Monday, February 27, 2012

Birthday Wish List #2

Birthday wishlist #2

1. F21 embellished tribal clutch {$27} 2. J. Crew Tote {$328} 3. ALDO neon yellow clutch {$35} 4. Zara laminated wedges {$90} 5. Zara mesh studded booties {$129} 6. Zara buckle shoes {$90} 7. Me Too flat bow shoes {$89} 8. Aldo laser cut heeled sandals {$38 - On Sale!!}  9. Zara snake print sandals {$80} 10. Zara cap toe shoes {$129}
{Note to family: I wear a size US 7/UK 37 for the most part, 
in case you needed to know. Gift cards for J. Crew are also encouraged HAHA}

Is it Monday already? I feel like this past weekend flew by! Since it was my boyfriend's birthday weekend, it was pretty much filled with great food, awesome friends, and a heavy flow of whiskey and wine! Last night for his birthday dinner, I made pulled pork tacos with a pineapple and sweet chile slaw, as well as frozen Oreo cream bites {no clue what to really call them, but they were fab}. Both of the dishes were verrryyy well received. I was a little scatterbrained yesterday and forgot to snap some photos of the dinner, but I was really happy with the dishes overall. I did attempt to make homemade tortillas, but that was a pretty big fail. I think I need a little more practice {and muscles} in order to make them correctly. My brother is winning in the tortilla making area.

Additionally, I was able to catch some of the Oscars last night. I totally thought it was Friday night, so please excuse my last post with the wrong info. I came out winning in the end though since I wasn't really expecting to watch them live. My "Best Dressed" list includes Kristen Wiig in J. Mendel, Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford, and Angelina Jolie in Atlier Versace {with the exception of her awkward right leg}, but I have to admit that Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton takes the cake!!! That dress was a perfect balance of sweet fierceness. Everything about her look was perfection from the red hot color to the structured bustier and tiered skirt. Not to mention the addition of an adorable little bow brooch {see her look here}which acted as the cherry on top of a whimsical look. Love!

Above is my second birthday wishlist of shoes and purses that I'm currently coveting. The J.Crew bag has been on my mind for about a month or so now. It did disappear from their website for a little bit last week, but I'm glad it's back in stock, even though it's not expected to ship out until May! And out of all the shoes, numbers 4, 5, and 10 are my faves. Those little black mesh booties with studded details need to be on my feet right meow.

If you watched the Oscars, who's on your "Best Dressed" list? What did you think of the Oscars overall? 

Friday, February 24, 2012

{Friday's Fancies} Hollywood Glam

Night at the Oscars

It's that wonderful time of the year when we get to sit around and watch celebrities smile and strike a pose down the red carpet, in eager anticipation of which major {or newer} designer's dresses will make an appearance on some uber famous bodies. Yep, it's time for the Oscars my friends! In regards to fabulous, embellished gowns, I have to say one of my favorite designers is Marchesa. Georgian Chapman and Keren Craig's collections are always breathtaking and composed of intricate detailing and beadwork, as well as killer textiles and cuts. My favorite collection from Marchesa to date, is their Spring 2011 RTW Collection. Talk about breathtaking. My favorite dress of the collection is the little organza pleated dress Elle Fanning wore to Elle's 17th Annual Women in Hollywood Tribute. That dress looked like it was meant for her and only her - well, and me of course! However, that's not THE dress I would wear down the red carpet for this event. Above is a look I put together that I feel would really represent my "hollywood glam" style if I were to attend the Oscars. In my dreams, I know. But it's always fun to pretend!
  • Marchesa embellished silk-crepe gown - This gown is from the Marchesa Resort 2011 collection. It's boned internal bodice, gold and clear beading, and stiffened fish tail hem is pure perfection. A dress like this doesn't need much to accompany it other than a few accessories and a Victoria Beckham pose {click here to see what I mean}.
  • Gucci Ophelie open-toe pump - Even though the shoes you wear with this dress most likely won't be seen, I could help but pair these Gucci heels with the gown. They're just as gorgeous as the dress and deserve a little recognition.
  • Alexander McQueen sequin skull box clutch - Now, this could be cutting it close to embellishment overload, but I think the additional gold sequins complement the dress and its detailing. 
  • Diane Kordas 18k gold diamond earrings - I've always envied the superstars who get to wear thousands of dollars worth of diamonds ad jewels to these type of events, even if they are just borrowed. I included these $15,500 earrings because if I were to ever walk the red carpet, I would definitely find a way to have these babies dangling from my ears. 
  • IMAN red lipstick & Dior Vernis nail polish - I like the idea of a bold red lip and nails for this outfit. Also, the beadwork on the dress reminds me of Cleopatra, so I think a delicate cat eye with light shimmer would be pretty sexy/vampy/classy all at the same time. Lastly, I would opt for an intricate side fish tail braid to dress the look down just a tad.
I won't be watching the Oscars live tonight, but you can count on me watching the red carpet via DVR tomorrow! For more Oscar looks check out {longdistanceloving} and the other bloggers who've linked up this week! 

Anyone planning an Oscar watching party? Any Oscar-worthy collections you hope to see on the red carpet?

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Birthday Wish List #1

Wish List - Jewelry

My 25th birthday is a week 1/2 away and these are a few items constantly on my mind. I've been obsessing over this J.Crew bracelet for a long time now and it would be up on my wish list, but my fabulous boyfriend gave it to me for Valentine's Day (and as a partial birthday gift). It's definitely an everyday bracelet. Thanks babe!

I'm sure I'll be creating some additional wish lists until my birthday is here, so stay tuned for more of my obsessions ;)

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Breakfast Crepes

This has been a lounging weekend for me. The boyfriend and I finally celebrated Valentine's Day with dinner at Capri Italian Restaurant followed by my favorite desert at Baskin Robbins {brownie sundae}. Saturday I made French toast for a few of us, which reminded me I need to cook it more often. I forget french toast, maple syrup, and fresh berries makes for an amazing, deliciously sweet breakfast. Of course, massive amounts of bacon accompanied the french toast. The rest of the weekend has been devoted to catching up on shows and watching movies, while taking frequent naps in between. Overall, this weekend was exactly what I needed.

This morning I felt well rested and decided to make a recipe that's been on my "Food Porn" Pinterest board for a while. I saw this crepe recipe on Martha Stewart's website and thought it looked like such an elegant breakfast dish. I've only made crepes one time before and they turned out great {I used this crepe recipe}. If you make them the night before, these breakfast crepes are a breeze to put together. I built upon the original recipe and added a thin layer of veggie cream cheese to my crepes along with paprika, salt, pepper, and goat cheese. Once they were crispy and ready to eat, I topped them with green onions {the original recipe calls for chives}. They're definitely fancy shmancy for a Sunday morning.

{Chopped green onion. Making these crepes. Smeared veggie cream cheese. Ham, egg, & spices}
{Fold the sides over. Add crumbled goat cheese. Put in the oven}
{Add chopped green onion or any other garnish you desire. Eat & enjoy.}

Friday, February 17, 2012

{Friday's Fancies} Let's Fly Away

Friday is finally here and that means it's time for some Friday's Fancies! This week {longdistanceloving}and Elembee, Etc. teamed up and challenged bloggers to create a look based on their dream vacay. I was really excited at first, because who doesn't day dream about getting away from the office for a couple weeks (or even a few days) for a self indulgent, stress-free vacation? The hardest part of this theme was narrowing down where I wanted to "fly away". The only time I have been out of the country was on my many, many trips to various parts of Mexico (Arizona was just a hop, skip, and a jump to get down there). So, I had mannyyy places to choose from this week. I decided the first place in Europe I would love to visit is Venice. Many factors went into this decision: amazing architecture, museums and art galleries, Italian and Venetian cuisine{major plus}, fabulous wine {major, major plus}, Carnevale di Venezia (The Venice Carnival), & of course, fashion. Wearing the following items are just as much of a dream as going to Italy in itself. In my attempt to fully embrace the Italian theme, I tried to incorporate Italian designer pieces to complete my day-to-night look:

  • Missoni cotton knit dress - Ahh, Missoni. I can't think of a better dress to wear in Italy than this little knit dress. It's bohemian pattern screams "Italy" and you can pile on the accessories or leave them simple and let the dress be the shining star.
  • Valentino leather studded sandals - I adore these Valentino studded sandals. I'd really enjoy strolling through the streets while shopping and eating ice cream if these were on my feet. Who am I kidding, I'd enjoy it if I had paper bags on my feet!
  • Mulberry "Alexa" oversized bag - The coveted Alexa bag. Perfect for holding all your essentials like sunscreen, wallet/passport, sunglasses, camera, and any additional trinkets you pick up along the way.
  • Missoni orange scarve - Mixing Missoni prints seems only fitting for this trip. Throw it on for a gondola ride down the Grand Canal. 
  • Karen Walker brown sunglasses - I love the unexpected orange on the inside of the frames. Adds color without being overbearing.
  • Essie nail polish - Make your nails pop with a bright tangerine color. 
  • Emilio Pucci python clutch - For the night look, I would add as much color as possible! Emilio Pucci is best known for his bright, swirly prints, but this orange python clutch is perfetto for dancing the night away. 
  • YSL pink suede heels - I know the cobblestone streets around Venice aren't the most ideal to walk on in heels, but for a night out on the town I would rock these YSL platform suede loafers with gold plates across the front of the foot - drool. The thicker heel should help keep you more balanced while walking on the cobblestone.
  • Statement necklacegold banglesthree-stone color cocktail ring - As I said before, this dress has such an amazing pattern with bold colors that it doesn't necessarily need to be drowned in jewelry. A structured gold statement necklace, some bangles and a fun cocktail ring is all you need to add some pizzazz for the night look.
For more dreamy vacays and outfit inspiration, head on over to Elembee, Etc.and {longdistanceloving} to check out the other bloggers who've linked up. 

Have a fabulous and dreamy weekend everyone!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Peanut Butter Cookie Empanadas

Happy Valentine's Day!!! I hope your day has been just as great as mine! I have received amazing treats from coworkers, beautiful flowers from my mama, and I have dinner planned for tonight with some friends. I definitely wish the boyfriend was here so we could celebrate too, but Friday is the new V-Day for us! I can't wait to give him my gift. Pretty sure I'll win "Best Girlfriend" award. If not, maybe he'll just humor me.

I've been making empanadas on a regular basis for over a year now. I should make my own dough and I plan on it someday, but the puff pastry sheets are sooo handy and shave some time off the recipe which I realllllly like. Empanadas have such a flaky crust (more than the crescent rolls) and definitely remind me of back home. However, I'd never really eaten a sweet empanada before. Low and behold, this recipe made it into my inbox and needless to say I was intrigued. Peanut butter cookie dough and cream cheese enclosed in a flaky pastry, then dipped in peanut butter and chocolate? Yes please.
{Mix the cookie dough, cream cheese, & optional chocolate chips together}
{Scoop the mixture into the center of the circle, score, wet, fold, pinch, & press}
{Brush the empanadas with egg wash and pop them in the oven for 13 minutes}
{Melt your peanut butter chips and shortening in a bowl, then dip your empanada}
{Once the peanut butter is dry, re-dip your empanada in the melted chocolate chips. I then dipped them in Valentine's Day sprinkles - they look more festive!}
{Let the coating dry, then enjoy!}

I altered this recipe a little by using puff pastry dough instead of pie crust and adding chocolate chips into the filling mixture. Everyone liked the crunch of the sprinkles, so I guess that was a good move on my part. I will definitely be making these again, but for some reason I was expecting the middle to be more gooey than cooked cookie. I did bake them on the longer end of the spectrum, so I suggest going with 12-13 minutes. Maybe yours will be gooey. I'll be jealous. 

*Please disregard the jacked up nail polish. This was an eye opener that I need to keep up on my manicures if they're going to continue making an appearance on my blog. 

Monday, February 13, 2012

Bacon Heart Sandwich

On a regular basis, I do a pretty good job at sticking with my low(er) sodium diet. However, my biggest weakness is bacon (shocker, I know). Now that there's bacon with 30% lower sodium, I'm able to not feel as guilty eating it than I did before. It does the trick. Kind of.

I saw this recipe on TasteSpotting and thought making bacon into heart shapes was such an adorable idea, especially for Valentine's Day! What better way to show your honey you care than with bacon hearts in the morning? So, my rendition is to follow the recipe almost exactly, then add it to a breakfast sandwich (my specialty!!)
{I made a tray of bacon hearts, but you can make them for just two}
Recipe adapted from The Paper Mama

Ingredients: 2 slices of low sodium bacon, 1 avocado, 1 jalapeno, unseeded (optional), 1 cup of uncooked baby spinach, 4 large eggs, 2 slices of pepper jack cheese, 4 slices of 12 grain bread, toasted, 2 tablespoons Philadelphia veggie cream cheese, Mrs. Dash chipotle seasoning (optional), pepper.

{Serves 2}
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • On a greased baking sheet (with sides), mold each slice of bacon into heart shapes. Bake them for 14-16 minutes, depending on your preference.
  • While your bacon is in the oven, half your avocado with a knife and scoop both halves it into a mixing bowl. Using a spoon, mash your avocado until almost smooth. 
  • If you like more heat, dice your unseeded jalapeno. Add it to the avocado and mix together.
  • Add 1/2 the avocado mix to one of the bread slices. Add 1/2 cup spinach on top of each avocado mixture. Repeat for the second sandwich.
  • Cook two eggs at a time in a greased, medium-large skillet on medium heat. Add seasoning of choice here. Cook for 2 minutes and flip. Cut 1 slice of cheese in half and place a half on each egg. Cook for another 1 1/2 - 2 minutes. *If you do not like runny eggs, cook a few minutes longer until egg yolk hard. Repeat and make the next two eggs.
  • Place two eggs on each bed of spinach. 
  • Bacon hearts should be done around the same time as the eggs (if not slightly before). Take the baking sheet out of the oven and let cool for a couple minutes. 
  • Add one bacon heart on top of each egg sandwich. To finish the sandwiches, spread 1 tablespoon of veggie cream cheese on the two plain pieces of toasted bread. 
Enjoy with your boo!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Well, due to bad weather that moved in, the boyfriend and I had to cancel our Chicago trip. I was pretty pumped yesterday and I'm definitely bummed, but we had a long overdue wonderfly lazy night so I can't complain much. We'd been going non stop since November, so it's nice to have a weekend filled with no commitments.

I love Valentine's Day just as much as the next girl, but I think receiving chocolates and a teddy bear is pretty cliche and impersonal (notice I didn't include flowers, those are welcome year round)! So, in order to help the poor fellas out there that may not know what to get their boo for the romantic holiday, I put together a little gift guide featuring some insight on my ideal items.

Under $100:
Jewelry is always a great gift idea in my book. Additionally, I don't think it necessarily needs to include a diamond to be romantic. Simple, well constructed jewelry (like items 1, 3, 4, & 5) are great dainty gifts that a girl can wear any day of the week. I love all the Dogeared necklaces and the meanings behind them. If you're not good with putting you feelings into words, this is a great gift since it's already done for you! If you want to go a completely different route in your gift giving, try some sparkly Toms shoes. They're the gift that keeps on giving while still looking stylish. 

Under $200:
I'm completely obsessed with these two necklaces (6 & 10). The monogrammed necklace is very personal and is a great everyday necklace, just be sure you get her initials right! Maya Brenner has an adorable line in which you can choose from all different states. If you still think you have to include a diamond to make it special, you're in luck because she offers states with a diamond (priced higher of course)! A purse like this Kate Spade cross body bag is a gift that can be used often, unlike chocolates that are gone in about 5 minutes and leave you mad at your hunny for making you run those extra miles to burn off your present. The J Crew blouse is definitely within the V-Day theme, but it has such a cute print and can be remixed in 20 different outfits, unlike lingerie that gets maybe a few uses! Lastly, instead of getting your girl a plush teddy bear that sings, dances, and is 4 feet tall, opt for a luxurious cashmere scarf that she can actually use! Extra brownie points if it's in a pastel color like this lilac that she can wear all through Spring.

Ladies (and men!), what are you hoping your sweetie will get you for Valentine's Day??

Friday, February 10, 2012

{Friday's Fancies} Valentine's Day

This was only a four day week for me, so I can't believe it's already Friday! The boyfriend and I head to Chicago tonight to see some of my family and friends and I couldn't be more excited! It's been a while since I've been to Chi town which is weird considering when I first moved to the Midwest I was going up there almost every weekend. Granted, that's when I had no responsibilities and waaayyy too much time on my hands. My love for Chicago runs deep and to me it's the perfect city. I hope I have time to wait in the long line for Kuma's Corner. I'm a sucker for heavy metal and of course, their burgers are THE BEST I've ever had. Yes, I did just say the best and I mean it!

Now, time for some Friday's Fancies! Since Valentine's Day is right around the corner, Red & Pink was chosen as the theme this week! Kate Spade's Spring 2012 Campaign was my inspiration for this week. I'm obsessed with the black and white floral patterns and pops of pink!
I put together an outfit that I would LOVE to wear out to dinner with the boyfriend (who unfortunately will be away for work over I think this dress acts as a perfect blank canvas to add bright pops of reds, pinks, and purples! 
  • Black & white organza dress - I love the simple structure and subtle design. 
  • Pink belted coat - This Preen coat would be a staple in anyone's closet. I love the pink on pink which makes it the perfect coat for a romantic holiday.
  • Pink & red satin platforms - These color blocked statement heels are six inches of pure fierceness. I die. 
  • Red glitter clutch - I have a red organza clutch from H&M that I use to add a little pop of color in my wardrobe, but this glittery clutch is too cute. You can never have enough glitter in your life!
  • Snake braceletRed cocktail ringSkull bangle, & Knot bangle - I like the idea of mixing flirty, romantic pieces with more edgy, unexpected items. Skulls and snakes help accomplish that look. Also, the Kate Spade cocktail ring is a classic style that will look so good on your ring finger when sipping champagne with your sweetie.
  • Purple nail polish - I am definitely drawn to darker shades in the winter time and even though it's purple, a coupel coats of this Butter London nail polish will look chic with this outfit.
  • Purple faux fur stole - I love faux fur stoles. I have one I wear all the time (was connected to a blazer) and I always get compliments on it. This purple stole is a nice twist on the classic neutral fur colors.
I hope you all have a safe and wonderful weekend! I'm excited to share a Valentine's Day food post with you next week! 

For some more red & pink fun, head on over to {longdistanceloving} and check out all the amazing posts by other bloggers and {av}.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Finally, they're MINE!

I'd like to introduce a new love in my life - Alexander Wang Freja!

Let's just say I've been wanting these booties for a verrrryyy long time. My roommate and best friends can attest to this. I stalked them weekly on various websites admiring the leather whip stitch and perfect two tone burgundy color. I could never afford them full price and even when they were first reduced, I just couldn't get myself to close the deal. However, my 25th birthday is about a month away and what better way to celebrate 25 awesome years than with a brand new pair of Alexander Wang booties?! They were further reduced on the, so a couple clicks and a few days later these pretty little things are finally mine! I've always admired his collections and when I spotted these on the 2010 Spring runway, it was love at first sight. I seriously can't wait to break them in! Too bad the beautiful weather is about to move out and snow is about to begin - again.

Oh well. They've been worth the wait. A little more time won't killlllllll me.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Crescent Jalapeno Poppers

Downtown Indianapolis has been crazy this past week. Super Bowl XLVI is taking place here today and I'll be downtown celebrating with a large group of my friends at a bar for a private party. In honor of that, I wanted to share another easy appetizer with you. Several months ago I stumbled upon various crescent roll recipes and I have been hooked ever since. They're such a great foundation for any bite size dish and have endless possibilities (just like the toast cups I made here). They're also pre-cut which makes the cooking process that much simpler, and that's fine by me! I saw this recipe on Pinterest (of course) and I was sold on it when I saw it included bacon and jalapeno. These were definitely a crowd pleaser in my house. The flaky crust and gooey cream cheese filling is too good to just eat one. Or two. Or three. Don't judge.
{My friend taught me his/his mom's way of cooking bacon in a saucepan. It cooks to perfection in it's own grease. I love that it makes bacon nibblets. Be sure to cook extra since you'll be popping bacon bits and want to be sure there's enough for your poppers.} 
Ingredients: 1 roll of reduced fat crescent roll dough, 1/2 package reduced fat cream cheese, 1 package of low sodium bacon (or regular), 2 jalapenos

{Serves 8}
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Take your crescent rolls and cream cheese out of the fridge to soften up.
  • Heat a medium sized saucepan over medium heat; quarter all of the bacon strips - I cut four or five at a time. Add the bacon to the saucepan and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring frequently with a fork.                                                                          
  • While your bacon is cooking, cut each jalapeno into 8 slices*.
  • Now, once the bacon is cooked to your liking, scoop the bacon nibblets onto a paper towel lined plate and let cool. 
  • Unroll and separate your crescent roll dough by rolling a pizza cutter along the perforated lines.
  • Scoop a tablespoon of the cream cheese onto the larger side of each crescent roll triangle. Add some bacon nibblets and top it off with two side by side slices of jalapeno.
  • Starting with the larger side of the crescent dough, roll towards the opposite end of the triangle.
  • Place them on a baking sheet and pop them in the oven for 12 minutes. Be sure to let them cool a little before eating.
*The pictures above shows one quarter of jalapeno in the crescent rolls. I realized after pictures I needed to cut them in half in order to have jalapeno in every bite, which I fully suggest you do too.

Friday, February 3, 2012

{Friday's Fancies} Spring Fever

Spring Fever

Happy Friday everyone!

I was asked by {av} from {longdistanceloving} if I wanted to participate in her Friday's Fancies blogger link up and I jumped at the opportunity. This Friday she chose the theme Spring Fever, which couldn't be more perfect. Recently, we've had amazing weather in Indiana, so I have to agree with {av} that Spring seems like it's right around the corner. I'm completely inspired by 3.1 Phillip Lim's Spring 2012 collection. The pale colors, lightweight fabrics, and easy going hairstyle is right up my alley. I created my own rendition of the collection with the following equally drool-worthy items:
  • Light blue pleat scallop cropped shell - This top is airy with the tiered pleats and scallop edges. It's perfect to dress up or down, depending on the occasion.
  • High rise sorbet jeans - I've yet to buy a pair of colored jeans. I have plenty of colored trousers, but I think my next jeans purchase will be in a softer sorbet color. These pair so well with the cropped shell in case you're uncomfortable showing off too much skin. 
  • Lucite sandals - Years ago I was a Lucite hater. I always associated Lucite with stripper shoes, which is so not the case anymore. I am proud to say that Prada has changed my perception on Lucite heels and proved they can be chic as hell.
  • White studded leather handbag -  Clean and structured with rocker details. This is my kind of bag. 
  • Lucite and gold bracelet - Again with the Lucite! This bracelet is a staple for spring and will look sooo good stacked with my other gold and silver arm candy. 
  • Silver choker & sterling silver dove earrings  - Clean, simple, and just enough.
  • Tortoise shell sunglasses - Spring time means the sun will be out and shining bright, so the "Perfect Day" sunglasses by Karen Walker are the perfect topper to this outfit. 
  • Nude lipstick & nude nail polish - I love my bright colored nail polishes, but for me this outfit calls for polished nude nails and smooth nude lip.

Tell me, what's got you geared up for Spring? Any trends you plan on embracing? Any Spring collections on your mind?

*Special thanks to {av} for inviting me to join her in Friday's Fancies. I plan on linking up each Friday and can't wait to create my look for next week. 

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Buffalo Turkey Lettuce Wraps

The Super Bowl is taking place in Indianapolis this weekend and downtown is filled with excited visitors and Hoosiers! There's a fleet of food trucks parked in the circle downtown and people slicing through the air on zip lines which all adds up to a great time. Oh, and don't forget the phenomenal weather we've had! I plan on spending most of my weekend downtown participating in the festivities, eating great food, drinking cold beer, and listening to free concerts (in addition to Snoop Dogg tonight).

So to gear up for all that, I wanted to make a healthier dish with Frank's Buffalo Hot Sauce. I absolutely love hot wings and could definitely put away my fair share, but sometimes there's a bit of food guilt that lingers. I was able to avoid that feeling by making lettuce wraps with ground turkey and Frank's Buffalo Hot Sauce (I pinned the recipe on my Pinterest "Food Porn" Board, originally from here). These were light and healthy with just the right amount of wing sauce. Great alternative to the standard Super Bowl dishes you'd normally bring to a party!

                            1.   1/2 cup Frank's Hot Sauce (I used Hot Buffalo, be careful it's spicy
               2.     1 cup raw celery, thinly sliced 
               3.     1 head of lettuce
               4.     Crumbled blue cheese (blue cheese or ranch dressing is yummy too)
               5.     1 lb. ground turkey
               6.     3/4 carrots, shaved (I thinly sliced carrot chips i had on hand)
               7.     1/2 jalapeno, thinly sliced (optional for more heat)
               8.     2 cloves of garlic, minced
               9.     1/2 large onion, diced
             10.     Salt and pepper (I didn't add any salt due to high sodium in the sauce)

 {sauté, pour, and stir}