Lazy Girl’s Oscar Party

I know I’m a little late to the party in talking about an oscar party and the oscar fashions, but it just helps support the theme of this post – lazy! We love to host parties at our house but we all know it’s a lot of work! We really wanted to have people over for an oscar viewing party but wanted to do it cheap and easy. I can’t think of anyone that would disagree that a potluck is the easiest and laziest way to throw a party. You hardly even have to host, just open your front door and have plates available. We had a lot of fun; with popcorn, chocolates and drinks in the basement with the academy awards playing on the big screen and upstairs hosted the food and what was supposed to be the “quiet” watching area, but I think it ended up being much louder. My only request was that people bring their favourite dish and that could have been literally anything. I joked to my friend Hollie that she could bring pepperoni sticks and a 2 litre of coke! We also do winner predictions with $10 each contribution, this year I won the pot – but that wasn’t just good guessing I do a lot of research online before making my predictions!

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I leave out the categories that no one really knows about, like shorts and foreigns and documentaries. Not that those aren’t worthy!!! They’re just not as out in popular culture. It was really a neck and neck race between myself and my step mom Jane, we are both pop culture junkies and super competitive, but I came out victorious!

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My friend Erin and I did 2 cheese and 2 chocolate fondues as our contribution to the potluck. The cheese ones were a baked brie with apples and a swiss cheese and champagne (seemed fitting for an oscar party), the chocolate ones were a coffee toblerone and white chocolate marshmallow with walnuts (that one was pretty much made up on the fly, after some serious trial and error). We put three of them in crock pots, they had to mostly be heated up on the stove to get the cheese melty enough, but they lasted all night once they were transferred. So delicious!

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The dippers! We also included a veggie tray for the dippers – really good with the swiss.

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Baked brie, coffee toblerone, swiss cheese, and the white chocolate peeking out from the loan fondue pot!

People brought so many delicious things to this party! I had so many leftovers for the week (another major benefit to hosting a potluck!)

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Hollie’s fancy pants charcuterie, Hollie is the ultimate Martha Stewart. Canada’s younger, hotter Martha.

Spinach dip, ham and cheese buns, cheese and cracker platter with fruits and veggies.

We had several crockpots plugged in all over the kitchen, the mac and cheese and my Dad’s delicious chili that I ate for three days after.

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You have to have wine for an Academy Award party.

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Filling up the plates, I went several rounds!

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Part of the downstairs crew.

Now onto the fun part, the dresses.

My absolute best dressed without a doubt was Saoirse Ronan. The dress was amaze, so gorgeous and the colour! I die for it!

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Close seconds were Charlize Theron in Dior (simplicity at it’s best) and Priyanka Chopra in Zuhair Murad (an edgier look that I thought was amazing on her).

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Worst dressed – sorry to say because I adore Mindy Kaling but this Elizabeth Kennedy dress was not cutting it for me. Way too tight and completely bland in the front while carrying a giant tarp from the back! I know there were some dresses that were ten times more offensive then Mindy’s  but I guess this was more my biggest disappointment because she usually takes a lot of fashion risks and kills it.

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Close seconds – Kate Winslet in Ralph Lauren – WHY with this material!? What is it even? It makes her look large and she actually has a great figure. It’s basically a garbage bag that has been pinned into dress form, I hate it!

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Reese Witherspoon in Oscar de la Renta; terrible material (is it taffeta?), bad fit and stupid additional material all over her breast and bum! She can do better!

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Finally, the dress I can’t decide if I love it or hate it. I know I don’t like the belt but I think I like the colour and the ruffles – I really can’t decide on this one. Brie Larson in Gucci, I know I hate her hair.

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My Oscar outfit consisted of a tank top and jeans, so I’m not in much of a position to judge! My top is Triumph and my jeans are Express.

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Cheers!

 

 

 

 

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Faux Fur Favourite

I bought this vest earlier in the winter but I have only worn it a couple times. I had worn it the previous times with a white tee underneath but I wanted to make it a little dressier and take some pictures! On Friday Ryan and I went to a birthday for a good friend of his at Kitchen in downtown Edmonton, it was a good opportunity to wear the vest and style it a little more trendy. Items like this I don’t spend a lot of money on because I don’t get a ton of opportunity to wear it and it’s definitely a trend, probably not a forever piece.

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I brought my little Minnie girl along for the photos, to be honest she was acting pretty wild – it was windy and it was making her nutty!

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The weather this winter has been just bizarre, it’s early February and it feels like spring – I haven’t been wearing boots at all and I’ve only worn my heavy winter jacket a few times. Although as I write this outside the window it’s snowing. But I won’t complain! This is the warmest winter I can remember having here.

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Super comfy jeans by Dex.

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Minnie looking all cute.

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Hot soup, cool salad!

These are my two favourite recipes of 2016, and even though we’re just finished January I think they have staying power. I have made this healthy version of a Chinese chicken salad three times in the last month! It takes a little bit of prep time but it keeps for a least a few days and makes a huge, veggie filled salad. I love soup, particularly thick pureed soups – tomato and tortilla are the top of my list. This tomato soup is made with greek yogurt instead of cream so it’s a lot more guilt free then your standard tomato soup but is still so filling. I’ll be making it again and again in the winter months.

Clean Eating Chinese Chicken Salad

I am a big salad eater but I tend to stay away from Chinese style salad because they’re usually full of heavy noodles, deep fried wontons and sugary dressings, at least in all our North American style restaurants! This version still has tons of crunch with all the different veggies and I added a few organic, unsalted peanuts.

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What you’ll need:

  • 1 red and 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 3.5 cups raw tri-colour slaw
  • 2 cups cooked and shelled edamame
  • 1/2 an English cucumber, sliced very thin
  • 2 cups cooked and chilled chicken breast, chopped into bit site pieces
  • 2 handfuls bean sprouts
  • 1 cup unsalted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro

For your dressing

  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon pureed ginger
  • 2 tablespoons raw organic honey

Whisk all your dressing ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

Then you can start building your salad, this is how I layer it…

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Started with peppers, then added carrot, cucumber and sprouts.

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Slaw and edamame, and finally chicken. I then toss the salad while it’s dry to mix up all the veggies and chicken. Add you dressing and toss, then add your chopped cilantro and peanuts and toss a second time.

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I would recommend chilling it covered in the fridge for a couple hours, it tastes better cool and the dressing mixes with all the veg and the chicken. I made it on my lunch break, chilled it and then had it for dinner – it was perfect.

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This salad is a rainbow!

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If you so desire add a few wonton crisps (I just bought some at the grocery store with all the salad stuff), green onion, or sesame seeds. The wonton crisps add a little salty element to it, but it’s much cleaner without and I don’t think it needs it. Enjoy! You’ll soon be making it time and time again like me!

Tomato Basil Soup with Greek Yogurt

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This soup is to die for you guys, and I’m not afraid to say it! It takes a little bit of work but it is completely worth it. I will never eat or serve canned tomato soup! If you’re a hearty soup lover like me, this is the recipe for you.

What you’ll need…

  • 2 of the large canned diced tomatoes (the 28oz/793g cans) I used one that was diced tomatoes with roasted garlic, and one that was diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 chopped small yellow onion
  • 4 chopped cloves of garlic (you can decrease that if you’re not crazy for garlic)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1.5 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup of chopped basil
  • 1 tsp white sugar
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • salt and pepper

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Add olive oil to large pot on medium high heat and sauté your onions for about four minutes, add garlic and sauté  for another two minutes.

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Pour in your diced tomatoes, empty the can – no juice left and also add vegetable broth at this time. Stir in basil, oregano, sugar and salt and pepper, you don’t need much salt but I added a lot of pepper. Put the lid on the pot and cook at low heat for 10 to 12 minutes.

Now is time to add your greek yogurt and cheddar cheese. I’ll be honest and say I was a little more generous than 1 cup of cheese, but the original recipe calls or 1 cup. Stir until well blended.

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Now this is the key to the soup – puree it. Pour the entire soup into a blender, juicer, food processor – whatever you have is fine – and blend for about thirty seconds, it doesn’t take much. Then add your soup back to the warm pot.

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Cover again and simmer for another 7 – 10 minutes. While it’s simmering chop a little more basil and grate a bit more cheese to top the soup. In most of my pictures it’s also topped with pepper but that is optional, I just love pepper and Ryan doesn’t like much spice so I added it to my individual bowl.

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My mouth is seriously watering just writing this.

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This recipe was adapted from the More Fruit Please blog.

I hope everyone is having a great new year so far! These recipes should help stay on track with any healthy new year’s resolutions while still satisfying your most demanding cravings.