Birthday Louboutins + Chicken Parm Sandwiches

Thanks to A's inability to choose presents, he came up with the amazing last-minute idea to buy me a pair of Louboutins. I've never really appreciated this aspect of him until now. :)

Decisions, decisions. Dress: ASOS (old), similar here and here. Shoes left to right: Christian Louboutin Gortika Patent Leather Ankle Boots in Nude, Christian Louboutin Bootylili 120mm in Black Calf.
To prepare for the store visit, I did some research online and narrowed it down to either a pair of black booties/boots like the Bella Ankle Boot, the Simple 100 Pump in Nude, or the Gortika Patent Leather Ankle Boot in Nude. In store, I fell for both the Gortika and the Bootylili.

Dress: ASOS (old), similar here and here. Shoes left to right: Christian Louboutin Gortika Patent Leather Ankle Boots in Nude, Christian Louboutin Bootylili 120mm in Black Calf.
In the end, I went with the Gortika because A liked them better and they're also seasonal, while the Bootylili will always be there if I decide I want them later on. :)

And to share some more birthday highlights:

The essentials
Building a fire during the darkest hours of the night
Finally taking out my Celine! Dress: ASOS (old), similar here and here. Shoes: Sam Edelman 'Emlyn' Sandals. Bag: Celine Trio Crossbody Bag.
Mountain of delicious fried chicken, two ways
So many penguin cake pops, courtesy of the bestie :)
Pink Poodle Float!

I had a wonderful birthday weekend and to cap it off, here's a recipe for yummy yet healthy Chicken Parm Burgers:

BRIETTA'S CHICKEN PARM BURGERS RECIPE

Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:
1 lb ground chicken
1 cup shredded zucchini
1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup marinara sauce
4 slices reduced-sodium provolone (about 2 oz)
3/4 cups baby spinach
4 whole-grain hamburger buns, toasted

Directions:
1. Combine the chicken, zucchini, bread crumbs, Parmesan, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a large bowl with hands.
2. Form into 4 patties.
3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add patties and cook until browned on one side for 4-6 minutes.
4. Carefully flip. Pour equal amounts of marinara over each patty, then top with 1 slice of provolone each.
5. Cover and continue cooking until patties are cooked through, 4-6 minutes more. TOp with spinach and serve on buns.

Makes 4.

Nutrition per serving:
390 calories
30 g protein
28 g carbohydrates
17 g fat (5.5 g saturated)
3 g fiber
692 mg sodium

Leaving you with the quote of the day, "Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it. Plan more than you can do, then do it." - Anonymous

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