Thanksgiving Linner

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Hi fellow turkey lovers! I am hosting Thanksgiving this year and have started to put my menu together for Linner (lunch/dinner). It will be a small gathering this year – 6 adults and 1 little turkey. So, I don’t want to go overboard; but, I want it to be a feast and make sure everyone leaves stuffed and happy. That being said, here’s what I have put together thus far.

Appetizers – Whatever appetizers I make better be easy and good.

1| Cranberry Baked Brie – Warm, sweet and salty and oh so good. No gathering should go without a good baked brie. Plus, it takes like 3 minutes to make and 15 minutes in the oven. Score!

2| Charcuterie – You better believe I will go all out for this appetizer. Nothing is better than a plate of cheese, crackers, salumi, prosciutto, fruit and olives. It will be epic.

Linner – Must have a turkey and ham. Sides better be hearty, warm and go well with gravy.

1| Turkey – For the last several years we have used our amazing Char-Broil oil-less turkey fryer. This thing is the jam! No oil but you get the same crispy outside while maintaining a juicy inside. It really is the absolute best way to cook a turkey. No mess and great taste. Cooking time is about 10-12 minutes per pound. Marinate the turkey the same way you would if you were frying it.

2| Ham – I don’t know why anyone buys anything other than a Honeybaked Ham for Thanksgiving. First of all, it’s already marinated and cut. All you have to do is heat it up. And the brown sugar flavor is to die for. So yummy and so easy.

3| Mashed Potatoes – Can’t do Thanksgiving without mashed potatoes. They are a staple. I like to make mine in the crock pot because a) it’s easy and b) the crock pot keeps them warm until you pile them onto your plate. I used this recipe last year and they turned out great!

4| Green Beans – There needs to be something green and brunchy and semi-healthy on the table for Thanksgiving. I found this recipe on Pinterest. I have never made these but I am so excited to try them! My daughter loves bacon so that extra flare will definitely make her happy.

5| Stuffing – This is one of those side dishes that I just can’t not have. I always crave it around this time of year and I have fond memories of eating sausage stuffing at my grandmother’s when I was little. I found a great recipe that involves cornbread and sausage and can be made in a crock pot. I will be trying this recipe for the first time this year and can’t wait to see how it turns out!

6| Cranberry Sauce – If for nothing else, you absolutely need cranberry sauce for leftovers. It is the perfect condiment for your leftover ham sandwich. I have made this recipe a few times now and it is so super easy and perfectly sweet/tart at the same time. It’s delicious!

7| Gravy – Honestly folks, I am not going to lie. I buy the store-made gravy. It is good and easy and just needs to be warmed up.

8| Rolls – Did you know the Honeybaked Ham store makes other things besides ham? Well, they do. And one of those things is rolls. I plan to buy a couple dozen because my family is bread obsessed.

Dessert – While I plan to make one homemade dessert, I will definitely make a trip to my local Costco for a pecan pie and vanilla ice cream.

1| Homemade Caramel Apple Mini Cheesecakes – I always have grandiose plans for dessert but I think I will try this recipe for Thanksgiving dessert this year. I can make them the day before and then pull them out a couple hours before we eat them. Plus, I imagine them being so tasty with a cup of coffee on the side.

And of course all of this will be served with copious amounts of tasty wine. I plan on asking the parents to bring over the libations!

Keep it lush y’all!!

victoria

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Wine-o Wednesday

I’ve recently discovered a few new wines that I’m loving and wanted to share in case you’re looking to try something new to serve at Thanksigiving.  Similar to my tendency to funnel through the sames 5-6 recipes every week, I often will buy the same wines over and over again.  Not that there is anything wrong with that but I have recently gotten out of my comfort zone (Chardonnay) to discover some wines I love.

Gen5 Cabernet Sauvignon ($12-14)

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“…offers black currant fruit and licorice with hints of toasted oak… it has a full mouth feel, good balance, round tannins, and a persistent finish.”  It’s sooo smooth and and delish!

Beringer Knights Valley Cab ($25 ish)

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“The 2013 Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of ripe black fruit, mocha, dried herbs and licorice. Opulent but structured, this versatile wine has supple blue and black fruit notes accented by dark chocolate, roasted coffee and a silky, lingering finish.”

Rombauer Chardonnay ($19-$21)

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“Carneros, Napa, CA- Rombauer Carneros Chardonnay is a rich wine with layers of tropical fruit, peaches and pears. The fruit opens up into creamy textures of apples and pears that glide across the palate. Hints of citrus and light oak tones highlight the wine’s lingering finish.”  This is definitely on the oaky buttery end of the spectrum.

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Freezer Meal For New Parents

Freezer Meals for new parents. Lasagna roll-ups. Great gift for new moms. Make ahead meals.

Hey gang, I am in the thick of right now. I’m trying to transition back into work, take care of two kids, keep a clean house, make time to enroll for benefits, plan Thanksgiving….and that’s just a few things. You other moms know! I feel like I’m doing everything at about 50%, which sucks. With all this on my plate, something has to sacrifice and it tends to be dinner these days. It made me think about these amazing freezer meals I made before baby and how I wish I still had some in the freezer.

I am talking about these freezer lasagna roll-ups from the Pioneer Woman! They are so great because you can freeze small portions. Perfect for dinner for your whole family or  just for lunch when you are at home with baby and don’t have time to even make a sandwich. Pop it in the oven and you’re done. I have also made these for other new moms. There is noting better then the gift of food in my opinion!

Be the hero next time you know someone having a baby and make them these!

Maggie

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Being a Mom

 

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While I would love to write about the topic I originally planned to write about today, life got in the way. My little Minnie Mouse, Charlie, got sick and so I am being the best mom I can be and devoting all my time and effort to her. I know it’s the season for sniffly noses and sore throats; but, I always hope that we will get away with a clean bill of health and skirt all the ickys. Anyways, I really had to go into mom mode and take extra good care of my baby seeing as how Donald and I are about to fly off to Miami in a couple days for a look weekend.

After our doctor’s visit yesterday morning and, of course, coming up empty-handed with a “it must be a virus” type of response from the doc, Charlie and I snuggled on my bed and watched Elf. It was the first time she actually watched almost an entire movie with me. Although she was sick, it was still one of those moments as a mom that I will cherish and be so happy to have. Sharing my love for movies with Charlie has been one of those things I have been eagerly awaiting. I have waited very impatiently for my toddler to want to sit down and watch a movie with me and laugh. And, yesterday was that day. I have no doubt that once she is back to her normal, healthy self it will be extremely hard for her to sit still through a movie. But, having that snuggled up moment with my daughter for almost an hour and half was bliss. Fingers crossed she will do it again soon without being sick.

Till next time. Keep it lush y’all!

victoria

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What You Need In Your Closet This Fall

What You Need In Your Closet This Fall

 

Will the weather please get cooler already? I attempted to wear my over the knee boots the other weekend and about died of a heat stroke. Anyway,  I am just dying to start creating some fun fall outfits and have been in shopping mode. I’ve been trying to only purchase versitile items that I can wear a bunch of different ways. Here are some that I think are a must and will give you so much bang for your buck:

Denim Jacket  – A denim jacket can work with so many things….dresses, tees, sweaters, you name it. I just purchased this one from Old Navy for so cheap.

Over the Knee Boot – I don’t usually buy trendy pieces, but over the knee boots pulled me in. I got these in the Mushroom color. I think they can be so sexy, or they can just make a super casual outfit a little more interesting. I plan on wearing mine with dresses for date nights and over some leggings with big sweaters for work and play.

Leather Mini Skirt – I am loving leather mini skirts and they are so much more versitile then you might think. I would wear mine with a flannel shirt tucked in, tights with a big sweater, or a nice blouse for a more sophisticated look.

Flannel Shirt – I think these are just so chic and cozy. I wear them over leggings, anything leather, and I even have a striped skirt I pair this one with. I also really love this one...paired with some grey leggings and those OTK boots.

Shearling Vest – A great transitional piece is a vest. I love wearing them with casual tees before it gets too cold, and then over blouses and light sweaters in the winter.

Red Flats – Anyone that knows me knows im a huge lover of red flats. I have 2 pair and I wear them with EVERYTHING. My wardrobe is full of earth tones, so I use my red flats to spice it up. I have also been wanting a pair of pink ones.

Flat Mules – I haven’t pulled the trigger on these yet, but I want them! They are on major sale also.

Striped Turtle Neck – I wear mine a million different ways! I particularly love it under a big slouchy sweater.

Here is some outfit inspiration for you!

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– Maggie
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Sephora Haul

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Okay, well. I am the makeup junkie on here. And one of the best times of the year is coming up for us makeup junkies. It’s Sephora’s VIB sale. This sale starts on November 4th for VIB Rouge customers and November 11th for VIB customers. In short, you get 20% off your entire purchase with code 20ROUGE. This is the best discount Sephora ever gives; so, it’s a pretty big deal for us beauty junkies. My cart is FULL! Here’s what I have waiting in my cart to be purchased.

1| Josie Maran Argan Lip Sting Plumping Butter

2| Ciate London Chloe Morello Makeup Set

3| Dr. Jart Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment

4| IGK Down & Out Dirty Spray

5| Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick

6| HUDA Beauty Eyeshadow Palette 

7| Tom Ford Velvet Orchid Perfume Set 

8| Sephora Favorites Most Coveted Gift Set

9| Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

10| BECCA Blushed with Light Palette

 

If you have been looking for the BEST liquid lipstick that stays put and matte and won’t wear off after 6 hours then look no further. The one I linked above by Smashbox is amazing. I promise. I have tried a bunch and this one stands up to eating, talking, drinking, etc. Plus, it’s super easy to put on.

Also, IGK is an amazing brand I just discovered from my hair stylist. I am really excited to try this dirty spray to make my hair piecy and perfect in a short cropped cut.

And I have heard a gazillion good things about HUDA Beauty products and this eyeshadow palette looks amazing. It will be perfect for the holidays!

What are y’all grabbing during the sale? Did I miss anything crucial?

Can’t wait to let you all know what I think about some of these “new-to-me” products!

Keep it lush y’all!

victoria

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My Meal Plan this Week!

Good Morning!  I hope everyone had a great Halloween!  I know more than just a few of us are glad it’s over 🙂  Now, onto November and my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving!  Today I’m sharing whats on the menu at our house this week.  As you can tell, we’re trying to be Low Carb.  We were eating so healthy leading up to our wedding and then really fell off the bandwagon after so trying to get back to being healthy 90% of the time.  You know there will be some wine and candy mixed in there for the 10% non-healthy!   Please feel free to share any recipes we should try in the comments section!

Monday: Skinny Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps.  This is a go to in our house.  It’s SO easy, healthy and super satisfying.  I sometimes serve it as an app if we’re having people over but for just the two of us, it’s dinner.

Skinny Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps! #healthy and #delicious

Tuesday:  Taco Salads.  Nothing too exciting here, just taco beef over salad topped with tomatoes, cheese, sour cream, salsa, avocado and black beans.

 

Wednesday: Gwyneth Paltrow’s Best Chicken Stir fry via Designer bag and Dirty Diapers.  Looking forward to trying this one!

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Thursday: Steve’s Healthy Spaghetti Squash Casserole!

Healthy Spaghetti Squash Casserole!  Gluten Free and Low Fat but so Delish!

Friday: Out!

Have a great Tuesday!!

Annie

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I’m Kinda Tired of Halloween

Well, Halloween is a ton of work. I feel like we have been celebrating this holiday for 3 weeks now. It started with our local Harvest Festival. I ordered Lucy a Wonder Woman costume complete with the wig and she was cute as all get out. She kept calling the wig Wonder Woman, like she was literally wearing Wonder Woman’s hair and the rest of her outfit was just regular clothes.

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Anyway, after about 15 minutes on her head, that thing looked like a squirrels nest, so in the trash it went. The Harvest Festival was fun. Lucy enjoyed the giant flower decor, and eating her candy as soon as she received it. The whole “put it in the bag and save it” idea was never going to happen.

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I look totally delirious in that picture….because I was.

So here we are now, the night before actual Halloween (finally). I can’t find Tucker’s skeleton costume for school tomorrow, the cookies I was supposed to make for Lucy’s class had the tiniest puncture in the package. After much internal debate, I decided I can’t serve those to all those kids on the off chance someone inserted poison. So, tomorrow morning I’ll be running to the local bakery to pick some up.

Fingers crossed she is in the mood for her costume, that I magically trip on Tucker’s skeleton outfit sometime tonight, and that there is time to make a stiff cocktail before hitting the streets to trick-or-treat tomorrow evening. #prayersup

Remember when the biggest halloween stress was if you’ll be too cold walking to the bar in your super sexy costume?

Maggie

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Friday Five!

Woowoooo!  It’s Friday!  For the first time in a while we are going to be home this weekend without any major plans.  To say I’m excited would be an understatement.  We’re planning on staying in tonight, making dinner and watching a movie.  Saturday I’m going to a Blast workout class in the am and have dinner plans with my mom and sister.  Steve is going to the Phish concert with some friends (so glad I get to skip this one!).   I hope you have a fun/relaxing/crazy/wild/productive weekend!

Now, on to my Friday Five!

ONE || Has anyone else had the issue of Squirrels eating their pumpkins?? I have never heard of this issue but we are now on our third pumpkin that has been nibbled on by the squirrels.  I put up a snapchat about it earlier this week and a few people commented that squirrels hate the smell of chili powder and mint so I’ve sprayed my newest pumpkin with a mix of water and chili powder and am hopeful that those little rodents (with cuter outfits SATC reference) stay away from my pumpkins!

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Ok ok, this isn’t our actual pumpkin but this picture made me laugh via

TWO || Ponchos.  I’m poncho obsessed right now!  I just wish it would get colder so I don’t look so ridiculous in my long sleeve shirt, poncho, jeans and booties.    Here are a few under $100 that I either own or have my eye on.

THREE || Tradsey.  I might be late to the party on this one but have yall heard of Tradsey? or the RealReal?  They are consignment boutiques online where you can find amazing deals on new and lightly used items.  I’m on the prowl for a new purse for Fall/Winter and refuse to pay the insane price tags for the brands I like which is where these sites come in!  I have already purchased a pair of Brand new with tags driving mocks from the now defunct C. Wonder for $20!  and I loveeee them.

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I’ve also got my eye on this Tory bag..

Multi Season Tory Burch Tote from Tradesy!

FOUR || Something to look forward to!  Two of my best friends are amazing planners and when we all used to live in Charleston I got to benefit from that.  I pretty much always had at least one fun plan during the week and weekend plans made for me because they were so good about thinking ahead and getting everyone together.  Now that we’ve all moved away from Charleston and I don’t benefit from their planning as much, I’m working on becoming more of a planner.  This is mainly because I love to have fun activities to look forward to.  I think at least half the fun of travel is the pre-travel anticipation.  From the shopping for outfits to wear to the research on what to see, eat and drink while you’re there it makes me so happy to think about all the fun we’re going to have.  SO, all of that is to say, I have 2 fun trips booked for the coming months and I’m so excited about it!  We’re going out to Colorado with some friends to Ski for a long weekend in January and then Steve and I are taking our big Honeymoon trip to Paris and Italy in April!  Any and all recommendations welcome!  We are thinking about going to Venice, Tuscany/Florence and Rome 🙂

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Picture from our Ski Trip to Deer Valley Utah 2 years ago

FIVE ||  Our Pizza Stone!  We received a pizza stone from one of my best friends for our wedding and finally go around to using it a couple of weeks ago and let me just say, WOW.  I never really thought twice about a pizza stone because I always liked the pizza we made at home on a regular cookie sheet.  But I was so wrong.   To use it you put it in your oven and heat the oven to 400 degrees. Make the pizza and then transfer it to the stone in the oven and let it do its thing.  Because the stone is hot when you put the pizza on it you get this amazing crunchy crust that makes you feel like you’re eating pizza at one of those places with a wood fire pizza oven.   Seriously everyone needs one of these things!   This is the one we have.

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I hope everyone has a great weekend! xoxox,

Annie

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Nine West Obsessed

I am a long time Nine West lover! If I need a pair shoes for any occasion, this is the first place I look. They are always on trend, affordable, and great quality. Last week I picked up a pair of flat over the knee boots and a pair of leopard print lace up flats. They have so many awesome shoes right now and a ton are on sale. Here are the ones I’m lusting after right now…

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