Monday, June 4, 2012

White Vegetable Chipotle Enchiladas

If you're a fan of Pinterest, you've almost certainly come across this recipe for white chicken enchiladas.  I kept coming across it and had plans to make a vegetarian version of it.  Now that 1L is over, I wanted to finally cook something for the boy.  When he requested enchiladas, I knew exactly what I wanted to make.

Sorry for the blurry photos...it was tasty, if not beautiful!

I halved the original recipe (the boy has a big appetite, but not that big) and made a few small changes.  

Ingredients:
5 small tortillas 
1 red bell pepper
1 large zucchini 
1 large yellow/summer squash
1 cup mexican blend cheese
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp flour
1 cup vegetable broth 
1/2 cup sour cream
1 can chipotle peppers
Olive oil

Recipe
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Chop veggies into small, bite sized pieces.  Saut√© in a small amount of olive oil until they wilt just a bit. Remove from heat and add half the cheese into the pan.  Stir things around until everything is mixed a bit.  It's totally OK if your cheese is melty.  
3.  Roll vegetable and cheese mixture into the tortillas and place in a baking dish.  (I used a glass Pyrex, which worked really well).
4.  Grab a small saucepan and melt butter.  Stir in flour and cook for one minute.  Add vegetable broth and whisk together.  Heat over medium heat until the mixture thickens and bubbles.  Remove from heat and stir in sour cream, whisking to keep the sour cream from curdling.  
5.  Take a few spoonfuls of the sauce from the chipotle peppers and stir that into the mixture as well.  You can chop up some of the peppers for extra heat, or just use the sauce.  Pour mixture over the enchiladas.
6.  Top with remaining cheese and bake for 20-25 minutes!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Target Shopping

As much as I love to buy and look at fancy/expensive clothing and accessories, I love a good bargain as much as the next girl.  And when it comes to certain items, I just can't bring myself to spend serious cash. For me, casual summer dresses are one of those things.  Styles change quickly and I like my casual summer clothes to be low-maintenence, so I just don't like to spend a lot on stuff like that.

Enter my recent Target purchases:

The dress on the left is so cute on...the pattern is a little funky, to be sure...but it's super flattering.  I like that it's a bit longer, too...I don't feel like my butt is hanging out.  I wore it to a dinner at a professor's house with Frye harness boots and a cardigan.  

The dress on the right...I liked to much that I went back and got it in another color (purple).  Super easy to wear...I've been pairing it with Jack Rogers sandals and a chambray button up.   

Ok, so technically not dresses, but still good summer pieces.  The sweatshirt on the left is great to bring on a chilly evening.  The sweaters on the right are basic cocoon sweaters...very lightweight and perfect for summer.  

I love this!  It's basically a chambray dress with light dots throughout.  The quality is fantastic...the close up shot shows the beautiful scalloped detailing at the bodice.  

Have you done any good Target shopping lately?  
xoxoKate


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Barrister's Ball 2012

Ok, so this post is definitely late...Barrister's Ball was close to a month ago...but I had so much fun and want to share it with you all anyway!

For those who don't know, BB is an event that most law schools put on in the spring...basically like a prom.  Everyone gets dressed up...it's fun to see your classmates in black tie, particularly when you're used to seeing people in sweats and jeans (particularly as the semester wears on).

We started out by heading to The Hamilton for drinks.  The place was HUGE...truly, I've never been in a restaurant or bar that was so big. And they have an enormous menu...seriously, they serve such a random mix of things (sushi, steak, charcuterie, pasta, comfort food).  

My wonderful date (well, bf) got me some ridiculous, fancy gin mixed-drink.  Nothing makes you feel classier than drinking a $15 drink in a darkly lit bar while dressed in black tie.  

We headed over to the hotel, which was beautiful.  You can't see it in this photo, but there was a little indoor pond under where we were sitting, with a piano on a little island in the middle.  Pretty cool!

I realize that I've already posted this photo, but I like it so much imma post it again.  The dress I ended up wearing (read: not the one I bought for the event) was the Lilly Pulitzer Crystal.  I loved it!  It was such a fun dress to wear (even considering that my breath was constricted because it was so tight!).  I got a ton of compliments on it and I appreciated that it was a bit different from what other girls were wearing.  It seems like sleek, jewel-toned, one-shoulder dresses are popular right now, so I felt like I was going against the grain a bit.  

I wore it with a black Rebecca Minkoff bag and nude pumps (plus, a black hair tie around my wrist, apparently...).  

It was such a fun time...I'm already looking forward to next year's!
Have you been to any fun formal events recently?  What did you wear?
xoxoKate    



Monday, May 14, 2012

Lucky Lucky

Recent purchases from Lucky...

I love the cutoff shorts from Lucky.  I have a biggish butt and thicker legs (haha...this makes me sound so chunky, but proportionally speaking, I carry weight over my butt/hips), so I don't like super tight or short cutoffs.  These have a bit more relaxed fit and are a hair longer than most other shorts.  They have a bit more coverage without feeling like they're mom shorts.  

Like I said before, I have a bigger butt, so I've been pretty wary of the colored jeans trend.  After trying these on, I decided to give it a go.  The leg is slim without being super skinny which helps in terms of making the leg look longer.  I also appreciated that they weren't $200 like a lot of colored denim.

xoxoKate

Friday, May 11, 2012

J.Crew Shopping

Dolores Dress in Paisley

I LOVE THIS DRESS.  I ended up wearing it to a rehearsal dinner a few weeks back.  The fit is spot-on and I love the blue/green print that's still super girly.  

Cafe Capri (Black)

These are definitely going to be a summer work staple for me.  I love how a pair or cropped black pants looks with an oxford and pumps.  I think it strikes a great balance between professional and stylish.  Plus...they're comfy and make my legs not look like stubs, which is nice.  

xoxoKate

Thursday, May 10, 2012

In which I apologize for being a bad blogger...

So...school and exams basically took over my life for the past three weeks and I've completely neglected blogging.  But now that I'm done (I'm a 2L...THAT'S SO WEIRD), I'm back to blogging!

To catch up on my life over the past month...

A trip to Barrister's Ball (Lilly dress, obviously)...

...At a pretty downtown hotel.  

Plus four (!) law school finals.

Obviously a post-exam party was necessary...

...complete with cute shoes...

...and a sweet rooftop deck with views of the Washington Monument.

So...it's been a busy couple weeks.  But I think I've fully recovered from both 1L year and the post-finals partying.  It's good to be back!

xoxoKate



Monday, April 16, 2012

Essie: Play Date

I've been wearing this color on my toes for the past week or so.  I actually picked it up at Walgreens (I'm obsessed with Walgreens and the one near my apartment is truly heaven), but apparently it's sold out/there's a wait list for it a lot of places?


It's such a great spring purple.  I'd describe it as a very bright lilac.  LOVE LOVE LOVE.  

xoxoKate