Monday Munchie

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Today I think I will share a recipe. The weather has been kind of crappy since I moved into the apartment which makes me want to try cooking new things. I’m not sure why. But it looks like it might actually start to get nice outside (of course I’ll be too busy working to spend time at any of the bazillion beaches I live right next to. . . XD)

Anyhoooo. This recipe is for an awesome sauce that I made to go over filet mignon. I suppose it would work well with most things, but I like it best over red meats.

I originally referenced it from here: http://www.thedragonskitchen.com/2012/10/steak-with-coffee-sauce.html

Seriously. . .this lady is so bad ass she calls herself Dragon.

I didn’t take a picture of the final result for this (I was too hungry) but with my recipe it will come out a nice medium, creamy brown color.

You will need:

About 2 tblsp Butter

Some Red Wine (I used a blend on the sweeter side by Middle Sister)

Fresh garlic (I used about 3 for two filets but I loooooove garlic)

1/4 Cup Coffee

1/8 Cup Cream

Black Pepper

Salt

Drippings from the meat (if using meat)

 

Instructions:

If you are roasting your meat or it needs more than a few minutes to cook then cook it first and let it rest while you make the sauce. However, for this recipe I’m going through what I did for filet mignon (which I like on the rare side) so I waited to cook it until last.

Melt your butter and lightly fry up your garlic in it over low-medium heat.

Up the heat to medium-high and splash in some red wine. Enough to just barely cover the bottom of a medium sized pan.

Let the alcohol evaporate (about a minute or so).

Add your coffee, then turn down the heat to just under medium and add your cream and seasonings.

Let this all simmer for a bit, adjusting the heat if necessary for your stove, while you cook up your meat. Then plate your meat and scrape the drippings into the sauce and let it come together while your meat rests for a minute or two.

Pour that glorious stuff all over your meat. And possibly your potatoes if you have them.

 

Enjoy! =D Let me know how my recipe turns out for you.

 

 

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Mori Girl Monday

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To make things easy I’ve decided to start with a themed post. Today’s theme is Mori Girl Monday!

I’ve been really inspired by mori girl fashion and the whole idea behind it lately. I grew up in a home nestled amongst the trees on a mountain so this fashion really speaks to me. Honestly, it wasn’t until very recently (maybe December?) that I knew it was a thing.

I was trying to make sense of my style and started searching the interweb for inspiration and organizing tips. Somehow I came across mori girl and my brain instantly wanted to take it and darken it. Then I saw this:

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It’s posted to DollOfTheForest’s tumblr. (Link: http://dolloftheforest.tumblr.com/post/58781276023/putting-together-a-mori-kei-outfit)

So now I suppose I’ll go over one of my favorite mori girl inspired outfits. I don’t actually have a picture of me in this one. . .but I’ll break it down using similar images. I wore this outfit a couple of times during the winter months. It was really warm and comfy.

Inspiration:

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Outline of my Coord: Black Turtleneck, Gray Bubble-hem Dress, Black leggings or Black Maxi Skirt (sometimes both), Black Cardigan, Scarf (Usually black or black with a gray skull print), Boots, Gray Legwarmers (sometimes)

The Dress:

Example 1 is from ebay (no longer listed)

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Example 2 is by Mihara Yasuhiro (http://www.lyst.com/clothing/mihara-yasuhiro-grey-bubble-hem-dress/)

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My dress is somewhere in between these two I suppose. The material is really soft, more of a cotton flannel. . .It kind of looks like two pieces and has cap sleeves and a V neck. By two pieces I mean. . .It looks like a fitted gray t shirt dress under a loose bubble-hem halter dress. So instead of pockets it has more of a big ol’ pouch. It’s really neat.

Anyways!

That’s one of my favorite winter mori inspired outfits. Probably the first one I wore as well. I miss winter already and it hasn’t even gotten warm here yet despite already being May.

Oh well. . .Feel free to comment! I would love to hear about how you got into mori fashion and if you can remember your first mori style outfit.

Begin at the Beginning

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Good evening. =D

My name is Jackie.

I am currently a student…though that will be ending for awhile in less than two weeks. My passion is to study history and other cultures. I quite enjoy fashion, video games, and cooking as well.

I’m starting this blog to share and explore my passions and maybe connect with others along the way.

With that being said. . .feel free to leave comments!

I shall leave you with a relaxing sunset photo I took last summer of a lighthouse off the coast of Maine.

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