favorite nail colors for spring 

One/Two/Three/Four/Five/Six/Seven/Eight

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 love nail polish – so much so that I have 2 racks that each hold 96 bottles. I know, it’s crazy. I’m obsessed with mint green this spring and have been wearing it on my nails constantly. I’m loving that lilac color and light blue!ReplyCancel

   

Wheat-berry and Kale Salad

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. 

Wheat-berry and Kale Salad

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. 

Wheat-berry and Kale Salad

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. 

Wheat-berry and Kale Salad

Wheat Berry and Kale Salad
Serves 6
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. One Pound of Roughly Chopped Kale
  2. 1/4 Cup of Dried Cranberries
  3. 2 Tablespoons of Diced Red Onion
  4. 1/4 Cup of Roughly Chopped Pecans
  5. 1 Cup of Prepared Wheat berries
Instructions
  1. Assemble all of the ingredients in a big salad bowl.
  2. Dress with the lemon-thyme vinaigrette.
  3. Toss together until everything is coated in the dressing.
Notes
  1. http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-cook-tender-chewy-wheat-berries-and-farro-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-189553 - Recipe for preparing wheat berries.
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Lemon-Thyme Vinaigrette
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Ingredients
  1. Juice of Half a Lemon
  2. 1 Teaspoon of Whole Grain Dijon Mustard
  3. 1 Teaspoon of Sugar
  4. 1 Tablespoon of Fresh Thyme
  5. 5 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  6. Pinch of Salt & Pepper
Instructions
  1. Whisk everything in a bowl except the olive oil.
  2. Once mixed, slowly drizzle in the olive oil with a whisk until combined.
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  • I just started cooking with wheat berry recently and completely fell in love! There’s so much one can do with it. I love how you combined it with greens to create a beautiful salad, and the lemon-thyme vinaigrette sounds amazing!ReplyCancel

    • Thank you! You’re right, there is so much you can do with wheat berries. I’m excited to create more recipes with it:)ReplyCancel

   

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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:

Our Style Files

Broho Style

Isn’t It Darling

The Duck and the Owl

Fashionable Foods

The Garlic Diaries

Ladies, just answer the above questions that we answered and nominate a few blogs that you love!

  • Thank you so much for nominating me ladies! I loved this post! It’s such a great way to learn more about you both. I love that your blog name comes from a book – so cool.ReplyCancel

   

summer must havesAre 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. 

3. Peter Thomas Roth Powder Sunscreen: This is the perfect sunscreen to throw in your bag for those mid-day touchups. 

4. Clean Slate Cookbook: Marthas done it again. This cookbook will get you ready for summer with clean eating recipes and helpful tips that will keep you on track and away from processed foods. 

5. New School Sunglasses: A classic with a twist. We love the pop of color.

6. Somerville 360 Face Tanning Pads: I got these as a sample at Sephora and fell in love. They have everything we look for in a self tanner-moisturizing, natural looking color, and no orange hands!

7. Madewell Denim Boyshorts: I love Madewell denim and these shorts don’t disappoint. They are the perfect length, color, and so comfortable. I will be living in these all summer.

8. Metallic Birkenstocks: Birkenstocks are back, baby, and they got a makeover with metallic gold leather. Make comfort look cool again.

9. Atypical Board: I can’t skateboard, but this board is so cool, that I may just learn. They come in lots of fun colors and designs. 

10. House Kombucha: We fell in love with House Kombucha while visiting San Francisco. Luckily they deliver so we can have it whenever the craving strikes. 

What are your summer must haves? Share with us below and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Pinterest for more summer fun!

  • Okay I just can’t get on board the kombucha train, I will say I am 100% on the Birkenstock train! Love those earrings too! When do you leave for holiday? Hope you have the best time! -ChloeReplyCancel

  • I love the original bumble and bumble surf spray! I’ve been using it for years and repurchased it numerous times, which is saying a lot for a girl with a million hair products! I definitely have to try the oil infused version :) Those metallic birkenstocks are fabulous – may have to get a pair. Great favorites!ReplyCancel

   

Fire Roasted Pepper Hummus

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. 

Fire Roasted Pepper Hummus

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. 

Fire Roasted Pepper Hummus
Serves 6
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 15 Ounce Can of Drained and Rinsed Chickpeas
  2. 2 Tablespoons of Tahini
  3. Juice of Half a Lemon
  4. 1 Garlic Clove Roughly Chopped
  5. 1/4 Cup of Jarred Fire Roasted Peppers
  6. 3 1/2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  7. 1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
  8. Pinch of Pepper
Instructions
  1. Place everything except the olive oil in a food processor. Pulse everything together until roughly incorporated.
  2. With the food processor on, slowly stream in the olive oil.
  3. Mix together until desired consistency.
  4. Drizzle with Cilantro oil.
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Cilantro Oil
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Tablespoons of Cilantro
  2. 3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
Instructions
  1. Pulse the cilantro in the food processor.
  2. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil until combined.
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