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Cornbread Muffins

Let’s continue our week of Sunday night dinner recipes with… *drumroll* corn bread muffins! I’m so glad I decided to make these muffins instead of some sort of skillet creation, because I would have eaten the whole thing. This Martha Stewart recipe suggested the muffin trick, but doesn’t include a different baking time if you choose to switch it up. I learned that the hard way when my first batch of muffins burned up a bit.

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Blog, Food, Salads, Sides

Classic Coleslaw

This week on Pop & Sizzle we’ll be making a decadent, summery Sunday night dinner, in four parts. Each dish ranges from the super easy — coleslaw — to the time-consuming-but-still-pretty-easy –baby back ribs, y’all!

Alexei and I are also going pescetarian for the entire month of May (more on that next week), so what better way to kick that off than with some finger-lickin’ good ribs?

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Blog, Life

Moving Wishlist: Bedroom

(via Apartment Therapy)

There’s nothing quite like a move to send you on an emotional roller coaster. On the one hand, you’ve got to pack up your entire life, sort through all that extra junk you don’t need, and wrap endless kitchenware in newspaper. Even if you ultimately decide to hire movers, like I did, you can’t really escape the packing… not unless you want to trust someone to sort through your books, clothes, and Admiral Ackbar action figures, at least. Once you’re all moved in, you still have to go back to the old place and grab anything you’ve missed, and then… there’s the cleaning. Oh, the cleaning. I still haven’t gotten around to that yet, but it’s coming.

The exciting part about moving is, of course, the unpacking. The decorating. The endless pouring through magazines and their modern counterpart, Apartment Therapy, for ideas and inspiration. Though my new bedroom is currently a collection of boxes and bags, eventually it will be a new space just for me. In honor of that perfect, future set-up, here are a few of the things on my moving wishlist.


1. Luminous Dots Pillow 2. Round Captain’s Mirror 3. Between a Rock Lamp Base 4. Accordion Side Table


(via Advice From a Twenty Something)

Although I’m definitely not the crafty sort, I will be attempting a few Ikea hacks this time around. Wish me luck!

Blog, Culture, Life

InstaMonth: March ’14 / Announcements

March 2014

Gosh, it’s been a while. Sorry guys, but birthday and freelance took over my life for a few weeks there. It was a wonderful whirlwind filled with The Book of Mormon, LOTS of champagne, a Hollywood saloon, some awesome/nerdy presents from my friends (check out what Jamie made me!), and my very first set visit. I can’t tell you anything about it or the powers that be will have me killed, but let’s just say it was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done.

Somehow it’s been forever since I’ve updated this ol’ thing, so I thought I’d get back in the swing of things with a few announcements…

#1: I’m moving! … four blocks away. After four years of living alone post-college, I’m moving in with my friend, Rhi. Hellooo, hardwood floors, A/C, and (more) movie nights! Goodbye, first “big girl” apartment. Thanks for all the memories.

#2: I’m also going to New York! If freelancing, work trips, and packing up my entire apartment weren’t stressful enough, I’m also taking a trip in the middle of all of it. Luckily, it’s all a good kind of stress. Follow me on Instagram if you want to see some of my NYC adventures.

#3: In the midst of all the birthday craziness, the Veronica Mars movie came out! On my actual birthday! I went to see it with friends on opening night, have rewatched my digital copy twice, and was able to do some fun coverage for Nerdist. Check it out:


A Marshmallow’s Take on Veronica Mars
Jason Dohring Shares His Reaction to the Veronica Mars Movie”>
A Chat with Chris Lowell on the Veronica Mars SXSW Red Carpet
Wallace Fennel, All Grown Up: Our Talk with Veronica Mars‘ Percy Daggs III
Tina Majorino on the Friendships of Veronica Mars
Ryan Hansen Talks Veronica Mars & Party Down

#4: I’m covering pop culture, comedy and food for the recently relaunched Static Beach! Make sure you follow us on Twitter for all things beach.

#5: Lastly, a big resounding thank you to everyone who celebrated my birthday with me this year. 25 was a bit of a tough one, but ringing in 26 with such incredible, thoughtful people really lifted my spirits. I LOVE YOU ALL!




Thank you to all of the wonderful people in my life for a great birthday. I feel very spoiled and very loved!