June 24, 2013

BLT salad with creamy peppercorn dressing

Since I've been trying to "spice up my salads," I've tried to become more creative in toppings, dressings, etc. In fact, I've become one of those people that likes to make their own salad dressings (hey, it's healthier, right?!) When my parents came to visit a few weekends ago, we went to this popular pizza place in downtown DC and my mom ordered this delicious creamy peppercorn salad. I've been dreaming about recreating it since. It's almost just as good, and perfect with a wedge of head lettuce. I've listed the recipe for both the salad and the dressing below. 

P.S.- Find my other recipes for salads here!

BLT salad with creamy peppercorn dressing

- 1/4 of a head of lettuce, cut into a wedge
- 1/4 cup of bacon bits
- 5 cherry tomatoes, halved

Creamy peppercorn dressing (makes one cup)
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 1 medium lemon)
- 2 tablespoons milk (not nonfat)
- 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
- 2 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Place all of the ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk until combined. Refrigerate in a container for up to 4 days.

June 3, 2013

The Brompton Hobo

On my list of 101 things to do in 1,0001 days, I made the pledge to invest in one good bag. Upon first moving to DC at the start of April, I quickly learned that I was going to need a crossbody bag, and one that could sustain a lot of wear. I wanted it to be something I could bring into work as well as use on weekends when I'm out with friends, which meant that it had to look professional, but at the same time seem casual in style. I knew I wanted a cognac color, and I was pretty adament about it being leather (I meant it when I said invest!) but I could not bring myself to spend over $200. Tory Burch is an investment, but I cannot imagine spending $500 on a purse.

In the end, I settled with the Brompton hobo bag from J.Crew. I knew I wanted a hobo bag, and I fell in love with the color of it. Plus, J.Crew was having a huge sale, so I got $100 off! I've been breaking it in all week, and am so happy I decided to go with this one.

Do you own a bag that you saved up for?