4 x 4’s of May

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Happy Friday my loves!!! I hope everyone had an amazing month filled with love, joy, adventure, excitement, travel, good food and good company.  May was jam packed with a lotta stuff. Good and bad I have to admit but all of it amazing! I was able to see my Gorgeous Niece baptized (which she did sooo well at, beyond proud of her). It was my beautiful Mother’s Birthday,  Mother’s Day, AND my Birthday 🙂 OH and of course Neri and I gratefully made it to a Blackhawks Playoff game, which they won!! Dat dada dat dada dat!! There was a lot of time with the family which I was thrilled with because living in the city makes it quite difficult to see them. One of my personal goals this month was to start a blog, and look, I made it, I’m here in the blogging world and it makes me so happy, thrilled, excited, and scared but full of inspiration and enthusiasm. There is so much I have planned and wish to accomplish for June.  There were some big obstacles and speed bumps in May that were hard to get past, but thanks to my love who keeps me inspired everyday and filled with hope, he’s reminded me June is a new month, a new start, to stay positive and keep moving forward. Some days I don’t know what I’d do with out him 🙂 What about you guys, how do you set goals and stick to them? I’d love to know!

Here’s to the start of a new month, new attitude, new goals, and summer of course!

xo dLondie

Somethin’ Spicy

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 Here is my first recipe edition to dLondie.

I’d like to consider myself a naturally healthy eater, but that was a lifestyle change I made years ago.  One thing I learned through that change is BALANCE and to not completely cut out things you love.  I found myself binging when I would try to do that.  The following recipe Neri and I made on a rainy night when comfort food just felt right.

NOTE: I am no chef/cook by any means…I try to follow certain recipes (keyword try) so if I follow a specific one, it will be cited, otherwise I will provide you with the recipe I came up with based on trial and error. And let me tell you a lot of the time its on error, but those turn out to be the best sometimes. Enjoy and please let me know what you think in the comment area below!

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 Potato Gratin Ingredients:

5 Medium Sized (starchy) Potatos

2 1/2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream

3 Cloves Garlic, Crushed

1 Cup Finely Grated Parmesan

1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Preheat Oven: 355F

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Step 1: Rinse Potatos

Step 2: Peel the Potatos

Step 3: Slice the Potatos about a 1/4″ thick and then line them in a baking dish. Keeping the pieces staggered.

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Step 4: Mix the Cream, Garlic, and Parmesan. Then pour over the Potatos. Put in oven for 60 minutes or until golden brown.

THEN: Pour yourself a glass of wine and cheers, cooking should be fun! We had a good Pinot Noir that went well with the Pork Chops.

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Now onto the Rub….YUMMY!  The following amount was used for 2 Bone-In Pork Chops:

1 Tablespoon Salt

1 Tablespoon Ground Coriander

2 Tablespoons Ground Cumin

2 Tablespoons Hot Chilil Powder **You can make adjustment here**

1 Tablespoon Paprika

1 1/2 Teaspoons Ground Allspice

1 1/2 Teaspoons Ground Black Pepper

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I personally like to get my meat from Whole Foods or a local farmer so I know it has no hormones or anything unwanted and weird and the animals were raised with care, your preference may vary and I’m totally cool with that, but it’s always important to know where your food is coming from.

Step 5: NOW, Rub that rub into the meat and let sit in the fridge for about 30 min to an hour.

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Lookin’  good!

Step 6: Heat a skillet with some melted *unsalted butter…wait till it’s hot. (Neri always says to me when I forget to wait ‘Hot pan yes, how can you bloody cook anything if the pan isn’t hot yet’

When the potatos have about 20 minutes left…Pan fry the Pork Chops for 3 Minutes on each side. Then place wrapped up in tin foil on a baking sheet and let bake for 15 minutes.

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Step 7: If you love cheese like me then I add some shreddedness on top of the Potatos Gratin.  Pull the potatos out after they have been in for 50 minutes. Then take a cup of shredded cheddar cheese and sprinkle over the top to cover and place back in over for about 10 more minutes.

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Then pull the potatos out, along with your yummy Pork Chops, plate and serve!

Toast yourself and whoever you are sharing this wonderful dish with to love and a beautiful life, becasue whoever you are, you deserve it!

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xo dLondie

We bought a Zoo {JK}

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Sunglasses: Target  Shirt: Vintage Scarf: Target Leggings: A+O Flats: Yosi Samra Purse: Ann Klein Bracelets: TAI, Colleen Mauer Designs, House of Harlow, Swallow

I wish we could buy a zoo…like Matt Damen of course (in my dreams)!  The Chicago Lincoln Park Zoo will do just fine. My man took me this past weekend for my Birthday and we had an amazing time.  Not only is the Zoo free, but it does not disappoint. For those who live in the city and haven’t been, it’s the perfect place to go get lost at, and for a moment forget you are in Chicago.  The park is so lush and very well kept, I was quite impressed. I of course wore my trusted Yosi Samra Flats because they are oh so comfy for that amount of walking. If you are traveling to Chicago for vacation, live in Chicago and want a cute date idea with your lover or BFF, I’d recommend going.  The only animal we didn’t get to see that I LOVE was an elephant, but other than that we got to see all my favorites as you can see below…enjoy!

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We couldn’t start walking around until I got an ice cream cone…that’s standard.

3Even the water fountains around the park are cute with animals to greet you….tamed of course 😉

Seal-Lion

4I wanted to free these guys so bad…the one on the left looked as if he wanted to eat all of us, while the one on the right didn’t have a care in the world.

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Close-Up-with-Giraffe

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Neri thought it looked like the Giraffe was going to walk into my mouth…he’s so creative 🙂

Five-Guys

We ended up walking down to Clark and Fullerton for Five Guys…I mean why not after all that walking we did! If you haven’t tried yet I highly HIGHLY recommend!

Thanks for stopping by my loves!

xo dLondie