pinned in, made it: pizzucchini

I have this terrible tendency to want to eat pizza every day of my life. No joke. But seeing as I ordered my beloved jalapeño-pineapple ‘za from Jakeeno’s last night, for the sake of my wallet (and my waist), I figured tonight, I should switch it up. So I pinned these Pizzucchini c/o Dashing Dish and went on my way.

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I loved how these babies came together super fast. Like one episode of “Orange is the New Black” and dinner was done. I felt so good about eating an entire zucchini for dinner, I almost forgot to miss the crust.

high plains thrifter // pizzucchiniDefinitely a recipe to remember this summer, especially if you’re a fan of both zukes and ‘za.

Wishing you all wonderful evenings!

xo,

Meghan

Top photo c/o: Dashing Dish.

heads up: can’t-miss country club garage sale

yKLWqbzI love days when blog-topics literally fall into my lap. Like this morning, when my co-worker Erin mentioned she was going to a “fancy” neighborhood garage sale on Saturday. Considering the source, a woman whose collection of vintage St. John is utterly mind-blowing and never looks anything less than 100-percent pulled-together, I knew had to get the scoop and share it here. If anyone gets the actual true definition of “fancy,” it’s her!

Here I go, quoting the Craigslist ad:

“The King of all garage sales. Tomorrow (Sat.) from 8-1:00. Near 50th and France. HWY 100 to 50th Street Go East to Wooddale. Look for the Green signs. There are other sales going on in the Country Club Neighborhood….here are a few of the addresses participating:
4511 Wooddale Ave
4524 Arden Ave
4503 Wooddale Ave
4525 Drexel
4208 Sunnyside Road
4508 Bruce
4514 Wooddale
4501 Casco”

So there you have it! Not a lot of details, but definitely a whole lot of promise, given the zip code. If you’re unfamiliar with Edina, don’t be deterred if you get a little shade thrown your way by its residents.

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It comes with the territory.

Wishing you all the best of weekends!

xoxo,

Meghan

Photo + GIF c/o: Lucille Bluth Knows Best.

heads up: furniture sale at the downtown salvation army

9450297c6f9b11e1989612313815112c_7This Saturday, the downtown Salvation Army will unveil a new buy-by-the-pound shopping model. (Here’s my take on the change.) In anticipation of the big reveal and to make room for the brand-new layout, today and tomorrow only, all furniture at the 4th Street location will be DEEPLY discounted, with items starting at the eye-popping price of $1.99. (!!!) As someone who has purchased several large, prized pieces of vintage furniture at this location specifically, I’m sorely tempted to check out what’s up for grabs today after work. You certainly won’t find prices better than this on furniture anywhere, so it’s at the very least worth a quick look-see, right?

Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday!

xo,

Meghan

pinned it, made it: chickpea cakes with shaved asparagus and yogurt

Raise your hand if you overdid it a bit on the food front this weekend! From a cookout feast Friday to multiple plates of Brasa at Angie’s (gorgeous) wedding Saturday to a steak and twice-baked potatoes dinner last night, the hits just kept rolling (in the best possible way). In the mood for something a little lighter, I turned to Pinterest to find a recipe using three ingredients I had on hand—chickpeas, farmers market asparagus and some leftover yogurt sauce.

One of the recipes I pinned was this one from Naturally Ella…chickpea cakes with shaved asparagus and yogurt.

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I had everything called for on hand, saving me from a stop at the store on my already endless commute home from work. #score Can I tell you how happy I am to be stir-frying in shorts with the windows open? Seriously, so happy.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetThe resulting dish was so BEYOND GOOD, I’m already looking forward to eating my leftovers for lunch tomorrow. The patties were flavorful and crisp and the tomato-asparagus melange on top was simple and perfect. Over the top went some leftover dill-y yogurt sauce, to which I added a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, and dash of smoked paprika.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetIt was the perfect foil to all deep-fried, meaty goodness I consumed for the 72 hours prior, and it didn’t even take that long to whip up. Are you pinning any fresh summer suppers? If so, leave me your profile address so I can follow along!

xoxo,

Meghan

Top photo c/o: Naturally Ella.

heads up: hula hoop your way to savings

tumblr_n050toJjhK1qa5yk2o1_500Work your waist tomorrow at Empty the Next and you may earn yourself a half-off discount! Simply show up between noon and 4 p.m. and shimmy-shimmy as many times around as your rhythm will allow. Each time the hoop goes round your waist, you earn you 5% off any item of your choice. Three times = 15% off, five = 25%, eight = 40% and so on up to 50% off. Fun right?

Here are a few things I wouldn’t mind picking up on discount…

Pink and White Singer Cabinet Sewing Machine (model #626), $40

Yellow Homemade Toy Chest (for storing my deck cushions in), $10

Sweet utility/bakers/potting rack (great potential when repainted!), $25

To see all 80+ items Empty the Nest has listed on Craigslist, click here, but also know that their warehouse is big, consistently full and new stuff is put out constantly.

Happy hooping!

xo,

Meghan

Top photo c/o: Moment Momentum.

to-do tonight: girl germs tribute to women in rock

girlgerms-show-webThis whole week, I’ve been equally depressed/enraged by the #YesAllWomen posts. (If you’re unfamiliar, @mostlypregnant’s tweets have been summing it up nicely.) If you, too, could use a night to focus on something positive, let me tell you about this incredible show my friend Dana and her pal Sally have put together, happening TONIGHT at First Avenue. It’s a tribute to women in rock ‘n roll, with seven local bands playing music by a female artist of their choosing.
Here’s the lineup! (Pssst, you can read more about the bands and their selections here.)
Night Moves–performing the Cranberries
Pink Mink–performing Bikini Kill (!!!)
Strange Names–performing the B-52′s
L’Assassins–performing Thee Headcoatees (!!!)
Fury Things–performing Hole
CRYSTAL (feat. members of Brute Heart)–performing Sade
Lydia Liza (of Bomba De Luz)–performing Dusty Springfield (!!!)

The event will be hosted by the legendary Lori Barbero and my incredibly talented friend Jen Hughes will be DJ’ing. (P.S. Watch clips from Jen’s 25 essentials albums by female artists here! It’s a must-read, fabulous post.)

Sweetening the pot (literally), is Girl Germs’ partnership with Glam Doll Donuts. The bakery created a masterpiece of a treat for the event—a blueberry-packed cake donut topped with MORE blueberries and a homemade lavender marshmallow. I had the chance to taste-test one a couple days ago and holy cannoli, it’s literally the best thing I’ve eaten in ages. These pretty babies will be available at Glam Doll all weekend AND at the show tonight. DO NOT MISS OUT.

10414053_1385695125052857_1871597956_nSo, just to recap, we have a feminist rock icon hosting, an amazing DJ filling your ears with music between sets, SEVEN bands and yummy fruit-filled donuts. Clearly this concert belongs on your calendar, am I right? Tickets are a measly $10, and if you’re in the area, you should definitely come. It’s going to be a glorious evening.

See you there?

xoxo,

Meghan

Photos c/o: Girl Germs' Instagram.

recommended reading: Elvis and Me

Of all the habits picked up over Lent, my commitment to reading has stuck with me the most. This past holiday weekend, I stuck my nose so far up this book, I was through it in two short days.

Processed with VSCOcam with m3 presetThe book was a gift from my dear friend Jamie, but I hadn’t gotten around to cracking it open ’til Friday, which was a huge mistake. It’s gold, especially if you’re a fan of Elvis, Priscilla or Elvis and Priscilla, the couple. I can’t believe it took me so long to read it, considering my borderline obsession with both of them! If you see it out on a thrift-store shelf, I’d highly recommend picking it up.

As visuals often stick with me more than words, immediately after finishing reading on Sunday, I went down a crazy spree of looking up photos of the King’s queen. Pre-plastic surgery, she was, at least in my eyes, freaking flawless. Here are a few of my favorite finds…

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Have you read anything lately that’s captured your fascination? If so, let me know! I’m looking for something new to get lost in.

xoxo,

Meghan

Photos c/o: Queen Priscilla.

memorial day weekend sale circuit: may 23-26

tumblr_m4as1nCK2b1rsoo94o1_r1_500Memorial Day weekend is here, which means summer has officially arrived and sales galore will be happening Monday at area thrifts. As the clock winds down to the weekend (not that I’m counting, LOL), I’m here to share the sales that belong on your radar.

Salvation Army Family Stores: Head to any Salvation Army Family Store on Monday and enjoy half-off savings on all clothing, in addition to in-store specials. All locations will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

ARC’s Value Village Thrift Stores: Enjoy 50% discounts across the board Monday during ARC’s store-wide sale. (Exclusions include sale items and merchandise with white and orange tags.) Bonus: Village Rewards Members get to shop the sale starting Sunday. If you’re not already a member, don’t worry, you can join the day of! Stores will be both Sunday and Monday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Goodwill: Take a break from the barbecue Monday and pop into any Goodwill location for 50%-off savings on all apparel with blue, green and yellow tags. Stores will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Hidden Treasures Thrift Store: With 30% off savings today and 40% discounts tomorrow, there’s plenty of incentive to shop this recently expanded strip-mall gem. (The store will be closed Sunday and Memorial Day.)

Family Pathways Thrift Stores: If you find yourself traveling on the northern portion of I-35 Monday, stop in at any of the Family Pathways Thrift Stores and save 20-60% off everything in-store including clothing, home decor, accessories, furniture, antiques and collectibles. Store hours vary by location—find out which location’s open when, here.

Savers Thrift Stores: Bask in 50% savings on all clothes, shoes, accessories and bed and bath amenities on Monday. (Offer excludes new merchandise, books, jewelry,  items tagged housewares or furniture and is not valid with any other coupon or discount.) Stores will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Unique Thrift Stores: Take 50% off everything (except red-tagged new merchandise) at all Unique locations on Monday. Sale also applies at the Valu Thrift in St. Paul. Stores open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Second Début: Shop and save 25% on all secondhand designer fashions at both locations of this Goodwill offshoot.

Hope Chest for Breast Cancer: Today through Sunday, save 30% off your entire purchase at both the Orono and St. Paul locations. (Note that both stores will be closed  Memorial Day.)

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

xoxo,

Meghan

Photo c/o: Fillips Hideaway.

clicking around, vol. 52

tumblr_mip4haBl8E1r6sispo1_1280.pngLaw, it’s been a spell since I’ve done one of these. If some of the links are old news to you, forgive me?

The geniuses at the (Yves) Saint Laurent Music Project campaign have selected Marianne Faithfull as their latest muse, a decision I wholly approve. Her bangs are everything…still!

Confession: I have an immediate eye-roll reflex when people bring up “bikini season” within earshot. Thank you Huff Po and Bust for the validation that this reaction is, indeed, OK.

Everything about this Star-Tribune story warmed my little heart. You go girls!

 100 percent men opened my eyes to the pervasiveness that boys-club culture boasts. (What can I say, I’m a visual learner.) Click through only if you want to be mad/sad/motivated.

These before-and-after shots of storefronts in Manhattan really made me feel like I was born in the wrong era. Anyone else feel the same?

30 unforgettable moments in Barbara Walters’ style history.

Totally loved this profile of Stanley Mouse, poster designer for the Grateful Dead during their heyday.

Ever since I read that Kelis was coming out with a cookbook, I’ve been borderline obsessed. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t she kind of a queen?

Photo c/o: Faithfull Forever.

 

weekend sale circuit: may 16-18

tumblr_n19nl02LiV1qzfrd2o1_1280Hey all, it’s finally Friday! If you’re in the mood to do some secondhand shopping this weekend, here are a few sales happening around town you might want to check out!

Camp DuNord & Camp Widji Garage Sale: Rumor has it this sprawling, weekend-long sale is the place to go for used camping equipment and tents. A 30-year tradition that started in a front yard in Roseville and has since moved to the Merchandise Mart Building at the State Fair Grounds, this event raises funds to support the summer camps. (Click through for hours, directions and details.)

Kingfield Garage Sale: Neighborhood rummage sale season continues tomorrow with Kingfield’s annual event. Save time and plan ahead with this handy Google Map that outlines sale locations, or pick up a printed map at the Nicollet Ace Hardware, Butter Bakery Cafe, Anodyne or Royal Grounds. Official sale hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., tomorrow only.

New to You Thriftique’s Warehouse Sale: When thrift-store warehouses overflow, it can only mean good things for us. For the first time ever, the New to You Thriftique is opening its furniture-laden back-stock to the general public. Teasers posted promise a huge selection of kitchen and dining sets, desks, sofas, book cases, beds and sporting goods and gardening supplies galore. The warehouse is conveniently located at 8838 7th Avenue North in Golden Valley, directly across from the new Culver’s, and the sale runs tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Linen & Designer Goods Sale at Assistance League Thrift Store: Refresh your linen stash this weekend and enjoy 50% savings on all tablecloths, sheets, napkins, etc. All designer goods are 75% this week as well! (Check out my recent review of the store here!)

xoxo,

Meghan

Photo c/o: Seven is the Funniest Number.