What I Ate This Weekend


I spent a large part of this weekend relaxing in my home which gave me the perfect opportunity to cook some meals (even though it was 80 degrees with no AC...). I've put together a breakfast, lunch, and dinner that I enjoyed and hope you take some inspiration for your own kitchen.

BREAKFAST


My breakfast really varies depending on how much time I have. Sometimes its just overnight oats I prepare the night before or if I have more time, our favorite banana protein pancakes (linked here). On Friday, I was working from home and had a little bit of extra time to spare. I've been on a hard boiled egg kick recently and made two eggs, toasted two slices of some sour dough bread, and brewed some Peet's coffee in my french press.

To make the perfect soft boiled (but not runny yolk) eggs, salt and boil a small pot of water. When it come to a boil, place the eggs gently into the water using a slotted spoon, so they don't crack, and set your timer for 7 minutes. They'll come out with the yolk perfectly soft. If you want a true hard boil, 9 minutes will do the trick.

LUNCH


I've been making a conscious effort to eat a larger lunch, a snack around 4pm, and a light dinner at 7pm to try and optimize my "waking" hours based on my chronotype (refer to this book). After my workout on Sunday, I pan fried a chicken breast, some wild rice, and my favorite mini broccoli from Trader Joe's. This meal takes about 40 minutes to prepare (thank you wild rice) but kept me full through to my afternoon snack.

To make a succulent chicken breast, I remove the breast from its packaging and pat it down using paper towel. I'll generously season both sides of the chicken with salt, pepper, and thyme before placing it in a cast iron pan on medium heat. You can choose to cook the chicken in oil or butter based on preference but be sure to reapply to the pan as it cooks down. I'll cook the breast for 7 minutes a side and then will let it sit for 5 minutes on my plate before cutting into it. This allows for even juice distribution back into the meat after it concentrates in the center during cooking.

Dinner


Even though it was 80 degrees in San Francisco on Sunday night, I was determined to make myself dinner. I was on the hunt for a summer salad recipe which turned into a farfalle pasta with pan fried garlic, asparagus, and tomatoes that I topped with some bacon and parmigiano-reggiano cheese. This meal is by no means difficult to prepare and was very filling. It also made enough for a few meals of leftovers. 

In terms of my serving wear, I've collected a few pieces over the years that I love using. The marble slab I have is from Target (!!!) and is gorgeous. The wooden accent gives it a bit of an eclectic look. The wooden serving tray I have was a gift over 5 years ago from Indigo! in Toronto but I've linked a similar one below. I like to keep my dishes simple and just have the standard white set (that most people have) from Ikea. They're also easy to replace if an accident happens. 

I hope you enjoyed this series and I look forward to making another one in the near future! 

As always, thanks for stopping by!
Katie XX

#TheSundaySeries: @erinaart x framebridge

For as long as I can remember, I've loved art and was thrilled when I came across @erinaart on Instagram, and old friend turned artist. I instantly fell in love with the style of her work and had been eyeing this print for over six months before I finally purchased it. You can check out her website here.

The Malawi Bring Through piece is striking and I knew it would be perfect for above my bed. I purchased the print in a 40 x 30 inch size which is quite large but perfect for over a queen bed. For a general rule of thumb when looking for art work, you want the piece to be about 2/3 the size of the item you're hanging it above.

The print came unframed and after some research, I settled on using Framebridge, an online framing service. For my custom 40 x 30 frame, the total came to only $140 which is amazing considering comparables I'd seen online and in store started at $200! I placed my order online, received a free shipping label, and was at FedEx the next day sending off my print to be framed. 

My piece returned via mail within 3 weeks. I was a little nervous about the frame being shipped all the way from Philadelphia to San Francisco but it arrived tightly packaged in a box and lots of bubble wrap. Framebridge adds some really beautiful personal touches to your order including a thank you note and hanging instructions; not to mention the back of the frame is amazing!

The space above my bed was begging to be decorated and for a pop of color! My stark white walls reach over 11 ft high and needed either a headboard or statement piece of art. My place in San Francisco is definitely temporary so I decided to add a piece of art that can be used in any place rather than a headboard which might not fit into the next place I'm in.

I used the hanging techniques I saw in a Studio McGee blog post on how to hang art. I chose their approach of hanging the center of the frame 60 inches off the ground; this worked perfectly with the height of my bed and pillows. I used a measuring tape, painter's tape, a level, 50 lb. hanging hooks, and a hammer to get the job done. I used the painters tape to tape off the top half of my piece above the 60 inch mark. I was then able to hammer my hooks into the wall accurately using a level. I was able to do this all by myself but a second set of hands would make things a bit easier.

I couldn't be happier with the end result of my DIY art project. I absolutely love this piece and the life that it brings to my small studio apartment. I truly believe that a home is not complete without some artistic touches and whether that's adding a concert poster, a framed tea towel, or a painting, your options are endless. I've done a previous post on a smaller accent wall in my place if you're looking for some more inspiration.

Make sure to check out Erin's website and @erinaart Instagram! And checkout Framebridge as an alternative to traditional framing. You'll get 15% off your first order.  

As always, thanks for stopping by!!
Pepper XX