Read & a reading update.

I thought I'd share another reading update since it's been three months since my last one. Though I think my reading pace has slowed over the course of this year (the summer months will do that, I guess), I still try to read as often as possible.

"The Vacationers" - Emma Straub - This was a book club book that I thought I would like more than I did. Definitely a beach read because I feel like nothing really "happened"... still an ok book if you need a break.

"This is Where I Leave You" - Jonathan Tropper - LOVED this. One of the best books I've read this year for sure. Still need to see the movie.

"We Were Liars" - E. Lockhart - About cousins and a friend at their summer house. Easy read. Huge twist. Really liked it.

"What Alice Forgot" - Liane Moriarty - This was a good one. A woman falls off her spin bike and can't remember what has happened for the past ten years (she's had three kids, separated from her husband, ...).

"Big Little Lies" - Liane Moriarty - A murder in the first scene of the book keeps you guessing for a while.

"I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You" - Courtney Maum - The book was interesting, but it was sad! A husband cheats on his wife, gets hung up on his mistress, but then realizes he wants his wife back.

"All The Light We Cannot See" - Anthony Doerr - Amazing. This was our last book club book and I loved it. Two stories of life during WWII intertwined into one.

We just picked "The Lowland" as our next book club book. I am only about 20 pages in, but so far so good!

Happy reading :)



Read & Friday links.

An appropriate article for Wine Night at our place tonight.

New favorite cozy fall top.

Well these are interesting...

Pete and I found the cutest coffee shop tucked just off the street a block away from us... where have we been?? Definitely popping over there tomorrow for a coffee & avocado toast.

Friday night Wine Night! Can't wait for wine, apps and girl talk.



Read & Friday links.

My mom sent us a few articles about food / working out this week. This one and this one were really interesting to me.

LOVED this news this week. 

Lately I have really been into HGTV... anyone watch Fixer Upper? I love it. Makes me want to buy a house and gut it. (Thoughts, Pete??)

Waiting for a sale and buying this sweater.

Marathon weekend in Chicago! I have a friend coming in town to run it, so we're going to carbo load at Stella Barra on Saturday night. Also hoping to catch "Gone Girl" on Sunday...

Happy Fri!



Read & a recipe.

Love a good spin on salmon and veggies. I used this recipe for greek salad with oregano-roasted salmon. The salad dressing was awesome - the fresh oregano really made it.

{The dressing: lemon juice, olive oil, fresh oregano, kalamata olives, salt and pepper.}

{Baked the salmon with oregano sprigs at 450 degrees for 15 minutes. 
Discarded the sprigs after cooking.}

{Greek salad: romaine, tomato, red onion, cucumber, feta cheese, 
kalamata olives, salt and pepper.}

Keeping this easy recipe in my back pocket.



Read & a recipe.

Recently my department changed our team meetings from Wednesday afternoons to early Tuesday mornings. Being a morning person, I really like the switch, and I was especially excited to start bringing in breakfast treats once in a while.

Yesterday I tried out two pumpkin muffin recipes. I used this recipe for vegan apple pumpkin muffins (for the vegan in my office), and this one for pumpkin "doughnut" muffins. I've never baked anything vegan before (though I did try to go vegan for 4 days senior year in college after reading "Skinny Bitch"...interesting time), so we'll see how she likes these.

{Two recipes going on... lots of ingredients.}

{Pumpkin doughnut batter.}


 {Dipped the top of the muffins in a little butter then a mixture of cinnamon and sugar.}

{Vegan apple pumpkin muffins before.}

{Vegan apple pumpkin muffins after.}

Hopefully both are a hit at my meeting this morning!



Read & Friday links.

Oooo, gotta remember this for our leftover Lou Malnati's.

I just love these 73 question videos. Yay Reese.

A few ideas for wine night at our place next Friday: goat cheese ball and grilled sourdough.

We had the best weekend last weekend in Charlottesville celebrating Hallie and Glenn... did not want the weekend to end!

Going out for Abby's birthday tonight!! And then off to the Northwestern football game tomorrow. Fun Chicago weekend lined up!



Read & a recipe.

Two of my fav ingredients are kale and spicy turkey sausage. I especially love it when they are cooked up together, like in my treasured soup. When I saw this recipe last week, I knew that that the spicy turkey sausage would be a perfect addition to the kale and pasta.

It was nice to be back in the kitchen after a bit of a hiatus...!

I decided to omit the butter and the anchovies, which I think was totally fine. Though I read some reviews of the recipe saying that you can barely taste the anchovies in the pasta, I just didn't want to risk it. Ha.

{Orecchiette is a cute pasta.}

{Lots o kale!}

{Toasting the breadcrumbs & cooking the kale.}

{Olive oil, red pepper flakes, garlic, Parmesan, kale, spicy turkey sausage.}

{Topped with additional breadcrumbs and Parmesan.}

Loved this easy pasta dish. Made the apartment smell amazing and plenty of leftovers this week!

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