Workday Reading

The Edition: No. 32

“Housework can’t kill you, but why take a chance?” — Phyllis Diller

Girl Power. Are there rules for being a feminist at work?

Summer Is Coming. This poppy-red Everlane dress is perfect for casual Fridays.

Sold Out. The beauty industry’s trick to building buzz-worthy products.

For Brunch. Tie Front Blouse + White Jeans + Cognac Sandals + Coral Polish.

Crossing Off. Tricks for taming your long to-do list.

Test Model. I’m willing to give this $17 pencil skirt a chance.

Iconic. How Joan Didion became Joan Didion.

Paper Source. Love Kate Spade? Her leopard and floral notebooks are $9.

Ask a Boss. A co-worker left me an anonymous note…and a pacifier.

Discounted. Love a deal? I spent hours window shopping at Nordstrom Rack this week.  Top finds: a Rebecca Taylor jacket, a $17 ruffle blouse, and a Cinq a Sept party dress.

Confusion. Your self-worth is not your net worth; don’t get it twisted.

Every week it happens. My night to cook rolls around and we’ve used up everything I bought for my recipe. Kyle does most of the cooking, but he’s incapable of planning.  So on his nights, he just uses whatever ingredients he sees.  It’s maddening.

When I have nothing in the pantry, this one-pot Creamy Spinach Orzo is the one meal I can always count on.  It’s comforting and delicious.  Sometimes I use arugula for a different flavor, or I add grilled, lemon chicken and use it as a side dish.

What’s your go-to, “we have nothing in the house” dinner?

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  1. alison says:

    Other than frozen pizza, my go to easy dinner is red beans and rice. I usually use turkey kielbasa, but you can sub in any meat.

    April 5, 2018/Reply
    • J says:

      This is a go to for us. Although we take a Mexican approach and have recently started calling them “burrito bowls” to be fancy. My go to is pasta with sauce. We grow our own tomatoes and can sauce so always have a bunch in the house.

      April 5, 2018/Reply
  2. Jess says:

    I try with some success to plan my meals according to days. So that way Kyle will know what’s happening for the evening and not eat up all the asparagus if it’s for Tuesday’s meal. It takes time though which is why I am only minimally successful at it,

    We have an instapot which has been a life saver. I can cook a 6 pound frozen solid chicken in an hour once it’s to pressure.

    April 5, 2018/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I just bought an Instapot, we love it so far.

      April 5, 2018/Reply
  3. Allison says:

    Ohh let us know how it goes with the $17 skirt. The light pink is gorgeous.

    April 5, 2018/Reply
  4. TC says:

    Marcella Hazan’s tomato sauce (canned tomato, onion, butter) on pasta is something we always make sure we have the ingredients for, and it’s always delicious.

    April 7, 2018/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I love that as well.

      April 7, 2018/Reply
  5. caITLIN says:

    This is a little less than highbrow, but TJ’s frozen dumplings + their shelf-stable Miso Ginger Soup + spinach has been a lifesaver. We also keep their frozen Tuna Burgers and have been known to slap together fish tacos/tuna burgers/etc. depending on what kind of starch we have around.

    April 11, 2018/Reply