Coty and I enjoy getting our nails done together. It’s something we try and do frequently…you know, a “treat yo-self” kind of thing. We get a kick out of picking out a polish and relishing in the fact that someone else is doing all the dirty work. Coty also loves the fact that I awkwardly giggle like a fool when they start to massage my feet.
But anyways, we thought we’d share some of the pretty colors that are currently out that would be perfect to get in the mood for the somewhat warmer temperatures arriving. It’s all about clear, nude nails right now, but I’ve included a couple of fun colors that scream Spring; like that lilac or mint color. I’ve currently got a lighter green shade on my toes and I can’t get enough of the color.
Please tell us any colors that you’re excited about sporting this spring!
I’m just now starting to get a craving for salads again. Salads are something I have always loved and frequently eat. I’m pretty sure this winter casted a spell on me to only crave foods like, potato soup, french fries, and orders of thai take-out. Yea, you know all that good starchy stuff.
But like I said, I’m feeling that itch to throw a bunch of ingredients along with some kale into a bowl and call it a salad. This particular salad was inspired by one I just recently had at the newly opened eatery at the North Market in Columbus called, Little Eater. This place, by the way, is super cute and has a variety of delicious vegetarian dishes.
What I loved most about this salad was the addition of wheat berries. They give the salad a great chewy texture and are a nutritional powerhouse — a win, win people! I added a couple of simple ingredients to round out this salad, along with a fresh lemon-thyme vinaigrette.
I’m telling, after you eat this salad you will feel energized and excited to start eating more greens. It’s light, yet could easily be made into a meal with the addition of some grilled chicken or any protein you desire.
I’ve linked the recipe for how to prepare wheat berries in the notes of the recipe, so check that out before assembling your salad.
Last week we had the pleasure of being nominated by a great blog, mom.wife.foodie, for the Liebster Award!
In a nutshell, the Liebster Award is a virtual nod to bloggers from bloggers. The rules are pretty simple: #1- It’s for smallish, newish blogs #2- if nominated, answer the questions provided by the blog who nominated you and #3- pass the nomination on to a few blogs that you enjoy. It’s a great way to spread the word about and find great new blogs of all kinds.
Got that? Great. Read on to get to know a little more about us and our nominations!
How did you get the name for your blog?
We talked for years about what our blog name would be if we ever started one. When we finally decided to just do it already, we wanted something that would describe us as well as the blog. Quirks and Twists is pulled from a quote in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s book, ‘Oldtown Folks’, which says, “Every man had his own quirks and twists; and threw himself out freely in the line of his own individuality.” We love that idea. We all have things that make us quirky, unique, and individual. Embrace the best of those.
Why did you start blogging?
When we first started blogging, Mariah was living in Marietta, Ohio and Coty lived in Chicago. We wanted to find a project that we could do together even though we were miles apart. Blogging was the perfect fit.
What is your favorite food?
Mariah: I don’t think I could ever pick a favorite food, but can certainly say what I’m currently craving, and that would be cheese plates. I can’t seem to get enough of them–it’s seriously all I order when out!
Coty: Give me fried mozzarella sticks and I’ll be the happiest of all the campers.
If you could have anyone’s closet, who would you choose?
Mariah: I would say Kate Hudson’s closet would be a fun one to of through. She’s got the perfect mix of boho and classic style. And with her new fitness line out, you know her workout wardrobe has got to be killer.
Coty: Can I have three? Emma Watson, Lauren Conrad, and Zoey Deschanel. They are real life attainable and I love that.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Mariah: I pretty much want to do everything I can’t do when I don’t have spare time. Whether that’s working out, hiking, visiting family, traveling, hanging with my husband, or shopping with Coty.
Coty: I love finding new restaurants (especially since I’ve moved to a new city), going to concerts, biking, and walking/exploring new places. I could walk around all day and have the best day ever.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
Mariah: The one place I cannot wait to visit is New Zealand. I have, no joke, wanted to go there since I was 16 and saw Lord of the Rings in theater. Nerdy? Maybe. Serious? Totally.
Coty: This is such a hard question because I want to go everywhere. Right now my top three are Peru, Spain, and Thailand.
Are you a cat or a dog person?
Mariah: I’m most certainly a dog person. Even though my husband is a cat person, he too, can’t get enough of out little Dachshund/Chihuahua pup, Seve.
Coty: I am an animal person. I love them all. But I love my little dog, Louie the most.
Do you like meeting new people?
Mariah: Even though I tend to be a bit shy, I’m always happy when I meet new people and learn their story.
Coty: I love meeting new people, but honestly, it is not always the easiest thing for me. Sometimes I can come across as shy or awkward. I am probably both of those things until I get comfortable with a new person, then I am more outgoing, but probably just as awkward.
What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
Mariah: It has got to be when I’ve been given the opportunity to travel. I couldn’t be more thankful for those who have given me the chance to explore.
Coty: My KitchenAid stand mixer that Chris surprised me with a couple years ago. I use that thing a lot. Also the necklace that Mariah and Clint gave me for my 30th birthday. Every time I wear it I think of that entire weekend and how special it was.
If you had one wish what would it be?
Mariah: That those closest to me find something they’re passionate about. Whether it’s their career or hobby, everyone has a passion. It’s just a matter of figuring out what that might be.
Coty: Not to be a hippy, but inner peace, for everyone.
Now some great blogs that we love and are nominating are:
Are you ready for warmer weather? Today for Friday Favorites we are sharing our summer must haves that will get you ready for the upcoming higher temperatures.
1. Bumble and Bumble Surf Infusion Hair Spray: Where has this been all our lives? B&B put oil in a salt spray so you can get those beach waves without the crunch. It also has UV filters to protect your tresses from the elements.
2. Poolside Fan Earrings: Geometric earrings inlaid with beachside blue resin. These earrings scream summertime.
I love hummus. It has got to be one of my favorite dips/spreads/eat it by the spoonful. It’s just been within the last couple years that packaged hummus has made its way into the grocery stores, giving us the luxury of several different kinds to choose from. My mom has been making this popular dip for as long as I can remember, and it’s safe to say hers is usually better than the store bought. It’s the first thing my brother and I ask her to make when we’re home visiting.
With that, I think we can all agree that hummus is a simple dip to whip together. It just becomes a matter of getting the right ingredients and proportions to make it fit your taste buds.
I amped up my normal hummus recipe by throwing in some fire roasted peppers and making a quick cilantro oil to drizzle on top. The cilantro oil is crazy simple but adds a whole other level of flavor to the hummus. The color that these peppers give the hummus is so vibrant and pretty too. I used a combination of red and yellow peppers to give the hummus a slightly sweeter taste to break through the tahini that I used. I should also mention, I love tahini. I feel the ingredients are what make hummus so delicious, tahini being a key one.
Not only is hummus great tasting, but it’s also healthy. It’s the perfect snack with the upcoming swim-suit weather just around the corner.