlic, minced (of if you use the costco jar like I do...)
    • 3 cups mushrooms, sliced
    • 2 large chicken breast, sliced into thin strips
    • 4 cups kale leaves, packed
    • Zest of 1 lemon
    • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
    How to Make:
    1. Roast the spaghetti squash and set aside until ready to use
    2. In a medium-sized non-stick skillet, add the oil and heat to medium. Add the minced garlic and mushrooms. Sauté for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until garlic is very fragrant and mushrooms have browned.
    3. Add the strips of raw chicken, and cook about 30 seconds before adding the chopped kale leaves. Cook 3 to 5 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
    4. Add the lemon zest, salt, and cayenne pepper. Stir well and cook an additional minute. 
    5. Strip the spaghetti squash into spaghetti strands and place in a medium-sized serving bowl.
    6. Add the chicken/mushroom/kale mixture and toss everything together.
     Kale is my new favorite thing to add to pasta. 
     Especially when it is all wilted. 
    Adam was so hungry he was grabbing mushrooms at this point. 
    YES! And remember, Adam, the spaghetti squash hater went back for seconds! 

    Enjoy people, I hope you love it! 

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    The Perfect Road Trip Playlist.

    Friday, August 5, 2016

    Adam and I love a good road-trip. Whether it be a weekend getaway to the mountains or a drive across Eastern Colorado to visit Omaha, we love road-trips and we take them often. We are currently planning a road-trip to Arizona for labor day to visit the fam. Oh, and my mother is making me pick up all my childhood belongings now that I have my own house. Goody.

    Let me tell you, driving a U-Haul from Arizona to Denver is going to be a long drive, but man oh man, do I love a good road-trip.

    The most important thing to have on a road-trip is a great playlist. This can be tricky when driving with your husband. Especially when said husband doesn't love blasting Carrie Underwood for 12 hours straight. Sometimes I think I will never understand men.

    [short road-trip story] One time I was driving back to school in California from Arizona and Dreamgirls had just come out. I was obsessed with Beyonce. I could not stop listening to Listen. I legit, listened to listen (does that alliteration annoy anyone else? no? okay) anyways, I listened to Listen for 7 straight hours. I am not lying. Except to go to the bathroom, I never turned it off. By the time I got to Malibu, I had lost my voice, but man, my road-trip rocked. Now only if Adam would let me do that on our upcoming 12 hour road-trip.

    Summer is almost over, but I assume most of you have one great last road-trip in ya. Well, if you do, you are in luck! I have the BEST playlist for you. I promise it will satisfy all passengers needs.
    Let's do this.Things that are necessary for a road-trip playlist.
    1. A song to jam out to when you are getting tired.
    2. A song for when you want to cry.
    3. A song that everyone knows the words too. 
    4. A song that is just good driving music.
    5. A new jam that you love and by the time the road-trip is over you will be sick of. 
    6. An oldie. 
    7. A song for when you want to think about life.
    8. A song you can belt. 
    9. A song that will make you laugh. 
    10. A song you can listen to on repeat and not get sick of. 
    11. A sad song (yes I see this relates to #2, but car rides can be a good time for these kind of jams)
    12. A goodie. 
    13. One good rap song. 
    So, while I love road-trips, the worst part of road-tripping is putting miles on your car. Wanna hear about something awesome? There is a company out there called Turo. Turo allows you to rent a car from random people and not some slimy rental car company. That's right. No charge for one piece of dirt on the floorboard. No more miles on your car! No more expensive rental car prices! And YOU can rent out your car if you'd like to make some extra money!

    Happy Road-tripping friends! I hope the next time you hit the open road, you have a great playlist, a great road-trip buddy and maybe even a swanky new car!

    What's on your playlist?

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    The Bachelorette; Episode 10 - The Finale.

    Tuesday, August 2, 2016

    Here we go people, it's go time. After the long awaited season of watching JoJo say Ben's name 1000x it is finally time for her to pick her husband. I feel like I've been waiting for this moment forever. We are only 5 minutes into the episode and Chris Harrison is even mentioning Ben. Oh boy.

    Based on the sounds of it, JoJo is going to say I love you twice, there will be a lot of tears, an appearance by Chad and the perfect amount of drama. Sounds like the perfect Monday night to me. Let's do this ladies. I hope you brought your wine with you.

    Adam is in Breckenridge tonight with him family, which is semi-devastating for his lack of commentary. But, to hold you over, he calls JoJo's brothers, Hans & Franz. So, every time they talk I hope you laugh.I'm so glad we get to see JoJo's mom again, she is the best.


    Let's get to Jordan's date. I'm going to be honest and upfront - I am rooting for Jordan. I think he is genuine, call me crazy, but I really like him.  Can we talk about how hot it must be there? They are all sweating profusely. Like go inside people. JORDAN. Why didn't you ask her dad? What were you thinking? PS, your arms are really tan. Good on ya. I think you win. She adores you.

    Oh Robby. "Tell them how much I love their daughter, that's what matters right?" It's like he's trying to tell her he's a fraud. Like, of course I'm going to convince your family how much I love you so I can convince myself and win the show, I mean your heart, I mean the Bachelorette. Why is Robby's chest so red? That only happens when I'm having a nervous breakdown or I'm lying.

    So it's clear that the Fletcher clan loves Robby. But come on, you know Hanz and Franz are hoping they will have season ticket rights for the rest of their lives. Wasn't Robby the one she couldn't trust because of the ex? But after one convo she's simply forgotten about that?

    Obvs I'm team Jordan so I'm trying to be as non-bias as possible. But I get what he is saying. Asking a dad for a hand in marriage is huge! It's as if JoJo thinks this is just about her. Jordan wants to feel confident too and I'm assuming only asking a dad once. But he could ask, not knowing where JoJo stands and get dumped. I totally get it

    Good job Jordan on asking her parents. And good job both of you for writing such sweet notes. I am so excited to find out! I am so very nervous. YES.


    Ok I cannot lie, watching Robby (JoJo, all the second place people) say how much they love the host breaks my heart. It's unbearable to watch. I didn't like Robby this whole show, but holy smokes, watching his heart break is devastating.

    Excuse me while I just bawl my eyes out. JORDAN. They are the cutest and are going to make the most beautiful babies.



    The After the Finale Rose actually made me like Robby more. But I am loving some Jordan and JoJo action.

    Let's go to Paradise now people. Thanks for reading along throughout this very long journey. See ya'll next season. Here's hoping they announce the Bachelor soon!

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