Friend Dates: Flowers and Thai Food

Today was the last day of classes for our Spring Semester (Finals are next week, lots of studying this weekend!) and we got out of class a little early, so I made plans with a couple friends to celebrate! It felt like we earned a little bit of a study break. So after our class ended, we headed over to Phipps Conservatory to walk through the gardens. Phipps is just always the best place to go. It’s so rejuvenating.


A gorgeous tree blooming outside Phipps

Playing around in this cute palm-frond hut (meant for children)

Playing around in this cute palm-frond hut (meant for children)

What a great break from the hustle-bustle of the semester! After Phipps, we headed over to Shadyside and had some killer Thai food at Noodlehead (I would highly recommend it!). Their menu is short but they have obviously perfected each dish. I tried the Pad Thai, which was incredible, and I can’t wait to go back and try some of their other dishes. Amazing.

It was a great outing, and I loved spending some time with my friends outside of school. It feels like we get so busy sometimes that I only get to see them when we’re at school, and it was really nice to get away from all of that and just have some fun.


Homemade Pizza Rolls

Did you ever eat those frozen pizza rolls as a kid?

I’ll be the first to admit I hated anything with spaghetti sauce as a kid (I was a total freak, I know). But a couple years back, when I was still in full-blown vegetarian mode and my family went on a vacation to Florida, my mom bought me some frozen pizza rolls to eat for lunch. I fell in love with them! And pretty much anything with spaghetti sauce is my BFF now that I’m in my twenties.

Anyway, I had some leftover pizza dough in my freezer from Thanksgiving this year (you can read that post here), so this weekend I decided to whip up some homemade pizza rolls to freeze. I figured I could pull them out of the freezer some night when I’m desperate for something fast. They turned out really good (although not very pretty, so don’t judge them by the way they look).

Homemade Pizza Rolls

First, I prepped my ingredients. I used 1 leaf of kale, and grated a little mozzarella and parmesan cheese to put inside with my spaghetti sauce.


Next, I cut my dough into little pieces.


I rolled the dough up into little balls, flattened them into circular shapes, and filled them with spaghetti sauce, kale, and cheese.


I folded them up like little burritos, and popped them in the oven (preheat 400 F, cook for 15-20 mins until they start to brown).


Like I said, they aren’t pretty. But they sure taste good! I can’t wait to eat them all up.

You could personalize these with any ingredients that you wanted, pepperoni, mushrooms, etc. Just don’t fill them too full, or you won’t be able to close them!


I Love Kale! (You Should, Too!)

Kale is pretty popular right now. It’s a huge health-food trend, people keep saying it’s a “Super-food.” I personally believe that all veggies and fruits are “Super-foods” and that instead of just trying to incorporate one, you should be eating a serving (or two!) of veggies at every meal.

Okay, I realize that I’m just one of those people who loves vegetables and fruit. I always have, even as a little kid (broccoli was my favorite veggie as a little one). And so you might be thinking, “she’s a weird-veggie-lover so of course she loves kale!” But kale is something that I think everyone can learn to love. It can spice up a plain salad, mesh well with a vegetable-heavy stir-fry, and even make a healthy but very satisfying alternative to chips. What’s not to love about that?!


Green Salad with Kale (for one)



2-3 leaves of Romaine lettuce, washed
1/2 whole carrot, washed and peeled
1/3 Roma tomato (you could also use grape, cherry, or just about any other type of tomatoes you want!)
1/5 Cucumber, washed and peeled
2 leaves of Kale, washed
avocado cubes
sunflower seeds
sliced chicken breast
a pinch of feta cheese
hard cooked egg slices

1. Thoroughly wash all of your veggies. You don’t want any bacteria or food-borne illnesses coming your way!
2. Lay lettuce and kale on a towel to dry.
3. Peel carrot and cucumber with a vegetable peeler. Chop the carrot into rounds, and slice the cucumber into “half-moon” shapes.
4. Cut your tomato into pieces. If using avocado, like I did, chop your avocado into cubes! Make sure to leave the pit in the unused avocado–it’ll keep it fresh longer.

5. Tear the leaves off of your kale, so you get rid of the thick stems (like in this photo)

6. Tear your dry lettuce into pieces, mix them with your shredded kale, and pile them onto your serving dish.
7. Pile on all of your toppings (note: I don’t care for salad dressing, so I don’t include that. Feel free to put your favorite dressing on!)
8. Enjoy!