Thursday, March 22, 2012

Yummmmm- Kale-ing us softly....we heart Kale

What's bright green, pinkish purple, black or red and is SUPER crazy insanely good for you??

Ok...yes and Everlasting Gobstopper is all of that but we are thinking more along the lines of Kale.  That gorgeously rough, feathery, deliciously healthy leafy veggie causing stirs all over the place.

Not sure why it took sooooo freaking long to try this crazy multitasking vegetable.  So far I have never been let down by the superstar.

Kale is a super no an uber food.   It can prevent cancer, lower your cholesterol, its fillllllled with anti-oxidants and Omegas and it has TONS of vitamin K, A & C...I mean come on...what more do you need :)

Oh PS Cuz we heart you so much we have tried each one of these recipes to make sure they weren't poisonous of course and we can say they are all totally easy, unbelievably delicious and crazy healthy!  You're welcome :)

Now for the fun stuff...

The one we have been eating day and night for weeks...Winter Lentil and Kale Soup.

Now don't let the Winter part scare you...its perfect any time of the year.  Oh plus its totes vegan and filled with healthy deliciousness.  Go to Real Simple for the basic recipe***

***We add the juice from the can of tomatoes, butternut squash cubes (trader joes) and white canellini beans*** Hearty-farty (shhh)

Need a salty crunchy snack ASAP but bikini season is coming up faster then we can eat chocolate chips in peanut butter?  Ahem...we digress...

Kale chips are unreal!  And WAY to WAY...

We have been known to whip this next dish up in no time flat but your guests or family will think it took a master chef...

Kale with Polenta...It's easy, filling and crazy good!

We have been dying to juice for the last month but always seem to find an excuse of why we cant sooooo we found this Kale and Pear smoothie recipe from our fave blogger Joy the Baker which led us to this recipe that is just as delish but since we are a wee bit afraid of spinach it floats our boats even more.

However you eat it...just eat it!  Your body will thank you (and us)  We heart you!


xoxo things we heart

Monday, March 19, 2012

V.C Andrews, we randomly heart you.

(V.C Andrews)

So, we were out at our super fancy "Book Club" the other night... O.K really it's our super fancy
"Ditch-the-kids-with-Dad-&-sneak-out-for-a-glass-of-wine-&-gossip Club"

when the V.C. Andrews books came up, how amazingly creepy and weird they were.... But yet how obsessed everyone was with them as young teens. So random, yet so worth a Things We Heart post!

We know you remember them... Well, if you grew up anywhere near the 90's we know you remember them. If not, this is your lesson.

They were like one step beyond the "Babysitter's club" & "Sweet Valley High" and like one step behind those trashy romance novels from the grocery store with covers like this...

I mean seriously, when I was in JR. High school.... if you DIDN'T know who Cathy & Chris Dollanganger were, you may as well not even show up to school anymore. Social pariah type situation.

V.C. Andrews pretty much invented the Young Adult Fiction book series.
Before Harry Potter....
Before Twilight....
Before The Hunger Games....

There was Flowers In The Attic!

The super creepy story of four super beautiful children who's perfect family falls apart when their father dies and their mother decides she has no choice but to go home to her uber-wealthy, uber-Nutso-McNutso parent's house.

Then the mother is forced to pretend they don't exist and lock her beloved children in the attic for years on end with no sunlight and only arsenic laced donuts to eat.
Makes total sense right?

Anyway, needless to say, the brother & sister start having an affair witch turns into a multi-generational saga of lust and betrayal because, duh, that's what happens in all the V.C. Andrews books.

Andrews books are like incest city. I'm shocked that that fact alone didn't scare off teenage girls everywhere who knew how gross older brothers actually are... Eeeewwwwww!!!!

But no, it didn't, they even made a hollywood movie out of it!

Staring none other then Kristy Swanson, the O.G Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It's kind of a must see but of course, not as good as the books.

I think of all the V.C. Andrews book series, my favorite was the Heaven Leigh Casteel story.

See how V.C. did that there? Heaven LEIGH, clever.

Well let me tell, you her life was anything but heavenly! Growing up with a dead mamma, a dead-beat daddy and a evil- slut bag sister in the Appilachian mountains isn't easy for anyone, especially a drop dead gorgeous girl like Heaven. Good thing she had that tall and brave BROTHER around.

But of all her works, the most sick and twisted,
the most totally F*Cked up story is that of

My Sweet Audrina.

Like, it is so twisted and cray-cray, we can't even tell you the plot-line.
You are just going to have to trust us and go pick this book up for yourself. We bet you anything it is sitting at your local library high up on a shelf covered in dust, along with the rest of Andrews' books...... just waiting to be rediscovered by a new generation of young women.

Get your read on people....
Books, you never know where they will take you!

XOXO- Things-We-Heart