Summer, Summer, Summertime

Way back in May, I wrote about my Summer bucket list on Broke Girls Go Out. Now that it’s almost the middle of July and half way through the Summer, I thought it might be a good idea to check on my progress on the off chance that I haven’t been making any after all…

At the beginning of the Summer, I wanted to…

 √ Spend as much time at the beach as possible. I got some great beach days in during my vacation last week.

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√ Work on my tan! Proud to say I didn’t burn at the beach at all!

– Make cocktail popsicles.

– Make my own ice cream.

– Have a picnic.

– Perfect my grilling skills. Unfortunately I don’t think this one will happen… I’m moving away from my apartment with a yard in a week and I haven’t attempted to grill anything fun yet…

√ BBQ once a week (or at least OFTEN). 

– Go camping. 

√ Go kayaking. Another one crossed off on my vacation!

– Go to a Country concert.

– Go paddle boarding.

– Make DIY workout shirts from over-sized t-shirts.

– Do a fun outdoor activity. Does playing volleyball at my brother’s graduation party count?

– Play in a Philly fountain. 

– Go to a baseball game.

OK, so I haven’t quite accomplished everything on the list yet… Luckily there’s still a lot of Summer left! What’s on your bucket list?

4th of July American Flag Fruit Platter

I posted a few simple 4th of July themed dish ideas on Broke Girls Go Out last week and decided to make one of the dishes on the list for my holiday celebration. Sometimes themed dishes can get so complicated, but this dish only has a few ingredients and came together in minutes. Plus, it looked great and got a ton of compliments from guests at the party I brought it to.

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American Flag Fruit Platter (recipe originally found here via Pinterest)

1 pint blueberries, washed and dried
1 quart strawberries, washed and dried
1 box yogurt covered pretzels
Small square container, preferably white
Wax paper
Cookie pan or rectangular cake dish

1. Line dish with wax paper.
2. Put blueberries in square container and set in upper left corner of dish.
3. Cut stems off of strawberries. Cut strawberries in half, if desired.
4. Put strawberries in a row at the top of the dish. Follow with a row of pretzels and repeat until the dish is filled. If you have extra of either item and you’re using a deeper dish, you can double the layers of each row to fill the dish.
5. Serve with a fruit dip, if desired, or serve as is.

I served this dish with a brown sugar and sour cream fruit dip and put toothpicks on the side. This was such a crowd pleaser! And it’s healthy, so feel free to eat the whole thing!

Did you make a themed dish for the holiday? Tell me the recipe in the comments!

Broke Girls Love Philly

Everything great about Philadelphia! (According to me.)

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How long have you lived in the city? I moved to Philly in Fall of 2008 to attend Drexel and have lived here ever since. What is that, almost 6 years now?!

Where in the city have you lived? I pretty much stayed near Drexel’s campus in West Philly for my entire college career (shout out to my apartment on Lancaster, right across the street from Lemongrass!), but have since moved to Fairmount, which I am obsessed with.

What made you fall in love with Philly? Walking through Society Hill when my mom and I came down on a college visit trip during my Junior year of high school. It was beautiful weather, we had just picked up cheesesteaks at Jim’s (where we met the coolest lady from DC in line) and were wandering to this “little park” that we had sat in the day before. We really had…

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10 Binge-Worthy TV Shows on Netflix

It’s FREEZING again today! Thankfully, Netflix is there to help us all survive the rest of this Winter! Here are my picks for TV show binge-watching…

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It’s March, but there’s still snow on the ground and temperatures only get above freezing for a few hours each day. I would kill for some nicer, light-jacket-only weather, but it seems like this Winter will be hanging around a bit longer.

What better way to ride out the tail end of the longest Winter than TV binging? Here are my top TV picks that can currently be found on Netflix…

1. House of Cards – Possibly the greatest thing that will ever come from Netflix. I’ve talked about it a little bit on my personal blog, but do yourself a favor and start watching this today. Like The West Wing, but cutthroat.

2. Alias – Jennifer Garner as a secret agent government spy, kicking ass and taking names. This show is funny, action-packed and emotional. A lot of episodes have cliff-hanger endings, which makes binge-watching this show…

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Easy Valentine’s Day Desserts

Valentine’s Day is almost here! Have any dessert plans?

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Ah, Valentine’s Day. A perfect love-centric holiday invented by the candy companies. What better way to celebrate than by making your valentine a homemade dessert? Whether you’re giving your food creations as a gift or plan on sharing them with your sweetie in front of a roaring fire in a candle lit room with rose petals strategically sprinkled on the ground, cut down on costs by keeping your desserts simple!

Simple and Easy (and thus, cheap) Valentine’s Day Dessert Ideas

Chocolate Covered Strawberries – Really, who doesn’t love a good chocolate covered strawberry? They’re my go to when I think of romantic Valentine’s fare. And they’re super easy, too! Trader Joe’s seems to have reasonably priced strawberries right now and then just pick up some chocolate chips. Added difficulty: Try decorating the strawberries with regular and white chocolate for added flare. These are great as a gift or as a…

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Game Day Eats

I didn’t do anything overly exciting for the Super Bowl this year. My Patriots weren’t in it, so I really just watched for the commercials… And to see if Tall Guy’s beginning of the season prediction that the Seahawks were going to go all the way came true. Spoiler: It did. He is crazy good at sports predictions.

Since it was just my roommate, Tall Guy and I watching the game at my apartment, I narrowed down the food menu to just a few things. I made a delicious pizza earlier in the day, but saved the snacks for when the game actually started. My roommate made a yummy Mexican-ish dip (super easy! 3 ingredients, layered in a brownie pan – cream cheese on the bottom, salsa in the middle and shredded cheddar on top; bake until cheese on top is melted/bubbly) and I made my mom’s spinach dip (post on that later). I was kind of feeling like we needed something a little more substantial than just the two dips, so I made cheesesteak crostinis! It seems like something you’re only supposed to get at 1 am from Geno’s, but making your own cheesesteak is actually really easy! Meat and cheese on bread… What could go wrong?

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Cheesesteak Crostinis

1 loaf french bread, thinly sliced
2 green peppers, chopped1 sweet onion, chopped
Shaved steak *Shaved steak is key to making a good cheesesteak! I get mine from Trader Joe’s, since my supermarket doesn’t carry it!
3 – 4 slices of American cheese

1. Preheat oven to 325°.
2. Saute onions and peppers. Onions are done when they are see-through (leave them in until they brown if you want fried onions) and peppers should be tender.
3. Cook steak. I rip up the shaved pieces with my hands before putting them on the stove to cook, but you can also shred it with a metal spatula, if you have one and won’t ruin your pan!
4. Mix onions, peppers ans steak together in a pan.
5. Line a baking sheet with slices of bread. Spoon a little steak mixture onto each slice of bread. Top with a little bit of American cheese.
6. Bake until cheese is melty, about 5-10 minutes.

This was the first time I’ve done crostinis and I’m really happy with how they turned out! This is a perfect way to dress-up cheesesteaks, too! You can omit the peppers or onions and add in some of your go-to cheesesteak ingredients if you want (Tall Guy sprinkled his with tobasco and dipped them in ketchup.. Gross, but ok).

For more game day suggestions, check out my roommate’s post over on BGGO.

 

Philly Eats: The Cafe

The Broke Girls had our January meeting last night at The Cafe (2011 Walnut St). Food was good, prices were cheap, room was drafty, service was so-so. Definitely a good spot for groups when the weather gets warmer!

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For our monthly meeting and first ever Book Club discussion that took place last night, the Broke Girls chose a location that was much more quiet, relaxed and cheaper than our previous meet ups at Village Whiskey and Continental Midtown. The Cafe at 2011 Walnut Street had recently followed us on Twitter, and since none of us had ever been, we thought we’d give it a try!

The spot has a laid-back, bar-meets-diner kind of vibe, with booth seating near the bar area and an open store front with a solid front wall of windows overlooking Walnut Street. The lone waitress on duty slid two tables together for us and checked back regularly to grab us waters and drinks as the team bustled in from the cold, one by one. We were definitely the only customers in the place, which is sort of a shame but also understandable given the cold…

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2013: A Year in Pictures

Disclaimer: I hate New Years. Don’t get me wrong, I love the spirit that the New Year brings and thinking about resolutions, but I hate the hype surrounding everyone’s New Years Eve plans. It’s right up there with birthdays and Valentine’s Day- everyone wants to have the perfect day/night and do something SO SUPER FUN that you’re almost always disappointed that things usually end up being so-so.

Now that that’s out of the way, I wanted to take this opportunity to look back on all of the adventures I had this past year!

I had some good times this past year. What’s your favorite memory of 2013?

HAPPY NEW YEAR! x

A Martha Stewart Holiday Party… on a Broke Girl Budget

Holiday parties take a lot of effort, you guys! Don’t let the holiday season stress you out! (On a side note, I’m a complete Martha Stewart wannabe. Help.)

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October 27, 2012, approximately 2:00 pm eastern standard time: Heather and I are on a mission to finish errands that have us trekking all over Philadelphia, over-decorate our apartment, make themed food and look presentable by the time our guests arrive at 10 pm. That’s right, we were throwing a Halloween party and had left everything until the last minute. The party and decorations turned out great, but we swore to never again procrastinate our party prep.

We were able to keep that promise to ourselves when we threw an ugly sweater party this past weekend.

Helpful tips to keep your party planning and spending under control

– Give yourself time to decorate, and don’t forget to re-use last year’s decorations. We’re chronic procrastinators, so we made it a point to plan out when we were going to decorate, and had the whole apartment decorated a week in advance. Take…

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DIY Holiday Gift Roundup

I’m mostly done with my Christmas shopping! All I have to do now is make a bunch of DIY gifts!

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We here at BGGO are allllll about the DIY gifts. Why? Because it’s 92,382,584 times cheaper to make a gift than to buy something for everyone on your list. (Yes, that number is exact.)

I know I’ll be making about 10 gifts this year alone. Needless to say, there’s a lot of crafting going on in my apartment these days. Unfortunately, some people who are getting said homemade gifts read this blog, so I can’t tell you what I’m making specifically, but I have compiled a list of some really cute DIY gifts that I’ve seen this year.

Head over to our Pinterest page for more DIY gift ideas!

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