Thanksgiving Leftovers

Delicious recipes for the curious cook!


Last week was an inevitably indulgent one, so this week I’m focusing on eating healthful meals, filled with veggies and protein.  For the weekend, I want to enjoy something other than just a salad without sacrificing nutrition, so this tart is the perfect option.  It has eggs and cheese, which makes it hearty, but is filled with herbs and veggies, including nutritious pumpkin.  It’s strikes the balance between indulgent and healthy, which is the perfect post-Thanksgiving weekend meal.  One added bonus, it can be made from a lot of holiday leftovers!

What will you make with your leftovers?



Motivation to get you through hump day!


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The holidays are great for many reasons, but they can take a toll on healthy habits.  Given the amount of travel most people have to endure in the 4 week period from Thanksgiving to Christmas, it can be hard to maintain an exercise routine.  But being on the road doesn’t mean you have to forfeit your fitness habits, it just means you have to make some adjustments.  

Here are some tips for how to workout on the road:

1. National studios: There are plenty fitness studios that are national chains, making it easier to find a fitness class of your choice while you’re away from home.

What to try: Core Power Yoga, Equinox, Pure Barre

2.  Streaming services: Subscribing to a streaming fitness service is a great option for many reasons, especially because it can travel with you.  If you don’t want to or don’t have time to find a nearby studio, try one of these subscription workouts.

What to try: Tracey Anderson, Daily Burn, Ballet Beautiful

3.  Workout apps: Similar to streaming services, apps offer the convenience of being able to access workouts from any location.  The best part is most apps are free or inexpensive.  

What to try: Daily Burn, Nike + Training Club, Pocket Yoga

Low Key Look

Inspiration for the new week!


A casual look doesn’t have to mean a sloppy one.  Even if you’re seeking comfort, you can still mix in style with some timeless options.  A flannel in buffalo check is always classic, and paired with a neutral slim leg sweat pant, you have a comfy yet stylish look.  This outfit is perfect for grabbing coffee and running errands and will definitely be in my wardrobe rotation for the upcoming holiday weekend.  This is combo is great for an early morning of Black Friday shopping!


Fashion note: I’m wearing JCrew sweatpants, an Old Navy flannel, Gap tank and Burberry loafers (similar here).


What got me through the week and what I’m looking forward to this weekend!

Friday night at the new neighborhood Mexican restaurant

This week is the calm before the storm of the upcoming holidays, starting with Thanksgiving next week.  I’m looking forward to some Friendsgiving celebrations and preparing for holiday travel next week.  Have a great weekend and get some rest before next week!  


  1. The Best Latte in America:  Lattes are my favorite coffee drink of choice, and I’m always interested in understanding what goes into all the different types.  One of my favorites is the Mayan Mocha pictured above, but this article sheds some interesting light on what constitutes a killer latte.
  2. Tips for Friendsgiving:I love a Friendsgiving, especially since I don’t live near my home or family, and most of my friends in Chicago are also somewhat far away.  It’s a great way to break some bread and show appreciation for your friends family.  I’ll be bringing stuffing to my gathering this weekend.  How about you?
  3. Coffee Table Styling Tips: In preparation for a recent visit from my close friend and her husband, I put some extra time into making my home more welcoming.  Part of my efforts were spent restyling my coffee table, which can be easier than it sounds.  Turn to some experts for tips with this article!
  4. Big Little Lies: I’ve been sucked into this domestic novel, which is about to be made into an HBO series.  If you’re looking for a good read for your holiday travels, this is a good option.

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Mushrooms & Polenta

Delicious recipes for the curious cook!


It took me awhile, but I realized I had been cheating on Ina with Chrissy.  What I mean is that, I used to be primarily dedicated to cooking through all of the Barefoot Contessa’s recipes.  She’s the first chef whose recipes I truly fell in love with and tried to emulate on a regular basis.  I’m a super fan, who has seen most of her shows, read almost all of her cookbooks and I even had the chance to see her speak once and asked her a question about what her go-to meal for entertaining is (FYI- it’s a French Apple Tart).

But then the Cravings cookbook was released and I received a copy for my birthday, declaring a personal pledge to cook through as much of it as possible through the summer.  I did a lot, and am still happily cooking through it, but I realized I had forgotten about some of the recipes I fell in love with first, which brought me back to the Barefoot Contessa cookbooks.  I was looking for a hearty, but somewhat healthy, vegetable dish that was big enough to act as a main.  I found this baked mushroom with blue cheese and polenta recipe and it sealed the deal.  The meatiness of the mushrooms is complemented by the blue cheese and the soft polenta is the perfect healthy balance to finish the dish.  Try it with a simple side salad for a great autumn meal.  

Chrissy, I love you but Ina, I promise not to forget you again!

Slip, Slidin Away

Inspiration for the new week!


Loafers are something I used to be apprehensive about trying, but this season there are so many great options, I knew I had to give them a try.  The same goes for ponchos- they had their moment a few years back, went away, and are now back in a more Bohemian way.  The loafers I opted for are perfect for transitional autumn weather, with their backless slide shape and navy hue.  This poncho is one I bought last year, for a trip to Montana, and it is the perfect layering piece.  With a long sleeve chambray shirt and thick leather leggings, the poncho is the only other piece that’s needed.  

These pieces come together to make the perfect outfit for running errands on a beautiful fall day.  I’m so glad I decided to embrace both trends and style them together!

Fashion note: I’m wearing a LOFT poncho (similar here), Madewell chambray shirt, Victoria’s Secret faux leather leggings (similar here) and Topshop loafers.  


What got me through the week and what I’m looking forward to this weekend!

Squeezing in some sites during a recent work trip

A week started away on a work trip is always a busy one.  Mix in change at work and some new things to manage in my personal life, and the week simultaneously drags on and flies by.  I’m thankful for some of my weekly routines that helped me deal with the pressures of the week and also for some small but mighty weekend perks.  

  1. Yoga + Stretching = Stress Reliever.  I have reaped the benefits of a consistent yoga practice for a few years now, but this week was a reminder of just how much I need it and its many benefits.  While away on a work trip, my schedule didn’t allow for me to find a nearby studio, so by the time I got home, I was desperate for a class.  It was the perfect mix of physical exertion and tranquility that my mind and body needed.  
  2. Fall Weddings.  I’m in the midst of planning a fall wedding (for next year) so I was more than excited to see an article from the goddess of weddings, Stone Fox Bride, stating that it’s the most stylish time to get married.  This site has plenty of great wedding inspiration, plus so many other interesting articles from this bohemian foxy mama.  
  3. Building the Perfect Cheese Plate.  Cheese makes me so, so happy.  I fully understand that it’s not the healthiest snack, but it is one of my weaknesses.  My fiance and I love to build cheese plates at home for a weekend dinner and this guide helps offer some insight to the best types of cheese and their accompaniments.  
  4. Perfect Margarita.  I love margaritas, but they’re a drink I only ever order out and never try to create at home.  But after a couple of rounds of margaritas during two recent visits to a new Mexican restaurant, I’ve got the urge to try and craft this classic cocktail at home.  

Enjoy the weekend!