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Snacktime: Crack-tastic Crackers

So before settling down for my first-ever episode of The Walking Dead, I needed a snack.  Popcorn?  No, I hate how the kernels get stuck in my teeth.  Pretzels and hummus?  No, I've kinda outdone myself on the hummus lately.  But I remembered a recipe I'd impulsively pinned earlier this week for some delicious looking saltines.  I hopped on Pinterest and found the link to the blog Sweet Teeth for the recipe.  Overjoyed, I found that it called for a few things---and I had them all on hand.

What do you need?  Saltines.  Oil (I used olive oil).  A packet of ranch seasoning.  Crushed red pepper.  That's it.  (Check out the Sweet Teeth blog for complete measurements.  I used only one sleeve of saltines.)  You basically drizzle the crackers with the oil, season with the ranch, add crushed red peppers to taste (I like it hot!), shake up so that all the crackers get coated, and pop in a 200-degree oven for about fifteen minutes.  

They are soooo good! Sweet Teeth had me when she wrote,  "I don’t like to joke about drugs, especially crack, but really, these are so addicting.  So, just say NO…if you must.  You won’t eat just one, I can guarantee you that.  So, maybe you should say no.  It’s up to you, I’m not your mother."

I'm addicted.  And I highly recommend sharing them with a friend and glass of pink moscato!

(Photo above is from Sweet Teeth.  I was too eager to start chowing down and watch The Walking Dead to go find my camera.)  Speaking of The Walking Dead... I'm pretty sure that the zombies are going to show up in my nightmares tonight.  ...But that Rick Grimes is sure easy on the eyes!  I'll be tuning in again next week.  ;)



DIY Cat Barrier for Under $100 (See-Through, Climb-Proof, and Too-Tall-To-Jump)

ICYMI: I gave up Cotton after deciding that after trying so many things, my two adopted cats Dahlia and Cotton were just never going to get along. Long story short: I missed her. And Cotton's back. And Dahlia's not going anywhere. My heart is big enough to keep trying. And my apartment is big enough that if I need to keep them separated long term (or permanently), it can be done.
I'm going to write-up a separate post about some of the solutions I've tried, how they worked, who they worked on, and what I'll be trying next. But in this post, I wanted to share the main 'piece de resistance' of having both cats in my apartment: an un-climbable, un-jumpable, see-through barrier to separate Cotton and Dahlia.

Aria's Room | Pretty Little Liars Decor

Welcome back for LU's 2nd room in the PLL series!  Today you're getting a glimpse into my favorite room on the show... Aria's room.  Aria Montgomery is the artistic, imaginative, bookworm of the bunch.  So it's no surprise that her room has an artsy, historic, romantic eclecticism atmosphere.  Plus, it's full of books.  My two words for Aria's attic space: Vintage Eclectic.  (Those happen to be my two favorite decorating words... so brace yourself for my soon-to-come swooning.)

Pencil It In | Working the Pencil Skirt into Your Work Attire, Including 25 Examples with Do's and Don'ts

Starting this week, every Wednesday on The Lovely Side will be devoted to wardrobe, hair, and beauty content.  With summer internships right around the corner and interviews for real world jobs looming as well, I thought now would be a good time to delve into the world of office fashion.  
Sarah, a reader, recently emailed me asking about how to style a pencil skirt for her "somewhat casual, somewhat professional workplace full of fashionable co-workers."  She's been lusting after pencil skirts at several stores, but been hesitant to purchase one for fear of looking bad in it and not knowing what to wear with it.