Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, one and all! How was your Thanksgiving? Are you still in a lingering food coma, or were you up at the crack of dawn to shop the sales like a champ? Either way, I hope your Turkey Day was awesome and relaxing and filled with deliciousness. Enjoy a few of our fave links from the week, ideally while shopping online and eating leftover mashed potatoes out of a martini glass.

Friday Favorites 11.27.15

1. It’s dark and cold as hell, and we could all use a pick-me-up. Check out these brilliant tips for shaking off the winter gloom! (Coco’s Tea Party)

2. Just in case you didn’t get your fill yesterday, this recipe for pumpkin pie with chocolate crust will definitely satisfy your pie needs. (Style Me Pretty Living)

3. A thankfulness cheat sheet is key to busting out an eloquent/hilarious speech when quizzed by your relatives at Thanksgiving dinner. (Mrs. Lilien)

4. This guide to having the best weekend getaway ever have me itching to take a spontaneous trip. (Camille Styles)

5. If you haven’t seen this amazing SNL sketch yet, throw on a flowing Adele wig and and some winged eyeliner and go watch it right now. I’ll wait. (Huffington Post)

Have a fantastic weekend, everyone!

♥ Mil

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Best Buys for Black Friday 2015

Happy Thanksgiving Eve y’all. After work today Nick and I are brining our turkey for tomorrow’s big feast. Our fridge is packed with ingredients to prep for tomorrow’s meal, some traditional (cranberries, celery for stuffing, and pie crusts) and non-traditional (egg rolls and bbq pork steamed buns). My mom is Vietnamese so growing up our Thanksgiving celebrations were always a mish mash of cultures and I like continuing to celebrate this tradition.
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For many, the new Thanksgiving weekend tradition has become the early morning shopping sesh the following day. I’ve been feeling a little under the weather recently, so I’m not sure if I’ll be up for a 6am alarm come Friday morning. Thank goodness for the magic of online shopping. Here’s a quick round-up of some of the sales I’m looking forward to shopping online this year.
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black friday shopping salesBailey 44: The entire site is on sale for 44% off, Wednesday through Monday. I have my eye on the Zaha Dress in burgundy. It’s work appropriate but a little sassy as well.
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charcoal+mutans+cropped+good Sick Bags: Proceeds from these durable vegan bags help fight against a range of childhood illnesses. Grab one for a girlfriend (or yourself) at 30% off, Friday through Monday.
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BaubleBar recently launched a home accessories collection with Julie Engel of  Gal Meets Glam that is just too cute to miss. Her collection, along with the rest of BaubleBar, will be 30% off for Black Friday. These agate bookends remind me of Mil.
Black Friday shopping sales 2015 shoes
Marc Fisher: This Friday a new pair of shoes can be yours at 30% off. These Toni Lace Up Pointy Toe Pumps are the perfect upgrade from plain black heels. If you don’t have lace ups heels yet, what are you waiting for?
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Birch Lane: Get free shipping and 20 percent off on Black Friday or wait for Cyber Monday for 30 percent off everything plus free shipping. Our home in Arkansas has a giant Magnolia tree in the front yard. The leaves and flowers were a staple decoration for dinners and parties. Now that we’re in Seattle, this faux Magnolia wreath is as close as we’re going to get.
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Black Friday shopping sales fashion 2015Splendid: One of my go-to stores for comfy and well made basics. Splendid is offering 30% off everything from November 25 to November 28 with the promo code THANKS. I’m pretty sure I want to live in the Keane Faux Sherpa Vest.
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Black Friday shopping sales 2015 home decor
AccompanyNovember 25-30, save on Accompany’s artisan made accessories and housewares with the code GIVETHANKS. These gold glazed bowls are perfect for pre-dinner appetizers of olives and spiced nuts.
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Are you planning on heading out to brave the Black Friday sales or will you be shopping from the comfort of your couch? Interestingly enough, after-Christmas sales are supposed to be just as good, if not better than those offered this weekend. With that in mind, I’ll probably be looking for gifts for others now and gifts for me later!
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XOXO,
Jules

 

 

Friday Favorites

This week’s favorites are semi-Thanksgiving themed as I’ve spent most of my free time this week browsing the web for new recipe ideas. Mil is a little under the weather right now, so send positive thoughts her way. In fact, at least a fourth of my workplace is sick so I probably need some of those thoughts as well! This weekend I’m heading over to her place to hopefully watch some movies and maybe break out my new Enchanted Forest coloring book. What are you up to this weekend?
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1. If my brother is reading this, he’ll be relieved to hear that we won’t be hosting a Paleo Thanksgiving. I definitely have big plans for at least one pie, stuffing (for Nick), and a big batch of the perfect fluffy mashed potatoes. I’ll be making a dairy-free version for me.
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2. Christmas is my favorite time of year in New York. While it’s freezing cold, the festive decorations and general holiday buzz in the air more than makes up for it. When I lived there, I particularly loved sipping a latte while gawking at the Bergdorf Goodman holiday windows. Here’s a peek at this year’s displays.
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3. This is a scary time both in the United States and across the world. To be honest I felt a little funny sharing a normal recipe post on Monday  in midst of so much worldwide grief and anger. Joanna Goddard captured this struggle in a brief but thoughtful post.
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4. Local blogger Julianna of Blush and Camo had a fun post this week on how to wear red. Too bad almost all my sweaters are all black, grey, and white. Time for some holiday shopping…?
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5. Any analysts out there? You’ll appreciate this strategic approach to Thanksgiving meal planning. Search for the perfect turkey recipe based on various criteria including easiest and most alternative.

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XOXO,
Jules

 

Thanksgiving Favorites: Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

balsamic roasted brussel sprouts (2)Thanksgiving is right around the corner. That three day work week is in my sights, as are the Black Friday sales! I like to start planning my Thanksgiving menu about a week in advance unless we’re squatting at someone else’s house. This year it looks like we’ll be hosting at our place in Seattle. I personally like a Thanksgiving meal that’s a balance between old favorites (buttered rolls, pumpkin pie, etc.) and newer/healthier favorites (roasted butternut squash, kale salad, etc.). This year I’m breaking out a simple recipe for brussels sprouts featuring one of my all-time favorite condiments: balsamic vinegar reduction.
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Balsamic vinegar reduction is simply balsamic vinegar that has been cooked down on the stove to create a sweeter and richer flavor. The liquid becomes thicker, almost like a syrup but no sugar is added. It’s delicious stuff, good on top of almost any recipe, but is especially good when drizzled on top of roasted vegetables.

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balsamic roasted brussels sprouts thanksgiving recipe favorite julia malinowski.

Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

  • 1 lb brussels sprouts 
  • About 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or ghee
  • cloves garlic, peeled and lightly smashed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • tablespoons balsamic vinegar .
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Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Trim off the bottom of your brussels sprouts, and slice in half from top to bottom.
  2. Heat your oil or ghee in a cast-iron pan over medium-high heat until it shimmers. Place your sprouts in the pan cut side down. Only do a single layer so every piece gets nice and brown. Nestle your garlic cloves in the pan and sprinkle everything with salt and pepper.
  3. Let the sprouts cook they begin to brown on bottom – make sure not to stir them until this happens.
  4. While they cook, pour at least 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan. Heat the vinegar over medium-high heat until it reduces by half and develops a syrupy texture. Be sure to stir frequently to prevent it from burning. Remove the reduction from the stove and let it cool for a few minutes.
  5. Once your sprouts have browned, shake the pan to stir and transfer to the oven for about 10-20 minutes. Stir or shake the pan a few times to make sure the sprouts evenly cook. Remove when tender.
  6. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar reduction and immediately serve.
  7. This recipe serves two, so adjust your ingredients accordingly if you’ll be serving this for a big crew at Thanksgiving.
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balsamic roasted brussels sprouts thanksgiving recipe favorite julia malinowski

Love the color of fresh brussels sprouts. Sprouts can vary by size, so keep this in mind. If yours seem extra large, feel free to cut them in fourths. Conversely, if your sprouts seems extra small, feel free to roast them whole. 

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balsamic roasted brussels sprouts thanksgiving recipe favorite julia malinowski

Getting ready to reduce my balsamic vinegar into syrupy perfection.

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balsamic roasted brussels sprouts thanksgiving recipe favorite julia malinowski

The final and delicious product. Note, this dish is best served right out of the oven. I kept some leftovers in the fridge and they got a little soggy from the balsamic liquid.

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Have you started planning your Thanksgiving menu this year? Another favorite Thanksgiving recipe is this kale salad. You got to have some greens on the table to balance out all those carbs, right? Happy eating!
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XOXO,
Jules

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