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This picture I took near my new apt. We wisely decided to move a week and a half after we got back from our wedding. I really just love this city.

Advice.

It is that time of year, time to collectively gather in friends living rooms, drink wine and watch Hocus Pocus. This is typically followed with some solid Googing of where are they now.

October 17th. Can’t wait!

This piece on Emma Watson

Loving these boots, but probs can only afford these (still a win!)

I watched The Secret Life of Walter Mittey this past weekend and it reignited my desire to run away to Iceland.

I will make one concession for summer going away, Ramen eating season! And i am pumped to make this recipe.

Adam Levine and Jimmy Fallon. Gold!

South Carolina fans can appreciate this (2:30 mark).

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Alright friends. Today I am sharing the best freaking chicken recipe I have ever made. Before you get all weirded out that there are anchovies in the dish, seriously get over it. If you try to make the dish without the anchovies it will not taste as good. The anchovies add salt and I promise you will not taste anything fishy. The capers/anchovy/garlic mix is the most delicious combination and you will want to lick the pan. Trust me I did. Just make sure you wait until it cools a bit, because I didn’t and burnt the shizz out of my tongue…..

Garliky Chicken

The capers, garlic, anchovies, and red chili flakes are cooked in the olive oil until the garlic is a brown caramel color. It makes the garlic almost sweet. It is incredible.

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Make sure to let the thighs cook long enough so they get the crispy golden brown. I could have let mine go for a few more minutes. I am working on perfecting the crisp skin, but I am too impatient. Garlicky Chicken 3Garlicky Chicken 4

Adding the lemon and raw garlic pieces takes the sauce to a whole new level. This was seriously one of the easiest recipes I have ever made and the presentation is awesome. My husband was so impressed!Garlicky chicken 7Garlicky Chicken 5

If you have tried to make any of the recipes I have posted before you probably hate me because I alter every recipe I make, and give terrible estimates. I am a make it up as I go kind of chef. This recipe however, I followed every step and I wouldn’t change a thing. I served this over qunioa to sop up all the juices. A crusty piece of french bread would also do the trick. Garlicky Chicken 6

Garlicky Chicken with Lemon – Anchovy Sauce – Recipe by NY Times

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ¼ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs (4 to 5 thighs) **I used bone in and skin on thighs
  • 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  •   Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 anchovy fillets
  • 2 tablespoons drained capers, patted dry
  • 1 large pinch chile flakes
  • 1 lemon, halved
  •   Fresh chopped parsley, for serving

PREPARATION

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper and let rest while you prepare the anchovy-garlic oil. Mince one of the garlic cloves and set it aside for later. In a large, ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat, add the oil. When the oil is hot, add the 5 smashed whole garlic cloves, the anchovies, capers and chile. Let cook, stirring with a wooden spoon to break up the anchovies, until the garlic browns around the edges and the anchovies dissolve, 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Add the chicken thighs and cook until nicely browned on one side, 5 to 7 minutes. Flip the thighs, place the pan in the oven and cook another 5 to 10 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.
  3. When chicken is done, transfer thighs to a plate (be careful, as the pan handle will be hot). Place skillet back on the heat and add minced garlic and the juice of one lemon half. Cook for about 30 seconds, scraping up the browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Return chicken to the pan and cook it in the sauce for another 15 to 30 seconds.
  4. Transfer everything to a serving platter. Squeeze the remaining lemon half over the chicken and garnish with chopped parsley. Serve.

Hounds tooth is one of those patterns that definitely seem to have a life cycle to it. However, I have always had an affinity-forever being drawn to it. While I am not entirely sure it is back with the fashion in-crowd, it does seem to be fairly prevalent this year. So clearly I am PUMPED! I found so many delicious hounds tooth items that I had to cut myself off at ten, because I honestly could have gone on for days.

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In addition to these lovely items, hounds tooth is a great element to add to your home. Can you imagine the lushness of a high-backed chair in the pattern? I wouldn’t need anything else, just my hounds tooth throne.

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Hey all! We took quite the hiatus, but we are back and PROMISE to post more regularly. It has been a crazy spring/summer for the both of us. First and foremost, Jessica got married in May! The festivities were in the beautiful Dominican Republic, Puna Cana. Here are two of my favorite pictures of us from the weekend. Please excuse my blood shot eyes, I bawled. Like a baby.

Mel and JessShe looked absolutely stunning, and it was such a wonderful celebration!

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On top of the wedding madness, both of us started new positions at work. Great for us, bad for the blog. But we are back and inspired!

Today I am going to share my wish list of items to spruce up my work wardrobe (I’ll just go ahead and take one of everything at Banana Republic).

You know, us girls have our exercise clothes, work clothes, play clothes, hanging out clothes, walking around town clothes, going out clothes…..

fall wish list

//ONE//TWO//THREE/FOUR//FIVE//SIX//SEVEN//EIGHT//TEN//ELEVEN//TWELVE//THIRTEEN//

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Since staring my new job I have noticed that needs required for an everyday tote have changed. Since my current role requires a lot more travel and working remotely I have been on the prowl to find a bag that fits all my needs. I needed something that would easily carry my work laptop, gym clothes and not fall to ruin under the pressure of commuting in NYC (ie. the weather).

I had been eying one of new coworker’s bag for months, and finally asked her about it a few weeks ago. She has since sold me on The Metro Tote by MZ Wallace. The bag comes with three separate pouches, perfect for storing gym shoes, power plugs or any other items you want physically separated from other contents of your life. The nylon bag is perfect for the ever-changing weather conditions and doubles as a great/fashionable baby bag for all those new mommies out there. It comes in a variety of sizes and colors. I settled on the large Metro Tote in black and have aptly named it the magician’s assistant for all the pockets and bags it contains. I brought it with me when I was visiting with Melissa the other week and she has even fallen in love with this gem. In addition to their Metro line of totes, the Bedford has also captured my eye.

Below are some sweet pics I snagged from their street style section of the site, followed by some of my favorite items…Enjoy!

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The Metro Small | Medium | Large

The Bedford  Bea | Jane | Kate

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We have been MIA for a few weeks now, sorry about that! Jess and I decided that the blog should always remain fun. So when life is crazy with life things, those come first.

Jess was in town two weekends ago, which was great! We did a lot of relaxing, which we both needed! We had every intention of making this recipe, but she had to jet out on Sunday to avoid the crazy snow storm that hit the next day. I didn’t want the bananas to go bad, so I decided to make it for my husband and I. I posted a pic to instagram (follow me @meljparrish)  and my followers/friends went crazy!! It was pretty spectacular if I do say so myself. Next time I would cook it for a little less, I love when it is under cooked. I would also add walnuts, chocolate chips, or both to take it to the next level. Happy baking!

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Recipe: Nutella Swirled Banana Bread – Original Recipe
Makes 2 loaves **I halved the recipe. 

Ingredients:
3 large or 4 medium (2 cups mashed) bananas, yellow with brown speckles
1 cup brown sugar, packed
4 oz. (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup milk
2 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbsp. rum, optional
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup Nutella

**Next time around I would probably add walnuts or chocolate chips. I like having a crunch. 

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease two 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pans with butter, lined with buttered parchment. Mash the bananas with a potato masher, so they still have some small lumps, set aside.

In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the sugar, butter, milk, eggs, vanilla and rum. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the sugar/butter mixture, just until smooth. Add the bananas and mix just until they are combined. Place the Nutella in a bowl and microwave for about 20 seconds to soften it. If you don’t use a microwave, you can heat the Nutella over a double boiler for a couple of minutes. Drizzle 2/3 of the Nutella over the banana bread batter. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the Nutella into the batter, trying not to over mix, so you can see the swirls when it’s baked. Add the rest of the Nutella and swirl into the top of the batter. Bake for about 45 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.

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