Modern Tomboy is a study in contrasts. It's the intersection of feminine and masculine and the multitude of interests aligned with a tomboy identity. Fashion, sports, food, entertainment - all stand on equal footing here.
Summer in Texas can make it tough to face the idea of putting on a full face of makeup each day. This summer (and over the last few years) I've found a few standby items that don't weigh you down completely, don't melt off in the hot humidity and give a natural look. Here are a few of my favorites (feel free to share some of your favorites if you have any!).
Yesterday the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute hosted its annual Met Gala (also known as the Met Ball). This event is basically the ultimate showcase of haute couture fashion in America. Each year, there's a theme that attendees are invited to follow. Designers partner with celebrities, actresses, models, etc. to create custom-made pieces that fit the theme. Anna Wintour took over as chairwoman of the gala in 1999 and particularly since then, it's really become a who's who of fashion.
Saturday is here and that means it's time to pop some popcorn, turn on the TV (or maybe 2 or 3 TVs so you can catch everything good at once) and watch some college football. Last week didn't have any really great match ups in the college football world, but week 3 looks like it'll make up for that. Here are some of the games I'm looking forward to today:
The NFL kicks off tonight with a rematch of last year's Super Bowl: Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers. I won't lie - the Super Bowl rematch is always a bit of a let down for me, and I imagine it'll be even more of a let down without Peyton Manning on the Broncos this year.
What a win by Texas last night! If you weren't watching, I highly recommend that you take a look at the last 5 minutes of the game (plus overtime). The start of the game wasn't very interesting, but it definitely picked up when it really counted.
My favorite time of the year is finally here: football season! Growing up in Texas, I've loved football since I was a kid. That love turned into somewhat of an obsessive passion, and now, if you're ever looking for anyone to "talk football shop" with, I am that person.
Yes, I'm a little late to the game here - to be fair, I've been completely absorbed so I haven't had time to write - but the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio started late last week. If you haven't been watching, turn on NBC or NBC Sports or Bravo or BBC - just find a channel (or app) with coverage and watch. We only get the Summer Games every four years after all.
This morning at Wimbledon, the world witnessed one of the greatest comebacks of all time. Roger Federer, at 34 years of age (35 in early August), fell behind 2 sets to none against Marin Cilic, a 6'6" tall 27-year-old with a killer serve. Cilic won the first two sets of the match and looked dominant. His serve had Federer looking slow and nervous. Federer had not performed well in recent years when falling behind 0-2, while Cilic had literally never lost a majors match after winning the first two sets. But somehow, Federer found his magic in the third set to stay alive and move into a fourth.
If you've been following the Copa America at all, you'll know that the USA has achieved its goal of making it to the semi finals. They play Argentina tonight in Houston and it should be a good one! Granted, Argentina is the #1 team in the world right now and has one of the best players of all time (Lionel Messi), so the USAMNT is a huge underdog here. Never count out the home team, though!
Are you watching OJ: Made in America? If you're not, set your DVR now. The series is a fascinating, expertly created dissection of O.J. Simpson. Granted, there have only been 2 episodes so far, but barring a huge drop in quality, I guarantee this series is worth your time.
f you're not watching Copa America Centenario, you should start. There have already been some fantastic games (Argentina vs. Chile, anyone?). Tonight, USA is playing Costa Rica in a must-win match (after losing to Colombia last week).
Ahhh it's been a while - I know, I'm the worst! It's been a very hectic time at work, but no excuses, play like a champion. Has anyone been following the French Open this year? You might've not realized it started already - they pushed it up a week this year because of the Olympics.
This is a super simple dessert recipe that will meet any sweet tooth needs without filling you up on refined sugars and carbs. It's one of the easiest recipes I've ever made and is crazy delicious if you're a fruit person (I always joke that I'm a bit of a monkey - I love eating raw fruit). Give it a shot and let me know what you think - personally, I think it's pretty hard to beat (especially with a scoop of coconut whipped cream or dairy free ice cream on it).
Friday night + Olympics had me craving one thing: pizza. However, I'm trying to avoid some of the more inflammatory foods right now, so I didn't want to eat a bunch of gluten free flour and I never eat dairy, so normal cheese was off the table. So instead, I made a cauliflower crust pizza with vegan cheese, and I gotta say, it hit the spot! Now you're not going to get the same textural crunchy/chewy deliciousness that you would with a normal pizza crust, but you can easily still create some great flavor combos that are super satisfying. I was being lazy and just using toppings that I had on hand, but feel free to mix this bad boy up and top it with whatever you're in the mood for.
Hey friends, if you're reading this, I legit hope that your recent weeks have been nowhere near as rough as mine. And for that, I apologize, as it has resulted in fewer posts than usual. However, I think I can make it up to you with today's post.
Since I started avoiding gluten/dairy (literally 11 years ago now), I've always craved the deliciousness of a cinnamon roll. Now, the cinnamon rolls we all know and love are FILLED with sugar, flour and yeast. The recipe I'm about to share with you includes none of those ingredients butbut still provides the cinnamon roll flavor we all know and love.
I made this up on the spot, but it turned out pretty bomb if you ask me, so I figured I had to share. This is a light, summery alternative to seafood spaghetti - still filling, but doesn't leave you stuffed if you eat it all (which you probably will because it's crazy delicious).
There are a couple of pieces to this dinner: baking spaghetti squash, making the pesto, grilling the shrimp and tomatoes and sautéing the asparagus. None of these pieces are particularly difficult, so give it a go if you're in need of a light summery dish!
Who doesn't love chocolate chip cookies? Literally no one. Usually chocolate chip cookies are full of deliciously devilish butter and sugar and, while they might taste amazing, they'll make you feel gross after you eat them. These bad boys are still delicious, but they won't make you feel sluggish and blah for the rest of the day. Give 'em a try! You'll be eating tasty treats within about 25 minutes...how can you resist?
I have a (possibly) unhealthy obsession with bananas. As a kid, anytime I was playing with my brother and I got hurt, he would run to get my a banana and would tell me that bananas were magical and healed people. Yes, that's ridiculous, but I think it created some sort of placebo effect where bananas now make me feel better. I also happen to love the taste, so that helps. There's not much better than a perfect banana (thank you, Chiquita, for teaching me how to recognize perfection: "When they are flecked with brown and have a golden hue, bananas taste the best and are the...best for you!"). Granted, when it comes to baking, you want a little past perfect in your bananas - in fact, they can be downright brown and mushy.
Happy Easter Weekend! To me, Easter and the arrival of spring mean its time to make a carrot cake. Granted, I love carrot cake, so I'll make it any time of year, but for me it's a necessity in the spring.
Spring time in Texas means an abundance of cheap strawberries, so after buying 3 big cartons of strawberries at Whole Foods, I realized that I needed to figure out something to do with them (I can only eat so many before they go bad). I thought about a strawberry crumble (might happen at a later point), but then I saw Running to the Kitchen's Paleo Strawberry Almond Galette and I couldn't resist. I'd seen Ina Garten make galettes before and anything Ina does, I want to do (minus all the gluten, dairy, etc. that I can't eat). So here's how it goes.
I know this sounds weird, but I promise, it's crazy delicious - lemon olive oil cake. It's super moist and the glaze soaks in to give it a nice sweetness, but the tartness of the lemon keeps it from getting overly sweet. It's not difficult, so just give it a try! This recipe is inspired by a recipe on A Calculated Whisk but uses a glaze inspired by Connie's Finally losing It. My biggest struggle with paleo baking is attempting to find frosting, glazes, etc. that don't lose the taste and texture of those that use powdered sugar. This glaze does a decent job.
For this recipe, I usually make blueberry lemon scones, but I decided to switch it up a bit today with cinnamon apple (aka I didn't have enough blueberries on hand). This is an adaptation of a super good Fed & Fit recipe. If you're trying to limit your intake of refined sugar or grains, this is a good way to satisfy a sweet tooth!