Friday Favorites


Woop!  It’s Friday!!  Who else is ready for the weekend?  Technically it is already my weekend since I don’t have to work today, but I have lots to do today so it doesn’t quite feel like the weekend yet.  I am looking forward to hopefully one last boat day for the year this weekend and hanging out with some friends Saturday.  It is nice to not have to travel this weekend so I am soaking up my time at home.  

I just have a lot of random thoughts in my head at the moment that I need to tell you guys so this post is going to be a bit all over the place. :) 

  1.  It is finally starting to feel like fall in Dallas.  I had to wear a jacket to the gym this morning.  We even slept with the windows open last night!
  2. You guys, I did it again.  I overcommitted with my dog sitting acceptances.  There are a total of 6 dogs in my house right now.  It is an absolutey zoo.  My dogs are terrified.🙂


But I kinda love it at the same time.🙂


3. I’m obsessed with candles right now.  I have been lighting them in the evening and something about it is just so peaceful.  

4. I have a really fun guest post coming to ya next week.  :)

5. My husband and I love to play cards at night.  Our favorite game is rummy.  Do you guys know any other 2 person cards games besides 21, war, or go fish?🙂

6. I pulled out my spiralizer this week and made a beautiful and delicious creation.  Recipe will be on the blog next week!


7. I love modern art.  I had to work downtown yesterday and this piece was in the office.  I wish I was that talented!


8.  Do you guys have a fitbit or step tracker?  Every week I join a work week step competition with a handful of girls and it is so fun seeing who gets the most steps.  My mom recently joined it and she calls me regularly to tell me what place she is in.  :)  

9.  I am so ready for this election to be over.  Enough said.  

10. I have a really good recipe for butternut squash soup that is delicious and healthy.  Want me to share it soon?

11. Even though I am starting to crave soup as the colder weather approaches, I still love my salads.  With all the fixings!


12. I had this salad for lunch the other day and I can’t stop thinking about it.  I am not a huge cheese fan, but goat cheese makes everything taste better.  



  1. Favorite soup?
  2. Favorite kitchen appliance?
  3. Favorite card game?

Healthy-ish Tofu/Chicken Thai Green Curry


Well we made it to the halfway point.  I finally got a decent amount of sleep last night so even after an early morning Body Pump class today, I am feeling pretty great!  I never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep.  

You guys probably remember me mentioning me and my husband’s love of curry a time or two.🙂  Well the obsession is real and it just keeps on growing, but we try to limit dining out to once a week when we aren’t traveling.  Especially after all the time away from home recently, my desire to go out to eat has been less and less.  The good thing is that I have been saving money and spending lots of time in the kitchen crafting up new recipes and ideas.  

Over the years, I have tried quite a few curry recipes with tons of ingredients hoping to find “the one” that gets the stamp of approval.  With no success, we usually just end up ordering out when we are in the mood for curry…. until recently.  I came across a recipe for chicken green curry on Ashy Bines youtube channel and decided to try it.  In true Taylor fashion, I changed a few things to make it my own.  

Not only is this recipe absolutely delicious, it is full of nutrients and only ingredients that you can indeed pronounce.  It is very adaptable to your preferences (types of veggies & protein), which is why I made two batches – one for my husband and one for me.  Like any good thai food, this recipe just gets better and better, which makes it perfect for leftovers throughout the week.  I hope you give it a go!

Thai Green Curry 

For reference, I doubled this recipe and made one batch with chicken and one with tofu.  This recipe makes about 5-6 servings (depending on hunger level).🙂


2 chicken breasts (or one package of tofu)

1 can coconut milk (full fat)

1-2 TBL thai green curry paste (depending on how spicy you want it) 

1-2 tsp vegetarian (or chicken) bouillon paste (or cubes)

2 cups brown rice (uncooked)

1 zucchini chopped 

1 red pepper chopped 

3 carrots chopped 

1 cup mushrooms chopped 

 1 cup broccoli chopped 

1/2 onion chopped 

1 avocado (optional)


The hardest part of this recipe is chopping the veggies.  If you don’t have time, just buy them pre-chopped.  But if you are like me and actually enjoy chopping veggies, get chopping!


Chop chicken breasts (or tofu) into big cubes and place in saute pan with onion.  No, you do not need any fat (butter or oil).  Add thai green curry paste to pan and coat chicken (or tofu) and onion and cook about 5-6 minutes until the chicken is almost cooked through.  


My husband prefers the chicken to be shredded so at this point, shred the chicken or leave it cubed if you prefer.  In a separate pot (on medium) add the can of coconut milk.


Next add all the veggies and bouillon paste to the coconut milk. Stir. 


Once everything is incorporated, it should look like this.  


Add chicken (or tofu) – onion mixture to the coconut milk – veggie mixture and continue to cook on medium for about 15 minutes. 

Tofu variation:


Chicken variation:


While the mixture cooks, take this time to cook your rice.  I was lazy and used instant, but if you have the time, use the rice cooker.  

Serve the mixture on top of a bed of brown rice with chopped avocado on top!  (In my opinion, everything tastes better with avocado).  Enjoy!!


*Note: the spice level is mild-medium, but if you prefer less or more spicy, adjust the amount of thai green curry paste to fit your preferences.  

This meal is on the weekly rotation in our house and I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!


  1. Do you like curry?
  2. Tell me a meal that you have weekly at home.
  3. What is your favorite take-out meal?

Weekend Recap Continued…Breckenridge, CO for the weekend!


Good morning!!  Who else is feeling a little exhausted today?  My little pup Riley was up all night (not sick), but just fidgeting and not wanting to lay down so needless to say, I did not sleep much.  I made a curry dish last night and he licked the bowl and we are thinking that he might of had an allergic reaction to it.  Eeek.  No more table scraps for that little guy.  

Anyway, back to our Colorado trip.  After a good night’s rest, we woke up Saturday morning ready for a nice hike.  My dad had just visited Breckenridge a couple months ago and suggested a couple hikes to us.  One hike he suggested was the McCullough Gulch.  He said it was pretty steep, but we could do it.  It was only about 3 miles so we decided to give it a try.  He said to drive all the way to the end of the road to park and start at the trail head.  


Well the only problem was that the road was closed for repairs so we had to park at the end of the road and start our hike there.  My husband kept insisting that the hike would be too long because we added the extra road to it, but I kept thinking the trail head wouldn’t be too far down the road.  


I was wrong.  He was right.  We walked over 2 miles just to get to the trail head, but at this point I was determined to complete the hike.  There is a beautiful lake at the end of the trail.  


So we walked… and walked… and walked…


This picture is evidence that my husband carried nothing…. 


While I carried the backpack the entire way…🙂


I made him drink water and eat a snack about every 10 minutes so it would lighten the load.🙂


When we were down in town the morning of our hike, we saw hikers in shorts and thought they were crazy.  Well… little did I know I would have preferred shorts for about 90 percent of the hike.  But when we got to the very top and turned the corner to see the lake, it was FREEZING!!! That’s why I am wearing my husband’s patagonia in this picture.🙂


The long, steep hike was definitely worth the views at the top.  


It was such a beautiful day. 


We took a couple panoramics.


And then we headed back down the mountain. 


Jon wanted to climb this tree..


Then he decided he knew a “shortcut” and took us off the path…. into a swamp.  20 minutes later, we were backtracking to find said path.  


Thankfully we found it😉.  We were both hurting by the time we finally made it to the car.  Our hike that was supposed to be 3 miles ended up being over 9.5 miles.  So we celebrated.


We cleaned up and headed out for a drink before dinner. 


Then we made our way to Blue River Bistro for dinner.  


I got the beet salad with salmon and my husband got the ahi tuna special with udon noodles.  We both agreed that this was the best meal of the trip.  

Sunday morning we headed to the local coffee shop, Cool River Coffee House (we did this Saturday morning too) for coffee and breakfast.  We ate our breakfast outside as we watched people (and their doggies) take a morning stroll.  

After breakfast we wondered around town and did a little shopping before stopping in a couple bars to watch some football.  After a couple hours, we were hungry again so we stopped at CB & Potts for lunch.  They have a nice outdoor area and we just couldn’t get enough of the beautiful weather.  I’ll let you guys guess which meal was mine. ;) 

We had such an amazing time in Breckenridge and even if you don’t like snow sports, I would highly recommend visiting in the off months because it is absolutely beautiful.  The town is so cute and quaint and the people are very friendly.  We will definitely be back! 


  1. Mountains or the beach?
  2. Do you like to hike?
  3. If you have a fitness tracker, how many steps do you average daily?


Weekend Recap 10.17.16.. Coors Tour, Dinner in Golden, Concert at Red Rocks

Happy Monday!  Where does the time go?  I can’t believe another weekend is coming to an end and another work week is beginning.  As much as I love the weekends, I am always grateful when Monday morning rolls around and I can get back into a routine.  I am one that really craves routine and I like being on a schedule most of the time.  

So when I left you guys last week, My husband and I were about to leave Denver to head to our home for the weekend in Breckenridge, but we made a few fun stops along the way.  On Friday afternoon, we picked up our rental car and headed towards Golden, Colorado, which is between Denver and Breckenridge.  We had some time to kill before dinner so we decided to take the free tour of the Coors Brewery.


I’m not a beer fan and never have been, but the tour was pretty neat.  We learned a ton of cool facts about Coors and learned that the company is known for a whole lot more than just beer.  They are very big on recycling and giving back to the community.  

Each of these kettles holds 200,000 (12 ounce) bottles of beer! 



Coors is very proud of their quality control system and wants to make sure every single beer is perfect.  The three enemies of beer are: age (unlike wine that gets better with time), light, and heat.  





 And the best part of the tour = free beer at the end! (My husband got mine too :)).  

This is what he does every time I ask for a picture… Can any of the girls out there relate?🙂


After the tour, we headed to dinner at Indulge Bistro and Wine Bar.


We got the mussels to split for an appetizer!  Sooo good.


My husband got pizza for dinner.

And I got this salad.  One of the best salads I have ever had.  


After dinner we walked around the town for a bit and stopped to grab a coffee and some chocolate before leaving.  

I just can’t get enough of the mountains.  Fun fact:  My husband and I lived in Salt Lake City, UT for 2 years and we went up to Park City to ski or hike in the mountains a few times each month.  


Next stop: Red Rocks!  Red Rocks is a concert venue in the middle of the mountains!  It is by far the coolest place I have ever been for a concert.   We absolutely love country music so when we found out Brantley Gilbert was playing Friday night, we hopped right on it.  I will say however that I was definitely not aware of how rock/edgy he is as an artist.  We still had a blast.  You have to climb soo many stairs to get to your seats.  



He asked the audience to hold up their phones and it was pretty amazing.  


The amphitheatre also looks out over all of Denver.  Such a fun setting.  


After a few hours of music, we hit the road for Breckenridge.  We arrived around midnight and as soon and our heads hit the pillows we were out.  I will continue my recap tomorrow as this post is getting longggg! 


  1. What did you do this weekend?
  2. Favorite concert venue?
  3. What type of music do you like? 

Denver Day 2

Happy FRI-YAY!!!  It’s a beautiful day in Denver and I finally got a good night of sleep so I am ready to enjoy the weekend!  We are headed to Breckenridge tonight with a really fun stop along the way… I will fill you all in on Monday!  

Let’s back up to yesterday.  My husband had to work during the day so I spent the day reading, working out in the amazing gym at our hotel, getting caught up on some work, and watching a couple shows before my husband got back.

Once my husband got back to the hotel we changed and quickly headed out.  We did a little walking before we stumbled upon, Earls, a cute restaurant with some outdoor seating.  The weather was amazing last night so we grabbed a table outside and ordered a couple drinks.  Wine for me, beer for the hubs.


I had to make these pictures black and white because I am as white as a ghost and I didn’t want to scare you all. ;) 

Their were so many options to choose from on the menu, but my husband choose the Dynamite roll to start. 


I chose the warm kale salad with grilled salmon for my entree.  It was heavenly.


My husband got this sticky rice bowl that comes steaming to the table and the waitress mixes in a spicy sauce.  He loved his meal too.


We did a little more strolling around after dinner and then called it a night.  I am off for a quick run before we get packed up for our weekend adventure.  I hope you all have an amazing weekend!! 


  1. What do you have planned for this weekend?
  2. What is your favorite season?
  3. Are you dressing up for Halloween?  If so, what are you going to be? 

Hi From Denver, Colorado!

Hi friends!  How is your week going?  I originally typed out “Happy Wednesday” to start this post off, but thankfully realized it is now Thursday.  With the amount of traveling I have been doing and the lack of sleep I have been getting (thanks to a cough that is sticking around), I have no idea what day it is.  

Yesterday my husband and I woke up super early to catch a flight to Denver.  My husband travels to Colorado occasionally for work and he asked if I would join him this time.  Hey, you don’t have to ask me twice!🙂 After we landed, he was off to work and I headed to the hotel downtown to check in.  I had lots of blogging plans, shopping plans, and gym plans yesterday, but as soon as my head hit the pillow, I was out for over 4 hours.  Guess I needed some sleep.😉 I eventually did make it down to the hotel gym for 45 minutes of walking on the treadmill.  I am in a weekly step challenge through fitbit so I try to get moving as much as I can.  

After a quick shower, my husband and I headed out to walk to a nearby Indian restaurant for dinner.  We ended up at a place called Little India.


And if you can’t tell by my outfit, it was freezing in Denver yesterday… in the 40s!  And for this Dallas girl, that is quite chilly!  Thankfully today it is supposed to get to the 70s!

 My husband got the Chicken Tikka Masala and I got the Vegetable Biryani.  My husband liked his, but I loved mine.  Warm food on a cold night = the best!


After dinner we headed back to the hotel to catch our new favorite show, Designated Survivor.  Are any of you guys watching this??  We really like it so far!  I am off to the gym for a bit, but I will see you all soon!  

PS. We have some plans here for the weekend, but would love some more input on restaurants/bars/things to do in the Denver area.  We are also headed to Breckenridge for the weekend to explore so any tips there would be great too! 


  1. Have you ever been to Denver/Breckenridge?  Favorite spots?
  2. Do you like Indian food?  Favorite dish?
  3. Favorite show you are currently watching?

Weekend Recap 10.11.16… Family Visit and Amber’s Wedding


Hi guys!!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Mine was spent catching up with family and friends in Ohio.  It was a very short visit, but we managed to cram in a lot.  After a long travel day on Sunday, yesterday was spent catching up and relaxing a bit as I am feeling a little under the weather and hoping that it passes quickly as we are headed out of town again on Wednesday.  

On Friday morning, we headed to the airport bright and early to head to Cleveland.  We arrived late afternoon, checked into our hotel, and headed to meet my cousin, his wife, and their baby for dinner.  

We stayed at the Kent State Hotel for the weekend.  The hotel is quite new and was really nice.


We met my family at Bricco for dinner.  We had a blast catching up with them and playing with baby Steven.  He is the sweetest and most friendly baby I have ever met.  He let me and Jon hold him and we fell in love. :) 

After dinner we caught up with our friends at the hotel bar for a couple hours.   These two girls were my roommates freshmen year of college.  Amber (middle) is the one who got married this weekend.  I am so glad we have stayed in touch all these years… we always have a blast when we are together. 


Saturday morning after breakfast at the hotel, Jon and I decided to take a little stroll around Kent.  Kent is a small college town that is full of character.  

We walked a few blocks from the hotel and came across the local farmer’s market.  

After our walk, we headed to the gym for a quick workout before getting ready for the gym.  We had a quick lunch in the room before heading to Wingfoot Lake State Park  for the wedding ceremony.  


The ceremony was so beautiful and the weather ended up being perfect after a cloudy morning.


After the ceremony, we headed to a local bar so my husband could watch some football.  Don’t ask me what teams were playing, I have no idea. :) 


At 5pm, we headed back to the hotel where the reception was being held.  It started out with a cocktail hour followed by dinner and lots of dancing.  


Amber (bride) and Andrew (groom) met in China while they were both teaching.  They have done a lot of traveling together over the years so the tables at the receptions were by locations.  Their guest “book” was a map of the world that guests could sign and they could later frame to keep.  I just loved this unique touch.  


I am obsessed with all the details of weddings so here are a few more I captured.  

There was a photobooth at the wedding and we had a blast with all of our friends playing dress up.🙂


We got to see a lot of our old friends from college, which is always so fun!


It was such a special and memorable weekend!!  From 8 years ago in our freshmen year dorm to getting married, I am so happy to have these friends in my life!  Congrats to Amber and Andrew!!  You two deserve all the best!🙂


  1. How was your weekend?  What was the highlight?
  2. Do you have any weddings this season?
  3. Do you stay in touch with high school/college friends?