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Easy Recipe: Parmesan Lemon Asparagus

April 14, 2016

This recipe is so easy I feel almost embarrassed sharing this, but I’m always surprised at the things that I share that resonate with people, so I figure I’ll put this out anyways. Parmesan Lemon Asparagus is a super easy mid-week side that you can whip up in a hurry and still feel fancy when you eat it. I’m all about some mid-week fanciness. With spring finally here and in full bloom, you can get fresh asparagus just about anywhere, too.

Parmesan Lemon Asparagus

1 bunch of fresh asparagus, washed and with the ends popped off

1 T of olive oil

1 tsp of kosher salt

1 tsp of freshly ground black pepper

1 whole fresh lemon — halve the lemon and remove the seeds, setting one half aside; slice the other half into four slices

4 T of grated Parmesan (none of the fake stuff please)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Wash the bunch of asparagus and pop the ends off (very important, the ends of asparagus are gross and tough). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and arrange on the foil.

asparagus 1

 Add the olive oil, salt, pepper, and Parmesan and toss to coat. Spread the asparagus in an even layer.

ingredients

asparagus 2

Squeeze reserved half of the lemon over the asparagus, and then arrange the four lemon slices on top. Pop in the oven and cook for about 18 to 20 minutes, or until the ends of the asparagus are slightly browned.

asparagus 3

Remove from the oven and serve immediately. Enjoy!

finished product

Pairs very well with a bottle glass of Malbec.

Fashion and Beauty

My Cold Weather Kit

January 22, 2016

I really despise cold weather, I really do. Living in Savannah with its crazy hot temperatures and humidity so dense you could slice a piece of it and serve it for dessert doesn’t truly bother me. I’d much prefer extreme heat to extreme cold (except when I’m sleeping) and this current cold snap isn’t doing me a bit of good.

Besides it being cold as shit, the freezing temps really do a number on my skin. I have naturally dry skin and hair and it seems nothing I do ever really makes a big difference, but I have picked up a few tricks (below!) over the years to help. I suppose you could say I’m like a lizard, except with highlights. Dry hands warm heart? 

 

Cold Weather Kit

 

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This Beautycounter cleansing balm is ‘spensive, but awesome. A very moisturizing way to remove makeup without the chemicals.

As far as hand creams go, I have not found a single one that stays on after washing your hands. As a bit of a germophobe I wash my hands frequently, which does not bode well for cracking. Ow. But I do love this Burt’s Bees hand cream, which I wrote about some time ago. Even though it’s a pricey $13, I’m still working on the same tube from a few years ago, so it is well worth the money.

Aquaphor is a dream for dry people such as myself. I love this lip balm (and SPF 30!) and use the regular Aquaphor often. I apply it on my cuticles and lips, and some times I rub it on my arms too.

I am obsessed with this Fresh Sugar Lip Serum. I got a sample of it with a recent makeup purchase and now it’s the first thing I reach for when I get out of the shower. And all you need is a drop — it’s thick and moisturizing without being obnoxious and tasting gross. It is eye-rolling expensive ($36) so I haven’t purchased it yet, but am milking my sample for all its worth and plan on buying it when the sample is done.

And I’ve blabbed on and on about this Mario Badescu cream a billion times, but if you have dry skin on your face, this is your answer. Get involved. 

People, it’s cold. Stay inside, put this stuff on you so you won’t be dry, and then have some wine. Go forth and prosper.