Read & homemade valentines.

Happy (almost) Valentine's Day!

Though I've never been super into the holiday, I do love a good card.

I went the homemade route this year and had fun shopping for paper, stamps and pens at Paper Source. Had a nice little afternoon of crafting a few weeks ago!

I love playing around with different handwriting too - the the envelopes were actually the most fun part!




Read & Friday links.

Ina Garten doesn't believe in setting goals. I liked this article.

CK Bradley apres ski wedding... yes.

Mackenzie's recent posts have me dreaming about Palm Springs...!

Into this coat.

As I have said, I am obsessed with Downton Abbey (on season 2, ep 5 so no spoilers please!). Pete and I also watched two episodes of Billions a few weeks ago and I realized we need to catch up on this season of Homeland. I also think we need to start getting into Making a Murderer. What else should we put on our tv list?

Low key date night tonight and going to our friends' new house for dinner tomorrow. Yay!



Read & a recipe.

Gwyneth's turkey meatball are up next!

As always, these were super easy and had very little ingredients - something I really love about this cookbook. The meatballs had lots of flavor - but I think next time I'll scale back on the sage. It was a little more potent than I was anticipating.

Also, the grocery store was out of thyme, so I didn't use that in the herb mixture below, just FYI, feel free to add that. Oh, I also omitted the parsley. I don't really like parsley. Ha! Really going off-recipe here :)

{In a food processor, combine two cloves of garlic, one small red onion, eight (or less) sage leaves, eight basil leaves, rosemary and a handful of arugula. Pulse to combine.}

{In a bowl, add the herb mix to 3/4 or 1 pound of ground turkey - depending on how many meatball you want. I bought 1/4 pound of turkey thigh and a half pound of turkey breast for seven meatballs. Mix thoroughly with your hands and roll into golf ball-sized balls.}

{Heat a skillet with olive oil and place the meatballs to brown. About six minutes overall, turning every so often to get all sides browned. Meanwhile, heat olive oil and garlic in a large skillet/pot and add one can of peeled whole tomatoes. When the meatballs have browned (but are not completely cooked), transfer to the tomatoes and simmer with the lid on for thirty minutes. 
Be sure to cook completely through.}

{I made a quick pot of polenta and scooped the turkey meatballs and sauce right on top.}




Read & life lately.

Rabbit rabbit!

A few snippets of life lately (some from Snapchat!)...

{Quick trip to Palm Beach to visit friends!}

{Up to Michigan for a winter wonderland weekend. The best!}

{Sunday spread in Michigan. Food & a fire.}

{Wine night! I made those little smoked salmon bites - recipe here.}

{Quiet night watching Downton Abbey and eating dark chocolate Valentine M&Ms...}

{Currently obsessed with this vest.}

That's all.



Read & Friday links.

Everyone obviously knows about TheSkimm. I hadn't checked out their Election Skimm until this week and it's really helpful.

I spent some major quality time in my closet last weekend. I'm talking hours. I tried on almost every single item and made giveaway and sell piles. Felt good. Added a lot to my Tradesy closet.

I started Downton Abbey last weekend. Wow. How am I just getting hooked?? I watched Season 1 in two days (yikes...). Obsessed.

New favorite shoes for spring/summer. (Do I say that a lot...?)

Honestly WTF.

Headed to Soho House for a drink with a friend after work. TGIF!



Read & a recipe.

You guys, I can't stop.

Seriously, just call me Gwyneth (ha!) because I can't stop making her recipes. Tuesday night I tried her spicy sweet potato soup with chipotle and cumin from - you guessed it! - It's All Good. This soup was so flavorful, so filling and I love that it only has a few ingredients.

{Chop one red onion and two or three cloves of garlic. Cut two large sweet potatoes into chunks. Or buy pre-cut sweet potato. 
I did one of each.}

{Add to a hot pot with olive oil, a few sprigs of cilantro, a large pinch of salt and a teaspoon of cumin and sauté for 10 minutes.}

{Add the sweet potato and chipotle in adobo. Gwyn said 1 1/2 teaspoons of chipotle, but you know me and I doubled that - need that extra kick! Add about four cups - six if you want more soup and less thick consistency - of vegetable stock and bring to a boil. Once it begins boiling, turn the heat down low and let simmer for 30 minutes.}

{Transfer soup in batches to a blender or Cuisinart and puree completely. Afterwards, I like to put the soup back in the pot to simmer until we're ready to eat.}

{Serve with crusty bread and a sprinkle of sea salt.}

Feel free to ask any questions about the recipes I post in the comments!



Read & pretty prints.

Where it's for a gallery wall, a little something for the powder room, or a statement piece for the living room, I love browsing prints. Here are a few of my recent favorites from around the web.

{Gray Malin Oak Street Beach - we have this in our kitchen and I am obsessed - Thanks 
Clare and Anne!}

{Design Darling Pineapple Trip Print - perfect for an entryway or bathroom.}

{Michelle Armas Sabrina - we have a Michelle Armas in our living room and I love it.}

Happy shopping!


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