Wednesday, October 31, 2012

recipe: cauliflower crust pizza


you lovely instagram friends have asked for it, so here it is. 
a very simple recipe for cauliflower crust pizza. yum! 


for the crust:

one whole head of cauliflower
2 - 2.5 cups of mozzarella cheese, grated (or whatever cheese you prefer)
3 eggs
dried basil
optional: garlic

prepare two cookie/baking sheets by overing them with parchment paper and lightly spraying with cooking spray.

grate the entire head of cauliflower into a large bowl. you could also use a food processor for this.
grate the cheese into the bowl as well, add the eggs and sprinkle in as much basil as you like.
stir everything together well with a wooden spoon.

now divide your "dough" evenly between the two baking sheets and use a pancake turner or something similar to pat it down flat.

bake at 450 degrees for about 10-13 minutes.

now prepare your toppings

I like to just add some marinara sauce, mushrooms, zucchini, onions, spinach and cottage cheese (instead of ricotta). Just depends on what I have on hand. Mix some more basil into the cottage cheese too to make it more flavorful.

when the crust is done, add your toppings and place back into the oven for another 5-8 minutes. Just keep an eye on it so it doesn't get burned.

that's it! super easy and a great way to get some vegetables in your kiddos ;)

500 follower giveaway going up tomorrow!! don't miss it :)

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

a sweater love affair

 

sweater: old navy (last year), t-shirt: made it here, pants: unionbay, socks: sockdreams.com, boots: timberland
i have a serious love affair with this sweater. it started when we met in the clearance section of old navy last winter, went through a brief little break-up for a few months because it got sweaty and now we have officially rekindled our love with more passion than ever before.

ok that was ridiculous I know! you didn't stop me though...

i am currently listening to what is supposedly this awful frankenstorm but in all honesty, it's not that scary at all. maybe i will regret typing these words when sandy rips me out of bed at 3 am? we will see...

and to add to today's randomness: we bought a new washer on sunday and for some reason jason couldn't be more excited about it. seriously, all his idea and now he keeps interrupting my important thoughts here with details from the owner's manual. the thing isn't even here yet.
our current machine is a trusty 1981 maytag top loader, which I will be kind of sad to give up for this high-tech, 274 button, flashing lights and melodies playing front loader. i am serious about this one. 
buuuut I am looking forward to sparkly clean, bright whites and hopefully kick those messy toddler induced stains in the butt. 

i also learned that my husband has never seen or heard of the movie the last unicorn!! yeah!
so now i am seriously rethinking this whole marriage thing...

haha j/k! 

ok, that's all for my randomness today. you are welcome :) 

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Monday, October 29, 2012

toronto











as we prepare for whatever madness (or maybe none) frankenstorm will bring us here in western pennsylvania, I am going to share a few more pictures from our trip to toronto a couple of weeks ago.

we had a ton of fun and found toronto to be a very diverse and highly entertaining city with lots to do.
the weather was better than expected for most of the trip and we walked everywhere so I can't say much about the public transportation system, even though it seemed there were many options including a small metro system, busses and PATH (an underground network of walkways that connect different buildings, shopping and points of interest).
unfortunately, there was a ton of construction going on downtown which made it a little more difficult and unpleasant to walk sometimes, nothing to really complain about though. i'm just glad I don't have to deal with the rush hour traffic there on a daily basis.

we stayed at the westin harbour castle which was nice overall. the only let downs were that they charge $30 a night for a refrigerator!! (which we obviously declined) and also didn't offer a few of the amenities they had listed in their info booklet in the room. we had a fairly large room with a view of lake ontario and enough space for the pack'n'play logan slept in.

i caught a light cold on the way up the day before so our first day in toronto we explored the city and had a wonderful brunch at a small place called le petite dejeuner on king street east.
they were very welcoming and even had a booster seat for logan to sit in. the chef sent out a delicious waffle on the house, which he devoured and made for a very happy babe the rest of the meal.

we took a stroll through the distillery district, a village of brick-lined streets with dozens of restored victorian industrial buildings that house everything from bakeries to shops, art galleries, fashion and jewelry boutiques and restaurants. we got some coffee and tea to brace against the cold and couldn't resist the freshly baked goods at brick street bakery. the spiced apple loaf was to die for!

since I wasn't feeling 100% and we hadn't expected the wind to be so chilling, we went back to the hotel and took a nice long family nap before heading back out to check out the massive amount of downtown shopping at yonge street and the eaton centre. we also got some dinner at wait for it... red lobster. yeah, I guess we were a little out of it that night and in walking by the restaurant were overcome by a sudden craving for large portions of seafood as a result of our lack of advanced dinner planning. it was safe, it was good and we all left with full bellies.
they did not serve unsweetened iced tea so I went for sweetened and ended up with the nestea kind.
a canada thing maybe?

the next day I had pretty much planned to walk from to hotel through the entertainment district and out queen street west where you will find a ton of fabric stores, jewelry/beads suppliers mixed in with the occasional urban outfitters, american apparel and lots of small coffee shops, bars and restaurants.
we had another wonderful brunch at a place called niche coffee and tea company. the walk there took us almost an hour which was a little more than I had anticipated and we were pretty much starved by the time we got there. logan was slightly unhappy hence that wonderful shot of him above came into being. that unfortunately caused me to pass up every single one of those wonderful fabric and supply shops. such a bummer. (next time toronto, next time!)

after brunch we made our way to china town and explored kensington market - a haven for vintage lovers. again, I wish I would have had more time to shop around at all the different shops but had to limit myself. we let logan play at one of the many parks you will find strewn throughout the city and admired chased the many black squirrels that were running around everywhere.

from here we moved on through the university of toronto campus and up to bloor street which is the toronto mecca for high end fashion. on the way back we veered off of busy yonge street and took the alternate route through the lgbt-oriented church and wellesley neighborhood, made a stop at allen gardens to chase more squirrels and make friends with a few dogs, and down to st.lawrence market to check out all of the delicious food. we spotted a few restaurants on the way back to the hotel and ended up having dinner at fionn mac cool's pub on the esplanade, where it was trivia night and we had the nicest server. their tikka chicken masala boxty was delicious and made me long for more indian food in my diet.

the next morning, on our way back home we had one last brunch at lady marmalade which came highly recommended by the lovely toronto resident ana over at bluebird kisses. go check out her blog full of inspiration, parenting adventures and mostly to admire that cute and fashionable little johannes.
thanks so much for sharing this little gem with us ana! we loved it there and our bellies were filled for the 6 hour drive back home. it was a great way to end a much too short trip to toronto and we will definitely be back to explore more of this wonderful city.


on a completely different note: I will be having a huge giveaway this week to celebrate getting to 500 followers :)) I am so excited to have so many wonderful readers and you deserve to win some amazing prizes. as long as the storm doesn't have other plans for us it is likely to go up on wednesday so make sure to stop back!

also, the outfit additions giveaway is still on until friday night and you should totally enter for a chance to win $30 in jewelry from them. can't wait? order and save 25% off with code FORGE25.

yay!


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Thursday, October 25, 2012

giveaway: outfit additions


it is giveaway time folks! a generous $30 gift certificate to outfit additions will go to one lucky reader out there :)

all you need to do is follow these easy steps:

you have to be a legal US resident at least 18 years or older with a valid US shipping address. 

for your main entry:
visit outfit additions and leave a comment on this post letting us know which item you like best + follow The Forge via GFC (you have to do both to be eligible to win!) 

this will unlock a bunch of other ways you can enter for a higher chance of winning :) 

also, the 25% off code has been extended through the end of the giveaway :)) use code FORGE25 at checkout! 

good luck! 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

it that shall not be named

jacket: jcrew, shirt: ae, denim: ae, boots: ralph lauren

you may be asking yourself if you've possibly seen me wear this before. maybe.
no? great :) 
yes? well, I guess that would have been as part of a post I did for lovestitched last week. 

unfortunately the "nasty sickness I don't really want to remember or experience ever again" bug hit us all over the past weekend and as much as I have been dreaming about actually getting dressed and trying to look decent, it just hasn't happened yet. 
i am so glad that chubby little babe of mine ended up with the lightest case of the unspeakable because mama and dada where in no good shape to take care of his recuperated and fully energized little self properly. not kidding - i couldn't stand up for more than a minute at a time on sunday. 
it's times like these I am truly thankful for a mother in law that braved the threat of contamination to come over and give us the much needed break we needed. 

thank you j's mom, we love you!!! 

ps: the 25% off coupon code for outfit additions FORGE25 ends at midnight EST tonight so don't miss out on this great offer :)) 

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

outfit additions - we all need them!

links: bead bracelet, drop earrings, spike necklace, hoop earrings, turquoise bangle, pink bangle, ivory bangle, color drop necklace

so, I don't know about you, but whenever I find a pretty piece of sparkly jewelry that is simple, versatile, the perfect addition to my outfit and on top of that affordable I feel like doing a happy dance.
usually I will just do that happy dance once I get home though, you know, just to keep the stares to a minimum.

however, with my newest sponsor outfit additions I can shop for all of that pretty and sparkly jewelry right from my computer, which means all the happy dances I want and maybe a few stares from my guys or the dogs... i can handle that!

outfit additions is a fairly new business which offers a large but not huge and overwhelming selection of jewelry as well as gorgeous silk belts and wallets. their pieces are simple and very versatile, which is important to me when it comes to jewelry. a lot of their necklaces can be layered and you won't have a hard time finding matching earrings or bracelets. as you can tell I am very much into gold these days and they didn't let me down with their selection either.

earrings start at only $9 ($6.75 with the discount!) and most everything else is well under $50.

shipping and returns are always free and they offer a 45 day no hassle money back guarantee!
whenever I shop online I catch myself changing my mind on a purchase a lot when I realize shipping isn't free, so free shipping and returns is a big plus in my book :)

check out my favorites and take advantage of the generous 25% discount code outfit additions is offering for the next 48 hours.

simply use code FORGE25 at checkout :) happy shopping!

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Monday, October 22, 2012

niagara falls



last sunday we embarked on a very spontaneous trip to toronto, canada. 
sometimes when you get in the mood to go somewhere and see something new, you just have to give into it. so we packed up most of our things, since traveling with a toddler requires lots of things, and off we went on a 6.5 hour road trip north. 

on our way we stopped in erie, pa where it was unseasonably warm and sunny, to let logan run for a while and then again once we go to niagara falls. he did pretty great in the car and enjoyed playing with his lego duplos, showing off his mad puzzle skills and watching a little horton hears a who. 

at niagara falls we ate at the worst, most overpriced romano's macaroni grill where my 9 mushroom ravioli ($23) had the most disgustingly sweet marsala sauce i've ever tasted. our waiter kept hovering and almost ripped our plates away from us before we were even close to being done. overall, not a good experience! 

once we got to toronto and checked into the hotel (we stayed at the westin harbour castle) we were all pretty tired but decided to go back out to explore the city a little bit. we ended up just grabbing street meat for dinner since we had (that gross) lunch kind of late. 

and because there are way too many pictures for one post i'll be posting more throughout the week. yup, because isn't that what a blog is for? 

have you ever been to niagara falls or toronto? 

Friday, October 19, 2012

yeah, you kinda do! really.


it's true. you guys deserve to hear it and I don't say it enough but thank you so much for reading this blog and all of your sweet comments. when i started blogging I never thought I'd end up here one day and I am so happy to have a faithful readership who is interested in our lives and comes back for more.

as i am quickly approaching the 500 follower mark I am planning a big giveaway for you all to say thank you. i've already lined up a few blogs and businesses who will be offering some pretty awesome prizes :)) but there is always room for a few more. this is a great way to gain new followers and exposure for your blog or shop.

sooooo, if you would like to be a part of this with your blog or shop or have a question, just send me an email at askforge@gmail.com
don't wait too long since this giveaway will go live once we get to 500.

and just fyi: all giveaways will have their own rafflecopter set-up(on the same day), so no one gets lost in the crowd.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

sweater weather



















































sweater: gap, jeans: ae, shirt: ae, belt: h&m, socks: sockdreams.com, boots: timberland 

yes, you guessed it: i wore this picking out pumpkins at the farm.
i was happy to get out these boots from last year and get them a tad more worn in. i love nicely worn in boots but it always takes forever to get them to that point. 
the weather was also just the right temperature to wear a thick wool sweater instead of a coat. 
it's like that part of fall always seems to come to an end much faster than i'd like and then it's back to covering up with several layers and a heavy coat on top. 

we are back from toronto tonight and I can't wait to share all about the trip :) 

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

the truth about pumpkins





























no, that picture did not get in there accidentally...
this is the truth about pumpkin picking and trying to get one decent looking picture with my son.
i swear it is impossible!

but yes, we went to pick out a few pumpkins last week. lovely, bright orange, overpriced pumpkins in virtually any size imaginable.
we always go to a local farm that also has weekend festivities throughout the fall. to avoid the crowds and because we had nothing better to do on a wednesday night we put on our warmest sweaters and off we went.

logan wasn't really interested in the pumpkins but rather fond of a bright red, antique tractor. this kid has and will be around tractors all of his life. if it has a motor he's gonna go check it out. if it can be steered he will steer it.

so yeah, instead of the pictures I had imagined of him carrying around his pumpkins I got him riding the tractor, steering the cart and of course picking through rocks and mulch. oh well, I'll take it!

finally, i have to admit that seeing my two guys walking together, wearing the same shoes gave me the warm fuzzies infinitely more than any display of pumpkin affection could ever have.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

3 ways to wear a safari jacket


today you can find me over here sharing some inspiration for how to wear a safari or army jacket (whichever you'd like to call it) :)