7.29.2014

who to follow on instagram.

instagram is my social media outlet of choice. i often find myself as a missionary for the church of instagram; will you follow the example of (insert person they admire) and get an instagram account?

anyway, i feel like a subject matter expert when it comes to this mobile photo-sharing service. because of that, i give you who to follow on instagram (sparked by my discovery of the @arthistorysnap account):

what first brought me to hiroaki were his cityscapes of tokyo. but i've recently felt as though i'm travelling the world via his lens.

brought to you courtesy of  amelia, gray (great name right?) is known for his aerial beach shots. but really everything he puts out is a DREAM. i imagine i'll find myself escaping through his images this winter.

dis guy! he's my favorite, a genius in my book. his feed is filled with ordinary objects transformed into quirky, clever, and often humorous art. one of my favorites:  funeral for a week-old egg roll with the styrofoam box styled like a coffin, and the egg roll as the deceased. check him out on vine as well. 

jen's feed is a winner for several reasons:  1) she's a photographer so everything she posts is pretty, 2) i think she may have the very best #throwbackthursdays the app has to offer, all with the greatest of captions, 3) lastly, and i think most importantly, she's a cat-lover and every so often she rescues kittens, which then leads to all posts revolving around wittle baby kitties. 

who wouldn't like pictures from the happiest place on earth to brighten their days? 

oh these images! ethereal in every sense of the word. most recently loving his shoe shots and his window seat series.  

i feel like i kind of relate with solange knowles. my sister runs the world (who run the world? PAIGE!), can get down, and has millions of admirers; while i just sing little ditties, wear cool shaped sunglasses, and take pictures in front of colored walls. i don't know.


i found katie through bri at designlovefest. her illustrations were so amusing that i decided to follow her on instagram. she has not disappointed. she has that real minimal, colorful, kate-spade-esque style i love, lives in brooklyn, and grams her french bulldog. what can i say? i love her!

first and foremost, tim introduced me to flume, which i will forever grateful for. other than that i go to tim for shots round the world, but what really gets me are photos of his family (see this sweet shot). 

7.28.2014

9. hike mount timpanogos and/or the narrows.



16 miles, 11,749 feet, second highest summit in the wasatch range, 10 hours. i did it! i finally did it! i hiked mount timpanogos!

this item has been on my to-do list for years. i first wanted to do it when i heard about hiking up to the top and sliding a glacier down to the bottom. sounds like a blast but actually it's really dangerous. instead we chose the fail-safe hike-on-foot method and came out (nearly) unscathed.

i say nearly because really i WAS SCATHED. i thought my knee caps would burst while hiking 5 hours down the mountain. then my feet! ouch. the day after, the calf, quad, hip, groin, and shin pain set in. i'm recovering, but my hot yoga class will be wholly welcomed this evening.

ok but guys, the scenery! oh man, i didn't even know! just the view from aspen grove is breath-taking. we did the aspen grove trail and went through pines, aspens, rock fields, and snow; passed a few waterfalls, fields of wild flowers, un-touched streams and lakes, then to beautiful emerald lake. we saw pheasants, mountain goats, and moose. it was all SO beautiful.

next time around i'd like to hike to emerald lake, camp, wake up the next morning and hike to the summit then back down. sounds like the dream backpacking trip to me!

all in all, SO glad i did it. big shout out to my hiking companions steven and tiffany. you guys are the best.

we started hiking when the sun was just coming up. this is the first waterfall you come to.

 
you see vast landscapes on the hike. there are areas that the snow never melts. and it's just so green! 

i loved this little area that looks almost untouched by mankind.

emerald lake was one of my favorite parts. it's about 5 miles up, surrounded by fields of wild flowers and has some of the bluest water i've seen. 

this is looking down on emerald lake from the top. you can see how blue it is from here. to the right you can see the glacier slide that you can ride down from the top.

on the way back we took a good rest on the banks of the lake. so serene.

steven taking in the view from the top.



it was SUPER crowded the day we went. i'd say anywhere from 100 to 150 people were hiking it with us. while doing some research after the hike i learned that prior to 1970, provo held an annual event called the "timp hike" that sent thousands of people up the mountain's slopes. it generally took place on the third or fourth weekend in july (we did it saturday the 26th, the fourth weekend). i take that to mean we chose the best, most historic weekend to hike.
   
the three of us at the top. look at that view!
  
looking south.
  
and here's the finished product, us at the end of the hike. all i wanted to do at this point was take off my shoes and sleep for two days (which is pretty much what i did).

HAPPY! hooray for accomplishing goals! WOO!

6.28.2014

welcome summer.


summer is now a week old! can you believe it? it all goes by so fast. i spent the summer solstice serving the homeless, showering a friend with baby gifts, but best of all, at a "mid-summer mingle". check out #amidsummermingle on instagram, but basically all these gals (and a few men) got together in their whites to sip on pressed juice, munch on fancy cucumber open-faced sandwiches, and chit-chat the night away. it was so delightful. new life goal:  move to a house near rock canyon park, have a pool and tennis court in your back yard.

if all my summer nights are like last saturday's, i'm good. but here's a list of some other things to look forward to this summer:

eating/lots of caprese salads. amelia bought a big tub of mozarella and grape tomatoes from costco ... i been on it ever since.
drinking/sonic diet cokes, filled to the brim with ice (but mostly just eating the ice).
practicing/my hot yoga. i leveled up after learning hydration is the key, DUH!
learning/how important it is to be compassionate. how great is this verse of scripture? <true charity.
trying/to keep my plants alive.
hiking/mount timpanogos and lone peak.
watching/mad men, and every outdoor movie this city has to offer.
finishing/my 26 things list. i've got a lot to do.
reading/the continuous conversion, a follow up to this book, which i finished is RECORD time.
remembering/what it was like without paige last summer and being SO happy she's here to keep me company this summer.
wearing/my swimsuit under my clothes MOST of the time.
cooking/home-made ice cream and gelato. <what summers are made of.
working/on my triathlon muscles. how come no body ever told me swimming was the HARDEST?
traveling/to washington state in august! what recommendations do you have for me? i'm most looking forward to biking the hiawatha trail. seems like a dream!
wanting/a new swim suit but i can't justify buying one every year ...

**thanks to bleubird for the inspiration for this post.

6.26.2014

my go-to meals.

i'm trying to be better about eating out ... meaning i'm trying not to eat out as much. guys, you know me. you know this is gonna be REAL hard for me. is a week without habit burger a week worth living??? i'll find out.

to aid in my addiction recovery, i'm making a list of my favorite go-to meals, quick, easy, and delicious.

1. baked macaroni and cheese
i CRAVE this recipe. it has a crispy top made of breadcrumbs and cheese. i use the giant elbow macaroni and eat it leftover for daysss after.

2. blackened chicken with avocado
i'm always amazed how easy this is and then how GOOD it is. follow the link to the recipe if you'd like, but the steps are so simple. just get some cajun seasoning, throw a breast of chicken in a skillet with oil and blacken it with the seasoning. while the chicken is cooking, dice an avocado, mix it with some chopped cilantro and stir together with a bit of lime juice. when the chicken's done put the mix on top and enjoy. if i'm REALLY fancy i will also make some cilantro rice to go with. this is the perfect meal for a single gal. all you need is an avocado, some frozen chicken, cilantro, the seasoning, and some rice. it all stays fresh in your fridge while you accidentally are eating at in and out and forget to cook.

3. cowboy caviar (or any bean salad) in an avocado
this is my newest discovery. i bought a jar of cowboy caviar salsa at tj's and put it in one half of an avocado and enjoyed! it would be better though if you made your own cowboy caviar, or any bean salad (think kidney, black, garbanzo, with tomato, onion, and garlic) ... let's be honest, any lunch served in an avocado is bound to be delicious.

4. nachos! (with avocado obvi!)
so, i make this like ... on the weekly. sometimes i think to myself how much of what i'm eating would be shown on an illustration of junk food? and then i feel bad for myself cause i'm usually eating junk. but forgo the junk food nacho image you have in your head currently and think about this instead:  first the chips, then a layer of  black beans, then the cheese, put it in the oven on broil so everything gets really crispy and delish. then add tomatoes, guacamole, lettuce, salsa, olives, etc, etc, etc. to your heart's content.

5. tater tot casserole
this is a wightman family classic. perhaps not the healthiest of meals, but easy and good for leftover purposes (most of what i eat is put to the test:  will it still be good for tomorrow's lunch?) well the answer to that with tater tot casserole is YES. some might argue that it's BETTER the next day.

1 large pkg of tater-tots
1 lb hamburger
1 onion, chopped
1 can cream of chicken soup (cream of mushroom is ok too)
1 can evaporated milk
1/2 can milk
grated cheddar cheese

put frozen tater-tots in a 9x13 casserole dish. fry hamburger with onion until brown and season to taste. drain off any fat and layer meat on top of the tater-tots. mix soup, evaporated milk and regular milk together and pout over the meat and potatoes. top with grated cheese and bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.

6. pizza with black beans
i don't know if you are catching on to the themes of my meals, but i mostly love two things:  black beans, and avocado. they make the food world go round. for this courtney specialty, get a plain cheese or pepperoni pizza. it can even be frozen, but something like a take-and-bake costco one is best. take that sucker home and spice it up with more meat, veggies, and black beans. then you're not eating empty calories and it fills you right up. supes easy.

7. veggie sandwich
i think i ate this for a solid week, lunch and dinner once. the great thing about this is you can chop all the veggies beforehand and have the ingredients all ready to go. get a pita (the pocket kind is best), use hummus and garden veggie cream cheese as the spread and go crazy with veggies. avocado, cucumber, red bell pepper, etc. mmm.

8. chicken cass (this isn't the quickest of the bunch ... but it's good)
i love this recipe and it's great as leftovers. i feel like anything with ritz crackers is a yes for me. they should call them crack crackers.

9. spaghetti pie
this was one of my mom's go-to meals while i was growing up. it's so good that it crosses generations folks!

4 ounces spaghetti - cooked
1 egg
1/3 cup parmesan
1 tablespoon butter
mix all this ^^^ together with the hot spaghetti and put in the bottom of a pie tin. top with 1 cup cottage cheese mixed with 1 egg, 1/2 pound of hamburger, 3/4 cup of spaghetti sauce and top all this off with mozzarella cheese. bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

10. mashed potatoessss
uh, when i have nothing else to eat in the house, i usually go for mashed potatoes. has anyone ever realized how easy this is? why would you ever EVER buy dehydrated mashed potatoes? STOP! me eating this for a meal is usually synonymous with being home alone with netflix ... i just realized that. it's called comfort food for a reason people. so i just take that potato and boil it with salt. while it's boiling i put sour cream, cheese, salt and pepper, and milk in a bowl big enough to mix it all in, but small enough to eat it in after it's all done. conservation. the potato only takes what, like 15-20 minutes? when it's done mash that sucker with the other goods (using an electric beater works magic). bon appetit! oh, and i ALWAYS make sure to bring the salt and pepper with me to the couch. don't want to have to take extra steps for extra sodium.

11. pb and chocolate smoothie
pretty sure i talked about this a couple weeks ago. this is the perfect after-workout meal. not too heavy and just filling enough.

12. chicken enchiladas
i love this because it's so easy and so good and still so good when it's a couple days old. what more could you want out of food?

3 cups cooked chicken, shredded
1 onion, chopped
1 (7 ounce) can chopped green chiles
1 1/2 cups grated cheese (half monterrey jack, half cheddar)
1 can black olives, sliced
1 package flour tortillas

sauce:
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup sour cream
milk to dilute

combine chicken, onion, chiles, cheeses, and olives. save some of the cheese mix to put on top. spoon in some of the sauce to bind. spoon chicken mixture into tortillas. roll, seam side down in greased 9x13 inch pan. top with remaining sauce and saved cheese. back and 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes.

there you have it. my life in 12 recipes.
wish me luck with the whole not eating out thing ... i need it.

**i remembered one more that is an old time fave - spinach, feta, strawberries, and brianna's blush wine vinaigrette ... to die for.

6.24.2014

pretty print.

via losttype.

totes diggin' these diagrams done by john philipps emslie in the mid-to-late 1800s. more here.

5.13.2014

pretty (moving) print, aka film.

i was perusing through blogs recently and fell upon the creation sequence in noah. think what you will about aronofsky's adaptation, but the cinematography was a treat, a visual splendor.



depictions of creation (or evolution if you choose) always intrigue me, especially when that depiction is film. which got me thinking:  what other films have "creation sequences"? the only other one i could think of was tree of life. did you see this movie? it was SUPER abstract, but i found myself really loving it. especially the formation scene that lasts 14 minutes. it's really beautiful (although, i could do without the dinosaurs at the end).



it's interesting to me how different directors choose to show the birth of time; their style choices and how that style changes the feeling of the scene.

hey, happy tuesday!

5.12.2014

music monday.

love this video. desire:  under your spell, set to the art of roy lichtenstein.

5.09.2014

i'll have this hair please.

sometimes i think i should start a blog dedicated to hair i wish i had.

5.07.2014

to do texas.

i just got back from a full week in texas. boy oh boy was it fun. lemme tell you how it's done:

1. make sure you document your trip using snapchat. everyone loves being bombarded by pixalated photos you can only see for 10 seconds.

2. as soon as you land, get picked up by someone as cute as this. it'll pull the 7am flight sleepies right outta ya.

3. you can jump on the tramp when you get to the house, but make sure you change out of your long underwear first. otherwise that texas humidity and heat will ... almost kill you.

4. eat a really great sunday meal (read roast with carrots and potatoes).

5. make sure you're getting your gym time in EVEN ON VACATION! it helps when your yoga instructor has a texan drawl, talks about coconut vodka for half the class, and says things like "can i get an amen!"

6. eat donuts for breakfast.

7. when your third musketeer to gets home from school, head downtown for some fun at the perot museum.



8. number eight, fittingly, is eat at hard eight bbq. this is hard core, real life barbecue. not for sissies. the kind where you eat your brisket right out of the pit, on a tray with a roll of paper towels next to you. oh, and obvi! take pictures while you're waiting for your food.


9. get a good night's rest cause in the morning you're goin' to the stockyards! yeehaw!


10. eat at potbelly's cause you can't get that freaking delicious dream bar in utah.

11. spend the day playing, and when you get home find a secret story someone wrote about you ...

12. go on a shopping spree at the j crew outlet.

12. buy everyone sunglasses then take bathroom selfies with them on.

13. eat at schlotsky's.

14. go to a ranger's game, but only after spending the day searching for the perfect, festive shirt to wear to the game.



15. get a fair amount of goodbye kisses before taking off on the next round of the trip, houston!

16. make sure you stay with the nicest family in town. if you do, you'll get offered a continuous stream of homemade cookies, pulled-pork sandwiches, kolaches, shipley's donuts, salsa, pie from dot coffee shop, jalapenos, etc, etc, etc.

17. visit galveston island. WARNING:  people will tell you that this isn't the greatest of beaches. something about seaweed and brown water. you'll be really confused when you get to stewart beach and it's one of the best beach days of your life! swimming in the gulf is WAY better than those pacific waters you're used to. spend the day getting tan, swimming in the warm ocean water, and eating chips on the shore. 

18. rush home from beaching to get ready for the rehearsal dinner (did i tell you i was in texas for a wedding?). make sure you look really good because you have to GIVE A SPEECH! take a pre-dinner selfie with the bride for good measure.

19. in lieu of a traditional bachelorette party do amazonian clay masks (you might have to talk the bride into putting a foreign substance on her face the day before she says "i do").

20. early the next morning wake up, get ready, and drive to the houston temple for the big day!

21. in between the wedding and the reception, be sure to go swimming in the neighbor's pool and get a coconut lime snow cone with a shot of vanilla ice cream at sno-beach. this will add a whole lota fun to the wedding day (but seriously, a wedding day swim is now a MUST for my future wedding).

22. have a ball at the reception, chit-chat the night away, eat lemon cake, and send your newly-wedded friends off to mexico with sparklers.

23. after all that you MUST go to whataburger and round out the trip with HBCB (honey butter chicken biscuit)!

24. catch the earliest flight home :( and watch a lot of mad men during layovers.

25. once back in salt lake take a shower and sleep the rest of the day away.

thanks for all the fun lynsey josh avery joslyn sophie melanie kent audrey griff brenn nathan shelby cole and jennie!!! already praying for reasons to come again.

4.21.2014

currently loving ...

currentlyloving

i've been going to a new yoga class, a HOT one. well, it's only 85 degrees and like 30 percent humidity but it's simultaneously kicking my butt and centering my chakra. i love it soso much.
bonus:  you get your first week free so come join me!

$1, di, thanks go to audrey and shelby ellsworth.

- one too many ipad games ...

- this cover
crossing my fingers i can hear it live tomorrow.

- DASK'S!
i could live there. paige and i have this joke:  after we saw mr. peabody and sherman she remarked "i wish mr. peabody was my dad", which escalated to "i wish my dad was a dog" and eventually to "i wish dask's was my dad." you know those jokes between you and your siblings? you guys think it's the funniest thing ever and everyone else doesn't get it? i love that. also i love dask's.

- wes anderson
but mostly just fantastic mr. fox.

- mad men & vampire diaries
sorry if that last one throws off your perception of me. i just can't help myself.

- eating smoothies for meals
here's my favorite:
1 cup milk
1-2 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbsp honey
1 teaspoon cocoa
a handful of ice cubes
(sometimes i throw in a banana for health's sake)

- coming up with the "ideal courtney"
she came to me in a dream the other night:  i had just ordered my meal at sarabeth's on the upper west side. i was all alone. but i was really really happy. and then i instagrammed my food.
^^^ DREAM LIFE!

- this quote:
"just let go. let go of how you thought your life should be, and embrace the life that is trying to work its way into your consciousness."
- caroline myss