Snap Shots: April

Mango lounges on a Lilly for Target Chair

April has been a blur of work and play, here are a few of my Instagram snaps from my personal account and Horses & Heels.

Above, Mango lounges on the new Lilly chairs, yes I went to Target at 8:00am on a Sunday to get my hands on the Lilly for Target collection. I ended up getting two chairs which was exactly what I wanted and am now working on decorating the “outdoor office” for comfortable work days.

Purple Flowers and Wall

Bright colors and blooms are everywhere in Santa Monica. Lots of dog walking with Mango on sunny days.

Ashley and Rumor Barrel Racing

Meanwhile in North Carolina Rumor and Ashley have been getting to know each other better. Photo from Rambling Cowgirl Photography on Instagram.

Bikes on the beach in Santa Monica

We bought bikes! There is nothing like a beach bike ride to clear your head and get some fresh ocean air. I guess it’s the same feeling you get from riding, my bike is my new horse for now.

Beach Time

My best friend flew into town and we shopped, biked and ate the days away with plenty of beach time.

Beachy Turquoise VibesThere are lots of turquoise vibes around the apartment.

5 Mint Julep Beauty Products

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Mint juleps are wonderful in cocktail form, but what about in beauty products? I wanted to share a few items I found in honor of the upcoming Kentucky Derby. From lip balm, to lip scrub and fragrance, Horses & Heels has you covered! I was dividing up my mint plants the other day and it inspired this post, shoppable links are below.

Lush “Mint Julips” Lip Scrub / Stewart & Claire Mint Julep Lip Scrub /  Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque / Demeter Fragrance Library Mint Julep Spray /  Mint Julep Lip Butter by Soap and Paper Factory

Ps. if you are intrigued by smelling like a mint julep you might also be interested in more horse related scents from Demeter featured in Equestrian Scents for Every Day.

50 to 1 DVD Giveaway | Email List Giveaway

50 to 1 DVD Giveaway Horses & Heels

This is an email subscriber exclusive giveaway, just leave a comment to win! Winner will be announced in next week’s email.

50 to 1 is the story of a misfit group of New Mexico cowboys who find themselves on the journey of a lifetime when their crooked-footed racehorse qualifies for the Kentucky Derby. Based on the inspiring true story of Mine that Bird, the cowboys face a series of mishaps on their way to Churchill Downs, becoming the ultimate underdogs in a final showdown with the world’s racing elite.

Spring Beauty Buys from Gypsy Soule

Spring Beauty and Travel Gypsy Soule

 

Every year vibrant or pastel shades of color wake us from our winter routines. I was browsing through Zappos the other day and couldn’t help but feel inspired by this color palette from Gypsy Soule. They have a whole line of cosmetic and travel bags from roller bags to small zip ups.

The Essie 2015 spring polish shades go along perfectly as well.

Spring Beauty Buys from Gypsy Soule

So much color, so much fun!

Shop the story below.

 

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Black Bean and Chipotle Quesadillas

Black Bean and Chipotle Quesadillas

“Well whats there to eat?” “Knock it off Napoleon, make yourself a dang quesadilla!”

Please don’t tell me I am the only person who starts reciting Napoleon Dynamite whenever someone says the word quesadilla. I made these tasty and easy Black Bean and Chipotle Quesadillas for lunch the other day and I am dreaming about them again. Picture this, chipotle cheese, seasoned black beans with chipotle powdered, cumin and ancho pepper, topped with avocado and bacon. Don’t forget to drizzle a little Sriracha sour cream on top.

Quesadillas are easy to whip up in no time and can also be a great “clean out the fridge meal” you can stuff them with just about any veggies, meats or cheeses. The trick to a nice black bean quesadilla is to smash up the beans with a potato masher a bit so they don’t fall out the sides.

Easy Black Bean and Chipotle Quesadillas

This recipe makes two large quesadillas cut into quarters. You can serve two or three people with this depending on how hungry everyone is. If you want to stretch the recipe for three add in a side.

Make sure you use a nice quality chipotle powder too, it’s one of my favorite spices and I always have it on hand. Keep in mind that chipotle does have a little kick but these quesadillas are not too hot.

Black Bean and Chipotle Quesadillas

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 6 minutes

Total Time: 21 minutes

Yield: 2 large quesadillas

Black Bean and Chipotle Quesadillas stuffed with Bacon and Avocado.

Ingredients

  1. 4 medium sized (10 inch) flour tortilla wraps, I like to use whole wheat
  2. 8 slices chipotle cheese
  3. 1 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  4. 2 teaspoons ground chipotle powder
  5. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  6. 1 teaspoon ground ancho pepper
  7. 6 slices well cooked bacon, I use turkey bacon
  8. 1 whole avocado, sliced into quarter in pieces lengthwise
  9. Oil for cooking

Instructions

  1. Assemble the quesadillas, this recipe makes two whole quesadillas. Add two slices of cheese to each wrap.
  2. Take your black beans, chipotle, cumin and ancho pepper and add it to a mixing bowl. Stir and then mash the black beans until they are no longer round and start to stick together.
  3. Divide the black bean mixture in half and spread it over two wraps. I like to just use my hands and pat down to ensure everything sticks together nice and flat.
  4. Top each wrap with black beans with 3 slices of bacon and divide the avocado slices among the two wraps as well.
  5. Take the second wrap with chipotle cheese and top each filled wrap, now you have two quesadillas ready to be cooked.
  6. Warm 1 tablespoon of oil over a medium heat in a large skillet and put the first quesadilla in. Cook for 3 - 4 minutes until the bottoms start to brown. Flip, removed from the heat and cut into quarters.
  7. Drizzle with sour cream or serve with salsa and fresh herbs.
  8. Repeat these steps for the second quesadilla.
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Black Bean and Chipotle Quesadillas with Avocado

Enjoy!

Photos and recipe by Raquel

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