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screen-shot-2016-09-17-at-5-06-11-pm{savoring this || dinner al fresco with the family}

L A B O R  D A Y  W E E K E N D

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{loving this || light night party at crystal bridges}

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{cheering at this || the first razorback game of the season}

screen-shot-2016-09-17-at-5-05-54-pm{listening to this || collective soul + goo goo dolls}

screen-shot-2016-09-17-at-5-05-34-pm{dressing up like this || for a 30th birthday party}

14379963_3397774296140_8496053782534612195_o{rocking out to this || rock of ages at arkansas public theatre}

xo xo

Fall Wish List

This weekend, I realized another reason why Fall is my favorite season. No.more.yard.work.

 

No, I don’t have to mow and edge every week like husband does (and I know, that is awfuuuul), but I do work in our garden. We were fortunate we already had a nice flower bed when we moved in, with 6+ massive and gorgeous rose bushes. “How lucky we are!” I thought. HA! Who knew rose bushes were so difficult to control?! And don’t even get me started on pulling weeds and mulching, which I did this weekend … again.

 

Nevertheless, FALL. I’ve already shared my excitement for new Fall TV shows, but below are a few other things that get me giddy about the best season of all and are currently on my Fall Wish List.

 

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B O O T S
These Sam Edelman boots are exactly what I need this season.

 

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Check! Found this one at Home Goods and used it on the front porch last weekend.

 

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F A L L  D E C O R
Looking for new fun ways to decorate this Fall, and love this idea!

 

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 C R O C K P O T  R E C I P E
I love a good, hearty crockpot recipe and this one is next on the list – Potato and Corn Chowder.

 

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P A T A G O N I A
Husband and I live in these in the Fall, and we decided we’d buy a new one this year on the first day of the season. Picked mine out!

 

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I already have one of these, but definitely need another one. These colors are gorgeous.

 

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Check! My pumpkin pie woodwick candle is burning constantly, and it’s amazing.

 

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Like this one. Except a little more affordable than Celine. Maybe someday.

 

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A L L  T H I N G S  P U M P K I N
Pumpkin spice macarons will happen soon thanks to my amazing friend M.

 

I’m even hosting a Fall-themed party for the first time this year. I’ve already been Pinterest-ing in anticipation and can’t wait to share the details in a few weeks!

 

Xo xo

9 Easy Recipes You’ll Want to Make For Dinner Again and Again

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. Meal planning and cooking every single week is the worst.

I used to dread dinner every night because I hadn’t planned ahead and didn’t know what we were going to eat until about 30 minutes before, which usually equated to eating out or eating unhealthy meals.

Then, I got my act together. I started forcing myself to meal plan for the week ahead on Sunday afternoons. I plan, place my order on Walmart Grocery, then pick up! I don’t even have to get out of my car (which is even better for those often lazy Sundays).

I shared some other meal planning tips here, but in this post I want to share some super simple and delicious recipes to add to your weekly meal repertoire. Who doesn’t love easy, mostly healthy, delicious recipes? And there is absolutely nothing wrong with re-using the same recipes again and again and again. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.

E A S Y  R E C I P E S 

White Chicken Chili – Thanks to my coworker for sharing this one! We tried it this weekend and it was so delicious and easy. I think the surprise ingredient that took it to the next level was the Cream of Chicken Soup. We topped with jalapenos and shredded cheese.

On a similar note, there’s always my classic chili or a good taco soup. These are perfect for Fall and serve a group of people for an easy meal together.

Southwestern Stuffed Peppers – This is great with black beans and rice, but can also be paleo if you cut those two ingredients and cheese out of the recipe. As you’ll see in the recipe, I used to cut the peppers in half long ways, but now I just cut the top off and stuff it all in. We eat it with lots of delicious salsa and avocado.

Crockpot Chicken Verde – We do this one a LOT because it’s so simple and versatile. Are you ready for the recipe? Put chicken in a crockpot and top with salsa verde. We prefer World Table Roasted Salsa Verde from Walmart. And that’s it! That’s all you do! Put it on low over lunch and it will be ready by dinner. This is great over rice, with veggies or in tacos.

Make-Your-Own Quinoa Bowl – Lately I’ve been on a quinoa kick. Cook your quinoa on the stove or in the rice cooker, then add whatever you want. I literally pull all options out of the refrigerator and Husband and I fix how we like. He tends to go towards mexican-style – beans, chicken, salsa, cheese. I tend towards mediterranean – banana peppers, kalmata olives, tomatoes, arugula and a delicious greek tzaziki dip I found at Walmart. What’s great is this is also perfect to pile into a mason jar and take to work for lunch.

One-Pan Balsamic Chicken – This one is super healthy and pretty much paleo – chicken, asparagus and tomatoes. You could mix the sauce up a little bit if you prefer more sweet or more spicy, but overall very easy (one-pan!) and delicious. We make this every other week.

Greek Pork Chops with Squash and Potatoes – This one is our new favorite! I found it in Southern Living, and every time I make it Husband comments how good it is. Again, one-pan! Sometimes we use potatoes, sometimes we just stick to squash and zucchini.

Pepperoni Rolls – Okay this one is totally unhealthy and we do not make it often, but it is so so good. This would be a great alternative to ordering pizza one night or is perfect as a heavier appetizer for a party. We put jalapenos in ours and serve with warm marinara as dipping sauce.

What is your easy go-to recipe?
xo xo

Fall TV: 5 New Shows To Watch

September is here! My favorite month of the year for several reasons …

It marks the official start of Fall and the return of: PSL (and all things pumpkin for that matter), early mornings and late evenings on the porch with Husband, tailgating and calling the Hogs with family and friends, scarves and boots and more scarves and boots, and of course, Fall TV.

Every year I get so excited for my TV shows to come back on and to see what new shows might be added to my regular watch list. Our Summer list has included: The Affair, Stranger Things, Veep and The Wine Show. All amazing shows I would highly recommend, but there’s just something about the return of Fall TV that makes me giddy. (I know, I’m a TV dork.)

Here’s a look at what shows I’m excited to watch this this Fall.

T O P  5  N E W  S H O W S

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This Is Us – NBC, Tuesday, Sep. 20

Synopsis: The ensemble dramedy follows a group of people who share the same birthday and whose lives intersect in various ways.
Why I’ll Watch: The preview made me cry, it reminds me of Parenthood, and JESS (Milo Ventimiglia) is back on TV. This one is at the top of my list.

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Designated Survivor – ABC, Wednesday, Sep. 21

Synopsis: Keifer Sutherland stars as Tom Kirkman, a lower cabinet member who becomes president after an attack on Washington kills everyone ahead of him in the line of succession.
Why I’ll Watch: Drama, suspense and politics –all the ingredients for a great show.

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The Good Place – NBC, Monday, Sept. 19

Synopsis: When Eleanor realizes that she’s not a very good person, she gets a chance to start anew with the help of Michael (Ted Danson) in the afterlife.
Why I’ll Watch: This has the potential to be really funny. Also Kristen Bell is amazing.

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Making History – FOX, Midseason

Synopsis: Pally, Meester and Lester play three friends who travel through time while trying to get through their everyday lives in the present.
Why I’ll Watch: Adam Pally is hilarious (Mindy Project, Happy Endings) and Leighton Meester is one of my all-time favorites.

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Riverdale – CW, Midseason

Synopsis: Based on the Archie Comics characters, the series finds Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and Josie trying to navigate life in their small town, which is not as wholesome as it seems.
Why I’ll Watch: Growing up I was obsessed with Archie, Betty & Veronica, so I’ll give this one a shot purely for nostalgia. Also, it has a creepy Pretty Little Liars feel.

 

C U R R E N T  W A T C H L I S T

Blindspot – NBC, Wednesday, Sept. 14

The Big Bang Theory – CBS, Monday, Sept. 19

How To Get Away With Murder* – ABC, Thursday, Sept. 22

Quantico* – ABC, Sunday, Sept. 25

Younger – TVLand, Wednesday, Sept. 28

The Mindy Project – Hulu, Oct. 4

Jane the Virgin – CW, Monday, Oct. 17

The Walking Dead – AMC, Sunday, Oct. 23

iZombie – Midseason

Scandal* – ABC, Midseason

The Affair – Showtime, Midseason

Nashville – CMT, Midseason

The Royals – E!, Midseason

*Currently on the chopping block. I didn’t LOVE the last seasons, so will give them a couple of episodes to see if I will continue watching.

Are you as excited as I am for Fall TV?! What’s on your watch list?

xo xo

You might also enjoy – Fall TV Guides: 20152014, 2013

life lately

IMG_2852[enjoying this || awesome team building at Bolt escape room]

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IMG_2890[packing (and wearing) this || for my amazing NYC trip]

IMG_3483[cherishing this || quality time with the father in law]

IMG_3489[obsessing over this || delicious cappucino + avocado toast at Onyx]

IMG_3505[hosting this || a happy hour birthday celebration for a dear friend]

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IMG_3567[celebrating this || bailey’s wedding + #travkeg2k16]

xo xo

For the love of food

“Food and music have the ability to bring back memories long forgotten.

I’ll take a double order of both.”

-Krayl Funch

 

I love food.

I can never understand people who eat purely for calories/nourishment and not for the pure joy of eating.

Yes, gluttony is a sin, and I’m working on not overeating and eating healthier the majority of the time. But food just makes me so happy, and usually that food is not a salad.

As I was reading Bread & Wine (read my review! then go buy the book!) I started thinking about some of my fondest memories with food. You know, those special memories in special places with that food that makes you drool just thinking about it, or that brings back such a wonderful memory associated with it.

I wanted to share a recent food memory with you, partly so I don’t forget it and partly to get you thinking about your fond food memories. I truly think we’re the most happy when we’re sharing good food and good drink with good people.

P A R I S

On a whim, we decided to spend one of our Parisian nights at the Moulin Rouge. I went as a child and thought it was SO scandalous, but several years later fell in love with the movie of the same name and decided I had to go back as an adult. As a serious trip planner, this was a very spontaneous decision. We literally printed out our tickets in our Paris hotel that day … what?!

I went on Yelp and found the restaurant with the best reviews within walking distance of the venue. When we got out of the cab and walked the block from the Moulin Rouge to the cafe I was starting to doubt my decision. It was literally a hole-in-the-wall cafe that couldn’t have held more than 20 people. We sat cramped next to the window as a brusque waitress took our drink order. “This was the top rated place on Yelp?” Husband asked curiously, as scantily clad women walked the streets steering tourists in to their cabarets.

You guys. I will never forget that place. Not just for the location, but for the best duck I’ve ever had in my entire life. It was so flavorful and cooked perfectly and came with pomme frites, and I was seriously in heaven. It was literally the best thing we ate in Paris, and possibly the entire trip. And I just love that it was on a shady block in Montmartre before going to the Moulin Rouge. (Which by the way, we loved. Where we drank champagne, and got in trouble for taking pictures, and met two sisters from England who couldn’t believe we were taking only 2 weeks for a vacation! Isn’t it funny the things you remember?)

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Other fond food/memories –

Little Debbies will always make me think of my grandfather Pops. Wasabi of my Dad in Florida (when he thought it was guacamole). Pimento cheese + oyster crackers of my grandmother’s house. Poppyseed chicken of my college roommate and best friend. Oysters of Mom and NYC. Jerked Shrimp of Husband and St. Lucia. Powdered coffee of camping in Botswana. Saddlebock Farmhouse of the Summer of 2014. And on, and on, and on.

There are so many other memories I could tell you about that revolved around a great meal and great company. What is your fondest food memory?

Cheers!

xo xo

 

Weekend Picturebook: New York, New York

New York City – the city that never sleeps, and is perfect for work AND play.

W E D N E S D A Y

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IMG_3478[Highly recommend the Circle Line Harbor Lights Cruise. You get to see so much of the city, and it was amazing. Thanks, Sister E for the recommendation!]

T H U R S D A Y 

[Great day full of meetings, then an adventure out with the team in East Village!]

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IMG_3041[Awesome restaurant Gnocco – I tried about 5 pizzas that night and mine was the best: prosciutto, arugula + parmesan. The salads were also delicious.]

Smores+A[After dinner we walked “right around the corner” to the famous Odd Fellows Ice Cream. I had banana pudding ice cream with salted caramel sauce – yummmmm! photo from oddfellowsnyc.com]

IMG_3205[Later that night Mom arrived – yay!]

F R I D A Y 

[Morning of meetings, then took the afternoon off to start our girls weekend!]

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[We felt so fancy staying in the gorgeous St. Regis on 5th Avenue]

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IMG_3476[Afternoon at the MoMa (Modern Museum of Art) browsing Van Gogh, Rothko, Matisse, Warhol and so much more. Ended with a rosé + the best onion dip ever in the statue garden]

IMG_3183[Dinner at Don Antonio’s in Hells Kitchen – more salad and pizza, that was just as amazing as the night before … maybe even a little better. Thanks for the recommendation Erin!]

IMG_3196[Tonight’s show: The Humans – 2016 Tony Award Winner for Best Play. Enjoyable, but not my favorite]

FullSizeRender[My favorite part of staying at St. Regis – after coming back from a long day of walking, there would be slippers at the ready, water on the bedside table + classical music playing in the room. Can this be real life??]

S A T U R D A Y 

IMG_3204[What a wake-up call – french-press coffee + NY Times hand-delivered. Okay maybe this was the best part!]

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IMG_3219[Breakfast and goodies at Chelsea Market]

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Greenwich Village Food and Culture Walking Tour!
A 3-hour tour where we learned about the history, culture and architecture of the area and ate so.much.good.food. Seriously, this was amazing, and I can’t wait to do another one next time I’m in the city! The following photos are from the tour:

IMG_3269[First Stop: Joe’s Pizza aka the perfect, quintessential NYC pizza]

IMG_3282[Our favorite spot, that was so adorable – Palma. Will definitely come back here.]

IMG_3291[The Cornelia Street Cafe – where SJP and Matthew Broderick had their first date, where Eric Clapton randomly shows up the play the piano, and where you might run in to Taylor Swift because … ]

IMG_3475[she lives right next door!!! I almost died and went to heaven. This is her $40k/month rental while her home in Tribeca is being remodeled, in case you were wondering.]

IMG_3306[Rafele’s Ristorante with amazing eggplant + ricotta!]

IMG_3328[Where they filmed the opening of Friends!!]

Seriously, if you’re going to NYC you have to do one of these Food Walking Tours!!

Screen Shot 2016-08-24 at 12.27.34 PM[Drinks before dinner and a show at The Roof, Viceroy Hotel – how about those views of Central Park?!]

IMG_3473[Yay Matilda! Loved this movie growing up and the show was so so cute!]

S U N D A Y

IMG_3472[Officially obsessed with Levain, and will always make a stop here before heading home.]

IMG_3412[Brunch at Central Park Boathouse – this mac and cheese was everything.]

IMG_3427[Such an amazing trip with Mom I will never forget!]

xo xo

You might also enjoy photos from my last mother-daughter trip to NYC here.