Food

Who’s Hungry

Happy Tuesday Babes! Hope your week is going well.

To all my Jewish Babes, I’d like to wish a very happy first night of Hanukkah!

I’ll be preparing a Hanukkah feast later in the week, but until then, here’s what’s cooking!

  1. Frito Chili Pie from The Pioneer Woman
  2. Easy Leek and Potato Soup from Greedy Gourmet
  3. Jambalaya from Gimme Some Oven

What are you making this week?

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Who’s Hungry

Happy Monday Babes! Hope your week is off to a good start.

I’ve apparently got a hankering for rice, because it seems to be a featured ingredient this week.

Here’s what’s cookin’.

  1. Mushroom Risotto from Martha Stewart
  2. Kabab Koobideh from Turmeric & Saffron
  3. Lime & Coconut Chicken Paillards from Fine Cooking

What are you making this week?

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November Favorites

I’ve got to be honest here, babes. I don’t have many favorites for November. I didn’t try many new products, and the few I did, did not blow me away.

No matter. Here are the golden few that made the list:

Beauty Faves

O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara from Marc Jacobs Beauty

While purchasing a refill of an old favorite foundation at Sephora, I had asked for a sample of a Buxom mascara. When I arrived home and was putting away my purchases, I found I had received a Marc Jacobs mascara sample instead of the Buxom one. Initially, I was upset at the mix up. Now, I’m very over it as the Marc Jacobs mascara is a new favorite. It feels non-existent on my lashes, and gives a nice full look with minimal product.

Fashion Faves

Down Jacket from H&M

Purchased during H&M’s outerware sale, this coat was a fantastic buy! I wanted a second down jacket with a little more style and glam than my current down jacket that is just solid black with no adornments. I also wanted a longer jacket with a hood, for a warmer option. I found all I wanted in this down jacket. The dark green color is rich and interesting, but still neutral; the gold hardware looks luxe; and the faux fur trimmed hood (which is removable from the hood, as is the hood from the coat) and faux fur lined collar are so soft and snuggly. Overall it’s my perfect winter jacket.

Food Faves

Walnuts

When I was a kid, my parents used to keep a bowl of unshelled walnuts on the bar. Cracking the nuts open, and carefully extracting the goods, was so fun for me! So when I saw a bag of walnuts at the grocery store this past month, I immediately tossed it in the cart. I set out a bowl of unshelled walnuts in my home, and proceeded to eat nearly the entire bag on my own. It is still as fun to crack open those shells as it was when I was a little babe.

Home Faves

Maxi-Matic Elite Platinum 1.7-Liter Glass Cordless Electric Kettle from Fred Meyer

As you may know, this babe likes her tea! My boo and I made the decision to chuck our old kettle for an electric one and what a decision that was! It brings your water to a boil quickly and without that eardrum-crushing whistle. The model we selected has a blue light that turns on when you start the kettle and shuts off, as does the machine, when the water comes to a full boil. This beauty has made making tea more accessible for my boo and I, and I recommend anyone who boils water on the reg look into an electric kettle.

Personal Faves

Grace’s Guide by Grace Helbig

Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-Up is a comedic handbook for Millennials needing a bit of guidance in the real and digital world. I’ve been a fan of Grace Helbig’s YouTube channel for a while now, so when this book launched, I was all over it! Grace’s Guide is as funny and charming as I had hoped it would be. Even if you’ve never seen Grace’s videos, (which you should really check out) you can still enjoy this book.

Seasonal Faves

My trip to Minneapolis, Minnesota

For Thanksgiving this year, my boo and I flew out to Minneapolis, MN to welcome his newborn niece, and to visit with the rest of the family as well. They are all spread out between 3 states, so whenever we can all converge for a visit it’s really lovely. It was also great, for me, to check out a new city and state. Even at the same temperature, Minneapolis felt much colder than Anchorage, so I was happy to get back home to the more mild cold. It’s always so good to spend time with my boo’s family, even if it’s freezing out.

What are some of your November favorites?

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Who’s Hungry

Happy Monday Babes! Hope you had a positively lovely Thanksgiving weekend. I know I’m having a bit of trouble getting back into the groove after my week off!

Minnesota was great, but I am glad to be getting back into my own kitchen now that I’m home.

Here’s what’s cookin’ this week.

  1. Crock Pot Rustic Italian Beef Ragu from Vikalinka
  2. Middle Eastern Chicken and Couscous Wraps with Goat Cheese from Half Baked Harvest
  3. Creamy Butternut Squash and Spinach Gnocchi from Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice
  4. Biscuits and Gravy Casserole from Lemon-Sugar

What are you making this week?

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Thanksgiving Menu

Slang on your apron & wash up, because it’s time to make your Thanksgiving feast!

I’m spending this Thanksgiving with my boo’s family in Minnesota, so I won’t be making my own menu this year. If I were cooking, this is the menu I’d be making.

Starters & Beverages

Cheese Plate- One hard cheese, one soft cheese, & one cheese you haven’t tried before; two types of crackers (I like plain water crackers & something with a lot of seeds); some dried fruit & assorted nuts.

Wine (a Riesling would be lovely), cider (non-alcoholic & boozy), good beers, & assorted sodas. And don’t forget to set out a pitcher of water!

Sides

Herb Stuffing

Mashed Potatoes

Sweet Potato Casserole

Peas- My mom always makes peas, so I make peas. I sautée some fresh thyme in butter then toss in (defrosted) frozen peas. Let it all get hot & friendly and boom veg done.

Cranberry Sauce- There are two types of people in this world, those who like home-made cranberry sauce & those who like the canned stuff. I’m one of the latter group. This babe loves cracking open a can & squeezing the jelly out onto a plate. Deal with it! If you’re one of the former people, bring 2 cup sugar, 2 cups water, & 4 cups cranberries to a boil. Let them go until the crans pop, turn off the heat and let the sauce cool before serving.

Biscuits- Again, I go the pre-made route for biscuits. There’s nothing like the rush of popping open a can of Pilsburry with a spoon. Here’s a good looking biscuit recipe if you’d like to DIY.

The Bird

Simple Roast Turkey– You can do it!

Dessert

Bourbon Pecan Pie

Classic Pumpkin Pie

What must-have dish is on your Thanksgiving menu?

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Zip Up! 18 Coats To Keep You Warm & Toasty

My boo & I are headed to Minneapolis next week to visit family for thanksgiving, so I’ve had coats on my mind.

Here’s a look at some different styles sure to keep you snug in the cold.

Cool Collars

Textured Shawl Collar Wrap Jacket | Faux Fur Collar Coat

Down

AEO Get Down Hooded Puffer Jacket | Patagonia Down Sweater

Faux Fur

Story Of Lola Oversized Hooded Faux Fur Coat | Faux Fur Jacket

Leather

Silence + Noise Rib-Mix Vegan Leather Moto Jacket | Faux Leather Varsity Jacket

Parka

Double-Breasted Parka | Topshop ‘Verity’ Swing Jacket

Plaid

Festive Plaid Wool Moto Jacket | Only Checked Coatigan

Shearling

Faux Shearling Aviator Jacket | Denim & Faux Shearling Jacket

Toggle

Hooded Toggle Coat | Southwestern-Patterned Toggle Parka

Wool

Wool-blend Coat | ASOS Pea Coat In Double Breast

Which is your fave coat style?

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Happy Monday Babes! Hope you had a grand weekend.

I’ve got a week of fairly eclectic dinners planned.

Here’s what’s cookin’.

  1. Penne with Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese from Food Network
  2. Roasted Salmon with Green Herbs from Food Network
  3. Better Than Take-Out Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry from Barefeet In The Kitchen
  4. Carne Asada from Closet Cooking

What are you making this week?

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