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Hello friends! As you may (or may not) have noticed, I pulled a slight disappearing act for…well, a week & a half! But the good news is that we’re moved into our new home (and with internet access again!)!

The past week & a half have been a whirlwind, but really exciting. We’re still working on putting everything in its proper place, but in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at some of my favorite places and things so far.

More to come as we  become more settled in!

Come back Friday for a surprise! 🙂

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Happy (Almost) Friday!

We’ve been busy here this week enjoying the gorgeous weather, but I wanted to take a second and share with you a couple of my favorite things.

Favorite Thing #1: Iowagirleats.com

This is by far one (if not the) of the food blogs that I read on a daily basis. Kristin (who runs the blog) is a Des Moines native (another reason to love her :)) and posts easy-to-follow & healthy recipes. She also has such a fun personality that makes her blog so fun to read.

I probably use her blog more than I use a cookbook or other recipes that I have acquired. She’s my go-to girl when I need something new to make or when I just need something quick to whip up with stuff we already have in the refrigerator.

In fact, I made a few of her recipes this week. First up, veggie enchiladas!

The goods:

* 1 Tablespoon butter

* 1/4 cup onion

* garlic salt

* red pepper flakes

* A few handfuls of spinach (I used fresh)

* 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese

* 1/2 greek yogurt

* Shredded cheese

* Tortillas (I used whole wheat)

* 1 can red enchilada sauce

* Fresh salsa to top it all off

You can hop on over here to find out how Kristin makes the recipe.

What I loved:

I loved the fact that this recipe (along with many of Kristin’s) was made with greek yogurt. I’ve just started using this in a lot of different recipes – it’s a great & healthy  substitute for sour cream, etc.

This recipe was also super easy to prepare and only takes 20 minutes or so to bake since there’s no meat! Plus!


What I would change:

When it was all baked and cheesy, the enchiladas were tasty! But, the only thing I would like to change is the red enchilada sauce. This is the only one I could find at the grocery store and it was loaded with lots of extra sodium and unnecessary ingredients. I try to shop by the rule “if I can’t read all the ingredients in the ingredient list, I don’t buy it.”

All in all, these veggie enchiladas are a must try!

After a meal like this I suggest your favorite ice cream (Blue Bunny white chocolate raspberry frozen yogurt, for me) in your favorite mug. Like so:

Yesterday, I relied on Kristin, yet again for our dinner plans. This time, I whipped up some easy, mayo-free chicken salad!

The goods:

I doubled this recipe so we would have extra for lunches.

* 2 chicken breasts, cooked & cut

* 2/3 cups dried cranberries

* 1/2 sliced almonds (I left these out since I didn’t have any on hand)

* Green onion

* 4 celery stalks, chopped

* Whole wheat Thin Bun for sandwhich

Dressing:

* 1 cup plain greek yogurt (I stocked up, obviously :))

* 1 teaspoon curry powder

* 4 teaspoons soy sauce

* squeeze of a lemon

* salt, to taste

Again, you can go here to see how Kristin throws it all together, but it is so easy!

What I loved:

Um, everything! Again, I loved that the recipe used greek yogurt instead of mayo (which is a little weird, anyway). And, you couldn’t tell the difference anyway!

What I would change:

NOTHING! This will definitely be repeated later this summer!

Did you notice the chicken I used?! I just found this at Hy-Vee – antibiotic-free, cage-free chicken.  You can actually go online and trace your package of chicken to see which farm it came from! How cool!

Since we’re all about cookin’ here today, let me share with you my favorite thing #2.

My kitchen!

If you ever happened to see the kitchen in the apartment we lived in in Des Moines, you know that this is a huge upgrade. I love everything about it – the size, the stainless steel appliances, having our patio right off the back, etc.

Who doesn’t love a huge, organized pantry?!

My words to live by:

And, no fridge is complete without wedding invitations, funny magnets & cards from friends living far away. 🙂

Let’s Talk:

– Do you read any food blogs? What are your favs?

Food blogs are one of my favorite things to read and I read TONS of them! Obviously, my favorite is iowagirleats.com, but other favs include Eat Live Run & Emily Eats Clean.

– What do you keep on your refrigerator?

We like to keep ours pretty simple & tidy with just the things we think we need to see. At my parent’s house, though, nothing went on the fridge (except straight A report cards, of course ;))

– What are you doing for the holiday weekend?

Dillon, Kya & I are headed back to Des Moines for a fully packed weekend with friends! Be sure to check back Monday for the Weekend Rewind to see the trouble we caused!

Have a great weekend!

-Lindsey

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Hooray for the weekend!

Excuse my lack of posting, as I’ve been working on this bad boy (see below).

We’ve had so many of our friends & family asking for pictures of our new chateau, & there’s no better place to show it off than here! We’re only renting this townhome for 6 months because who knows where we’ll be six months from now!

So, without further adieu…

Also excuse my lack of cinematography skills….I’m still workin’ on it. The lovely quality (which I tried to amp up) can be attributed to my wine-soaked Nikon CoolPix S210 (we have some rowdy family Christmas parties :)).

So, how’d you like it?!

Of course, there’s always things we want to do to make it seem more like home, but since we’ll be out of here in six months, we’re trying to choose things that we can take with us and re-use in our future homes. So, for the next few weeks I’ll feature different rooms of our home and tell you what I love and what I could use your help with. I welcome all of your frugal/DIY tips!

Let’s not waste any time. First up, the living room!

Things I love:

Humor is such an integral part of our lives & we want our guests to feel comfortable in our home. So, please, when you come to visit us feel free to laugh (or at least make us feel good by laughing at our jokes). 🙂

Doesn’t this just look like it’s asking you to curl up in it with a blanket & a good book on a rainy Sunday afternoon?

One of my college roommates (with an art degree) sculpted this for us for our wedding. I just love unique, handmade gifts.

I love having a big bookshelf filled with books, movies & pictures. It reminds me of the huge book collection we had growing up & makes the room feel “home-y.”

Things that need some help:

Empty wall space between the bookshelf & couch. After watching hours of HGTV, I thought maybe one of these instead of something on the wall would be a great way to store/display cozy blankets. Do you have any fun DIY art projects? I’m lookin’ at you Alexson & Britney. 🙂

We have completely been ignoring the fact that we need some window treatments. They’re so hard to pick out! I love long, flowy curtains, but the couch is right in front of this window. Do you think they would still work?

Wide open spaces (Dixie Chicks, anyone?)! We’ve been wanting to purchase a large ottoman that can double as seating when guests are over, but they are ridiculously expensive. Do I dare try to find one at a second-hand shop & recover it?


All in all, we think our living room is pretty cozy.

Ugh. We need to fix those cords behind the TV. Does that drive anyone else nuts?

How do you make your living/family room cozy? Do you prefer to buy new things to spruce up the room or make/re-do your own pieces?



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Hello & welcome to a new chapter in my life! For those of you who have not been around to experience the previous chapters, let me explain:

My name is Lindsey and I’m a 20-something taking life as it comes at me (or at least trying to). I recently made a big change in my life and relocated to South Dakota (from Des Moines, Iowa) with my husband where he could officially start his career. It was a hard decision considering I loved my job and the city I was living in, but I’m picking myself up and using this time as a platform for new opportunities to express my passions.

Speaking of:

Family: I grew up very close to my family (my mom, dad & a brother 7 years younger than mwah) and have only become closer to them as I grow older. My mom is my best friend and is the one responsible for my strong sense of individuality. I’m also a daddy’s girl who can always count on dad for anything dealing with my car, the grill and everything in between. My brother, although seven years younger than me, is always a confidant and a good laugh.

I married my high school sweetheart and best friend (Dillon) just 9 months ago and we’re having the time of our lives. Just when I think we’ve hit the point of a boring, old married couple, he comes home with a fresh bouquet of flowers and wisks me out for a new adventure. Our wedding (although held on the hottest day of the summer) was held at our hometown winery and could not have been anymore perfect. Since then, we’ve adopted a labrador/retriever puppy and probably could not spoil it any more.

Food/Wine: I’m obsessed with food blogs, I admit. I love to cook and these blogs are the inspiration for many of the things I make, so why not move to the other side of the table and be the inspiration? 🙂 Dillon and I have also dubbed ourselves winos. Our all time favorite winery (which we will miss dearly) is Summerset Winery just outside Indianola, Iowa. I love it all. Whites, reds, sweet, dry. Just give me a full glass and I’m a happy girl.

Decorating: My passion here is similiar to my passion for food. I read countless blogs about decorating and DIY projects. I come up with so many ideas, but really have yet to accomplish any of them, so I’m hoping this will be a place to hold me accountable. During our recent move, we relocated from a tiny (& on its way to being run-down) 1-bedroom apartment to a brand new & gorgeous 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom townhome. We’re not sure how long we’ll be here, but this is a perfect place to try out all my ideas.

Traveling: I’ve caught the bug! It all started my senior year of high school when I was selected to be a dancer in the London New Year’s Day parade! It was an incredible experience that left me itching for more! The next year I spent three weeks traveling through Turkey and Greece with a class through my college. It was the most rewarding experience I’ve ever had. Let me tell you, experiencing an entirely different culture on the other side of the world is life-changing and a completely humbling experience. After our wedding, Dillon and I spent a week in Cancun, which, again was glorious. 🙂

Writing: Ah, my love. From the time I could spell my name I’ve enjoyed writing. So, it only seemed right to make a career out of it. I graduated with a degree in communications and it was definitely the right decision. Before graduating I completed a few internships, which gave me more hands-on experience than I could have ever asked for. A week before I graduated I was offered a position with the company I was interning for at that time and I accepted! Best. Decision. Ever. For those of you who know me personally, you know that I cannot say enough good things about this place and what they have taught me.

Which brings me here. I’m using this space as a way to express my passions, the most obvious one being writing. The name, Worldly Adorations, was born because I have so many passions I couldn’t pick just one. That being said, I’m not sure where I want this blog to go at this point (my marketing friends cannot be happy about this :)). I read many blogs throughout the day ranging in topics from food to marketing and decorating to public relations. So, why not start by talking about all these things and seeing where it goes?

Tell me, what are your adorations?

-Lindsey

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