April 19, 2011

Rainy Day Essentials

1. Topshop Knitted Navy Stripe Stitch Open Cardigan $80
2. Dorothy Perkins Tan Lock Cross Body Bag $24
3. Net-A-Porter Chinti and Parker Organic Cotton Tank $70
5. Apothica Essie Nail Polish - Fiji $7.90
6. Dorothy Perkins  Stone Paperbag Tulip Skirt $44
7. Bergdorf Goodman Tall Welly Hunter Boot $125

Sometimes I can't help but want a rainy day. Luckily for me, Spring showers have been in full force over the past few weeks here in the "Sunshine State".

Nothing makes the day more comfortable than the sound of the rain outside with some good music in the background. Lately I've been listening to Adele's new single "Set Fire To The Rain" pretty much on repeat. This girl has got talent and thank goodness it only took her a couple years to crank out a new record.

Considering it is my favorite item on the rainy day wish list, I can most certainly say the Tall Hunter Wellies in Matte Black will be my next purchase. While somewhat more of an expense, these classics will last a lifetime and make sloshing around in the rain a bit more enjoyable.

What's your go-to rain essential?

April 2, 2011


One of my all-time favorite dishes to make, and of course indulge in, will always be schnitzel, or better known as fried breaded chicken. And who can complain about a healthy spin on some homemade friend chicken?! My boyfriend, Chris, certainly doesn't. It's a frequent request when I'm making dinner for the night.

I grew up savoring over my mother's version of this recipe and was more than thrilled to see a version in my Cooking Light: Way to Cook book.

What you'll need:
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard (optional)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs 
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh parsley 
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 

How you'll make it:

1) Preheat oven to 350
2) Wash chicken and pat dry. Sprinkle each with salt and pepper.
3) Place flour in a shallow bowl. Combine mustard and egg in a shallow dish. Combine breadcrumbs, cheese parsley, chives and garlic in a shallow dish. Dredge 1 chicken breast half in flour, turning to coat; shake off excess flour. Dip in egg mixture; dredge in breadcrumb mixture. Repeat procedure with remaining chicken, flour, egg mixture, and breadcrumb mixture.
4) Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil, swirling to coat. Add chicken; saute 2 1/2 minutes or until browned. Remove from heat. Place chicken on a baking sheet and place in oven. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until chicken is done.
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