zucchini and manchego pizza with stella artois

September 2, 2014

Pizza and beer are a pretty no brainer combo, especially for Matthew. Those are two of his favorite foods. Yes, beer is considered food and drink over here! When I think of pizza I don't usually think of the typical American pizza chains. I think of the pizza my Dad made for us growing up. He would heat the house up to well over 400 degrees with his hot oven and I would come into the kitchen and nibble on fresh mozzarella and help him come up with topping combinations. Since I don't eat meat, veggie combos were my favorite. My Dad would combine different fresh vegetables with herbs and unique cheeses and what came out of the oven was something so delicious and satisfying. For me, cooking has become such a great release. It's something that I enjoy more than almost anything. I could have had the worst day and yet I'll get into the kitchen, open the refrigerator and lose myself in making dinner. It's also incredibly rewarding to make something for family and friends that they love. I know the chef is supposed to take the first bite, but I love just watching and waiting to gauge reactions. There's really nothing quite like a homemade meal. And the celebratory aspect of sitting around a table together, talking over good food and drink is my favorite. I thought I'd share a recipe for this zucchini and manchego pizza. It's flavorful with the salty cheese and addition of fresh thyme and sea salt takes it to another level. It would pair so well with a blonde pilsner-style beer, like Stella Artois. Scroll down to see the recipe below!

Stella Artois recently came out with a video campaign called “The Butcher, The Baker, and The Belgian Beer Maker” and it makes me think of my family and all the memories we have together in the kitchen and around the dinner table. There is so much history with food and it’s so cool to see how far we’ve come and yet how much we all still enjoy the very essence of it. I’d totally recommend watching the 3 episodes when you can. They’re short, only 3 minutes each, but so inspiring! Here’s the recipe for my Zucchini and Manchego pizza:

Zucchini and Manchego Pizza
makes 1 pizza

pizza dough {homemade is always best but if you're in rush Trader Joes has an amazing one in the refrigerated section!}
olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
1/2 cup manchego cheese, grated
1 zucchini, sliced into thin strips with the help of a vegetable peeler
1 Tablespoon fresh thyme
sea salt

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Drizzle a little bit of olive oil on a baking sheet and and spread around to coat evenly. Roll dough out into a round of rectangle and put on baking tray. Top pizza with a drizzle of olive oil, garlic and cheeses. Spread the zucchini slices on top and sprinkle with thyme and sea salt. Cook for 10-12 minutes until crust is golden and cheese is bubbly and browned in spots. Enjoy!

Do you have any favorite recipes that remind you of growing up? I’d love to hear!


Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Stella Artois but, as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you so much for supporting my awesome sponsors who help allow me to create fun content for the site.

how to wear jeans to work

September 1, 2014

How do you wear jeans to work and get away with it? This is something I ask myself on the regular. Because while I'm a huge dress lover, sometimes jeans are the only things I want to wear. Especially when you're heading to a chilly office. For work last week I paired these medium wash jeans {no rips Mom!} with a classic white button up. I layered on a gray ribbed sweater that's perfectly shrunken to allow the bottom of the shirt to peek out. Pumps were a must for really making this look work appropriate but I chose this red suede pair because I thought my outfit was missing a little color. To top it off I threw on a simple, yet interesting, necklace and grabbed my favorite black work bag. This would be a great look to take from work to happy hour! What do you think?
top J.Crew, sweater Banana Republic, jeans J.Crew, heels Dolce Vita {similar splurge & save}, bag Coach Borough, sunglasses Karen Walker Super Duper Strength {also here}, necklace Capweel Co. watch Fossil

Do you guys ever wear jeans to the office? Any tricks for getting away it? I'd love to hear!!

Happy Labor Day everyone!!

photos by Valorie Darling

the friday five + labor day sales!

August 29, 2014

the friday five: pearl fanned earrings, greylin plaid top, black faux leather midi skirt, purple crossbody bag, leopard pumps, via M Loves M @marmar

Plaid, leather and leopard are on my mind lately! I didn't mean to put together an outfit with my Friday 5 but sometimes it's hard not to! Every season I like to find a new plaid shirt that will go with simple jeans outfits and also cute skirt outfits. There are several button-up varieties that I like but this short sleeved top, from one of my favorite brands Greylin, stood out the most to me. The green color combo would work well through fall and winter, and the raw hem detail adds a cute element. It's no secret that I love midi skirts and this one in the shiny black leather-like material is so perfect. I love the feminine pleats and how expensive it looks. Best part? It's under $100! Amazing, right?! 

Purple and magenta bags are my favorite this time of year {I've been wearing this one to death!}. I like that this crossbody bag that has a Back to School feel, yet works for a young professional. Black bags can be so boring sometimes so I like to add a little color that way.

Feminine details like pearl earrings with a cute fanned back, and leopard pumps with a d'orsay cut-out finish this look off in the best way. I'll admit I TOTALLY want to be wearing this right now!

Are you guys doing any Labor Day shopping? I think Matthew and I are going to look for some electronic deals. We need a new DVD player kinda badly considering we don't have one. If you're shopping for clothes though, here are some deals that are going on:


Anthropologie- take an extra 20% off sale items! Ends 9/1

Barney's Warehouse- take an extra 30% off all clearance styles plus extra 20% off women's shoes, bags and accessories!

Bauble Bar- Select Styles starting at 50% off! Ends 9/1

C.Wonder- Take 30% off Full Price Items!

French Connection- All sale dresses  are now $69.99.

Furbish Studio- Take 15% off of everything with code ENDOFSUMMER. Ends 9/1

J.Crew- Take an extra 40% off Final Sale items with code WEEKEND. Ends 9/1

LOFT- Take 50% off Select Full Price Styles and an extra 50% off Sale Styles. Ends 9/1

Lulu and Georgia- Take 25% off everything with code LABORDAY25. Ends 9/1

Otte- Take 20% off Shoes and Handbags with Code LABORDAY20. Ends 8/29

Sephora- Get up to 75% off summer favorites!

Sole Society- Select styles up to 70% off. Ends 9/1

Sunglass Hut- Get up to 50% off original price styles. Ends 9/1

Have a great long weekend everyone!


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