Links to Make the Weekend Come Back Sooner

I spent the weekend trying not to melt.  It was 107 this weekend.  How is that possible?!?  That’s just insane.  And of course it happened to be the weekend we needed to help my brother in law move into his new apartment.  It was hotter than heck out there.  Thankfully we survived and spent the rest of the weekend in the air conditioning and binge watching The Killing.  I hope everyone else in LA survived the heat!  Here are some fun links to distract you from work and the extreme temps.

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1.  I must make this herbed tomato and roasted garlic tart to celebrate the last few days of summer.

2.  Love these beauty swaps for fall

3.  Who would have thought outdoor kitchens could be so gorgeous?

4.  The best way to have an apple a day: apple desserts for fall.

5.  Just another reason to love France: what French kids eat for school lunch.

6.  I’ve lived in Los Angeles my whole life and I still haven’t hit some of these spots on road trip LA guide.

Poulet aux Champignons (Chicken with Mushrooms)

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After visiting Andrew’s family in France this summer, we have been trying to do French Fridays.  On French Fridays we speak French, eat French food and watch a French movie.  It’s a fun way for me to practice speaking and understanding French and an excuse to make delicious food.  Together, Andrew and I cooked Poulet aux Champignons avec une sauce au vin blanc (Mushroom chicken with a white wine sauce) from The Little Paris Kitchen cookbook.  To make it a little bit healthier I substituted Greek yogurt heavy cream.  It cuts calories and adds a little tangyness.  We served it over whole wheat farfalle pasta.  It was so tasty! After dinner we watched our all time favorite movie The Intouchables. If you haven’t seen it before I highly recommend it.

P.S. You can see my posts from France here: countryside, countryside 2, belle vie, au marché, au revior.

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Poulet aux Champignons avec une sauce au vin blanc (The Little Paris Kitchen by Rachel Khoo)
Ingredients:
Sauce:
2 tbsp butter
1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 cups chicken stock
1/3 cup dry white wine
4 tbsp heavy cream (I used nonfat Greek yogurt)
1 tsp lemon juice
salt and pepper

chicken:
2 tbsp butter
1 lb chicken or turkey breast, cut into chunks
8 oz button mushrooms, sliced
a handful of finely chopped tarragon or parsley (I like tarragon)

(I used whole wheat farfalle pasta, but you can use any other pasta or rice)

Directions:
To make the sauce:
Melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add the flour and beat hard until you have a smooth paste (roux). Continue to beat until the roux begins to have a golden color. Take off the heat and gradually add the stock, whisking constantly.

Place the pan back over medium heat and simmer gently for 10 minutes, whisking frequently to ensure none of the sauce burns on the bottom of the pan. If the sauce becomes too thick, whisk in a little more stock.

Add the wine and continue simmering for 10 minutes, then take of the heat and whisk in the cream (or Greek yogurt) and lemon juice. Taste for salt and pepper.

While the sauce is simmering, melt the butter in a large frying pan until sizzling, add the chicken and fry for a few minutes until golden. Add the mushrooms and fry for another 5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

To serve mix the sauce with the chicken and mushrooms (serve over pasta/rice) and sprinkle with some fresh tarragon.

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DIY Bar Cart

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Since the first time Andrew heard of a bar cart he wanted one. I was a little wishy washy for a few reasons. All the ones I like are super expensive, our friends would drink all our alcohol, and I had no clue where we could put it. Over the summer I went to a charity design house in The Hamptons. Walking through the house made me want to redecorate my entire house and backyard. Since that is not realistic I did find a few small updates we could manage. One of the things I loved was a bar cart. I was then determined to find a cute and affordable bar cart. I had looked on Etsy and eBay for cheaper options, but still craved the gorgeous bar carts from West Elm, Crate & Barrel, and Restoration Hardware. I finally found this genius IKEA Hack made from a utility cart. These bloggers inspired my bar cart: Carrie Bradshaw Lied and Scandalous Beauty. Besides putting the IKEA utility cart together (which can be a challenge in itself) there is just one other step. I’m in love with how it turned out! It fits perfectly in the little corner of our dining room and I especially love the price tag (only $40!).

Instructions:
1. Put the skeleton of the cart together, without the wheels or shelves. Note my boo boo below. I attached the handle facing the wrong way. Learn from me and do it right.

2. Place the cart on cardboard/paper in a well ventilated area.

3. Spray away! I used metalic gold. Don’t get too close or it’ll make a weird ripple.

4. Let it dry.

5. Carefully attach the shelves and wheels. Add your alcohol, glasses, and any other fun touches. (Straws, pictures, cocktail book…)

6. Enjoy your libations in style. :)

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Key Lime Pie

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I have a deep love for key lime pie. I can be quite particular, not just any old key lime pie will do.  Typical key lime pies are too creamy without enough tart for me.  I still have yet to try a key lime pie in the Florida Keys… it’s on my food bucket list (along with a Belgium waffle in Belgium).  Until then, this is the key lime pie I crave too often and consume too much of.  I have been known to sneak into the freezer with a fork in hand and a big sweet tooth.  The worst part of this key lime pie is how easy it is to make.  It’s easy as pie. :)  There are only 3 ingredients for the filling plus a store bought graham cracker crust.  This time I tried to make it slightly healthier with this homemade graham cracker crust (along with light nondairy whip topping).  Prepare yourself for a light and refreshing slice of heaven.

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Links to Make the Weekend Come Back Sooner

Andrew and I spent the weekend at home, bettering and enjoying our home.  The weekend was filled with only 3 things… cleaning, binge watching “The Killing” and watching football.  Not bad if you ask me.  Here are some links I was browsing while Andrew watched football.  :)  Happy Monday!

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1.  I can’t believe fall is just around the corner. I’m very ready for cooler weather and sporting these fall fashion essentials.

2.  How to turn a spare bedroom into your dream closet. Andrew has actually suggested this several time. Do I dare do it?

3.  My family loves old fashion ice cream shops. Our favorite is Dewar’s in Bakersfield. I wish I could try each shop 17 must visit soda fountains. (Mom, how have we not tried the one in Canoga Park?)

4.  I’ll have to make these game day cocktails at our next football party.

5.  Home office envy.

6.  How to wear white after labor day.