Oct. 6

Most of you probably already know this, but Nick and I recently made a big life change. I took a travel nurse position in San Antonio, TX – quite a change from CO right?! My contract here is 13 weeks long, which means we are going to be able to enjoy what we’ve heard is the very best time of year in Texas- Sept through Nov. Being that we’ve just made this move, you can imagine how busy life has been! But, we have still been able to make time to explore the area and soak up this southern sunshine and heat.

Just last week, we took a quick day trip to Canyon Lake, which is extremely close to where we’re living. It’s a beautiful lake, and I can’t wait to get back there again. Here are a few pictures…

Canyon Lake, TX | Two Pal Gals


Canyon Lake, TX | Two Pal Gals


Canyon Lake, TX | Two Pal Gals


Canyon Lake, TX | Two Pal Gals


Canyon Lake, TX | Two Pal Gals


I can’t wait to go back and see what activities are available – I’d love to try SUP, or maybe even rent a pontoon boat on a sunny, hot day!


What’s new with you this fall?


Stay warm…


Sep. 10

Tea Time | Two Pal Gals

Chilly temperatures, warm blankets and cozy sweaters…don’t they just make you want to curl up on the couch with a nice cup of tea? Especially when you have a furry cuddle buddy, like Monkey.

It’s definitely the season for tea drinking, and I’ve gone through many tea phases…from strictly herbal “Zingers,” to black (Earl Grey, Constant Comment), to loose leaf teas. While I don’t really taste a difference with most loose leaf teas, they are a bit of a novelty – scooping out the tea leaves into the tea ball, smelling them, dunking the tea ball to really steep them – and that makes them fun.

On our recent visit to Chicago, my friend Stephanie recommended a stop at Tea Gschwendner, a specialty tea store with a huge selection. After looking around at all the different blends, I decided on a sampler tin (not sold online, but similar here). What better way to enjoy tea than to sample a few different aromatic varieties, a few leisurely sips at a time?


Yellow Teacup (old): Anthropologie

Teapot: Gift from Kelsey

Gold Tray (old): Target


What’s your favorite tea?


Aug. 27

American Apparel Neon Red Nail Polish | Two Pal Gals

Since Steamboat’s summer has felt more like it belongs in Seattle, it was time to shake it up in the nail department. Anything to pull me out of my dreary weather slump, and remind me not to reach for the vampy dark colors just yet – it is just August, after all

American Apparel Neon Red Nail Polish | Two Pal Gals

Enter American Apparel’s Neon Nail Lacquer in Neon Red. It’s a punchy, in-your-face bright (I mean, BRIGHT) polish – just the thing to remind you to go read a magazine by the pool. Oh, and bonus? It looks awesome paired with navy and white nautical stripes.

American Apparel Neon Red Nail Polish + nautical stripes | Two Pal Gals

Though it’s called “Neon Red,” this shade straddles both bright pink and bright orange. Definitely not for the faint of heart.

Go forth and conquer (the rest of) summer!

American Apparel Neon Nail Lacquer in Neon Red, $7

Do you ever use beauty products to boost your mood?

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Aug. 18

I don’t know about you guys, but every week I feel like my shopping list gets weighed down with endless proteins. Chicken one night, beef one night, pork the next, then back to chicken, and maybe some turkey in there somewhere. It’s just too much!! Every once in awhile, I just feel like eating, well, meatless. Hence this Meatless Monday recipe! A few months back, I posted a piece about Flora’s Field Kitchen in San Jose del Cabo, and the cauliflower steak I had as my main dish. It was so good that it inspired me to recreate my own version. Without further ado, here’s how to proceed…


Roasted Cauliflower Steaks | Two Pal Gals

First, start with a good looking head of cauliflower. Prune all the leaves off (I don’t know what the technical term is for that.)

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks | Two Pal Gals

You’re going to want to make a cut on either side of the root of the cauliflower, and the florets that are not connected will fall away.

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks | Two Pal Gals

What you will end up with is one big steak, which you should then slice carefully into two 1-inch steaks. Slice carefully because cauliflower easily breaks away from the root!Roasted Cauliflower Steaks | Two Pal Gals

Now you have two steaks and a bunch of florets. You can either save the florets for another dish later in the week, or roast them alongside the steaks. I chose to roast with the steaks since I’m always looking to cut time!Roasted Cauliflower Steaks | Two Pal Gals

Next, put a few tablespoons olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat (depending on your stove and burners, you might turn it higher). Wait for the olive oil to ripple and become fragrant, then place your steaks into the pan.

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks | Two Pal Gals

Allow the steaks to simmer and cook in the sauté pan for a few minutes, then flip.

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks | Two Pal Gals


Look at that beautiful brown! Nothing makes me squeal more while cooking than a nice caramelization. Eeek!

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks | Two Pal Gals

After sautéing the cauliflower steaks, transfer to a baking sheet along with the florets. Drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and pop those babies in! Let them cook about 15 minutes, then take them out and toss or turn them and put them in for another 15. Once you turn the cauliflower and put them back in for the last 15 minutes, you’ll want to start on the lovely curried béchamel sauce that will go so well over your veggie steak.

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks | Two Pal Gals

For your first dry ingredients, combine the flour and curry powder.

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks | Two Pal Gals

Gather the rest of your ingredients: butter, milk, salt, white pepper, and nutmeg. I also like to add some cracked black pepper to the sauce, because I’m more partial to the taste.

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks | Two Pal Gals

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium to medium high heat.

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks | Two Pal Gals

Once the butter is melted, add the curry powder and flour mixture.

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks | Two Pal Gals

Whisk it constantly until a golden brown roux takes shape.

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks | Two Pal Gals

After the roux starts to bubble, add the milk gradually, stirring constantly.Roasted Cauliflower Steaks | Two Pal Gals

Look at that pretty béchamel! Keep stirring while adding a pinch of salt, nutmeg, and white pepper. This would be the time to also add cracked black pepper. Once all is combined, you have your curried béchamel. Now it’s time to plate!

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks | Two Pal Gals

Oooh this makes me hungry! Drizzle some of the béchamel over your steak, and add some slivered almonds and golden raisins for taste and crunch. This meal is great served with some couscous and a spinach salad.

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks | Two Pal Gals

Add a glass of rosé wine (Liquid Geography pictured here) and you have a sophisticated but light dinner for Meatless Monday. Kick the veggie lasagne to the curb and try this tonight! I promise you it will not disappoint!


Ingredient List:


Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

1 head cauliflower

1-2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more to taste

salt and pepper

slivered almonds, to taste

golden raisins, to taste

Curried Bechamél Sauce

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon curry powder

1 cup milk, heated

pinch of salt

pinch of nutmeg

pinch of white pepper

black pepper, to taste

Recipe for Curried Bechamél Sauce adapted from RecipeLand.

What’s on your menu this week?

Keep it tasty!


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Aug. 7

JewelMint Rachel Earrings | Two Pal Gals

Have you heard of JewelMint? If not, welcome to your new jewelry addiction. JewelMint is a designer collaborative, releasing new, on-trend designs frequently (prices start at $29.99/piece). It’s one of those monthly subscription service sites where all of the offerings are limited-edition and shipping is included, but you can skip a charge in the first five days of the month. I find it’s worth it to peruse their site every once in a while, because there’s always a mix of classic and edgy pieces – and actually, a lot of the earrings I wear on a regular basis are JewelMint.

JewelMint Rachel Earrings | Two Pal Gals

One of my first and favorite pairs are the Rachel Earrings, curated by actress Rachel Bilson. I love that they’re reminiscent of safety pins (kinda punk rock), with a tribal/ropey texture, and the pretty amethyst-colored stones just set them off. They’re so unique!

JewelMint Rachel Earrings | Two Pal Gals

The Rachel Earrings have been re-released by JewelMint for a limited time, and this time they’re available in a bunch of pretty colors, too (emerald, mint, crystal, and bright pink). But once they sell out, they’re gone (until they’re re-released again)!

JewelMint Rachel Earrings | Two Pal Gals

Aren’t they pretty?

JewelMint Rachel Earrings, $29.99

If you haven’t signed up for JewelMint yet, sign up here.

***All JewelMint jewelry is nickel-free and cadmium-free. Base metals can consist of tin, zinc or brass alloy, and most pieces are plated in silver or gold.


What’s your jewelry weakness? I’m partial to sparkly hoops and statement necklaces…