|They were as ecstatic as I was to get our tree|
I am in full fledged Christmas mode! Last weekend and this week really got me in the Christmas spirit and super excited for the upcoming weeks. The only problem… school. School really gets in the way of things. My last paper for the semester is due Monday. The moment I finish I am celebrating. Until then, my weekend includes a lot of writing (next to the Christmas tree with Christmas music playing and a festive cocktail in hand). Hope you all are enjoying the holiday season!
|Andrew made us Finnish Pancakes while we decorated the tree & played Christmas music|
|Doodle giving his ornament a kiss before he hung it|
|Nordstrom’s Christmas Party|
|NBC’s Private Holiday Party at Universal Studios with free food, dessert bars, rides, games & prizes galore|
When I studied abroad in Paris a few years back, I found the cutest little shop called Coco Cook. I would eat there often, too often. They sold to go salads and loaves I just loved. One of my favorites was this beet and lentil salad. I even would pick it up when it was snowing.
Beet & Lentil Salad
What you need:
Chopped grilled chicken
Cooked and chopped beets
Chopped walnuts (optional)
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp honey
French sea salt
What to layer: layer it all in, as much or as little as you’d like. Sprinkle salt & pepper over top.
Dressing: combine all the ingredients with a pinch of salt and pepper. Shake to emulsify and place it in your to go box.
My favorite salad to go container: Martha Stewart Salad To Go
|Christmas Cocktail Exchange with my girlfriends|
Life has been insanely busy! I’m sorry for the lack of posts but school has taken over my life. Basically every minute that I’m not at school, work or interning is spent writing… and writing… and writing. I guess that’s what’s happens when you procrastinate. I don’t think I’ll ever learn. Well I’m back to work. Here are a few things that have kept me sane the last few weeks!
|my friend’s sweetest little babe|
|lunch at my favorite cafe: Sweet Butter|
|the most addicting taco stand: Shredded Tacos|
|cold weather attire|
Thanksgiving is so soon and I couldn’t be more excited. Good food, fun with family and friends, and time off… what could be better? Andrew and I are having three Thanksgivings this year. This past weekend we have “Fakesgiving” (an early Thanksgiving) with Andrew’s family in San Diego. Thursday we have real Thanksgiving with family. Then on Friday we have a potluck “Friendsgiving” with a big group of friends. By the end of the week we’ll probably be on turkey overload but that is a-okay in my book. Enjoy the short week everyone! And since I’m sure you’re not focused on work today,here are some fun links to aid in the distraction. :)
1. A guide to Thanksgiving leftovers. I can’t wait for the next day turkey sandwich.
2. Cupcakes and Cashmere found the perfect pumpkin pie.
3. One of the trickiest parts of planning a dinner party–How to plan the right amount of food for a dinner party.
4. 5 nails trends to try this fall– I plan on trying out the chocolate brown for Thanksgiving.
5. Thanksgiving cocktails to be grateful for.
6. Holiday hostess gift ideas for Thanksgiving and all holiday season long.