Skinnytaste: Mongolian Beef and Broccoli

Well, it took two weeks but I'm finally back with another recipe I made and devoured out of the Skinnytaste Cookbook. I didn't really think about or realize that Gina is super smart and super good at not posting her cookbook recipes on the blog. I suppose if she did, we'd have no reason to buy her cookbooks. So this one isn't on the blog either. And I think going forward I'm going to just blog my way through her blog so I can share all the recipes with you.

I am, however, going to share the Mongolia Beef pics and review because I made it and damn it, if I don't blog it does it even count?! 

Mongolian Beef and Broccoli Finished.JPG

I may or may not have overcooked the meat, but that's not due to difficulty, it was due to stupidity. Gaby said to brown on all sides. And I did. And then I let it cook further thinking it wouldn't cook through. You not only later put the meat back in the pan but it also continues cooking once it's removed from the heat. Lesson learned, don't overcook the steak :(

Mongolian Beef Marinating

There wasn't much about this recipe I didn't like except that I'm never a huge fan of recipes I have to start hours in advance (like to marinate). I just don't have that kind of time or forethought. Regardless, marinating this for only a short(ish) period of time worked well and the meat and veggies were delicious. I LOVE broccoli so I can't really go wrong there, it isn't Justin's favorite but I threw his over some white rice and he was a huge fan. 

Mongolian Beef and Broccoli Cooking

I really love me some green onions. Yum yum yum. Okay, so that was a short and sweet blog post but what more do you say about Mongolian Beef when you can't share the recipe?

Mongolian Beef and Broccli

I did like this but would probably have added more to it if I were to make it again, maybe some onion (besides green onion) or... snap peas or something?! Opinions on that? Anyone tried it? 

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Coming in Hot - with Stitch Fix #15

Happy Friday! It's been one hell of a week for only being 4 days of work. I didn't even get to the grocery store until late Wednesday night, much less cook any meals worth sharing!  

It's alright, though, because my Stitch Fix came yesterday and I even got my act together enough to take pictures and write a blog post about it! I also got my act together enough to turn off my automatic scheduled fixes because unfortunately, or fortunately? I have more important things to spend my money on these days. Like Orangetheory Fitness (review coming soon - probably) and our trip to Italy in the Fall. 

Stitch Fix Reveal

Before we get started, here is a bit about Stitch Fix if you don't already know:

  1. It is a personal styling service in which you fill out a style profile, give them links to your Pinterest style board and leave notes for your stylist as regularly or irregularly as you'd like.
  2. Your stylist takes the time to handpick 5 items for your fix that they think you'll love. These items vary from clothes to jewelry, scarves, purses and even shoes. For my Stitch Fixes I only ask for clothes because that is the area where I lack styling ability.
  3. They ship you your fix, you receive it and have approximately 2 days to try everything on and decide if you love it or hate it. Then you send back what you don't want in a pre-paid envelope and keep the items you couldn't part with.
  4. Last little details, Stitch Fix has a $20 fee for each fix sent to you. If you purchase any items the $20 goes towards your purchase and if you purchase all five items you get 25% off! You can get a Fix as often as you want. I am signed up to receive them monthly but I can turn that off at any time, set it up to send only when I request one or I could even bump it up to every two weeks (if only Justin wouldn't have a fit over that...)

I'm not going to lie, it was hard to turn off my monthly fixes when this one was SO good.  

Also, check it out - I'm blonde again! 

Le Lis - Addah Knit Maxi Dress
Medium - $74

Le Lis - Addah Knit Maxi Dress

I'm not generally into maxi dresses; however, the last maxi skirt Stitch Fix sent and this dress were keepers. So maybe I AM into the whole maxi style?! I was looking for easily packable, flowy dresses for Italy and this one hit the mark. I love the pattern and the colors and although it is long it is so pretty and fresh! Into my closet it went to be worn many, many times this summer. 

Pixley - Mavis Dress
Medium - $68

Pixley - Mavis Dress from Stitch Fix
Pixley - Mavis Dress

I generally love everything Pixley has to offer so I was excited when I pulled this bad boy out of the box. I will say, though, the straps are a bit too far in on my chest and so the sides by my arms gap a tiny bit. I decided after seeing the pictures that I don't care, though and kept it anyways. I love the pattern and color and with a belt it is the perfect summer dress. Plus, most the time I'll have a jean jacket on!

Kut From the Kloth - Roxanne Drawstring Linen Short
Size 4 - $48

Kut From The Kloth - Roxanne Drawstring Linen Short

Ignore that my entire outfit is wrinkly. I can't tell you how excited I was to get these shorts. First of all, they're linen with an ELASTIC waist and nothing is easier to wear or more comfortable than linen. Especially when it has a stretchy forgiving wasteband. Second, good length and third, great color. I want them in every color now. Gosh, they're comfortable!

Collective Concepts - Krissa Keyhole Halter Blouse
Small - $54

Collective Concepts - Krissa Keyhole Halter Blouse
Collective Concepts - Krissa Keyhole Halter Blouse from Stitch Fix

OK, I'm a huge proponent of bras with straps. I generally never buy anything that I have to wear a strapless bra or sticky boobs with but... This fix proved me wrong because three of the five pieces require strapless undergarments. I kind of love this top, the pattern and color are fun and I think it's quite flattering. Keeper!

Just Black - Adorra Skinny Jean
Size 4 - $88

Just Black - Adorra Skinny Jean from Stitch Fix
Just Black - Adorra Skinny Jean

Are you catching the trend? Yup, I kept all five items! By the way, this red blouse came in my last fix and I lovvvve it. I didn't think that I needed any more skinny jeans... But then I tried these on. They're crazy soft, a new brand and the PERFECT fit and length. Happy happy!

What did you think of my 15th fix on the blog?? Oh Stitch Fix, how I'm going to miss you.

If you haven't already... I strongly suggest you start Stitch Fix today, I can't speak highly enough of the service. My wardrobe is more stylish than I ever could have done shopping for myself and the Stitch Fix stylists and customer service reps are out of this world impressive.


Popping in to say Aloha



I have a million things I should be doing considering I'm in Hawaii for WORK but alas... Here I am at 9am sitting by the pool. In my defense, not that I feel I really need one, I already worked for three hours this morning and will be working until at least 7pm tonight.  

Moving onnnnn. 

Have you been hanging out on Instagram because I've been posting all my yummy, mostly healthy food there as well as some other snaps from Honolulu! If you're not hanging out on Insta, let me catch  you up a bit!

First of all, I arrived Tuesday and decided to take an evening walk on the beach since I'd been sitting on an airplane for 6+ hours. The walk went super well, look how pretty!


It drizzled just a tiny but most of the walk which was fine, I mean for one it was still over 80 degrees and my PNW heat tolerance wasn't coping so well so the rain was great. Until it wasn't. When I was still about 10 minutes from my hotel it started dumping. I mean, full blown, torrential Hawaii rain.  



I've never sent out for laundry from a hotel but when I woke up the next day and my jeans and sweater that had been hanging were still DRENCHED... Best $19 I've spent in awhile. I'd also gotten the back of my beautiful white sweater muddy due to the rain and flip flops. All better thanks to 8 hour dry cleaning though! 

Day two I was feeling VERY blogger. I got a fancy straw and positioned my sunglasses to have some semblance of a reflection on them and check out that most blogger meal I've ever eaten. It's a poke bowl and man did I feel Hawaiian. And full.  


Well, that was my most blogger meal ever until the next day when I ordered a papaya salad and realized that it  was actually a papaya salad. In that the base of the salad was spiralized papaya. I didn't even know that was a thing! It was delicious with a spicy sauce and a bit of chicken but I'll tell you what, it was far from filling and I chowed down on an entire personal pizza for dinner. And also two mojitos. Because balance.  



Today is nothing special besides that I'm wearing a romper. And it has pockets. And besides that I barely ever make it to this blog... I feel like a real life blogger.  

My last little tidbit of very exciting news is that Nicole has been asked to contribute to a hilarious and up-and-coming mommy blog and her first post had me laughing out loud. As much as I'd selfishly like to steal all her wit and hoard it here on this blog... Her talents have broadened her horizons. Make sure to check out her introduction post on  Why Do Our Kids Hate Us?? And leave her lots of love

There you have it. Life this week through the photo lens of my iPhone 7. More to come next week. Probably!