Read & Friday links.

Right now my Christmas list consists solely of new arrivals from J.Crew... (25% off with TGIFALL - duh).

So happy Bailey is back and updating us on her new projects!

Hayley sent me this link last week... look at all these amazing kale salad ideas - YUM.

Road tripping with Carter to Ohio tomorrow morning to play in our alumni field hockey game!!! If this video doesn't pump you up, I don't know what will.





Read & life lately.

A few snippets...

{Celebrating a Wildcats win in our amazing new sweaters.}

{Celebrating Abby at Perennial...}

{And Howie at Stella Barra!}

{Wedding shenans.}

{Rainy Saturday morning at City Grounds in Lincoln Park. Love their outdoor fire.}



Read & another wine night.

On Friday night I had a few of my girls over for one of my favorite Friday "traditions" - wine night. Everyone brings either an app or a bottle, and this Friday we had something extra special to celebrate - our good friend Hawn is engaged!!

Carter came over a little early to make Ina's whipped feta (a staple at every party) and I put together two additional crostinis - one with sauteed mushrooms and one with a green olive tapenade (using this recipe).

After work glass of wine turned into people leaving at 1 a.m.... sign of a good time I think!

{Portobello and button mushrooms with dried sage, olive oil and a dab of butter.}

{Added a bit of parsley at the end of sauteeing.}

{For the tapenade: castelvetrano olives - my absolute favorite, garlic, parsley, lemon juice, salt, pepper and olive oil.}

{Carter whipping the feta!}

{Obviously a few bottles of champagne to toast Hawn.}



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.


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