Monthly Archives: November 2014

Football Friday: Go Blue!

Hello, everyone!

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving yesterday! I am still full from all the food we had and am looking forward to not cooking for a few days. Yay for leftovers!

As Handsome Hubby likes to remind me, Thanksgiving means football, so I have another football Friday outfit for you. For this week, I’m going with Michigan colors because Handsome Hubby is an alum. We had some friends over one Saturday last month to watch a game, and I wore a very similar version of this outfit. I actually bought this necklace for the sole purpose of wearing it when I watch Michigan games with my husband and his friends. Any excuse to buy jewelry is fine with me, even if that excuse is football.

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Shirt: Banana Republic (similar here and here) | Jeans: The Limited (similar here and here) | Jacket: Michael Kors (similar here and here) | Shoes: Sole Society (similar here and here) | Watch: old (similar here and here) |Bracelets: Banana Republic Factory Store (similar here and here) and BaubleBar (similar here and here)

Thanksgiving Menu

Hello, everyone!

I hope you’re gearing up for the holiday tomorrow and safely arrive at your Thanksgiving destination! For today’s post, I thought I’d share our Thanksgiving menu. I cannot wait to eat all this yummy food! Oh, did I mention that there are only three of us eating all this on Thursday? I think we might be making a bit too much.

  1. Turkey: Handsome Hubby is taking care of this one, so I’m leaving the recipe up to him. He plans to brine the Turkey tonight and put it in the oven on Thursday morning. He said he might loosely follow this Martha Stewart recipe.
  2. Stuffing: Handsome Hubby is making this one too, but he plans to use this sausage and herb stuffing recipe from Ina Garten.
  3. Gravy: You can’t have turkey without gravy. We’re going to use a recipe for pan gravy from Martha Stewart.
  4. Kabocha squash puree: I mentioned this recipe in one of my Blogtober posts last month. It’s so yummy, so I insisted on including it in our menu for Thanksgiving.
  5. Mashed potatoes: Handsome Hubby made these today, and I’m pretty sure he included rosemary and goat cheese. Yum!
  6. Mac and cheese: My mom found this recipe for the perfect macaroni and cheese several years ago, and it really is so delicious. It’s difficult for me to turn down melted cheese and carbs, and the recipe makes a bit batch, which means lots of yummy leftovers!
  7. Green bean casserole: No Thanksgiving in the South is complete without at least one casserole. Handsome Hubby requested this one, and I’m sticking with a basic recipe. Why mess with a classic?
  8. Salad: In an attempt to make sure at least some of the things we eat this week are healthy, I’m going to toss together a salad of field greens, sun dried cranberries, tomatoes, goat cheese, dates, pecans, and a balsamic vinaigrette.
  9. Pumpkin pie: Pumpkin pie is my favorite, so this menu option was a no-brainer. One of the blogs I follow, Cupcakes & Cashmere, had a post with the perfect pumpkin pie recipe. I must admit that I opted to buy a pre-made pie crust. I’ll try making this with a homemade crust at some point, but because we’re making so many other things, I opted to give myself a break here.
  10. Bread: We’re using the breadmaker for this. Super easy, and it turns out great every time!
  11. Butternut squash galette: I plan to serve this as an appetizer. The recipe I’m using is from a good friend of mine who is an AMAZING cook. She doesn’t like it when people give away her recipes, so I promised her years ago that if I ever gave away one of her recipes without asking, I’d buy her a bottle of wine every day for the rest of her life. This would be a very expensive promise to break, so I’m not going to provide her recipe here, but it’s similar to this one.
  12. Kale chips: I’m not a big fan of kale on its own, but I made kale chips several months ago and liked them. I’ll probably pop some kale in the oven and set the chips out so everyone can have something to munch on while we wait for everything else to finish cooking.

Whew! That’s it! We have a lot of cooking to do over the next few days, but it’s going to be delicious!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Holiday Travel

Hello, everyone!

The holiday season is upon us! For so many of us, that means traveling to see family. Whether you’re traveling by plane, train, or automobile, I do think the key to traveling is being comfortable. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t be chic too. When I saw this maxi dress, I knew it would be a great travel dress. The neutral color makes it easy to coordinate with pretty much whatever you want to throw on with it, and because it’s a maxi dress (a.k.a. a blanket disguised as clothing), it’s great for chilly planes.

I also want to talk about this great weekender bag. I’ve traveled enough to know to never EVER have black luggage because so many other bags and suitcases are black. It can be frustrating when you arrive at an airport, don’t see your luggage, and discover that another passenger has mistaken your suitcase for hers. “Excuse me, ma’am, I think you have my luggage” is not a pleasant way to begin a conversation with a complete stranger. Aca-awkward!

I had red luggage for a while, but then it seemed like red was the new black, and I saw red bags everywhere. Sigh! What to do??!?!?? I was looking for a new small bag last year and stumbled upon Kate Spade Saturday’s Weekender Bag. You can design your own! So fun, right? You have two size options (this one is the larger of the two), and you get to pick the fabric colors for the body and handle, base, front and back pockets, and straps. You can even monogram it if you want to. Having a customized bag guarantees that your luggage will stick out amid the sea of black luggage at any airport.

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 Dress: Old Navy (similar here and here) | Jacket: Old Navy | Scarf: The Limited (similar here, here, and here) | Bag: Kate Spade Saturday | Shoes: Vince Camuto (similar here and here)